Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from July, 2012

I've lost that loving feeling

I didn't think this could actually happen. Me?Fall out of love?  But, it has been coming on for a few weeks now.  And, I think I can say that I am not in love with running as much as I used to be.  Or, at least, I should say, as addicted to running as I used to be. 

I have not run any significant distance since the beginning of May, thanks to my lovely IT band.  At first, I was worried I would go into a state of depression.  And, at first, I think I was.  But now,  I have grown accustomed to NOT running.  To finding other ways to exercise.  To searching out new goals, physically, for myself.  And I am happy.  And I am not running. I did not think I could be both at the same time ;)

My husband has even asked my why I think I am so content NOT running right now, when, before I took it really hard. And I think it is because I have hit my major goals already.  I have run two marathons, several half marathons.  There are no races I have planned on and there are none I really want to r…

Seven Quick Takes - The Friday Afternoon Edition

1. I have a good reason for posting late today.  We were at the pool from 8AM until 2 PM.  Yes, 6 hours!  We started at the tennis courts for 2 hours worth of lessons and then headed to the pool for lessons and fun.  It is hot today and the pool water was nice and refreshing.  The boys had lots of fun and so did I!  I bet they will fall asleep quickly tonight!

2.  Olympics!!  I canto wait for them to start today!  I cannot wait to watch the men's and women's marathons!  Go Ryan Hall!! Want to know why I like him so much?  Read this article or watch the video. He calls God his coach. He is an amazing christian and he and his wife started the Steps Foundation. I really hope he medals in London.  My favorite woman marathoner?  Shalane Flanagan.

3. 

I have actually lost weight this week!! I am not totally surprised.  I have been eating really well and my workouts are getting more intense and consistent.  I could see a difference from my start photos to my 2 week photos, so overal…

Wordless Wednesday

I shared this on Facebook last week, but it is just too good, not to post here. 
Boys, please read carefully! Love, your, mom.



Lessons Learned from Pete the Cat

If you have a younger child, you have probably heard of the Pete the Cat books. There are several; I Love My White Shoes,Rocking in My School Shoes, and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Watch the below video if you have never heard of Pete the Cat. I bet you will be signing along by the end.




And if you liked that go here and here for the other two! No, really, you have to watch them!!

To give you a synopsis of all of the books, basically things happen to Pete. In adult terms, life happens to Pete. He steps in things, he encounters new, crazy situations, and he loses things. But, the question is asked, "Does Pete cry/worry, etc?" The answer always is, "Goodness No." Because, after all Pete is a cool cat and everything is groovy.

Well, this funky cat got me thinking and I began to wonder if my kids would yell out "Goodness, No." When asked, "Did Mom worry?" Or "Did Mom cry?" or "Did Mom get stressed?" Now, I kn…

My new favorite gulity pleaure (and its healthy too!!)

I love peanut butter.  I really love it.  I used to eat it, by the spoonfuls, out of the jar.  I love ice cream with peanut butter in it.  Yum.  I love chocolate covered peanut butter.  My favorite are the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs that come out at Easter time, you know, because they have more peanut butter than the Peanut Butter Cups.


So, I was very excited, when I stumbled upon Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered peanut butter and cholcate powdered peanut butter.  This stuff is truly yummy!!  The nice thing about the powdered peanut butter is that it has only 1.5 grams of fat per 2 TBS serving (compared to 16 grams of fat per 2 TBS serving for all natural peanut butter). 

The powdered peanut butter tastes just like regular peanut butter when reconstituted with water.  It works great in protein cookie recipes and is yummy in protein shakes.  And, as I can atest, be eaten by the spoonful dry! I am really excited to have found this yummy product!  Who knows, it may even help me stay on…

Seven Quick Takes

1. Yay! It is Friday!! That means I do not have to be at the pool or tennis courts way too early for the next two days!!  Yes, the boys are nearing the end of the swim team, tennis lesson, and swim lesson cycle.  It is tiring! One more week and we will be done!

2.  J had his last swim meet this past Tuesday.  He just started swim team this summer, and joined weeks late, so he did not make the A team.  But, he won his heat in freestyle at the B meet on Tuesday and was in the lead until the last moment in the backstroke.  I am super proud of him for trying something new and working so hard at it.

3. Weight loss challenge.


What weight loss challenge???  Let's move on  . . .

4. Seriously though, I have still not lost any weight, but I am seeing more definition in my arms and legs.  So, the weight training workouts are paying off!

5.

Still no running.  I am beginning to forget what my running shoes look like.  I am going to a special sports message therapist.  He is amazing.  He told m…

Long overdue vacation memories

I will not share too many words here.  But want to post some of our vacation photos before I forget we even went!

While on vacation in Cape Cod, my husband's aunt, who lived the Boston area, passed away.  So while we were up there, J wanted to see Lexington green.  It was a nice little trip, although there was not tons to see there.  The green is situated between several very busy roads.  Some of the homes surrounding the green were there during the battle.  There were a few monuments.  But, it was special to know that we were walking on ground where the battle of our nation's freedom began.


Awesome Novena Website

If you are anything like me, you typically remember that a Novena has started a day late (or read it on someone else's blog that it started) and then, at about day 6, you forget what day you were on.

Well, thanks to another blogger, I found this great website called Pray More Novenas.  All you do is sign up on the site, and sign up to receive reminders about your favorite novenas and the prayers will come to your inbox!

I love it!

Go check it out!

Weight loss challenge challenges, going back to what works, and where have my running shoes gone?

Weight loss challenge.
I am on week 4 of Run With Jess' Lose a Half Marathon Challenge and, as of today I have lost 0, yes that is a zero, pounds.  Over the last few weeks my weight has fluctuated here and there (up a little on vacation, but right back to my starting weight one day after being home and fully hydrating), but overall it has stayed consistently at where I was this AM.  Which means, something has not been working.

I had totally revamped my diet.  Not only have I continued to stay away from wheat products (95% of the time), but I have also eliminated all grains, starches such as potatoes, and legumes.  And, I think it has been too much for my body.  I have needed some more carbs back in my diet.  Most days, I was left feeling hungry ALL THE TIME.  And as a personal trainer and someone who has studied this stuff, I know that when you are physically active, you need the calories and a good,balanced diet. Simply, I do not think I have been eating enough to allow my metab…

Adoption: Where we are at

This is a topic I have avoided blogging about for a while.  Mostly because I have not wanted to share.  But, this blog was not started for the sake of those who happen to read it.  It was started for our family.  I write for myself and those 4 other blessings who I get to share life with.  And I need to write this for me.  To, hopefully, really give it all to God and not hold on anymore.

I am not sure exactly what happened.  Well, I know what happened.  But it was like whiplash.  So fast.  One moment our application is accepted with an adoption agency.  We had the orientation call.  Poured over piles of paperwork.  We were one step away from writing a big check.  About to embark on the journey of bringing home a waiting child from China.

And then we weren't.  All forward action stopped.

We are not adopting.

This is not the place to go into details.  This post is about my feelings about all of this.  Has the desire to adopt gone?  No.  Truth be told, I wish it had gone.  The last f…