Friday, November 16, 2018

Then and now...the same

I do exist. It's been a crazy busy fall. But, even though the holidays are starting, our lull period has begun now that fall sports are over.

I'll do more of a re-cap soon. But just a couple of pictures. Me and my husband recently went on an adult-only trip to Disney. And the pictures had me cringing......

But we did run a 5K race while we were there. One that required us to get up at 3 am, without kids!

Here is me 6 years ago. I weigh as much as I did back then. The trip that had me running to WW and losing 50 lbs over 18 months.....and the weight is officially all back on.

I'll be back very, very soon to talk about where I go from here!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What I ate on Tuesday

I am trying to take pictures of what I ate. The day started out being artsy and quickly went downhill.

At 7:30 I gave my banana and vitamin and since I M trying to push out my real breakfast from 9:00 to 9:30 I am adding in a cheddar cheese stick for protein. No Weight Wafchers or light, but actual full fat cheese.

At 9:30 I have 1 cup of Greek yogurt - combination of plain and vanilla (mainly plain), blueberries and a dozen or so almonds (change from granola)

Lunch should be at 12:30 but was later today. Last week when I had leftover chicken I was more full longer but yesterday I had a chicken salad wrap and was starving. I decided to have the chicken salad (chicken, celery, red grapes, light mayo, curry powder) not in the wrap so I could see how much food I was eating. I put some in the wrap. Didn’t finish all the carrots.

With a slightly later lunch and a crazy afternoon I didn’t get in a snack. I had to hurry to eat between 6:30 and 7:30 before an 8:00 pm field hockey game. I wasn’t responsible for feeding anyone else. So I made a taco bowl of sorts. 1 cup leftover pasta, 3 Oz cold chicken, 3/4 cup black beans, queso freso, light sour cream, bit of guacamole, salsa and lettuce. Yummy!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Back to....everything

I've been thinking about posting since I last posted about my bike ride at the end of July. But life got away from me.

School started for the kids almost 2 weeks ago, but with the extreme heat (which led to 1/2 days) and a 4 day weekend for the holiday, it's been a whirlwind.

But the good thing is that as of September 1st I've finally started running again. Very slowly and doing a 5 minute run/ 1 minute walk method (though have been trying do some singular miles running the whole thing).
I've got a 10K on November 3rd, so I figured starting with 3 miles on September 1st, adding 1/2 mile per week I could get up to 6.5 miles. I also ran 2x last week with friends at 5 am :(
Sunday I couldn't get my 3.5 miles done at 6:30 am, but I didn't make myself go at 5:00 pm to stay on my training plan. It was no humid and almost chilly. Wonderful running weather. Too bad it won't last. But hopefully we will have some sort of fall this year, unlike last fall.

August was a long month - I spent most of it being pretty miserable with my weight. Here I am on August 7th before we went to The Melting Pot to celebrate 4 family birthdays.

We were on vacation the 3rd week of August - here is celebrating my birthday with lobster in Maine. Yum!

I am not a huge beach person, so one day we drove up to the mountains at Sunday River resort. See me pulling the "hide behind my family" tactic :(

Tuesday September 4th I decided to go see a nutritionist to get another perspective (I'll write a whole post about her advice (and not) and what changes I've been making).

I think she had me at 232.6 (and that was taking 2 lbs off for clothes). This morning I was 228.8. Mini-goal is 227. Below that is the lowest weight I will have seen in over a year.

Cross my fingers I can make some positive changes this fall. I've got 2 vacations, 1 in a couple of month, and one at the end of June, that I want to feel GOOD about!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bike ride!

Good news is that my sugar came back as 87 - 12 points lower than 18 months ago. But I won't let that give me a false sense of security. I still need to get this weight off!

Friday night I made dinner for the first time in a very long time- Friday is usually the night I take off and just feed the kids kid food (pasta, mac and cheese, hot dogs, etc) and my husband is left to fend for himself. But I had produce I wanted to use up and it was my husband's birthday on Saturday and he was going to cook/grill dinner that night, so I figured I'd cook.

Saturday was never going to be a healthy day - I started off the day with Shakeology before we headed to this brewery he wanted to go to. We met up with our friends and were there for about 4 1/2 hours. I only had 2 beers, but I had brought homemade cupcakes for all of us, and then we got food from the food trucks as we were leaving at 3:30 (some people had gotten food earlier) - I was starving so go a regular Coke and a taco salad. Dinner was steak, baked potato (on the grill) and grilled squash. And cupcakes, ice cream and chocolate sauce for dinner.

I had been wanting to check out the extension to my favorite rail trail - it had been 5 miles from where I park to the old end. Since there is no way I am going to be training to run 10+ miles anytime soon, I figured I would bike down there. I have not been biking in years. I've had my current bike for 4-5 years and barely made it out of our driveway. We also don't have a bike rack for my new car - I haven't gotten around to having the tow hitch installed which our Yakima fits into. But I folded down my seats and got my bike in.

I had set my alarm for 6:00, then at 11:00 pm turned it off, but I woke up at 5:30, and despite it saying 90% humidity and 67 degrees at that time, I knew I had zero excuse not to go.

I filled my hydration vest with ice and water from the fridge and set out.

I didn't know how long it would be to where I knew I would turn around - I figured it would be 7-8 miles. It turned out to by 7.85. I tried really hard to pedal the majority of the way and not "cheat" and coast. The 15.7 mile trip took 95 minutes. Not too shabby for someone who hasn't biked in years and years.

The whole trip I kept thinking about how a triathlon is on my bucket list (my bike is a hybrid, so I would have to get an additional bike - though can't I just bike 12 miles with my hybrid? It's not like I would really be racing the thing).

I knew I wanted to walk down to the stream like I usually do after my runs, so I had decided after the ride, I would do a cool down run or walk. Yeah, I think I ran .2 miles before walking - My legs were jelly. I walked a mile and got my picture.

The rest of the day was spent in the kitchen. I had 6 bananas over ripe and only 1 loaf pan, so I made 2 loaves of banana bread - one for now, one to freeze for vacation. And a batch of zucchini/blueberry muffins to freeze. I also did a bunch of food prep for the week which I haven't done in ages.

I hope to sleep well tonight!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Checking in - Physical

I suck. Another month went by with no checking in! I know I need to write more to be successful. But if I don't have a good day, I don't want to write about it - Vicious cycle.

But here I am.

I am annoyed, because my new app is no longer allowing me to attach pictures - ugh.

So, where am I?

I had my physical this morning, which 2 days ago I was tempted to cancel. I am so glad I didn't. Weight is not where I want to be (230.8 this morning) - Yesterday was the first time I stepped on the scale in weeks and weeks - Honestly I expected 235+.

I got blood taken for my blood sugar "since I've gained weight in the last 18 months" - Didn't need cholesterol checked.

Waiting to schedule a consult for colonoscopy, which I am completely freaked out about.

Mammogram is after Labor Day.

And I took her suggestion of seeing a nutritionist because any help I can get!

So glad I didn't cancel.

What have I been up to:
June 29-July 1 - My son and I went camping together - we tried to climb a mountain (3.2 miles to the summit) but the humidity got the best of of us so we turned back after 1:30 hours, with 2:20 in total, so still a good hike.

4th of July we hung out at my mom's pool

July 7-8 - It was the first beautiful day after 10 days of heat wave and my son had a mid-day baseball game, but I went hiking anyways! It was 2:30 hours round trip, no humidity, 52 degrees at the start, beautiful views! Such a better day after the weekend before. The first solo hike I'd done in 16 years. And then I had the whole day to myself so I continued on a road trip through New Hampshire and Maine and ended up at the ocean. Great day! And the next day was spent at our friends pool.

July 13-14 - We went to Vermont - Again, were supposed to do a big hike (Camels Hump), but it was raining in the morning, so mid-day we did a short hike (1 mile to the summit).

July 20-21 - Parents Day/Picked up my daughter at camp

This weekend is my husband's birthday so he has a walk/hike planned and then visiting a brewery, but the weather tomorrow is not looking promising.

I can't wait for vacation - my first time every renting a house by the beach (not directly on, but one street back). While I won't feel good about myself in a bathing suit, I'm going to enjoy the vacation!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Happy Hump Day

I have made it 1/2 way through the middle of the work week. Hurrah!

Me and my son continue to make adjustments to our morning routine. The evening routines have been thrown off a little because my husband is prepping for a colonoscopy tomorrow - tonight is the worst of it - I'll be sleeping in my daughter's room! But hopefully next week we'll be able to get into a groove, though it will be thrown off a little by 4th of July activities through out the week.

By Monday night I had already turned off my alarm for Tuesday morning! I found myself sucked into a Netflix Original Movie and didn't want to turn it off at 10:00.
But Tuesday night is "Younger" which is on at 10:00 and even though I needed to get up at 4:30, I stayed up until 10:40 watching it. I really thought I would fall asleep immediately, but I tossed and turned all night which I usually do before getting up that early (because I am paranoid of sleeping through).

My running friend took this picture on the way to our run. I know, sadly, that the longest day of the year has passed, and while we have a few more days of longer evenings (by seconds), the mornings have already started to get earlier. But I am really hoping to make this a habit again. We went 3 miles with run/walk 5:1, though one of the intervals I needed to stop before 5 minutes.

My goal is to be able to run 3 miles by the end of July and 4 miles by the end of August, even if I have to slow down my already very slow pace.

Depending on how the evening goes, I'd like to get up at 5:30 and ride the bike. We will see!

As for the eating, I've brought my same old food the last 3 days. I've reverted back (temporarily) to my Lean Cuisine pizzas so I can concentrate on the other aspects of my eating. Today, being tired and hungry, I ate my snack at 10:30 (instead of 11:30) and had part of my afternoon snack in the morning. I forced myself to wait until 1:00 for lunch. Which leaves a fruit cup (normally part of my lunch) and a hard boiled egg for my afternoon snack. Could be a long afternoon!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summer Routine

It's been a long 2 weeks and pretty hectic.

Thursday June 14, after dentist and orthodontist appointments, me and the kids drove to NYC. It was the first time driving in the city (not that I had to drive that far into the city) without another adult, but my almost-12-year-old was a great help!

We spent 3 fun filled days - we walked 35 miles!! (13.5 of them in 1 day - though we did have a 3 hour break in the afternoon). The first day was perfect weather, the 2nd day a little hotter, and the third day (the day we were leaving, so we were on the road by 2:00) was hot as heck. But we had a blast! I ate pretty well, and while I didn't get a ton of sleep, overall I was thrilled with the trip.

Last week was exhausting though. We got home at 7:00 pm Sunday and I was in bed at 9:00. All day Monday I was in client meetings and after work as well - I finally left the restaurant at 8:40, just as our food was arriving (we have been there for over an hour!) and my head hit the pillow at 9:05! Tuesday I had more client meetings, had to run out to get to a hair appointment, and then run to a softball game (the season that kept on going....until that night, in the semi-finals). I was supposed to do some work, but was too tired (and when I checked on Wednesday - which was supposed to be a day off, they were okay with me not doing the work until the evening).

I had Wednesday - Friday off - the kids got out for the summer mid-day Thursday. Immediately my son and husband took off to Maine until Saturday. And my daughter went to a pool party that turned into an overnight, so I had an unexpected night to myself. But I wasn't feeling great last week, so my days off were pretty low-key and a lot of time relaxing on the couch (and eating like crap :( ). But I did get the majority of my organizing done so I feel pretty good going into the summer.

Sunday I took my daughter to overnight camp for 4 weeks. And today was my son's first day of day camp (it is his 5th year going and when my daughter gets back from overnight camp, it will be her 6th year going). So we have started our 8 week summer routine.

I am going to TRY to work out in the mornings.
The time me and my son will leave will remain the same as during the school year (8:00)
He gets up at 7:15
I get in the shower at 6:45

Up until March, I had been sleeping until 6:45 (with the occasional running at 5 am). Since March I've been getting  up at 6:00 to assist my daughter getting up and getting ready (she wasn't getting up, my husband was supposed to help and it was just a battle) and then I get in the shower when he and she would leave.

With needing to be available from 6:00 on, I wasn't working out in the morning. I am going to experiment with workout out this summer - I've set my alarm for 5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday and 4:30 on Wednesday and Friday (with the hopes of getting back to running with a friend) and Mondays I get to sleep in until 6:30.

I am hoping that in the fall that I won't be needed, but I have little faith that will happen. But even if I could not be available until 6:15 (ie help her with breakfast and lunch and getting out the door, but not helping her get up), that could allow some time to work out. But I really don't want is to have to get up before 5:30 those days in order to be done by 6:00.

A negative of the summer routine is not getting in the steps going to the bus stop.  I've been literally sitting at my desk since 9:00 (not a typical day - but since I'm just back from PTO, I've got a lot of meetings and emails) and here at 11:30 I am at 994 steps!!!!

Another negative is having to actually be in the office until 4:45 - But  I packed my afternoon snacks again and I should be able to get in more step breaks. Today isn't a typical day.

The evenings will be interesting. I don't get home until 5:45 - 6:00. In years past, my husband would have dinner waiting for us (though I would be the one to decide on the meal). Based on his behavior this whole school year, I doubt that will happen (he will get home at 4:30 and most likely will spend that time to do yard work and his own work out). But I will have to talk to him - Me and my son will be starving (I eat my snack at 3:30).

I also want to do stuff in the evenings (another reason to get dinner done with quickly) - There is very little TV on in the summer, so no excuse to be outside or go out and do stuff. 

This week won't be completely normal. My husband is having his first colonoscopy on Thursday, so meals and evening will be a-typical. Next week with the 4th being on Wednesday, we will be busy earlier in the week as our town has a 4 days 4th celebration.

And the best part is at the end of this, another vacation - a relaxing vacation!!!!