Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday Thoughts - 12/22/11

  • I am going to take the advice I gave someone else yesterday and apply it to myself today.  I am totally frustrated with something that is going on with Austin at school and it is to the point where I am getting physically ill over it.  My advice yesterday was to find 10 things to be thankful for, get happy, stay there...ok, here goes:
    • I am thankful that God is here with me always.
    • I am thankful that Austin knows that I love him no matter what.
    • I am thankful that Austin's teacher is communicating with me and we can work together to come up with a solution that will be in Austin's best interest.
    • I am thankful for holiday times (kids choir shows, music team, cousin's christmas, christmas day celebrations, church on christmas day)
    • I am thankful that Jeremy and I got paid and have steady jobs.
    • I am thankful that Dad is at home and was discharged from rehab yesterday. 
    • I am thankful that I have the ability to work from home next week and for the days off that I have coming.
    • I am thankful for a warm roof over my head, clothing for me and my family and food to eat.
    • I am thankful for WATP
    • I am thankful that there are others in my life that I can ask for prayer and know that they will
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday Words - 12/21/11

When I think about...Christmas...
  • Christ's Birth
  • Singing
  • Live Christmas Tree w/Lights and Special Ornaments
  • Kids excited for Holiday Parties at School
  • Family Time Together
  • Cookie Day!
  • Arin's Birthday
  • Making crafts for gifts
  • Christmas Cards (w/pictures :))
  • a little break from the normal routine....it's good for the soul
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - 12/20/11

  • Looking forward to Christmas with my cousins and aunt tonight at mom's.
  • So excited that Dad gets to come home from rehab tomorrow morning.
  • I am craving me some Wild Ginger...
  • Only 2 more days left in my week after today!  Getting amped up for Christmas with the family.
  • Did 2 miles of WATP today.  4 miles each tomorrow and Thursday and then I get a break until after Christmas.  Although I did not get the workouts I wanted to get in this past weekend I may do another workout over the Christmas weekend (If I can find the time and it doesn't stress me out...absolutely no self-inflicted stress allowed on Christmas weekend!)...
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Musings - 12/19/11

  • A few days ago I was surprised to find out that I had 3 days of PTO coming to me :)  So, no more Fridays at work for me in 2011.
  • Spent my first Friday of PTO last week shopping for Christmas.  It was so fun getting things for the kids and Jeremy.  I can't wait to see their faces on Christmas Day!  That is the best gift I can receive :)
  • Saturday was Cookie Day.  Traditionally this is just a day for my mom, sister and I to get together without spouses and kids to bake bake bake.  :)  This year, with Dad being in the rehab place we just felt that we needed a  little more "full family" time so it was game on and everyone was on hand for a great day.  The guys and kids let us bake cookies and it was awesome just to have everyone around to be "taste testers" and "batter spoon cleaners".  What a great day.  I was exhausted...we made 11 different kinds of cookies and treats...our best year ever in my opinion!
  • Sunday was Church and the kids sang a Christmas Song during service.  They did great.  Kelli, not surprising, was really into it.  And, also not surprising, Austin sang a couple of the first few words and then just stood there until the song was finished.  I was proud of him for standing there until the song was done though...we have several memories of him in years' past walking off the stage or goofing off in the middle of the song...I'll take the wins where I can get them
  • I also did a cool craft project on Sunday.  It was a gift so I can't blog about it just yet...have some readers who will be receiving these fun to make gifts and so I don't want to ruin the surprise.  Stay tuned on Wednesday...I may share then.  :)
  • An awesome weekend, I must say....
All Glory to God...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Words - 12/14/11

When I think about Walk Away The Pounds (WATP) ...
  • Energizing
  • Walk...Walk...Walk
  • 1-2-3-4-5 Miles
  • Kick
  • Side Step
  • Knee Lift
  • Boosted Walking!
  • Healthy
  • Manageable
  • Motivating
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - 12/13/2011

  • IT Group Holiday Dinner tonight at McCormick and Schmicks...yummy!
  • After starting off great in my Yahoo! Fantasy Football League, my players have hit the injury string pretty hard...needless to say I am playing for 5th place this weekend...hopes to win any money...all gone :(
  • A group brought in some breakfast treats at work today...my diet is shot!  Calories don't count during the month of December on days that end in Y anyways :)...I will just keep my head in the clouds and keep on telling myself that it is true.
  • I got awarded 3 extra days of PTO yesterday....yay!  Maybe now I can take a few days before Christmas to get ready :) (read...finish crafts...clean house...wrap gifts...)
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Musings - 12/12/11

  • We got our christmas tree yesterday!  I was so disappointed with this year's selecection from the place we got our tree last year.  We found an awesome tree at Kroger.  It is fat and full and beautiful and I am so excited to get home tonight and decorate it.
  • I was listening to the daily Joyce Meyer podcast this morning (thanks to my HTC Evo Shift 4G which I LOVE!) and heard some interesting advice.  She said that when you are in a bad mood, it helps to do something nice for someone else.  I was in such a bad mood yesterday evening for some random reason and I couldn't get out of the funk.  Wish I had used that advice then :)  I am praying that next time my mood is bad, I can remember this!
  • I have presented my first draft of my 2012 project plan to my boss.  It is nice to have a plan on paper to work from.  Even if it will change, it is nice to have a place to start.
  • I am finally seeing some results on the scale from all of the WATP work I have been doing.  Yay!!  I guess I have lost about a pound.  I am at that time of the month where my weight is different every day for a week (thank you mother nature and Eve :)), but I am starting to feel the benefits! 
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Feelings - 12/9/11

  • I am so happy that I am nearing the end of 3 weeks of doing WATP.  I haven't seen the pounds drop off yet, but I have more energy.  I am also more focused on trying to eat better.  A good thing that I don't normally do during the holiday season.  :)
  • I am looking forward to the weekend.  We have a few fun activities tomorrow and hopefully we can get our tree put up on Sunday.
  • I am enjoying making crafts for a few people on my Christmas list.
  • I am having fun doing this mini blogging thing every day.  Things are pretty random, but it is such a great way to get a few thoughts down on "paper" and move on to focus on things that I need to do.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday Thankfulness - 12/8/11

  • Thankful for the teachers at Kindercare where Kelli attends.  Kelli forgot her blanket at home today and there was not time to go back and retrieve it.  They were so consoling and caring for the situation and it was nice to be able to leave there, knowing she was sad, but also knowing that she was going to be okay.
  • Thankful for fun food, fellowship and conversation last night at our company holiday get together.  Just basic appetizers, an ugly sweater contest and a small speech, but it really was nice to mingle after work and catch up with some people outside of the office.
  • Thankful for my Pastor who, in a meeting with him last week, reminded me that when we do God's work and follow God's will for our lives, the devil will attack.  And attack he did, yesterday, I was full of self-doubt and anxiety until I called the devil by name and demanded he leave me alone.  Such a freeing moment for me...
  • I am thankful for God who is more powerful than anything the devil can do with my mind.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Words - 12/7/11

I am going to try something different than "wonders"...just not coming to me....

Here are some random words that come to mind when I think about...my family:
  • Love
  • Creativity
  • Intelligent
  • Beauty
  • Christ Followers
  • Priority of Family
  • Close Relationships
  • Individuals
  • Common Threads
  • Devoted
  • Persistent
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - 12/6/11

  • Traffic was good coming into work this morning...even though the commute is an hour :(  Thankfully I can work from home and avoid the commute alltogether on Friday's.  I made it in plenty of time for an 8:30 meeting :)
  • Things are really starting to groove for 2012 in terms of projects at work.  I am looking forward to finalizing the 2012 project plan in the next week or so and get moving!
  • I did a 3 Mile WATP walk yesterday.  It used weights...my arms are so sore.  I loved the extra weight work though.
  • Bonus night at home with the whole family last night.  So nice that everyone was home (Jeremy usually goes to Martial Arts) and we could have dinner and time together. 
  • I am so proud of my kids' progress with the reward charts we introduced a few weeks ago.  This week they actually wanted a "challenge" item so Kelli's is getting dressed by herself in the mornings (this is always a struggle...this morning, no problem :)) and Austin asked if he could help put away laundry...I about fainted, but he put all of his clothes away last night and helped out with another load from the dryer...:)  good stuff!
  • I just checked tracking and my new phone should be delivered today!!!!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Musings - 12/5/11

  • Just ordered a new phone...Sprint was offering a free upgrade special on one I was looking at and I was eligible for the upgrade...I was going to upgrade for Jeremy's Christmas Gift to Me :)...I texted him to tell him he has spent $0 on me for Christmas...he just laughed...I am excited to move from Blackberry.  I got an HTC EVO Shift 4G.  So looking forward to getting it in the mail :)
  • Had an awesome weekend...very busy, but family fun for all.
    • Friday we went to Austin's Cub Scout Christmas Party.  He got his awards and I got to meet some of the other parents from his Pack. 
    • Saturday Austin had his first Basketball game (Jeremy is coaching) and I couldn't be prouder of them both.  The game ended in a tie after 1 overtime. 
    • After the basketball game we went climbing at ClimbTime.  I had never done this before and it was a great family activity.  The kids loved it and I even climbed all the way to the ceiling a couple of times.  A huge rush and sense of accomplishment.
    • After climbing the kids went to a Saturday Gym Jam and had dinner, tumbling and a movie.  Jeremy and I roamed around Hamilton Town Center and went up to Noblesville.  We had a great time just spending it together. 
    • Sunday was church followed by an awesome lunch where we shared some of our stories from our Mission Guatemala experience (I have just realized I haven't blogged about that, so more to come...)
    • I did 5 WATP miles and the kids and I had dinner in the basement and watched old cartoons on Netflix.
  • Needless to say, Coffee and Ibprophen are my friends today.  I am sore and exhausted, but blissfully happy that we were able to have a great Family weekend!
  • Oh...I also knitted a pair of wrist warmers as a final item that we sold in our Church Craft Fair which earned almost $1000 for the Building Fund for our Youth Center.
  • It is a busy time of the year, but with Christ at the center I am finding that I have just what I need to keep going and stay happy.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Feelings

Today I feel....
  • Blessed with a new opportunity to serve at my Church.
  • Blessed with the ability to work at home.  So much more planning can happen when I am not distracted by conversations.
  • So much energy since I started WATP again...2 Miles on deck for today!
  • Happy to have Jeremy back since he is not coaching high school basketball this year.
  • Excited to see Jeremy coach Austin in his first basketball game tomorrow.
  • Loved.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday Thankfulness

  • I am thankful...
    • For a warm coat to wear this winter.
    • That I have learned several ways to knit (both on the loom and with sticks) and I can make fun items to donate, sell at the Church Craft Fair and give as gifts.
    • That I was able to get up at 5 this morning and do 5 Miles of WATP.  Felt so great! 
      • Funny story about this...apparently, I forgot that I had done 5 miles when I went to eat breakfast and just had my normal two pieces of toast.  About 11am, I thought I was coming down with something because I just wasn't feeling good...well duh...I was starving :))
    • For the group of people I work with in LDG1.  Great lunch conversation today.  Re-ignited my desire to and passion for my job.
    • That Jeremy isn't coaching high school basketball this year...we are really beginning to notice the "extra" time that we have together.  Really fun!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Wonders

  • 1 Mile WATP last night...No workout scheduled today! 
  • Tonight is Hanging of the Greens at Church.  I always love this service.  They go through and explain the significance of many of the Christmas decorations we see every year.
  • I am hoping to hear that my dad will be home from Westminster by the weekend.  He was supposed to be home today, but he is still there...sigh...
  • I have been trying to spend time on my morning commute turning off the radio and reciting some specific things I am thankful for.  It has been a pretty cool exercise and I hope it becomes a habit.
  • I knitted a wrist warmer last night and it is too small.  I need to make the matching one tonight and then go back and make a pair with my original pattern.  Crafting is fun!
  • These aren't really wonders...I guess I should have said...
    • "I wonder...how much snow we will get this winter?" 
    • "I wonder...will I win Fantasy Football this coming weekend?"
    • "I wonder...will the Colts win any of the remaining regular season games...new defensive coordinator and new QB...much needed change."
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

  • 3 Miles on WATP (Walk Away The Pounds) last night.  Felt great.  I can so feel my legs and arms getting stronger.  I am noticing that my muscles are a bit sore, but in this case, sore feels good.
  • I had my annual physical a few weeks ago...got the blood work results back yesterday and I am thankful that all of my results are in the normal range.  Something to be happy about for sure.
  • Last night I started a pair of fingerless gloves/wrist warmers on my Knifty Knitter loom.  So fun to sit down at the end of the day and craft while catching up on The Biggest Loser.  Tonight is the makeover episode...by far my favorite episode each season.
  • Each year we do craft gifts between my mom and sister and I.  Usually I do two of the same thing, but this year each of them is getting something different.  I am so excited to get these projects started. 
  • November, where did you go...Christmas less than 4 weeks away!  I am excited, but I have a lot to do between now and then.  We typically host Christmas at our house.  So fun.
  • We started reward calendars for the kids last week and they are really grooving on them.  They get 10 cents for each star they earn.  They can earn up to $4.20 per week.  A fair allowance in my opinion for a 4 and 7 year old.  I have never seen them so excited to "clean for 10 min" or "make their bed"...I wish I would have done this a long time ago :)
  • Inspired by the kids' calendars, I printed my WATP calendar for December and will receive 10 cents per mile.  This way I can save up to buy more videos or gear to use in the videos.  I put it on the fridge with their charts...:)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Musings

  • I have re-committed myself to Walk Away The Pounds.  I have done 6 workouts over the past 8 days (including on Thanksgiving Day!) and am so excited.  I have done the 5 mile workout twice.  I just really like the style of her workouts.
  • I am missing my motivation for work after coming back from Guatemala.  Things that were so important before, just....aren't.  I seriously need motivation for my job as this is what is paying the bills and allowing us the opportunity to even think about saving up to go back.
  • I mad a list of important "to do" items that must be done before Christmas, and at this time, I think it is manageable. 
  • I really like crafting...all sorts.  I get bored if I do only one thing over and over.  I don't mind going back and doing something I have done before, just not repeating over and over...
  • I am thinking about my 2012 goals...personally:
    • I want to commit to the Walk Away The Pounds Calendar as my guide to work out
    • I want to commit to eating healthier lunches
    • I want to commit to planning meals for the week
    • I think all of this will help me to lose the 10 lbs recommended by my Dr.
  • Saw the new Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and loved it....if you haven't seen it and plan to, be sure to stay until the lights come up...bonus footage after the initial credits :)
Ok.  Back to work.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Review - One Call Away: Answering Life's Call With Unshakable Faith (Brenda Warner)

Wow.  An amazing read.  This book takes readers through the life of Brenda Warner.  Brenda is most known as the wife of NFL Football Star Kurt Warner.  But, as she will describe in her book, Brenda is so much more than that.

I couldn't put this book down.  I am not one for biographies so when I selected it, I wasn't sure what I was in for.  She captured my attention from the start.  Her book is warm and from the heart.  The experiences are unique to Brenda; however her emotional ups and downs are not foreign to any woman.  We all find ourselves at similar crossroads between the life that we think we want and the life that God wants for us.  Brenda lives her life open to this call and it has taken her many places she never expected.

As a football fan, I was aware of Kurt Warner and that he was a pretty philanthropic guy; however, I had no idea about the story behind the story.  Reading experience after experience and then watching Brenda as she tries to make life a little better for others by thinking about what she would have wanted from others in that situation shows amazing strength and resolve to do God's will. 

I absolutely recommend this book.  I learned a lot about myself as I read and formed my own thoughts on each situation in perspective to my own life.  I thank Thomas Nelson and the people at BookSneeze for allowing me to select a book that I may not have otherwise chosen.  I also thank Brenda for taking the time to share this amazing story.  The lessons in here are life changing and have showed me a renewed faith in God's plan for my life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Review - God's Love Letters to You – Dr. Larry Crabb


This book is a 40-Day Devotional Experience. It is a companion to another book by Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters. The devotional uses 40 different books from the Bible. Each day begins with a devotional title relating to the book of the Bible being referenced. A scripture is printed and then a “letter” written as though God is speaking to the reader is presented followed by 3 questions and a follow up prayer.

A simple devotion with a powerful impact. If I had to give a one sentence review, that would be it. Each day there was something worthwhile in either the letter, the scripture, the questions or the prayer that resonated with me and what I was experiencing at that point. Sometimes I felt like I would have understood and took away more from the questions if I had the 66 Love Letters companion book on hand. I felt like the questions were disconnected a bit from the letter and hope that perhaps a recommendation that the reader using this devotional takes the time to read the 66 Love Letters book, which I have not read, will bring some clarity.


Overall, I have taken 3 major things from reading this devotional:
1. I have gotten back into the habit of reading messages from God through non-fiction Christian writings each day. I hope to continue this as I have other devotional books that I haven't read yet and am eager to have a daily reading.
2. God is with me every day, no matter what. I had some ups and downs through the 40 days, really, who doesn't have some ups and downs in any given 40 day period. I felt that the letters each day gave me something tangible to take away and told me that I was not alone and that God was on my side cheering for His victory to be found through me.
3. When reading non-fiction Christian writings, I don't have to agree 100% with every written letter, but I do have to open myself to God and He will show me what I need to hear.


I would recommend this to any man/woman looking to further their faith walk through a daily devotional experience. I would caution that you may get more from the experience by reading the 66 Love Letters book in addition to the devotional.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Routine...Routine...Routine

It is that time of year again!  Back to School time...

My hubby is a teacher.  I am not.  Our schedules change with the school year, so just as soon as we get adjusted to the "lazy days of summer", it is time for things to change again :)

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change a thing.  Having the opportunity for my husband to be home with the kids during the summer and on most breaks is awesome.  I get a little down time not having drop off/pick up duty and we all benefit from more family time.

Anyway, this week school has started again.  I find myself anticipating the change more easily each year and this year has been the best transition in our 11 years of marriage.  Here are 3 reasons why I think it is going smoother:

1.  I have finally realized that I just need to take back the household duties of laundry and dishes when school comes back around.  I don't mind doing it and he appreciates not having to do that in addition to prepping for a new school year.
2.  He has "retired" from coaching.  For the first 4 years of our marriage, he was a 3 sport high school coach.  When we had our son, he went down to 2 and eventually settled for 1 sport; however, he moved "up" so the duties/time taken was about a wash.  As the kids get older, he wants to be more involved in their development and the different sports they play so the time was right.  I couldn't be happier.  I am so looking forward to a whole school year without Saturday practice, late night scouting, multiple games in a weeks time...:) :) :)
3.  The kids have grown up.  At 4 and 7 they are so much more independent and (for the most part) do what they are asked to do and I can trust them a bit more...don't get me wrong, the leash is still there, but there is a bit more slack for now...

So, a happy start to the school year, routines being established, sure there are some rough patches here and there, it is not all wine and roses (although, I might hint to hubby that I wouldn't mind some wine and roses  :))

Here's to another great year!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mission Guatemala

In October, my husband and I are going on a little trip with a huge mission. We are going to be traveling to Guatemala. Earlier this year the missionary that our church suports, Tom Heaton, came to speak.  He talked about what was going on with his organization "Mission Guatemala" and after that service, a group of us were excited to learn that he would be hosting groups to visit and help in making his vision a reality for the people of Guatemala. 

We have been planning since February.  I have never been involved in so many activities ranging from a Fish Fry to a Garage Sale to selling Pizza Cards and attending events at restaurants to raise money for this trip.  Our church is taking 21 people in 2 separate groups and as the time for travel draws near, we are all getting excited about the trip.

The 3 things that I am most looking forward to are:

1.  Being able to be the hands and feet of God to the people of this nation.  It is amazing to believe that the average person lives on just $2 per day.  I was thinking about that in terms of my budget the other day and was blown away.
2.  Being able to experience this with Jeremy.  Having a 4 and 7 year old, we don't get much time to just spend together.  I am looking forward to just being "us" (although, we will both miss our kids immensly :)).
3.  Returning a changed person.  That sounds scary; however, I know that God has a mission for Jeremy and I through this trip and I am looking forward to embracing his calling and coming back on fire for Christ.

And, yes, there is uncertainty in that I have never done anything like this before, but I am trusting God with the details and trying to enjoy the moment...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Walkin' Away The Pounds

This post is inspired by my friend Liz and her post "I want to ride my bicycle".

A week ago today, I joined Leslie Sansone's "Walk Club". I am so excited about the workouts. Through the Club I can get a calendar of what workouts to do on what day and the workouts are streamed through the website so it is a real no-brainer. I have been setting out my clothes the night before and walking in the morning in the basement. I love these workouts. I used her workouts before after I had my son. The workouts vary in length from 1 mile to 5 miles and average anywhere from 3-5 miles per hour. Essentially, you walk/march in place along with doing varied upper body/core exercises. She adds kicks, side steps and knee lifts to make it a varied overall cardio and strength workout.

I had planned to weigh myself today, but we went on a little vacation last weekend and I believe I had one too many smores :) Instead, I am going to take my measurements as a starting point and take those and a weigh in next week. I am excited to see some results. I feel good about my cardio conditioning from all of that running I did; however my strength suffered and therefore I am a little flabby where I want not to be. So, expect a weigh in and measurement update next week.

I really love to do her workouts and walking is great for me. It can be done anywhere, is easy on my joints (and IT Band which was my nemesis in running) and with the Workouts or a Treadmill, I can walk whenever and no matter what the weather does outside.

Here is to finding and exercise that you love and doing it!  Thanks Liz!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Look...

A lot has changed since I last refreshed this blog...
More info to come, but suffice to say, I am still the same Christian Woman with new adventures ahead.  I am excited to blog about some of the above changes and also I have signed up to read and post reviews of some Christian book titles.

If you were following me for the I will blog 500 Miles challenge...sorry to dissapoint, but I hope you might stay around and read on my ramblings about "Just Me".

Thanks!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Off Topic: 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

A blog I follow - 4th Frog posted a link to a challenge that she is thinking about doing for Lent.  I am thinking about doing it too...the challenge is "40 Bags in 40 Days".  It sounds doable, I definitely have plenty of stuff to bag up. 

The bags will fill the following purposes:
1.  Trash
2.  Storage of Baby Wear for my Sister
3.  Goodwill/Charity Donations

Unfortunately, there is more than enough stuff to fill a bag each day in my house.  I am going to choose the Tall Kitchen Size bags.  I am excited about this, but a little nervous.  I have watched the "piles" get just a little more overwhelming each week and I am ready to make this change, but this is something that will also take dedication to be sure that I am sticking with it.  I haven't really ever been much of a finisher.  I am pumped to start things (I have started a LOT of things, but I just get blah after a while and find something else new to do...)  I am hoping that maybe this will "bring out the finisher in me" and be a life change that I need.

Thanks Amy at 4th Frog for posting this!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mini Marathon Training Series 10k

The one thing that I am really missing in doing these pre-race training runs is my buddies in my book club.  We meet on the first Saturday of every month which is also the days for the Mini Marathon Training Series Runs.  The irony is that the book they read for today was "The Art of Racing in the Rain"  while I did not read it and it has nothing to do with running, the title was a perfect fit for what I was doing today.

It rained...a lot.  I ran at least a few miles in my $1.99 poncho from Dick's (thank you to my friend Liz at Eternal Lizdom) and was so glad that my husband suggested a change of clothes for after the race.  It wasn't freezing, but I definitely got a chill post-run with the wet clothes and all.

As a treadmill trainer, I never know what to expect on the outdoor runs.  I am pleased to say that I enjoyed this run.  I had a great mix on the iPod and the route was pretty varied.  We went over the bridge to the White River a few times which broke up the route.  The race volunteers were so supportive.  I can't say that I loved running in the rain, but I can say (after a nice hot shower and change of clothes) that I enjoyed this run.

So excited about my time too.  A few weeks ago, I ran 6 miles on a Saturday on the treadmill and took about 85min (1hr25min) and today I rocked a 1hr18min (78min) 10k.  So that is faster than my 6 miles and .2 miles more than my previous run.  Yes, I am geeking out on the math, but I am geeked about my time. 

So fun running with some buddies again.  We start off together and then I am kind of a loner during the race.  Then we meet up at the end.  It works for all of us and it is very motiviating when something like rain could make for an easy excuse to give in and not do the run. 

So, good day, good run....15k in a month (eek!).  I am going to be purchasing a foam roller for my IT Band issues (C.Beth - I am also going back to re-read your IT Band posts/comments).  I stretched it a couple of times during the run, but I need to be doing some therapy to loosen it during the week if I want the pain to subside and be manageable as the miles increase.

Sorry for the novel, but I am stoked about this run! 

Happy Running Everyone!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mini Marathon Training Series 5k

Last Saturday I participated in the Mini Marathon Training Series 5k.  I was nervous to run outside mostly because I hadn't since last fall and because I usually get some inner ankle pain when I run outside due to uneven pavement.  I was also nervous since it was 30 degrees outside and I was taking a total gamble on what to wear...

Well I am glad to say that I was nervous for no reason at all!  I wore exactly the right amount of layers and since I had gotten new shoes since my last outdoor run, I realized that it might have been my shoes last time.  These didn't hurt at all.  Sure I had a few walk breaks where I lengthened my stride to stretch out the legs, but overall, the run felt great.  I finished at 36:53 which is right in line with all of the other 5k's that I have done in the past.  I wasn't trying to break any records as I saw this run as step further in the training process.  This was also the first time that I had run a whole race on my own (without someone running "with" me).  It felt good to have that "on my own" feeling like "I CAN do this!".

Unfortunately...I got done with the run and was having a huge pinch up high on my shoulder.  I felt like maybe my sports bra had pinched something the wrong way, but what I realized that the one accessory I forgot was sunglasses...I will NEVER do this again.  I spent the afternoon napping away a huge migrane that hit full force once I got home.  I guess squinting is not such a good thing.  Especially when I am one of those people who wears sunglasses EVERYWHERE!  So I have been feeling like I slept wrong on my neck all week :(

Moving forward though...did a 40 min run last night and am back on track for my training schedule.  I still can't believe that on March 5 I am doing twice the distance (10k)...sometimes I don't know what I am thinking with all of this running, but the high I get when I am done and the clarity my brain has from the run make it so worthwhile...

Glad to be running!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Still At It...

Daily Mile has me clocked at 99 miles...almost 1/5 of the way to my goal.  I am so glad that I have this goal to keep in mind.  Also, I have some races coming up

Mini Marathon Training Series 5k in February
Mini Marathon Training Series 10k in March
Mini Marathon Training Series 15k and 5k Komen Walk in April
Mini Marathon (Half-Marathon) and Geist Half Marathon 5k in May
Fishers Freedom Festival 5k in June
Indy Women's Half Marathon in September


Whew...I can't beleive that a year ago I wasn't even running AT ALL...like I was still telling myself "I will just walk on this treadmill, there is no running in sight for me"...oh how blind I can be sometimes :)

I know I don't post much, but it is so encouraging to see many of you posting your updates on Daily Mile and Facebook.  I love that I don't feel alone in this quest...it keeps me hanging on.


BTW...Daily Mile Challenge is planning a Virtual 5k again on the 4-6 of February.