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So, I’ve been running and finding successes and taking pictures to post… and I’ve done none of those things. 

Last week I lost 1.4 lbs which is completely healthy (but a slight disappointment). 

But, I am down 3% body fat since purchasing my new scale! I also finished c25k, which is exciting! Aaand I used running as a coping skill and avoided a binge, even after stopping at Taco Bell after a horrible meeting that didn’t go how I wanted. Yay again! 

Sunday I started the c25k 10K program. 

Felix enjoyed the first run in the cold (and wind)…. okay he slept about half the time. Frankly, that was exactly what I wanted him to do since he was tired but it was too early to really nap. 

Sebi turned 3 months old AND I got my first decent picture of a real smile. Yay! 

Lots of yays, no motivation to write. I’m on track and doing well, tho, so for once, a slight distance from the blog is not a bad sign. I’m still logging in almost daily to read my favorite blogs (like this one) that help me relax and regroup. All in all, it’s a good week! 


Fun Fridayย 

Im completing a weigh in post on time. Woo! 

I lost just over two pounds this week and was notified I’ve been logging food for 50 days! Wow! I gained the first couple weeks of that, but I don’t want to not count it since it did help me get my head on straight. Plus, I’m learning to embrace the struggle. 

I went to the gym twice and plan to run tomorrow to get my third workout in. Fitting the gym into work time is getting more difficult but it does feel good so I’m gonna do it until I can’t. Then I’ll figure something else out. For now, I’ll take it. 

Look who is now 10 lbs ๐Ÿ˜‰

Late weigh in

I was incredibly excited on weigh in day, but after I went to work I completely lost track of time. Work was awesome but I never got around to writing this post. 

Saturday I told myself I was gonna run all day and didn’t, so I DEFINITELY wasn’t gonna post, and sunday I was so mad for not running I forced myself to. It was awesome and flew by. Then we spent the day with my parents so I lost track of time. 

Long story not short enough, my weigh in was good! I couldn’t get a picture of the scale so here’s MFP. 

Down 3.2 more, for a total of over 10lbs since September 10th. Yay! 

Today is Monday, and I already went to the gym and stuck it out on the treadmill so I can feel accomplished haha. 

This is what my heart rate was for 22mins of jogging plus a 5 minute warm up and cool down. I believe I was in the wrong Zone for an easy run but I’m still working on that part. I will be more particular about it after I’m done with C25K in two weeks. That’s right, only six more workouts left. Woo!

Accomplishing random goals

I wrote earlier this week about some household projects that I wish would be done by the time I went back to work next week (a little late to plan, right?). I am proud to announce that I actually did finish one of them with Jared’s help! We had alllllll these bushes in the front yard that were huge and appeared to be swallowing our house. 

We now have a window! Ha okay the window was already there, but two days ago nobody could see it because the rhododendrons were swallowing it. It may not look like much but it was a lengthy process involving borrowing the neighbors sawzall, digging with a shovel, and having my dad over to help haul in his truck. It took some real elbow grease (can you say that for outdoor work?) to get the tree-sized plants cut out and hauled off. So, success with one of my vague wannabe goals! Yay! 

I also went running yesterday and Monday. I’m hoping to run this afternoon too, which I wouldn’t normally be able to do, but felixs old babysitter wanted to spend some time with him so I’ll have some time with just one baby for a while. Another yay! Being with both all day is awesome and exhausting and I’m looking forward to a little break. 

Sebi and I have been bonding over the last couple days between endless nursing sessions and longer awake time. 

My teeny baby is almost two months! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I knew it would fly by but it is quite sad and happy all at once. Time goes on whether  we want it to or not. 

That goes back to the quote “6 months will pass whether you’re working out or not.” So, might as well work out, hold my babies, and take a million pictures as life changes. 

One last small celebration today:

Yesterday I gave up my right before bed / bedtime nursing treat of a no sugar added Klondike in order to stay in the green. It was worth it. I didn’t even dream about ice cream ๐Ÿ˜œ

Last Monday of leave

Today marks the one week countdown until my return to work. I can’t lie, I’m excited and dreading it all at once. 

No more of this all day ๐Ÿ˜ข

I don’t think I’ll be as emotional this time, buuut we still don’t have daycare totally figured out since our babysitter had to go back into the workforce. Ignorance is bliss, which has been my lax attitude while I don’t panic despite not having a sitter for 2 of the 5 workdays per week. Ugh. 

Anyways, I have a few projects I’ve been thinking about doing this week as a “I know I won’t have time to do this any other time” projects. For example, painting the downstairs of my house, removing any or all ugly wallpaper, completely overhauling our overgrown and hideous gardens, etc etc etc. The reality is, it’s nearly impossible to do any of these with a toddler, since the gardens I want to mess with are in the front and i can’t have him outside while I do it. Painting would be a mess too, since he’d inevitably touch the paint on the walls and mess it up. So I either have to peel wallpaper and not paint the remaining walls, or I have to do the work while my husband is home. The second option would work, but as I mentioned before, he’s been oddly tired lately and not too focused on the family. 

So, I’m not sure what I’ll do but I would like to do SOMETHING so I feel a little accomplished after leave ends. 

I will say this, though: running has made me feel like I’m working in a positive direction and I feel like I am doing something for myself and making the most of my leave. So even if I don’t do a project, I’ve still been exercising at least 3 times a week and gotten back into a healthy eating routine. Now I need to continue that when I go back. Finding time to work out will be significantly more difficult; however, I never got rid of my gym membership even tho I wasn’t going, so I can go back and workout on lunch if I need to. In fact, I would reeeeally like to do that if possible. We shall see. 

Today I took Sebi when I went out to run. It was a good workout and I felt good. I spent time thinking about long term goals and what I’d like to see happen over the next several months and year. Obviously, each week I want to lose weight and continue working out at least 3 times. But, I know when c25k ends, I always get stuck trying to find a new goal or program. So, while thinking about what that means, I decided that I will do the 10k trainer too, if possible with the time constraints, and then stick to that distance as a max while I work on improving my speed. That means I will be able to run 6ish miles as a long run, and do some speed work as an attempt to drop my average speed per mile while I also drop weight. I follow the Runs for Cookies blog and I’ve noticed over time that her time improves when she is at a lower weight (yes, this sounds obvious) so I’m not going to try to improve speed as much as endurance while I’m still at my heaviest. 

Jared wants to go to Florida around the new year to meet my parents for a vaca, so that is something else that is in the back of my mind as far as goals are concerned, because id like to be in the 240s or lower by then, equalling about 10lbs per month. It’s reasonable for a goal and has been achieved in the past, so I know I can do it, but it does help to have some things to look forward to and aim for while I’m on this long journey. My goal weight is 160 (kinda just a number I picked within the healthy range) so I have a loooong way to go. Little things along the way will help. First number goal is 10%, which would be 245 lbs, so December may be an exciting month for me lol. Other things that I’ll be excited for will be noted and celebrated along the way. 

Foodie fest, cool rain, and maternity leave countdown

It’s been an interesting couple of days! My eating has been on point, despite being put in a situation where I was forced to eat fast food — not only did I order a grilled chicken sandwich, but I was planning to eat the fries and after having a couple I decided they weren’t satisfying and gave them all away. Proud moment. Feeling mentally strong! 

My last run was Thursday and it felt awesome. Jared made me take Felix (ok he didn’t MAKE me) because he’d been frustrated all morning and wanted to take a nap. So, I did, and then after I was done I met Jared at the playground with the kids to get some energy out. 
The run was tough but I felt good. It was the week where we begin doubling the amount of running time, so of course it was tough. But as I said before, doable. 

I visited the river with my parents yesterday and had a nice afternoon with the boys. I even won a game of hearts after an epic come back! After feeling kinda drained and stuck for a few days or a week, I feel back in control and strong. I’m sure the good weigh in didn’t hurt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today was foodie fest in grove city, which really means they set up a tent downtown with a couple samples from local restaurants and you go and try the food and make friends. There wasn’t any food that was notably good, so I took one bite of most things and didn’t finish anything I didn’t like. It was nice to have a “special day” and still make good choices. I’m getting better at turning down food that isn’t satisfying because I don’t want to eat just to eat. 

Touched out

This is something that I see describing motherhood at times, and I’m not sure I fully understood the concept until I had Sebi and Felix regressed to needy baby mode. 

I love breastfeeding and cuddling and providing nourishment to my baby, just as I did for Felix for 16 months. BUT. I feel pinned down so often when nursing, especially right now while I’m on maternity leave and spend all afternoon and evening with the boys alone… Every damn day. 

I will say this. Running is helping because I’m more tolerant and more emotionally sound. I’ve been trying to get my runs in alone when possible, but Jared’s been struggling with being detached right now, so he is not doing so well with toddler tantrums. I’ll say this, he’s a great man and father, but life is tough right now. 

In other news, I did my second run of the week this morning. I felt good and I’m ready to move on to week 4 of c25k, which will start tomorrow. I’ll prob feel totally dead but I do feel like it’s time to bump up. Today I did some squats and lunches before running in an effort to strengthen my legs so I can avoid injury, but I am so weak I could only do 1 set of 15 each. Man I’m weak. ๐Ÿ˜…

In the Green

I had a good eating day today! I actually got pretty obsessive about food around 3 because I had eaten lunch at like 1030 and ran afterwards. So, I ate “dinner” at like 4, knowing that I may be in deep shit at like 7 because I would be ravenously hungry. I was thinking about food non stop at about 6, but instead of eating everything in the house, I took the boys out for a walk. It was suuuch a relief. I got fresh air, Sebi wasn’t fussy, Felix got a change in scenery, and I haven’t been obsessing about food since! Such a success. 

I also adjusted my calorie goal to 1800 today because it’s a little under 300 calories more than the goal they had set, which takes into account my breastfeeding needs. Here’s to hoping for a success on the scale this week. 

This is a fruit basket I got today from work. Felix and I are enjoying the fruit as a healthy thing to munch on as much as needed without guilt. 

Happy Thursday!

Today was the best day of the week, as far as I’m concerned! I have TWO pieces of good news; I got officially hired as a PRN where I interned, and my run was AWESOME! Several times this week I felt great while running, and today was no exception. At mile two, I actually thought to myself, “Holy shit, I’m not tired. This is awesome.”ย  SOO weird. The workout (W10/D2) was the same as yesterday, three sets of 15 minute running separated by one minute walking. I actually finished three miles with 5 minutes left, meaning that my pace was FAST for the day! My goal right now is to get under a 40 minute 5k, and more long term, to reach a 10 minute mile. Today was right around a 13:20 mile, which reminds me that I have a long way to go, but also tells me that I’ve gotten quite a bit better over the last two weeks. Aside from the increased endurance, my pace has picked up at least one minute per mile, as during week 7 of the C25k workout (28 minute jog), I only made it right around 2 miles. Today it seems as though I’ve cut off at least 40 seconds from that pace, as well as maintained that an extra mile! Quantifying my progress is just reinforcing my commitment to working out. I totally dig it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting back to my first piece of good news, I’m so excited about being officially hired! I kinda knew I would be, but nothing is as relieving as hearing that you didn’t do anything to screw up in the process. I also have another interview next week at a hospital in town. Last week, my interview didn’t go so great, so I’m hoping with more practice this week I will do better. Again, I’m probably not totally qualified for the job, but getting the interview must mean something. I just need to wow them with my incredible personality ๐Ÿ˜‰

ImageThis is the outfit I wore last week. It has been my lucky interview outfit for the past year (except last week), and I’m planning to wear it again next week. Probably if I hadn’t started losing weight, the jacket wouldn’t fit, but because I have, it looks damn good on me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The dress also looks good on me, but because it isn’t form-fitting, I’ve been able to wear it for quite a while. Sometimes I straighten my hair for interviews, like last week, but I think my curly hair more closely matches my personality, so I may go with that for next week. The problem is that it doesn’t look so nice and neat, and I worry that this is a problem. I guess we’ll see how the weather is (humidity and rain mean afro).

ImageAs you can see, it gets quite out of control (note the tiny curly-q in the widows peak). Crazy hair matches my wild personality… possibly not something great to show at a professional interview. Ehh, we’ll see.

I feel like I haven’t posted pictures of my adorable fur children lately, sooo here are a few of them and my hubs at the park yesterday.

Look at my hubby entertaining our babes ๐Ÿ™‚
They like to carry the rope toy back TOGETHER. Its really a crowd pleaser.

Look at how green the grass is! Spring is definitely here. In fact, I’ve been running in my carpi-length leggings and a long sleeved shirt. It’s great… except they’re too big now. Until I get sweaty, I spend a ton of time pulling them up over and over again. Its great and annoying at the same time. When I start sweating, they start sticking more. Guess I might have to go shopping soon…

Double take

Today I went running twice…. kinda. I made a plan yesterday to start running before work because of the length of time it takes.ย  Unfortunately, when I went to leave to go running with Ava, Yoli wanted to come too. She’s always been a pretty big baby when I left the house with Ava and not her, but today, I couldn’t get her back in the house unless we went too. Sometimes she’s too smart (and dumb) for her own (and my own good). So, anyways, we all went running together. The only problem is that Yoli is a hound mix, so she doesn’t just go and run. She doesn’t go anywhere without her nose on the ground. This causes a problem for me when I’m running because either she is pulling on the leash ahead of me, or I’m dragging her because she stopped to smell something. Yoli’s presence also always excites Ava a bit, so when she starts freaking out and getting distracted, it starts to drive me crazy and really distract me from the running.

So, I made it about half of a lap, which is 1/5 of a mile, and then I gave up and just started walking back to the car. I was totally annoyed and frustrated, even though I expected it. I went home, and just hung out with the girls for a while before I went to work instead of sticking it out. I made a plan to run at work again, even though I didn’t really want to, and said that was that. The cool thing, is that I actually did run at work (which I’ll get to later). I walked the dogs up the hill when I woke up, I went out to get a real workout in about two hours later (and didn’t really succeed), and then I ran over three miles at work. That is a lot of exercise! Three months ago, I wouldn’t have done any ONE of those things, let alone all three. I would have used the failed attempt to not try again, and I would have used the sucky weather to keep me from going on the walk in the morning. This is a great accomplishment!

Okay, so back to business. Ava and I got our TDI stuff in the mail today ๐Ÿ™‚ImageIt includes a book of stuff to know, a bandana, and a name badge. I’m trying to switch my schedule at work right now so that I can spend next Tuesday in Clarion providing Animal Assisted Therapy to the college kids during finals. It would be pretty cool to be able to do that. PLUS I’d have an excuse to see my mama, and I’m always happy for those. We need to practice up a bit this week to get back to our usual routine so that she doesn’t jump on anyone and she remembers how to walk on my heel. I’m thinking this practice will also help her run on a heel when I want her to. Of course, that also means I need to stop being so soft and leave Yoli at home, but who knows if that will ever happen ha.

Back to my run tonight. It was awesome! I was in the zone. I totally was lost in my thoughts for most of it and didn’t feel exhausted or crappy much at all. I also noticed something this week; I have more energy after mile one of my run. I actually picked up the pace for my second and third miles as compared to my first. It wasn’t an exponential change or anything, but my first mile was right around 15 minutes, and my last two were closer to 13.5 or 14. Weird how that is happening. I’m thinking its because at the beginning of the run I’m still getting warmed up, and toward the end of the run I’m loosened up and lost somewhere in my mind. Either way, its totally cool.

Also, today is the first time that I’m 100% sure that I ran an entire 5k. The workout was 3 sets of 15 minutes jogging and 1 minute of walking. I definitely finished 3 of the miles with 3 minutes left, meaning that I ran 3 miles in 42 minutes.ย  I didn’t walk very far on my 1 minute walking breaks either, so I’m pretty confident that I could run the whole thing without any walking, which is pretty cool. That is a terrible time for a 5k though. One of my old friends from college started running just over a month before me and she is under 40 minutes for her 5k, so I’m totally jealous. I’m hoping that in another month of jogging I’ll be doing the same. According to the 10k trainer I’m using, I should be able to run 10k in two weeks. In reality, that is only 60 minutes, so it may be more like four miles, since I’m running three in just under 45 minutes now. I hope that isn’t the case. I was hoping my pace would start to pick up by now, but it hasn’t really. Maybe I need to tweak my workout schedule to add a faster-paced, shorter run on the weekends. Maybe if I add one 2 mile run on the weekends to see how quick I can do it, it will help me pick up my pace naturally on week days? God, sometimes I feel like I know nothing about running.