Monday, July 26, 2010

Still at it

I've finished 4 weeks of the Couch To 5K Program.  It's taken me a little longer, I missed two weeks due to scheduling difficulties and insanely hot weather, but aside from those two (concurrent) weeks, I've kept at it.  I tend to run Sun-Mon-Tues, and try to get in another workout of some sort on one or two other days.

At any rate, I'm slow as molasses on a cold day, but I'm doing it.  I think I'm going to sign up for a 5K on September 19.  eek!  My only goal is to finish. 

I wonder if I could work up to a 10K by Thanksgiving?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Oh hey - diapers!

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

One of these days, I'm going to win one of these things!  The nice folks at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer give away diapers every Friday!  

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bum Genius 4.0!

I should just change this blog to be about diapers....

The Cloth Diaper Report is giving away the BRAND NEW Bum Genius 4.0.  Can you believe it?!?!?  I KNOW - it's insane!  So excited!

Friday, July 2, 2010


It's that time again!  Hoping to win 3 Fuzzi Bunz  in red, white and blue!  How patriotic!

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Monday, June 28, 2010

I'll Sell My Soul for Diapers

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

In case you didn't know - I use cloth diapsers on the Little One. I have certain environmental issues that really get my panties in a twist, and unnecessary waste is one of them! So we use cloth diapers - but DAMN they're expensive. The nice folks at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer have weekly giveaways, which I can enter by mentioning them on a blog.  (They didn't specify that the blog had to have readers, now did they?)

So there you go.  Now you know I'm a dirty hippie.

Just Call Me Speedy Gonzalez

C25K Week 2 - DONE

What I'm not liking about this plan is you do each workout 3 times, then move on. Just when I'm figuring out my milestones, it changes up on me. Oh well.

Ran on Saturday and Sunday. Did a 3 mile loop in 33-34 minutes. Which is pretty damn fast, for me. That's basically 11 minute miles, and half of that is walking. I'm still trying to figure that one out - my goal is to someday *run* 3 11-minute miles. How am I covering that distance now? I'm thinking I miscalculated something.

Anyhow, finished Week 2, wasn't too bad. Week 3 now, then we're on vacation next week. I'm going to try to do my 3 runs anyhow. Since I'm just following times (not distances) no reason I can't run even in a strange town. (and really, with all of the resources out there, I could easily map out distances.)

Tonight I *may* bike to the gym, lift, then bike home. It'd be about 8.5 miles roundtrip, which is doable. I'm only concerned about it getting dark. I'm by no means an experienced biker.

8.5 workouts done - more than 1/3 of the way to my itouch!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Excuse me, it's rather dark in here

Where did we leave off?

I started C25K last week. Got in 2 runs, and 2 full weight workouts. Sunday was Father's Day. We spent the day at my in-law's, gone from 11-6:30. Get home....and the power is out.

I am not deterred. Figuring it'd be back in an hour or whatever, I putz around then get into my jogging clothes. I head outside - shorts, t-shirt, ipod - ready to go. My neighbors pull up and fill us in - power went out about 4, and will be back on Tuesday evening.

Come again?

Tuesday evening. Aw crap. Scrap the run, go over to my dad's to get camping lanterns (which he keeps for just such occasions, not camping), find batteries, etc.

Monday we spent the day at dad's to stay cool and lit. Power came back Monday night, but Monday-Tuesday were wonky days and I didn't get in workouts.

So - in my Quest for an Itouch:
Week 1: 4 workouts
C25K: I missed one workout.

I opted to just start Week 2 of C25K, which is 90/120 intervals, x6. Did that on Wednesday, no problem. Rode my bike on Thursday, which I hadn't done in at least 2 years, possibly more. Nothing Friday. Earlier today I walked to the store - Al says I get credit for 1/2 a workout. woot! Heading out for another run a little later this evening. Back on track.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Veggie Veggie Yum Yum

Several years ago, I bought a vegetable steamer. It sat in the cupboard for upwards of 3-4 years before I even took it out of the package. Bought a new one today, and that bad boy didn't get to rest but a few hours before I put him to work.

And a full-body weight workout today. 4 down, 21 to itouch!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm a Rockstar

Tuesday: C25K
Wednesday: full-body weights
Thursday: OWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW. Could barely move. Al made fun of me in the morning as I slowly hobbled down the stairs.

Was supposed to run that night. um....ow. Thought about a bike ride instead. And really - what I really needed to do was mop the kitchen floor. *Somebody* is mobile and MAN that floor is disgusting.

It was a very close race.

Running won.

So off I went. And I did the C25K workout. And it wasn't hard at all. Finished the same loop, besting my time by 1:20. (um 00:01:20).

Friday: OW.

I'm getting old, but at least I didn't give up.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


*blows dust off blog*

*laughs nervously*


Don't ask, I don't know.

Started Couch-to-5K today. I've looked at it in the past, and thought the first few weeks looked easier than I needed - I always figured I'd start at week 3 or so. Decided to take the plunge, and start at the beginning. Don't know how long I'll last - my knees may not allow me to continue.

But I'll try.

And I have the added incentive that Al says I can get an iTouch after I do 25 workouts. (Did he think that would happen this year?)

Really hemmed and hawed about going tonight. During the day it's too hard to get to the gym - I have to pack up Punky's bag, get her to a sitter, etc. etc. etc. But after her bedtime I'm ready to crash. While Al put her down tonight, I relaxed for a few minutes, but forced myself up after half an hour. One step outside and I was glad I did. It was a beautiful cool night - so much better to be outside! The first week calls for intervals of running 60 sec, walk 90 - for 20 minutes. (Or 8 intervals. Er...I hope I did that math right, because that's how many I did.) 5 minute warm up/cool down. It wasn't too hard - although my gait/posture is ridiculous. I think I did about a 2 mile loop, in exactly 30 minutes.

Where the hell did half of June go?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


My weight is staying right around the same few numbers. It hasn't gone up as high as my starting weight, but has been hovering in the same 5-pound range. I'm doing a Biggest Loser competition with some friends, and for my official weigh-in this week, I'm up .5 pounds.

I'm eating about 1200-1300 calories each day, and working out 4 days a week. I feel a *little* trimmer, but the scale is driving me bonkers.


(I was going to post this a few days ago, I'll try to write it from that perspective.)

I took a few days off. Not intentionally. Life just got busy.

Thursday - no time for the gym
Friday - gym, decent eating
Saturday - EXHAUSTED. I slept during my free time for the gym. Ate fine during the day, but went out for Mexican and it was bloody delicious.
Sunday - baby's baptism, busy busy busy. Ate not so bad...not great, but not bad.
Monday - food fine, no gym because I was still exhausted
Tuesday - back on track

I wasn't pleased with myself for skipping the gym 4/6 days, and while my eating wasn't perfect (mmmm...enchiladas!), it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Instead of saying, "well, I'm having junk for dinner, might as well go hog wild all day" - I kept the other meals in check. This is improvement, people.

Why am I so flippin' tired all the time? It's getting ridiculous.

Friday, April 23, 2010

No way!

I didn't go to the gym yesterday - too busy, plus a day off wasn't a bad thing.

And you know what - I sorta missed it. A little. Crazy.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Take that, Wendy's!

Starting a diet/exercise program last week turned out to be...well, not the best timing. There is a ton going on in my life right now, which is keeping me very busy and pretty stressed. Usually a great combination for bad habits.

I had today all planned out, then things changed and everything was different. Ended up leaving the house around lunchtime. Hadn't eaten lunch, and needed a Diet Coke. (I'm completely, totally, utterly addicted to FOUNTAIN Diet Coke.) So I hit the drive-thru at Wendy's. Here I was - lunch time, hadn't eaten, running around like a chicken with my head cut-off, trying to accomplish a million different things - in the drive-thru.

Those who know me, know where this is headed...


This is huge, folks. HUGE.

Goal 1 - DONE

Down 5.5 pounds since last Monday! I get to get a pedicure this weekend! *happy dance*

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

run run run

I RAN A MILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which may not be a big deal for some people, but is the furthest I've run in well over a year, maybe two.

Monday, April 19, 2010

One Week Down

The first week went OK. 5 great days of eating, 2 not so great. 4 cardio sessions, 2 upper, 2 core, 1 lower. Would have preferred 1 more cardio and 1 more lower, but things got hectic. This week is going to be really hectic as well - will do my best to fit in 4 cardios, hopefully 5.

I feel pretty confident - got a little off track this weekend, and next weekend is the little one's christening, so there will be another day of food-based socializing to contend with, but I will do my best to not go out of control. This week is going to be extremely hectic - already a lot going on, and now some last-minute emergencies to deal with as well, so who knows what will happen.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Coming Clean

Today was not the best day.

It was the first weekend day. For several years, I've been in the habit of going to Einstein Bros. Bagels and getting a blueberry muffin for breakfast on the weekends. Today Client and I (and little one) headed out to do an errand. Client said, "are we stopping [at Einstein]," and I said no, with hesitation. We ran our errand, then I caved and had him stop.

I was feeling stressed - had some sort of bad news this morning. I felt deflated and just UGH. This is not a reason to have a muffin.

This afternoon we went to a birthday party. I had:
-3 glasses of wine
-a few potato chips
-tortilla chips and spinach dip
-tortilla chips and mexican dip
-broccoli and dip

And the cake was damn good. I'm full enough that I won't eat dinner, but definitely ate more than I needed to at the party. (following even more, worse news.) Didn't work out - due to time constraints and needing a rest day anyhow. I did walk to/from the party, probably a mile round-trip.

Hoping to gym tomorrow, but have several other things I need to accomplish as well - while I want to make the gym a priority, these other errands really can't wait either. I guess worst-case I'll gym in the evening.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Keepin' at It

Had a nice workout - 20 minutes cardio then full-body weights. I'm so lucky to have family who will watch the little one for a few hours each week.

Tempted to have junk food tonight - was thinking pizza slices (an improvement over getting a whole pizza....) but we have a birthday party tomorrow - I will get my junk fix then.

Client is going to be losing weight this way too.

May attempt running tomorrow.....ooh boy.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I just kicked the shit out of that elliptical!

Dare I Learn a Lesson?

I'm down 2.5 pounds! (Ok...1/2 lb of that may be clothes). But my pants are a bit looser, which is a BIG YAY!

And therefore - I am tempted to eat junk. I feel thinner, I must be doing something right - so now I can loosen up a little.

You'd never know I spent 3 years learning how to think logically.

And today would have been a very easy day to eat junk. I had to rush out of the house this morning to work, then ran around after work (yeah, work lasted like 2 hours - unemployment rules!) and it would have been easiest to stop at a drive-thru.

But I did not. I did not. And that folks, is victory right there.

Fitting in the gym is going to be tough today, but I missed yesterday so I will make it this evening after the little one is in bed.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

oooh boy

I think I'll take a day off from working out. I'm fairly sore, and timing will be an issue. Instead I'll walk the little one to the park, about 2 miles round-trip.

I'm down a pound since Monday, and today is the official start of my friend's Biggest Loser competition - woot!

Tomorrow I'm working in the morning, and I think I can go to the gym after that while my dad still has Little One - 2 birds/1 stone.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Stop me if you've heard this one...

er, don't. Because I've said it before. A million times before. I want to lose weight.

yeah, I know - stop the presses. I've attempted weight loss, oh, 5489415425 times. I've been (relatively) successful once. Big whoop.

I've been battling my weight for a solid 12 years. I've been unhappy with my body much longer. I suck at losing weight. Why do I think it will be different this time? Well, I don't. Not necessarily. But I'm nearly 50 pounds overweight. I have to at least try.

As for actual running - we'll see how my knees feel about that.