Running

I know you’ve been on pins and needles wondering how my running is going 🙂

I’ve been sticking with it! Here is what I’ve done since last I updated you:

7/2- 5 miles

7/4- 2.1 miles

7/7- 2.1 miles

7/12- 2 miles

7/14- 2.7 miles

7/16- 6.5 miles

7/19- 2.1 miles

7/21- 2.3 miles

7/23- 6.7

6/26- 3.1

 

Saturdays are my “long” run days. I got up on Saturday morning and ran at 5:30. I hoped to do 7 miles, but finished with 6.7. I’m sticking with doing intervals of one minute of running and one minute of walking. For the most part, my body has been cooperating. My IT Band was starting to get tight toward the end of my last long run. We’ll see how it holds out.

Here’s a fuzzy photo from the end of our early morning run today:

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Early Morning Running

For the last several years, I’ve toyed with the idea of joining a running group here in Spring Hill. I always talked myself out of it because I’m not able to go very fast and I need to take walk breaks.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the members of the running group decided to work a little harder at recruiting people. He had taken time off running and was coming back to it and said he was also slow and doing run/walk intervals. A friend of mine decided to join the group. She was also running intervals. So, I thought it over and figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out.

The drawback was that they did their running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 4:45. Whoa! That’s a little earlier than I get up for the day. But, they go early to beat the heat and to get it done in time to get ready for people to head off to work. I joined them last week and had a good time! I ran on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (we did 6:00 on Saturday). I missed Tuesday this week, but I did run today and I’m planning to run Saturday before we leave for Atlanta.

I’m slow, but I’m doing it!

6/21- 2.7 miles, 37:00

6/23 – 2.5 miles, 35:01

6/25- 4 miles, 54:49

6/28- 2.1 miles, 30:01

6/30- 2.7 miles, 34:59

Christmas Baking Season Has Begun!

This isn’t great for my diet, but what kind of life is one with no Christmas cookies?

The kids and I did some baking yesterday.

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We made Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies. Oh, so yummy!

 

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Nathan stayed home today. He had some vacation time still to use this year that he didn’t remember he had and it was Christmas party day for our tutorial. I didn’t want to expose anyone to shingles. So, Nathan volunteered to take the kids. They had fun making crafts, decorating cookies and watching Charlie Brown Christmas.

 

Speaking of shingles, I feel like I’m 90% better. As I look back, I can pinpoint more symptoms I had before knowing what it was. I had a horrible headache on Wednesday evening and Thursday. I commented several times about my face hurting. I’m positive it was related. It seems like I had more symptoms before I knew what was happening than I did after. Monday was the worst day for pain and it cleared up very quickly. My rash is almost gone and I’m ready to declare myself “not contagious”.

On Having Shingles

If this post makes no sense, let’s blame it on the narcotic I just took 😉

I have shingles. Not the kind that you use on your roof. I have the virus.

On Friday, my toes hurt a lot. I wrote it off to the weather, my poor circulation and my old age. On Saturday I noticed a strange rash on my side. My first thought was that the vacation rental had bed bugs, but I thought to show it to my father in law who happens to be a nurse.  He said it looked suspicious and Erica said it looked like the rash Tim had when he had shingles. I never, ever in a million years would have guessed that. I knew nothing at all about shingles.

We tried to find a Minute Clinic or Little Clinic on the way home from Indiana, but we had no luck. We went with the Physician’s Urgent Care clinic 20 minutes from our house. It was surprisingly busy. I had to wait quite a while to be seen, but it only took the doctor 1 second to diagnose me. Thanks to Don I got diagnosed in time to start antiviral meds that will hopefully shorten the duration and impact of the virus.

And whoa…. my meds just kicked into gear and I am having a hard time holding my head up (but the pain I was feeling is GONE!).

More info on shingles can be found here.

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Now that the pain killer has mostly wore off, I am feeling more lucid. I thought I would add some symptoms that I had/have:

  • I was super tired and slept for about 3 hours on Thursday. I thought it was due to travel, but in retrospect, I think it might have been because of the virus.
  • Joint pain. My toes were the first thing that I noticed hurting.
  • Rash that follows a nice thin line. It’s not getting wider at all. It seems to have gotten a tiny bit longer than when I first noticed it.
  • Pain on my left side. That’s the side the rash is on.
  • Pain in my left hand. I had to drive Isaac to speech therapy today and it hurt a lot to hang on to and turn the wheel.

Weight Loss Update- November 2015

 

 

 

 

I thought I would update you on my weight loss progress. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to stick with something for so long. My start date was August 9 (a couple of weeks before we started the Fritz Family Weight loss Challenge). I’ve lost 19 lbs. In the last 14 weeks, I’ve had only 2 weeks where I have not lost anything. One of those weeks was last week 🙂 I made some poor eating decisions! I would like to lose 4 more lbs by the end of the year.

Here’s my “inches lost” breakdown:

2 inches off on my waist.

3 inches off my hips.

2 inches off my natural waist/rib cage.

2 inches off my chest.

2.5 inches off my thigh.

 

I’m at a point where people are noticing that I’ve lost weight and that feels good! I can’t seem to get a good photo to show my progress. I’ll try again tonight. I am down about 10 lbs since the last time I posted a photo.

 

 

 

Working On My Weight

After having pretty good success with losing weight in April, I went back to my old eating habits and gained much of it back.

On August 9th, I decided to start really working on my weight again. I had been feeling tired and out of shape and unhealthy. I was up 14 lbs from the weight I was when we moved to TN and 27 lbs from the weight where I feel good about myself.

I’ve worked really hard and been able to stick with it for a little over 4 weeks now and have lost 9.8 lbs. Of course, the weeks where I had the biggest loss were the first two weeks. It’s slowed considerably since to about  1 lb a week.  I have about 17 lbs to go.

Here are my “before” and “during” photos.

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These are not the best photos, but they will do :-). The first one was around the time I started and the second one was taken August 26 (two weeks ago). I’m down a few more pounds since, but I don’t have a new photo right now. I can feel and see a difference. Some of the picture difference is due to the fact that in the second photo, I’m actually wearing a more fitted t-shirt. It is nice to see a distinction between my chest and my stomach in the photos.

I would love to be at my goal weight by New Year’s. I’m not sure how realistic that is with the holidays in there. I feel motivated though.

Healthy Eating Update

You’re probably on pins and needles wondering how Nathan and I have been doing with our eating.

We were following an eating plan that supposedly helps to get your metabolism working great in 28 days. I say “supposedly” because I’m a little skeptical of the specific “science” claims behind eating certain things on certain days and times. However, the foods we were eating were very healthy. I couldn’t argue with that. So, Nathan and I decided we would stick to the plan for 28 days and then decided from there how to go forward.

I finished my 28 days last Monday. Nathan finished his 28 days yesterday. As of today, Nathan and I have lost a combined total of 30.3 lbs! Nathan is down 18 and I’m down 12.3 (some of that weight was after I was “done” last week!).

We plan to keep with the main principles of how we have been eating. So, that means lots of veggies and fruit, some lean protein and healthy fats and a little grain (not a lot– in the past, our entire diet was completely filled with grain and not a lot of nutrients were in those grains). And as for sugar? Well, we’re trying to keep that to being a very tiny part of our eating. Not eliminating it altogether, but being much more restrictive. We have not been having any caffeine with this plan, but I’m going to let myself have a cup of coffee a day. I’m still going to avoid soda for the most part and make sure I’m staying hydrated with water. I had been terrible about drinking enough water before really working on it last month.

I’m feeling really good about our progress! I’m really proud of us 🙂

Sick!

I was feeling crummy yesterday. For most of the day, I wrote it off to the humidity and allergies and the fact that I really wanted chocolate. But when I arrived home from bringing Ethan to and from Bible Bowl practice last night, I knew that it was worse than allergies. My throat was killing me, I felt tired, and chilled. I took my temperature and it read about average which for me is a fever. I always run a degree or two below normal.

I had to call a friend and tell her that I wouldn’t be able to sub for her in her 1st and 2nd grade history/geography classes. I felt terrible that I was letting her down, but it was better to make the call at 8:30 at night than in the morning with no time to find a replacement.

I slept lousy. Strange dreams. It hurt so bad to swallow. I dropped Ethan at tutorial this morning at 8:00 and went directly to the clinic at CVS. My strep test came back positive. I’ve started my meds and I took some ibuprofen for my sore throat. A friend did lunch duty for me with Ethan and the other two kids at tutorial and then volunteered to just keep them all and bring everyone home after the 3:00 class ended. I am blessed with great friends!

I’m sad because Ethan has an end of the year celebration at for tutorial tonight and I’m contagious until tomorrow morning 🙁 Hopefully, Nathan can take some good photos and videos for me. I’m hoping to put this behind me quickly so we can enjoy Nathan’s parents coming to visit.

Healthy Eating

I’ve had lots of starts and stops in trying to have a healthier diet. Such is life 🙂

But, I am here to announce that I have been sticking to eating so much better and I’m on day 16! I think that’s a miracle. Here are the things you should be celebrating with me:

  • Cut out caffeine (okay, the jury is still out on if it’s good for you or not. For the time, I’m eliminating it.). I’ve had a few slips ups but I’ve gone from coffee every day and soda most days to no more than 12 oz of soda in 16 days.
  • Cut out sugar. I had a half a cupcake at a friends’ house and some chocolate covered fruit on Easter. That’s it.
  • Added tons of vegetables. Think 40 cups of veggies in a week. I don’t even recognize myself. Ha!
  • Eating more fruit. Not as much fruit as veggies, but still, a decent amount.
  • Avoiding soy as much as possible.

I plan to be strict with this for 28 days. Then I will evaluate how I’m feeling and how sustainable this is. I think the biggest win in this whole thing is that Nathan joined me in this (about a week after I started). We really needed to make a change because our bodies were not getting the nutrition they needed. So, while it is about our weight, the bigger picture is our long-term (and short-term) health.

In related news, did you have any idea how many dishes I’m washing with all the cooking and chopping I’m doing? I need a kitchen fairy!

Strange Medical Things Always Happen On The Weekend

On Saturday night, while we were eating supper, Nathan noticed that Ethan’s thumb looked strange. It looked like it had a huge blister on it.

Apparently, Ethan had poked it with the pin on the back of a button and it got infected. He didn’t mention it to us. That happened on Wednesday. Oops.

So, Nathan called his dad for advice and we soaked it in hot water periodically to try to draw out the infection. Yesterday afternoon, Nathan sterilized a pin so he could prick it and get the infected ickyness out. There was lots of screaming and weeping and fighting to try to get away. It was quite a sight.

Here is what it looked like Saturday night:

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By Sunday night, we decided it was not getting better fast enough and we didn’t want to risk the infection getting worse. So, after our small group meeting, Nathan took Ethan to the urgent care clinic and they were able to clean out the rest of the disgusting fluid in that infected area and bandage him up and give him a prescription for an antibiotic.  Hopefully, Ethan is on the mend now.