Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 5, 2012

Wow where does the time go?  I had no idea how hard it is to blog everyday. You need to get into a routine I guess.
This week has been so so.  My husband has been gone out of town on business so it has been somewhat lonely but I did get some cleaning and reading done.

This morning, my dog Brady and I relaxed before work. He loves when I sit in the living room in our apartment because then he lays by the patio door looking out.
I knew I should have went for my run (Couch to 5K Week 3 day 3) then before it got  home but no I waited until it was 83 degrees and noon sun to go running.  Brady only made it maybe 10 minutes and I brought him back. Too hot for a big ole Boxer like him. Here he is after I got home 25 minutes later. He is still panting.
Not sure how he came out but he was hot. I was hot too. I hesitated to put my picture in here but I was hot and it is me.  As you can see I am terrible at taking self-portraits. Hopefully I will improve. It is harder than it looks.

I had my best time even in this heat. I am slowly improving. Now if I could get my eating in control. I am not giving up; just keep on getting up and moving forward - just like running. One foot in front of the other no matter how slow you go you are moving forward.

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I can't believe I haven't blogged since Monday. I have  meant to check in every day.

I haven't done very well this week. Maybe it is because I haven't blogged or maybe I haven't blogged because I didn't do well. What comes first the chicken or the egg?

My husband was out of town during the week and I went out to dinner a few times with friends and I just don't do good eating out. I really need to do better eating out.  I had a good meal Thursday night that I really like. Gorton's blackened tilipia and a bag of frozen vegetables. I could eat that every day. It is very filling too.

I have finished Week 2 Day 1, 2, and 3 of Couch to 5K.  I start Week 3 tomorrow. I am trying to get into strength training. I need to get into a routine and make it a habit.

Okay I have a plan for this week.  I will fill in the blanks later but it mainly consists of whole food eating and moving more.  Can't go wrong with that plan. And add in sleep and fresh air and there you go!

Go out and make it a good day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Well I thought I had blogged Sunday.  I had a good day. I did Week 1 Day 3 Couch to 5K around my apartment below with my dog Brady below.

Yesterday I had a busy day with my niece for her birthday. We shopped until we dropped.  One funny episdode showed us unknowingly trying on the same shirt and similar sweater. She called me and asked me to see how a shirt looked and when I went to her fitting room I had on the same shirt.

I am planning to doing Couch to 5K  Week 2 Day 1 today.  I feel a little bit of a failure doing it for the third time. I was successful for the first two times, but just have to find a way to keep it up.  When I trained for my half marathon a year ago I was doing really good.  I was up to running 9 miles.  I need to get back there. I have been feeling better - less pain in my joints lately.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

So this is the first day of the rest of my life. Isn't it always?
Anyhow, my friends have convinced me to try this again. I am not sure but I thought I would try.
I live in suburban Detroit, Michigan now.
I started Couch to 5K again yesterday.  I have completed the program twice before, but I have slacked off and need to get more running in. I have been walking and running but I want to run more. So here I go.
Today I did Week 1 Day 2 at Kensington Metro Park. A little chilly but nice day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday July 10, 2011

I finished my first week of half marathon training.  I did four days (3 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles and yesterday I did 5 miles).  Here I am after the 5 miles - not very flattering but it is real.

It was a pretty good time for me. Thursday I did 4 miles in an hour which is a pretty good pace for me. I have been running in the 14 mm but after so many miles I slow down or walk.  Saturday I did 5 miles in 1 hr and 18 min but my 4 mile cut was in 1 hour.  I will keep plugging along - I am carrying alot of extra weight so I can't be too hard on myself.

I watched an Ironman video posted on bendoeslife blog and it was inspiring. Not that I could ever do that but a girl (or old woman) can dream can't she?   here is a link
Ironman Louisville 2010

No update on weight - same. :(
Okay heading off to swim at the YMCA! Later.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday, July 3rd

Swam 1/2 mile 18 laps today (almost 60 minutes I was in pool - not always swimming though) - I did freestyle one way and backstroke the other - I think I made progress. :)
Too hot to run outside but might take dog later for a short walk and/or do some weight work - I keep saying this but hard for me to actually do it (lunges, squats, planks, etc.)

So far so good - I had my oatmeal breakfast with coffee and a lite hotdog (80) and a lite hotdog bun (80) with ketchup and onion. Lunch was after swim so I added a cup of lite chocolate soy milk and a banana.

Plans for the rest of the day
hmm - resting, relaxing, reading, it is my 3 R Sunday afternoon
Might take groceries to my son that I picked up for him the other day when I did my shopping.  Besides that I am all into taking a nap, doing some reading, sitting outside (kind of hot though).

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I can't believe I haven't been posting since the end of March!  It has been a busy and stressful few months.  I looked at my weight journal and I weighed about the same the last time I posted then I do now. Kind of sad but kind of good it didn't go up.  I am at 235.6 at WW this morning and 235.2 on my scale.  So I am going to update on my life right now.

I am doing pretty good eating "good" foods. No chips, ice cream (except an occasional WW fudgsicle), sugary snacks (except an occasional peanut butter cookie).  I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning with 1/2 cup fat free milk and some walnuts and usually a teaspoon or two of oil.  Lunch is typically a sandwich made of either a bagelthin or this awesome bread I found for 50 calorie a slice - not even diet bread - looks like realy bread and then turkey lunchmeat, low fat cheese slice and spinach, red pepper, onion some vegs - cucumbers are good on it too. Snacks are nuts (which I can over indulge in) and fruit (grapes and berries are my favorites but I do have apples and bananas too). Dinner is some kind of meat (93% ff ground beef, chicken, pork loin, fish), rice and vegetables.  Trying to include more salads - but have to watch salad dressings.  Where I mess up on is when I go out to eat with my work buddies - I have a tendency to indulge or when I get snacky and have alot of nuts or peanut butter and crackers.

I have been pretty consistent with my running/walking but haven't boosted up the mileage again - would like to get to 5-6 miles but I need to be faster. My runs are about 2.5 to 4 miles. I am slow so that comes out to 45 to 60 minutes.  I haven't been swimming or doing weights at the YMCA lately and need to get back to doing both again. Swimming is such a good exercise.  And I would like to start doing some planks, squats, lunges, etc at home.

Good - busy but challenging and interesting

My husband is wonderful and he has lost about 50 pounds and is at goal (probably a little too thin) and is working out like a fiend. He did one triathlon and a half marathon besides the races he did with me. He is doing awesome and is very consistent with his training - unlike me.   He swims, bikes, and runs. Training for a marathon and another triathlon. He is great for my motivation and it is nice to share out love of working out.
My four sons are another story - where I get most of my stress.  They are 23, 22, 20, 19.   Enough said about them. We are trying to sell our house and that has been stressful with the housing market. We found a condo we want but we need to sell our house first. It has been for sale over a year now. :( 

They have been great and supportive to me but I think I have been pulling away - ashamed or maybe just overwhelmed with personal stuff.  But I have wonderful friends even though they are across the country. I am going to an annual gathering in a few weeks and then to a girls weekend in San Antonio in October. Looking forward to both. Oh and I forgot we have a whole week scheduled at the lake with some friends. Hoping to work on my tan, swimming, and get alot of books read. I love to read!! and I have a new Kindle to do my reading with.

Well that is enough - more than enough I guess - I will try to post my workouts, meals, and weight more often. Have a good weekend! Eat more vegetables and fruit when you can, take a walk when you can, be preventive and get all your yearly doctor visits, tests, dental cleanings, etc.,  take your vitamins, and just be healthy!! 

BTW - a shout to the Davis family (Pa, Jed, and Ben) from the Do Life movement (,, and on facebook. It is a terrific get healthy and start living movement.  I love their message!

And - sorry I am a run talker - I love Ben's girlfriend new blog - well it is Ben's dog that she is taking care of Sherman.  I am addicted to it. LOL