Thursday, June 20, 2013

I finished my last book "Diary of a Mad Fat Girl" a couple of days ago which was absolutely hilarious and then I switched gears by starting this new book: 

Description from Barnes and Noble:


Ever since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she's been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all of that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house -- a house filled with twinkling lights and a decorated tree. (Okay, so it's February, but she has a broken heart to mend, a Christmas-card shoot to do, and a six-times divorced, match-making mother to appease.) For the first time in a looooong while, Lacy reconsiders her vow. Because sexy Chase Kelly, wounded soul that he may be, would be an oh-so-delicious way of breaking her fast. Now, if she can just keep them both alive and him out of jail....

Every girl needs a trashy novel to read during the summer months.

Tuesday's lunchtime workout was cut short. I ran my one mile on the treadmill and then I attempted to do a You Tube Fitness Blender Arms workout but the video kept buffering on my phone. It got so frustrating I just stopped the video and ended my workout early. I need to download some workouts to my ipad and bring it to the gym with me for additional workout ideas.

Tuesday evening hubby and I went to the base with every intention of going to the PX and then the Commissary. We did make it to the PX. But after we loaded those bags in the car we made a pit stop at the Lounge for a beer. We sat on the back deck and got to talking and planning our vacation this summer with the kids. Next thing we know - the commissary is closed and we're still out there yapping away. We stayed pretty late and ended up going through McDonald's drive-thru on the way home. I can't remember the last time I ate a Quarter Pounder with cheese but it was DELICIOUS. Or - I was just starving.

I found a new app I'm going to give a try called "pocket". 

I downloaded it to my iphone and ipad. This could come in really handy for someone like me who reads a lot of articles on-line. Sometimes I just don't have the time to read a whole article so this allows me to save it to my "pocket" to read at a later time. Maybe it will also help me clear out my email inbox because sometimes I end up saving emails as "Unread" in my inbox just to force myself to go back and read an attached link or article when I have some down time.

Last night (Wednesday) was my night for dinner with the kids. Since we hadn't been to the grocery store still for the week and hubby was flying late - I brought the kiddos to Wegman's for their hot bar. I TRIED to be as good as I could. But well.... 

I ended up with a healthy enough salad. But then I added a spoonful of egg salad and a spoonful of tuna salad. Just to taste it. I grabbed the smallest container for my entree. I didn't want to get too full since I had planned to run a mile after I dropped the kiddos back with their dad. I scooped up a little fried rice, a hot wing, a sesame chicken piece and a boneless wing. I definitely could have made some healthier choices but I had been set on having sushi (California Rolls) when I walked in there but they were out of them so I had to figure out a Plan B on the fly.

After we ate and watched a little "America's Got Talent" I brought them back to their dad's house. By the time I got back to my neighborhood it was after 9:00 and dark outside so I went to the gym for my mile run. 

Includes warm up and cool down walks and stretching.

When I got home from the gym I called my mom and talked to her for a little while and then to my hubby on part of his drive home. I finally showered and climbed into bed late. I really need to catch-up on some much needed sleep soon!

Weekend Wrap-up Before THIS Weekend Arrives!

Last Friday when I got home from work at 1:15 in the afternoon the kiddos were still lounging around in their pajamas enjoying their summer break so I went out and sat on the back deck reading my ipad while I waited for them to get dressed and ready so we could head out.

I crammed all of my errands in to that afternoon. Unfortunately the first errand was to their dad's house to pick up my daughter's track uniform for Saturday. I hate always having to drive out of my way to go to his house for things that weren't sent over with them. 

Once we had the uniform we went to Uno's for dinner. I had a coupon for "Buy One Entree Get One Free". Now that the kiddos are ordering off of the adult menu that came in really handy! 

After we ate I had to drop off my son's over due library book and then my dry cleaning.

I hate going to the "grown'up" dry cleaner. I dropped off 5 pieces to the tune of almost $33. Ugh! My old dry cleaner was one of those $1.99 per item places. Too bad almost every 4th or 5th piece of clothing I brought home was permanently ruined by them...

After the dry cleaner we went and played a round of mini golf. I was hanging in there, doing okay against the kids until I got to THIS hole:

For the life of me I couldn't get the ball through that yellow curvy thing. I think I had an 8 on this whole. The kids were quite amused. 

When we got home I made sure I ran my mile for my Run Streak.  

Then I changed out of my sweaty shirt and took the kiddos out for frozen yogurt. None of us were really hungry for dinner since we had eaten lunch/dinner so late in the day.

I did go a little overboard on my toppings.

Saturday morning hubby and I were up bright and early at 6am for our 5K race. I drank half a cup of coffee and had a bagel thin with Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese for breakfast.

Here's a photo of my handsome hubby pre-race: 

The race itself was a brutal one. All of the previous races I had been in at Ft Meade were relatively flat. Not this one. This one had THREE hills that I ended up having to walk up. I allowed myself a one minute walk at each hill and after each one minute had passed I forced myself to start running again. I was frustrated with myself. I did try to sprint the last block of the race to the finish line. Surprisingly I ended up PR'ing! Imagine if I didn't have to walk at all. THAT would have been an even more awesome time!

Hubby got a PR too! Holy smokes look how fast he was - almost 10 minutes faster than me. I was so happy and proud of him! 

When we got home I dropped the kids off at the movies to meet their friend. I had a couple of hours to myself since hubby had gone to the rental house to mow the lawn so I made my own little creation for lunch. 

I made an Annie's pasta - Spirals with Butter & Parmesan. Then I mixed in some cut up chicken drumsticks that I had baked in taco seasoning and a can each of black beans and RoTel tomatoes. The finished product came out pretty good - a little spicy - but still tasty. 

That evening the kids were running in a track meet for the 2nd round of Jr Olympics. They were supposed to report to the field by 4:30. Their event (4 x 100 relay) was at 6:30. I packed up snacks and a small cooler and we were on our way. 

THESE are delicious! My son practically ate the whole bag!

We got to the meet at 4:20. I was irritated that they actually charged parents $5 admission to get in to the track meet. That irritation quickly turned into frustration when I found out the track meet was running an hour behind schedule. Shortly after that news we found out that my son wouldn't even be running at all because he was an alternate and everyone on his relay team had showed up. So we were just there waiting for my daughter's event. And waiting. And waiting. My son was ecstatic because he hates track and his dad is forcing him to do it. So at least he was dressed and there for the meet. They just didn't need him. Not his fault. He tried.

A little after 9pm - yep - almost 5 hours of sitting there on those metal bleachers they announced that the meet was ending for the day and my daughter's event was being pushed back to the next day. Oh boy were parents and coaches angry. A few minutes later someone came to their senses and reversed that decision and announced the girls would be running after all. It was about 9:15 when my daughter finally ran - 3 hours later than scheduled. Track meets are a very time-consuming and frustrating thing to have your kid participate in. They take ALL day to see your own kid run for less than 3 minutes total for all of their events (100m, 200m, and 4 x 100 relays). I'm very grateful the season is a short one. It ends at the end of July. We're about a quarter done!

Sunday morning my run streak continued with a mile and a half run - 3 full weeks of running at least a mile a day! I would have never in the past attempted to run the day after a 5K race. I would have always used that day as a day to rest my legs. It's strange to see myself slowly turning into a runner before my own eyes.

HRM includes warm-up and cool down walks and stretching

The kids' dad wanted the kiddos early on Sunday since it was Father's Day. He asked if he could pick them up at 1. Well he is infamously late with his drop-offs and pick-ups so I volunteered that I would drop them off at his house at 12:30 knowing my hubby was waiting on me so we could drive up to Delaware together to see his parents. If I wouldn't have dropped the kids off who knows how long we would have had to wait for him to pick them up. On Mother's Day he dropped them off to me an hour and a half late for crying out loud! On Mother's Day. Because he's just that kind of guy.

The drive up to Delaware was nice. There wasn't any traffic so we made good time. It was just hubby and me with his parents. His siblings weren't able to make it so we got to catch-up with his parents. They put some turkey burgers and turkey kielbasa on the grill. I like that his mom eats healthy so it's never a challenge to stay on plan when I'm over at their house. Hubby just can't seem to escape the healthy food in his life! 

After dinner hubby and his dad went out front to work on hubby's remote control car. His mom was snapping away pictures with her digital camera so I jumped in with my phone camera and got some pretty good shots!

On the drive home we pulled over so hubby could take a picture of this rainbow. If you look really close you can see that it's actually a double rainbow!

How's this for a flashback photo? One of my Facebook friends posted this picture of me from back in college. Probably 1988. I thought I was so cool back then in those glasses. They weren't even prescription! I had my contacts on too.

Monday I was able to get in a treadmill run during my lunchtime at work. I had set the treadmill on the 5K setting. That was a TOUGH but a good training - it periodically moved the treadmill up and down to simulate hills. I got in a 30 minute run with 2 one minute walks - 2 1/2 miles.

The kids spent the night at their paternal grandparents with their cousins. My daughter sent me this picture of a braid her cousin had done with her hair. I can not for the life of me french braid! 

Since hubby and I hadn't gone grocery shopping over the weekend - hubby made us breakfast for dinner. I had an egg with 2 egg whites, cheese and tomato omelette with 2 slices of turkey bacon and some hash brown potatoes.

We watched another episode of "Scandal" while we ate. Each episode just sucks us in. Hubby and I now refer to it as "Scoundrels" or "Scandalous". 

And on a closing note - look how my waist is shrinking! 

Hubby took this picture to show me what I looked like. I'm always my own worst critic when it comes to looking at myself in the mirror. I swear all I can ever focus on is my trouble spot - my mid-section. This picture helped me realize that my hard work is paying off. Slowly but surely I'm getting to where I want to be. I think the running is definitely helping with my waistline! I can't wait too see how I look when the running streak is over. It officially ends on July 3rd but I plan on extending mine until July 12th - the day before we leave for vacation.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Can't Keep Me Down

Trust me - this blog isn't going to turn into an endless rant about what a jerk my ex-husband is but.... really... he is a jerk.

I had agreed to let the kids spend the night at his house Wednesday night after their track meet since Wednesday is his normal dinner and they weren't able to have dinner. I told him AND the kids at the car that I would be at his house at 1pm the next day to pick them up. Well... of course... they weren't there. He had taken them to the highschool track to practice and only called me at 10 minutes of 1 to let me know. Jackass. That's all I'll say about him. For now.

Anyways, after I picked up the kids (meeting him at a gas station on my way home from his house where they weren't...)

We drove out to Ft Meade to pick up my race packet for Saturday's race.

I was still in a foul mood when I got home so I squeezed in my Runners World Run Streak one mile run in the near-90 degree heat to clear my mind. Since when did I start running outside in the heat? Who am I? Am I really turning into a runner?

If  my Runkeeper app is accurate - that's my fastest pace ever!
Total workout time with warm-up and cool down walks.

After my run I showered and made myself some lunch. I love eating big salads. I just ate all the work involved in making them. In addition to my salad I had a Bagel Thin with a Laughing Cow cream cheese. Those are pretty good and only 35 calories per wedge! I only needed one wedge.

Then the storm came - complete with high winds and rain. Some nearby counties were under a tornado warning.

After the storm blew through the track coach emailed that practice was still on. But we skipped it. The kids didn't feel like going and I didn't feel like driving them there. So we just stayed home. 

After dinner I tried a new treat.

These are really good and don't have that "diet ice cream" taste to them. Now if I could just stick to eating one per sitting.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm Addicted To My One Mile Run

I guess it's true about something becoming a habit after two weeks of doing it - or maybe it's the competitiveness inside of me to complete this Runners World Run Streak Challenge - but I have been plotting and planning since last night how I'm going to get today's one-mile run in. I'm already on a shortened work schedule from 8am-noon with school being out for the kids' but this afternoon we're expecting awful, possibly damaging thunderstorms. 

I brought my gym clothes to work on the off chance I leave work at noon and go to the gym in the building right after I leave here and then hop on the metro and pick up the kids from their dad's house in my gym clothes. I've also been keeping a watch on the hourly forecast from The Weather Channel and it looks like there's a 5% chance of precipitation on the 2:00 hour and a 0% chance of precipitation on the 4:00 and 5:00 hour. I sure hope the weather man is right because I'm going to chance the 4-5pm run and go get the kids and head over to Ft Meade to pick up Saturday's race picket. Today is the last day for packet pickup by 8pm.

Here is the latest song I am in love with right now. I love me some Robin Thicke!  This is my summer song!

Tuesday night I had a text battle with the ex-husband while the kids were at track practice. He's a piece of work. Seriously. There's no "better" way that I can say it knowing that one day my kids might find and read this little blog. I can not wait for my kids to turn 18 for the simple fact that I will not personally have to deal with him on their behalf anymore.

Moving on-

When I got home from work yesterday I popped in and did my Turbo Fire dvds. I did the Fire 30 and Sculpt 30 workouts. I must say I'm not a big fan of the Sculpt 30 dvd. It's supposed to be a toning video using a resistance band but I didn't feel like I actually got a real workout from it. I think I'm going to swap out some ChaLean Extreme weight lifting dvds for any future Sculpt 30 workouts. I really want to work on my arms. After the Turbo Fire workouts I went out in the blazing heat and got in my mile run. Unfortunately my darn heart rate monitor fizzled out at some point during my workout so I don't know what my actual calorie burn was.

I got home completely drenched in sweat from running in the heat. Then I took my shower and made up this salad for my lunch.

It has baby cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, avocado, a chopped up string cheese, and a packet of salmon on spinach leaves. Yum! 

Then it was time to head to the kids' track meet. My son hates track and has been complaining about his knees/feet hurting for over a week.  He called and begged his dad to not make him compete in the meet. His dad agreed and my son was beyond happy.

It was a VERY small meet with only one other track team. I thought it was the inside track so I wore jeans and tennis shoes. Wrong move. It was at the OUT DOOR track. In the heat. Can you tell I don't like to be outside for long periods of time in the heat?

My daughter was the only 13-14 year old girl at the meet so she had to race with the boys. She got 1st place ribbons for each of her events since she was the only girl in her age group.  

My son and I went inside to get some air-conditioning and water. Check out this water - KARMA. It was pretty good too.