I Wanted a Beer…But I Went to the Gym

I woke up fairly early today…before Sam felt the need to do her super bark to wake me up.  I had a few minutes of silence before the youngest woke up, and enjoyed a homemade raspberry soy mocha.  Sometime between when I woke up and at 945 this morning, I decided to take M and R to Watercountry today after all.  According to the cool weather site, today no longer risked rain showers, and was just going to be hot and mostly sunny.  D wanted to go, but didn’t think his knee could take it.  I pouted, but went anyway!  He stayed home and actually finished the week whacking!  Now all that’s left is hacking the tree branches that are hanging over our fence from neighbors’ yards.

I went to Target to buy some snacks and new water shoes for R and we took off around 11.  We got up there right about noon, and spent part of the afternoon playing in the water.  We started off in the wave pool, then on to some rides and then hubba hubba highway. For only being 6, R is overly fearless and adventurous.  She wanted to go on everything, and nothing scared her.  M was great about making sure she was safe too, and that always makes me happy.  He’s probably my most responsible child!  It was very crowded and lines started getting really long, so we left around 3.  That’s the nice thing about having passes…I don’t feel the need to hang out all day to get my money’s worth!

On the way home I kept thinking how nice it would be to have a beer and relax for the rest of the evening.  Instead….I got home, changed, and hit the gym.  I’m on a streak, and I know that I’ll never cross the finish line in Chicago if I start slacking on my workouts. That’s part of the reason for doing this blog too – it keeps me going.  If I don’t workout, I have nothing to post about!  As I was leaving, D quipped at me if I was only going to do one set on the machines.  Feeling like I was being called a slacker (and knowing deep down that one set isn’t really effective), I decided to do TWO sets!  So yes, I set up the circuit, and did 2 sets on each machine.  Talk about painful….after the first couple of machines, I switched from music to the book.  I did 2 sets of 12 reps each on each machine except the shoulder press.  On that one, I did two sets of 8.  I have NO upper body strength, and that one is particularly tough for me.  Anyway, Fitlinxx said I lifted 13,000 lbs today, so I guess it was an hour well spent.  I imagine if I can easily spend an hour doing nothing at all, I can find a way to suffer through an hour of working out at the gym.

I went home, picked up D, M, and R, and dragged them all out to Frank’s II (the place R and I went to Friday for the first time).  I got eggplant again, and everyone really loved their meals.  I was happy, full, had a glass of Chianti, and was ready to come home and finally shower and relax (and have more wine). 

I’ve spent the rest of the evening in jammies and catching up on some TV (Housewives of NY and Flashforward so far…). 

A called a few times today at various groovy places in NYC.  They finally left there at about 720 this evening, so she should be home sometime around 2am.  R has been very cute, making a big Welcome Home sign and cards for her big sister.  I imagine D and A are going to sleep most of tomorrow.  I was thinking about taking M and R to the beach – but it’s supposed to hit 115 degrees (with the heat index.  100 without), and think that’s a day best spent inside where there is air conditioning.  Maybe we’ll try and find a movie or something that involves remaining indoors.  If not, we’ll just be REALLY quiet while they sleep!  Tomorrow is a run day though, and I’m thinking it’ll be a treadmill day.  I guess we’ll see!

Overall, it’s been a very good day indeed.  I got to play, swim, and workout, AND I didn’t have to cook dinner.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook.  Except when it’s hot.  Or when I’m feeling lazy.  Tonight, I get to go to bed and wake up with my daughter home from her trip, which also makes me happy.  I’m glad she had fun, but I’m really ready for her to come back home.

Good night.

I Can Barely MOVE Today!

I cannot believe how sore my body is today.  I mean, it’s just yard work for crying out loud!  But noooo….my arms, legs (hamstrings in particular), back, and hands are killing me.  I have a few splinters and blisters on my hands, which I think suck more than anything else does.

I woke to Sammie doing her bark-thing.  No such thing on sleeping in on a weekend when you have a doggie!  D took R to swim lessons, and I puttered around the house cleaning and cooking.  I was hoping to take M and R to Watercountry today, but the weather wasn’t looking like it would cooperate.  D can’t really go – his knee is sort of falling off.  It’s been bad the past few weeks and I’m actually getting concerned.  This is the longest it’s hurt without relief that I can remember.  He’s icing it regularly and I even went and bought a homeopathic cream today from one of my favorite hippie stores to see if that could help.  Anyway, he can’t walk, stand, or really sit for any length of time.  He tries not to complain much, but I can tell it’s hurting him a lot.  So as much as he’d love to go to the water theme park with us, I know he really can’t.

Anyway, sorry to get depressing for a second.  Breakfast was a soy latte (I have the grooviest espresso machine ever) and my leftover eggplant from dinner last night.  For lunch I made a vegan mac and cheeze Recipe (yes, I actually HAD all those ingredients in the house) for lunch.  I’m the only one who loved it, but that’s because D refused to try it, and R thinks the only mac and cheese in the universe that’s edible comes out of a blue box.  Oh well, poo on them.  All the more for me!  I had some lunch and then got ready to go run.

My run today took me to First Landing State Park.  I was scheduled for a 4 miler, so I had to go somewhere else to run.  I figure I hadn’t been there since the Shamrock J&A training team, so I couldn’t possibly be bored with it.  I took off from home around 130, and after a brief pit stop, started running just after 2.  The run was nice – it was about 85 degrees, but the trail provides lots of shade.  There were a fair number of people out and about, so I certainly didn’t worry about trail stalkers or anything like that.

The first quarter mile of my run I was more waddling than running because my legs were so sore from yard work (can you tell I’m a bit embarrassed by that!).  They loosened up after that, and it was mostly smooth sailing from there.  It started to rain just as soon as I got back in the van, so I congratulated myself on having excellent timing for once.

After my run, I went down Shore Drive to Heritage, which is a hippie grocery I really like.  I picked up a few things – my Ezekiel bread, some multi grain rice cakes, and that cream for D’s knee.  After that, I went up the road to an Asian market just because I think it’s awesome.  They had a really big bottle of this Saki that B and I had at Geisha when she was here to visit – called Snow Beauty.  I’ve had 3 glasses thus far this evening 🙂 

I really planned on finishing the weed whacking and tree trimming in the back yard today, but just couldn’t do it.  I’m blaming my sore, blistered, and calloused hands.  I’ll do it tomorrow because if I don’t, I’ll get very annoyed at a half finished yard.  That’ll just stress me out and I won’t sleep!

It sounds like A is having a great time in NYC.  She’s texted quite a few times and has even called a couple. 

Now it’s time to relax, have a beer, and watch Chuck with D, M, and R.

Insomnia Plus Excess Nervous Energy Is a Strange Combination

I couldn’t sleep last night.  It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I suck at sleeping in general, but when I’m stressed about anything, I don’t sleep at all.  So what was I stressed out about??  How about my baby girl (okay, she’s 15, but still) going to NYC without one of her parents?  I’ve never been to New York, and what I DO know, I learned from Law and Order and CSI:NY, so it doesn’t take much to figure out where my over active imagination goes.

I stayed up watching Castle, Real Housewives of New Jersey (yes, I’m admitting it out loud – I record it.  It’s funny), NCIS, and Top Chef Masters.  At some point I fell asleep, and when the alarm went off at 445am, I still had the TV going and my glasses on.

I woke A up, piled into the van, stopped at the bank to give her some travelling cash, and took her to the charter bus that would carry her away for 3 days.  Did I mention that I didn’t have an option to go with?  That I HAD to let her go without a relative??  Oy.  I have never been away from her more than 1 night that didn’t involve her being with family.  Not a big deal to her I’m sure, but it is to me.  S texted me last night asking why I was so quiet (we talk…a lot) and if I was doing OK.  She knows I’m a mess and is a fabulous friend.

After dropping A off and driving around the area for 10 minutes and circling the bus again to make sure she was safely on (she doesn’t know I did that…unless of course she reads this somehow, and then I guess she will), I decided to stop at McDonald’s and buy breakfast for D, M and R.  I was exhausted and didn’t want to cook breakfast – I also wanted to go to sleep and would feel guilty having D get the younger two ready for school.  Not that M actually needs any help – he gets up, makes his own breakfast, and unless I do it, he makes his own lunch too.  R is the only one that needs assistance…but she needs a lot of it.  She hates getting up in the morning, is poky as anyone I’ve ever known, and combing her crazy hair can take forever.  Plus making her lunch (with her nut allergy, we don’t ever let her buy a lunch at school), so I figured the least I could do this morning was bring some hot cakes for her.  D also doesn’t multi task well, so between him and R, it takes them forever to get ready in the morning unless I intervene.

I crawled into bed at about 620 this morning and proceeded to fall right asleep.  D and the kids came to kiss me goodbye, and I slept until 9 ish when Sammie (my dog…I don’t feel the need to abbreviate her name for some reason) did her persistent bark-every-30-seconds-until-someone-gives-me-what-I-want thing.  Usually it’s reserved for weekend mornings when it’s past 630am, the family is sleeping, and she wants to eat.  This morning she wanted to go outside in the sun and my nap was keeping her from that.  Silly dog.  So I got up, made some espresso, and started researching week whackers – after I let her out to sun herself of course.

I went to Home Depot and had the expert teach me everything I needed to know.  My yard has been driving me crazy, and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  The people who lived here before us apparently fancied some English Garden environment, and it sucks.  I know nothing about gardening or plants (which is funny now that I think about it considering that my entire diet is derived from plants), and it’s gotten way out of control.  I told D that I was going to hack it all up and make it look presentable again – my consistently mowing over it wasn’t as effective as I wanted.  So….I bought a new weed whacker based upon Justin’s recommendations (I can say his name too because I don’t know him), some clear bags for yard garbage, and some Round Up weed killer (to not only kill weeds, but to attempt to kill other crap in my yard that I don’t want anymore).

I got home, changed into my running gear, got the mower, weed whacker, Round Up, hedge sheers, bags, gloves, and iPod, and got to work.  That was at 1120 this morning.  I finally stopped moving in the FRONT YARD at 3 when D got home – and brought me Moe’s!  It looks great.  I tore up a ton of the yard, mowed, weeded, whacked, and raked.  I also danced a lot – it’s fun knowing the every single song I hear is one I love, or I wouldn’t have put it on my iPod to begin with.  I found a nasty plant in the front that has huge thorns and I got torn up quite a bit (gonna take my revenge out on that plant tomorrow), but overall I’m very happy.  My front yard looks presentable and even though I had no clue what I was doing, I’m pleased with the result.  I just kept hacking at things I didn’t think belonged. 

During lunch the appliance guy arrived to fix my stove.  Apparently it was a bad ignitor, which he fixed and I don’t have to buy a new stove!  Yeah! 

After stove success, I started on the back yard, which is about 3-4 times bigger than the front.  I mowed, and weed whacked about a third of it, when I couldn’t take it anymore.  I was filthy, my body was sore, and I itched everywhere there was exposed skin.  TMI, sorry 🙂  I was hoping to put off showering until I could run my 3 miles…but I just couldn’t.  I couldn’t sit on any of my furniture because I was so dirty, and the itchiness got to me.  I love nature.  I just don’t want it on me.  Of course because I showered, I knew I wasn’t going to run.  Alas, I don’t feel too awful.  I wore my bodybugg (Body Bugg) while doing my yard work…and when I connected to the site, found I had burned over 1700 calories while working, so I’m guessing I’m okay.

D took M to his music lesson and then to a 720pm showing of Iron Man 2.  I got a text around 715 saying they were going to movie-hop into Prince of Persia, so it’s just me and R tonight.  I took her to dinner at Frank’s II on Battlefield for some yummy Italian food, and got home just a little while ago.  So I popped open a bottle of red wine, and decided to update my blog.

A arrived safely to NYC at 130 this afternoon.  She took the Staten Island Ferry, saw the Statue of Liberty, had dinner, walked around, and is currently at an art gallery showing.  I can’t imagine how amazing her trip is going to be, and I hope she loves every second of it.  As for me, I’m just counting the seconds until she gets home. 

I’ve Become Obsessed with Weather

I’m really glad today wasn’t a run day.  107 degrees with the heat index, 95 when I checked it around 2pm.  And right now???  70 at 930pm.  It’s amazing how ridiculously hot it was earlier, and now I’m whining about it being cold.  I want to turn off the AC, but figure it’ll just be hot later.

I called my Dad earlier to tell him how hot it is.  He’s going to be here in just over a week, and I hope it’s not as icky hot out.  I was hoping to do an outdoor movie night or two while he was here – but only if it’s not overly tropical or buggy.

A couple of years ago, my sister showed me a weather website that I have since become very addicted to.  It’s called Weather Undergound and it shows WAY more about weather than I could ever really need to know or understand, but I still check it everyday.  Sometimes several times, especially during training.  It helps me plan when I need to run inside, really late at night, or when I can go during full afternoon sun.  A nice side effect has been being prepared for rain!  That’s nothing I really ever did well before – I mean, I always have an umbrella in my car – but I never actually have it with me when it’s raining.  Anyway, here’s the site and if you like weather, or knowing what weather might be like, it’s a keeper  Cool Weather Site

So this really has nothing to do with my workout today.  I actually did go to they gym again before work!  I did the Fitlinxx again – which makes it the THIRD STRENGTH TRAINING WORKOUT IN A WEEK.  Sorry, I’m not yelling, I’m cheering. I don’t do that, primarily because I hate it.   I don’t recall the exact poundage, but considering I did pretty much the exact same thing I did on Tuesday, I’m guess it’s right about 6,000 lbs again.  And you know what made me most excited about today’s workout??  Knowing that I don’t have to do it again until Sunday.  I wish I liked lifting weights.  I know how important it is for me to not only improve in running, but for overall health and well being over the long haul.  I still really hate it.  I whine every time, and I’m trying to guilt my husband into being something of a workout partner, but it’s not working.  Not that it ever had, but maybe if I complain enough, he’ll do it just to shut me up.  If you’re reading this an interested, I’m accepting workout partner applications.  Must live in the area and not be creepy.  Y and/or Bally’s memberships encouraged.

My office is moving next week, and I’m very happy about that.  For once in my life, I’ll live close to where I work.  I think that will help encourage me to keep working out in the morning – knowing that the gym is 2 miles from home, and the office is only 5 miles from there.  I still don’t think I’ll run in the mornings, but the 2 weekdays I want to go to the gym, I probably can.

The rest of the day was typical.  Work…meetings…not a bad day, just long.  Dinner was Olive Garden – A’s choice because she’s leaving on a 3 day school trip to NYC in the morning.  We had R skip gymnastics so A’s last night home for a few wasn’t hectic.  We had fun, and she had desert!  I’m taking the day off tomorrow to pout.  I don’t think I can focus at work all day worrying about A getting to New York safely.  

So that’s it.  I realize it’s not an exciting post, and I’m sorry.  Though be proud…I was really craving Thai yesterday, and went with a salad from Moe’s instead.  Between that good choice and the weight lifting, I’d say that’s progress!  (though I still really want Thai…bummer that I’m on a no-Thai diet until October!) 

2 Million Dollar Houses are REALLY Nice

So here I am, twice in one day.  I don’t think I’ve done that before.

Like I said this morning, I just didn’t have it in me to post last night after the City Council meeting.  Today was another good day.  Breakfast was coffee and the spring roll/tofu/wrap things.  I had meetings pretty much all day.  I did escape for a yummy smoothie around noon, and headed to all-afternoon-meeting-fun-time.

I decided to do something different with tonights run.  I need to start getting very creative with when I run to make sure I get all my training in, but also try and help with the crazy kids schedule we have going here.  I’ve also decided that if I have to run more than 3 miles, I have to go somewhere else to do it.  I’ve said it before – but I really do get easily bored with my surroundings.  I can’t run the same loop like some people can, and if I see the same house more than once I get annoyed.

Tonight the kids had TKD at 7.  I drove to the studio (about 3 miles from home) which is right by two VERY nice subdivisions.  I had D pick A up from school and bring A and M to their butt kicking class.  I started my 5 mile run about a half hour before their class started.  That way I timed my run to finish about halfway through their class.  Bonus for everyone – D got to go home, I got to see my kids beat up other people, AND I got to run somewhere I’ve never been before.

About my surroundings.  This was the Edinburgh area of Chesapeake.  Click here to see them….  Link to BIG houses  These houses START at $800k, and go up to a couple million.  They’re huge McMansions.  Absolutely beautiful, but surprisingly little lots and tiny pools.  There was also an older couple and their dog driving around in a golf cart.  For no apparent reason.  Weird.  Anyway, I ran in front of every single one, and what I think I was most jealous of were the driveways.  Sounds dumb, I know, but many were lovely terra cotta colors.  Anyway, it was a lovely run in a very quiet area.  I’m thinking that this development started just before the economy went south.  There are still a TON of empty lots, a few unfinished houses, and half of them are for sale.  After getting the kids from Tae Kwon Do and getting Subway, my daughter wanted to drive past them.  Then she asked if we could get one.  Silly girl.

The run itself took right about an hour.  I haven’t synched my Garmin yet, so I don’t have exact numbers.  I made myself feel pretty good by thinking of tonight’s run as 1/5 of a marathon.  It made it sound more impressive.

So that’s it.  I felt very innovative tonight, and excited to go somewhere new.  Next week I think I’ll run in the subdivision that’s just down the street from where I was tonight – also beautiful homes and seems more “finished” so more to see.

Tomorrow I’m hoping to go to the gym again before work.  We’ll see, but I’m a bit hopeful after earlier success this week. 

Good night! 

6,660 lbs!!!

I know this post is a day late and I’m sorry.  It really is justified and will all make sense in a few…

So I did it!  I WENT TO THE GYM BEFORE WORK.  I wasn’t so confident that I’d be able to, but since I did post about it in my last blog entry, I figured I had better actually do it.

So I went to the Y before work and did the Fitlinxx circuit.  It’s amazing to me how crowded the gym is at that time a day…like people actually WANT to workout in the mornings.  Eww…I’m all about sleeping in the mornings, and the options of exercise vs. sleep are really not an internal debate I ever have.
BUT, I knew that I was going to be tied up in work related events until at least 730pm and there would be no way I’d go to the gym that late when all I’d likely want to do is have a glass of wine or something.

So the 6,660 lbs….when you do the Fitlinxx circuit, you have a pin number that you enter into a touch screen monitor. That computer system then communicates with all the weight lifting machines sending the different settings (like seat, weight, etc). It’s actually pretty cool. When you get to each machine, you enter your pin on the mini touch screen attached, and it’ll tells you how to set up the machine for you specifically. It records how many repetitions and sets you do. You tell it you’re done, and move on to the next machine.  When you’re done with the circuit, you go to the big monitor, enter any cardio workouts you may have done, and then tell it your finished with the weight lifting.  It then proudly displays how many pounds you lifted total – and mine for yesterday was 6,660 lbs!  At the end of each month, I get an email from Fitlinxx equating how much weight lifted into terms of elephants, cars, and other big things.  When I get the May report, I’ll be sure to let you know how many elephants I picked up.

For anyone interested, Fitlinxx is at all of our area Y’s, and it’s free.  Here’s the link Fitlinxx Homepage




 After working out (which since I’m still only doing 1 circuit – which is 1 set of each exercise – only took about a half hour ish), I took a shower and headed to work.  I didn’t eat before hand (just java), but wasn’t too worried.  I had these rice paper/tofu/spring roll wrap things and some creamy potato soup around 10am for brunch.  I did make some burritos for my friend S for lunch though 🙂 

I had a few meetings throughout the day, and then it was off to the City Council meeting in Chesapeake.  My company (a health care system) wishes to build a freestanding Emergency Department.  The local hospital, which is a single community hospital facility – not a system – is very, very much against it.  The community hospital began a very negative campaign about a month ago against my company, and the city council meeting was to vote on whether we could proceed with construction or not.  There were 36 speakers – all given 5 minutes to speak.  It was very emotional, and I dare say there was some mudslinging going on from the opposition.  I felt like I was at a presidential debate or something.  There was a very, very large crowd – standing room only and some had to listen via speakers in the hallway.  In the end, we went until just after 10pm, and the city council voted unanimously against my company.  I think it’s a mistake, and that any improved and additional access to health care services could only be good for my community.  I’m thinking the battle is over, but not the war….guess we’ll see.  But the point is, I was at this meeting from 5-10pm.  With no food.  Or water.  Or wine.  I got home around 1015, but didn’t want to eat that late, so just went to bed.

So…good for me that I went to the gym.  BAD that my total caloric intake was about 250 calories.  Very, very unhealthy and bad. 

So now, I’ve had my coffee and it’s time to work.  I’ll snarf a banana and then get some lunch later.  I have to run 5 mi tonight, so if I can, I’ll have a second post of the day!