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Quick things
  • My dad had umpiring games scheduled, so they’re not going to be here until after 6. It will be a pretty short visit. :( And another sad face for my mom. :(
  • I have a Boston butt in the crock pot for dinner. It’ll be Ryland’s first time trying pork.
  • I made “spineaches” for Ryland. That’s spinach + peaches. I saw on a baby food blog a combination they called “squaccoli” (squash + broccoli), and have started making my own combos. I’ve already done “sweet peatatoes.” Ryland’s not especially fond of plain green veggies (though he’ll eat all but spinach), but he’ll gobble them up when paired with a sweeter veggie or fruit.
  • He finally sat without using his hands for support today. It’s only been in spurts of a few seconds when he wanted to use both hands to hold things, but at least I know he can do it.
  • He also said, “Hey Dada” while Jeremy was changing his diaper. He’s said it before, but Jeremy hardly every gets to hear him.
  • I was thinking about changing my url because I’ve been feeling like it still tends towards trying to be this super fit person (like it was before) and because I feel like it’s misleading. Then I thought about how I have other areas to work on, and I can blog about them, too. I don’t know. If I had a good idea, I would still change it. the most accurate description of my blog would probably be rylandsmomrunssometimesandhasfoodissues, but that’s way too long.
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Somehow I got on the mailing list for a new-ish local health magazine called Lean that centers around breast cancer awareness/prevention, but also includes other health topics.
This is from the issue I got last week.
I often fall into the the trap of “My depression is a chemical imbalance, so I can’t help it.” While it’s true that I can’t help having chronic, come-and-go depression, I can actively work to fight it instead of sitting back and waiting for this next wave to pass.
I’m going to start trying to work on some of these, especially 1, 2 & 6.  I’ve been feeling pretty aimless while staying at home. I do what I have to concerning Ryland and do enough around the house to keep Jeremy placated, but I have no structure. Most of my time is wasted.
If I make better use of my time, then I will not eat out of boredom or procrastination. If I stay busy, then I will stop and take a break to eat a meal/snack when I’m hungry instead of eating a bowl of cereal every few hours.
I think the answer to learning to eat intuitively is not to focus on food but to focus on living.
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This means more cuts in who I follow so I spend less time on tumblr. I’ve already taken another break from my other account. I’m going to try to stick to those I actually talk to. (So if I unfollow you, please don’t be upset, but maybe talk to me, and I’ll refollow).

Somehow I got on the mailing list for a new-ish local health magazine called Lean that centers around breast cancer awareness/prevention, but also includes other health topics.

This is from the issue I got last week.

I often fall into the the trap of “My depression is a chemical imbalance, so I can’t help it.” While it’s true that I can’t help having chronic, come-and-go depression, I can actively work to fight it instead of sitting back and waiting for this next wave to pass.

I’m going to start trying to work on some of these, especially 1, 2 & 6.  I’ve been feeling pretty aimless while staying at home. I do what I have to concerning Ryland and do enough around the house to keep Jeremy placated, but I have no structure. Most of my time is wasted.

If I make better use of my time, then I will not eat out of boredom or procrastination. If I stay busy, then I will stop and take a break to eat a meal/snack when I’m hungry instead of eating a bowl of cereal every few hours.

I think the answer to learning to eat intuitively is not to focus on food but to focus on living.

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I managed to be mostly productive on my tumblr-less day.

My productivity was helped along by being putting on a month-long book ban. Tuesday, I failed to do something important that I said I was going to do because I read too much and put it off. Lately, I’ve been reading too much and doing very little around the house besides taking care of Ryland. It’s really not fair to Jeremy, and it’s not being a responsible adult. So that means no books from March 20-April 19.

No intuitive eating wins to report, either. Tuesday was pretty out of control all around.

Back to yesterday…

I did what I failed to do Tuesday along with a few other things and also made a skirt. I don’t know if I’ll post the pictures here because I’m kind of ashamed how obvious it is that I look bigger in each picture I post.

The only fitness things I did were 2 sets of 30 slow bicycle crunches. I’ve just been really tired lately. I haven’t been able to fall asleep when I try to nap during Ryland’s, and it’s been taking me a while to fall asleep at night, too.

Today I have lots of errands to run and a run to run.

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Ryland is a ghost. Jeremy took a video of it. It’s the cutest thing ever. Want to see?
Other weekend happenings:
Jeremy’s brother & his girlfriend came to see Ryland and hang out Saturday late morning/early afternoon. It was great to see them.
His parents came through on their way back from their condo at Orange Beach. They commented on how much Ryland had already changed in the 2 weeks since they were here last.
Saturday night the creepiest thing happened. I was up with Ryland at 12:30 and I heard a noise outside like someone running into something hollow and metal. Then our front light came on and there was a very soft knock at the door. I woke up Jeremy, and grabbed the gun, looked through all the windows, and finally checked outside, but didn’t see anyone.  We have a suspicion of who it might have been. He was probably trying to peek in Ryland’s window since the lamp was on and then rain into the drain pipe right next to it. We don’t understand why he would’ve knocked, though.
Sunday we went to church and Ryland slept all the way through Bible class and made it through worship up until the sermon which is awesome because that’s the easiest time for me to leave to go to worship. My friends’ daughter who is a week younger than Ryland always gets hungry at the same time as he does. Someone noticed and commented on it (jokingly) and we promised we weren’t just going in there to chat.
Then we had a fellowship meal and I had made pumpkin cookies out of a package of sugar cookie mix (hush) and a can of pumpkin and they were really yummy, but it made a lot so we have tons of leftovers.
Then I took a wonderful almost 2 hour long nap.
Not much else to report. 
so, want to see that video?

Ryland is a ghost. Jeremy took a video of it. It’s the cutest thing ever. Want to see?

Other weekend happenings:

  • Jeremy’s brother & his girlfriend came to see Ryland and hang out Saturday late morning/early afternoon. It was great to see them.
  • His parents came through on their way back from their condo at Orange Beach. They commented on how much Ryland had already changed in the 2 weeks since they were here last.
  • Saturday night the creepiest thing happened. I was up with Ryland at 12:30 and I heard a noise outside like someone running into something hollow and metal. Then our front light came on and there was a very soft knock at the door. I woke up Jeremy, and grabbed the gun, looked through all the windows, and finally checked outside, but didn’t see anyone.  We have a suspicion of who it might have been. He was probably trying to peek in Ryland’s window since the lamp was on and then rain into the drain pipe right next to it. We don’t understand why he would’ve knocked, though.
  • Sunday we went to church and Ryland slept all the way through Bible class and made it through worship up until the sermon which is awesome because that’s the easiest time for me to leave to go to worship. My friends’ daughter who is a week younger than Ryland always gets hungry at the same time as he does. Someone noticed and commented on it (jokingly) and we promised we weren’t just going in there to chat.
  • Then we had a fellowship meal and I had made pumpkin cookies out of a package of sugar cookie mix (hush) and a can of pumpkin and they were really yummy, but it made a lot so we have tons of leftovers.
  • Then I took a wonderful almost 2 hour long nap.
  • Not much else to report. 

so, want to see that video?

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"Healthy questions" challenge day 5

Day five: Is there any specific event you want to lose the weight for?

Life is an event, right?

Or growing older?

How about raising my future children, if I’m blessed with them?

Or maybe preventing negative, health-related events from occuring?

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“Live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate.”

Adam Bornstein

This is why there are some foods many of you will never touch again that I will never give up.

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today & tomorrow

Today

  • Made this in the crock pot. It was pretty much the best pot roast ever. Jeremy agrees. (Not my picture. Also, I didn’t use that many onions)
  • Ab workout from the ab song workout, but I did each move for 1 minute plus 1 min. superman, then did it all again.
  • Took a shower.
  • Ate some stuff.
  • Went to school to do lesson plans/ grade. Watched Doctor Who (season 2) while doing that. Also fixed my herrr and took an awkward gun show pic with my web cam.
  • Went to Target to get soft tissues. Ended up with tissues, cute $1.50 undies (I love Target undies) and a little boys Batman t-shirt. Score!
  • Came home and ate the amazing roast with Jeremy.
  • Assembled 8 crock pot dinners for the freezer. (also not my picture) Jeremy helped at the end because it was taking me so long.
  • We finished watching Little Dorrit, which was 4 disks long, so took forever since we got it from Netflix. (yeah… we’re old school and still get the disks but don’t have streaming)
  • I was going to go to bed early, but kept forgetting things.
  • Then I started writing this post.

Tomorrow

  • Get up, eat breakfast, read Bible, map run.
  • Run 5 miles.
  • Blog about run. (I might as well include it)
  • Take shower.
  • Eat leftovers.
  • Leave when Jeremy gets off around noon on our first overnight canoe trip.
  • Not die.

Okay. Bed time. ‘Night, y’all!

And hi, new friends!

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Sometimes leftover spaghetti squash with Laughing Cow & feta, a whole wheat bagel with chocolate Better n’ Peanut Butter, and a mocha protein shake sound like an amazing dinner.

And it was.

I’ll post about my run tomorrow.

And catch up on messages/ say hi to new followers. (Where did you come from?)

Right now I’m mourning how whenever I try to make food for events it never works out.

And I need to shower.

And rewatch the video tutorial on Katniss’s arena braid so I can do it tomorrow.

And spent a few minutes with my Jeremy.

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Do Life Week 10 Review

This week’s challenge was “all about the other stuff in life. Our other hobbies, our other passions, our friends, family, and whatever else we do on a weekly basis that doesn’t involve fitness and diet.”

The biggest way I prioritized and put real life things in front of fitness things was that yesterday morning I had the opportunity to run in afree5k, but I wouldn’t have been able to go to a ladies’ day at a nearby congregation that I go to every year. For a minute, I actually considered doing the race, but then I realized that that thought meant I had made running too high on my priority list. My relationship with God always come first, followed my by relationship with Jeremy. Then my job comes next with running and fitness and household things after that.

Other “real life” things I focused on were getting caught up on housework (including scraping the bathroom walls- a never-ending project), working on the verses I want to memorize, spending a few extra moments here and there with Jeremy, and even making the Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger picture, since making inspirational photos is something I enjoy. (On that note, I want to make another one. So far I have 1 from garycope and 2 from runslikeapenguin. If I don’t get more submissions in the next couple days, I’ll just make on with their pics and another of mine.)

I also got my school registered for a shoe drive through Soles4Souls.  I’m excited about this project.

It wasn’t a good week as far as runs were concerned, though I did get out and do them. (Yesterdays run will probably be recapped tomorrow.)  Since my back started hurting, I didn’t do much strength training since it just makes it worse (the suggested “treatments” have been helping some). My food intake wasn’t bad this week, just weird.  I’m glad the the point of the challenge was to focus on other things.

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Yesterday

I hurried home to straighten up a little before our home study meeting.

I had time to start on a little laundry and wipe down the sinks in the bathroom and kitchen.

I laid on the coffee table to do the shoulder retraction exercise again & finished my Bible reading.

We had our meeting. We had to update some paperwork, but she mostly just checked our smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Then I ate an apple, switched out clothes in the washer, and put on my running clothes while Jeremy did some yard work.

Then we drove out to Faulkner to use the fitness center thingy since it was almost dark.

(Treadmill came first)

Before anyone thinks poorly of me for shortening my run, I actually ran about a mile more than I wanted to. Before I had even finished 2, there were so many little things bothering me, that it was hard to keep going. The shoulder pain was making me feel nauseous, my lower back on the same side started hurting, and my feel were being annoying. The foot pain I can easily ignore, the other stuff, not so much. Think whatever you want about me. I run for 2 reasons: #1 I love it and #2 For my health. There was no reason for me to continue beyond 3 miles since #1 I wasn’t loving it and #2 You don’t have to run a ton of miles to be healthy. So I ended up with 3 miles in 26:36.

Then we went home, I did more laundry. I had 2 baskets full of clean clothes to fold.

Jeremy and I printed out some of the paperwork we needed.

I ate a bowl of oatmeal & some pretzel thins because my stomach was still hurting but I knew I needed food.

I laid on the floor with a tennis ball under my shoulder to do the first thing from the video femme-enforme posted for me. It hurt so much it make me want to puke, but it did help a little. I’ll be doing that throughout the day today.

I talked with Jeremy a little.

I got in bed around 9:30.

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Today

Other than being tired even though I had 8 1/2 hrs in the bed because the pain made me keep waking up, I had a good start.

  • Jeremy called me a “hot thing in a red dress.”
  • Even though the braid headband thing I was going for didn’t work, but hair still looked good.
  • Random decent-looking dude straight up checked me out as he drove past me (this doesn’t happen very often).
  • Even though my uncooperative hair caused a delay in getting out the door, I still made it to work on time.
  • I had Greek yogurt with cake mix (I’m still working on that same half-sized box), chocolate protein powder, and partially thawed frozen strawberries for snack and it was amazing.

I have 6 miles scheduled for tonight, but it will have to be on the treadmill at Faulkner because Jeremy and I have our homestudy update meeting at 4. Jeremy plans to go with me, but I probably won’t be able to get all 6 in because there’s a 30 minute limit if people are waiting on treadmills and there’s only 2, so people are usually waiting. I’ll run for 30 minutes and then do some elliptical or something.

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“Life isn’t always pretty, and sometimes it has to get ugly before it can be beautiful.”
Audrey
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Good Weekend

Friday:

  • We didn’t do much. I went to Earthfare to get free bell peppers. They were so pretty.
  • I cooked extra lean ground beef with the peppers and a little bit of spices. And we ate it with rice. Jeremy said it was a good start but needed some kind of sauce.
  • Then we hung out.

Saturday

  • I had my last big run before the half marathon & it went really well. Shark week arrived, so I was worried it would interfere, but it didn’t.
  • After writing the last post on Saturday, I went home. Jeremy decided that he wanted to get out of the house & walk around somewhere and then use some coupons to eat. I wasn’t too excited about the walking given that I’d run almost 12 miles that morning, but it was ok.
  • We walked around at one of those outdoor malls. We mostly stayed outside, but we did go in Williams Sonoma and got coffee samples. We also looked around in Kinnucan’s. Their shoe department makes me wish we had money.
  • We went to Zoe’s Kitchen for dinner. We had never been. I got a side salad with grilled chicken and it was more than I could finish. We split a piece of chocolate cake (that’s what the coupon was for).
  • We got Jane Eyre from Blockbuster Express. They arrangement of the story made it a little confusing, even for me though I’ve read it twice. I had to explain some things to Jeremy. It was good, though.

Sunday

  • We went to church and I wore the dress I already posted.
  • I had leftover salad + spinach & bell peppers for lunch. I’m not writing about all of my food- not because it was bad (I actually did well the rest of the day) but because it’s boring.
  • I took a nap, had a weird dream, washed 2 load of laundry, hand washed dishes, cleaned the kitchen, and cut Jeremy’s hair.
  • I also talked to my mom because it was her birthday. My parents are coming down for my race. One brother may be coming, too.
  • Then we went to evening services. Our friends (the ones with the 3 boys that came to my last race) are coming to the half. We’re watching their boys tomorrow night so they can have date night.
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Yesterday’s run + other tidbits

I had intervals on schedule yesterday. I was trying to save on time, so this time I ran about 0.3 and walked 0.1 x 8 for 2.45 total running and 0.7 walking. My ave. running pace was right at 8:00 and the overall average pace was 10:00. The intervals were slower because the were a little long than usual with less recovery. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Also, I started using my new pair of shoes on Monday. You don’t realize how much you wear out a pair of shoes until you use an identical pair that’s brand new. However, these shoes are so supportive that it makes the balls of my feel burn when I run without heel-striking. It looks like I’m stuck with having to heel-strike until I wear them out a little bit. My feet were on fire during my intervals, and I think that also contributed to my slower than normal interval pace.

Tidbits from yesterday:

  • One of the teachers compared the way I can “pull off wearing clothes that others can’t” to Carrie Bradshaw/Sarah Jessica Parker. What was funny to me was that she said it in reference to my outfit yesterday which wasn’t that special, and certainly not very fashionable.
  • I checked out Naturally Skinny from the library yesterday. I wanted to read Intuitive Eating, too, but they didn’t have it.
  • While at the library I saw the librarian from my old school who now works at the public library. She told me I looked great, which had to be in reference to my weight since I had just come from running.
  • When I got home from church last night, I was just a little hungry, so I broke a Larabar in half, ate it, and wrapped up the other half. So proud of myself for this.
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