Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jillian's First 5K

Well it wasn't a real 5K but we did do 3.1 miles this morning. Jillian even got dressed up in her cute pink hoodie and matching pants for the occasion since it was a little chilly out.


I'm so excited she is finally big enough to start wearing her clothes.  She's been a "newborn" size for so long and none of her "3 month" outifts fit her.  Now they are starting to.  Yay!  More clothing options, like this:


OMG so cute.

So yesterday I DID.  As you know Jillian and I took our walk in the morning.  We actually went 2.87 miles.  I took my pedometer with me today and mapped out how far we went - yesterday I guesstimated.  Today we did a little more - enough to call it a 5K.  I can't tell you how glad I am that I am now devoting an hour a morning to this.  It just makes the day much better.  

I also vowed to not watch so much TV yesterday.  Mission accomplished.  I actually forgot I had a doctor appointment yesterday, so I was out of the house for a good portion of the afternoon, hence no TV.  I can't say that I am doing as well on my "no TV" thing today.  It's on, but I'm not paying much attention to it.  

I did not get a run in yesterday AGAIN!  I got home from my doctor appointment later in the afternoon and then J came over and we had dinner and it just didn't fit into the day.  Today for sure.  Otherwise I'm going to have to scrap this week and do Week 4 next week.  If I can get it in today, then I can get my two other days in this weekend.  We will see.  

Anyway, I should get going.  My computer is about to die and Jillian is currently napping on her activity mat.  Hope you're having a great afternoon!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A New Day

I realized yesterday I am not a "PJs all day" kind of girl. I didn't change out of my jams all day, I didn't put on make up, I watched a lot of TV, I basically did nothing but be grossly lazy all day. And it was not good for me. (Although Jillian loved it she was a happy girl all day)

By the end of the day I had that feeling of worthlessness and when I looked in the mirror I kind of just wanted to cry. And I was more tired too. How does a day of relaxing and doing nothing equal being more tired? I don't understand it, but it does. I knew that today HAD to be different.

And it has, so far.  Mornings we usually just chill in bed for half the morning watching morning TV, Jillian eats, we just chill until its time to get up and moving. Not today. As soon as she was fed I packed her up, laced up my sneaks and we were out the door for a good long walk. We did about 3 miles and we were out for an hour. It was SO GOOD. And she loved it too. Well, the part she was awake for, which was approximately 7 minutes. I made a promise to myself to do this every day while I am home on maternity leave. I had good intentions to do this before, but it just hasn't happened. Now that we have developed sort of a morning routine I plan to make this a daily thing, because it was so good for us.

When I got home I was feeling feisty and Jillian was sound asleep so I put together a little Insanity inspired circuit workout that looked like this:

1 minute of each
Run in place
Jumping jacks
High knees
Bicep curls
Tricep kickbacks
Shoulder presses
Run in place
Power jacks
Scissor runs
Squats
Alternating lunges
One legged lunges
Run in place
March in place (cooldown)
Crunches

Not too shabby.

I also promised myself during my walk that I would not turn on the TV this afternoon. Reading, music, Internet only. I need to DO today. It's a good thing I recognize my problems right away and make changes immediately, otherwise I'd be a mess. For real.

Also, there's been no C25K this week yet. I know. The last time I ran was Sunday so I haven't started Week 4 just yet. I did Insanity on Monday night and then last night, well you know, so tonight I plan to conquer Day 1 Week 4 of C25K. Boom.

So that's that. I now know I'm not a lazy crazy gal (I think I already knew that, but some days it just sounds so appealing) and I'm going to try harder to DO DO DO!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I Lost

Well, my day in court proved to be unsuccessful.  Bummer.  My whole argument in court was based on the fact that the ticket cited me for running a stop sign at an intersection I wasn’t even at.  So you know the first thing the officer did in court?  He asked the judge if he could amend the intersection because he wrote it down wrong.  For real dude?  If you hadn’t written the wrong intersection on my ticket I wouldn’t have even bothered with court, I would have just paid it!  

So he blew my whole argument out of the water, so I sounded like a shmuck and the judge told me I had to pay it.  Oh, and if you go to court you actually have to pay court costs too, so my $164 ticket went up to $197.  I am sooo glad I did that.  Grr.  Needless to say I will be coming to full and complete stops from now on.  

Anyway...  After I got home I did Insanity again.  Just the Fit Test because I’m not yet ready to graduate to the real workouts just yet.  It went well.  I’m actually having to do an amended version of the workout because I can’t put weight on my hands/wrists still because of my pregnancy souvenir of carpal tunnel.  So burpees and push ups are out for me.  I can’t say I’m too upset about not being able to do burpees, but it is a little frustrating that I can’t do the whole workout.  I need to get this fixed pronto!  

I will say that when I did the Fit Test on Sunday I got this nice wave of nostalgia.  Hubs and I did Insanity the first time right before our wedding.  I remember, we both wanted to get really fit for our wedding and honeymoon, and we saw the Insanity infomercial and decided to give it a try.  Every evening it was our thing, we did the workout in our living room (we had to move all of the furniture in our living room around to make room) and then cooked one of the meals that came in the meal plan book that came with the DVDs.  Aw, memories.  But it worked, we looked good on our big day and in Hawaii!


Pretty sure my abs will never be that flat again

So when Shaun T was telling me to do Heismans and Mummy Kicks I was like “awww, I missed these!”  Yeah, I’m weird.

Alright, I need to get back to my day of nothingness.  I decided this morning at 5am when Miss Jillian was wide awake that I was going to make today a “PJs All Day” day.  So far we’ve been successful with that!  Hope you’re having a great one!

Monday, February 25, 2013

What's Been Up?

Hi!  Happy Monday!  Sorry it’s been almost a week since I have last blogged.  It’s been busy over here.  So here’s what you’ve missed.

Thursday - Just another day chillin’ at home with the baby girl.  She was kind enough to sleep for most of the day (a rarity!), which allowed me to get things done.  I did some pilates, I did an arm workout, I made some phone calls, I read, it was good stuff.  When Hubs was done with work I went on my Week 3 Day 3 Couch to 5K run.  I did a happy dance when I was officially done with Week 3.  Not sure why, Week 4 is scary.

Friday - Today was an exciting day!  Jillian had her very first outing!  Sure she’s been to the pediatrician, and she’s been on car rides, but she’s never really been in public.  Maybe I’m crazy, but it worries me to have her amongst sick people when she hasn’t had her shots yet.  So we’ve been keeping her home.  On Friday however, her grandma and I went for a walk on the trail by our house and then to a restaurant in the downtown area where we ate outside.  The weather was sickeningly beautiful - sunny and 80 degrees, more April than February.  Jillian did wonderfully on her first lunch outing, slept the whole time.  She even got all dressed up to go out. Her first dress!  



Saturday - Saturday I did something I haven’t done in a long long while, something I was dreading - Day 1 of INSANITY. EEK!  I’m still not sure if I am going to DO Insanity all the way through for the entire 60 days, since I am focusing on C25K, but I definitely know that I am going to dabble in it for a while. I forgot how ridiculously good those workouts are - my heart almost exploded during it, but in a good way. Just the 25 minute Fit Test had me soaking wet within 5 minutes. I know that if I focus on doing these workouts I will be whipped back into shape in no time. But I don't want to lose sight of C25K either. So for now I'm going to dabble, get myself reacquainted with Insanity, because it's somewhat of a shock to the system. A good shock, but man, it's tough. I felt GREAT after my short little workout. The rest of Saturday was lazy and good. Grandma and Grandpa came up to see Jillian, and Hubs and I got out for a hot night on the town - Babies R Us and the grocery store. Wow, we are livin' it up!!

Sunday - Sunday morning was the Disney Princess Half Marathon. No, I didn't partake, but I was thinking about the 21,000 (holy cow, that's the biggest one ever) runners (and Stephanie!) on Sunday morning. And I actually went out and did a little run of my own to pretend like I was out there with them. I did an extra day of Week 3 of C25K and it felt good. But man was it hot and muggy out. I felt a little bad for those running the Half because it was pretty warm. I was soaking wet just after my 30 minute jog. Can't imagine being out there for hours, although I've been there. But I can say that I was a little green with envy. It was the 5th anniversary of the run, and I've done the previous four, so I was a little bummed that I was missing the milestone fifth. Oh well. There is always next year, and I WILL be there next year!!

Monday - Today is another exciting day. It's COURT DAY! I'm going to traffic court! Remember when I got a ticket back in December for running a stop sign at an intersection that I wasn't even at? Yeah, that time. I'm finally going to court to contest it. I will let you know how it goes. Exciting stuff!

And on that note, I am going to jet out of here. Hope you're having a great Monday!

Questions for you ...
- Did anyone run the Princess? How was it?!?!
- Have you been to traffic court?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's Ugly (The Baby Weight Post)

Hello! Yesterday was a busy day. I was determined to do normal human grown up stuff, as opposed to sitting on the couch, watching TV and staring at Jillian all day. Because really, too many days fly by where the day ends and I have absolutely nothing to show for it and wonder what exactly happened to the day.  It happens a lot.  The life of a new mom.  Apparently this is very normal.  

Yesterday I had that feeling of "omigod I am a loser, I need to do something," so I did. I made some phone calls I needed to make, started my scrapbook (finally!), cleaned, stuff like that. We even took Jillian out and about - the post office, Walmart, lunch (don't worry she didn't leave the car, Hubs stayed with her ... one of these days we will actually take her out of the car, but not till she gets her immunizations). It was good!

In the evening I got out and did Day One of Week 3 of Couch to 5K.  This week calls for a 5 minute walking warm up, 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking (repeat the 90/90, 3/3 thing twice) and then a 5 minute walking cool down.  I told you the other day that the 3 minutes of running kind of made me nervous.  But then I saw that I only had to do the walking/running intervals twice, so that made me feel better, made it more doable.

Well, it wasn’t that bad.  I’m alive.  But I’m not gonna lie, 3 minutes of running felt like an eternity.  This just goes to show how out of running shape I really am.  And it doesn’t help that I’m still carrying around an extra 27 pounds from baby Jillian, so that makes a real big difference as well.

I happened to catch a glimpse of my shadow as I was running, er more like hobbling, down the street and yikes, it was ugly.  You always have these visions of what you look like when you run.  This is what I think I look like:


Don't we all wish we looked like Jen?

Yeah, I don’t.  Not even remotely close.  But whatever.

Anyway, as I was doing my running intervals, doubt started to creep in.  I kept thinking, “geez if I can barely run 3 minutes, how am I ever going to run 3 MILES?” and “how am I ever going to get back to running long distances?” Right now 3 miles is the only goal in sight, hence the Couch to 5K.  But I’m starting to wonder how the heck I am ever going to get back to running 5, 6, 10 or 13.1 miles again - it just seems so hard and far away. I know this will get easier the more I get out there and run. It will also get easier as I begin to lose the baby weight.  

See, I gained 47 pounds of baby weight.  Pretty amazing how that crept on, but I didn’t deprive myself in any way (at all!), and I kept a healthy balance with all of the working out I did (I was on the elliptical 3 days before giving birth).  I’ve already lost 20 pounds not even trying, now I’m ready to step it up by watching what I eat and stepping up the exercising.  

Honestly, I cannot wait to start this process because I don’t feel like myself (not to mention I can’t fit into any of my real clothes - only maternity ones … and I’m SO tired of my maternity clothes I could spit).  I look at this as a challenge and a way to somewhat reinvent myself.  I’m confident I can lose the weight, but it’s going to take work and discipline and time.  Like, I’m going to HAVE to do lunges and squats - two things I HATE more than anything in this world - because my thighs rub together like something fierce.  I seem to have gained a lot of my baby weight there (what’s up with that?).  Like I said, it’s ugly.

So there ya go - 27 pounds to lose.  That’s the goal, the magic number.  I know it’s not going to happen overnight and I need to make sure I fully understand that.  In my little mind I think “oh I’m running, the weight will fall off.”  Um, no it won’t.  I’ve gotta work at this.  I’m a firm believer in the whole “it took 9 months to put it on, it’ll take 9 months to take if off” - but if it comes off sooner, that would be nice too.  But I can’t be mad or upset if it doesn’t.  Gotta keep that in check.

OK, enough internal pep talk here on the blog.  Now you know my goals, so now I’m going to use this blog to help keep me accountable.  Keep me honest here guys, will ya?  

Questions for you …
- If you have had a baby, how long did it take you to lose the baby weight?  Or did you?
- What did you do to lose the baby weight?  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thinking About Things

Hi! It's been a few days, huh? Honestly, I haven't really had much to talk about so I've just refrained from posting out of fear of boring the socks off of you. You can only hear about Couch to 5K so much...

Which by the way is going great! I did my third workout of week 2 yesterday at the gym (because it was 30 degrees here yesterday morning, brr, no thanks). This week I am a little nervous because the plan has me up to running three minute intervals (you run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes). To an average human this probably doesn't seem like anything too strenuous. To me, that's kind of daunting. I mean last week I was running 90 second intervals and by the end of 90 seconds I was like "thank god that's over," so I think this week might be hard. But maybe not! We will see.

I am also toying with bumping up the number of runs this week.  I know the plan calls for only three days a week but I would like to up my cardio level this week (because this baby weight isn't going anywhere if I don't start getting more serious). We will see how that goes. Although that is breaking cardinal rule number one rule in the book I'm reading, No Need For Speed. The book says do not do more than you're instructed to do in a running plan. ie, if the plan calls for only three runs a week, don't try to be awesome and do five. Hmph.

I am also starting to get the itch to do something drastic to help get me back into shape and into my regular pants. Right now I'm in that in between stage where my maternity pants won't stay up and my regular pants will not zip - a very bad place to be because all I feel comfortable in is yoga pants. No, I'm not talking about starving myself, I'm talking about ... INSANITY.

I know the Insanity workouts will whip me right into shape, but they are just SO HARD. I don't know if I have the strength to do them yet. (see paragraph 2 above)  I've done the 60 day program a few times now and it really gets me in the best shape I can possibly be in,  so it's kind of the perfect thing for my post baby body. But, it's just so hard (did I mention that before?). And I am still dealing with the carpal tunnel pain in my wrists from my pregnancy (weirdest pregnancy symptom ever), so push ups are not happening right now (and Insanity relies heavily on push ups). Eh, we will see.

Alright, I'm going to go ponder all of that and leave you now.  Hope everyone is having a great Monday!  

Questions for you ...
- Has anyone tried Insanity?  Thoughts?  
- Did you work out today?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Another Special Day

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!


Jillian is wearing her very special "My First Valentines Day" Disney onesie that she got from Auntie Jade. How cute it is?! It has Mickey and Minnie and sequins - sooo fashionable!! I just want to take her to Disney today to show it off, but it's probably still a little too early for that. Maybe next year...

And aside from Valentines Day, today is another very special day in our house. It's Zeus' 17th birthday!!!!


17?!?!? Wow!! Oldest living kitty cat I know! I got Zeus the summer in between my freshman and sophomore years of college (1996) and I never thought that he would still be in my life when I was 35 years old. It's amazing, we are so blessed to have him happy and healthy and celebrating his 17th birthday with us (since most cats only live to be 13 or 14). So, yay Zeus!!!


For some reason he loves climbing in the magazine basket
Such a cutie!

Another cutie, this girl.


She slept for a majority of her one month birthday yesterday. Ah well, we'll have to party it up on her two month birthday.

Yesterday I completed day two of week two of Couch to 5K on the treadmill. It went great! I slowed down my speed this week (to walking speed for most, haha) since last week when I ran on the treadmill it felt tough. This felt much better and also allowed me to get some reading done while running. Nice!

I know eventually I am going to need to PUSH myself more during my workouts to help lose the baby weight, but right now I am okay with just taking it easy and doing what I am comfortable doing. I mean I did just give birth four weeks ago. Haha.

Alright I am going to jet. One of the very first episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 is on - the one where  Dylan is first introduced.  Ha, my days right now are tough! Have a wonderful and exciting Valentines Day!!

Questions for you ...
- Do you have any Valentines Day plans?
- How old was/is your oldest living pet?
- Do you push yourself to the limit when you work out? Or do you do what you need to do?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy One Month

First off, HAPPY ONE MONTH BIRTHDAY TO JILLIAN!!!!


She is partying like a rock star right now doing the tummy time.  It doesn't look too fun but I assure you it is.  I seriously cannot believe she is already one month old. It's amazing how much life changes in just one month.  Wow.

So I dipped out on my C25K on Monday. I'm a bum. By the time Hubs got done with work on Monday it was later than I wanted to go out, and we had plans for a fun filled evening - bath time for Jillian, Mexican meatloaf and American Idol (we are like five episodes behind) - so I made the executive decision to skip on Monday. But I wasn't a total bum on Monday, I did Pilates DVD that wasn't really Pilates. It was more exercises with a resistance band, but it did the trick.  That works.

And then on Tuesday I was THIS close to skipping my run again, because Jillian decided to party all night Monday night which left me super duper tired on Tuesday. But I thought better of it and instead put my workout clothes on in the afternoon so that I would be ready to run out the door once Hubs was done with work. That worked!  And I am sooo glad I went. It pepped me up and just made me feel good. Day 1 of Week 2 went really well!! I'll be doing Day 2 today at the gym on the treadmill (eek).

Can we back up to American Idol for a minute? I honestly did not want to watch it this season. I'm totally not a fan of Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey so I wasn't too excited about this season. But I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I actually enjoy Nicki as a judge. And the talent is amazing this year! I cry at least once or twice per episode because of a person with an amazing story and an amazing voice. Really, it's so good this year!!

OK, on that note, I am out of here.  I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

Questions for you ...
- Are you watching Idol this season?
- How do you get motivated to exercise?



Monday, February 11, 2013

Fun Date Night

Hello!  Happy Monday!  I meant to write this post earlier today, but somehow it became almost 4 o’clock without me even knowing.  (What the heck have I been doing all day?)

We had a fabulous weekend that seemed to fly by.  Friday night we had Hubs’ parents over and they brought pizza (PIZZA!) and spent some time with Jillian.  Saturday I started my day with a 2 mile walk around the ‘hood.  It felt good to move after being sedentary on Friday.  I even threw in a running interval or two to keep me on track with my C25K.  Later that day my friend Carrie (HI CARRIE!) came by to meet Jillian for the first time.  We had a great time visiting and catching up, and Jillian enjoyed meeting her “Auntie” Carrie.  (Both Hubs and I are only children, which means Jillian doesn’t have any real aunts or uncles, so all of our friends are Jillian’s aunts and uncles)  

After that, my parents came up for their weekly visit and allowed Hubs and I to go out and do something fun.  And we did!  I gave Hubs two options - one was to go out to Magic Kingdom and have dinner out there and putz around.  The other option was to go out to The Boardwalk at Disney and go to our favorite restaurant out there …



Beaches and Cream.  We obviously opted for that.  


Yay!  That was my first choice!

Beaches and Cream is an old fashioned soda fountain type place which specializes in fun food (think burgers and sandwiches) and ice cream.  We love going out there because who doesn’t like burgers and ice cream?  Yeah, it’s not on my post-baby diet plan, but whatever.  

I saw this dessert on the menu that piqued my interest...



Banana bread?  Peanut butter?  My favorite flavor combination!!  



It was fabulous!  Hubs opted for the chocolate cake a la mode.  It was huge.


With an edible Mickey Mouse on top.

All in all, we had a fabulous date night!  


Date night rules!
And we followed it up with an awesome trip to crazy town Walmart to buy diapers and baby wipes - woohoo!  

Sunday we spent hanging with my parents and just enjoying the day.  And now it’s Monday again.  Tell me, why must the weeks go by so fast?  Pretty soon I am going to be back at work, which freaks me out.  I do miss working, but right now I cannot even fathom having to balance work with Jillian.  It’s just too much to even think about right now.  Yikes!  

Today starts week 2 of Couch to 5K.  I haven’t done a C25K workout since last Thursday (since the program only calls for 3 workouts a week), so I’m a little apprehensive about graduating to the next level.  Not sure why, I’m only bumping up my running intervals by 30 seconds, which is no big deal, but for some reason it seems like it.  We’ll see how it goes.  I plan on doing C25K this week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On days I don’t do C25K I’ll be doing other forms of exercise by way of DVDs, Hulu workouts and strength training.  And of course walks with Jillian, which I just got back from.  

And I am excited to report that I have set my sights on a 5K.  In order to test if Couch to 5K really works, I figure I need to schedule myself for a 5K close to my finishing the 9 week program.  So April 27th is the day.  It’s a couple of week after the C25K program ends for me, but that allows me a little wiggle room just in case I’m not up to par by the end of the 9 weeks.  Exciting right?

And with that, I should get going.  I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!  

Questions for you …
- How was your weekend?
- Did you work out today?
- Favorite ice cream flavor?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Exercise Findings

I started writing two posts yesterday and didn't like either - couldn't find my writing mojo - so I just decided to not blog yesterday. It happens.

It's Friday! I can't believe another week is done. Time is flying by. Jillian will be 4 weeks old on Sunday and that just blows my mind. She is changing every day and it makes me sad how fast she moves through phases.


"Oh, hi!"
Such a peanut.

So guess what? Week one of C25K is done! Woohoo!!  I am so happy and excited about the progress I made this week. I started running again for the first time in a long time and it couldn't have gone better.

The program calls for only three runs per week and I pounded those out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday night's run was good. I actually ended up running in a little rain (hard core), but I kept going. Thursday I took my run to the gym and did it on the treadmill. I gotta say, it was a little harder on the treadmill than it is on the open road. I don't know if i was running faster on the treadmill, or if it was just the general stress I normally feel on the treadmill (always afraid I am going to fall off), but it left me hot and sweaty and winded.

However I did experiment with running while simultaneously reading my Nook. I'm happy to report that I didn't fall flat on my face, and it made time go by faster. Bonus! I actually read a little bit out of all three of my books. And I gotta say, I am not so much liking reading three books at once. I'm tempted to ditch them all and just get a good Elin Hilderbrand book to immerse myself in (love her). But I gotta stick with it.

This week I have also been dabbling in some other forms of exercise. I want to get back into Pilates, because I know that will really help me with my post baby belly.  I was a Pilates freak about a hundred years ago (2002), where I went to classes at my old gym religiously and completely transformed by body.  Seriously, Pilates is no joke and gives you RESULTS.  So I went on to Amazon to see if I could find a DVD that could help me with that.  No such luck (I'm picky about my Pilates DVDs), but I did find something else.


Did you know that Hulu has free workouts on their website?  Yes!  If you go to Hulu and type in Pilates, routines from workout DVDs come up!  Neat!  We used to have this thing on our cable called ExerciseTV, which basically was a library of workout DVDs that you could watch any time through your cable (they even had Jillian's 30 Day Shred on there!).  It was AWESOME, but our cable company took it away and I think ExerciseTV ended up going away completely.  But their workouts live on on Hulu!!!  

The other day I found a good Pilates routine that I used to do and I found several Cindy Whitmarsh (LOVE HER!) routines that I used to LOVE - Six Pack Abs, Tank Top Arms and 10 Minute Buns and Thighs.  HELL YEAH!!!!  I have been incorporating those into my days as well.  Fun stuff!

Alright, that's enough babble for today.  I hope you have a fab Friday!  

Questions for you ...
- Do you do workout DVDs?  
- Did you ever have ExerciseTV?  If yes, wasn't it that bomb?  
- What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day One Done!

Day One of Couch to 5K - DONE!  Woohoo!



Yesterday I decided that I would jump back on the horse and start my slow and steady return to running.  After being sidelined by tendinitis in February of last year and then being pregnant for the remainder of the year, it’s been a long while since I’ve done anything but walk or ellipticize so I was a little apprehensive about getting back out there.  

I decided to use the Couch to 5K program as my way to ease back into running, start at square one, because I knew that it was a safe and effective way to get my endurance and mileage back.  I downloaded the C25K Free app on my iTouch to make things a little easier (best app I’ve downloaded since Words With Friends!) and yesterday I tested it out.

So how did it go?  It went GREAT!!!!!

Week One of Couch to 5K consists of a 5 minute walking warm up and then 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking repeated for 20 minutes (8 times) and then a 5 minute walking cool down.  This was a perfect place to start.  60 seconds of running was plenty for me and actually allowed me to play with my speed a little bit.  (Words I have never uttered before in my life.  Speed?  Who am I?)

Yeah, speed.  Probably not something to mess with right out of the gate, but I felt so good to be running I tested the waters to see if I could push myself to go a little faster than S-L-O-W.  I’m not sure how fast I was going, but I can assure you it was no faster than a fast person’s walk (I told you, I’m slow).  Anyway, I did a little less than 2 miles in the 30 minutes of walking/running, which isn’t too shabby considering it’s been a long long long time.

I’m happy to report I had zero ankle pain.  Apparently a great cure for tendinitis is not running for nearly a year.  The physical therapy helps too.  Either way, I was so happy that my ankle didn’t bother me.  Another thing that didn’t hurt - my calves.  Remember my fiery calf pain I was having while I was pregnant?  That’s gone, thank goodness!  

It’s funny how running is kind of infectious.  I literally cannot wait to go out again tonight to do Day Two of the plan.  I think I’m on my way!!  Maybe I’ll even sign up for a 5K in the first part of this year!

Alright, that’s all for now.  Hope you’re having a fabulous day!!  

Questions for you …
- Did you run today?
- Is anyone else doing C25K?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Today is the Day

Hello!  How’s it going?  

Sorry I’ve been away for a bit.  It’s been busy over here, but great!  We had a great weekend filled with visitors and outings and fun stuff, so it was all good.  Yesterday was one of those days where the whole day goes by and you say “hey wait, what happened to the day?”  Such is life.  

I’ve decided that this is the week that I am going to start Couch to 5K.  Yes, exciting!!  As I was walking on Friday (solo - I did a walk with Jillian and then later did a walk by myself - 2 miles for the day) I decided to give a full minute of jogging a try.  And keep in mind I use the term jogging loosely as:  

a) I haven’t run or jogged in almost a year;
b) I am carrying 29 pounds of extra weight these days (more of that later this week);
c) I am only 3 weeks out from giving birth, so I wanted to take it S-L-O-W;
d) I didn’t know how my ankle would feel so I took it easy

Bottom line, it felt great!  Yeah I was slightly winded after that minute, but hey I gotta start somewhere.  I truly feel like I am starting ALL OVER AGAIN with learning how to run, pace myself, breathe so I don’t die, etc.  And that’s okay!  I am willing to start at square one just so I can get back, and possibly even improve myself.  It’s kind of exciting!  

And I have downloaded an awesome C25K app on my iPod Touch that I tested out.  





It’s super awesome, it tells you when to walk and when to run (since in the beginning you’re alternating walking and running) and allows you to sync up playlists from your iPod (or phone), etc.  It’s flippin’ great!  So much easier than using my Garmin to time everything.  The name of it is “C25K Free” in the iTunes store if anyone is interested.  

I was going to start Day 1, Week 1 yesterday, but once the evening rolled around I decided that it wasn’t the right day to start it up (confession, I had eaten too many treats in the afternoon to feel good on my run - I’m working on this).  So today is the day.  Once Hubs is done with work I’m on my way to my triumphant return to running.  Woohoo!  I even created a new playlist to get me pumped, so I’m ready!

As for the rest of today, I’ve already gotten some picture stuff done, created some birth announcement ideas, read some blogs, watched The Bachelor and Biggest Loser from last night - man, this maternity leave/no working thing is kind of nice.  Now I’m going to try and sneak a sandwich before Miss Jillian decides to wake up.  Wish me luck, I’m usually unsuccessful at this, she is sneaky and knows when I want to eat and decides that she wants to eat at the exact same time.  Hmph.  Have a great rest of the day!  

Questions for you …

- Have you ever done Couch to 5K?
- Anyone doing any races anytime soon?  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Our First Walk

Hey, happy Friday to you!  Hopefully you are having a fantastic Friday so far!

Guess who went on her first walk today?



Well, Jillian didn’t do much walking, but she got to ride in th stroller while mommy and Grandma got some walking done.  It was our first time out with her, aside from taking her to the doctor, so it was really really exciting.  And judging by how well she did on her walk (she slept the whole time), we will be making this a daily thing!




She's all bundled up like we live in the arctic because it was a high of 65 today.  Hehe.
I can't imagine if we actually did live in a cold climate.

So fun!  I’m so ready to get her out and about!

Speaking of getting out and about, yesterday evening when Hubs was done with work I totally did not feel like going on my evening walk.  I’ve gone every evening this week and I was just thinking “eh, I’ll take a rest day” because I was so exhausted (Miss Jillian decided not to sleep much that day).  But then I thought better of that and laced up my sneaks and got out the door.  Man oh man I’m glad I did.  It’s amazing what a 15 minute walk and some jammin’ tunes will do for you.  Really!  So glad I did that.

Today has also been very productive.  Since Jilly decided not to sleep yesterday (she did sleep at night, which makes her the perfect baby) she was super tired today, so she’s been sleeping all day, letting mommy get things done.  I put together her bouncy seat, I did some stuff with the decor in her room, I visited with my mom-in-law and got some picture stuff done (no not the scrapbooking yet).  Lots of stuff!  Once Hubs is done with work I’m contemplating going on another walk solo, even though I already did my mile for the day.  We’ll see.

This weekend we have fun stuff on tap.  More visitors on Saturday, and then my parents will be back on Saturday night to relieve Hubs and I again to have a night out on the town.  Maybe we’ll get some Disney in this weekend?  Maybe not.  We’ll see how we feel.  And then on Sunday, the big game!  I actually don’t really care too much about Super Bowl because we don’t watch football in this house.  But we do tune in for the commercials and we definitely partake in the Super Bowl eating (dips!!).

And now, without further ado, by popular demand, some more Jillian pics...





Milk coma face.

Questions for you …
- Do you have fun Super Bowl plans?
- What’s your favorite Super Bowl dish?