Cherries, Goals, Joseph and Josh McDowell

My daughter recently had a birthday, and I was lacking in taking pictures of the food, so I will just tell you about it.

Her theme was cherries, so I decided to include cherries in every part of the dinner.  We had cherry coke and cherry koolaid to drink, cherry glazed pork roast and cherry coke bbq ribs for our main course, cherry applesauce and a tossed salad with dried cherries for sides, cherry muffins and cherry jello topped of the dinner off.  Dessert included  cherry pie cookies and a chocolate cake shaped as decorated as a cherry.  Cherry heads, cherry tootsie pops and cherry twizzlers garnished the table as well.

I had a lot of fun making these dishes, most of the recipes were new.  And, she was excited that cherries touched everything!  I think her love for cherries is waning slightly…probably just because we were inundated with them for awhile.  😉

Anyone interested in the above recipes, shoot me a message!  🙂

In other news…I know I have not done well with blogging every day as was my goal.  Gallbladders and floods got in the way.  BUT, I have to say that God is drawing me closer.  Definitely giving me new questions to tackle and research, which means I am digging into His word more, which is always a good thing!  I am by no means digging in as much as I could/should, but I am getting there…only because of Him.  In my gallbladder craziness, both food and exercise went by the wayside, but it actually helped me get back to normal living.  I found that overtraining leads to overeating for me, because the calories you burn can’t compete with the incredible hunger.  So, I am mixing it up, doing different cardio and strength routines, not getting stuck in a rut and not getting crazy hungry.  ‘At first there was no difference, but I am happy to say that I am finally seeing some more definition in my body AND shed a couple pounds (just a couple, but I am ok with that for now).  😉

I recently finished UnDaunted.  It is a nonfiction book about Josh McDowell.  Josh McDowell is the author of More Than a Carpenter.  Josh learned to forgive the unforgivable, to trust the untrustable and to hope in something he didn’t quite believe all because of God.  The writing may not be the greatest, but the story is amazing!

My husband and I began watching Seasons of Gray~A Modern Day Joseph Story.  WOW!  So good!  We have to finish it tonight but I can already recommend it.

That is my eclectic post for the day!

🙂

My 2 favorite exercises at the moment

For simply targeting specific muscle areas, I have found 2 exercises that I love!!!!   As you know my general routine is HIIT, elliptical and weights.  These are ones I like for problem areas:

Cassey Ho inner thighs 5 minute challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJyZhOJ2Tag

and weighted oblique crunches which I found in Jim Stoppani’s 6 week shred

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jim-stoppani-six-week-shortcut-to-shred-day-1-chest-triceps-abs.html

I have done oblique crunches before, but adding weights and holding them overhead while doing it…wow…I am feeling it today!

Just thought I’d share  🙂

Weekly Update

Not too much has changed and a lot has changed.

My BMI is between 20.6 and 21 pending on what scale I use.

My body fat percent is between 15 and 24 pending on what method I use (5 out of the 6 methods put me under 17).

Weight is no less than it was in May.  However, my body fat percentage is less.

Both my weight and my body fat percentage are higher than they were a couple years ago…but I was also underweight and had about 2 % body fat…for real.

So changes…

I am accepting that it is good that the clothes I fit into when I was underweight don’t fit anymore … no matter how cute they were.

I am excited that even though the scale is higher than I like, my size is not too different…just trying to enjoy that the scale is showing some good muscle build up.

I thought I would lose weight while training for the half marathon, but I gained weight…I was training for that at the same time as I was doing Jamie Eason’s 12 week body building program…needless to say I was hungry all the time.  After that my body still thought it wanted lots of food even though I wasn’t working as hard.  Since then, I have slowly but surely decreased my eating (I still cheat and overeat at times), and though my weight isn’t different, it is surely healthier weight.  I am also beginning to let go of calorie counting…a little, but I believe it helps me to be healthier overall…not depriving myself of food allows me to not have as many crazy overeating days.  I am starting to decrease my training a bit, too.  I recently read that if you overtrain, you overeat, and the calories certainly don’t balance out in your favor.  I had myself in a crazy cycle of being so hungry from training that I would overeat and then feel the need to train some more…no more.  I want to have muscle and be a little more than just toned, but I don’t want the crazy regimen of continuous exercise.

So, some good changes being made…hopefully soon it will show on the scale, but for now I will be happy with the progress so far.

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My first half marathon is complete.

My goal was under 2 hours and it was reached.  Yay!

The whole process was interesting to say the least.  So many people crowding the street preparing to run through the city to achieve a goal time.  I almost bailed in the first mile, more than once, as runners behind me tripped me up…literally  The image of the face plant kept me from following through with it.  Some wore no shoes, some wore close to no clothes, some wore crazy attire.  So many spectators cheered us on…wow…they should be thanked…they gave full unconditional support.

At the 10k mark, my pace was 8:07 a mile.   Wow…what I would have given to stop at the 10k mark…ha!  The hills after that challenged me a bit and by the time a finished my pace had increased to about 8:37 a mile.  I was still happy with that.

As far as injuries go, my knee was fine, my stuffy nose cleared, my foot was still sensitive and gave me a little pain, especially in the last mile when I rolled it over a random rock.  ouch!  It is wrapped tight today.

I felt great after the race, but as the day wore on my stomach gave me some issues.  Blah!  Today I am working on replenishing myself.  Will be done.

All in all a good race and a lazy day after.

I was humbled by many during my training.  Those who encouraged and supported me are amazing.  Those who sent anonymous gifts and made crazy contributions also are amazing.  Those who cheered and provided sustenance during the race add to the list of amazing people who humbled me.

It was more than a race, it was an experience.

The Goal

The Good News: This was my last long run before the half marathon.

The Bad News: It was a horrible long run.

The Good News:  My goal is to finish the half in under 2 hours (from the starting line…I will be quite a distance from there).  Even if I run as poorly as I did today, my time would still put me under 2 hours.

The Good News: This weekend is not race weekend…7 days to go.

I do realize that there are runners who will likely  complete the full marathon before I finish the half.  That’s okay.  I do realize that if I don’t make my goal, that is okay too.  But it is always fun to meet and beat personal goals, so even if I am under by one hundredth of a second, it would be fun to be under 2 hours  To do this I need to run a 9 minute mile or less.  For my 10 mile runs I have been averaging 8 1/2 minute miles, so hopefully the last 3 miles won’t raise that too much.  Today, on my horrible rotten run where I walked some (gasp)…I was still under 9 minutes.  So here is hoping to a successful time next week.  🙂

The Really Good News: I am blessed to be able to run.  Not everyone is able to.  I am blessed with the health to do so.

The Really Really Good News: No matter what happens next week I have awesome family and friends that love me and know I am doing my best and love me despite my finish time.

The Really Really Really Good News: I have The Lord and Savior who loves me even more than this and died for me so that I could live for Him and with Him.

In a world that is filled with tragedies and sorrows, it is nice to  be able to put things in perspective.  In perspective, this race is not a big deal.  Even though it is challenging and a big deal to me, it is far down on the scale of life’s concerns.  It is fun to blog about, though, and assuming/hoping/believing I will finish…it will feel good to have accomplished it.

All miles are not created equal and other random thoughts…

Some thoughts of the day…

“It never fails!”

The kids will be playing like angels all day long, with me and independently, and as soon as I pick up the phone a “crisis” breaks out.

“Wow…great trick!”

We were doing ice cube melting experiments and my youngest put his on a small stool in front of the refrigerator.  In my hurriedness of the day, I completely forgot about it and walked right into it kicking the stool across the kitchen.  I turned back to see the cup sitting perfectly upright, not spilled right below where it was on the stool.  I love when things work out that way.  🙂

“*sigh*”

Thighs and toilet seats just don’t make a good combination.

“Vanilla almond milk is better to clean”

After my youngest threw it up all over the couch from being in so much pain with his ear infection, I realized that I preferred it over normal child stomach yuckiness.  It is sad that I am comparing in this area, but such is life.

“I should have known”

When my youngest (he has had a busy week) fell asleep sitting straight up crammed in the corner of the grocery cart that he would wake up with an illness the next day.

“All miles are not created equal”

I ran my first 10 miles in a nice flat neighborhood with sidewalks and trails.  I ran my second 10 mile run on the road full of hills (mostly small hills, but a hill is a hill) and wow my time and my body noticed the difference!  

Benched

I tried.  I pushed.  I fought against it.

At 5:42 this morning, the road won.

Training had been going very well!  I shed the shin splints, I built up to 9 miles…in a way, I actually enjoyed the 9 mile run!  Last week, perfect weather, headphones stayed in, different scenery…all made for a great run.

Before that run I was bothered by my knee…seemingly with bursitis.  After that run, it was rough walking the rest of the day…forced to elliptical training for a couple days, but was also able to get some treadmill time in and geared up for my 10 mile run this morning.

As I limped up the road to my starting point my knee hurt, but I was determined it would feel better when the running began.  My 10 miles were reduced to 10 feet.

I tried to put full weight on and run through it, but it wasn’t happening.  My body was not allowing me to put full weight on that leg.

I am disappointed.  I really was looking forward to my long run this week.

I am nervous.  The closer the race day gets the less I want my training to be on hold.

I am benched for not and so this morning the road won the battle.

One battle.

I am determined to win the war.

Training

I know some think I am crazy, but I decided to follow a half marathon training schedule regardless of my half marathon decision.  In its own way, the practice/training is as much of a challenge to me.  In following this plan I have made two interesting discoveries…

#1…it is a cruel, cruel thing to go to a gym that is right next door to a place that bakes fresh bread (one of my weaknesses).  When my belly is growling and I have just started the treadmill, the bread smell, well, makes me sad.

#2…simply adding another mile or two to my daily workout along with a little more speed has made me extremely hungry!  Hungry enough to eat far more than the few extra calories I have burned.  This means that despite training for a race I am gaining weight.  A year ago that would have made me quite frustrated.  But I feel healthier today than I have in a long time and realize I just have to regulate my hunger and my training accordingly.  My weight will adjust soon.

Am I going to run or not?

We will see.

But training will continue…and yes, some days next to the glorious smell of baking bread…*sigh*