Friday, December 21, 2012

This week's workouts

I am back in the game after some bad foot pain, possibly tied to a back injury from last year, as well as my trip to AZ.

I have been thinking about how I can change things up in order to drop some more LBS. I have not heard what the finale from the bootcamp is, but I know I dropped 5 lbs and inches. I am very happy with that, but need to do more. So, I realized that for several years I've been running the same 3 miles on the treadmill and then lifting weights. Lifting is important, as it will help you build muscle and shrink more, but my body is clearly in a plateau that has been caused by the same routine. Sure, I switch up what I do for weights, but it needs to be more.

This week, I ran 3.5 miles, and 3.2 miles respectivly. One problem I have is that at 3 miles on the treadmill, I hit a wall. I am working to get past that and tomorrow plan on running 4 miles.

While I am on a break from bootcamp, I am doing a lot of HIIT training, or High Intensitity Interval Training, and body weight stuff, giving myself a little break from the heavy weights.

Here are 2 workouts I stumbled across that I am going to do again this weekend, one on Saturday and 1 on Sunday along with an attempted 4 mile tredmill run both days.

This is a lower body workout that is a killer.

100 jumping jacks (I broke it up into 50 2x as my foot was hurting)
walking lunges, hands behind head deep lunges. I did 14 1 way and 14 the other way
10 jump lunges
side lunges, 20 total
20 mountain climbers
**repeat 2 times**
15 ballet lunges
15 calf raises; toes forward
15 calf raises heels together
15 calf raises toes together
15 prisoner squats
calf raise series
curtsey lunges
calf raise series
** repeat 2 times**

Throw in a little ab work
Side plank, 30 seconds per side
front plank 1 min
star fish for 30

The other one is a full body workout that is HARD. I am still feeling pain in my lats from this.

10 1-legged squats per side. Hold onto a body bar or pole or something. Squat as low as possible
20 body weight squats
20 walking lunges
20 plyo step jumps
10 pull ups- NOT on the assist pull up machine.
10 dips, NOT with the assist
10 chin ups NOT with the assist
10 pushups
30 second plank

O.M.G! My goal is to perfect pullups, chin ups and dips. I did the 10 dips but they were weak and tiny.

Ok, that's all I have for now. I hope to get my trip to Arizona done soon!

Pie Throwing FUN

I am Will's den leader for Cub Scouts, along with my good friend Maria. At our last pack meeting, the boys were all awarded either 1 or 2 pies to throw at the leaders depending on how much they'd raised in fundraisers.

Maria and I were lucky enough to be up first to get slammed with pies. Some of those boys had excellent aim and arms too! Including my own kid who got me square in the face.

Decorating the tree

I love for the last 3 months of the year. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays. We put our tree up a little later than normal. Usually it is up and decorated over Thanksgiving weekend, but we traveled this year. Then the next weekend, when I was on recovery from the Bainebski weekend, Brett and Will went to menards to pick out a fresh tree and when I could finally move, we got it decorated.

Breakfast With Santa

Here we are! It's the Friday before Christmas, and I am finally catching up on all of this. I have some family fun blogs, and then the fitness ones will come next.

The first weekend in December was our annual Bainebski Christmas Extravaganza. This is the weekend when my best friend of more than 20 years and her family make the trek from Cataract, WI to the booming metropolis of West Allis, Wi. Or warmly known as Dirty Stallis. We have gift exchanges, breakfast with Santa at our zoo, we take in the Stallis holiday parade and drive through candy cane lane. When we get the kids all nestled in their beds and the moms and dads sit downstairs and have drinks and play cards or whatever..... It's one of my favorite times of year :)

                                         Will and his brother from another mother, Carter
                                 These crazy boys love to get on the stage during the sing a long
                                            Will's friend from school joined us this year.

                                    Mrs. Clause looks so thrilled. Will LOVED meeting them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A little fun

I've been a little busy the past couple weeks and swear I will catch up on my blog, to include pictures from our Bainebski Christmas Extravaganza a couple weeks ago, and a fun boy scouts event that took place last week.

But until then, The ABCs Of Me

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: Are you crazy! It's Wintertime in Wisconsin. That thing is set at 70 because I like to keep it roasty toasty up in here!
B- My BEDROOM theme is:paisley and owls. I love owls. Not the real owls, they're creepy but pictures, drawings... etc
C- The CAR in the driveway is:  Brett's. He's too lazy to pull in to the garage most nights.
D- My DESK looks:My work desk is sparking..... until you open the drawers and see why the top is so clean
E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is:6:15. I roll outta bed, throw on my contacts and brush my teath and head into the office at 6:25. Luckily the office is in my basement, as I don't get dressed or shower.... that's right I sit in my PJ's all day long. It's awesome!
F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: My face.
G- My GARAGE is filled with:the norm. A lawn mower, snow blower, bikes a mouse or 2.....
H- My HOUSE is: really coming together. We did a big remodel on the upstairs this year and I LOVE it. Up next, sometime, redoing the kitchen.
I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you'd see: books, books and more books. I hoard them. My dad made a built in book case in my room and I had it filled in pretty much 5 minutes.
J- My favorite JUICE is:does Crystal Lite count?
K- The best part of my KITCHEN is:the brick and the aclove by the stove
L- The LAST person who visited my home was: My BFF Jessie Bainter
M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: a hometown Sparta newspaper. It made my day. womp womp
N- My NEIGHBORS think I'm: I've only met a few this year. We know all the grannies behind us, but they hibernate in the winter. legit. they're all in some warm state right now. The guy right next to us moved in about 5 years ago. We've never had a conversation with him. Luckily this year I am meeting people in my hood, so it's not so lonely over here on 96th st.

O- If you OPENED my fridge you'd see: loads of yogurt for me. Loads of gogurt for Will and several gallons of milk for Brett (the beer is in a seperate fridge warmly known as The Beer Fridge)
P- My last house PARTY was: a couple weeks ago when the Bainters were here we had a couple of other fun folks in for drinks. I don't know if that counts. We don't do it up like we used to
Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: TACOS!
R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: Mine. Now that it's fully functional and I have an awesome reading area in it.....
S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: Suave right now, but I love Aveda.
T- My largest TELEVISION is: 46" of High Def goodness. We have an old heavy junker upstairs that will be replaced soon
U- UNDER my bed you will find: a dust bunny or 2
V- The last time I VACUUMED was: Daily. We have a dog. he sheds. I hate dog hair. So I vac every day. OCD, yes. Clean? Oh YES!
W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: condos behind up, the grubby railroad tracks with an occasional bum sitting on them..... our giant yard. I have so many ideas for it
X- I wish I had X-TRA: money. duh. I have so many ideas of what I could do with it!
Y- My YARD is: super large.
Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is:It was always 8:30 because I'd get up at the literal crack of dawn to hit the gym. Now I am more reasonable and I go after work. Therefore, I am now a rebel who stays up until 10:30 reading a book or getting my fill of teen mom. I know, I live the life!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving recap

***I have been horrible about taking pictures. I am vowing to be better about that!***

This year we decided to spend Thanksgiving in my home town. Sparta, WI. It's a cozy little town along the Wisconsin/Minnesota boarder. And it has been WAY too long since I've been home.

We had planned to leave as soon as Will was done with school on Wed. Little did I know, there was no school on Wed. WOW. good going, mom! So, Will and Brett spent the day together while I slaved away at work. As soon as the clock struck three, we loaded up in the car and hit the road. The traffic was not too bad, and we made good time.

As soon as we got to town we headed to my favorite Sparta resturant: The Fox Hole Pub. It's been there for a zillion years. Probably since the inception of our town. And I LOVE it! Now that it's non smoking Will can enjoy all its goodness too. My old friend, Erin was working so I got to visit with her briefly.

Thursday was THANKSGIVING! I got up early and then went for a 5 mile run through town. The runs through town (not a play on words) always take longer than expected. I'll stop and look at my old house, or stop and visit an old haunt. There's always so many memories and so many things to revisit. After that, Will and I made a pumpkin pie and I made some mashed taters. MMM. delish. We had a nice spread and an early lunch. After words, Will and I went to the playground at the elementary school I went to. That is the only place I got any pictures!

                I can't believe this thing still exhists. It's original from when I was in school there!
      As he jumped down from this he nailed his head on one of the bars. Wonderful time at the park!

Friday, we got up and lazed around. Then we went to visit my Grandma. We spent a little time with her and then headed out to the lovely unincorporated village of Cataract to spend time with my BFF and her family. We were pretty low key, just hanging out and visiting. And on Saturday they had a late Thanksgiving with family, so we went back into town and did some shopping and had lunch with my friends, Kristin and Debbie who I have not seen in ages!

Saturday night, one of my good friends was a contestant in the LaCrosse Dancing With The Stars. So we went to cheer him on. AND HE WON! It was a blast!!!!!

All in all, It was a wonderful trip back. I am glad to be home though. The dog missed us, I think :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

I better get back on the wagon

I had a bad eating weekend. Kind of. Well, mainly I did ok, but I didn't exercise to my full capacitcy last week. Primairly because my bootcamp kicked my ass last week and I felt sore for many days following. I did get some really good runs and weigh lifting sessions in though so it wasn't a total loss. But it is Thanksgiving this week and there will be food and snacks for days.

Will and I went out for dinner on Friday with some friends. I ate a burger and fries and didn't feel guilt. I got up and ran 3.05 miles and lifted weights. Then I had a light lunch and Will and I went to Racine to see a perfromance by the Chineese Acrobats. Kinda corny, but not too bad. Afterwords, I had the ladies in for a Perfectly Posh party. That stuff is AMAZING! After everyone left, my sweet friends from Appleton who drove down for it, and I went to a corner bar for a couple of drinks. I kid you not, we were there for several hours. I had a bloody mary and then 3 beers. Nursing every one of them. Yesterday I felt so gross and hung over. I went to McDonald's for a greasy breakfast. For lunch, I had a meal of movie theater popcorn. I didn't eat a ton and it was certainly not worth the money (or the calories!) I started to not feel well during the movie. Was it the popcorn??? I decided I needed more grease and made a frozen pizza and some bread sticks. Brett came back from hunting and had a bunch of the yummiest donuts left over. I'll be having one today :) I am also on board for a run and lift tonight. Tomorrow I have my outside run and then bootcamp.

Wed we are heading to my Dad's for the holiday. I am doing my own Turkey Trot on Thursday since there isn't one in town. SHAME ON THEM :) So, I'll have to just do home workouts while I am on vacation :)

Friday, November 16, 2012


I had big news last weekend and I never got on here to blog about it. LAME!!! I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 161.2, that is almost a 5 lbs loss. And I can feel it. My clothes are already a little bit more comfortable. I've gained back some of my self confidence, and actually went up into the weight room all week instead of hiding out in the woman's only room. (not that it's really hiding out, but I was falling into a pattern of only being in there.... I wanted to branch out). Boot camp has been so beneficial for me. Not only is it super intense, it leaves me sore for days! The trainer who puts this together is so great! He pushes us to the max and beyond. It is just what I need. Now, I'll look at the dumbbells and where I would have normally choses something lighter, I now up the weight. Or, I attempt more cardio (I ran an extra 5 minutes yesterday and almost cried, I was so excited), extra burpees (BARF! Literally!) Or just add cardio spurts into my weight training. I have also attempted Crossfit a few times and am loving that! I like to do that once a week or so, but no more.

So, that was my big news. When I hit the 10lb loss marker, I'll take new pictures.

In other news, last weekend was my first ever ME ALONE WEEKEND! Since Will was born I have not spent time at home alone. I've gone places alone, but that's always with something to do in mind. This was me. alone. no plans! Well, not really. I did have a nice dinner with a couple of girlfriends. I slept in on Sunday until 7:30. You don't understand, that's a HUGE thing as I am normally up by 6 no matter what! I had a nice breakfast with my friend, and over it we discussed the book, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. EXCELLENT read if you have not already checked it out. And then I attended a baby shower.

This weekend the old dude is taking off again to go hunt Bambi. And Will and I are prepping for Thanksgiving. How is that NEXT week already!!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Damn garbage people!

Ok, I admit. I am terrible when I back out of the garage. I am forever knocking stuff over because I am too close to it, or I run over the garbage cans. and in my defense, when Brett puts the garbage out, it is in a specific spot PER INSTRUCTIONS from our city. However, the minute the garbage man touches the can those instructions are out the window and they just toss it whereever. So, half the time it's in the middle of the driveway.

BUT this one, pictured below, was not my fault. Yes it is about the 5th can we've had to buy to replace the ones I run down but this time the garbage man tossed it aside and it was a particularly windy day, so it took a roll down the street and did probably get run over, but just not by me.

My next car will have one of those fancy cameras so I can see when backing out.....

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Make New Friends and Keep The Old

I have lived in my town for almost 9 years now. And until recently I never knew a soul in my neighborhood. I've longed for neighbors where our kids are friends and they can run around the hood together. I've longed to have a neigbor I can call a friend. I've longed for this for so many years. And now, it's happening!

Will started Kindergarten last year. I was very fortunate to meet a few moms, and even more fortunate to be able to now call them my friends. Over the summer, it was nice. Will played baseball and his team were all kids from his school. So, I got to meet more parents. Some were wonderful, some I could really do without :) But as time has gone on and he's doing more I am meeting more people and developing my own friendships.

Last weekend we went on a camping trip with the Boy Scouts. It was the perfect time for me to get to know, not only our den better, but the parents as well. I could not have left feeling better about that trip. I feel a great sense of community and belonging. I feel like I finally know my neighbors and really like them. We are creating our life here in our town and I am slowly losing the urge to move back home where my childhood is, and my best friend lives. Jessie, don't think this means I am not looking for a way for us to still live next door to each other :) It will happen. Before we are roommates in Shady Pines :)

Here are some pictures from our awesome camp out.

                                          Here is all of our pack that made the trip.
                                                    Our bunks for the weekend
                                                               Our Den
                                                  This is from a trip to the fire station
                                                  Oh sneeky picture. Totally not post related.
                                                    Will and Danny getting firewood.

Friday, November 2, 2012

My week

It has been an interesting one. For starters I had to miss my bootcamp on Tuesday and ended up at Urgent Care with the beginnings of a URI. ick. anyway, 3 days of meds and I am back to normal. I did manage to run about 2.5 miles on Wed and then my normal 3 yesterday.

Yesterday, I also ventured in to unchartered territory for myself: Crossfit training. I'm going to try and incorporate some of it into my weekly training. Just to keep things mixed up. Yesterday's workout went like this:

3 mile run. NO WALKING!

21 deadlifts, 50 lbs
21 push press, 20lb dumb bells
50 squats

15 deadlifts
21 pushpress
50 squats

9 deadlifts
9 pushpress
50 squats

1 min (x2) dead bug on bosu
v sit on bosu
arms to toes
hip thrusts
russian twists

And I leave you, today with this gem.

                                       I am just not sure about him dressing himself. Ha ha!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fashion Forward Willie!

               Will loves the pop collar. He told me this was a sailer outfit. He's so into high fashion!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2

Will decided he wanted to be a vampire this year. I was kind of glad. Something not so video game specific. He was Luigi last year from Mario Brothers and then also had a huge Thomas the Train obsession. Anyway, those were all cute, but he went a different route this year and had a blast with it! I had fun doing his makeup. It made me think I've missed my calling, ha ha!

He got to wear this costume 3 times, but I forgot my camera all times except for Trick r Treating. Our city is also lame and they do it the Sunday before Halloween. I kind of miss going out on Halloween night. My hometown still does that. It leaves me very jeally.

         Jack, Will and I before we left to Trick or Treat. Brett stayed behind to watch football. LAME!
                                                    My little vampire. Oh so spooky!
                                                       Trick R Treat! Our first stop.
                          Mr. Vampire running off into the night. Well, just to get more candy.

Halloween #1

I spent the past 2 weekends doing Halloween things. Last weekend was a Halloween dance at Will's school, and I forgot my camera! It was so stinking cute and fun too! This weekend, we had a city wide Halloween party. We went with our friends who just moved to town and their baby. Then, I ditched the fam, put on my Amish garb and went to Rockford to see the fabulous Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. If you have not heard their music before, I highly suggest you give them a listen. Such awesome tunes and in turn, I've made some wonderful friends at the shows. So, the main gang met in Rockford for a night of good music, good friends and good fun.

                                 I was on my rumspringer, so I wore makeup and had a beer.
                                                       My friend, Amber and I :)
                            Amber as a flapper, Jill as Miles Nielsen and me as the Amish chick
                          The band showed up in some kind of creepy, yet well done makeup
Here's a few of the Rusted Hearts. I was trying to get Daxx, as the taco, but this stand kept getting in the way.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday's workout

I have started running outside again a couple of times a week. On Tuesdays, I am in a 1 hour VERY intense boot camp. In the past, I would run for a half an hour right before. This time I decided that due to time constraints, and wanting to have good energy for the class, I would do my runs outside on my lunch break.

Yesterday, I got ready. I hemmed and hawed if I should run or take my dog for a walk instead Finally, I just stuck my ear buds in and started my music and went for it. I ran an oldie, but goodie route through the neighborhood that is right around 3 miles. It was a very gloomy day, but I thought to myself, I just HAVE to do this run. I need to push through and over come odds that have held me back in the past. Like, I would NEVER run in the elements in the past. I needed sun and decent temps. Enough of that. I want to run outside, so I am going to. I wasn't quite half way through the run when the sky opened up and it started to pour. AHHHHHH. Well, what did that mean for me? Those spots when I'd normally walk for a minute, I pushed through and ran. Probably faster than I normally would have too!

Then, at 5:30 I was at my bootcamp. Honestly, this guy pushes us to the max and beyond. One thing I've done in this class a couple times already, and previously with my old trainer was an exercise with a heavy rope where you try to make it ripple. I don't know how else to explain it, and the first time I saw this exercise was when Kim Kardashian graced the cover of Muscle and Fitness Hers. Not that I find anyone who has a workout DVD called Get Into Those Jeans By Friday (and her picture on the back is workout gear with knee high boots???) a fitness expert, but this workout looked brutal. AND IT IS!

Check it out here:

I am really feeling the burn today. On top of that I whapped my ankle on my desk yesterday and it's nicely bruised. AHHHH. I am not giving up though. I am going to walk the pooch at lunch and then head over to the gym for the next 2 days right after work. My goal is to get 5 days of exercise in. So far, I am on track for that.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My weekend ROCKED!

First of all, I got on the scale and saw I'd lost 1 pound today. Not a lot, but I did have some splurges during the week.

Last night, on a whim (which was planned on Thursday) my friend, Caitlin and I went to see an author we just love: Emily Giffin. She's written books such as Something Borrowed, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong.

She couldn't have been nicer and so much fun to visit with.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Love

This is Will and Jack. Jack came to live with us a little over a month ago. He has been a great fit for our family, and Will adores him.

It's Friday Friday Friday!

Rebecca Black's Friday pops into my head every Friday morning. I have attached the video so you can have the same tune running through your head as well :)

It's been kind of a busy week. Kind of, but at the same time not. Yesterday I had skipped the gym because I was meeting someone after work to buy some leapster games for Will for Christmas. It was a bust. I got there and though I had told the woman what kind of a leapster he had, she didn't tell me they weren't compatible. So, that was a half hour wasted. But on the flip side, all my new makeup had arrived, so I got to play around and experiment with that. LOVE IT!

I went in on Wed for a haircut. It turns out the woman who owns the salon (It was a new salon for me) is a fellow scouts den leader who I had just met. So, on Thursday, I got 3 new friend requests on Facebook from new friends I've met through Will's school or scouts. It made me feel very good. I've longed to move back to my small town for a few years now. Now that I am meeting people here, I am no longer feeling that.

Tonight my BFF is coming to town! We have been friends since we met in 7th grade. I love her! She still lives in our home town, and is the one big reason I'd want to move home. Anyway, they will stay with ys tonight and go to the Halloween dance at Will's school. Tomorrow, W and I are going to the bookfair and then he has a football game. I plan to workout in the AM before the bookfair. I am also hoping we can carve pumpkins too.

And this is my pinterest dinner plan for tomorrow. Holla!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wacky Wed

Bootcamp last night was great. This has been the kick in the pants I needed to get myself back on track. We had our measurements taken and I forgot to ask for a copy of them, so I will take my own and add them in.

I an attempt to reclaim me, I have an appointment for a hair cut tonight, and then the Little Dude and I have a dinner date at Baker's Square. Not the best of choices, but I do love my time with him, and he's earned this dinner date.

My plan for today: run on my lunch break. I did just under 3 miles yesterday outside and it felt so great! Because of my haircut tonight, I am going to do a Jillian Michaels video after work, then I will have to quick shower and pick up Will from school. I CAN'T WAIT!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Mom Cracks Me Up

My Mom and Step Dad came to visit about a month ago. My sister had given her a couple books to give to me. (They all live in AZ, I am in Wisconsin). My Mom is not a reader at all. She might get a book and it will take her a year to read it.

Anyway, we were out on a walk and she starts telling me about this book my sister gave her and she started reading it and was really liking it. Later, I saw it in her bag. It was MY book. And she had a book marker in it showing how far into it she was.

I took this picture to text it to my sister, saying OMG Mom is reading!

I believe a month later, she might be half way through it now! Awesome!

Taking Care of YOU!

I had a great talk with a good friend of mine yesterday. Our visit led to splurging out ourselves occasionally. Now that we have kids, it seems like we put their needs first (obvi!) but sometimes we let our needs/wants slide for way too long.

Example: I keep buying cheap clothes/makeup for myself and cutting my hair 2 times a year. I have shorter hair that needs to be trimmed every few months. My cheap clothing, I always end up having to return because it shrinks after 1 wash to the point where I can't wear it, or it falls apart. Now, I don't need to be spending a sh** ton on jeans and tops, but I do need to seek out better quality clothes. As for my makeup, I don't mind the drugstore stuff for some items, but as far as moisturizer, baby lotion is just not cutting it for my face anymore. I need to take care of ME! This means putting a little more into my appearance. I work from home, and usually in my pj's. I will take a shower quick after work before I pick Will up from school, or I go right to the gym after work and pick him up at after school care in my sweaty gym clothes. Ok, that's fine. I don't mind people seeing me after I've just killed it in the gym. And I am not saying I need to spend hours getting my hair/makeup/outfit right, but it makes me feel better to spend a little time and a smidge of my hard earned money on me :)

I did go a little crazy and order a bunch of new makeup from Sephoria. I also had a gift card to Macy's and don't necessairly need anything for the house, so I splurged on MAC cosmetics. I do refuse to buy clothing until I fit comfortably into what I currently own.

OH, and for the record, the scouts meeting went just fine last night and I ROCKED it in my uniform :)


Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm going to be in trouble

My husband might be ready to steal my plastic from me. Last night, I felt the need to order a bunch of makeup from Sephoria. Today, I ordered these 2 gems from Ruffles With Love on Etsy.

LMFAO inspired I Workout Racerback Work-out Tank Top

Shut Up and Run Racerback Work-out Tank Top

I think that for so many years I have spent the bare minimum on myself. Yesterday, I took my son to the mall (I never go to the mall, other than Barnes and Noble.) I haven't just strolled around a mall in ages. So long in fact, that there is now a Maurices at my mall. MY FAVORITE STORE EVER! I didn't spend a dime there. Instead I got Will the socks, jeans and sweater he needed. Last night, I decided to splurge on myself. I am also going in for a hair cut on Wed at a new salon. Woot Woot! Stay tuned for the New Me pics.

(I can't wait until I can go clothes shopping. NOTHING until I lose though.)

Monday workout

There are some days I just need to take a break from running and the gym. I have my son in after school care 3 days a week. Those days plus at least 1 weekend day I hit the gym. The off days, I take it down a notch. Today, I am not gym-ing it as I have too much running around to get ready for tonight. BUT, that doesn't mean I won't workout. I am taking my dog on about a 40 minute walk and then I will do this workout later on today.

I don't own kettlebells, and I substitute a 15lb free weight instead. I still get great benefits from it.

I am hoping this will also help me work through my anxiety and fear of being the Den mom tonight :)


Manic Monday

Today, my co-leader and I have our very first Den meeting for our sons' Tiger Scouts. Holy SH** what did I get myself into? And more importantly, why am I freaking out! It's first grade boys. 10 of them. I think I am freaking out because the parents will also be there and I am terrified of doing something wrong. I have such bad stage freight. Oh why oh why did I volunteer for this!!!! AHHHHH.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Stats

I am 5'6 and a half.

I weighed in today at 165.8. Honestly, I'd love to lose 30 lbs. Here are my first public pics baring it all. Never mind the horrible photography. You can see what I am talking about, at least. Oh and for the record, my green shorts in the almost death half marathon pics don't fit me right now.

This may or may not look like alot. But keep in mind, I've been a fitness fanatic for about 10 years, so I do have a lot of muscle, giving me a "smaller" appearance. However, now there's a good 20 lbs of fat on top of that. Fat! Be gone!

And this is my former toned self. I miss her

Ok, there's my motivation for the day. I am off to kill it in the gym and then take my little guy to barnes and noble. A long time sunday tradition of ours :)


Sunday Thoughts

I have decided that I need to do the inevitable and face the scale. AHHHHH. I started a bootcamp class at my gym last week and on Tuesday we are going to be taking our measurements. Maybe if I actually face the scale and take my "before" pictures, I will actually be motivated enough to get my ass into shape. I miss being in shape. I miss my favorite jeans that I refuse to give up because they're 3 sizes too small.

Last weekend I spent time with one of my oldest and most favorite people on the planet. We know her as PP :) PP has been on an incredible journey over the past couple of years. She has dropped weight in a very healthy way and is now sharing in my love for running. Well, the love I used to have, and then one I am trying to get back. Talk with PP has really inspired me to just do it! Just get back into running and go. I love the way I feel when I am done. I need to, however, break the 3 mile mark. In order to do so, I am going to start training for a half marathon. I'd like to do one next fall. I am going to share pictures from my last half marathon that has forever turned me off to organized running in the summer time. The Rock n Sole half marathon in Milwaukee Wisconsin. July 2011. My cousin and friend and I ran it. Well, Joanna ran all of it. Alissa (the most seasoned runner of all of us) ran most and I ran all but the last 5 miles. O.M.G!! It was the worst run ever. And it was partly because the event planners sucked. We were out of gatorade by the 2nd water station (mile 4). It was way to humid and hot to run. And the run didn't start until like 9:30. Generally the longer runs start at 7 or so. People were dropping like flies. It was honestly very scary. I had my phone in my spibelt and pulled off the course once to text my husband and say I was never running again. However, I finished.

The longest run ever! 3 hours to finish. My norm is 2.25!

There you have it. My last half marathon. I am deeming 2013 as my comeback year. Those other 2 hookers have both gone on to run the Chicago Marathon. God! I wish! One day. It's on my bucket list.

Here is a picture from my first and favorite run, the LaCrosse Oktoberfest Maple Leaf half marathon. I seriously cried when I finished. Then I recovered. I had one leg that was seriously twitching for like an hour after the race. And I mean the leg had a mind of its own! Once I recovered, Joanna (pink shorts above) and I went to Del's bar for a bloody mary and then met our families for a parade. I am thinking this will be my comeback run.

Notice my shirt. I am a diehard Andy Samberg fan. I used to wear this at all my races. I gotta support my favorite comedians,, yo!

Anyway, I best get myself changed and ready for a run. Inside. it's rainy and gloomy here.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Hi from Will

hi this is will. i like mario

And that was a message from the Little Dude, Will.

Working out

I have been an avid runner for years. 2 years ago I decided I wanted to do a half marathon. I signed up for it and started traning. It was an amazing experience and I was so glad I did it. I ended up running 2 more and then lost interest, and had a back injury. I am trying to get back into the runner's groove. I don't know if I will do any more organized runs, but I want to start running for distance again.

So, today I am going to run 3 miles on the treadmill. I've been trying to do that 3-4 times a week. I can't do more than 3 miles for some reason. I lose steam. However, on Sunday I might shoot for 5 and make that my abs day as well.

I've also got my own library of workout materials for putting together my workouts. Cardio, sometimes I run, do sprints, ride the bike... I do a half hour of this. No matter what. Though a trainer at my gym just said I should up that to 45 minutes. With my schedule, though that's hard to do. Whatever, I'll figure it out :)

I use things like Oxygen magazine, Fitness magazine, books, web... whatever I can get my hands on. I also used to workout with the greatest trainer. She is no longer training at my gym, but she always wrote out the workouts for me so I have them stored away too. Most recently I've been using this website, (if this doesn't work let me know). The workouts are fantastic! Lately, I've found I don't like working out in the gym and prefer the woman's only area. They've recently remodeled it to have more weights, bands, and open space. So, until I start losing and get closer to my goal, I am using all the gym toys and less of the stationary weights.

Fashion Statement Friday!

No, ha ha. Not about me. I couldn't be a fashionista if I tried. Will, however, has taken to dressing himself in some very interesting outfits.

We tried to tell him that polos and wind pants don't mix. But what do we know! We've only been around 29 years more than him. And then I saw him putting on crocs with this fine outfit. Thank goodness we live in a city referred to as "Dirty Stallis." He'd never fit in in the more trendy burbs. He is so sweet though. He let me take this incriminating photo and I do plan to share it with his lady friends in the years to come.