Saturday, May 28, 2011


I bet you don't know where the month went either?!?! BTW have you been feeling like this lately?! Yeah, me too......

A lot of rain and not a lot of ambition has been my challenge lately. Though i haven't stopped doing the sit ups as promised, the days i'm getting 200 in along with push ups and other ab work are dwindling. Lately they've been a token 25 before falling asleep - ugh!! Gotta get outa that slump!

On the upside, I did get some good runs in the last few days. Not willing to let last weekend go to Miss Belly Fat with all the good eating out I was doing at my women's conference I opted to go work out on the motel tread mill after my buddie went to bed and had my swimwear under that for laps in the pool. I do love Hampton Inn's open all night policy. Despite my humongous meals at Sizzler and Famous Daves, I had something to redeem myself a little with ;-) I also felt good about myself rather than disgusted........

For all the excitement about my wild kayak adventure, flooding and more bear stories, revert to my other blog :-) Also my husbands mission to find me a good bike. I am just sooo excited for that to happen. I've been riding around this $35 bike I bought 12 years ago. I tried giving it away 3x and 3x people have given it back to me - lol!! Hopefully that will be the center of an upcoming post :-)

I don't know about you but doesn't it feel encouraging just putting away clothes that are several sizes smaller than last year and the year before? Count your blessings before starting your next organized attack against belly fat!! You have come along way :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The girls and I on a hike (see Big Foot in the swamp?)

i can hardly believe i haven't posted on here for 2 weeks! Time flies and especially with the weather getting nicer, I haven't wanted to be the computer. i'm also enjoying being less anal about writing everything down. Consequently, I have done mostly my 200 sit ups along with push ups, backward push ups and side planks most nights. Once in while when i'm sleepy i do 25 and call it good. I think since Jan 1st i have only forgotten to do them 3 days.

Today my daughter and i attempted a 20 mile bike ride loop. Her tire popped around mile 12 and we had to be rescued by a friendly local Doctor who hauled us over to the Mercantile. There we waited till my husband came to intercept us. We were bummed we didn't get to do the whole thing but grateful for all the help!

I've put in a few 7 mile runs, a shorter one, and also some run/walking with the baby in the stroller. Mostly I've been concerned about working on my tan since we had a few sunny days ;-) Flooding here in the valley has put some peoples houses up as islands. The Kayak calls my name in hope of adventure. I'm a little nervous kayaking through flood waters, but my sense of adventure will win out - i just know it!! Yesterday a couple of kids took a kayak and brought some creme pie to a neighbor who is surrounded. He can only get out by boat right now but he doesn't seem too worried.

There's been a lot of drama - between flood waters, bear encounters (see my other blog), another bear adventure (our friends had a grizzly terrorize their home with many return trips, even killing almost all their chickens), and such, there is a lot to write about. I just don't feel like sitting here and doing it ;-) I hope you are all well here in blog land. Sorry i've been blog visiting delinquent. I am hoping with this rainy week I will get read up on some of them.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bloomsday 2011 RUN!!

Showing off our Finisher T's
My friend "Bubbles"

No Girls Day Extravaganza would be complete without trying on clothes at Ross!!

Check out our Olive Garden choices post race ;-)

This one was mine....mmmm.......

Quick shot at the finish line "I'm feelin' good!!" My finishing time was 1 hr and 23 mn for the 7 1/2 mile run. Not bad for my first time :-)

Vulture at the top of mile 5's "Doomsday Hill"

Pre-race we were corralled into blocks according to color and speed projection. Its the "biggest micro chipped race in America with 50,000 people participating in the event!!

Quick pre-race shot.

First of all, i have to apologize to anybody stumbling across my blog for the first time for its terrible boring format. I have decided to bit the bullet and change things a little. I had been using it as a kind of "accountability" if you will, for doing my sit ups and other exercise endeavors. I have decided that it is so painfully BORING that nobody can bear to read it. With that said, i can laugh at myself and find a new writing style..... From now on, i will just try to summarize the week rather than give a day by day account.

The drum roll please.... Here goes :

- Well my last post was April 22nd. I did sit ups for every day except for one. My average amount is 200, with 10 push ups, 10 backward push ups and 50 knee/elbows. A few of those days i was tired and only did 25, and one day i spaced it out all together.

- Most of my running stopped after the 22nd. I tried just walking a mile most of those days because i had read to take the last week "real easy".

- On the 23rd my friend Elasta Woman and I went through some crazy "Fitness Magazine" tests to find out our athletic prowess score and i just barely made "Super Star Status". Some how that should make me feel extra special ;-)

On May 1st you see my exciting "Bloomsday" pics!! Its the first thing like this i had ever done!! My friend, "The Dolphin Goddess", and i had planned going together since January or so. The last week she cancelled due to a knee injury. Time stopped and I had to trust God real hard wondering what i was going to do!! Then i thought about my co-worker, who i have taken the liberty to name "Bubbles" because she is so bubbly and fun!! She had had her buddy cancel too and so we went down together. Turns out it was a super fun day and i now have a cool new friend!! Nothing like chicks bonding with pasta, shopping and sweat ;-) We even got to go to the Bloomsday worship service that was held on a floating stage. The whole day was just so much fun. Like i said, i had never done anything like this before. Scads of people were cheering, high fiving us and giving us all kinds of support all along the side lines the whole way. Bands played every quarter of a mile. Everything from an elderly accordion player to teen rock bands to rhythm players. It was just an incredible feast of music. Church bodies waved and played worship with "God loves you" signs. Some guy in a lawn chair was giving out "free beer". A mix of cultures came together and every body was there for one reason - to show support for the runners and the event. Bloomsday supports the local Hospice there and it was obvious it was a cause that many felt passionate about.

As for my running, well, like I said, it was all new to me, but "Bubbles" and I were pretty evenly paced. We ran together pretty well. I had a lot of energy and felt good, amazingly, the whole time!! Toward the last mile or so suddenly I got a real energy spurt and just had to run it hard!! Especially the last half mile, I couldn't hold myself back. When I crossed the finish line, I felt like I could run a few more miles. I never imagined in a million years I'd feel so good. All the cheering and music and support was just such a pep boost for everybody there. Anyhow, it was a really extra special day for me and I am thankful it all went so wonderfully well!!