Friday, April 29, 2011

I am DOWN!

I weighed in on Tuesday and it showed me to be down 2 lbs for the week. I figured it was a fluke. Today, I weighed in again, and it STUCK! I am back down to 162.5! That is down 7.5 from when I found out my blood work results. I have just been trying to make good choices based on what my body can tolerate. I feel like I am back in the game again! I need to get to 159.7 before I am at my lowest. I know I can do that. With just some perseverance and a lot of good choices, I can do it!

I did all of my training this week that I had planned. I ran/walked a mile on Sunday, I ran/walked hard on Tuesday for 3.25 miles, and then ran/walked 2.25 miles last night. That is only 6.5 miles, but I am finding that I need to be purposeful about my exercise and keep track of it for three days a week to make it stick for me. I can do a lot of other things, but I'm not keeping track.

Grade update: I will more than likely have 3 As and 1 B for the semester. The B is a for sure as well as one A. The other two classes, one being Math and the other being Creative Arts, I still have finals to take. I am pretty confident I can get an A in Math as the paper I turned in last week was an A+ (can I get a WOOT?), and the test I took last night was a 93%. I am worried nonetheless. I am waiting for grades on two projects, a test and then the final next week for creative arts. It is my favorite class, so far.

Today will be a day of getting organized and regrouped. I need to get his house in order so that I can get a routine going before the kids get out for summer!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Morning Sunshine!

Okay, technically, it's Saturday afternoon, but it has been a beautiful morning so far. I have folded a few loads of laundry, got some more started and am pleased to announce that my windows are open! What a gorgeous day! It will be sunny and 70! What more can you ask for? Oh, how about a new low on the scale? Well, Okay! I was 164.5. Lowest I've been since before I shaved my head!

I am starting a new running program tomorrow that I read about in Runner's World. You have a one day rest between runs. Anyway, I will start tomorrow with a 1 mile easy run. Then Tuesday, I will run 2.25 miles where I jog easy for one mile, run moderately hard for 1/4 mile, walk briskly for 1/4 mile etc. Then on Thursday, I will do a two mile easy run again.

Since I only have two weeks of school left (WOOT WOOT) I will have to figure out how I am going watch Biggest Loser on the treadmill. I guess what I'll do is go to the Y and then watch it the next day online.

Good Choices Yesterday:

Made laundry detergent instead of buying it at the store.
Rode with my mom to the store to save on gas.

Friday, April 22, 2011

No School!

So the kids are home and it is just yucky outside. So today they will spend the day inside watching movies. I might see if I can get them to play some Just Dance II with me.

My papers are done and turned in. I got an A+ on one of them! I am sure I did well on the other. It was just about my math class observations. Pretty basic stuff. I have two tests next week, and three finals after that, two projects and I am done for the semester! I am looking forward to having a few weeks to myself while the kids are still in school. I plan to have a garage sale, get my house the way I want it, and get ready for summer, if it EVER gets warmer.

I weighed in this morning at 165.1. I am staying right between 164.9 and 165.1. I ran 1/2 a 5K last night on the treadmill, but that was all my legs would handle. I am working on getting faster and faster so that I can run a 5K in just over 1/2 hour. Last night, I did 1.55 mi in 24:17.

Good Choices Yesterday:

Went to the treadmill even though I didn't wanna!
Worked steadily on my Math paper and got it turned in on time.
Ate only when hungry.

Not So Good Choices:
Drank a LOT of calories in the form of dairy free smoothies.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

You Are NOT Helping!

I need everyone to be posting on their blogs. Instead, I have nothing to distract me from my last paper of the week. C'mon people!

Good Choices Yesterday:

Finished my research paper!
Ate only when hungry.
Had a limited amount of sugar.
Didn't yell at the kids! '

Today, I have one more observation to do and a paper to write about that. The kiddos are off school tomorrow so we are going to sleep in. I have nothing exciting to report. My BFF is MIA! Must.find.her.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I Don't WANNA!

I know have work to do, but I don't wanna do it! I would like to have one of my paper's done by the time I go to the school today to observe a math class, but the way things are going now, it's not going to happen. I had to organize my school books! I had to count the change in the change jar! These things are important? I don't think so! BUT I do feel a little better knowing that all the quarters are safe from my kiddos and all the pennies that are 1982 and older are separate from the chump change!

I can really tell a difference in myself since I have been back on the meds. I am so much slower to anger! Dimples can really get under my skin, and since he's not able to make me fly off the handle as easily, he's not pushing me as much. Last night, one of my classmates said, "You seem so calm! I liked you better off of your meds!" Well, my family didn't, so on them I am.

I stayed at school last night to watch Biggest Loser and do the treadmill. My goal right now is to do a 5K faster than the last one. So, I did last night's 5K in 50:32. I will do a 5K every other day and try to increase my time a little each go. This is about making good choices, not obsessing about food and what I'm NOT allowed to have!

I was at the grocery the other day and realizing all that I CAN eat and it was so empowering! I can eat strawberries, grapes, kiwi, avocado, eggs, BACON, beef, spinach...the list goes on! Who cares if I can't have some bread, there is still so much more out there. Instead of getting upset when people say, "What DO you eat?" I now say, "Oh, I manage!"

Now, I need to get these papers done. I DON'T WANNA!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keep on Keepin' On

That's my motto for the week. All kinds of things happened yesterday to interrupt my plans for the day, so I ended up decided to ride the recumbent bike at the Y at 6:00 last night. My original plan was to go for a swim in the morning. Then I was going to ride the recumbent in the afternoon. Then I was going to go right after the kids got out of school. Then I finally got the chance and I took it. 7.2 miles in 32 minutes. I plan to do a walk/run after class tonight.

I am really working on making choices more than eating everything that sounds good. It seems to be working a little better for me. I want to get stronger more than anything.

I have two projects due tonight and two papers due Thursday. I'm off to get some work done.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Whoda Thunk It?

I was signed up for a half-marathon that took place yesterday. I opted to go to the 5K. I was really disappointed in myself, but at the same time, I would have been miserable had I done the 1/2. Hubby and I took Yankee and Dimples to the 5K. Hubby stayed with Yankee, and I stayed with Dimples. I wasn't sure that Dimples was going to make it with the way he was acting. When we got to the one mile mark, he shrieked out, "We're NEVER going to finish!" But he kept putting one foot in front of the other. At one point he fell way to the back with a stomach cramp. I went back to walk with him and then he decided to start running. The little snot ran the rest of the race and I couldn't catch him! He ended up finishing 6 seconds ahead of me.

Now, 6 months ago, you wouldn't have caught me running for anything! Yesterday, I ran! Not the whole 5K, but I ran! I averaged 3.6mph/hr. My time was 51.06 The next 5K May 21. My goal is to finish in under 45 min. The next one after that is in July. I hope to finish in under 40. I am determined to be a runner if it kills me! (And it might.)

I made a good choice in not doing the 1/2. I would be miserable and my spirits would be really low right now. But I feel energized! I feel like I accomplished something! WOOT!


Friday, April 15, 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes!

I did not go to class last night. I have had an emotional week and just couldn't bring myself to go.

When I was at the doctor yesterday, he asked, "Is there a history of depression in your family?"
I said, "I don't know if my dad is depressed, but I'm sure he's a carrier!" *ba dam-chee"

I feel a lot better this morning, like I can take on the world! Well, maybe not the world. I could take on my living room! WATCH OUT LIVING ROOM! I'm coming to getcha!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Want My Drugs Back, DARNIT!

I know everyone has problems. I know there are many out there that have problems way worse than mine. I read a blog every day that the mom of a little girl I shaved my head for writes on. Her problems are way worse than mine! I get it. But I cannot get out of this slump. I miss the Mandy that could get a load of laundry done. Instead I'm stuck with the Mandy that sits and cries because the laundry isn't getting done.

I have been totally gluten free for 2 1/2 weeks. I have been Pepsi-free for 2 1/2 weeks. I have been yeast free for a week (again). My weight is down .2 from the last time I posted. I started exercising again this week. My exercise has consisted of taking the pooch for a walk. Have I ever mentioned how sweet that guy is? LOVE HIM!

Now back to me. A good choice would be to get out of the chair and get something done, but then that would be counter-productive as I need to sit here and get stuff done on my computer. Ugh...too much work to do this week. I am overwhelmed. I only have one project and one research paper left to do for the week. UGH!

My baby is 8 now and that is NOT babyish sounding at all. *sigh*

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I was so excited because I found these gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free muffins and cinnamon rolls. Well I ate the muffins. They were very very yummy. But the cinnamon rolls? Yummy, yes, but they have yeast in them! DUH! I had to read the ingredients four or five times before I caught it. ugh

So day 12 starts all over again with going yeast free and all my other stuff free.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rest of Day 6 and Beginning Day Seven

This morning's weigh in was not an indication of yesterday's pig out, that's for sure. I ended up taking food with me to school last night for dinner and I am glad I did! Those girls love to pass the snacks! I was satisfied by my dinner, so I didn't need that stuff.

I ended up being down 5.1 for the week! I still miss garlic. Oh, how I miss garlic. My mom is taking me and the boys out for lunch today and I am really nervous. I know I'll be alright, but still nervous, nonetheless. (I love the word "nonetheless")

I was going to post earlier today, before I weighed in, then I changed my mind when I went to stand up and my bottom stuck to the sticky chair in the kitchen. KIDS FOR SALE!