Saturday, November 24, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We visited my dad in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. The whole trip was my idea. I have wanted to see my dad in Vegas for a while and this seemed like a great time to invite myself and my family to his house. Ha ha! He said we are welcome anytime, so why not?

We had a good visit. I love to see my dad. Not pictured here is my nephew who lives with my dad and stepmother. He is autistic and the older he gets, the more of a challenge it is for him to have his routine interrupted with people, especially other kids, in the house. It was a challenge for all of us this time. My kids know what to expect. We were hoping to hit a movie with everyone, but that didn't work out this time.

Highlights of the trip!

I went shopping with my stepmother ON Thanksgiving evening. This was a new experience for me! Usually I am content to relax at home after cooking and eating all day. BUT, each child of mine needed a new pair of shoes. Kmart had a BOGO sale on shoes Thursday night! I had to go! I got each of them a pair of tennis shoes and Princess O also scored some cute boots. Success! Then we headed to WalMart for a couple toys that were on sale, Barbies and Hot Wheels. Success! The crowds weren't too bad. I was surprised. I attempted to purchase some knitting needles on the JoAnns Fabrics website, but the wifi was so slow I couldn't do it.

My dad was very excited to watch Prometheus with me and DH. I rented it from the Redbox and we spent Friday afternoon mesmerized by this Alien prequel. Have you seen it? This was my second time watching and I felt like I understood a lot more. I don't like watching a movie and not knowing what to expect, which is how I went into Prometheus the first time. (I am constantly asking questions during movies.)

Here are the boys and grandpa ready for breakfast at IHOP. Going here for breakfast concerned me because I had consumed so many calories the day before. Would IHOP have healthy options??!! Yes! The menu included several Healthy and Fit options, thankfully. I ordered egg whites with wheat toast and turkey bacon with a side of fruit. The calorie count was below 500 and food was very satisfying. I think I am learning a lot about keeping my diet healthy even when eating out. I definitely believe it's worth the effort!

Did I mention I ran 2 miles Thanksgiving morning? Yep! Then I ran another 2 miles the next day while the kids were at the park with DH and my dad. So add Nevada to my list of states in which I have gone running! I was so excited to run in Vegas, just in my dad's neighborhood. Wouldn't it have been so easy to not run for four days? Yes. But my commitment to losing this weight is solid! I only missed one day. I went for a 3 mile run when we got home today. I'm so proud of myself!

Knitting goals for the visit were almost accomplished. I finished knitting a gray bag, just need to weave in the ends. During Prometheus, I almost finished the brown tweed mobius scarf I've been working on. I am trying to not be so hard on myself when I can't get some knitting done. I have pushed all my Etsy projects to next year. So there. I am focusing on Christmas gifts right now.

I am now the official road trip driver for my family, yay! This started out as the plan since DH would be working all day before we hit the road. He ended up not having to work, but I still got behind the wheel. Why? Because I hate the way he drives. I get stressed out! He gets mad, although he never admits it. This trip was much more enjoyable for me and for him. I put together some new music for the trip and had a blast complaining about all the other drivers while DH messed around on his phone. And we made great time! We hit Vegas in 3.5 hours, boo-yah! I also drove us home today in 4 hours. At that point, DH announced I was the new official road trip driver. Woo hoo!

This picture is blurry because this dog will not hold still. We left her at home and paid our neighbor to come feed her and take her out. PB was not happy being left alone for two days. I swear she has more gray on her face now than when we left. She kept crying and barking for a long time when we got home. Poor girl.

I treated myself to some chocolate today and this was on the inside of the wrapper. Inspiration to finish well this month! "Get out there and make your dreams happen!"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just Catching Up

Wow, this month is going by so fast! Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas is right around the corner. New Year's is in sight. Hoochie mama, 2013 will be here before we know it!

I am hoping to end this year on a high note. Or maybe I should say a low note because my goal is to drop some more weight. Currently, I am maintaining under 160 lbs. My goal weight is 130, but that is so far off. I would love to close out this year at 149! I think it is an attainable goal. My running is back to a daily 3 three miles. I am turning up the metabolism by adding a 20 minute Jillian Michaels workout, Ripped in 30.

I chose this workout because it is only 20 minutes. I need something quick. I need something intense. Jillian is both. I am on Week 1, Day 2 of the 30 day program and she is kicking my butt! I kept up with her more today than yesterday. I was actually surprised that the workout was so difficult, especially the cardio. I mean, I run. Why couldn't I keep up? Because it's intense! And I love it. I love feeling the sweat dripping down my face and hearing myself groan as I dig deep to rock out the last reps of the abs set. I am motivated. I love it!

I have been changing my diet, too. I am so amazed at how much we ate that is processed. I didn't really consider what "processed" meant, but now that I pay attention, wow. I have started stocking the kitchen with a lot more fruit and fresh veggies. I am seeking out healthy, clean eating recipes to prepare. I have changed my eating habits to a big breakfast and smaller dinner. Can you believe I switched my coffee for green tea? I know! I know! I started drinking green tea when I had the flu and I got hooked. I will make coffee when I really want it, but usually I'm sipping some green tea. No sugar or honey, straight. I love it. I think I'm finally grasping the whole healthy living thing, not just diet or exercise, but a well-rounded existence.

We are heading to Vegas for Thanksgiving and I am super excited to see my family. Also, I have already made it known I will be running, making it 3 states I have run in so far. I would love to have a run in all 50 states one day. A new life goal! Also, I am excited because I don't have to cook, yay! Although I will probably do some post-Thanksgiving cooking so my family gets their favorites, like homemade cranberries and sausage balls.

And what have you been up to?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Finally 100%

This flu is nasty. I was out of commission for over a week! Kathy B was right, a total of 9 days sick! Ugh. The whole month of November has been a loss.

So I am extra motivated to get back on track! We started a bunch of new projects in homeschooling today. I am excited about a new writing project I am working on. I am knitting only Christmas gifts right now. My etsy store is a little empty. But that's okay.

I am maintaining my weight loss so far. I am planning to start logging some miles tomorrow, just walking this week. I'm hoping to drop another 8 lbs this month. We'll see.

I'm just so happy to feel better!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Unbelievable! Still Sick!

I have high hopes for November and starting the month with a cold does not bode well.

Although, in an effort to hit my November goal of daily exercise,  I did some Kegel reps. Because I am tired of having to change my pj pants every time I cough. Enough said.