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Goals

I have two slightly different sets of goals. “Local goals” and “worldly goals.” The local goals are things that I need to either do to myself or can do in my area. The worldly goals are bigger or more expensive to achieve. In the past three weeks, I hit two local goals and one worldly goal.

I was able to finally walk around my block now that the weather has gotten friendlier. My block is pretty big. It is about the size of three blocks all together. In October, I was barely able to walk to the corner and back. This small feat was a big deal for me. April 2, I walked to the top of Garfield Hill. Garfield Hill is a part of the road that goes from 19th (at the base) to 27th (at the top), so it is a decent few blocks to walk. Especially if you are walking up a 17% grade.

Garfield Hill

The view from the top is really nice. I always forget how pretty it is up here. On a really nice day, you can see mountains in that direction.

The view from the top of Garfield Hill.

I had a lot of trouble trying to get a good picture of just what this hill looks like. It is daunting no matter if you are at the top of it or at the bottom. My kids always do the roller coaster “wheeeeeee” when we drive down it. I didn’t drive up or down it at all while we had snow and ice.

Garfield Hill from the top.

Garfield Hill from the bottom.

My walk ended with me looking goofy while admiring this willow tree’s flowers. They were so lovely.


The Worldly Goal that I hit was seeing the Pacific. I hiked so much that I could probably say that I hiked Badger Mountain, but I want to actually do that before I cross it out. It was a pretty amazing trip and I will be forever thankful to Abigail for setting it up. We saw a ton of sea lions, a mama gray whale and her calf, weird tentacles on the beach, sunset over the ocean, and a few really neat geological formations.

My first view of the Pacific. We were still driving to our cabin.

It was misty like this for almost our entire drive to the Oregon coast.

The Shelley Cabin. Our little home for a few days. It has a path down to the beach.

We had an amazing, sunny day. We took the Hobbit Trail to the beach.

There were a few of the tentacle-like things on the beach. I suspect they are actually some form of sea weed.

Picture from a viewpoint. This is the same viewpoint from which we saw hundreds of sea lions and a gray whale with her baby.

Hundreds of sea lions.

A couple of sunset pictures. That day was so beautiful and perfect.

These are pictures taken from our private beach access.

Sunset.

Sea lions inside of the Sea Lion Caves.

A view from inside of the Sea Lion Caves.

My final picture of the Pacific before we drove away from the cabin.

We stayed in a lovely little cabin between Yachats, OR and Florence, OR. If you ever need to rent a cabin in this area, I highly recommend searching for The Shelley Cabin. The Pacific was everything I thought it would be and more. It is definitely more powerful than the gentler (sort of) Atlantic where I grew up in Florida. It was very chilly out, so I did not even try to dip a toe into the water. I just can’t handle cold the way that I used to. All in all, a wonderful trip.

Oh – on our one sunny day, Abigail made me dress up and we had a photo shoot:

A Last Unicorn theme

Unfortunately, the horn broke.

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This was not how I wanted to meet a goal.

I have had a struggle with my weight since I got pregnant with my firstborn. I just could not get below 164. In the eleven years since, my weight has fluctuated between 164 and 180. Well, except during my pregnancies. I just don’t count those periods of time.

I have tried to eat healthy and exercise. Turns out what I needed was a debilitating condition. After 11 years, I have met my goal weight. I lost a ton of weight during my last pregnancy due to illness and HELLP. Somewhere around May, I started to lose my appetite, have random fevers, moments of dizziness, nausea, and weakened and hurting muscles. I lost that last bit of weight and met my goal… but I feel so weak and I hate it. I wanted to get there and be strong. I have always been proud of my strength.

I have started to see a physical therapist and I will be seeing my general doc and my OB. I don’t think this has anything to do with Baby Max’s birth 7 months ago, but I figured I could talk to the doc and see what he has to say on the matter. In the meantime, I am doing my stretches and I have started to swim more. I don’t feel pain while I am in the pool, but getting out is awful.

Holy Crap. Or my second trainer experience.

On Monday, I met with my trainer for my first actual session. The other first session was just an orientation. He got me working. Hard. I could hardly walk down the stairs for two days. So, I went jogging today. You know, just to add to the sensation.

He had me doing planks, step-ups, farmer walks, bends, and leg lifts. I was sweating a ton by the time I was done. The actual pain didn’t hit until the next day. It was all good for me. And I feel good about doing it. I had trouble with the leg lifts. My abs are really in sorry condition. So, now I have a goal – to be able to do lifts.

Today, I did Week 1 Day 1 of C25K again. And I was able to do all of the running parts. All joking aside on the pain, my legs do feel a lot better now. It was really encouraging. I am really looking forward to my next jog.

Rawr! Or my gym trainer experience.

I met with my trainer for the first time today. I think I found the perfect trainer to help me get back on track after losing so much muscle. He is recovering from leukemia and is also working on regaining muscle that he has lost. He has been a trainer for 17 years and has a pretty good knowledge of what steps to take in cases like this.

He is also merciless.

Which I need. The exercises he has me working on are ones that I can do. But boy. I am feeling it. Heh. He didn’t really have me doing anything strenuous. A lot of bends and stepping up onto a platform. At the moment, I feel really good and I am looking forward to my next appointment on Monday.

 

A New Venture: Couch 2 5K

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I’ve done C25K in the past, and I was fairly successful. I decided to start it up again as a way to gain muscle strength and get healthier after my birth experience. I had to wait until my blood platelets were back to normal and for Max to be old enough to stay a few hours away from me. I have also scheduled an appointment with a trainer to really help me get on track. I have gained back a lot of my muscle, but, every once in a while, I try to lift or move something that was easy peasy before and I am not able to move it or move it easily.

Week 1 Day 1

Part I…
I will be redoing today’s run. I like to keep working on a workout until I can finish jogging in all of the jogging portions. I missed one jogging part. I should be able to move on to Day 2 with my next workout. It was a start and I actually do feel good about just doing it. I will never be a real competitor in running, but I do like the way it makes me feel.

Stats:
1.87 miles in 30 minutes

 

If any of my readers are interested in joining me, I use the Active Couch to 5K app, however there are a ton of really great C25K apps available. I like this one because my “trainer” is Johnny Dead. Who is a zombie. And randomly says, “Braaaaaains.”

Active Couch to 5K program. http://www.active.com/running/couch-to-5k

 

Oh Hai

It has been forever since I have written a blog. Well, almost a year. Which is pretty much forever in internet time.

With my last post, I had started the Couch 2 5K program again. Which, to be honest, I did not keep up with very well. I do my best at the gym if I go in the morning. I also like to take it easy in the morning with a cuppa and some Daily Show from the night before. Sooo. Yeah.

Anyway, on to May. My husband and I found out we were expecting our next baby the day before Mother’s Day. We made the decision to keep it quiet due to the miscarriage from the year before. It was really pretty traumatic for me to have to tell everyone about that. I know that for some people, it is a healing thing to be able to share experiences like that. Not so for me. In fact, it took me nearly a full year to even be able to mention the loss.

We told our close family when we were about 8 weeks along and we made it public at about 12 weeks after my first midwife appointment. I am now 31 weeks along. This new baby is due in January. And has caused me issues every. single. step. of the way. I am not sure if it is because I am considered an older mom. Or it might be because this is baby #4. Or it might just be because every pregnancy is different.

Just after we found out we were expecting, I had to set up a doctor appointment to figure out what was going on with an extreme headache. It was so bizarre. I started to call it a head pain because it was not a typical headache for me. The focal point would move around my head and radiate out. I called my general practitioner when the pain moved toward the front of my head and made eating difficult. As I was pregnant, there was not a lot he could do for me. He was concerned enough that he contacted the women’s clinic to see if it was safe enough for me to go in for an MRI. Doing my bit of research, I used my mom to contact an OB from the Mayo Clinic to be sure an MRI would be ok. I went through with it. And I now have proof that my brain is normal.

Along with the head pains, I got to work through some food aversions. My morning sickness was more acute than it usually is, but since I had so many food aversions, my trips to the toilet resulted mostly in dry heaves. I survived mostly on salad and protein shakes. I couldn’t even look at eggs, pizza, cheese, milk, tomatoes, and the list goes on. All sorts of smells would send me running to the bathroom. I lost somewhere around 11 pounds. At 31 weeks, I am still dealing with some of these aversions. Sometimes I can eat scrambled eggs, sometimes I can’t.

Once the morning sickness started to fade, I guess my body decided I needed some other inconvenience. So, my relaxin hormone production went into overdrive. It took me awhile to figure this out. I had a cold at the end of August, early September (back to school crud, yay!). That incident led to me actually sneezing so hard that I popped a rib out-of-place. It was so painful that I went into the ER. I honestly had no idea what was going on. I just knew that I suddenly couldn’t breathe and was in huge amounts of pain. That was a particularly pricey visit just to have someone tell me that my rib was knocked out and the pain was from muscle spasms. I got it under control with heat, ice, and a chiropractor.

The first rib incident was actually a clue for me about the relaxin. My rib has now popped out 3 times and my hips are trying to disconnect from my leg bones. If you are not totally sure about what relaxin does, it pretty much matches its name. It relaxes the ligaments connecting the bones to allow movement for childbirth. Why my body is prepping so early, I have no idea. It has made it very uncomfortable to walk and I am on a lifting restriction. Sitting, standing, and laying down are all also very uncomfortable.

The good news for this pregnancy is that Baby is doing incredibly well. We found out at my 20 week ultrasound that Baby is a boy, so this will be boy #4 in our family. He will have no lack of clothes. Though they may be a bit worn. He is super active and is constantly pushing out on my belly.

Other good news is that I do NOT have gestational diabetes. Not that it matters since chocolate and some other sweets give me massive heartburn. I joke that this baby is forcing me to eat healthy. Well, I mostly joke. I would kill for a doughnut. This whole eating healthier has been beneficial seeing as how I am not up for pretty much any exercise. I have not gained back much of the weight I lost during my morning sickness. Baby is still growing very well, so he is definitely getting the nutrients he needs. If I did not have the constant pain, I would actually feel really good. I’ve even been enjoying the onset of the Braxton Hicks contractions. Well, except for the one that hit me when I was grocery shopping. Whew. That was came out of nowhere and left a lingering pain. My body is prepping to bring this guy earthside. After all the issues I have had, I am really looking forward to meeting this new person.

Week One. Completed.

I decided to join the Gold’s Gym 12 Week Challenge. And I am using my Couch 2 5K training alongside the challenge. The C25K training (for those who do not know) is a nine week-long training session that should prepare a person for running a full 30 minutes without stopping.

I had my measurements done last Monday. And was pretty disappointed in myself on how out of shape I have allowed myself to get. This past year has been a hard one, and I really let myself just eat and lay about. So, this week was challenging in that I had to keep reminding myself that I was not allowed to have this or that. I didn’t totally take out treats, but I have definitely done better about keeping treats in their place. Treats are treats. Not a replacement for a meal or a snack.

Inadvertently, I also managed to eat strictly vegetarian Monday – Friday. With beans, quinoa, and dairy, I still managed to make sure my protein intake was really good (yay for FitnessPal!). It was really good for me. I try to eat more veggies, but I know I don’t eat enough, so a vegetarian menu really helped with that problem. However, I did have some issue with my sodium intake being a bit too much. Probably because I do use canned beans. Gonna have to try to use more dried. I don’t really add very much salt to my food, so that is where I believe the sodium levels are coming from. I will have to start adding recipes again. I made a 3 Bean Chili that was fantastic. Especially added to cauliflower tortillas (low carb, low-fat, high in vitamin C). I also experimented with a chickpea salad sandwich (think of the texture of egg or chicken salad with a more hummus-like taste) that I found on it doesn’t taste like chicken. That blog is pretty awesome if you need some easy vegan recipes.

On Week One of C25K: I did alright. I will actually be doing Day 3 tonight as I was not able to do it yesterday or Friday.

Overall, I am already feeling more energetic and I have already lost a few pounds. Not sure if I will win the 12 Week Challenge, but getting myself into it was definitely something good for me.

Shhh! I have maybe 10 minutes!

The baby is sleeping, the middle guy is zoning out on tv (bad mommy moment – don’t judge me), and eldest is playing with his girlfriend err friend.

I have started up the C25K program again. I know, I know: I’ve started it like 5 times now. At the moment I am hoping to train up for the Bloomsday race in May. And getting myself back into shape. I managed to gain back everything I proudly lost over the summer. Bleh. Now, I know I can do it, so I am going to do it. When I have a little more time, I will post up my weekly plan (that I have been keeping to, except for yesterday when I had a sick child), my goals, and my rewards for meeting goals.

Ok. Gotta run. I get the fun task of waking up a baby to drive out in icy weather to take eldest to a class.

Hi. My name is Libby and I am a

complete and total carb addict. There. I said it. It’s out in the open for all to read and know. I say this because I have been having a huge problem controlling my urges. If you follow me on MyFitnessPal… you will notice I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks. It’s embarrassing. And a little confusing for me. I have to wonder if this is maybe a small taste of what a drug addict or gambling addict feel. I get an urge for cookies, chocolate, ice cream, etc. and it will not go away. It is all I can think about  and obsess over. Until I stuff my face full of shame. Then, I feel terrible. I’ve tried drinking water instead. Having an orange or banana (yes, I know bananas are full of carbs, but they are better for me than ice cream) only helps a little. So, I need help. I am asking my local friends to slap that scone out of my hand and my online friends to keep reminding me to do well. If you like, you can follow me on MyFitnessPal (username ravyneclipse) or I will do better about connecting up with my Facebook Page. Heck. Go ahead and Tweet me @runningmom1024.

I had been doing an awesome job and lost a bit of weight in the span of about 2 weeks (6 lbs). I’m not sure what happened that caused me to just fall off the healthy wagon. Whatever the cause, I need to scramble back on. I felt sooo good during that time. Now I feel awful. So, back to the gym, back to C25K, back to MyFitnessPal, back to menus, and daily exercising.

On a somewhat related note, my body has rebelled against me. I firmly believe it is because I have not kept up with my exercise regimen. I hurt my shoulder over a week ago. I can hardly lean over the tub to wash my kids. It is slowly getting better, but dang it hurts. Even sitting here at the computer is a little bit of torture.

So yes, I desperately need to do the right and healthy thing for myself. And because I still want to look great for my Boston Trip in August. I’ve thought of this as Project Boston, but I don’t want to stop after my Boston trip. Maybe Project Libby would be better.

Quick! While I have a few minutes!

I don’t get on my big computer very much any more. I don’t like my littlest kids in the office with me, so that means I log on when they are both asleep. Which is usually when I am too tired to log on. I could type up a blog post on my iPad. However, I really hate typing things on a touch screen. So, I just don’t post as much as I had planned on posting.

My fitness journey came to a stand-still. My in-laws graciously paid for me to enter the Gold’s 12 Week Challenge. I feel bad that I have not made much progress on that, until last week. I used my 2 free training sessions. Holy cow. It was eye-opening. It also got me motivated to do better.  Tonight I created a menu for the week (will not bore you with that) and a workout schedule (which I will bore you with heh. It’s my blog, deal with it.). My trainer and I worked on lower body one day. I did great with that. Then we did upper body… Yeah. Not so good. So, I am to work out my upper body twice a week and lower body once per week (on the weight machines. Upper body also includes core exercises like crunches). He wants me to schedule a follow-up in a month to see if I have made any progress. If I have, he has offered me another training session for free. Which is super awesome since they are usually $75 – $90 per one hour session.

So, here is my exercise plan. I try to give myself a few options since I have to keep my schedule pretty flexible:

Monday: BodyPump/Buoyancy Burn/BodyFlow
Tuesday: CXWorx/Run (trying for both)
Wednesday: Lower Body/RPM
Thursday: Run/Upper Body (both would be good)
Friday: BodyFlow
Saturday: Free Day – I usually spend this day with my family and try to catch up on housework/crafts.
Sunday: CXWorx/Run/Upper Body

Now that I have written it down for the world to see, I hope to keep up with it. This type of schedule should get me into shape for the Bloomsday Run in May. I need to get on track for that.

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