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Frak it.

Today will be my “bad” day. I had the most intense cravings for chocolate and nothing helped. Not even chocolate. I gave in, hoping to quell the weird need for it, but I still wanted chocolate. I should change that to “want.” I still want chocolate. I just drank a bunch of water and having a full belly seems to be helping. How bizarre. Usually if I get a craving like that, it will go away if I give in to it or if I just ignore it. Oh well. Hopefully it will be gone tomorrow lol.

I haven’t been very good about exercising lately. I have been walking a lot, but I haven’t been getting in my running or weights. I hope to be able to go running tomorrow morning. I am also hoping it will be nice enough that I can go to the animal shelter to get a running buddy. I do enjoy running with a dog.

On a similar note, I did take Sol to the shelter today to walk a dog. Sammi and I took a spill while walking near the river. The puppy we were walking got a little upset, circled us, then curled up in my lap. I think he was really worried about Sammi and kept trying to lick his face. Such a good pup. His name is Alpha Romero and he is an Australian Shepherd. He was only 4 months old. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing in the shelter. He is a good natured little guy and absolutely beautiful. I will not be surprised if he gets a new home before this week is up.

That is pretty much it for now. Just wanted to post a quick update before going to sleep.

Get Off Your Broom Week 2 Review & Week 3 Challenge

Recap of Week 2:

Weight: 168.4
-1.6 lbs!
-3.6 lbs total

I definitely did better with the stress, emotional, bored eating. However, I did break my fast on fast food and ice cream. I just needed a cheeseburger sooo badly. The ice cream was part of a malt I had in Seattle when I took my son for a doc appointment. No reason for it, but DAMN it was so freaking good. I haven’t had a malt in years. The calories alone were more than twice my daily allowance, but it was worth it. I did walk for about 2 hours (carrying an 11-month-old the whole time) to help burn some of that off. I did pretty good with the exercising. I love my new gym! I did 20 minutes in the cardio theater and didn’t even notice lol. I was sweaty, but really enjoying the movie. I also did my first ever stint at running on a treadmill for my C25K program. The steady pace did help me to go farther than I do on trails, but I think I do prefer to run outside.

Thinking on the subject of emotional eating seemed to help me curb those cravings caused by emotional, stress, and boredom factors. Other than the milkshake, I actually did pretty decently with the eating last week.

Week 3 Challenge

“This is going to have two parts. Remember it is always optional. Part 1 will be about investigating the cravings that we have that aren’t due to emotional eating. Why do we have a sudden craving for something sweet or salty that just seems to come out of the middle of nowhere? Should we give in to these cravings or suffer through them?

Part 2 has to do with body measurements. If you have not yet started keeping track of your measurements, I want you to buy or borrow a measuring tape and start! Keeping track of your weight is helpful but not always a true gauge of achievements. My week 2 results are proof of this.” From The Domestic Pagan
Part 1
I’ve been thinking about this. Sometimes I think that a craving is there for a reason. You might need more salt, protein,¬†gluten, carbs, fat, whatever. I really do believe that our bodies let us know these things. I also believe that if you are craving something that is not especially good for you, try doing something else to distract yourself (go for a walk or drink water – sometimes reading the nutritional info on whatever I want also helps). If the craving goes away, you didn’t really need it. If it remains, give in to it, but try to be responsible. Don’t eat the whole tub of ice cream. Measure out a half cup of ice cream, then top it off with nuts & fruit (pineapple + coconut is super yummy on ice cream).
Part 2
I mentioned before that I will really do body measurements the first Saturday of each month. You are all lucky I am even weighing myself each week lol. Yes, it is important to keep track of the other measurements, but I am not going to do them every week.

Jogging Advice

I went for a jog on Saturday, Sept 10. With my jogging stroller. My totally wonderful, awesome orange BOB Revolution jogging stroller. I love that stroller. My circuit was longer than I had thought. I wound up going 2.25 miles. I did walk most of that for what I consider a good reason…

I was jogging back home after having gotten the half-way reminder on my C25K app, when I noticed that my stroller was getting harder and harder to push. At first I thought it was just me, “I must be way more exhausted than I thought”, “this hill is actually steeper than it looks”, “I am way wimpier than I thought I was!” Then I noticed that I had to work really hard to keep my stroller in a straight line. I had the front wheel locked… What the Hades was going on? Just as this thought was going through my head, I started to hear a new noise over my music. A muffled squeaking. With irregular thumps. I look down at my wheels and all of them have goatheads:

Picture from Bike Noob


Which ultimately means they were all flat. All three of my stroller’s tires were as flat as pancakes. I still had one major hill to go up… I was bright red, dizzy, and super sweaty by the time I made it home. Tomorrow, I will be running without the little guy and I will be fixing my tires with slime. That was my running adventure this weekend. Lesson learned: To make a run extra hard, do not slime your jogging stroller tires…


I’ve been thinking about butterflies a lot lately. Partly because it would have been my sister-in-law’s birthday a few weeks ago and I have always associated butterflies with her. I have also been watching Sammi become MORE. This week he has discovered that he can get around. It isn’t exactly crawling. I also wouldn’t call it scooting. Maybe more like a cross between crawling and flopping. Whatever it is, it gets him to where he wants to go. Today, he managed to get from a seated position into a crawling position all on his own for the first time.

These are milestones that I know I celebrated with my oldest, but I never had to work as hard with him to get to these milestones. I don’t know why Sam is having so much trouble. Neither do the docs. The one test we were depending on to actually give us answers had nothing to say. It was a relief to find out he has nothing wrong, but a little frustrating at the same time. I have seen him start to improve with the help of occupational therapy and he really started doing things when we made sure to add B12 and a multivitamin + iron into his diet. It’s possible that he was just unable to derive certain vitamins in the quantities he needed from my breastmilk and from food.

Whatever it is, I do see him improving. He is still behind, but he is not getting more behind. That is encouraging.

I went running today for the first time in a few weeks. I decided to restart Week 1, Day 1 of C25K. I ran up and down slightly hilly terrain. My legs now hate me. My lungs weren’t so happy, either. Tomorrow, I aim to get to a BodyPump class at my gym. I feel like I am starting to get back on track.

A Quick Update

I haven’t had much time to get on the computer and blog. So, I am just writing a quick update as to how I have been doing.

I have finished Week 2 of C25K. I am taking my time with it. I have also been running with a friend who just started the C25K program, so I have been going back and forth between week 2 and week 1. I kind of like that. It really makes Week 1 seem like cake hehe. I have started to think about adding in a 4th run every week that is just a 1 mile run. It is not on the program, so I will have to figure it out on my own.

I did a pretty good run today. I was slowed down for a few blocks by a massive cloud of gnats. There were so many I had to cover my nose, mouth, and eyes. It was annoying. I will try to avoid that area in the future. In any case, according to, I ran a total of 2.45 miles. Yay me! That website is a pretty awesome tool.

Anyway, that is it for now. I need to get some sleep before I have to get up for a baby feeding.

2 Steps Back

I did the Week 6 Day 1 workout again. Definitely better than the last time. Still not as good as I know I was before I got sick. Oh well. I will work through this too. I actually considered doing this same workout again on Monday, just to try to get myself back up to par before continuing on. That will be the last time I redo this one.

After my run today, I then proceeded to do a 5 mile hike up a mountain. I used to do this hike on a weekly basis until winter set in. I really missed it. I came to realize that while I am getter better at running, there is no way in Hades that I can run up that mountain, yet. People are running up that mountain all the time… I always suspected they were nuts before, now I am certain they are… My goal after running a 5K will be to be able to run up and down that damned mountain.

Tomorrow, I will start posting about my cardio workouts.

Huh. I am too tired to think of anything more to write.

Found a new running venue.

My temporary membership with the gym has expired, so I needed to find a spot nearby that would match my needs. I tried jogging around the neighborhood, but wasn’t very happy with that. Not sure why. Maybe I am too self-conscious? I dunno. I had no problems at the gym where I was surrounded by people in far better shape than I am.

In any case, I found a trail that goes around a playground a block from my house. I was able to let my son play while I jogged around it. It was really nice. The trail even has a bit of an incline, so I felt some challenge with that.

I have decided to redo week 3 of Couch 2 5K. I really didn’t feel as if I did as well on week 3 as I think that I should have. I did do pretty good today and felt GREAT after my run. I would really like to up my speed… I suppose that will come with practice. Work on the stamina first.

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