Two Weeks In

Two Weeks In….a lifetime to go!!!

The first two weeks back in training mode have gone really well.  I’m consitent with 3-4 miles 3-4 times a week.  The plan is to keep that up for the next 4 weeks, then jump on a more structured 1/2 marathon training plan for the San Diego Half Marathon on March 11, 2012!!

But I have EXCITING news…after my begging and pleading (and strategically placed mugs of hot chocolate and truffles), I did not succeed in convincing Katie that the Hot Chocolate 15K (on her birthday) was something we just couldn’t miss.  BUT, the San Diego Half, she is in!!!

This is my prediction of our smiling faces at the finish!!! (my apologies to the lady in all her glory in the background…)

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The Need To Get Back On Track

How is it that you train so hard, have so much drive and determination, then reach your goal and decide to take a month off????

 

ok, this turned into 6 months…

I opened this blog tonight to start again and the above Post Title and first question were waiting for me as a draft (since June)…interesting.

I thought this would be the perfect place to jump right in.

What better way to motivate yourself than to sign yourself up for another 1/2 Marathon?  That’s what I did…the San Diego 1/2 on March 11, 2012.

But I want this time to be different, not just a start to a training program for a race, but the start to REALLY taking care of myself.

Today I ran the first 3 miles of my San Diego 1/2 marathon training, but it’s also the 1st 3 miles.period.

Here’s to working hard to take care of me.

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Something to make me smile…

I’m a bit frazzled.  I didn’t think switching to a new career was enough stress, so I decided it was time to move too!!  Needless to say, I’m a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  It’s all positive energy going on, but wow…I’m like COCOA PUFFS!

So, to make me smile today, I decided to share how very weird my dogs are…enjoy!!

Gotta love ‘em!!

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Introducing…

Gabriella Rose

She is my new precious little niece..isn’t she adorable???

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Cats and Birds and Rats, Oh My!!!

My weeks are always full of animals…I live with 3 large brown dogs, so there’s no escaping that.  This week was a full on immersion in animals (and most of it wasn’t pretty!)

The first one is….my new office pet.  I go into the office 2 days a week and it’s a very energetic, fun place to be.  BUT, the best part is ALWAYS…an office pet.  Meet Boo.

Yes, he is as mischievous as he looks…worse in fact!

Then came lunch at Panera later in the week.  I was running around to appointments and errands and I thought it would be nice and relaxing to go have lunch, read a book, just take some down time for me.  Well, didn’t quite work out for me.  Have I mentioned that I’m not a fan of birds?  Some of you might recall my bird incident from earlier this year.

These were considerably smaller, but JUST as feisty!!

They approached me as a group, then their leader tried to come in for the kill.

Notice the closeness of my sandwich…which is a reflection of the closeness of ME!  Not Happy!!

But it all seems trivial next to my biggest disaster of the week.

I took Emma for a bath earlier in the week and bought her a turtle baby at the check out (those of you that have kids…dog store check out lines are JUST AS BAD!).  Anyway, when Emma has had enough of a toy, the boys claim it.  Levi typically prances around the house showing it off.  He doesn’t like to play with toys, but he wants you to think he finds them to be wonderful (or he’s just saying na na na na na na to the others since he knows they want it!!

Picture this.  I’m sitting on my couch in my pj’s drinking my vitamins waiting for the dogs to finish carrying on outside after eating their breakfast.  Levi rushes in and goes past me to the bedroom.  He sometimes misses me sitting somewhere and goes to search for me, so naturally I thought that’s what he had done.  I called for him and he ran to the living room, mouth full of “turtle baby”…or so I thought.  He jumped up beside me and proceeded to drop his present into my lap.  If my memory serves me correctly, it looked something like this:

(source)

Ok, maybe not QUITE that bad.  But bad.  Really, really bad.  Dead rat.  Just dead.  Still warm.  Heavy.  Did I mention dead?

I screamed. And then I kept screaming.  And then I jumped up and my vitamins (16 oz of PURPLE vitamins) and a rat (a dead rat) flew in the air.  The vitamins went all over the couch, the rat flew into the air and landed with a thud on the hard wood floor.  Heavy. Dead. Warm. Rat.

I’m pretty sure my entire neighborhood heard me screaming.  I couldn’t stop.  I finally mustered up the strength to unravel an entire roll of paper towels and cover it in them.  Then I used the corn on the cob tongs (yep, that’s right…don’t say you wouldn’t do it to…they were on the outside of 3000 paper towels!!) to transport him to a trash bag.  Then I spent the next 20 minutes cleaning the couch (and regaining my composure).  Then I spent the next 30 minutes trying to convince Levi that he was not “bad dog” as he seemed to assume my screaming at the top of my lungs and throwing things all around the living room meant when all he tried to do was bring me a present.

My heart rate is up just writing this!

I’ve never even seen a mouse or a mouse dropping for that matter anywhere near my house.  I guess he’s a hunter, so he went out there and hunted him out.

Every time Levi comes in the house now, he goes through a proper mouth check.  New rule: (that I didn’t know we needed at the house) Nothing that lives outside (ESPECIALLY A RAT) is EVER to enter the house.

I think I am finally recovered, but it didn’t help to see this commercial tonight:

Have a good weekend!!!

Stay tuned for pictures of my new baby niece!!!

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My Saturday Breakfast Date

This past weekend was a series of running here and there and back again…you know the kind.

But, in the middle, I was able to enjoy a breakfast date in York with Chloe and her mom :-)

Monica and I rarely have time to catch up (and in this case, it is not always my schedule…it’s usually hers!!)

It was nice to sit outside on a beautiful sunny morning and just touch base about the “happenings” in our worlds.

An update on taking care of me….

I have completed a FULL week of vitamins every day.  I wasn’t too much of a slacker here, but it was an easy way to cut out a few minutes in the morning, skip the vitamins and just get to them later.  Later didn’t always come.  So, week 1 down.

I also started back to Yoga (and boy could I tell it had been awhile!)  I was practicing regularly when I was training for the 1/2 marathon but have fallen COMPLETELY off the wagon since.  So, yesterday was day 1 back…yay!

I watched an old Tivo’d Dr. Oz this weekend about energy and I loved the simplicity of it.  I need to focus on better sleep (which is already WAY better due to the new job!).  A suggestion given was to turn on “background” soothing music ~45 minutes before bed.  It would be when you’re washing your face, cleaning up the dishes, preparing lunch for the next day, whatever.  That is supposed to help prepare you for sleep.  I’m going to give it a try!  On the other end of that, the suggestion was to wake up slowly.  Take deep (6 seconds each) inhales and exhales, then stretch when you sit up.

A step at a time, then one more.  That’s what it takes to achieve anything.

Have a great week everyone!!

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Emma’s life

A lot of people ask me what’s involved in caring for Emma now that she is an insulin-dependent diabetic.  So, I thought I would put it together for you.

Consistency is the key.

She gets her glucose level checked twice a day, gets insulin twice a day, and eats twice a day.  At approximately the same time.  Every day.  There is a window, but it’s not very big, so I have become much more schedule-conscious.  I was always regular, but that has improved twenty-fold!

So, twice a day I get out the suppliesAs soon as I open the “hospital drawer” where everything is kept, she makes her way over to me.  I sit on the floor and she gets herself ready.

She is THE BEST PATIENT EVER!!!

Then I flip back her ear to locate a good “spot” to prick for blood

Then the part I hate, I have to prick her. Every day. Twice a day.  I hate it…she doesn’t seem to mind so much!

I collect the blood and get a number.

There is an ideal range – I keep her a little higher than normal so I don’t risk her bottoming out (that could cause seizures and, well, death, and we DEFINITELY don’t want that!!).

Then she gets to eat!

That’s her FAVORITE part!!  I give her the appropriate amount of insulin based on the number, and record it all in a log.

Then it’s off to relaxing when the whole process is over.

Then repeat.  Every 12 hours.

I think she secretly loves this because she gets a TON of attention that the boys don’t.

She’s worth it of course…my little brown dog!

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