The Weekend in Pictures

1 2 3 4We had an amazing weekend here in Colorado.  It started off a little chilly on Friday so we met up with some mommas and babies from our playgroup at the Denver Aquarium.  Emmett absolutely loved seeing the fish.  He was quite enchanted and laughed pretty hard from time to time.  I actually have no idea if he was laughing because of the fish or the other children, but all the same, I got his photo.  On Saturday we took a family walk before the weather turned to rain.  The park is such a great spot for us to take Emmett to crawl around.  He loves the texture of the grass and the wind in his hair.  He is quite the outdoorsy type and will do great camping with Papa in the future (yes, Mama will be home enjoying a weekend to herself while her boys enjoy some bonding time)!  Sunday we went to the first of many “1st” birthday parties from the birth class babies.  Robert turned one on Sunday so we tried our best to capture a moment with the babies.  It didn’t turn out so well as when one baby cries, every single baby started to cry.  It was an incredible sight and I still laugh every time I see this photo.

So there you have it!  A quick and look into our past weekend.

Mama Time

I don’t know what it is about Saturday mornings, but for some reason they are different than any other day of the week.  As soon as the sun comes up over the condo buildings (or even when I can see the sky and know the sun is coming), my heart starts to race with excitement.  I can’t turn it off.  I must get up!  Almost every Saturday is the same.  I get up around 6:30am, I let the dog out and feed her, I turn on my favorite trash TV (today it’s LA shrinks on Bravo), grab my coffee and sometimes a cookie or brownie and pull out my computer to sit down and catch up on emails, blogs, and Pinterest posts.  It feels so incredible.  Today the baby was still asleep at 6:30am and actually, even when he’s awake, we leave him in his crib for about an hour after waking so he learns how to play on his own.  He’s awake now but content.  I cherish this time, just as I did when I was single, when I lived with my parents, and right after I got married.  I love the feeling that a new day brings.  I love sipping coffee.  It’s a ritual that I missed so much while pregnant with Emmett.  I couldn’t even look at the stuff without feeling nauseous.  I’m so glad it’s back in my life and morning routine.

It’s funny, I’m a morning person but I don’t like being social in the morning.  Maybe this stems from all those early mornings that I had completely to myself when I was single and used to get up at 5am for a run before the day got started.  I don’t really know.  I love getting up, I love starting my day, I love coffee, I love breakfast food, I love exercising in the morning but I really hate talking or being with people in the morning.  Of course, it’s different when we are staying at someone’s house for some reason.  I suppose it’s because we’re in their space but I really don’t mind disrupting my morning ritual and sitting down with a cup of coffee and having a chat.  I actually crave the company in these situations.  But for today, I’m enjoying just being alone, the calm before the storm, sipping my coffee, watching trash TV and writing.

Don’t take my advice

(I have been glued to the television watching MSNBC on and off since about 6:45am on the “Terror in Boston”.  I need to get my mind off of this for a second and check out.)

While on my run this morning I had a very strong craving for diet Dr. Pepper and it dawned on me, I’m the worst person ever to receive health advice from because I certainly don’t follow much of my advice.  Today I’m going to let you in on some secrets of mine.  Let’s begin…

1. Fuel: Ha!  This one is almost laughable.  As I just mentioned, I drink soda after a 10.5 mile run.  I ran 10.5 miles this morning and as soon as I got home I helped myself to soda!  I don’t believe I’ve ever, in the history of reading health journals, articles and books, read that soda is a great source of hydration.  It’s bad for your bones, it’s bad for your teeth and it has dehydrating effects if anything.  I also eat cookies, brownies and/or ice cream for breakfast most days of the week.  While I have heard that sugar is a great source of energy, I don’t think the experts mean processed sugar!  A huge reason for my motivation to give up sweets for lent was so that I wouldn’t come home from a run and eat a 1/2 a pan of brownies for lunch.  Yes, I do this too.  I could pretty much sustain solely on sweet sugary foods for the rest of my life and be ok with it.

2. Injury: Oh my goodness, don’t even get me started on how I treat my body while injured.  I’m an idiot.  I feel a pain and almost always ignore it.  If it’s so incredibly painful to run then I do other forms of exercise.  Rest?  For the birds.  I know my injury will heal much MUCH quicker if I would just lay off and do nothing but for whatever reason my type A personality kicks in and resting is just not an option.  What is wrong with me?  Who says those things?  Who thinks those things?  I had an IT band injury for almost 3 years and ran almost every single day on it.  I sustained a stress fracture in my ankle and even that didn’t stop me from walking nearly 7 miles at a time every single day.  That injury alone prolonged my recovery by 4 months!  I was told to stay off of it and to only do bike or elliptical but did I listen?  Hell no!  Again, I’m not the person to ask for advice on injury recovery, clearly.

3. Cross training:  We’ve all heard it, cross train to prevent injuries.  I think it was a few years ago, I ran every single day for two months with no cross training and no days off.  I’ve had numerous people approach me at gyms after a treadmill run and say “I wouldn’t run so much if I were you.  You need to take care of those knees or you won’t be running past 50.”  And of course, I shrug my shoulders and say “Yeah, but I can do it today so why stop now?”  I have gotten better at loosening up a bit with my running schedule.  It has helped tremendously that I recently had a baby.  I had a tough time running through pregnancy so I was forced to find other forms of activity.  This was so good for me.  I got into cycling and weight lifting and kept my running to no more than twice a week for no more than 3 miles at a time.  I learned that I could still manage my weight gain and not run.  BUT as soon as I had Emmett I was back at it just 9 days postpartum.  I was not even close to being healed and again, I made my recovery time go from 6 weeks to nearly 10 weeks.  UGH.  Why won’t I listen to my freaking body!?

4. Exercise: I exercise WAY too much.  Part of that is my strong urge to keep my weight consistent and part of it is so that I can feel great about eating said sweets.  I overexercise and probably, to some psychologists, would be considered an exercisorexic, someone who exercises to excess to rid their bodies of calories.  I definitely have cut back on my exercise habit since getting married but at one point in my life it was bad.  I would do my morning run (usually 8-9 miles) and then come home and be starving.  I would eat myself out of house and home and feel so guilty about the massive amount of calories I consumed that I’d go on another run later in the day consisting of another 4-6 miles.  It was a vicious cycle and I’m so thankful that I don’t do this anymore.  It was a huge time commitment and was horrible for my body.  To cover up why I did this, I claim that I was training for another marathon.  Today, if I’ve already exercised, I come home, shower as quickly as possible and get dressed so that I’m not even tempted to exercise twice in the same day.

So there you have it, four areas you should never take my advice on.  I do know how to lose weight and keep it off, tips for how to motivate people to exercise, health behaviors and what you can do to stick to them, and a multitude of other topics that I love talking about.  I loosely follow my own advice sometimes and what I do works for me.

(Back to MSNBC)

What is going on?

I’m sitting here watching the Presidential Statement on Gun Control and I’m so sickened and saddened that the senate turned down background checks on firearms sales.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY!?  I shouldn’t even say country since 86% of the American people support background checks.  What is wrong with REPUBLICANS!?!?!?  Unreal.  With all that has been going on lately I can’t even comprehend why this didn’t pass.  Apparently President Obama couldn’t comprehend it either.

I’m still so sad for the families that have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence due to guns.  I’m scared for my own child.  I refuse to live in a state of heightened fear but man, today sure didn’t help.

(I hope that tomorrow or later this week I will have more to talk about besides bad news.  I want to post about food, running, my family, my weekends, but I just can’t get the words out with all that has been going on this week.)

 

Race Shirt Tuesday

Today is race shirt Tuesday.  I wore one of my race shirts today on my chilly run to show support for all the victims and their families of yesterday’s tragedy.  I know you can’t see it here but I promise E and I were showing our support underneath our jackets!

Today was cleaning lady day which also meant that E and I along with Sadie had to be out of the house for about 2 hours or so.  Today was especially challenging because there was snow everywhere and it was 30 degrees.  We braced ourselves for the cold and I told him we could treat ourselves to Starbucks if we got through it.

Scone and a non fat misto for me, oatmeal with strawberries and mango and a piece of banana bread I made yesterday for the boy.  It was a good run, a cathartic run.  I ran in silence today while E slept.  There weren’t many people out today so it was very peaceful.  I was able to really reflect on yesterday’s events.  This quote keeps running through my mind:

“If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target”-unknown.

Pain

I can’t believe the horrific events that took place in Boston today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  I’m saddened by humanity.  Whether it was an act of terror, a lone wolf angry at the sport or a group out to make a point, it’s unbelievable still to me that someone would do such a thing.  Boston, my thoughts and prayers go out to you tonight.  I can only even imagine waking up to run a marathon or go cheer on a friend, family member or complete strangers and not see my loved one come home.  I’m just sick for the 8 year old boy and his family members who will never see him again.

On a completely different note, I was talking to my husband tonight about other events that happened today in the world.  Just TODAY in Baghdad there were a series of bombings that killed 42 people and injured 257 others. And how artillery shells from Syria hit Lebanese border town where homes were destroyed and people were, again, killed and injured. It frustrates me that many US citizens choose not to read the news and I get equally upset that, no matter the place, bombing should never become commonplace, expected and accepted. I hope all are ok, wherever they may be in the world. Never take for granted your safety and always, always read the news so you know what’s going on out there so we can think about others outside of our own country and not just ourselves.

 

Cultured

I made this!

It was pretty damn good if I do say so myself!  Recipes to come tomorrow.  I’m too tired right now.  I’ve been applying to some jobs today and also been making little purchases for my baby’s first birthday coming up.  I’m wiped out but wanted to share how proud of myself I am of making a Mediterranean meal for my little family tonight.  The best part?  It took maybe 15 minutes and that might be an overestimation.