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run 3 days a week

It’s been so long since I posted anything on this site, but I’m feeling a little… adrift?... these days, so I’m hoping this will help get me back on track.

This evening, I finished Week 4 of the Couch-to-5k program, which I’ve done at least 3 times before. It’s a great program. It’s just that I don’t stick with it once I’ve finished the program. HOWEVER, I love to run, and I need to remind myself of that, especially now that I’m a mom. I want my daughter to grow up with a mom who shows her how important it is to take care of her body and be healthy.

Today’s run went well. I felt good and strong during and after.

keep a running list of long-term goals I want to accomplish "eventually (read all 7 entries…)
After we move...

I’ve tried to get in touch with the Food Not Bombs chapter where I live, but I think it’s something that’s going to have to wait until after we move. There just doesn’t seem to be a functioning chapter nearby.

pay off my debt (read all 8 entries…)
Catching up...

Reading over my past entries on this goal, I see that things didn’t go exactly as planned, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t going great. We didn’t end up paying off Dell. We had a few things come up one after the other that prevented us from making much progress toward the end of last year. However, we are humming along again.

Last week, we paid off a loan that was a $233/month payment and found out we’re getting $1000 on our taxes (as opposed to owing $1300 like last year). As soon as our refund is direct deposited, we’ll be able to pay off another loan that has a $140/month payment.

I can’t wait for the day when the only bills we have every month are a mortgage and utilities. I hope everyone else is hanging in on this goal!

arrive at family gatherings with a vegetarian/vegan dish (read all 3 entries…)
Catching up... and marking as finished.

Since officially going vegan Oct. 1st, I’ve taken at least one dish to every family gathering.

Sept/Oct Birthday Party: spanokapitas (sp?) and key lime pie

Annual October Cook-Out: corn chowder

Thanksgiving: white bean & roasted garlic soup, corn muffins, and apple pie crumb cake muffins

Christmas: to my mom’s family – 3 Sisters casserole and ginger sparkle cookies; Christmas morning at my dad’s – lemon corn waffles with blueberry sauce; to my dad’s family – corn chowder and raspberry cobbler. Also, my brother’s girlfriend and I made an entire Christmas dinner at my mom’s, including mashed potatoes and chickpea gravy, mushroom risotto, sugar cookies with peppermint icing, gingerbread apple pie, brown rice & lentil loaf… I can’t remember what else, but it was awesome.

Easter: chickpea noodle soup

So far, my mom’s family has been more willing to try new things than my dad’s, but I’m slowly winning them over. I’ve been consistent enough with this that I feel comfortable marking it as complete.

go vegan (read all 6 entries…)
Mucus weight? For serious?

I recently registered for the forums on the Post Punk Kitchen,, and ran across an incredibly disturbing post regarding “mucus weight.” Evidently, when people go vegan, they generally lose weight as the extra mucus caused by dairy and eggs leaves their bodies.

First and foremost, I am appalled. I get seriously grossed out when I have a runny nose, and my best friend’s sister nearly caused me to have a total meltdown by describing the loss of her mucus plug before going into labor. I understand the purpose of mucus, thanks to my oh-so-graphic biology major cousin when we were in college (also the first person to ever give me the “plants respond to stimulii too” b.s.), but the idea that there might be extra – as in excess, as in surplus – mucus in my system is beyond disgusting. It makes me physically ill.

Second, has anyone ever heard of this? Can this be confirmed?

bring healthy snacks to work so I won't be tempted by the vending machine

I’ve been consistent with this for about a month, so I’m going to mark it as finished. I’ve been keeping raw, unsalted almonds and organic vegan fruit strips (Archer Farms) in my desk, which has definitely helped keep me away from the vending machine. There have been a few lapses, but nothing major, so I feel comfortable taking this goal off my list.

reduce my body fat to 20% (read all 15 entries…)
Up 1.5

I wasn’t really surprised to see I’m back up a pound and a half this week. After all, I dropped a full 3 pounds the week before, which I thought was weird at the time. I must’ve been dehydrated… Still, I weighed in under 130 for the second consecutive week. I’ll take it!

I’ve managed to stay motivated with my running, but I’ve been slacking on yoga lately, not really for any reason, just out of lazy. My goal this week is to practice yoga on the days I don’t run, so running 1 hr MWF, yoga 1 hr TThS, Shoreline Classic on Sunday (don’t know if this will happen or not; we’re broke).

reduce my body fat to 20% (read all 15 entries…)
Down 3 lbs from last week.

On Monday morning, I weighed in at 128, which would put me down 13 lbs since I started tracking here. WOOHOO! Unfortunately, I’ve already bounced back up to 131, but I’m hoping it’ll even out by this coming Monday’s weigh-in. The bouncing is annoying.

go vegan (read all 6 entries…)

I just finished reading “Vegan Freak,” and if I was still on the fence even a little bit about going vegan, I’ve hopped off. I still have a few non-vegan things in the house that we just haven’t gone through yet, but we’re on track to have it all gone by the end of the month, which will put me well ahead of my goal of Jan. 1st.

write 101 words on my novel every day (read all 5 entries…)
8/22 & 8/24 - 100+ each day

If I could just get in the habit of doing this every day, I’d finish this book in no time. Either way, I’m making progress.

go vegan (read all 6 entries…)
Fighting Myself Again

This isn’t strictly speaking a vegan rant (‘cause the cookie was not vegan) but a food rant in general, but this seems like the best place to put it.

Time and again, I buckle under for foods I know logically I shouldn’t eat because I want it, damn it! The regret and accompanying stomach ache are never far behind. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been steadily working toward a vegan diet. I’ve bought only vegan food for the house and even made a trip to Food Fantasies, the local trippy hippie health food store (which I love but don’t think I’m cool enough to frequent), for vegan “butter.” When we’ve gone out, I’ve been careful to order things I could be at least fairly certain were vegan. (Can you ever be 100% sure at a non-vegetarian restaurant?) But then today…

I don’t want to blame my indiscretion of my period, but let’s just say it was a contributing factor. All I wanted was a damn cookie! I knew it had milk in it, that it was ginormous and gooey in the center. I even knew that I didn’t really want it but that it was only a pale substitute for the giant slice of moist chocolate cake with fudge icing that I really want, but I was weak and got the cookie anyway. Now my stomach is doing weird freestyle laps, and I feel like I’m going to be sick. =^(

Can I put a positive spin on this? Maybe it’s my wake-up call to stay away from the garbage.

practice sivasana every night before sleep (read all 3 entries…)
Getting Better

Last night, I really fought this. I don’t know why. I guess I was just tired and irritable, but I knew I’d lie awake for at least an hour if I didn’t practice, so I did… and slept like the proverbial log. By the time the alarm went off at 5:30, I all but bounced out of bed and onto the treadmill and felt amazing. Is it human nature to fight the good stuff, or is it a personal issue?

Run Abe's Amble in 2008. (read all 3 entries…)
Official Time

My official time for the race was 1:10:22, and Chris’s was 1:19:06.

reduce my body fat to 20% (read all 15 entries…)
Down 1.5 lbs from last week.

Thanks in large part to Abe’s Amble, I’m sure, I’ve lost 1.5 lbs since last week. I’ve made huge strides toward cutting out dairy and eggs this past week, which will probably speed up this process too. If I learned anything from the race this weekend, it’s that I need to up my training intensity. Oh, I’ll eat 5 times the day of a race and still lose weight.

write 101 words on my novel every day (read all 5 entries…)
8/17 - No word count

I didn’t count words today because I’ve worked on tweaking a lot of little things, but I’m still going to count this as done for the day. Sometimes progress can’t be measured in word count.

Run Abe's Amble in 2008. (read all 3 entries…)

After 8 months of training, I still wasn’t ready for the race. The hills were brutal, and I wasn’t able to keep a steady pace. I really wanted to cross the finish line without a single walk break, but that didn’t happen. Even with walk breaks, I crossed the finish line at 1:12, and my progress over where I was just 6 months ago is phenomenal, but I can’t help being disappointed.

I guess I have to be happy with the knowledge that I did the best I could and work toward doing better next time, but it’s really hard to think about next time right now.

write 101 words on my novel every day (read all 5 entries…)
8/16 - 200+

I think I may have powered through a scene with which I was having major difficulties. It’s still rough (I just finished the first draft 15 mins ago), but it’s a good starting point. I borrowed an idea/device I’ve been playing around with on another story, and I think it was exactly what I needed. =^)

be the woman I want to be EVERY DAY and trust that the rest will follow
I want to ...

... always live according to my principles.

... be informed in my decisions and opinions and able to defend them in a firm-but-respectful manner (even to Chris).

... write. (pen to paper pen to paper pen to paper…)

... eliminate all animal products from my diet.

... embrace my “dirty hippie-ness” (as The Hubby says).

... return phone calls promptly.

... determine whether criticism is “constructive” and let it roll off me when it isn’t.

... be more reliable and available to my friends and family.

... work toward the demise of procrastination.

remember that forgiveness costs me nothing but my anger

I had a great opportunity to work on this goal today. In his eagerness to move to Florida before his classes at the Art Institute (next week), my brother Josh moved to Mom’s house in St. Pete before selling his own house here in Springfield, IL. I’m sure he didn’t intend for this to become a huge inconvenience for those of us still stuck in the Land of Lincoln, but it’s been one issue after another since he left. First of all, he didn’t clean out his refrigerator. I don’t mean there were a few condiments in the door and full ice cube trays; the entire fridge and freezer both were crammed full of food… which my grandma and I had to clean out for him. He also left cat food sitting out and a litter box full of used litter.

(Okay, at this point, I feel the need to defend Josh, like I always do. For one thing, he’s the baby of the family. For another, he’s an artist and right-brained in the extreme. The combination of those two factors has created a deficit in his common sense.)

My grandparents, my husband, and I took care of all that. He also left tons of furniture – some in decent condition, some not so much. One of his friends (the same friend who told him he’d take all the food) was supposed to come get some of the furniture but never did. My dad was supposed to pick up my uncle’s amp and return it to him, but as of Tuesday of this week, it was still there.

Plus, Dad was supposed to mow the lawn once a week so the yard looks nice for prospective buyers; he’s yet to do that. This has actually turned out to be the biggest issue. Josh has been gone since the first week of July. My grandparents (bless their anxious little hearts) have fretted over the yard situation ceaselessly. Eventually, Josh’s friend mowed the lawn the first time, but then Dad didn’t come around to do it the second time…

I think you get the picture. The point is that every time one of these issues comes up, I get two separate emails – one from Mom and one from Grandma – and occasionally a phone or two bitching about Dad and/or asking me to help rectify the situation.

First of all, I’m 29 years old. If I haven’t learned to stand up to Dad by now, chances are it won’t happen. Secondly, I’m a little irked at Josh for leaving this mess for everyone else to fix. I’m also irritated with Mom and Grandma for blowing the situation way out of proportion. When I got two emails today asking if I’d mind buying some “colorful” planters to decorate Josh’s porch to add to the “curb appeal,” I was seriously annoyed.

Then I took a deep breath, reminded myself how much I love all of them, and replied to both Mom and Grandma’s emails telling them I’d be more than happy to help out. After all, they’ve both done so much for me in the past few months; it’s the least I can do to help them out. I even emailed Dad to remind him to pick up the amp before the Salvation Army comes for the rest of the furniture next Wed.

So. Not only did I let go of my anger (after only a moment), but I also think this contributed to another goal on my list: express my gratitude to the people who enhance my life. Not too shabby for just letting go. =^)

stop picking my cuticles (read all 7 entries…)
Stress Ball & Cuticle Cream

The last two days have been a little rough, but I’ve resisted the temptation to pick, even though my hands are dry from the antibacterial soap at work (probably wouldn’t be an issue if I didn’t pee every 45 mins). Having Maurice the Stress Ball at my desk has definitely made a huge difference. The second I realized I’ve started to pick or even thought about it, I pick up my stress ball and fiddle with it until the urge passes.

I’m not sure how much good the cuticle cream is doing, since my hands are still really dry, but I’ll keep using it for the time being.

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