Tuesday, May 22, 2012

UPDATED: I kicked my own trash & Celebrity Interview Tuesday: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


UPDATED: New pics from that day.
My running bud, Kristin.

I ran the Women of Steel 5K on Saturday. It's been almost exactly a year since my first official 5K (The Nestle 5K), and I compared my times and was BLOWN away at the difference in time.

NESTLE 5K (2011): 32:30

WOMEN OF STEEL 5K (2012): 30:01

I shaved 2 1/2 minutes off my time! Granted it took me a year, but still. That's not an easy feat. It motivated me so much that I want to run the Freedom 10K on the 4th of July. That's right. I said, 10K. And I'm not even crazy! I mean, no more than usual.

We were so pumped after we almost committed to doing a triathlon. Almost.

10th in my division


In the Women of Steel tee.

This week's celebrity interview in REDBOOK is with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I'm not sure what the pronunciation should be but here's an attempt: NIC-O-lie COST-er Wahl-DOW. If he weren't so damn hot, I'd hold it against him.

credit: http://blogs.indiewire.com
Nikolaj is currently in Game of Thrones, a TV series about kings fighting over a throne...and a mythological people...and...you know...[shakes head]...sorry, I'm very distracted by his photo. I'm under a thrall. It kinda makes me want to pledge my allegiance to him. Hell, I'd be his minion.

Anyhoo...his two kids interviewed him in REDBOOK, and in the same tradition, I have my kids interview me for the blog (Berger 146).

Since both are in the bath right now, I'll let Rick (my hubs) start the ball rolling.

RICK: What's the hardest thing about losing weight?

ME: The work. At the very beginning, getting into the habit of working out is a challenge. And if I want to be consistently losing weight, I have to monitor calories and carbs and work out frequently. If I get lax for a few weeks, my clothes start to get snug. So it takes work to take care of myself.

[Lane walks in.]

ME: Ask me a question, Lane. Any question.

LANE: Uh...What's your favorite game?

ME: When I was a kid, I loved Chopped Sui. My mom made us pillows shaped like the letters of our name and we would fling them at each other on the trampoline. If the pillow hit your arm, you couldn't use it. If it hit your leg, no leg, and so forth. We did Spidermanesque flips and dodges until dusk.

Currently, I heart Speed Scrabble.

LANE: Is that it? [inching out the door.]

ME: I guess.
...Rick, got any more questions?

RICK: Um...huh. Who is your current Hollywood boyfriend?

ME: Hmm...good question. I am under Nikolaj's thrall, but aside from him...Tina Fey. She's my Hollywood girlfriend. And since I'm rewatching Buffy right now, the anticipation of Spike's big trenchcoat and fang entrance is making me as giddy as a girl from the 90s.

[Vin runs in wearing a spiderman suit.]

ME: Ask me a question, little guy.

VIN: [Screams something inaudible. Runs away. Comes back with Otter Pop.] Mom I like this when it's all juice. I want to drink it juice.

LANE: Mom, where's your phone?

ME: Why?

LANE: I wanna play Angry Birds.

ME: If you ask me a question, I'll let you play.

LANE: How many pounds have you lost.

ME: Good question! I've lost 70 lbs.

LANE: [Holds up some paperclips.] This could be a ring for a giant. [Turns to play with the dog. Holds up a light saber to Spike (the dog).] SURRENDER.


And that's a wrap.

Chao, dieteers. =)

Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm a stress eater, and I'm stressing. Bad.

I'm stuffing my face with a $2 bag of tortilla chips and watching Copying Beethoven on Netflix. 

I blame my period and the $350 bill I just got to pay for my husband's MRI. He finally met with a neurologist and they're recommending surgery. If there was any ice cream in the house, I'd have the carton resting on my chest, while shoveling scoops out with a soup spoon. But this bag of carbs will do the trick, filling up my pit of fear and ambiguity with something solid.

This is the end of My Day From Hell.

Thank the Lord for small favors. For a friend willing to take my class for a few minutes today while I dealt with a crisis. For my students who after noticing my glossy eyes forgave me for being a mother before a teacher. For my van for not running out of gas even though I drove in on "E" all day. For my son hugging me as soon as a walked in the door. For my husband for rubbing my shoulders, making me dinner, making the kids dinner, and putting them to bed early.

Sometimes the worst days bring out the best in the people.

These chips are too salty. I think I'll shut up the bag.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Celebrity Interview Tuesday: John Cusack

According to the May 2012 issue of REDBOOK, "John Cusack wants to surprise you" (p. 124). Marisa Fox interviews him about his role in The Raven, his interest in music, and romance.

In this post, Fox *unintentionally* asks me the same similar questions. I think if Fox were naming this post, she'd call it:

The Redbook Experiment wants to surprise you.

RENA AT A GLANCE

 Favorite City: 
New Orleans
 "The best beignets and the best troubadours in the world on the same city block. It doesn't get better than that."

New Music Obsession: 
"I love this song. Plus, there's a lot of variations on youtube so I don't feel guilty about listening to the song over and over again. Oh, let's be honest. I never feel guilty about that."

Hometown Haunt: 
The Beach
"My friends and I used to order Taco Bell, then drive to the beach after school and walk down the dock and eat."

RB: Were you a fan of Edgar Allan Poe growing up? 

ME: Yep. Not a massive fan, but I did enjoy the classic Poe stories, and I especially loved the episode of Gilmore Girls where two Poes show up for the Poe convention. I even have the t-shirt, "Faux Poe Foes".

RB: Of all the roles you've played, which one do you think is the most like you?

ME: What a good Mother's Day type question. I do fulfill a lot of roles: teacher, mother, wife, writer, correspondent, blogger, memoirist...seems like I'm forgetting some. But I'd say the ones that fit me most naturally are writer and mother. That isn't to say either job aren't a lot of work and loads of commitment. But they're worth it.

RB: I know music is a huge deal with you. Could you ever date someone who had different musical taste than yours? 

ME: Not successfully. Music is an extension of a person. It's the background to our lives, and if you tried to marry two soundtracks from two TOTALLY DIFFERENT movies (like Juno and Fast and the Furious), it'd be a cacophony of discordant sounds; like cats fighting in sack of balloons.

Some songs can't be mashed.

And no matter what. No matter what. They have to be into Weezer. (Which Rick is. =) )

RB: Do you think of yourself as a romantic person?

ME: Nope. Rick is the romantic. I'm the survivalist. He will be the one to buy me flowers, my favorite ice cream, and a homemade card, but I'm the one who's all, "How much did the flowers cost?" It's lame. I wish I wasn't like that, but habits start for a reason.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Injuries can be more mental than physical

Happy Birthday to me!
You know how you're doing good on your diet and then you have your birthday followed by your ten year anniversary followed by Mother's Day? And people keep taking you out to all-you-can-eat Brazilian cuisine at Tucanos and lasagna at Macaroni Grill and for brownie sundaes at Dalton's. And your friends and family keep throwing chocolate cake, Nestle chocolate mousse pie, and Reese's Pieces at you for your birthday, and for Mother's Day you get a Symphony bar celebrate your motherhood; a caloric token of gratitude and to keep those hips proportional for child-bearing purposes.

This is the part where you say, "BOO HOO! Your life is so hard!" And you're right. I'm very lucky to have friends and family who care about me enough to celebrate these wonderful few holidays. I had a helluva lot of fun, and I'm so thankful for my friends and family. The diction I used in that opening paragraph indicates that I wasn't responsible in any any of my food decisions. And that's simply not true. I chose. I chose to eat all that junk.

In my defense (If you're rolling your eyes at me, I don't blame you) I only had...

1 slice of the chocolate pie and I couldn't finish it.
1/3 of a bag of Reese's Pieces.
1 piece of chocolate cake.
1/2 a Symphony Bar.
1/2 of the brownie in the brownie sundae.

I actually managed to lose a pound this week. A birthdannimother'sday miracle. And it probably had to do with the fact that I'm training for the Women of Steel 5K next Saturday.

REDBOOK's Wedding Dress Challenge offered 16 nuggets of weight loss advice this month, and I picked out some of my favorites (Stephens 98-100).

FAVES:

#4 KIDS ARE FITNESS ACCESSORIES: One mom enrolls her kids in a mommy-and-me class to keep herself motivated and her family healthy. I enrolled my 7yo in a swim class and my 4yo in a mom-and-me swim class this July. It should be more of a workout for them than me, but I feel great about involving them in regular exercise. Plus, sometimes I run to the park while my kids are on bikes and I let them play on the equipment while I do laps around the trail and listen to Raditude on my Android.

#6 SCHEDULE WORKOUTS IN ADVANCE: I am thinking about doing a Zumba class in June once school is out. As far as now, I work every other day, and I work out on my days off. I'm pretty scheduled and it works well for me.

#16 TRACK YOUR STEPS: One woman uses a pedometer to track how much she walks a day. I used to have one but it fell off somewhere, and now I don't have one. But I do have an app on Android that is called Sports Tracker. It has a GPS function and measures my distance, time, and the number of calories I burn. It's awesome! Totally changes my workouts.

MY LEAST FAVORITE:
#3, 5, 9, and 10. Pretty much any of them that involve losing weight on a united front; husband and wife married together in the fight against heart disease and diabetes. I've been wanted to make my weight loss journey a martial pursuit for a long time, but my husband has two herniated discs in his lower back and isn't allowed to do anything strenuous. ANYTHING. He's in grad school and now he has to carry his books around in bag with wheels. He can't lift anything heavy, like putting the kids to bed or moving furniture or putting groceries away much less lifting weights or pounding the pavement in a footrace. It saddens me. He could stand to get healthier, but I know what it's like to have an injury. Sometimes injuries become more mental than physical and that can retard attempts to help oneself. I hope he can find the drive to take care of himself.

This week, I'm going to workout 3 - 4 times, including the 5K. I have plans to do this killer 12 move circuit I found in Shape magazine. It has to be repeated 3 times and burns 450 calories. It is a gooood burn. I limped up and down the stairs for two days after doing the workout the first time. The second time was easier, but the limping still bad.

And I'm stopping the gravy train of sweets and fatty foods. Back on the wagon. Maybe I'll lose 2 lbs this week. =) I know my muscles are much more toned after only beefing up the workouts for a couple weeks.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Celebrity Tuesday: Alison Sweeney

Blogging from my iPad. No keyboard, so it's really hard. Training for a 5k this weekend. First one of the summer. I've missed you blog. And it is clearly a bad thing when I let this blog go, bc I totally put on like 6lbs. I've been back on the wagon with a brief birthday hiatus for like a week. So my goals this summer are to lose ten lbs, and run a 10k. I'm also gonna take a Zumba class in the summer. Fun! Here are some of my favorite suggestions from Allison Sweeney (p.175) in may's issue of rEDBOOK. 1. consider exercise a treat not a chore. (I love this idea. It's how I approach workouts. Me time!) 3. Up your game. I hit a plateau and gained back some weight even. That's why I signed up for a race, and I have all these other wo goals too. It kicks my butt back into gear just like it does for Alison. 5. Call in the troops. This applies to the last one too, bc I'm running the race with two friends. 7. Walk away from the kitchen. Go for a walk when you have the munchies. I'm an emotional eater,and I need a distraction from my emotional nibbling problem.
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