Sunday, September 9, 2012

Guess what?! I won an award!

I know many of you are assuming that I'm going to tell you that I won the Norman Mailer English Teacher writing contest, but I haven't heard back from them yet. However, I did win an award that I have coveted for some time.

The Illuminating Blogger Award!


Rules

Thank you, GlowWorm of www.marvelouspigs.blogspot.com. You made my whole day!

As part of the rules of being a recipient, I have to post something random about myself. If you know me at all you know "random" is my middle name. It's like the creed that I live by.

So here's a little stream of conciousness/randomania for you...

My favorite app on my iPad is MyFitnessPal. After I plug in what I ate and which workouts I did, it tells me when I will reach my weight loss goals. It's more optimistic than I. It claims that I'll weigh 145 in 5 weeks! Whaaa? I sure hope so. Course everytime I have a cheat day on my diet, I'm sure I totally blow it. hahaha.

Last cheat day, I had lots of crap. Two little mounds bars. Chocolate chip pancakes. A packaged granola bar. A fruit and custard tart. A white chocolate chip cookie the size of a DVD. Ugh. I felt so sick after. Just GROSS.

Cheating is bad. On more than one level. hehehe.

Took a 3 hour nap today. Now, I'll never get to sleep tonight. I kinda wanna go for a walk with my kids too. Even though MyFitnessPal says I'm not eating enough calories to fuel myself. That's the thing about Paleo. It feels like I'm eating more than I should, but I'm just getting fuller faster, ya know? I'm not starving myself or anything. I definitely meet my caloric expectations most days.

Lane just showed me a tiny alien that her gramma gave her. It was wearing a tutu and roller blading. Lane said, "It's just like me." She wants roller blades for her birthday.

Did I tell you I'm going to Orlando again? My friend Lisa and I made arrangements, and I'm going out there in October for the Food & Wine Expo at EPCOT. We're also going to Universal and maybe shark fishing. I found a pretty good groupon for it. Just need to call and get some info. I really wanted to do the Survivor Mud Run while I was out there, but she WON'T run it with me. It's the kind of run you'd want to do with a friend so you could laugh your head off the whole time. Doing it solo would be kinda...meh. Then I saw this other run on a beach that would be beautiful, but it's a little too far away.

So I'm going to Orlando in...4 &1/2 weeks. Wow. That is soon. Hey, according to MyFitnessPal, I'll have reached my target weight by then. We'll see. I sure hope so, cuz I know I'll putting on some more weight at the Food & Wine Expo. YUM.

Well that's all for now. I'll be posting my nominations in a little bit!




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Miss me?

It's been a couple weeks since my last post, so there's a lot to catch up on. First off, here's how I spent the last weekend in August and Labor Day weekend in a picture montage:

Setting up my classroom before students arrived. My kids came with me once and this is what they did when I said, "act like students." Fitting.

Then they did this. Also fitting.

I took Lane to her first soccer game. They lost, but she never lost her enthusiasm.

Another game. They won. Doesn't she look great? I wish she loved soccer as much as I do. Maybe she'll come around.

I took the kids to the park too. Usually when Lane has practice, Vin and I will run around the fields and kick the soccer ball around until he gets bored and wants to play at the park. Then I fly solo.

Boating on Salem Pond with my family. Weather turned bad fast, so they didn't get to boat very long.

Grandpa taking kids out on the water. We all learned how to fish this summer and were practicing at the pond too. No one caught anything.

Riding bikes at the park on Labor Day. You can't see it very well here, but the trees in the mountains are starting to turn fall colors already! It's gorgeous. It's the perfect time to hike in the canyon.

Sandy Beach/Utah Lake with the cousins.

Trying to give Vin a "foot-five". He looks a little gaunt there, huh?

 I haven't done my measurements this week yet, but here's my measurements from last week:

Pre-Paleo Measurements:

Weight:164 lbs.
Waist: 31 & 1/2"
Hips: 44"
Thighs: 26 & 1/2"
Arms: 12"

Paleo Week 3 Results:

Weight: 160 lbs.     [- 4 lbs.]
Waist: 29 & 1/4"     [- 2 & 1/4"]
Hips: 43"                [- 1"]
Thighs: 25 & 1/2"   [- 1"]
Arms: 12"               [ - 0]

This is how I feel after a good workout.
Workouts over the last couple weeks:



Thurs., Aug. 23rd: 4.4K or 2 & 3/4 miles. (I track these workouts on  my phone with SportsTracker. I highly recommend the app. The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't do the conversions to miles. I have to do that online.)
Sat., Aug. 25th: 35 min. 4 x 4 workout + "sexy legs" workout from Pinterest.
Tues., Aug. 28th: Soccer training for 35 minutes.
Wed., Aug. 29th: 6.48K or 4 miles.
Sat., Sept. 1st: 45 min."tank top arms""sexy legs" workout from Pinterest
Mon., Sept. 3rd: 7.41K or 4 & 1/2 miles.
Tuesday, Sept 4th: Soccer training for 49 minutes, a total of 4.22K or 2 & 1/2 miles.



Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I added coconut and pecans to the recipe. Kids loved them.


That's it for now. I'm working on a post about my addiction to pinterest.
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