Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rad Race #7: The results were colorful.

The Color Me Rad race (7th race in the Runolution) had to have been the most fun I've had running a 5K, which granted isn't unusual for me. The having fun part. You don't run 13 races in a year if you're indifferent to running. But what made this race more fun was that it was a weekend affair with two of my besties.

My college friend Nicolette and I drove to downtown Salt Lake on Friday night, had dinner in the City Creek Mall, did a little window shopping and tried on shoes (because a trip to the mall requires hitting all the best shoe sales). Then we went to a store that was literally called, The Art of Shaving, with a proprietor who resembled a high-end barber (vest and all), and in the corner there was this leather studded chair straight out of an A&E movie introduction. I half expected a guy in a ascot to sit down and say, "Let me tell you a little story of Buffy, a slayer of the vampyres." Of course, I couldn't stop making jokes about it and the lemon-scented shaving cream, which, to me, was the equivalent of putting Kitchen Lysol on a man's face. If the shoppe wasn't closing, I'm sure we would've been kicked out anyway. Shooed out with a broom.

Then Nicholette and I drove to my friend Janet's house, who I've known since 1st grade, to crash. We got to meet her sweet puppies, all named after anime characters, (I snuggled up with the  one that looked most like Spike, but shhh...don't tell him or I might find the severed head of a My Little Pony in my bed tonight.) and caught up on all the happenings from the last time I saw her, covering the life's milestones that couldn't possibly be posted on social media. It was girl heaven. =)

By the next morning, Nicholette and I walked two blocks to the SLC public library, where the Color Me Rad race was constructed sometime during the morning, and barely made the 8am circuit. The were thousands of people there, and we were doused in yellow before the gun went off. (Actually, I think some guy in a silver suit yelled "Go" in a blow-horn.)
Before pic: Nicholette and me

After shot.
 Every kilometer or so there was a "color station" where we were either voluntarily hosed down in liquid color or pummeled with the handfuls of neon cornstarch.

The color stations slowed our progress exponentially, as the runners bottled neck around the Color Me Rad employees. Needless to say, I DID NOT meet my goal to beat my 6th race's time. In fact they didn't even give us timers. I had to ask a guy what time it was when we crossed the finish line. I finished the race in 45 min. Or less. I'm not entirely sure if we started right at 8am.

After the finish, we got killer pics and joined the dancing party emceed by the silver-suited hirsute dude with the microphone (replacing the megaphone). We danced with the Color Me Rad mascot, an Easter bunny in a t-shirt, slapped beach balls around the undulating rainbow-faced crowd, and got fumigated by a purple cyclone from a fire extinguisher. It was awesome. (5,000 times better than the Color Festival at the Lotus temple.)

Race #7 was a success. Fun was had, and I can cross it off my list.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Weekend Wrap-up: Running and Blessings

You know when something crappy happens and you realize later that it was a blessing? That's how my week has been. The good news is that when the crap happened, I didn't turn to my old friend, Stress Eating, to handle the problem. Instead, I took a step back and followed the advice from a meme that I saw:

If you're not willing to eat something healthy, you're not hungry. You're having a craving. 

I love that advice, and I've been able to talk myself down from a couple of ice cream binge-edges with that little nugget.

And another that I really liked from Bob Harper from Biggest Loser

Here's what I've done in exercise this week:
Sunday: 1 mile, leisurely walk with my kids and dog.
Monday: 5K on my treadmill. Time: 33:42
Wednesday: 3 Pinterest workouts, including arms, legs, and obliques.

Thursday: Swimming with the kids for 4 hrs. But if we're being honest, it's really more like a half hour in the water and the other 3 1/2 laying out. 
Friday: 5K on tready. Time: 33:13

So far so good. The scale is being mulish, but my clothes are fitting more loosely, so I win. Suck it, scale.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Race 7 of the Runolution: Color Me Rad!

On June 22nd, I'm running my 7th race, the Utah Arts Festival's Color Me Rad 5K.

Last year's Festival of Colors in SF
This is an especially cool race, because I'll also be entering a story into the corresponding Utah Arts Festival annual writing competition. I want to do better than the last race, so that means I want to run it in less than 33 minutes. =) And I want to do better in the contest, which means I want to place. But, I'll take an acceptance to grad school too. Either or.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Caffeine makes mommy happy.

I've been watching reruns of Gilmore Girls. (I have a major girl-crush on Lauren Graham.) I know that no one can eat their weight in Red Vines and cheeseburgers and look as good as Lorelai and Rory, but I totally get how Lorelai got so much done in a day. It's because the only liquid in her diet was coffee. She often jokes about how she would take it in an IV drip if possible. I can relate. Only not with coffee, with caffeine.

Long story short...I'm back on the caffeine. Crystal Light Energy to be specific. And I have all kinds of energy! Seriously. For the past couple weeks, my daughter had cheer practice three times a week at the high school, and my son and I went biking or running for 45 min. each day at the adjacent park. We did a couple of miles each time.
Lane after her cheer performance. Go, Lane, Go!
 I ran a 5K on my treadmill last Friday, and I took my kids for a mile walk yesterday. I've done a couple toning workouts, and I've been watching my calories like a mad-woman. I've had lots of salads, baked chicken and veggies, and I've been using myfitnesspal religiously.

My motivational wall is looking pretty good. (Not all race numbers shown.)

More motivational stuff.
So far I've lost a pound, but I'm not discouraged. I've been very dedicated and feel much healthier. Already my clothes aren't as snug. I expect by next week, I'll have lost a couple more pounds if things keep going the way they do.
We bike to this splash pad. 5 miles round trip.

Also, can you lose weight playing Rock Band? Because if so, I prolly burned a butt-load of calories belting out the lyrics to "One Way or Another" or songs by Pearl Jam and The Offspring for 3 hours last weekend. Got a date to play again this weekend with friends. I'm going to aim high and try the Beastie Boys. What! [Fist bump.]

Monday, June 3, 2013

Race 6: The Nestle 5K

The following was written early last week:
"I haven't done the Nestle 5K in 2 years. In fact, the first time I did the Nestle 5K in 2011, it was my first official 5K. I ran it with my friend Trevor who totally kicked my trash.

2011, when Trevor beat me by 4 min. at the Nestle 5K
This Saturday, we are running it again. Mono y mono. Well not actually. There will be probably a thousand other racers [turns out there were 2,500], but I am going to push it hard this time to see if I can get my race around 30 minutes this time. That time still won't beat him, but it will beat my last time. In 2011, I had 32 min. And I'm a little out of shape, on account of my obsession with my new bike. All I ever do for exercise is ride it around for like a half hour, (True story: I rode my bike 5 miles to the Nestle factory to register for the 5K, and 5 miles home. I ride it more than Michael Bluth rode his.) and I haven't done strength training but twice in a couple months.

Wish me luck!"
The results: I beat Trevor!

My time was awful: 33:41, but still I beat Trevor. (We are not going to talk about how he decided to keep pace with his sister, who was visiting from out of town, and that's the real reason I kicked his trash. So don't mention it.)

We had so much fun. And the best part? My friend, Kelci won a boys' bike and she doesn't have kids, so who did she give it to? Vin. My little boy got a brand new bike out of the deal. I love Kelci and I love this race. =)
This sucker's like the Batmobile of bikes.
He can't actually reach the pedals, but we are going to see if we can exchange it for a smaller one at Wal-Mart.

As a family, we've taken to riding bikes and taking walks pretty frequently.  

Nothin' wrong with a little cosplay on a Tuesday afternoon.
"I will be the Batman Art City needs."

My little Wordgirl is taking cheer lessons now too. She's been practicing for the Art City Day parade.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Somehow this post combines fat Val Kilmer, pleather, and VD.

So I just got this email:

Do you know what project I submitted to work on at this retreat? My weight loss memoir. So I guess you know what that means; it's time to lose the stupid weight I managed to gain last year. I can't, in good conscience, work on a my weight loss memoir when it's very purpose is contradicted by my current waistline. True, I only put on like 13 lbs., after losing 70, but still, if I ever sell this book, my body will be like a billboard for the memoir. And I don't want my billboard to have a fat ass.

A lot of things have been working against me in my efforts to lose the weight thus far.
Remember when I got my blood work done b/c I knew something was off about my health? The results came back showing I had low vitamin D levels. My doctor prescribed 2,000 units of vitamin D. I started doing this, but after a conversation with my friend (and photographer) Angie, I remembered, I probably get the most sun than anyone I know. I'm ALWAYS outside tanning, gardening, watering the lawn, biking, running, whatever. So then I thought maybe I didn't have enough vitamin K, which is the one that helps absorb the VD. (I'm abbreviating for vitamin D here. Don't mistake it for venereal disease. Besides, I don't think vitamin K affects traditional VD in any way. But I'm no doctor. Maybe I should check on that before spouting off like I know anything about VD...which I don't. And a quick google search brought up this article, about babies, eye drops, and VD. So, I was pretty much right. Just call me Dr. Google.) So, I looked up foods with vitamin K to see if I was eating any of those. Here's the list:

Foods with VK (Again, I'm abbreviating for vitamin K, not Val Kilmer, though, I would eat any meal with Val Kilmer, let's get that straight right now.) ((Uh, SIDEBAR: A google search of "Val Kilmer eating" brought me to this gem:
(But does he love ham water?) photo credit:

And did you guys know that VK struggles with his weight too? Man, I gotta watch more TMZ. I never thought I'd say that. It's like saying, "I should watch more Kardashians" or "My wardrobe needs more pleather." or "I'm really not prancercising enough."

What's prancercise, you ask? Check it out:

You're welcome.

Back to the point: Vitamin K foods
(Info found at this site: Top 10 Foods Highest in VK)

#1: Herbs (Dried and Fresh)
#2: Dark Leafy Greens: Collards, Cress, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Beet Greens, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Radicchio, and Lettuce.
#3: Spring Onions (Scallions)
#4: Brussels Sprouts
#5: Broccoli
#6: Chili Powder, Curry, Paprika, and Cayenne
#7: Asparagus
#8: Cabbage
#9: Pickled Cucumber
#10: Prunes

I eat four of these foods fairly regularly, but I upped my intake of both VK and VD and still didn't notice much of a change in my energy. In fact, it kinda seemed like I had less. (Though, it's likely that it was due to stress from the last month of teaching.)

Here's what I think is going on. I quit drinking caffeine back in February, and then in March I went on vacation and ate TERRIBLY. I gained 5 lbs in March and never was able to lose that weight. That is VERY UNUSUAL for me. I usually kick it into high gear, and lose vacation weight within a couple weeks, if that. This time? Not so much. I think caffeine was that added boost I needed to push through the tiredness to work out harder and more frequently.

Long story short, I'm going back on caffeine to see if it will help me drop the weight.
photo credit:

Also, the Apple gods conspired against me when my myfitnesspal app stopped working for 2 weeks. I tried updating it. Nothing. I tried trashing it and re-downloading it. Still frozen! How does that even happen??? So then I trashed it, waited a week, and tried it again. It worked. Thank you, Apple gods! It's much easier to track my calories with that app.

Now, I'm back in business.

My new goal: Lose 10 lbs by the retreat at the end of July.
Pie in the sky goal: (pecan pie) Lose 20 lbs by the end of July.
Of course it always helps to have a deadline, and this one is very important to me. =)
Wish me luck.
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