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Nice weather = walking!

Now that the weather is nicer it is time to get to walking daily. we have ventured out a couple of times but this Michigan weather keeps flip-flopping around on us. Not that it is a shocker, that’s just how things go here in the Mitten. It seems that we are going to have a nice streak of warm weather and given the time of year I am hoping that it doesn’t cool down to much anymore. Starting today Ian and I started our daily walks. We made it just over a mile today. When we were about to start another loop around the subdivision someone revved up his motorcycle as he rode past us. Ian was not a fan of the sound and so it ended our walk. He decided he was done. But for our first official day it was a decent distance. Hoping for double tomorrow at least.

Relaxing in the stroller enjoying some fresh air :)

Relaxing in the stroller enjoying some fresh air 🙂

I’m Back! Here is how week 11 measured up!

Wow, it was strange not writing blogs and reading blogs for a few days. Blogging has become a habit, maybe even a ritual for me. I missed it. I spent the entire weekend painting. When we bought out house every inch of it was brown, every wall, every floor and even the outside is brown (except one bathroom they never bothered painting and the laundry room). The people who built this must have had a brown obsession. The only lived here six months after they built it so they didn’t have a chance to realize that they made a bad choice with all the brown. Upon buying it we knew we didn’t like the brown but would change it over time. We have now rid, 4 bedrooms, the living room, sitting room, kitchen/dining rooms, the upstairs hallway and the foyer of the brown. All that there is left is 2 bathrooms and the carpet. The Carpet guys were supposed to come measure yesterday but did not and will be here tomorrow. Hopefully the new carpet will be in soon! I did not take before pictures just because I was in the let’s do this zone and didn’t think of it but here are the pics I have. The pics are not the best because I am still waiting for Canon to actually do their job.

There you go, that was my weekend in a nutshell. We did also do some shopping around for all mounts for the TV and a new media center. No luck finding what I have in mind. I am very picky I guess. I am hoping to have everything done by the last weekend of the month. I am hosting a jewelry party here and it may be a good thing to not have the house a disastrous mess.

I did well with my food intake over the weekend even with keeping busy. I would have rather had take out all weekend just because it would have been easier. but once I actually made an effort to cook, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was so close to falling into  my old mindset of being busy means that you should just eat what is quickest and came in a take out box. Whew, crisis adverted. I did get a bit of exercise in but not as much as I would have liked. but painting was pretty hard on my hands with the dip in the weather this weekend. My body hates temp changes. Especially when it drops down like it did. I froze my rear off at Emma’s game on Saturday morning. It was so freaking cold! I wish Michigan weather could make up its mind! Anyhow, I rambled off there for a minute. back on topic now. Exercise.  I didn’t put in as much effort as usual. But painting had to be done and it was work so it counts as a bit of my missed workout. All, in all I still was active. The main thing that I was lacking in was my Les Mills Pump. I missed one session of Extreme. Just did a quick Challenge session instead. I skipped Flow, but no biggie, it’s just a 20  minute yoga workout. All in all I think I could have done worse so I am okay with it.  Got back to it full force yesterday.

I suppose you all want to know how I fared with week eleven, here are my stats for the week:

  • Chest: 32 inches  (- 1.5 inches)
  • R Arm: 12 inches  (- 0 inches)
  • L  Arm: 11.5 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Waist: 32 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Hips: 41 inches (- 0 inches)
  • R Thigh: 24.5 inches (- 0 inches)
  • L Thigh: 24.5 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Weight: 171 pounds (-0 pounds)
  • Pant Size: 12
  • BMI: 29.5

Minus 1.5 inches this week. Not too shabby. I would still really love to see the scale start moving though.

If There Were Healthy Delivery Options, I’d be in Heaven

As I whined about earlier, I don’t feel well. After a day of rest my stomach is okay, but the ear and throat.. Nope. So, now I am hungry and need to be feed, and the kid (who now says she doesn’t feel well) needs to be feed in an hour. I don’t want to cook. I really just started sitting up. So who is coming over and cooking for me?? It was worth a try right? 🙂 I am craving a Vernors right now, first time in months that I have actually wanted soda. Must be because I am sick and here in Michigan we grew up being given Vernors when sick. It’s a Midwest thing. I am not working out today, no way!


On another note, I did register myself for The Color Run 5k yesterday. So that is done and I am officially committed to run my first 5k. Oh my. I better get on the C25K  program so I don’t kill myself! Two of my team members signed up but no one else, so I am hoping they get on it soon so they have a slot. Hint* Hint* People.  I am making tutu’s for the run too so that should be a fun and crafty activity for me to do. I have not crafted in ages, I have been thinking I’d get back into it, for the sake of having a hobby other than fitness and finding the lowest calorie way to make foods I love so I can eat them and blogging about it.  I think I’ll learn how to cross stitch and make inappropriate samplers. It would be funny and I would feel like less of an old lady while doing it. I have mentioned it to some friends and we are thinking of having adult cross stitching nights. Should be fun. I think my first one will sat ” I LOVE then the silhouette of a rooster below that. Get it? hehehe




Gearing up to paint the town, I mean, paint myself, RAINBOW!

I have never been one to run but I figure I would give it a try. I know quite a few people who have been taking up running and getting into many local events. But it all just seems to bore me. I have felt that if I wanted to run or jog in a straight line for freaking ever I could do that on my treadmill. But then again, I get bored so the treadmill never gets much use. I need something new and exciting to draw me in. I have the attention span of a 6-year-old when it comes to straight cardio. That is why I fare better with aerobics or dancing. Less of the same thing for 30 to 60 minutes. I like having different movements and routines. I like for there to be more of an element of fun. Wow I am picky and demanding. But hey, I know what I like and I have been getting in all my workouts so at least I have found a way to make this fitness thing work for me.

Now onto the 5k, this will be my first. I am actually excited for it. Registration is next week on 4/9, the race is on 8/5. and I have already found plenty of first time runners to form a team with me. So I won’t be the only 5k virgin in the group. This is The 2012 Color Run. I am doing the Ann Arbor, MI one. So basically this is what it is. You wear lots of white and start the race looking crisp and pristine. Each kilometer of the run is assigned a different color and there are color zones at the end of each. When you hit the color zone you get doused in a color and you get a new color each kilometer so you end up going from white to having five different colors all over you by the end. This is more of a fun run than a race which I like. Low pressure, so that is good for me being a first timer and it is not timed so no need to rush if I feel a bit winded.

I guess I better start the Couch to 5k program and use that in place of my aerobics for cardio a couple of days a week. I know I will not go balls to the wall with training for this but maybe I can build up a bit of endurance in preparation. Plus I know doing some actual walking, jogging and running would be really good for me seeing I never really do it. Maybe while I am on the treadmill I can think of a name for my team.  and do we want to wear tutus? Rainbow colored ones?

I am glad that I started Les Mills Pump, without it I wouldn’t have even thought to participate in an event like this. I better go switch my laundry so I have some shiny clean workout clothes and then get onto my first go at Pump Revolution.

Anyhow if anyone is a runner or just has tips to share with me leave me a comment. I am new to this whole thing so any words from all you experienced or semi-experienced runners would be great! Have a great day everyone.

It is so very nice out and….

I have been stuck inside, sick. So, I figured out what made me so down and whiny and workouts far more exhausting, I was sick! After my Tuesday workout I had zero energy, but did not think much of it. a few moments later I was putting something away and saw the thermometer and decided to randomly take my temp.. It was over 102!  I still went and got my chicken wings though 🙂 Yesterday I still had a fever over 102 so decided to skip the workout and sleep all day.  But it was the first day with 70 degree weather here in Michigan so I was unhappy to be sick. Today I still have a fever but it is manageable, I am thinking I should go for a walk or do something else low impact. It is almost 80 degrees today! I feel like I am wasting it because soon it will snow or something. It is Michigan and that is how it works around here! Plus I really do not want to miss a second day of exercise.


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