Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rat 12-29-11

I am reporting for (probably) the last Rat of the year.

I ran a 5K, The Jingle Jog, on December 3rd.  In 34:16 (officially, even though my watch read 34:00).  I was 264/454 entrants, and 25/51 of my age bracket.  I got a t-shirt.  :)  I walked for 30 seconds up the very top of the last hill.  I was a little disappointed in that, but I know it's because I went out a little fast.  There were so many kids and slow people, I wanted to get past them and not run them over...and I think I held on to it a little too long...  BUT I did shave more than 30-60 seconds off my pace in every mile.  Not bad for a first time.  I am pleased overall with my performance.

I have lost a full 26 lbs, even with a little holiday weight flux.  I ate Thanksgiving and Christmas in my goal jeans and they are loose now too.  I am about 3 pounds from my tertiary weight-loss goal.  I doubt I'll see than in the next 3 days...but as I am changing my life and not my pants size, I anticipate accomplishing that before the end of deer season, or mid-January if you do not divvy up your life around such things.  :) has record of my choices for 203 days.  Keeping honest with yourself is particularly effective.  No little lies adding up to pounds.

I am now running consistently 3-5.5 miles each time I go out, which is about 3 times a week.  I hope to increase that this year.  Especially as I signed back up to lead the Running Without Weariness Bible Study class at our church again.  I am toying with running a half-marathon this year...we shall see, I guess... I had hoped to do a sprint triathlon, but found that the one I was looking at, banned iPods or other music devices.  I am not sure if I can run without music.  Seriously.

I am holding well with cooking.  As Charlotte has added preservatives to the allergy list, that has caused even more scratch cooking...  It has been such a consistent change that I felt heavy and not myself after even well-earned indulgences.  There has also been significantly less illness in our family since the eating overhaul.  I am sure this is thanks in part to a warmer season, but I am sure, also, that it is supported and strengthened by our increase in veggies and decrease in sugar.

I am adding other workouts back in about once or twice a week, and am pleased to find that my endurance has increased.  We are considering adding the YMCA back to the activity docket for this new year...for Elise primarily, but it will benefit everyone. 

Amelia has been funny, we've been very careful not to harp on weight-loss for skinny-ness sake, we've been very clear that it is for health and life choices.  We mentioned at one point that we work out so we can have the snacks that we want.  Now she has taken this an extrapolated on it:

A:  May I have a snack?
Me:  No, we'll eat in a bit
A:  May I have a snack if I am healthy and workout?  I'll run in the yard.  Then may I have a snack?
Me:  A tiny one, go have fun.

I am feeling pretty successful this year.  For myself and my family.  I hope you look over your year with as much pleasure.  Really.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Musical Monday: Away in a Manger

This is the coolest post on Charlotte and music.  Charlotte is a whopping 2 and 1/2.  She totally gets Christmas.  On Thursday, our elves brought a picture book about Jesus' birth.  And on Friday we were driving and listening to the All-Christmas-Music-All-the-Time radio station.  And she pipes up from the back seat, "Hey, it's Baby Jesus!!"

We were driving looking at Christmas lights last night and again from the back seat, I hear, "It's beautiful!  Like Angels!  For Baby Jesus!!  And his mama and daddy and his cow and sheep and donkey..."

I cannot tell you how much this touches me...and makes my heart full to bursting....

Happy Advent Season!!