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Birthdays and Beginnings

3.12.17

Mommie Dommie Birthday Pics
Miss Shannan and Cyclone Kid Birthday Month 2017
March is “Birthday Month” at our house. Cyclone Kid turned 9 at the beginning of the month. I’ll hit 44 at the tail end of March. A month of celebrations and a month of “annual check-ups,” as well.
Physicals for both of us, and I learned few things. We’re both happy. We’re both healthy. But, we’re both a little “heavy.”
Even though Cyclone Kid and I are active people, we weren’t active enough to stave off the winter weight gain. As the mom, I let us slip and now we’ve got some ground to make up to get our Body Mass Index in check and get back into shape.
Goals are great. Realistic goals are better. Over the next 6 months I have two weight-related goals for us:
  • For Cyclone Kid: Keep him at his current weight, so he can “Grow Into It.”
  • For Me: Lose 8 pounds and gain muscle.
I’m not telling him he’s on “diet,” or that he needs to lose weight. I’m not making a big deal about using the word “exercise.” For the next six months, I’ll find new, fun ways that we can be more active and get in better shape.
Remember, I said, HE’S HAPPY. My main concern is to keep him that way. Happy. Healthy. Confident. Just a little less “heavy.”
It will be an interesting adventure.
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TINY TALES OF AUTISM – HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES

It is 11:00 pm and I’m baking cookies right now. Not fancy cookies. They do have chocolate chips in them, but that doesn’t count as fancy in these days of “foodie” ingredients like “truffle infused rose hips,” or “artisan crumbles featuring dribbles of lavender oil” or “pomegranate compote with a semi-sweet seaweed foam glaze.”

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The chips are plain chocolate. Milk chocolate, according the package. I didn’t make the chips, which already makes me a terrible person, but nobody is perfect.

I have 8 – 10 minutes to explain why I bake cookies. Cyclone Kid is sleeping upstairs. I wanted snacks, pie in particular, but we don’t have anything like that in our house.

The last time I went on a diet, years ago, I resolved that food was supposed to be work and that work takes time. The fact that our busy lives have made it so that we no longer have time to eat anything that is not instantaneous, was making me fat and impatient. So the first step I took was that I stopped buying pre-made and pre-package desserts.

We all know that food isn’t supposed to just “happen” all the time. Science is awesome and has given us some amazing products that just pop into existence like you’re strolling through “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.” But, we come from hunters and gathers and cavemen. None of them had microwave, gas station burritos.

I’m not some anarchist who thinks all food should be raw, or stuff should be made only with the recipes they used back in Biblical times. But, I did promise myself that if I wanted a darn cookie, I had to want it enough to:

Preheat the oven,
Walk over to the freezer,
Get out the package of cookie dough,
Open up the package,
Grab a cookie sheet,
Put the lovely balls of dough on the sheet,
Arrange them 2″ apart
Slide the dough balls into the now pre-heated oven…

And then, most importantly, wait...

Wait for just a little while. Long enough to clean a few dishes. To sing an old song that just popped into my head. Sometimes I end up waiting so long that I decide that I don’t want cookies at all and that I should take them to work the next day, instead.

At times, I wait long enough to stand there, breathing, while I stare at the the wall. For 8 -10 minutes.

There goes the timer. It flies by. The waiting worked out fine. Now it’s time to let things cool off.

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WE GOT LUCKY FOR THE GET LUCKY 7K – MAMAVATION POST

Today we’re getting more snow. That fact is about enough to make me pull my hair out, but I’m thankful that the snow demons held off until today. Their snowy tardiness meant that the weather was still wonderful for last Saturday’s Get Lucky 7k race.
My good friend, Nicole, and I signed up for this race months ago, forgetting the unpredictability of Minnesota weather. At least the snow-mathon that has been this winter let up long enough for us to have a great race.
We finished in just under an hour, which isn’t record breaking we know, but it stills feels great to be able to say “we finished.”

Now I’m talking her into doing the Minneapolis Marathon with me as a relay. I’m hoping that my powers of persuasion will be strong enough. I might have to use the “Jedi Mind Trick” but if we can get a team of four of us together, we can break that race down to about six miles a piece. Sizeable chunk, I know, but I promised her that she won’t die during the race 🙂

In the meantime, back to shoveling snow around here and back to the treadmill till the roads clear. Keep it frosty.
 
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MAMAVATION MONDAY – MY FEET WILL THANK ME FOR IT

Today I had to make a very difficult decision. It’s Black Monday. I was all geeked up to go online and but these awesome furry boots. They are adorable. I would look AMAZING in them. Buying them is stimulating the economy, right??? But, I’m also on a budget.

Instead of feeding my shoe fetish, I came to my senses and registered for the Team Ortho Get Lucky 7K that happens in March. I’ve only got so much money and I couldn’t do both. I hope the boots find a good home with some other fashionista.
At least, this way the money goes to a good cause. The race is organized by Team Ortho and they work to improve and enhance the lives of orthopaedic patients by supporting research, education, and advancements in orthopaedic technology. They also promote good muscular, skeletal, and joint health by encouraging an active lifestyle. The shoe store only promotes its awesome collections of furry leather-clad pieces of heaven.
And I’ll get this awesome sweatshirt for finishing the race in March, so my closet won’t go totally unfifilled.

Also, this week I changed my SparkPeople account to tighten up my calorie count a bit. I’ve let the holidays get to me and the added discipline will do me good. I’ve still got a pound to loose of the 2 pound gain that I picked up pre-Thanksgiving, so while I’m at it, I’ve decided to try and 5 pounds all together to give myself some added breathing room.

I feel much more at peace with my decision to pay for the race instead of the shoes. Those furry boots probably would have hurt my feet anyway.

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MAMAVATION – FEELING ANXIOUS? EXERCISE MIGHT BE YOUR ANSWER!

I’ve been super busy lately. Comedy shows, big projects at the radio station, a pushy 2 year-old that is going through a non-sleeping phase. Lions, and Tigers, and Bear’s oh my… It was definitely a struggle to get to the gym and stay motivated. With all the crap going on, my stress level is through the roof. It sucks: laying awake at night worrying about crap that I can’t do anything about at 3:00 am any way. What the heck???

Of course at busy times it’s easy to default to sitting on the sofa, eating tasty snacks and staring at the TV. But I’ve got a good reason for you to get up and get moving instead.

In the March/April issue of the American Council on Exercise’s magazine, Fitness Matters, they talk about a study conducted by the researchers at Princeton University. Of course the study was on rats and basically they studied two groups: one that they stressed out for three to six weeks and another group that still was stressed out, but also had the chancee to run everyday.

During the study those industrious little Princeton researchers found that the group of rats that ran for six weeks showed less stress-induced anxiety than the non-running rats. And they say that moderate exercise appears to have the same effect on humans. The researchers aren’t sure if we humans need more or less exercise than our rodent-like brethren, but they do say “don’t quit.” We may not feel the “magical reduction of stress” right away, but they are sure they will come.

So next week is guaranteed to be just as busy for me at work as ever, but I’ve already built in some time to workout, including chatting up my boss so I can come in a little later on a couple of days. That way I have time to get my run in before work. Only nine more weeks till race time, so I need to stay on my game.

And I’m going to keep researching some healthy but tasty recipes. I tried to the Minnesotan custom of making dessert “bars” this weekend with no recipe and the experiment failed miserably. ABSOLUTE DISASTER. So here is the “re-do” and recipe so you guys can do better than I did.


Raspberry Bars Recipe – ACE Healthy Recipes – American Council on Exercise

Also make sure you keep up on the Mamavation Sistahood. Our “Queen” is picking two new Mamavation Moms who are willing to share their weightloss journeys with us. The finalists have been picked and you can vote for you favorite here. The Mamavation Moms selected get some great gifts for our sponsors like EA Sports Active and Earth Footwear.

Hope you have a Anxiety Free week everyone. Keep it moving folks. If a rat can do it, you know you can do it too.

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Mamavation Monday – Not Running on Empty

What a crazy week. Crazy, but in a good way. I had some successes at work, some successes on the comedy stage and some successes in health.
What I’ve focused on over the last two weeks is my attitude. I’m changing my thought process to focus on Positives rather than Negatives. No more “Oh No, How and I going to run this race,” to “I can’t wait to run this race.”

I think that the attitude change has really helped me feel more at piece in a lot of areas in my life and taken a way some of the anxiety that was making me dread my workouts instead of enjoy them like I used to. Also, I’ve lost another 3 pounds with was my primary goal, but has been a welcome bi-product of me healthy diet and exercise program.

This week, I’m continuing my workout routine. I plan to log 12 miles of running this week, plus at least 2 days of strength training and 2 days of yoga. I’m using some Nutrition Tips I found in this months edition of Fitness Magazine to tweak my diet. Their recommendations include a daily diet that is about 60 percent carbs, 20 percent from lean proteins, and 20 percent from fat. Here’s the link to what the Fitness Magazine dietician and director of Nutrition Energy in New York City, Lauren Antonucci, RD, recommends. Smart Nutrition Tips for Runners
If everything goes well the rest of March, I should be in a good position to really kick the final eight weeks of training before I hit race day in June. One of my Mamavation Sistas told me I should definitely put in the training before I run this Half Marathon. I plan to take her advice. I’m sure my body will appreciate it.
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MAMAVATION MONDAY: TREADMILL, THOU SHALT NOT TREAD ON ME!!!

As a long time Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan, of course I’ve dreamed of fighting Dragons and warding off alien invaders. In my head, I’m an awesome warrior princess, like Xena, but with cuter shoes. In Fantasyland, I’m an expert marksman, a master swordsman, and fluent in the Martial Arts. I’m one bad momma.

But in real life I’m having trouble overcoming my own inner struggles. How am I to defeat hordes of demons, if I can’t even defeat my inner demons long enough to train for a Marathon?
And it’s not even the full Marathon. It’s just a Half Marathon, part of the Team Ortho Minneapolis Marathon happening June 6th, 2010. When I registered for it last year, it seemed like a great idea. Something exercise related that I could train for in my own time, around my busy work and family schedule. It seemed like an accomplishment that I could be proud of. Something I could knock off my “Bucket List.” It seemed like a LONG time away.
It’s not. “104 days, until the Start!” Yesterday when I checked the website for the Minneapolis Marathon, that’s what I saw. And panic started to set in.
I thought by now, I’d like running more, but it’s still a drag. It’s been really hard for me to motivate myself to hit the treadmill. Last week was the first time, since signing up for the race, that I didn’t run at all. I thought about going. I PLANNED on going, but then when the time came, I never did it. I let the excuses stack up: I’ve been busy at work. Had lots of comedy shows. Needed to spend more time with my husband and toddler. I was tired. It’s been too cold. Blah. Blah Blah.
This week, I’m going to get myself back on track. I’m committing to logging at least 12 miles this week. Plus I’m going to continue my cross-training with my Kettleworx and weight training at least 2 days this week. I also asked some friends who run a lot more than I do for some tips on beating the treadmill boredom, so I’m going to try their suggestions and really work on my attitude about running. As additional motivation, I taped my Registration Confirmation card to my screen at work, to help keep training top of mind.
My diet has been a little carb heavy lately, so I’m switching it around to include more protein and upping my hydration goals to at least 80 ounces of water a day.
I’m sure Xena could run a marathon, so I’m determined to finish this race. I got to be in shape if I’m going to protect my kingdom, evil hordes have a lot of energy. If you hear the yell of a Warrior Princess coming from the treadmills, it’s probably me.