December 27, 2012

Too much candy

One week from this moment, I'll be in Miami, hanging out with my Ragnar Relay team, getting ready to toe the starting line the following morning. I cannot believe a year has passed since this whole idea came about! The year has passed so quickly, but this week is going to pass very slowly, because I'm just so excited.

A few people have asked me what I got Jerry for Christmas--when I wrote that I couldn't say what it was, it was just because Jerry might read it before Christmas. His present wasn't a big deal at all! The boys helped me pick it out--we got him some fleece pajama pants, slippers, a coffee mug, a hoodie, and a Star Wars game for the Kinect. Jerry got me pajamas (with cats on them), perfume, and an outfit from Victoria's Secret ("real" clothes and not lingerie, haha). Moving on...

This morning, I let the boys sleep in a bit, even though they had their winter break camp today. Usually, they're up bright and early, but yesterday's camp wore them out--and they slept in until a little after 8:00. I quickly got them ready and drove them to camp.

I had plans to meet Stacie tonight at Panera, but since I had the whole day free, I sent her a text to see if she wanted to meet this morning instead. She said 10:00 would be good, so I went to Dunham's and Hobby Lobby to kill some time. I was hoping Dunham's would have some good sales on Under Armour stuff, being post-Christmas, but nothing was on sale, so I didn't buy anything.

At Hobby Lobby, I bought the final things I needed to finish up a couple of the Virtual 5K prizes. I'd like to get all of those done and ready before I leave for Florida. Then I went and met Stacie at Panera. I just got a decaf coffee, and we ended up chatting for an hour and a half.

When I got home, I wanted to get my run done before eating lunch. We got a ton of snow yesterday, and today it's melting, so the streets are covered in slush. I love to run on snow, but slush is awful--it gets my shoes and socks soaked, and I get dirty water splashed all over me. I was scheduled for a tempo run (faster than usual), and I knew it would be even harder to do that in the slush, so I opted for the treadmill.

I set the speed at 7.2 mph and tried to focus on Bones (I set up my computer to play it on Netflix while I ran). I need to find a more exciting show to watch while I run on the treadmill! I just kept looking at the timer, and spent the entire run waiting for it to be over. When I finished mile 3, I bumped up the speed, and then bumped it up every quarter-mile until the last quarter, when I just kept increasing to get it done.

I'm debating what I'm going to do for tomorrow's long run. I was planning to run 13 miles, but I really don't want to do it on the treadmill! I could just run eight miles, and call it "tapering" for Ragnar ;) (There is no need for me to taper for this race). The most I've ever run on the treadmill is 12 miles, so maybe I'll do a half-marathon just to say I did.

I would like to run the full 13 miles, because of all the activity PointsPlus I'll earn. My friend Sarah (from Arizona) and her husband Ne are coming over tomorrow, and I know I'll be drinking a few glasses of wine while we play Euchre. I'm going to stay away from the Doritos that always end up here when Jerry and Ne get together, though!

Over the past few days, I've been eating too much candy. I've been counting the PointsPlus for it, but I knew I shouldn't be eating that much crap. I took a few little chunks of the kids' Hershey bars. Yesterday, we had to go to my parents' house to feed their cat (they were in Florida for a couple of days, came home tonight), and I took some stuff from their junk food drawer--a handful of Reese's Pieces, a handful of Coffee Crisp bites, and a truffle. I logged it when I got home, and I'd wasted a lot of points on what seemed like nothing while I was eating it.

So today, I vowed that I wasn't going to touch the kids' candy, or my parents junk drawer when I fed their cat. After I picked the kids up from their camp, we got an ice cream cone from McDonald's before going to my parents' house. That way I wouldn't be so tempted by the candy. And thankfully, I managed not to eat anything while I was there!

I have no pictures to go along with today's post... but here is a picture I took of Estelle today. She's never cuddly, but surprisingly, she sat on my lap and let me pet her...


  1. I'm so excited for you that you will be doing the Ragner in just one week! I've enjoyed reading about the team all this time. I can't wait to hear about the race!

  2. My cat has been unusually cuddly the past week, although I think it's because it's been REALLY cold...the power was even out for almost two days after a (very rare) snowstorm, and I think the only thing that really warms her up is body heat.

    Have you ever watched Justified? I LOVE that show. Great story, and Timothy Olyphant isn't bad to stare at for an hour. ;)

  3. I got into the Starburst bag at school when I was rewarding my students and dang that added up to a lot of points! Whenever my hand gravitates toward the candy I try to remind myself of all the other stuff I could eat with all those points!

  4. Wow, doing that many miles on the treadmill really sounds like a drag! Better than freezing feet though!

  5. My husband took our girls to pick out my Christmas present &I got new pajamas (with reindeer on them) & books. I think that stuff is the best!!
    I've been sick over Christmas & haven't run in over 2 weeks now. Hope I can do it again!

  6. Whenever I run on the treadmill and watch TV it is usually like TruTV or real life crime shows, I guess the craziness of that distracts me.

  7. Jersey Shore keeps me entertained while I'm on the treadmill at the gym! LOL!

  8. Grr. I am having trouble making comments on your posts, and it is frustrating me to no end! LOL.

  9. i've been meaning to ask you. what kind of treadmill do you have? i want to get a good one but not spend a whole lot of money since i run at the gym most of the time-but with four kids it's hard at times to get there as often as i'd like. thanks for the info. love your blog and you're an inspiration!

  10. If you don't mind vampire shows, The Vampire Diaries is a good captivating show. Netflix has three seasons up, it's an addicting show!

  11. Just want to say congrats on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

  12. You have gotten so speedy! Wish I could run a Ragnar with you...maybe next year?!! lol


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