March 02, 2013

Morning with my boys

I wanted to sleep in so badly this morning, but I'm just used to being up early (6:00) and I was wide awake, so I just got up. Since Saturday is a rest day, I didn't have to run this morning, but I wanted to get in a little activity on my ActiveLink. I actually convinced my kids to go for a walk at 8:00 this morning, in the freezing cold!

We dressed warm, but I still wasn't expecting it to be quite as cold as it was. When I run, I start to get warmed up pretty quickly, but walking didn't really help. We planned to go all the way around out neighborhood (one mile), but we decided to take a shorter route because it was so cold.

I had plans of taking the kids to the movies, so we walked to the liquor store and I let them pick out candy to bring to the movies, then we walked home. It started snowing pretty hard on the way home, and we even tried catching snowflakes on our tongues (it's harder than I thought).
We stopped for a picture on the way home. When we got back to the house, both of the boys said they liked going for a walk, and wanted to go again after the movies. I told them I'd walk with them anytime! I was really surprised that they enjoyed it--they usually complain about stuff like that.

The movie theater was showing Wreck It Ralph for free, so we went to the 10:00 show. Kids are free, and adults are only $1--a great deal! But naturally, the boys wanted to spend their money on food there, so they got "kid's packs", which was a small box of popcorn, fruit snacks, and a drink. I brought a little baggie of almonds with me to have if I was hungry, and I was glad I brought it, because I was starving when the movie started.

During the movie, I volunteered to go get the kids a refill on their drink--with the intention of getting in some extra activity from all the stairs, because we were sitting at the very top row. The movie was just okay, in my opinion, but the kids loved it.

When we got home, we went over to my mom's house so I could help her upload some pictures. Then we came home and I made lentil chili for dinner. I haven't made this in a while, because I'd kind of forgotten about it, but it's SO good. And it's only 4 PointsPlus per cup! I had a cup and a half, and topped with fat free cheese and sour cream, and the whole bowl was only 8 PP.
I'm going to make that more often, because leftovers make a good lunch, too. Here is the recipe.

I've been eating more than usual this week, because my ActiveLink is giving me more activity points than I normally would have counted. So I'm going to try and eat ALL of them this week just to see what happens with my weight. I've been having a little extra peanut butter on my oatmeal, a little extra wine at night, and an extra snack in the afternoon, usually a Clif bar.

I don't think I'm going to get in all of my activity today for my ActiveLink challenge. It's really hard to be that active! I really have sat down much all day (just at the movies), but I'm only at 70% of my target right now. I don't know how people do it without doing some sort of aerobic activity for at least 30-40 minutes. I do like having that challenge, though, because I'm always looking for ways to get in a little movement (like going down the stairs for refills at the movies--normally, I don't do refills, because I don't want to leave my seat!)


  1. I LOVED Wreck-It Ralph! My parents always get me a movie for my Easter basket [yes, I'm 26 and I still get an Easter basket!] and I'm asking for that! Maybe it's because I grew up playing the kinds of games that were in the movie, and Fix-It Felix reminded me of Captain America, if he were an 80's video game character [and I love Cap], and Jane Lynch cracks me up.

    Also, that chili sounds delish! Definitely will have to try!

  2. Have a good day with trying to stay warm. I made a chicken casserole dish although the chili looks really good and yummy. You just need some corn bread to have a perfect meal,enjoy it.

  3. I loved Wreck It Ralph Too, but I am a fan of video games from back in the day (even if my mom wouldn't let me own a console!). That's a really cool deal the theater does... I don't think any around me do anything near that!

    I used to go on walks with my parents and carried my basketball. I'd then run ahead and play on any hoop I saw... I'd get a good minute in before I was running to catch up with them again!

  4. I love chili because it is so filling and one of the meals my entire family enjoys!

  5. I was thinking about what I could make for dinner and I have everything to make this!!

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  7. Omg, Katie!

    I just found someone selling a Garmin 305 for $100! Is it worth it, should I get it? Eeeek!

    1. I would totally snatch that up at that price!

    2. Thanks for the advice! I sent the guy a message telling him I'll buy it, so I hope it's still available.

      Do you have small wrists? I'm worried it's going to look huge, but I'm willing to live with it if it does.

    3. No, I have pretty big hands, actually! The 305 is definitely a little bulky, but it didn't bother me at all.


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