Thursday, October 28, 2010

I went to the gym last night

I did! I didn't do a huge workout, but I went!

I actually only went on the elliptical for about 15 minutes. One mile. 160 calories.

I came home with jello for legs and I was really hyper! That lasted about 1-1/2 hours. lol. I showered and felt really, really good.

I realize I am totally out of shape. Walking with the cross country team didn't fix me. But I have a new goal, which I'll share later. And I need to call tomorrow and set up training with a new trainer.

Baby is calling.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


We picked up Runner Girl's orthotics on Monday. They are helping some with her feet and knees, but not entirely. We go in for another evaluation in 3 weeks to see what the doc thinks, but we are pretty sure we are doing surgery in December.

He will put in an implant to help her arch, lift the arch, and take out the extra bone in each foot.

She will be in casts for 4 weeks then in post-surgical shoes for a week or two, and then back to regular shoes with orthotics thereafter.

This does mess with her drama plans because the play is in February and she is not allowed to run or jump for 8 weeks after the surgery. Oh well. Her teacher is coming up with something for her to do instead of all the dancing and stomping the pirates will be doing.

She will be able to start training for cross country again in March, so that's a good thing.

My goal is to be down by 30 pounds or so before she's ready to start training again, so I can run too.

Aside from the medical stuff, we have financial stuff and baby stuff and sick stuff going on. But it's not pretty or pleasant, and that's all I'm going to say about it.

Much love.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The end of the season

I can't even believe it, but cross country is just about over for the year. It's a short season and the charter school league? is small, so regionals were last week and state is this week.

Sadly, Runner Girl woke up Thursday morning with a bad sore throat and said, "Mom, I think I have strep ..." She's had it before, so off to the doctor we went for confirmation and a prescription. Yes indeed, she had strep. We couldn't go to regionals, which was supposed to be her last race. We were both majorly bummed. We will continue training at least on the weekends once she has her orthotics to help prevent further injury.

We are still working on ironing out the best time/routine for me to hit the gym every day, and since the gym here has limited hours, it's going to be either really early or ... not at all. sad. hoping i get there today sometime!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Daughter, My Hero

Runner Girl had another race last Thursday. I've been a tad emotional about it and it took a while to be able to write about what happened.

The whole family had a really hard day and Runner Girl and I fought in the morning and then on the way to the race. The Rock and I had a little tiff before I picked her up from school, so I'm sure that didn't help things. And before we left for the race, I had to have SEPs with her teacher and found out she's just not turning things in and is failing her easiest class right now. So all of that made the second fight with her pretty bad and I nearly turned around and went home. She didn't want that, so she calmed down and so did I, and off we went.

We got there a little early and the kids played at the park until it was time to start. Runner Girl chased Little Mister around and helped him up the slide and stuff, so when her time came to race, she said she was too tired. I told her to pack up and let's leave then, I'd tell the coach. She got ticked off and went to the start line. Girls! Grah!

So she ran by me about 7 minutes into it, and was about to cry. I went with her. "My arches went *rude noise*," she said. I asked if she was hurting and she nodded and cried. "Do you want to stop?" "No, I want to keep going, but I hurt!" "Okay, just walk if you need to." She nodded and kept going.

When the coach saw her slow down about a minute later, she told Runner Girl to keep running. I went over and told her what was going on. She felt bad. Then we waited around at a tunnel the kids had to run through twice. All the other girls came through except Runner Girl, so the babies and I went walking. The other coach was at the other end of the tunnel, so we waited with her and chatted a bit. We finally saw her bright red shorts in the distance and, pretty soon, we could see her blonde hair flopping with every step. Two of the boys on the team had walked back through the tunnel with me and the babies, and when she got to us, they started running with her again. We were about 3/4 mile from the finish line.

They ran the entire rest of the race with her.

About 1/4 mile from the finish line, four other boys from our team joined her, and they all ran to the end with her. Tears came to my eyes as her escorts encouraged and pushed her harder. She finished, in pain, only 2 minutes slower than her best time.

About 1/8 mile from the end, I had noticed her speed picked up drastically. When we talked on the way home, I asked if she was afraid they were going to kiss her. She laughed and said, "NO! They all pretended that they were the devil and that he was going to kill me!" *snort* Now I know how to motivate her, I guess.

The strength of character she shows in pursuing her goal of finishing every race is remarkable. The other parents are impressed with her, but I admire her more than anyone. She has proven to me that she can do anything, and I bet I can too if I set my mind and heart on it. Her willingness and desire to continue are making me take a look at myself and my own goals, reevaluating what I can and will do for my own health from here on out.

In addition to that, those boys who ran with her will forever have my gratitude for helping her finish her goal. That makes me want to get healthier too, so I can really help train with the team next year.

Regionals are tomorrow, same park and same track they ran last Thursday. I am crossing my fingers she is not in as much pain and can finish and maybe even beat her best time.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Today, I am Thankful For ...

Car seats, seat belts, good brakes, and the reaffirmation that the Lord loves us and is watching over us. And no matter how bad things are, they could be much worse ...

The littles and I did not have a very good day. From start to finish, it has been difficult. Partly because Bitty is teething, Little Mister is two, and I was in a rotten mood due to some rather distressing financial news I got yesterday. I've actually been fairly depressed all day and not coping well with much of anything.

DisGrace came to the rescue and picked up Runner Girl from her practice today and, when she dropped off Runner Girl, she dropped off KC too. KC is my fabulous almost 15-year-old niece. She was supposed to be babysitting, but fell asleep on the recliner. For a few minutes. Then I was mean and made her wake up and take the baby so I could get Little Mister some food. Then we all piled in the car and took Runner Girl back to the school for a carb-loading party that the coaches threw for the kids. Regionals are Thursday and carb-loading is most effective 48 hours before a race, apparently.

Bitty didn't want to sleep and Little Mister didn't either, so we hung out at the apartment until time to get Runner Girl. All was well until we turned left on our green arrow and accelerated to the speed limit, which was only 35 mph. A car that had been in front of us moved into the right hand lane and turned right at the first street, blocking the view of someone at that stop sign waiting to turn left. They pulled out right in front of me.

I didn't panic. I heard the words, "Hit the brakes and lay on the horn!" and did just that. The brakes squealed, the car slid a little, but we managed to stop about 2 feet from the driver's door. They stopped as well and we sat there for a moment with brake dust illuminated in headlights and everyone in my car freaking out except Little Mister, who declared, "Fun! AGAIN!!"

We maneuvered around their vehicle and went on our way, with my stomach in knots. What if I hadn't been able to stop the car? Not only would my three babies have probably been injured, but my sweet niece, too! What if there had been another vehicle behind me, as is usually the case in that intersection? They definitely would have hit me, forcing me into the other car, and all of us would have been hurt, maybe killed.

We traveled about 1/2 mile when I asked Runner Girl to lead us in a prayer of thanks. She did, and two more thoughts came to my mind. One, the Lord loves us and was watching over us and again blessed us because we paid our tithing. Two, He doesn't want me dead yet.

We dropped off KC and came home, and I put my babies to bed, snuggling them a little longer and a little less resentfully than I had all day. I'm so thankful we are safe and sound at home now. And I get to go have a bubble bath and cry.

Thank you for reading. Be on the lookout for a post tomorrow about last week's second race!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

oooo, Free contacts?

Got this email from Kaje yesterday and forgot to repost. But hey, free contacts!!

Hello my friends who actually post on their blogs...

my husband's work giving away free contacts for life to one lucky winner a day! If people sign up under the link below, Matt wins an ipad, (if he gets the most referrals). We're hoping that by offering an additional $25 gift card along with the chance of winning free contacts for life, we'll get more people to sign up! If any of you wouldn't mind posting the below on your blog, that would be awesome.


1-800-CONTACTS is giving away free contacts for life when you enter
their sweepstakes, and there's
a new winner every day! No purchase necessary, no gimmicks, just free
contacts. Contest ends Wed, Oct 6th.

Even if you don't wear contacts you can still enter the sweepstakes.
Choose the FreshLook Colorblends with a power of 0.00. (This is just a
colored eye accessory but doesn't affect your vision.)

Matt will be giving away a $25 amazon gift card if you enter using his
link and send it around to 4 of your friends and include him on the

For the Contacts:

•Enter the 1-800-CONTACTS sweepstakes and leave a
comment on this post saying you did! (Don't forget to include your
email address.)

For the Gift Card:

•Send an email to four friends telling them about the
sweepstakes/giveaway, with a link back to this post, and copy Matt on
the email. {} Then leave a comment on this post saying
you did.