Friday, November 30, 2012

So Much for the Mommy Gene...

I just re-posted this on facebook because it is completely accurate in my brain. much for that Mommy gene...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Mommy Gene

First of all, I just did my measurements and am down 4 1/2 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my thighs and an inch from my arms. One of my fave bloggers, Swim Bike Mom tends to discuss her "butt pudding". I have arm pudding which basically means, I have fat arms. I hate my fat arms. I'm pumped to be making progress. Unfortunately I'm a terrible weight loser and forget to record minute details like the date of said measurements. I guess it doesn't really matter how long it's taken to make that kind of progress, only that I'm making progress right?

But now, back to the point. I apparently have a Mommy Gene. I know this because it was confirmed by a real live Mommy today. Last night I came home from work and almost gagged because of the smell. I assumed this meant my dog had had an oopsie in her crate. I walked over there and the smell was certainly strong but there didn't seem to be anything in the crate. Long story short, over the next hour she ended up vomiting 3 times. To the emergency vet we went! Turns out she has an intestinal bacterial overgrowth infection called clostridium. It luckily isn't the same strand that causes tetanus or botulism and is easily (ish) treated. That meant last night was spent feeding her pedialyte through a syringe every 15 minutes for 12 hours. That meant no sleep. So as a good Mommy would do, I stayed up. All. Night. Long. I watched tv, I read blogs, I did everything aside from folding laundry because even with 12 hours to kill I don't like doing that. (Not so Mommy-ish now huh?). In addition to being a good Mommy, I was also a good blogger. See photos below:

My sick little girl

A bowl and syringe full of pedialyte

Sleeping in front of her space heater

A page full of instructions

This little guy hung out with me all night

I'm happy to report that pup is doing much better today and hasn't had any further intestinal issues. In fact, she's begging for food right now. Staying up all night made for a really rough day today but it was worth it and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Apparently, caring like that is exactly what The Mommy Gene is all about.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Um, Winning!

I've scored a couple of major wins lately. Not sure why I haven't been sharing them! There has been a bit of turmoil in my real life and I'm hoping to have a life changing (sounds dramatic, but it's true!) decision handed down by the end of this week so that will relieve some stress and tension regardless of the outcome.

But anyway, back to winning.

First of all, my workouts have been on point this whole month. I mean, consistent yet varying the actual activity which has bad me feel Bad. Ass. There has been a lot of running, a lot more than usual but that's all thanks to that little Half Marathon coming up. And thanks to acupuncture I'm actually running relatively pain free! I'm not cured by any means but the improvement is incredible which also may be due to the weight training and variety but who can really tell for sure?

Next, I only need to lose 4-5 more lbs by the end of the year to reach my amended goal! I don't know if I ever officially announced my initial ridiculous weight loss goal. I decided I was going to lose 60 90 days. So once I smartened up a bit I changed it in January/February ish to 40 lbs by the end of the year. At that point I had been losing for a little bit but it was pretty slowly, even for just starting out. But I've kept at it and wouldn't you know it, I'm down 35! And that's a solid 35 which means it's gone away and never come back which is awesome. I've had some haters but I'm not letting that get me down.

My final win is a bit of a secret. So all I'm going to say is that it's a ballsy move and I haven't made one of those in quite a while. It's a revival of a project I started working on last year and it involves lots and lots of clothes. Some of you are probably aware of what the project is and if so, don't tell! But I'm excited about it. Majorly excited!

So all in all, November has been a pretty good month. I even had an almost completely meat-free Thanksgiving and for that I'm very proud of my family. My mom put sausage in her signature stuffing but that's it. And I hate stuffing! So it was easy on me and I'm proud of her for eating acorn squash for the first time as a main course. In closing, take a look-see at my training log for the month! Nothing about the distance or time is impressive, but the consistency is!

I couldn't format the header line correctly so from left to right: Date, Activity, Description, Miles, Time, Pace, Calories










































































































































Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scrooge is a 24 Year Old Woman

Let's play the honest game. Honestly, I don't like holidays. The only thing I like about holidays is that I don't have to work. I am a creature of habit and my biggest flaw is likely that I'm inflexible.  I really don't like anything that disrupts my routine and holidays are the biggest disrupters of all! There's no mail, stores are closed, my eating schedule is altered, sometimes the gym is closed, sometimes the outdoor running paths are busy, I decide to take naps. In general, things get weird. It's also safe to say that I have food issues. Not like eating disorder issues, just general issues. First of all, I don't eat meat (obviously) so days when we celebrate the mass slaughter of indigenous peoples with the mass slaughter of genetically altered turkeys aren't really my idea of fun. Secondly, I don't like to overeat. Especially not now that I've gotten things under control more with my weight more or less. Something about holidays encourage people to push food into your face at all times and I hate that. If you've read my tagline you also know that I'm a honey-eating vegan. I'm not a vegan. I consume a lot of honey and occasionally cheese. But I don't eat eggs which means I also don't bake with eggs. Holidays are full of baked goods which are then pushed into your face and I have to say "No thank you" which leads to questions and I either have to explain that I'm watching my weight (which never goes over well) or that I don't eat eggs which inevitable leads to the "What do you eat?" questions. That question runs wild starting November 1st and through New Year's. "You don't eat meat? At all? What about on Thanksgiving? Do you at least eat turkey? What about ham? What about a roast? What about meatloaf? What about *insert any other type of meat here*?" It gets exhausting. Particularly because it's not like I meet a slew of new people every year. A lot of them are repeats. Do you really think I'm going to say, "Well you know what? After last year when you told me it was a sin not to eat a roasted yet still actively rotting carcass that you set in the middle of the table and put on my plate anyway I decided that this year I'm still not eating meat but turkey/ham/meatloaf is ok." That's not going to happen. Even as a little omnivorous girl I never liked turkey and generally had a plate full of cranberry sauce, mac and cheese and bread. Unfortunately my experience isn't just limited to Thanksgiving but I also get it throughout the Christmas season. *sigh* Thus, I am a Scrooge. I love Christmas music and will play it Thanksgiving night. I like putting up my Christmas tree and have even been known to cruise around random neighborhoods looking at lights. I considered (and am still considering) getting Armani a Christmas dress. I bought TJ a Santa hat one year. It didn't go well but he was my only kid at the time and had to suffer through it. I am two-thirds finished with my Christmas shopping already. I love giving gifts and can't stand keeping secrets and tell everyone what I'm getting everyone else. So why do I proclaim a hatred of holidays. Simply for my food issues. Regardless of my personal feelings, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! Stay tuned for a picture of Armani's inevitable Christmas pageant dress.

But now that that's over. Here are some pictures from the past couple of days. I'm getting good at remembering to photo-document my life for your viewing pleasure.

Autumn and I went to JoAnn's to find a knitting machine (?) for my mom for Christmas. We have no idea what a knitting machine is but while perusing the aisles we came across two of the most terrible stamps I'd ever seen. One was a stamp for a kid's birthday but included on the stamp was some other kid's name. Bizarre. The other was a label. Just a stamp of a label...also bizarre.

We then journeyed over to Kroger where we found two of the biggest sweet potatoes EVER. GMO's much?

Yesterday we went for a run, outside, in shorts and a tshirt, the week of Thanksgiving. I was happy for the run and the weather but bummed that's it's not cold for Thanksgiving like it should be. You all don't know this yet, but I love winter. And last winter fell in love with snowboarding. And only got to go once because it never really got cold last winter. Sad face. Fingers crossed for this year.

And since no post is complete without a picture of my dog. Here's how she tucks her cute little back feet when she lays down.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's Been a Weekend?

I think today was my weekend. But it went by too fast for me to recognize it. For those of you who may not know (I make a lot of assumptions of my 5 ish readers) I work on Sundays which means that I don't get 2 day weekends. Pretty much ever. Thus, my weekend consists of Saturday and I also get Mondays off but that doesn't count as a weekend to me.

Anyway, on Friday I went to acupuncture for the first time for my shin splints and plantar fasciitis. I left work a bit early and rolled up to Meridian Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. I'm a big believer in herbal, natural and holistic healing techniques ever since I met with Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Jo Matson earlier this year. She helped me turn tea and honey into a full on allergy cure which is amazing to me. But back to the point. I didn't really know what to expect but my shins and feet have been bothering me for so long that I was really to the point where I just wanted to feel better. I was so far gone that I even forgot to ask how much it would cost! Acupuncture is really relaxing and goes hand in hand with massage so it's no surprise that the room I was in literally looked like this:

  Photo Credit to Meridian's website

I did think of you all while I was there and considered taking pictures. But that's not really acupuncture friendly. It's more about healing and relaxation so I'm not sure how a camera phone would've fit in. I was also afraid to move. My practitioner sat and chatted with me first about my overall health and then specifics about why I was there. Everything was normal and fun aside from her looking at my tongue and drawing a picture. Not sure where that fits into the treatment but hey, I'm a team player. From there I laid on my back on the table and she got to work. There was some light pressure as she found my "channels" and then in went the needles. I really don't think it's fair that they're called needles because it's nothing at all like getting a shot or a tattoo. I also don't find either of those things particularly terrible so I may not be the best source. There were 2 spots however that were slightly unpleasant, the inside of my ankles and the arches of each foot. But even those were as unpleasant as a finger stick. A quick "Ouch!" and then that's it. I laid on my back and after 15 minutes or so she came back to take the needles out. I flipped onto my stomach and got to put my face in that great soft head hole that only massage tables have. I got more needles in my back and that's when she got my feet. Another 10 minutes or so and I was finished. The whole appointment was about an hour and I felt pretty good when I got up but not hugely different. Friday is an off day for running so I wasn't really in pain to begin with. She also talked to me about herbal teas to compliment the treatment. I'm a sucker for herbal teas. So much so that I have serious plans of opening my own tea room one day. But I digress. She said she'd get a batch whipped up for me that I could pick up Saturday. And when the time came to pay I was very pleasantly surprised! My life is full of expensive habits (ahem, triathlon) so I was happy to see a bill for less than $100. Even if I hadn't gotten the fantastic Yoga on Baxter discount (thanks Kristi!) it still wouldn't have been so bad. And quite honestly, it's worth the money to feel good. I love the idea of preventative medicine and can only imagine the possibilities of training pain free. Later that night I got home and after sitting and relaxing on the couch for a bit got up to grab some water. Oh. My. Gosh! I got up with no limp, no foot cramp and no crippling shin pain! I just got up and walked into the kitchen like a normal person with 2 completely functional legs! Now she was honest and said I might feel great for 2 or 3 days but that the pain would probably come back since I'd only had one treatment. She recommended I drink the teas (one mason jar a day) and continue treatment once a week for 4-6 weeks. After that my body will start to respond better and I'll get longer lasting results. I'm excited for my new tea and will start tomorrow.

Darker tea than I'm used to...

Mmm Mmm...hopefully

List of ingredients for your googling pleasure

My ridiculously busy day today included my first pure barre class at Pilates Village (can I say ouch?), Christmas shopping (yes, I'm an early bird and in fact, I'm just about finished), picking up my tea then a holiday fashion show for the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies where I used to intern. My role was to escort one of the kids onto the stage and just make sure she didn't wander or get distracted. My little girl was 9 and in a wheelchair though she was learning to use a walker. She was adamant about using her walker and walking onto the stage for the first time (she'd been in the show for 3 years already). A few minutes before it was her turn her therapist helped get her up with her walker and we got her legs under her. She did great! She was so excited and I made sure she practiced her princess wave ahead of time. She walked out and posed for pictures then made her way back. She was so cute! We all know I'm not a kid person but kids with special needs are so amazing to me and I absolutely love them and surprisingly have all the patience in the world for them! Here are some not so great photos.

I'm the red blob on stage

And after all of that, here's how I feel...

I love my dog.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An Ode to the Ninja

It's been a rough week. But the one thing that has done more than anything else to help me through it has been my dear Ninja Master Prep Pro System. Here's a quick photo tour through my morning smoothie preparation.

Part One of a successful base, Kale

Part Two of a successful base, Spinach

You're also going to need help

Lots of wiggly help...

Insert frozen berries...not the best but better than nothing

For consistency...

What ended up being too much honey...

Work it Ninja!

Ta Da! I blended a bit more after this but look how great it is!

On an even better note, this morning I strayed from the berry smoothie and did a fresh pineapple and pink lady apple blend. Ah. May. Zing! In yesterday's Green Bean bin I got a big ol', ripe, delicious, fresh pineapple! This morning I "ran" downstairs like a kid on Christmas to slice my pineapple. It was heavenly.

I'm lucky at least some of it made it into a bowl!

What's your favorite thing in your kitchen?

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Break from the Grind

I'm still training for things. I just signed up for the grossly overpriced but totally worth it Disney Princess Half Marathon. It's going fine. That's not what this post is about.

In addition to being a workout warrior (sometimes) and triathlete wannabe I'm actually also a person. A human if you will. Some people find this blog self centered. Some people think I don't care about anything other than myself and my training. Those people aren't wrong. But they also aren't right. I am an extremely loyal friend and that has gotten me burned many times since it leads me to expect the same loyalty in return. Every single one of us is self centered. We're supposed to be, we're designed that way. If you don't care about you, who will? But there's also a human component that is mandatory in creating and building relationships. A component that gets lost easily when people are my age and trying to find their own identity. We are all trying to find our way and between job promotions or changes, grad schools, marriage, kids, money woes or woos it makes it really hard for us to keep up with how we treat other people. I feel like I do a great job of celebrating the lives of others. I'm the one who visits the new house you just bought, spends all kinds of money on your wedding, wanders the baby section of Target and googles diaper genies so I can figure out what the hell it is you're asking me for to care for your baby. For anyone who has ever watched Sex and the City, which is everyone, you may or may not be surprised to know that I have always been the Miranda of my little world. That is, until Miranda had her baby. Then I instantly became a Samantha sans the sex. It's not that I don't care about the babies of my friends. I do. And I am sincerely happy for each and every one of them because I know that babies are what they've wanted and they will be such amazing mommies. Same for all of my friends who have gotten or are getting married. But what I don't think is fair is when I am chastised for my excitement and borderline obsession with triathlons and my pets after I spend time listening to baby bumps (which, I'm sorry, but as someone trying to lose weight I can't understand why you'd want to have a big belly. I mean, mine wasn't all that great. *sarcasm, don't freak*) and bridal showers.

The universe deals entirely in balance. That's what keeps us alive, a perfect level of push and pull, give and take. Relationships including friendships are the exact same way. All I'm asking for is a bit of equality. Just because I don't ever (and yes I said it, ever) want children and have no sense of urgency regarding marriage doesn't make me any less of a person. It doesn't make my accomplishments or achievements any less just because I don't have a husband by my side or children to come home to. If I say. "How's wedding planning?", "How's the baby?" or even "How's life?" it is only fair that you reciprocate with "How's your training going?", "How's *insert one of my pet's names*?" or even simply, "How's life?" Can we all just agree to be a bit more conscientious? Tis the season and stuff. I'm going to try my best to do a better job of it and I hope you'll join me.

Since no blog is complete without photos, here are some random ones...

My cats are really cute and hairy

My dog always takes safety first before an evening run. She's responsible.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Louisville Pure Tap 5k Race Report *My First Top Ten!*

I know what you're thinking. You thought race season was over. So did I. But a $20 5k that last year just so happened to be my first race in nearly 2 years had other plans. Here's a couple of things you need to know...

  1. Today is my first day off since last Saturday which means I worked a 6 day work week.

  2. I also logged somewhere around 60 hours of work this week that was highly concentrated on one day.

  3. Prior to this race I'd logged about 37 training miles (almost all on the bike so don't get all excited)

  4. Friday night before the race (granted, "only" a 5k) I slept for less than 6 hours.

  5. I recognize none of this is particularly extraordinary but for me, it's a big deal.

So, back to the point. I woke up feeling completely terrible and seriously considering just eating the $20 and going back to bed. But this was going to count as my workout for the day which I wanted to do anyway so I decided to suck it up. Actually, that's a lie. I was going to go back to sleep but then The Colonel who was also running got out of bed I knew I was sunk. I drug myself along and somehow made it into the car with my clothes and bib on. We parked and then walked up to the Yum! where I checked my coat. We snapped a quick pic and I danced alone to keep myself awake until the start.

I feel much like I look in this picture, kinda terrible.

We went into the chute for the start and for some reason everyone except for like 10 people got behind us. I could literally see the timing mats at the start. I had no business being that close to the front, especially not in my state. I tried to scoot back but there was a small army of already complaining walkers behind me (Disclaimer: I don't think all walkers are complainers. However, when there is inclement weather such as a cold slightly rainy morning like today, I've come across a lot of complainy walkers. If you are a walker, please consult your fellow clansmen and bring back the proud history of the walker). They also kept repeating that they didn't know why people were taking it so seriously because it wasn't a race. That attitude irritates me. I use the word "race" loosely because I know that I'll never be actually racing, winning or beating anyone but I do have a different attitude for a race and it's an attitude of wanting to do well. I didn't let them bother me and focused more on staying awake and on not focusing on how tired my legs were from work the night before.

Before I knew it they shot the gun which is really loud at the front of the pack. I fist bumped The Colonel and never saw him again until we were done. I moved to the right because I knew I was about to get passed big time. I made the first turn about 100 meters after the start and ran straight uphill onto the bridge. Ugh, I hate bridges. That's why I've never loved racing in Cincinnati. Anyway up I went and there was a turn around after about a half mile. It was weird to still be towards the front and not see hoards and hoards of people heading in the opposite direction after the turn around. I wasn't by the front by any means and after the turn around I think we all started to warm up because the masses arrived. Then I watched them leave. I came back down the hill and off the bridge, made another sharp turn and went down another hill back under the bridges. There wasn't a mile marker until mile 2 which I hit around 21 minutes. I felt ok but not great but was happy with my time so far. I was hoping to do another 9:59 average like I did in the first part of the Komen 10k but knew that wasn't terribly realistic. This was a very unremarkable, uneventful run which is generally how they should be I've found. There was one more big climb to get out from under the bridges then just a straight shoot of about 5 blocks to the finish. I crossed the finish fully exhausted, not from the run really but I just wanted to go to bed. The Colonel snapped a great picture to indicate how I felt.

Eyes closed, half smile, wandering through the finish chute...

I went home and crashed for a few hours then woke up and checked out my results. And that's when I had to get on and write about this for you all! I had a really nice run topped off with *drumroll please* my first Top 10 Age Group finish! It wasn't a huge race but I'm proud! Check it out! 354 total participants and 235 women.

Name:Rennay CookeDivision:F 20-24City, State:Louisville, KY
Bib:3318Division Place:7Total Division:25
Age:24Gender:FGender Place:69
Overall Place:129Chip Time:34:01Pace:10:54/M