Thursday, March 14, 2013

Back from Spring Break :)

Ha, ha, let's just pretend for a second that I was on a beach somewhere for the past week, sipping a cocktail and soaking up the sun.  Ah, that sounds nice, right?  Well, I wasn't on Spring Break, but Kevin was so I guess that counts :)  I have my girls weekend coming up at the end of next month, so it's something to look forward to--and to motivate me to get my booty to the gym. 

Anyways, I'm back.  Sorry for the break in posting, but what can I say, at least I am back after a week and not months :) 

I still have a ton of pictures to post and things to get caught up on, but I guess such is life.  I started my half marathon training plan this week which is already keeping my quite busy at the gym.  I am having to take a break from some of my classes to fit in all of my training runs, but it's good because it will be good to get back to my classes when training lets up a bit. 

I'm trying to be a bit better with my eating habits this week, I started completely falling off course last week.  I realized for myself that once I start slipping it is a very slippery slope--those Reese's Peanut Butter eggs are not helping anything these days.  So, I am trying to limit sweets, chips, and fries for the next month.  I need to finally shed this last 5-7 pounds and I certainly think my running would benefit from me losing the last couple of pounds, so here's to hoping :)

So, things are good around here--now if only my house would magically clean itself, life would be great!!!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Finding motivation?

Remember last week when I posted about finding my motivation and trying to hold myself accountable--well guess what?  I have failed on every single one. Like not even close to accomplishing even one of my goals-pathetic I tell you, yes, but in my defense-the weekend was busy, the dog got lost, Kiley celebrated her 3rd birthday, and blah it's still snowing and on and on.

I have a ton of things to post and I will, I promise, but tonight, I think I need to take time to regroup and really find my inner motivation. 

Here's to a new day tomorrow.  I am going to really try to get back on track--and it won't hurt that my mom is coming tomorrow for a week so an extra pair of hands hopefully will be just what I need :)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy Friday! Morgan's home!!!

Well our little jailbird is back home.  Thanks so much for all of your thoughts.  Kevin actually picked her up this morning and said that her accommodations were not so great, probably a good thing I didn't pick her up.  He said he could hear her crying when he walked in, then he had to go ID her and she was super excited, but the he had to go back out front to fill out some paperwork before they would release her and he said she just howled like he had never heard before.  My poor baby dog.  I would be giving her treats for the next week, heck, I would probably be letting her eat at the dinner table with us.  And, yes, I am giving her treats for the next week :)

We have a busy weekend planned to celebrate our little Kiley's 3rd birthday!!!!  Her birthday isn't actually until Monday, but we are going to do family day tomorrow since I have my second 10K of the year on and a baptism on Sunday so tomorrow Kiley gets to be Princess for a Day!!!!

I can't wait--oh and do you know how hard it is to get six helium balloons in the back of your car.  Oh, not easy.  I wish someone had videotaped me.  I would have been dying laughing if I have seen myself.

Have a great weekend!!!

Missing: A lovable labradoodle named Morgan

My sweet Morgan went missing this afternoon--now, I know she is ok, someone found her and turned her in, but it was past the sheriff's closing time, so my poor doggie has to spend the night in the pound.  Poor girl :(

I really don't know what happened, but after thinking of it more, this is what I think happened.  I let her and Madison out a the same time.  The dogs love to just wander around the yard and they really don't ever venture out of the yard so we don't always have their collars on.  Madison is the one a couple of weeks ago who started to go out of the yard and that is the only time that I have ever seen either one of them leave the yard.  We starting putting the collars on them again, but Morgan's battery didn't work so I didn't have it on them.  After a while Madison wanted to come back in, but Morgan loves the snow and would stay out all afternoon.  So I thought nothing of it.  After a while, we decided to walk down to get the mail.  I went out, called for Morgan, no Morgan.  Looked around the house, nowhere to be seen.  Started to panic.  Checked in the house to make sure she didn't get stuck somewhere even though I knew she wasn't inside, nope not there.  Loaded the girls into the car--windows down, yelling for her.  Nowhere to be found.  Drove back home in hopes that she was there, nope.  Left the girls in the car, tried to follow random tracks through the snow but who knows what was dog tracks vs. deer tracks vs. coyote tracks.  Back in the car, keep driving around, screaming for her.  Nothing.  Thank god I don't see her hurt on the side of the road!  Frantically try to find the number for the police department, but it is hard to do while driving and screaming out the window.  Call Kevin and tell him to try to call.  Go back home again--ask a few people, including the UPS man, if they have seen a yellow dog wandering around.  Nope.  Finally, get a call back from Kevin who talked to the sheriff that someone had dropped her off, but we couldn't pick her up until the morning.  Relief, but I am still left wondering what happened.

After a bit of thought my most plausible hypothesis is that the house next door is going up for sale and someone there saw her and thought she was lost. When I pulled into the drive way today, I saw they had a lock box on their door.  Well, this afternoon while searching for Morgan, I noticed that their was a For Sale sign now in their front yard.  My thought is that someone went to their house to put up the sign and Morgan just pranced over to say hi and since she didn't have tags on the people thought she was lost.  Now, I'm sure it was the relator who came to put the sign up and the house is vacant so there are no owners there that would know this was our dog, so I know that this person truly was just trying to do the right thing and I am thankful for that.  I am thankful that my Morgan is safe, but I know she is probably not loving spending the night away from home by herself.  I can only imagine the pound is not luxurious.  Does she even have food?  And she doesn't have a nice pillow to sleep on.  She must be so scared and wants to come home.  Poor baby.  You better believe that I will be waiting in the parking lot for the pound to open up tomorrow morning.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kiley Quotables: Edition #1

Rewind: Valentine's Day 2013

I know, Valentine's Day was now two weeks ago, but I wanted to share a couple pictures and videos from our day.  We had a great day of eating and playing our way through Valentine's Day 2013!

We started out with a breakfast of heart-shaped blueberry muffins and turkey bacon.  The girls got spoiled of course by their grandmas and papas with lots of little goodies that greeted them at the table that morning.  We then hit up the gym as usual and I enjoyed an awesome spin class with all the songs relating to love--I love when my instructors put special touches to their class every once in awhile.

After the gym, I took the girls to McDonald's to play at the playlot.  We don't go very often so they loved it!

We came home and tried to take naps, but the anticipation of making cupcakes for daddy was just too much (oh and the delivery of some beautiful flowers from daddy!).  So, the naps didn't happen and we skipped right to making our funfetti cupcakes.  Kiley did a good job actually frosting, while Ella--well she ate :)

When daddy got home, he came with an awesome surprise--helium balloons.  Who knew that balloons for a couple dollars could be such a big hit.  No joke, two weeks later and we still have the balloons-talk about money well spent!

We had dinner, put the kids to bed, and enjoyed a glass on wine.

So there you have it Valentine's Day 2013!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Motivation where are you?

I'm not going to lie, my motivation is starting to wane.  I not feeling motivated to track my points for weight watchers--and the delivery of girl scout cookies is not helping me to make great choices.  My motivation for getting to the gym is ok (probably has something to do with the childcare :)), but when I get there, I just don't feel like really getting into that long run I said I was going to do.  My motivation for updating the blog when all of the pictures and videos I have from this month seems a bit overwhelming.  I have laundry and cleaning to do and on and on and on. 

I know that it is this time of year--it's the time that this season affective disorder really sets in for me and I start to feel really unmotivated.  Before having kids, I always had some fun spring break trip to look forward to.  A week in a warm sunny place really does wonders for your outlook and keeps you motivated to keep up the healthy eating and working out.  However, since having kids, there haven't been any spring breaks. I know--whoa is me and I really do try to keep it in perspective, but I crave being outside, I crave the sun, I crave taking walks and riding my bike.  And as we have a forecast of snow and cold for the whole rest of the week, it makes it tough to keep motivated. 

Now, I know as soon as I start getting unmotivated, it is a slippery slope.  I start eating one cookie, then it's two, and then of course I am buying the Reese's Peanut Butter egg in line at Target--yes I have done all of these in the past two days :(  I realize that I need to not beat myself up over it, but I know me and I know that once I start going down this unmotivated path, it's hard to get back on track. 

So, starting today, I am going to try something different.  I am going to hold myself accountable for all of my goals.  I am going to start my day out with a to-do list and I am going to hold myself accountable for accomplishing all of those things-no excuses.  Here are my non-negotiables for each day. . .

1. Exercise
2. Track my food through weight watchers--notice I didn't say I was going to eat perfect, but I tend to make better choices if I am seeing how many points I am eating and usually I can reign it in.
3. Blog.  I started this as a journal for myself and my family and I am going to keep with it.  Granted it just may be a picture a day, but it's better than nothing.
4.  Do a load of laundry each day-start to finish--that's the hard part for me.  It's easy to throw in a load, but I have such a hard time with folding and putting away.
5.  Pick one room/area to clean each day.
6.  Get to sleep on time.  This one is huge for me because even one night of not great sleep for me affects me.  I wish I could be one of those people that could manage on 6 hours of sleep, but I'm not.  I accept that and I know it must be a priority to me to get my sleep in order to have motivation the next day.
7.  Write in my gratitude journal.  This one is SO important for me and yet I so often let it go to the wayside.  With this time of year and the SAD kicking in,  I need something to remind me of the blessings in my life.
8.  Find one thing at the start of each day that I am looking forward to!  I tend to look forward to things in the future, but forget about the everyday.  I think with motivating myself, I really need to have something to look forward to each day.

So, there you have it.  Hopefully my motivation will find me again so I don't have to force it, but for now this in my plan to stay on target.

What keeps you motivated?
Do you ever get the winter blues?
How do you overcome it?  (aside from moving from the snowy Midwest?)