Happy Mother’s Sunday

May 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to my amazing Mother and Mother-in-Law. You are both wonderful role models for me and embody the epitome of motherly love. Everybody in this house loves you more than words can say and we miss you every single day that we are apart. XOXOXOXOXOXO

Just as I suspected in my post this morning, today has been completely wonderful.

I started the day by having a great Bodypump class. This weekend was the launch of a new release (new routines and new music) and it is a HARD one. Hard but good. My arms and shoulders are already sore and they haven’t felt sore in months. Although that may be at least partially due to the intense Wii Dance Party 2 contest that went on here last night. I heard that Jillian Z., 13, is sore today from all the dancing that we did. That girl is GOOD.

After I got home from the gym and showered I opened my Mother’s Day gift and cards from all my boys.

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First the card from the boys:

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Sappy Mommy kisses:

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Totally mushy card from Chad:

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My fur-baby wanted in on the loving:

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Then the gift:

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A set of three bike locks! Hmm, wonder what I could use a bike lock for?

After all that wonderfulness I ate possibly the best salad ever for lunch. It was a big bowl of lettuce, tomatoes and lite ranch dressing with a warmed up hot brown cut up and dumped on top! Seriously awesome.

Then we all went out for mid-afternoon dessert.

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The boys and I have totally been chomping at the bit (post-derby horse reference) to try this place!

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Guess who had the bowl of plain vanilla with no toppings? Hint: he has a beard.

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This one was mine:

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I had three kinds of frozen yogurt…red velvet cake, NY cheesecake, and Bit-0-Honey. My toppings were: mini reese cups, chocolate covered almond bits, mini dark chocolate chips and cheese cake chunks. OMG.

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We sat outside in this cute little fake-grass, tent-covered seating area that they have. They even have outdoor sofas.

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I’m pretty sure everybody enjoyed it. Even Mr. Plain Vanilla, although he said it was not as good as the soft-serve at Dairy Inn (a local legendary Dairy Queen pre-curser that hasn’t changed much since the 1950’s).

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After yogurt we went somewhere that I might have had some kind of clue about.

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Hello, my love. You are ALL MINE. Complete with pink bows.

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Thank you to all my boys (especially to the one with the beard) for the most amazing Mother’s Day/birthday gift ever! I am so excited about it.

Chad and the boys left in the car to go to the grocery store and I rode my new bike home from the Trek store. The store is just a few blocks off of one of my regular running routes, so I just rode down to Coffee Pot Park and then rode home through Snell Isle. Here’s my new bike on the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge.

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I’m not the type of person who names her cars or other inanimate objects. But if I were that type of person, I would name my new bike “Star”. You know, as in Star Trek. Chad and I sort of fell in love with each other over a mutual admiration for Star Trek the Next Generation, so that name would be perfect. But I’m not that type of person.

Here is Star my new bike next to the St. Raphael’s/Snell Isle bridge. I couldn’t get a wider angle because there is a big metal barrier there to keep crazy people with cameras from standing in the road and taking pictures of their bikes.

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It was an awesome bike ride home…probably about 3.5-4 miles. After having run that same route many times it was amazing to cover the same distance on a bike. I felt like I was flying. So fun.

When the boys got home Cal, Mack and I went on a ride together out to the end of Venetian Isles and back…about 2.5 miles. It is a beautiful day and we were reveling in it. Ah, such a good day.

Right now Chad is making dinner (I requested something healthy and something using CSA veggies…we just got a new share on Saturday and after yesterday’s indulgence and our yogurt snack I felt the need for something virtuous). He is making roasted sesame/garlic salmon from Fresh Market and roasted CSA potatoes and CSA green beans. It smells really good in here right now and my stomach is grumbling.

Can’t every day be Mother’s Day? I am so lucky to say that around here, every day really is Mother’s Day. Thank you my boys. I love you.

Run, bike, clean Monday

May 2, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Last night I totally ate crap. I mentioned at the end of my last post that Chad was making some yummy-smelling pork for dinner. He did. Just not for me. It’s not his fault…for the longest time I always ate something different than they did on the weekends, so he is not used to including me in the dinner plans.

So I was sort of at loose ends at dinner time. I ended up eating about a million reduced fat Wheat Thins with laughing cow cheese wedges and turkey pepperoni. No vegetables in sight. Then I ate a bunch of Reese’s peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips, peanuts, whatever I could find. Then I ate no-sugar-added chocolate ice cream with lite cool whip on top.

I felt totally ill this morning. But I had my two cups of coffee and then walked the boys to school. Mack wore his hip leash on the way to school, all ready to give his presentation to his gifted class today.

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When I got home from walking the boys to school I just didn’t feel like eating breakfast. I still felt full from last night and a little sick. I was starting to try to talk myself out of running today. Rationalizations were aplenty. I have so much cleaning I need to do. My hip sort of hurts. One day skipped won’t matter.

I knew that the only way to deal with these thoughts was to just keep moving forward despite what I was thinking. Still trying to talk myself out of it, I put on my running clothes, new running shoes, hat, etc. Got my water/SOBE together, queued up my Garmin and music and hit the road.

I ended up running five miles and it was the best run I have had in a while. I went from my house, down Overlook and over the St. Raphael’s bridge.

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Then on through Snell Isle to the Coffee Pot Bayou bridge (the same bridge I ended at on that run last Wednesday, but from the other direction).

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I felt great. Leaving the house at 9:00 a.m. before breakfast, rather than at 10:00 a.m. after breakfast, made such a difference. I was kind of worried about my new shoes after my last run was so difficult and slow, but my new shoes felt great today.

As I was on the way back towards my house, listening to a Fat2Fit Radio podcast, I suddenly felt something on my leg and looked down. It was a big white pit bull running along side of me! I jumped about a foot in the air and then stopped and pulled my earbuds out. The dog just looked at me and when I started to move forward again it moved with me. So I yelled at it to “Go Home!” in my most authoritative voice and it did this:

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Obviously it was a sweet girl and just wanted to run with me. She did stay and sadly watched me run off. I felt bad and hope that she didn’t get hit by a car.

Anyway, this was just a really great run and it makes me realize that I need to find a way to run early in the morning (but after sunrise). I don’t know how. All my gym classes are at 10:00 and I don’t get home from walking the kids to school until 8:30. Not enough time in between to run and eat breakfast. Plus, I don’t think I would be up for a gym class after running which pretty much depletes me for a while. I just don’t know. But today was great. The stats are on my “Still Running” page.

After I got home from the run and showered I had my third cup of coffee. By this point it was almost 11:00 and I still didn’t really feel like eating. So I just skipped breakfast all together which I almost never do.

Instead of breakfast, I folded four loads of laundry while watching America’s Next Top Model. I always have multiple loads to fold. I never seem to be able to do a load from start to finish in one day. I just hate how laundry has so many steps. Sort, wash, flip, dry, remove, hang, fold, put away. It’s just too much!

After I finished folding I made my huge lunch salad and watched the end of ANTM while I ate it. As fascinating as I know it must be to see pictures of my oatmeal and salads day after day I am totally sick of photographing them. So I didn’t today.

After eating lunch and doing some more cleaning odds and ends I decided to check out one more bike shop on 4th Street (there are actually at least 4, maybe 5…strange but wonderful) before picking the kids up at school. I went to the Trek store.

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This store was like the mecca of bike stores…so nice inside. A woman helped me and she was super nice. I knew what I wanted to see: the FX7.2.

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It was fabulous. It felt so sturdy and comfortable. It felt like it fit me perfectly. Now I am so glad that I decided to check it out. I think I’m in love with it.

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Now I have test-ridden five different bikes. I think that is a good number to base an informed decision upon, right?

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Now I just have to wait until Mother’s Day to see if I’m worth it.