ACRAIG921   19,610
15,000-19,999 SparkPoints
ACRAIG921's Recent Blog Entries

OMG!! My teenager let me in her room!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Something strange happened in my house last night, my daughter actually let me in her room, and for more than 5 minutes. Those of you who have teens understand what I'm talking about, cuz I swear when she's home she's in her room with the door closed. She usually doesn't even want the dog in there! She's not doing anything that she shouldn't be when she's in there, she just wants to be alone.

I'm sure she only let me in because she was changing sheets and wanted help!! I'll take what I can get. We had a very nice conversation and I think I was in there for about 30 minutes. Even my son was knocking on the door checking to see that we were ok! I've got to enjoy these moments as she go off to college in four short years.

I did get on the scale today, no weight loss, but no gain either, so I'll take that as a win.

I did get my run in this morning. This was the first day this week that I've been able to work out in the morning. I feel so much better about my running time today.

Tonight we have my daughter's high school orientation so she can tour the school and all that fun stuff!!

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRYSSCOTT 8/21/2014 11:30AM

    Wow, you went in her room! That is a miracle in itself when dealing with some teenagers. When my daughter (23) was a young teen we used to live in an old mobile home, air circulation was a real problem in the back bedrooms. She'd be in there with all her little electronic gadgets turned on and it would get so hot and stuffy in there. My husband became so worried about her locking herself up in her room all the time that we removed her door and gave her a shower curtain instead. Might sound weird but it worked for us. Enjoy your pre college time. High School can be the most enjoyable time in a kids life if they experience those years with supportive and involved parents.

Keep Running! Maybe next week your H.H Ugh will be nicer, if not pick him up and throw him out the window!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARA-SMILE 8/21/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon I understand! I have a teenager! I cherish my real conversations with him, otherwise he gives me what I call, iPod answers, he is always on it, messaging friends and when I talk to him he nods his head and gives me, "uh-huh...yeah...ok...but hasn't heard a word I said. I'm so glad you had a special moment with your dd. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDLEAR 8/21/2014 6:41AM

    That is a great accomplishment! Teenagers are fun, aren't they?
We ended up putting a portable doorbell at the beginning of the hallway to daughter#3's room. If it was rung, she had a few minutes to respond (more like a few minutes to come back to earth) before anyone got to her door. Not that that meant anyone went into the room. It was more so that when we knocked, she wasn't startled.
I hope that you all had a great time at the orientation. This is a wild/scary/thrilling time for all of you. Enjoy the ride, it'll be quick. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCC488 8/20/2014 9:39PM

    I have to chuckle a little while reading your blog. While I didn't not let anyone in my room when I was a teenager, I definitely preferred people leave me alone. Glad your daughter let you in and you had a good conversation!

Also about the run in the morning. That must have felt amazing!

Comment edited on: 8/20/2014 9:39:29 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACED777 8/20/2014 1:55PM

    What an honor, seriously! I never had that happen, but one of my sons has never been ashamed to be with me in public--even at my highest weight. He's in his 30s and we still "hang out" together at times.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Love this

Report Inappropriate Comment

Another busy week and some goals for the week

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This week is my last full week off before I go back to school. I'm kinda sad because it's my last week, but I'm also excited because it's my last year of school before I graduate.

It's going to be another busy week between appointments and my daughters band practice and work. My calendar is booked pretty solid this week. Today I'm trying to get stuff done around here so it won't be as bad during the week. On a good note, we found a new mattress for my daughter and it will be delivered tomorrow.

My son is doing better each day. He still is limping around a little, but his therapy is helping with that.

I will admit that I have not been so good with eating this weekend. We went out for our anniversary and I had carrot cake (well worth every calorie!!) and a glass of wine and we had DQ last night (another weakness).

I ran last night and I found that I was going slower than I have all week. I'm not sure if it's because I usually work out in the morning, but it might be the reason. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm hoping I will have a better run today.

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Lose at least 0.5 lbs (I'm convinced my eating this week will not help me lose any more!)

2. Run at least 8 miles total this week

3. Eat better foods (I have no junk food in the house)

4. Get all my stuff organized to go back to school

What are some of your goals? I'm finding that if I list them it really does help me be more conscious of things.

I hope you are having a great day. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JKPONYGIRL 8/19/2014 8:52PM

    I love making lists and checking things off. This is a great list. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSSCOTT 8/18/2014 3:00PM

    A carrot is a vegetable, it's all good.

That is truly what I want to tell you. But you and I know we can justify things all day long and it won't make us thin. Do you need to justify your anniversary dinner? NO WAY! It's your special day and you've been busting your hump trying to run those 8 miles a week. A piece of carrot cake and some ice cream isn't going to derail everything you've been doing because you have already made a habit of weight loss. Your a kicking butt, taking names kinda mom who's taxiing her kids around, taking care of business and going to college. With that kind of determination there is no way you can fail.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARA-SMILE 8/18/2014 8:52AM

    Forget about yesterday, just move forward and stay focused on your goals. You will do it!
I wish you the best on this last year of school! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDLEAR 8/18/2014 6:33AM

    I'm so glad to see that you indulged yourself at your anniversary dinner! I hope that you shared that with your children, too. It's so important for kids to see their parents taking care of their marriage like that. - and yumm0 to carrot cake.
Good luck with your goals this week emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCC488 8/17/2014 11:44PM

    I don't run, but find my walks in the evening usually are slower paced and my body and mind are tired from the day. The morning exercise is great though even if I'm half asleep lol.

I hope you enjoy your last week before school!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LUVS2BIKE101 8/17/2014 6:45PM

    Great goals! I find that I run better in mornings. When afternoon or early evening rolls around, my legs get sluggish, even though my motivation is high.
My goals for this week:
1. Run 5K
2. Bike 10 miles
3. Strength training 5 days
4. Stay within calorie range.
Have a great week ahead!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Lost a little weight and some non scale victories

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

So I'm only down 0.2 lbs this week. Definitely not as much as I wanted. I will try harder this week. Even better, I've lost 1.5 inches so far. I've also gained 1/4 inch in my thighs. I'm pretty sure that's muscle from running!!

I find that I'm struggling with the eating. I know that when I work out, it puts my calorie range around the high mark of about 1900 calories, I can't eat all that. Then after I log my food in for the day on days that I work out, I sometimes still have a range of between 400-700 calories to go. I find that seeing that number gives me a "free pass" to eat what I want. It's so frustrating because I still want to stay within the range as if I didn't work out. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated :)

It has finally stopped raining here and the sun is shining emoticon !!

Thanks for reading and I hope you are all enjoying your day. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EDLEAR 8/14/2014 5:55AM

    Great news on the inches down! emoticon
I too have trouble with the eating. I work out a lot, and have a physical job where I'm on my feet, moving and lifting heavy things 12 + hours a day. I've never been able to eat as much as the tracker recommends. I don't know what to suggest for you to do, but if you figure it out, please share!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSSCOTT 8/13/2014 11:07PM

    Hey! Congrats on both the inches lost and the inches gained! Sounds funny saying that, but building muscle inches is very exciting! I understand EXACLTY what you are saying about that free pass. I combat this by only having healthy foods in my house, that I like. I still have to buy the junkie stuff that my other family members like so there is not a revolution in the kitchen. So instead of buying vinegar and salt potato chips, I'll buy mesquite BBQ. I hate that. And instead of buying cherry chocolate passion ice cream, I'll buy Oreo Cookie, I can't stand that either. No one else in the house knows what I'm doing. They think it was just their turn to get that special thing they have been asking for, that I never buy because it wasn't suited for every member of the household. It's a lot easier to say no, if the bad choice isn't preferable. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCC488 8/13/2014 8:57PM

    Higher calorie healthy foods are a good suggestion. Maybe you could select an "extra" healthy snack at the beginning of each day, in a serving size, to eat in the evenings to make sure you hit your calorie range but also controlling how much you're eating.

Comment edited on: 8/13/2014 8:59:23 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
AUDISP 8/13/2014 8:55PM

    Great job on the inches. Remember (I'm sure you know this) muscle weigh more than fat so as you gain muscle the scale may not reflect that. Good work!

I sometimes have the same problem. Track what I've eaten, way below my calorie range and then before I know it I'm at or above the top range. I try to eat my three meals and have around 300 to 400 calories per meal and then a snack of around 200 calories. That keeps me in my range which is less than your. Hope this gives you some help.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLHODKINSON 8/13/2014 3:52PM

    Sounds like you can find some more calorie-dense healthy foods to have maybe pre or post workout? Do you eat foods with healthy fats like nuts or avocado?

Report Inappropriate Comment

Day after the great flood of 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wow what a storm we had yesterday. In six hours we got 4.5 inches of rain. Some areas got over five inches. To add insult to injury, we are expecting more rain today.

The storm itself wasn't bad as far as lightning or threats of tornados, it was just the torrential downpours. I was driving home from the doctors office in it. It was scary driving in it and what would've taken 45 minutes, took almost 1.5 hours. Although I guess it's not as bad since I heard on the 11 o'clock news that it was taking people like five hours to get home from work.

Most of the area freeways have parts that are closed due to flooding. One freeway interchange had almost 15 feet of water last night!! The news also showed one of the overpasses that was flooded that I drove through was closed because it was so bad. I'm glad I made it through!

We were fortunate not to have any flooding in the basement. Our streets were flooded and at my parents house down the street unfortunately had flooding in their basement up to the second step. They had a lot of stuff already in large plastic tubs so everything's not a total loss. I've seen many people on the news with total losses.

I hope that the weather holds today and we don't see any more rain. We certainly don't need it.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    No kidding. I only heard about it and didn't see it (other than the fact that it kept raining) my complex is on the high ground apparently. So thankful that today's sunny! I'm sure the people I know who got stuck on the expressway think so too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARA-SMILE 8/13/2014 9:01AM

    Thank God that you got home safe, sounds scary.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EDLEAR 8/13/2014 6:58AM

    Oh yikes! There's not much you can do when it rains like that, other than wait. It's got to be terribly hard to watch water filling up a basement and be powerless to stop it.
I'm glad that you made it safely home and that you didn't get any water in your house.
I hope that the rains stop soon. Stay safe!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCC488 8/12/2014 9:58PM

    Yeah one of the only bright spots of today was the absence of thunder (as far as I know anyway). At least it wasn't even more dangerous to be out in it. Rain itself is dangerous enough to be driving in and nearly every time it rains where I am, there is also thunder and lightning, definitely unsafe to be outside at all.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSSCOTT 8/12/2014 2:17PM

    Wow, being in Florida I know plenty about flooding, hurricanes, tornados and water spouts and none of the previously mentioned are any fun. Where are you that the flooding is so bad? We've been having a lot of rain as well, but you can't live here because you have a basement. I have never seen a house in Florida with a basement. Not that they don't exist, it's just not a very smart idea because it's too wet here they would fill up with water for virtually no reason at all.

Glad you made it home from the doctors office safely. Slow and steady wins the race. Just watch out for the sinkholes. It's always an interesting event to have one open up in the middle of the road.

Take care and be safe. Hope it stops raining soon!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Big day and my goals for the week

Monday, August 11, 2014

Today is the big day!! emoticon My son is getting his cast off today. It's been a long six weeks. He's so excited and so are we. He's excited to be able to ride his bike again. He's really missed that. Although he's kinda too big for the bike he has now, but we couldn't get him a new one for his birthday since he couldn't even try them out. So we'll probably end up getting him a new one for Christmas. It's waaayy to early to think about that, ugh!!

I figured I would start out the week by listing my goals for the week. I think it will help me stay accountable.

1. Lose at least 1 lb

2. Meet my weekly 8 mile running goal

3. Continue to track my food and stay within my calorie range

4. Get new shoe for my son since his cast is coming off

5. Order my school books (I go back in 2 weeks)

6. Make a reservation for our anniversary dinner on Friday!!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EDLEAR 8/12/2014 3:16AM

    Great goals for the week! emoticon
I appreciate the way that you always sound so positive. That sort of attitude rubs off on children thankfully.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSSCOTT 8/11/2014 11:58PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. Family is the most important thing, you have to make the most of and celebrate these special times in your life.

emoticon Cheers!

What are you studying in college? RN? LPN? Etc.

Excuse my awe but you can almost run 8 miles emoticon
I applaud that future accomplishment.

Comment edited on: 8/12/2014 1:26:52 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
BMCC488 8/11/2014 11:03PM

    Those are good goals for the week emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARA-SMILE 8/11/2014 5:15PM

    emoticon for your son! I can only imagine how excited he must be-and you too! emoticon
Those are great goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Last Page