Tuesday, August 26, 2014
My husband and I threw a "send-off" party for my younger son on Saturday. He is headed off to boot camp for the National Guard. I had a lot of fun designing everything.
Here was the "mess hall"...
Patriotic Flower Arrangements...
"Rescue Rope" (twizzlers)...
"Gun Powder" (Dixie stix)...
Latrine directional signs...
I also had "battle chips" and "camoflauge" (green and brown m&m's)
Of course, a party wouldn't be complete without entertainment.
We had karaoke (this is one of my friends and her son)...
Joust (this is my older son and 73 year old dad)...
(this is my younger son and husband)...
Beer Pong... (my older son)
We also enjoyed baggo, pool, and "tug of war"!
Food was all from Moe's Southwest grill (fajitas, salads, tacos) - yum!
The party started at 4 PM and ended at 1 AM. A lot of my son's friends spent the night. The next day my legs and feet were quite sore. We have a lot of stairs in my house and I ran around the whole time. We had 60 + guests.
My son loved it and thanked us many times. He loved the fact that he could see everyone before he left. He will be at boot camp in Missouri for 9 weeks, then Georgia in training for 6 months. My husband and I plan on watching him graduate from boot camp.
In the meanwhile, my other son (26) decided his job was too stressful - and it was. He was working too much and not eating right again. I am happy that he recognized it and spoke up for himself. He quit his job and has two interviews in San Diego this week. He is flying out tomorrow for one week.
He has always wanted to live there and wants to see how it goes.
So, both my boys will be living far, far away... I will miss them but I know that they have to follow their own path and I am ok with it. My goal has always been for them to live independent, happy lives and now they are on their way.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Lots to do today.
School starts Monday. As a school Administrator, this is the busiest time of year. Figuring out classes by the hour - literally. I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last minute. Monday there will be more!
We had "meet your teacher" last night. I love to watch the children. They look so excited. Most touch everything in the classroom as they wander around. Great possibilities for the school year.
I will be back in front of the computer all day again and then home to get ready for a big send-off party my husband and I are throwing for my younger son tomorrow. He leaves for boot camp in a little over one week. 50+ guests coming - I am praying for clear skies!
But, before I plunge into this booked Friday, I am going to enjoy my morning run. I am on day 15 of my streak and nothing is going to get in my way!!
Enjoy your weekend!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Day 662 SparkPeople Login
Day 78 lunch/salad streak
Day 10 running streak
I enter everything I consume in the Spark Food Tracker and all my exercise in the Spark Fitness Tracker. I figured out that I have a slow metabolism. I need to consume 1200 calories per day to lose weight - including running. To maintain, I can't go over 1300 calories per day. That is hard to do! As I studied my daily food intake, I decided to eat a salad every day for lunch, and "save" my calories for dinner, since it is my favorite meal of the day. There are a lot of different, healthy salads that I eat - from Power greens mixed with other raw veggies, zucchini or eggplant with tomatoes, to grilled chicken, Greek - and the list goes on. The streak really comes into play when I go out for lunch and on vacation. At this point, all restaurants seem to have salads on the menu. Sometimes I get a plain garden salad, other times I add tuna or salmon to it. Most of the time I do not use salad dressing, if I do it is minimal. Since the list of salads is endless, I haven't gotten bored. And, I love the crunch of eating raw veggies! Since I am on a nice, long streak, I keep going - I don't want to blow my streak! This streak keeps me in my suggested calorie range.
A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about running again. I stopped after the Delaware Half Marathon in June. I packed my running gear and started running during my last vacation.
That first run felt so good, I decided to run again the next day. And then the next. I know that consistency is key and so I decided to make it a running streak.
Today I completed my 10th day of running in a row! I am not running for speed, just enjoying the run. I find myself waking up before the sun rises, ready to go out the door. I have more energy and feel so much more positive throughout the day.
My Spark Login streak is so important too. My first part of the day is spent being inspired by all of you!
These streaks work! Pick one thing you want to make a habit.
If you want to know more about them, here is how to start...
Monday, August 11, 2014
The past few months I have felt like I was in a rut. I finished my two running goals in May - the Philly Broad Street 10 miler and the Delaware Half Marathon, then abruptly stopped. I had toyed with training for a Marathon, even laminated a plan but just let it go. I thought maybe I needed to try something new, maybe I was getting bored. So...my hubby and I took Salsa lessons. We both enjoyed the 8 lessons, and decided we were going to be too busy in the summer and would resume lessons in the Fall.
Around that time, different family members began to dump their problems and stresses on me. I used to be able to handle it all so positively, but it wasn't happening this time. I felt like I was getting pulled further and further down. I was constantly internalizing and worrying about everyone.
Fast forward to my latest four day vacation by boat to St Michaels, MD. It was me, my hubby and Roxy. The boat ride was 3 hours each way. The weather was awesome, and I began to relax.
I have been carrying around the July subscription of Prevention Magazine for a month. After we docked at the marina and finished setting everything up, I sat on the boat and read it. One article really struck a cord with me.
As I read the article, it all started to click. I have not "healed" from almost losing my son last year. I am so sensitive now to any type of crisis. And, then I read one line that pulled it all together. "The simple truth is that I won't be truly healed until" -- my son is. Anorexia can be a lifelong battle. He still has his ups and downs. And, the minute I see any small sign of it I feel an immediate pit in my stomach. I am constantly "on guard".
Tips for healing included breathing (gotta love that yoga), finding a positive place which promotes feeling "safe" *which is key*, keeping your eyes "up" - looking upward makes it easier to feel positive = repeat daily.
And what a great place to begin...
Sailing to our destination through the Bay Bridge:
This is Kent Narrows. We had to sail between the markers (75 feet width) for quite a while. We passed other boats going the other way. My hubby was proud that he got through!
We made it!
St Michael's Harbor...
Hubby, Roxy and I dining outside...
I thought this was cool - outside water wall made from beer taps (this is upside down - can't get the picture to flip - sorry)...
Main Street - lots of cute shops and where I ran...
Roxy loved it...
Night time at St Michaels...
I kept reminding myself to "look up". This is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay - I loved the clouds...
I have always loved the water. My family used to rent a house on the Chesapeake Bay when I was growing up. My dad always had a boat; mainly sailboats. About 12 years ago, I went on a school retreat with one of my sons on the Chesapeake Bay. As I sat and looked out, all the memories came back and I talked my husband into moving on the water. This is my "safe haven". It is so calm, laid back and peaceful. Just the sound of the waves is relaxing.
I thought about all of this after I read the article. I have been eating my oatmeal every morning, salad at lunch, walking the dog - but I know it is not enough. I used to get facials, manicures, pedicures all the time. I realized I had been letting it all go - I lost my "ME" time - I quickly made an appointment and enjoyed a facial while I was there. Ahhhh!
I was happy I packed my running gear. Everyday I got up and ran. It wasn't pretty, but I did it. And I told my husband I have to continue when I get home - and I did. Today was "day 4". And it felt great!
I have also talked my husband into going to a "Healing Resort". Lots of hiking, meditation, healthy eating - and, of course, a spa.
I know last year took a toll on him too, he gained quite a bit of weight.
So, Sparkbuddies, I am on my way back!!
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