Kale Chips March 18, 2012
Talk about something not sounding goo but being good!! Even my 13 year old son and husband liked these!!
1 bunch of kale snipped from the stems
Pam spray or something similar
Whatever other seasonings you like!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dry kale as best you can. Lay on a non-insulated baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and then add seasonings to taste. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. Edges will get brown and yummy!!
Allow to cool a bit, although I really couldn’t. Enjoy!!
I love love love when I find a new veggie I like!!!!
We have been waiting and waiting! It finally happened!! I lost a Kenzie!!
Kenzie is my daughter and weighs 73 pounds. As of this morning I have lost 74.4 pounds
So this picture is me holding what I have lost. Notice my knees bending and my back arching. She was heavy!! And that was only after holding her for 30 seconds or do. Imagine walking around with her all the time! No wonder I couldn’t do anything physical and was tired all the time and basically felt like crap!! I was carrying around a Kenzie!!
Enjoy the picture, we enjoyed taking it! What a milestone!!!
So my son wound up having baseball practice and couldn’t go
So next best substitute was my husband. We had a great time and enjoyed a beautiful day together which doesn’t happen often.
We biked out seven miles and then stopped at a wonderful place for lunch (see previous post) and then biked back seven more. Miles 10-14 were kind of rough and we both talked a lot more on the ride out than the ride back. We were tired and getting sore (even with a new butt padded seat). However, being able to enjoy myself outside and doing something physical was incredible.
Take a look at some pics from our lunch!! My veggie wrap was to die for!!
Bike Trip Tomorrow! March 16, 2012
Although I do enjoy running (when I am done), I have found that I enjoy biking even more. I really enjoy the bike at the gym, and spinning classes, and my husband bought me a new bike for my birthday. So with that being said, and with the 6 miles my daughter and I did last week, I am planning another bike trip tomorrow.
My son and I are going to be doing 14 miles from Buena Vista to West Newton with a stop in between for lunch along the trail. I am really excited about this trip, not only is it something I could not have done 7 months ago, it is something fun to do with my son who is almost 14 and getting even harder and harder to entertain. So, with the thought of doing more miles than his sister (they are so competitive) and the promise of a good lunch, he agreed.
I am very lucky to have the bike trail near my house. If I park at the closest entrance to where I am, the total trip will be 28 miles. I am not so sure that is a good idea for a first trip, so I am going to go a little further up the trail and cut the trip in half, this time.
I have already checked out the website for planning lunch (yes, they have wraps and salads….and sweet potato waffle fries I might have to try), and will check tire air pressure and all of that in the morning. It is supposed to be a beautiful day and I cannot wait to spend it with my handsome and wonderful son.
Pics to come!!
5K Pictures! March 14, 2012
So the pictures finally came out on the website the other day! My question is, when am I finally going to see the change in my body that everyone else seems to notice? I mean I know my clothes are smaller, and I can do so much more than I used to be able to….but when I saw these pictures, I was…..not happy. I still feel like I look very very heavy. It was disappointing. I know at 230 pounds I still have a long way to go in the whole weight loss battle, but I guess I was hoping to at least look better in these pictures.
On a brighter note….here is a pic of Adrian (@chasefear13) finishing the 10K of the same race. I love love love the celebratory pose!
Day After March 11, 2012
So yesterday I pretty much felt like I was ran over by a truck. I think the combination of the cold and my nerves caused me to run tense which in turn made my body revolt.
I had an awesome dinner with my mom and my daughter last night. Hibachi chicken and shrimp with veggies and rice. No not Nutrisystem but yummy nonetheless. I then found a pair of pants at the Gap for $4.88!!! Can you believe it??? Size 14 so I figure I’ll lost a bit more and they should fit (although to my surprise they zip and button now!)
So today was absolutely gorgeous and after a friend’s bridal shower I decided to go for a bike ride on a local bike trail. My daughter came with me. We did 6 miles in an hour. She is eleven and I was so proud of her for being able to do it!! I was also so happy to be able to do something like this with her. It was a very very special weekend for me!
After the bike ride we went for ice cream (I had sugar and fat free yogurt) and then I was still feeling like moving so I dropped her off at home and went to the park where I did another 2 miles on foot!! 28 minutes and a combination of running and walking.
I must say that as frustrated as I was last week, I must enjoy running at least a bit because technically I do not have to ever run another step in my life because my goal was to do a 5K which I did, yet here I was today running two more miles. Maybe I have this running bug after all??
This was a great weekend. Lots of emotions and celebrations with people I love and admire.
I Did It! March 10, 2012
I was nervous and excited but I did it!! Finished my first 5K in approximately 41 minutes. Official time to be posted as soon as I know it!
It was amazing. I started to tear up as I crossed the finish line. Seven months have brought a lot of change for me both mentally and physically. I know I can accomplish my goals now physically. I’ve been able to do that professionally but always feared the physical part. I know now I am strong. I can push past the hurt. I can be a runner. I pushed myself today and took at least two minutes off of my usual time.
I also saw Adrian there who was running the ten miler (maybe next year). She is beautiful! I feel like a bumbling idiot around her. Dear Lord she is like a model!!
It felt great. I am so proud of myself. I know my gram would be too.
Oh by the way….darn am I sore!!! Holy crap.
Well I just got here. 90 minutes before it starts because I’m a dork!! I’m waiting for my best friend and thought I’d share a picture of what I am looking at as my heart is pounding and I feel a little like I wanna throw up
Day After Tomorrow March 8, 2012
So the day after tomorrow is my 5K. This was a goal of mine back in August when I began losing weight and changing my lifestyle. I have no doubt that I will be able to finish it. I typically try and do 2.5-3 miles each time I run. However I am apprehensive about my time. Right now I am averaging a 14 minute mile and cannot seem to get past that. I was really frustrated on Tuesday when I went to the track and did 2.5 miles in 36 minutes. I am learning how mental of a sport running is. The ability to psych yourself out of pushing, running longer, etc. is amazing to me. I am going to hope and pray that the excitement of race day helps to push me longer and harder than usual.
If nothing else I have so much to be thankful for. The sheer ability to be able to complete 2.5-3 miles a few times a week is absolutely incredible compared to my couch potato lifestyle of 7 months ago. I’m proud of myself regardless. I really want to become a runner. I like how it makes me feel. I need to push past the frustration and keep working at it.
I will let you know how Saturday goes!