Running & a Flashback

Yes, blog posts two days in a row! Watch out, world!

Did the usual housewife stuff around here this morning. Our vacuum cleaner is making odd noises, like a squeaking kind of thing… I guess that is what will happen when you use it at least three times a week about three years?? I really don’t feel like buying a new one, maybe I’ll just pretend to not hear the squeak from here on out. I am also the worst at ‘diagnosing’ anything on machines, so until it starts smoking I am not worried.

Once the house was caught up, we loaded up for a run, which ironically took about 45 minutes. Getting a busy toddler changed and ready to strap into a stroller is harder than it sounds – even if it is for a 2 mile run. Anyway, we ran, and I didn’t notice that the tires were getting a little flat on the stroller, so I ran with way more effort than I should have. Some of us, however, had a far more relaxing time.

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I was curious to see where my running was last year and imagine my surprise when I found this entry:

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How cool is that!? I’ve officially been in Washington for a year. I do know that this particular run was at my sister in law’s house, and that we didn’t move into our house on post until the 6th of March. Anyway, I think that’s pretty darned exciting – lots has happened in this past year. Maybe if I scrounge up some time I’ll do a recap Smile

Running & a Flashback

Pinterest

Yes I have fallen into the trap. Since these days consist of daydreaming about what a whirlwind our lives will become in a mere ten weeks, I thought I would get some room ideas over on Pinterest. Well… it turns out I kind of like this site. Not only does it distract me from the majority of people I don’t care about on Facebook, but I’ve actually come away with some pretty neat ideas. Here are a couple of things from my boards – feel free to follow me here. I am not the most interesting person on the planet, and I have found that I’m pinning more food recipes than anything else… but the staples are there, minus anorexic models, and extravagant things I’ll never get my hair to do.

My “For the House” Board :: I thought the whole magazine rack for produce was cute, and that the second and third signs were pretty clever Smile Instead of making the chevron curtains, I’d rather just buy them… I also know I have tins like these somewhere around here…

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My “Crafts I Can Realistically Do” Board :: EMPTY. I have zero crafting patience ability.

My “K” Board :: I would seriously love this ‘zoo’ thing – but again, I’d rather just buy it for the right price. We have SO many stuffed animals… I really like that dress, and actually would attempt to make it. The glow paint idea is for future reference, and I really thought the toddler bed was cute.

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My “Crafts I look at but will never be able to make” Board :: Self explanatory. Maybe, in a perfect world with tons of time and zero meddling toddler hands, I could do these.

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My “Style” Board :: Um, another self explanatory one. Maybe once my days of “I can’t even pee alone” are over I can take the time to shop for stuff I actually like. I’m not saying that I don’t have any clothes whatsoever, but the blouses and nice jeans have been thrown into a box, and race shirts with capris have taken over. I seriously do need to start dressing better though. And not just for church.

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My “Running” Board :: Nothing spectacular, just certain things I found motivating. I typically don’t draw much motivation from these kinds of things, but some did speak to me. I particularly like the Runner’s Prayer.

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My “Food” Board :: Don’t judge me. This ranges anywhere from the devlish like making cake in a mug, or ‘mock’ lofthouse cookies to healthy things like quinoa bites and hummus.

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My “Things that make me Giggle” Board :: I will be honest here and say that I spend just as much time in the ‘humor’ section of Pinterest than I do in the ‘food’ section. What can I say? I am a funny person who likes to eat.

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My “Elephants” Board ::I won’t subject you to that. Smile

My “Yoga” Board :: Again, self explanatory. These are more so links to other things I’m curious about and pretty pictures of poses I probably won’t nail for a few more years.

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My “W” Board :: Ironically, I started looking on Pinterest for ideas on what to do with a boy’s room, and have absolutely zero pinned onto his poor board. One day I’ll stop looking at recipes and funny memes to finally get down to business.

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One Big Catch Up

Thanks so much for all of your comments on the last post!!! I have a post I’ve been working on for a couple of days now, but I’m not done with it just yet… of course it’s pregnancy related; more so about the emotional side of it and how I’ve come around in the past week or so. I know you guys are ready for some positivity around here!!

This past week has been insane. We were barely home; last Wednesday we were literally out of the house for about 12 hours. It was nuts, and the week flew by. Here are some snippets Smile 

 

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For some reason, the past few days I’ve been craving chocolate hardcore… I tried to make it somewhat healthy and dip kiwis and mango bits in it, but then the next night I had a chocolate molten brownie thing. Divine.

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We had our military ball this past weekend. As I was feverishly getting ready, I walked into the living room and saw my husband, napping. This is where being a chick is kind of annoying – we start getting ready about two hours ahead of time; only to see our husbands napping 30 minutes before we have to leave. Lucky ducks.

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We went running!! I had a chance to take the Dieter dog, so I did. It was amazing, and I haven’t been able to run with him in years – it was a nice change of pace, for sure. dogrun

Can you tell I went running with a dog? So many starts and stops!! I didn’t mind – I wanted to take my time with it anyway, so the pauses for peeing/sniffing/pooping [for the dog] wasn’t as frustrating as it used to be.

My brother in law and his girlfriend were in town as well; naturally we had a load of fun. They also brought me some gluten free macaroni & cheese from Pikes Place, so I’m going to go enjoy that now along with watching some Oscars. See y’all in a few days. Smile

One Big Catch Up

The Emotional Demise of a Pregnant Runner

Sorry to those who thought I fell off the planet.

In blogging, I know that there are certain aspects of your life you are willing to share, and others that may not make headlines. The past couple of weeks I have avoided blogs in general, and came close to deleting the blog. Why? Let me be dramatic. With my decrease in activity, I felt completely despondent; bordering on depressed. I moped around the house, cranky and irritable. I hated seeing that everyone was running. I even made the bold declaration that I am never running again, and that I never even liked it anyway.

Though this feeling has eased up a bit, there is still a bit of ‘cloud’ that I carry with me. Ugh, I still have 11 weeks to go. I should at least be walking. I am such a loser for not being able to do this. Why should I even bother getting back into it afterwards? I’m not even good at running. Maybe I should just find a different hobby. Yes, this is a look into a dramatic, pregnant lady’s mind. There are still times I firmly believe in these statements, but, I do not feel this way constantly. I know I’ll get back out there. Yes, my mind is fully functional, and I know that these emotions are silly and immature. Of course I love running. I hate not doing so, and I was/am just being a brat that isn’t getting her way.

Having my parents here was a great buffer. I focused on spending time with those I loved, instead of drowning in work/housewife stuff and living my eternal Groundhog Day. This whole not-running-thing is putting a lot into perspective. Amongst other things, #1 – I make irrational, dumb, and less than stellar decisions when not active, and I should at least get out and breathe fresh air for at least 30 minutes a day. I owe it to my sanity. #2 – I have horrible self confidence and am WAY too hard on myself. #3 – the world will not end if the dishes are not done, laundry isn’t folded and put away, the toys aren’t picked up, the floor isn’t vacuumed, etc.

So anyway, this post was a lot of rambling, but that is where I have been. Avoiding you all completely, sulking, and making myself promises that I will hopefully keep. Today, ironically, I felt like running. I’m to the point now where a run/walk would probably be more conducive to my pregnant body, which ironically, has stopped aching so much. I am curious to see if this stems from being out and about with my family – it would only make sense. Pre-pregnancy, my body would start getting random aches and pains if I went too long without running. It was as if getting up and moving was literally lubricating and refreshing my joints and muscles. Weird, I know.

Well then, thanks for making it through all that. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Smile 

Have you ever felt this way? Maybe during injury or prolonged time away from something you love doing?

Do you think that you literally need running/cycling/hiking/another hobby in your life?

Can YOU believe its not butter??

The Emotional Demise of a Pregnant Runner

Worry Not

I am most definitely alive. I just feel like I don’t have anything worth blogging about, so I don’t. Smile 

Worth mentioning, I stopped running, due to various reasons, with the main ‘issue’ being the pregnancy. The cramps still haven’t gone away, and lately my body feels like its deteriorating. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but my back is hurting constantly, my hips ache and my knees pop getting out of bed. I know these are all pregnancy related issues, but when I first stopped running it was a much bigger deal to wrap my head around.

Anyway, my parents are in town for a few days; I’ll be back next week!!!

Worry Not

Friday Friday

Running related news, after all of this nonsense. Smile

I knew it was going to be a great day when I woke up to my brother in law responding to my 131 point [cough…PR… cough…] word in Words With Friends.

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you’ll note that the time stamp in the picture on the left is in regular people time. the one on the right has military time. I don’t know why my phone reverted back to regular people time, but rest assured I took care of the situation.

From there, I was productive enough to get work done; then decided it was time to do cool stuff with the kiddo.

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The play dough was homemade, and it was super easy. Literally took about 15 minutes to make, and all you need is flour, salt, vegetable oil, and water. Food coloring if you really want to get crazy. Here’s a link for those interested.

She also refused to nap, something she is doing more and more these days. I am surprisingly ok with this, because she will actually have “quiet time” for about an hour, AND most importantly, she doesn’t melt down later in the day. This gave me time to make another batch of gluten free “Oreos”… they’re delicious.

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So all in all, not a bad day.

My running related news :: Brace yourselves, another whine fest. A few days ago I noticed that my right arch felt bruised. I had just gone on a run the day before, so I thought that I had stepped on something and not noticed… well the pain was even worse the next day, so I kept off of my feet as much as I could. I also came to realize that this sensation occurs when I’m wearing shoes. Grrrrrrrrrrreat… When I was pregnant with Kara, my feet changed from a normal to flat arch, and my size also went up a full increment, but have since gone back to normal. I don’t know if they are “shifting” again, but I’m going to try running tomorrow to see how it goes. I haven’t had pain since, so I am fairly optimistic. I’m REALLY hoping this was a giant fluke and that everything is fine. Honestly, I am overall disheartened with how running is going for me, and at this point I don’t know if I will even care if it turns out that I can’t run anymore. Pretty crappy outlook on it, I know. But for now, just the thought of running feels like a chore – not to mention that nine times out of ten it doesn’t go well for me. So we’ll see. *sigh*

Do you prefer military time or normal people time?

When is the last time you played with play dough?

Is there a pack of Oreos in your house right now??

Friday Friday

Chakras

No, not Chaka Khan.

More like, chakras, in yoga.

In layman’s terms, chakras are seven energy ‘centers’ located throughout your body. Each of these chakras can be open, under active, or over active. This website will give you a rundown on what not only each chakra is, but will also describe how you use [or don’t use] your energies. Fun part? There’s a QUIZ. Lunch break? Rainy day? Killing time at the Doctor’s office? Just humor yourself and take the quiz! There’s about 50 questions, but I promise they are all painless and simple to answer. I fell into the trap of thinking about the questions too much, because there are times where I “definitely rely on the insight of someone else” – so long as that someone else is my husband or family member, not so much a bum off the street. So, take the quiz with a grain of salt, but you might just learn something about yourself. I’ll share my results here, since you are all strangers and can laugh at me through the safety of your computer screen. Smile 

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Root “being physically there and feeling at home in situations” :: Underactive. This means I tend to be fearful or nervous and I easily feel unwelcome. I will admit that I can relate to this. Sure, I have my worries and anticipation about the future, like any other person. In the past year or so I have been focusing on becoming a more positive person, so I would like to think that I’m changing this. However, I do feel easily unwelcome in new or large gatherings. The first run group I went to, I about turned around and went back home. The first “Spouse’s coffee” we had for my husband’s work about sent me into an anxiety attack… So yeah, needless to say, you won’t be finding me at Times Square on New Year’s any time soon.

Sacral “about feeling and sexuality” :: Underactive. The site says I tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a "poker face," and that I am not very open to people. I have been told by numerous friends that when they first met me they thought I was a jerk because I kept to myself a lot. So, yes, around people I don’t know, I do tend to keep a ‘poker face’, but around those I feel like I can be ‘real’ around, the emotions definitely flow.

Navel “about asserting yourself in a group” :: Apparently SUPER underactive. I am probably timid and don’t get what you want, am passive and indecisive. Ouch. Dead on. Get me in a group, and I’ll be the little follower in the back row, wondering what the hell I’m doing there. My husband, however, would be the one organizing everything from fire escape routes to pizza parties.  I have always had a notion that I am better off either by myself or an intimate group of people, and this proves me right!

Heart “about love, kindness and affection” :: Open. I am compassionate and friendly, and work at harmonious relationships. So, basically, if you get past my ‘stranger danger’ barrier, you have it made because I’ll be your friend for life. I think this explains why I have a very select few best friends, as opposed to an entire mass of people I ‘kind of’ know.

Throat “about self-expression and talking” :: Open. I have no problems expressing myself, and might be doing so as an artist. Whoa. “Artist”? I can barely draw a stick figure. But get me riled up on a certain subject, and I do better writing my feelings and emotions down, than I do saying them out loud. As a kid I dreamed about writing books for a living, but instead I just have my lowly little blog in the corner of the internet Smile 

Third Eye “insight and visualization” :: *this has always been my favorite chakra* Open, which means I have good intuition but may tend to fantasize. Ah yes. Daydreaming is my middle name, although its not so out of control that realism doesn’t seep in there as well. I like to think myself as a very intuitive person, and yes, I am one of those weirdos that can ‘just tell’ when things are going to happen. During meditation, I will sometimes focus on my Third Eye and just get lost in the nothingness. Love it. Honestly, I’m not surprised that I scored ‘highest’ on this chakra.

Crown “wisdom and being one with the world” :: Open. I am unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and myself. I firmly believe this correlates with my Third Eye chakra. The self awareness is there, and I hate not knowing what is going on around me. I will admit that I haven’t always been this way, and I have molded myself to have more situational awareness. Back in the day, I *may* have bought a car with manual transmission car without knowing how to drive it… not because I was too stupid to realize it, I just figured I would learn to drive it on the way home… longest car ride ever, and I only stalled twice.

What were your results?

If you didn’t take the quiz, what do you think your strongest chakra would be? Weakest?

Or are you a realist that believes this is all hippie crap? don’t be afraid to admit this – I was in that boat once, but that’s for a different post Smile

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