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Mission Accomplished!

Back in June, I talked about how I wasn’t a runner. I talked about how I wanted to run a 5k just to prove that I could. Not only did I sign up for one, I FINISHED! I didn’t have the best time but I didn’t quit.

My good friend Julie and I ran in the Jingle Bell run on November 20. It was about 42 degrees and damp. Luckily the rain stopped as we pulled into the parking lot. But it was still cold! I am not used to running outside so the weather was a real challenge for me. My eyes were watering as we ran into the wind. I learned that I really need to work on pacing myself better as well. Bless Julie, she stayed with me and my crazy speed up/slow down pace the entire time. I finished the race in 39 minutes 7 seconds. I was 134 out of 181 in my age group.  But, I finished! And I had a GREAT time!

The atmosphere of the run was so much fun! Despite the cold, people were having a great time. It was fun to see all of the costumes. Julie and I dressed up as elves. I made the costumes for us and Julie’s mom made our leg warmers. I had a blast all around. Preparing, making the costumes and running. It was a lot of fun. While I still don’t consider myself a “runner”, I do want to run another 5k sometime. You won’t see me running any half marathons or marathons though. I like to keep my toe nails. 😉

Thanks again Julie! Hope to run another race with you soon!

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Jingle Bell Run!

Bells will be ringing this holiday season as thousands of runners and walkers hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

I will be one of those people, tying jingle bells to my shoelaces to participate in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, a 5K fun run/walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  And YOU can help, too!

‘Tis the season for giving!  Won’t you sponsor me in my effort to raise funds to fight arthritis?  Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, costing the U.S economy over $128 billion annually.  The Arthritis Foundation needs our help.

I am actually doing it! Putting money where my mouth is. This will be my first 5K! Not only by signing up will I be motivated to keep running, but I will be raising money for a worthy cause. Most of us know someone who is affected by arthritis of some form or another. Cheer me on!

 

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So not a runner…..

Weight loss. Working out. Watching what you eat. It’s a never-ending battle. My friend and I were discussing this the other night. Why is it so hard to lose weight and be healthy? Because it’s easier to eat crap and sit on your butt. Watching television is much more fun than running on a treadmill, right? That cake sure looks good. And that ice cream? Give me two scoops please. I can eat like that. If I wanted to weigh 300 pounds. But I don’t. I want to be around for my children. I want to be able to play with them and not feel like I am gasping for breath. It’s a process. I have lost 20 pounds since Zachary was born. 17 months ago. I look at that and cringe. Only 20 pounds. But then I think. Wow! 20 pounds. I am in a smaller size and I am fitter and have more energy. I have about 20-30 pounds more that I want to lose. It is definitely a slow battle. Ups and downs. Stepping off the train. I want to be on that train. I want to hit that goal and feel great about myself. I know I can do it.

The main thing I need to change is my outlook of food. I need to learn that food is fuel. Food is not friendship, hugs or love. It’s not where I should turn when I am mad, sad or happy. I do love food so it’s hard. If it were easy, we’d all be skinny right? I know that my weight will be something that I struggle with for the rest of my life. I don’t want to hate food and worry about every little thing I put in my mouth. Right now, I NEED to count calories. Later down the line, after I have really gotten a handle on what I should be eating, I would like to move toward my friend, Amy’s, way of eating. Eat what you want, when you are hungry, until you are full. Amy writes a wonderful blog that I follow and it really helps me stay motivated. Check out her FitMommas blog.

I have started going to the gym again. I still have a little guilt about my kids being in there instead of having fun with me. My issue that I need to get over. They are having fun and they NEED the time away from me. That’s what I tell myself anyway as I am running on the treadmill. Running. Yes, I said it. I used to think that 4.2 was FAST. Oh my goodness, I was winded and out of breath. I could seriously only do 25 minutes on the treadmill before I would be exhausted or bored. I was eventually able to increase my stamina. The boredom I dealt with every time. I needed something to motivate me. Something to keep me on the treadmill. A couple of my friends were talking about the Couch to 5k program (C25K). After doing some research, I realized that was what I needed. I needed someone telling me to keep running. To keep going. To increase my stamina and endurance. The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months.

I didn’t start on the couch though. I had been working out on a non-regular basis. I needed something to get me more regularly in the gym. I downloaded an app for my phone that did just that. I am currently in week 6. I can’t say that I LOVE running but I can say that I am actually starting to enjoy it more. The program only has me running for a total of 18 minutes right now. 25 minutes on the treadmill just isn’t enough for me so I have been continuing to run/walk after the program ends. To date, my longest run has been 4.62 miles in under an hour. I will be finished with the program in about 3 weeks. You know what? I am proud of myself. I have been running and going to the gym. While the scale doesn’t necessarily reflect my workouts, I have been going and keeping at it. Now I just need to get my eating under control and not let things go to hell on the weekends.

I don’t plan on running a marathon. I don’t plan on regularly running 5ks. As of right now, I want to do at least one. To show that I can do it. To prove to myself that I have taken an important step in my health. I need to work on stamina, weight training and flexibility still. One thing at a time. I am going to start looking into a race in the fall. I have several friends who have told me that they would run with me and support me during the one thing that I said I would never do: run for fun. I always said “I don’t run unless I am being chased.” Never say never.

Granted, I have only run on a treadmill at this point. I will give the great outdoors a try in the future. It’s just finding the time. And running with a jogging stroller doesn’t seem a lot of fun to me right now……

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Organic?

Do you like the concept of buying fruits and vegetables without pesticides? Who doesn’t, right? The problem with buying organic is cost. Let’s face it- it costs a lot more to purchase things that are healthier for you. I came across a recipe to make your own fruit/vegetable wash. Super easy, super economical. Eat your lettuce and peppers without worry!

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup of water

That’s it! Cheap and easy. All you do is pour all the ingredients into a clean spray bottle. Mix well. Spray on fruit or vegetables to remove any harmful pesticides. Let stand for minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Can’t get much easier than that!

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Sweet Freedom!!

I can’t believe how behind I am in blogging. Unfortunately cleaning, laundry and such takes priority. This week has been pretty busy and I am beat. Today was the first time I actually sat down during nap time! It was about time!

Big news that’s over a week old. The air cast is GONE!!! Sayonara sucka! No more stinky boot. No more hobbling along. No more only wearing one shoe. I am FREE!!!!!

April 8. That was the day that I broke my foot. June 18. The day that I was able to ditch the aircast. Over 2 months. 2 months that I cannot get back. It’s hard to believe that Zachary wasn’t even 3 months when I broke my foot! April and May were such a blur spent in the confines of my home. I am so grateful for all the people who brought me food, sent goodies for Emily and for everyone who prayed for me. I truly believe those prayers allowed me to heal quickly and with minimal pain.

It’s great to be mobile again!

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Mobile!

I am surprised that I haven’t blogged about this. It’s pretty huge news!

I AM MOBILE!!!! Sort of…..

Back on May 21st, I had a follow-up with the orthopedic doctor. My foot seems to be healing really well. The screw is still in the proper place. I was given the ok to ditch the crutches and walk on the air cast. I was also give the green light to drive.

Hallelujah!!!!!

I had not been behind the wheel of a car since April 8. That’s a long time to feel trapped, having to rely on other’s for every single errand. I know they didn’t mind but I was starting to feel pretty useless.

I still have a ways to go but getting rid of the crutches was a huge step. See ya, stroller in the house!!!!!! See ya, crutches!!!!!! I would be lying if I had said it was good to have you around.

I go back to the doctor again on June 18. Hopefully, getting the news that I am free. I am SO ready!

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One week down…

One week down…. Three weeks left….
I go back to the orthopedist on the 21st. He said I should be able to put some weight on my foot. I would be happy just to get rid of the crutches. I am thinking small so I am not disappointed. I would actually be happy with using the walking boot as an actual walking boot. It would be wonderful to not have to be dependent on the crutches on my birthday. A girl can dream right?
I am very blessed though because through this I have learned what amazing friends I have. I also belong to a wonderful playgroup who have been bringing me some meals so my family doesn’t go hungry. My respect and love has been intensified for my mother-in-law. She has been a complete lifesaver. She has been coming over during the week to help me with the kids and household stuff. We have clean clothes and a clean bathroom because of her. Stephen has also stepped up to the plate and taken on a huge amount of my responsibilities. And without complaint for the most part. I am very grateful for that. He has been great.
So despite my whining, I am still blessed and thankful. Things will get done eventually. The house might not be the most organized or the cleanest but it will come. I haven’t been able to do any projects with Emily but I think she understands to a certain extent. She has been a huge help as well. My little girl is getting to be so big!
I have some posts to catch up on in the next few days so stay tuned! Look for baptism photos and photos from my nephew’s birthday party. I am sure I have more to catch up on but that’s a start! I am loving our new iPad but all my pictures are on my laptop so blogging hasn’t been readily accessible even with the WordPress application because I do love sharing pictures!

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Accidents happen but they still suck

Yes, I know that accidents happen. That’s why they are called accidents. Doesn’t mean that I can’t dislike them more than I dislike allergies. This was such a dumb accident. I can’t even say that my accident happened because I was doing something cool like skiing or digging a hole…..

I just had surgery to repair a lisfranc injury. Basically, the tendon that holds your big toe to the other four tore away from the bone. I was getting ready to take the kids shopping for some spring clothes when it happened. Emily was strapped into the car and I was carrying Zachary out there. Somehow I planted my foot funny on the step and I went down. I am not sure really how it happened. All I know is that I thank God that I was able to set Zachary down safely before I face planted on the garage floor. Thank goodness Stephen’s car wasn’t there otherwise it would have really hurt! I truly didn’t think I did that much damage to my foot. I was going to continue to head to the mall to get the kids some new clothes. I was determined and dumb! I made it as far as the bridge before I came to my senses and realized that walking on it was probably not the smartest thing in the world, especially since I could feel my shoe getting tighter. I put Zachary down for a nap, put on a movie for Emily and started icing my foot. I told Stephen I think I had just sprained it and it would be fine. After an hour of icing and continued swelling, I decided that it needed to be looked at.

Stephen and I headed to the urgent care while my mother-in-law took wonderful care of my kids. After an x-ray there, I was sent home in a post-op shoe and told to use crutches and follow up with an orthopedist. They thought I had just chipped a bone. Trying to shorten an already long story, an mri showed that the chip was due to the tendon tearing away from the bone. I had to have surgery to repair it or face mid-foot pain and arthritis in 20 years.

All of this could not have happened at a better time really. (Sense some sarcasm?) We were finally getting out of the house after a long winter with Zachary. The weather was turning beautiful and we had been taking daily walks. The topper was that Stephen was in the process of changing jobs. Beautiful right??? So that means he has not had the ability to take any time off. The day of my surgery was his next to last day at work. Luckily, he was able to get off early and be there when I woke up and drove me home.

I have a WONDERFUL mother-in-law. I cannot say that enough times. She has dropped everything to help me out. Without complaint. At least that I have heard. She has wrangled two children at doctor’s visits and the surgery center. She comes over first thing in the morning and stays until Stephen goes to work. She has been an angel. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. I know I could manage but it would be hard. Very, very hard.  At night, I hobble into Zachary’s room when he wakes up and transfer him to his stroller. I then push the stroller and catch up with my crutches. It’s a little unconventional but it works and that’s what counts.

And the main thing is that we are doing it. I am thankful for my mother-in-law and all those who have offered help and dinner. The playgroup I belong to has been amazing. They have taken turns bringing us dinner a couple of times a week and my sister has sent dinner. It might seem like a little thing but it’s huge to me. It makes my heart happy.

So that’s it in a nutshell. It’s been crazy around here. Lots getting neglected but things getting taken care of. You realize what really needs to get done and the rest is just gravy. I am behind in a ton of stuff but will catch up. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on some posts since I am sitting in the recliner a lot. That would be a good thing. Occupy my time a bit.

It’s all good….

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For the health of it…..

Good health has not been my friend this past week. I got some sort of a bug on Thursday night. I woke up freezing!! I was shivering so bad and couldn’t stop; it was like I couldn’t control my body. Thankfully Stephen put a blanket in the dryer for me. When I wrapped myself up in warmth I had to calm myself down to stop the shaking. I was so scared that Stephen was going to have to take me to the hospital.

The following morning I didn’t feel “bad”. I felt sore and worn out. I was running a low grade fever. I called into work and was planning on having a veg tv day with Emily. Following Stephen’s request, I got into the doctor and then called my mother-in-law.  I have to say that I have the best mil in the whole world. She was at my house, picking up Emily within the hour and kept her until after Stephen got home. I was able to sleep the rest of the day and try to fight an ever rising fever. Thankfully, I was pretty much back to normal by Sunday.

Earlier in the week, I had received a call from my GI doctor regarding some blood work I had. He is concerned about some levels going up and an inflammatory mass he felt at my last appointment. I am not too concerned because I know there are other things that can affect the levels he checked. For the most part, I feel fine. Sure, I deal with the normal Crohn’s Disease issues but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. I am still 110% better off than I was almost 7 years ago. Then I was barely able to stand, eat or walk at times. The pain was excruciating and I was exhausted.

I still have times that I wonder if I am doing the best for my condition that I can. I know my doctor is up to date on all of the drug therapies out there. Unfortunately for me, my body does not work the way that it should. That fact shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. There have been several “break-through” drugs that just sucked wind for me. My body didn’t tolerate them. My doctor wants to discuss the newest one out there now. I do see him in a little less than a month.

In the meantime, I am going to do as much research on my own. I want to know if there are any changes to my diet that I can make to help. I am going to do some research into possibly seeing a dietitian (not sure if that would help). I also want to know if there is anything else that might be able to help me as well. I am currently taking fish oil to see if it helps with the inflammation. Obviously not.

So, as of right now, I am on a self-imposed diet. A no raw veggie diet. And I hate it. I heart salads. But I think that I need to give my guts some time to work things out. Canned veggies- here I come. I think I am going to have to get the Sneaky Chef book for myself so I can get more veggies in my diet!

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What a past few days…..

We had a very eventful past couple of days! I am going to have to do a couple of posts here so bear with me!

What to start with, what to start with…..

I guess I’ll start with our Christmas Eve and go from there. Emily wasn’t herself that day. Cried during breakfast, was puny during lunch and snuggled a lot. She woke up after an hour of her nap, screaming. I went to check on her and she said her ear hurt. I grabbed the thermometer and she was running 100.3. Unfortunately, the doctor’s office was closed at that point. That’s how it’s SUPPOSED to happen right?? Stephen found a pediatric urgent care that was open and we headed over. We didn’t want her to suffer all night and on Christmas day.

She did really, really well there. Impressed the doctor with her language skills and that she readily opened her mouth for a strep swab. I was impressed myself. Throat looked horrible, that’s why she’d been crying at meal times and when drinking. I thought she’d just bitten her tongue. Talk about feeling like an awful mommy…Her ears were really inflamed as well.

Strep test came back negative but we were given antibiotics for her ears. She’s still not feeling well today and her throat is still really bothering her. I think we will have to take her to her doctor tomorrow. I talked to the nurse and she said to bring her in on Saturday if she’s not doing better. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday……

Also, on Wednesday night, my sister called me to tell me that they admitted my nephew to the hospital. They thought they were going to have to put a breathing tube in because his throat was swelling shut. It was a pretty scary night for my younger sister. I know many prayers were said for Ben that night. Luckily they didn’t have to tube him and he was home on Christmas Day. They say he’s doing better and starting to eat again. I am very glad to hear that because Ben is one of the sweetest little guys you’d ever meet.

When we were visiting on Saturday, he’d take my face in his hands and draw it up to his and give me kisses. I could take that little guy home with me but I don’t think my sister or my dad would let me sneak him into my car!!! I am going to have to work on that one.

So all in all, things are better on the health front.  Although Emily isn’t fully recovered yet, her throat is still really yucky looking but at least she got some relief and wasn’t miserable for Christmas. She had too much to do!!!

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