Sunday was Hubby’s birthday. 44. He’s about to switch age brackets….next year!!! So he decided to celebrate his awesomeness and begin his Triathlon season on his birthday. All those hours of training….paid off. Here’s some deets:
1/4 mile swim
10 mile bike
3 mile run
He was 4th in his age group, 22nd overall and finished in an hour!!! My hottie rocked it. So proud of him. He has a couple more planned for this summer and some ideas of how to speed up his transitions, but mainly, for him he just enjoys the competition. (I enjoy the sunrise and the coffee!!!)
Here’s some photos from the morning off my iPhone…but look out people, my REAL camera is fixed and will be fully functional and in action for the next one! Boo Ya!!!
Bike holding area prior to the race.
Hello Mr. Sun!!! You are looking FABULOUS dahling!!
Competitors gathering near the start
First wave of swimmers (men) head out
This is my favorite part of the race. Never gets old!!!
Mr. 1st out of the water for his age group…..
Coming in on the bike
Transition from bike to run
and he’s off on the last leg of the race! He never saw me, heard me,nothing….I am RARELY that focused. EVER!!!
Before I get sidetracked…..Mental Awareness Month….click HERE and “plant a seed” and my friend’s company is donating up to $10,000 toward Children’s mental health network. Let’s do SOMETHING!!!! Ok, stepping off soapbox!
Why do I force upon myself these ridiculous little goals that make me no money, cost me time and force me to sit down and put together some coherent thoughts??? Oh, I actually enjoy writing, sometimes have something to say worth reading about or laughing about and it gets me in a good habit because writing is actually my happy place. That and a piece of cheesecake…..
So, I missed yesterday but I was in a super crappy mood (sorry, but if the shoe fits…), couldn’t put my finger on WHY I was in such a foul mood and went to bed at 8:30. I woke up refreshed and in a much better mood. Still not fully sure of what happened but my guess is that sometimes when things are going REALLY, REALLY good I feel like it’s just too good to be true and prepare for the bottom to fall out. A lie from the king of lies, I know and I don’t always get sucked in quite so deeply and yet this time I did. A good night’s sleep + prayer before sleep=refreshed. I’ll take it.
Today was our final weigh in and measurements for our contest and Saturday is the award ceremony. I am “officially” down 6 pounds and 7 inches in 5 weeks. A great jump-start to my summer! Thursday we do assessments on exercises to see how much strength we’ve gained, etc….just a real encouraging way to end up the contest. I’ll keep you posted!!
Alrighty, my cat is being the neighborhood bully so I need to drag his furry self in the house so I don’t have to hear cat fights all night. Sigh. The problems with taking in a stray cat is you just can’t really get the “outside” desire out of him. It’s all good, he knows where the good food and comfy sleeping spots are!
This is week 3 for me in my Clean Eating/ Paleo / no processed crap. Basically, I’ve not had bread (unless you count Ezekiel bread–of which I’ve had 4 slices in 3 weeks); no snacks/sweets/candy/soda/chocolate (unless you count chocolate protein powder in a smoothie and 6 chocolate chips in a spoonful of almond butter). I’m here to tell you….holy cow, I’m surviving!!!! I have energy!!!! I’ve lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks!!!! I mentioned a few things last Friday and here’s a few more…..5 to be exact:
Hard boiled eggs. Mix in some baking soda into the water to make for easier peeling. Great snack!!!!
Avocado. Mix it in my eggs. Mix it in my smoothie. Mix it in my salad. One avocado goes a long way!!
MyFitnessPal. I’m actually logging my food and exercise in aaaaaaaand it can be done on the phone or the ‘puter. Snap!! (now you know my user name if you want to follow/join/encourage)
Paleomg.com I’m getting so many great recipes off this site and my family even loves them. FOR THE WIN!!!!
Clean Eating magazine and website. Another great resource for family friendly recipes. If I can’t get them on board this isn’t going to work and I refuse to be a short order cook making separate dinners for them and myself. Nope.
There it is. 5 quick and easy things I am loving these past few weeks, let’s hope I keep loving them!!!! Have some good clean eating tips??? Bring it!!!
not fasty as in fasting, but more like quick..you know? Fasty. Or you can just say Quick Takes and 5 Favorites combo’d. QTs is over @ CampPatton again this week because new Mama Jen FINALLY GOT TO TAKE THE BABY HOME FROM THE NICU!!! Awesome news in this week of ickiness. Superb, in fact. AND……in a bid to bring joyful and useful news among the rough news week, I am ALSO joining in with Hallie and her 5 Favorite Things link up….but mine will have 7-ish. A two-fer if you will. It’s always fun to see what people are up to during the week and I’ve been enjoying the 5 faves and seeing what folks around the internets consider their favorite products and such. Go check ’em ALL out!!
It’s a clean eating theme.
This week marks the end of my 2nd week of eating clean. It’s not a hard and fast “Clean” and/or Paleo, but a bit of a combined, best-of-both worlds and guess what??? It’s totally working. Of course, the fact that I have planned out our meals and have made sure to have adequate food for my eating purposes has certainly helped….but, I think this is something that I could totes live with. Now, that said, I’m heading into week 3 which is where I have generally sputtered and run out of motivation in the past, so pray for me and feel free to send on some encouragement, etc, etc! Ok, ok, here’s my 7:
Adoration. I’ve been TWICE this week. I love Adoration. Peace. Quiet. Prayers. In light of all the tragedy this week in Boston and Texas amongst other family and friend urgent prayer needs, it was a welcome respite in which I highly recommend.
Pat Gohn. Love her podcast. And she has a new book out, “Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious!” which is on my night stand in the next-to-read position. This week she interviewed Mary Wallace and they talked of working moms OUTSIDE the home and incorporating your faith life in your work life. It was a stellar podcast and has encouraged me to begin a “Positivity Project” . Without going into detail, I’ll just say office morale is totally in the toilet…BUT Mary and Pat encouraged me to “be the change”. Every person can make small efforts to turn the tide even if those who should be setting the example don’t. I started yesterday with Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I’d like to see a lot less whining, griping and people just doing their job and helping others…..
Pre-cooked food. Eating Clean-eo has been much easier with cooking up some roasted veggies and hard-boiled eggs on the weekend for some ease in putting together lunches and snacks for me for the week. However, I’ll just say that I’ve now given brussel sprouts THREE separate tries and they really are not good. I ate them. They weren’t horrible. However, I won’t be eating them again.
Pre-planned meals. Meal planning for the week just helps me stay focused. No guess-work in the morning on what to take out, no fumbling after work for what we’ll eat. It’s just working for me. Winning.
Almond milk. Since I’ve cut out dairy, this is my substitute for my coffee additive in the a.m. and my smoothie base after workout. No dairy. No gluten. Tasty.
Spin bike and burpees. Actually, I hate them both. However, to get my cardio in on non-workout days the spin bike fits the bill and when I break it up into 5-8 minute sessions with a set of 10 Burpees in between it goes much quicker. Not to mention I am sweating like a sweaty person when I’m done.
Choco-cado smoothie. Before you get all EWWWW, sounds gross on me….let me just say….it is so delicious I thought I was cheating. The fact I’ve had no sugar and/or processed stuff for twoweeks probably increased the yum factor, but seriously…..DELISH!!!! I’m including the link on the pic credit, but here’s MY version: 8 oz Almond Milk, 1 frozen banana (go ahead and peel that BEFORE you freeze it so you don’t have to nuke it to get the peel off…ask me how I know this.) 1 giant handful of spinach. 1/4 of a avocado. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder. Blend and enjoy. You are welcome.
THIS week, Jen has flipped the order and the procrastinators (AKA, MOI) are at the TOP of the list…so Friday Saturday QTs it is….b/c I can’t seem to get it together in time for Friday….but y’all pray for her and her health and her upcoming birth of her bambino…..she really needs ’em!! Annnnnd, BTW…congrats to MoxieWife, Hallie on the birth of her tardy chubs, Charlie!!! Now onto the QTs….
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This was week 6 of my Groupon for Impact Fitness and it was AWESOME!! So awesome in fact, I conned encouraged a friend to join (which scored me 1/2 off the NEXT 6 weeks). We are both doing the next challenge which promises a $2000 prize to the person with the highest % weight loss. I’M. IN. GAME. ON.
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I’m also apparently in the lead for a word-of-mouth contest the gym had for referrals and maybe, just maaaaaaaybe if I win….Mama will be reading these blogs on her new iPad. The anticipation is KILLING ME!!!
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And so, with the upcoming challenge and my aspirations on bringing home the multiple Benjamins I am planning my menu…except I’m not. I’m on the computer. Earlier this week I already sorta mapped it out. Now to put it to paper. And head to the grocery store. And cook. HOWEVER…my family is on board. Might have something to do with the dinner out I promised with my winnings…….
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Switching gears….Hubs and I are almost done with this season of Downton Abbey. ONE. MORE. EPISODE. I’m preparing for withdrawals. And bracing myself for a shocking last episode. Or so my friend has said, without spoiling it. GAH!!!
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Hubs and I have a date night tonight. Gotta love Groupon…..Steak!!!!! And date night! Double W!!!!
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On a camera/photography note….I need to send off my beloved Nikon for repair. Sad face. Any suggestions? So far, I’m planning on sending it to Nikon…they diagnose online and price it before you even send it.
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For the final QT…I’m sharing this video of a hilarious “prank” by Jeff Gordon at a car dealership…real or no….flippin’ funny. My friend showed me at work and then I watched with the Hubs last night and laughed even harder. Happy Weekend!! I’m off to PLAN for my WIN!!