July 31, 2009

They Said What??

I saw this article on msn and I thought you might enjoy it. Take a minute to click on the link and then stop back and let me know what you thought!

Job interviews are hard enough but I cannot believe there are people out there who said say these things during an interview!

July 30, 2009

Weekly Re-Cap – Really Late

Last week I set some workout goals and needless to say that I did not achieve them.

My workout goals for last week were to run 3 to 4 times, strength train three times and do at least one bike ride. In the end I ended up doing two strength training workouts and doing 1 four mile run. I normally do not count my commuting miles on my bike but one day last week I did. Instead of my normal 3.6 mile round trip commute I had hooked up the bike trailer and picked the girls up from daycare. So I had a 5 mile round trip commute one day with the bike trailer and around 60 pounds of kids in the back so I counted that as a bike workout.

This week I had wanted to do 3 or 4, 4 miles runs but I am having so much trouble getting up early it is hard. So far this week I have done 2 – 4 mile runs and they went slow but good. No issues with my foot either so hopefully I won’t need surgery.

Another thing to note is that I sat down and looked at my weight loss over the past few months. In the last 4 months I have lost 7 pounds or almost 2 pounds per month. This is a perfect weight loss, slow and easy. That is the kind of weight that will stay off. So now I am at 133, I just wish I had some extra money to buy new clothes since now they are all too big!!

We are off to New Jersey this evening to spend a few days with Joe's parents, brother, aunts, uncles, friends and who knows who else. I will post pictures when we get back next week!!

July 20, 2009

Emerald Lake, Crested Butte, Colorado

On Sunday we wanted to drive up to the punch bowls up by Schofield Pass. The punch bowls are a "4-Wheel" Drive road but I would that if you value your life do not drive up there, hike instead! It is beautiful and we wanted to hike around. We headed up that way but Lily was awful all weekend and no fun in the car so we ended our trip about 20 minutes early. Instead we stopped at Emerald Lake. Emerald Lake is a very high mountain lake.

In order to get there you take Hwy 135 North from Gunnison, through Crested Butte (where it turns into Gothic Road), up through Mt. Crested Butte, where it eventually turns into dirt, through the town of Gothic up and up and up and eventually you will see a beautiful green lake on your left. That is Emerald Lake. It is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours from Gunnison.

We stopped at Emerald Lake, hiked around, took pictures, played and relaxed.

I can't believe Mikayla waded in as much as she did because it was cold.

Lily set up camp right next to the lake piling rocks up and then throwing them into the lake. It is a good thing I had another change of clothes for her.

The dogs has fun on their day out.

Some of the wildflowers were taller than Lily.

This is the view from the lake.

My hubby.

This is a picture of Mikayla I took at our house. The stream in our back yard forms a pond when it is high in the spring and early summer. Now it is a mud pit and Mikayla has so much fun getting dirty.

Trying To Get Back in the Groove

This past month or so I have been really struggling with getting my workouts in. Since I am not training for anything I feel very unmotivated. Also in order to make some extra money I have been cleaning some of Joe's rental units and quite a few times I find myself using my lunch hour to clean them instead of working out. I have also been trying to get up early (5:00 am or 5:30am) to get a work out in but many times I find myself sitting on the couch enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee instead of working out. (Such as the case this morning.)

Last week I did get it together more than I have been in quite awhile. I did my strength training routine twice, I ran at least 2 times and I rode my bike twice. I really need to start posting my weekly goes here and then checking in at the end of the week to see if I accomplished them. I am also really bad at setting huge goals and not accomplishing them because they were too big.

Here is my workout plan for the week.

Today - Strength train (maybe a run tonight after the girls are in bed)
Tuesday - Run
Wednesday - Strength train and bike ride
Thursday - Run
Friday - Strength train and run

Last week I was able to do (I think) two - three miles runs (I can't remember if it was two or three) with minimal pain. This week I would like to do at least two - three mile runs and hopefully a four mile run.

My weight has been stuck around 134 - 136 this week. I was super excited when it hit 133 one day last week since that is has been my goal since I had Lily. 133 was my pre-baby weight. It is nice to start seeing it on the scale once in awhile because hopefully that means it will start showing up more often. I know most people would be excited to weigh 135 and I know I should be but I would love to be in the 120's. I would also be happy at 135 if all I had on my body was muscle instead of flab. That is the biggest reason I am trying to add lots of strength training into my workouts.

So please leave me some comments to get me motivated. What do you do when you are stuck in a rut and trying to get back to working out?

July 7, 2009

Alpine Tunnel

On Sunday we headed up to the Alpine Tunnel with our babysitter and two of her kids. It was a long and rough ride but worth it. The Alpine Tunnel lies above Pitkin, Colorado. It is an old train tunnel built back in the mining days. It has since caved in but the drive was fun and a bit scary. Joe has never been to the tunnel but he has always wanted to go. A very long time ago I had visted the tunnel with my family when we were on vacation out here (I was in elementary school is how long ago it was!). We had a great time and most of these pictures are for my dad. He will be very excited to see these.

This is a picture of how narrow the road was. I am glad that I was not driving.

These are pictures of the view from the car to the valley floor below. It was a long way down.

Lily just hanging out. She was a tropper.

Mikayla enjoying the ride.

We made it.

Isn't this high alpine valley beautiful. We were at 11,500 feet and the mountains around us had to be at least 13,000.

There is not much to see anymore.

A friendly marmot. I love these guys and they drive the dogs nuts with their high pitched squeaks.

This is on the way down from the tunnel. The rock outcropping was where we were at one point in the drive.

This is a rock wall built by hand.

July 5, 2009

4th of July Crested Butte, Colorado

For all of my Colorado blogger buddies, if you have never experienced a 4th of July in Crested Butte than you must get away next year. It is full of family fun activities and a blast. The day starts with the 1/3 Marathon (8.75 miles) Run, Walk or Crawl from the town of Gothic down into Crested Butte. I have run this race 2 times and cannot to wait to run it again. If you don't feel like running you can help raise money for our local fire fighters by buying some of there yummy pancakes at their pancake breakfast from 8am to 10am.

The parade is the most fun and starts at 11am. This parade features very untypical floats. You have the students from the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic parading down the street in "Skunk Cabbage" instead of clothes just to give you an idea. At the end block of Elk Avenue the parade turns into a huge water fight.

We really did not want to get wet but we did enjoy some of the water.

Who would not want to watch a parade with this in the background?
After the parade Elk Avenue stays closed and people can enjoy music, street games and great food. We had a blast and a super fun 4th of July.

July 4, 2009

Where Oh Where Have I Been

I am sorry that I have not blogged in sooo long or read your blogs in so long. On Sunday night I got hit with the world's worst cold. I had no idea a cold could put me in bed and make me call in sick to work 3 days in a row. I have never in my whole life called in sick 3 days in a row.

Monday I spent the day in bed, Tuesday I made it to the couch, Wednesday I tried to go into work but came home after 2 hours and Thursday and I was finally able to go to work. Even child birth was easier than this because it was over in 24 hours. Thank heavens for daycare and being a working mom. There is no way I could have taken care of the girls if I was a stay at home mom.

Yesterday, I had the day off for July 4th and I arrange for Joe to have the day off as well for a late birthday present. The plan was to go to Crested Butte, enjoy a wonderful heart pumping hike, have lunch and then pick up the girls from daycare. We did all that but down played the hike since I am still recovering from being sick. We headed up to Crested Butte and origianlly wanted to hike Yule Pass where we went on our first date almost 12 years ago. We had heard some people saying that you cannot get up to Yule Pass yet due to too much snow. So instead we did Daisy Pass.

We drove north from Crested Butte and turned left onto Slate River Road, then we continued on Slate River Road for about 6 miles into the townsite of Pittsburgh. At this point we parked the car and got our feet really wet as we walked through Slate River (more of a large creek at this point). We headed up a beautiful jeep road with wildflowers everywhere. The dogs had a blast. It is was a nice, easy road with only a little incline. We also came across 2 beautiful, huge water falls. Check out this link to read about some guys kyaking the falls. From Daisy Pass Road we could look way up above us and see the Yule Pass trail. There really was a lot of snow still up there. We also saw a huge waterfall come down from the snow. I love being able to go up into the mountains and see where the creeks, streams and rivers start. We hiked about 45 minutes and then turned around and headed back. I wanted to keep going but I was worried that I would get too tired on the way back.

After the hike we headed back to Crested Butte and enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Maxwell's. It was wonderful and relaxing. I feel like it was my birthday present as well as Joe's. I am sorry I don't have any picture to post because the hike was gogorus, but we forgot the camera, like always.

Learner's Bib Giveaway Winner

I really apologize for being so late in getting the winner posted. I was so sick this week - I have never been this sick in my life. I never knew a cold would throw me into bed for 3 days straight.

The winner is Bitsy of Mommy Tried It.