Wednesday, July 23, 2008

All's Well

The whirlwind is over and I am feeling recovered.

Friday, I set off early for the relay and had a blast. It was far too short for me and I was sad at having to leave my team. Pictured is Margaret, Michelle, Rob and Rick. Steve is out running, so I included a photo of him driving the Yeti. I decided I wanted to increase my mileage because I'd miss three legs, so I ran 3.7 of Michelle's first leg with her and 1.5 miles of Rick's second leg with him. So I ran approximately 20.5 miles of the relay.

After my third leg of the relay into Rochester, my husband Paul came and picked me up. We grabbed a bite to eat and headed home. I took a shower and got some sleep for a few hours. By 3:00am we were on our way to the airport and Nashville, Tennessee.

The flights were thankfully uneventful and the 2 hour drive into McKenzie went quick. Paul and I did a quick change of clothes in the front seat of our car and headed into the funeral home for the viewing. It was good to see family and have a quick update since the last time we saw each other or spoke. My aunt and Uncle and cousins drove in from the Houston area, my older brother and his family drove in from the Atlanta area and Paul and I, as well as my brother flew in from Washington and my parents from Oregon. There were lots of other relatives form the local area, second cousins, great aunts and uncles etc... Family was surely one of the most important things to both my grandfather and grandmother. This value has been passed down through the generations and hopefully will be present in my own children's lives.

We had a great dinner after the viewing at a local Mexican restaurant. I really wanted a margarita after the long trip. It was then difficult to swallow that the establishment had no liquor license.

Sunday came and I managed to get my husband out for a run with me. Now the roads in the south have no shoulders. It's the white fog line and then grass or bushes of some sort. There is usually a steep grade into a deep ditch to collect the storm runoff. Paul was skeptical of running on these roads. I just told him to get behind me. Now we left at about 6:55am. It was already 80 degrees and quite humid. I had tried to get my twin brother to come out with us, but he wanted to run at about 8am. Later he commented on how hard it was to breathe. That's the humidity. It sucks the breath out of you. You never feel like you can get a full breath. Paul and I ran 6.2 miles at his pace. I was tired at the end. The road was rolling hills. I think the locals thought we were nuts. They went around us and I gave the customary wave and in the south they actually wave back without giving you the finger too.

When it was time to eat breakfast, we wanted to go to a restaurant. But the thing is, this is a pretty small rural town. EVERYTHING is closed on Sundays. Most restaurants don't open till 11am for the after church rush. We found our choices to be either Sonic or McDonald's. Since we had to be back at the funeral home by 11:30am, we chose Sonic. This one even has an inside sit down area in addition to the regular drive in areas.

We proceeded to the church for the funeral service after one last viewing session. My Dad, the eldest son spoke after the pastor and then my Uncle. Each of the grandchildren were given the opportunity to speak and most of us did. We relayed our thanks for teaching us the values of family, Church, frugality, education, travel, living by the Boy Scout law, community, volunteering, and loyalty. My grandfather was an amazing man. He lived a full 95 years, was married to my grandmother who passed away one year ago for 67 years. He was many things to many people. An amazing man.

After the internment service we headed back to the church for a meal. This is where I really needed to remember the phrase "portion control." I love southern food. I limited myself and let my brothers and cousins eat all the extra corn lite bread. I only had seconds on the delicious homegrown tomatoes and sweet tea.

It was time to say goodbye to my cousins who were headed home early in the morning to get home by 6pm the next evening. We plan on getting together in Estes Park, CO at the YMCA of the Rockies as we used to do so long ago in the summer of 2010. It will be great to play together again as we used to do as kids.

Paul and I helped my parents and aunt and uncle clean out my grandpa's apartment and move furniture into storage to be moved in about a month. Most of the work had already been done after my grandmother's death, but it was still a bittersweet job to do.

Paul and I then said our goodbyes to the rest of the family and drove back to Nashville to head home. Thankfully the flights were again uneventful and we made it safely home very late Monday night.

Tuesday was for recuperation. Today I hit the road again with Michelle, Rob, Jamal and Laurie. They filled me in on the rest of the relay and we pushed through the hill run. The kids and I spent some great time together today too. They had been with Paul's parents over the weekend. We went to story time at Borders and had ice cream treats afterwards, then came home for lunch and had some craft time. Yesterday we bought some treasure boxes to paint and decorate. It was good together time fun.

Grace and peace to you.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

Well, as all things are in God's time, my grandfather passed away yesterday. He was 95 years old and is now at peace and at home.

As this puts a bump in my plans as life often does, I have made some changes to my plans. The viewing will be on Saturday , late afternoon and the Memorial service and internment service on Sunday afternoon. I will participate in the relay on Friday, but only the first half. I will be able to complete 3 of my six legs and have my husband meet me as I complete my 3rd leg. Luckily this happens in a very convenient location, near an off ramp of I-5 about 45 minutes from where we live. We will then head home for about 4 hours of sleep, a shower and then we are off to the airport for a 5:52am Saturday flight that will have us in Nashville by 2:04pm (million dollar flight by the way). We will then get our rental car and drive the 135 miles west to McKenzie, Tennessee. We should be just a bit late for the start of the viewing.

We'll head back Monday evening. I do plan to run on Sunday and Monday morning to get those miles in that I'll lose from the relay. It will be early too, It's hot in Tennessee!

Keep us in your prayers as we travel and remember the life of a beloved grandfather, father, friend, and community member.

Grace and peace to you.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Keepin' Up

All is continuing to go well with summer efforts to eat and train well. For remainder of my week I was able to stick within my points range for Weight Watchers and I am down two pounds. I used probably 10 of the 35 flexpoints. I kept track of the points and food well and will continue to do so.

I met my workout goals for the week also- Monday- Circuit training class with about 2 miles of running, Tuesday run 5.3, Wednesday Hill run 6.2, Thursday 5.3 in the AM and 4.2 in the PM for 10.5 total. Friday- Pilates, Saturday 5.1, and Sunday Circuit training on own with 4 miles running. Total Miles run: 32.1 miles

This week will be a bit different. I did Pilates this morning and will run on Tuesday and Wednesday. I am contemplating taking Thursday off because on Friday morning I will begin the Rainier to Pacific Relay and run a total of 27.6ish miles in 24 hours or less. There might be an easy run on Sunday along the beach. It depends on my sleep deprivation level. I am very excited for the weekend!

I picked up the Michael and Annika on Saturday and had a great lunch with the kids at McDonald's with my dad. We met in Kelso, Washington. It's about an hour and 45 minute drive for me and an hour and 1o minutes for my dad. My kids stayed with Grandma and Grandpa for the week and attended Willowbrook, a arts, drama, music and dance day camp in Tualatin, my home town. They loved it and are ready to go back. It is great to have the kids back, but my house is already a mess again. Such is life. Gotta love it! One thing I did learn is that my Grandpa, who is 95 and lives in Tennessee isn't doing to well and may go home to the Lord in the next couple of weeks. We are surprised he has lasted this year after my Grandma passed away almost a year ago. So I am mentally preparing for this trip.

I continue to have Jury duty this week. I do hope to get on a small trial this week. All I need is to get on a big trial, miss the relay and have to serve for another few weeks by getting on a big trial! Too much I would miss!

Gotta go...laundry calls!

Grace and Peace to you.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Out with the Old, In with the New

Just messing around today.... got excused from jury duty and have been playing around on the computer. All of the 60 people called for the pool on Monday and asked to come back today were released. The person must have plea bargained. I waited around for about an hour and a half but wasn't called onto any of the cases beginning today, so all of us leftovers were sent home. And, I don't have to come in Thursday or Friday!

As you can see I decided to lighten things up a bit and changed my blog template. Hope you like!

Last week I had my TSH levels tested for my hypothyroidism. Just been feeling out of whack lately and feeling like I am gaining weight despite all my running and eating well. I was low so they reduced my Synthroid dosage from 125 to 100. Hopefully this helps. I also purchased the book Living Well With Hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon and it talks about ways to battle this weight gain despite proper diet and exercise. One of the many things she advocates is a low glycemic diet. So I'll be trying this out. I'll let you know how it goes. I also plan to do it within the boundaries of Weight Watchers which is a program I am familiar with.

My Tuesday update:

Weight watcher points goal for weight range= 22points
earned for exercise=8 Ran 5.3 miles with Michelle
total points used=33
Used 3 bonus points out of 35 allotted for the week. Paul and I went out to lunch at the Powerhouse for a date while the kids are at Grandma and Grandpa's. I ate the Black bean burger with bleu Cheese and mushrooms. I only ate 3/4 of the french fries and drank 1.5 glasses of strawberry lemonade. I think I did pretty well.

Wednesday update (so far)
Weight watcher points goal for weight range= 22points
earned for exercise=8 ran 5.3 miles on my own
spent 16 so far and have 14 left over for dinner.
I plan not to use all of them and to eat salad with grilled chicken. Paul is out golfing so I only need to cook for one!

Grace and peace you you.

Monday, July 7, 2008

I know, I know.....

It's been a long while, I know, I know.

My apologies.

School, life, school, kids...etc.. it all gets in the way.

Now for a brief update.
Still feeling pretty well! Currently preparing for the 186 mile Rainier to Pacific relay 6 person ultra relay. Normally a 12 person relay with three legs. I am a part of a 6 person team with 6 legs each. A great summer challenge. I am also planning a few marathons. Michelle's Grande Ass Marathon and the Portland Marathon at least. If plans allow, I'd like to also run Haulin' Aspen and the Timberline 26.2. We'll see.

I am also making public my quest to lose some pounds. I struggle with Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism which can make weight lose difficult. So, I am relying on old Weight Watcher's materials and a homemade journal/points log to track any loss. I officially began on July 1 with the challenge of Family camp July 3-6 with my fam where choices weren't really given, but portion control was the issue. I think I held steady. I ran 5.3 miles from the camp into town and back on Friday and on Saturday ran 6 miles total, 5 of which was on the beach. That was a good workout.

So, I'll be trying to track my progress here as a way of being accountable. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, but really don't want to pay or take time to attend meetings. I may find I need to go back and do just that, but we'll give it a shot this way first. I guess I'd like to drop 10-15 pounds. I had my blood drawn for the hypothyroidism on July 1st. I've been feeling like maybe my medication dosage has been off, I haven't heard back yet. So I'll try to keep things up to date here.

Today my plan was to run to the Y for Michelle's Pilates class and then home, but my husband and I didn't return home from camp until past 11pm. I felt I needed to sleep, because I also have the challenge of beginning jury duty today in Pierce County Superior Court. I just filled out a questionnaire today and have to return on Wednesday. I'll be able to fill in on those details later. So the plan was altered to this...

Monday-Circuit training class at the Y 5:30pm
Tuesday- Run with Michelle at 5:20 am
Wednesday- Run
Thursday- Run
Friday- Pilates
Saturday- Up in the air as I have to pick up my kids from my parent's house in Portland.
Sunday- Run

Wish me luck!

Grace and Peace to you.

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update for Monday 7/7/08:
Weight watcher points goal for weight range= 22
points earned for exercise=8
total points used=28

Pretty good day, hard to not snack, tried to drink lots of water instead.