Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adventures in homeschooling

I'm getting bored with all the foot injury/non-running talk so I thought I'd share a funny story from today's adventures in homeschooling.

ADHD is the reason we homeschool. The traditional school setting was, well, kind of a disaster. Every day was a giant shit storm.



School was not equipped to handle a kid like Joey.

Coincidentally, this is one of Joey's favorite movies


Almost everyone we know thought homeschooling was a bad idea. Well, everyone except for his school- strangely they thought it was a great idea.


Joey's teachers were devastated. False.


We've heard it all. Long before I was vegan and getting accustomed to "Where do you get your protein?", I was constantly hearing "What about socialization?".




But we won't go there. The important thing is that Joey's come a long way, in his special Joey way, following his own timeline. It goes in spurts. There are months on end of smooth sailing, then life happens- mom breaks her ankle, someone gets sick, meds need to be adjusted. It's a definite roller coaster but overall we have seen steady progress.

There are times when I absolutely love homeschooling, and other times my fingers itch to type "schools for kids with ADHD near Phoenix, AZ" in the old Google machine. But at the end of the day, I know this is the best fit for my child at this point in his life.


 

That being said, today was an itchy finger kind of day. He was doing his absolute best to antagonize me, even while doing his work. I'd build a word for him to read (we use All About Reading and it is fantastic), he'd read it but add the words "stupid" or "dumb" to it.




We got to the part of the lesson where he needed to read vocab words before moving on to the story, and one of the words was "aster" (apparently it's a flower). He read it perfectly, then looked at me and said with a smirk, "You're an aster."


Yes, I laughed.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh, hello!

I did not mean to take a week away from my little corner of the internet. This week was a little light on the working out which always makes me feel blah.




But... foot update! I walked my regular 1.5 mile route on Saturday and today and felt no pain!!




Of course, my initial instinct was to do ALL THE THINGS! But even the thought of an injury was pretty scary and I think I'm going to take a little more time off from running. I guess the way I look at it is as much as I love running, I'd rather give that up a little bit longer than lose running, walking, AND hiking.

I'm hoping that taking weight off my joints through lower impact workouts will make it safer (and easier) for me to achieve my running goals. Even 10 or 15 lbs would make a huge difference when running! God help us if it takes me too long to get there...





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

While running and I are on a break

Even though my last run was a week ago, today was the first day that I finally acknowledged that I am taking an extended break from running.

Honestly, I still take Rachel's side in this argument


I made an effort to be active but it definitely didn't have the awesome sweat factor of running. I went for a 30 minute (give or take, forgot to track) bike ride, and did this workout (which was admittedly pretty tough). My Bodymedia Fit Link doesn't pick up HIIT workouts or cycling very well, so not sure what my calorie burn was, but I got almost an hour of activity in. I'm feeling very apathetic to all this stupid non-running exercise crap, however.

unimpressed giraffe is unimpressed with today's workout


In an effort to keep up my motivation, I've admitted to myself that I'm going to need to join the gym (something I've managed to avoid for 2 years) so that I can find fun ways to work out that don't involved my still overweight body pounding the pavement. I can use the elliptical, and I love Zumba, so I have a few low-impact options. Having several machines and class options at my disposal will hopefully help keep boredom at bay.




What are your favorite ways to exercise?




Monday, February 16, 2015

NOOOOO!!!!!

Last Tuesday's run went great... Wednesday was a rest day, and I noticed a twinge in my left foot (not the side with the ankle issues, that feels great). Thinking I'd pulled something, I wasn't too worried.
Thursday I noticed that I couldn't walk long distances without that twinge turning into full-blown pain. I decided to take another rest day. But I was FREAKING OUT. Dr. Google had me convinced I was dealing with a stress fracture.
It was still bothering me on Friday (after walking around the store for a while), so I took the entire weekend off of any activity. Which is torture for me, by the way.




Today it was feeling much better so I went for a walk. About a half mile in, the pain set in and I hauled ass to urgent care to get it looked at. They did x-rays (although I've heard stress fractures are difficult to detect on x-ray) and said everything looks fine, but that I need to take some time off of high-impact exercise, like running, hiking, even walking for a while.

Basically all the activities I enjoy doing.




So, stress fracture or not, looks like I'm taking time off from running... AGAIN. 

I've been telling myself that unlike the shit storm that was my ankle fracture/surgery/healing, this is not a life-stopping, cast-wearing injury. I can keep going with my weight loss efforts, I just need to find other forms of exercise to keep up my weight loss. Unfortunately, I'll probably have to work out twice as long to get anywhere close to the calorie burn running gets me.









Friday, February 13, 2015

Some fun digital valentines

Somehow I've amassed a small collection of random digital valentines, and I usually text them to my husband around this time of year. Thought I'd share some of them with you guys! (Note: I wish I could link to the original artists for all of these, but they are files I've had saved on my computer for a long time and I'm not sure where they all came from!)

 Happy Valentine's Day!




www.gemmacorrell.com














Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thoughts While Running Outside

In my last post I mentioned that I've been using the treadmill as a sort of security blanket. Because of that pesky ADHD, sometimes I think too much.



So, in the spirit of keeping it real, here are thoughts that go through my head when I'm running in public:


Oh my god, is that my breathing?




Shit, this is hard.




Ooh a lizard/cat/cool bug!!! I must stop and look/pet/chase after it.




Oh my god, there was big rock right there. What if I'd tripped on it and hurt my ankle? 
(Imagine and re-imagine said scenario for at least a quarter of a mile)




Seriously, I sound like a wildebeest.




Faster. I need to go faster.
 OMG I'm awesome.




Okay too fast.




That person is going to think I need medical attention thanks
 to my abnormally loud breathing. 
I better say hello as loudly as I can so they know I'm okay.


 

Why am I veering to the right? (Imagine I'm a car with alignment problems. 
Figure out what kind of car I would be.)




I hope I don't stumble off this 2 inch curb and hurt my ankle. 
(Dwell on new scenario for another quarter mile.)





DONE!




I am a total badass.



It doesn't take an expert to figure out that I'm self-conscious of my breathing and terrified of hurting my ankle again. We all have our issues...the important part is that I get out there, get my miles in, and feel super awesome afterwards.



Monday, February 9, 2015

My new training partner!

Look what I got!



Finally bit the bullet and got a Garmin Forerunner 220. I think it's going to prove to be a good investment with my running goals and training plans. I debated for a very long time between the Forerunner 15 and Forerunner 220, but, ultimately the 220 won out thanks to Bluetooth and the vibration alerts.

One of the reasons I wanted a running watch is because I've been using the treadmill as a security blanket (more to come on that in a future post about what goes through my head when I run outside).

I noticed that being able to control my running environment was a detriment in a few different ways:

- pushing my pace was harder because I had to overcome what *I* think is a fast number on the treadmill (ie. "I can't go that fast!")

- no variation in the terrain, wind, etc., will do absolutely nothing to prepare me for future races.


I dare you to watch the whole video and not laugh


Not to mention:

- I was getting really freaking bored looking at my empty walls- music or no, I was really needing a change in scenery to motivate me.

- When I did run outside, I was doubting the accuracy of the running app on my phone and pulling my phone out of my sports bra to check my pace was really irritating (and occasionally embarrassing).

Today was a rest day but I really wanted to take her out for a run, so I ran a little more than a mile. I loved it! Really looking forward to using this on my longer runs and being able to enjoy the gorgeous weather (until the scorching heat forces me back on the treadmill).