Monthly Archives: March 2011

Our mom says our dad is a real sex machine

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Ok so I know I live in Ohio and the weather well um suckssssss… but I really really hoped and prayed that old man weather hit the bricks but…. SIKE (yes I said sike)!

This morning I woke up and drove to the towpath.  It was cold but the sun was out and it was beautiful.  I got a great 4.5 mile run in so it was hard to believe that a few short hours later it would be snowing….. AGAIN!  Meanwhile my bff is in Vegas posting pictures of herself on face book laying poolside!  Can you say biotchhhh!

Once Mike got home we decided we needed a low key stress free kinda night so we ordered a pie and watched a oldie but goodie movie on the boob tube.

I don’t know if I thought it was cute or weird that my husband practically knew EVERY line to this movie!  He also said Arnold used to be his favorite actor…

Yea he’s definitely a weirdo!

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Is it Friday yet…

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I’m having a rough week…

Work has been SO busy and stressful…

And I’m dealing with some not so fun personal issues at home…

So since I never have wanted my blog to turn into the “listen to me bitch about my life blog.” I needed to take yesterday off from blogging as well as today (kinda).  So the rest of my night will be spent by watching mindless TV… Teen Mom (which always make me feel better about my life!  Hopefully tomorrow things will be on the up swing it will be Wednesday already so thats a plus!

S.M.A.R.T. goals

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Tonights post is inspired from my Team Challenge running coach Heather.  Earlier this week she sent out an email to our team telling us to start thinking about a picking a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  This morning at our group run we went around and all listed what are personal goal was.

Let me disclaimer my response by this… For some reason I was REALLY anxious for my run and not in an excited way.  I slept like crap last night and I kept thinking about have to wake up and run for an hour this morning, I knew that 60 minutes meant running almost 6 miles and that mileage intimated me.  6 miles is the farthest I have ever ran at one time without stopping, I also have been battling some digestive issues during and after my runs so that worried me as well.  And of course my mind worried me, running is SOOO mental after 4 miles for me.  Right after mile 4 negative thoughts start rolling in, “you can’t do this”, “aren’t you tired?”.  Our team is comprised of runners and walkers and some run/walkers.  Most of the runners are running an 8:30 to a 9:00 minute mile and then there’s me with my 10-10:30 minute mile and the rest of the team is most run/walkers.  So most of the time on our group run I am still by myself so my mind really still has a way of getting to me.  Couple negative self talk + digestive issues and it can really make for a stressful run.


Before I explain my S.M.A.R.T. goal let me explain what one is:

S = Strategic and Specific

The goal should identify a specific action or event that will take place. Answers the question: Who and What?

M = Measurable

Include in the specific goal statement the measurements to be used to determine that the results or outcomes expected have been achieved. It answers the question: How?

A = Attainable

Goals should challenge people to do their best, but they need also be achievable

R = Realistic

Goals need to pertain directly to the performance challenge being managed.

T = Time Bound

Enough time to achieve the goal And Not too much time, which can affect project performance. It answers the question: When?  SET A DEADLINE.

So, circle back around to my response this morning when I was asked what my S.M.A.R.T. goal was….

“My goal is improve my time so I am running a 10 minute mile or under consistently. Since we are running 60 minutes today I want to run 6 miles.”

When Heather asked me how I was going to do that my response was, “Run faster?”.  Well DUH…. My lack of a detailed plan of action really got me thinking.  I know I can run a ten minute mile I’ve done it numerous times before and I did it this morning no problem so my goal was kind of weak.  So I told myself if I’m going to set S.M.A.R.T. goals about anything they need to be outside of my comfort zone and something I truly want and need to do to make myself a better person.  Setting weak goals is like a person who doesn’t drink giving up taking shots of tequila for Lent… it’s POINTLESS!

I’ve decided to set one S.M.A.R.T goal each for my mind, body, and spirit.  Setting and achieving a positive goal in each category will make me not only a better person but also will help me to see the connection amongst the three.  Every Monday throughout the month of April I will evaluate my progress at these goals and will share with all of you my findings.  No goal worth setting is every easily reached!

April S.M.A.R.T Goals:

MIND- “My goal is to practice positive self-talk daily, and carry those positive affirmations into my runs.”

BODY- “My goal is too strength train 2 times a week for at least 30 minutes, and to track my progress.”

SPIRIT- “My goal is to become a more “mindful” person.  I will meditate 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes.”


I challenge all of you reading this to set at least one S.M.A.R.T. goal for yourself!  Please feel free to share:)!!!



 

My so called life…

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Scooby Update:

If the last couple days were a “Intro To Parenting” course I am in NO way ready!  Like I blogged about on Monday, my four legged son had dental surgery.  Monday night went well, I think he was still really drugged up from the surgery but Tuesday morning was a whole different story!!!  Scooby wouldn’t eat any breakfast therefore I wasn’t able to give him his antibiotics or his pain pill so at 8:30am the crying and whining started, he was in pain and he was letting me know it!  I called the vet quite upset because I felt so bad that I put him through this and I really just didn’t know what to do.  The vet told me to come back in and she would give him a pain shot as well as a pain patch that would release pain meds every couple hours so I didn’t have to worry about giving him taking a pill for relief.  So back to the vet we went and Scooby got a little “Charlie Sheen”:)

They had to shave a little patch of hair off of his back and the pain patch seems to be stapled into his back, he gets it removed on Friday morning.  Today he is doing MUCH better and seems to back to his high maintenance self, he is eating and the whining and crying has stopped… thank god!!!

Team Challenge Update:

Team Challenge is going GREAT!  I am only $460.00 away from reaching my goal and am SOOOO excited!  Donations are still slowly coming in and I am now planning a bake sale at a local running store to help get roll in some additional funds.  My website has been updated and revamped to show EVERYONE who has donated to me.

http://www.active.com/donate/virginia11neohio/OHIOASocrat

Please if you are reading this and haven’t donated please do, any amount will help!!!!  I have gotten a lot of questions in my fundraising endeavor that I would like to share with you in case you have them as well!

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, also referred to as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum. The swelling extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The swelling can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.

Image of the digestive tract.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, the general name for diseases that cause swelling in the intestines. Because the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, it can be difficult to diagnose. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the top layer of the lining of the large intestine. In Crohn’s disease, all layers of the intestine may be involved, and normal healthy bowel can be found between sections of diseased bowel.

Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families. About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child. Crohn’s disease can occur in people of all age groups, but it is more often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 30. People of Jewish heritage have an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease, and African Americans are at decreased risk for developing Crohn’s disease.  Crohn’s disease may also be called ileitis or enteritis.- Source

When is your actual race?

June 4th, 2011 in Loudoun, VA

How far is the race?  Do you want to run the entire thing?

The race is a half marathon which is 13.1 miles.  YES my goal is to run the entire race!

What is your fundraising deadline?

My goal is to be at my goal by April 4th, 2011 so if there is even the slightest chance you may donate please do so TODAY:)  Via my website, or if you prefer to send a check, you can contact me directly via email at: kirkendalla@gmail.com

Please help guys I am SOOO close!  Woo hoo:-)!

OPRAH:

Today while completing my 50 minute run on the treadmill I watched a GREAT episode of Oprah.  The topic was “Are You Happy”?  And it was very interesting, they talked about Americas happiest city, as well as the happiest jobs!  Oprah listed this online quiz:

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Poll-Are-You-Happy

The most interesting fact that I learned was…. Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Cornell University shows that spending money on a life experience produces longer-lasting happiness than spending money on material things; in fact, the impact of a new material thing only lasts about nine months.

Can you say TEAM CHALLENGE!!!

Listen to the wisdom of the toothless ones. ~Fijian Proverb

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Today was a hard day for me I had to drop my sweet boy Scooby off at the vet to have dental surgery.  We noticed the last couple weeks that he had been eating less and less and all signs pointed to his teeth!  Scooby is miniature daschund and his breed is known for having dental issues and ears issues and unfortunately he has both.

Luckily I take Scooby to great team of vet’s so we got him into the doctor last Friday for a check up to see if it was indeed his teeth.  The doctor confirmed and we agreed it would best if Scooby came back in Monday (today) for a dental cleaning and the doctor explained that just by the small peek she got into Scooby’s mouth that more than a couple teeth would definitely need to be pulled out.

Scooby FREAKS out if anyone goes near his mouth so a dental cleaning meant that that he would have to be put under.  As many of you know when anyone is put “under” human or animal there is always a chance something could happen, so I was nervous to say the least.

I didn’t sleep well last night so this morning was tough getting ready for work and then getting Scooby together to be dropped off at the vet at 7:30am.  When I dropped him off the nurse told me he would be in surgery most of the day and if I didn’t hear from them by 2:00pm that I should call them.  Well the day dragged on and on and it was 1:55pm with still no word from the vet… so I called them:)  They put the vet on the phone and she told me Scooby’s surgery and cleaning went wonderful but they had to pull 5 big teeth:( and that Scooby would be in recovery until 4pm.

I arrived at 4:00pm on the dot to pick up my little man and the doctor came out and explained everything that was done in a bit more detail.  Scooby had all four molars pulled on the upper half of his mouth along with his left top canine tooth.

Which meant he needs some meds, two antibiotics along with doggie morphine:)!

The vet said Scooby would need alot of comfort along with the meds so I came home and did for my “son” what my mom always did for me when I was feeling under the weather…. I made him a nest on the couch!!!

Scooby has gotten nothing but constant attention since I brought him home from not only me but my hubby as well!  We just have to work on getting some food in him and I think he will be back to his old loving self in no time!  But for tonight he’s loving his doggie morphine:)!!!

I promise a Team Challenge update tomorrow!

Why I love Sundays…

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Waking up at 7am on a Sunday might not sound fun to a lot of people but for me it really has been.  Since I was in Chicago last weekend and wasn’t able to run in the St. Malachi race with Team Challenge I was looking forward to our 55 min. run this morning.

We also had a guest speaker that I was anxious to meet, fellow blogger Katie over at Healthy Heddleston!  Katie is a registered dietician and gave our team a lot of great tips on proper nutrition and how to fuel before and after long runs.  We ended up chatting and running most of the 55 minutes this morning together which made the run fly by!  Katie just ran a 1/2 marathon a couple weeks ago and is running another one in two weeks so I bounced a lot of questions off of her this morning!  Pop over to her page to wish her luck in the Athens half marathon I have no doubt she is gonna rock it:)!

The rest of my day has been nothing but relaxing and spent how every Sunday should be!  Tune back tomorrow for an exciting Team Challenge update.  Hope everyone had a great weekend!