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Change Will Do You Good

Today, I decided I needed a change on my blog.  I really loved the simpleness of the other lay-out but have always wanted more than just the one column.  I am always envious of other bloggers’ cool looking sites, with all of the links and gadgets.  But I’m still such a newbie and haven’t caught on to all of  the neat extras yet.  Maybe one day, I will figure it all out.  In the meantime, I found this customizable header and will play around some more with it over the next few days. 

I also decided to jump back on the treadmill this morning after a two-week break.  Unfortunately, I added a  few of the pounds back on that I had worked so hard to get off over the past few months.  I just wasn’t in the mood to workout and needed the break.  But now, I need to get back on the horse.

I’ve also committed to drinking more water everyday.  I made that as one of my New Year’s resolutions but am hit or miss with it.  I was inspired yesterday when I visited my account on www.ExperienceProject.com and saw that they have added a new section called My Challenges.  They have a 14-day Drink More Water Challenge, and if you complete it, you will be entered to win 6 cases of Metromint Water (one of each flavor – Peppermint, Spearmint, Cherrymint, Lemonmint, Orangemint, and Chocolatemint) , a Metromint tote bag, and a Metromint t-shirt.  I’ve never heard of Metromint Water, so I’m going to have to check it out.  Whether I end up winning or not, though, I know that I am doing something good for my body.

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Ay Oh, Let’s Go!

The kids left for school this morning decked out in orange and blue.  They don’t care that the colors here are very similar to that other Florida school.  They proudly wear their Gator colors everywhere they go.  We are anxiously awaiting tonight’s game.  It should be a great match up between last year’s Heisman winner and this year’s. 

We are a big sports family.  My oldest son’s first word was “ball” probably due to the fact that my husband started tossing  a ball around with him as soon he was able to hold one.  He started his first league sport (t-ball) when he was 4 and has continually played some sport each season since.  My other two fell right in behind him when they turned 4 as well.  As much as I like watching college football and professional baseball, I love watching my kids play more than anything.  My oldest is steadily improving his times in swimming, and my youngest has his first basketball game this Saturday.  My daughter is waiting for softball season to begin again in a couple of months, so for now she will be on the sidelines with her dad and me. 

I sometimes miss playing a sport; I enjoyed basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer as a kid.   But they weren’t as organized then and, in my small high school, were a bit limited.  I started running on the high school track team my senior year and have enjoyed keeping that up as much as possible over the years since.  I like it because it’s an individual sport.  No one has to rely on me, and I can do it whenever and wherever I like.  The downside is I have to drag my own behind out the door or to the treadmill; no one’s calling me to say that it’s time for practice.  And if I don’t get off of this computer and get my shoes on now, I won’t get in my run for today.

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Quietly Ringing in Another New Year

Already into day 3 of 2009, and I’m having fun just hanging out with the family.  The boys decided to go north to the snow Monday and came back on the 1st.  My daughter and I rang in the new year catching up on missed episodes of 24.  Since we were overseas so long, we missed a lot of series and found Netflix while we were in France.  We caught up on a few and are now able to watch them in real time on tv. But there are still others like 24 that we are still catching up on.

It was quiet around here for a few days, but my daughter and I enjoyed hanging out and doing girl stuff.  We went to an outlet mall one day – those are dangerous places!  We did get in our exercise for the day.  That’s one thing I haven’t done in a while.  It sure is easy to get out of the habit and get lazy.  I get up each day and think I need to start running again, but my body says, Oh, let’s just wait.  I know I need to, and I have set a date.  The kids go back to school Monday, and it will be the best day to make my new year’s day.  I also need to start eating better.  The holidays have brought lots and lots of chocolate my way, and anyone who knows me well knows I cannot say No to chocolate.  But I do say No to fruits and vegetables very easily.  I think I could live on bread, pasta, and chocolate. 

Well, that will all stop Monday.  I am going to post my resolutions on my bathroom mirror where I will see them every morning and night.  But for now, I have a couple more days to enjoy and relax with my family before real life begins once again.

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Goals and Motivation

Yesterday my kids all brought home their quarterly progress reports from school.  The two youngest had straight A’s for the first time.  They were so excited as they are usually disappointed because they’ve missed all A’s with one close B+.  The oldest has made straight A’s several times, but this year seems to be challenging him a bit more.  Honors English, French IV, calculus, swim team, and a girl friend will do that, I suppose.  I am so proud of all of them, straight A’s or not.  They all three strive for their best, and that’s all I can ask for. 

So now they are motivating me a bit.  With the new year coming, I am thinking of resolutions.  I haven’t made any since I was a kid, but this year may be different.  I haven’t been feeling the best for a little while, and I am hoping that all of that has passed.  Now that I’m moving around more, I am hoping to get my energy back, plus a little more than before.  I need to get back on the work-out wagon and take advantage of the family gym membership that we pay for each month.  My goal is to get back on track with what I was doing in Guam.  I was running 5-K’s, 10-K’s, or sprint triathlons at least once a month.  I don’t think that I will find the variety of races here, but I will start by looking for one to use as a goal in a few months. 

I think I’ll try something I haven’t done in years and put my resolutions on paper for 2009.  Maybe if I post them somewhere and see them each day, I will remember what my goals are and be motivated to work towards them.  It’s worth a try.

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Geaux Team!

My husband has managed to somehow make friends with an LSU fan at work.  I don’t know how he did it.  The only thing I can manage to come up with is that he justifies that they’re a part of the SEC.  Actually, I have a sister who married into an LSU family, so I guess they can’t be all that bad.

His friend and wife are coming over to watch the football games at our house this weekend.  But first, the morning will begin on the local football field; we’ll watch our youngest son play.  Then we’ll be off to our daughter’s softball field for a game.  I love watching our kids play sports.  Living overseas gave us the opportunity to expose them to some that we wouldn’t have learned about otherwise.  When we lived in Guam, we learned how to play rugby and cricket.  In Paris, both our sons continued their love for rugby and played on teams there.  My youngest loves to talk about his trip to Italy to play in a tournament with French, Germans, Italians, Brits…  In Ireland, my husband couldn’t wait to get to a sports store and buy hurleys after we watched a semi-pro match.

My husband started coaching teeball when our oldest son was 4.  When we lived in Japan, our son got the opportunity to play on a Japanese Little League baseball team; that was an unforgettable experience.  The team had a couple of games in which we had to spend the night away from home.  I felt like we really got to see the culture there first-hand.  My husband has coached each of our children in some sport, baseball, soccer, basketball…  I helped out as team mom a lot and even coached a tee-ball team when he was deployed.  Now that they are old enough to be on school teams, we are a little less involved in the coaching.  But we are still there to cheer.  Our oldest decided to run cross-country this year, and even though it’s not a team sport, per se, we still go cheer for him and his teammates.  He improves his time with each meet and hopes to break a 19:00 5-K so he can letter at the end of the season. 

I have decided to get back on the track myself.  When I was in school, I liked playing sports as well, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball…, but sports teams weren’t as big for girls back then.  I was on the track team my senior year and liked running the longer distances like my son.  I have been an on-and-off runner since then.  I ran a couple of 5-K races in college, and then when we moved to Guam 6 years ago, the whole family got involved in racing.  They had a race of some kind every weekend.  I even did a few sprint triathlons.  After we left Guam, we moved 3 times in 2 years.  I had other things that took priority so didn’t have a lot of time to workout.  But now that my kids are starting to pass me when I run, I am encouraged to get back out there and have a go of it again.  I won’t catch up with my oldest son, but maybe I can try for my original goal back in Guam to get my 10-K under an hour.  I’ve been asked if I’ll run a marathon.  I’m not quite ready for that one yet, but maybe one day. 

My daughter hates to run.  I must admit it can get boring at times.  I try to vary where and when I run; I’m always looking for new music to put on my iPod.  I know it will get me in the shape I want to be in, so I do it.   I also do it to keep my kids motivated to stay active.  If they see me running or working out, they can’t say, “Well, you don’t do anything.”  There have been seasons when they didn’t want to play a sport again.  They were tired of playing in the outfield or on the line.  So we just have them try something new until they find what they do like.

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