Monday, July 25, 2011

Road Trip!

A little stop in Fancy Gap, VA. Before I-77N did us in on our road trip.

We are traveling! Right now we are are in Ohio - and it's much nicer than being in the sweltering heat of South Carolina. Much better.

Our trip up was eventful. West Virginia is our wild card, as I like to call it. Zach man gets car sick, and the road through there is crazy windy and hilly. It's beautiful country - it just doesn't sit well with Zach. So, after about 12 hours (of a drive that should have been about 9) we finally arrived.

Today was a little recovery day. Tomorrow we are going to the zoo. After that, we don't know - it's vacation after all!

Until next time...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Running and Thinking

I know I've been an absent blogger lately. We are trying to get ready for vacation (finally!). But I have been keeping up with my C25K program and while I'm out there huffing a puffing I always manage to think.

No, not about how much I hate running. Honestly, now that I'm doing it by choice it's not so bad. However sometimes I do think about how much I hate the humidity.

This week my thoughts have been wandering to how much Catholics and LDS are the same.

WHAT? Before you run away let me explain....

1. We are both misunderstood. People think we're not Christians, people think we have weird religious beliefs, and people are unwilling to understand either one of us. Seriously - think about that. How many times have I had to say "we don't worship graven images" and how many Mormons have had to say "we believe in Jesus Christ". Just sayin'....

2. We are both perceived in a certain way - all Priests are not child molesters. I'm kind of sick of hearing that. Yes, it's true there are some but there are also really great priests who are doing the work God has led them too. As for Mormons - they are mostly dubbed perfect. *guilty*. But they are just regular people like everyone else. There are good people and bad people - they work their way into any segment of the population. It's the way it is.....

3. Kids and lots of them - 'nuff said

4. Doing good things for other people because it's the right thing to do. I live here in the Bible belt and let me tell you - a lot (not all) of the 'good evangelical' people only help you if you have something to offer in return. That's just sad - you should help people because it is what you're supposed to do - and never expect anything in return. Good works never go unpunished.

5. We both have different Scriptures. The LDS Church has the Book of Mormon and the Catholic Bible has more books than the Protestant Bible. No version is wrong people - it's all the work of holy men.

6. Both Churches believe in excommunication. It's bad. You never want that to happen to you. Ever.

And there you have it - the reason why I believe we are more alike than everyone thinks. No, we are not the same - but we have more in common than given at first glance.

I've realized lately that a lot of the blogs I follow are written by Mormons. They are funny, honest, real people and it just reminded me of how I seem to gravitate toward them. They are people I could be friends with IRL - because they know I'll never give up my coffee - and they will love me anyway!

I hope I haven't offended anyone.

Until next time ~ Kris

Monday, July 18, 2011

Slow and Steady....

As you may know I've been working on the Couch to 5K (C25K) for about the last month. Sadly so far I'm still on week two - but I know I have to get credit for being persistent and trying ~ right?

My goal is to run my first 5K on October 8th. Since the plan is only supposed to take nine weeks I thought I gave myself plenty of time to train and get ready. Now I'm not so sure. On days like today when I was out there just *struggling* in a bad way I kept thinking "how am I going to get this done?" Then I remembered

"Slow and steady wins the race"

OK, so I'm guessing I won't be actually winning the 5K, but it's still winning if you go out and do your level best.

I tell my son that all the time - I'm not sure why I forgot it applies to everyone.

On the weight loss front - slow and steady is working there too. I'm not going to embarrass myself and tell you how much I weigh - but I will tell you that I've lost 3 pounds since I started tracking (about two weeks ago). Perfect if you ask me!

All in all, I'm trying to stay positive about both endeavors, but sometimes it's very hard to keep focused and motivated.

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's Your Song? 7.14.11



Today is my honey's birthday
(happy birthday babe!)

So, in honor of his big day I chose a song for him
from his favorite band 


Get ready for some serious head bangin'

Metallica 
One
(I tried to get the video, but it wouldn't let me embed
we all know how Metallica is about their work)


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Don't forget to visit Goodnight Moon and see what everyone else is listening to!

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Let's Talk About the SBD


I know a lot of people who have succeeded on the the South Beach Diet. I couldn't do it. I know my doctor said "do it", my husband was supportive and even did it with me! Can't beat that.

BUT

Yeah, there's something I couldn't handle about it. It really wasn't the missing pasta, bread, or whatever either. Really, it wasn't. Sure, the first day I craved Tostitos like a mad woman - but I got past that. What I was really missing was fruit.

You know, it's summertime - and fruit rocks during the summer - it's all fresh and delish....mmmm

I only lasted two and half days out of the 14 days in phase 1. I guess we could count the SBD as a

What am I going to do? I know I really need to lose weight. Starting to run has proven that to me for sure - I can't keep carrying greater than full term pregnancy weight around.

Back to WW I go. It's really the only program that has ever worked for me. Nothing at all is off limits - and that's the way it should be.

As far as losing weight goes I know I can do it - I just have to do it the way I know works best for me.

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Embrace the Camera 7.7.11

Thursday means Embrace Day. Link up with Mrs. Anderson and check out all the other embraces going on!



We all know I have trouble getting the ever elusive embrace shot - here are some examples




But then, somehow, we manage to pull one off
I love that little man


Until next time ~ Kris

What's Your Song? 7.7.11



Yep - it's Thursday. Time to link up with Amber at Goodnight Moon for What's your song? Today I am for sure playing the old school game. In honor of my birthday I'm posting the song that was number one when I was born. If I had been born a month later it would have been 'Light My Fire' by the doors - but alas, that's not the case.

The number one song on July 9, 1967 was Windy by The Association. Here you go...



Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Back to the Beginning - almost

Well, after slacking for a couple weeks on my C25K today I went back out there and started again. So, it should have been Week One, Day 3. I figured for sure I was going to suck and be right back at week one day one - but I surprised even myself!

I realized sometime when I was slacking that I was short mileagewise. What I thought was 3.3 was actually only 2.7 *UGH* so I added one more lap around today for 3.6. So my time seems horrible {ok, it IS horrible} but now I know I'm doing enough for a 5K.

Anywho - I actually ran all my intervals today and then some! When Erik came home from PT, he even went the last lap around with me (he's the greatest!).

So, overall a very productive day! I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to move on to week two yet - I'll give it a shot on Friday and see how it goes.

Until next time ~ Kris

Friday, July 1, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill in #47

Hosted by Wife of a Sailor - here's your chance to learn about other MilSpouses. What an incredibly intriguing group of people!

1Have you (spouse) ever considered joining the military and what do you think of dual military couples? submitted by Project Army Wife
Well...we spent many years as a dual military couple. So I obviously think they are incredible! It's hard because you have to decided things like "are we going to spend twice as much time apart as a couple so one of us can be home with the kids?" Which doesn't always work out anyway because well, it's the military. I could write a post about it - but I'll just say - most dual military couples really love each other and work their butts off to make their marriage work, just like anyone else. 


2. What is your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon? submitted by A Few of My Favorite Things
Having all the laundry and homework done so I can just stick my nose in a book and not have to be bothered! 


3. What do you usually do for the 4th of July holiday?  submitted by Anchor’s Away
Well, we are not crowd people, so we usually stay away from the city celebration. Plus it's like 100* so who wants to go boil in the sun all day?! What we do though is buy fireworks and set them off in the backyard - our own little fireworks display!


4. If they could make an Olympic event JUST for you that you know you’d medal in, what would it be? submitted by Pants are Confusing
Um, wow. Could procrastination be an Olympic event? I'm pretty good at that. Oh wait - list making! I'm very good at making lists (sometimes I lack in the follow through though!)


5.  What have you been doing to get yourself bathing suit ready for the summer? submitted by Not Just an Army Wife
Nada. Not that I'm bathing suit ready (you've seen my pictures, right?) but I'm going to be 44 this month - it is what it is - know what I mean?


Until next time ~ Kris