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Monday, April 25, 2011

On Easter, Eating and Exercise

Today I hit a milestone that I thought I would never, ever, in my entire life, ever hit.

I ran two miles continuously.  Without stopping.  And it only took me about 21 minutes.

The most I've done before this is one mile.  And, for the record, I really hate running.  But I did it.  Mostly because I have felt myself slipping lately.  I have been totally committed to exercising and to my eating plan, but the past two weeks I have not been doing so hot.  In fact, I made it to the lowest weight I've ever hit here in Michigan (a weight I've hit twice before in the past year and a half)(you know, that awful plateau weight)(and then I give up) last week, and I really want to not give up this time.  But, like I said, I'm slipping.

I don't know if it's the actual weight itself, or the time it usually takes to get me there, but I am totally bored of my eating plan.  And then I wonder why I never get bored of my horrible eating plan, the one where I just eat whatever, because it's not like it's full of a ton of variety, either!  And when I start not being totally committed to eating right, I stop wanting to work out.

So today, I forced myself to do the two miles.  And I surprised myself, because it wasn't really that hard.  So, we'll see if I can jump back on track this week, because let's just say that Easter didn't really do me any favors, curses to Cadbury and those dang eggs!

Speaking of Easter, here are the girls on Easter Sunday.  I am afraid this is the last year we can do the matchy-matchy thing unless I get my act together and sew them some dresses.  Bria's dress is the largest size The Children's Place carries, and it was still a titch too short.  I was happy that I could find some shoes that fit her (she's practically wearing my shoes)(and I wear a 9.5!) and still matched the other two. Yes, I am a little freaky about the matching thing, I totally admit.  Now, didn't I say there were pictures?

Yes, there are pictures, and Sophia wasn't really feeling very cooperative...

I'll have to do a better shoot of them in the dresses when it's warmer.  Don't let Easter Sunday fool you, it was warm for us, yes, but still only 45 degrees or so.  And it's snowing again on Wednesday.

Perhaps I'll vent about that by running three miles.

Hope you all had a happy Easter!


  1. LARA!! I can't do two miles continuously--much less at that pace--and I'm planning on doing the dang marathon this year! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! PLEASE keep up the good work! Please keep going. Please know that I am so happy for you and rooting for you every (sore, reluctant) step of the way!

    Love the girls' dresses.

  2. Yahoo! Good job, my friend! I know how it feels to accomplish something you've worked hard to achieve.

  3. Two miles! I was proud of myself for walking two miles. Good for you!!

    Beautiful dresses. I wish they made one in my size.

  4. I am a tad bit obsessive about the matchy matchy too- in fact so much so that I went to the Gymboree outlet this year to buy a size up in the easter dress the girls had last year. That way, in 2 years, Elodie will wear a new dress, Addysen will wear Elodie's, and Evyn can wear Addysen's. Makes me feel better about spending so much on dresses knowing that atleast we will get another use out of them in a couple of years!

    Cute girls and dresses!!!

  5. I get a chuckle from how, with even a slightly uncooperative daughter, your group photo is just worlds cuter than my mostly uncooperative crew (albeit my timing could have been off attempting a photo after a lengthy Easter service...(-:).

  6. Well, you must not have slipped that bad if you ran two miles continuously!! Yay! That is awesome Lara! And the girls look so beautiful. And bigger, and older...boo hoo....We missed you guys yesterday and thought of you all!

  7. The dresses look great and I am still impressed with the running. Maybe I will try timing my runs for the first time this week. Although my goal will be more like going an entire 1/2 mile running before slowing down

  8. Keep with the eating plan, you can do it! OR you can check out eat2getfit dot com. I think it's the simplest and most effective menu plan tool out there because there is no thinking required. It's too complex for me to explain here though. Go check it out if you need new ideas about what to eat.

    And I'm impressed you've kept the matchy matchy thing going this long. Kudos!

  9. that is SO awesome you ran two miles continuously... I don't think I could.

    the dresses are darling... enjoy it

    my girls REFUSE to match :(

  10. P.S. my 10 year old is getting TALLER by the minute and I've added some length her dresses with some cute trim (3 to 4 inches wide), like white eyelet or something... it's been a real money saver for us. The dresses still fit, they're just too short.

    I get the trim at Jo-Ann's when I have a 40% off coupon and it's usually less than $10.

  11. I always love to see what your girls are wearing for Easter!!!! WOWOWOW! I love Sophias hair! SO pretty! All 3 of them are beautiful!!

  12. Cute dresses!
    Congrats on two miles. I am familiar with the plateau as well...currently working my way BACK to it to see if I can break through it.

  13. Way to go on the run! I'm not much of a fan of running either. Or exercising in general and eating well. It just is such a challenge. But, I am trying to do better (minus all the crap I've eating since Sunday morning).

    The pictures are so fun. Love Sophia!

  14. The girls look beautiful!

    And congrats on the two miles. Unless you are born to love it, it can be hateful!

  15. Awesome! Hope you are having an amazing day! Shauna from http://www.trying2staycalm.com/

  16. Holy crap they're getting old.
    And i think it's time for the Neves sisters to match, but not entirely.
    You can do it, be strong. :)

  17. They're like a trio of spring flowers! I love how you have this amazing archive of matching-dress photos for them—they're going to love looking back at them one day.

    Congrats on the two miles! Running and I don't get along, but I'm trying to increase my walking mileage; guess I'll just try to focus on how good I feel when I stick with it.

  18. This totally reminds me of my mother. I grew up in a family of 3 girls and my mother sewed a lot! She always had us three girls in matching outfits. I actually grew to hate sewn clothes as I became a teenager because I never owned a pair of jeans until I was 11 years old and even then I had to purchase them with my own hard earned money. Needless to say, I still to this day do not know how to sew, nor do I ever want to learn. Pretty sad I know.

    Your girls are absolutely darling in their spiffy dresses. They look so springish.

    I totally love that little Sophia. I feel like I can relate to her. She is the youngest and that's the same order with me and my sisses.

  19. Such cute girls in their adorable dresses! Sadly, Bria is approaching the age where she may not want to wear "little girl" dresses anymore. The matching thing may come to mastering the art of buying similar-themed dresses in matching colors. But I hope you have at least a couple more years, especially if you can sew!

  20. oh! And congrats on the run! Add a little each time you go out, and before you know it, you will feel JOY! in the five-miler!

  21. Woohoo on the 2 miles!
    The girls look adorable.

  22. Sophia is cracking me up in the pictures.

    As for the getting bored, I understand. It is probably more of a mental block since you met up with your plateau weight again, you have the I can't get past mentality stuck in the back of your mind.... at least that is what happens to me. But just know that you can do it. And 2 miles proves that you are amazing and can rock your eating and exercise all the way to your goal.