Sunday, May 29, 2011

From House to Home

As I was getting ready for my run this morning, I walked through the house getting my gear on and listening to the quiet. (If you have or have had young children, you understand the necessity of reveling in any quiet you can find during the day.) I ran into the powder bath and looked at the lamp wondering how long it would be until the bulb went out, and do I have any replacements, when I looked up and noticed the spray glitter all over the wall. This last Christmas, Santa (ahem) brought both of the girls spray glitter for their hair and my mother in law sprayed their hair with it in the powder bath so they could see the results instantly. I saw the results... all over the walls. I remember at the time thinking, "I'm going to have to paint over that at some point." Today I smiled at the memory of them giggling in the bathroom with their grandmother and thanking her for making this house even more our home that day.

Some days I look around at the places where we have dings in the walls, stain chipped on the cabinets, spots on the carpet and have a moment of "can't we keep anything looking nice?" But perspective is important; is it not? Those are the things that make this The Storch Home. Not just the place we happen to keep our stuff. They are the memories we keep safely tucked away and don't realize how important they are until a major catastrophe happens. (Such as someone losing every thing they own in a tornado.)

Today, and from now on, that place upstairs where the wall is clearly patched up since we still haven't painted over it, will be the place where the Reia, Reese, Audra and Zoi perfected their cartwheels on the bed while falling into the wall and creating a hole. We now laugh about it while remembering the fun we had with the Havens family.

The chip in my cabinets won't be something to sigh about but smile about since the girls spent hours after receiving scooters from Gran at Christmas riding around and around and around the kitchen squealing with delight. Outside toys inside? You bet!

Spots on the carpet? Honestly, I don't know and I'm pretty sure I don't want to. Dang dog.

Our house isn't perfect by any means, but our home is. It's the place we live and love and make messes. And I am so very thankful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why I've Stopped Running

In the spring of 2010,  I trained for and ran my first half marathon. Ran the whole thing. I was so proud and  promptly stuck a "13.1" sticker on the back of my car. (Terry nixed the sticker that said, "I Don't Go All The Way". Probably a good call.) It was fabulous. I looked good and felt good, but after the race I had no desire to continue running the distances I had been training with. Plus, it was HOT outside.

I spent the following year running a few races with poor results and I couldn't quite land on what it was I was looking for. I'm not a competitor and I'm never going to be a fast runner. I'm fine with that, but if not, then why run for that purpose. And really, I just want to be fit.

I started thinking back to a time when Terry and I traveled to Hawaii. At the time I was running about two to three miles four or five times a week with my friend Holly. I was in the BEST shape I had ever been in. And we didn't even run the whole time. I would wimp out after about 5 min and she would graciously walk for a few then we'd pick the running back up again. I am taking into account that I was eight years younger than I am now, and age does affect, but there seemed to be something to the starting and stopping that worked for me.

Then I remembered an article I read wherein it was explained that if you raised your heart rate and lowered it throughout your workout, you would burn 30% more FAT calories. Honestly, I don't know how this works so please don't tell me why that is all wrong. I don't care, because I've changed my running habits and am losing weight and inches like I did a decade ago. (I was eating so much to keep up with the crazy calories I was burning for half training that I didn't lose a pound. I was hungry!)

Now I go out for an hour three to four times a week. I start walking and usually after about a mile, I feel like running. I run until I feel like stopping and walk then run then walk...you get the idea. I so still push myself. Most of the time I get into a five minute running and two minute walking cool down cycle until I've reached an hour.

So far, it's working like a dream. I'm not nearly as hungry or exhausted after my workout and most of the time I can throw some weight training  or lunges or something in afterward. And I've lost a few pounds and inches (those inches are way more impt to me now than pounds).

If you are struggling with your workout and want an easy change this might be worth a try for you. Not to mention it seems to be much easier on my knees and feet. That's always a good thing!

Happy Running/Walking/Cycling or whatever you do~