Monday, November 30, 2009

Training Update IV

No, this boot isnt one of the hottest new fashion trends I picked up in Florida. Unforunately, I have injured my foot pretty seems running six miles and doing sprints isnt that great for your peroneal tendon...who knew??
I ran 4 miles last week at the resort. Let me tell you: It was a beautiful run. Water everywhere, the sun shining, palm trees. I wish that was my scenery everyday! The run felt great but afterwards, I could barely walk. All week at Disney, I was having a hard time (like everyone tapping their feet and looking at their watches while I painfully push the stroller behind-hard time)
This morning I tried to run again. It started off great. Sure, it was freezing but soon enough, I was peeling off the layers. I was doing a 9-10 minute mile and finished about two miles before the pain set in. I didnt even yell to let the girls know. As they ran off into the distance, my pride followed suit. Once they noticed I had fallen back (about a mile later) I told them what happened and to go on. Sadly, they did.
So picture this. Its 5 am, dark out and 30 degrees. I am hobbling through the neighborhoods, across the movie parking lot, all down the highway as tractor trailers are whizzing by. I'm all alone...crying here and there b/c of the pain and feeling sorry for myself. My left foot began hurting from using it to bear all of my weight. (I was really wishing I was half mutant at this point and could fly.)
I thought about those shows on National Geographic where survivors of airplane crashes brave the cold and fight for their lives. .....yes, I am just a little dramatic, but I realized I might not make it in a situation like that....
So, I have been told to wear this boot, rest it for a few weeks, take some meds, ice it several times a day and put my training on hold. I am trying not to freak and see the big picture. I will do some weights and possibly the eliptical/bike. I am pretty discouraged.
As far as weight goes, somehow I managed to eat out for every meal for a week and lose weight..not sure how that happened. But, I am down a few pounds....but still not at my goal. How are you guys doing? Let me know and post pics on your blogs!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Disney and Thanksgiving 09

Arriving at Disney!

On our way there!

Loading onto the Magical Express from Airport

Getting his first pair of Mouse ears

Loading on

Its a small world after all

Chris and Tayler (Rainforest Cafe)

Chase and his third cousin, Shawn

Gigi and Chase

7 dwarfs

Katie and Chase

Jackson getting his face painted

Tayler and Katie at Animal Kingdom

Electric Parade

Tayler in Mexico (Epcot)


Parade begins...

When we first got there

Donald Duck

Asleep right when we got to Animal Kingdom

Playhouse Disney!

Tayler at the Resort

Katie and I at Epcot


Playhouse Disney

Dad looking at his bday gift

Tree of Life

Rachel (baby Hovis) Katie, Tayler and Jackson


Tower of Terror

At the Resort

Giving C a bath in our room

Rainforest Cafe

Waiting for Indiana Jones

Hollywood Studios

Brian is so excited!

At Brian's dad's house in the Villages, FL

I think on the bus at Airport?

Thumbs up! Great trip!

We had a great trip! We stayed at the awesome Saratoga Springs was beautiful there! We have many more photos but I am getting tired of waiting for blogger to post them....Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Disney World

This week we will be traveling to Disney for Thanksgiving! Karin's dad has generously offered to provide this for his daughters and their families. We're all really excited to see everyone and to spend time together at Disney. Of course Chase's first trip and Tayler is surprisingly excited. We'll spend actual Thanksgiving day with my dad in The Villages which we're excited about that as well. Lots of excitement but it's going to be a really fun week.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Humes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Training Update III

*pic taken by Tayler after my morning run...
(ignore the open was 6 am...what can I say??)

Well, its another update without loss....technically I have gone down, but I keep going between 127-129. My body is fighting to hang on...which is exactly what I thought would happen.

I need to refocus on why I originally started working out. It was to be healthy and to find a positive stress reliever. Having the goal of 124 before Thanksgiving was good, but I dont think I am going to hit it. I am hoping to get in several runs while in Florida next week. I am also hoping the timeshare has weights so I can do cross training.

We will be eating out every meal so......even with good choices, it is inevitable that we will both gain. Brian is only 1 pound away from his Thanksgiving goal. We both had 8 pds to lose before Thanksgiving and it looks like he will hit his. I have only gone down 3-5 pds. (5 on most days-3 on Mondays??)

I continued with my running in the gym this week and beat my previous running time by running 4.15 miles at 5.6 speed. I also did some cross training on the eliptical and weight training as well. This morning, I worked on intervals at 6.0 speed.

My goal for January is 6 miles in 60 minutes 3 X a week. This is a lofty goal and I hope I am not setting myself up for disappointment...(as with this weight loss goal)

On the bright side, I have to remind myself that if I am at least staying near my same weight, that is a huge accomplishment with vacation and holiday parties! Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing to stay healthy over the holidays! I need the encouragement!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Before and After Photos....Part II

191 pounds at Chase's birth.

175 pounds at his first birthday

165 pounds at 13 months

158 pounds 11/11/09

So, there it is...33 pounds and still going. I went from a 40" waist to a 33" waist and a 34x30 pants size to 30x30 pants size. I've just been watching my calories and using the old weigh down philosophy of if I'm not hungry then I don't eat. Obviously the biggest progression has been since summer and specifically the past two months. My goal was 155 before the holidays that way if I put on 5 or 6 pounds then I'm still close to 160. Now, I need to get toned and it will all be good. It's hard keeping up with Karin!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Nine Year Anniversary- 11/11/00

People always ask about "our story" so here goes:

It was my 5th year in college- that's right I was on the 5 year plan. I use that as "inspiration" for kids that I've worked with that get discouraged about having to retake a class or taking a semester off because if I had graduated on time then I would never have met Karin and Tayler.

Anyway, she lived in Memphis, TN at the time and needed a ride back home. I was friends with her sister who asked if I could drive them. I agreed and that night I heard all about her childhood. It was a little overwhelming to hear about all of the horrible things this girl sitting in my backseat had experienced- little did I know that when I was looking in the rearview mirror thinking that I couldn't get to Memphis fast enough that I was looking at my wife and son.

Fast forward about a year- I decided to try and go to Seminary in Texas. At the time Karin had moved to Jackson, TN (where my college was) and she and I had hung out some over the summer after my graduation. While I was away she would call and write but I never thought much of it.

After just one semester I had decided that was enough for me at the time. I got back to Jackson and reconnected with Karin. Over the coming months we would spend endless hours together. Finally one summer night we were out and she asked me if I ever thought that I had found "the one". I responded "no". I'm not one to take hints very well. She finally came out and told me what she was feeling. I was a little taken back but thought we would give it a try. But, it was not meant to be- yet.

She moved to Minnesota and I moved to east Tennessee to work with my childhood hero. After about seven or eight months we started talking again on the phone. A few months after that she flew to east Tennessee to see her mom get married. Oddly her mom had moved to the same area as I lived to attend the church I was serving in at the time. I picked Karin up from the airport and we spent the next few days reconnecting. I knew then that she was the one- mostly because she kept repeating it.

We decided that we would get married but neither one of us knew whether we would move to Minnesota or Tennessee. We decided to pray about it and then see what the other "felt". We both believed Tennessee was the right choice. I flew up to Minnesota to help her and Tayler move down south.

We got engaged soon after she was settled in to her apartment. We had originally planned on getting married in the spring of '01. But, people kept telling us their schedules were conflicting. So, we thought maybe Christmas of '00. Again, many scheduling conflicts. My mom told me that we should just elope. Karin and I talked it over and thought that was not too bad of an idea- however everyone else in our family did. So, we compromised (sort of). We told everyone that we would get married two weeks from whatever day it was then which happened to be November 11th. This is probably one of our bigger regrets that we were so disrespectful to our families because we would "kill" Tayler if he did that to us.

But, everyone pulled together and we had a beautiful wedding. We had no idea that it was Veteran's Day. Honestly I don't know if I had ever heard of the holiday but thought it was more like a Thanksgiving holiday (changing dates every year) rather than a Christmas (same date every year).

So, that's our story up to that point. If this were a TV show the sappy music would start and you'd see all the laughs and tears over the years. The children we've worked with, the friends we've made, the fights we've had, the family members we've lost, the adoption day, the struggle with infertility and the beautiful son we now have. But, it's a simple blog where we've tried to share as much of our life as possible. Most of you can fill in the nine years with your own stories and memories. We'll continue to share our joys and our struggles. Thank you for sharing our story with us.

Happy ninth anniversary, Karin.