Friday, December 31, 2010

The Annual Report

Like I said in my last post, I seem to have a bit of writer's block leading into the New Year.  What I want to do is write a funny, inspirational, bringing-it-together kind of a post for the last post of the year.  For some reason, though, I feel a bit frozen this week.  My thoughts just won't flow.

I went back and read a few of my posts through the year, and it was almost as if another person wrote them.  Where is the person who wrote this?  And this?  And this?  Where has my blogging mojo gone??

So, in lieu of funny, inspirational or other, I will simply give you some numbers.  There is something nice and solid about numbers, don't you think?  Especially when the numbers tell you how far you have come in a year.

2010 Training/Racing Totals:

Swim: 92h 25m 12s   221,813 yds ~ 126 mi
Bike:  213h 32m 24s   2517.31mi
Run:  150h 58m 48s   695.37
Walk/Hike:   9h 42m   32.12
Strength/Yoga:  19h 20m

Total:  485h 58m 36s  3379.8 mi

2 Half-Ironman Triathlons:  Rev3 Quassy and Syracuse 70.3

1 Ultramarathon:  Mendon Ponds 50K

2 Sprint Tris:  Iron Girl Syracuse and Skinnyman

1 Duathlon:  Du the Lakes

and a few road races here and there

I was also very blessed to have been given the opportunity to be the Aflac Iron Girl Across America Host and attend 10 Iron Girl events to interview women who have overcome great obstacles to gain health and wellness in 2010.  This was one of those dream opportunities that, now that it is complete, is still like a dream.  Was that me that got to do such an amazing thing??

I also made wonderful memories with my family this year.

 Ryan's first shiner.

 A very hot Mountain Goat race.

 My little sand-angel.

 Fun times in Atlanta.

 A week at the beach.

 Kel and I raced Syracuse 70.3 together.

 Adventures in trail running.

 Our annual moon walk.

 Ryan's first symphony concert.

 and his first running race.

 Enter the Mad Scientist.

 5 10k loops...all in one day.

 On the hunt for the perfect tree.

Thanks to my awesome sponsors this year:  Trakkers, Rev3, Saucony, Kestrel, TRISWIM, and First Endurance.  

And a big thank you to all of you, who support me and encourage me and laugh with me (and at me!).  Here's to a great 2011!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolve to Not Change

I've been feeling a little quiet in my Trimommylife world lately.  It's not that my life is particularly quiet, it's just that I haven't had a huge desire to write about it. And it's certainly not that I haven't been thinking a lot about what to write.

This time of year, of course, there is a huge emphasis on reflection of the past year and resolutions/goals for the new year.  I've been thinking a lot about what my focus is going to be in the coming year, both personally and in terms of sport.  I feel like everything is very hazy in my mind right now, so I'm not feeling ready just yet to put anything down in writing.

I didn't write a Wonderful You Wednesday post this week, but one of the things that came to mind in thinking about it was that I might resolve this year to not change something.  I mean, we always tend to focus on the things that need improving or the things that need to be different.  For a moment today, I tried to focus on the things that I do really well.  I tried to think something that I would resolve to not change.

This was hard for me because I think it is in my nature to always push to perfection...and, clearly, I am not perfect.  Quite frankly, my imperfections exhaust me.  This time of year I get really caught up in the reflection, and always feel like there are so many things I can do better...I can be a better mother, a better friend, a better wife, a better daughter, a better coach, a get the picture.

One of the things that jumps out at me though, is that I want to continue to be the person who is encouraging and smiling and cheering at every race that I am in.   I never want that to change no matter how competitive I am.  I love that about me.

Another thing I've been thinking a lot about is something I heard on the radio.  I like to listen to KLove in the car, and they were talking today about choosing a word for 2011 instead of making resolutions.  I really like this idea, and I'm pretty sure I know what my word is going to be.  I'm still thinking and praying about it though, because I want to be sure it's the right one.

So, in thinking about your year that has past and the one that is coming, what is the one thing you resolve to not change?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Sunday Report and Running Food Winners

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I tried to unplug a bit, which is always good to do now and then.   I did postpone drawing the winners for the Running Food Chia giveaway, so I finally got around to it tonight.  Nothing like a little suspense to make it exciting, eh??

And the winners are:

Paula and Ann!!  Please send me your info, and I will get your chia goodness out to you this week.

I also have many 2 oz. sample packs, so if you would like a sample, send me your address and I will get some out to you as well!!

And on to the week. We had a very low key Christmas, which is so great, especially in a house which is usually CRAZY!!  I'm pretty sure that I have eaten my weight in sugar this past week.  I feel very sweet!  I'm back into healthy eating tomorrow.  I had a "bridge"day much easier than going cold turkey.   I'm working very hard on not feeling guilty about my splurges this week.  I enjoyed them, and now I will have to work a little bit harder to get back to my normal eating, but it was worth it.  Thank you, Holistic Guru.

The boys had so much fun yesterday.  To give you a sense of their excitement, here are a few pictures:

Almost every single picture we took was blurred.  It cracked me up when I downloaded (uploaded?) them to the computer.  They have been busy with Mario Kart Wii and their new DS games and the science experiments and the 1000 pieces of things you can build (my brother and sister-in-law to be can consider themselves warned that millions of little toy pieces will somehow make it into their home once they have children thanks to the Coverts ;) ), not to mention playing on the REAL DRUM SET!!! (I got a great video of Kel playing...I might have to post it at the end.)

Kel and I have also spent multiple hours trying to solve the Rubik's Cube that we gave Ryan.  I even looked up the solution online and STILL can't solve it.  Kel asked me why it bugged me so much, and I said, "it makes me feel stupid that I can't do this."  He said, "Well, you are high-functioning stupid, if that makes you feel any better."

Funniest thing he said all year, I'm sure of it.

This week was also a great training week.  I have been swimming so much that even Coach Mary is starting to get silly in my Training Peaks.  I just checked my upcoming week, and she put in the same 5 swim workouts with this message:  "Final week of this swim block Kelly-O-Rama!!!"  I am proud to say that I did every single one of my workouts this week.  I did move a cycle to a different day, but that is just about making things work with family, etc.  I have also added a new and exciting twist to my routine with TRX.  My gym just got a system, and some of my trainer friends and I started playing around on them this week.  Then, I was pleasantly surprised by Santa with a TRX of my very own!

Here are the numbers.  I will politely decline to list hours of Rubik's Cubing...

Swim:  4h 44m 12650 yds
Bike:  2h 30m 22s on spin bike and trainer
Yoga and TRX:  1h 20m

Total:  8h 34m 22s

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to all!  Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Flippin' Great

I am in the middle of a huge swim block these days.  Today I swam for the 3rd time this week with two more swims to go.  I've been working a lot on my technique, and I'm really starting to feel like a swimmer.

Except for one thing...

flip turns.

Yep, I'm pretty much terrified of flip turns.  The funny thing is what scares me is not getting water up my nose, or scraping my back on the bottom of the pool.  No, I'm scared of getting seasick!!  I get motion sickness VERY easily.  If I'm flying, I automatically take Dramamine, no matter what.  Even in the car, I have to be very careful. (Actually, just writing about it is making me feel a little off.  But that might be the wine.  Or all of the cookies I ate today.) Sometimes when I'm doing a lot of slow drills in the pool I feel that feeling coming on, so I've been very reluctant to add flip turns into my swims.

But as I have improved, I feel a little silly not doing flip turns.  I know as a triathlete it is not all that important since there are no walls in open water swim (thank God), BUT I do feel like in the pool flip turns help sustain momentum that can be lost at the wall.  My husband and I got into a fairly heated discussion about this, but I refuse to admit that I am wrong.  Please don't take sides unless you want to side with me.  Thank you very much.

Anyway, today I decided to look fear in the eye and say, "Flip you!"

The first one didn't happen.  I chickened out at the wall, and actually said "Chicken" out loud.

The second one was not pretty, that's for sure.  The flip part was fine, but somehow when I pushed off the wall I went sideways and almost ran into the side of the pool.   Fortunately, no one else was swimming in my lane.

The third one caused me an immense amount of pain because I got so much water up my nose, I'm pretty sure it came out of my eyes.  Really.

The fourth one was much water up the nose, I went straight off the wall (mostly), but was still having problems coordinating my arms.

After a few more I started to kind of get it.  That's not to say I didn't have that momentary panic every single time I knew the flip was coming.  Also, the breathing is a little tricky.  Breathe too soon and you are gasping by the first pull, breathe to late and water up the nose.

I only attempted one in the deep end.  For some reason that scares me a little bit more.  At one point today, the man swimming next to me asked me if I swam competitively in college.  After my big-eyed double take, I decided he must be trying to curry favor since he knows I am the tri coach at the Y.  Clearly, I don't have any idea what I am doing!!

I have another swim tomorrow.  Hopefully that one will be flippin' great too.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: Love Me for Me

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy. This is an ongoing series that focuses on body image and self-esteem.

As a musician I shouldn't be so surprised that music can be so powerful, but still every now and then a particular song will move me much more than I could ever expect.  This song by J.J. Heller is one of those songs.  Listen if you like.

I am so thankful for the people in my life who love me for me.  Despite my faults, which are many, despite my flaws and my quirks, despite my insecurities and my mistakes, they just love me.

One of my goals going forward is to love people just because.  Not for what they have done for me, or what they will do, and despite of what they have done, I will love them because God first loved me.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers: Running Food Giveaway

I have one last Trimommy Stocking Stuffer for all of you!  Unfortunately, I don't think you will receive it before Christmas. I don't know about you, but I LOVE getting presents after Christmas.  It's like a Christmas bonus.  Also, you might not celebrate Christmas, and in that case, it doesn't matter that you won't have it before Christmas.

Anyway, I use chia seeds a lot in my daily smoothies, and recently was contacted by Running Food to do a review and giveaway of their products. One of the coolest things about this company is that they are just down the road from me in Skaneateles, New York, where Kel and I got married.  I love supporting local companies, especially when they have great products to offer.

I got a ginormous box of chia goodness from Running Food last week.  Their specialty product is micro-milled chia.  Their are a ton of uses for micro-milled chia besides amping of the nutrition level of your smoothie. One thing I did not know about micro-milled chia is that you can use it as a gluten-free flour.  You can also use chia gel (which is just chia seeds and water) as an egg replacement, which is great for vegan cooking.  I'm still just starting to explore my Running Food options.

Some of the health benefits of Running Food are:

  • The most amounts of Omega 3's, 6's and 9's commercially available plus it has a good ration that is needed between 3's and 6's;
  • Has 5x more calcium than whole milk (!)
  • 20x more magnesium than broccoli
  • more dietary fiber than flax
  • unlike flax, has a shelf life of up to 2 years with no special storage needed
  • a complete protein (great for vegans/vegetarians)
  • a good source of protein
  • antioxidants
  • absorbs 9 times its weight in water which helps keep athletes hydrated and in turn keeps your balance of electrolytes and keeps a person feeling full longer.
Now, I'm not going to tell you that in the time I have been using chia, which has been about a year, I have more energy or lost a ton of weight.  I'm sure some people might have this happen and that is fantastic.  What I am going to tell you is that Running Food is good for you.  It is providing nutrients to your body that it needs to perform at top level.  So what if I don't notice a difference.  Does that mean it's not working???  NO!!  I aim to put the best quality of foods into my body that I can, and chia is definitely up there in that category.

So, because Running Food sent me such a generous package, there will be two winners (chosen randomly) for this giveaway.  Here's what you get:  1 16 oz. bag of Running Food Whole Chia Seed and 4 2.5 oz bags of Running Food Micro-Milled Chia Seed.  I also have a great Running Food T-Shirt I will throw in for the first place winner.

Here's what you need to do to enter.  Please leave a comment for each entry.

1.  Like Running Food on Facebook.   (Mandatory)
2.  Become a follower of this blog.  (Mandatory)

Optional entries. Leave a comment for each additional entry.
3.  Follow Running Food on Twitter.
4.  Follow me (@trimommykelly) on Twitter.
5.  Tweet, facebook or blog about this giveaway.

I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, December 24.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Sunday Report

I have been sneezing all weekend.  My nose is also runny, but I can't decide if I'm sick or not.  I will be going with not until further notice.  I've also been putting my lemons to good use with Chuckie V tea via Sonja.

This was a strange week with lot of unfortunate and crazy happenings in our house.  I think we have got things shaken out, but my training and my eating really took the brunt of it this week.  I was looking forward to my 5 swims this week, but 1 of them just didn't happen.  I was eating amazingly well for the first 4 days of the week, then everything just went to pot and concluded with triple layer mint s'more brownies.  If you are going to go down, you might as well go down eating those, right?

Here are the numbers:

Swim:  3h 41m 9750 yds
Bike:  3h 6s 25.08 mi
Yoga:  1h

Total:  7h 41m 6s

I'm putting up another great giveaway tomorrow, so be sure to check back!!  Have a wonderful week!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Softlips Winner and a Lemon Recipe

Congrats to....

Colleen at IRONDIVA.  Colleen is a new Team Trakkers member for 2011!!  Now you will race with soft lips!!

You won the Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers Softlips giveaway!!  Shoot me an email with your info, and I will get those tubes of lusciousness in the mail to you.

Thanks to all of you who made me realize that I am clearly not alone with my lip stuff obsession!!

And now onto lemons.

If you read my Real World Real Food Challenge post, you know I suddenly have an abundance of organic lemons at my house.  Sonja let the world know the recipe for Chuckie Tea which I'll be trying tomorrow, BUT I found a sweet way to use up 3 of my 10 lemons yesterday.

Raw Lemon Treats
adapted from Heather Eats Almond Butter

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon zest
unsweetened coconut

Put all the ingredients except coconut in a food processor and run until it all comes together.  Roll into tablespoon size balls with damp hands, and then roll in the coconut flakes. I made 19 balls with this recipe.

If you like lemony, you will love these.  They are gluten-free, grain-free, and have no added sugar.  Don't go crazy though, because each ball has around 100 calories, so that could add up pretty quick.  Even picky eaters will approve...

Three lemons down, 7 to go!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Real World Real Food Challenge

Oh, how I love a challenge!!

My friends, Sonja and Megan, have issued a challenge called "The Real World Real Food Challenge."  Sonja is lucky enough to get a huge box of organic veggies delivered right to her door each week.  Last week Megan wondered if it was any cheaper to go out to the store and buy the same things...and the challenge was on.  Megan's real world total was $51.18.

Here's how it goes:

Go to your local grocery store, list in hand, to see if you can purchase all the organic veggies Sonja got in her basket for less than the $38 she paid for them.

and the rules...

  • Everything must come from the same store, during the same shopping trip
  • Everything must be organic. If you can get it local organic, that’s even better
  • Buy only what is on the list, in the same quantities
  • Keep the receipt
and the list...

So, off to Wegmans I went.  (Many people who are participating are shopping at Whole Foods, but we don't have one in Syracuse.)  I have to confess I went to a Wegmans that is further away from house because I knew it would have a larger selection of organic produce.

I was able to cross everything off my list.

And ended up with this bounty on my counter.

And the grand total was:  $46.13.

And now the problems.  I was not able to find organic kiwis, limes or pomegranates, so I bought conventional.  I was able to find organic lemons and navel oranges, but had to buy them in packs of 10 (and now have a lot of lemons!)  The avocados came in a pack of three, and the sweet potatoes came in a pack of three HUGE sweet potatoes.  Also, after I got home I noticed the cashier didn't charge me for organic fennel, so I probably had some savings there.

One bonus was that my Pea Sprouts were organic AND local!!

Compared to others I have seen, it seems my total is pretty middle of the road.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to even afford organic produce when I know there are families who feel they can't afford fresh produce PERIOD.  

Now what am I going to do with all those lemons?  Check back tomorrow for that one!

Wonderful You Wednesday: Humility

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem. Today's guest blogger is my good friend and endurance sports mentor, Ben.


In late June 2005, I was driving home from my first Sprint triathlon when I had a profound lesson in
humility. One may have expected that the lesson came during the race: when I freaked out in the swim or
when my gingerly effort to run after the bike took the form of a hobble. Or my middle of the pack finish.
No, driving home while sitting in my post-race funky smell and glory while sipping Gatorade, I saw up
ahead an Amish family riding their bikes on the wide shoulder. These were old bikes, maybe a Huffy or
a Schwinn was in the bunch but I did not think so. They were riding in long dresses or long pants with no
helmets, moving with purpose up a hill that promised no clear ending. I had ridden hills like that in the
race, I thought, but I was on a Felt-skinny tires and a zippy color-wearing tri shorts and a tri top. I had
hammered the hills, tucking in for the downs and looking at my pace the whole time. They were keeping
an even pace on that ninety degree day as though nothing was going on around them. That, I concluded
as I drove by, what they are doing is a whole different kind of riding than what I was doing.

I have changed my thinking about life through my involvement in endurance sports. After two years
of Sprint triathlons, I started to run ultra-marathons. My initial experience with an ultra-marathon was
crewing a local runner named Todd Baum in his first run at Badwater, a 135 mile run that takes runners
from the lowest point in the contiguous United States, Badwater, in Death Valley to the first portal on
Mount Whitney. Humility. And the value of seeing what is in front of you as something to experience
and not to defeat. My first ultra was the Finger Lakes 50K in Hector NY. The run itself taught me the
value of surrendering to what surrounds you-teaching me that my feet moved faster and my heart was
lighter if I decided to not fight what was around me. I quickly found that the longer distance and single
discipline created both a different mindset and often left me feeling elated and aware of how very small I
am. My surrender mindset helped me with my first fifty mile and while running a .49 mile loop during
a 12 hour race. And it helped me to accept a DNF at mile 35 in the next fifty mile. The DNF was a great
learning experience: during the race, I fought too much and got wrapped up in too many other things. I
should have just kept running. Life moves on: if you are going to push yourself, sometimes you are going
to fail. Not always, not when you expect it, but sometimes you fail.

As I continue to run, I remind myself that I started somewhere different from where I began. When I
started to run, five minutes was a long run. One day, I ran a mile. Later, fifteen minutes. I still recall the
first time I ran for an hour without stopping. I take those memories with me when I run. Gels? Check.
Shoes? Check. Humility? Check. Memories relax me and help me breath. They tell me that the road or
trail will rise and fall and that there is very little I can do about it. I think of those early running moments
every time I go out. Every. Single. Time.

Tough slogans make me nervous. I like them but I do not always believe them enough to wear them.
Running with humility works for me. I love to run: the adventure, the trails and the opportunity to push
myself. There is always another race and another distance. I know that I am alive when I am running. I
connect with what I have be grateful for and I think about people who are unable, for whatever reason,
to be outside enjoying what I am when I am running. We are lucky-those of us who can escape the real
world and spend time doing what we love. And love means letting go.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello, Mr. Police Officer?

In case you didn't know this about me, I sometimes practice questionable parenting techniques.  You know, I am a firm believer of whatever works.  Of course, I'm sure that this will come back to bite me in the butt at some point, but for that small moment of time when my children actually do what I say, it is divine.

Take today, for instance.

The boys and I were in the car on the way home from violin lessons.  It was dark and snowing...again. My children have a very keen sense of when they can get away with very bad behavior because they know there is really not a lot I can do.  (Prime example is when I am on the phone...but that is a whole other post.)  Another of those examples is when we are in the car.  It's so not fair.  There are two of them in the backseat.  There is one of me in the front seat...and I am driving a moving the dark and snow.  My only recourse is to yell...until tonight!

Tonight, they were pulling their usual antics, which during regular driving is not TOO horrible, but in stressful driving it goes to a whole new level.  So, instead of yelling, I calmly pulled over to the side of the road and pulled out my phone.

Me:  Hello, Mr. Police Officer?

Noah:  NOOO, Mommy!!  I don't want to go to jail!

Me:  My children are being very bad in the back seat and keeping me from driving safely.  What do you suggest I do?

Backseat:  dead silence

Me:  Okay.  Thank you, Officer.  I will let them know.  Goodbye.

Ryan:  He can't take us to jail.  We're only kids.

Me:  The police officer told me that if I have to call him again because you are distracting me from driving safely, he is going to come and take you to jail...kid jail.

Don't judge me.

Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers: Softlips Giveaway

So, I have a confession...or two.  I have this thing about lip stuff.  You know, anything you can put on your lips to give them color or shine or will make them soft and smooth or that tastes good but has no calories or that makes someone want to kiss me.  When I was contacted by Softlips to do a review and a giveaway, I jumped at the chance.  Then when I got the big package of lots of Softlips products (here is confession #2), I almost kept it all for myself.  Every last one was THE flavor I wanted.  Every last one did THE thing I needed most for my lips.  In all honesty, I have had this collection of Softlips to give away for at least two months!!  My husband even asked me the other day when I was going to put it away!!

Lucky for you, though, I have yielded to my better side and will be giving all of it away to one lucky reader.  Now, all of you guys out there, before you poo-poo on this giveaway saying it's just for the girls, remember that if you are married or dating someone or if you have daughters of any age (or if you really just want soft lips...and there is nothing wrong with that!) you, my friends, have stockings to stuff!!

Before I show you what the winner will receive, let me tell you about my experience with Softlips.  I tried the Pure 100% organic lip conditioner in the peppermint flavor.

Loved it.

I tried the Coconut Cream SPF 20 lip protectant/sunscreen.

Loved it.

I tried the Organic Coconut and Sugar lip polish.


So, after this very thorough and unbiased review, here's what the winner will get:

That's like a year's worth of lip stuff!!

Here's what you do to enter:

1.  REQUIRED  Leave a comment telling me why, why, why you need 11 tubes of Softlips.  Please reassure convince me that I am not the only one with this problem habit.
2.  REQUIRED Become a follower of this blog.  Please leave a comment.

For extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
3.  Follow Softlips on twitter.
4.  Like Softlips on facebook.
5.  Follow me on twitter.
6.  Tweet or blog about this giveaway.

I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday, December 16.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Sunday Report

It is Sunday again.  It has been an interesting week around these parts of New York.  We received over 48 inches of snow in about 4 days.  Ryan had a snow delay Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and  Noah was sick on Monday, so between the two of them, my schedule got tweaked...a lot.

You will be happy to know that the Christmas tree is still standing!!  Thanks for all of your funny comments!  It will definitely be a story for the ages!!

As far as training goes, after missing my scheduled run on Wednesday because of Ryan's snow delay, I decided that God was sending me a message that I should indeed listen to my coach and take the rest of December off of running and heal.  Once I made that decision, I felt a great sense of peace about it.  I went to the chiropractor again on Thursday for another excruciating Graston session, and I am committed to stretching, foam rollering and icing, so I can kick this Achilles issue once and for all!!

Of course, once I had made the decision to take off, my friend, Ben, emailed me to see if I wanted to go out next weekend to run a 20 miler.  The subject of the email was, "Let's do something stupid together."  I was sorely tempted.  I will not be running with him next weekend, but I reserve the right to do something stupid in 2011!!!

This was also an exciting week in the Trakkers world because the 2011 Team Trakkers was announced.  There was a flurry of emails and tweets of introductions of the new team members.  It is shaping up to be a really great group of people (again)...but, of course, that doesn't surprise me a bit.

Anywho, here are the numbers for the week:

Swim:  3h 30m 9600 yds
Bike: 2h 25m 8s 15.00 mi
Yoga:  1h

Total:  6h 55m 8s

Coach Mary has me swimming 5 (FIVE) times this coming week!!  Wowza!!

Have a wonderful week and happy training!  Be sure to check back this week for two more Trimommy Stocking Stuffer Giveaways!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Do Christmas Trees Drink?

So you might remember last weekend we set out to find the perfect tree.  Well, look what that "perfect" tree led to.

And what does a pan of burnt sweet potatoes have to do with the "perfect" tree, you ask?

Well, on Wednesday I finally got around to decorating it.  Ryan, Noah and I turned up the Christmas music and got to work.  We were having a great time, and the tree was just about finished, when all of a sudden, while my back was turned, it fell on top of me!  Noah was standing on a chair right there, so thank God it didn't fall in his direction.

It was a little before 6 p.m., and I knew Kel was due home soon.  After I calmed the boys down, I tried to figure out if I could somehow hold it up and fix it at the same time.

Ummm....yeah, that wasn't going to work.

My next idea was to try to have Ryan hold the tree up while I fixed it in the stand, but he was not strong enough to hold it up.

So, with all my ideas producing nothing, I decided to stand there and hold it up until Kel got home.  I had already put my sweet potatoes in the oven and could smell them starting to burn, so I had Ryan turn the oven off, but obviously they had to stay in there.  As the minutes ticked slowly by, I tried to convince Ryan that this was not, in his words, "the most terrible tragedy ever!"  We talked about how blessed we were to have a home instead of being outside in the 4 feet of snow.  We talked about how warm we were inside.  We talked about the wonderful dinner we were going to have.  I'm not sure he was convinced, but I definitely tried.

Finally, 25 minutes later, Kel walked in the door.  His first comment had nothing to do with the fact that I was holding the Christmas tree up, but that something was burning.  I think there is something in here about being a master of the obvious, but not quite.

Anyway, we got the tree back up, swept up the broken ornaments, threw out the blackened sweet potatoes (I couldn't even salvage one), and had a late dinner.

The tree was standing, and all was right in our world.

Until we came home from swimming last night to see this...

Actually, Kel and Noah had come home earlier, and when Ryan and I walked in the door, Kel was sprawled out beside the felled Christmas tree calmly eating a bowl of cereal. You know...priorities.

After Ryan was in bed, we cleaned up the mess...again. I like this picture.  It is what your family room would like like if a drunk Christmas tree threw up on it.

And now, the tree is standing, with every single heavy tool my husband owns sitting on top of the base, so it will stay right where it is.


Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers: TRISWIM Giveaway Winner


A big congrats to...

Whitney said...

I'm a follower and I need some more TriSwim because everyone loves it so much that I have to share mine with my swim buddies.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paleowomen Granola Giveaway Winner

Wow!  You guys want some granola, huh?  

I consulted for a winner, and out of 42 entries the very first one got it!!

Megan said...

I want to try the cappuccino crunch! who thought to make coffee flavored granola?!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers: TRISWIM Giveaway

It's time for another Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers giveaway!

If you have been checking my Sunday reports you know that I have been swimming...lots.  One thing about swimming in the winter is that my skin gets super itchy (not to mention stinky) from all the chlorine compounded by the cold dry air here in New York.

I'm so lucky to be sponsored by TRISWIM because I would be an itchy chorine-y mess if I didn't have their products.  I'm particularly fond of the Shampoo.

Well, hopefully I'm not the only one that is swimming a lot this winter because one lucky Trimommylife reader will win this:

A full size bottle of TRISWIM Shampoo, Conditioner and Lotion and a box of FOGGLE anti-fog cleaning towelettes for your goggles.

Here's what you have to do to enter:

You must do the following:

1.  Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment telling me how much you need TRISWIM for your stocking this year.  ( I might give extra entries if you leave a really good sob story...)

For additional entries, leave a comment for each one of the following:

2.  Follow the SBR Sports, Inc. Facebook page here.
3.  Follow @SBRSports on twitter.
4.  Follow me (@TrimommyKelly) on twitter.
5.  Tweet, blog or facebook a link to this giveaway.

I will choose one winner on Friday, December 10.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Sunday Report

What a day!  I had a rehearsal this morning then followed it with a swim.  (My shoulders are killing me, especially my right, but I think that has more to do with the super-hard yoga class I took yesterday!)  Then I came home and went to town decorating the house.  After dealing with a major meltdown from Ryan involving writing sentences, lots of crying and yelling, and a promise that I took a video of, I made homemade pizza and Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding from Rich Roll's JaiSeed eCookbook.  (If you are interested in raw and semi-raw vegan recipes, you should definitely check this out.  It has some great recipes -I think I'm going to try to make cashew cheese sauce this week - and also very beautiful images throughout.)  Then after the bedtime routines, I fixed my Garmin bike sensor, found my bike shoes, and hopped on the trainer for 45 minutes.  Yes, Buttercup missed me, and, honestly, I missed her too.

I'm tired.

I'm struggling a little bit with both of my Achilles this week.  Well, it has been a stuggle this entire year.  I'm finally making some progress towards healing with the help of a great chiropractor who practices Graston technique.  It hurts so bad, but I do think it is helping.  My run on Wednesday started off really rough, but by the end I was feeling nice and loose.  Yesterday's treadmill run was better, so my thought this week has been to maybe try to run more times per week, but less amount of overall time.  I'm thinking maybe 4-5 10-15 minutes runs.  I ran this by Coach Mary, and she was more inclined to think no running until January.


Of course, I do trust my Coach and told her I would ultimately go with her decision.  She asked me what I was more scared of: the physical aspect of no running or the emotional aspect of no running (it's like she knows me or something).  I told her both!! I'm actually thinking I might replace all of my running this month with yoga.  I've really loved the last two classes I've gone to, and I think it does me just as much good emotionally that running does.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

Here are the numbers:

Swim:  3h 56m 10750 yds
Bike:  2h 10m 37s 13.00 mi (spin class and trainer)
Run:  1h 10m 2s 7.00 mi
Yoga:  1h

Total:  8h 16m 39s

..and for your viewing tearful son making his promise to me...

How's that for fine parenting?

Don't forget to enter my Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers Paleowomen Granola Giveaway! 
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Project Christmas Tree

One of our Christmas traditions every year is to go out and cut down our Christmas tree.  There are a lot of tree farms around here, but we have been going to the same one ever since our first Christmas together.  We always wait until there is snow, which means sometimes the tree gets put up a bit later than usual, but it snowed last night, so this afternoon, after a bit of wrangling with the winter gear, we headed north to the farm.

It always takes us a while to find the perfect one.  It usually goes something like this.  Kel stomps ahead while I cajole the boys to keep up.  At least one person cries, usually not me.  I put on Noah's dropped mitten at least 15 times.  Every 3 minutes or so I yell for Kel because in my efforts to keep sight of our children, I have lost sight of him.  The farm is very big, and everyone knows instinctively the best trees are all the way on the far edges of the farm.  We spy one we like and say we will come back, but in reality there is no possible way either of us will ever remember where the first 2 or 3 good ones were, so we forge ahead. Ryan spends his time falling down in the snow and laughing hysterically.  Noah waffles between eating snow and whining to me to wait.  All in all, it's a good time!

Today, I'm quite sure we found 3 or 4 perfect ones, before we finally settled on this one.

Kel does the honors, while the boys watch and learn.

Pictures like this remind me that they really do love each other.

Note the circa 1987 hot pink ski gloves (his, not mine) and the aforementioned winter gear struggles.
I'm sure you thought I was talking about my children.

Project Christmas Tree least the first phase!  It's drying off in the garage, and tomorrow we will bring it in and decorate!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers: PaleoWoman Granola Giveaway

Well, in case you didn't notice, it is December.  The snow is falling outside my window, and my Christmas to-do list seems to keep getting bigger instead of smaller. So, in an effort to bring you some holiday cheer and maybe help you cross one or two things off your Christmas list, I will be doing a series of giveaways in the next few weeks called "Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers."

One of my favorite things to do is troll around on the internet looking for great clean-eating recipes.  Because I typically try to limit my grains on a day-to-day basis, I tend to lean towards Paleo-style and gluten-free recipes, even though I am not hard-core Paleo or gluten-free.  (If you are not sure what I mean by Paleo, check out this link.) So the other day, I was doing my thing and I came across PaleoWomen Granola.

Usually I look for recipes, but something about this product caught my eye.  There was a sample pack available for a $2.50 donation to cover shipping, so I ordered one.  A few days later I got my pack that had 5 small samples in it.  I opened the Cacao Nut Granola first (of course) and was blown away!!  I immediately emailed Laura, the owner of the company, to ask her if she would be interested in doing a giveaway, and she jumped in!

Here's what Laura says about PaleoWomen (soon to be PaleoPeople - I guess the guys got jealous) Granolas.
First of all I am a workout fanatic and my chosen place to conduct my fitness is with the CrossFit Community, specifically, Desert CrossFit in Palm Desert California. Many of us are advocates on eating our diets the Paleo way. Simply put, good clean foods with ingredients you would find in the cave dweller days. I began to see the need for some fun and, REALLY IMPORTANT, DELICIOUS, snacks made with these ingredients. Why not go back to the days of our ancestors and eat like they did. After all, that is when foods were at their best for health and performance.
Our female ancestors had the secret. They were the “Gatherers” who created meals including nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, spices and natural sweeteners thus I use the Gatherer ingredients.
All of these granolas are wheat and gluten-free and made with all-natural ingredients.  And they are really, really good.  I at the Cacao Nut Granola straight up out of the bag.  I got fancy with the Apple Crisp Granola and put it on top of Greek yogurt with cooked apples this morning for breakfast.

Cacao Nut Granola

Laura has generously offered to giveaway a 12 Pack of Variety Granola to a lucky Trimommylife reader - that's three 5 oz. bags of each flavor! (Can I enter my own giveaway??)

Here's how to get entries.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry:

The first two are required (2 entries).
1.  Go to the PaleoWomen website and leave a comment telling me what flavor you would like to try.
2.  Become a follower of this blog.

The rest are not required, but get you more entries!  Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.
3.  Like PaleoWomen on Facebook.
4.  Follow @PaleoWomen on twitter.
5.  Follow me (@TrimommyKelly) on twitter.
6.  Tweet, blog or facebook a link to this giveaway.

I'll choose one winner on Tuesday, December 7!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

November in Numbers

November was a great month and a terrible month all rolled into one.  It started off on the high of finishing my first 50K, and then I swung low with an off-season emotional funk.  I feel like I'm starting to even out a little bit now and am really enjoying all of the swim training I'm currently doing.

Today I had an awesome swim workout.  Part of my workout was 10 x 100, and I nailed my pace coming in between 1:41 and 1:43 on all of them.  I was swimming moderate to moderately hard, I would say, and definitely felt like I could have swam longer at the same pace.  Oh yeah!!!

Here are the November numbers:

Swim: 17, 950 yds. 6h 40m
Bike: 5h 15m 36s all spin class
Run: 43.95 mi. 9 h 20m 24s
Aqua-jog: 1h 45m
Strength: 1h

Total:  24h 1m

I'll be putting up the first in a series of December giveaways called "Trimommy's Stocking Stuffers" tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wonderful You Wednesday: The Power is Yours

Welcome to Wonderful You Wednesday at My Life as a Trimommy.  This is an ongoing series where I will have a post by myself or a guest that focuses on body image and self esteem.

Do you remember 8th grade?  I do, a little bit too clearly.  It was an awful year for me.  Of course, it probably was for everyone.  I seriously doubt anyone would classify their 13th year of life as their favorite.  I was very tall for my age, probably one of the tallest in my class, including boys.  I had a very intense crush on Denny Douglas, who was a good 6 inches shorter than me.  I'm pretty sure I made him a tape of The Jets singing "I've Gotta Crush on You"...and I'm pretty sure I gave it to him.  Needless to say, Denny and I just weren't destined to be despite my sincere attempts to woo him with bubblegum pop wrapped in a sheet of notebook paper covered with "I Love Denny," (although, in my defense, the love was a heart and my girlfriends all thought this was a fantastic idea.)

The thing I remember the most about 8th grade, though, was always thinking about what other people thought of me or how someone made me feel.

"She makes me so mad."
"He makes me feel happy."
"She thinks she's so much better than me."
"He makes me feel so sad."

Please tell me I wasn't the only one!!

Of course, perspective changes a lot as we mature, but I think some things stay the same unless we make an effort to change them.

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  Eleanor Roosevelt

I saw this quote the other day, and it really spoke to me.  Good old Eleanor really hit the nail on the head with this one, and here's the thing.  We can let people make us feel a lot of things if we let them.  As for me, I choose to not give other people that power.  The power to love myself as God made me, the power to be happy regardless of my circumstances, the power to believe in myself, the power to let my light shine on those around me...that power is all mine.