Friday, January 30, 2015

Fifteen Things

A while back, I was tagged in a post by Cindy, and as behind as I am on posting my version of it, I still wanted to fill it out.
Luckily, you'll be spared of links because I still haven't moved forward from blogging from my phone yet (soon, I hope!).
1) What is my current health related goal?

I'd like to be able to run a 5k straight without stopping. Pathetically, this is tough for me, though I've only tried twice postpartum. I'm pooping out at around the 2-point-something mile point. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. 
Along with everything else, my lungs took a hit after Baby Tuesday's birth. I didn't follow instructions and do the lung exercises I was told to do in the hospital because I was nauseated and frankly forgot. In the weeks after we came home, I was told I snored, which is not normal for me. One night, I woke up mid-snore and realized it was fluid in my lungs. Luckily, it cleared on its own eventually. Of course, months of lower impact exercising during my pregnancy could also be to blame...
2) What is my biggest irrational fear?
Red lights in the dark, and not having enough money. 
3) Do I enjoy wrapping presents?
No. I use (and reuse, hah!) bags mostly. I'll only attempt wrapping if it's a perfect box shape.
4) What is my favorite cross training activity?
Workout videos, like Insanity.
5) If you came to visit me, what would we do?
If Cindy visited, I'd imagine that we'd hang out somewhere in LA (I live more eastward) and our sons could have a play date when mine is older.
6) I have two weeks off work and two round trip plane tickets to anywhere. Where would I go and who would I take?
I was lucky enough to go on some trips before I had the baby (links to old posts would go here), and I can't imagine going anywhere right now with baby in tow. But in the future, we'd like to visit the UK and go back to Japan.
7) What’s the most embarrassing thing to happen to me during a run or a race?
I think had mentioned it somewhere in the blog before, but my first track and field race was 100 meter hurdles because I was subbing for someone, and I think I "ate it" on hurdles 7, 8, 9, and 10. People clapped for me when I finally crossed the finish line. My wounds were cleaned with a water bottle, but the wound to my ego never went away.
8) Three best days of my life? Or at least the top three that come to mind.
1) I know I'm supposed to say the day my son was born, but I was sooo pukey and slept through most of it. So I'm going to say the day (well, night) we all came home from the hospital as a family. I was coherent by then.

2) The day "The Ukrainian" proposed. It was just our moment, and although our wedding day was fun, it was stressful at times.

3) The day I graduated from grad school. Imagining that day was the only thing that kept me going sometimes.

9) Okay, so I HAVE to eat a fast food meal. Which restaurant would I choose and what do I order?
In n Out. Even their meatless option ("grilled cheese") is divine. Second is probably Chick-Fil-A, as politically incorrect as it is. Something about waffle fries and a million sauces is magical to me.
10) Have I ever met a celebrity?
I don't frequent the right part of LA, apparently. I've met my favorite musician, Moby, a few times, and had a few sightings when I'm out, but that's about it.
11) Share a pic of myself in non-workout clothes.

Tuesday and me on Christmas. Haven't been in front of the camera much lately. Another "soon, I hope" thing.
12) If I could choose to have a “do over” and switch careers, what would I choose and why?
Eye doctor? Programmer? But my path led me to meet "The Ukrainian" (we met at work), and thus Baby Tuesday would not exist had I done something else. I'd like to have done something that would make flexible working schedules a little more likely.
13) If I won an Olympic Gold Medal, how do I think I would react?
In what? *LOL*
I'm sure I'd be elated, and then probably post a selfie, haha.
14) What do I want for Christmas?
I'm so late to this that I'm writing for 2015, but I'd like to complete my 30th half marathon, most likely in December. I also can't wait to spend the holidays with a non-newborn version of my son, seeing the holidays through the eyes of a kid again. 
Time to work out would be great, too.
Materially, I am sure I will need some new work clothes by then. At the moment, I can use a new pair of house slippers. My current pair is falling apart everywhere in the house.
15) What skill do I lack?
Too many! If I had to pick one, I think I could work on my parking skills. I'm terrible at it but have been able to survive in LA by avoiding areas with tough parking scenarios or just parking further away.
I have no idea who is still blogging these days...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Starting off with a bad selfie!

I haven't had a chance to recap 2014 on here, but besides a couple of races and a trip earlier in the year (which I would link but am using my phone at the moment), 2014 was a year of baking a baby and dealing with the aftermath. I also got a cute new niece and nephew out of it, as well. Family gatherings are very hectic now!

Looking forward, I am hoping that this year will involve a return to normalcy, at least as much as can occur with a new baby. I look forward to incorporating Baby Tuesday into things that "The Ukrainian" and I used to enjoy as a party of two. I also look forward to seeing Tuesday grow and learn about the world. I am hoping to bake and cook and run again, too. The last thing I made was a pandan cake on Christmas Eve, but I wouldn't have been able to do it without help from my younger sister and a napping baby.

Blogging more often would be nice. This post in itself required multiple sittings.  I have many posts I'd like to write -- mostly reviews :) -- that will have to remain unwritten for now. You'd think me not working would facilitate that, but I generally have sole responsibility over Tuesday's needs almost all hours of the day. When he is down, I try to relax, deal with his feeding stuff (so time consuming!), use the bathroom, or eat. I don't know how people can do this on their own, as most days I feel like that is what I'm doing, and it's much more tedious than my full-time job. On that note, our daycare situation isn't going as planned, so in the little free time I have, I'm scrambling to find care so I can eventually return to work and earn the raise I earned last year!

Tuesday is just over 7 weeks old, so the two-month mark and first immunization are just around the corner. And thank goodness, because I'm itching to go out with him (nothing crazy but just more than now). So far, he's only been to select houses, medical appointments, and in the stroller around the neighborhood, including our local hiking trail. I took him out for a play date on my own, and that first solo driving a baby experience was scary to me but very uneventful.

I've been trying to work out most days, even if just for 10 minutes (thanks, YouTube!) before I shower. If I do both of these things in a day, I feel somewhat human. I'll do 20-30 minute workouts a couple of times a week. I even did Focus T-25 recently (I'd link this if I wasn't on my phone but you can see my Reviews page). Soon, I'll be cleared for ab work again, which is great because I can sneak that in more easily than cardio and it's the area that needs the most work. Right now, it's just lumpy enough to make it hard for me to wear my work staples, button up shirts tucked in and dress pants, belted. I'm not sure when I will ever have the time or energy to really focus on slimming down again. I'd really like to not feel so awkward and gross, beyond the fact that I'm frequently cleaning off spit up, pee, and milk off of myself and find putting on makeup a horrid chore but must due to terrible hormones on my skin. Maybe when I am no longer lactating and am sleeping more?

Diet is the other part of the equation. During the first month I had Tuesday, his great grandmother brought over a Russian cake, like an entire multi-layered one, and I pretty much singlehandedly ate it in less than a week. I cut out middle-of-the-night eating after the first month, and now I'm trying to eat more vegetables and good proteins instead of the carb-fest that has powered me through the beginning. I watched my diet very closely during pregnancy, so maybe part of it is that it was novel to eat freely again. My lactose intolerance seemed to ease up in the second half of my pregnancy, though I think it's starting to return, so all the better if I work on these changes now.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Skull and Cross Bones

Today, I went on a run. I think I last attempted to do this in July, and before that, in April. But I have not run consistently since March. In other words, it has been a while! With the cooler weather, I was starting to miss running badly!

Logistically, I had to plan way more ahead than I'm used to, as I had intended to do this a day earlier, but I was exhausted and the baby's schedule was rough. All the stars aligned today, so after a somewhat decent night, morning feeding, and emptying out, I quickly went out for what I promised would be 20 minutes.

I did a small loop around my house, twice. I've mentioned this before, bug my area is a little hilly, so I always struggle. Today, it was more like a shuffle than a run. About a quarter mile in, breathing was tough. My poor out-of-shape lungs and upper ab area! Toward the second half, I felt my lower ab/incision area to be quite weak. I guess running really does engage the whole core. I really struggled, but I was determined not to stop. I imagined a skull and cross bones, because some moments I thought I was going to die (not literally, but yikes!).

I finished 1.5 miles in the 20 minutes (using the Nike Running app) I was gone. It was a beautiful morning and such a nice feeling to be out again. Great for my sanity, for sure. Realistically, I will only be able to do this once a week for now when I have someone to watch the baby, but it might very well take a week to recover. I've been trying to do short videos on most other days. 

It is going to be a long and hard road back, so to speak, but at least this gives me something to work toward.

More to come (I hope)!