Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Camping We Will Go

We're packing up and heading out tomorrow to go to Island Park for a week! McKinnon Family Reunion time. I'm excited to spend some time with my brothers and sisters and mom and dad.  The kids are excited to spend time with cousins and aunts and uncles.  Even Grandma and Grandpa Wood are coming up for a time.

Sadly, my camera has given up. Hopefully it's just the battery, but I have to send it in to be repaired so I won't get to take it with us.  Everyone else will just have to extra pics so I can post some.

I have some weight loss goals.  My main goal right now is to be 205 on July 31.  With all the yummy food up camping I'm going to need to be really good and watch portion sizes.  I'm not going to not eat anything, but have just one of everything. :)  I'm also limiting myself to 1 pop per day.  This morning I weighed 203.4lbs so if I'm good I should only gain a little bit and come in at where I need to be for the 31st.  

We're going to have a great time!  I'll see you all when I get back.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Soon I will post some stuff from the 4th of July and that.  I've been so busy with everything, I'm lucky if I get my weightloss goal posts put up.  I feel those are important for me to keep accountable so I've been focusing on those.  

Right now I want to talk about Ironwood.  It was a great camp again this year!  I have to say this year's kids were the politest I've ever worked with.  Met up with old friends, made new ones, and had a freakin' good time!

Backstory:  Ironwood is a throwing development camp that was founded back in 1989 by some Idaho throwing coaches.  One of the coaches that's been there since the beginning is my coach from my senior year of high school.  At the state meet my junior year Coach Johnson gave me the info on Ironwood, but for some reason I didn't go.  However, I did go between my senior year of high school and freshmen year of college.  I learned how to throw the hammer there.  {I LOVE the hammer BTW}  My two brothers went 2 times each after that.  They learned so much and became the throwers they are today because of Ironwood.

Fast forward to my first year as a throws coach {2007}, I wanted to go to Ironwood to help coach.  I talked to Bart the camp director and volunteered my first year.  Took my sister Keeley and another girl from a local school with me.  I loved coaching up there and the reaction of the throwers when something clicked for them.  I was addicted.  Well, I went again the next year as an official staff coach.  I missed camp in 2009 because Bentley was born.  Back at it in 2010 and again this year.  I am completely in love with Ironwood.  I wouldn't miss it unless absolutely necessary.  I can't even describe the feeling I get while coaching up there.  Ironwood is my throwing family.  I love the people that I meet there and the incredible people I get to coach and associate with.  I look forward to seeing them every year even if it is only for a week.

Until next year Ironwood. I will miss you.

Side note:  I gain about 5 pounds every year at Ironwood.  Since I'm working on my weight loss goals, I set another small one in addition to my other ones.  My goal was to not gain weight this year.  I didn't expect to lose, but I wasn't going to gain. {Little bit hard to do BTW since it is a 10 drive up and a 10 hour drive back.  The traveling itself usually makes me gain weight.}  So Monday morning before I left I weighed 211.4lbs.  Weighed this morning now that I'm back.  I weighed.......
I'm stoked!! I can't believe I lost weight, much less 3 lbs, while I was at Ironwood!  Big accomplishment for me!