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What I know works for me

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What works:
-Eating low-fat yogurt with low-fat granola or other crunchy cereal for breakfast or snack.

-Drinking tons of water and Odwalla juice

-Lots and lots of aerobic exercise combined with medium weight training

-Working out a gym where everyone else just wants to work out and there's not "mommy" disruptions.

-Taking my multi-vitamin, Fish Oil, and Fiber.

-Having regular sex (sounds strange, but I don't eat as much if I'm getting laid often enough).


Argh! Where does the time go?!?!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I haven't been able to track my foods or exercise online for almost a week now. Between being super busy at work and home and having sick kids, it's a wonder I'm still functioning. I have been writing down what I eat as I go, so that helps me to stay focused and not over-eat.

And now that I've re-started physical therapy again, I'm even more limited on time. And, let's be honest here, it does take time to enter all the foods that you eat.

But I think I'm still doing okay. I know that this weekend I splurged a bit too much--it was my mom's birthday. But overall, I'm doing pretty good. I'm still struggling with getting up early enough to exercise before getting everyone ready for work, school, and daycare. I hate, absolutely hate, to exercise in front of my husband. No idea why, but there it is. I think I could probably manage to exercise in the evening if I told him to stay out of the room the treadmill is in. Then I could shut the door and just go for it.


The Early Morning Me--AS IF!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I am trying sooooo soooooo hard to get up an extra 20-30 minutes in the morning so I can exercise. And I haven't made it yet. But each morning I get up just a little bit earlier. It's hard. I am not a morning person. But between not getting home from work until 6 or 6:30, getting dinner for the family and getting kids settled, I don't have time in the evening. So I decided that I was going to start getting up earlier and exercising in the morning before I get everyone else up and get going for school and work. This morning I woke up to the alarm at 5am, hit snooze and told myself that I was going to get up at 5:10 and jump on the treadmill. At 5:10 I turned the alarm off and slept until 6:05, when I woke up and realized that I had to get up or be late. As did my husband.

Why am I having such a hard time waking up early? I'm in bed by 10pm every night. Any earlier than that and the kids are still up. I haven't been waking up as much in the middle of the night. It still happens because my 2 year old wakes up sometimes and wants to be in bed with us and then wants a drink and it takes him anywhere from 10-30 minutes to get settled. But I normally go back to sleep pretty fast after that.

Somewhere in my mind I think that if I exercise, I'll be able to wake up earlier. But the catch is that I need to wake up earlier to exercise!



Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I'm depressed and I know it. At least I'm not depressed because of my diet and exercise habits. Not lately anyway. I got up today and did 20 minutes on the treadmill then did some core strengthening. Nope, I'm depressed because I'm looking for a job, hopefully a career, and no one's interested in me. I have awsome skills (if I do say so myself) and I'm intelligent and talented. So I don't understand why my phone isn't ringing off the hook with interview and job offers. And it makes me sad. I like being a stay at home mom, and on the one hand I want to stay home. But we really need the money to get caught up on bills and get our own place (we just moved to Idaho and we're living with my parents until we get caught up on bills and find a place to live). And I submit about 3 applications a day. So why isn't anyone biting?


Shame on me

Thursday, December 28, 2006

But not really. I've been crazy busy. We decided to move from Anchorage, Alaska to Post Falls, ID where my parents live. We did it in a little over 2 months. Sold our house, packed and everything. We've been here almost 3 weeks now, and I decided today that I need to get back on track. So my goal is now foremost in my brain again and I hope to make the lifelong changes needed to accomplish it.


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