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Journal Entry - Day 22

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This week has not gone at all like I planned. Or wanted. Or remotely hoped.

I stuck with my goals from the previous week. Still inside calorie limits, still to bed before midnight. My new goals? No. *sighs* It was just not meant to be this week. Every time I thought about getting up and going to work out, or even opening a sitting workout video on SP, I just didn't. My motivation was lower than zero. *headdesk*

However, seeing that my plan wasn't working out, my wife decided that she would give me a hand. She knows I have a very hard time working out unless I can listen to my own music and be in my own world, and I haven't had a working mp3 player since I moved here. I mean, I seriously get into things when I have one- I clean, I do laundry, I work out, I do all sorts of stuff I don't really think about doing regularly, all because I have this great beat going in my ears. So she went and bought me a brand new mp3 player from Newegg. ^_^

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I was sooooo excited! I can fit all my workout songs on it, and (ridiculous as it may sound), it gives me that new, excited inspiration to get into workouts again! So I think I'm bumping my exercise goals to next week, when the player arrives.

I still feel the washes of guilt for not doing what I promised myself I would...but I just can't let myself fall too far into that, or I'll never pick myself back up and get at it again. I planned it, I set my goal, it didn't happen, and now I move on and try it again.

Beyond that, watched the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics this evening! I have to say, not as impressive as some that I've seen...but still, alot of things made me laugh. Like the Queen parachuting in with James Bond. And Rowan Atkinson playing in the orchestra during Chariots of Fire. xD That was my favorite.

So now I'm off to bed, and tomorrow is a new day!

  
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KJAZZINGILBERT 9/8/2012 7:33PM

    Don't beat yourself up. I've had the same kind of week this week so it's nice to read I'm not alone.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/28/2012 6:16PM

    wow a great presant and a way of your wife showing you she is behind you.that makes all the differance.go foe it emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAINADAI 7/28/2012 1:12PM

    It's not the end of the world! At least you did manage to continue with the previous week's goals. I have had a goal for a few weeks now to start strength training and have yet to accomplish that so... I can understand how you feel.

New toys motivate me too! The new swim suit got me to the pool. New sneakers get me excited about walking... I hope you get oodles of enjoyment out of the new mp3 player. Just don't wear it in the pool! emoticon

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A new project

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Since I have tons and tons of photos from when the twins were born up through now, and I also have tons and tons of scrapbooking gear that is as-yet unused, I decided to do something magical and put them together!

I do love scrapbooking, and I collect stickers and decorations and tons of other stuff for it at any opportunity, I just really hadn't had a chance to sit down and do any of it lately. So while sitting on the floor with the boys yesterday and today, I worked on making a nice timeline of their lives, from the beginning.

This is the (first three pages of) the result:

First, pregnancy:



Then, labor and birth:



And then, the first times we held them:



This last one is just the last two pages in their spread in the book, to show you the colors.



There's lots more to be done, of course, and then once I've finish their scrapbook up to now I can start on the one I have set up for my wife and I and all our memorable photos and ticket stubs and such.

  
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CAINADAI 7/24/2012 10:34AM

    How neat, thanks for sharing! I have to agree with EVER-HOPEFUL, if it's at all possible... make two! One less thing for them to fight over later.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/23/2012 1:28AM

    i would suggest if you have enough photos or have double of the photos to try and do two identical albums for the kids to have one each of their own for when they are older to show their own kids.they look great and is a great keepsake fo you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 7/22/2012 10:27PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Week 3 Goals

Sunday, July 22, 2012

At the start of my third week, I've set new goals. This week, my goals are:

1. Exercise for 30 minutes each day
2. Take the twins for a walk in the stroller 2x a week.
2. Maintain the activities for last weeks goals.

For my sleep challenge, I've determined the following: the week started out shaky, as I began using relaxation techniques to ease myself into a bedtime routine, something rather difficult in my house with 9 month old twins and a disabled spouse. But around Tuesday I got into a regular swing - a hot bath after the children were put to bed, a cup of chamomile tea as I sat in bed watching a movie or show, a quick scribble into my sleep journal for the night and then I settled down and meditated for a bit until I relaxed into sleep. In conjunction, these things worked very well for me- I woke up feeling happier and more rested than the prior week, particularly since I made a point to get into bed before midnight every day. I wasn't able to use every technique every night, but the two nights that I did, I had a very good 8 hours of sleep that left me feeling refreshed.

This coming week, I plan to keep setting my bedtime before midnight, and make a point of combining the tea, bath, and meditation every night to give myself a better chance at a week full of restful sleep. I stick to my routine every day, including weekends. And I plan to try to eat dinner an hour or more before bedtime- the nightmares from the previous week after eating a big dinner right beforehand have warned me off of that again.

  
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CAINADAI 7/24/2012 10:37AM

    Those sound like good goals to me! I hope you continue to have success with your sleep challenge. Nothing mucks with plans like a bad night's sleep.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/22/2012 2:48PM

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Journal Entry - Day 15

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today has at least been better than yesterday. Went to the doctor to make sure my foot wasn't broken, and it turns out I bruised three bones and strained a ligament. It's wrapped, and has to stay that way for a week until the tendon heals, but I can still walk and everything.

My best friend wants to take us on a cruise to the Bahamas with her, but I had to turn her down because neither of us has our passports. She offered for us to even bring the boys along, and she would watch them. I sorely wish we could, because she's offering to pay for everything, but passports take a long time to get and she's leaving on Tuesday. =/ Oh well. Next time.

My wife finally got ahold of her new prescription yesterday...it's made her very sleepy, so she's still in bed right now. My hopes are that if it makes her sleepy, it also takes away enough pain, but we'll see.

I haven't' had much of an appetite today...I'll get somewhat hungry, but then it fades and I forget about it for a couple hours. I'm wondering if I should make myself eat some soup or something, just so I don't wind up binging later tonight when I haven't eaten anything.

I wasn't having a great day a few days ago, and I decided I wanted to draw something cute and adorable. So I did. Have a corgi.



I drew it, then decided it wasn't cute enough. So I added a heart-covered bandana. emoticon

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/21/2012 5:12PM

    you should be able to go and get a temporary passport which you should be able to get within 24 hours it only last 1 year though so will then have to aply again.that is what i did when my passport run out and i needed one in a hurry.at least check it out if there is a possibility.love the kitty. emoticon

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Journal Entry - Day 14

Friday, July 20, 2012

Well, I think I'm paying for having such a great day yesterday with having a super sucky one today.

I got up at 8am, fed the boys breakfast, had some egg drop soup for my own breakfast...and promptly threw it back up again. I have no idea why. I started feeling queasy, hurled, and decided to lie down before it happened again.

Two hours later I woke up, feeling much better. I went about my day, til about noon, when I fed the twins lunch. After ward I went to collapse their high-chairs and put them away...and I closed one of them squarely on my toe. Not just my toe, but the first portion of the foot that toe was on. I managed to get it bandaged and dealt with, after watching it turn black, blue and purple and swell up, and debating if I should go to the hospital. In the end, I decided not to- I've had alot of broken toes, and the only thing the doctor does is tape the broken toe to the next healthy one and tell you to be more careful. It doesn't seem like anything in the larger portion of my foot is broken, just the toe...I hope. =/

After all this, my wife finished up with some personal stuff she'd been doing since 8am. To find me hobbling around the living room with her cane trying to get the kids in place to feed them dinner. *sigh* Today has been a nightmare. At least she went to get me Subway for dinner after all that. Maybe I can salvage the day.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/21/2012 3:40PM

    Take good care !

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/21/2012 12:42PM

    no maybe about it love.say you will make the day get better(after all it canīt get worse)the right attitude makes alot out love.have a nice warm bath while reading a book or listening to your favorite music then cuddle up on the sofa.if the toe seems worse and stiff tomorrow maybe you should check it out.have to be careful if it is broken that it heals probably and doesnīt leave you with stiff toes .best to get in check.till then try and keep your weight off it as much as you can. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BANANAFANNAH 7/20/2012 10:20PM

    That IS a rough day.. I agree will lanahauth -- tomorrow has GOT to be better :)

Stay strong,

Nicole

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LANAHAUTH21 7/20/2012 9:39PM

  Wow what a day. Tomorrow is sure to be better.

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