Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I usually only blog a couple of times a week (it's more of a journal for me), but as I'm sitting at my desk at work eating lunch and reading blogs, it got me thinking about a show I watched last night. It was on OWN, but I don't remember the name. I think the lady was Lisa Ling (?). Anyway, the show was on childhood obesity. I came in at the middle, but they spotlighted 2 children (12 year old & 4 year old) and a group in W. Va. The 12 year old girl weighed over 300 lbs. and the 4 year old boy weighed over 100 lbs. The group in W. Va. were in a small town and were working together to loose weight (Pound Punchers).
As a mother of 3 daughters, I really found it sad! It was so multi-generational, there just didn't seem to be an answer. I found myself mad at the parents, but then, they weren't taught any better, but they need to break the cycle. The parents of these children were also obese.
They showed one mother grocery shopping and the only fresh vegetable she's ever bought (ever) was greens & cabbage (which she made unhealthy with her method of cooking). She even said that fresh fruit & vegetables cost money, but so do chips & cookies (which she bought plenty of). I tried to not be be judgemental. DH came from a single mother home and was very poor. He said he was never taught to eat right (filling food & German food) as a child, but agreed with me now that there is so much information available, that shouldn't be an excuse.
The lady that led the group in W. Va. weighed over 400 lbs. (numerous medical conditions). A year ago she started a program in their community (they all worked at the Volunteer Fire Dept.) and they walked (on roads without sidewalks and mountainous) in rain, shine, snow, etc. She also got exercise equipment from the county and set it up @ the fire dept. They're doing great with the exercise (she wanted to especially do this for her 17 year old son), but struggle with eating healthy (they highlighted the vending machine and all of the unhealthy snacks). I don't know how many were in the group, but in a year the lost over 500 lbs. combined. This group was a "glimmer" of hope.
It was such a depressing statement to the health of Americans. My generation and younger are now more likely to not outlive their parents (even with all of the medical marvels available). The food we have available, while plentiful, is killing us!
DH and I struggle daily to try to be an example of healthy living for our girls, but we've made it a priority for our family. Of course we're not perfect, but we keep trying! We can't afford to join a gym, but we use the free facilities at our county parks & rec. & DVD's/weights at home.
I'll get off my soapbox, but at least watching shows like that reaffirm my commitment to a healthy lifestyle!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I weighed in this morning for Week 2 of WW online. I did ok, I lost another lb., so that's 3 lbs. in 2 weeks. I'm good with this. My goal is to loose 4 lbs. a month for a total of 12 by the end of April. This will get me below my WW goal.
DD#2 had a 7:30 game yesterday, so DH and I were going to run when I got off work. DH had the baked ziti started when I got home and I just had to assemble and put in the oven. DD#2 was going to take it out of the oven while we were gone. I got everything ready, preheated the oven and then went to get dressed to run. I came back in the kitchen and the oven wasn't even warm! Fortunately my parents live next door (on our 12 acre property), so we dropped the ziti off at their house to bake while we went running!
Since we didn't have a whole lot of time, I was going to do the 1 min. walk/4 min. jog (6 times). I expected it to be hard since it's been over a week since I've even exercised. We ran on one of the flat trails and it was really nice to be outside. It was harder than I thought it would be! I was really, really slow. I miscalculated where to turn around and I ended up doing the 1/4 (7 times) and got in a good 40 mins. and 2.9 miles of walking/jogging (like I mentioned, I was slow!).
As soon as we got home, DH had to shower and take DD#2 back to the high school. I had just enough time to get the ziti, shower and eat before going to the game.
DD#2 had the worst game of the year! It was really bad, which was unfortunate because they've' been playing so well. This team has beaten them 3 times before, but each game was pretty close. They blew them out last night. DD#2's team could only score 4 pts. This team had their "number". They really shook them up and then proceeded to "crush" them. DD#2 ended up not playing at all in the 4th quarter. She was doing pretty good defensively (considering), but her offense really stunk. She missed 4 free throws! I guess the coach figured she might as well play the other 2 girls in DD#2's position, because the 2 starters weren't doing anything (the other 2 girls didn't score either and their defense wasn't as good as DD#2's).
Anyway, she was really angry and disappointed in herself and ended up crying the whole way home (very unusual for her). I felt so bad for her and tried to talk to her, but she just wanted to be left alone. She was able to talk about it this morning. I told her she's got to learn to "bounce back" and "shake it off" (her attitude stunk at the game which is also unusual for her). The mental part of the game is hard (especially for a hormonal 14 year old!). This was supposed to be their last game, but they have another one on Saturday with the private school (that they beat). Hopefully they'll play better and end the year with a win!
They don't have practice tonight (which they should, but I could go on and on about the coach), but DD#2 wants to run - I'm proud she's not just "throwing in the towel" after last night (did I mention it was bad!). I wasn't planning to run, but I'll drop DD#1 off at work and drop DD#2 off at the gym and I'll run on the trail. It's supposed to rain the next 2 days, so I want to run outside today.
I'm hoping my Coach Nicole DVD comes in. I want to do that tomorrow & Saturday, take Friday off and run again on Sunday.
Sorry for the sports rants & cliches, but I really felt bad about the game and DD#2 being so upset - I couldn't even sleep last night!
Looking forward to another good "week"!
Monday, February 04, 2013
That day was yesterday for me. Of course, I still managed to take DD#2 to confirmation class, go to church, do some cleaning (especially after DD#3 and friend made pancakes!), help DD#3 rearrange her room and put away laundry!
That was all done by around 2:00 and I was going to run with DH when he got home from work @ 4. I fell asleep on the couch watching Say Yes to the Dress! When DH got home, I didn't feel like going, so he went with out me (DD#2 didn't go either because she was sore from her bball games). Oh Well.
The weekend started out busy, so I guess that's why I was so tired on Sunday. Friday night DD#3 had her second play performance. I dropped her off at the auditorium and met DD#2 at the gym for the varsity basketball games (both were at the high school). We watched the girls' game and the "homecoming court". It was after 8 when I got home, so I popped a couple of frozen pizzas in the oven (Publix has really yummy organic pizzas) and I also had a salad.
DD#2 had 9 am basketball game and she had to be there early. I dropped her off and went to CVS and picked up some more coffee at Chickfila. I also got the bagel with egg & cheese. I left the chicken off (chicken @ 8:30 am seems gross to me!), so that made the WW points lower. DD#2 lost the first game, but they played pretty good and she had a great game. I dropped her off back at home and took DD#1 to the eye place to try contacts again. The first time she "freaked out" trying to get them in & out and left without the contacts. She did it this time and it only took 30 mins. (as opposed to the previous 45). By the time I got home, I only had about an hour and a half before the next bball game and I still had to shower and eat lunch.
DD#2 won the second game. She played well again. The team is finally starting to come together now that there's only 1 week left! They played in an older gym (lots of tournaments going on over the weekend) and the floor was really hard, so she was sore from falling, etc.
I had to work backstage at the play Saturday night, so DH, DD#2, friend, my Mom & Dad and sister went to the performance. I took DD#3 & friend home and DH went by and picked up Subway for dinner.
I told DH Saturday night that even though I was just a spectator (and driver) in all the activities, I was exhausted!
I did ok with the eating over the weekend. Even though I love football, I don't get into Super Bowl parties. I like to watch my games at home pretty much by myself! DH, DD#2 & friend watched with me (with DD#1 & #3 watching some of the commercials). DH had made ribs and we had a "taco bar". We made tacos with ground turkey and had some good toppings.
So even though I only went over a couple of points on Sunday (good Fri. & Sat.), I feel like I had a lot of "processed" food and sodium. Plus not getting any exercise didn't help. I didn't even want to weigh myself this morning. I'll wait and see what Wednesday brings.
I have another crazy day today. I'm determined to squeeze in a DVD tonight. I ordered the Coach Nicole Total Body Sculpting DVD. I'm hoping it will come in today, if not, I'll do the one I don't like!
The only after school activity tomorrow is DD#2's game @ 7:30. DH works in the morning, so he'll want to run when I get off work, so that's good. It's been over a week since I've run, so I'm sure I'll "pay the price"!
Friday, February 01, 2013
I just realized this morning while talking with DH that it's been a week since I ran! I'm not going to be able to go tonight either. I blogged before that the past 2 weeks have been insane! Last night DD#2 had Bball team dinner & practice. DD#3 had her first play performance (Middle School). Fortunately both were at the high school, so DH took DD#2 and stayed at the school and then DD#1 and I met him at the performance.
They did a really great job! DD#3 had a small role - she had 1 speaking line and was in 3 (out of 9) scenes. She was considered an Ensemble. We were really proud she made it because a lot of kids auditioned. She's not in chorus and hasn't had drama this year, so she must have had a great audition! Anyway, the kids did everything with the assistance of the chorus & drama teacher (and some high school kids).
DH took DD#1 & 3 home and I waited for DD#2 to finish practice. It was 8:30 by the time we got home. DH had stopped by the grocery store and picked up a cake for "celebration". I really wanted a piece, but I decided not to!
Tonight is performance #2. DH is going to go again. I'm taking DD#1 to work, DD#3 early @ 5:30 and then meeting DD#2 at the gym. She has a short practice after school and then is staying for the JV girls & Varsity games. I'm going to watch the girls play and will probably leave after that. She might want to stay for the boys game since it's homecoming and one of her teammates is on the "court".
Tomorrow DD#2 has a tournament (9 am & 2:30 pm) and DD#1 has an eye doctor appt. I also have to work backstage for the performance tomorrow. I'm not sure if I can "squeeze in" a run tomorrow or I might just do a ST DVD.
DD#2 has confirmation class Sunday morning (I'm a small group leader), but it will be over by 12. It's going to be a nice day, so I'm determined to run on Sunday! I'm sure I'll struggle after a week of no running, but I'm going to do the 1 min. walk/4 min. run (7 times).
I'm not that thrilled with the Super Bowl this year. I really hate both teams, but it should be a good game. I saw the grocery list this morning and it looks like DH is planning to make ribs! I'm not that big of a fan, so it won't be a problem not eating any. I'll have to come up with something healthy & fun for the game!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I had my "official" weigh in this morning after a week back on Weight Watchers (online). I'm pleased to announce that I lost 2 lbs.! I was hoping for 3, but hey, I'll take it! Normally when I "jump start" a plan, I loose 3-5 lbs. the first week, but I'm good with the 2. First of all, I didn't completely abandon my healthy lifestyle, I was just eating a little too much and there was the "crappy snacking". I was still getting in my fruits/veggies/whole grains, water & exercise. I just needed to get back in control.
So I feel good about my first week. I've had quite the challenge this past week and this week (Wed.-Wed.) will be no exception. The good news is I'm more prepared.
I got in 3 days of exercise of 40+ minutes (Wed - run, Fri - run, Sat - riding bikes). I haven't really done anything since Saturday. I had the perfect opportunity on Sunday, but I lazed around the house with sick DD#2.
Monday I had to take DD#1 to work and DD#3 to play dress rehearsal. DD#2 was still sick, so she didn't go to Bball practice. I had a window of opportunity, but I went to the grocery story and loaded up on more fruits, veggies, etc.
Yesterday DD#2's Ball game time was changed 3 times. It was actually an "unscheduled" game with a private school, so it was no big deal, just a little bit of a hassle. It turned out the "final" time was better for me, since DD#3 was rehearsing at the high school. They finally won a game! DD#2 was still recovering and didn't have a very good game. I'm surprised the coach played her as much, she was "coughing up a lung"! and a couple of times she couldn't catch her breath. Anyway, by the time I got home, it was after 8:00 and I didn't feel like exercising. Thanks to my aforementioned preparedness, I had something healthy to eat!
Today is pretty much the same (DD#1 work, DD#2 Bball practice & DD#3 dress rehearsal). This was the worst week for DH to work nights, but he's off tomorrow and works Friday morning, so that will help for the rest of the week.
I asked him this morning to hook up the old DVD player to the TV in our bedroom and I'm going to do a DVD tonight. I have a big open area in my bedroom and it's carpeted and private, so I've been doing some workouts there. I would really like to run today, but I only have about an hour and the weather is supposed to get really bad later this afternoon (tornadoes, high winds, heavy rain).
My next opportunity to run will probably be Friday. Tomorrow is "opening night" and DD#2 has practice & team dinner (all fortunately at the high school). DD#3 has 3 play performances, so we're going to split it up between family members to make sure she always has "fans" there. I'm going tomorrow night and I will be working back stage on Saturday.
I'm still planning to run the 5K on 2/23. I'll probably do the next 2 weeks of the 1 min. walk/4 min. run (7 times) and then I'm supposed to be able to jog 35 mins. That will be the week before the race, so I should be good. I'm ok with walking part of it.
Pretty good week of control!
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