Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I gained a lb. and I must say I'm a little disappointed :(
Except for Saturday & Sunday, I stayed within my PP daily target and didn't even come close to using up all of my earned activity points. I use my activity points first and try not to use the weekly points.
I even got kind of mad this morning after weighing in and started thinking about some more "drastic" measures to get that scale moving. All the things I mentioned before are still true (even though I'm 7 lbs. over "goal"), my measurements are actually lower, I feel great, I'm exercising and I'm eating pretty healthy. I hate to admit it, but I'm one of those people that put a lot of weight (pun intended!) on what the scale says!
Oh well, I'll keep plugging along. The only thing I need to "tweak" is to cut out some of the processed food I've been eating lately (i.e. Publix rice cakes - they are yummy air!) and maybe lower the carbs. A couple of years after DD#3 was born (she's 12 now), I had high glucose levels and was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance. I was about 60 lbs. overweight. I lost about 40 lbs. then and my glucose levels have stayed normal since (they were great at my health assessment in January) but I still try to limit the sweets & carbs.
Anyway, I finished out the "week" with running last night. I did the workout DVD on Monday. Well, most of it anyway. I was just about done, still needed to do the cool down and the phone rang. DH had taken DD#1 to work and DD#2 to Girl Scouts, so of course DD#2 wouldn't answer the phone! It was my sister calling to say our county was under a Tornado Warning (we had really yucky weather Monday). Both my sisters call when there's warnings to make sure my parents come to our basement (we live on the same property together and they don't have a basement and our house is built like a "fortress").
The weather was beautiful yesterday. Even though it's now officially Spring, yesterday and today will be the last Spring like days we'll have for about 5 days (rainy & cold). DH, DD#2 and I ran at the park and then DH & DD#2 played some basketball while I finished up my run/walk (I'm slower). I ran for 2 miles and walked another 10 mins. I'm slowly trying to work myself back up to 3 miles! Since this is the first day of my "week", I'll probably run again today before taking DD#1 to youth group and DD#2 to basketball. I want to take advantage of the nice weather!
Monday, March 18, 2013
I didn't track either! It was kind of a strange weekend. I thought I would get in plenty of exercise because the weather was so nice.
I took DD#1 to work and DD#3 to church on Friday evening. DH took DD#2 to Walmart to get some stuff for her homeless experience that next morning. We were going to get fish at the church fish fry, but DD#1 had to work and DD#2&3 don't like it, so they had cheese pizza and I had a baked potato with broccoli. I found myself snacking Friday evening.
DH had to work overnight Friday night and got a couple of hours of sleep and then had to take DD#2, friend and their "homeless"box to the location @ 7 am. He helped set-up and got back home around 9:00 am and went back to bed. I had to pick up DD#1's boyfriend and take them later to the homeless experience where they were going to help take donations and load the trailers with donations. When I got back home DH was up, so I had to get some housework done (didn't want to be noisy earlier in the day).
After picking back up DD#1 & boyfriend, we got Subway for dinner. By that time, it was already after 7 pm and I didn't get in any exercise. I did work outside cleaning my front porch & deck getting geared up for "spring cleaning" and yard work. DH left for "security" duty and I took boyfriend home. It was a busy day, but I didn't exercise and I didn't track. DD#3 had a friend spend the night, so they made ice cream sundaes. I didn't eat that, but I still did plenty of snacking again.
DH & DD#2 got home about 8 am on Sunday, so they both went to sleep after showering. This would have been a perfect time to leave the house and exercise, but I ended up watching "4 Weddings" (I seem to have this fixation on weddings, buying wedding dresses & houses and fixing up houses!) for a couple of hours and then taking DD#1 & 2 shopping! We did play a little badmitton Sunday night and I had to finish up the laundry that I wasn't able to do earlier
So I tried to "recreate" what I ate over the weekend. I didn't got over my PP's (but ate a lot of crap!), if I remembered everything I consumed.
DH's work schedule is getting me out of whack (I can only imagine what it's doing to him!). All 3 girls have something going on tonight. He can help with the taking, but I'll have to do all the picking up. It's raining and kind of cold today, so I'm going to try to squeeze in the workout DVD. The next couple of days will be sunny, but colder than last week. I'll try to run Tue/Thurs.
I'll see how my "strange" weekend effects the scale on Wednesday.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Even though I hurt DD#1's feelings the other day about "putting on a few pounds", apparently she agreed that she needs to exercise. She told DH she wanted to run on Thursday (mainly because it was such a beautiful day). As I mentioned before, she has a sedentary lifestyle with school, work & hanging out.
DH and I ran on Wednesday. Since he's been working nights, he didn't want to do a long run, so we ran on the "hilly" trail. It's been a while since I've done this trail and it was hard. With walking & running, we probably got in a little over 2 miles.
Last night DH, DD#1 and DD#3 and I went to the greenway trail that's behind the subdivision behind our property. We drive and park at the trailhead because it's a pretty long walk from our house and DD#3 was taking her bike.
DD#3 took off on her bike and DH, DD#1 and I stretched and walked for a few minutes and started to run. DD#1 did pretty good considering she hasn't done any running in a while. She and DH ran at a pretty brisk pace for about a mile. I trudged on past them when they started to walk, but they caught back up with me. We had gone over a mile and were getting ready to turn around, but we still hadn't come across DD#3 on her bike. DD#1 turned around and was going to walk through the neighborhood home and DH needed to go because he was going to run by Publix and pick up DD#2 and he was "done".
I kept on walking to find DD#3. This "leg" of the greenway is about 3 miles and then you have to cross a pretty busy road to continue on (which then goes through the park where we also run). I hoped DD#3 wouldn't cross the busy road, but you never know with her! I finally spotted her riding back. At that point I had probably walked/run over 2 miles. I told her we were going to have to get back home on our own because DH had taken the van and that she could ride on ahead, but had to stop at the entrance to one of the subdivisions and we would cut through there. I walked a little more and then probably ran for another 10 mins. after that. By the time we got home, I had walked/jogged for 1 1/2 hours! I'm not sure the distance, but the walk also included cutting through a very hilly subdivision!
Good thing I got in all that exercise because DH got a pie for PI day and I had a small slice of blueberry pie!
I'm feeling kind of sore and stiff today, so I think I'll take a "rest" day. DD#1 has to work tonight and DD#3 has something at church. I have to get up early tomorrow to take DD#2 to the "24 hour homeless experience". DD#1 decided she would just volunteer a shift and not do the entire 24 hours since she has to work late tonight (and wanted to hang out with boyfriend tomorrow). I'll have a lot of driving around tomorrow, but it's supposed to be 70+ this weekend, so I know I'll get plenty of exercise!
I really enjoy just walking & running and not really keeping up with my distance. For some reason, it doesn't seem like such an "obligation" when I do it that way. I want to work on building back up my distance so I can have a good time on my 5/4 5K, but I think I'll just "enjoy the ride" for a while. I might start working on distance in a couple of weeks.
Speaking of 5K's, a mother of DD#2's friend (who runs 1/2 marathons) came by yesterday to pick up DD#2 to plan out their Spring Break trip (she's going with them to Florida - lucky!) Anyway, she mentioned that one of their friends heard DD#2's name announced at the 5K we did as a "winner"! Apparently she got some kind of award for her age group. She came in 3rd, so they must have given her something. We didn't stay for the "awards ceremony" so I'll have to check it out! She's like her Mom and likes awards & recognition!
Happy St. Patty's Day to all tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
For hurting my daughter's feelings about "putting on a few pounds" or could be the peanut butter eggs?! Or maybe it's just a slight fluctuation with the scale. I did go over my daily points on Sunday, but "earned" enough activity points for the week for exercising, so it's just one of those things!
Regardless, I had a pretty good week of exercise. I finished up the "week" last night doing the body sculpting DVD. It's still a good workout for me and continues to confirm my "clumsiness".
DD#1's feelings were hurt. She told me last night she was still "mad at me" for calling her "fat". I never called her fat, but I guess that's what she heard. I really felt terrible. In fact, DH and DD#2 both told me I'm too critical. I did talk to her about it and apologized. I told her that her health and well-being is my concern and responsibility, but I guess I could have "said it better". Ah the joys of parenthood!
Anyway, DH and I are going to run tonight after taking DD#1 to work. He might be a too tired since he's not getting much sleep, but I'll still go. DD#2 has basketball so she can't go. She'll probably want to run tomorrow, but that's ok.
I'm probably not going to run the 5K this Saturday. DD#1 & 2 are going to be doing a "24 hour homeless experience" with the church this weekend and I have to get them to the location by 7 am and then go back and take their donated items, so I w0uldn't be able to get to the race in time. I still want to do the one on May 5th and I'll look and see if there is another one before that.
The rest of this week is going to be fabulous weather! Looking forward to Spring.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I have 3 daughters (17, 14 & 12) and one of the many things I worry about is their self esteem and body image, but at the same time want them to be aware of healthy eating habits, exercise, etc. It's a fine line, especially with teenage girls.
I realize I'm not the most "sensitive" of people. Both DH and I tend to be direct and don't sugar coat things (DH more than me) and I can tend to be a tad negative! My Mom is the exact opposite. Growing up and even to this day, she would always say to me and my sisters "how beautiful we look, etc.", even if we know we look crappy. Sometimes I could have used a little honesty and "tough love" from her since I was an overweight teen (although very athletic) and still struggle with weight issues.
Back to DD#1. She's a beautiful girl. She's tall and has very long legs. She carries some weight around her middle and is "top heavy" (which she hates). She's not considered "overweight", but is at the top of her healthy weight.
I worry about her because she has a very sedentary lifestyle. She's never been into sports, but we usually kept her pretty active with other activities and she did the running program with me a couple of years ago. Now she goes to school & works and has very little free time. She does a lot with friends and boyfriend, but it's mostly hanging out, listening to music, looking at stuff on the computer.
She probably has a better "diet" than the other 2 girls. She eats a very healthy breakfast and very little lunch (if any) at school. The main problem is she has a job at a pizza parlor and works until after 9 pm 3-4 days a week. She gets free food from there and usually brings something home (which she'll share with DH and sisters). Of course the food is not healthy and it's pretty late when she finally gets to eat. I've noticed it looks like she might have put on some weight, but I've been hesitant to say anything.
Anyway, she had a very unflattering (kind of sloppy) t-shirt on this morning and I (very insensitively) mentioned something to the effect of "looks like you've put on a few pounds". She immediately got her feelings hurt and told me something like "way to make me feel bad MOM right before I go to school".
The last thing I want her to do is feel bad about herself. It was hard bathing suit shopping last weekend and the bikinis looking good on DD#2 and DD#1 feeling bad about herself (mainly because she was uncomfortable with the tops - she really looked cute in the bathing suits).
DH and I try to lead by example. We have very healthy food choices at home and we exercise and are very active. DD#2 is very active with playing 2 sports and training conditioning year round. DD#3 doesn't play sports, but is still pretty active at 12 with playing, bike riding, Girl Scout activities, etc.
Anyway, I feel bad and I need to come up with a better way of "motivating" her to find some kind of exercise that she likes and be careful with the late night eating. I want her to be able to take healthy habits with her to college because we all know what happens then! Maybe I'll ask DH to talk to her - even though he's "insensitive" too, it doesn't sound so mean coming from him.
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