Friday, June 03, 2011
Oh, swimming. I have loved you since I was a kid (haven't we all??)! Yesterday I took my kids to the pool after work/daycare. FIrst time of the season. Before we went, I logged 15 minutes of "treading water" because I wasn't sure how much I'd really get. (15 minutes treading water burns 193 cals! Pretty good!) In reality, I may have gotten less, but I also swam several laps and did plenty of splashing, jumping, and climbing in and out of the pool -- hey, it was activity, so I'm counting it! And swimming does make a body tired, so at least I FELT like I burned a lot of calories! LOL
The only thing I will say is that it's somewhat hard to do any laps with the little ones being supervised only by me. I'm hopeful my husband will be able to join us sometimes. I have a huge fear of them falling, going under and unable to get back up. HUGE fear. I had several bad dreams about it last night, actually. I tried to get the 3yo to wear her floaties but she wasn't comfortable in them. The 6yo won't wear floaties, and loves to float on his pool noodle, but... I still worry about him. He's not yet confident in the water. Going to have to investigate other options, like a floatation life vest or something.
Anyway, I'm excited that we'll have this additional 'workout' option for the summer. I'm planning to take them at least once a week, maybe twice, until August. Yay!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Yesterday was a good day, food-wise. Fat-free refried beans could be my key to staying full while eating well! LOL.
I am stressed about several projects at work. I know that exercise could help alleviate this stress and keep me focused, and yet it feels like there is simply NOT time.
My cube neighbor never shuts up.
My husband is in a slightly depressed state right now, about money and his job.
My kids are lovely, and even play by themselves sometimes, which is a nice change from the whining and the "hold me's". Yesterday the little one (3yr-old) asked me to "go to the other room" so she could play dolls by herself. HAPPILY! I read a magazine at 5 in the afternoon and it was bliss.
I brought a granola bar and an apple for breakfast today, but nothing for lunch. I'm betting my coworkers will want to go out. (Hoping.) I (also) hope I will make a healthy choice if I go with them.
This is the basic state of things, right now.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I went overboard last night with dinner. We had a friend come over and had a beer, plus a big dinner and brownies for dessert.
MAN, it was GOOD. I should have done better - not had a bun, not had so many cheese and crackers beforehand, skipped the beer. Oh well. Today will be a better day.
We're going away for the long weekend, to be with some family. My husband's aunt is a very sweet lady but ALWAYS talking about how "bad" certain foods are. She acts quite righteous that SHE never eats Oreos, McDonald's, never drinks diet soda or even tea -- she's so virtuous. Or so she would have us believe. It is frustrating to listen to that all weekend (and we do this trip every year). I don't want to hang out with people who act like the Food Police, and I don't want my kids to think that certain foods are "bad." Everything in moderation is a better attitude, IMHO.
Whatever. I'm at least prepared to deal with it (I think). And at least there won't be a big Memorial Day BBQ that I have to navigate. We usually eat very simply. Wish me luck to get in a workout here or there, too.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I've found the Steve Maresca 10-minute full-body workout on Exercise TV, and it's a great one for me. Feels like I get a really hard workout (OW), but doesn't take much time. I've been adding a Denise Austin or Leslie Sansone 10-minute video after that, and then my favorite, 10 or 15 of yoga.
I do love Exercise TV, I have to say. Lots of variety and great for time-challenged people like me!
It's that whole concept of doing just ONE workout: it makes me want to do just one more, the next day. But as soon as I miss a day or two, I fall right back out of step into the DON'T WANNA zone.
I brought my shoes to work today. It's a very busy one for me, but I hope I can squeeze in at least 15 minutes at some point. (Can't go home at lunch today, bummer.)
THANK YOU to all my Sparkfriends for helping to support and motivate me yesterday. I was embarassed for having been absent for a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I want to post that I got back up on the wagon, and have been working out at least a little bit. But I haven't. I want to start this stupid bootcamp challenge again, from the top, and do the whole thing -- I have nearly enough days to finish it during my beach vacation. And even if I don't finish it, exercising even a little bit, I KNOW, will make me feel better about putting on a swimsuit. But I'm just not motivated.
Why was I able to do this during February and March, but am stuck now? I can't decide if I'm "going easy on myself," because life is fine the way it is, or if I'm making Excuses with a capital E.
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