Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Last week I had such high aspirations for exercising and losing weight. Then, last Tuesday night the sleeplessness began. My 4 year old woke in the middle of the night and would not go back to sleep. She went to her Pre-K class and 30 minutes after I left I got a call on my cellphone saying she had been crying for the past 20 minutes complaining of a stomach ache. I knew it wasn't a stomach ache because she had been acting excited to go to her class an hour earlier. I think it all had to do with a bad dream the night before because when I brought her home she ate her lunch and was fine. Then nighttime came and she did not want to sleep in her room. Battles. Add to this the nightly wakings because our dog is on prednisone again and needs to go out to pee (one night he was out at 1-3-5am. So on Thursday my 4 year old gets sick. (sore throat, cough, fever, runny nose). She gets over it pretty much by Saturday and then my 8 year old starts with it on Sunday. Today was her 2nd day home from school. Oh, but back up a bit. Last night my 4 yr old wakes me up at 12midnight saying her ear hurts her. I give her Motrin and she goes back to sleep.....for 3 hours. She is then up from 3:30am until 6:30am crying. She finally gets a bit of rest, wakes up and eats breakfast. She seems better, but I had already phoned the pediatrician and got an appointment for 12:30pm. My Mom came to stay with my 8 year old while we went to the appointment.
So, the verdict is the start of pneumonia & built up earwax putting pressure on the eardrum. Yucky amoxicillin medicine (watermelon flavored, but still yucky) that she has to take 2x's a day for 10 days, nebulizer treatments 3x's a day, and ear drops 2x's a day to soften her ear wax. Add in my 8 year old's asthma treatments/meds & the dog's pill & ointment, I'm becoming a regular Florence Nightingale! (NOT!)
Needless to say I am more than exhausted and exercise is the LAST thing on my mind. My eating has been so off kilter too because I have a bit of this 'cold' they gave me and the addition of lack of sleep has not helped.
I just wanted to let all of my Spark friends know that I have not given up, I've just had a setback due to my responsibilities to my family. I hope that by the end of the week I feel rested enough to exercise and that this cold does not progress. I keep telling myself it could be my seasonal allergies too. Either way, I cannot wait to get back into a workout routine again and start getting these pounds off of my body! I *think* that I have maintained my weight loss from the past prior weeks....I hope so anyhow.
I hope to be back to sparking with you all real soon!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Well I did it. I kind of can't believe it, but I did. I do feel a bit stronger and toned. I am going to try to continue the 10-minutes of exercise a day and definitely try to continue the 30 minutes of cardio 5x's a week. Of course when I have the opportunity, I will try to squeeze in more!
My new challenges for March are the 'Mix It Up Challenge' (use 3 things in my inventory of exercise equipment per week) and the 'Spring Into Spring Accountability Challenge' (weight & fitness challenge with weekly weigh-in and weekly fitness minute goals). Both challenges will be tracked on my blog in separate posts. I'm looking forward to incorporating new things into my workout and focusing on some of my 'problem' areas this month. Gotta get ready for Spring!
Monday, February 28, 2011
It's time for the Pushing 40 Team's 3rd Annual ***Mix It Up In March Challenge!***
Last month the team was told to take inventory of anything that could aide in their assistance to lose weight. This month, it is time to put our inventories into ACTION!
Everyone participating in this challenge was told to post their inventory to their blog or to the message board thread. The goal is to mix up our exercise routine, try new things and educate ourselves about other kinds of exercises that we could be doing.
1- MIX IT UP! 2- USE IT! 3- LOG IT!
I will try to use 3 things from my inventory list per week -or- do a new SP video, DVD I own -or- read some new articles on a health subject that interests me. I will keep a log for the month of March 2011 on this blog entry.
March 1st thru the 31st
WEEK 1: elliptical machine, resistance bands for hands/ankles, 3 lb hand weights
WEEK 2: elliptical machine, 3 lb hand weights, exercise ball, SP New YOU Bootcamp Video Day 4, resistance band. I went through my 3 ring binder of torn out workouts from magazines. I organized them by 'type' of workout (upper body-arms-back, lower body-butt thighs, core-stomach-back, and at the end I put the articles that had full workouts. This binder is now pretty much in order and downstairs by my elliptical machine. If I do not have my laptop nearby to do a Spark workout video, I can grab this binder and do workouts from there. I'm hoping this helps in adding new things to my strength routine.
I knew my list would be long, as I have acquired things over the many years of trying to lose weight and then giving up. I just didn't realize how much I have. There should be no reason for me to not lose weight and utilize the resources (magazine articles, books) and equipment I own. Well, the only reason I can foresee right now is making the TIME to use all these items. So, here is my list (*Updated for the 2011 Challenge):
MY INVENTORY LIST
-Elliptical Machine -Ab Max/Ab Roller
-Mini Trampoline - (2) Exercise Balls/Medicine Ball
-Weighted Jump Rope
-Weighted Ankle/Wrist Weights
-(1) 15 lb hand weight
- set of 3 lb hand weights
-resistance bands for hands/ankles
-5 lb kettlebell
-resistance band/pully that attaches to door knob
-pedometer -workout mat
*Countless articles ripped out of magazines & stuffed in a folder
*Binder of Exercises - ripped out of magazines and in page protectors
*Book-Buns Of Steel Total Body WorkOut
*Weight Watchers Flex Points Information - an online fiend of mine had re-joined and sent me her extra information
*Personal Training Work Out sheets from 1995 when I belonged to a gym and lost 15 lbs
(includes Body Fat Analysis print out, which they did by placing electrodes on my body)
*Original Deal A Meal Program (cards)
Dance Yourself Thin
Slim, Strong & Firm
Fight Cellulite Fast
Walk Yourself Fit
The Abs Advantage
Dancing With The Stars - Cardio Dance
Body For Life Women Workout
Walk Away The Pounds- Walk & Jog Power Series
Vicky's Weight Off Workout
8 Minute Abs
Pilates Workout For Dummies
Yoga Booty Ballet-Hip Hop Abs
Yoga Booty Ballet-Core
Crunch Fat Burning Yoga
Complete Yoga Fitness For Beginners
Just My Size Yoga
Balance Ball Core Cross Train
Yoga For The Kid In All Of Us
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