Sunday, April 22, 2012
So a few weeks ago, I decided I had to try something to get myself out of the rut I was in. Maybe it was my clothes not fitting as well, or the email I got about my 20 year high school reunion coming up in July. Maybe it was the simple fact that Sunday was April 1st and there were 30 days in the month. Whatever it was, it gave me some motivation I'd been missing for a while.
I decided that it was time to work my own bootcamp back into my life. I'd done the Spark Bootcamp before and loved it. It really gave me momentum and something to focus on, so I could work exercise into my life every day. I needed that again. On April 1st, I started. And I have worked out in some way EVERY DAY since then.
Week 1 - I was sore and it was a mental battle to talk myself into getting the workout done each day. I had to be a little stern with myself. And I had to figure out how to fit exercise in around our daily lives. With 3 boys, work, house, church and now my oldest playing baseball, it wasn't easy. But, I DID IT!
Week 2 - Feeling better about this plan. Still a little sore from time to time, but feeling stronger. By the end of the week, I noticed my pants were fitting a little better and I could see a change. I liked the way I looked more than I had 14 days earlier. So I stepped on the scale - and it hadn't changed. Not one eensy bit. Dang it all. But, so what if the numbers hadn't really changed. I looked better and I felt better. Press on, right?
Week 3 - Still getting the work done. More of a priority for me now, as I'm determined not to miss even 1 day. And hubby is now asking me when I'm going to workout so he can keep the kids out of the way. (Love that man, by the way.) Feeling even better about how I look. Step on the scale - and there's a change. Not huge, only about half a pound. But it's a change. And in the right direction. Whoo hoo!
So now I'm sharing this with you - my SparkFriends. I had kept this to myself, mostly because I was afraid I'd let myself down and not get the job done. But the other thing I've learned in the last 3 weeks is that I'm stronger than I thought was. I'd done this before and I am confident now that I can do this again!
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Hubby and I taught Sunday School with the toddlers today. By the time we get ourselves set up, kids checked in and stuff, we are doing the manic teacher dance for an hour and a half. I also have the fun job (really, I think it is fun) of leading the toddlers and a class of older kids in worship time on the days I teach, and this always involves fun, fast songs with lots of activity involved. We are jumping around, spinning around and otherwise shaking our booties for a good long while. And my own 2 year old always wants me to hold him while I'm doing these things, so I'm trying to jump and spin and shake my booty with a 35 pound weight in my arms who giggles and clings to me like a little monkey (I really can't complain about that). Then, it's back to our classroom to organize craft time, snack time and play time. In the midst of all that, we're lifting up little ones, to calm them down, cheer them up or hand them out the door to their parents when it's time to go. Then it's time to clean everything before we head out the door, chasing after our own 3 boys.
When I made it to the car, I found myself wondering how many calories I had burned just "teaching" today. Not that it matters in the end - but it's definitely got all the elements of a workout - cardio, strength, and flexibility.
Have a great week everyone!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Hubby and I celebrated this New Year in our car, driving our boys back from a vacation at the beach in Galveston, TX. It was truly a wonderful trip. Our boys got to experience the ocean for the first time, spend time with the cousins they love but don't get to see often enough, and try out the different rides and games at the Boardwalk. I had the chance to see my Aunt, Uncle and their kids and share a meal with them. I also got to see an old friend from high school, who I hadn't seen in 19 1/2 years. It involved a little extra driving, but we were both willing to meet halfway, and since I probably wouldn't be that close again in a long time, it was worth the miles! I even got to see a couple great art exhibits during that unexpected side trip.
But, as nice as it was to be away and spend time with the people we love, it was so nice to be home again. Crawling into my own bed felt great. I woke up a little stiff from all the time in the car, but ready to face this new year with energy and appreciation.
Happy New Year to all my SparkFriends! You've all left your own marks on my life over the past couple years and I'm so glad I've had the chance to share this journey with each of you. Here's to a wonderful 2012!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Every one of us has people that are special to us, people that we cherish our memories of and appreciate every second we get to spend with or around them.
On Tuesday, 11/22/11, I lost one of those very special people. Suddenly, without warning, he was just gone. It's been a rough year for us as a family, as we've lost loved ones on both sides - some tragically, while others we knew were glad to be going home and no longer in pain. But this last one hit me HARD! Of all the people in my life, if someone told me I had to guess who was going to die next, his name would never have crossed my mind. You could describe him so many ways, but first and foremost, he was FULL of LIFE!
At his funeral, someone commented that he was the type of person who made everyone feel special without making others feel like they weren't. That's a rare talent in people. And it was such a perfect description of how you felt in his presence. He made you laugh, he made you feel like he cared. You'd hear his laugh from across the room and there was no confusing it.
He was a storyteller and you never felt like he told you the same story twice. He loved hugely and his family never doubted how much he cared about them. He was honestly a GREAT man and I'm lucky to have known him and been a part of his life. I hope that someday, I can have the same effect on others that he had on me. I want to make each person that is around me feel as special as he did.
Right after I learned he died, I was reading something to distract myself and came across an article that mentioned how sad the writing world was to know that one of my favorite authors died. On Tuesday, 11/22/11. Immediately, I was transported to my childhood, discovering this woman's books for the first time and falling in love with the worlds she created. From little girl to grown up woman and mom, I read and reread her books. In her own way, she's been in my life for so long, I never thought she'd not be around, writing more for me to read.
So, 2 of my favorite people have left this world behind, and I believe they've gone on to better things. And while I'm sad there are 2 huge holes in this world that can't possibly be filled, I have to smile at the idea that 2 of my favorite storytellers are sitting together somewhere, sharing their stories and making each other smile.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I'm not much for shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I don't get excited about searching out the deals or waiting in line for stores to open. There's no way I will get up early to brave the crowds - honestly, I enjoy sleep so much more than shopping, there's just no contest.
But yesterday, I had 1 store I needed to get to. My little boy needed jeans and some long sleeve shirts, and this particular store had a great deal going. I worked it out with hubby and he agreed that we'd load up our boys, he'd drop me off so I could run in without trying to hunt down a parking space, and I could speed through and get the things I wanted.
And that's what we did. While I was rushing through the kids' section, I swung by the women's jeans. I only have 2 pair that fit me right now, because I've shrunk enough. I figured since women's jeans were on sale too, it wouldn't hurt to try a couple on really quick. So I did. And found that a pair 1 size smaller than the ones I'm wearing right now actually fit me!!! That made me walk to the check out with a big ol' smile on my face. Happy girl, that was me. Now, I'm doubly excited to get my workout consistency back to where it needs to be. Whoo hoo!
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