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Jelly Legs

Friday, June 19, 2009

We went on our hike today. 6 miles of BIG hills. And it was hot. And we took the kids. The girls went quite a ways, but then my mother took them back so the my sister, son and I could continue up the longest of the hill (not the steepest, but close and the longest) to the lake overlook that was our goal. 6 year old son walked the whole way!! So proud of him. We did have to have a short discussion about attitude about 1.5 miles from the end-but geez, he is only 6! I sometimes forget because he is so tall. He did an awesome job and it only took him a couple of minutes to recover once we found a nice shady bench to collapse upon! It was sunny and hot out there on the trail. Last time we took our hike we went to the end of the trail and had quite an adventure-I will link to it at the end so you can read it if you haven't already. This time we decided to avoid the adventure and head back the way we came after 3 miles. Well, the hike gets very flat shortly after the point where we turned back-it is very, very hilly up to the point we turned back. The way up is just that, UP, with a few downs. The way back is DOWN with a few ups. Half way down the worst of the downs my legs turned to jelly. Down uses different muscles than up! And all of them were getting tired! We stopped at one point for a little rest and stretched a little. One stretch I tried sent my legs into mini convulsions!! We definately worked harder on this hike! It was so good to finally sit down and get some water!! If we do this hike again during the summer we will have to leave a lot earlier than our 7:30ish departure this time to avoid some of the heat we had today. On our way down we crossed another hiker going up. He looked miserable. We exchanged hellos as we passed and he mumbled "I should have left a lot earlier-it's a hot one." I knew just how he felt! He kept going though-gotta admire that. emoticon
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KING*GET*FIT 6/22/2009 12:56AM

    Sometimes when I take my children hiking I go with a friend who has children younger than mine. Her oldest is a year younger than my oldest, her youngest is going into first grade. She has 4 and I have 3. Her 7 year old son hikes with the big boys and can more than keep up with her @ 13 year old and my 14 year old. These young ones can bee the best mountain goats.

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WBOYACK 6/20/2009 12:33PM

  Good Job! I'm going to take myself for a little hike today. Everyone from my family is gone today. Weird.

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VIAFREE 6/20/2009 7:17AM

    Anyone over 40 who will do a 6 mile hike on a hot day, and with kids in tote has got courage, courage, courage!!!
You go girl!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/20/2009 3:31AM

    Sounds like you really enjoyed the workout emoticon, I'm pleased for you,
Luv
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/20/2009 12:20AM

    Oh my goodness! You have to read my blog now because they have several parallels and I didn't even read yours until I was done with mine! Too funny! Great minds...they think alike! LOL

Sure was a great hike today! I feel mostly recovered (for now!) but am definitely a TRUE Sun Kissed Sweetie today! Sunscreen is a must next time...hahaha

I'm still amazed at that hiking superstar, Matthew! What a kid!!!

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MEOWALITTLE 6/19/2009 9:30PM

    Congrats on sticking to it! I hate that jelly feeling, but hey, you know you got a great workout!

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Ahh success and love the summertime!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I am losing weight, I am getting more fit, more and more clothes that have been in storage are coming out and being worn. I have two adorable new swim tops-shame one doesn't really go with my shorts so darn, gotta buy some new shorts too. I am finding success in a lot of different ways. But, I have more success than shows on my body. This morning my daughter made me PROMISE that I would let her do yoga with me again tonight. I kept my promise. We had a great time. I am finding success in showing my kids that exercise is FUN. My youngest was using my little 1 pound dumbbells today-copying Mommy's weight lifting. She was doing tiny, adorable shoulder presses and biceps curls!! (She knows the 1 pounders are just her size and refuses to touch anything heavier if a sibling tries to swap with her.) Yesterday, I told my son that today was the last day we walked his sister to school. He was DISAPPOINTED!! He wants to keep walking, and riding his bike. I told him that we could work out a walk and still go every morning! My kids WANT to exercise!! This is a success I am equally proud of as my weight loss. We went swimming today and my son asks me "can this be considered exercise?" OF COURSE! We had a discussion about how almost anything can be exercise if you are moving. I racked up the calorie burn in the pool. We have the perfect setup, a small wading pool for the kids and a large pool for the adults and older kids. I can swim and still keep an eye on my kids to make sure they are safe. When I am not swimming I am lunging, doing squats, jumping jack, torso twists, anything to keep moving in the water. I seldom stop moving and the calories pile up and it doesn't FEEL like exercise-it is FUN! We are going to be spending a lot of time at the pool this summer! Who knows by the end of summer my new swim suits might be too big! That's what I'm working for! It doesn't hurt that I live in an area where summer usually lasts well into September and sometimes reaches into October! Hope everyone is enjoying their day.

  
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MEOWALITTLE 6/19/2009 9:43PM

    Your blog makes me smile! You're giving a wonderful gift to your kids! Plus they're the best ones to keep you accountable!

You reminded me. Something I love doing with the kids is making obstacle courses/races. I told my kids a few days ago how I used to do it as a kid with a friend in her pool. We'd take turns deciding what to do, like run around the pool once (yea, we weren't being supervised), jump in the pool, do 3 somersaults, dive and touch the bottom of the pool, do 5 jumping jacks in the pool and then do 2 laps. First one to reach the end wins. Then the other person would decide what to do. Great exercise and so much fun! My kids were all excited and asked if we could do that this summer. I'm excited! I know your kids are a bit younger, but I've created non-pool related obstacle courses as well. My kids love to create a course and then the parents have to do it too! Also with kids of varying abilities they could try and beat their own time instead of competing with someone they have little chance of beating. Fun, fun! Keep up the good work!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/19/2009 3:43AM

    Hi Heather
sounds like those group workouts are going to become a regular good habit and you are enjoying the exercise which is a blessing.
Me too, I feel dreadful now if I just sit.....which is rare.

Enjoy your calorie burning Friday hun
Luv
Caz
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HBHOCKEYQUEEN 6/18/2009 11:21PM

    It's great that you are finding success in so many ways, and especially that you are teaching your children good health habits they need to live full lives. That is one of my goals for when I have kids! Keep up the great work!

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My mini yoga studio!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I couple of weeks ago I was doing yoga when my son, who was supposed to be in bed, joined me. Now I am working on getting my exercise all in earlier in the day so that I can go to sleep at night! emoticonAnyhow, I am starting my yoga with all three kiddies still awake. Before I'd even gotten through the introduction I had three children surrounding me all doing Mountain Pose! My husband was busy cleaning up after a long day so, since there was no one to distract the kiddies I let all of them stay. My kids even created their own pose. I don't know enough about yoga to know if there is a "frog" pose, but they came up with one. Half way into child's pose they decided they were in frog pose and started hopping around, unfortunately I went all the way into child's pose and got my head hopped on, but oh well-it was only a tushie that bounced into my head and it shocked me more than hurt me! We had a blast with cat cow-we hissed like angry cats in cat and mooed like cows in cow! Definately an experience to repeat! My son, the perfectionist, was focused on doing everything right. He gets the perfectionist trait from me and wanted to be sure he was doing each pose correctly. My very bendy 5 year old (this child can often be found simply sitting in a chair, or on the floor, with her legs, literally, twisted around each other-it's like crossing your legs and then continuing around until one is behind!) is flexible in mind and body, at long as you are not trying to forcibly bend her will to yours she is very open to new ideas and compromise-we are mastering the art of negotiation. She was very good at everything requiring flexibility, but interestingly enough can use help on her balance. My youngest is imaginative and curious. She wants to know everything about the world. She wants to know how flowers smell, she wants to know what kind of bird she just saw, she wants to know what letter (she calls them numbers) her name starts with. She doesn't do the "whys", she does the "whats". She asked for help every time she wasn't secure in what she was doing. Tonight I saw yoga bring out the strongest personality traits in each of my children and interestingly in myself too. I saw the possibilities of teaching my son that perfection is not everything, that often it is being in the moment and feeling what is happening and things don't have to be perfect to attain being in the moment. Yoga can teach my daughter that being flexible is only part of life, that we must also have balance in all things and sometimes that means planting your feet and standing firm. (Not that I want her to become stubborn and immovable-just balanced-sometimes her brother is able to take advantage of her flexible nature and I don't want others to capitalize on this as she grows older). My youngest can learn that sometimes the answer is already inside her and by taking a moment to search her own soul she can find it. My trait that was revealed tonight? I'm a teacher. I belive that life is an opportunity to learn. Learn everything you can about everything possible. I didn't mind stopping to answer the questions, to correct form, to modify a pose for my son when he said "ouch" (he was trying to go too deep into a straddle)! So, someday soon, I am going to be shopping for a kiddie yoga dvd. I know they exist and have seen one at the store-maybe I will try Netflixing one first to see how they like it. It looks like I've created my own mini yoga studio!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 6/18/2009 5:14PM

    I loved reading this blog, Heather. It's moments like these where we create wonderful memories for not only you but also for your children. They will remember this when we're old!

I know this to be true because I, too, have done yoga with my daughter. It was probaly about 3 years ago or so, my daughter would have been 12 or 13. She was not blessed with much flexibility at all, and I am uncoordinated, so doing downward dog, and several others I can't remember, we were laughing ourselves silly! We had a wonderful time. Good thing that neither of us are perfectionists when it comes to physical abilities and limitations! anyhow, she still brings this up with a "Mommy remember when...?"

And you are passing a wonderful example down to your kids about exercising. And that it can be done together as a family for anyone of any size and age.

Thanks for sharing your story; I loved it!

Joanna

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/18/2009 12:14PM

    I'm with Caz...perhaps this is something for you to look into! You have your aerobics each day, maybe with certification as a yoga instructor you can start tacking on a 1/2 hour yoga session to the end of the aerobics and then allow people to bring their kids into it! Sounds like a great idea!!!

I think we are a family of teachers and all share that trait of wanting to share our knowledge with others! I was just thinking this morning how fortunate I am that, at least part-time, I am able to help men and women that have possibly been displaced in their lives or are getting back into school...whatever reason it is that brings them to me...and give them some tools that will help them be competitive in today's overcrowded economy!

Time for you to do some sharing as well!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/18/2009 4:10AM

    Hi Heather
I think it's wonderful that you know your children and yourself so well and WOW you got so much more than a workout done.

You saying you've "created your own mini yoga studio" gave me a thought...............
Why not get the qualifications and start one up for your local community emoticon
I'm sure there'd be a lot of interest. A new career beckoning maybe?

I loved this blog, truly uplifting, thank you

Luv
Caz
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Track your route tool is so cool!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Yesterday I was shown a new tool by another sparker. It is under Healthy Lifestyle-Fitness. It is a track your route tool and you can calculate your mileage and calories burned and then add it to your fitness tracker! It has satellite mode too and my kids had the best time seeing a picture of our house from the sky! I tracked the route we take to my kids' school and found out it was shorter than I estimated, but I burned more calories than I calculate with the fitness tracker alone. Then I calculated out a bike ride and went 4.7 miles and discovered that with bike rides you burn more calories if you ride a little bit slower (more effort I guess). I also discovered that it has been awhile since I have been on a bike and my tushie would appreciate it if I switched out my current bike seat with a wider cushier one! I also had jelly legs when I got home!! That went away pretty quickly though! Today we took a different route to and from school and added .4 miles to our total and an additional 21 calories burned! I am having so much fun with this thing! Hike day is the day after tomorrow. I am getting my kids psyched up for it by promising swim time and treats. I had to weigh today for a challenge (go turquoise titans) and found another pound gone!! I took another pair of pants out of hibernation today! Thank goodness I could because I have been so busy with kid laundry I've neglected my own and my 3 pairs of pants and 1 pair of shorts were dirty!! I am gradually increasing my wardrobe without spending a cent!!! A little while ago I was thinking I would love to start buying new clothes as soon as the ones I have get even a little bit loose. But now I am looking at my pants to see if they have belt loops to I can increase the wear time and wait until I am alot closer to my goal and buy clothes then!! Well, time to go for another walk.

  
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DANEDA 6/18/2009 6:03PM

    this is great! thank you!

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SKEETER107 6/18/2009 12:27PM

  When I was losing weight, I found that I was able to go down about a size every month or so. I went to the thrift stores fairly often to trade out my clothes, getting rid of the old and getting new, smaller sizes. I loved it, and the thrift stores were inexpensive enough that I could do that for a small amount of money. Watching the sizes go down each month was awesome!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/17/2009 9:30PM

    thanks for sharing this. I just tried it and it looks so fun. Now I just have to walk the walk. Congratulations on your skinny clothes.

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WBOYACK 6/17/2009 6:39PM

  Thanks for the tip. I'll have to llok it up.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/17/2009 4:18PM

    Sounds like that tool was made with you in mind Heather!
You will love shopping for clothes later on and what a great motivator to get you that much closer to your goal.
Luv
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/17/2009 1:54PM

    I have used the tracker too...it is really fantastic!! So many great tools...

Woohoo!! You'll have to read my blog for today, but that is definitely something to delight in - increasing the wardrobe without spending money simply by taking items out of hibernation! That is AWESOME!!!

I tried on one of my fave skirts that was a little tight to begin with and just got unwearable for the past couple of years...and it fit!!! Zipped with no problem whatsoever...size 16. Can't wait to wear it and I'd better find a reason to wear it soon because I don't expect to fit in it for long!! hehehe

Keep up the good work! Can't wait for hike on Friday...woohooo!!! I'm so looking forward to it...oh and weigh in for BLC is on Thursdays, right? I didn't miss it did I???

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TSCHNEIDER527 6/17/2009 1:52PM

    I know! I found the tool as well. I logged out the route I usually walk. It was longer than I thought it was. Pretty cool.

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THEANGRYGNOME 6/17/2009 1:24PM

    I was just shown the fitness maps/routes recently too and they're awesome! I bought a cheap bike clock at Walmart though for when I bike on trails and can't locate them on the map, so I probably won't use them as much anymore, but they're still a really cool feature. :)

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Walking

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Walked daughter to school today and back and then to pick her up again and back!! It was very nice. The pick up walk was getting a little warm but we had a few cooling breezes and some shade so it really wasn't bad at all. We all needed a drink and a snack, but we earned it! Tomorrow I will take water bottles along. I need to remember to wear my pedometer tomorrow to. I have a crudy one the measures every bounce and jiggle (I gain 10 steps going to the Bathroom! LOL) but I need a better idea of how far it is. I know it is roughly 1.5 to 2 miles round trip. I don't want to drive the car just to track the distance. Next time I go to Target I'll do it!! :)
The kids are going with me on a hike on Friday. The same hike we took last month without any kiddies. We are taking an all-terrain stroller and the kids will just have to walk the steepest portions! I'm looking forward to the hike to be followed up with a long relaxing swim! It should be warm enough by Friday to enjoy a swim instead of freezing to death! So far it has been a very nice day! Hope everyone enjoys this lovely June day! Time to go shoo the cat out of the dryer so I can do some laundry!!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 6/16/2009 7:48PM

    Google maps does have a walking pedometer but you can also access it through sparkpeople's fitness maps. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/fitness_maps_saved.asp?cityname= Sorry about you having to copy and paste this on your address bar to get there. I like it in the satellite mode. The cool thing is that after you track your route you can add it to your fitness tracker. It is pretty cool.

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WBOYACK 6/16/2009 4:14PM

  You so inspire me! I think I'll take me 6 year old on a bike ride later today.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 6/16/2009 4:07PM

    Glad to see you enjoying the good weathe Heather. I love the thought of a swim after a long hike. Heaven emoticon
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Caz
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/16/2009 2:52PM

    Hehe! Google maps! That is a great idea! I was just there this morning checking out something else and I didn't even think of it!! Thanks!!

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SAASHA17 6/16/2009 2:45PM

    gud going..why dnt u track the miles on the google map

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