Sunday, June 21, 2009
Last night I went to a wedding reception. It was lots of fun, got to see lots of people I haven't seen for awhile and indulged in some really good food, but only a little. My biggest accomplishment?? You'll never guess!! I didn't even have one slice of cake!! Not one! I looked and boy did it look yummy. Chocolate cake with fluffy chocolate icing, white cake and yellow cake-a cake for every taste!! I did not eat!! The only thing I saw when I looked at the cake was a lot of extra work. I saw the exercise I would have to do to burn off those delicious chunks of chocolate delight. I didn't feel like working out more than I wanted to eat chocolate-I usually cannot resist chocolate! The mother of the groom is the woman who did the food for my wedding reception. My reception was a buffet of lots of foods I am sure were not healthy-the standouts I still remember were super yummy meatballs and strawberry lemonade, with actually strawberries in it. In the time since my wedding she has also become more health conscious and while the food could not, by any stretch, be considered health food, it was simple and delicious without being unnecessarily bad for you. She offered an amazing selection of homemade cheese spreads with gourmet crackers, some vegi selections and a fresh fruit platter paired with a very yummy whipped cream dip. I selected a serving of a pesto cheese with pine nuts on top, 4 crackers and 2 LARGE fresh, juicy strawberries with some of the dip, water with lemon to drink and I was a happy camper. I am so glad it was a casual affair with a buffet, if it had been a sit down dinner with someone putting food down right in front of me, it might have been a different story!! I am happy about the choices I made. I expected that I would go crazy, I didn't. I have a bad habit of talking to myself and the whole time I was standing at the buffet looking at the choices I was having an internal argument. "Oh, that looks so good"-"Crackers are high in carbs and sometimes fat". "What about those green beans?"-"That sauce looks really creamy-wonder how many calories it has?" "FRESH FRUIT!!"-"Now there's a good choice for you." " I really like cheese."-"Well okay, but just one kind-how about the pesto and pine nuts-that will give you lots of flavor in just a small serving and those are water crackers-they are okay for crackers."-"Okay pesto and pine nut then, how about just a little bit of this dip for the fruit?"-"Okay but not even a full spoonful."-"Punch?"-"No, look the water has lemon-you like that." So, it would appear that losing weight is making me lose my mind too-but it was an effective self-dialogue and helped me make better choices. So I guess crazy is what works for me!!
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.
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.
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! Anyhow, 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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