Sunday, May 03, 2009
Today was soooo much fun. My nephew, who is in the Air Force and stationed in Germany, is visiting with his wife and his family is camping this weekend. Camping is an activity we all enjoy as a family, it was the primary method of taking a vacation when we were younger. Anyways, we could not join the group for an overnight outting, but we did go up today to spend a little time with my sister, her husband, Nephew, his wife and my twin nieces and my mother at one of our favorite campgrounds in Idylwild, in the mountains forming part of our little valley. There is a hike at this campground that leads to a nature center and we have taken this hike a number of times. Today we all took the hike again, but it was a little differnt this time. The hike is only 1/2 mile, but pretty steeply uphill most of the way and is an excellent workout!! My nephew, his wife, his best friend, one of my nieces and my son (as well as two dogs) quickly took a large lead and were out of sight pretty quickly. My sister, my mother, myself, my husband and daughters #1 and #2 made up a much slower group. My sister and my husband could have both easily taken off and kept up with the faster group, but they remained behind to help with us slower persons and the children. Most of the way we did fine, but just as we should have reached our destination something happened and we somehow picked up a false trail! Daughter #1 was riding on her daddy's shoulders, but daughter #2 was walking and I was focused on keeping her from falling so I really can't say how we managed it, but soon we were in a section of forest we did not recognize. We kept going though and eventually things started looking like we had somehow picked up the trail that is a hike offered by the nature center, completely different from the hike we were taking! Eventually we found our way to our destination, but we estimate that we walked at least twice the distance we were supposed to!! Readers need to know that while we were obviously confused at how we ended up where we were, we were not scared or frightened, we were getting tired, but we always had confidence we would find our way eventually and took our detour as an adventure. Daughter #2 did have to take a moment to "water the forest", but I remembered to point her down hill so even that was okay! Coming back we followed the trail and were completely surprised to find ourselves recognizing the trail almost immediately! Our destination had been hidden by a hill and we had taken a very large loop around the hill instead of over the hill to get to the nature center!!!! Going up I could feel the burn in my glutes and thighs, coming back the burn settled in my calves. By the time we got back my legs were rubber!! But, what a great workout. During our hike my sister suggested that we set a goal that the three of us, her, me and our mother, needed to set a goal to complete a two mile hike, who's path we had breifly crossed during our hike. This hike is rated "moderate" while the hike we took today has no rating so this will be an actual challenge. Among all of the exercise we are already participating in we plan to add another camping trip where we repeat the hike we took today (except not getting off track next time!) and a couple of day trips to take a different hike we are familiar with that is longer than 1/2 mile but not as steep as the hike we took today. Our goal is Labor Day weekend for making the 2 mile hike. We had a great time making our plans and figuring out what we would need to do to take the biggest hike of our adulthood (with the exception of our mother who hiked us up waterfalls at Yosemite and many, many trails during our youth). On the list of things to do to prepare for our next hike is get backpacks for carrying our water and some snacks (half way through the first leg of our hike I started thinking about the oranges sitting in our car at the campground and couldn't stop thinking about it until we got back and I could eat one!-it was REALLY good too-sweet and juicy, mmmmmmm), I need hiking boots (I was wearing cross trainers today and they were okay-they kept me from falling-but on the downhills they were not as helpful as hiking boots would have been, and we need to train the daughters too! Son loved the hike and could probably do the 2 miler without a second thought, but daughter #1 insisted on riding on poor daddy's shoulders almost all the entire way up and daughter #2 rode the whole way down! I am sooo excited about our new hiking goal and will keep it in mind on those days I don't feel like getting out of the comfy chair and moving my behind down to exercise class.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Okay, so my last blog was kind of one long vent about how frustrated I was with the exercise class I attend. Well, yesterday and today were totally different experiences.
First yesterday's. Yesterday we had a new teacher, she has taught a couple of times, but I have always missed her class. Gina has been one of the students for a long time, but you could tell that she was much more with it than the rest of us. She was the student that, if the teacher spaced it and got lost in her own routine, she would point to Gina and say "follow her". Gina's class was so much fun. As a new teacher she still followed her written plan and sometimes forgot what was next, but her moves were clear, they built upon each other so you could anticipate what would come next and they were all based on an 8 count so you could figure out when the move would be changing. She incorporated alot of dance moves that made even the klutziest of us feel like Laker Girls. And I had a light bulb moment! One of the frustrating things about the Monday and Tuesday class is that the teacher's moves are almost all lateral. I have a weak knee and I am very concious of the fact that lateral moves are hard on my knee and increase the chance I will twist it the wrong way. I just hadn't put the two together, until Gina's class where nearly all the moves were forward and back or in place.
Today was another great exercise day! Another new teacher. The teacher today was April. April drives half and hour to attend our exercise class with her sister-in-law, my friend, Chrystal. April's class was alot different than Gina's, but again VERY good. She organized her moves to focus on particular parts at particular times. One move would focus on our rears, then we shifted to thighs, then calves. Her moves also built upon each other and it became easy to predict where we would be going next. I LOVE PREDICTABILITY-it is one of my all time favorite traits. Even when I am trying something entirely new I like to be able to guess what the course of events will be. What surprised me about April's class was how difficult it actually was. It didn't feel like I was working extra hard, but because we thoroughly worked each area we were actually working very hard. In any exercise class I find a moment or two where I have to return to a march, or not involve my arms for a period of time to catch my breath and prepare for the next phase of the class. Today I hit a wall. All of a sudden I had to come to a complete stop and get a quick drink of water. I was shocked! After getting a sip of water I was ready to go again though and made it through the rest of the class. I hadn't realized how much effort April's class really involved because I was so engaged and focused on what she was doing. I willl definately make a point of attending her classes because she is the teacher that pushes me to "take it to the next level".
Now we have spent a little time at the library for story time and I am ready to go home and do my strength training that I didn't do yesterday, but that's okay, because strength is only three days a week and I can still fit it all in!!! This is turning out to be a really good week!!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I don't know what was up with me yesterday, but I hardly ate anything. When I did eat I ate badly (a lunchable (processed cheese and crackers) and a Del Taco classic Chicken Burrito (which I thought would be an okay choice, not really)). I knew I needed more food, the nutrition tracker was mad because I only had two food items, so I looked for some good snacks that wouldn't kill my nutrition for the day and came up with a serving of peanuts and some baby carrots. I went ahead and logged them in, but then didn't eat them. I have never believed the adage that exercise helps moderate your appetite, I always seemed ravenous after exercise before. But, maybe all that exercise yesterday did tame my appetite-COOL.
I am going to have to find another way of getting cardio on some days of the week. I am so frustrated with the aerobics class I go to. I went yesterday and the teacher was the one I don't enjoy working out with, so I think "I'm going to go on Tuesday and it will be better because it will be somebody else". Guess what-it was the same teacher!!! Arghhh. The hard part is that I know this lady outside of exercise class. She is a really nice lady and I like her alot, but working out with her is kind of frustrating. It is hard to follow her, and moves often don't come with any directions, you just have to watch. She does alot of moves I feel I have to modify and she does some moves, like squats and torso twists, so quickly that I am not sure they are effective so I shift to half-time to make sure I am actually engaging my muscles and not just throwing my body around. I don't want to hurt her feelings by not going when she will be teaching, but I don't think exercise should be, well, an exercise in frustration. I could keep going and keep doing my own thing, I've never really been the rebel type, but maybe I can try. Of course the other problem is that my kids LOVE going to exercise class and that keeps them occupied so I can actually exercise. Oh well.
My sister wrote in her blog today about a new video she is trying and loves! I have a small video library of exercise I can do at home, most of them are a little older though-what are some other great workouts to do at home?
Lastly, and best of all, at exercise class today, my six year-old son says "Mommy, I think you are starting to look a little skinnier." WHHOOHOOOO. Best compliment in the whole world. I don't care if anyone else notices that I am losing weight, but the opinion of my child is worth all the work! Maybe that needs to be my motivation for going to even the frustrating exercise class. And as I get more fit maybe the class will get less frustrating.
Interesting tid-bit: One Goldfish cracker is 2.5 calories. Why do I know this? My daughter left the box of crackers sitting right next to me and I just absentmindedly ate 3 crackers. Well, at least I stopped at three and it only took one mouthful to realize that I was eating without needing to or even thinking about it. A few weeks ago I would have eaten several servings before thinking about what I was doing. :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Okay, so today being Monday, the day of new beginnings, I jumped full blast into my new exercise routines. I have been kind of coasting on the exercise front. I have lost more than 10 pounds by just watching what I eat, but it is time to up the ante. I know if I want to keep off the pounds I've already lost and keep losing and do it HEALTHILY I have to exercise more. I went to aerobics this morning-that was fun, I'm being facetious, but those who know and love me expect that from time to time :). I still did a pretty good job and I am actually looking forward to tomorrow (different teacher, different students, different moves, all reasons to look forward to tomorrow). After aerobics we dashed over to one of my new favorite markets-Fresh and Easy, picked up some beautiful flowers for my table, and came home. I was still feeling the energy from aerobics so I jumped right into the strength training portion of my routine. Okay, that was probably even less fun than aerobics, but my muscles feel great. They've been put to use and they are happy (until I go to bed tonight-I know I will be sore tomorrow). I have some new goals to work towards, like being able to hold the modified plank position for more than 45 seconds (the absolute longest I was able to make it today) and like losing enough of my belly so that when I do a push up, my bust hits the floor before my belly (By Golly that is sort of depressing). I have already logged my last bit of exercise, but first I have to finish my chores and then I get to indulge in a half an hour of yoga! I enjoy yoga and I know my muscles will appreciate the more gentle treatment and deeper stretching they didn't get earlier. I did stretch after both aerobics and strength training, but they were quicker and shallower stretches and I am looking forward to the more intense stretch I can get in yoga. It feels like I have done so much today, and the exercise has left me somewhat energized and ready to jump into my housework when I would normally be looking to drop into my favorite chair and close my eyes! DH is already home and we had an early dinner so I am going to go strap on my IPOD, clean my bathrooms, do some dishes and switch the laundry over before we have Family Home Evening and then it is yoga time. What a great day. OOH it just got even better!! DH just took the kiddies to walk to the playground just up the street-WOOOHOOO an empty house while I clean. Okay, so do I get to count dancing while house cleaning as even more exercise? (DH always looks at me like I'm crazy when I dance (for Seinfeld fans I must look like Elaine when I dance or something). Bye!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tonight was "make a frozen food for dinner" night. I made frozen chimichangas. They are not the healthiest food around, but they are not too bad at only 310 calories per chimichanga. The trick is that they are small so dinner has to consist of more than one chimichanga to fill you up. It was also "eat where you are sitting" night (boy are we slackers today), so husband put my food on my plate and brought it to me. SHOCK!! He put two chimichangas on my plate!! I recoiled in horror at the 620 calories sitting on my plate. I did the right thing...I told him to take one of those puppies back-Thanks, but NO THANKS! Boy, would it have been easy to eat both of them tonight. While dinner was heating up in the oven-we were heating up in a VERY stupid argument over Darling Husband's attitude. What do I happen to be doing while we are arguing? Dishing up some M&M's for the kids. Of course, I have the perfect comfort food in my hand at the prime moment!! The only reason we even had those tempting little morsels of chocolate in the house was we promised the kids them as a reward after baseball today. They have been deprived for quite awhile and it was time for a reward. Anyways, I was sooooooo tempted to hold on to that bag and go for broke! Instead, I took out a small bowl, poured myself just 10 and got that bag away from me. Those 10 were savored and enjoyed to maximum effect, but that was all. I did not go crazy and since I have been VERY good today I could afford just 10 M&Ms. In fact, I have been so good today I think I will go enjoy some carrots and hummus or some of the fruit salad in the refrigerator. Decisions, Decisions...
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