Saturday, May 16, 2009
Our community's pool is OPEN!! WhooHoo! Husband took the kids yesterday while I did that horrible job of cleaning the girls' room (I got it done!!). Today we all get to go!! Yippee. Now if Daughter #1 would end her day long temper tantrum all would be right in the world. I am so looking forward to doing some of my exercise in the nice cool water. It is hot, hot, hot here in So.Cal. Especially here inland where we are. Can't wait....Update! We did go swimming. My husband decided he didn't want to get in so I was occupied giving Daughter #1 piggy back rides across the pool and watching son "learn" how to swim. So, I didn't get to do any laps or anything like that, but what I did was LOTS of squats and lunges while walking across the shallow end and several times I really made use of my core when I lost my balance. Thanks to the water factor I was able to engage my core and remain standing and gradually regain my balance through concentration and effort. Normally, I would have to quickly adjust my footing or move out of position to regain balance, but the water allowed me to use my core to remain in position and not fall over. I love pool workouts and will be scouring every magazine and web resource for new ideas on how to get my workout in the pool. I love our pool because there is a regular old swimming pool with a shallow and deep end, but right next to that pool is a little 1.5 foot deep wading pool and the girls usually play in that one while son comes with me and stays in the shallow end of the other pool. This lets me stay at one end and keep an eye on the girls and still do some type of workout. It is even better if husband is swimming too, then we take turns keeping an eye on the kids and I can get some laps in. I can already feel the muscles in my shoulders telling me they got a workout and I think that I will feel a little tighness in my legs tomorrow after all the squats and lunges.
After our little swim I showered off and instead of putting on the outfit I had ready (same fat pants I wear all the time) I took a chance in trying on my favorite pants. I haven't been able to wear these pants in over a year. I have been afraid to try them on in case they still wouldn't budge over my super sized hips! As I slid them on I could tell that YES they would go over my hips, would they zip??? YES! I am not quite ready to wear them-I have about 5-10 pounds before they will look good (not pull and bunch in all the wrong places). But, I have my new motivation, my reason to exercise, my new short-term goal. Wear my pants! And as an incentive to the goal, when I am able to wear my favorite pants again I will burn the fat pants I am wearing now!!!! (We are going camping the end of June-I would be more than happy to throw them in the fire ring!) Happy Weekend everybody.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have been such a slacker ALL week. I am sooo tired, and it seems like all my motivation has left for an early vacation. I have pretty much written off the entire week. Well, I know I have got to get back on the wagon, I can't just keep going like this or that 15 pounds will evaporate! I have been able to at least maintain that and I have been pretty good about eating if nothing else. I ate a little too much pizza last night, but it was another one of my homemade pizzas. This time it was B.B.Q Chicken. I made a whole wheat crust this time and it was good! I used a ton of green pepper and onion and cooked it on my baking stone to make the crust crispy. Yum, yum...I don't think we will buy pizza out anymore. I love being able to control what goes on top and knowing exactly what I am ingesting. Okay...so I am thinking today is the day I get back on track but I am going to have to work REALLY hard on the motivation factor today.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I did not do anything trackable again yesterday. Eww so much not working out. I've gotta get in some great cardio today. While yesterday could be considered a wasted day I still did something important to me. As many of you know, my husband's grandmother passed away recently (a little more than a month ago). One of the things I "inherited" was her fabric "stash". Grandma was a quilter and as all other quilters know-quilters always have a stash. I used to work for a fabric store (I love to sew, but I am not a quilter-yet) and every big sale day the store was FILLED with quilters stocking up on new or favorite prints and solids to use in some, as yet undefined, project. Sale fabric is to quilters like calorie free chocolate would be to dieters (if it existed) irresistable! My husband had no idea if Grandma even had a stash, oh yeah, she did! On the last day of cleaning out the house I asked my mother-in-law if any of the other children or grandchildren had claimed the fabric. She took us in the bedroom to reveal 3 large boxes of different fabrics that she was going to donate to a local quilter we know. I told her that even though I've never made a quilt (the closest I've come is a project called a rag quilt) I would love to learn and the fabric was mine! Along with a rotary cutter, a couple of cutting boards and cutting squares and rulers. I have spent a little bit of time here and there over the last couple of weeks, sorting and organizing, deciding which of the fabrics already in her stash could be used together in a project and trying to decide what the project would be. I started cutting on Sunday night and kept going on Monday-so much so that I really did not get much else done. I would stop cutting to get some chores done and take care of the kids, but all the extra minutes, including, to my chagrin, the exercise minutes, went into planning and cutting. I settled on two different projects. The first is SUPER simple. Squares and rectangles pieced together in simple rows to form the quilt top. The second is a little bit more complicated, but as far as quilting goes still very simple. It is called a pinwheel pattern and is made up of triangles pieced together to form a square that lookes like a pinwheel. I love to sew, so the seams are not an issue-lining up seams, getting everything to match-up and then the quilting itself are where I will be seeking out some assistance. I am so sorry that I did not take up this task while Grandma was here to help me, but I have felt her guiding my hand in the selection process and while I was cutting squares. One of the quilts will be for my mother-in-law and the other for my husband (I think he will enjoy it even though the patterns are kind of girly-I am trying to throw some more "boyish" patterns in without disturbing the overall appearance of the quilt). Grandma had a large amount of a yellow print with blue butterflies and this piece is the keystone of both quilts. So, today I am anxious to get to my sewing machine, but I do have to do some exercise today-I simply cannot allow myself another day like the last two!! EEEK! So quilting is going to become my instant "reward" for awhile. I have to "hurry, scurry", like I tell my kids, to get my "chores" done and my exercise (which may qualify as a chore on some days, but isn't really) so I can have my "play" time!! I will post a picture of the quilts as I finish them. First is the super simple squares and rectangles quilt. Well, gotta go take care of the laundry that needs to be folded since the dryer will shortly spit out another load to fold and put away! Hope everyone has a great day!!
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