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Ready for Bed

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Last night I was not ready to go to bed. Usually I am so exhausted by the time I'm done with putting my lil' monsters to bed... I'M done. I typically stay up another hour or so, but half the time I wind up falling asleep until the Hubs wakes me & sends me to bed .
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As I glanced at the clock last night, I was shocked that I was still up. What the.... And I'm not even tired? I made myself go to sleep anyway, but It got me wondering: What did I do right last night? Was it that I took my Iron Supplement later in the day (right before dinner)? Was it that I actually hit the protein levels suggested by Spark People? Or... was it, as the Hubby suggested jokingly, that Treme (the HBO Series we just watched) was THAT good? I do love all the music in the show. emoticon emoticon emoticon

But, seriously, I think I may need to try one without the other for a few days to find the answer.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 9/28/2012 10:05PM

    I am not good at going to bed at a reasonable hour.

So good for you, rock star!!

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LAURAAT 9/27/2012 2:14PM

    That's awesome! Whatever it is, I'm glad you're seeing such positive changes. Way to go!

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Setting an Example

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The other day my daughter broke down crying because she felt like she couldn't do her homework. We've all been there. But this is the first time I witnessed my daughter, who is 5 years old & in Kindergarten, have that feeling of hopelessness. I wanted to cry with her. My heart was breaking. I gave her a long, tight hug and told her that she could do anything she set her mind to, that homework is 'practice' and that is the point of having homework, so you can practice it until you get it right. But.... This did not seem to help.

This was one of those moments that as a mother you know you need to step up to the plate and hit a home run. I couldn't do her work for her, I had to find some way to encourage her. So I thought for a moment and as I pulled my sagging pants up, I thought of the perfect example!

I said, "Hey, remember when Mommy started walking a few months ago?"
Her, "ya"
"well, when I started walking, I didn't think I would ever be a runner; until I got so good at walking, that I started running, and isn't Mommy much better at running Now, than when I first started?"
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"And," I said, "remember a few months ago when you started swimming lessons? You didn't know how to swim then, but look at you now. You can swim! You didn't give up, you kept practicing! And that's what you need to do right now. It may not be perfect, but at least you are still trying your best, and that's all your teacher wants!"

She smiled big and started back at it! No more tears & she finished it about 10 minutes later. She overcame, what seemed like a big deal!

I feel like I got a Mommy Star that day.. & keep this experience as motivation to do more, become better. Afterall, I'm setting the Example.

  
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CHRIS3874 9/26/2012 9:29PM

    Good thinking - I wonder how many people would have given up at that point. I am certain you helped in more ways than you can imagine. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/26/2012 8:45PM

    Awww.... here's another mommy star! I am sure you deserve bucketloads....

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FIERCESTCALM 9/26/2012 7:05PM

    awesome! love this!!

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BLUE42DOWN 9/26/2012 6:21PM

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Definitely a big Mommy Star!

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Picture Revelation

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today I decided to look through my photos to find a 'fat' pic so I can do a before and after. Guess what? I had trouble finding an old picture. What I came to realize is:
1. I'm always the one taking the pictures
2. I've always deleted unflattering photos of myself
3. I'm always holding one of my kids or kneeling with them
4. I haven't taken any recent photos.
So, that's it, tonight we are going out to see one of our favorite bands at the Parc; Someone will take a photo of me... full length. Strike a pose!

Now... what to wear? It will be about 70-80 out tonight and I plan on dancing a lot (my exercise for the day). emoticon I might have to go buy some new shoes...or an new outfit... shoot, I wish I had enough for both. But I wont have time anyway.. scratch that I'll make due with what I have.

While I've always known that true beauty comes from the inside out, I've found that with 20lbs less on the outside, I feel more beautiful inside because I'm proud of my accomplishment. I'm not just losing weight, I'm achieving my goals! I'm not giving up! I'm becoming a stronger person inside and out. emoticon

  
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BLUE42DOWN 9/21/2012 12:57PM

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Hehe, you have Madonna's Vogue rattling in my head now.

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Below 160! What?!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Did I read that right? I've finally gotten below the 160 mark as of this morning! emoticon I just barely made it, but still... I'm not doing as much in exercise department, so I know that if I did I would be better off & thats a good thing to know. Now if I can only keep from the temptation of buying a bag of candy corn... Man do I love those things...I can't keep my hand out of the bag when they are around.

Do I dare to FINALLY put up the 20lbs lost mark? Hey I did make it right? I mean, if anything, posting it should help me keep on track. I mean afterall, if I count from this time last year, I've actually lost 25. OK, that's it... I'm posting it emoticon

Now what I need to focus on today.... trying to fit in exercise. I was illin this am, so shower squats were out this morning. I'll have to take the kiddos for a walk this evening... maybe I'll skip out of work a bit early today to try and get some more free time this evening. Uhhh, lets see....I've... got to meet... with.... my bank? Yep, gotta go by the bank before it closes... sounds good to me. emoticon

  
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RITA61MOODY 9/23/2012 9:41PM

    cONGRATS emoticon

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IRISH813 9/21/2012 7:38AM

    Congratulations!!

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TALVARADO6 9/20/2012 3:40PM

    Congrats!! That candy corn is a tempting little bugger!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/20/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats. Wonderful when you reach a goal... the bank sounds good - they close earlier than normal jobs, so you better go! LOL.


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RBETYOURASS 9/20/2012 10:19AM

    Congratulations! Funny thing, I weighed in at 159 this morning myself! Race to the finish line!? LOL
Hell yeah post that 20lbs loss! But keep those candy corns at bay! I love them myself and even try to talk myself into "but it's a fat free food" excuse, doesn't work! Maybe I should make that an October goal: Last the entire month of October without eating Halloween candy! That sounds down right crazy but may help my 20lbs lost sign up! WOOT!
So happy for you and your success! Keep it going!
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~Rana


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Finding Exercise

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Where do I start? Its been a while since I Blogged. I was doing such a good job of doing a few a week, I was also doing a better job of being on Spark People on a daily basis. Since my last blog, I have had difficulty staying on track with food tracking & my Exercise routine.

My food tracking slipped due to an old computer at home and a lack of free time at work, but on a positive note, I'm still eating relatively healthy. It seems Sparking has helped me set some good eating habits. emoticon emoticon

Now exercise: I did the 5K Rookie program; I ran my 5K; emoticon the Program had ended, emoticon I kept up with regular running for about 3 weeks. Then.... the perfect storm of Exercise destruction: my daughter started school & swim lessons, I got sick, my parents went on a trip (which they are still on), and shortly after my Hubby got a job emoticon The weather also did not cooperate - thanks Hurricane Isaac! emoticon

So, now I'm trying to figure out what will work for Exercise. I'll talk it through with you OK? I REALLY want to get running outdoors again! My day starts at 5am & its too dark to run outside (besides, I just cant see getting up any earlier, I only get about 6+/- hours of sleep as it is). I get home at 6pm +/-, then its time to make dinner for the kids (luckily Hubby helps by preparing for me ahead of time), then homework time, feed chickens & water plants. Now that Hubs is at work and the folks are away I have no one to watch them from dinner to bath time. If I try to do Wii, they want to do it too & I wind up not getting any time, or my 2 yr old cries the entire time...no bueno. emoticon So I guess I need to find something else until my parents get back into town.

Other Options:
- I'm looking for a treadmill on Craigslist... this will help to keep running even when it starts getting icky out. But i may have the same problem with the lil one crying.. or I'll have to do it at 9pm once the kids are asleep...we will see.
- Break out the DVD's, I haven't found one I really like yet, I find most instructors really annoying. But at least this is an option until I actually find a treadmill.
- Do about 10 min. of exercises in the mornings... this is do-able- like doing wall push ups & squats in the shower...multi-tasking! emoticon emoticon

  
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NAYKNITS 9/19/2012 12:33PM

    10 min here & there can really add up. Sounds like you have a few great ideas too. I use to turn on some music and dance while holding my lil one- kept him quiet & I got a small workout in by holding him and lifting him.

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LJOYCE55 9/19/2012 11:13AM

  Love the dedication of doing wall push ups in the shower, but it sounds rather prone to slipping/falling. I have a treadmill for days when I cannot get to the gym, so I can recommend this machine as a backup.

I did do squats, desk pushups, and chair lifts (sit in chair, life butt off chair by straightening arms on chair) in my office. Also, took 5-10 minute walks a few times a day as well as during lunch. I thought people would think this odd, but others do it now as well.

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