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?"
"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?"
"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.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Did I read that right? I've finally gotten below the 160 mark as of this morning! 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
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.
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.
Now exercise: I did the 5K Rookie program; I ran my 5K; the Program had ended, 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 The weather also did not cooperate - thanks Hurricane Isaac!
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. So I guess I need to find something else until my parents get back into town.
- 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!
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