Sunday, March 04, 2012
My anatomy professor has a knack for making complicated things sound so simple. What's the best way to get your LDL to pick up more lipoproteins in the bloodstream? MOVE! That man is changing my life, one class period at a time.
Yesterday was a crummy day. I got wrapped up in all the "I have to..."'s in my life, and I didn't go out for an early morning run like I wanted to. This cold weather really has me down. If there was snow on the ground, I could at least get my snowshoes out and hit the nature trail by my kids' school. But it's always just cold and rainy and miserable. I can't wait for this pathetic winter to just go away.
When I miss morning exercise, I feel "off" for the rest of the day, and yesterday I was WAY off. I didn't care about my eating, and I didn't care about my water, and it was just a "get through my day" kind of day.
This morning, I told myself I wouldn't let it happen again. I got out for a walk with my dog, and it was the best thing I could've done. That poor dog never goes anywhere with me. He's not very good around other dogs, so I tend to leave him home a LOT. He does his business in the fenced-in back yard, and then comes back in. I know he loves to go for walks, and he loves to play catch too, and finally today he got to go out with me! It helped me relax and I got to spend some time with him. I'm not much of a "dog person". I love him dearly, but I really just got him because my kids wanted a dog so badly. He's a very good dog, and I don't know why he is so loyal to me because I don't give him much attention! I guess since I always make sure he has food and water, always make sure he goes out when he needs to, and I never make him get up when I'm hauling laundry down to the basement and he's laying right at the bottom of the stairs. ;) It cracks me up that he always sits at my feet when I'm home, but he wants nothing to do with the kids, the ones who wanted him so badly.
Anyway, getting out this morning helped me remember another reason why I really like to get out there and MOVE every day. It clears my head and helps me think. I seriously think I get better grades on less study time, when I get out once a day for some exercise. I feel so much better now.
Finally, I want to say that my husband made my dream breakfast for me when I got home! I had a couple loads of laundry to fold, so while I did that, he made me scrambled eggs, a side of asparagus, and some whole wheat toast. I don't usually buy asparagus because it's so darn expensive, but yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I decided I'm worth a bag of asparagus. Haha, when you have 5 kids and live on one income, it doesn't take much to make you happy. Spark On. :)
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Wow it's gonna be a great summer! I've spent the past 2 days planning out my college schedule, and found that the next math class I need isn't offered in the summer, so instead of taking a summer class as planned, I get to take my kids to the pool every day.
I also get to do a bunch of bike rides and triathlons, all summer long. :D
Last night a bunch of us Spokeswomen (the riding group I'm a part of) got together and mapped out our summer. I now have 2 triathlons and a half dozen centuries I want to do, lol! One day, I would like to do a triathlon every month, all summer long. Once you train for them, it's easy to stay trained if you have more than one lined up.
After I got home, as I was talking with my husband about everything, he made the comment "Can't you wait for the kids to grow up before you start doing all this stuff?" The answer to this is "No." I don't want my kids to grow up watching their parents do nothing but work and get kids to their violin lessons and lay in front of the TV when all the kids are in bed. I want my kids to see me enjoying my life and working toward my own goals I have in my life. How will our children learn how to set goals and work toward them, if we as parents don't model it for them? And what better way to do that than with your health/fitness goals? I love biking, and I don't ever get tired of going on rides. So I think it's also important for our kids to see us doing things we love to do.
Someday, hopefully, my husband will get this. Right now, he doesn't. :/
Also, last night at the meeting, a few women talked about cyclocross. I've never heard of it, sounds interesting. Has anyone ever done that before? How different is it from off-road cycling?
Speaking of off-road cycling, this is the only problem I have with off-roading...all the MTB events we talked about last night were races. I don't race. I love to go off-road; one of my daughters loves to go with me, and another daughter just got a hybrid bike and she's been wanting to go too, and this summer I will probably take her too. But why do all the MTB events have to be races? I will probably attend one this summer just to see what it's like, but I will probably never actually sign up for one. I like the road rides because it is NOT a race, it's just a great time, and if you're doing a century, it's an all-day event.
Ahhh...summer...HURRY, summer! Get here soon!!! :D
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It is in the upper 50's outside today. In February. In Illinois.
One of my professors is out of town this week for a conference, so all my classes with him are canceled.
When my youngest boy gets on the bus, I will have nothing on my calendar until my 10am class.
It's a message from the Lord. Do you know what He's saying?
"JENN!!! GO OUTSIDE AND RIDE YOUR BIKE TODAY!!!"
"OH...AND, YOU'RE WELCOME."
Thank you, Lord! :D
Monday, February 27, 2012
Seriously, I'm just a housewife with a bunch of kids who is in need of a healthier life. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement.
I want to admit something that many Sparkers touched on in the blog comments over the weekend. Honestly, I don't do much exercise with my kids. I made a resolution for New Year's that I would work on that a little more. My girls got me to do Just Dance 3 on the Wii with them a few times, and that's been fun...and exhausting. In the summer, one of my daughters likes to go off-roading with me on our bikes. There is a state park near here that has hiking/biking trails, and we have so much fun there. But I don't do enough with all my kids, so I promise to do some kind of exercise with at least one of my kids, every week. Deal? :)
Today I'm very proud of myself because I walked to and from school! It's 2 miles each way, and the hardest part is tearing myself away from cleaning up after kids so I can leave on time for class. When the weather gets warmer, I want to bike around town. Over the weekend, my husband dissembled our daughter's chariot that she made last year for an Egypt project at school, which means I also got the wheels for my bike trailer back. This summer, I'll even be able to get groceries without taking my big, gas-guzzling van out of the garage. I'm so excited...and hopefully, I'll burn lots of calories too. Spark On. :)
Friday, February 24, 2012
Since I'm a pretty busy mom with 5 kids and I go to college full-time, a lot of people ask me how I find time to exercise. I've spent the past couple of days thinking about that and looking at my life. How do I??? Some days, I'm not sure. But I guess I always figure it out. Following is a list of things I keep in mind that help me to get out there and do it every day. What are your drivers? What keeps you going out there and doing it every day? I'd like to know some of yours, too.
1. Take care of MOM first, so MOM can take care of everyone else.
2. Find something you like to do, so you don't mind doing it.
3. Pick a regular time you can stick to. 5am is great for me, but it's definitely not for everyone. One of my running buddies still has 2 kids in diapers, and for her, naptime is her exercise time. Look at your life and see where you can put time for you. If there's no place to put it, then it's time for some things to change.
4. Don't make yourself be perfect. If you can't manage a one-hour workout at a gym, then don't. Just go for a quick walk if that's all you can do. Something is always better than nothing. :)
5. Focus on the things in life that are most important to you, and don't worry about the rest. Like housework. The dirty clothes will be there when you come back, don't worry. ;)
6. Have fun. A lot of moms I know who don't exercise are so busy doing all the things they're SUPPOSED to do, that they don't have time to do anything they enjoy. When YOU are happy, your kids are happy too. You just have to trust me on that.
7. Delegate. You don't have to do EVERYTHING, and you CAN'T.
8. Get enough sleep, because if you are exhausted, you won't go do it.
9. Stay organized. For me, this means having a calendar with all the stuff I gotta do on there. Say YES when you can, and say NO when you can't.
10. Don't forget why you're doing it. For me it's a bad knee that gets achy if I go more than a couple days without exercise. And it's also watching too many relatives suffer from heart disease over the years. For you, it might be something else. Find your underlying driver and don't forget it.
Again, I would love to hear your ideas too. I have a hard time doing it sometimes, and I could sure use some motivators on those days!
This morning I used the stationary rower at the gym, which I like to use when my legs are tired. I did a new squat exercise with dumbbells on Wednesday, and here it is Friday and I'm STILL very sore! So anyway, one of my friends told me about a fishing game on the rower. I've always just gotten on and started rowing. That fishing game is so cool. I really suck at it though. But it was better than watching an infomercial about a hair-removal product. I really wish the workers at the gym would just put the news on. Then I can catch the weather before coming home and getting my kids dressed for school. I guess that's about all for today. Have a great weekend, and Spark On.
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