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Spring is Here

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The weather is awesome. YAY!!! :D

Yesterday I started my new job. It is before- and after-school care at one of the schools, and it is a one-week gig during my spring break. I've been a stay-at-home mom since 1998, give or take the occasional stray p/t Christmas retail jobs over the years. This is no different, just a little stint. Except it's an opportunity to be in the school system, working and helping kids. I do love it. Not everyone loves it. It's good to know in my heart that I love it so much, since I'm spending thousands of dollars to get my BA in teaching right now. :)

Anyway, we took the kids outside this afternoon, and they played on the playground all afternoon until their parents started trickling in to pick up. It was a glorious day to be outdoors. I hope all those kids slept well for their parents last night. ;) I went out with a friend after working the morning, and we got a good 3 mile walk done. She used to be a runner, but she has had some back problems and hasn't done it lately. This is still very intimidating for me. I'm a very slow runner. And I haven't run in over a week, so I just did a few short intervals and we walked and talked the rest of the way. She wants to meet up again today, so it's good to know I didn't slow her down!

I'm also going to the gym afterward today, to start my new core workout I put together yesterday. I just took a bunch of exercises off the list on SP, made sure they were working different muscle groups, and grouped them together in a workout. I'm doing pretty well with my Tuesdays and Fridays being ST days. When school is out, I want to go to 3 days of ST. Dan has been telling me that my skin feels more firm, but I'm not convinced. My pants are still tight. :/

Eating has been pretty good this week so far. Yesterday I baked brownies and didn't have any, my kids had them all by the time I got home from my job. Having a job has its advantages. ;) I also baked 2 loaves of buttermilk bread. I had a couple pieces too many last night, but otherwise I had a perfect day.

My middle daughter started track yesterday. She loves it. It's nice to know she enjoys a sport so much! When I was growing up, I didn't do ANY sports. In the 70s and 80s, there was a negative stigma attached to girls who did sports. I did marching band and that kept me in shape. But once I got out of school, I wasn't marching, and I didn't have a sport to enjoy. It's a good thing I discovered biking these last couple of years. My oldest daughter is like I was; she is very strictly a band person. But she is starting to show interest in tennis, and last summer she took lessons with the HS tennis coach, so she already knows him. I hope that works out for her.

That's about all for today, time to get the garbage to the curb...and then go to work. Wow, that sounds strange. :)

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CMBELISLE 3/14/2012 12:23PM

    My daughter that is in marching band tries to exercise during the "off" season by doing some running/walking so she can keep in shape for marching band season. Unfortunately, she is having some back problems at the moment as well and hasn't been doing much of anything other than the exercises recommended by her physical therapist.

Have a great week and thanks for sharing!

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ON2VICTORY 3/13/2012 9:37PM

    that has got to be exciting to be getting your degree... going after your passion! WTG! keep at your running, its good to hear that your friend wants to go back out with you, that is huge :)

The fact that she wants to go with you means that you guys click and you can make something consistent out of it and that is always a good thing. :)

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American Passion Play

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This morning I'm up early washing clothes for my boys, before going for a walk. It's nice and quiet in my house when everyone is asleep. I love Daylight Saving Time because it means spring is almost here! I'm ready!!!

Yesterday was the opening performance of the American Passion Play. I am a "woman of Jerusalem" and it's a nice, small part. I don't know how people can memorize so many lines for bigger parts! Totally terrifying. But what I'm doing now is just right for me. I'll tell you what's exhausting. I'm right there on the stage, up close, I know it's not real, but it comes to life right in front of you and carries you away, and it's very upsetting each time. It is completely emotionally exhausting. I was in bed at 8:30 last night, because I couldn't stay up a minute more. I forced myself to take a walk after dinner, and Dan came with me. We took the dog with us, too. He wigs out whenever we are both out there, but when it's just me he seems fine. I think my dog may have been abused by a man at some point earlier in his life, because whenever Dan walks with us too, he freaks and acts stupid. Gets his leash wrapped around trees and bushes, and dances around everywhere. How strange too, because at home Dan will play ball with him and pet him and he loves it. I will never understand this dog.

Today I've decided that drinking OJ in the morning for b-fast isn't such a bad thing. I could be having much worse stuff than that! Yesterday I had brownies for b-fast. Yeah, I haven't been too proud of my eating lately. Today I'm going to try having water instead of bad stuff, and more good stuff if I'm really still hungry. It's almost time to start training for a sprint-distance tri that I want to do in June, and part of that is eating for fuel, not seeing how much sugar I can cram into my cytoplasm.

Well my washer just stopped and I want to change loads and then go walking. Today is a Spark meeting in my town, and it's always good to see friends and get some motivation too! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. :)

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/11/2012 12:49PM

    Yay can't wait for the meeting either!

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ON2VICTORY 3/11/2012 10:18AM

    I love this... "part of that is eating for fuel, not seeing how much sugar I can cram into my cytoplasm" that is great!

stay focused on the tri!

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    I need to get off the sugar bandwagon as well...let's do this together.

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Dietary Analysis

Friday, March 09, 2012

Happy Weekend! And Happy Spring Break to me!!! :D

Early this week, I went to a dietary analysis at my school, part of an extra-credit project for one of my classes. I had to log food for 3 days and turn it in, and then go to an analysis meeting. It was very interesting. I found that my calcium wasn't too bad, but my Vitamin D was almost nothing, even though I can get that from the sun. We talked a lot about cutting my sugar from even the healthy foods, so that I won't crave it so much. Milk, even skim, has 11g of sugar per cup, and she suggested that I try a sugar-free, soy-based milk. Yeah, at $3/quart?! Youch, not cool. Then, I did try soy milk for the first time this week, and it was AWESOME...except I wanted to drink the whole thing!!!

So I've decided that I need to do the things that work for me. Some of the foods I've been eating have really worked out well for me. Yes, I can give up my morning OJ if there is a lower-sugar alternative, but for the most part, my food isn't so bad. What's bad is when my daughter's Girl-Scout cookie order comes in and I have several cases of GS cookies sitting in my garage. It's hard to say no to the ones that haven't been sold yet. The past 2 days have been hard, but I'm still working out, I'm still lifting weights, and hopefully those cookies will be gone in the next couple of days.

I haven't gone running in about a week, and that's sort of bothering me. Last time I ran, I did 3.3 miles and I did good, but I just haven't been able to make it happen this week. I've mostly done the elliptical, or walked, or biked, or swam. But no running. Tonight the low will be 28 degrees. That means when the sun is about to rise tomorrow morning, it will be 28 degrees. I don't like running when it's cold. I will have to talk myself into it in the morning! And I have to get out there and get it done before my kids wake up, or else it won't happen at all. It would be nice to go into the next Spark meeting being able to say I ran this weekend, so I think that will be my motivation. Hope y'all have a great weekend. Spark On. :)

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SPUNKYREDHEAD84 3/9/2012 7:17PM

    Keep up the good work!! Sounds like you are actively making good decisions to stay on the right path!

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New Team, New Exercise

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

This morning I did 2 sets of 10 of these, with 10-lb. dumbbells. Youch, that's gonna hurt later on. ;)

I'm really proud of myself because the first time I did it, I could only do 1 set of 10, with 8-lb. dumbbells, and I've only been doing this exercise for a couple weeks. I saw it in a magazine when I was waiting in a drs. office with one of my kids. WOW it is effective. The first time I did it, I didn't stretch afterward well enough, and I had trouble walking for 2 days!

I also joined a new team today for my sugar cravings, and I really hope it helps!

I've been really struggling with the eating the past couple of weeks. I can't have ONE of something, I always have to eat ALL of the doughnuts or cookies or Twix bars. It's helpful that the little 8-packs of mini-Twix bars that I used to get at the grocery store for a buck, have been replaced by 6-packs for $1.39. Double whammy, less food AND more expensive, so yeah I think I'll skip those now. Sometimes it's all about the bottom line. No pun intended. ;)

I feel like an alcoholic. I can't have ONE and walk away. I tried talking to my dr. about it last year, and she blew me off and recommended I read a book about intuitive eating. It was a pretty good book, but I think I need more help than just reading a book. I just got a letter from that dr. a couple weeks ago, and she's closing her practice to go into research instead. Guess it's time to find a new (better) dr. :/

This afternoon after school I have an appointment to have my food logs analyzed. It's an extra-credit project for one of my classes...when he said we had to log our food for 3 days for the project, I was like OHH EASY!!! I've been logging food on Sparkpeople for 4 years. Piece-a-cake. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say. I predict they will tell me I'm not getting enough calcium, and also they may not know how much water I'm drinking. Otherwise I think what I turned in will be fine, because the logs I printed out were before the Valentine candy that brought me to the slippery slope where I am today. Yesterday was my first day off sugar, and I felt so awful from my wild weekend of eating, that I had no trouble staying in calorie range and I ate really good stuff for all my meals. Whole-wheat couscous, green beans, oatmeal, an apple, and I had dried cranberries for a snack. I did awesome yesterday. I hope today will be more of the same. Spark On. :)

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CMBELISLE 3/6/2012 9:35AM

    The analysis sounds really interesting - keep us posted on how it turns out. Have a great week!

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Exercise Clears Your Head

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. :)

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BUSY_BEE68 3/17/2012 7:50AM

    I just whined out a blog about all the positive and negative stressors that are overriding my life and my struggle to get it together. I'm thinking your comment, "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," is one of the things I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing!

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JWARD199 3/9/2012 5:13PM

    My main exercise these days is walking my 10 month old American Bully dog. She really needs the walk, and so do I. How sweet of your husband to make your breakfast. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies. I'm so glad it is coming back in season. Your breakfast sounds delicious!

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