Saturday, July 28, 2012
I had a great weight-loss in July, with an 8 pound loss from the end of June to this weekend. I decided I want to again shift my focus to improving muscle tone. I found a link on pinterest yesterday showing a 30 day abs/core challenge. I decided to start it today. I am not doing it the way the blog author suggests, with this same workout every day, though.
I am going to do this workout every other day or 3 days per week, and do some plank-based abs work or other abs workout on the other days. 30 days of focusing on abs. I took a before picture for myself and will take pics each week to track progress and results. Last year, my abs were getting pretty toned before I stopped my daily morning strength sessions and I want to get back to that. My pants got tight over the winter, and I do not want to go up a size.
- reduce softness in my abs
- be more comfortable in my bikini when dh and I go to the beach
- be able to comfortable wear my size 4 slacks for work
Day 1, I did her workout this morning. I wasn't able to get 25 of everything, but I did at least 10 of all except the jack-knife thing. I didn't like it and didn't feel it in my abs, so I decided not to do it. I also added some of my own abs moves that hit areas I didn't feel in this workout.
I hope to keep up with tracking this better than I did the sleep in July. I did ok with that one, getting 8 hours a night, until I had my workshop where I had to leave by 7:00am to get there on time. I struggled and ended up only getting 5-6 hours a night. Plus, while I know it is difficult getting enough sleep with babies at home, I hadn't realized how difficult it would be getting enough sleep with teens at home!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Well, I didn't make it to yoga this morning. Had a long talk last night with my 17yo son about expectations. He had spent the night with his girlfriend, told us he was at his friend's house when he wasn't. DH is mad that he lied, ds doesn't seem to understand that he can't, at 17, spend the night with his gf. I had to talk him into not leaving once dh and I went to bed. So I was up until 1am and decided, when I woke up at 5:20, that I needed sleep more than I needed to go to yoga this am. Of course, I still woke up at 7.
Weigh-in this am: 140!
5% challenge Starting Weight 6/23: 147
Final Weight 8/18:
My 5% goal is to lose 7 lbs
My goal weight is 140 lbs met with 3 weeks to go!!
(Starting weight x 0.05 = 5% goal)
(Starting weight x 0.95 = goal weight)
I am amazed! It has been so hard before to lose anything, and I surpassed my goal this month. I am at the lowest weight I've been at in a year! Stress level has been much lower with being out of school and finishing my Master's classes by mid-month. I haven't been as hungry, due both to lower stress and getting more sleep. Pain from braces has also led me to eat less this month. Hoping to lose a little more before school starts Aug 9 and focus on maintaining and keeping stress low through the school year!
I'm off to get some things done at home today and try to do something fun with my girls this last Friday I have off!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ok, so I realized after I titled my last blog "classroom pics", that I completely forgot to include them!
After Monday's trip to the orthodontist and Wednesday's unexpected trip to the dentist (they worked me in- Yay!), I am done with people messing with my teeth! My gums hurt, I can't bite anything, and I am in significant pain most of the time right now. I can see a tremendous difference, though. But with that, comes pain. This Monday, I will be meeting with the oral surgeon to discuss the surgery that I will have next summer.
I have spent every day of this last week "off work" at work, getting my classroom set up. I do think it looks good. I created several neat displays and have my theme going throughout the room, plus lots of different areas for students to work independently and in small groups. Planning to take some time and do something with my girls tomorrow, after going to the 6am yoga class at the YMCA. I found their schedule online, and they have yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays and cycle classes on Tues and Thurs, so I will be set for a class 4 days a week! Just hoping that I can stick with it through the craziness of soccer season and my master's classes throughout September and October. That stopped me from going back in the spring when things got too crazy busy.
red carpet readers!
Raising the curtains on a successful year- SmartBoard stage border
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I decided yesterday that I would return the magnetic paint. I had to take back an ink cartridge that was leaking when I opened it, so I loaded up the girls and took them both back, just beating the rain that followed behind us! The customer service cashier had no problem with taking the paint back, even started talking about how expensive paint has gotten. He was very nice about it.
My classroom furniture is mostly set. Just have to move my large meeting table and decide where another small table is going or if I need it anymore and set up the last two computers. Everything else is finished. Next on my agenda is getting the new posters laminated and putting things up on the walls, organizing materials for open house, and finalizing plans for the first few weeks of school. I am also working on my pacing guides, trying to at least nail down main ideas that I want to cover over each quarter.
My dentist called yesterday and said they could work me in today (had to cancel an appointment that was scheduled during my training) Then 14 yo dd and I are going to meet with the school counselor to discuss her honors classes (she wants out of them, I don't want her to stop taking them. She's looking at right now, I'm looking more long-term) The permanent rubber band (spring) that the orthodontist put in for dd on Monday came off yesterday, so we have to go back this afternoon. Sometime, I also have to figure out how 9yo dd is getting home (she spent the night at a friends)
I got up early this morning to get in a real workout, but ended up wasting time on the computer! I know I am a morning exerciser, so it may be a struggle to get in a workout later. Evening thunderstorms aren't helping on that front. I'll find a way, though. Maybe we can hit the Y after dd's ortho appointment.
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