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Anniversary and Wishful Thinking

Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm having a nice quiet day. Started the day with a 60 minute workout before the kids got up. Eli did get up in time to come watch me do my last 8 minutes on the bike. He and I talked and I stretched while we continued to make plans for the day.

The kids and I went out. I treated them to new Legos and books. We went out for fast food. I felt kinda bad about that as a choice. But while we were eating, Eli, 9, talked about having a workout room like us when he gets his own home. I liked hearing him talk like that!

I'm happy to say that it's 3:30 and we haven't turned on the tv at all today. Yesterday, my hubby and I weren't feeling too creative about entertaining them, so they mostly played on their Kindle Fires and watched some Netflix.

Today is our 36th anniversary and our 21 year old son is going to come watch the grandkids while we go out for dinner. I already planned what I will eat. I am allowing a bit of extra calories. I am celebrating. Normally we would celebrate by taking the 5 hour trip to the beach and walking along the water's edge for an hour or two, but with the grandkids staying with us, we are limited on how long we can spend away from the house. I wish we lived closer to the beach. And it's way to hot and humid for us to enjoy a hike together. Maybe I can plan something like that for when they leave. Two weekends from yesterday we will have freedom. I'd like to go canoeing or do something involving water. Though swimming is out. Hubby sinks!

I am not going to make it...losing the weight I'd hoped to lose by my daughter's wedding. It's on the 10th of August. I have one month. I lose at the rate of 0 pounds a week! I'm staying stable but I really can't say I'm totally content at this weight. I'd like to lose 6 pounds. Or find a dress that looks good on me at my present weight! Wish me luck!



  
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DIANNEMT 7/11/2013 4:02PM

    My daughter's wedding got me started on losing weight and Sparkpeople! I found a great dress (at the church rummage sale) for me but it was a LITTLE tight so I started to exercise--and dropped 10 pounds by the wedding (June to Nov) and then just kept going! You'll look great!

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KANOE10 7/9/2013 9:00AM

    Happy Anniversary! It sounds like a nice evening. I hope you find a lovely dress that you feel good in!

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POPSY190 7/9/2013 1:40AM

    emoticon Go for a dress that fits now. In the heat you are having if it gets looser in the next few weeks, so much the better. emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/9/2013 1:24AM

    emoticon Hope you had a lovely evening. A walk on the beach sounds lovely ans maybe you can do that soon.
It is great that the kids see you keeping active and lovely you can look after them for a time.
The wedding will soon be here so just find a dress you like that fits you now if you loose weight it will be a bonus

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_JODI404 7/8/2013 11:48PM

    emoticon Happy 36th Anniversary!!

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration dinner!

I am sure that you can find a dress that will look great on you! Allow some time to try different options. Wishing you good luck!

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SHERIO5 7/8/2013 8:09PM

    Lori,

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You are living healthier, and thinking healthier, all way more important than what the scale says! Go find yourself a beautiful outfit and enjoy your daughters special day!

Hope your evening was lovely!

Sheri

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/8/2013 7:48PM

    Your daughter is getting married and the simple fact that you're able to be there on her special day means more to her, you, and the rest of the family - then whether you are lighter by six pounds.
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You will get there - you got this - you can do this - and you know in your heart of hearts it doesn't matter if it's in a month or not.
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Happy, happy 36th Anniversary to you!



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KNITTY_JESS 7/8/2013 7:35PM

    You're doing great. Happy Anniversary!

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NOWORNEVER1982 7/8/2013 6:41PM

    Happy Anniversary!! I say find a dress you fell GREAT in, whatever size you are. emoticon

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LARISSA238 7/8/2013 6:09PM

    Even if you can't lose the weight, you will still be beautiful! You have to accept your body at any size. Yes, we would all like to be thinner, but we have to be happy at our current weight as well as when we get skinny. Or else when we are thin we will still have the same weight baggage.

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KLMEIRING 7/8/2013 5:09PM

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KLMEIRING 7/8/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon I wish you well on finding a dress that you can enjoy for this special event!

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OOLALA53 7/8/2013 4:58PM

    It's so common for us to want to appear a certain way at public events, but the strategy of losing for them tends to backfire after the event is over. I'd bet there is a dress that will be very flattering right now! And if it starts to happen that your appetite decreases in the mean time, so much the better.

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Kids, Kids and More Kids!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

On the 4th was my 4 year old grandson's birthday party with lots of kids and fireworks! My daughter eats healthfully and provided lots of fruit and veggies. Even vegan gluten free desserts. I am not into the gluten free or vegan thing, but I know she picks all the best ingredients. She is a sous chef for a business called Nourish, and plans to open her own vegan GF bake shop.

The 8&9 year olds are still with us for another week. To add to the confusion, we had the 2 and 4 year old grands here for a sleepover. They came yesterday at 10 in the morning. I was at work and my hubby took the day off to watch them all. He is the best grandfather! He does an excellent job playing with them and feeding them. Four kids is a piece of cake for him. (Stresses me out!)

I got home from work by 3 and had to go chill in my room. I wasn't mentally prepared for the craziness. The kids were all well behaved though. My tension was there though. Duane sent me out for pizza. I saw that they had green olives as an option for their pizza. I hadn't had that in years. He suggested I get a thin crust small olive pizza for myself. I should've know better that in my frame of mind I wouldn't have much self-control. While I was eating it, I rationalized that it was a really small pizza and the crust was ultra-thin...I ate all but 2 small pieces. It was cut in little squares. Then I got into dessert, while everyone else had vacated the kitchen, I munched on cookies and more dessert. I had given myself permission to have a binge. I didn't freak out over the binge. I just decided to move on and learn from my mistakes. Not to have potential binge foods in the house. And to get out of the kitchen when the meal has finished.

You know hose kids who were well behaved? Well, they slept well. The 9 year old and 2 year old shared a room and the 8 and 4 year old shared a room. Amazingly they slept till 6:30. They were great again this morning but when the preschoolers' parents arrived they all got crazy. You see, my SIL is one to wrestle and throw his kids around, acrobatically, and it got all the kids in high gear. I hate when that happens. Ours is a quiet calm family. My SIL is so different from our family. Their kids are still very sweet. He just gets them going. I don't like it at all, but can't say anything. He is who he is. We got them to get going home by telling them we had some errands to do. They had thought they would hang out for a while, but my daughter saw that we wanted to go.

That was the end of that. Things have calmed down. I plan to go work out in a minute. I need my second ST workout for the week.


Did I tell you all that the last time we picked blueberries, we got 8 cups? This was off of 5 bushes. We'd had rain off and on for a couple of days and weren't able to pick them those days, so we had lots of ripe berries that day. Today we are trying to pick again, but it started raining by the time we got 1.5 cups. We have to let them dry, it's not good to pick them wet.

I think I'm stalling...not too eager to go work out. I guess I should remember what I want for myself in the long run. I want to be stronger and the ST workout will help with my strength and metabolism. Working out with the Jillian DVD I'm going to use is circuit style and I will feel energized after the workout. I consider it me time, which I really need.

Sorry for rambling. I needed to let off a little steam.

  
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DIANNEMT 7/11/2013 4:04PM

    What Jillian do you do? I am doing 30 Day Shred whenever I don't get to the gym. Provides incentive to go out! LOL

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_JODI404 7/7/2013 1:39PM

    Oh my goodness -- that is a LOT of kiddos at once!!

I can imagine how trying that must have been! So glad to hear that you had such a healthy perspective after your binge. Progress!!!

Way to go on getting those workouts in -- I know how important that is, and definitely a great stress reliever!!

Hang in there... your peaceful home will be back in short time.

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SHERIO5 7/7/2013 8:46AM

    Wow! You have a lot of challenges! It sounds like you are handling things really well! Exercise is a great way to relieve tension, and giving yourself permission to binge was probably good idea. It helped you cope with difficulty. But, now you can move on, and its only for a week, and you will be back to normal. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/6/2013 5:28PM

    Hang in there with all of those kids and noise. It is hard to have disruptions. Good for you finding time to st and to exercise. You are doing a great job of staying on track.

I have an older son staying with me who loves to cook.I have to watch that I am not eating too many high fat wonderful dishes.

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It's All Falling into Place

Monday, July 01, 2013

Before I went to bed last night, the reality hit me that for the next three days I wouldn't have my hubby's help with the grandkids until 5 when he gets home. I don't usually work out after supper, so I was puzzling how I was going to get a workout in the next three days. I wasn't really stressing about it since others have reminded me to make this next two weeks while they are with us a time to focus on my relationship with them. I took that to heart and relaxed about it a bit, with the plan to take any opportunity I find to get 10 minutes exercise in.

I figured out, as I described in my last blog, that I can get some cardio in with the kids. But I like variety, so this morning when I woke up earlier than they did, I had a quick bite of cereal to help me not burn out and did my Jillian No More Trouble Zones workout dvd, which does tons of strength moves in a circuit style. It's not a pretty sight to see me doing that, so I don't want to do it with their little eyes on me, so I was thrilled to get through it without anyone coming knocking on my door. When I peeked out into the living room, my almost 10-yr-old grandson was happily occupied with his Kindle Fire on the couch. I was so proud of him! He's so grown up to just get up and occupy himself.

I think these next two weeks are going to work out just fine. I never thought I'd be able to do what I did yesterday (with working out with them) and this morning. In fact, just this morning I realized my 21 year old son invited us to his pool whenever we want. I bet I'll get some splashing around done today! I hadn't even counted on swimming as a way to get exercise these days.

I feel like a big WooHoo! today!

  
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SCRAPBECCA 7/1/2013 11:40PM

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_JODI404 7/1/2013 9:42PM

    That is an AWESOME emoticon !!!!

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KANOE10 7/1/2013 1:38PM

    Celebrate. You are figuring out how to keep exercising while watching the kids. Have a great swim.



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SHERIO5 7/1/2013 12:36PM

    There you go! Isn't it great that you have the energy to keep up with your grandkids?!!

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THOMASINA57 7/1/2013 11:28AM

    Way to go.. everything is working out well and you sound like you are enjoying yourself.. swimming is good fun and good exercise!!

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OOLALA53 7/1/2013 11:24AM

    Let it all hang out, exercise wise! And even 15 minutes of vigorous work or a DVD is still valuable. My mentor has maintained his loss walking back and forth to work and doing resistance work with a sledgehammer for 14 minutes 5 days a week for years while working full time, marrying, and having three children. Admittedly, he's not the one keeping house, but he does his 15 minutes in the morning while his wife does yoga before the day goes crazy.

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EMILY0724 7/1/2013 9:54AM

    Isn't it wonderful when things work out for the good? It's a good opportunity for you to try some new things. It's also a GREAT example to set for your grandchildren. Let them see the real you!

Have fun!!
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Pics of Grandkids Helping Me Work Out

Sunday, June 30, 2013

First day of the grandkids' visit we started on their own Art Journals. They like using all my art supplies. In the afternoon my hubby watched them so I could do my Jillian dvd. So the first day I was able to spend good time with them and get a great workout in.



Second day, today, I started the morning with a workout. I had my granddaughter settled in with magazines to cut out fodder for her journal. But when I said I was going to go up and work out, she surprised me and said she wanted to work out too! She's 8 1/2, and busied herself while I got on the elliptical. I took a few pictures of her. She didn't do lots of reps or anything, she played with all the little weights, bands, weighted ball, total gym and recumbent bike. I won't let them play on the elliptical, it's too big of a machine and dangerous for them. My grandson came up to see what we were doing, and joined in. They let me take pictures of them. I wanted to share them with you! I thought of having them take a picture of me, too, but never got around to it.












I felt great after 15 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on my bike. All my worrying about getting workouts in was for nothing, I'm happy to say!

  
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KANOE10 7/1/2013 8:55AM

    Good for you getting exercise in with the kids there. I love your pictures. They are cute kids.

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KNITTY_JESS 7/1/2013 2:10AM

    What an important way to show how much working out means to you and the benefits of lifelong exercise!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 7:36PM

    Way to go, Grandma - modeling healthy behavior! That's the way to do it!!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/30/2013 6:06PM

    Kids always bring fun to any workout!! I oldest grandson is 6years old & he loves to get on the treadmill & I let him but not for long. Then he likes to try to lift weights but I keep him at 2lbs.

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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KLMEIRING 6/30/2013 4:37PM

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    Love that they participated! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 6/30/2013 2:19PM

    YAY! I've been thinking about you. I'm glad things are going well. You are creating great memories!

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_JODI404 6/30/2013 2:15PM

    That is AWESOME!!! LOVE it!!

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SCRAPBECCA 6/30/2013 2:10PM

    Love that they wanted to workout too! Cool that you encouraged them!

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DONNA19711 6/30/2013 2:07PM

    Those are great pics. Glad you were able to enjoy your grandkids working out with you.

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The Plan for the Next Two Weeks...Kids!

Friday, June 28, 2013

The weekend is starting off with a bang. My 9 & 10 year old grandkids are here to stay for 2 weeks. They were at the house with my hubby by the time I got home from work. I was expecting them to be here, so I mentally prepared myself for seeing them. I even wrote a list of things to do with them. One thing is that I want to take picnic and a frisbee, balls and gloves and maybe a kickball to a park. I was tickled when my grandson said he brought his own glove and a ball! I'm really excited about that.

I don't do well when I don't have my space or my quiet. I am a little anxious about them being here that long. I want time to myself for working out. I know they are old enough to occupy themselves long enough for me to get a workout in, but I won't take off and get a walk with them here. Sure, I might be able to get them to walk around the block with me, but it wouldn't be a quick pace. Anyway, a 15 minute walk won't cut it! On two or three days each week I will be going to work, and my hubby will stay home with them. On those days I could probably see if he minds for me to go out and get a long walk in the morning before work. I have my own equipment at home, and don't go to a gym, so at least I can squeeze in some workout time upstairs while the kids read. They love to read so that's a great thing.

My main worries are that 1-I won't get enough workouts in, (won't burn enough calories) and 2-I will eat too much. (I notoriously eat more when I get anxious.)

Though I certainly have begun to feel more confident around my grandkids. The anxiety comes in when I don't have time to myself. I raised 4 kids; I know how little time I had to myself, so I'm not too hopeful that I'll get that me time.

But I love them to pieces and see this as an opportunity to get to know them better. We only see each other once every month or two. We have a good foundation; my daughter and the kids lived with us for 2 years when they were preschoolers.

I also feel more confident that I won't

After I wrote that last line (I was going to end it with the words "binge while they are here"), the kids asked me for a snack. I offered different things. Then I remembered some special cheese I brought back from Wisconsin a few months ago, and offered them cheese and crackers. I've been saving it for a special occasion, seeing it in my cheese drawer often, knowing that the day I open it I'll have a hard time resisting it. I'm sharing it so I won't eat it all. I had some with them and though I went 200 calories over my limit of calories for the day, I didn't all out binge. I can feel good about that!

I feel less anxiety about binge eating since I wrote my blog about my ah ha moment. I've upped my calories a little for each day, and will see how that goes. In the long run, a few more calories each day would never amount to the extreme amount I could shovel in over 2 or 3 binge days per week. By allowing a few extra per day, I don't feel the deprivation and I am not getting that hollow hungry feeling from restricting food and exercising too much.












  
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_JODI404 6/29/2013 10:50PM

    Hi Lori,

I do know from your previous blogs that having visitors usually will cause you anxiety.

It sounds like you have thought this out really well and planned for how to handle it.
It's great that you will go to the park and do active things outdoors.

Try to focus more on this special time with the kids than on your workouts. You have every day of the rest of the year to worry about that. The foundation of Spark is getting 10 minutes every day. I'm sure you can get 10 every day. I find breaking it down into 10's can really add up for me on the busiest days. If you can fit in more, great, but don't let it cause you additional stress.

Hopefully hubby will be a great partner in this for you. If he can get you some time for yourself, and maybe help with their snacks if they are too tempting.

It's awesome that the kids love to read! That is an awesome summertime activity. I know I used to LOVE going the library. Pinterest has all kinds of cool arts and crafts ideas to do with kids. I don't have kids, but have cousins that have kids / and are teachers and they pin a lot of fun looking ideas all the time. Keeping busy will be great and memorable for all of you.

Blogging and journaling seems to help a lot too -- so use that tool if you need it.

I'm wishing you well! Hoping you get the best of it all, some me time, some awesome time with the kids, and low anxiety!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!!


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KANOE10 6/29/2013 10:23AM

    You have great steps in place to handle the visit. I totally understand your anxiety about your exercise being difficult with the kids there. I went through the same thing with my sister on our trip. She wanted to walk with me, but I walk at a much faster pace and did not feel like it was a workout.
I think getting up early and getting a walk in or later would be the way to go.

I raised 4 kids also..and did not do a good job of making time for myself when they were growing up.

Now you already have your habits in place for success. I know you will do well and find time for yourself during their visit.

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LARISSA238 6/28/2013 10:01PM

    You can do this! Increasing your calories is a good idea to stop the binges. Just try and exercise when you can... don't worry too much since this doesn't happen everyday. *hugs*

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SHERIO5 6/28/2013 9:20PM

    A challenge for sure! Maybe you could bring walking shoes when you work, and do your walk before you go home? That would cover exercise on the days you go to work. Exercise with kids counts, even if it isn't what you would do normally. Playing ball sounds like fun! Enjoy your grandkids!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/28/2013 8:53PM

    I understand your anxiety but it sounds like you have a good plan in place. Keep that in mind. Re-read this blog each day if it will help you keep the plan in place.

If you get out there with the Frisbee and the bat and ball, you will burn a few extra calories for sure!

It's two weeks, you can do this for two weeks and you will have wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Enjoy!

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