Sunday, July 14, 2013
I'm happy to say that for the first time having guests in the house, I did very little emotional eating. I can't say I didn't have any binges, but there were only two in two weeks. This is astounding news. It has boosted my self-esteem to be successful in this way. And, I was diligent and able to get many workouts in while taking care of two little people and working part-time as well.
I am not worn out from company. I feel peaceful and happy. Hubby and I are getting back to our normal routine. It's nice to have each other all to ourselves again. Empty nest agrees with us.
I am so relaxed that I didn't even panic when I went to pick up a medicine at the pharmacy and had to start using my hubby's new insurance plan. I didn't realize the plan no longer had co-pays for meds. I got sticker shock. My main medicine (one of 5) costs $426 for 30 days, and this is the generic price! Deductible of $5000 means it will take most of a year of paying for it outright to get past it. We've always had coverage for meds, and I realize many people are in my shoes. It's just that we try to get to Hawaii to see our son, and my folks live in the midwest and I have to fly to see them. I'd like to see them twice a year, as they are aging.
As I said, I didn't panic. My hubby is reassuring me that we'll work it out. I'm going to see my doctor and see what we can do about finding an alternative med. I'd like to wean off of this very costly medicine. There are many potential side effects in going off of it, but I'm hopeful that it will work out. I'm a lot healthier now and I could potentially get along without it.
Prayers would be much appreciated!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I hadn't been in a pool for months. Today I met my son and his girlfriend, my daughter and her two preschoolers, and I had my older grandchildren with me. We swam and played in the pool for the whole 2 hours we were there!
I did some actual swimming in the beginning when it was just my son and my two older grandkids who can swim and are tall enough to stand in the 3.5 foot deep water.
When the other two little ones arrived, it was a whole different ballgame. They take constant supervision. They had swimmies on their arms, but they are 2 and 4 and don't know how to really swim. They are very bold and you have to watch them. The two year old girl jumped in once when I hadn't gotten a chance to get right in front of her to catch her. No real problem, I was close enough to get her face out of the water quickly. She was a bit surprised at a full face of water, but it didn't cause her to shy away from jumping off the side into my arms. I repeatedly lifted her back up to stand on the side. The next turn was my grandsons, 4 years old and solid. I don't know how much he weighs, about 40 pounds. So lifting him up basically as far as my arms can reach above my head, over and over...well all I can say is that my arms feel like rubber. I am struggling to type! HaHa!
Now that's what I call getting exercise while playing with 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.
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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