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The Weekend

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The last few days have been hectic with getting ready for the market today. My stress level was definitely high this week, especially last night as I tried to remember everything. I didn't get in much actual exercise that could be tracked this week but I was moving. Same with today. I was on my feet and moving around the booth and visiting other vendors for most of the 5 hours we were there. I got into one of our other local farmers' markets for Sundays so now my weekends are taken up with markets.

Did have some problems with food this week. We had pizza and KFC and I'm so tired right now I'm leaning towards Subway before we head to the fireworks tonight. Hopefully the rain holds off.

It also didn't help the oldest has taken a job on an oil field and I've been worrying about him. But he finally called to let me know so far he still has all his fingers and hands. :) He'll be home in 2 weeks for a weeks visit.

So the goals for this coming week are to get back on track with eating and exercise. I need to force myself to do some strength training this week. And I need to start pushing myself on my walks more.

Hope everyone can enjoy the weekend.

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Monday Update

Monday, May 17, 2010

Things go so busy around here I haven't had much time to be online, not alone write a blog or fill in my tracker.

I've spent alot of time outside this weekend working in the flowerbeds, got the grass cut and just generally cleaning up the yard. Part of the yard is sand so it always needs to be raked to keep it clean looking. Babysat our 8 yr old great nephew on Saturday. Son had a friend over for the weekend and daughter is in a Saturday morning math "camp" till the end of school so the days just seem to slip by. Also managed to make 3 batches of soap - lemongrass green tea, baby powder scented, and orange creamsicle scent.

Yesterday was a good day overall. Hubby and I did get into an argument about the lack of activity of our son outside of school sports. Our oldest wasn't/isn't like that. And I think that has alot to do with how active we were when he was younger. Even though he hates where is living right now he's joined a gym and a soccer team to keep busy while he makes money for school.
When younger brother heard what older brother was doing wanted to do it to. So I found a local club and got all the information for him to "change" his mind. I got upset about it. I was happy to see that my son wanted to do something active and that he seems to enjoys so much. Hubby didn't see a problem with him not joining. He used the excuse of look at me, I never did sports and I'm just fine. Which sparked quite the argument as he's not fine. Like me he's overweight, not as much but he has that pregnant look going and he has back problems which the inactivity doesn't help with. He feels he gets enough exercise at work but even the doctor agreed he needs to do at least some strength training and work on strengthening up the muscles to help his back. In the end, son and I talked it out and got down to why he changed his mind. He doesn't like to fail and he's afraid of failing cause everyone else will be better than him. So we had a long talk about how it's not about failing, just trying your best and make sure you have fun - and at the same time his skills will improve and he will gain so much experience he can take back to school next year to help his team. I had been planning on volunteering to coach for the town for the little, little kids and he didn't want to interfere with that (they are on the same night at the same time) as he knows how important it is for me to be active and I had looked at coaching as another outlet for it. I told him I would much rather be on the sidelines cheering him on as he is so much more important to me than volunteering is. So for the summer he is giving it a go.

Today is weigh in day....3.6 lbs gone! I'm down to 244. I can feel it in my jeans this morning. My comfy jeans are baggy feeling and feel like they are falling down. Guess I will have to start belting this pair for now.

Better get dressed and get my day started! It's suppose to be sunny and warm today so more time spent outside...hanging laundry..LOL.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/17/2010 10:59AM

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Great job on losing 3.6lbs! You rock!

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HARMONYAGAIN 5/17/2010 9:30AM

    Such a great WI this week. That must feel super.

The soaps sound wonderful.

You will have to tell me where you are selling them this summer I would love to come by and buy a few as gifts. The scents sound so nice.

We are in Kitchener and try to get out and about on weekends in the summertime.

Take care and keep up the great work


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CHANSEN_20001 5/17/2010 7:49AM

    3.6 pounds gone!! Way to go. Keep up the great work.

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Finding Balance..Or Just A Bit Of Peace Within

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Like many here at SP I have a tendency to try and do it all for everyone to the point where I put myself off to the end or forget about me all together. I always rack it up by saying there's just not enough hours in the day. And hubby sometimes will bring up "What did you do today?" And I have no answer except housework and it's generalized housework. How can that be??? I'm mostly a SAHM, I have most days 8 hours alone to get my stuff done. But where does the day go? I couldn't tell you. And it really brings me down when I sit back and ask myself what did I do today or this morning, why didn't I exercise. I start to feel like I've done nothing which equals out to a mental round of your useless, crappy wife/mother, etc. I'm sure you all know what I'm getting at.
So for the last couple of weeks I've been working very hard to make a conscious effort to put me first or at least in the top 3 of my list. And I do mean list - a To Do list. Ya, I know what your all thinking, they don't really work. I've tried it in the past to but I never gave it my 100% try. Just like eating write, exercise, this is something I have to push myself to do. It's slowly becoming ingrained to fill and cross out. I write it up the night before, adding to it in the morning if need be. Usually there isn't a lot on it, some days 3 or 4, others 8 to 10. I don't bother to list dishes or other housework unless it's something that I know I will struggle to get done that day, laundry is my downfall so it's on the list most days. I also reminded myself that I have to pick up the kids tonight as son has a soccer game after school - I'd never forget it but it helps me to see what I've accomplished during the day and that takes up some of my time. I suggest things for dinner the next day, I even suggest a workout to myself the night before in case I have a problem with motivation in the morning. This morning the suggestion was a brisk walk on the treadmill before my strength training while I watched the last 1/2 hour of Biggest Loser that I taped last night.
I also am trying to include my water intake. Water is one of my biggest downfalls, I don't drink enough most days. So I've added that I need to drink 3 glasses in the morning, 3 in the afternoon and then 2 with/just after dinner. The goal is that it will start to become second nature for me to do that and I won't have to write it down. So far today, that's on track.

As for doing for everyone, that's stopping. I have lists for the kids, things hubby needs to finish around here (love those hubby to do lists), and I'm no longer on call for volunteering.

Bottom line, I'm using the To Do list as a way to show myself that I did accomplish things today rather than a list of things I have to do. It's a small way to make a positive in my day. It's a great feeling to look at that list and the stuff that has been scratched off.

Yesterday was a nice day. Hubby was off work and we spent the day just enjoying each others company, something we don't do often...normally we are ready to kill each other by the time the kids get home. We've gotten into a slump over the last probably 14 yrs. It's hard to break the old habits. We use to go mountain biking and hiking - spending as much time together doing something/anything we could - now he would rather watch t.v. while I just try to avoid him and the t.v. Over the last few weeks we've been visiting auto wreckers for parts for my "new" Blazer. This is something we use to do alot of when we dated/lived together as we helped fix up friends/family's vehicles. It's been an eye opener for the two of us of how far we've neglected our relationship. It's all part of the journey - we let ourselves go and at the same time fell into the trap of letting us go at the same time. But not anymore. We're in agreement that we need to fix it and get back to where we were 14 yrs ago.

Time to go and make some soap!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/12/2010 1:08PM

    I know exactly where you are coming from. I'm a SAHM too and most days, I can't tell you what I did other than housework and exercise. It gets really repetitive. We have to learn to take time out for ourselves. Make an appt for a haircut, walk the mall and look at goal clothes, or go see a friend. Just get out and have me time at least once a week. Yes, you and hubby definitely need to rekindle the flame. My husband and I have started to make it a point to go out together once every month. It has really strengthened things between us. We leave the kids overnight with my mom and have the whole night to do what we want. It's been fabulous!

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Monday Ramblings

Monday, May 10, 2010

The sleep over went fairly well though I was stressed more than I am when son has his friends over. These girls act like spoiled princesses, expecting us to wait on them hand and foot. Not how this house runs. I was glad to see parents arriving.
Mother's Day turned out pretty good. My oldest called to wish me a happy mother's day which I wasn't really expecting. When he was home he never acknowledged any holiday. He's finally starting to show he's grown/growing up.
We spent Mother's Day babysitting our 8 yr old nephew who drove son nuts. I just looked at him and said "now you know how your brother felt". When his brother called he told him he was sorry for being such a pain. They're growing up way to quick.
Otherwise the weekend was slow. I did no exercise, ate to much, and overall was a couch potato. Well, I do go and hit the tennis ball for the dogs 2-3 times a day for 30 minutes at a time. But I put that up to more stretching than cardio so I don't track it. The dogs get all the cardio.

I don't know quite where the time has gone today. I did my strength training this morning on the Total Gym. Then a 25 minute walk, which worked out to just under 2km. I had planned a longer walk (8.8km) but my calves were screaming. I think it had to do more with the ST this morning as my legs burned during those exercises. I'll have to make sure I get my cardio in before ST.
As for my to do list today I have 2 things left to complete and hubby said he'll try to do one of them for me since he will be done work early.

Time to go make soap...thinking pear fantasy or maybe green tea/lemongrass. If time allows I should make a batch of laundry soap.

Hope everyone has been able to get in some form of exercise today!


Just A Quick Update

Friday, May 07, 2010

Today and yesterday are a right off as far as my food tracker goes. Yesterday was our daughter's 12th birthday. Lets just say there was take out, cake and pop involved. Today was more of I didn't eat in the morning or have a decent lunch so made poor choices later on when I was feeling starved. I know I am way over my counts for today and for most I don't even know the intakes as they were homemade from scratch. I'm still struggling with some worries over my 19 yr old son and a job change he is doing. It's more money but the chance of losing an arm or fingers is very high from what I've read. So while he is at this job I will probably struggle with this one. But I did manage to drink all my water for the day!

Am I feeling bad about my decisions today and yesterday? A little but nothing a 5+K won't cure tomorrow in the frigid wet temps that are being called for. If it's raining to bad it may just be a long bout of intervals on the treadmill to clear my head and get me re-focused.

Right now I sit here listening to the screeches of 4-12 yr old girls downstairs playing "Just Dance" on the Wii. Hubby and son had the right idea, they went to see Ironman 2 and won't be home till after midnight. Think I may try reading for a bit.

Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.


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