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Day 196 of 10 min of exercise/day

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today was day 196 of my exercise streak. I jogged a total of 3.5 miles +, did weights, sit-ups, and stretching. Great workout!

I have to get back to a good routine again. We went on vacation! All the ice-cream, fudge, pizza, and other treats tasted great. We went to the Wisconsin Dells and had a blast! Noah's Ark was huge, but a lot of fun. We loved the wave pools and the medium level slides. I did do the Sting Ray, which made my heart race too much. I decided to tone down the slides I was attempting after that. No "Point of no Return" or "Scorpion's Tail" for me. I really liked the Bermuda Triangle, Congo Bongo, Kawabunga, and Bahama Falls slides. These all used tubes or rafts. I injured my shoulder slightly at the larger of the two wave pools. I was really into it!

We also enjoyed Chula Vista Indoor water park. My favorite there was the Matador. You slide on your belly on mats on this one and can race three other people. The kids always beat me down the slide, but I was better at going farther. There was also a slide that was a smaller version of the near vertical drop slide at Noah's Ark. This one only dropped about two stories and had a slow loop at the beginning. I was scared the first run, but couldn't wait to try again. It was fun, with just enough excitement.

I definitely got my exercise in the 2 1/2 days we were at the waterparks. I must have climbed over 100 flights of stairs. Lots of walking too. Unfortunately, I couldn't have my activity tracker on. I didn't want to risk it getting damaged or lost on all the slides. It would have been interesting to see how many steps it logged.

My favorite food place was in the downtown area. We found a small Polish restaurant called Vicky's Waffles. We tried everything there: every variety of Pierogi, Kielbasa with sour kraut, borscht with pierogies in it, pickle soup, stuffed cabbage, and cheesecake. If you go up there, you have to find this place!!! It's off the main street, down a little corridor, close to the Mirror Maze.

We also took some boat rides. We did the Ducks, although I think they are over priced for what you get. The kids really enjoyed the Duck ride. My favorite was the Upper Dells scenic boat ride. This takes about 2 hours, and has two stops where you trek on a path through the scenery. Witches Gulch was amazing! This cruise was fantastic. If hubby and I were alone at the Dells, we would have tried the dinner cruise which follows the same path.

The only bad thing that happened on vacation was that Mary (14) injured her knee. It really had nothing to do with the slide she came down on. She stood up, crossed her legs to show her brother how to hold his legs on the slide, put pressure on the crossed leg, and it gave out. So Mary took yet another ambulance ride. Yes, she's my daughter with the back injury last fall and the fall on the ice in the winter. If you watch the TV show "The Middle," Mary is Sue Heck. She even resembles the character Sue Heck. Nothing was broken, but Mary has a knee immobilizer on and crutches now. We let her go to Ripley's Believe It or Not and Wizard Quest to try to help her have fun on vacation. She did love those two stops.

Well, that's my vacation update. I'm staying away from the scale for a week or two to give myself time to work off the ice cream. I'm back to eating right and I feel like I got a great workout in today. The kids will help me with motivation for exercising and will help police my eating, although, I really have had enough sweets for a while. I miss my veggies!

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KPETSCHE 7/15/2014 2:47AM

    It sounds like you really had a great time while in Wisconsin. And you definitely got your money's worth!!! Stuff's been nuts here at work so enjoy your time away.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/14/2014 4:03PM

    Sounds like a fun time, minus the injury. Hope your daughter recovers quickly!

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Day 185 of 10 min of exercise/day

Thursday, July 03, 2014

I'm still going strong on my exercise streak and my weight is staying around 130 lbs. It's been a busy summer with swim team for the kids and I've picked up lots of shifts at work. Fortunately with all the storms, only one swim meet was cancelled. The kids are all improving their times, and Sean has gained a lot of confidence. This is his first year making it across the pool routinely. He even wants to start working on butterfly. To my surprise, this morning I discovered he has a really good beginning to the butterfly stroke. I'd say it's stronger than his breast stroke.

Hubby and I splurged and bought a new piece of exercise equipment. We got a tread climber. It was a floor sample and we got it for almost 1/2 off. I'm hoping this will help my short workouts be more intense. I have to say, this machine kicks my butt!! I went jogging today, and I could really feel the muscles that the tread climber works.

Just thought I'd check in really quick. I'm still sparking, even if I'm not blogging!

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WOUBBIE 7/4/2014 2:43PM

    Woohoo! Good to hear you're still going! I'm getting a little better, but I wouldn't call it a streak. We're busy busy busy too! Kids! I guess I'll sleep when I retire....

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MJREIMERS 7/4/2014 10:36AM

    emoticon and keep it up. It is a huge accomplishment getting in exercise being a busy mom. You should be so proud. Congrats on the new equipment, too!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/3/2014 4:37PM

    Glad to hear that things are still going great! Enjoy your new machine!!

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Wow! First Blog in a While! Day 164 of 10min/day

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I guess I got busy, it's been a while since I've posted a blog. Today was day 164 of ten minutes of exercise per day. The last few weeks I've done a lot of walking. No time for much of anything else. This week I've gotten a couple of shorter jogs in, and today I did a couple weights exercises. I've figured out how to shorten my routine, so I may be able to start getting stretching and weights back into my routine. I also finally got my one-piece swimsuit I ordered online, so maybe some swimming too.

Speaking of swimming, the kids had their first meet last night. All six are swimming. Mary (14) overdid it a bit. She swam in two team relay races, and in both swam two legs. This was in addition to swimming 50 free, 50 back, and 100 free. Total, she did 400! She over-extended her back on a couple of starts, so she's taking it easy today. She's my daughter that had the back injury from volleyball. My eight year old daughter swam great! Bridget swam in both team relay races, 25 butterfly, 25 breast, and 50 free. Stevie (12) swam individual medley, both team relays, 50 free and 50 breast. Patrick (15) swam 50 free, 50 breast, and was on one relay team. Mikey (17) did 50 free and 100 free. He had a bad day at time trials, and there are six boys in the high school age group. Too many for one relay team, not enough to field two teams. They didn't have any extra girls to stick with them to form a second relay team. He's learned his lesson and is going to be less picky about what strokes he volunteers for. Sean (8-Bridget's twin), swam one race, the 25 freestyle. He made it across putting his face in the water, and he swam the whole way. Huge improvement for him. He said for the next meet, he will try to do two races. I'm rewarding him with board games that he can play with Bridget.

It's been fun seeing the swim team mom's again. Some I haven't seen since last summer. One came to me last night half way through the meet and said, "I didn't even recognize you! You look fantastic!" That felt really good.

I still get on Spark People every day. I have a streak of 140 days of logging in. I don't always blog, or comment on the message boards. Logging my miles walked and jogged keeps me pretty motivated. I still have to work hard to maintain. In fact, I splurged a little too frequently and found my weight up 10 pounds. When I thought back over the previous two weeks, it made sense. Too much junk went in my body! I'm now doing another round of HCG. I had over 70 days off. I'm just doing the sublingual supplement. It's cheaper, and I think I have better appetite control doing drops three times a day rather than the shot once daily. This all helps me to get my portions under control again and gets rid of any sugar craving I develop from eating treats too much.

All this hard work pays off. I had to buy a summer dress yesterday. We are going to a wedding this weekend. I ended up buying a size 6. Pretty cool!

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KPETSCHE 6/24/2014 5:41AM

    You ROCK, Chris! I'm so proud of all your hard work! Glad swimming is going well, too. Hope to see you at work sometime soon.

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WOUBBIE 6/13/2014 9:50PM

    164!! Excellent! I'm still struggling to get a daily minimum in but I'm slowly improving over time. I've only failed when I've stopped trying!

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KAYTIE22 6/12/2014 6:05PM

    Great, great job! All your hard work and determination has certainly paid off. Congratulations!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/12/2014 4:20PM

    Sounds like you have been busy! Keep up the great work!

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Day 135 of 10min of exercise per day

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thought I'd take a quick moment to prove I'm still here on Spark People. Today is day 135 of my exercise streak. It's a beautiful, sunny, although chilly day, so I think I'll go for a quick walk.

The school year is winding down, but busy as all get-out! Last week we had the fine arts awards, Cabaret. My two oldest boys got lots of recognition for their work in band, choir, and drama. My eighth grade daughter also got recognized. She's been working with the high school band for two years already. We also had the middle school concert. My eighth grader was sick that night, but we also have a sixth grad boy who is in band and choir. These sixth graders are highly motivated and already are great musicians. It's already fun to see them perform, but I really think they will "wow" us as they become high schoolers. Last night was the high school concert. Our music teachers are fantastic!!!! We've been watching these kids develop since sixth grade and these teachers have really developed their talents. It was a fantastic concert! My boys were in all kinds of mixed ensembles for choir, and Mary got to perform her flute duet. My second oldest has helped drum for the show choir, and they've come a long way too. The show choir started just a few years ago with about 10 girls and their costumes were matching T-shirts. Now they have about 10 girls and 10 boys, a drummer, and costumes. What motivation to get up extra early a few times a week to practice!

Soccer season is winding down. I didn't get to see the games last weekend since I was working. Stevie (12) scored 4 goals in a tight game. I think they won! Sean's team won, 14-0 and it sounds like Bridget also had a good game. I'm really looking forward to this weeks games. I get to watch again!

I've stopped daily weigh-ins and have moved to weekly now. I've been off the HCG for 54 days. My weight this morning was 132 lbs, so I've successfully maintained. Last week, I did a lot of cardio workouts: jogging, walking, swimming. I totally ignored weights, so this week I'm getting back to weights. Also, I have a lot of work shifts, and my weight routines take about 10-15 minutes. I've done weights the last two days, but I think the sun is calling me for a walk today. I'm also resting my knees. They didn't handle all that jogging too well last week. I've got to keep my jogging miles down a bit.

Well, that's a quick update. Keep on sparking!

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WOUBBIE 5/14/2014 2:15PM

    Awesome! I love, love, love reading your blogs!

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ALLISON145 5/14/2014 12:49PM

    Congrats on the maintenance!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/14/2014 12:47PM

    You are definitely keeping busy! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Day 126 of 10 min of exercise per day

Monday, May 05, 2014

I haven't had much time to blog lately, so I'd better take a chance today. My streak of 10 minutes per day of exercise is still alive. Today I did a 4.5 mile jog, my longest yet this year. My first 1.5 miles was at a 13.2 min/mile pace, the next 1.5 miles was 13.8 min/mile pace, and my last 1.5 miles was 14.2 min/mile. I'm very happy with those times.

I have three good streaks going:
1. 126 days of 10min of exercise per day
2. 102 days straight of logging in and spinning the wheel
3. 19 weeks of at least 90 min of exercise per week.

I also noticed I got a trophy for over 1100 miles logged on Spark People. That one is pretty cool. I love logging the miles.

Other updates:
Work is busy. I've accidently taken on too many shifts in May, so I may not be able to blog too much this month.
Kids are busy. Three are playing soccer. I got to see Stevie (12) score two goals on Saturday. One he headed in. It was awesome! I also got to see Sean (8 1/2) score a goal. This is extra awesome since he's on a 10 and under team. He scored against kids older than him. Bridget (his twin) had some great defensive plays. Being a defender, she doesn't get any chances to score, but she can really clear that ball out. She plays on a 10 and under team as well. Mikey (17) is busy looking at colleges. He's a junior now. Patrick (16) is preparing for driver's ed. Yikes!!! Mary (14) is getting ready to graduate 8th grade. Yes, I will have three high schoolers next year.

The family treated me to an early Mother's day yesterday. We spent the late morning/early afternoon at a farmer's market. Lots of fun! We also took a walk together on one of the trails in the area. We've also gotten some flowers planted.

I'm still getting on Spark People every day, just not blogging much. Getting my points, tracking fast, and getting on to other jobs.

Keep sparking everyone!!

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MJ7DM33 5/9/2014 9:12PM

  WTG! Keep it up!

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ALLISON145 5/6/2014 5:18PM

    I'm so proud that you're back on your exercise streak and holding strong - Woohoo!!

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KPETSCHE 5/6/2014 1:21AM

    Kind of like me lately. Congratulations with that long run! Keep up those fun streaks Chris.

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/5/2014 7:41PM

    Sounds like you are definitely keeping busy and still doing great! Keep it up!

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WOUBBIE 5/5/2014 2:24PM

    Glad you checked in! Great to hear that your streak is still going strong!

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PROPMAN1 5/5/2014 2:16PM

  Sounds like you're doing very well with getting in your 10 minutes. Congrats on having all the children doing so well! We're very happy to have you with us on SP. emoticon

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