Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wow! Another busy week! Monday, we had two concerts. The twins (8 y/o) both performed their Christmas piano songs for the nursing home. They were nervous, but did a fantastic job. Later in the evening, we had the Middle school concert. This was the final concert for us this Christmas. Mary (14) played flute for the 7-8th grade band. Stevie (11) played trumpet for the sixth grade band. He also sang in the 6th grade choir. The highlight of the show was when the 6th grade choir sang "Christmas in Waikiki." Stevie had mentioned to his teacher that I was born in Hawaii. To "honor" his mom, Stevie (along with another student) danced a hula during the song wearing grass skirts and leis. He had fun with it. He had warned me beforehand that he was going to do something "really embarrassing" on stage. I reminded him of his older brother, Mikey, who just the week before performed on stage. Mikey was in a trio performing a funny song of the three kings who were arguing over whose gift was the best. During the chorus, the three were dancing like Steve Martin's King Tut dance. Both performances were great fun!
Not much time for exercising this week. I went for a 30 min walk yesterday and it felt great. I went at a 17.2 minutes/mile pace. I've eaten great the last two days and am trying to make it three. I'm up a little from my low point of 149. I'm at 154 today. I'll have my thyroid checked again on Jan 6th and will be able to get my HCG for another round from doctor's office then. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a couple more pounds off before then to be closer to my finishing point from last round. Darn thyroid keeps messing everything up! I guess, those Christmas cookies don't help either. I've baked over 760 so far. I haven't eaten as many as I have in past years, but I do have my weak moments. The kids help me avoid them.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Ok, one goal met! I've managed to blog once a week now for two weeks.
This week has been a bit busier than last week. I haven't had much time to myself for exercise, but I've managed a little bit. Sunday, the kids and hubby got me working out. I did the elliptical, weights, sit-ups, and crunches. I've been running around all week with the High School concert, basketball practices, work schedule, orthodontist appointments, piano lessons, etc... Yesterday my new swimsuit came in the mail. I swam in our Endless pool and did about 15 minutes of a routine. I didn't have my watch with me, so I'm not sure exactly how long I kept going. I did various kicks, 200 backstrokes, and 100 reverse crunches holding onto the kick bar.
My cookie count for the month is only 460 so far. Work is really getting in the way of my baking! I did break down and made some sugar cookie dough that's waiting in the refrigerator to be rolled out. I hope I find time this weekend. Bridget (8) has really been a great helper with the baking, and she's learning a lot too. She really wanted the sugar cookies to decorate. We'll see how they come out.
That's my report for the week. Still trying to exercise with my busy schedule and pretty much maintaining my weight despite adjusting my thyroid dose a little.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Let's see if I can successfully update every week. I'll give it a try.
I love getting on Sparkpeople to log my workouts. That really motivates me to get that workout done. Today I feel like I'm detoxing my body from all the sweets I indulged in yesterday. First, we had a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at work. Then there was one at the public library that my kids were singing at. Finally, one more tree lighting for our small town, again, my kids were singing. Lots of treats, very little resistance on my part. The kids helped me stop myself at home and helped to boost my spirits too. Guilt set in afterward.
Today is going much more smoothly with eating. I'm sticking to my plan. I also got a complete workout in again: elliptical for 30 min, 12 sit-ups, reverse crunches, stretching, and weights (triceps, lats, quads). I went faster on the elliptical, and got quite a workout moving it in front of the TV and back again.
For the week: Two complete workouts (similar to the above workout), one walk (1.5 miles), one weight session on its own, one stretching session on its own. I'm splitting up my workouts if I need to. This seems to be a good plan for me. With two jobs, six kids, and one husband, I just can't always fit in the complete workout all together. Splitting up the parts of my workout gives me a sense of satisfaction that I'm doing something.
Another benefit, I get to log each workout, no matter how small, on Sparkpeople for that sense of accomplishment!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Still doing well here. My boss finally returned from maternity leave and I LOVE just being a staff pharmacist again. She can have all the tough decisions and stress. The unfortunate thing is that I now have to pick up more shifts in the city, so my schedule is pretty haphazard.
Doing ok with eating. This time of year is tough and I've had issues trying to get my thyroid dose correct. You know you're low when your doctor asks, "Are you taking your thyroid meds?" I've gained back a few pounds, but not too bad. I think I've got it under control. I'm still in a maintenance phase for eating, and I know I've indulged for Thanksgiving. My plan is to get back on track and eat my protein and veggies diet until the next big indulgence, Christmas. I started exercising again this week. I think I have a pretty good plan:
20 min elliptical first thing in the morning
crunches after that
Do some weights when I get home from work
Stretch when we are relaxing in front of the TV in the evening
I've started with the elliptical and crunches. I'm also seeing how many sit-ups I can do. Wednesday, I did 5. Today, I did 7. I hope to find time to do the weights and stretching today. I might switch it up and try some swimming too, but I have to find a new swimsuit. All of mine are baggy.
Hubby is doing well with work. He has a new boss and loves working with him. He no longer has to be suppressed by the wicked witch. His attitude is much better and he's trying to fix things up around the house. The diet didn't work for him. Still trying to get him more active.
Things are busy here, so I'd better go. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I always intend to get on Spark People more frequently, but here I am again doing a monthly update. I've finished my second round of HCG and am still in my three week volatile period after. You have to be careful and slowly add foods and quantities back into your diet. The goal here is to maintain your weight. I've been successful maintaining around 149 lbs and I've learned what to do if I start getting away from that number. I'll be maintaining my weight until January. You need a break from the drops for a while, and I don't want to start at Christmas. I'm not having any trouble sticking to healthy food. I've even started baking for my kids, and have not had trouble with wanting to sample any of it. I have plenty of testers in the house, I don't need to put this stuff in my mouth.
I've enjoyed shopping a little bit. I bought another pair of Maurice's Jeans, size 11/12. In one of their styles, I got a 9/10 on and almost fainted in the store from shock. I'm realistically more of a large 11/12 or small 13/14 now. I love trying on clothes in this size range! I'm always aware of numbers like 149 lbs or size 13/14, and that makes it easy to eat healthy. Add to that the fact that I feel great. Most days I have energy to go to work, come home, deal with all the after school stuff, go on a walk, make dinner, start some laundry, etc... You moms know what I mean. I only feel bad when I miss sleep for some reason.
Hubby and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday. We ate at Brother Sebastians in Omaha. YUM! I had a filet with crab, asparagus, and hollandaise. I gave Hubby my other side. I also had zucchini and a spinach salad. Except for the wine I also indulged in, I really stuck to my plan, no appetizer, no dessert. The wine sure tasted good, though. I did flush my system with lots of water when I got home. I didn't want to have the wine affect my sleep or make me feel ill in the morning. All the water must have paid off. I felt great this morning, and had a really good day.
I think I'll sign off for now. I'll try to get back for another update sooner. Keep on Sparking everyone!
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