Tuesday, May 07, 2013
My schedule has been crazy busy, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's been two weeks since I blogged. Overall I've been eating well. There have been some days of indulgences, and I haven't been as strict on my eating as I need to be. The reason I have to really watch what I eat closely is that working out is just not happening on a routine basis these days. I still have some tendonitis going on in my foot, and walking or jogging really makes it flare up. I'm pretty frustrated with that, but it's also been a bit of a blessing too. Since I'm not exercising by myself, I do take the time to go out to the pool with the kids. Last year, we had five out of six of them on swim team. One of my seven-year-old twins (Sean) was not ready to learn last year. He has gotten a lot braver this year. I think much of this is due to his participation in other sports. He did two sessions of basketball this year, and is currently playing soccer. I have a pretty good system to teach the kids:
1. Get them going under water and blow out air under water
2. Stop plugging their nose under water
3. Get them to travel under the water somehow (walking, bouncing, pushing off the side)
4. Move on to some kind of free form swim with their faces in or under the water
5. Teach them "big arms" for the freestyle stroke
6. Teach them to somehow take a breath while swimming (usually while doggie paddling)
7. Improve on the breath to try to get it to the side.
We are now to number six with Sean. He has agreed to learn something new or try something new every time we are in the pool. I am bribing him with Oreos and Twix as rewards as well, and promising treats every day of swim team if he tries. This worked for his twin, Bridget, last year.
I am so proud of my little guy!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Still eating according to my plan, even at work. Today I couldn't help but get outside. The sun is finally shining here in Iowa. It's been a cold, dreary, wet spring so far. I even wore my winter coat to work last night. Today it was chilly, temps in the 50s, but sunny enough to get outside. I only went for a one mile walk because of my foot. I've started trying some exercises to strengthen my foot. The ones I did in the water yesterday, I adapted to doing on the stairs today.
This was my first walk in my new running shoes. I switched from Asics to Brooks (glycerin style). I love them! They are wider than the Asics and the mess is sturdier. They feel great on my feet and I got the right size this time. I got talked into too large a shoe last month. It's ok since my 13 year old daughter has big feet. I just gave them to her. Now she's set for a while too with shoes.
Gotta go! Always lots to do around here!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I am so blessed to have the crazy husband that I have. Several years ago he found a used Endless pool online. We bought it, had it delivered up from KC, had a room built for it, and when it's working, we can swim all year. It took a while to find the time for him to do the repairs this last time, but it is up and running again.
Sunday I did about 13-15 minutes of kicks (holding onto the kick bar while the current is going) and a total of 200 backstrokes. I did three different kick styles: freestyle, backstroke, and pulling my legs apart and together while on my back ( I call this ab/adductor kicks). I got a little dizzy after all that, but my kids helped me out and made my dinner salad for me so I kept eating right.
Monday I did a 15 minute routine. I found my watch out there so I timed it to make sure. I did the same routine, but added butterfly kicks as well. Stevie (11) suggested this. He reminded me that butterfly kicks are a great ab workout. Ouch! He's right!
Today I did the same as Monday, but extended it to 20 minutes with 300 straight backstrokes in the routine. I also forgot to mention that I'm stretching for 10 minutes after each swim while my muscles are warm and I'm in the warm water. We keep our pool pretty warm.
I'm also very proud to report that I turned down ice cream last night. We went out after the middle school concert. My daughters had ice cream, and I had a cup of chili (which is on my low carb diet). I was very hungry at the time too, so it wasn't just eating because everyone else was eating.
So, I'm doing very well this week and staying on track!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
My day got started bright and early at 6am. Mass was at 8am, so I had to get everyone up and dressed early to make the commute. We haven't always done the Easter Bunny, so the kids didn't even look for the baskets I hid. I didn't actually hide them, they were pretty much in plain sight. The kids were just too tired to notice. Once they found them, they were very excited. I had gotten them new soccer balls, nerf football, frisbees, and sidewalk chalk. Yes, I'm anxious for the weather to warm up to get outside more.
After mass there was an egg hunt at church. I had to laugh. The sisters blew a whistle to get the kids' attention, and all the kids thought that was the start whistle. They rounded up the kids three times before they got a "fair" start for everyone. My mom was nice enough to make us brunch after that and we had a very nice visit with them. Hubby and I brought filled plastic eggs to hide for another hunt. My mom and dad enjoyed that too. We usually spend Easter with Hubby's family so the kids can play with their cousins. It was really nice to see my mom and dad this Easter.
It's been a very Blessed day for me. I hope all of you are having a wonderful Easter day as well. God bless.
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