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I'm Too Busy to be Sick!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

This weekend wasn't so bad. I worked Friday through Sunday, but really enjoyed the people I worked with. It got busy at times and slow at times. The usual strange orders that pop up (I'm a hospital pharmacist), but nothing to overwhelm me. I even got a cardio workout in Friday before work, and a full cardio, weights & stretching workout in Saturday before work.

Sunday we got Brian ready for a business trip. He's in Phoenix until late Thursday, so I'm doing the single mom thing. That wouldn't be so bad except I got hit with a stomach bug after I got home from work late last night. YUK!! I'm a low carb eater and all I can tolerate today is oatmeal and toast. I'm finally trying some mild green tea to get me up and about a bit. Fitness will have to wait till tomorrow.

The twins have been great so far, letting me rest. The other kids will have to take care of mommy when they get home from school. They're big helpers and are usually up to the challenge. Soccer, track and all other activities are done for now. That will make it easier.

I hope to be up and active again tomorrow. I hate missing too many days of exercise. I missed a few last week due to TOM. I never get a workout in on Sunday, too busy. Here's to hoping this is a 24 hour bug.

Keep Sparking everyone!! I'll be back to normal soon!!
Chris

  
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ASMPP1 5/19/2010 6:14AM

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/17/2010 10:47PM

  Hope you feel better soon!

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DJ4HEALTH 5/17/2010 5:00PM

    I hear ginger will help sooth the stomach. Hope you get better.

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MODREAMWEAVER 5/17/2010 3:44PM

    Hope You get to feeling better Soon

I'm sending sunshine, soup and flowers you way ,, to brighten your day, cheer you up and help you get better.


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TLROYER 5/17/2010 3:03PM

    We had a friend who had the bug for 24 hours last week. One really bad day and the next day fine. Hope you feel better soon. Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/17/2010 2:40PM

    Hope you feel better! At least the kiddos are letting you rest. Mine wouldn't do that...

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STACIJ40 5/17/2010 1:58PM

    Get better!
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A New Activity: Twin Aerobics

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yesterday, I was reading Spark articles, getting as many points as I could while eating my lunch. I read advice on selecting workout DVDs. One thing suggested was to use Netflix and try out DVDs before putting any real money toward them.
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Wait a minute! We use Netflix and we can download some videos to our TV. I checked and Netflix does have some workout videos to download. This is all included in our plan, so I downloaded about ten.

Today was my first attempt at aerobics in a long time. I used to love doing Jazzercise, but there is no instructor in my small town. The only aerobics class here is at 5:15am. I have insomnia, and can't disrupt my sleep to that extreme. I tried the DVD "Dance off the Inches: Fat Burning Jam." I LOVED IT!!! I love to dance and this was a very dancey workout. About half way through, my four year old twins decided to join me. Although this made it a little tricky, avoiding stepping on them during my workout, it was hilarious! Sean and Bridget were shaking it and moving pretty well. They can't wait to try a new video tomorrow and neither can I!

  
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FREELADY 5/14/2010 3:17PM

    Now I want to buy a DVD of YOU AND THE TWINS doing this workout! Just think of the additional health benefits of the my smiles and giggles, in addition to the cardio challenge!! I love it!!!

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LOSETONEED 5/14/2010 2:46PM

    What a great way to get your kids excited about exercise.

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SHELLKAYE 5/14/2010 8:04AM

    Oh, that's wonderful. I've been meaning to give Netflix a try also (it was a suggestion Kellie gave me). Sounds like a fun time. Give yourself kudos, you got the kids moving too and having fun doing exercise. I hope you guys enjoy today's workout too.

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IOWASHUTTERBUG 5/13/2010 7:11PM

    We have netflix too! What a great idea!! We stream them to the TV with our Wii COnsole. That sounds like so much fun!

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TLROYER 5/13/2010 7:08PM

    Sounds like a riot! Glad you all had fun. Terry

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LOSINGITALL4ME 5/13/2010 7:02PM

    How fun! Sounds like a great workout!

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ANEILSON 5/13/2010 2:50PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

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CASHEN9 5/13/2010 2:13PM

    That sounds like soooo much fun. I love working out with my kids bouncy around w/ me...well, sometimes, lol!

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May Showers Bring June Flowers?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I haven't blogged since last Thursday, so I thought I'd give an update. The kids did great this weekend. Stevie had his First Communion, and Mary and Pat had their Confirmation. We had a fun party afterward to celebrate. Boy! Can Brian smoke meat! We had brisket and pulled pork and both turned out wonderfully! We way over bought, so we have left overs all week. I love not having to plan meals for a while.

Soccer is now over too. Stevie had a lot of fun playing and did really well. There season record was 3-2-1. Track finished up last night and I finally got a chance to see Mikey throw discus. He has really good form and only needs to practice to get good distance. He is fun to watch at track. He cheers on all his teammates.

Monday and Tuesday I spent relaxing. I got back on track with my eating, but I have to say that Costco makes awesome cakes! Yes, I indulged on Sunday and really enjoyed the cake and ice cream. I limited myself to one serving, and Brian gave away all the left-over cake, thankfully. I had the munchies yesterday due to my hard day with TOM. I was good and limited myself to nuts (low-carb diet).

Today I'm hoping to exercise. Still a little worn out and the weather has me down too. Some time on the elliptical will help bounce me back. Patrick's home today. They have the sixth grade stay home so the fifth graders can go to the middle school to get oriented for next year. It's nice to have him here helping with the twins.

I still have some busy days ahead. Work on Fri, Sat, and Sun. I'll try to squeeze in workouts in the mornings. Brian's going on a business trip, so I have to do the single mom thing next week. The only activity left for the kids is their piano recitals on May 24th (all four older kids). I'm glad things are winding down. I'm looking forward to summer with swim team and camping. That's all we have planned.

Chris

  
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SHELLKAYE 5/12/2010 11:12AM

    You stay busy, but it sounds like you enjoy the kids and their activities. Sounds like you have a fun summer planned with swimming and camping. I heard that it's going to be nice, well never mind, you have to work, but hopefully you will get to enjoy some sunshine before heading to work. Take care.

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MOM-OF-SIX 5/12/2010 10:43AM

    The one piece of cake was mostly due to my husband giving the leftovers away. I was looking for the rest of the cake later that day.
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ANEILSON 5/12/2010 10:28AM

    You sure do have a busy life, but it definitely sounds like one you Love. Have a great day.

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CASHEN9 5/12/2010 10:19AM

    Phew! You have been so busy. I can't believe you only had one piece of cake, that is awesome! Yes, def hop on that elliptical, it will left your mood for the rest of the day. Have a great day!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/12/2010 10:13AM

  Sounds like a full weekend!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/12/2010 10:05AM

    Sounds like you have a good day planned. It must be nice to have things winding down so you aren't constantly running everywhere. Have a great Wednesday!

P.S. Way to go on only having one piece of cake!!

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Positive Changes

Friday, May 07, 2010

Thank you everyone who posted comments on my "Bummed" blog. You've inspired me to keep at it. It's been a stressful week too, but I'm making it through. The house is presentable now for our party on Sunday. There's still some work for tomorrow, but I think we can make it.

I've made some adjustment to my food and exercise. I've changed the kind of nuts I eat so I don't over indulge. The mixed nuts are soooooooo yummy, I may be taking in too many carbs that way. Peanuts and pistachios are ok, very nutritious, but there is no way I can eat too many of them. They just aren't addictive for me. As for my workouts, I looked at my charts. When I was losing 5 lbs/month, I was on the elliptical a lot more. This last month, I've been swimming (mostly kicking) and walking a lot. Both are good exercises, but I don't get the workout I get on the elliptical. I could feel it today. On the elliptical, I noticed that I couldn't do the workout I had built myself up to. I lowered the resistance a bit so I could do 40 minutes. I feel great now! I really got my heart rate up and sweated like I burned off some calories. On the elliptical, I can go jogging/running speed without hurting my knees. I just can't do that walking.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Ours will be busy: tonight Patrick retaking some of his confirmation test, our nephew's eighth grade grad party; tomorrow soccer game and cleaning/getting house ready; Sunday Stevie's First Communion, Mary and Patrick's Confirmation and a party at our house after. We'll celebrate Mother's Day a little too. I know Mary is excited about the presents she made at school for me.

  
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TLROYER 5/8/2010 10:05AM

    Man, I can only do 20 minutes on the elliptical. Have a great weekend. Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/7/2010 3:01PM

    Sounds like a busy, yet fun weekend ahead! That is good that you went back and looked at your past tracker information. That's the best way to figure out what you need to do. As for me, I know what I need to do with my eating and just can't seem to do it! At least, I know that I'm working out, so it's keeping the weight from piling back on. Have a great weekend!!

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Bummed

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I was anxious for yesterday to arrive. It's May, time to weigh again. I knew I would be right by my doc's office, so I used the same scale as the previous few months. The good news is that it went down. The kind of depressing news is that I'm only down 2 lbs since last month. I feel like I've been killing myself, exercising more and more, and to only go down 2 lbs was kind of depressing.

I'm down a total of 12 now in three months. My hubby told me that maybe I replaced some fat with muscle, which would make sense. I weight lift 4-5 times a week and have increased my strength a lot. This is the exact same comment I know I've posted to others' blogs.

So, I'm trying to stay positive. I'm taking a look at my nutrition tracking, when it's functioning properly again. I've switched from mixed nuts to peanuts. They are way lower carb and it's hard for me to overdo with them. Hubby's joining me on the low carb thing since he had to buy bigger clothes, so he's helping me too. Even when he's weak, he tells me "no, don't eat that" and I listen and thank him later.

The weight is coming off, I'm getting in much better condition, my knees are even stronger. I CAN DO THIS, I WILL DO THIS!!!!
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SUZIAND 5/7/2010 12:55AM

    The point is... the weight is coming off, girl!!! Rejoice in every single ounce that you say goodbye to!!! I think 12 pounds in 3 months is AMAZING!!!


Don't get discouraged, hun. You are doing an amazing job and are an inspiration to us all!!!


/hugs,
Suz

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/6/2010 2:24PM

  Definitely FAT to MUSCLE if you are lifting weights that often.

Keep it up!!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/6/2010 2:24PM

  Definitely FAT to MUSCLE if you are lifting weights that often.

Keep it up!!

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MOM-OF-SIX 5/6/2010 2:16PM

    Well, just measured. Everything measures the same. My clothes fit a little better. I'm adjusting what I eat and also my exercising. I think I get a better workout on the elliptical. I can go fast without hurting my knees. It may also be related to my thyroid. I've been feeling a little more hypo lately.

Still inspired to keep at it. Thanks everyone for lifting me up.
Chris

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/6/2010 12:34PM

    Do you track your measurements? Even though you "only" lost 2 pounds (that is better than nothing!), you may have lost inches. Are your clothes feeling looser? You are doing great!! Keep it up!!

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TLROYER 5/6/2010 11:57AM

    Keep at it. You are doing great! Think of how much better you feel than 3 months ago. I like that you husband helps you. Mine never says anything about my weight or with helping me lose it. YOU CAN DO THIS! Terry

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SONO4U 5/6/2010 11:39AM

    Keep at it and stay positive. You had a loss, that's great!

Deb (sono4u)

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FREELADY 5/6/2010 11:39AM

    Oh yes, you're telling yourself the truth, the same wisdom you've passed on to others! Hard work pays off. You are going to see the benefits before long!

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