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Time for some "me" time

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I've had a pretty busy week building up to my work weekend. Monday was the standard getting back into the school routine day. All the kids had homework, so I had to stay on top of them for that. Tuesday was playgroup for the twins. We went up to Small's fruit farm to pick apples. Only problem, no one else showed up. I never got the email changing the plans. The twins were excited to be there, so we picked apples anyway. They picked 1/2 bushel all by themselves. After lunch and a nap, we three drove off to Treynor for a football game. It was my eighth grader's first game and I wanted to support him. The twins were great, probably because of the nap. After getting home, dropping the twins off, picking up Mikey, dropping him off, I went grocery shopping for the family. Yes, a busy end to a busy day. I also jogged both Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday night I decided I wanted a gin & tonic. I made one for hubby too, which he didn't finish. No problem, I finished it for him. Problem, I've apparently become a light weight in my middle age. No headache the next day, but boy I was slow. No workout, just stayed in the kitchen all day preparing chili, cornbread, and hot dogs shaped like octopuses. The kids were begging for those. They had early out (1pm) so they all had friends over. Had to send one "friend" home, see previous blog "I need to vent!!" Then dealt with his mom which put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. All the food turned out great and early enough that I could feed all the kids before the girls had volleyball practice. Then off to practice, home and try to clean the kitchen and get the kids in bed.

Today is my day! I'm catching up my tracking on Spark People. I got up early and jogged my 3 miles in my fastest time so far. I was hoping for 42 minutes, that's a 14 minute mile. I did it in 41 minutes.
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The rest of the day will be getting food ready for my work weekend and the laundry too. I guess I will take the kids to the library later. It's open late on Thursdays and the kids love it. I enjoy it too. We have piano, but that doesn't demand anything from me.

I'm still getting complements, and that helps keep me motivated. I think I'm going to have to plan a "mom's night out." We haven't had one in a while and the only time I've seen my two best friends is when we walk down to school to pick up the kids. This is sad because we each live about 1/2 block from each other. Life with kids is busy. Life with six kids gets insane at times, but I love them all so much and enjoy every minute I can with them.
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/16/2010 12:45PM

    Enjoy your "me" time!!

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STACYSMILES 9/16/2010 11:26AM

    What a difference you are making in your life and your family!! "Me" time is important and you so deserve it. emoticon

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XFANFICX 9/16/2010 11:04AM

    Keep up the great work, and definitely make time for yourself - kids are difficult to work around sometimes (much less 6!), but it's important to have "you" time occasionally.

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I Need to Vent!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today, my kids got out early from school. On days like today, I allow them to invite friends over. There is a neighborhood boy who's a 7th grader and a friend of my 7th grader. This boy "D", has been too rough on numerous occasions with my 3rd grade boy. The most recent incident happened before school yesterday when D gave my 3rd grader a wedgie and noogie. Again, he has shown a pattern of being rough with my 3rd grader. D tried to come over after school. I told him that he couldn't come over for a while because he has been to rough with my son.

D's mom called. I calmly explained the situation. She said that her kids have stood up for my kids on a few occasions when there were issues with problem other problem kids. I thanked them for that and re-explained the situation here. Your seventh grader is roughing up my third grader. D's mom replied, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!"

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Again, I calmly re-explained the situation trying to hint that "D" needs some consequences here. She repeated, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!" and hung up.

I shouldn't be surprised. We're not the first family to have problems with these kids. They mostly roam around town unsupervised and it's been that way for years. If a parent called me and told me one of my kids was misbehaving, I'd grill my kid until I got the full story and then punish them if appropriate. She's totally unconcerned with the fact that her 12/13 year old is roughing up an 8 year old.

Oh well, thanks for listening. It helps to vent. I just hope there are no repercussions for my kids.

  
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STACYSMILES 9/16/2010 11:19AM

    I think you handled the situation just fine. Our job as parents is to protect our kids and teach them right from wrong. It seems that a lot of parents are friends to their kids, not parents. emoticon

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HUSBANDANDDAD 9/16/2010 10:40AM

  Does seem to be the way parents are today - "my kids can't do anything wrong - it must be the school's/doctor's/church's/other kid's fault"

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/16/2010 9:15AM

    Thank you all for the support. It helps to get reinforcement that I'm not nuts and that I'm doing the right thing. Part of the problem will resolve on its own. This family is moving in about 10 days. I think they will still be in town, just not so close any more.

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SHELLKAYE 9/16/2010 9:00AM

    In my opionion, her son is this way from her actions. She's probably mad because her son can't come to your house and be out of her hair. Sorry to hear of your situation. I hope all works out and "D" gets some guidence.

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HEATHER39 9/16/2010 2:21AM

    I think you should definitely let the teacher/principal know what's going on. Keep on standing up for your little one. You are a great Mom. She's not.

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/15/2010 11:38PM

    I was going to mention I'd give the heads up to the teacher as well because you never know what the other mom has said to the children at this point. You handled it well!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/15/2010 7:59PM

    That isn't a good situation and you did the right thing. That is what is wrong with the world now, the fact that some parents won't make their kids take responsibility for what they've done. Hang in there.

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TLROYER 9/15/2010 5:39PM

    What a bad situation. I totally agree with what you did. Why put your 3rd grader through that in their own home. I hope everything will work out soon. I agree with W8WATCHER, you might want to talk to the school to have extra eyes watching.

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CELIA1975 9/15/2010 5:15PM

    Wow. I work in the school system so this reaction does not surprise me. I think you handled it well.

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W8WATCHER 9/15/2010 4:47PM

    Crazy huh? When my son was in 1st grade he was punched by a 4th grader. When I call the parent, she said "you know, boys will be boys" and I said "no, your boys will be bullies!". Nuff said. Good luck. You're doing the right thing. You'll need to stay on top of that situation for sure. May even want to connect with his teacher as a heads up so some eyes can watch things at school.

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C25K Completed!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I officially completed Couch to 5K on Saturday! I was able to jog without the stroller and it was a nice cool morning. I jogged 3 miles in 43 minutes, which puts me faster than a 15 minute mile. I went out early today, another beautiful morning, and jogged my 3 miles in 43 minutes, so that wasn't a fluke. I still plan to keep jogging 3 miles, hopefully 3 times a week. Looking at the weather, I'll have to elliptical on rainy days. I did that last week, and I managed to jog three days, elliptical twice, and go on a bike ride one day. I'm pretty sure last week was my first six day exercise week.
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Now I just need to sign up for a race. The "Free to Breathe" race in Omaha works with my work schedule, Mary's volleyball, and Mikey's football schedule. I think the family will enjoy being on the riverfront. They have orders to cheer me on.
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The exercising is going great; the eating needs work. I had ice cream sundaes three times this weekend. Instead of me being a good influence on Hubby, I allowed Hubby to be a bad influence on me. Sunday night, Mikey (my oldest) helped me stop. He reminded me all the progress I've made and didn't get me more like I had asked. What a good kid! He even reminded his dad that he wouldn't start feeling good until he started eating good. Yep, he's a smart kid too!

Well, I'll try not to beat myself up too much about the ice cream. I know I need to get back on track. I work this weekend, and I always bring my food. It's funny. I used to eat all the snacks at work. Now, I do better at work than I do at home. This is my weekend where I work 10.5 hour shifts, so the exercise may fall off on Fri - Sun. I'll just be sure I work out Mon - Thurs. Monday's exercise is almost done (still have to do weights), so I'm doing great so far.

Have a great week everyone and keep moving!

  
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ASMPP1 9/13/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon A little is okay at times.

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STACYSMILES 9/13/2010 7:48PM

    What GREAT Progress!!! Way to go! Don't be too hard on yourself about the treats, you are doing the right things. emoticon

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KE11YJAE 9/13/2010 12:55PM

    Congrats on finishing the program! And good luck with getting back on track! You can do this!

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/13/2010 12:47PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I forgot to mention how the ice cream itself seemed to be telling me to stop. The last batch had that chocolate stuff that hardens on it. I was desperately trying to scrape out every last piece of chocolate out of the bowl. It came free suddenly, splattering ice cream and chocolate all over my neck, chest, ear, and arm. Lesson learned, I guess.
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As for new goals: The first one will be an actual race. After that, I'm going to read up about Bridging to 10K. The Corporate Cup race in Omaha is huge, and it's a 10K. I can't do that this year. It's this weekend and I work, not to mention, I'm only at 5K right now. That gives me a year to prepare though.
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/13/2010 12:09PM

    You are doing such a great job, so don't let the few "treats" worry you. Keep up the great work!

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SATRADER 9/13/2010 10:35AM

    Great job finishing the program! emoticon
I'm on week 8 so almost there! Ran 2.5 miles again today and it was easier than it was on Friday so I can see progress. My first race will be the Race for the Cure on 10/3. Should be ready by then!

don't beat yourself up too much about the ice cream. Indulgences are ok so long as you get back on track!

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ALI_CAT 9/13/2010 10:09AM

    Congrats on finishing the program! I raced a 5K on Saturday (I'm not done with the program yet though) but it was fun to see the progress that had been made.

Keep up with the running and set new goals for yourself. The biggest challenge I've heard is people who finish the 5K and then stop. Either challenge yourself to an 8K or work on improving your time.

Fantastic job and a huge high five!

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A Beautiful Morning for my First 3 Mile Jog

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I did it!! I actually did it!! I completed my first three mile jog; and I did it WITH the twins in their stroller! I still can't believe I've made it to week nine of C25K. When I'm walking, I'm at a 17-20 minute mile. When I'm jogging, I'm at a 15-15.5 minute mile. I think that's pretty good for a 42 year old mother of six who's still carrying some extra weight.

I'm noticing my increased fitness level. Saturday morning, hubby and I went on an exercise walk over the pedestrian bridge into Omaha. I slowed down for him, he's still not consistent with exercising, but I'm happy to go with him whenever he wants. It was a beautiful morning and I loved that it was too early for tourists. There were just a lot of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists getting in their workouts. For Brian, it was a strenuous walk. His heart rate increased and it was a good workout for him. For me, it felt like a leisurely walk, and I was talking the whole way, no sweat, no real increase in my heart rate. I was glad to be out with hubby walking and I enjoyed the walk very much, but part of me wanted to start jogging across the bridge. emoticon

Monday, we went up to Carroll, IA to check out the bike trail around Swan Lake. We took the whole clan. This trail turned out to be more difficult than we expected. It was very hilly. Brian's not in shape, and I have to pull one of the twins behind my bike in a kid trailer. We ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. Even the kids had to walk up the hills. Oh well, now we know, and Brian thanked me for the hard workout. The kids thought it was like a roller-coaster, especially the twins in their trailers. I did make it up one of the last hills and was determined not to stop. I huffed past Brian, he was walking. He commented later when he caught his breath that he wanted to shout out, "Show-off!"
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ASMPP1 9/11/2010 7:17PM

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ALLISON145 9/10/2010 6:20PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!

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SHELLKAYE 9/8/2010 7:58AM

    How awesome. Keep it up. My advice is to spend as much time outdoors doing these things, because before we know it Winter will be here. Take care.

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KE11YJAE 9/8/2010 12:24AM

    Great job! Especially including the family!

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STACYSMILES 9/7/2010 9:18PM

    What Fun!! It nice to be able to get a workout in and be with family. Keep it up and everyone will have healthy habits for life. YOU are a emoticon!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/7/2010 7:55PM

    You are doing great!! Keep up the great work!

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TLROYER 9/7/2010 6:21PM

    Great job! I can't believe how good you are doing. Three miles is awesome. You are almost there! Keep up the good work.

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Half way there!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The overall goal I've set for myself is to lose 50 lbs before my 43rd birthday (June 8, 2011). That would put me at 150 lbs. I don't weigh myself frequently since I'm one of those "slowest losers". I went to my doctor's office and weighed in yesterday:

175
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Although the four pounds lost in two months gets a little frustrating, it is still a loss and I am half way to my goal. I love how my ticker looks, with my marker at the halfway point.

I just have to keep sparking, keep moving, and keep eating right and I'll make my goal.

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MOMMY_MIMI 9/10/2010 9:07AM

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Love those milestones!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 9/3/2010 7:06PM

  Great Job!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/2/2010 12:54PM

    Way to go!!! That is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!!

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JNPRGR8T 9/2/2010 10:51AM

  That's great, keep up the good work and focus on your goal

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    Yea!! Keep up the hard work and persistence! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/2/2010 10:27AM

    Congratulations on being halfway there! Although it is discouraging to not lose more, I've always been told that it's better to lose it slowly - it stays off better. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

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