Monday, October 11, 2010
Disc golf with the family, sounds fun doesn't it? So began our adventure yesterday, a trip to a disc golf course. The kids were having a blast, all except Bridget, who thought it should ALWAYS be her turn. We made it through 4 or 5 "holes", when I was paying more attention to the fussing than to where I was walking. The hole I stepped in twisted my right ankle enough to throw me to the ground, full force on my left knee, which to this point was the better of my two bad knees.
There I was, on my back, looking up at my whole family and thinking, "Now what?" They managed to hoist me up. Mikey, my oldest, and hubby helped me hobble at first. Both are quite taller than me so I fired them. They were too hard on my arms. Mary and Patrick are about the same size, and just a few inches shorter than me. They worked much better as crutches to get me to the car. All the kids pulled together and have helped since last night to keep me off my feet. My knee is swollen, but I can put weight on it. I'm resting all day today and icing my knee periodically throughout the day. I guess these things happen, but I'm mom and wish it didn't happen to me. I'm the one who takes care of everyone and everything around here. I don't have time to be laid up.
So, I'm in a rest and see pattern right now. Hubby is determined to keep me eating right, which is quite a blessing. And, he's joining me in eating right. He knows he needs to get himself healthier, so he can take care of me when things like this happen. I jogged on Saturday, and walked yesterday (until I fell), so I have been active. If I get laid up for a while, hubby will help me do upper body weights at least. I just don't want to lose all the progress I've made. I'm also bummed because I may not be able to jog the 5K I wanted to. It's in less than two weeks. Good thing I've procrastinated in signing up.
I'll keep you all updated.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Last week I set out to get back on track and exercise more and eat better. I've stopped splurging and have kept my carbs in check. It was an amazing week for working out! I logged in 21.5 miles on foot, both jogging and walking. Some days I had the stroller with the twins, and my arms are really showing that!
I also did a lot of stretching, crunches and weights last week to complete my workouts. The weather has been beautiful, which makes me get outside to walk or jog. I'm doing better now at alternating jogging days with walking days to give my body a break.
This week has been going well too. I've been out everyday for a walk or a jog. Today is the first day I've had time to add the other components of my workout, stretching, crunches and weights.
My son's football team logged its second win in a row on Tuesday. Had to travel to Avoca for that one, but it was worth it! He got more playing time too, mostly defensive line. I think I got a sunburn, it was so warm that afternoon. Last year, we froze during the games. It seems to be a rule that in Iowa, all football fields are on the edge of a corn field. Always breezy, and if the temps drop just a bit, brrrr. His last game is next week and I hope they can finish the season with a win. That would put them at 3-2 and might encourage him to play freshman ball next year.
Friday marks 16 years of wedded bliss for me and my hubby. We'll probably go out Saturday to celebrate. He's still trying to figure out the restaurant. I'll have to figure out what clothes look best on me. Most are baggy now, a good problem to have. I haven't had the money or the chance to shop too much to get new ones. I'm looking forward to our date. We haven't had a night to ourselves in a while.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This has been an absolutely gorgeous week outside! I cannot believe the beautiful weather we are having here in Western Iowa. I wish it would be like this all year, but this is Iowa, not Hawaii. I'm an Air Force brat and lived in Hawaii as a kid. I loved getting a bike for Christmas and being able to actually use it on Christmas Day.
I've gotten outside for my exercise which really boosts my moods. I jogged on Monday and Tuesday (3 mile jogs with 0.5 mile walks). I have to go out later since the sun is so late coming up. That means I'm also pushing my five-year-old twins in the stroller. Yes, my arms are getting some definition! I decided to take it easy today. I walked with the stroller at a good pace for 4.5 miles. I think I would have over heated had I jogged. Today looks like the hottest day of the week.
Hubby is really trying to get started. We went for a walk last evening. He made it a mile. I really enjoy our walks together!
More good news yesterday: My son's football team got their first win! I guess it's the first win for the eighth grade team in four years. It was exciting to watch, but I wish Mikey got more of a chance to play. He missed a tackle in the first half, and was on the sidelines the rest of the game. He had a great attitude and still cheered his team on, very loudly I might add!
So, it's been a good week. It's always busy here with football, homework, volleyball, piano, and all the kids running around. It's a good kind of busy. Well, I'd better go and do some more "mom" stuff.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Until this morning, I saw last week as a failure. Part of that is hormonal. We women have monthly ups and downs, can't be helped. Part was the weather. It was a very dreary, rainy week. I also had a migraine on Thursday. That slowed me down too. In hindsight, I really didn't do too bad.
Eating: Way overboard on ice cream on Monday, pizza twice for dinner, too many carbs on a migraine day, and the rest of the time... I did great. Overall I wasn't that far over on carbs on any day but the ice cream day. I controlled myself at a party on Sunday and only had one dessert. That was 1/2 a slice of homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. Carb-wise that wasn't so bad and I really enjoyed it. I stopped there. No brownies, no pineapple upsidedown cake, etc... I didn't even have the cornbread I made, just the veggie salad.
So, it wasn't a perfect week eating, but I really didn't do all that bad, especially considering my mood all week.
Exercising: Monday I walked all over the zoo. Wednesday I jogged three miles, walked 1/2 mile. I repeated that on Friday, but Friday I had the stroller with the twins. So, I jogged six miles last week and I feel like it was a bad week? I have no idea how much I walked. I didn't stretch, do crunches or weights, and I think that's why I felt last week was below par.
So, last week wasn't the best week, but it wasn't the worst either. I hope to eat much better this week. I work next weekend, and I always bring my food. Funny how I eat better at work than at home. I got out and jogged today, did my stretches and crunches, and will do weights after lunch. I should have no problem getting in three full workouts and a few smaller workouts too. Hormones are back to normal. The sun is shining bright. This is a whole new week!!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
This sure has been a week of ups and downs. Monday was fantastic. The weather was beautiful and I had a fun day at the zoo with the kids. It was a down day for eating as I totally over indulged with ice cream. Tuesday was rainy and dreary in the morning. I felt exhausted, so I didn't exercise. I did a job I dreaded, going through the hand-me-downs for the twins and organizing their clothes. That tripled my laundry for the week. YUK! Then my son's football team lost 46-0, at home. He was so upset. Wednesday was okay. The sun came out. Unfortunately, it was while I was jogging in the afternoon. I think I overheated and gave myself a migraine that night into the next morning. It could have also been hormonal, since the migraine hit at the time of the month it usually hits.
Thursday was dreary and rainy again. I was still working on laundry, felt dizzy from the migraine, and had to deal with a grumpy eighth grader who didn't want to go to piano. He thought that since there was no football practice, he could go to his friend's house. I made him go to piano. Fifth grade daughter had lots of homework and we've come to the realization that we have to do something about her class. They are trialing some combined classrooms. She's in the one with both 4th and 5th graders. It's four weeks in and she has no idea how to do her assignments. She's not getting any instruction, and there is no time that she can ask questions. I'll take a larger classroom with one grade at this point. Thursday was another bad eating day. I baked earlier in the week, and with the migraine, I couldn't resist either the banana bread or cornbread.
Now it's Friday. It's a beautiful sunny day here in Western Iowa. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the laundry tunnel. The kitchen is caught up and we have leftovers. I got a second jogging session in. I was able to jog 3 miles in 46.5 minutes. Yes, that's a little slower for me, but I was pushing the five year old twins. It felt like "uphill, both ways." I feel really happy with accomplishing that. I hope I can get a third jog in tomorrow, then I'll feel good about the week in general.
Have a good weekend everyone. I'll do my best to eat better and to keep moving.
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