Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I went shopping twice last week. I got some more work out shirts, summer shirts, shorts, capris and a skort. I'm still getting used to shopping the lower level of JC Penney, the plus sizes are upstairs. It's pretty cool, but almost too much to choose from. I had the twins with me and they behaved really well considering all the trips to the fitting room. I also ventured into the mall and discovered Christopher & Banks (happy dance, not CJ Banks) had their 40% off sale. I was just hoping capris were on sale, but everything was. The poor twins had to squish in the fitting room again. I must have tried on thirty items.
Good news: I'm a 14 at Christopher & Banks. In cheaper brands I'm more of a 16 or 18, but I know that's how it works. I feel like I'm ready for summer now. I have clothes that fit.
Hubby took me on a date on Sat. afternoon. We went to Midtown Crossing in Omaha and ate at Crave for lunch. It was gorgeous out so we ate outside. I really enjoyed my Mojito! Yum!! Spent Mother's day with family, so I didn't have to cook or clean and the kids made me lots of cards and tissue paper flowers. It was a fantastic weekend. Hubby wasn't upset at all about the shopping I did. I figure I have a birthday coming up and with Mother's Day, I can consider all the clothes my presents. Everything was on sale and I had a coupon too. Funny, I tend to feel guilty when I buy clothes even when I need them.
I've gotten rid of some of my larger sizes. I've kept only the really nice things that are one size up. They'll go as I shrink some more and my XLs become too large.
Well, that's all for now. Still busy for one more week with track, soccer and the play, but things should ease up a bit after that.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I have five year old twins. We decided to keep them home from school one more year. Their birthday is at the end of July. Preschool was not an option for us since they turned five before the school year. It was kindergarten, or nothing. We decided to wait.
During the bad weather, this decision has no impact on my workouts. I use my elliptical and weight machine and the kids play. Now that the weather is getting better, I have to take them with me if I decide to jog in the morning or early afternoon. Today is one of those days. I pushed the stroller while walking and jogging. My routine is like this: walk 1/4 mile, jog one mile, walk 1/2 mile, jog one mile, walk 1/4 mile.
My times were good. My jogs were 13:45 and 14:00. My walks added up to 19:00. Keep in mind I live in a hilly area, although I avoid the bad hills by repeating my 1.5 mile route. My mile jogs on the track without the stroller average around 13:00 and walks around 18:00.
I think SparkPeople needs to add cardio options for walking or jogging with strollers. You can't convince me that I'm not burning more calories by pushing this extra eighty pounds. I also think they need to add back the option of slower "runs". Their slowest run is the 12 min mile. I count my miles, and it always counts my calories as walking calories. I'm jogging!!!! I'm a 42 year old, mother of six kids with sore knees and feet. My times are going to be slower than a 21 year old single person who doesn't creek when she walks. I just want "credit" for the work I'm doing. That's all I want.
Anyway, I feel the burn right now, and that's a good thing. Those hills pushing the stroller are great work for my bum. Trust me, I feel it!!!
Monday, April 25, 2011
Patrick, my second oldest, had another asthma flare-up. It wasn't horrible, but just bad enough I knew I had to take him to our family doctor to get some prednisone. That's the only place I step on the scale. This happened a week ago.
I stepped on...held my breath....
I'm solidly in the 160s!!! Not 169.2, barely below 170!
I updated my tracker, but forgot to tell everyone. It just dawned on me this morning. So join me in a collective happy dance!!!
and a cheer!!
I'm almost down to pre-twin weight (165). Granted, without surgery to remove the extra stretched skin, the shape is a little different. They were over 15 pounds total at birth. The 150s actually seem attainable in the next few months. I'm not in a hurry. I realize this takes a long time. I joined SparkPeople on 2/2/10, so this 34 pounds lost has taken a while. Life is happening right now, and I'm not working out as much as I'd like. With the exception of Easter Sunday, I've eaten really well over the last couple of months, and that has made a difference.
Thank you to all my Spark Friends who keep me going. I may not be able to keep as active on SparkPeople these days, but I do get on a couple times a week to check in. I also ALWAYS log my workouts. I love getting "credit" for them.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Well, I'm still trying to workout and eat well. I'm succeeding most of the time. April and May are shaping up to be total chaos! I've even started crossing out dates on the calendar as they pass by so I don't confuse my days anymore.
I've got two kids in soccer which means practice four nights a week and games on Saturday. The three weeks they have away games, they are in different towns so I have to pawn one kid off to friends on the weekends I work since Brian still hasn't managed how to be two places at once.
My oldest is in track which means practice every day after school. This normally doesn't mean much, he walks home. He and my second oldest are both in the Middle School play, "The Seusafication of Romeo and Juliet." Mikey gets home from track, snarfs down dinner (which I always have to get done by 5pm) and races off to play practice. He's been so late getting home from track, I actually have to drive them down to the school.
We still have piano for three of the kids. Mikey isn't doing lessons during track, although he still practices. We got Stevie a guitar, so he's taking Mikey's lesson time for that. So he does piano with one teacher, then I have to drive him and Patrick down to the other teacher.
Add to all of this my thirty hours of work every other weekend. I was also insane enough to pick up a couple of extra shifts this month. I'll have to remember not to do that next April. We've also had dentist appointments (four have cavities!) and orthodontist appointments.
I've slacked off a little with weight training. I just can't fit it in. I have started using the track for my jogs. I drop off the one kid who has soccer practice, then take the other(s) to come watch the twins while I jog two total miles and walk one total mile. There are usually other walkers down there, not too many joggers. I manage to get in at least one weight training session a week.
So, all of this is why I'm not on Sparkpeople too much. I'm logging my fitness, not my food. I'll get login points when I'm here and may jump around quick to see how everyone is doing. I haven't weighed at the doctor's office for a while, but I'll have to make an appointment for the twins for Kindergarten and I'll jump on then. The doctor I see for my thyroid has a weak floor scale, not a doctor's scale and I don't trust it. I have no idea what's up with that.
Just wanted to post a little update. Keep Sparking everyone!!!
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