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Heel Spur slowing me down

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's been hard staying motivated these last couple of weeks. I'm eating okay, with some deviation from my plan on occasion. I have to start being a positive influence on Hubby, and not let him be a bad influence on me. I think I'll enlist the kids to help. They are wonderful food police and love to remind me to stay on my diet.

Working out has been hit and miss. TOM hits pretty hard every month, and I don't like to swim then. I have had trouble even walking for exercise since I hurt my heel in August. I've stopped wearing my generic Shapeup shoes which are the ones that help my heels the most. I have fallen a couple of times in them and I'm convinced they're dangerous. Heel spur pain is better than a broken hip or something like that. Hubby moved my elliptical upstairs now, so I'm hoping that seeing it all the time will get me on it more. I love being outside, however, and really miss my walks and my jogs. I just have to suck it up and do what I can, even if it's not my first choice for exercise. I am seeing the doctor on Thursday, so we'll see what he recommends.

I'm making some progress on the house already, and hubby was wonderful this weekend. He had the kids move ALL the toys downstairs to the rec room, and moved my elliptical upstairs where the toys were. My living room isn't such an embarrassment any more!! I feel like I can invite friends over for coffee, well after a quick scan of the bathrooms. Kids are so messy, and why don't they flush!?!

September should be good for exercising. My new job doesn't have any hours for me, so I'll be exercising and working on the house. Keeping positive and enjoying the "me time."

Keep sparking everyone!!!

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ASMPP1 8/30/2011 6:11PM

    emoticon Take care. Do what you can without injuring yourself.

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ELISADENK 8/29/2011 5:35PM


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CAROLYN0107 8/29/2011 3:40PM

    Sorry about the heel spur and yes, that is probably better than a broken hip!
I made it back to Africa this afternoon.

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/29/2011 3:25PM

    Sorry to hear that your heel is still bothering you. It does sound like your house is getting quite organized now that everyone is in school. Isn't it awesome? Hope you are having a great day!

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REDSHOES2011 8/29/2011 1:52PM

    Sorry to hear about your heel, a work mate of mine fall in her shoes and ripped tendons in a ankle.. Perhaps purchase regular workout shoes in a running shop.. They can help fit you with the correct shoes.. I hope you feel better really soon..

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Empty house, mommy's ok

Friday, August 19, 2011

Just a quick blog today. I kept myself busy yesterday (first day of school) and I did fine. It seemed the kids were home before I knew it. I got a ton of laundry done and started to organize my kitchen again after a summer of the kids ruling the house. I also got a great workout done with no interruptions. I think I'm going to love that part. Maybe I can finally start making some progress again.

So, everything is good and I'm back to working out again!

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SHELLKAYE 8/24/2011 3:32AM

    It maybe tough and lonely with out the kids around, but it will also be good for you to have some time to yourself. Take care.

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/19/2011 1:55PM

    Glad that you survived day 1. See how much more can happen when the kids aren't around to interrupt? Hope that day 2 is going just as great!

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ASMPP1 8/19/2011 1:44PM

    emoticon Glad you made it through!

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Empty house, sad mommy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I've been looking forward to, and dreading this day for a few weeks. It's the first day of school. Usually I'm cheering. We've all been there. The kids are squirrelly and bickering frequently. My house has the lived in all summer look. I know the kids need school, and I need it too. This year is different...

Mikey (15) went off to high school. My first baby is almost all grown up and I only have four years to start thinking about college. I'll be a really sad mommy then.

Patrick (13) is big man on campus this year. He's an eighth grader. Mary (11) is moving up to middle school as well. She's in sixth grade, so there's a lot of new stuff for her.

Stevie (9) in off to fourth grade. He'll be my big helper with the twins. Sean and Bridget (6), both my babies, are off to kindergarten. I have an empy house now. We got Bridget to her room first. I almost cried. I really teared up, but I still had to get Sean off to his room. I didn't want him to be scared or sad so I sucked it up. I took a zillion pictures and have to figure out how to upload them. They are all so big. I can't believe they are all in school.

So now, here I am, home alone. I'm starting to get the house back in order. I realize I can't do it in one day. I'll have a lot of time in September to deal with this mess. My new casual pharmacist job doesn't have any allotted hours. They don't have any need for me in September. I also have time to get back into Sparkpeople more. I've plateaued at 170ish due to lots of stress over the last six months (transferring pharmacist license, applying for new job, interviewing, training). Lots of things accomplished, now back to getting in shape.

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IAFARMERWIFE 8/19/2011 7:55AM

    I know it's hard to have those kids grow up. BUT it's really what we want. Enjoy the time. emoticon

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ASMPP1 8/18/2011 4:45PM

    We have one out of the house--graduated-in placement. Our other one is a freshman this year. Oh, they get big so fast! It is scary to think of college in four years. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 8/18/2011 3:04PM

    You've had quite a week with getting everyone into school. You've also had a few days now to get your house in order. I'm sorry the new job is getting a slow start but it sounds like you have plenty to do in your house for awhile.
I thought of you today as I was at Kohl's Pharmacy getting fitted for support stockings...for my swollen right leg. It makes my leg feel good! But my purse feels weak!!

We'll miss you at the Summer Kitchen.

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BRANDTSGIRL 8/18/2011 12:31PM

    I have a reveres thing then you do.
SInce i'm starting up our 12th year of home schooling it's a whole different book.
Only two to teach this year. We have graduated three of our five from home schooling. Some team me that's a victory.
It's hard to see them grow up no matter what.
My youngest is now in (9th grade that's hard.)

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/18/2011 12:02PM

    Enjoy that quiet house! I still have to wait until Monday before I get my peace back! It's not as hard for me this year since Jacob went to preschool last year (riding the bus and everything). I will say that I can't believe he'll be in Kindergarten though. Hope you have a great day!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Well, I've had to admit that my heel spurs are a problem. Combine that with the heat wave we've had lately, and I've decided to swim for my exercise. We have an Endless pool that we built a room around so we can use it year round. It's about 10' x 16', and you turn the current on to swim in place. There's also a kick bar to hold onto to just do kicks. Let's face it, swimming for 30 minutes straight with no turns or stops is exhausting. Here's the routine I did today:

freestyle kicks (holding kick bar)
butterfly kicks (holding kick bar)
200 backstrokes
backstroke kicks (holding kick bar)
inner/outer thigh kicks (holding kick bar)
200 backstrokes

I repeated until 800 backstrokes, then repeated with only 100 backstrokes per section for a total of 1000 backstrokes (my most ever in one session).

I'm sure I'll get antsy to get outside and walk/jog in the next couple of weeks, especially since the heat wave has let up a bit. We'll see how my heel feels. It still gets tender by the end of the day. I'm so happy I have a crazy husband who found an endless pool for sale online. It's nice to have this as a gentler form of exercise year round.

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CAROLYN0107 8/11/2011 7:23AM

    I've never heard of an endless pool before. It's nice you have one right there.

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HOLLY404040 8/10/2011 10:55AM

    I like water aerobics and time in the pool alone as well.

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ASMPP1 8/10/2011 10:25AM

    That sounds so convenient! Wish we had one. emoticonKeep going!

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HSMOM2FOUR 8/9/2011 5:42PM

    Fantastic!! It should really help with your heel spurs! One other advantage to your endless pool... you are the only one in it!
Keep it up! You are doing AMAZING!

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FITNFABMAMA 8/9/2011 4:56PM

    Oh you lucky duck!! I would love to have one of those too!! Swimming is amazing for exercise. I especially love the feeling of sweating while swimming, totally bizarre, but awesome! Hope your heels feel better soon too!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/9/2011 4:03PM

    I would love to be able to swim like that! Keep up the great work!

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SUZIEQS65 8/9/2011 3:29PM

    Way to go! Swimming is much easier on all of your joints!

I swim & LOVE it - wish we had an endless pool!

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yesterday it was 100 degrees, I had my six kids with me and we went to Omaha to do the dreaded school shopping. I might have tried Council Bluffs, but Hubby forgot some important papers and we had to also run those to him at work. I have to say, the kids did pretty well for shopping all day with a mom obsessed with getting everything done in one miserable day.

Target was our first stop. We got some clothes. Had the boys in one fitting room, then I was with the girls. I had to keep going back and forth for different sizes. I keep forgetting that Target's clothes tend to fit big. Then we went to the school supplies. I was trying to be organized as six kids kept coming at me, "Can I have this?" I kept trying to make sure we had all the cheap items in the cart. I am not paying $2.50 for a spiral notebook. I laughed at the sign that said, "limit 25 notebooks per customer." I was ready to fight that one if I had to. They obviously weren't expecting larger families to come through.

We survived Target, but I about had a heart attack when the cash register said $500. I guess I have to console myself that it's less than $100 per kid, and we did get some clothes, two calculators, two umbrellas, and some bath necessities.

I next was super cool mom as I took the kids to the mall. The bank clock on the corner of 90th and Dodge read 104 degrees. We ate lunch at the food court so everyone could have what they wanted. I was good and had a gyro salad, very proud of myself for that. Next was shoe shopping at Famous Footwear. They had their sale, buy one get the next half off. I was going to only get four pairs of shoes, but then discovered a fifth child needed them. Okay, so now make it six pairs of shoes to get the half off. I averaged about $45 per kid there. The sales clerks earned their keep, measuring all the kids' feet and testing all the shoes in the toes. I believe there was a collective sigh as we left.

I even made one more stop at JC Penney for some jeans for my oldest girl. It was another good price, but I can't believe how much money I spent on all this.

The sticker shock continued today when I did school registration for all six kids. There goes another $280 in registration fees and putting some money in their lunch accounts. I even went cheap and didn't get an activity card for my high schooler. I'll wait till he asks for one.

So complain with me if you like. I realize that many of you moms out there are suffering through the same thing I am right now.
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CAROLYN0107 8/5/2011 8:41AM

    It looks like all the kids are ready for school! I'm glad you had a successful day.

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SHELLKAYE 8/5/2011 5:13AM

    although the shopping might have broke the bank emoticon, it sounds like all 7 of you had a great time on such a hot day.

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ASMPP1 8/4/2011 9:27AM

    I tried to reply yesterday and it did not go through.

emoticonWe only have one this year. Other one graduated last May. Still no fun going from place to place just to watch the dollars disappear. We were joking around about going from place to place at registration, opening up our wallets, let them take what is needed, and go to the next place. emoticon

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IAFARMERWIFE 8/2/2011 8:12PM

    emoticonI remember this time of year when I had to take my kids shopping and in for registration. Oh it's not a fun time!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/2/2011 8:00PM

    Luckily, my boys don't need too many clothes, but I get you with the sticker shock when it comes to registration. When Matthew was in Kindergarten and First grade, we qualified for reduced prices (since I wasn't working). Well, since I picked up the part-time job last summer it just put us over the limit so I had to pay the full price. I can't imagine it with 6 kids! Way to get everything done though. One less thing to have to do!

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SUE5007 8/2/2011 6:55PM

    Just did school clothes shopping for my 2 kids as well. They are transferring schools and have to wear button down shirts in one of the school colors and pants/shorts in 1 of 3 allowed colors. Everything has to be plain, no stripes, etc. We tried to find solid colored shirts that weren't polos in an approved color but just didn't find any. The kids were a little bummed, but at least they can wear what ever shoe they want. Registration is tomorrow and is going to be more than usual. I'm holding my breath on the cost for that one.

I totally feel your pain. (Except I only have 2 kids) Great job on getting all that done in one day! I would tear my hair out with 6 kids. My two teens were dragging their feet after 2 hours of clothes shopping.

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    I managed to get some good deals online for clothes for my 4....but I am dreading getting school supplies still. Back to school, argh..... emoticon

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