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12 Weeks to Fabulous Challenge

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I really need this. A good friend of mine has started a healthy living challenge and I'm in on it. Each participant pays $10 to go to the prize fund. There's a point system for healthy habits: cardio, strenght training, sleep, different healthy eating goals. I'm hoping this challenge will light a fire in me again. I've been making too many excuses to eat poorly or skip workouts.

Yesterday was a great day! I had twelve bananas that were over ripe and felt like I had to bake with them. I ended up with 24 muffins and 3 loaves of bread. So far, I haven't had any. I tell myself, it's for the kids. I also baked rolls, and didn't have any. I'm hoping I can keep this attitude up. I love to bake, but shouldn't eat everything I make.

I also started jogging again yesterday. I saw the doctor (podiatrist) about my heel, and we're working on getting rid of the pain. At no point did he say I should stop jogging, and yes, we talked about the jogging. So yesteday I jogged a total of three miles and walked a total of one mile (walk 1/4, jog 1 intervals ending with a walk 1/4). Odd thing is, my heel feels great today. My quads, however, are aching, so I decided to swim today.

Have a great week everyone!!

  
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SHRINKINGSHERI 9/8/2011 6:48AM

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SHELLKAYE 9/8/2011 5:06AM

    You have a great incentive to work toward emoticon
I hope you're enjoying the great weather for the jogging.

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KPETSCHE 9/7/2011 8:58PM

    Good job, Chris. Good luck with your challenge. Sounds like a good start.
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ALLISON145 9/7/2011 8:23PM

    I'm so impressed that you can jog so long! Good on you! What are you doing diet-wise? Low Carbing it?

Allison

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ASMPP1 9/7/2011 7:48PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/7/2011 2:29PM

    Good luck with your challenge! The banana muffins and bread sound yummy. Way to stay strong and not eat them!

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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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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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Red

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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

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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.
HUGS.
Carolyn

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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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Swimming

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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