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!!!
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!
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.
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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