Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Okay, I have to admit, I'm learning new stuff on this site. I'm educated in healthcare (pharmacist) and I've read tons over the last 20 years to get in shape, but yes, I learned something about strength training yesterday. The articles and blogs on this site are amazing. This stubborn 41 year old is going to rearrange her strength routines to try to maximize their effect.
I'm fortunate to have a weight machine. Brian (hubby) insisted on buying one several years ago. You should have seen me at the store. This overweight mom-of-four, at the time, was making the sales person show ME how to use the thing. Amazingly easy to adjust, I let hubby buy it. Before the twins, I was able to get down to 165, and the weight machine was crucial to that weight loss.
Well, time to organize my strength training, then off to do it!!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
First, I have to set up this kid quote. Brian came home from work with a surprise for the kids. He bought an electronic snap kit, the kind kids can build different electronic items like an alarm or a radio. Five of the six kids were enthralled, following the directions and working together to build things. Brian asks the kids what they are doing. Sean (one of the four year old twins) replies: "We're angry scientists! Bwahaha!"
Monday, March 01, 2010
I've been married for 15 1/2 years to a wonderful man, Brian. We've been through a lot together: moving to a small town, having six kids, two miscarriages, being laid off (but getting hired back at the same stressful job 9 months later), me going back to work part-time. I want to start by saying I love him dearly.
That said, I have to vent about his lack of enthusiasm with joining me on this healthy quest. I'm not the only one in this family with 50 pounds to lose. Most of our marriage, I have been active and tried to eat healthy and feed the kids healthy food. Brian encourages me and very often helps me to be good. On the flip side, he puts so much junk into his body, I can't believe it. I try to encourage him to exercise. We actually went on a walk together outside yesterday. I went easy on him. We only walked 20 minutes. He usually jokes about exercising. He says his plan is the "visualization" method. Yeah, it's all in his head.
I get so frustrated. I'm killing myself taking care of him and the kids and trying to get myself healthy at the same time. He naps all the time or plays computer games to relax, all while I am working hard in the kitchen or trying to get some help from the kids. He actually said this morning that he only naps on weekends. I quickly, but politely, corrected him. I realize he's tired and out of shape. Nothing is going to change unless he gets up and does something about it. I do realize I'm mostly a stay-at-home mom and that most of the household duties fall on me and the kids. I also work outside the home, 30 hours every other weekend. It's a lot to expect of one woman, to take care of the house, the kids, him and work part-time.
I guess I'm asking for advice. How do you get the message through that enough is enough? He really is a wonderful man. I just don't think he ever gets how hard I work to keep everything going.
Wow! I didn't mean to be a downer. I'm actually in a pretty good mood today. Guess I'd better go exercise now before I get upset about this again.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Groan... What's that? Oh, it's morning. That's the radio alarm scaring me to death. Ouch! Why won't my body move? Groan...
That's pretty much how I've felt every morning this week. I have to admit, I've been pretty slow to move in the morning. Many of my previously under-worked muscles aching and begging me to stay in bed. With six kids, four of which to get off to school, and a husband to get off to work, no dice. I'm forced to get up.
After the morning chaos and finally eating breakfast, I start perking up. Still a little sore, but each little ache reminds me of the progress I'm making. I'd be more upset if I were NOT feeling my abs every day.
February, overall, has been a good month. I found SparkPeople.com. I've made SparkFriends who help keep me motivated and pick me up when I'm down. I've exercised this month, as regularly as I can. My work schedule gets in the way and that darn migraine took six days away from me. This last week has been particularly good. I've eaten well since Feb 15th and haven't had coffee at all in 2010. Now I'm ready to go exercise for the fifth time this week.
I'm sure I'll wake up slowly and feeling some more new muscles, but that will just reinforce that I AM making progress.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Well, I did it. I finally sat down at the computer with my i-pod shuffle and had my husband talk me through updating it. I've had the silly thing for a few years now. Brian somehow loaded it with songs from the internet (mostly not the iTunes store) and from CDs. All good songs, many too slow to workout to. Complaining about it for months, I finally started clicking around the iTunes site to fix the problem.
Boy, has it helped my workouts!! I just can't go slow with songs like:
"It Happens" by Sugarland
"What Was I Thinking" & "How am I Doing?" by Dierks Bentley
"19 Something" by Mark Wills
"That's What I Like About You" by Trisha Yearwood
I have over 40 great country songs on my ipod now. Each one keeps me moving. I plan to add more playlists, so I would LOVE suggestions. I listen to country from every decade, George Jones to Taylor Swift.
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