Thursday, December 01, 2011
A friend and fellow Sparker (Kelly, you know who you are) has inspired me to try something new. I'm trying the 10 minutes a day of exercise, something, anything for at least 10 minutes a day. November 29th was the first day of this challenge for me.
Nov 29th- elliptical 20 min, weights, crunches, stretching (about 60-75 min total)
Nov 30th- elliptical 32 min
Dec 1st- Xbox 360 various Kinect games for 20 minutes (yes, I was sweating)
Hubby has been very supportive. He made me get on the elliptical yesterday, he said for at lest 15 minutes. That turned into 32 once I was on there. He has also started exercising with the kids and eating better too.
And so a streak begins...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wow!! Last week was busy, a good kind of busy, but busy all the same. I started cooking for Thanksgiving on Wednesday morning, cooked through dinner on Thursday, then had to work Friday through Sunday. Monday morning was busy with lots of odds and ends and I made another big meal. All that must have worn me out. I crashed on the couch after dinner yesterday. This morning after walking the kids to school, I came home and took a 2 1/2 hour nap. I think I'm finally rested up to get going this week.
I'm so happy that all my food turned out on Thanksgiving. I made my first apple pie ever and I made a pumpkin pie. Except for the canned pumpkin, the rest was from scratch. I also made a green bean casserole from scratch (I may never use another can of "cream of" soup again in that) and two sweet potato casseroles from scratch (one with marshmallows, one without). The key to the sweet potatoes is to roast them, not boil them. That added so much more flavor this year. Hubby made the turkey and stuffing, and we both worked on gravy from the giblets and neck. Our stuffing soaked up all the good drippings, and what was left was all fat, probably from all the butter Hubby basted the turkey with. Oh, I almost forgot, I made homemade dinner rolls too (from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day").
We had good visits with Hubby's parents and his sister's family. My kids love playing with Cathy's kids. We also had our piano teacher's daughter over. Ruth is about 20, and her whole family was out of town. She brought her camera and took some family photos for us. What a sweet girl!
Well, now that I'm finally up and going (it's noon), I'd better go get some work done. Have a great week everyone!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It's been a long haul with my right foot. I thought I was doing the right thing going to the foot doctor, but I think he's done more damage than good. I've been barely able to walk for well over a week now. The orthotics he keeps adjusting for me are making different parts of my foot hurt instead of my heel. Each time I see him in town here, I get a bill from the hospital and from him. When I drive to the city, it's a $35 copay and gas, not to mention an hour round trip of drive time. Today, I'm trying my old Good Feet Store orthotics to see if that feels better. I've also gone to the Chiropractor twice this week. That is making a difference. I can feel my bones finally moving back into place. I go back again to the chiro on Friday. Nothing like wasting over $300 on orthotics that don't work (that's office visits included). Any advice on dealing with the quack? Or do I just let it go?
On the up side, Hubby has been on a healthy kick again. He's eating tons of veggies and really trying to do well. He says he also takes the stairs at work whenever he can. I'm so proud of him! That is helping me eat well too. My points for the 12 Weeks to Fabulous challenge are okay, despite not working out as much. I think I'm in line to be second or third in the group. My friend's mom is a maniac and really doing well on the challenge. Way to go Sally!
Today is early out so my kids are all having friends over. I'd better get going so I can finish cleaning the kitchen, exercise (swim), and get some cookies baked (from PTO fundraiser dough). Wish me luck with all those kids!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I must be approaching a good dose on my thyroid meds. I'm feeling pretty good this week. I've been a little down this week. I think it's due to the time change, weather change. This time of year is hard with shorter days. I've also been battling some foot pain, but got to the foot doc yesterday. I hope the adjustments he made to my orthotics helps. It really is hard to walk.
Last weekend my oldest had his High School play. He was part of the preplay musical entertainment. He sang, "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." He nailed it!! The play was good too. I knew some of the kids in it. It's an old fashioned melodrama, "Lilly, the Felon's Daughter." The kids hammed it up really well. It was really funny.
I've been getting some cleaning done around the house. Nothing as dramatic as finding my wedding ring last week, but it feels good to get rid of junk. Still lots of cleaning to do around here and junk to get rid of. I seem to be chipping away at it slowly but steadily.
I'm still getting a few shifts of work here in my small town hospital. It seems to be enough to help the monthly bills out, but not enough to quit one of my weekends at my other job where I commute. The commute is better now. They got I-680 built in 34 days!!! All the lanes are open. My heart goes out to the flood victims. Seeing the destruction left behind everytime I drive to Omaha saddens me. I hope all those people get the help they need.
I hope to swim today. My foot won't allow me to do too much else at this point. At least I have swimming available to me year 'round. I guess I have to thank my "crazy" husband for that. I'm still amazed we have the Endless pool, and that we built a room around it to use it all year.
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