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Day 12

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Today I did a swimming routine in our Endless pool. I did 35 minutes total, 1000 backstrokes total, and various other kicks holding onto the kick bar. Day 12 and still going strong. The real test will be tomorrow. I'll have to get 10 minutes in before getting ready for church, then after that I have a ten hour shift at work. I'll have to manage my mornig well.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/10/2011 12:10PM

    You can do it!

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Day 11-shoveling

Friday, December 09, 2011

Today I don't have much time before work, so I'm counting the shoveling as my exercise. I feel tired, and SparkPeople lists it as a cardio workout, so I feel that's legit.

Hubby let me sleep in a little this morning, which is nice since I work the evening shift. The house, however, is a war-zone. I can't believe they all made such a mess before deserting the place. Hubby also didn't think to have the kids shovel this morning. We drove home from mass in Omaha last night in the snow, and he didn't remember that the driveway needed shoveling?

Oh well, they will all return to some of this mess. I did most of the driveway, but only to change up my workout a bit. I'll probably get to the dishes, but not much else.

Sorry to sound so negative. It just dawned on me that I haven't had my coffee yet. Guess I'd better have breakfast and get back to work.

Have a great day everyone!

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TERRIJ7 12/9/2011 1:27PM

    Shovelling snow definitely qualifies! It's both cardio AND upper body strength exercise!

Dad's just don't seem to see the mess, or think about having everyone take 5 minutes to put things away before leaving the house...what? Do they think the fairies will do it?
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I didn't find your blog negative at all--just a mom sharing her morning and we can ALL relate! Well, I don't have snow in my driveway but I can still relate!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/9/2011 12:32PM

    Hehe, until you apologized for sounding so negative, it didn't even come across that way. It ~IS~ incredible what a family can leave behind if they're not thinking / trying to clean up after themselves.

And my usual rule of thumb deciding whether to count something as a "workout" (or more precisely cardio) is whether or not my heart rate got up into the right range and stayed there through most of the activity. That's why I can walk 6-10 miles in a day overall, but only count 2-4 of them in the tracker. Only the 2-4 were done at a brisk, heart-working pace. I definitely think shoveling snow qualifies.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/9/2011 12:04PM

    It always amazes me how the family can leave the house a mess in a short amount of time. Hope you have a great day!!

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Day 10 (10 min/day of exercise)-and Christmas Shopping

Thursday, December 08, 2011

WooHoo! I'm in the double digits of the 10 min/day challenge. Today I did 30 min on the elliptical, weights (triceps, delts, glutes), and my ab non-crunch routine. After all that I stretched for 10 minutes. I feel great!!

Another positive: I think we have all our Christmas shopping done. I love having two teenagers. We can leave them in charge and go be grown-ups for a little bit. Hubby and I ate at Red Lobster (we had a gift card), so we had our second nice dinner this week. We seemed to get all the kids their gifts last night. I like to shop in the middle of the week, never the weekend during Advent. The stores are too crazy on the weekend. Today, I'll get them all wrapped. It's the first year all the kids are in school. I love that I can get them all wrapped and don't have to hide them long. That will inspire the kids to help get the tree up this weekend. I think I'll make requirements too that the basement get cleaned before anyone has any screen time this weekend. Yikes!! What a disaster down there!!

I'm sure we'll still pick up a few things, especially for the twins. They are only six. We can get lots of smaller presents for them. I think they even still believe in Santa. They are so sweet!

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KPETSCHE 12/8/2011 10:28PM

    Great job! I'm jealous of the completion of the shopping. Your exercise streak is going well - sounds like you're getting yourself ready for a busy weekend of work. See you tomorrow night.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/8/2011 12:20PM

    We are about done with our shopping too. Just a few stocking things to pick up. Have a great day!!

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SUBSHINE 12/8/2011 11:58AM

  Family time is so important - enjoy your time with your children and hubby - good that you find time to shop during the week - saves stress shopping on the weekend.

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Day 9, and other victories

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Today I swam for 35 minutes. I did a total of 1000 backstrokes (300+300+400) and various kicks in between each group. It was hard to get started since I worked late last night, in the city, and had to commute home. I got to bed well after one in the morning, up at 6:30 to get everyone off to work and school. The plus side, I was able to take a good nap after that.

I've avoided a lot of chocolate lately. I went to my dad's to drop off something before work. He always has bowls of candy. I did not eat any. I also didn't have any cookies when I baked some the other day for the kids. It was the day of our date, so I saved myself for the expensive indulgences. I've also avoided some chocolate Hubby brought home for the kids. I almost ate one piece, but gave it to the kids. Every small victory brings me one step closer to my goal.

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/8/2011 12:17PM

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KPETSCHE 12/7/2011 8:56PM

    Way to go. Sounds like you had a bunch of little victories - avoiding the sweets, lots of exercise, some extra sleep. Good job! See you this weekend.

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Day 8 (10 min/day of exercise)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Today I planned to do 10 min on the elliptical before work. I ended up feeling so good, I did 20 minutes. I could have lasted more physically, but don't want to be late for work.

Last night I went to a wonderful concert by the High School band and choir. They did a fabulous job. My oldest, Mikey, is a freshman and participates in both. Yes, I'm a proud mom.

Have a great day everyone!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/6/2011 5:41PM

    Way to go on the 20 minutes! We had Jacob's Music program last night and we enjoyed it too!

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WOUBBIE 12/6/2011 12:31PM

    Yea! Love band! I have a freshman too, plus a junior, both play alto sax. Lots of work but soooo worth it!

Sounds like you're doing great on your plan! Good going!

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