Saturday, January 28, 2012
Today I was able to fill the pool up (it was getting a little low) and swim for 30 minutes. That included 1200 straight backstrokes and various kicks on the kick bar.
We had fun watching Stevie's first basketball game. The boys really hustled out there. They lost, but they seemed to have a lot of fun. Afterward we went driving around Blair and discovered a park and a bike trail we knew nothing about. I'm looking forward to warmer weather to be able to explore more over there.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical (at a pretty fast pace, 3x10 min), weights (delts and glutes), and my non-crunch ab routine. I also finally got a good stretching session in. I've been neglecting the stretching, and I feel it in my calves and feet overnight.
Hubby has done really well this week, not perfect, but really well. He's taken his salads to work, and eaten veggies a lot, or drank them in our lovely concoction we call "green sludge." It just tastes like veggies, but looks bright green since the main ingredient is spinach. He's also walked every day at work. Last evening after work, he did not take a nap. He kept busy until bed time. I reminded him how happy this is making me. He says that he is feeling better.
Time to go make more "green sludge." It's a great way to get in a lot of veggies. We use our vitamix (not a juicer) so we still have all the fiber in the drink. Here's the recipe if anyone is interested:
2- 10 ounce boxes frozen spinach
celery (several stalks, I never measure)
2-3 11 oz cans of V8 (can use low salt)
1/2 cucumber peeled
1 avocado (it tastes so much better with the avocado)
several squirts lemon juice (again I'm a terrible measurer)
enough water to make a gallon (or more if you need to thin it out)
It ends up being a shake-like consistency. Store it in the refrigerator, and it needs stirring before serving. It tends to separate a little. I try to Vitamix the @#$@% out of it, so there are no chunks-spinach and V8 first, then celery, etc... one solid ingredient added at a time to pulverize them.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, weights (biceps, delts, chest press, quads), crunches (regular, bicycle, reverse), and then I got outside and jogged for 2.25 miles (31.5 min). I will stretch after I eat a little.
The problem between Patrick and his friend got resolved. I finally got a hold of his mom (my best friend). His friend thought it was mutual horsing around and didn't mean to humiliate Patrick. Patrick accepted his apology. I still think it was poor judgement on his friend's part, but he's a teenager. They do lots of stupid things.
Hubby is still trying to eat better. I made him salads to take to work this week. He says he's walking for 10 minutes each day at work. He also says this IS the year he gets healthy.
I took a look at my weight tracker. I realized that my goals were set for June 8th, 2011. Hmmm. That deadline passed, so I adjusted things. My goal weight is still 150 lbs, but I'll aim to get there by October 8th, 2012 now. That's our 18th wedding anniversary, and about 3-4 lbs a month. If I keep up the 10 minute/day challenge, I should at least come close to that goal. I usually handle the weight in about 5 lb increments. First step right now, get to the low 170's. I've been eating tons of veggies, and doing well with low carb. I feel good, and I'm exercising a ton. I've logged over 1500 fitness minutes this month, and I've done weights three times a week every week (assuming I get my third time this week done tomorrow). I'm doing the elliptical, swimming and jogging. My upper body feels so much stronger. I just have to keep at it!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
First, Day 58 of my streak of 10 min/day of exercise. Today I did 60 total minutes on the elliptical (3x20), weights (various tricep and glute exercises), non-crunch ab routine (dumb bell side bends, dumb bell cross punches, lying leg lifts) and stretching.
Now, to Patrick, my second oldest. He's almost 14 and in eighth grade. We left our church school when he was in fourth grade because of bullying. The school didn't do anything about the bullies. I think it was a case of misplaced "charity". I realize the boys both came from troubled families, but that doesn't mean you allow the kids to abuse others. We've had some issues in our small town school, but mostly, they've been dealt with. Now I find out that on Friday a boy kicked Pat in his privates during PE. The teacher did nothing, only told the kid she wasn't in the mood for his crap. I finally remember to deal with that incident (I sent an email to both the teacher and principal-mostly to check my words carefully) and now Patrick tells me that his best friend pinned him in the locker room. His friend is a wrestler, and is very athletic. He's also (usually) a very nice kid. His mom is my best friend. Pat says that other kids witnessed this. I asked if his friend was just playing around and trying to be funny. Patrick said it was funny to everyone but him.
It's not bad enough that he has to put up with being the second oldest at home. He has asthma and has to deal with that. His asthma makes it hard for him to be athletic. Now it seems that he is still humiliated at school by others. He's a nice kid. He has a good conscience. The only time he has ever lashed out was with a previous bully (sixth grade here in our small town). The kid was throwing ice balls at him. Patrick punched the kid (bigger than Patrick) in the face and broke the kid's glasses. That kid hasn't bothered Pat since. We totally supported Patrick on that incident, and I will again if he has to defend himself. I just hate that he has to put up with all of this.
I'm still waiting to hear back from my friend to discuss what happened today. I just needed to vent a little.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Finally, the pool room is cleaned out! First I did 40 minutes on the elliptical. After that, I did 30 minutes in the pool, various kicks holding onto the kickbar and 600 total backstrokes (3 sets of 200). That felt soooooo good!
I ran into a friend at the grocery store today. She's aware of my exercise streak because I post about occasionally on Facebook. She's a mom of five kids, and has lost a lot of the baby weight. I'd say she weighs less than me. We got to talking about exercising and she gave the excuse, "I wasn't brought up with exercise."
That excuse really made me think. I wasn't brought up with exercise either. In fact, both my parents now have diabetes and high blood pressure, and my mom is very overweight. When I was growing up (and yes, I'm at least ten years older than this friend), very few girls were brought up with exercise. There were no girls leagues for softball, soccer, volleyball, etc... My parents signed me up for cheerleading, and that led to nine years of being a cheerleader, through sign-ups at the youth centers, then through school. I really wasn't that active except for that. I became more active in college and after college I enjoyed going to Jazzercise to try to get in shape.
I'm willing to bet many of us here on Sparkpeople were not "brought up" exercising. It's so important that we change our lives first by becoming active, then pass that on to our kids. I know my kids have much better eating habits than I ever had growing up. They are not perfect, but they get a lot more fresh fruits and veggies than I ever did. I make them go outside to run around when the weather cooperates, and we take them swimming in our pool when we can. Our older boys lift weights, and all the kids enjoy the Wii and Xbox Kinect. We do swim team, soccer, track and field, basketball, and volleyball with various kids. I'm even thinking of signing up my 10 year old for football next fall, he's very athletic. What we were brought up with doesn't matter. It's the habits and changes we make today and pass on to our kids that will make all the difference.
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