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Day 61

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.

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/29/2012 4:02PM

    I love those trails and also look forward to walking without fear of ice and snow. emoticon

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Day 60 WooHoo!!

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.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/27/2012 9:39PM

    Way to go on your streak! And it is so awesome that your hubby is getting in on the healthy train. It makes it so much easier on us when our husbands are supportive (whether or not they need to lose the weight - mine is a beanpole!). Have a great weekend!

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ALLISON145 1/27/2012 8:55PM

    I add two cups of fresh spinach to my smoothies... so 1.5 cups frozen berries, 2 cups spinach, 4 oz plain green yogurt, and a packet or two of truvia with fiber... oh and water as needed to thin it out. That's about as close as I get to sludge... LOL. Now I feel like an underachiever!

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KPETSCHE 1/27/2012 7:46PM

    Great job on the 60 days!! Are you going to keep going?

I'm not sure I could drink your "green sludge" but it sounds really healthy. Congrats for Brian to get going on improving his exercise and diet. Ed's to the point where he's thinking about improving his eating - he's increasing his vegetable and fruit intake and decreasing the amount of the less-healthy food that he normally gravitates to. It's a big change for someone who loves to eat.

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Day 59

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!
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/26/2012 5:23PM

    I'm glad that things were resolved with your son and his friend. Keep up the great work with the exercise streak!

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I think it's great how early on there were times it seemed like just getting 10 minutes was tough, but you did it ... and now you've got days you're breezing past 10 minutes for a much fuller workout.

I'm glad it got reasonably worked out with your son's friend - hopefully he takes that to heart and thinks more in the future about the impact on others. Tough for a teen to do sometimes.

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Day 58 and Why Does my Second Son Have So Much Trouble?

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.

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KPETSCHE 1/25/2012 11:07PM

    Eighth grade was an awful time for my youngest. I don't know that it was anything in particular, either, he just totally withdrew from everything that he'd been involved in. I hope things get better for Patrick and that you guys are able to resolve what happened without putting a big strain on your friendship. I'm sure Patrick knows how much you guys support him.

Awesome on the 58 DAYS! You're doing fantastic!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/25/2012 5:23PM

    Sorry to hear about the incident with your son. I hope that you are able to get it resolved.

As for the streak, keep up the great work!

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Day 57 and Were You Brought Up With Exercise?

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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KPETSCHE 1/25/2012 11:02PM

    I agree with you, also, Chris. You are doing the things today that are improving the health of both you and your children. It is a great habit to get them going in sports while you are getting yourself in better condition. The twins aren't going to know anything different than you setting the good example and passing it on. That's such an awesome thing that you are doing for your entire family. Way to kick BUTT on the exercise yesterday! WooHoo!

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DIVEGODDESS 1/24/2012 7:31PM

    That's another lame excuse. I wasn't brought up with exercise either, in fact my mom prohibited me to get into sports and made me stay home and study while other kids were out playing outside (Asian mom who thinks cerebral accomplishments are much more important than physical exercise). Even without Asian moms I think many people were brought up without exercise. I don't have kids but my brother (who is sedentary) got his boys to get into sports.

I think it's easier for children these days to get sedentary compared to when we were kids because of all the computer and technology but teaching children how fun it is to move and exercise makes all the difference!!

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/24/2012 6:28PM

    I agree with the both of you! But we are making changes in how our children think when it comes to exercise. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/24/2012 4:51PM

    I agree with you totally! People come up with some of the craziest excuses. I remember always being outside when I was a kid. We walked everywhere (or rode our bikes). We just need to set a great example for our kids. Have a great day!

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