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Jan 3, Day 3

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Yesterday was my first "good food" day in a while. Today is going to be my second. I think I'm over the "it's Christmas, so I want that treat" mentality. I didn't get much sleep last night. I worked late, and with the commute, I didn't get to bed until 2am. I was able to nap after everyone went off to school, but had to get up earlier than I wanted due to dentist appointments for the twins.

I didn't skip my workout, like the December me would have. I tried the UFC kinect game. I think I still have to explore that some more. I learned some punches, but I want to skip to a good workout. Most of the 15 minutes was spent stretching or warming up. Not what I was looking for, so I added a 20 min Zumba workout.

So, I feel good, a little less sore than yesterday. I do feel like I'm fumbling around trying to figure things out again, but I'll get there.

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KPETSCHE 1/4/2013 12:43PM

    Great job, Chris. Works been a bear lately - good job keeping up with the exercise and making it fun, too.

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/4/2013 8:47AM

    You definitely will get there! Have a great Friday!

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WOUBBIE 1/3/2013 10:29PM

    I'm thinking I might steal the kids' Wii for myself. Have to look into which games are actually fun to do

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KAYTIE22 1/3/2013 10:01PM

    Yes, you WILL get there! Great job with your workouts. You are definitely making progress. WTG!

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ALLISON145 1/3/2013 8:45PM

    Great job fitting in some activity!

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MJREIMERS 1/3/2013 7:07PM

    emoticon I started doing strength training every other day, thanks to my oldest daughter. I'm always more sore the second day after lifting, but by then it's time to lift again. emoticon I've done well with maintaining my exercise regime and I feel good about that. I took my measurements today and they were the same or slightly smaller so we'll see what the scale says tomorrow.

It's not easy sticking with good eating and exercise with a house full of kids. We had dentist appointments and doctors appointments over the break, too!

You are doing great...one day at a time!

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New Year! New Start!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

My thirteen year old daughter wants to get in shape, and she's bringing me along with her! She actually got on the elliptical last night while I was playing Wii bowling with my seven year old twins. Mary is a very sweet girl. She's talented musically and very artistic. I never signed her up for dance class when she was younger, and unfortunately, it shows. She's grown taller than me, but is still very much a girl and is very funny. Think "Sue Heck" from "The Middle," only not so extreme. She also has lots of friends, so she's not invisible like the TV character.

Mary did well on the elliptical, once I helped her figure out how to turn it on and get it set to a program. We stretched after that. She's not very flexible. I'm encouraging her, and teaching her. She's young so she can get there. It was still funny as we made each other laugh while we stretched together. I also spent some time teaching Mary some proper technique with the weights. We have both free weights and a weight machine. She showed me some of her PE moves. I like the inch worm. That one is fun.

That was Day 1 of my new 10 minutes of exercise per day streak. Handy that it was January 1st. That will help a lot with the counting.

Day 2- Mary wanted to do the Zumba game together. We did the first easy routine, a 20 min routine, plus one tutorial. I showed Mary the tutorials at the end. She needs to go through them. I had to explain that I took some dance as a kid, was a cheerleader, pom squad at college, and did Jazzercise after that. I have some rhythm, at least not bad for a 44 year old mother of six.

I plan to get back to eating low carb. I made over six hundred cookies, and I ate way too many of them. Feast days are done. Baking is done. Hubby and I are both round. Mary wants to be more athletic, as do my other kids. We have started as a family. Hubby is starting to eat better. I think he's eaten better than me this last week.

I plan to start another 10 minute per day of exercise streak. I need it. Once I skip a day, I skip lots of days. I'll include stretching and weights this time. I always felt like I had to do cardio for my exercise. I need to do all three. I feel good today. I feel my muscles from yesterday, mostly my abs from some of the PE exercises I tried, and my right arm from Wii bowling. emoticon

Pretty sad that such a small amount of exercise made me sore, but I feel great that I was able to do 20 minutes of Zumba today.

Happy New Spark Year everyone!
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ACRAIG921 1/7/2013 2:43PM

    How awesome that you are including your children and setting a good example so they want to participate too! My son is overweight and I want to set a good example for him. He did get on the eliptical when I was on the treadmill the other day. I hope he will continue to share my workout. Keep up the good work. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. emoticon

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KPETSCHE 1/2/2013 6:31PM

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Great to hear you have your whole family involved. I love exercising with Sarah - for both the company and to push me. It's great that Mary is wanting to get in shape and is looking for your guidance!
See you this weekend at work
Kelly

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/2/2013 6:06PM

    It is great that the whole family is getting involved! Here's to a great year!

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WOUBBIE 1/2/2013 2:49PM

    Great! Looking forward to cheering you on!

Personally I feel like I get more benefit from strength training than from cardio. Just fits my lifestyle better, I guess.

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Okay, will restart after Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Family, work, and school events usually keep me so busy it's hard to get my exercise in. Now we have all the extra stuff with Christmas. I decided before the weekend that I'm taking a break until after Christmas. This last weekend was full of fun family stuff. We set up the tree. Sean (7) made me promise on Friday, so we got it all up. Saturday, we had the last two basketball games, until January. I wasn't working, so I made it to both, even though one is 15 miles west, the other 20 miles east of our town. Then Mary (13) begged to help wrap the presents. She played mini-mom and did the shopping with Hubby. She loves wrapping, and has been helping us for a few years. Sunday was church, a Costco run for stew supplies, and cooking meals for the week. I made my Irish stew in the turkey roaster, and a couple of roasts in my largest crock pot.

The week started busy as well. I got inspired to start the Christmas cookies. I try to bake a lot, although I've never reached my dad's number of 3000. Not even close to that number. I got a good start yesterday, but was interrupted with the twins' first piano concert at the nursing home. Two of my older kids also performed since the teacher doesn't have as many students as she once did. Then in the evening was the middle school concert. Mary had the flute solo for the band in "All is Calm." She did a duet with the piano teacher, Mary played the flute part for "Minuet." She also did a duet with a classmate, her friend sang, and Mary played piano for "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas." That was difficult since they had to perform after a kid who is a musical genius who composed his own piano piece. They pulled it off, though. Mary nailed every piece. She loves her music.

So, I've had to cut back on my workouts for now. I want to experience Christmas with my kids, so I'm squeezing all that stuff in this week when I can. I've got a busy work schedule this week, so time with the kids is limited.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone! I'll see you in the New Year!

  
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MJREIMERS 12/19/2012 7:43PM

    Enjoy your kids as we know how fast they grow up. Don't worry about the "workouts," but maybe take one load of laundry upstairs at a time. (If you have stairs.) Or fold laundry and do a squat or lunge when putting it into the basket. Touch your toes when getting a pan, etc. This way you aren't taking a complete break, just adding a little movement here and there. If you can, maybe go for a short walk with the kids or sit on the floor and stretch.

We moms get busy, but we need to remember to take care of us, too! We're so much better for the kids when we take a little time for our health. emoticon

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PARTYPOMLOVA 12/19/2012 7:05PM

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Only two weeks of holiday time left! I too have been struggling to find time with all the events and christmas goodies go around. Hang in there! You'll be back to your regular routine in no time

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TERRIJ7 12/19/2012 12:56PM

    Me too!

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CROWLEY123 12/19/2012 6:37AM

    Good for you! Slow down enjoy the season and all it has to offer.

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KPETSCHE 12/19/2012 4:11AM

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/18/2012 12:50PM

  Smart and wise decision you have made...enjoy your family and havea Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/18/2012 12:49PM

    It sounds like you are extremely busy! Enjoy this week with the preparation for Christmas. Have a great Tuesday!

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Day 1 of 10 min of exercise-Again

Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm finally feeling more like myself again. It was a long haul of sick kids, working long hours, and losing sleep over the last week and a half. Things are getting back to normal around here. My second oldest, Patrick (14), stayed home today. He's got a sore throat that kept him up all night. We watched "Despicable Me" together, then he told me that I should go for a walk. He's very good at helping to get me motivated again.

It was sunny and 51 when I got outside. I decided walking wasn't enough, but jogging too long would hurt my body. I'm back up to 180, and I know my "workouts" recently haven't been that intense. I did intervals as follows:

0.5 mile walk then finished with intervals of 0.25 mile jog/0.25 mile walk until I had completed 2.5 miles. My total time was 42 minutes, that's under a 17 minute mile. My total jogging distance was one mile, with no shin splints or heel pain.

So I feel I'm back on track, at least a little. I'm trying to figure out a good plan. So far here's what I have:

1. Alternate cardio and resistance days. I don't have time for the 1.5 hour extended workouts anymore.
2. Get outside while I can. That always lifts my spirits.
3. Change up my cardio when I'm stuck inside: elliptical, Zumba, and the other Kinect game. Maybe I'll buy some DVDs too. We should also be able to fix the pool again soon.
4. Aim for 20-40 min of workout on most days. Ten minutes should be on Sundays.
5. Back to low carb eating with fewer vacations. I "reward" myself with food too much. I need another reward system.

Thanks for your support to all of my Spark Friends! You all are helping to get me motivated again!
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KPETSCHE 12/15/2012 12:23PM

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Yeah, Chris! Glad things are settling down for you. Your plan looks workable - hope everything progresses well - I'm sure it would help to be able to get the pool going again for winter!

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WOUBBIE 12/14/2012 11:26PM

    Excellent plan! Looking forward to admiring another great effort on your part!

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PARTYPOMLOVA 12/14/2012 5:43PM

    I am working back towards low carb eating as well. Congrats on getting back to the norm, it feels great to be on track again!

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HDHAWK 12/14/2012 5:03PM

    That's great and what a helpful son!

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/14/2012 4:16PM

    I'm so happy that you are getting back into your routine and that everyone is feeling better. Have a great weekend!

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ALLISON145 12/14/2012 4:00PM

    So glad to see you back in the groove again!! Glad everyone is feeling better, too!

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THEWORSTWITCH 12/14/2012 3:29PM

    Way to go. Life has a way of doing that to us doesn't it. Sounds like you have a good plan.

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Need Suggestions for Workout programs

Monday, December 10, 2012

I think I need to do something new. Getting sick, the change in the weather, less sunlight, etc... has really depleted my motivation. I'm looking into starting something like Turbofire. I need something all worked out for me, and DVDs seem to be an easy way to go. I think today I'll look into our Kinect game. It's called UFC something and I think it's a similar type of program. I just need my kids to help me figure it out, being a game and not a DVD.

I'd like suggestions of what programs my Spark Friends like. Let me know if your suggestion can be adapted to low impact. I enjoy Zumba, Jazzercise, and Tae Kwon Do moves, so I'm open to trying different programs.

Please, please give me your suggestions!!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 12/10/2012 2:36PM

    You know that I love Chalene! Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, ChaLEAN Extreme (yes, I have them all). They all come with a schedule that you can follow, which I love. It's nice knowing what my next workout is going to be without having to think about it. Yoga Booty Ballet is also a nice series (a little less impact). I hope that you find something that fits for you!

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NIKKICOLE83 12/10/2012 2:29PM

    I like the Dance Central game on Kinect. They have over 40 something songs and they range in difficulty and you can pick whether you want it Easy, Medium, or Difficult. It is fun and you get to dance!

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SEESKO 12/10/2012 1:57PM

    I really like p90x...although, I know everyone does not like lifting. Have you ever tired turbo jam. It fits with the type of exercising you like.

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