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.
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The stomach flu plague has hit our house with a vengeance this week. We had such a fantastic weekend: craft show, basketball win, St Nicholas at church, visit with my parents, Christmas boutique, Sunday dinner out. Monday went ok. I had a nice walk with hubby, despite him having some asthma trouble. The kids went to school. I got Mikey to the orthodontist, and did a Costco run. Then, late Monday night, it all fell apart.
Mary (13) started vomiting. Later, Stevie (10), joined in. Hubby and I struggled through the night taking care of them. We got the others off to school, and hubby to work. I went back for a nap as Mary and Stevie were resting. I got up around 12 noon and it was my turn. I never actually vomited, but I can't remember when I've had such dizzying nausea. My skin hurt later that day, everywhere, even my ear lobes. I never had a fever, but the chills set in. We got some good sleep Tuesday night. We all went to bed really early. Actually, I had pretty much stayed in bed all day.
Wednesday, Stevie still stayed home recovering. Hubby worked from home. I went in to work. I was weak, but I made it through, eating saltines all night. I guess four people called in sick yesterday. The whole place smelled of bleach. The bosses wiped everything down. When I got home, Mikey (16), and Sean (7), were down for the count. Bridget (7) joined them in the middle of the night. Hubby and I were up all night again.
So today, I have three out of six home from school. I will probably keep them home tomorrow too. I pray that hubby and Pat don't come down with this. They have enough trouble with asthma, they don't need this. And, my exercise streak came to an end. I ended up doing 370 straight days of 10 min per day of exercise. I plan to take a short break, mostly to recover from this bug and catch up cleaning the house and doing laundry. Everything is behind. I'm not stressed about decorating yet. We normally wait until closer to Christmas. I would like to get some cards out. They will probably be simple. We have the picture taken.
I'll keep you all posted when I start again. Keep healthy and thank you for the continued support!
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