MOM-OF-SIX   64,305
60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
MOM-OF-SIX's Recent Blog Entries

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!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KPETSCHE 1/2/2013 6:31PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSICMOMOF2 1/2/2013 6:06PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
MJ7DM33 1/2/2013 5:18PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THALIA_RAYNNE 1/2/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PARTYPOMLOVA 12/19/2012 7:05PM


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

Report Inappropriate Comment
TERRIJ7 12/19/2012 12:56PM

    Me too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CROWLEY123 12/19/2012 6:37AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KPETSCHE 12/19/2012 4:11AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KPETSCHE 12/15/2012 12:23PM


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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 12/14/2012 11:26PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Report Inappropriate Comment
HDHAWK 12/14/2012 5:03PM

    That's great and what a helpful son!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALLISON145 12/14/2012 4:00PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Streak ended at 370-Will start new one after illness

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KPETSCHE 12/7/2012 8:53PM

    Bummer, Chris, but we totally understand. Sounds like quite the run you guys have had with everything. Give yourself some time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 12/6/2012 10:22PM

    Ugh. I hate when all my sweeties are so sick. (And I REALLY hate it when I'm sick too and still have to take care of them all!)

You're a real superhero in my book - you should call yourself The Power of 10!!!


So, recuperate, rejuvenate, and rejoice that you'll all be better soon! I look forward to following your next adventure in wellness!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAYTIE22 12/6/2012 10:13PM

    Hope everyone feels a lot better real soon. Sending lots of good wishes your way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MUSICMOMOF2 12/6/2012 8:24PM

    Sorry to hear that everyone has been sick. Take care of yourself!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALLISON145 12/6/2012 4:14PM

    Oh no - hope everyone is better soon! Hugs (but only from Afar - eek!)!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 Last Page