Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I haven't blogged since last Thursday, so I thought I'd give an update. The kids did great this weekend. Stevie had his First Communion, and Mary and Pat had their Confirmation. We had a fun party afterward to celebrate. Boy! Can Brian smoke meat! We had brisket and pulled pork and both turned out wonderfully! We way over bought, so we have left overs all week. I love not having to plan meals for a while.
Soccer is now over too. Stevie had a lot of fun playing and did really well. There season record was 3-2-1. Track finished up last night and I finally got a chance to see Mikey throw discus. He has really good form and only needs to practice to get good distance. He is fun to watch at track. He cheers on all his teammates.
Monday and Tuesday I spent relaxing. I got back on track with my eating, but I have to say that Costco makes awesome cakes! Yes, I indulged on Sunday and really enjoyed the cake and ice cream. I limited myself to one serving, and Brian gave away all the left-over cake, thankfully. I had the munchies yesterday due to my hard day with TOM. I was good and limited myself to nuts (low-carb diet).
Today I'm hoping to exercise. Still a little worn out and the weather has me down too. Some time on the elliptical will help bounce me back. Patrick's home today. They have the sixth grade stay home so the fifth graders can go to the middle school to get oriented for next year. It's nice to have him here helping with the twins.
I still have some busy days ahead. Work on Fri, Sat, and Sun. I'll try to squeeze in workouts in the mornings. Brian's going on a business trip, so I have to do the single mom thing next week. The only activity left for the kids is their piano recitals on May 24th (all four older kids). I'm glad things are winding down. I'm looking forward to summer with swim team and camping. That's all we have planned.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thank you everyone who posted comments on my "Bummed" blog. You've inspired me to keep at it. It's been a stressful week too, but I'm making it through. The house is presentable now for our party on Sunday. There's still some work for tomorrow, but I think we can make it.
I've made some adjustment to my food and exercise. I've changed the kind of nuts I eat so I don't over indulge. The mixed nuts are soooooooo yummy, I may be taking in too many carbs that way. Peanuts and pistachios are ok, very nutritious, but there is no way I can eat too many of them. They just aren't addictive for me. As for my workouts, I looked at my charts. When I was losing 5 lbs/month, I was on the elliptical a lot more. This last month, I've been swimming (mostly kicking) and walking a lot. Both are good exercises, but I don't get the workout I get on the elliptical. I could feel it today. On the elliptical, I noticed that I couldn't do the workout I had built myself up to. I lowered the resistance a bit so I could do 40 minutes. I feel great now! I really got my heart rate up and sweated like I burned off some calories. On the elliptical, I can go jogging/running speed without hurting my knees. I just can't do that walking.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Ours will be busy: tonight Patrick retaking some of his confirmation test, our nephew's eighth grade grad party; tomorrow soccer game and cleaning/getting house ready; Sunday Stevie's First Communion, Mary and Patrick's Confirmation and a party at our house after. We'll celebrate Mother's Day a little too. I know Mary is excited about the presents she made at school for me.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
I was anxious for yesterday to arrive. It's May, time to weigh again. I knew I would be right by my doc's office, so I used the same scale as the previous few months. The good news is that it went down. The kind of depressing news is that I'm only down 2 lbs since last month. I feel like I've been killing myself, exercising more and more, and to only go down 2 lbs was kind of depressing.
I'm down a total of 12 now in three months. My hubby told me that maybe I replaced some fat with muscle, which would make sense. I weight lift 4-5 times a week and have increased my strength a lot. This is the exact same comment I know I've posted to others' blogs.
So, I'm trying to stay positive. I'm taking a look at my nutrition tracking, when it's functioning properly again. I've switched from mixed nuts to peanuts. They are way lower carb and it's hard for me to overdo with them. Hubby's joining me on the low carb thing since he had to buy bigger clothes, so he's helping me too. Even when he's weak, he tells me "no, don't eat that" and I listen and thank him later.
The weight is coming off, I'm getting in much better condition, my knees are even stronger. I CAN DO THIS, I WILL DO THIS!!!!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I think Brian is making a real effort now!!! We went on a walk yesterday evening. It was so nice to walk with him. I was a little tired, I had already walked 2.5 miles earlier. I usually walk a lot faster than him. We were at the same level yesterday, and he didn't huff and puff like usual. He's even trying to eat better. I think having to buy bigger clothes got to him. I keep encouraging him every day, but he took the initiative last night. I had earlier suggested a walk, but he said he wanted to swim. About an hour later, out of the blue, he said, "Let's go for a walk."
I'm so happy. He's helping around the house more and staying active in the evening. Although, this week, I'm not letting him nap. We're just too busy. I hope he keeps feeling better. That will encourage him.
Well, just wanted to share.
Monday, May 03, 2010
I just finished my work weekend. I work 10.5 hour shifts in a hospital pharmacy, Fri, Sat and Sun. Not a bad weekend. Some weekends are insane busy and I feel like quitting on the spot. This was a good paced weekend, busy enough to stay awake, but not so busy I'm going insane.
Today's Monday. I still feel drained from the weekend and didn't sleep well the last two nights. I think I'm anxious about this up coming week. We have: Two soccer practices, one soccer game,two track meets, Middle School choir/band concert, twins' playgroup, nephew's eighth grade grad party, Stevie's First Communion, Mary & Pat's Confirmation, and a partridge in a pear tree.....
I have to clean, shop, update the checkbook (we finally got a new computer, been without a good one for over a week) and plan a party for our kids' big day on Sunday.
So today I'm taking at least the morning off. I'm ready to put in a romantic comedy and be a couch potato for a little bit. Today's my "Sunday", my day of rest. Well, I can't actually take the whole morning off, and I'm too obsessive to let the laundry, dishes and meals go undone. I was lazy and gave the twins peanut butter filled pretzel bits for breakfast. I'm sure Daddy's fed them much worse stuff and called it a meal.
It feels good to vent a little. This week will go by quickly, and the friends and family we'll have over on Sunday won't care if the house is perfect.
I think there's something I'm forgetting, a holiday of some kind...
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