Friday, March 15, 2013
....and I am FINALLY actually getting started on it!
For five years I've been making plans for my own personal organic garden. Plans were coming along nicely, even if the money was hiding. But now I finally am able to get started, now that I found the information I wish I had found five years ago. All this time I was holding off because we need container gardening and I was concerned about the possible chemical leaching into the soil and thus getting into the food I'm growing, but I have spoken with some people and found some online information that gives me reason to decide to just risk it. There is no scientific evidence there actually is leaching INTO the foods being grown in the containers with the chemicals. Given our financial situation and the fact that we don't have money to be spending on the containers without the chemicals, this is good news....and a risk I am willing to take.
I'll do the best I have the ability to do, and ask God to bless our bounty. And even if the leaching IS a problem with the produce, growing our own otherwise organic produce in it HAS to be better than buying the non-organic produce at the store.
I am hoping to have at least a small summer harvest, a bigger fall harvest, and hoping I can manage a winter harvest as well. Start small, though, or I could get overwhelmed.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
I'm not going to make any excuses. It doesn't matter what's been going on in my life, health should be one of my top priorities. I just find it difficult to stay motivated when I've got so much going on. I started working part-time since my last blog entry. And I now have a two year old who only just now started sleeping through the night. Add homeschooling two olders to that equation. I can barely manage to get housework done let alone find time for any sort of work out.
Yes, I know, excuses. Health should be a top priority so I should *make* time for it rather than *find* time for it. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I get it, I do. Don't hurt me. I'll try to do better, I promise I will. I just need to convince myself I'm worth it.
Friday, September 07, 2012
I started both my older boys on SparkTeens. There was a minor incident on Tuesday for home school P.E. that prompted me to create individual profiles for them and hold them accountable for their exercise. I haven't started the plan yet, I have to figure it out more over the weekend, but starting Monday they'll be largely responsible for their own health and exercise, with some monitoring by me.
I did some sort of activity every day this week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we walked. Monday and Friday 1 and I walked to fetch The Boys from their Dad's, and then as a foursome we walked some more. Thursday the four of us and my s/o went to the park and "played" basketball. I did more chasing of 1 than doing anything on the basketball court, but at least I was active. Tuesday is when we have the issue with the home school P.E.
I had planned to do 10 minutes of Cardio Dance to get our heart rates up, followed by 20 minutes of a low-impact Free Weight workout to tone our muscles. I explained to the older boys that I didn't care if they didn't do the right moves, all I wanted was for them to keep moving at the same pace the dancers were moving. Not two seconds into the video, 14 stopped. COMPLETELY stopped. He told me he just didn't see himself doing this. I know he hates dancing (something that happened somewhere between three and 12 years old, because he used to dance with me ALL THE TIME), but it was only 10 minutes. So I told him he didn't have to dance, but he did need to keep moving to the pace of the dancers. He did it for about three seconds then stopped again and told me he just wasn't comfortable doing it.
I'll admit, I got upset. It was just 10 MINUTES, for pity's sake. But no, he didn't want to. So I told him he had a choice, he could either keep moving at the right pace, or he could run around the block for 10 minutes. He opted for running, so I told him what route to take so I knew where he would be if I needed to come find him. I knew that route wouldn't take more than 10 minutes, even at a slow jog, but 15 minutes later he still wasn't home. I grab my keys to go looking for him, and he come mosying on up to the house. He WALKED.
I couldn't take it anymore, so I sent him up to his room to think about what I had been asking of him compared to what he did, and why he decided to not do as he was asked to do. Then I asked my friends on Facebook who have teenagers for their thoughts. One of them suggested giving them a certain length of time they have to exercise every day and making them responsible for not only keeping track of it, but choosing their exercise. So starting Monday, our Phys.Ed. class is going to consist of whatever exercise is scheduled for that day, and me teaching them how to use SparkTeens Fitness Tracker. If they don't like what I plan, they can take responsibility for themselves.
It's my own fault they don't really like exercise. It's not like I've been a terribly great healthy role model for them the majority of their lives. Just like it's a habit I have difficulty changing, I expect it to be a habit THEY have difficulty changing. I just have more motivation to change it at this point because I have seen in MYSELF what happens to my body when I don't. They don't have those problems yet. YET.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I hate walking. I seriously do. Hiking - fine. Running - yeah, if I could without getting a black eye. But walking? Borrrrring. But *shrugs* what else can I do without money for a gym membership or exercise videos?
YouTube has THOUSANDS of exercise videos, so I went browsing through. Right now I have playlists for Yoga, Pilates, and Free Weights. Once I've got a regular routine of exercise and can handle a little higher intensity, I'll go looking for Kickboxing and Aerobics.
So now, on the off-days from the walking, we have something FUN to do. Okay, so maybe *I* will be the only one who thinks Yoga or Pilates is fun, but it will keep us active. And they'll eventually enjoy it. Even if they don't, it's Phys.Ed. - they'll deal with it. ;-)
Best part: I don't have to try to figure out how to afford the monthly fee for a gym membership, and I can do it in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about who I'm going to have watch the kids. Yeah, I'd say it's a win. :)
Do you have any favorite workout videos on YouTube?
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