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New Little One

Saturday, October 26, 2013

We welcomed little Mary into our family two weeks ago. I'm weepy. . . to be expected, given all the hormones. And so thankful that the birth went smoothly. She's a dear. She's very long, is working on putting on weight as fast as she can. She's got an even temperament. Very sweet. And all the other children are in love with her, of course. The boys are especially sweet with her, and very gentle.

Now to continue the recovery. My body is not so sore, and I can tell it's ready to do a little more than just sit around (which was nice the last two weeks!). The big girls were a great help.

Off to peel apples from our own tree for applesauce for Sunday dinner tomorrow. Nice half-way point between sitting and doing nothing and actually doing something difficult.

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/26/2013 7:49PM

    Congratulations on the newest addition! So exciting!

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PMFISH 10/26/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon on your new little one! Take it easy, but start to move around a bit more or it will be hardier later. Enjoy.

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YENDUCHAKA 10/26/2013 2:30PM

    Congratulations on your new little one! It's good to hear that you're doing well.

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COOP9002 10/26/2013 2:27PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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Two lays dater. . .uh, days later

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I'm exhausted, primarily because I stayed up too late 2 nights in a row finishing the (interesting but oh so long. . .could have used an aggresive edit!) biography of E II R. Why? So I could read an "easy book" without guilt.

BUT the exercise is going well. . . aerobic yesterday, strength today.

And we got good sunshine, because I had to vote today, so we all (including the 3-yr-old) biked to the playground next to my voting station, ate a picnic lunch, and played in the breeze and sun. (Pipsqueak rode on the back of my bike.) It was a good time, and the older girls will probably work better because of it tomorrow. It wasn't really exercise, because riding behind a 3-year old is Really Slow. But he had great fun, so it was well worth the effort and time!

Looking forward to tomorrow with the kids.

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RUNNINGOMA 8/8/2012 4:06PM

    Gotta ask, does your 3 year old know how to ride a bike or does it have training wheels?
Here they have a "walking" type of bike and kids do learn to ride very early - so that is the reason for my question.

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/8/2012 8:47AM

    Sounds like a great day yesterday! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    I LOVE the way you incorporated sunshine and exercise into your day. At least I'm sure the 3-year-old got a real workout! I voted today too.

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August Goals. . .Better Late than Never!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I was discouraged last month. My weight didn't go anywhere. . .well, not much. Two pounds up, two pounds down, one pound up, one down, etc. It's time to refocus and see what I can do. There are no planned family reunions (read: chocolate cakes) this month, so I shouldn't be sabotaged or blind-sided in my good intentions. (It was a REALLY GOOD chocolate cake. . . completely worth it!)

My goal for this month is to take it two days at a time, not doing nearly as much running as I have in the past, adding strength training back in, and doing my biggest work on moderating portion sizes. This is the last month before school restarts for all those government-educated children. We've rolled right through the summer, and I see great progress on some fronts because of it. Namely, I have children who are pitching in with the housework these days. I've put some incentives in place for consistency with their work, so all three girls seem more motivated and self-starting (that's the goal! independent workers!). The boys are a little better at self-entertaining than they were 2 months ago. And we've got some great relationships going on between the children. Yeah, we've got sticky points, but I'm pleased with the overall progress.

So, pressing on for the goal(s) in the month of August!

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    Your goals sound great. I figure a healthy lifestyle is the most important part and however our bodies respond to this is kind of out of our control. Making healthy choices consistently is the goal!

Your children sound wonderful. My girls have chores, but they usually have to be reminded or nudged a little. My girls do keep themselves occupied with books, music, board games and imaginative play. It's crazy around here, but a good crazy, you know?!?

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/6/2012 9:25AM

    It is frustrating when the scale won't move, but you have some great goals set and you will see progress. Here's to a great August!!

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NDTEACHER1 8/5/2012 9:55PM

    I haven't had much movement since January. I have had more days of being faithful than not but you know how easy it is to put on pounds vs. take it off. I am just glad I haven't gained back any of the 40 I lost, it's just that I planned on losing double where I am now, but I'm going to try and stay positive about it anyway.

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Monday Ruminations

Monday, July 09, 2012

Wow, it was a day! We had a new AC unit put in (old one was 23 years old and had to have major service done last year. . .it was time!) It seemed like every time I sat down to do something constructive with the kids, the phone rang. (All legitimate. . .but try to show a 2-, 3-, and 5- year old that!) I made a run to the library tonight with a book that we found (Puzzle Cupboard? What was it doing there?!?!). After having moved all our furniture around and gone through each bookshelf in our house with a fine-tooth comb, we had given it up as lost. I was thankful to God when it turned up!

I did a run today. . .58 minutes worth of running. I think I'll be able to pull off the 10K I signed up for at a pretty decent clip. . .not super fast, but chugging along steadily the whole time. I'm starting to look forward to it!

I'd love to have a more relaxed outlook on life. Not that I want to stop expecting things from the kids or myself, but that I enjoy the process more as we go, and smile a lot more. I was reminded again today that smiling on the face translates into good feelings. . .in other words, if the face leads, the heart may follow. And isn't that some of what God promises us in the Bible? Obey first, worry about what you feel like afterward?!

My husband's been encouraging me to consider 1/2 pound per week good steady progress. Bless him! Patience is a virtue. A good one to have with diets and with children. I need more patience!

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RACHEL-SPARKS 7/10/2012 11:02AM

    Wow, a 10k, you are awesome ! Sometimes I get so task oriented with my children that I forget to enjoy them, a hazard of homeschooling I guess. I think .5 pound a week is a great goal.

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RUNNINGOMA 7/10/2012 8:36AM

    A emoticon? Wow! I'm impressed! Must have those magic shoes! That is one of my goals - not that I would be fast, but just to do one and finish. Hope to do one this fall.
Nice that the library book showed up.
And - your DH is right - 1/2 a pound a week is very reasonable. It helps bring things into perspective and keep you from putting excess pressure on yourself.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/10/2012 7:48AM

    It is so much better to lose the weight slowly and you are doing such a great job. Have a great Tuesday!! Hope it's a bit calmer.

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    Maybe you could find ways to cut back on your activities so that the time you do spend together as a family isn't so rushed and scheduled. I know with our music lessons, dance classes and girls' group along with church and extended family activities it is sure hard to get schoolwork done or sit down and watch a good family movie or play a board game together or go on a family bike ride. They are only young once. I guess we all have to decide what is important during these critical years of parenting. I'm thinking I need to put "quality family time" on the calendar as an appointment so maybe we would have some, lol!

Congratulations on the 10K coming up. Training for that will help melt those last few pounds away. Have you tried just exercising consistently, watching your diet and only weighing in once a month? Maybe then if you see a two to three pound loss over the course of the month it will seem bigger? Just remember that a healthy lifestyle is what you are trying to accomplish, not necessarily a number on the scale. You CAN do it!


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July Goal Update

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I realized that if I lose 7 more pounds, I will no longer be considered overweight. It seems like that's doable. I don't want to think about that long-term goal of 130, so I think I'll just head for that 141. I think I could do that by the end of August, if I kept up the healthy eating and exercising.

I had a horrid afternoon of emotional eating. I was hoping for a nice long Sunday afternoon nap. . .which happens about 95% of Sundays. But this was a 5% Sunday, because of a phone call and a kid calling out in his sleep during his nap. So I had some mint chocolate. And some more. And a little more. Too much. I felt really ill afterward. Instead of punishing myself and not eating anything for the rest of the day, I just ate sensibly and went over my calorie limit.

Goals for all weeks of July except the one when we're at the reunion:

1. 8 hrs of sleep a night

2. complete 3 jogs each week, composite of intermediate and advanced endurance plans

3. no sugar except a little at reunion

4. see 144 on scale by end of month (that's a great number by the way, one gross, or 12 squared, very divisible)

5. consult SparkPeople meal plans when in need of an idea, instead of high-calorie winging it

6. 10,000 steps a day, not sending the children up and down the stairs for things but fetching them myself

7. strength training 3 days a week (blech. . .)

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KALANTHA 7/2/2012 7:16PM

    Great goals! Stick with them and you'll be out of the overweight range before the end of summer!

You CAN do this!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/2/2012 10:14AM

    You can do it!!

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    You are SO close to your goal! I know you can do it. What kind of strength training are you doing? I think kettlebells make a fun workout if you are looking for something to change it up. Have a great time at reunion!


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SLUNDQUIS 7/1/2012 10:29PM

    Congratulations and good luck!

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