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.
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.
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!
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!
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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