Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Had a great day! I'm pretty sore and tired and have a very dirty house, since I spent more time Sparking than anything else, but I'm happy.
This morning, I dropped my eldest off at nursery school. My youngest and I drove to the local school where I've spied a lot of people from all ages walking their trails around the school. I got the stroller out and the baby in and we set out, not knowing how long it was or how long it would take me. I had two hours until I had to pick Leah up from school, so I had tons of time. We walked for 40 minutes and the trail was 1.5 miles long. My hip started hurting toward the end, like it usually does and my ankle where I broke it is a little sore tonight, but I felt great! My baby, Norah, and I went to Home Depot, bought some plants and soil, ran to the grocery store for milk and left with four bags of groceries (it always happens that way, right?).
After picking Leah up at school and feeding them lunch at home, I put Norah down for a nap and then took a quick 20 minute snooze on the couch while Leah played on PBSkids.org. I got up and immersed myself in my burgeoning flower gardens and started in on the veggie garden. As I mentioned before, we don't have an outside spigot, so I carted water out from my kitchen at the front of the house to the garden behind the house. A 2 gallon watering can in one hand and two 1 gallon milk jugs full of water in the other. I thought it was the perfect opportunity for some bicep and tricep curls while I was walking the 50 feet there, though at ~17 lbs each arm, there wasn't a ton of lift. I can definitely tell it did something because they're sore now! I'm not sure how to track that, so I logged it as alternating dumbbell bicep curls at 8 sets, 10 reps. 16 lbs. The tracker only gave me 5 minutes for that and burned 18 calories, but oh well. Like I can't rely on my scale to give me accurate feedback on how I'm doing, I can't rely on that either.
After the watering and tilling the soil, I planted seven hot pepper plants and four sugar snap pea plants. I have a fence from our previous house for a garden, so I dug some holes for the posts with the shovels and tried to hammer them into the ground. I guess I'm not that strong, because they didn't budge much. Luckily my husband was home early from work and helped me out there. After the posts were in I hung the fencing and voila! I'm ready to grow some veggies! I can't wait to go buy some seeds/seedlings tomorrow!
One of my fondest memories from when I was very little was watching my mom in our little garden (she stayed home with us too. Probably why I wanted to do the same.) and eventually helping out. I remember eating corn and green beans, yellow beans and potatoes and carrots right from the ground (I'm sure we washed the tubers and roots first!). I feel such a sense of serenity in a garden. I've got to tell you, there isn't much more satisfying than growing your own food.
I know my last blog was about stress, and I'm glad to say today was so much better. It helps when Leah goes to school. She's happier and I get time alone with the baby. Plus my husband came home early from work, so I could spend longer outside working on the garden once the baby woke up from her nap. I really think this garden is going to be a good way to let go of some of my pent up stress, like an active meditation.
Here are some things I can work on though. I ate really poorly today. Oh, i stayed in my nutritional limits on here and everything, but nothing was balanced. I was so busy this morning, I had a cup of coffee and a granola bar in the car on the way to Nursery school. I ate an apple 2 1/2 hours later while driving to pick Leah up from school and an Oikos Greek yogurt for lunch. Plus a cookie my kid didn't want to eat (who doesn't like oreos?!), which I was truly hoping she would, because I am definitely unable to throw away a good cookie with nothing wrong with it. That is why we don't have any in the house right now, because I would devour them all! My husband had a terrible day at work and wanted pizza and wings, so being famished I ate 2 slices and 6 wings. Yep. Not my finest moment, but I tracked it all before I ate it and stayed in my limits. I thought to myself the whole time that if I ate the way I should have today, I wouldn't be wolfing down this deliciously terrible food right now. C'est la vie. I'm not going to dwell on it, I just am not going to repeat it. Do you hear me Kerry? You are not going to repeat it!!
I am looking forward to tomorrow and working on my balanced eating, and also what exercise the day will bring! At this point, the weather has been so nice there has been an abundance of opportunities for exercise, I haven't had to plan anything out yet.