MOM-OF-SIX's SparkPeople Blog MOM-OF-SIX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 14 of 10 min/day of exercise Still going strong with my exercising. I've had to squeeze in some short sessions in busy days, but I've kept up with it. Focusing a lot on weight lifting using dumb bells and machines. I love going to the Y and using all of the machines there. I can work more muscle groups there. When I'm at home, I do shorter routines, but am still able to hit most muscle groups. <BR> <BR> Eating: I have 5 good eating days last week. I had some sweets on Friday and Saturday. I'll have to work hard ... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:16:35 EST Day 9 of 10min/day of exercise + Day 2 of eating right I haven't blogged much in a while. With a full-time job, six kids and a husband, I've been a little busy. My weight has been up and down, depending on the week. I'm trying really hard to stay motivated again. My husband doesn't have the dedication I have to eating right and exercising, so battling the poor influences has been challenging. I get tired of saying, "no" to treats and being the Debbie Downer, so I've given in quite a bit to poor eating habits. <BR> <BR> Family update: All s... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:12:27 EST Day 6 of 10min/day Starting another streak of 10 min/day. Mixing cardio with weights. Trying to feel stronger so I can keep up with the kids. Just a short note today to keep track of my streak. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:55:18 EST Day 85 of 10 min/day of exercise I've kept my streak going through a very busy December. Last week was mostly 10 min efforts, however, going between my heavy hula hoop and tread climber. I'm hoping now to have more time to get some weights back in my routine. Until last week, I was getting pretty good at doing weights 3-4 times per week. Just too busy last week. <BR> <BR> Part of what kept me busy all through December was my Christmas cookies. Last year I made 1263. I came up with a great plan to do more, and more var... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:52:35 EST Day 60 of 10 min of exercise per day Today will be a short workout, 10-15 min on the tread climber. I've been pretty consistent with doing at least 3 sessions of weights per week and 3-4 good cardio sessions. I usually do the tread climber, but this week I did the Xbox Kinect Zumba World fitness game. Sean (my ten year old son) loves doing this with me. He is hilarious to watch! Think skinny, blonde, white boy, shirtless and barefoot, jamming to Zumba. It's a blast! We did a 40 min game on Monday. Tuesday, I felt every m... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:44:09 EST Day 46 of 10 min of exercise/day Still going strong on my streak. On days that I have the time, I try to do 20 min on the tread climber, weights, and heavy hula hooping. Shorter workouts could be any of those three alone, or walking. <BR> <BR> Today was 10 min on the tread climber. I got it in, and I was on time to work! <BR> <BR> We've had a few very busy weeks with the kids. My oldest goes to UNO and is in the choir. He was able to perform at the Holland with the Omaha Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Mater. That show wa... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:08:21 EST Day 34 of 10 minutes per day of exercise I've kept my streak going, even if I haven't had much time to post. My usual exercises are walks, jogs, tread climber, heavy hula hoop, and weights. Yesterday, I jogged a mile. Today, I'll do my heavy hula hoop and weights. <BR> <BR> Halloween was a lot of fun. I went trick-or-treating with my ten year old twins. We had a group of seven kids and 5 parents. The weather was fantastic! We even came across a house that had trick-or-treating for grown-ups: hot apple cider with caramel vod... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 10:28:41 EST Day 20 of 10 min exercise/day Today is day 20! I'll probably just do a little bit on the tread climber before work. Yesterday I got in a 1.75 mile walk at work. It's beautiful to walk around the block this time of year. The leaves are getting colorful and they rustle in the wind. <BR> <BR> Most of my exercise has been short this week. I've been working a lot. I hope to get some longer sessions in this weekend. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:02:37 EST Day 15 of 10 min/day Today was a beautiful, but busy day. We got off to church ok. Then we came back home so Pat and Mary could go to play practice and Bridget to dance camp. Mikey was at work, so there were only four of us that went on a hike at a nearby park. I wish we had more time. It was such a beautiful day with wonderful views. I discovered that hubby really likes to hike. He goes faster than he does on a normal, neighborhood walk. We didn't have much time, since we had to get back for haircuts. W... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:28:07 EST Day 13 of 10 min/day I'm pretty tired today. I worked last night at my main job in the city. Then had to turn around today and work early this morning in my small town. Makes for a short night. <BR> <BR> I was pretty tired after work, so I figured I would just go for a short walk with my 10 year old son Sean. He just got new sneakers for basketball and needs to work them out a bit. He also is determined to jog a 5K. Guess what that means! We jogged today. We managed to go a little over two miles in 26i... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:32:55 EST Day 9 of 10 min of exercise per day Another short morning for me, so I was just able to get in a quick jog. I went one mile in 13 minutes. That's a pretty average time for me. <BR> <BR> The weather here in Iowa this week looks fantastic! I'll try to get outside as much as I can. It's a bit windy today, but still beautiful. <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:29:39 EST Day 8 of 10 min/day Not much time today to get a workout in. Church, Sams, lunch, then work this morning. I just finished a 12 min walk at work. I'm hoping to get another 5-10 min walk in later. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Another gorgeous day! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:19:46 EST Day 7 of 10 min/day of exercise The weather was fantastic today before work. I got outside for a short jog with my 10 y/o son, Sean. He did a great job of slowing down to my pace and cheering me on. We went 1.5 miles, and he jogged the whole way. Usually, he goes too fast, which gives him side pains. After we got home I did some weights too. <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:37:34 EST Day 4 of 10 min of exercise/day Yesterday I did 20 min of heavy hula hooping to keep my streak going. Today I'll either jog or do the tread climber and then some weight lifting. <BR> <BR> Just got the tread climber repaired, so our exercise room is really coming together. Now if Dish would just cooperate! We seem to have trouble with the TV out there. <BR> <BR> PS: Ran out of time, so only did 12 min on tread climber. Something is better than nothing! <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:31:02 EST Oct 5th- Day 2 of 10 min of exercise per day I've decided to restart the 10 min/day of exercise challenge. I missed a workout on Saturday, so today is day 2 in a row. I did a 3 mile walk/jog, did some weights and hula hooping after that. <BR> <BR> My eating has been really good overall. Lunch on Saturday was a splurge, and the wine last night for our campfire was also a little bit of a splurge. Overall, I'm doing well with my eating. I've knocked off a couple of pounds. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:32:00 EST 12 Weeks to Lean Day 31 I hope no one was worried about my absence. We went on vacation to Fraser, Colorado. Brian's sister's family went also. Each family had their own condo, but we were in the same complex. This was the first time we went on vacation together. It was awesome!!! The weather was beautiful and we were active the entire trip: swimming, tennis, Ping-Pong, basketball, bicycling, hiking, and lots of walking. We rode a free ski-lift, had snacks at a fancy ranch enjoying the views, did the bicycle... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:14:47 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 15 Today has gotten off to a better start than yesterday. It seemed that yesterday all of my kids were in a mood, which of course affected my mood. We've had lots of talks, and all the computers have signs on them that say "No." <BR> <BR> Sean went on my walk/jog today. We went three miles total, averaging 14 min per mile. He's not used to the distance like I am, so we had quite a few walking sections. He made it the whole way without whining. <BR> <BR> My eating is still according to my ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:19:03 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 14 Still doing well on my plan. Eating will be good today. I have to work and I have my meals and snacks packed. I went on a 29 minute walk/jog with my 10 year old daughter. She was kind of whiney about the jogging parts, so we alternated walking and jogging. That probably kept me from over-heating anyway. <BR> <BR> Got to go! Lots to do! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:07:38 EST 12 weeks to lean Day 13 Lots going on today, so not much time to exercise. I managed to get in a 13 minute walk at work for a break from the computer. Eating has been good today too. <BR> <BR> My oldest kid, Mikey, turned 19 today. After church, I surprised him by picking up some Philly Cheesesteaks for lunch. I also got a red velvet cake for him from the grocery store. He was so excited. Those are both his favorites. I had a cheesesteak salad instead of the sandwich. That was a nice change for me too. I t... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:27:41 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 12 Today I got outside for a 3 mile jog. I did walk a little at the beginning and end. My spark tracker said it was 43 minutes. I left all electronics behind, no phone, no music, no watch. Just me jogging! It was beautiful out! <BR> <BR> Afterward I did a few free weights: biceps, delts, triceps, back row. <BR> <BR> My 13 year old son is at Iowa Games this weekend with his soccer team. They have won their first two games!!! WooHoo!!! Wish I could be there, but we decided not to take t... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:16:32 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 11 Proud of myself to get a good workout done before work. I did 20 min on the tread climber and did some free weights (biceps, triceps, delts, back row). <BR> <BR> I'm also eating good, and should be fine all day. I'll bring all my food to work. <BR> <BR> Got to go! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:44:34 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 10 Today was kind of a frustrating day. I made a trip to Omaha when I didn't need to and wasted half the day. Maybe it was good. I had some alone time with my oldest. It was nice the other day when I had some alone time with my second oldest. Both boys opened up to me and we had some great conversations. <BR> <BR> Eating today was good. I even did good at the swim team pot luck. I stuck to meatballs, chicken breast, and fruit. No desserts or pizza!!!! <BR> <BR> My workout was late in t... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:18:15 EST 12 Weeks to Lean Day 9 (7/15/15) Busy day with work and getting one of our cars to the city for a recall repair. I also woke up with a headache, so I went back to bed after breakfast for a couple of hours. Still kind of battling the headache, but I'm getting through the day ok. <BR> <BR> My headache was gone for part of the day, and I had a chance to Zumba with Sean, my 10 year old son. He is so fun!!! We did a 20 minute routine. <BR> <BR> My eating today has been excellent. I've totally stuck to my plan today. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:06:05 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 8 Another day off for me and I did some running around. Had to get my son a new driver's license. He lost his wallet. Also got him some scrubs. He's a CNA and only has one pair so far. We also managed a Costco run. <BR> <BR> After all that, my best friend invited me out to dinner. I was so good there!!! So was she. She even had them take away the bread before we both broke down. I had a spinach salad, broccoli and 6 oz bacon wrapped filet. So today has been a good eating day! <BR> <... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:23:17 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 7 Today I had the day off and I didn't feel like being responsible. I took the kids to Papio Bay aquatic center and met my sister-in-law and her kids there. We had so much fun! That was a bit of a workout. <BR> <BR> I also went for a 50 minute walk with my best friend this evening. It was kind of casual for me, she's more out of shape than I am. The hills killed her. But, it was great to get together. <BR> <BR> My eating was not perfect today, but still good. I had to have a sandwich a... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:21:36 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 6 I tried to get some extra rest today. Not successful at actually sleeping however. When I got up, I did about 45 minutes of Zumba on the Xbox Kinect. My 10 year old son Sean accompanied me. My husband also gave it a try for a few songs. That was fun. It was also nice that my 15 year old daughter and 17 year old son got out in our workout room and got quick workouts done too. <BR> <BR> Great family time! <BR> <BR> I plan on being good again at work. They will probably have donuts again... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:09:11 EST 12 weeks to lean-Day 5 Big day with the conference swim meet. Kids swam great! Sad that it was Mikey's last race since he graduated this year. <BR> <BR> Got my exercise in before the meet. Walked for 20 minutes with hubby, who has also walked every day this week! <BR> <BR> Eating: Ate healthy food all day, probably too much of it though. Glad I avoided all the donuts and chocolate my co-worker kept tempting me with. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:33:44 EST 12 weeks to Lean Day 4 After working late last night, I got up early to work at my part time job today. It was actually kind of a slow day, which I needed. My full time job has been insanely busy this week. <BR> <BR> Today I walked for 23 minutes while the kids were at swim practice. Then we rushed home, ate a quick bite, then off to see... <BR> <BR> The Minion Movie!!!!! <BR> <BR> Great family time! <BR> <BR> I also had a good day eating, avoiding the cake my daughter baked and pop corn at the movie theater... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:46:52 EST 12 weeks to lean-Day 3 Quick blog, late at night. <BR> <BR> Rough night sleeping, so I took a morning nap before work. Tough 10.5 hour shift tonight. We were short and insanely busy! <BR> <BR> Good food day <BR> I walked for 10-15 minutes during a quick break at work. Good pace and it was nice to get out of the pharmacy for a bit. <BR> <BR> Will probably only get a walk in tomorrow, but am very excited about the minion movie. <BR> <BR> FYI- I would go see it even if I didn't have my kids with me! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:32:54 EST 12 weeks to Lean- Day 2 I've decided to call my 12 week commitment "12 weeks to lean." I think that sounds pretty good. <BR> <BR> Day 2- walk/jog over 3 miles <BR> squats with free weights <BR> heavy hula hoop for 16 minutes <BR> stretching <BR> <BR> Eating is going well again. It's the parties and weekends that are tough. Usually work days and week days go pretty well. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the support! It really helps me out. <BR> <BR> On a side note, is anyo... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:16:24 EST I'm Restarting Day 1 I'm just blogging to keep track of a few things. My weight is up a little and I've been very inconsistent with my eating and my workouts. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 1 of what I hope is a 12 week jump start for me and my husband. <BR> <BR> 2.4 mile walk/run <BR> 10 minutes of heavy hula hoop <BR> Free weights (10 lbs- bicep curls, tricep extensions, delt press, back row) <BR> some stretching <BR> <BR> Eating good today. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 14:44:50 EST Picture from my first race In case you missed it... <BR> <BR> I finally ran my first 5K. My time was 33:30, a very fast time for me! My twins ran in the kids K and Sean came in Second. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just looked up the official results. I came in 6th among women in their 40s and my official time was 33:28. I almost got a ribbon, 30 seconds shy. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:28:27 EST My first official 5K!!! I did it!! My first official 5K and my time was 33:30! That's really fast for me. I even ran into someone I knew in high school and haven't seen since then. This was his first race too. My twins ran the kids K. Sean came in second. The weather was beautiful and I'm ready to get going on the rest of my day now. <BR> <BR> I did it!!! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:35:45 EST April 2nd- 5K almost here! I've had a couple of opportunities to jog the route of my 5K on Saturday. Yesterday was my last attempt before the actual 5K. I'll rest today and tomorrow, maybe walk a little, but that's it. My fastest time before yesterday was about 38.5 minutes. <BR> <BR> I decided to try using the runner's belly belt I have. It has a place for my phone, keys, and two small water jugs. I stopped using it because the kids made me feel like a dork. Yesterday, with water, I got my time down to 36 min... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:57:25 EST March 18th- Signed up for my first official 5K Well, I did it! I signed up for the 5K in my home town. I'm both excited and nervous. Excited because I committed to this. Nervous since it's something new to me. I'm not out to win, just jog the whole thing. The race being in my home town, I should recognize a lot of people participating. I've also let a lot of Omaha friends know about this race too. We'll see who makes the trek to my town. <BR> <BR> I've been getting outside on warm days. I'm able to job the entire three miles now... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:50:55 EST March 7th- Training for 5K The warm weather has finally arrived!!! I got outside for a walk with my daughter yesterday. It was a little adventurous. Some of the ground we were walking on felt like quick sand with the melting snow. We managed to muddle through for a 1.25 mile walk after work. <BR> <BR> Today, I got started on training for the 5K I'm going to sign up for. It's on April 4th, so I don't have much time. The weather this week looks fantastic! I'll be able to get out a lot. Today I went 3 miles in 48... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:10:21 EST Jan 27th Another beautiful day in Western Iowa. It seemed a little cooler than yesterday, but still sunny and above average temps. <BR> <BR> I did the same workout as yesterday: 3 miles total alternating 1/4 mile walk and 1/4 mile jog sections. My time was about the same 50-51 minutes. My muscles are sore from yesterday, but that tells me I'm finally getting started on working out again. I've pretty much decided to sign up for that 5k on April 4th, even if the kids have soccer. I need this as... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:29:49 EST January 26th-Finally feeling better January has been a rough month, until now. I started getting sick on Dec 28th with a weird bronchitis that only went to my chest, no sore throat, runny nose or any other symptoms. I just has this heavy, congested feeling in my chest and a terrible unstoppable cough. This lasted for 3-4 weeks. I finally feel almost 100% again. Most of the congestion is gone. The cough is mostly gone too. Glad to be back to the world of the living. <BR> <BR> I've gained some weight over the last couple ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:30:59 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Dec (8 out of 9) I have to confess, streaks bother me. Sometimes trying to get a streak going does more damage to me than good. I need to look at my exercise differently. I have to look at overall percentages, not number of days straight I did something. <BR> <BR> As of yesterday, I'm 8 out of 9 days in December for at least 10 min of exercise per day. Yesterday was 10 min of Trim Hooping, 12 min tread climber-fast, 10 more minutes of trim hooping. <BR> <BR> Cookies: Haven't had time to bake any more... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:00:30 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 3 Quick update today: <BR> <BR> Exercise: 10 min Trim hoop <BR> 15 min Tread climber <BR> 10 min Trim hoop <BR> <BR> Cookie count: I baked 48 cookies yesterday, and 48 today, two kinds: lemon and banana. My total so far for December is 157. I've eaten one plus one bite of them. Patrick (16) said the banana ones were bland, so I had to eat one. They taste like banana muffins in cookie form. I'm trying dusting them with sugar today. I also had ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:26:23 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 2 I expected that I would have to start over because of Thanksgiving. Today is day two of 10/day. It should be easy to keep track since I started on Dec 1. Today is a sunny day here in western Iowa, so I got outside for some of my workout. I walked 1/4 mile, jogged over 2 miles, and walked again a little less than 1/4 mile. Before and after I used my new fitness toy, a trim hoop. It's a 3 pound hula hoop. Yesterday was my first day using it. Ouch! So far today I don't hurt as much. I ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:04:00 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 9 I had a really good Sunday and family day. We went to mass first thing and stayed to visit afterward while the kids went to catechism class. After that we had a nice lunch at the Dundee Dell. The kids really enjoyed that. We were close to St Cecelia's Cathedral, so we took the kids in there for a look around. Beautiful! We still felt like an adventure, so we ended up at the Joslyn Art Museum. They had a kids art area, so we started there. There was a lot of religious artwork, and we e... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:12:54 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 5 Today was another tread climber day, 20 minutes again. It felt a little easier today than yesterday. I also did a lot of walking at work to add to my step total. <BR> <BR> Day 4 of following my eating plan to the letter. I hope I can finish up the year with just a few holiday lapses. I've gained a post-surgery pudge that I want to slim down. Don't know how many pounds. The scale depresses me, so I'm avoiding it to keep motivated. I'm usually a numbers freak, but I don't want to obses... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:44:02 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 4 Today I did 20 min on my tread climber again. I also did some stairs at work. The elevators are taking forever. I think it's because they have some that only the construction workers can use. I went down about 20 flights total throughout the day. I went up about 8 flights total. <BR> <BR> In addition to 4 days straight of working out, I have also eaten well for 3 straight days. Both are really important streaks for me. I'm hoping to eat right until Thanksgiving day. I'll plan on havi... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:12:37 EST 10 min of exercise per day-Day 3 I decided I need another exercise streak to help get me back on track. Today is day 3 of 10 min/day. Saturday, I did 20 min on my tread climber followed by a few stretches. Sunday, I went sledding with the kids. We were out there over an hour, and re-climbing that hill over and over sure was hard. Today, I did 20 min on my tread climber again. I really felt my thighs today, so Saturday and Sunday must have woken up my muscles a bit. <BR> <BR> I'm also really trying hard to do well with... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:06:05 EST November 12th Hi fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm still around. I haven't had much time to get on Spark People lately. Working lots of hours, but my schedule will become more normalized in December. I've been a "casual" pharmacist at two hospitals for a few years now. I picked up a third hospital this summer and pieced together full time hours. Scheduling like this is insane, and I had no benefits. Finally, a position opened up at the hospital I've worked at the longest. I'll be getting more regular ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:46:05 EST Day 1 of 10 min of exercise per day Well, life got in the way of my exercise streak last week. Thursday just ended up being too busy with work, and guests coming in from out of town. The weather was rainy too, so a quick walk was out of the question. My streak ended at 220 straight days of 10min of exercise per day. <BR> <BR> Today is the start of a new streak. For day 1, I jogged 4 miles. Good start I figure! Hope I can get a streak going again. I work at three different hospitals, picking up hours to equal full time. ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:43:18 EST Day 196 of 10 min of exercise/day Today was day 196 of my exercise streak. I jogged a total of 3.5 miles +, did weights, sit-ups, and stretching. Great workout! <BR> <BR> I have to get back to a good routine again. We went on vacation! All the ice-cream, fudge, pizza, and other treats tasted great. We went to the Wisconsin Dells and had a blast! Noah's Ark was huge, but a lot of fun. We loved the wave pools and the medium level slides. I did do the Sting Ray, which made my heart race too much. I decided to tone down... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:42:00 EST Day 185 of 10 min of exercise/day I'm still going strong on my exercise streak and my weight is staying around 130 lbs. It's been a busy summer with swim team for the kids and I've picked up lots of shifts at work. Fortunately with all the storms, only one swim meet was cancelled. The kids are all improving their times, and Sean has gained a lot of confidence. This is his first year making it across the pool routinely. He even wants to start working on butterfly. To my surprise, this morning I discovered he has a really... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:39:32 EST Wow! First Blog in a While! Day 164 of 10min/day I guess I got busy, it's been a while since I've posted a blog. Today was day 164 of ten minutes of exercise per day. The last few weeks I've done a lot of walking. No time for much of anything else. This week I've gotten a couple of shorter jogs in, and today I did a couple weights exercises. I've figured out how to shorten my routine, so I may be able to start getting stretching and weights back into my routine. I also finally got my one-piece swimsuit I ordered online, so maybe some ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:02:38 EST