MUSICMOMOF2's SparkPeople Blog MUSICMOMOF2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community May 31, 2015 Wow, I am so glad that this month is over! Just busy, busy, busy. I was done with the piano accompanying on the 17th, so that helped wind things down. Thursday was the boys' last day of school and today was their piano recital. So things are calming. We have a fairly quiet week ahead until the weekend. Matthew will be 12 on the 6th and Jacob will be 9 on the 9th, so we'll be heading into what we call "Birthday weekend!". Saturday we are planning on going to the Connection Music Festiva... Sun, 31 May 2015 19:28:11 EST May 2, 2015 Wow, what a crazy time it has been! Overall April was okay for my goals. The only consistency is that I got my workouts in! <BR> <BR> The last half of April was full of piano playing and that just took time away from other things and then some meal planning went out the window. NV's HS Choir is split into two classes (because there are so many kids and she couldn't fit them all in the room together), so I have had to be there from 10:00-12:30 (note, right over my lunch time). I have enjo... Sat, 2 May 2015 10:45:44 EST April 13, 2015 It's another weird week ahead - Mike is off to Wisconsin for work again and he won't be back until Friday. Yikes! Luckily, it's not a busy activity week for the boys, but it's a busy week for me. Today is fairly calm. Jacob has Cub Scouts after school and Matthew is just going to ride the bus to Greenfield and go to the library to work on his People 2 People project. I will head in to pick them up at 4:30. The plan is to just take them out to eat. <BR> <BR> Tuesday is ridiculous. Jacob... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:20:11 EST April 6, 2015 What a great weekend! Saturday was calm. I got some laundry done and just relaxed around the house. Easter Sunday was wonderful! Awesome church service, great Easter breakfast provided by the Luther League kids and then a great trip to Lamoni. Mom made a wonderful meal (as usual) and of course I ate too much. The up side though is there were a lot of veggies!! And I got to enjoy some angel food cake with strawberries. Yummy! We had a great time visiting. The house was so different wi... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:20:26 EST April 4, 2015 Yesterday was a crazy day! The boys had the day off from school for Good Friday, so I had schedule allergist appointments for both Matthew and me. Mike took the day off too, so Jacob stayed home with him and Matthew and I headed for Des Moines. Our appointment went well. We're set for another year! Then Matthew wanted to eat lunch at Cracker Barrel, so that's where we headed. I did stick to my guns and order off of the "Wholesome Fixin's" menu. Boy was it yummy! I had the Apple Cider BB... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:36:20 EST April 2, 2015 Well, day one went well. I measured and weighed everything and stuck to my healthy eating. Yay! Today I've gotten plenty of exercise, but my lunch wasn't the healthiest. I met my sister in Greenfield so that I could watch Kinsley while she got her hair cut. So I had her in the stroller and we walked around the square a few times. Felt good to just walk and it's a beautiful day! Then we went out to eat and of course, by that time I was super hungry, so my willpower was low. Oh well, it's ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:17:55 EST April 1, 2015 I think my scale and measuring tape played a trick on me this morning. Yikes! I am on track for today. I will make healthy choices. I will measure and weigh everything. I will keep moving! <BR> <BR> It was a bit depressing this morning, but I almost expected it. I've been doing a lot of snacking here and there and just eating, eating, eating. Most of the time I am actually hungry, but I'm not making healthy choices and then I eat until I'm almost too full. <BR> <BR> One NSV right now... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:16:41 EST March 31, 2015 Well, it was a crazy month. My grandmother passed away on the 7th and we had her service on the 15th. The boys had spring break and things were just busy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my goals were so-so. Food was up and down, exercise was great, and the cleaning wasn't as intense as I had planned. But that is okay. It was a rough month. <BR> <BR> So, my April goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: reduce added sugar intake and keep off of the Diet Dew!! (I'm on day 3) <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: Friday I'm ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:49:14 EST March 2, 2015 I realize that it has been quite a while since I blogged. I don't know where the time goes. Or it's just that I have nothing to say. LOL! <BR> <BR> So overall February was just okay. Workouts went well until the end of the month when family illnesses got in the way and then I wasn't feeling well. I was right back on track this morning though! <BR> <BR> So, I'm ready to move on to a new month. I have my workouts planned for the month. I'm mostly following Jessica Smith's 21-Day Walk O... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:48:13 EST January 31, 2015 Well, overall January was mostly successful. Nutrition is the only thing that really needs work. I don't know what it is, but that is where I struggle the most. Maybe it's time to try something new.... As for fitness, the last week had less yoga, but I finished strong with workouts. The scale had dropped in the middle of the month, but ended up back where I started. I'm about ready to give up on the scale and just focus on how I feel. It is frustrating! <BR> <BR> So, my February goals:... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:50:04 EST January 18, 2015 I'm a few days late with my update, but it's been a little busy. <BR> <BR> So far, still doing pretty good on my goals. I'm mixing the workouts up a little, but I'm still trying to make sure that I'm doing at least 15 minutes of yoga each day (with the exception of Sunday - my rest day). Food is mostly okay. As usual, I'll have a few great days and then I'll have a bad day. Luckily, most have been good days and I've been able to keep the snack monster at bay. The only downside is that I... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:52:37 EST January 8, 2015 Well, week 1 of January went mostly okay. Food still needs work - I had a lot of snacky days. The up side? All of my Christmas chocolate is gone! The yoga is going great! I've been trying to do an hour a day. On work days I have to split it up, but it's been working out. I've also been doing a short Wind Down video in the evenings. I think that it has helped me sleep better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a really nice day with the boys. They were home from school because of the frigid temp... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:17:55 EST December 31, 2014 Wow, the last day of 2014! Overall, it's been a weird year. My fitness has kept going strong, it's my food that needs help. For the most part I maintained throughout the year. 2015 will be the year that I make some more little changes to get that scale moving back down. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for January: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: focus on eating more minimally processed foods (aka eat cleaner) and continue to watch portions (this is my biggest issue). <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: January ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:22:05 EST November 30, 2014 Overall November was a pretty good month for my goals, other than the week I was fighting the "crud". Even being at my parents' house for Thanksgiving didn't mess with my healthy choices! <BR> <BR> So, my goals for December: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: still focus on portion control. I don't know why this is so tough for me, but I know that I can do it! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I am following Jessica Smith's "Quick Fit Plan", but will add extra workouts since the scheduled workouts are only abo... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:43:19 EST November 25, 2014 Realized that I should post an update! I am feeling better - still dealing with an annoying "cruddy" cough, but other than that I'm doing great! I'm back to my workouts and enjoying them! <BR> <BR> The past week has been pretty normal. The only issue was problems with the printer/copier again, but as of yesterday it's all okay again and the scanner is set up too. Sunday, the Luther League was having a Thanksgiving dinner as their fundraiser for Youth Encounter next summer, so instead of ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:19:11 EST November 16, 2014 Another weird week here. As I said Mike had to work graveyard shift, so that messed with my routine again. Also, I got hit with the "crud", so I was pretty miserable all week. I actually skipped work on Wednesday and went to the doctor. After the rest of the week on antibiotics, I am feeling better, but still have a little ways to go. It was tough to skip my workouts, but I knew that it was necessary. I did a light one yesterday, but I'm hoping to do tomorrow's scheduled workouts. I wo... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:43:01 EST November 8, 2014 Wow, what a week! Mike had to work the night shift (3:00-11:00 p.m.) this week, so I got to be "Mom's Taxi" and get the boys everywhere they needed to go. I'm exhausted! LOL! Overall they did behave for me, so it wasn't too stressful. I survived. Next week Mike has to work graveyard (11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.), so my only issue will be having to be quiet during the day while he sleeps. Should be interesting! <BR> <BR> As for my goals - food has been up and down. Overall, what I ate wasn... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:13:14 EST October 31, 2014 I can't believe that it's the end of the month. Wow! Overall, it was a good month. Nutrition was still up and down. Fitness was great. I finished up PiYo and started Jessica Smith's challenge this week. I have a week left of that. The funny thing is that I'm more sore after this week than I was after all the weeks of PiYo. Interesting..... I finished up the Bible study and the prayer challenge. I still have a few chapters to read, but overall I stuck to it! <BR> <BR> So, November. ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:35:38 EST October 12, 2014 Well, the first part of October is going well. I've been fighting a cold this week, but I've managed to get ahead of it and it hasn't been too bad. Just tired. <BR> <BR> It was a busy, busy week. Monday was Jacob's orthodontist appointment for getting his braces on (he loves them - how crazy is that?). Tuesday morning the Praise team played at the LCMC Convention bright and early. That was the day the cold hit me. The rest of the week was the usual work and housework. The boys had F... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:18:59 EST September 30, 2014 Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I blogged. I guess that it's been a crazy month! <BR> <BR> So, my goal recap: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: was really back and forth on this one. I would have good days and then bad days. I can say that I had more good than bad, but I need to get the snacking under control! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: PiYo is a little tougher this round with the two Strength Slide workouts. I've been trying to push myself out of the comfort zone and trying the non-mo... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:18:37 EST September 4, 2014 Well, it's been an interesting week! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Jacob's first trip to the orthodontist. The poor child has inherited his mother's teeth and jaw! He has an underbite and not enough room for all of his teeth. So to make a long story short, he first has to have his lower canines pulled and then he will have braces put on the top to help push his front teeth forward. Right now, because of his bite his upper front teeth are pushing his lower front teeth out and it is thinning his... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:02:21 EST September 1, 2014 Wow, August seemed to fly by! Overall my goals went well. Food was up and down, but exercise was steady. I finished round 1 of PiYo and started round 2 (which is Strength) last week. The scale didn't move, but half an inch disappeared on my chest, waist and hips. I'll take it! Now, if that scale would just get moving again..... <BR> <BR> So, my September goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: keep focusing on cutting out junk. Some stuff has crept back in and need to just stop! <BR> <BR> 2.... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:46:41 EST August 15, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was my afternoon on Wednesday! Entertaining my two sweet nieces. Brinley is asleep in my arms and Kinsley was awake in her car seat. Everyone else was in the kitchen eating (I had already eaten), so I had the wonderful pleasure of loving on my nieces! Love them! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, anyway, August is going okay so far. Nutrition has been up and down, but the "bad" stuff has been for special occasions. Fi... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:11:38 EST July 31, 2014 Wow, July is coming to an end. It just doesn't seem like tomorrow should be August. Of course the fact that we have been having absolutely wonderful weather here in Iowa throws things off. Lower 80s and just beautiful all week. Love it!! <BR> <BR> So, here is my goal wrap-up for July: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: still needs work, but this past week I've been pretty good about sticking to my healthy choices. <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: 30 Days of PiYo done! Whew! I am loving it! <BR> <BR> 3. P... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:22:08 EST July 25, 2014 A lot has happened over the past few weeks. We've been busy with the fair, day camps, works, appointments and so on. I just haven't had the urge to blog! <BR> <BR> The biggest news is the arrival of my newest niece on the 21st! Brinley Alexis arrived via c-section and is absolutely adorable! Another niece to spoil. Yay! <BR> <BR> Last night, the Praise team played at the Farmer's Market and it was amazing. We played through our set that we are going to use for the Iowa State Fair (we ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:46:52 EST July 9, 2014 Another recap day. Wow! <BR> <BR> As I said July 4th I stayed home and enjoyed peace and quiet while Mike and the boys went to the Independence Day celebration festivities. I am glad that I did. The migraine never did fully take hold! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 5th - I started the day with PiYo: Sweat. Wow! It definitely earns it's name. I was sweating and it felt great. The only downside - burpees. They are slower ones, but still. Luckily the modifier does something differen... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:02:00 EST July 4, 2014 Well, today was day 3 of PiYo and I will tell you that I am noticing some sore muscles - mostly my shoulders and upper back. Woo hoo! I am definitely loving it! <BR> <BR> So, I suppose that I should recap the past few days. Wednesday went smoothly. Jacob had a day camp for the day, so it was just Matthew and I. I had work in the morning and then practice in the evening. My eating went well - I put a lot of planning into it and that helped. Other than laundry, I didn't get a lot of cle... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:26:56 EST July 1, 2014 Today was such an amazing day. And to think that it all started with a funeral. The mother of our Praise Team leader passed away last Thursday and the funeral was this morning. It was not a surprise because her health had been failing and they had put her on hospice care. Anyway, Bob had already asked the Praise team if we would be willing to lead the music for the service (and of course me playing the piano for all of it). During Pastor's sermon he commented that this was a "trail-blazing... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:09:51 EST June 30, 2014 I cannot believe that it is the last day of June! 2014 is half over! <BR> <BR> So, overall I stuck with my goals for June. Portions were better, but still need improvement. Working out - again, not a problem there. It's habit anymore, so I really don't have to "force" myself. My only problem is trying to decide what to do. As for trying to stay positive and have a good summer with the boys, it's going okay. There are still days that I so want a break, but I remind myself that this time... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:23:19 EST June 11, 2014 Well, we survived our vacation! We left the 2nd after Mike got home and headed for St. Louis. We got there just before midnight and found a hotel to crash at. The next morning we were up bright and early for the yummy hot breakfast the hotel provided. Then we headed for the Big Foot 4X4 Shop/Museum. Jacob loved that! Then we headed for the arch. The boys decided that they didn't want to go up in it, so we just wandered around the museum and got a lot of pictures outside. Then it was b... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:22:10 EST June 1, 2014 Well, today was a pretty good day overall. Food was better, even though I probably had a few too many tater tots at supper. Why are they so yummy? Our fridge is getting pretty empty since we leave tomorrow, so I was scrounging for what to fix. I plan to try and stick with healthy choices while we're gone. I did do a Ballet Beautiful set tonight. Holy cow! Only 26 minutes for the 3 segments, but I am going to feel it tomorrow! Love it though! <BR> <BR> I did get the bulletins printed ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:15:11 EST May 31, 2014 Wow, the end of May! I still can't believe how fast this year is going. It was a pretty busy week for being a short week. Between work, appointments, and end-of-year school stuff, I was hardly home Tuesday-Thursday! <BR> <BR> Tuesday started with work in the morning and then a chiropractor appointment in the afternoon. I had been putting it off forever, even though I knew that I needed to go. Boy am I glad that I did! He took x-rays and it is amazing at how curved and out of place my s... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:09:54 EST May 24, 2014 Happy 68th birthday to my dad today! Not only is he celebrating his birthday, but he also has his 50-year class reunion this weekend. Crazy! <BR> <BR> As for me, I'm enjoying a quiet day at home. Mike and the boys headed out on one of their bike rides. Aaahhh, peace and quiet. I actually let myself sleep in this morning (almost got that elusive 8 hours - was just shy with 7 hours 47 minutes) and am allowing myself to skip my workout today (big shocker, I know!). I have been so sore all... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:19:27 EST May 15, 2014 I haven't blogged in a while, so I thought while I had a chance I would catch up. <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty busy few weeks. Adair-Casey's Spring Concert was the 6th, so there were a few days of practice and then the concert. This week is graduation, so I had a trip up Tuesday and another one today. Graduation is Sunday! Then I'm done with accompanying for the school year. The choir director is leaving, so there will be someone new next year. I don't know if they will use me or not, ... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:04:33 EST May 1, 2014 April wrap-up: <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: my nutrition was up and down. I would have some good days and then some bad days. I'm working on portions! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I followed Jessica Smith weekly schedules plus her Walk On schedule. Feeling good! <BR> <BR> 3. Personal: I did set up a cleaning schedule, but wasn't always able to stick to it. <BR> <BR> My May goals <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: portion control!! <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: I'm following Jessica Smith's monthly challenge. I'll ... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:52:39 EST April 23, 2014 Mid-week update! <BR> <BR> It hasn't been a super busy week, I just haven't had a lot to say I guess. Monday was a wonderful day at home. Nutrition was good, fitness was accomplished and I did get the kitchen cleaned. Tuesday was normal - work in the morning and home in the afternoon. Nutrition was super! Fitness was cut short (I only did one video in the morning - a headache hit in the evening). I did get the dining room cleaned. Today I got a lot done at work. I have all of the May ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:25:45 EST April 20, 2014 I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Easter weekend! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I headed to Des Moines for some shopping at Target (you know, to stock up on those things that I can get cheaper there!) and a few other errands. Once home, I got the car unloaded and got everything put away, then headed back to Greenfield to get groceries. I had hoped that maybe I could put it off, but we wouldn't have had enough milk. At least I won't have to go anywhere tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Saturday's goals: <... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:08:44 EST April 18, 2014 Yep, I forgot to blog about yesterday, so I'll cover both days! <BR> <BR> Thursday: Work was crazy! With it being Easter weekend, I had to print more bulletins than normal, which takes longer. While they were printing I got the rest of the financial stuff done, so at least that's one thing I can cross off my list. Since I was actually stuck at the computer all morning, it pretty much drained me for the rest of the day. I did a little bit of cleaning, but mostly just watched a DVD and di... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:41:11 EST April 16, 2014 Another pretty normal day. Work this morning and home this afternoon. i did have to take Matthew to his piano lesson. It went well. I think he might actually be almost ready for the recital on the 26th. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: pretty good day. <BR> <BR> Fitness: 2 Jessica Smith videos this morning <BR> <BR> Personal: not as much cleaning as I probably could have, but I did wash the dishes, made the bed and started going through a stack of magazines to recycle. That was it for motivation ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:54:26 EST April 15, 2014 Today was another pretty good day. I'm still trying to recover from contest, but my energy is slowly coming back. Hopefully I can get a good night's sleep! Work went smoothly this morning. I finally got all the addresses (at least the one's that I had) typed up for the directory. Pastor is hoping to have them out so that people can check them and make any corrections. Now, I get to move on to getting January's bank statement in the books to get caught up and then figure out how to print... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:18:56 EST April 14, 2014 Wow, what a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Even though there was snow on the ground when I woke up, I knew that today would be a good day. I didn't have anywhere that I had to go today, so I was able to just take it easy at home. Not that I "rested". I started the day with today's scheduled workouts. After breakfast and getting the boys off to school, I made up for Saturday's missed workouts and did those. I felt great!! The rest of the day was full of laundry and just picking up around the ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:02:51 EST April 13, 2014 I am sooooooo tired! The day after a big event (like contest) always has a downside for me. Anyway, other than being worn out, it was a pretty good day. Matthew took his first Communion this morning at the Palm Sunday service. Pretty cool! The whole service was just amazing. Great music, great message and a great crowd! Then it was home to really not doing much of anything. I did get a few loads of laundry done, but that was the extent of my activity. I decided that I was just too ti... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:36:17 EST April 12, 2014 Whew, what a day! I was up at 4:45 this morning (woke up before the alarm and couldn't get back to sleep). I got my shower taken, woke Jacob up, we had breakfast and then headed for Guthrie Center for contest. Things went very well and all of the kids did great. Because of the scheduling, I was only able to listen to one of the instrumentalists. Anyway, Mike was supposed to pick Jacob up around 1:30 and he never showed. Of course he doesn't have a cell phone (I know, shocker!), so I cou... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:44:23 EST April 11, 2014 Today was a little bit calmer. This morning I had to go get groceries and run a few errands before heading to Adair to practice. I should be able to have next week off before heading back up to practice for the spring concert. Contest is tomorrow and it will be a long day. Jacob is going with me for at least part of the day while Mike and Matthew head to Des Moines with the Confirmation students to do some cleaning with Joppa and the Red Cross. Anyway, once I was home I really haven't do... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:05:59 EST April 10, 2014 I realized after I was in bed last night that I forgot to post about my day yesterday. My brain is just too scattered right now! <BR> <BR> So, I started the day with my workout and then a healthy breakfast. Then we had to get through all of Jacob's medicines and treatments before heading out the door. Work went smoothly, so that was a good thing. I then dropped off the prescriptions at the drug store and came home to grab an early lunch before heading to Adair to practice. Then I went b... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:07:45 EST April 9, 2014 Oh boy, what a day! <BR> <BR> I got the boys off to school and headed into work for an hour and a half. Then headed to pick Jacob up for his allergist appointment. What I was hoping would be a quick and easy appointment wasn't. It started with a breathing test which he failed (59% after the last two tests were over 100%). Then came the exam and lots of rattling in his lungs, followed by a treatment and another breathing test which he improved on, but still wasn't 100%. So he's back on asth... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:50:50 EST April 8, 2014 Well, I made it through another busy day. This whole week is just one thing after another. This morning started with my workout and I went ahead and did both scheduled even though it had me rushing to get ready and get out of the house. I am glad I did though. Then it was off to work. While there I put a call in to the allergist to get Jacob in. He has been coughing pretty bad since Sunday and we've had to do albuterol treatments quite a bit. So he has an appointment for tomorrow. He'... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:19:01 EST April 7, 2014 I ran out of time to blog last night, so here's my recap of yesterday... <BR> <BR> My day started out with my workout, as usual. Normally I don't have anywhere to go on Monday's, but yesterday I had to head to Adair-Casey to practice with the HS Choir soloists. So, first I had to get through my morning. The biggest event of the day was ordering tickets for the Matthew West and Newsboys concert. They will be at the Iowa State Fair on August 7th! Woo hoo! So, of course, I was in charge of... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:32:11 EST April 6, 2014 Wow, what a day! I woke up still fighting the migraine. Not as bad as yesterday, but still enough to be annoying. Anyway, great worship service this morning. We had some awesome songs today and that always helps. After church I stopped at Casey's to fill up the car, get the Sunday paper and my Sunday Diet Dew. I try to keep it at once a week and today I thought that maybe it would help with my headache. When I got home I took some ibuprofen and a Promethazine tablet with the pop to see... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:34:37 EST April 5, 2014 Today was a bit calmer. Mike had to work all day, so it was just me and the boys. Jacob had Clover Kids this morning, so Matthew and I dropped him off then went for a walk around the square. Then we just hung out at the library while waiting for Jacob. I will admit it was nice to just sit and read a magazine. Then we came home and had some lunch. After lunch the boys headed outside (without me shoving them out the door) and they stayed out all afternoon! It was nice for me because I go... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:13:09 EST