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I need to stop making excuses!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thank you all so much for your encouraging words on my last post! I'm amazed all the time at how technology (the Internet) brings people together. A lot of people talk about how there is so much bad out here on the Internet, but I really believe there is a TON of good and the good definitely outweighs the bad for me!

Just a thought for the day's post and then I've gotta get away from my computer! Isn't it funny how it sucks us in? WOW! It's easy for me to sit here for way too long if I am not careful.

We are members at an Oddfellows Lodge in the next town away from us (about 9 miles away). When you live in western KS, 9 miles isn't much, but it is still a drive across the county. So, we don't get there much, but the "Lodge" as we call it has an indoor pool, a gym, a fitness room, a racquetball court and more. It also has only morning/evening hours (no midday hours). To understand this inconvenience, I need to remind you that I have six kids at home, all the time...homeschooling and life 24-7! In order to get 6 kids up, dressed, fed, and out the door to get to the Lodge in time for us to work out and swim, we'd have to be out of bed at 5:30 or 6am each day and we are just NOT morning people. In order for us to get to the Lodge in the evenings, we have to leave here at 4:30pm and then spend only an hour or so there, so that we can get home, still have time to prepare supper, eat and clean up and get our kids in bed at their normal bedtime 8:30pm.

It complicates things, but is it really that complicated or am I just really good at making the excuses? I have to think that it is probably the latter. I need to stop making excuses!

My goal for today is to get there at 5pm, let my husband and kids get in the pool while I go use the treadmill, and then get in the pool with them. If we could do this 3-5 times per week, it would be a HUGE help to what ails me!

When I am stuck at home for whatever reason, I still have access to our Elliptical (which I have pretty much avoided because I find it uncomfortable on my knees/hips/lower back), and our Wii Fit Plus, as well as two or three other Wii games for fitness, Zumba (remember my blogpost about injuring my calf muscle!), Biggest Loser, and Wii Active (I think that's what it's called).

NO EXCUSE to not be moving. So, here goes today.
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  • MICHELLE6468
    Using the crockpot is a wonderful idea, but I'm thinking that so is making the effort to get up early. My kids go to a public high school, and they get up now at 6 am, even though they'd rather not. I get up at 5:so that I could shower and get ready for the day, and be available to get the phone calls to substitute in the mornings. They start calling at 5:30. I live in Wichita, Ks. so I live east of where you are..
    2758 days ago
    I second the crockpot suggestion!
    You can do this!!!
    2764 days ago
    I have been homeschooling my 4 for awhile now. They are 10, 7, 5, and 2 so I get it with the going out of the house routine! It can be too much some days and it is easier to stay at home. We don't have a lot of money and we don't give our kids allowance, but I decided to pay my 10yo to watch the baby while I workout. I started this when the little one was only 1 and it has worked great! There are days where they don't want to, but I give them days off anyway. The other two are under threat of silent time on their beds for the whole time (could be up to an hour) if they cause problems. It has worked pretty well so far. Oh and we only pay her $10 per month. Great money for a 10yo and way less than gas or any fees or memberships, not to mention other babysitter costs! I don't know the ages of your kiddos, or the family dynamics, but this has worked for us. Keep looking for ways to succeed and you will! P.S. I added you as a friend!
    2764 days ago
    I remember having little ones at home. It was so much work that I stayed thin. I didn't want my kids to eat between meals, so I didn't either. We were so poor that we couldn't even afford McDonald's; I had to make everything. Funny how forming my kids better habits than I'd had in high school, when I got so fat, that it has lasted for all of us these last few decades. Raising little ones is a life of constant motion, constant lifting, constant cleaning. If you think about it, it's what you'd do at a gym, but at the end of the day you can look around and see work actually done. Until the next morning when the kids get up.
    2765 days ago
    You know I think "we" make it more complicated than it should be. lol

    God bless & thanks for sharing!

    2766 days ago
    It's not hard to remember what it was like having little kids around and how demanding it all can be. I admit, I have it much easier now that they are grown. I didn't take are of myself when the kids were younger so I'm not much help for you. Sibleyhoneybee's idea of crockpot meals is a great idea. It is more of a challenge to drive someplace to work out, so the more simple things you can do around your home, indoors or outside, the more likely you are to stick with it, I think. So maybe just try to get to the Lodge a couple times a week or so.

    I'm sure you'll find a routine that works for you, just keep at it and stay determined!! You can do it!
    2766 days ago
    Sounds great! Look for some simple, but yummy crockpot recipes to use on the days you go to the lodgge for your cardio workout and then pick a video of some kind to do at home on your off days for strength training. You CAN do this and I think it is great that you are getting the whole family involved! Great job! Your kids will LOVE it. I find the more active children are then the more they love it and appreciate you for it. It is worth the effort. And you will probably get addicted to your crockpot once you use it regularly. The kids should be starving and exhausted after having fun in the pool so they should eat WHATEVER you fix and go to bed without too much trouble. Try it! I hope it goes swimmingly.

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    2766 days ago
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