Saturday, December 29, 2007
Please note below how close the glue container looks to my son's new toothpaste container....
Yep, I've been nominated for the Mother of the Year Award!! :)
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Well, today I got my Million Dollar Body coaches showcase pack that I've been waiting for, which means I better get busy with my workouts. Also need to get my eating back on plan, but in all honesty, that probably won't happen until next Wednesday, when all the festivities are done with. I may try some of the workouts tomorrow though. Here is a picture of everything I got...
In that pack are 12 P90x videos, then several Turbo Jam videos, several Hip Hop Abs videos, P90 (2 videos), Slim in 6 (2 videos), and several Yoga Booty Ballet videos....plus a workout ball (needs to be pumped up a bit), 4 measuring tapes (many of the programs came with this), weighted gloves (which my son thinks are SOOOO cool....to be used with the turbo jam), 5 fitness bands (much better quality than the ones you can buy in stores), and many nutrition guides, workout calendars, progress trackers, etc. There is a lot of fun stuff. We watched a few snip bits of some of the videos and they look great.
Anyway, I hope all of you had great Christmas's too. We are having a family party on New Years Eve, probably full of eating, and playing games, which should be a good time. Then it's back to reality of Wednesday when I have to go back to work...get my act together before we go to Cabo!!!! I am so excited for Cabo, I've been dreaming about it the last few nights....
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Good thing I got that workout in, because then I came home and started baking. I made pumpkin bread (OMG, so good), banana bread, chewy caramel, english toffee, and sugar cookies. Well the chewy caramel (first time I've made it), came out more gooey than chewy, so I can't really use it for anything. The sugar cookies did not want to roll out without sticking to everything, so they ended up as "snowballs" instead of stars, Christmas trees, and candy canes. Oh well, at least they taste good.
Last night we surprised the kids by taking them to see the Nutcracker. Maree loves Barbie Nutcracker, and all things dancing/ballet, so we thought she would really like it. We told them we were going to see Christmas lights and headed downtown. Once we got in the auditorium, Aaron was able to read the program and figured out why were were there, BUT he had no idea it was going to be real people. He thought it was going to be a movie, and asked if there was going to be commercials. Anyway, I'm glad I had watched Barbie Nutcracker a dozen times, because otherwise, I think I would have been a little lost as to what was going on.....I have troubles interpreting dance...with no talking. The kids seemed to really enjoy it. Maree kept wanting to get off my lap and do her own ballet moves. It was pretty cute.
The kids Auntie comes down from Seattle today, which means 9 whole days of spoiling, sleep overs, mini vacations for mommy, then an auntie detox at the end of the 9 days. My daughter will undoubtedly cry for at least a day saying "I want my auntie....I miss her".
Oh, and did I mention....... 49 days until Cabo!!!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Oh, and also, I pooped out at the gym and only made it to a training effect of 4.4. So basically I would have had to do 6 more sprints to get to 5.0. I just didn't have it in me today.
, and got some warm yummy drinks. It was just a great time. Tonight the kiddos are going to Grandma's house, and DH and I are going to try to get the rest of the Christmas shopping done. Mostly for the kids.... I'm going to have to tell DH he does NOT get to buy himself Christmas presents...even if he plans on wrapping them and putting them under the tree.
In workout related news. I've been doing Pilates, which has been great for my neck pain, but not as good for losing weight, or dropping body fat. I was going to a pilates mat class 2x a week. There were only 2 of us in the class (the studio just opened), and the other gal is rather old and has had multiple surgeries...wears a neck brace...you get the picture. So we were on complete opposite ends of the fitness/pilates spectrum, making it difficult for the instructor to give us both a good workout. I have also been doing private lessons on the big pilates machines. Although I get sore muscles from some of the various exercises, I was definitely not getting any sort of cardio, and really didn't feel challenged enough by it....that combined with trying to fit in my other workouts just wasn't working for me. So I told the pilates trainer that I needed a little more challenge, and decided to stop the mat class. On Friday she is going to test my bodyfat (eeks), and then give me a good workout on the machines (at least I hope), then I am going to do some interval cardio in her studio. She also does fitness training, weight loss classes, etc, so she has a nice little room with several cardio machines, weights, etc. Anyway, that way I don't have to be running from Pilates to the gym to get a good workout in. Today I'm shooting for a 5 on my watch at the gym. I haven't been to the gym since last Tuesday, so I'm looking forward to getting a great workout in.
Also, my Million Dollar Body coaches showcase pack is in the UPS truck on the way to my house as we speak, so I'm going to have a whole slew of new workouts to try. Also P90x+ has just come out, available only to MDB coaches for the next 2 weeks, then on sale to the general public. It looks like a GREAT program, and plus, my upline coach Traci Morrow is in the videos (she's in a lot of the Tony Horton videos), so that's fun.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
We were getting ready to cash in some spare change and paper money we had been collecting in a large glass water jug. My husband decided that it would be easier to count the bills if he ironed them flat. So yes, he ironed about 30 some odd bills, simply so he could then count them and take them to the bank. I should have taken a picture. The male species can be so odd sometimes!
Also, got on the scale today....had been avoiding it for a while because my eating had been less than stellar...and with all the parties I had last week, I thought for SURE that I would get on the scale and see the same numbers I always see...the pessimist in me figured I'd probably even gained weight. BUT NO, I actually lost weight, and am now finally past the plateau I was stuck on forever. So I think I really revved up my metabolism by having high calorie days sandwiched in between several days of clean eating. That's what I'm going to tell myself anyway :) I'm just happy to see a number I haven't seen in a while!
58 days until Cabo!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
FYI, I've burned 20 more calories since taking that picture :) and writing this blog.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I can't believe it's December! Yesterday we took our annual trip to the mountains to get our Christmas tree. We went with some other friends and their 2 boys. The big boys went on the hunt for the Christmas trees, while the Mom's and kids stayed and played in the snow. The kids sledded down a very small slope..really just the road embankment, and we doled out snacks and hot chocolate. This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. This year was perfect...not too much snow to make walking and driving tedious, but enough for the kids to have fun. It was also sunny and beautiful.
Today is my free day as I had a great week of clean eating and workouts. I started off the day with a chocolate donut....mmmmmmmmmm!! I feel the sugar rush coming already!
As of yesterday, I started a new home business that I'm really excited about. I joined Million Dollar Body as a Coach. What this means is that I get to encourage people in their quest for fitness, and also have to potential to make extra money doing it. If you haven't heard of Million Dollar Body, also associated with Beach Body, they are the company that produces all sorts of fitness videos like P90, P90X, Hip Hop Abs, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, Yoga Booty Ballet, and many more. They also have fitness equipment like bands, chin up bars, steps, etc., and also have their own line of nutritional supplements. I did one of the P90X videos the other day, and actually really enjoyed it. The trainer, Tony Horton, is actually quite funny without being at all annoying. The other great thing about his videos is that you can turn off all talking except for the cues...so once you get sick of his jokes, you can simply turn them off. Anyway, I'm going to start supplementing some videos into my regular gym routine, which will be especially nice during the winter months when the kids club at the gym is a petri dish of nastiness. The other great thing about their website is you can track your workouts and also enter when you go to workout, and have the potential to win prizes, just for working out. The company is really trying to motivate people to get fit, which is why I like them :)
If any of you are interested in learning more about how you could start your own home business, or want to buy any of Million Dollar Body or Beach bodies products for a discount, let me know.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Anyway, even though I was eating lots, I did continue to go to the gym, so I don't feel that too much damage was done. Today, I have burned 1176 calories since 10:40am. I had a good workout, with a very tough HIIT session at the end. I was going to get off the stairmill when my watch said 4.2, because I was just beat, but I didn't do it.... I just kept pushing...I LOVE MY WATCH!!
Also, I found a new favorite gum, since my previous favorite gym was discontinued (Trident Splash, vanilla and peppermint....now called Peppermint swirl...which is strangely hard to fine). Anyway, at Target the other day I saw Dentyne Blast (similar concept to my Trident version) the flavor though, is Chocomint...yes, chocolate mint. I was a little skeptical, and this combination can go dangerously wrong, but was pleasantly surprised when the first bite tasted like a junior mint. YUMMMMMMM.
Now if my fingers could just warm up, it wouldn't hurt so much to type.....
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I'm trying to get into some Pilates classes at a new studio that just opened here...they even have the cool Pilates machines. Since it is so new, they have very limited classes, BUT if you get some buddies to go with you, you can have your very own class. Anyone, anyone???? I really want to go, but I can't make it to the times they currently have.
Oh well, I'll get in there eventually.
OH, and good news....if you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll remember that I had been looking for a great pair of jeans...and had no luck..then vowed not to buy jeans until I hit my goal weight. That, apparently, was just too hard. Well, I went into JC Penneys...where I don't usually shop because I think their women's section looks way too matronly, and their juniors section looks way too Britney Spears. HOWEVER, they have recently started carrying Chip and Pepper jeans...which are a very spendy brand in boutiques, and high end stores, but they are now producing much cheaper, but still cute jeans for JC Penneys. I got a pair over the weekend, and LOVE them, and have gotten several compliments on them already...always a good sign. I went back today to see if I could get a different style. I really wanted a specific style but they didn't have my size, so I settled on the same style as I already have, but a different wash. I got them home and tried them on to get DH's opinion, and realized the gal had left the ink thing on them. That's okay, I think I will get another of the darker wash exactly like I have because I think I will be wearing them a lot, and it might be good to have 2 pairs.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I stole this from my dear sister's blog, and strangely with only 5 questions to answer, it is quite true I think....
Your Brain is Blue
Of all the brain types, yours is the most mellow.
You tend to be in a meditative state most of the time. You don't try to think away your troubles.
Your thoughts are realistic, fresh, and honest. You truly see things as how they are.
You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? 8am
2. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? diamonds
3. WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? Pirates of the Caribbean 3?? Has it be that long
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW? There are so many...Grey's Anatomy, Survivor, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway,
5. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? It varies so much...eggs, toast, cereal, oatmeal
6. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Marie
7. WHAT FOOD DO YOU DISLIKE? seafood
8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD? Plumb (any of them)
9. WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Nissan Maxima
10. FAVORITE SANDWICH? Veggie from Adam's Deli
11. WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? Arrogance, unjustified anger
12. FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? Probably my black velour outfit...oh so comfy!
13. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Italy, Greece
14. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM? basic off white...like the rest of my house
15. FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? I don't buy clothes because of the brand
16. WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE TO? Someplace warm near the ocean
17. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? Ummmmmm
18. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Volleyball
19. FURTHEST PLACE YOU ARE SENDING THIS? I guess wherever you're reading from<--Kelly's answer
20. WHO DO YOU LEAST EXPECT TO POST THIS BACK TO YOU? ??
21. PERSON YOU EXPECT TO SEND IT BACK FIRST? Hmmm.
22. FAVORITE SAYING? Can't think of anything right now
23 WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? April 17
24. ARE YOU A MORNING OR NIGHT PERSON? Night Night Night
25. WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE: 8
26. PETS? A cat named Daisy, and a fish named Garfield.
27. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? Having a girls night tonight...woooohoooo
28. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? A nurse..since I was 5
29. HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Great!
30. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY ? Chocolate...specifically I LOVE Lille Belle Farms chocolates
31. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Roses
32. WHAT IS A DAY ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? Feb 9th...going to Cabo...wooohooooo
33. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME? Kristen Marie Ballew
34. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Jack's big music show....and the washing machine
35. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Cereal
36. DO YOU WISH ON STARS? no
37. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? ocean blue
38. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW? Gloomy :(
39. FAVORITE SOFT DRINK? Diet Coke
40. FAVORITE RESTAURANT? Kaleidoscope, Porters
41. SIBLINGS? 1 dear sister
42. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Christmas
43. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD? Ummmm
44. SUMMER OR WINTER? summer
45. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
46. COFFEE OR TEA? coffee
47. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? chocolate
48. DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO POST YOU BACK? yes
49. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? It's been at least a week..I can't remember
50. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED? An old comforter
51. WHO IS THE FRIEND YOU HAVE HAD THE LONGEST? Elyse
52. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT? went to church
53. FAVORITE SMELL? ocean, bread baking, fresh cut grass, after the rain <----strangely all Kelly's answers too :)
54. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? The boogie man...seriously
55. SALTY OR SWEET? generally sweet
56. HOW MANY KEYS ON YOUR RING? I don't know, and I don't want to get up to count
57. HOW MANY YEARS AT YOUR CURRENT JOB? 3.5
58. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK? Saturday
59. HOW MANY TOWNS HAVE YOU LIVED IN? 3
60. DO YOU MAKE FRIENDS EASILY? Depends
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
When I asked how one gets a piece of metal in their eye, he stated that it can come from your pipes. Hmmmmm.
I wanted to ask if he was sure it wasn't just some of my sparkly eye shadow...but I figured with his magnifying glass/light/torture looking machine, he probably would be able to tell the difference.
Thankfully, he easily got the fleck out, and everything else looked good. My vision is now 20/15...woohoooo! Doctor made no mention of the previously detected "fiber" in the same eye ...I wasn't in the mood to ask about it...or more so, I wasn't in the mood to hear what lame answer the doctor would give .
The only problem that I'm having is VERY dry eyes right when I open them first thing in the morning. It's almost worst than when I'd wake up with my contacts. So I still have to keep eye solution on my night stand, so I can lube up. :) Other than that my eyes do not feel dry (which is usually one of the main complaints post-Lasik.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I had PT today on my neck, and if someone could just hold my head while I work I think I'd feel a lot better :) All pain went away when the PT sat there applying a little traction on my neck.
Physical therapist recommended getting tennis balls, taping them together to do some stretching, traction, massage type things...hence the question above. Sure felt a lot better than the chiropractor!!!
Watched Transformers last night as the kiddos went to Grandmas. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Seems that most of the movies I really like don't do that well on Rotten Tomatoes
Almost all of my favorite movies are rated somewhere in the 40-50% range. Oh well, I guess I just like predictability. Hot Fuzz, however, got great ratings. Here's one of my favorite scenes...
Anyway, that's all the random thoughts I have today (well, not ALL), I could probably go on forever....
Monday, November 12, 2007
Anyone want to go to Cabo with DH and I? I'm a little sad that it will be just the 2 of us this year. Is that a bad thing? I'm sure we'll have a blast, but not as much fun as last year.
Friday, November 9, 2007
The following are some random thoughts/rantings...
1) It's a good day when the little peely security thing on the tops of CD's and DVD's comes off in only 1 piece instead of the infuriating 5-10 pieces
2) Do not judge a movie by it's title. Hot Fuzz was actually a really funny movie, although I am still a little baffled as to how they came up with that title. But hey, it's British...they do things a little differently over there.
3) It is a bad thing when parents (read: me) cannot hold on to Christmas presents for my children until Christmas...., I'm just too excited and give them things that should wait until Christmas.
4) It is even worse when DH is just as bad as I am with buying and giving "Christmas" presents to our kiddos.
5) It's a bad bad bad idea to sit down with a quart of ice cream while watching TV....3 nights in a row.
6) I am thankful that the cat has "learned" to vomit on the rug instead of the carpet.
7) There are 46 shopping days until Christmas.
8) Having an Amazon wishlist should be a requirement for getting Christmas presents.
9) There has been a half finished jigsaw puzzle sitting on my dining room table for 3 weeks.
10) Our sense of smell peaks in our late 20s or early 30s, and gradually declines after that.
11) It is a GORGEOUS day in Southern Oregon
12) I've had 6 shots of espresso today (2 triple Americanos)
13) Dear son has declared he's going to be an "explorer" when he grows up, while dear daughter states she is going to be a "princess", and when I explain that you can't make money as a princess, she has now decided to be a doctor.
14) I have had a HUGE bag of spinach sitting unopened in my fridge....for over a week ( I had good intentions).
15) Target popcorn can count as dinner if you're in a pinch
16) I could make a lot of comments about the following video, mostly I just think it is ridiculously cute
Have a great day!!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
In 2005 they raised a little over $600,000 in toys. In 2006 they raised over $1 million in toys. This year will probably be even better than last.
It is so easy to donate, especially if you already have an Amazon account or Paypal. I donated to Legacy Emanuel Hospital up in Portland, because I used to work there. I have also emailed the charity to ask about Rogue Valley Medical Center being added to their list.
Anyway, you don't have to be a "gamer" to donate.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
In other news, I'm feeling good today...no spinning at all. I still feel slightly off balanced every once in a while, but MUCH better than the previous few days. YEAH!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
However, I'm not entirely convinced just yet, as I have done some Google searching, and seen some very disconcerting stories about people having disabling chronic vertigo and nausea that mysteriously occurring immediately after having Lasik, accept no one believes that it's from Lasik, and no doctors can figure out how to treat it.....EEEKKKKSSS.
The spinning does seem to have improved over today, and I'm not sure if it's from the meds, or just me getting better. The doctor said the Meclizine usually knocks people out, and I was somewhat hoping for this affect as I'd rather be sleeping than dizzy and nauseated! No such luck, I took the max dose and still managed to stay quite awake. Oh well, at least the world is staying still!! Hoping for no episodes tomorrow!!
Thanks everyone for all your prayers. I appreciate them so much!
I am praying that there is nothing under the flap today at my appointment...I really do not want them to have to lift the flap again.
Tam, thanks so much for your oh so kind offer!! That is so sweet of you. Thankfully, DH has been off the weekend and today, and has been taking care of me and the kids. Tomorrow my MIL comes over to watch the kids, and will likely take them home with her. I'm suppose to be working today-Wednesday, but with my eyes and my neck/back I'm just not sure how it's going to go. I feel so old, lol!! Just take me out to pasture!
I don't like anything that messes with my daily routine, so this is rather irritating!
Anyway, I am thankful that my vision is great...although I'm still adjusting to up close vision. It's another beautiful day outside, and today I'll actually get to go outside...I didn't step outside at all yesterday..I'm stir crazy!!
I really miss working out!
I've eaten nothing but carbs for the last 3 days. Although I'm not eating much so it shouldn't really matter.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Anyhow, my vision is good, I'm feeling a little better today, and hopefully, whatever was under the flap will be out by tomorrow's follow-up appointment.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
In workout news, yesterday after another fun (read: painful) visit to the chiropractor, I went to the gym. I really really really did not want to workout, but I was already sitting in the parking lot, and I knew I'd feel better if I just got it done. I had decided not to do any weights, as I really want my neck/back to feel better and so I was giving it a rest. So I did the Stairmill until my watch hit 5.0...which took a long time! I hit 5.0 at minute 38. That was the longest HIIT that I have ever done...it was hard!!! After doing really well eating all day, I finished the day with a bowl of ice cream and a reeses peanut butter cup.... I have such a hard time staying on track when I'm not feeling just right. Anyway, tonight is 1.5 hours of karate, so that should cancel out the treats yesterday...right??
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I had NO idea that bloggers regularly give stuff away. There are so many fun sites out there.
Go to Bloggy Giveaways for your chance to be part of the action. You could even win this....
Monday, October 29, 2007
Anyway, today I went back to the chiropractor for some more adjustments. Wowser, it was a doozy. I was explaining to the chiro that the pain had moved from primarily the left side of my neck to the right, and also was having low back pain now. So he goes to adjust my upper back by having me lay on my side with my arms crossed and the top leg over the other, then he pushes (squashes) you in the opposite direction. OMG, I thought I had been twisted in half...not good. Then he flipped me over on my stomach to hurt me some more, but my back was too tight so he had my flip back over on my back with my arms crossed over my shoulders...with his fist in my back all the while doing a wrestling take down move (putting all his body weight on me). Seriously, it knocked the breath out of me...I felt like I had been sucker punched in the stomach...I seriously had thoughts of my spleen being ruptured or something. Then he sends me to get a little massage (read: torture) on my very sore neck, and the girl is trying to get blood from a turnip. I have a high pain tolerance, and I was having to do deep breathes in order to not cry out. Then when I finally do tell her it really hurts (aka, please don't do it so hard ), she says "ya, that part does hurt huh"...and keeps doing the same thing. MERCY! All in all, it was the most traumatic visit to the chiropractor that I have ever had and I'm still not feeling any better, in fact I feel worse (no wonder huh).
Despite all that I went immediately to the gym ( I was feeling okay at that point because it was still fairly early in the morning....the pain gets worse as the day goes on). Anyway, I got my weights done and moved on to cardio. Today it took me 31 minutes to get to the "training effect" of 5.0 . I wanted to stop at about minute 18...but I think at that point I was only at 3.7, and I couldn't in good conscience stop there, then come blog about such a pathetic workout. So I pushed through..so determined to get to a 5 (even when the machine stopped at 30 minutes because that is all I had programmed it for), I was at a 4.9 at 30 minutes, and I knew I just needed to do one more "sprint" to get to the 5.0. See, this is where the watch really comes in handy. There is no way I would have pushed myself like that without the watch. In fact, I probably would have stopped at 20 minutes. I think what the watch is doing is factoring in that your body adapts to the level of exercise you consistently do, so you have to keep doing more of it in order to get the same amount of effect. Anyway, there was an older lady waiting for a machine behind me ( I had told her I was about done), and then another older lady next to me says, "this girl (me) has so much energy...she was running up that thing". I thought that was funny. I was doing 40 second sprints at level 12 on the stairmill..which literally makes you run up the stairs.
So, my workout stats from today (although my watch is still running and I've totaled 1746 calories in the 9:07 hours I've had it on)
Calories burned during workout: 710 ( a new record for me)
Workout time: 1:03
Training effect: 5.0
Oh, I just discovered that the watch has moved me up to an "activity class" of 7.5...this might explain why it was harder to reach the TE of 5.0 today
Also just discovered that my resting heart rate is around 64
Eating has been right on today, so I feel good about that. We'll see how the rest of the week goes.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Back to my confessional.... Friday, I was really craving carbs, really really really. Somewhat out of frustration over the scale. DH wanted to go out for hamburgers, but we settled for my favorite pizza place which also has great salads. I was going to have a spicy thai chicken pizza, but decided to get my healthy salad with chicken...and whole wheat breadsticks. I feel like I did pretty well there....had a little extra carbs, but nothing crazy. I did however come home and have a slice of leftover cake.
DH is working today and I was invited to go on a Pumpkin train ride with a friend and her 2 kids. I'm exhausted after a long day involving 4 kids under 6, 1 hour in the car, 1.5 hours on a "train ride", to a field with pumpkins which the mom's got to haul back onto the train (that's 2 pumpkins, one giant purse with all our jackets, snacks, and the camera), then an hour home. Anyway, the kids LOVED it...it just wasn't my idea of a fun (read: relaxing) Saturday afternoon.
I've also been struggling with a very sore, messed up neck, which I've been seeing a chiropractor for (which usually helps, but feels worse this time). I was in the car to go to the gym on Friday, but I just knew that my neck/back would be even more sore after such an intense workout....so I got out of the car, came inside to get some things I needed to return, and went shopping instead. :)
I'm hoping to rest tomorrow as well, then hit the gym on Monday. Anyway, as a positive note, I didn't have to cook dinner tonight as we had great soup and breadsticks leftover. The weather was absolutely perfect today. The kids had a great time today.
If you are any way related to me I may not want you to read to next paragraph. Especially if you are my father, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, etc. Read on with caution.
I haven't been completely without exercise in the last few days. On Wednesday or Thursday, I had come across a blog who was on the blog roll of another blog friend. I got a good giggle after reading one of this bloggers top posts... in which he sites an article about "Sexercise". Don't worry, it's just an article...nothing raunchy or off colored. Now being that I'm a Christian and also grew up where good girls didn't talk about such things, this is not something I would typically talk about in a public forum, but I'm married and I have children, so I think it's obvious that I have some experience when I comes to this subject.....plus it has to do with fitness and exercise. I was sitting in the living room when I read this blog..and DH was sitting in the same room. He heard me snickering while hovering over the laptop and asked what I was laughing about. I shared with him these pearls of wisdom, and he thought it was fantastic news. Then I told him how I thought it would be beneficial and interesting to wear my heart rate monitor...which goes along with my new watch (which also tracks calories burned) during said activities. I'm calling it a sexperiment, and DH wholeheartedly agrees that this should take place. Really, anything that gets him more action he'll agree to. I'll keep you updated....the hard part is to actually plan ahead and put the chest strap on in order to monitor said activities without totally killing the mood (more so for myself than DH as he needs very little encouragement). I do think this would be fascinating information.
Was that too much info? Oh well, I've always been one to just tell it like it is.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
No worries though, I'm not careening myself off the wagon just yet. At this point I refuse to count calories because it messes with my head. Could drinking 2 cups of coffee a day (with about 1 tbsp of 1/2 and 1/2) be affecting my progress....maybe it's the Zone Perfect bars (which really help get me past any sugar cravings...but aren't a great meal due to the ratio of carbs to protein). Anyway, I'm at a loss. I'm frustrated. DH made pizza for himself and the kids for lunch today, and it took A LOT of will power to stay away from it.
Whew, I feel better now getting that all out there. Back to drinking my water....
As as side note I am taking measurements as well, but I think I also need to start taking progress pictures again...maybe tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Anyway, I forgot to mention on last nights post, but I plan on holding off buying any clothes until I have lost 10 pounds. Not only is this good motivation, but it also makes sense to not buy jeans when I am actively trying to lose weight.
Today's workout summary (according to the watch)
Workout time: 57.45 (includes stretching time)
Calories burned: 651
Training effect: 5.0 (reached at minute 28 of cardio...took a little longer than Monday) I think this is because on Monday I did squats on the smith machine with 25# plates on each side, then dropped the bar way down and did laying pull up things ( I don't know what you call them)
...anyway, my heart rate gets really high when I do that combo.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So I spent $0 dollars...okay, I did buy dinner at subway because I had gone 5 hours without eating...I know bad bad bad.
Now I'm moping. I guess I'll be wearing my black velour sweatsuit all winter long.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Speaking of yesterday. Can I just tell you how great that felt to just eat, and not feel guilty. It didn't feel physically great, but then again it did....I know..it doesn't make sense. After church yesterday I decided I wanted bread with butter, donut holes and a Starbucks iced mocha for lunch...so we went to the store and got those things for me...plus some good red wine and ice cream (I was planning for dinner). We came home and I had 3 slices (fairly small) of sourdough bread with LOTS of butter, then a bunch of donut holes. I was already feeling a little sick from the iced mocha because it was pretty sweet. Later I had to take a nap because I was so tired and was in a sugar coma. Seriously, you just don't realize how much sugar has an impact on your energy level until you go without it for a whole week, then splurge on it all at once. Wowser...it's a doozy!
After my nap we had friends over for the best pizza and pub fries (the best beer battered fries EVER)...especially when dipped in ranch! MMMMMhhh, it's like heaven :). After all that we had ice cream too. The really great thing about all that is I don't feel guilty about any of it, and today I was ready to be focused again and eat protein pancakes, chicken, veggies etc. I got all the other cravings out of my system yesterday.
Today's workout was great. I don't know what happened Friday, but today I got to a "training effect" of 5 at minute 25 of my cardio. I think doing sprints makes the training effect go up faster than doing a slow climb to the sprint. Anyway I worked really hard.
Total workout time: 1:02
Training effect: 5
Calories burned: 660
I never weigh myself the day after free day, and I probably won't tomorrow or the next day either..it's never good news.
And to my yogurt angel...I still haven't gotten around to attempting another batch of yogurt...I keep thinking about it, and trying to figure out the timing issue..then it's too much thought and I say forget it :) I'll do it though.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Yesterday I did good, no workout as it was a rest day. I had salad and chicken at the wedding, and no cake. Had homemade low fat chicken curry with brown rice for dinner last night, and it was pretty tasty.
Yesterday I also bought a large firm foam roll from Amazon. They have them at my gym although I never use them (yuck), but my aunt also has one and uses it for stretching and some pilates type moves/stretches. Anyway, I used it while I was there, and it felt great on my back. My back has been bothering me for about a week, so I went ahead and bought one for myself. I'm sure my kids will think of other functions for it...
Friday, October 19, 2007
Workout today was good. My watch is getting too smart. Today I did the 20 minutes of weight stuff, then started cardio. I always set the machine at 30 minutes because then the blinking interval things are at 1 minute. However, I usually only go 20 minutes because, well, because that's the TT and BFL amount to do. Well, remember how when I first got the watch, I'd be 10 minutes into cardio and the training effect on the watch would be at 5. Well today I was pushing and pushing myself trying to get to a 5, I had to talk myself into 1 more sprint...okay not at 5, one more sprint, okay not at 5 still, one more sprint. Well, I got to 4.9 and was at 30 minutes and the machine stopped. I was exhausted....still am!!
I've been doing stuff all day long, and I'm so tired. While making yogurt I opened a new thing of milk, and accidentally threw the lid away because my brain is fried! Thankfully I got my dear son to vacuum with the big vacuum..he usually does the kitchen floor for me with the little hand held vac. But today he did the big vacuum, and had fun (I'm sure that won't last). Now I won't let them get anything out because the house looks clean...and daddy will be home soon, and I want him to know I did something today.
Anyway, gotta finish making dinner, and get off the computer, so DH doesn't think that's all I've done today (which amazingly I've had very little non-work computer time today..feeling a little behind....I'll catch up when everyone goes to bed)
Tanita BF 31%
Calories burned during workout: 604
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH...FIND A COZY SPOT, COVER YOUR EYES, AND TAKE A NAP!!
Or maybe she was covering her nose because she's sitting by my post-workout feet..??? Hmmm, thoughts to ponder.
Today's workout stats:
Calories burned: 569
Training effect: 5 (I stayed on the stairmill until it hit the 5, and not a second longer...it actually hit 5 at minute 23, so I didn't have to do too much extra)
Weight this am: 141.2 ( I have a hard time sharing that online, but oh well....also I realize that I really shouldn't be weighing myself every day)
Eating has been great yesterday and today. I feel like I'm in the zone, although the kids were eating chips yesterday and I heard them calling my name, but I didn't give in. I also really wanted a nice glass of wine last night, but resisted that one too. I can't wait for free day!!!!!
I see nobody wanted to play my game below....fine, be that way!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
For all of you who already know what a Meme is, please feel free to participate in this one. Essentially someone posts a word (in this case it would be me) and then the reader (you) rushes off to image search it. They (you) then post an entry with the amusing picture and a new word and rush back to say that you have done so.
We all then spend oodles of time cavorting about t’Internet putting silly pictures up and much fun is had by all.
My word (as I’m starting this) is TIRE and this is my silly picture.
Your word is COFFEE....go!
Today I did some extra cardio, because well, I need to burn fat! During my 30 minute HIIT I burned 367 calories, had a peak HR of 189 (the highest I've seen it) and a training effect of 4.2.
I made myself a 17 week calendar so I can also record my info there...it is taped to the side of my desk hutch, and it's fun for me to cross off days.
Scale weight was 142.2
Tanita BF% 32
Hand held BF% 20.4
It's raining, and I'm so not motivated to do my work...focus, focus, focus!!
Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm irritated that I'm up 8 pounds from Cabo last year, and Cabo is only 116 days away. I'd like to lose 10-12 pounds before going, which means I need to get my butt in gear.
So I've decided I am starting a challenge today! It's going to be a 17 week challenge, since that is how many weeks until Cabo. However, I am going to take Thanksgiving week off, and Christmas to New Years off. I'm going to check in and document what I'm eating, calories lost during workouts etc. Mostly because I think it will help keep me accountable...not really that all you want to read all that boring stuff :) I am going to take 1 free day a week. Or if something comes up during the week, I will take a couple of free meals (although I've found this doesn't work all that well for me...I really need a whole day!!!) So we'll see how it goes. I need some accountability, so feel free to call me out if you see things slipping. I'll take measurements tomorrow and weigh myself.
On another note, my new watch is getting smarter. It has figured out that my activity level is not a 5 like I had told it (which is like working out 1-2 hours a week). It has bumped that up to a 7. It is also getting harder to get to "fitness level" of 5 on the scale from 1-5. Last week I would do my TT and about 1/2 way through the cardio I'd already be at a level 5. Well today, thinking that this would be the same, I got done with my 22 minutes of cardio (I even did a little extra), and went to stretch, then saw that my fitness level was only a 4.7. Dang it...it's figuring me out. This is great really because your body does adapt to whatever exercise you are doing, and now I will have to work harder longer to get to the level 5.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Oh well, I like red, and I like flowers....
I also can't find the area in the HTML where the flying birds are inserted.... must be magic :)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Anyway, also had my Lasik pre-op consultation today, and am scheduled for surgery on Nov. 2nd. Get this, after surgery, they make you take a mandatory 4-6 hour nap....with a little medication help. Woohoooo! I love it! Currently my pupils are as big as saucers and I can't see right with or without my contacts....a little annoying as I'm trying to work on my computer and have to get my nose pretty close to the screen in order to see it. Currently I have one contact in and one out, but still can't see well. I'm just glad to be able to wear my contacts again instead of the glasses.
Tonight I get to have a heavenly dessert with some girlfriends to celebrate my dear friend Jen's birthday. Which means I need to get a make-you-want-to-hurl workout in before that.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So today I did Turbulence Training at the gym, then cardio on the elliptical (10min) then the stairmill (15 min including cool down). My watch said I burned 433 calories, which is great, and I reached a 5 on the training effect readout.
Here is what I had for lunch today
In other news, I had to start wearing my glasses (which I haven't worn in years...not even for a little bit), because you have to go 7 days without contacts before the Lasik consult exam. I'm not too excited about it because the glasses seem SO different from my contacts. I feel a little off balance...which is okay while I'm just sitting here :)
That's all my news for today :)
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Also, while at Costco, we walked by the watch selection...I wanted to see if by chance they had that Suunto watch I mentioned below (they didn't). Then I jokingly ask DH if he had read my blog (he's not really into blogs...not even mine), and he says yes. Hmmm, surprising. So then he says, "so that's what you want for Christmas huh...that's a long time to wait." I could tell by the tone in his voice that this was not our normal conversation. So I asked if he bought me the watch, and he's so bad at lying (and surprises...really really bad at surprises) that he fesses up that he bought it for me! Yeah, what fun what fun, a new toy. Especially needed at this point since I'm 'off the wagon', and really need to get myself back on!!
I also spent about 3 hours editing (messing with) the Html for my blog template. The picture above I took in Cabo San Lucas in February....134 days till we go back WOOOHOOOO. I still have some things to modify, but I couldn't figure it all out today. Html is HARD to mess with when one doesn't know what one is doing!!
In other news, tonight Aaron (and cousin Ryan) all got our yellow belts in Karate, so that was pretty fun.
Here is a pick of my dear daughter Maree, who is 3 1/2. Today she wanted her hair like Auntie's, so I straightened it. This is for you Deanna!
As you can see, she can be a firecracker...gets it from her Auntie, because according to my mother, I was an angel child.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
So I'm a bit of a gadget girl. I don't own a lot of gadgets because they tend to be spendy (at least the ones I like), but there is one in particular that I've got my eye on these days. Its a watch, but it's no ordinary watch. This watch tracks your heart rate, calories burned, "training effect", and other things. Training effect, woohoo, without spending money to work with a personal trainer, I can have a watch that will analyze my performance heartbeat by heartbeat, and illustrate the improvement of my body's aerobic conditioning with a 1-5 scale. What is this wondrous watch called you may ask. Drum roll please....
It's the Suunto t4.
The reason I think this would be so cool is because the "training effect" takes EPOC (Excessive Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) measurements, which is really what I'm trying to achieve with Turbulence Training, and interval cardio. So, if I have a device that tells me from 1-5 how hard I am actually working, you better believe I'm going to shoot for a 5 every time. I am a very visual person, so I think this would totally motivate me. It may not be the cutest watch, but it can't all be about vanity.
Anyone have a spare $199.99-219.99 lying around?? It's on my Christmas list! :)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
In other news, I just want to share how distressing getting older is. Yes, I am 30.5, and already there are things happening that I really don't like.
1) It is no longer an option to color my hair...the grays are becoming more and more prevalant just in the last year. I won't dare pluck them out because my hair is fine enough as it is...I can't stand to lose even one.
2) Not only are the hairs on my head forgetting what color they should be, but they are also forgetting where they live. They seem to be getting confused, as they keep shooting offspring onto my chin, upper lip, inside of my nose. What the heck is that. This is a cruel joke. This morning was a particularly depressing day for my chin/neck. After paying close attention to this area for months...tweezers in hand, this morning I woke up, and before showering I was inspecting my face once again. There staring at me in all its glory is a hair on my neck that had to measure at least 1/8 of an inch. I swear, this monster was not there last night!! Where has this hair been hiding, and why didn't anyone tell me it was there. Kelly, you're suppose to have my back! Seriously when I first saw it, I thought there was no way it was attached, it must have just been clinging to my skin. Nope, had to get the tweezers to pull that menace out. Horrifying, absolutely horrifying!!
3) The girls...you know the ones I'm talking about. Well they are not where they were before and this does not make me happy. Everything seems to be wandering downward. Enough said.
On a happier note, I am going to have Lasik surgery sometime in the next few months, which will be good since I am a contact abuser. Hey, I have extended wear contacts...but apparently 'extended' does not mean 4 months....
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Cardio is ANYTHING that brings your heart rate and breathing rate up. Interval cardio is bringing your heart rate way up to nearly your max, then bringing it down, then back up etc. I've discovered that I enjoy doing interval cardio (the only cardio worth doing for fast fat loss in my book) by mixing different activities. My last few interval cardio sessions have consisted of fast jump roping, jumping squats, mountain climbers, and fast jumping jacks. It is really challenging, but so much more fun than the machines at the gym.
Also, the other day my DH made mention that he needed to start jogging or 'something', and I mentioned that he should do cardio with me, to which he agreed...which I was a little surprised at since he usually wants NO part of my exercise stuff. So after I did my TT, I told him I was going to do my cardio (he had been busy disassembling our pool), so he disappears into the house, and much to my surprise, he came back out ready to go. He made it for 13 minutes. Considering he hasn't done any 'exercise' for nearly a year, that was pretty good, and I was just glad that he actually came out there with me.
On another note, I just got done snuggling with my son before bed like I do every night. Tonight when I walked in my room (he was already in his bed), I was holding my neck/shoulder because it was sore. Aaron asks, "mom, why are you holding your arm like that", and I said "oh, it's just a little sore", and he says "oh mom are you okay, do you want me to rub it?". Sweetest boy! I said "sure". So he rubs my shoulder/neck as good as a nearly 6 year old can. The next thing out of his mouth was slighting disturbing. He says, "mom, your skin feels a little loose.....(pause).....do you know why?". I said, "no honey, why". He says in a slightly sympathetc tone "cuz it's getting old". I laughed out loud at this, but deep down inside I'm cringing. OLD?? What, I'm 30....I feel like I'm still 23. OLD??
Now when people see me, they may notice a subconscious hand on the neck checking how taunt the skin is...... is it because I used to have chubby collarbones??
Friday, September 7, 2007
I thought I was going to make it to the gym today, but my schedule is a little out of whack since Aaron started school. I have been working out somewhere between 10:30-12 most days, but Aaron starts school at 12:05 and therefore needs to eat lunch at about 11. So I was planning on going after dropping him off and putting Maree in the kids club, but then I realized it closes at 1....not enough time.
So I did the next best thing....WENT SHOPPING :)
Okay, then later I improvised at home and had a great workout with my bands, fannie lifter, new exercise ball (from shopping trip), dumbells, new ipod speakers :) Then followed it up with some crazy interval cardio stuff.
I must admit I did just have 2 pieces of WW toast with PB for meal 6..... The bread was only 80 cals each, and is very healthy bread. Otherwise, meals were right on today.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
She came home asking daddy if she could have her room "betweened" like her cousins. Her cousins share a room and their beds are separated by a dresser. Apparently this makes the dresser "betweened", and she thought it would be great if she and her brother could also share a room. Either that or she was talking about how the beds used to be stacked...as bunk beds, and whoever is on the bottom is 'betweened' by beds. I'm not really sure.
She also asked if she could have a 'bumpy bed' AKA 'bunk beds'. After I tried to clarify if she was talking about the 'bunk beds', she says, 'yes, the bumpy bed... you jump on it'.
Okay, so back to the exercising! I'm still a little stuck on doing weights one day and cardio the next. With Turbulence Training you are suppose to do weights and cardio together on the same day. Yesterday I did my own version of the TT (I seem to have some aversion to taking a piece of paper to the gym and/or new unfamiliar exercises. I did incorporate some TT exercises, and I did the sets/supersets as usual. So I felt good about that...although I didn't have time to do cardio afterwards...although I did do some Wii boxing last night :)
Today I learned a lesson about doing cardio prior to doing Karate. DON'T DO IT!! Or at least I should not have done it 1 hour prior to Karate. I also did kind of a crazy HIIT today with intervals of jump roping, mountain climbers, jumping squats, jumping jacks. Wowie! Then I stayed for part of the 2nd hour of Karate, which involved me, the Sensei, and another brown belt. So it was more intense moves and sparring. I am beat!!
Also, just a notice...if the scale does not move this week, I'm having DH hide it indefinitely!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Also, just a cute story (well cute to me), about my dear children and their Grandma. Last night I went with the kids to go have dinner at Grandma and Grandpas (my MIL and FIL) We were all sitting around chatting and Grandma tells us she has lost one of the lenses out of her prescription sun glasses (it has fallen out several times before). She goes on to tell us that she had come in the house from outside to get something and then noticed one lens missing. She said she has scoured the whole house through and through and it is no where to be found...so she'll have to go to Costco to get it replaced. So I half jokingly say to my son "go find Grandma's lens", and he jumps right up and starts looking under the cushions of the couch, and Grandma says "oh I already looked under all those", so then my daughter crouches down to look under the couch and she says "he he he here it is Grandma" in this cute little giggle. And I'm thinking, she's just teasing (she likes to tease....and she's only 3...eeks). So there my son looks down there too, and says, "yep, there it is", and pulls it out and gives it to Grandma. This happened in less than 30 seconds from the time I asked my son to find it. Grandma just laughs...she can't believe it..she said she had already looked under the couch...she'd been looking for 3 days. She then gives them each a dollar, which they were ecstatic about. I guess God answered her prayers that day!
So then I am sitting with my son looking at his new dollar from Grandma. I said, do you know who that president is on the dollar bill, he says 'ya, it's George Washington', I was a little surprised he knew because we had never discussed it before. So then I ask, well who was George Washington, and he says "he was the President", and I said "what President was he", and he says "the first President", as if I asked him what color the sky was. I have no idea how he knows this information, but I'm pretty sure I didn't know all that until at least the 5th grade. So then Grandma asked (she always amazed at what he knows...as a good Grandma should be) "How do you know that", and he shrugs his little shoulders and says "I don't know, I guess God put it in my head for me to know". What a precious child! I sure hope God puts some math skills in that head too. I'm already afraid of having to help him with his math homework anywhere beyond the 3rd grade or so. I was NOT gifted in math...and luckily, in my line of work, it is not terribly important. Good choice on my end!!