Monday, June 18, 2012

Exercise sucks...

I know that I am putting myself through it, but exercise sucks.  I feel great afterwards and even going into it, I have a positive attitude.  As soon that the crazy e-trainer gets on the screen, I hate all of the exercises.  LOL!  I am now done Phase 1 and have exercised for over 6 hours and burned over 2400 calories.  Since starting this "weight loss" craziness, I have lost 9 lbs and my clothes fit much better.  I still have normal food, just less of it.  I have had a cheeseburger and fries, but I worked out and ate great the rest of the day.  I have days that I eat bad, but I do stay within the preset calories. It's a good think I like salad!  :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I found my answer...

So apparently, 3500 calories equals 1 pound.  So, if I consume 500 less calories than I burn, in a week, I should be down 3500 calories and therefore lose 1 pound.  Also, if you don't eat 1200 calories a day, your body will go into starvation mode and start holding on to extra fat and not burn calories as quickly and therefore you will not lose as much weight as you think.  So, the deal if find that happy medium so you consume enough to keep your body from thinking it's starving, but limit the amount of bad stuff (fat, sugar, cholesterol, and carbs) to make your body happy.  Also, exercise is good.  Even if it's walking around, cleaning, or jumping jacks.  :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ahhhhh...summer!

It's raining, but summer vacation is finally here.  No more getting up to make sure that W gets up.  No more school chores.  No more homework.  We have one more commitment on Sunday, then we are on a relaxed schedule and our annual trip to the beach.  I'm hoping that I survive the trip.  I won't be able to do my Wii Workouts while I am there, but maybe I can talk C or Kel into walking with me.  That will give me the exercise I need to not be a total slacker.  I just have to keep D on track with the potty stuff and we should have a great time!

Today it's raining, of course.  At least my garden is getting watered!  And I have my new shoes on.   And I got in a workout.  And we're having Five Guys for dinner, upon request from the Elementary School graduate.  I saved up some calories and worked out.  This got me thinking:  what is the time period for the whole calorie counting thing?  I mean, is it a 24 hour period?  Is it a week?  How does my body know that I only ate 1300 calories in 24 hours?  Guess I am off to Google...

Friday, June 8, 2012

What?

Since I have been "dieting" - I call it dieting, but really, it's a change in my dietary habits - I have figured out why I was gaining weight.  I was eating far too many calories, even when I wasn't hungry.  For about 3 weeks, I am supposed to be eating 1500-1600 calories a day, plus whatever exercise I do, I get those calories too.  Well, I don't eat that much now.  I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but I have noticed that the fruits have more calories, carbs, and sugar.  Now, I have been told that more fruit isn't going to make me fat, but calories are calories.  I am trying to stick to the limits set for me, but it's hard to do with fruit (and sugar).  I have lost 9 lbs so far - in 3 weeks, but most of it came off the first week.  myfitnesspal.com is set up to help me lose 1 pound a week.  And so far, they have been pretty good.  :)  I am 2 weeks into the Wii Active 2 - 9 Week Workout program.  And it's not getting any easier.  In fact, they are getting longer and harder...Stupid Wii.  LOL!
I am ready for a nap after the workouts...and I rarely "eat back" the calories earned.  I try to make it 1200 a day so my body doesn't go into starvation mode.  LOL!  Funny considering that I would eat a cheeseburger and fries totally that much for lunch.  I just need to keep doing this stuff until I lose 25-30 lbs.  I should be done after the summer is over.  Hmmm...not the ideal plan, but at least I am fitting into my clothes better.  I guess I better start something like this...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The garden...

I have been pulling radishes out of my garden daily.  They are yummy!  :)  The squash plant has grown and is now taking over the lettuce.  Not sure what to do, but I'm thinking a little string might help control it.  It now has buds/flowers though.


My celery isn't growing like the Pinterest post shows, so I'm wondering if it's working.  


My one blueberry bush isn't growing very big.  I'm wondering if I need to add another.

 
The upper bed isn't doing much of anything except sprouting weeds and what looks like a potato - which I didn't plant.  Who knows.  :)


Other than that, I am getting ready to have lots of tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  We'll have lots of sauce and salsa!  YAY!  I'm looking forward to having a salad that is made from just veggies from my garden.




Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rollercoaster?

Wow!  My kids are growing, my garden is growing, and I'm trying to shrink.  LOL!  It's so hard to believe that my baby is going into middle school next year.  I remember holding him as a baby, wondering if he would ever grow up.  What would he be?  What would he look like?  Now he's 11 and he's a smart little boy who could take on the world - if only he wanted to do that.  Now we're at the end of his elementary school years and I think he might actually make the honor roll for the first time.  I will just be happy that there is no C, really.  He's so smart, but impatient...Hmmm..I wonder who he takes after.  The little boys are right on his trail.  And here I sit wondering how I am going to survive 2 more of them.  I've heard that God only gives you what you can handle and I'm starting to wonder if that's true.  I might end up in the looney bin before too long.  This potty training thing is about to push me over the edge, really.  I'm living day to day here, watching, waiting for things to work themselves out, all while trying to keep what little sanity I have left.  I wonder if this is my life forever, or will things become better.  Will they get worse?  Or am I destined to ride the rollercoaster of up and downs for the rest of my life?  Whatever happens, I know I am blessed with having 3 boys that make it one hell of a ride.  And my friends and family are my seatbelts to keep me from flying out of my seat.  Occasionally, the bars/seatbelts lift up and give you a little scare, but they always seem to work.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Notes to self...

I think I might have to rename the blog this some days.  I post a lot of these on Facebook as I learn a lot throughout the day.  Today's notes to self are:


In a span of 5 minutes...
Note to self: Buy more whole grain waffles. All of the kids eat them.
Note to self: Don't ask the kids when you should exercise. They will always say now.
Yet another Note to self: Watch out for little kids opening the detergent drawer while moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer. Also, find a new booboo bunny.


I think I need ear plugs...big ones.  Maybe I can get Bose to send some of the noise cancelling headphones to see if they can tap a new market - parents with noisy kids.  

Speaking of which...I'm not sure where I saw this (don't come after me copyright police), but this about describes my kids today:  






Friday, June 1, 2012

Field Trip Day


Here is the crew we walked with all day.  Luckily it was 5 kids and 5 adults.  :)


The Hubble Space Telescope.

Went to Washington DC for W's 5th Grade Field Trip.  I was shocked at the number of people in DC, but I was more shocked at the number of things under construction/renovation.  The Reflecting Pool, the Mall, and the Washington Monument were all closed.  I was finally able to see the Lincoln, Vietnam and WWII Memorials though.  The boys were pretty good.  I think we took all of 10 minutes for lunch and the rest of the time was spent walking or going through the museums.  We did take a break when the kids wanted to go in the Flight Simulator...which they enjoyed a lot!  :)  All in all, a good time was had by all.  We will have to go back another time and actually read some of the exhibits.  :)