Topic Of The Day: Summer!

Who doesn’t LOVE summer? Getting to go swimming and to the beach are my favorite things. I’m definitely a water person. I would live in the water if I could. I think part of the reason is because I feel weightless. It’s the only place I don’t think about how big I am because I don’t feel weighed down by my extra weight. Ahhh, love it!

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I thought I’d share two great water workouts with all of you:

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2010/08/get-toned-in-the-pool-slideshow#slide=1

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose-weight/total-body/pool-workout/?page=1

Even if you don’t have access to a pool, get outside and get moving! Go for a bike ride, go to the park, play outside with your kids, take your dog for a walk, just be active!

I want to hear from you! What’s your favorite thing about summer?

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Topic Of The Day: The Dreaded Scale

I am now 12 days into this program, this new lifestyle, and I’m dying. Lol. I feel more healthy, but definitely haven’t gotten that extra energy yet. I’m always tired. And always sore. Last night, I did my workout for the first time with my husband. Well, kind of. He sort of stopped during the warm-up. Sure, he has some hip issues from the Army, but he’s in pretty good shape so it made me feel darn good that I lasted longer than him. It was a nice little boost for me since I’ve been feeling kind of down lately. Truth: I haven’t lost any weight. That darn scale won’t move! But I should always remember:

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I’m in some support groups on Facebook and was wondering how everyone else did just starting out. Some said that some people just don’t lose weight at first. Some people even gain. Someone said you’re losing weight and gaining muscle at the same rate so it doesn’t register on the scale. They said to take pictures and measure myself again. I’ve actually noticed recently that when I do pushups, my stomach hangs down a little less than it used to. I just thought I was being paranoid, though. I measured again and realized that I lost 2 inches in waist already! And 1 inch in my hips and arms. This is amazing! It really isn’t all about the scale. I realize that a little more now. I will still do my weekly weigh ins, but I’m not going to let it get me down anymore if it doesn’t say a big number. I’m feeling so much better about myself and I’m going to focus on that from now on.

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I have noticed some changes in my body and what it can do, just in these last 12 days. I have been horribly ore, today mostly in my back and calves, but because of all the workouts and stretching, I have become more flexible. On day 1, I could only bend down with my legs straight and touch the floor with my fingertips. Today, I can just about put my palms on the floor. I’ve also been modifying a lot less. I’m able to do so much more with my body than I was 12 days ago. I can’t wait until I’m not modifying at all. Some friends of mine started this program the same day as me and they have all been able to get through the whole warm up without stopping. I’m not there yet, but I know I WILL get there. I can certainly last longer without stopping than on day 1 and I’m o proud of myself for that.  I definitely have to start celebrating those non-scale victories.

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Another thing I think we should all do, is stop comparing ourselves to others! I know I do it. I sit here saying, She can do this and I can’t, etc. but she’ not in the same place as me. She could have started where I am, months or years ago, but I’m sure she couldn’t do what she’s doing now when she started. We all start at different levels, but we can get to where we want to be if we work for it!

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Topic Of The Day: That Beautiful Thing Called Sleep

I have been having such a hard time sleeping since my second son was born five and a half weeks ago. I feel like a zombie! No matter how much sleep I get, whether it’s 3 hours or 12, yes it’s happened thanks to my husband, I am just walking around here half asleep. So, I decided that if I’m going to be starting this new program, that the best time to do it, to make sure I get it in every single day, would be before everyone wakes up. (What was I thinking??) So since Monday, I’ve been trying my best to go to bed at 10am and wake up at 5am. Have I had any luck? Well…. Some. Monday, I did awful. Darn Netflix! Maybe it was a bad idea to start this when I was at the very end of a tv series. See, I was all set to shut off the tv when the episode was over (with 3 more left) but then something crazy shocking happened and I started bawling, (I’m a very emotional person, lol) and I just couldn’t stop watching! I finished the rest of the series that night.

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I think it was close to midnight when my head finally hit the pillow, when my newborn woke up and wanted to eat. By the time I finally got him changed, fed, and back to sleep, it was around 2am and I was wide awake. (Insomnia, anyone?) I decided it would be best to stay up until 5am and get up and start my day like I had originally planned. Then by 10pm that night, I was sure to be exhausted and it would be no problem going to sleep, right. Not. I’ve been trying my best the rest of this week to wake up, do some yoga in place of Insanity, just to warm up a little, and get the rest of my day started. But, I’m not much of a morning person. I’ll get there. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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Topic Of The Day: Growing Up

Who knew that growing up would be so much work. I remember being a kid and wanting to grow up so I could stay up as late as I wanted to, eat as much dessert as I wanted to, and not have anyone tell me what to do. Those were the days though. I so miss playing outside all summer long with no worries, waking up on Christmas morning to a pile of presents, and (maybe this was just me) singing and making up dance routines in front of my mirror every night. Back when we were kids, everything was taken care of for us. We didn’t have to cook for ourselves, pay bills, or worry about working for a living.

That was the life. Too bad we never realize it when it’s happening. The grass is always greener. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great things about being an adult, like we can stay up as late as we want to, eat as much dessert as we want to, and not have anyone telling us what to do. Lol. But we also have to deal with the consequences.

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And being an adult is stressful. There’s so much to do. We have to pay bills, work to pay those bills, in my case take care of other human beings. Just today, I’m working feverishly to fix my canceled-for-no-reason insurance, pay for a car that was totaled and for our new car, keep up with my school work, take care of my 2 year old, finish growing this baby in my belly, plan and shop for Easter, and also somehow find time to make dinner. All while on “bed rest”.

Knowing what I know now about adulthood, I hope to keep my children small for as long as possible. I want them to have crazy fun adventures, make up silly stories, and pretend to be knights and cowboys. Yep, that’s the plan. I hope I can keep them innocent for as long as I can. It seems like worldly things are creeping into our homes and lives at a younger and younger age these days. But we’re all just doing our best, right? If there’s one thing I wish, it’s that my kids have amazing memories of when they were little.

Topic Of The Day: A New Beginning

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Well, here we go. From everything that’s happened this past year, (a year ago yesterday,) today is my own personal “New Year” and I’m making my resolution to get healthy!!

Goal #1: Eat Clean

Goal #2: Portion Control

Goal #3: Weekly Meal Prep

Goal #4: Start A Weight Loss Routine

Goal #5: Buy A Treadmill

Goal #6: Make Water My New BFF

Goal #7: Build A Support System

Here’s to the start of a brand new, healthier and happier, life for me and my family!