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A Mid-Week Update

Until today, I had done well with my meal plan. Today… I just couldn’t seem to resist chocolate. One day of indulgence isn’t too bad. I just need to be sure to control my impulses for the rest of the week. I am looking forward to my run tomorrow. I wasn’t able to run on Tuesday. We had doctors’ appointments and Sammi needed more blood work done. Bleh. However, I did walk all around Pike Street Market. If you haven’t been there, it is a huge place. It was my first time seeing it. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t that lol. I enjoyed myself and Sammi seemed pretty interested in all the goings-ons as well.

I have changed gyms. I decided it was not worth my time to drive all the way out to my old gym only to get in maybe 10 minutes before the nursery calls me in to take care of Sam. My new gym has all the same classes, is nearly $40 less per month, is 5 minutes from my house (rather than 30 minutes), and I can receive passes to visit other gyms across the country (will be handy when I visit my bro and mom in December). I will miss the indoor track. A treadmill really isn’t the same as running on the ground. However, I haven’t even been going to the gym to run. I have been going to the animal shelter walking paths. So, I think it all works out. If the weather is really too poor for me to run outside, I can use a treadmill every once in a while.

 

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Get Off Your Broom Week One Challenges

OK. Today was the first day of the fitness challenge. I feel like I did very well. Now to see if I can keep it up. I ate fairly healthy and logged everything in MyFitnessPal. My nutrition was mostly on target, except for sodium. I’m not too worried about the salt as I usually have very little salt. I also went jogging today.

Now for the challenges:

Challenge One

A Picture. Eek. I am going to have to post this later since my camera needs charging. I will do this tomorrow.

 

Challenge Two

Measurements:

Weight: 172
Hips: 43″
Waist: 39″
Chest: 42.5″
Thighs: 23″
Arms: 12″

 

Challenge 3

 Make a plan.

Exercise plan: I will jog 3 days a week, weights 1 – 2 times per week, and a class at the gym at least 1 day per week (yoga, pilates, BodyPump, BodyCombat, etc.).

Eating plan: I am still breastfeeding, so will need to be sure to keep up my calories, but not overdo the calories. So a healthy 1500 – 2000 calories per day. Stressing the healthy. I am totally cutting fast food out of my diet. I don’t like it anyway. Ice cream is also cut. I believe I posted about my reasons for that. Now, I do know myself and my addiction to sugar. I will allow myself 2 unhealthy dessert-like snacks per week. If I can keep up with that, I will lower that to 1 per week before the challenge is over.
This will also be a good way for me to try two new recipes per week. Yay!
Oh, I also wanted to mention the MyFitnessPal will also help me to keep track of my nutrition to make sure that I eat what I need to in order to keep a healthy diet.

Goal: My ultimate goal is to get down to 135. For this 3 month program, I will be happy to lose 10 lbs (162) and 1 – 2 dress sizes.

Hey! How’s that running thing goin’ fer ya?

Not so well at the moment. I will be going tomorrow morning. In fact, I will be heading to the animal shelter to pick up a running buddy for my 30 min jog. I’m looking forward to that. I have completed Week 1 of C25K (again) and will be starting in on Week 2 tomorrow. On Friday, I think I will do a BodyPump class. It’s been a while, so I will most likely be unable to move for the rest of the weekend hehe. Too bad for my body that I will be forcing myself to get out and run on Saturday as a way of celebrating Day 1 of the Get Off Your Broom Fitness Challenge.

I was trying to prepare myself for the fitness challenge this week by getting back into the habit of eating healthier. I failed last night with ice cream and today with a candy bar. Ugh. However, I did discover that ice cream, while it is one of my weaknesses, really makes me feel like crap afterwards. I don’t mean that as in I am berating myself for losing willpower. I mean I really feel yucky. I get headaches, lose energy, and start to feel sluggish. So, I have told my family to not buy me anymore ice cream. I can control myself if the ice cream belongs to someone else, but once I am told that a pint (or 2) was purchased just for me… forget willpower.

The reactions to ice cream actually really bother me. If I could find my blood sugar testing kit, I would start testing myself regularly again. I am starting to suspect that I am type 2.

Oh! I have found my vegetarian cookbook! I can now finish posting the recipes I had made from it. I will also start making and posting recipes from another cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey’s World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking as soon as my oven is fixed. Or replaced. Whatever. The landlady needs to get on that. I keep having to remember that I can’t just pop things in the oven. It’s frustrating. Today was supposed to have been a bread baking day… Oh well. Patience is a virtue. Or so they say.

Get Off Your Broom! Fitness Challenge

I have just signed up for a fitness challenge that I am hoping will keep me motivated to eat with moderation and to remember to exercise during the winter months. I’m not a very competitive person, but this sounded like it could be fun. I also believe it will make me keep up with my routine better.

A fellow Wiccan blogger, The Domestic Pagan, is hosting this challenge. She has named it cleverly “Get Off Your Broom” and it is a 3 month health and fitness contest. I will be posting about it as I go along with it.

With a little help from Wanda.

On Wednesday, I started my “dog therapy” with Sol. He was not pleased with it at first. I told him a week ahead so he would not be surprised that we were going to start walking dogs at the local animal shelter. I bought him a super fancy leash (retractable) in his favorite color, red. Then we get to the shelter on Wednesday (9/21).

When we get there, I asked him if he would like to try to walk a dog. “Yes.” So we went into the puppy room. He chose a chihuahua puppy. She was super cute, super cuddly, and super small. Sol was fine until she jumped on him. It was pretty much all over for him at that point. I went into the bigger dog room and took a look around. Almost all the dogs were jumping and barking. They were very friendly, but a bit too exuberant. Near the end of the room, I came across a sweet girl named “Wanda.” She was at the front of the kennel and not jumping. She was also not barking. She was about 3 years old and a border collie mix. She seemed friendly enough and didn’t even bat an eye when Sam tried to push her away from me. She just licked him. I was hooked.

I had Sol walk behind me and kept Wanda on a pretty short leash. Not that she needed me to. She stayed right by my side. She seemed to know Sol was scared and stayed away from him. There were a few times when other dog walkers passed us and I had Sol stand to one side of the path and turn his back. He never came close to Wanda, but he did ask if we could bring her home. Honestly, I would have in a heartbeat. If we owned our own house. We are renting our current place and can not have dogs inside.

In any case, I will be taking Sol every Wednesday for a dog walk and I think I will be heading to the shelter at least one other time every week to run with a dog. Some of those poor pups really need a good running.

Rah Rah Sisk Boom Bah!

Ever have one of those days when you can’t seem to get something silly out of your head? I have cheerleaders in my head right now. I don’t know why.

On to other things. I’ve been doing better with my exercising this week. I forgot to post about it with the trauma of the dog incident. I’ve only run once, so far (on Monday), I did cardio and some weights on Wednesday. I am going to go running again tomorrow morning. I’m actually looking forward to it. I thought I did terrible the other day, but according to MapMyRun, I ran 1.8 miles. Not too shabby for having taken too long of a break. I don’t even have anything near a good excuse for a break. It just happened. I feel good about what I have done so far this week. I will probably do more next week if Nana B. can watch Sammi for me. I can’t seem to get many classes in at the gym. He starts crying and nothing the daycare ladies do will console him. Actually, I would be happy to get in just 30 minutes of cardio and weights.

With school starting up, new gym class schedules, and Sammi’s therapy on hold (insurance pending crap), I have revised my workout schedule. Here is a tentative list of my Fall exercises:

Sunday: Swimming
Monday: Run
Tuesday: 9:20 BodyVive class
Wednesday: Cardio + Weights
Thursday: Run + 10:30 Yoga class
Friday: 9:20 BodyPump class
Saturday: Run

I am taking it easy on the classes. I am such a wimp right now. Once I get in better shape, I will add in BodyCombat and maybe I will even brave my sister-in-law’s BodyStep class. BodyStep scares me more than any other class. Zumba comes in close, but at least I will not fall off of a step in Zumba. In fact, in October, I may start to take the Beginner Zumba class at 10:25 and take Power Yoga at 10:30 on Fridays (Power Yoga starts in October). Depending on how wimpy I still am, I may be switching my schedule up at that time, or I may just keep the BodyPump class on Friday and do the Power Yoga afterwards. We shall see.

To thank my neighbors for helping out with the dreaded dog incident mentioned above, I baked my famous Druid Bread as a “Thank You.” It went over very well.

Getting back into the groove.

I have slacked on my exercise. I am working on getting better at not doing that (slacking I mean). I worked on a weekly schedule that will incorporate classes & use of weights at my gym with my running. I have determined not to beat myself up if I can not keep this schedule. Things happen. Like the kids not waking up until nearly 10am today. I depend on them to wake me up by 8am hehe. This meant that I missed the morning yoga class. I had hoped to make it up with this evenings yoga class, but the youngest is still napping and that class starts in 25 minutes.

To help me make it more real, I am going to write out my schedule here:

Sunday: Swimming (this is the one day the gym does not have child care, so I have designated Sunday as family swim day.)
Monday: 8:20 am Running, 9:20 Body Pump (I did this class for the 1st time this past Monday… I still can’t bend my legs very well.)
Tuesday: 5:05 pm Body Attack (I missed this class yesterday because I could not bend my legs)
Wednesday: 9:30 am weight machines, 10:30 am yoga
Thursday: 8:30 am Run, 9:20 am Body Vive
Friday: 3:30 pm Weight Machines, 4:30 Body Step
Sat: 9:00 am Run

As of my last check-in with my complementary personal trainer thing for joining the gym, I lost 4 lbs and a little more than 1 inch in the month since I started my gym membership. I felt pretty encouraged by this since I felt I had not been working out as much as I could have been. I missed a full week due to being sick and Sam has been so crabby lately that I can’t get in a full workout without the child care people coming to get me. I will be über happy when those FOUR top teeth finish coming in.  Poor baby.

Sam’s doc requested metabolic and genetic testing to figure out what is going on with him. The metabolic results showed he has a B12 deficiency, which could actually explain some of his weakness. Everything else in that test came out normal, which means that muscular dystrophy has been ruled out. It could take about 2 more months for the genetic tests to come back. He is now scheduled for an MRI in July. I am not looking forward to that one.
He has been in occupational therapy for 2 weeks now and seems to be improving with that. She (the therapist) also shows us all kinds of playtime exercises to do at home.  So, I pretty much play with him during my free time, do his stretches during diaper changing and nursing, and my husband works with him before and after work.

Now, to rant on things people ask me:

Q: “Do you hold him too much?”
A: No. If any baby in the history of mankind has been held too much, I would like to see it. I held and snuggled my older son waaay more than I do Sammi and he physically developed at a faster rate than normal. This is not to say that I do not hold Sam, I am just so busy with another kid and with forcing Sam to exercise that I just can not hold him as much as I would like to. I cherish our nursing times since that is when I can hold him and not make him work his arms and legs (the stretches are quick and he can just rest while I do them). I hate this question with a passion and I get it constantly.

Q: “Don’t you force him to hold up his head?”
A: This is a dumb question. It doesn’t piss me off as much as the above question, yet, but it is getting there. To answer seriously: yes, yes I do force him to hold up his head. I do that because he does not have the muscle tone needed to get his head up on his own.

Q: “Do you let him lay down too much?”
A: WTF. Do you want me to hold him or not hold him??? He has a lot of tummy time, so I guess he is laying down a lot… exercising. I stopped using devices that allowed him to lay down and do nothing when he was 4 months old: baby bouncer and swing (that was all I had for him in that category). I sold them and bought a Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby. My hope was that he would look up at the toys and reach for them more. Sometimes he does, but mostly he stands in it with his head resting on the ledge. It’s pretty pitiful.

I guess I get annoyed with the questions people come up with because I feel as if he/she is attacking my mothering skillz. I know I am a good momma and I know I shouldn’t let these things bother me, but they do. There is a level of insecurity where I have to wonder if his lack of muscle tone is due to something I did or did not do. Logically, I know this is not the case, but there is still that worry in the back of my mind.

 

Annnd she’s off!

I started up on the C25K program again today. It felt great. It also hurt lol. I am terribly out-of-shape. I am working on it. I will be doing the machine thingies and yoga at the gym tomorrow (er I guess today since I have once again stayed up too late). I have subscribed to Tight Bod With A Pod and Run Like A Mother on Facebook. One of them said that a goal for today would be to push harder for a portion of my run. So I did. Since I started over on the C25K program, I pushed harder on one of my 60 second runs. And I could feel it immediately. I think I need to do that every time I run. I am so slow… maybe it will help to up my speed.

Today I ran 1 2/3 miles. Not the greatest, but not terrible either.

I will be making two more new vegetarian recipes tomorrow for dinner. I still have to post two others that I made two weeks ago. I slacked last week on that. I don’t know what happened to last week. I pretty much got absolutely nothing accomplished. My oldest had a fever early in the week, maybe it was a slight bug that pulled me down a bit or something. I know that we have eaten out way more than we should lately. I will be going grocery shopping tomorrow, so maybe I can put a stop to that.

Therapy

I feel like I might need some soon. Of course, I have felt like that ever since my first son came into my life. I think Sam is getting more teeth in and I really wish they would hurry it up. He has started to freak out if I am more than 5 feet away from him. I am pretty sure this is not good. I am hoping this will stop when these next teeth finally make an appearance.

I have also had the fun of feeling like I am running in circles trying to hunt down an infant physical therapist. Seriously. WTF. One place has one, but they need to refer me to another place that had already told me they could not help me, but now that Seattle Children’s Hospital has tested him, they might. They are also referring me to another place…. grrr.

Maybe I will get my therapy with running, which I will be starting up again tomorrow. Yay! Sam fits into the jogging stroller comfortably and really seems to like it on the walks I have taken with him. Although, I will be jogging at the gym, if we are able to go there tomorrow to sign up. Also yay! I am looking forward to taking the classes and taking Sol swimming.

I have 2 new recipes that I will be adding later. I still need to decide on 2 recipes to make for this week. I think I will do that now.

I am paying for it

I have slacked off horribly for the past week. I paid for it today when I got my arse up to go running. I completed Week 3, Day 1. I did it. It was not easy. I only did 1.64 miles and was feeling far more winded than when I completed the 2.45 miles a week and a half ago. Bleh. This was a harsh reminder that I need to stay focused and on track. It really doesn’t take long to get out of the groove. That is it for now. For tomorrow’s cardio, I will do some jump roping and walk to the store. That will be an approximately 3 mile roundtrip walk. Should be interesting as I will be pushing the baby in the stroller. It will be our first big walk together. Of course, if it is raining, I will have to put off the big walk until some other time. In which case, I will do push-ups and sit-ups instead.

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