Joining A Gym

My husband got me a gym membership last week, it is pretty awesome.  We have to drive 30 minutes (he’s getting an amazing deal from his work), so that will probably limit my use quite a bit, but I’m hoping to go 2-3 times a week.  The first time I went, they gave me a tour and I spent my time doing weight machines and a little bit of elliptical and stair stepping.  I was so incredibly sore.  I could feel my ribs, who knew we even had muscles on our ribs?   We went as a family after church yesterday and the kids went swimming in the pool while my husband and I took turns working out.  Too bad the pool closes in a few weeks for fall.  I’m planning on testing their indoor tennis court rules by bringing my kids there in the winter and letting them “pretend” to hit balls and run around.  Maybe I’m giving them too little credit and they’ll be able to play tennis better than me?  They also have a daycare I will probably use and they’ll even take my 7-almost-8 year old.  I’m excited about it.  Hopefully, I can grow back some of the muscles I lost from the pregnancies.

New Goals!
-no eating after 8!
-exercise 5x per week and keep track of it on the calendar
-keep a food journal

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Coffee Addict

So I’m on day seven of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, the workouts are finally getting easier although I’m still doing modified push-ups.  I think I can handle moving up to level two.  I stepped on the scale before my shower hoping….hoping…and nothing.  I still haven’t lost any weight.  I’ve been doing okay eating, well maybe I had an egg biscuit sandwich yesterday, that probably wasn’t good, and maybe I did have some chocolate chips before bed last night.  Okay, I need to start tracking my food, really start tracking it, and planning what I’m going to eat BEFORE I eat it.

God, you are a God who can do ALL things, You can do anything!  Please help me to get rid of this ugly stomach, that’s all I’m asking, just this one thing….and you know what pops into my head?  Coffee.  Really God, coffee?  This doesn’t sound like it’s from the bible, I’m not sure that’s You speaking, maybe it’s just my subconscious putting weird things into my head.  Coffee isn’t supposed to be that bad for you.  I’m Swedish, coffee and cinnamon rolls are what I’ve been consuming since I was 4 yrs old.  Home isn’t home without the smell of coffee brewing.  I do put about an eighth cup of cream and a spoonful of sugar in it, and I do drink it all day long when it’s cold out.  Water is gross.  I don’t want to give up my coffee!!!!!  But I do want to get rid of this ugly ugly stomach.  But this weekend we’ll be travelling.  Okay, giving it up on Monday.  God, I’m going to need your help, and I’m going to need a new smell in my house to replace coffee smell.  Please make my house smell like home if I have to give up coffee.

Exercising With Kids is Crazy

Working out becomes more challenging with three kids added to the mix.  Since it’s so cold outside I’ve been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred videos.  They are only 20 minutes long, but it is HARD!

Anyway,  I discovered the kids add an extra challenge.   The energetic music draws them in to the excitement, when I get down for push-ups Prov tries to climb onto my back, when I lay down for sit-ups, she snuggles up close beside me and makes it difficult not to hit her.  I have to keep two extra sets of very light weights for Prov and Cara.  Cara does the jumping jacks and weight exercises next to me, but then she starts swinging the weights and smashes her finger or rolls one onto her toe and I have to pause the video to comfort her.  Yesterday Prov decided to pee on the floor behind me while I was exercising, she  never does this, I wonder if she was jealous of my attention?  They seem to find lots of questions that need to be answered when they see me busy working out.  I also have to be careful not to hit anyone in the head with the hand weights as they stay busy around me.  During my short 20 minute workout, I usually have to hit the pause button three or four times for minor emergencies that need to be handled right away.

I like seeing them jump up and down and their jumping jacks and forward punches are very cute.  Overall, it makes me happy to do something with them that they enjoy.   I’m just hoping for a smoother workout today, maybe only two pauses of the video and no injuries or messes on the floor would be good.

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The Plan

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/01/life-plan-day-planner-sanity-manifesto-printable/I’ve been exercising to Jillian Michael’s “The Shred” the last few days and am incredibly sore.  It’s making me more sore than running ever did so I’m going to keep doing it.  I also plan on printing off  Ann Voskamp’s Sanity Manifesto  (pictured above) and framing it on my kitchen wall to help organize the days.  I love her advice of starting the day in the word, working out, and making a plan.  If I could just do that much, I would be so far ahead of where I am now.

It’s been a busy weekend, no house showings, so we got a lot of work done on the new closet and bathroom, I think the closet only needs paint and it’s finished!

The girls are fighting with each other often, I keep separating them but I need to figure out a better solution.  Even the two yr old has figured out how to pull hair….at least she’s not biting 🙂

Mom Life

Had an amazing date last night with my husband, we went to eat at a really good Italian restaurant and then played darts at a bar with another couple who have been good friends for a long time. We got home late and slept through church this morning, our daughters have been restless today. I think they’re ready for some action, they keep buzzing around me like flies needing something to do.

We are having a family night tonight, my husband found a cake in the grocery store made from Cake Boss (one of our favorite shows), and I think we’ll do a family devotional and some hallway bowling with tall cups and a soccer ball.
Some goals for this week for me are to:
1. Write down the food I eat
2. Exercise Daily
3. Check back here next Sunday with results.

Wednesday Goals

I’m all out of chamomile tea tonight, so peppermint will have to do.  Homeschooling has been going better, the girls are getting used to our rhythms and aren’t complaining as much.  They went to children’s church tonight and while they were gone Prov and I had some one-on-one time, at least 30 minutes was spent trying to kill some flies that were buzzing around our house and scaring her.  I started reading Little House on the Prairie to the older two at bedtime, they seem interested in it but it is hard for them to sit still.

I read a good blog today about goals, and I haven’t set any goals for quite awhile, so I thought I needed to again.  With God’s help, here are some changes I want to do to make our lives better.

1.  Exercise 5X a week, just walking and if I feel like it running.  Around 3-4 miles/time.

2.  Start homeschooling at 9 am.  We’ve gradually been starting later and I think we’re all happier if we start earlier.

3.  Spiritual goal?  I don’t have one right now, will have to think about it.

4.  I would like to plan a date night for husband every other week, I’ve got it written on the calendar but I haven’t been doing it.

Family Fun Night

May 19 Daily Bible Reading

Thoughts
The kids are really starting to look forward to summer, we will be starting homeschooling and I’m a little nervous about getting started correctly. I’m thinking of changing their tv schedule so that they watch less. It was really nice to sit and cuddle with my husband on the couch last night, I’ve been missing him lately. Prov has started waking Cara up in the mornings after we let her get up, they both like it.  The girls are really going to have fun playing in the puddles later this morning, I think the kiddie pool filled up with water from the rain also, as soon as the sun comes out, I think I’ll send them outside with their rain boots on!

Exercise and Diet
It thundered and rained heavily this morning so I didn’t go for my long run, instead I told my husband he could sleep in while I watched the kids and I think I’ll go run after he wakes up.  I’ll probably try to just get 5 miles in instead of 8.  Yesterday was another good eating day!  Today is going to be one of my two “cheat” days for the week.  I have cinnamon rolls rising for breakfast and we will be having dessert after supper tonight (but those are the only two times I get to cheat today, not all day long!)

Goals
Sew up tear in the couch (for real this time)
Do some planning for homeschool and activities this summer
Family Fun Night
Relax and play
run
play piano
read books to kids
laundry/dishes/pick-up toys

Family Fun Night
We are going to start doing family fun nights on Saturdays at our home. This just means a bible memory verse, a game, and a dessert. Tonight we will be memorizing Proverbs 30:5 (make memory cards), playing bingo and making ice cream sundaes.

Reflection
It was good to spend time as a family today, I think it was all of our favorite part of the day.  Prov made bingo a little difficult, she kept knocking people’s cards around which would mess up their markers.  I took Cara and Hope out to pick wildflowers and we made bouquets, they picked so many we gave bouquets to our neighbors too.  We also picked some blackberries and ate them on our ice cream tonight, yum!  I tried to take the girls down to the river to play, but we saw a snake and left right away, I just don’t know this town we are in well enough to know if their snakes are poisonous or not, but I do know that water snakes usually are bad ones.  Kept to the eating plan well and I ran about 4.5 miles this morning.   Read stories, played with girls lots, I think they appreciated all the extra attention.  They are sharing a bed tonight just because they want to, very sweet.