Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yoga Sushi and Weight Loss

Oh. My. Word.
Savasana (corpse pose)
I got up this morning to fit my yoga practice in, rather than waiting 'til the kids' nap time.  I was so incredibly stiff and sore.  My lower back screamed at me for the first 30 minutes only to tone down to a stern razzing during the last half.  Our 2 and 4 year olds joined me for the last 10 minutes, and my savasana (corpse pose) was done with a 2 year old laying on me, covered in his blankie.  

Not a bad way to wrap it up.  Not bad at all.

Wow, did I feel O.L.D. during that practice.  More movement during that routine that I would like - I would rather hold poses than do a ton of flow.  Especially first thing in the morning.

Moving on in the day - I weighed in today.  After 2 weeks of practicing eating only during an 8 hour window - I've now lost 2.5lbs.  Down 2 pounds for last week.

After eating sushi with a friend last night.  After having pizza on Friday night and Chinese food on Saturday night (it's been a week full of coupons and exhaustion).  I worked out just as much (got my 10 miler in OUTSIDE on Saturday) and slept just as much.  

I stressed less about what I ate.  I didn't count one single calorie.  I passed on chocolate cake and frozen yogurt.  I think a 2 pound loss ROCKS!

That's what's new with me.  I re-configured my training schedule for the next 4 weeks so that I'll be all TRI-READY. :)  I'm off to my last Financial Peace University class tonight.  Graduation!  Tomorrow is a lovely swim/bike brick, then AWANA...whew!  Blessedly busy.   

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Some News

Ah, Saturday - I do love it.  I work from home and my Little Blessings come to me for cuddling each weekday.  I love it.  But I do appreciate the relative calm of only having our own children to tend on the weekends.

Last night, I was in bed at 9:30.  I know.  Party animal, right here.  But, since I am not a pro triathlete, my schedule has pesky little things written in where there should be a nap/recovery/rest time.  I make up for it by going to bed as early as my husband won't make fun of me humanly possible.

Slept clear through with no visitors or pit stops til 7:00 this morning.  I'm telling ya - I actually woke up in a not homicidal good mood.

Am I using the strikethrough function enough too much?  

After a good dose of caffeine and some cartoons, we headed to the library for some books on next weeks Science lesson.  Galileo...

Oh - I was just sidetracked and registered for MY FIRST TRIATHLON.  Indoor sprint in the town my Momma lives in - nice and comfy all the way around.  Only a 500yd swim, no big - but it's my


Now I'm completely distracted and must go and revamp my training schedule for the next 4 weeks as my 

FIRST TRIATHLON is on February 25th!

I fasted til 10am, ran 10 miles and then ate Chinese for dinner - not much of a day except for I just registered for my


I'm all verklempt - talk amongst yourselves...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Fun

Our 2 & 4 year olds are chasing each other with spatulas.  Our 2yo son keeps making the "buah!" sound and our 4yo daughter runs away screaming and laughing.  They are quite honestly running all through the house.

Our 9yo is walking around in an old pair of high heels pretending to be their mother.  She has on a shawl and carries a bag and pretends to drop the 2 and 4yo's off with me "their Gramma" (me!) and gives me the low down on her "schedule" of imagined college classes and movie auditions that she will be doing and why she needs me to "watch" her "kids."

Our 13yo is in the basement on XBox Live playing a game with his uncle and some cousins that live in another state.  I don't see him much...but I hear him blasting bad aliens.  He cleaned up the kitchen and took out the trash this evening...what else could I ask for?

Hubby and I are watching a theme based Stargate SG-1 marathon.  It's my very favorite show...and hubby likes it to.  I have collected the 10 seasons on DVD...right before they all came out on NetFlix instant.  *doh*

I'm basking in the glow of a super-duper money saving grocerty shopping trip!  I shopped the sales and scored 80 items for $111.02.  Nice.

Ran in to one of my new daycare sweeties Mommy and Gramma.  So good to meet Gramma - hope that meeting me will make it easier for her to visualize where Baby Kyler spends a few hours each week.  It's gotta be nerve wracking.

So, so blessed today.  Blessed to be trusted.  Blessed to be fed.  Blessed to be loved.  Blessed to have a safe place to sleep.

On the fasting front - I waited until 10am to eat, today.  I got up at 4:40am and swam 2000yds.  I came home and made beds, fed kids, and started school.  I had my coffee, sure.  But after I got over the initial "I must eat because it's morning and I just worked out and it's what I've always done" thing, I could have gone a couple more hours in relative comfort.  I did keep up on my water intake today - been experiencing headaches - and that helped.

Tomorrow - I'm looking forward to 10 or so miles in the glorious outdoors!  My shoes are really shot and I have foot and ankle pain on the right side after about mile 8 or so...until I can get some new shoes, I'm relegated to sub 10 for long runs.  Boo.

Well...better go carbo load...corn chips were 2/$3 - yum!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fast Facts

I completed my first week of Intermittent Fasting.  There are many different periods to fast for in any given week, but I chose one that was relatively "watered down."  If you are interested in the potential benefits of IF, head on over to 2 Meal Mike's site and do a little reading.  I also recommend. a look at Dr. Eades site for some additional sciency stuff.

WHY did I decide to do this?
My goal is ultimate health.  I know I carry about 15lbs of pure fat around my hips and waist that is NOT doing me a bit of good. I lost about 80lbs in 2004/5 by counting points on Weight Watchers and exercising to home workout DVD's.  After 2 babies in less than 2 years, I had most of the weight back and lost most of it ALL OVER AGAIN by counting calories.  I feel that I am overly obsessed with the almighty calorie and the number on the scale.  Moreover, I have stalled this last 9 months within 15lbs of where I want to be.

WHAT am I doing?
I am doing a version of Intermittent Fasting that places me within an 8 hour window with which to eat and 16 hours of fasting.  I eat healthily, mostly plant based foods and whole grains.  I love sugar, but limit it...or try.  I am not a vegan, vegetarian, or any other -arian.  I just want to eat healthy, whole foods that taste good.

HOW did the first week go?
I was strict to the plan 5/7 days of last week.  Two of the days, I had snacks in the evening and one day we went out to eat and had some desserts and lovely cheese sauces that I wouldn't normally have.  I noticed right away that the 9am - 5pm window had to be flexed just a little.  We start school at 9am - so I eat about 8:45.  My last daycare child leaves at 5:15 - so supper is at 5:30.  Other than that, I stuck to it.  I wasn't overly hungry during my workouts, but was glad to eat when it was time.  I didn't see a difference in performance at all.

I didn't count calories all week and that was extremely liberating.  I hopped on the scale this morning and was down 1/2lb.  Not stellar, but a move in the right direction.  And hey, if I don't have to count every blessed calorie that goes in to my mouth I'll take the small loss.  I plan to continue for 3 more weeks, and then check my body fat percentage.  I think the lack of evening snacks is a real help in creating a calorie deficit and the fasting workouts don't hurt the cause either.


Sunday, January 22, 2012


Having a hard time typing this.

My arms might fall off.

When I find value in a skill, I learn how to perform it.  Then I do whatever it takes to get better.  I may have, once or twice, gone to far to hone it.  And being "good" at things always seems plausible.

With enough practice.

I don't operate well in the limits of time, space, or ability.  I was one of those kids that was told "you can do whatever you put your mind to" and just believed it.  My teen years were marked by me pretty much doing whatever I put my mind to.  Unfortunately.

As an adult, I have acted more responsibly - but only in direction.  The methodology always seems the same.  

I decided to make Pierogies last Wednesday night (need to leave for church 15min after last daycare kid leaves) and also agree to pick up a friends kids on the same night.  I ended up not having time to eat them.

I decided that ordering flowers for our wedding was ridiculously expensive and that my future husband and I could do it ourselves.  We got some florists tape, a pair of pliers and a glue gun and got to work.  My fingers will never be the same.

And in the same fashion, I decided that doubling my yardage in the pool two weeks ago would help me learn faster and become a skilled swimmer much sooner.

My shoulders feel like I did yoga for three hours with a bajillion up/down/up/down/up down dogs.  My back is in knots that I didn't know (in my runner/biker ignorance) I even had muscles for!  Kind of silly, but I did feel so very confident in the pool today!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Out to Eat and Bones

Taking our family out to eat has never been practical.

We've often had children that were to young to appreciate fine dining, and the price of even Subway for the whole family is cost prohibitive.

I started taking a home finance management class in November called Financial Peace University.  I've learned how to do a better budget, how to save money and most importantly how to back ourselves out of this debt ditch we've dug.

Since that started, we've not had any extras - including a meal at a restaurant.  It took me nearly 90 days to get the recommended $1,000 put in an emergency fund.  I've squeezed it out of our regular income - they suggest you sell some things, but we didn't have anything to sell.  So, today we went out to eat!

It cost a little more than I had budgeted...it seems that two of our children entered a different fee category...and soft drinks are $1.99...but we all had a great time, and the meal was good.  Our youngest child sat up at the table like a big boy with the rest of the kids - and I had a Dr. Pepper!  Good times. :)

I did try my long run today - managed about 9 miles on the treadmill at the YMCA.  Hubby and I staggered our times so as to keep the kids in the childcare (and the biggers at home alone) as short of a time as possible.  Hubby got his scheduled 13 in, but I fell short of my desired 12.  I'm having a little pain in my right foot (ball of the foot under the big toe) on long hauls, and my mind was just not in it.

I tried watching a new show today while on the 'mill.  I have Netflix on my phone, so I added "Bones" to the instant que.  After watching two episodes of that, I was totally depressed.  Wow - a mix between Cold Case and CSI - not uplifting or encouraging.  Yuck.

So, I suppose the search continues for decent TV to watch while working out indoors.  Only a couple of more months...*sigh*

In FANTASTIC news, hubby got the taxes done and submitted!  This is very exciting, because I will finally finally finally be getting a bike trainer!!  They are not terribly expensive - but just not in our budget.  I am planning on taking the car in for some much needed brake and strut attention, also.  It's by the grace of God that we haven't had a major issue - there are some sick sounds coming from that poor mini-van.

Well, time to go douse myself in hand lotion and drink gallons of water so I can tolerate polyester clothing on Sunday morning.  This cold, dry air is terrible on skin...add a few times a week in the pool and I'm pretty dusty!

Have a great weekend. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Again

We've had an unwelcome return to winter here in Nebraska.  It's been very warm lately with temperatures in the 40's and even 50's with no precipitation to speak of.  So nice to run and ride outdoors!

Monday we woke up to snow and very cold (teens) weather.  Sure makes going to the gym at 5am seem that much crazier!  I have a confession to make:

I've been a bad little triathlete this winter.

I don't mind the pool or even the treadmill, but the indoor bikes are AWFUL.  I can't get comfy on them at all. I've tried more padded shorts, less padding, moving the seat forward and back - but without much more maneuverability than that, I end up feeling like peddling out of the saddle the whole time.  It's so tough to make myself do an hour on that bike - OUCH.

I am a very new swimmer - like before October I couldn't make it down one lane without sputtering - so some extra swim practice is a good thing.  I added this short session before my Wednesday run just for extra time in the water.  Last Saturday I gave up the indoor spin bike for another hour in the pool.  Not sure what all of this will mean to my bike split come July - but at least I know I won't drown in the lake!

On the Intermittent Fasting front - I'm on day 3 of eating during an 8 hour window.  Fortunately,  I've been gone every evening this week, with tonight being the same.  I've always made supper ready by 5:30, so it's not much of a stretch to eat by 5ish, right after my daycare sweeties go home.  The hardest part has been waiting til 9am to eat!  This morning I only made it until 8:45...burned about 600+ calories at the gym and was starving.

Why am I doing this?

Well, there's a whole lot of research about IF and controlling the hormone levels that make a person store fat.  Not sure I believe the whole lot of that - but I will buy that I can make a nicer calorie deficit by resisting after supper snacking.   I also believe in the fasting workout theory that asserts we dip in to fat stores by exercising in a fasting state (8hrs or more after last meal).

So, we shall see.  I'll keep ya posted - at this point I'm committed for a month.  Takes at least that long to see any changes when starting something new.

What new things have you started lately?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Warm Weather and IF

Great Sunday!

Any January day in Nebraska that is 50 degrees with full sun, is a friend of mine!

I headed out for an easy five right after church.  I didn't WANT to.  I tried to reason out of it due to my cough. I figured I would just do some running on my "No readout, barely electric" basement treadmill.  That didn't sound appealing in the LEAST - so I changed my clothes, again, and decided to brave a tiny bit of wind.

So very glad that I did.  My run proved that I definitely need to be running some of my speed training at a faster pace.  My average pace was faster than I've been running my tempo miles at.  :D  Slower on the treadmill, I guess.  It's so durn hot in the gym!!

I decided to try a gentle version of Intermittent Fasting.  I will be using the 8 hour window approach and eating during only 8 hours of each day.  For me,     I have chosen to eat from 9am to 5pm.  This will allow me to have a nice recovery meal after my morning workout, eat normally through the day, and have dinner with my family at our usual time about 5:30.  As you can see, I am going to remain flexible, but ultimately, will attempt to fast for 16 hours of each day.

I plan to eat like I normally do - lots of plants and protein, limited sweets and snacks.  I'm hoping that the fast will teach me a little about listening to my hunger cues and not eating when I'm really not hungry.  I plan to fast like this on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this coming week.  If that works out - I may take on a 5 day week.  I need to loose body fat, people...and calorie counting isn't cutting it.

Will keep ya posted.  I see lots of tea being consumed in the evenings and many trips to the bathroom in the night!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Nothing Like Sale Pants

Headed to the Y this morning for a little swim with a workout from SwimPlan.com.  Would have been better if I didn't have to stop after each set and cough my guts out.  Worked on bi-lateral breathing, and somehow, things clicked in my universe and I can breathe comfortably on my left side as well as the right.

That also means that I can get water in my left ear as well as the right.  Not so much a problem with the massive amounts of congestion blocking the way.

I am such a ray of sunshine.

Came home and made myself the Mother of All Omelets... Oh, three delicious eggs wrapped around sauteed spinach, mushrooms and diced onion, sprinkled with a little shredded cheddar.   The only thing that does you justice is two slices of 100% whole wheat toast with a scraping of real butter and a cup of black coffee to wash it all down.

Asked all children present if they would like to have some eggs - no takers.  Left hubby at the gym to pound out his 1st Half Marathon of the year.  On the treadmill.  He's the MAN.

Marathon training in Nebraska.  In winter.  Yay.

On the way back from dropping our oldest daughter  at a friends for the night, I stopped to check some clearance racks at Shopko.  One of my clients gave me a generous gift card to use - so I try to get the most bang for the bucks I was given.

Great finds!  The brand and style of cropped pants I love, love, love were available in full pants and on clearance for $9.40!  There was ONE pair in my size that I, of course, bought - and two $3 shirts!  I even drove to another Shopko and found another pair in black!

Back to the home front and a little baking.  Cinnamon rolls for Sunday School Class tomorrow.  Would love to eat them all...the only way I can bake things like that is to take them someplace for others.

I am SO sick of counting calories.  I'm actually thinking of trying Intermittent Fasting to see if that will shake things up.  One day, you eat Breakfast and Lunch, the next day you eat Dinner.  Supposedly, your body dips in to it's fat stores during the fast.  I don't know...it sounds good...all except for the NOT EATING part!

Maybe I can see this training cycle through and see if I can drop a few pounds after my May marathon.

Any ideas about Intermittent Fasting/Feeding?  What have you heard?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Week Recap

Well, since my super duper run post on Sunday, I've not said much.  Hard to top 11 miles around the city with a sweet hubby pickup at the end!

Very busy with school and having a full 5 day work and school week for the first time in a little while!  My how we get spoiled so quickly.

The kids finished up a unit on the environment, pollution and conservation.  I had a lot of fun with that - I'm kinda crunchy.  Our 9 yo was horrified to see the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Did you know about this thing - yikes!  Reduce, Re-use, Recycle for heaven's sake!!  No tye-dye required.  Unless of course, you want to! :)

By Wednesday of this week, I knew that I had another virus hanging out in my lungs...the second in about 6 weeks!  I rarely get sick, and after the "Cold of the Century" that I had in December, I figured I had my due.  Not so - and I've missed Thursday and today's workouts.  Feeling a bit better now, though.  Thank you, Lord, for smart people that can make OtC decongestants.

In other news - I found out that our new little daycare friend was born on 1/10.  Little Kyler came in to the world weighing exactly what our oldest son did - 7lbs 10oz.  Can't wait to meet the little guy - oh so precious!  Pray for Momma - babies are difficult to figure out sometimes - especially the first one!

Found a new website - www.swimplan.com.  I'm pretty excited to find a site that will generate ability specific training workouts for my swim practice.  I hate to say - but I think I might skip my spin tomorrow and head to the pool instead.  INDOOR CYCLING STINKS LIKE A ROTTEN DIAPER.  I ultra-mega hate the bikes at the gym - and not just for the boredom factor.

It's the booty factor.

Those seats are horrible.  Let me get my trainer set up in the basement, and I will work on my cycling.  For now, I'm focused on getting swifter in the water!

Well, gotta go.  The Friendship Bread that I baked smells way to good to pass up!

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Long Way Home

This post will be about running.

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Today, the schedule called for an 11 mile run.  Last week I did 10 (on the treadmill, oh man, somebody shoot me!), and the week before was 8.5.  I was confident that I could complete the run, but mentally I was very resistant.  I just didn't wanna.

Hubby plotted a course for me that took me in a circuitous route around the south portion of our city.  We are fortunate to have around 80 miles of running and cycling trails to work with, here.  I have biked something like this before, so I was familiar with most of the course.

I tried not to think about this run during worship service this morning.  I tried to focus on the book of 1 Peter during Sunday school and NOT the run.  I found out that one of our team mates from Market to Market will be pacing the 2:15 group for the half marathon that I signed up for in May...and then I couldn't NOT think about today's run!

After church, the weather was just gorgeous for a run, about 45 degrees and no wind.  I wouldn't have minded some sunshine, but in January in Nebraska that would have been way to much to ask for.  I tried to look at the beauty of the city, convince myself that this was fun, blah, blah, blah.

After mile 3, I got out my headphones and turned on the music.  I normally don't run with music, but today I just couldn't stand the sound of my footfalls or the bouncing of my hydration pack.

By mile 5, I finally got my groove.  I started the slow climb up South 48th Street, and took in the sights of my old stomping grounds.  I thought about being a kid in that neighborhood and prayed for some folks that used to live next door when I was growing up.

I popped in to a convenience store about mile 6 to use the potty and fill up my water.  I hadn't drank very much yet, because it was so cool outside.  I tied my shoe and all told, probably spent 2 minutes in there.  The 12 year old  kid running the register wished me "good running" and I was off again.

I was supposed to turn west on Pioneers Blvd, but forgot and ran all the way down to the trail that runs along Highway 2.  I didn't realize this for quite some time, and by that time it would have been pointless to back track or reroute.  I headed to where the trail turned north and was at about mile 8.

Those last 3 miles I felt good.  Really, really good.  Good enough to run miles 9, 10 and 11 at faster and faster paces.  This is called running negative splits, if you care.  I did start to have a hot spot on the ball of my right foot by the last mile or so, but that has been "the pain" for this training cycle.  I ignore it for the most part.

When I had completed 11 miles, I was at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, and sadly still 1.5 miles from home.  I text hubby so he wouldn't worry (he figured on me being gone 2 hours) and he came and picked me up.  As soon as I started walking, and cooling down, I started to get cold.  I was glad to see him!  I'm sure I could have run the rest of the way home, but it was nice to be cared for. :)

This was the fastest I've ever run this distance and the fastest average pace for anything over a 10k (6.2 miles).  I even beat my average pace for 10 miles from last week by :35/mile.  Being outdoors vs. being on the treadmill probably has something to do with that!

Feeling pretty darn confident.  This next week is a low mileage week to give my body time to recover.  I will just be doing some slow 4 milers and of course getting in my swimming, spinning and yoga!  All praise God for the safety and health I was afforded today.

Now, what's to eat around here?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I Have One

I have a child who lies.

The latest infraction involves her savings money.  She took money out of there to buy a soda.  Her brother and she went walking around our neighborhood on Friday afternoon and had planned to stop in at some of the shops.  She had asked me if she could take a dollar out of her "Save" envelope and I said no.

She did it anyway.  And today, her brother told on her.

As usual, I'm more hurt than anything else.  And concerned.  We really try to teach our children right from wrong.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  Many times, our older children ask "why" we are making them do something, and my answer (in my head, of course...okay 99% of the time) is "So you don't grow up to be an asshole."

We want our children to be virtuous and have integrity.  We teach them to tell the truth - moreover - we teach them what Truth is. Truth ain't subjective to circumstance, folks!  With a Biblical base for all of life's lessons, we assume that the consistency,at least, will make things sink in.

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."  Proverbs 22:6

I'm embarrassed that my child lies.

I'm really trying to train her in the way she should go.

I trust in God's word that even though the training is tough, when she is old she will not turn from it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Photo Friday

Just a few photos to share today.  After my workout on Wednesday morning, I've been kind of wiped out and not able to catch up.  Swimming 800yds, then running 3 miles takes getting used to, apparently.  *eyeroll*  So here goes the classic blogger cop out - Photo Friday.

SUCH a perfect mail day.  If you haven't shopped at Athleta.com and you love fitness clothes,  you're missing out.

My job isn't always insane.  For 15 minutes at a time, it can be downright paradise!

I went to plug in the "spare Droid" that our daughter carts around and found this on the screen.  *heart melt*

My BFF handed down some wonderful puzzles.  Once again, She saved my life!

What?  Doesn't your teen-aged son do curls with your pre-teen daugther?
Hope you all have a blessed weekend.  I spent the morning spending my husbands paycheck and designing a coupon/sale laden grocery trip that would make Sister Penny Pincer squeal with delight.  Tomorrow we don't have anything planned, but Sunday I have an 11 mile run planned.  Hoping it can be done outside!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shock Tactic

I was recently made aware of THIS Anti -Obesity ad campaign currently in print and on television in Georgia.  My first thought was "Who lets their child MODEL for these types of things!?"  Wow.  Nice parenting.  Way to make money off your child and damage them emotionally at the same time.  Stellar.

The more I read, the more I gather that this is supposed to "shock" Georgia in to realizing their childhood obesity epidemic, and do something about it.

Why are chubby kids shocking?  Are these images supposed to make me recoil?  And I absolutely REFUSE to use the word "fat" on those sweet little kids OR their parents.  To me, that is hurtful language with no place in my vocabulary.

So, run these horrible ads on TV and in print media and people will "wake up" and say - OH my goodness, MY child looks like that child and TV says that's BAD.  I should really change the family diet and educate my children about good exercise choices right away!

Calling bullshit on this one.

Just like smoking, alcoholism, methamphetamine, marijuana, drunk driving, not wearing your seatbelt, chewing tobacco, and every other health and safety risk before it - these ads are attempting to reach the populous with a strong message.  With the average American watching over 4 hours of television per day, they will certainly do that.

While I'm all for delivering the message that obesity in children is a serious health risk, I have to ask - don't these kids in Georgia ever see a doctor or a school nurse?  Have the parents never been informed by a trusted authority that their children are dangerously overweight?  I'm sure that they have. 

If parents are ignoring their pediatricians, why would they listen to an ad campaign?  They won't.  They  ignore their own health risks and figure that kids can handle a few extra calories.  I actually grew up in one of these families.  Thankfully, my Mother decided to get serious about some healthier choices when I was around 12 or so.  Had she not, I'm not sure if I ever would have learned anything about nutrition.

I mean, why should I care if my folks don't?

Oh, that's right - because the TV said.

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday is Monday

Crazy busy day today.

Back to school.  Back to work.  But at least it wasn't my day to rise and shine at 4:30 and hit the gym.

Oh. Darn.

Things went well.  Our 4th grader, and classic Strong Willed Child, eased back in to school days better than she ever has.  We did more of a unit based thing this morning and started the day with the kids coloring and me reading our Bible reading of the day while they worked.

Everyone napped today - oh the blessing in that.


Don't hate me because I get to nap from time to time.  I also did the dishes 3 times and cooked 3 meals, changed half a dozen dirty diapers, made beds, and led Pre-School Exercise time.

Oh, and I took down the tree and put away all the Christmas decorations.

I always figure that any nap I get is a bonus recharge on the ol' batteries.  And if you want to be jealous, go ahead.

Would love to stay and chat, but must fly to the store for another couple of gallons of milk and 15lbs of produce to gets us through til Friday...drop that off and I'm off to church for Financial Peace University.  Can't say I'm hating the "getting out of the house" part.  Though it does get over at about my bed time.

Tomorrow's my 4:30 day.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Don't know what the problem was, but I felt pretty sorry for myself today.  I think, possibly, I was just over tired.

We started our Monday off by sleeping in until nearly 7:00!  We all headed to the Y where hubby and I swam, the teen lifted, the pre-teen played a Wii, and the two pre-schoolers played with different toys.

After a good workout, we picked everyone up and swam in a relatively crowded pool for an hour.  Out, shower everyone (SO thankful my husband was there to dress baby boy!), give them a snack, go home, make lunch and put kids down for a nap.

On our way home, we passed by a Chinese restaurant, and I made the mistake of mentioning hearing it's call to me.  I felt really bad when I had to tell everyone it wasn't "in the budget."  I put some steaks on the broiler for lunch and we had it on spinach salads with carrots and broccoli.  Much better for us and it was "in the budget."

Maybe that's why I spent the rest of the day feeling down.  It's a huge responsibility to run a household.  Take one who's finances needed an overhaul and you end up with the additional role of enforcer.  I don't like it, but it has to be done.

In February, I promise to put "Chinese Food" as a line item in the budget.  Then I will get to fill the role of hero.

How often do you eat out?  Is it limited by nutritional concerns, monetary, or both?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Some people make New Years Resolutions.  

Some people refuse to.

Some want to make lasting changes in their lives but just don't know where to start.

I love the start of a new week or the first of the month.  I especially like the start to a new year.  I love to have direction in my life, some method to my usual madness.  

This year, my goals looked a lot like last years.  Athletic goals, nutrition goals, blah, blah, blah.  Those things are important, but this year they seemed - I don't know - shelled.

Our pastor preached a sermon this morning based upon a post over at The Way It Could Be.  A talented writer, himself, Aaron has a way with words and can always put things just the way my brain can understand them.  He expanded on these questions and gave them great life application qualities.

Here are the 10 Questions That Will Change Your Life.  Couldn't hurt to try.  And hey, even if these questions don't change your life, they will certainly make your New Year's Resolutions more than the same old, recycled, shelled out shouldas from last year.

1. What do I need to say “no” to this year?  
2. What am I most excited about right now in life? 
3. Where do I need clarity in life? 
4. What or who is holding me back from my dreams? 
5. What responsibilities have I been entrusted with? 
6. Who can help me accomplish what I’d like to accomplish this year?
7. Do I write down my thoughts and aspirations? 
8. What distracts me the most in life?
9. When can I spend time alone thinking and clarifying? 
10. What do I really value in life?
Don't feel overwhelmed.  There's a lot to think about here.  Pick even one of these to focus on.  Which one speaks to you the loudest?  For me it's number 2.  Truthfully, I'm not all that excited about putting a ton of miles on my legs, arms and bike.  Yeah, I think it's important but I'm not MOST EXCITED about it.  
What I'm most excited about right now, is home educating our children.  By determining that, I can apply questions 6, 7, and 8 to build momentum, rid myself of distractions and time wasters, and continually evaluate.
What do you think of this list?  What are you going to do with it in the new year?