Get Fit Reboot

Why, hello there! Long time no see… er… post.

Perhaps you’ve been wondering where I’ve been? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway.

NaNoWriMo has eaten my brain!

At least, it tried to. But my family sabotaged saved me. Apparently, relying on good behavior from the children and extra help from the hot Peruvian so that I could spend an entire month writing a novel that MUST BE WRITTEN is unrealistic. Who woulda thunk it?

 

I may be a NaNo loser, but I still plan to finish the book, albeit slowly. And maybe next year I’ll be a winner. Or the year after that, or the year after that… Regardless, it’s been fun getting locked in to a writing community. And that is something I could never lose with.

 

I’ve also just finished a great Bible study with Good Morning Girls. There’s a new one coming up on Monday (November 26th) if you’d like to join! It’s all about Advent… getting us ready for the Christmas season.

 

Now that you know where I’ve been, I’d like to wish you all a happy belated Thanksgiving! Or, as I like to call it, Pre-Massacre Feast Celebration Day. Yeah, I’ve never been a big fan of holidays that are based on misinformation and/or serve as a basis for the miseducation and/or economic indoctrination of our children.

What? Too nonconformist for a Friday morning? Sorry.

In other news, it’s FRIDAY!

 

And this week I have decided to take another shot at getting my body back in shape. Starting today. A very awesome person who runs this page on facebook began a 40 day challenge for runners yesterday. Since I can’t run, I whined an complained until she added one for walkers. You can join the challenge at Skinnyo.com here.

I must admit, the only extra walking (meaning anything I wouldn’t normally have to do to keep my family alive all day) I did yesterday was pacing around my parents’ living room trying to comfort my very sick baby. But today I am determined to walk at least an extra 500 steps, even if it has to be a few dozen laps up and down the hall, while holding a toddler, in my nightgown, with unbrushed teeth, during nap time, when I should be recovering from an all-nighter.

See? I’m determined!

 

Also, I’ve created my own challenge: Crunchatastic Abs! (Have I ever mentioned how much I love crunches?) On December 1st, we will all measure our natural waist lines, post the dreaded number in the challenge timeline, and then ignore the tape measure for 30 days. The plan is to do at least 50 crunches per day – 25 in the morning, and 25 more in the evening. On December 30th, we re-measure, post, and celebrate each other’s inch loss! Whoever has the most success will have the chance to have their results and picture revealed in a special blog post. Cool. huh?

So enough about me. How have all you wonderful reader peoples been these past few weeks? Let me know in the comments =)

Fall FSC Week 3

Is this really the third week of our challenge? The time is going so quickly!

As I sat down to write this post, I realized that I’m feeling a bit discouraged about the whole FSC thing. A couple of my goals are going great, and I’m sure the fitness aspect will come when my health returns, so that part of it is okay. But it’s not the Fresh Start itself that is getting me down.

What then? Well, while many people have shown an interest leading up to this month or when first hearing about the challenge, there simply has not been a great response. I’m left wondering: Is it worth it?

Don’t get me wrong. I love you guys to pieces! I just don’t want to be wasting my time or yours on a series that you aren’t getting anything out of. I will not be quitting on my goals, regardless of the outcome of these posts, but running this here blog takes a lot of time and focus away from everything else (like sleep). And since life as a mom of many requires me to be spread pretty thin pretty much all the time, time is a precious commodity. Especially the hour between 10 or 11pm when the kids finally crash and 6am when I have to get up and start all over, which is when I do all my blogging, planning, and sleeping.

So your homework for this week is to help me decide whether or not to continue this series for the full 6 weeks. Are you reading these posts? Do you want there to be more of them? Is Get Fit Friday helpful to you in any way? Or would you rather I stick to writing about the usual stuff I cover as it comes to me? Comment with your thoughts. Or don’t, which will be an answer in and of itself.

Depending on how many replies I get, I might be back for GFF. Or I might just catch you on facebook. Until then, be blessed!

Get Fit Fri, er, Saturday

Hulloo, everybody. Time for a slightly overdue installment of the Fall 2012 FSC.

I apologize for the delay on the post, and (in advance) for the negative tone I will likely come across with today.

Getting fit is pretty much impossible when you’re lying in bed feeling like death. And since I’m just barely able to sit upright at the moment, this post will be brief.

After a week of my current workout plan, I’ve realized that I’m not quite as out of shape as I thought. Hooray for small miracles!! So I’m upping almost everything by a few reps. Here’s the plan for this week:

Daily
75 Crunches (25 upon waking, 25 midday, and 25 before bed)
20 reverse crunches (10 upon waking, midday)

Mon-Wed-Fri
10 twist crunches (each side)
15 oblique crunches (each side)
15 lying leg lifts (each side)
10 squats

Tues-Thurs-Sat
20 arm  curls (10 to target biceps and 10 to target triceps)
10 lateral raises
10 military press
10 french curls/lifts (each side)
10 standing knee raises (each side)
10 standing leg lifts (each side)

Cardio – at least 30min weekly

I’m also continuing to eat as healthily as possible on our very tight budget and am doing my best to stay active throughout the day. The little things like walking back and forth through the house to take permanent markers from toddlers, having tickle fights with the kidlets, and carrying my own ridiculously heavy loads of laundry definitely add up to extra calorie burn – especially when you’re used to sitting around nursing a baby all day long. So I’m embracing as much of that movement as I can =)

Again, I apologize for my lack of motivation and encouragement this week. Between my over-the-top premenstrual symptoms and this bug that decided to attack without warning, I just haven’t had much to give. Pray for me, please!

I hope to be back in full throttle mode by next week, but in the meantime…

Love and blessings,

Checkpoint!

We’ve made it through week one of the Fall Fresh Start Challenge.

Yippee!!!

Some of us (you) are sure to have done better at sticking to our goals than others (me). But who cares? We’re here. We did it! And progress is all that matters.

Here’s mine (progress, that is):

Fitness
Eh. Hard to say at this point. I haven’t been exercising as much as I’d like, thanks to some crazy hormonal swings that serve to warn me of the coming visit from my least favorite aunt and a bunch of grumpy, clingy kids who must be fighting off a bug. I’ll let you know how this week goes.

Time
I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what routines and schedules will work best for us, now that the constant appointments we’ve gotten used to are out of the picture. I’ve made up some new planner pages for myself (which I’d love to share with you if I could figure out how) and am working on a way to simplify the process. For now, it’s taking more time than it’s saving, but I know it will be worth it in the end.

House
I got my desk cleaned off. That is all.

Life
Last Wednesday, a meeting was held to discuss what further services we needed to have in place to manage Zeke’s myriad of psychiatric diagnoses. In attendance were the CASSP coordinator, a caseworker from Children & Youth,  a rep from the insurance company, our family based therapy team and their coordinator, our case manager from MH/MR, the clinician that worked with Zeke while he was at KidsPeace last month, and (of course) the hot Peruvian and I. Their goal was to arrange a crazy-long list of mental health services fro my son. Our goal was to tell them, “We don’t need no stinkin’ services!” Well,  maybe not in so many words.

Needless to say, I was nervous! (Have I mentioned lately how much I dislike being the center of attention IRL?) But we were prepared. The hot Peruvian and I had sat down more than once to go over what things we feel we are being led to do. And I wrote a (very good, if I say so myself) letter outlining our statement and plan.

Still, I fretted. What if they don’t accept our statement? What if CYS decides to call it neglect? What if ending all these “theraputic” things causes the insurance to close our file?

Silly me! It was fine. While everyone was caught a little off-guard, and one person did try to sneak in a little doubt, our reasoning and plan were received positively overall. The family based supervisor guy even complimented us on the letter. And now?

Now it’s over. We close with family based – who, incidentally, are one of the two (out of too many) providers who have actually been good for our family – on the 16th. Everything else other than bimonthly med checks is already done with.

And we’ve found an amazing ministry with weekly gatherings that we will definitely be frequenting. So this goal is going great!

Homework
Your homework for this week is to reevaluate your goal(s). First, don’t assume that just because I set 4 you have to, too. Setting one goal is plenty; I just like to set myself up for failure pretend to be an overachiever. Keep track of how you’re doing. That’s what the journal is for. If you’re having a hard day, write it down. If you’re having an awesome day and feel like you can take on the world, write it down. If you just kinda feel blah and don’t really have any motivation to do anything, tell your journal; then get off your butt and move!

Tips for Beating the Blahs

1. Drink a glass of water. The colder the better.

2. Put your thoughts on paper. What’s making you feel this way?

3. Laugh! Make a silly face at the person in the mirror, play with a toddler, watch an episode of AFV on Netflix…

4.  Take a walk.

5. Clean. Choose an area of the house that will actually look clean when you’re done for instant gratification.

6. Eat a well-balanced snack. Try combining 1 serving of protein with 1 serving of a fruit or veggie. If you have been or are planning to burn a lot of energy, add in a small serving of a carb. Think an apple and some cheese, or oatmeal with raisins and milk, or 2 ounces of chicken with a small salad.

7. Pray. Or meditate.

8. Crank up the volume! Listening to up-beat music can boost your energy level and improve your mood.

(Oh, poo! Now I don’t have an excuse for being lazy. And neither do you.)

Your Turn!
How has your week gone? Are you doing well with the goals you set for yourself? Are they too hard? Too easy? Let me know in the comments, or if you’re a blogger, link up!

Have a happy Wednesday!

Menu Plan Monday

It is 9pm on Monday, and I’m just now getting to this. Kinda tells you how my last few days have been, huh?

 

No?

 

Hectic. Crazy. Full of life.

 

But even in the chaos (or, perhaps, especially), God is showing His love through the simpleness of less – less fighting, less meltdowns, less moments of feeling lost or like a failure – and the joy of more – more togetherness, more moments of bonding, more self-regulation.

 

God is good!

 

Breakfasts
Irish Oats & bananas
boiled eggs, toast, & fruit
cold cereal & eggs
banana breakfast cake
apple cinnamon oatmeal
kitchen sink cookies & milk
cheesy grits & fruit

Suppers
crock pot chicken & wild rice (never got around to it last week)
roast pork, red taters, carrots
arroz con pollo
peanut butter & jelly
chili
baked tilapia, spinach, & corn bread
leftover buffet

Lunches will again consist solely of leftovers, excluding today, when I made rice cooker mac-n-cheese, stir-fried steak w/ onion and bell pepper, and corn with stewed tomatoes.

 

Well, that’s all folks!

 

Don’t forget to tune in Wednesday for the Fall Fresh Start Challenge, week 2.

 

Have a happy Tuesday!

Get Fit Friday

I have a confession:

I have done nothing this week.

Well, not nothing, per say, but no exercising beyond the daily grind of chasing after a toddler and a preschooler while attending appointments and preparing meals and such.

I have thought about it. (That’ll shrink my thighs, for sure!) In fact, I’ve even craved it. Crunches at least – I used to have a hot and heavy love affair with them, doing at least 1000 a day.

And yet I’ve ignored the craving every time. Why? Well, there’s the kids, and the time constraints, and the embarrassment factor while the hot Peruvian is home, and my never-ending list of chores that rarely get done, and the extra letter-writing and appointments that we don’t usually have to deal with… But, if I am honest with myself (and you), it’s really just been a lack of motivation. A failure to prioritize my own health over the mundaneness of life.

In other words, I suck.

But that’s okay! Because there’s always tomorrow.

Until then, let’s share our fitness plans. Here’s mine:

Daily
50 crunches (25 when I wake and 25 before bed)

Mon-Wed-Fri
10 twist crunches (each side)
10 oblique crunches
10 reverse crunches
10 lying leg lifts
5 squats

Tues-Thurs-Sat
20 arm  curls (10 to target biceps and 10 to target triceps)
5 lateral raises
5 military press
5 french curls/lifts
10 standing knee raises
5 standing leg lifts

Cardio – at least 30min weekly

It doesn’t sound like much, but it is for me. (Except the crunches. Have I mentioned that I love crunches.) I’m also using Defining Gel daily to help tone my fattiest areas and to comfort any sore muscles that develop. I’ve applied it to the most swollen parts of my legs  in the past and even had the hot Peruvian use it as lube for a backrub once. Let me tell you, this stuff is magical!

So now it’s your turn. What are you planning to do for the next 6 weeks?

Remember these?

Huh? What’s what? The big reveal, you ask?

Oh, silly me! I almost forgot.

At the end of our Fresh Start Challenge, I will be giving away a FREE Ultimate Body Applicator to one very lucky lady (or dude, if any should happen to join us).

How do you win? Give it your all. This challenge isn’t just about weight loss or achieving specific goals; it’s about doing our best to be the people we want to be. So, on November 13th, I will choose the person who has shown the most enthusiasm and positivity, either by linking up to a personal blog or commenting on my posts regularly. Pretty simple, huh?

Now, back to the task at hand…

Today I invite you to share your stats. That is, your current weight and/or measurements of your target areas. I encourage you to take at least one before picture. Edit it to include the date and any stats you’re working to change. Like this:

Yeah, not flattering, but it was like 11pm, so whatever.

That makes it totally clear what we need to work on.

And then what?
Besides just exercising, I find that it helps me to keep a journal of what I eat. I don’t itemize calories or carbs, but I do jot down what I ate and how much. For example, at supper tonight, I had a little over a cup of tuna alfredo, a few spears of broccoli, and at least 16 ounces of water. So my notebook looks something like the following.

Supper:         1½ C  tuna alfredo
1C       broccoli

I used to keep track of how much water I drank, too. These days, though, I probably drink closer to my actual body weight in water, which could explain why so many of my facebook posts are made while in the bathroom. If drinking enough is an issue for you, definitely jot it down. I stand by the old method of dividing your body weight in half, then changing “pounds” to “ounces” and drinking at least that much water every day.

Another idea, if overeating, binge eating, or under eating are of concern, is to journal your emotional state surrounding the food you consume. This week I’m PMSing like crazy, so I talked myself into making potato candy for the kids’ afternoon snack today. Not a great idea health-wise, but there’s also nothing wrong with treating your psyche every once-in-a-while. Many days, however, eating anything at all seems like a chore. Keeping tabs on the reasons behind my food choices has enabled me to take a little more control of when, what, and how much I eat at any given time.

As I typed that last sentence, my sweet 18 month old fussed a little, and I realized it is almost tomorrow already. So I am off  until morning, and I can’t wait to read about what you all are doing!

Happy Friday!!

Fall FSC Week 1

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

On Monday I asked you to start a journal with your goal(s) for this challenge. Today I will share mine, and I’d love to hear from you! As time goes on, I hope to share not only my own journey but also motivational shtuffs for you all. This week, however, I’m off to a bit of a rocky start, as we’ve been making some life-changing decisions. And big changes means a lot of extra work for me.

But I digress…

My FSC Journal

You might notice that I talk to myself even in writing. Hey, I never claimed to be normal. Anywho, I realized as I was beginning my goals that I never gave an end date for the challenge. So here it is: November 14. That gives us 6 weeks from today to reach our goals (and look hot by Thanksgiving). Repeat after me:

“I think we can. I think we can. I think we can. I know we can!”

In case you can’t see it in the photo, here are my goals for the next 6 weeks:

Fitness – strengthen my core, increase stamina, and fit comfortably into my smaller (cuter) undies.

Time – implement a new schedule of routines to better suit the family’s needs.

House – declutter and organize the “office” and kitchen.

Life – This is the big one. – drop most mental health services and put more emphasis on our spiritual life.

Yes, we are making some big changes. On top of everything else, we’re hoping/planning to move within the next few months. Scary Exciting stuff! It almost makes my fitness goals seem easy.

But I'd much rather be doing this!

Almost.

So, what are you hoping to achieve over the next 6 weeks? If you’re a blogger, please link up at the bottom of this post. But if blogging isn’t your thing, or if you’d just rather not broadcast it quite as widely, I am a glutton for comments and reader emails!

*insert cheesy Saved By the Bell wink here*

Don’t forget to check in on Friday for our Get Fit introductory post and the big reveal! How is the contest going to work? What will the prize be? You’ll find out soon!