Day Four: Food, Fitness, & Faith

Day Four was my last day of the week with my Nancy Marmorat video. Today’s focused on the "butt-ox" (I can’t help but giggle when she says it like that; it sounds like some ugly beast, silly, but true).  I like to refer to it as the "booty" instead. 😉

Foodwise: breakfast was at my friend’s house and she’d made yummy sausage rolls.  I had two of those, some grapes, and half a banana, encompassing both breakfast and snack times (we were there all morning).  Lunch was leftover sausage & polenta & green beans.  After-school snack was pistachio pudding (oh, and I was wrong earlier this week: we use 1% milk, so it’s even fewer calories).  Dinner was beans & cornbread & pickles (Wednesday night is vegetarian night at our house).

 

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I usually drink black tea at breakfast, green tea at lunch, then water at all other times.  Sometimes I drink extra tea, but my rule is that I have to drink another half glass of water with my tea to rule out any dehydration that might come from it. (And that’s what keeps me from drinking too much tea)

 

Smile

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around the house

If you come to my house this week, you’ll see a whole lot of little blue post-it notes around on the walls like this:

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If you are a guest here, please ignore these signs, as they are for family only.  Smile 

 

Nick and the kids have been asking for things they could do that would help me out, but by the time they ask, I’m usually in that lost-from-words state of exhaustion and frustration where I literally cannot think of a single thing that they could do for me.  So one day when I was alone, I got to thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they could ask me right now?  I could come up with an awesome list!”  So I started putting up notes right where activities could be done, so when we’re in the kitchen and Nick wants to know how to help, I can point at the wall and he’ll take out the compost or when the kids are in their room looking for a “help mama” chore to complete their lists they can look to their closets (which normally need things tidied up before they can close).

(I noticed last night that there were bizarre things in the sink from the dinner Nick had made, but I was too tired to mention them.  By the time I got up this morning they were out of there.  From my list to an empty sink.  WHOOP!)

Day Three: Food, Fitness, & Faith

Day Three I had the same kid-in-my-bed situation, so I put off exercising until that small window of time between taking big kids to school & Greg to MDO.  Greg burst in on me at some point with a "What are you doing that for?!"  The look on his face was priceless. 

I got in some extra exercise today as well, in the form of walking up and down all the bleachers three times fast and walking to the car and back (at the very end of the parking lot from the stadium) a few times.  I also had to dig some holes for the azaleas we got from church (I dug the 3 easy ones; Nick did the harder ones later).

Food-wise:  Breakfast was a different oatmeal, a different fruit, and a different kind of turkey bacon (did you know they make one that tastes just like regular Canadian bacon?! I was so happy to find that out.) DSCN2211 Lunch was very difficult, as I was stuck at Track & Field Day over at the Rose Stadium…without cash.  I don’t know where it went, I just know I didn’t have it.  A very nice family brought me a meal, unexpectedly, so I ate it: hamburger, fries, and a coke.  So yummy.  Fortunately I’d skipped morning snack (no time for that lately) and then skipped afternoon snack as well to make up for all those calories.  Dinner was sausage, polenta, & green beans, all of which I ate reasonable sized portions of (double the green beans in proportion to the polenta).

Day Two: Food, Fitness, & Faith

Day Two was all about your partnership with God.  It reminded us not only to avoid unhealthy foods, but to remember that you can ask God to help you with that part of the journey.  That God is always protecting you and to try to remember that when you’re faced with unhealthy choices of all kinds.

So today I got up and had a stumbling block right away: a kid in my bed.  I exercise behind the closed door of my bedroom because I find exercising to be super-embarrassing.  So this was hard: do I wake up the little one to exercise or put it off hoping I’d find willpower later?  Well, I ended up letting him sleep a while longer and then trying to transfer him to his bed, but he woke up anyway.  I left him out on the couch with his brothers and went off to do my exercising.

In terms of exercise, I’m currently doing Nancy Marmorat’s video series on low-impact exercises.  There’s one dealing with different groups of muscles each day of the week for four days, using simple items like towels and one pound weights.  Yesterday worked on the stomach area and today worked the chest and shoulders (plus a warm up and several minutes of cardio). Then I’m doing balance ball exercises from physical therapy the last official exercise day of the week.  I’m hoping to also walk the other two days, but I’m not going hinge all my plans on those two little walks.

Eating wise, I did okay most of the day. Breakfast looked like this:

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(oatmeal, an orange, a slice of turkey bacon, and some green tea)

We skipped midmorning snack entirely.  Lunch was some baked potato with very carefully measured sour cream and butter and a whole lot of chives (yum!) for only 400 calories of goodness.

Afternoon snack was chocolate pudding made with 2% milk (only 140 calories a serving for a 1/2 cup of yum).

Dinner was pasta & sauce with broccoli. I tried to eat more broccoli than p&s.  And then I had a small piece of birthday cake (which I found to be totally reasonable given the skipped snack earlier).

Day One: Food, Fitness, & Faith

During the spring campout a church a few of us ladies were chatting (while making lunches for the kids) about how we were all in need of a little help with our waistlines.  Most of us had gained 40 or more pounds since our weddings (although one had gained a lot less, she was a lot closer to her wedding than the rest of us as well) and we had all tried lots of diets or exercise plans and not had them work.

 

Well, one of the ladies had a new plan:  God, by way of the Sam’s Club book counter:

Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women: A 21 Day Journey to a New You

 

We all agreed that God had been the one thing really lacking in our past plans, so we got hold of the book and we set a start date and now that day is here.

The book is pretty simple and slim on details: you find your own diet and exercise plan, something doctor approved, and then this book provides the Scripture and encouragement and opportunity to journal daily.  A little paragraph about health, a lot of quotes from the Bible and elsewhere, and then a journaling prompt.

 

Here’s how today went:

I did really good in the morning: got up, read the chapter, made myself a little plaque with the main quote from the book to put up in my kitchen, worked out, ate a reasonable breakfast & skipped snacking. 

Afternoon wasn’t bad either: a decent lunch, then skipped the afternoon snack because I was having a high calorie dinner, walked a fair distance to the car & back. 

Evening though, well, some of you know that I went back home after the play.  Nick didn’t go back to work (surprise!), but had been preparing a special dinner..  So I did not do well in the evening after all that work the rest of the day. *sigh*

But that’s okay!  The book didn’t really have any goal for today other than make a list of healthy choices you’d like to follow and unhealthy ones you’d like to drop and an admonition to look at portion sizes, which I totally did.  Smile

 

My healthy habits list:

  • Eat less bad for me things
  • Drink more H20
  • Exercise at least 5 days a week

 

Bad habits to change:

  • Eating junk just for something to do
  • Drinking caffeine & alcohol
  • Not exercising because “I don’t have time.”

ABFoL Organizational Challenge, Day 12

Day 12 of the organizing challenge brought us to the spice cabinet, which I’d been thinking I’d organize this week anyway (on my modified Flylady calendar it’s the kitchen/dining room/laundry area week, so I’ve been very happy with the overlap on this last few challenges).  I took all the spices out, made circle labels for the tops, organized them into bins (recycled from fruit cartons to save money) according to how I use them, and put them back away.  Most things stayed on their original shelves, but I made sure that second shelf had labeled columns that made sense, rather than everything thrown in there willy-nilly.  (And yes, to those observant folks, I do keep super glue & sharpies in there.  That little bit of counter there is useless for most things besides drying wet glued items and labeling things.)  That third shelf just got tidied, as that top shelf  is too small to store anything anyway other than flat.  The circle labels were made using the big sheets of sticker paper Wal-mart used to give out when you got portraits there (the software to make the stickers did not make cute things, so I never got around to using it) and my handy-dandy circle punches (which saved me money since I didn’t have to go out and buy little circle stickers!).

Before, During, and After my spice cabinet redo

the rest of the day…

…was a bit less exciting, although it did involve making banana pudding from scratch (sugar, corn starch, egg yolks, cooking on the stove, etc), actually making it to the recycling center (toss! crash! toss! crash! toss! crash!), and me eventually leaving the house to go paint pottery with my friends mom’s group (cause mine was meeting the next night when I couldn’t make it).

Today was also a Study in Weird. Got up, shaved biggest kids head so he no longer looks like Zach or Cody (from the Disney channel), found another dollar so he could buy books at school, made three kid lunches, drove kid to school, checked voicemail and discovered some “new” 2 week old messages the system just left me, also checked regular mail (just arrived) and found letters dated February 22nd, drove other children to school, talked mdo into taking Greg even though it wasn’t his day (don’t tell the other moms, but they love greg best), went to my doctor’s office, get a call stating that ben is sick with a fever and headache, finally get in to see the doctor only to find out his computer system is down and he has no idea who I am or why I’m there, briefly consider lying to the doctor, recap my entire medical history in less than three minutes, leave without medicine of any kind (but with a promise that when my symptoms return—which they will— I can call for meds instead of making an appointment), pick up sick kid and baby, feed people, make husband change poopy baby (”He might be getting sick, too.”), hold cranky baby and attempt to fold laundry at same time for several hours while soothing middle child who is whimpering at the other end of the couch, pick up oldest kid who has note that we owe school 12 cents, attempt to feed children snacks, clean up large puddle of poop from new rug, change three wet-poopy diapers in a 9 minute period, clean up more wet-poop from elsewhere in house and on self and on child, convince middle child that he will not die of a headache because mommy hasn’t yet, convince husband that leaving work early to take oldest child to school program, get oldest child ready for the Waltz Across Texas program at his school, change more wet-poopy diapers, run yet another load of laundry (what? I didn’t mention the two earlier ones I ran and put away? *sigh*), empty/reload dishwasher, put away hand washed dishes (and wash more), snuggle baby who won’t stay out of dishwasher, call friend who wanted to go to Aggiecon to pretty much cancel trip, muse over the fact that despite Aggiecon’s changing dates year-to-year my children are always sick with a stomach virus on Aggiecon weekend (5 years running), talk children into eating dinner despite sickness, eat dinner with spouse while having real conversation while children do God-knows-what elsewhere, feed baby bottle while big kids get read to in another room (we watch Dr. Who), and then, of course, watch Scrubs with spouse until he leaves for bed, then read battles about bread on the internet until I realize I meant to post something, which leads us to here. Longest paragraph ever. Yay.
(at least I’m tired now)

posting to help the postlessness

I don’t feel like blogging today.  Didn’t yesterday either.  But usually when I post saying that I don’t feel posty, postiness falls upon me, so I’m hopeful.

We forgot to do St. Patrick’s day yesterday, due to me having to make 2 casseroles for different organizations (for a total of 3 made this week), and us going to Nick’s parents house for Aunt Opal’s visit.  We had a good visit.  My camera was acting up, so no pictures from me, but as soon as Mandy posts some, I’ll nab them and repost them on flickr so y’all can see just how huge all the kids are getting.

I AM THE WOMAN! :)

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I AM THE WOMAN!

🙂

Ok, so I spent my afternoon alone doing fun Lisa stuff. I took a long shower (which used to be a normal length shower, but after childbirth showers get amazingly short), baked some scrumptious little thumbprint cookies from scratch, talked to my best friend for like an hour on the phone (which cheered me up immensely), and braved the Closet of Doom. Yes, I finally quit my bitching and went into the closet in the baby’s room and dragged everything out so I could get to the other speakers. And they work really well! Which means it’s not my sound card that has problems. YAY!

So I’m a happy, but headachy Lisa. Must get rid of my headache before Melanie’s party. Must. I’ve tried caffeine, but it’s feeling worse instead of better…hmm…

Nick refuses to dress up for this party, since it’s so close to Halloween and he believes that Halloween is pagan and evil. *sigh* David and I are dressing up. I’ve bought a one-time-use camera for the event, so pictures will be forthcoming on my web site.

Hope everyone else has as great as a night as I’m planning to.

adventurous morning

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I had an adventurous morning. Woke up late (around 8:30am) and had apple pancakes with my male (the other male was taking a nap). Then got dressed and went off to run errands.

At the post office, I mailed off something for Steph (watch the mail sweetie!), got Carnivorous Plants stamps, and discussed the apartment mailbox situation with the postal employee. He told me that they’re considering discontinuing mail service to apartment complexes because of security issues. *sigh* He also suggested that I get a PO box soon because they aren’t going to have enough boxes for all the apartment dwellers in D.

At SuperTarget, I finally returned the too-small cat ears I had previously gotten for David. They required a blank check for that, as I have returned too many things without receipts to Target this year. I think it returns to zero after the new year though. I’ll have to check on that. I bought sunglasses, mascara, animal crackers, Milky Way Midnights (for Nick b/c he hated the candy I brought home last night), Cream of Tartar, finely chopped walnuts, butter, and taco seasoned cheese. Yeah, weird list, I know. The mascara is for the Halloween party I’m going to, as are the baking supplies. The animal crackers are ostensibly for David, although I’ll prolly eat a fair share. The cheese is to go with the Taco Soup that ended up being odd yesterday.

I think the taco seasoning we bought for it was off-brand and old, because it really tasted like I had left it out, which I didn’t (I have an empty packet to prove it!)

Bleh. There’s something wrong with my monitor, and quite possibly the sound card (but I can’t tell that because the speakers go through the monitor). Double bleh. I can hear CD’s if I go through the CD player headphone jack, but that’s it. Oh well. Better than nothing, I guess.

If anyone wants the Puffy Apple Pancake or Taco Soup recipe, just let me know and I’ll post them. They are both excellent!