My schedule turned to crap
Traffic was crap
My schedule is now more than crap
My attitude is crap
Hopefully I’ll snap out of it soon.
I recognize it. I apologized, I hugged, I kissed, I made sure that Monday was better and it was. I think it is important for the boys to see that sometimes we suck as people, but it is important to apologize when you are wrong and do what you can to make things better. I’m not excusing my behavior by that statement, but I do believe it is important for them to know and do.
- Diet – I don’t believe in diets. I believe in eating well. Paying attention to portions. Not going back for a second plate every night and not eating things loaded in sugar every night. I love sweets, probably more than the normal person. To control that, I don’t buy them. If they are in my house I will find an excuse to eat them. Dale doesn’t agree with that theory and comes back with something sweet every time he goes to the store. So, I try my hardest to practice self-control and not indulge every day. Halloween is going to be tough! The more I have been working out the less I crave the sweets though. I don’t eat super clean, but I make sure there is at least one veggie on my plate and our meals aren’t complete unless there is some meat. I’ve switched to whole grain bread as much as possible and I’m slowly trying to work that into the boy’s meals as well. I’ve also incorporated eating breakfast every single morning. If I don’t, I’m weak and shaky and that brings irritation. I burn too many calories now that I need to make sure I am eating a lot more. I don’t drink pop (soda, coke, whatever) very often. Usually I have one on Sunday for desert or something, but that is it. If you don’t know your calorie intake or your burn rate there are apps out there to help you get a good idea. I used MyFitnessPal to log my meals and workouts. I had no idea how many I was eating or burning, so this got me on track. I no longer use it since I have a good idea of where I’m at. I try to find healthy snacks and I don’t eat out much at work. That seems to be a big problem for working moms and weight gain. I would encourage you to brown bag it as much as possible with healthy foods and portions like my bbq ribs, potato salad, and celery sticks. Ha, my dad competed in the American Royal BBQ over the weekend so I have been eating a lot of BBQ. Smoked ham in my eggs in the morning…. Yummy!
- Weights – I do one day a week of weights in my basement. My Roly Poly carcass, spider loving basement. I know it seems like more, but really, that is it. My arms have always been pretty easy to sculpt and I think I have a lot of muscle memory working for me here. Here is my workout (my gym lingo and recollection of how much weight I use is lacking, bear with me):
- 2 reps of 15 on each if I can hang
- Squats (I think 65 lbs) – bicep curls w/ 20’s – kneeling tri kickbacks w/ 15’
- Walking lunges w/ 20’s, 20 steps – curls with the curl bar w/ 35ish lbs (?) – laying tris with 15’s
- Leg extensions 65lbs I usually push as many as I can get since I don’t use a lot of weight – Hammer curls w/ 20’s – tris with the curl bar
- Hamstring curls w/ 45lbs
- Cardio – I use Hal Higdon’s 5k Advanced workouts. You can google that and choose whatever one fits for you. You can also use Runner’s World and McMillan Running has a great converter that will show you what paces you should be running to hit your goal race time.
- Monday – 3 miles fas
- Tuesday – Sprint day – usually 200’s or 400’s on the track – this has made a big difference even though I feel really slow
- Wed – Weight day
- Thursday – Tempo run usually 30 minutes (around 4 miles)
- Friday – Rest – do absolutely nothing because I have no time on this day
- Saturday – sometimes 4 fast. Lately it has been a rest day because Dale has Cross Country meets and I don’t have a chance to get out there and run before he leaves. The day is spent cleaning and chasing after boys, then dinner, and passing out on the couch if we don’t have plans
- Sunday – Hilly 4 if no Saturday workout or 60 minute runs (little over 7 miles) if I get in a Saturday workout.
- Sleep – Big fat fail – usually around 6 hours – not enough. I could do better and go to bed as soon as the boys are in bed but that means nothing but work when they are awake.
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