Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday

I had to take some time off from working out this past week. I'm now back into my routine full force. Monday was difficult as my body had gotten used to being lazy again. My legs were very uncooperative and clumsy. But I got it done!

Yesterday, I did my workout and it was much easier. Then a really strange thing happened. After I was showered and rested from my workout, I began to feel as if I hadn't done enough. Like I needed to sweat more and burn more calories. I had to remind myself that I HAD sweat quite profusely while working out and had burned my share of calories for the day.

I'm an obsessive compulsive person. In fact, I've been diagnosed as OCD. So I can easily see myself going overboard with exercising and end up abusing my body rather than helping it. So I turned to some friends and asked them to hold me accountable to not over do it. One of these friends has lost over 80 lbs in the last couple of years by putting her love for Jesus Christ before her love of food. Another of these friends is a certified fitness trainer and also loves Jesus. And last but certainly never least are my 2 best friends who I share almost everything with, one of whom is my husband.

I chatted with my fitness trainer friend on the phone today and she helped me to come up with a smart plan for my workout schedule. She suggested 4-5 hrs of working out a week while including a healthy balanced diet eating foods that are as natural as possible. She likes to say that the closer it is to how God made it, the better it is for you.

So I plan to workout Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for an hour. Wednesday and Sunday will be my rest days to allow my muscles to heal from the damage I cause on the other days. I'm finding it hard not to do my workout today. Believe it or not, I'm actually beginning to enjoy working out!!!

I'm excited to report that our homeschool curriculum has added a new feature which will allow me to make assignments for my kids. I've been wishing for this for a long time. This is going to make it SO much easier for me to keep up with monitoring what my kids are doing in school and making sure they are doing what they need to be doing. Who knows? They may actually even conquer those dolch words that they are constantly asking me how to spell!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday

I've really stepped up my workouts this past week. I've been doing my EA Sports Active workout (30 mins) and then getting onto my elliptical machine for another 30 mins. My goal is to blast all these extra pounds to oblivion!

Not saying that I look like an athlete while I'm doing these workouts! Far from it! Picture an out of shape, middle aged woman huffing and puffing, barely making it through the workouts. Hopefully, I'm getting stronger though. My clothes are starting to get a bit looser.

My goal is to get in 5 days in a row of 1 hr workouts. Today marked 3 days in a row so I only have 2 more to go!

On the homeschooling front, we are still plugging along. I found out today that there is a new feature on our online curriculum. They have added a scheduler for homeschool parents to use! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it! This is going to make things so much easier for me.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday

Time for another Weight Loss Wednesday post! Honestly, my scale has not been very friendly to me lately. I'm not going to let it get me down though. I have been working out and building muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. Also, my clothes are starting to fit better. More importantly, I'm in this for the long haul. This is not a quick fix, this is a lifestyle change.

I went to visit a sleep doctor last week. He has me taking an herbal concoction that is helping me to get to sleep easier. Also, he prescribed a med to help me STAY asleep and not wake up millions of times through the night. I have Asperger's Syndrome and one of the traits we have is not being able to get to sleep easily or stay asleep. 

Chronic insomnia has plagued me my entire life. With these new meds, I feel like I'm FINALLY starting to catch up on all that lost sleep! Between this and regular exercise, I'm finding more energy than I've had in ages. What a great feeling!

The crack down on the kids continues. Yesterday, they got grounded for not having their chores done when daddy got home from work. I'm glad to have MyHero taking an active part in helping me to enforce these rules.

Perhaps we will all finally be able to get into a routine of getting our part done to keep this family and home running smoothly.

Oh, here's a funny for you! Yesterday, RoboBoy and Fashionista were having a debate about something or other. RoboBoy said to Fashionista, "Are you hallucinating?" Both Fashionista and I looked at him and I asked, "Do you know what that means?" Fashionista explained that it means to see something that isn't really there. Then RoboBoy changed his exclamation to, "Are you crazy?" LOL Perhaps I need to have him tackle a few context games.

That's my post for today! I'm off to check the kid's chores and school work!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I missed this week's Weight Loss Wednesday. It's rather difficult to post when you are stuck in bed with a migraine. It hasn't been easy to convince the migraine to go away and stay gone either. I believe that I'm finally beginning to feel "normal" again, whatever normal is! Although, my medication is making me groggy so hopefully, I'm not posting a bunch of gibberish!

So for this week's Weight Loss update. I'm not sure how much if any I've actually lost this week. But I AM starting to fit into my skinnier clothes. Yippee!!

God never seems to let me take the easy road. My weight loss journey is no exception. I was really enjoying doing the EA Sports Active 2 on our PS3. However, it seems that every time I become consistent with doing something like that, I end up with yet another injury. Perhaps it's due to getting older in body, but not in mind.

Anyway, I found myself back at the Chiropractor this past week. I was informed that I have a tiny bit of arthritis in a couple of my disks along with a fair bit of swelling. The doctor told me that I am allowed to continue working out on my elliptical machine, but I'm NOT allowed to do the Sports Active for a while. Bummer! But at least I can still use my elliptical! 

What are my kids up to? I'm so glad you asked! Daddy instigated a bit of a crack down on chores this past weekend. Since then they have been doing really well with getting their chores and their school work done without having to be goaded into it.

ManBoy announced to me that he has finished the assignments for Language Arts in the online curriculum we use for homeschool. Now I need to figure out what to do with him until we are ready to tackle high school. Ack! Are we REALLY here already??

Perhaps one of these homeschool writing courses is the answer.