Day 3 & 4 were a little easier than days 1 & 2, but I also found myself needing a nap in the afternoon.
I weighed myself this morning, and have stayed the same, but I look thinner (to myself), so I am wondering if I am losing inches rather than pounds at the moment.
Of course it’s just day 4, I can’t expect huge results yet.
05 Dec 2013 Comments Off
Day 3 & 4 were a little easier than days 1 & 2, but I also found myself needing a nap in the afternoon.
03 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Day 2: I just completed the 30 day shred level 2 on day 2. I was going to stick with level 1 for a week and then switch to level 2, but I hit the wrong button this morning. The only way I could go back to the menu was to listen to Jillian Michaels tell me how “if you want to do a 20 minute workout, you’re going to have to work hard” again. I couldn’t take it, so I just stuck with level 2. It wasn’t as hard as I thought. However, yesterday and even this morning, I thought I needed to up my game with the hand weights. Yesterday I thought I used 3 lbs weights, but they were really 2.5 lb. I didn’t feel anything in my arms all yesterday or even this morning when I got up. But when I started warming up…..I felt it, when I started doing “walking push ups”,…I felt it. So I think I am sticking with the 2.5 lbs for right now.
Can I just say squat thrusts and planking was invented by the devil? Do we all agree? Yes? Good.
02 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
I have finally met my pre-pregnancy weight! (My oldest son is 10). However I would still like to lose about 20, maybe 25 lbs before my husband returns in May. So I have decided to start a 30 day workout routine. Starting today, I will do a 30 day workout for the next,….you guest it, 30 days! I will take pictures of before and after, and then start another 30 workout. The workouts will focus on abs and core work, because I need to tone something fierce. I am blogging here about it for accountability. If I start reporting about the workouts, I will feel the need to keep doing it and therefore will stay motivated to complete this project. I already have my first workout picked out, but I open for suggestions for others. I need 5 more. They need to be in DVD form so I can do it at home.
I started with “30 Day shred with Jillian Michaels”. I don’t really like Jillian Michaels at all. Honestly when I bought this DVD years ago, I was a fan, but after listening to her endless rants and watching her strut around with her flat stomach saying how “We’re all in the same boat”, I just wanted to rip her hair out. Jillian Michaels and I are not in the same boat, we aren’t even in the same body of water! But she looks good, dammit! Her methods work, so I can do it for 30 days,…and just use the mute button.
I was very motivated this morning. The day of the first workout always is exciting and motivating. As soon as I took my daughter to school, I rolled out the mat and hit play on the dvd. It wasn’t as hard as I remembered it, but it was still hard. I was actually able to do the actual push ups instead of the modified version and was able to keep up with her during the jumping jacks. I know this is because I have lost weight already, and have been working out myself. Before when I did this dvd I weighed 40 lbs more and my knees killed me after just 10 jumping jacks….and forget about doing real push ups at all. I felt really good about being able to keep up with her this time. Tomorrow will be the real test though. After doing it today, will I be able to keep up with her tomorrow too? (Yes,…yes, I will) <<<<<<Positive thinking.
I will post pictures of myself to show results without covering my stomach, but I will post the first pics after the first 30 days. Mostly because I am still embarrassed of the way I look right now. But here is a comparison of my current progress. In the first picture it was actually my 35th birthday, January 2012, and I weighed 211 lbs and very bad haircut. The next picture with the plaid is me this past October weighing in at 166! And as you can see I had to my grow because I usually hate it when I get it cut and end up with a bad haircut! It really is me in both pics. I will try to some current ones with my face, but with my bathroom mirror I have to stand on a stool to get a body shot, and therefore my face gets covered. I took a picture of myself in less clothes in the same spot in the bathroom for my before picture as well. Anyway there I am. Wish me luck!
15 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Shane has decided to play “Let’s make a Deal” about losing a tooth. I told him that because he knows the truth about the tooth fairy that he doesn’t get the benefits of the tooth fairy anymore. I see absolutely no reason to sneak into his room to give him money when he knows I’m going to do it. I also don’t think I should just hand him a dollar for his tooth that I honestly don’t care about! It’s a cute tradition to do with “little kids”, he isn’t little, tradition over. So he thinks I should take him to Chick-Fila instead. I’ll make out cheaper if I just give a dollar now!
Hailey: Mom, I’m going to help you!
Translation: I’m going to hold the directions, even though I can’t read, so you are going to ask me 500 times to look at them. I’m also going to be charge of the all the small parts, but really I am just going to play with them and mix them up. I’m also not going to hold or hand you anything you ask for, I’m just going to dance around the room and tell you how much I love to help. This task that should take you about 5 minutes to do, is going to take you about a half an hour on my watch!
I heard Hailey talking to herself in the bathroom so I crept up to listen. Apparently she has been shopping at Burlington Coat Factory. She was standing on her stool looking in the mirror and said, “Hi, my name is Hailey Sansom, and I’m a go getter! I go out and get it!” Then she made her finger like a gun, pretended to shoot and blow the tip.
I can’t make this stuff up people,….she is really crazy!
I just found “the Dad” from Hailey’s dollhouse sitting in her “octopod” toy, so I asked why he was over there by himself and not with the family? She said, “He’s deployed.”
Tonight at Hailey’s dance they handed out flyers that said they are offering a “date night” for dance parents on Friday. Hailey said, “My Mom doesn’t date, she’s married!”
Every morning Hailey gets upset when I brush her hair. Every night when she gets out of the bath tub she cries as I comb her hair. Her pay back to me is when she plays “hair salon” with her very plastic brush, curling iron and flat iron. I usually get beat in the head with the brush and my hair has lots of knots in it….after she is done. It pays when you’re 6 years old and have a Mommy with very long hair. #goodtimes
17 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
There was a lot of back fire when this Mother of 3 posted this picture with the caption “What’s your excuse?” She says she meant to motivate and inspire other moms. But instead a lot of mothers felt bullied and like they were being put down.
Well first let me state the obvious, she’s looks amazing! Getting a body like this takes a lot of work, commitment and motivation. From what I have read, she is a stay at home Mom, but also teaches a workout class for moms and small children right in the local park. (It’s a class where you can use the kids to help you workout. While I love the concept, my kids would never have allowed me to take part in a class like that. I took my son once when he was around 10 months old, and he started screaming as soon as the class started. I took my took my daughter when she was about 6 months old and she pooped as soon as the class started, after I cleaned that up, she decided she was hungry, even though I had fed her before we left the house. Needless to say, we didn’t go back.)
When I first saw this picture and the caption, I can say I was offended. Being a stay at home Mom myself, and also trying to get back in shape, I took offense. Not with her picture though. She looks great and she can obviously make time in her life and has help with her kids to allow her to be able to work out enough to get this kind of body. I took offense because of the caption. “What’s your excuse?” I took it as she was implying that we all make excuses not to workout, eat right and aren’t motivated enough to look like her. While I completely agree that we do make excuses, I know I am guilty myself, I took offense because she doesn’t know what my life is like or other moms out there. She doesn’t know the obstacles I have to deal with or my lifestyle or any other responsibilities of other mothers. For me myself, I thought it was going to be so easy once both of my kids were in school all day. My son is 10 years old, and my daughter is 6. Last year she was only in school for a half day, and by the time I got done with most of my daily work (and yes it is work), it was time to go get her, and forget about trying to workout when the kids are home, right? So I was so happy this year when she started 1st grade and is now in school all day. I joined a gym, made an eating plan, and even made a schedule for myself. Because the gym I joined is 30 minutes away from my house, (yes, I will explain about this gym later) and only teaches classes, (no machines, no weights, none of that, just a different class everyday), the only class I can make it to is at 9:10, and they only teach a 9:10 class on MWF. So I made this schedule of running errands, cleaning the house, grocery shopping and misc. things, around the classes I take at the gym. I had a plan, I was motivated and determined and I knew this was going to work for me. Well of course only 2 months into the school year and my schedule has fallen apart. Nothing ever works out the way it should, right? Yes, I have some weeks where everything runs smoothly, but most weeks on Sunday night I am trying to move things around so I can get everything done. People think SAHM’s just sit around watching TV and eating bon bons all day. And yes I do have days where I could sit and eat bon bons if I wanted to, but they are few and far in between. Most days I start “running” as soon as the kids are out the door, and I am able to sit down around 2:00, and then my son comes home at 2:15 and daughter is home at 2:45. Not to mention my husband is in the Navy and has crazy work hours. I have said before I can never count on him or plan anything around his schedule. He is also deployed right now, so he is not even a factor to consider.
My point is, her kids are young. 2,3, and 8 months. There is no way she can workout enough to have this body (unless she does it at night while they are sleeping, but with those ages, there is no guarantee they even sleep through the night) , without help. In her class that I saw, it looks like she works out with the 2 year old. So where is the 3 year old and 8 month old? Not all of us have help. When my son was under 4, he went to daycare all day, but I also had a full time job, as well as my home duties. No one wants to workout after an 8 hour day, not seeing your kid, having to still cook dinner, and again not having someone to help you so you can workout. My daughter stayed at home with me until she was 3 and then started the half day thing in pre-school. I was so happy to have 3 hours to myself I couldn’t get things done and workout before she came home. Every situation is different. She may have help, and really good kids. I see Moms all the time running down the street with their kids in a stroller. I too, very briefly, use to walk with my daughter in the stroller. But it didn’t last long, because she didn’t want to sit in the stroller for that long. Again every situation is different. I know all of these things sound like excuses, and maybe they are. If I really wanted to look like her, I would go to any length to do it, right? Maybe I tell myself these are real obstacles but they are just excuses. I just think her approach was wrong.
“What’s your excuse?” implies I am lazy and unmotivated. She may not have meant it that way, but that is the way I took it…and so did a lot of other women. If she had just made the caption say, “You can do it too!” or “Want to lose weight? I can help!” I don’t think women would have been so upset. I wouldn’t have. I would have taken it as she really wants to help other Moms meet their goals and become more healthy. Maybe even attach a few links to 20-30 minute workouts women can do at home. Offering help is always better than criticizing. She may not have meant it as criticism, but that is how it came off.
However, I can say, after this segment aired on GMA….I got off my butt, got out my yoga mat, and started doing my core and strength workout. Point made and point taken.
10 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
Hailey’s teacher has one kid each day bring in a “me bag”. A small bag of a few things that tells everyone a little bit about themselves. Trying to convince Hailey this isn’t a “bring every toy you own to school” bag is hard. Her day isn’t until Oct. 2nd, and I am going to need a POD storage unit to get everything she wants to take in to school.
Also Sept 26th
Shane said he couldn’t go to school today because his pinky toe hurt.
Last week I had lunch with Hailey at school and I told Shane I would have lunch with him this week. This morning he said, “Mom, would you mind just bringing my lunch but not staying?” (I usually bring chick-fila) I was a little offended then he said, “Mom, I am just thinking about you. Those kids are animals, you don’t want to sit in the cafeteria with them!”
In Tonight’s episode of “How I made my Mom crazy” Hailey has to write sentences with her word wall words. The word is ‘had’= My sentence, ‘I had fun.’ Her sentence, ‘I had to go to the store to get some,’….I had to stop her. Next word ‘said’. My sentence, ‘Mommy said no.’ Her sentence, ‘Mommy said she is going to get me some gum….’ again I had to stop her. Me: These are first grade sentences that you are supposed to be writing yourself. Not getting me to spell every word for you. You have to make them easy. Not 15 word run on sentences or paragraphs. Next word, ‘fun’. Hailey’s sentence, ‘Mommy’s no fun.’
Last night Hailey woke me in the middle of the night screaming, “Mommy I barfed!” I must have been deep in a dream, because I didn’t hear her right away. I remember hearing her voice thinking I was imagining it or it might have been part of my dream. Then I woke up and realized she was actually calling me. She had gotten sick in her bed. I cleaned the bed up, her up, put fresh sheets and clean comforter on the bed and got her into clean PJ’s. She looked like she was fine at this point and she wasn’t warm, didn’t look pale…nothing. I assume she ate something bad, maybe it didn’t sit well with her and upset her stomach. This morning she was fine, no fever, not warm, all her color was fine.
While she was eating her breakfast of toast and orange juice, I received a long lecture. Apparently she was not happy that after her barfing incident last night, she had to call out my name “for 18 minutes”, (her words, and she can’t tell time nor does she have a clock in her room), before I came to help her. “Mommy, you are getting like Daddy…and don’t hear anything!” No, I just finally learned how to block out your voice, a trick your Dad kept to himself all these years. (no, I didn’t say that. I took my lecture like a good girl.) Me: Yes Ma’am
03 Sep 2013 2 Comments
Today both of my kids wanted something from me. It is a fairly normal thing, and I’m use to being pulled in 2 different directions. But today Hailey was annoyed that I was talking to her, while helping her brother and still making dinner all at the same time.
Hailey: Mom, are you listening to me?
Me: Yes, sweetheart, I am listening. (then I held up my finger to stop her talking so I could answer her brother)
Hailey: Mom, you are not listening to me.
Me: (as I am chopping tomatoes) Yes, I am listening to you, but I can do more thing at a time. If you two choose to talk to me at the same time, then I can talk to both of you at the same time.
Hailey: I wish we had two Mom’s!
Me: You do? (under my breath, “I bet your Dad does too”)
Hailey: Yes, because if we had two Mom’s then Shane could have one for him and I could have you for me! And you wouldn’t have to do everything.