Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful and safe time! I cannot believe it's already Christmas Eve. All of last week is kind of a blur. I am visiting my family for Christmas and having a great time! But it seems like time speeds up when you are having fun, so the days are flying by. 

Saturday morning two of my sisters and I did a "Biggest Looser" workout video. That was fun. I had never tried one of those workouts before and although I still prefer the Slim in 6 it was fun to change it up a little. Not to mention working out with my sisters instead of alone! We are all at different levels which just goes to remind me (and them) that all you can do is your best and just keep working! After we did the weight training workout we still wanted a bit of cardio...so we turned on the XBox and did Just Dance. I do not have an XBox and I have never played this lovely game before. I can promise that we did get quite a cardio workout in! My sisters who are 11 and 16 years younger than me had fun trying to find songs that I knew. They were amazed at how many songs they thought were "old" were still after my high school years! I guess that kind of dates me doesn't it? Hmmmmm. Oh well. The point is that we were working out and having fun together.

I always take Sundays off from working out. So last night I told the family that I would be working out at 7am today. No one was thrilled or even willing to get up that early to work out while on vacation. So when I woke up at 5:15 and still wasn't back to sleep by 6 I just decided to give up on sleep and get a jump start on my workout. Since I was working out alone this morning I went back to my Slim in 6 Start it Up routine. It's been a while since I've done that one and I could tell. My heart was pumping hard not long into the routine! I feel good though. I'm more motivated and determined to get my workouts in. I just feel so much better when I start my day off with a good workout. That's not always easy to remember, but it's true.

So I'm off to shower and get dressed for the day. We are getting family pictures taken by my fantastic brother this morning and then we are taking the kids sledding. That will be another workout in and of itself! :) But it will be fun!

Friday, December 14, 2012

This week is over?

Oh my! This week has been a whirlwind! It always gets this way just before Christmas though and I don't like it! I try every year to get things done early so that I'm not crazy right before hand, but it never works out that way. The sweets have already begun to sneak into my house, despite my determination to hold them off! I stepped on the scale this morning and found a nice 2 pound gain just waiting to great me. Yeah! Whatever! Then when my husband took the last child Christmas shopping tonight they returned with a yummy dessert. I told him he was not being very supportive because he has been the source for the sweets entering my home and now I have gained 2 pounds. He just kind of laughed and said expected me to gain a little weight and I should expect it too since it's the holidays!

Ok, so he kind of has a point. But I am trying to keep that weight gain under 5 pounds and being up 2 pounds a week and half before Christmas is not a good start! I did get 3 workouts in this week...which I'm honestly surprised about. So I informed my hubby that I WILL be working out every day while we are on Christmas vacation! hahaha I have got to get my self discipline back in shape!! :)

How are you doing?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Getting Back on the Wagon

So I was reading Monday Morning Restarts by Diane the other day and it got me thinking. The post is about waiting to restart your diet on Monday as apposed to starting any day of the week. Once upon a time this was something that I did too...but now it's not a matter of restarting my diet, it's a matter of restarting my exercise! I often find that during the week I fall off the exercise wagon due to my schedule. It's not a great reason, it's definitely an excuse! I just haven't gotten a good schedule for exercising right now.

I have found from experience that I do better when I exercise in the morning, before breakfast. That way I exercise, shower and fix breakfast. Ok sometimes I eat breakfast and then shower, but either way the exercise is still first! Right now I get to bed so late and have to be up so early that I find it easy to choose to stay in bed a little longer. That extra hour of sleep is so needed...even that extra 30 minutes of sleep!

Solution number 1: I could start working out at night instead of in the morning. That would be an easy fix. But by the time I get the kids to bed at night I have no motivation at all to exercise! I am so tired and usually have such a headache that exercise is the farthest thing from my mind. Yes that is an excuse and I know it.

Solution number 2: Go to bed earlier! Yes that is by far the best solution and you would think it would be an easy fix too. I am a night owl and at this point in time my husband works 3 swing shifts which means he gets home between 10:45-11:15pm on those nights. I should be in bed by 10 really, but no matter how many times I tell myself I'm going to be in bed by 10 it never happens.

So in reality I go to bed around midnight and usually have to get up once or twice a night with one or more of my kids. Breakfast and getting kids ready for school must start by 7, which means I need to be up by 6 to get my exercise and shower done. I remember the days when that wouldn't have been a problem but for some reason I cannot seem to drag myself out of bed at 6 anymore! I blame getting older, and obviously a bad attitude about the time! On Mondays school starts one hour later so I am pretty good at getting my regular exercise in on Mondays, but every other day is a struggle. I know I will feel better if I force myself to get up and get moving, and the days that I do force myself out of bed and into my workout I'm not nearly as tired as the days that I choose the extra sleep. But at that hour of the morning I often find myself saying "Tomorrow. I'll get up tomorrow". Or, "It's already Thursday, I'll just start over on Monday!"

With the colder weather I find it even harder to get up and get going. I need to take Diane's advice to restart any time, including any time of the day, instead of waiting til Monday morning!

Do you do this too?  Or is your mind stronger than your body?


Monday, December 3, 2012

Be Aware

Have you noticed that a lot of foods at the grocery store now say "Healthy", "Low Fat", "Light", "Sugar Free" or "Fat Free" on the packaging? These labels are used to make you feel like you are making a healthy, wise nutritious choice while shopping. I have been so frustrated over the past few years because it appears to me that often the foods that have this advertising on it turns out to be high in calories! Yes maybe it's fat or sugar free, but that is just one thing to consider. Sometimes to cut the sugar or the fat out of a product a substitute ingredient is used, and often those ingredients increase the calorie count! You have to check the nutrition labels and don't just trust that because a product says that it is low fat, or fat free that it is healthy, or your best choice. If you are trying to lose weight you need to look a little closer at the nutrition label. If you only look at calories and don't factor in fat, protein, fiber, etc, then you only get part of the picture. Same thing if you only check the fat or sugar content. You may think you are making a wise choice because the label says it's fat free, meanwhile you are shooting yourself in the foot because the calorie count is the same or higher than the original product! This can set you up for frustration when weight loss doesn't occur as easily or quickly as you expect.

So be sure to check your nutrition labels and compare! Know what you are buying and how it will affect your eating plan!