Friday, February 21, 2014
"What on earth are you doing?"
T25. 25 minutes a day. 5 days a week. (though you do 2 workouts on Fridays)
Hmmmm....I can do 25 minutes. And I love trying new things. Afterall, I have been doing Jillian Michaels DVD's on and off for years, so I was ready for something new.
Of course, "off" had been the state of my workouts for the last few months. I'd blame it on the move, but ultimately, I just wasn't motivated and I wasn't making the time.
So I began.
Thankfully, my cousin hooked me in with a support coach on facebook: Joy for Fitness. Joy has been GREAT! And I have to admit, sometimes knowing that I had a facebook group to check in with was my motivation for getting my workout complete. Joy links to encouraging and informative articles, answers my workout questions, and just keeps our group going!
Which means that 7 weeks later, I am still at it! I have not missed a day. And the results are obvious. All of my clothing fits so much better. In fact, I had to break out some of my smaller jeans from the last time I got myself in good shape. At this point I have lost over 4 inches in my core - 2.5 hip and 1.5 waist. I haven't lost any pounds on the scale, but that is my own fault because I haven't done a good job of focusing on my eating habits. I still enjoy too many treats!
But even with my all too frequent treats, I am still fitting into things better and feeling better!
I have three weeks left and then I will start rotating in the discs with days of running. I will admit that I miss running, but can't fit in both. As this weather is warming up, I will definitely want to fit in some outdoor runs ASAP, especially because I am doing a marathon relay at the end of March!
If you are interested in giving T25 a try, I highly recommend it. Head over to Joy on Facebook and check in there - she will help you acheive whatever goals you have for your fitness. I have certainly appreciated her help!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
For the first time since high school, she and I live close enough that was able to make the "quick" three hour drive to spend a night at her house!
It was so wonderful. Not only did we have such a wonderful time of catching up, but I got to see her new home AND hold her precious little girl all day!
It was amazing to me how "instinctive" so much newborn parenting was to me. After 4 kids, I guess that shouldn't shock me. But it did.
And I wished that I could go back to my first baby and tell myself some of the things I know now. Oh it would have been so helpful to know how to swaddle the way I can now. To recognize a tired cry. To know the bounce that will put the baby to sleep. To know that schedules for food don't work for babies.
Oh so much I wish I had known.
But I didn't. And I survived. As do most new parents.
It was fun to watch my friend and her husband as they have "morphed" into parents. They were so natural and calm. Completely unlike me with my first baby. And it was such a joy to be a part of for the day!
Of course, "fun" wasn't quite the word for the nighttime shift. Yes, I agreed to do the "night shift" for the tired new parents. Since my friend is nursing, this meant that when little gal woke up, I changed her diaper and brought her out for a feeding. Then I took her back with me and put her back to sleep until the next wake up.
Very quickly I remembered that frustrating routine...
hold and rock baby
baby drifts to sleep
lay baby down
baby wakes up
hold and rock baby
baby drifts to sleep
lay baby down
baby wakes up
And this little gal was up at 11:30, 2ish, 4:30, and then 7:30.
I recall laying down somewhere in the 5 AM hour and rocking the baby swing with my foot while trying to rest.
Oh the memories. Good times those early parenting weeks.
At 7:30 AM, I had to hand little gal over to mom so I could get a few straight hours. Afterall, I had a 3 hour drive ahead of me and my body wasn't used to that routine anymore.
But it was such a joy and a trip down memory lane for me. I loved it.
AND I have a few weeks to get some full nights of sleep before I get to go do it again! I can't wait!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
C (age 4) loves his Ironman PJ’s. We were headed to church on Wednesday night so he went upstairs to get dressed.
Apparently a button down shirt over PJ’s is church attire.
I happen to think he is a delightfully handsome little guy.
And off we went!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I am the oldest of three siblings. It has been a LONG time since the three of us were together.
And it is going to get harder since NONE of us live in the same state anymore.
But over Christmas this year, the three of us were together and grabbed a hot drink at Barnes and Noble.
Our relationships are far from perfect. We have had our share of hurt feelings. And the last few years have had some particular strain.
But beneath that is a sibling bond that can’t be broken. And we focus on that. We forgive much. And love much.
At times, we yell much.
But we muddle through these imperfect relationships, knowing that it is worth it. Real relationship is always worth it.
I am happy to say that I truly love these guys.
Monday, February 10, 2014
My parents were headed to Florida for Thanksgiving. This gave me the brilliant idea to have them bring my niece and nephew to Raleigh on their way South. We could bring them back to MD a week later when we headed home for Thanksgiving.
These six kiddos have such a great time together. And I have such a great time with them!
Of course, I didn’t really think about the fact that my house would look like this for a week:
NOT that I would change a moment of our week. It just gave me a lot of respect for my parents who used to keep my cousins for a week when I was young.
The “bomb” of paper and markers was due to a variety of clubs being invented and butterfly artwork being created through the week.
Thankfully, we embrace creative messes around these parts!
Now, on to our week…we spent one of our sunny days at Pullen Park:
My boys just adore my nephew! He taught them how to make ninja stars.
He was also quite involved in pillow fight competitions.
Of course, some privilege comes with being the oldest kid around the house for the week. He was privy to some shooting time in the basement with his Uncle. (BB gun)
And an IMAX showing of “Catching Fire” with me!
We all spent a day at the Durham Museum of Life and Science.
Another fun morning was spent at Defy Gravity, a trampoline gym.
After an hour of jumping, we hit Dunkin Donuts for a treat on the way home.
I must have looked like quite a sight after jumping for an hour with the kids because the guy gave me a dozen donuts and only charged me for a half dozen.
Hmmmm…red-faced woman with 6 kids = free donuts….that math works for me!
We had a fun dinner at Sweet Tomatoes. My nephew asked to go to Sweet Potatoes in a slip of the tongue and it made us all laugh. We kept repeating the name during the week.
And it was a fun and yummy dinner!
C, age 4, always a character…
One more day trip included some fun at a local indoor pool, complete with water slide and swimming vortex!
This little guy LOVED the swimming vortex (whirlpool).
Even with all of the daytime activities, these kiddos had energy to burn. One evening during the week, we hit $1 skate night and had a blast.
Of course, that evening required a second dinner….thank goodness for Chicfila!
Great week. Great memories. Great times.
We hope to repeat the fun sometime soon!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
You are growing up so quickly and I have no doubt that I will blink and you will be teenagers, navigating the world of text.
Twitter. Facebook. Email. Blogs. SnapChat. Instagram. Text Messaging.
And everything else “they” come up with in the next few years.
Instant text will be a significant method of communication. Somehow I have to help you navigate this world of text. Admittedly, aspects of this frighten me.
Because text is dead. It lacks tone and emotion. There isn’t body language or facial expression. Yet, it is a primary method of communicating these days.
And let me teach you right now that cute little emoticons at the end of very nasty words don’t make them friendly, funny, or nice.
Seriously. Remember that!
And remember that whether you like it or not, your text reflects YOU.
Yes. Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and all of these cute ways to share and communicate are reflections of YOU. They are not the entire you, but they reflect your values, likes, choices, and life. And they often are avenues to communicate with folks who may not really KNOW you.
And once you put something “out there”, you can’t take it back. Sometimes there are serious consequences to your writing in worldwide text. We must guard what we communicate and that is tough in the world of instant “sharing”.
So we will practice. And we will mess up. Together.
Yes. I, too, have learned some lessons in this area.
And while text might be a handy form of communication, it is NOT the primary form I want you to have!
I want you to learn to value the company IN FRONT OF YOU without hopping on a smart phone to see what other folks are up to. AND to know you are worth FACE TO FACE conversation that disconnects from everyone else around.
That means you don’t HAVE to answer texts INSTANTLY. Truly. You don’t. It is OK to wait for an appropriate moment.
And I am strongly suggesting you don’t have a second date one day with someone who seems more interested in their phone than in you.
I hope we (in our family) remember that being present in a moment is more important than sharing a picture of that moment.
I don’t care how many likes the picture might get. It doesn’t matter how many likes you get if you find yourself constantly distracted from your own life.
It is my hope that we always make time to turn off the phones, close the laptops, stow away the tablets and declare a space and time that is not shared with anyone who isn’t present. A time where we ignore the bings and the beeps and the buzzes of those who might steal our moments as we work together to protect them.
I hope to teach you that sometimes you should PICK UP A PHONE and TALK. Your inner circle of family and friends should laugh with you and cry with you ABSENT of emoticons. You can hear stress in a person’s voice that you can’t hear in their email. Issues sometimes need to be resolved in a manner that requires voice (or better yet, FACE to FACE) contact. Hurts can be healed more effectively with a conversation and a hug then with a smiley face text.
Other times, text will be the fastest, easiest, and most efficient form of communication. Use it.
But always remember that real relationships aren’t usually fast, easy or efficient. They take time, energy and effort.
It is always worth it.