Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Working On a New Me

"I'm working on a new me. 
Not because the old me is bad 
but because the old me can improve."

About a year ago I thought, enough is enough; it's time to crack down, put myself higher on my priority list, and work on a better me. I've made great progress but still have a ways to go. And as much as I want to get to my goal yesterday, I think I've finally come to an understanding that this is a life long journey. And for that reason, I need to enjoy what I'm doing. What I'm doing needs to be a sustainable lifestyle change. What do I love doing? I love the active part of the changes I've made so far: lifting weights at the gym, dancing, bike rides, and yoga. What I don't like is the restrictive dieting part. Dieting sucks!

Progress so far: about 25 lbs!!

In May I found Eat to Perform. I bit the bullet and joined. It's a complete mindset change. It's been exciting and a little scary. Just as the name says, I've been eating to perform. I'm currently not dieting, and for the most part won't be. The exciting part is how much better and more fun my workouts have been. Long story short, the concept is body recomposition. Most of the time I will not be in a calorie deficit but eating what I burn with the main focus being to have better workouts and to gain muscle. More muscle = more calories burned. In about a month I will be switching to a PFFL (performance focused fat loss) cycle where I will have a calorie deficit. However, it will short and not drastic. Then I will work back up to eating what I burn. So, I'm in the first phase, and have been for awhile. I've built up my calorie intake to closely match my output and here's what has happened: I have more energy. The weights I'm lifting have increased much much faster. I have much more freedom to what I eat. Because of that, my cravings have decreased. I'm enjoying food and enjoying my workouts even more. We went on vacation last month and I just ate how I wanted with zero guilt or worry about derailing my progress. 

Flex Friday w/Sean. He's also working on his "muscle bumps".

Now here's the scary part, the mental part. Before ETP my mindset had been on the scale going down. During the last few months the goal wasn't for the scale to go down but to focus on my performance and gain muscle. While the scale has fluctuated and has even dipped down lower than it has in a very long time, my weight has been pretty steading. And at times even started to creep up some. It's very hard to see that and very hard to just trust the process. However, I think about it and realize that the scale may be a little higher than I started but my measurements are the same and my clothes are not getting tight. Add on to that that the weights at the gym are going up. I'm obviously on the right track. It has to be muscle that I'm gaining.
My little ballerina and I:
I'm returning to ballet.
Maddy is entering her 4th year.
Emily is beginning her 1st year. 
Anyways, that is where I am now. I am excited that I will be doing a PFFL soon as I'm ready to see the scale start to go down again. Another thing that I'm excited about, I think I'm ready to start trying new things with weight lifting. I think it's time to tear down my fear nervousness of using the barbell. I've started dreaming about doing deadlifts so I guess it's time to give it a try.

I plan to check in from time to time here but the following links lead to where I keep track of everything:
I log my food on MyFitnessPal (Dani262)
I use my Vivofit (Fit4my3) to track my activity.
I have a spreadsheet as well....yea, I'm a data nerd! It has my daily numbers: calorie goal/in/out, weight, body fat %, LISS (low intensity steady state) activities, PR (personal records: upping weights at the gym)

I even a 3-ring binder that has every single workout I've done through ActiveTrax (FitQuest @ the ymca). In it I keep a monthly calendar for my activities as well. Seeing it fill up is motivating. My goal for August is to see even more of those squares filled in. I will share my August calendar when it's done.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kids Say {And Other Cute Moments}: February - July 2015

This has been sitting and growing in drafts for way too long:

  • As Emily hugged Boomer she told me "I wiped boogers on him." I never thought I'd have to say "We don't put boogers on dogs."
  • "Stay out of the commeration" - Em
  • Em calls Molly (daycare baby), Wally.
  • Richard said the snow was starting to accumulate on the cars and Sean said "I want to see the cars human-ating"
  • Em starts whining so I asked her what's wrong. Em: "These ears!!" Me: "What's wrong with your ears?" Em: "I hear sounds!" 
  • Em's the first of my kids to have an imaginary friend...well really 2 imaginary friends. They are Jen and Jake. Em says they match so that means they are twins. But she says their hair doesn't match. Jen has black hair and Jake has blue. They have a blue house and tonight they made "cookcakes" (cupcakes) with blue icing.
  • Sean: Next time we have mashed potatoes we have to have gravy! Em: No!! I don't like green beans!!     ???
  • On the way to the y Maddy told me "I'm going to play and workout and wear myself out so at bedtime when my head hits the pillow I will be passed asleep." btw passed asleep = fast asleep + passed out
  • I told the kids that we were going to get their rooms cleaned up before we go to the y. Em told me "I can't clean. I don't have 3 hands." Nice try! Lol
  • Backstory: the day before Em went in the stay and play room at the y by herself while Sean and Maddy went in the interactive play room. I knew she did fine but the next night I found out how well. Turns out she now has 2 boyfriends...
  • As she pushes on my belly Em says "Mama! You're squooshy squooshy" Gee thanks! 3 yr weight loss motivation??
  • Maddy told me "Glitter makes everything beautiful!!" 
  • Knock knock jokes made by a 3 yr old....Knock knock Who's there? Banana peel Banana peel who? Banana peel chicken     ??
  • Talking about her new baby cousin, Hayley, Em says, "I like Hay-o-wee."
  • Listing the pets we have Em told Grandma "and we have a Boomer." 
  • We kept a rabbit and the kids named him Sven. Dad was asking if the name was Swedish. Sean "He is really sweet!"


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kids Say {And Other Cute Moments}: January 2015

  • While watching the game, Emily said the Dallas player dropped the ball because he has to go potty.
  • One of our cats is named Periwinkle but Em pronounces it as Pink-a-wiggle.
  • Em wearing the Iron Man costume: "I got missiles!" missiles = muscles  
  • Sean talking to dad about what comes after each stage of scouts: dad "what comes after webelos?" Sean "webelos 2" "what comes after webelos 2" "boyscouts" "what comes after boyscouts" "woodbadge" Dad was going for eagle scout but woodbadge works. lol
  • Em: I'm a girl so I don't have an excuse-a-me.  ????
  • Em: "This is backwards and this is frontwards. This is uppy side down. This is sideways and this is straightways."


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Resolutions Revisited {Reevaluated}

1:Reading and learning more sign language: Fail...no reevaluating this one. I just need to try harder.

2: Crochet a granny square a day for my blanket: So-so...I've missed a couple of days but then made them up...until I missed yesterday.
{Reevaluated} I will crochet or knit everyday it just might not be a whole square or a square at all. One of the days I didn't do a square was b/c a knitted a hat. Also, I contacted the local children's hospital and found out that they take handmade items (wasn't sure since they don't take stuffed animals). I want to start making hats and baby blankets to donate.

My blanket so far and the squares I made last week but haven't attached yet.

3: Fitness:
*eat right and log it: check! I've been good about this everyday: MyFitnessPal
*weights 2-3 times a week: uh....needs work lol I did make it to the y once and did weights. I have plans to go twice this week.
 {Reevaluated} I'm bumping my weights goal down to 2x a week. Once this becomes routine I may add the 3rd day.
*30 Days of Yoga: check! I haven't missed a day! I am absolutely loving the 30 days of Yoga with Adriene  Yoga makes me feel great and I'm seeing progress in my flexibility already. I had planned to do the daily video in the morning but I like sleep too much to get up earlier than I need to. I've been waiting till the kids go to bed and am loving it. It's the perfect way to end the day. I have noticed that I need to lock the dogs out of the room while I practice unless I want them to participate. 

Downward dog = kisses from the dog


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

School Update: Jan. 2015

We're about halfway through what the normal school year tends to be so I thought it would be a good time for an update. Over all I say things are going pretty well. Sean and Maddy are both ahead of schedule on math and language arts. They worked faster than I had thought so I think we'll slow it down a little for the second half of the year. We're unfortunately are behind with science and history. Part of it was illnesses (like me being sick most of December). We also never got into a good routine and that was my fault. This will change starting this week. One change I'm making is only concentrating on either science or history per week instead of trying to do both each week. I think this will be the key. With only one of those subjects to concentrate on, it should help me stay more organized and make weekend lesson planning easier.
Mr Skeleton from one of our science lessons
Speaking of organization, this morning while browsing pinterest I found Amongst Lovely Things' post: How I’m Using Spiral Notebooks to Simplify Homeschooling. I thought it was a great idea and since I had some notebooks lying around, I decided to give it a try. I'm hoping it helps keep us organized and on track. Sean and Maddy both seem excited about it.

 Sean and Maddy's notebooks and the basket to hold the notebooks and the day's school books. 
Self care is referring to things like brushing teeth, brushing hair and such. the first page of their notebooks has a list of what they are to do. Sean has laundry on his list b/c today is his laundry day. Maddy's was yesterday. Our laundry schedule is another new thing I'm trying out to keep myself more on track.
 

I even have a notebook of my own. Those items under self refer to things I'd like to do for myself. Today they are all some of my new year's resolutions: 30 days of yoga, crochet a granny square a day, read more, and a reminder that I'm going to go to the gym tonight and lift weights.



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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rethinking Birthdays

Emily's birthday was just this past Monday. Right before her birthday we had about 3 weeks of colds going through the family and the craziness of Christmas. Her birthday party has yet to be planned because of all that. Hubby and I did however continue the tradition of taking the day off and making the day all about the birthday child. Being 3, Em's birthday family day was simple. We stayed home and she stayed in her pjs all day. She got lots of extra snuggles. We played games, watched a movie and played with new toys. I baked her birthday cake and she helped decorate it. And she got to pick all the meals for the day. We had blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and animal crackers was lunch. And pizza was dinner...her original request of cake for dinner was turned down. She was such a happy birthday girl telling us and singing "I'm the birthday girl!" "It's my birthday" and "I'm three!!" all day long. It got me thinking about how days like that are really want the kids want. While big parties are fun, I'm beginning to think that maybe we can change up birthdays a little. The kids all really love our family day tradition so that will definitely stay the same. When it comes to their parties, they tend to just end up becoming a playdate with friends with cake and gifts added to the end.So, we're going to experiment with splitting it up. We're going to try birthday playdates with friends. It'll just be a get together kinda thing with friends at a park or similar place. It won't be a party per say. Gifts will be discouraged and there won't be cake. It'll just be time for the birthday child to have with friends. Then we'll take their birthday family day and expand it a little. That evening (or one soon around then) we'll invite the extended family (grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) over for dinner and cake. Grandparents especially like to spoil their grandkids so no gifts probably won't go over very well for this party. ;) Plus, birthday kiddo does deserve a little something new. Now I guess it's time to plan Em's belated birthday dinner party.
Emily's birthday cake: I love the sprinkle pile she made. :)




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