Friday, July 19, 2013
I need to backtrack and enter my fitness activity for the last couple of days. I lost my fitbit charger so it hasn't been adding automatically lately which is very sad because I have been working pretty hard the last few days. I did remember to wear my HRM on the elliptical so I have that data to enter. I should have worn it while I was mowing the grass this morning. I still have to weed eat, so maybe I'll wear it then.
Everything is going pretty well lately. I've been a Spark stranger a bit again but it's always on my mind (which is a great thing)! The house is looking good. We've been painting and rearranging. The yard and garden are doing wonderful! The rain lately has just made everything shoot up - weeds and grass included, so that has also kept my body moving in one of my favorite ways!
Time to get back to it. (And I have like 800 emails to go through!)
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
My kids have decided that they want to eat exactly what Momma eats, which is really cool and will make our breakfasts and lunches soooo much easier plus it will be so much healthier for them AND it will help keep me accountable. Now I just need to go back to the store and buy even more strawberries, blueberries and bananas!
If they keep it up, we'll go through about 32 strawberries and 200 blueberries every morning and again at lunch time along with 4 bananas and 4 cups of spinach (or 4 carrots) at lunch time!
As it is, they snack on bananas, strawberries, mangoes and pineapple constantly. This will get them a little more on the veggie side and if I start adding a bit more protein to the lunch shake them it will help my two youngest get plenty of protein. (They are not meat eaters.)
On another note, I'm experimenting with cucumber chips! The first batch I made from an online recipe with vinegar, salt and dill. I didn't like that one very much. It was too much like pickles and I'm not a big pickle fan. The only reason I gave it a try is because I liked those salt and vinegar chips I tried one time. Now I'm trying some with ranch flavoring and I'll try a few with BBQ next! Hopefully, I'll like at least one of them. We don't buy chips very often but occasionally we all want chips, so I'm hoping this will help with those cravings (plus I have an excess of cucumbers!)
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
My husband and I have been doing 25 sit ups for a while now. We haven't moved up that number because we (I) haven't quite been ready to increase it yet.
Before 3 C-sections, I could do my sit-ups easily. Between the first and second, after waiting the required time, I could do sit-ups. After the second, I read that crunches were much better for you (plus they just felt easier) so I took the easy out. After the third, I didn't even try a sit-up.
Four years later, I'm all ready for some challenges and I realize that I cannot do one (not even one!) single unassisted sit-up! Somewhere in this struggle is when my awesome husband jumps in with the idea of starting out with 5 sit-ups and push-ups every day. He would put his feet on top of mine and hold his hand out. I went up as far as I could (which wasn't very far at all) and then I would grab his hand to help me past the break over point. The first few times, I was using his help A LOT!
By the time we reached 15 sit-ups a day, I was still using his hand but without as much force. Last week I was ecstatic because I was able to do one sit-up by myself!!
Today, I did FIVE sit-ups by myself!!
It's the best non-scale victory I've ever had!
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Have you ever noticed those guys that don't actually go to a gym and workout but they actually work outside most of the day? They are almost always fit and look good! So why do I feel guilty adding it to my fitness tracker?
Well, first of all, I enjoy it and I have a hard time equating enjoyment and exercise! Right now, I can barely move my arms but I accomplished so much today! Second, I am always reminded that movement does not equal exercise.
One day, I wore my HRM while I was mowing and my heart rate went up as much as it does on the elliptical. (We have major inclines in our yard!) I haven't tested the weedeater with the HRM mainly because I don't feel the heart rate elevation so I don't feel like it should count as cardio, but I do feel the sore arm muscles later! (Like today, but after weed eating for almost an hour, I also spent close to an hour using a skill saw to cut up a bunch of wood we need to reduce to smaller pieces.) My right arm is still trying to figure out what happened today. When I squat and crawl around and weed the yard or wipe down garden plant leaves, I always end up with sore glutes and thighs.
I will work on shedding the guilt, while I continue to improve my yard, garden and myself (and track it all)!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I think I've probably mentioned it here before but, if not, I love dehydrated mangoes! My kids and I will fight over them. They love them fresh also but I love to have jars of them dehydrated. It's just hard to get them to that point without being eaten first. I lost count of how many I bought last month so I could dehydrate about 8 of them!
On to my point, I was so happy to still have a jar of dehydrated mangoes in the pantry this morning! I sat down to talk to a friend and ate the whole jar! It was awesome, but as I went to track it tonight I decided I better look up the actual nutritional value of just plain dehydrated mangoes and as I was doing that I ran across Amazon's price for all natural, organic dried mango. That's exactly what we have. We cut the mango, dehydrate it, eat it. Nothing added. Simple. Delicious. So, their price for a pack of 4 (1.5oz) packs is $25 ($6.33/pack)!!! That is like just crazy outrageous. For the price of two of those, you could buy a good dehydrator! And fresh mangoes are only .68/ea right now! 1.5oz is approx 3 mangoes! So the same 1.5 oz of mango made at home would cost about $2. So now I have even more reason to be happy when I eat dehydrated mango - I'm saving about $4/serving!
Now I should go check the price of dehydrated pineapple. We go through about 8 pineapples per month.
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