Saturday, August 22, 2009
Just wanted to blog about what I'm doing right now in regard to my exercise routine.
Well - it's too darned humid and hot right now to be bothered with the cardio. Sorry, it just is. I like to sweat now, but I like to be able to breathe as well. So there you go.
So in my boredom of watching tv with my family and then just my hubby, I decided to start doing some crunches and resistance bands for my arms. This eventually led to some dumbells and pilates. I keep switching it up and doing what I feel like doing at that moment. In fact, I'm up to a hour a night doing my dfferent strength routines.
Now, just by doing this (which I hate to admit - I have never really religiously committed to doing before - I am more of a cardio kid) my body is more toned, my energy is up, and I am slowly losing those pounds (about 6) that crept back on.
I read somewhere that if a woman introduced just pushups and situps into her routine and increased the reps when things got easier...she would lose 7 pounds in a few months and tone up. Don't ask me where I got the info from...it just stuck in my head as "WOW!! impressive!"
I keep that in the back of my head when I'm doing these exercises. It makes me not fall off the wagon for more than 3 days (which just happened because of a social week) and I like seeing the results of the training (shoulder definition, biceps, triceps, visible clavicle).
I've been on SP for more than a year now...there is always something new to learn here and about oneself. So you see... you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Friday, August 21, 2009
I swear to all that is HOLY!! I am a little peeved against my lovely hubby.
We went out with friends last night...had fun and out until 9:30 (I know....ooooo! very late!) ROFL
I had on the calendar a happy hour with my girlfriend tonight...I didn't even want to go either, but I went because I said I would and she was so happy...I just got home at 9:15 b/c I was feeling bad he was testy on the phone 45 minutes earlier...HE IS IN BED! and I went in to say I was home and all he says is "I'm tired." MEN!!!!!! He is being such a BABY!!
I just don't get why his panties are in such a twist!!!!
Anyway. Happy hour is pretty much the same as I remember it. I'm not missing much, that is for sure. Basically 4 women, ages 36 to 38, go onto the back patio - on the bay - wind blowing. Very nice. 12 years ago....I would have be the fat friend and wanting to hide. Tonight, I'm not caring b/c I'm happily married and wearing a cute beachy dress with flip-flops and sunglasses in my hair. I have to actually wonder if people were actually looking at me...if they were, I was not aware...and I did not care. I love being older and wiser.
So me and the cougars...yes, cougars...single, hot mom's....got this spot in the gazebo by the boats. My friend's co-worker shows up with his friends, and EVENTUALLY they start opening up because it starts raining and they join us in the gazebo. OMG - these kids were BABIES!!! 24, 25 yo - LOL I was wetting my pants b/c it was just such a funny scene!!! I was the youngest of the ladies there too. I was drinking seltzer with lime - which was a little tip I got from somewhere online - people think it's a gin and tonic! LOL which one of these kids asked if he could get me b/c he was hitting the bar. Total fakeout!!!!
Well the little tykes were pretty funny when I packed it in. I made my very true excuses for leaving (one being a pissy husband, and kids to take care of, and that I have to work in the morning) - they were shocked that I was married and had 3 kids! They all thought I was 26 years old! LMAO!! So there you go - that just made my night!! Pissy hubby aside, that made my night!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wow! What a weekend!
My hubby and 2 oldest went camping on a "guys only" weekend with their grandfather...the outcome of which was a stressed out husband, a happy grandpa, and 4 happy little boys! LoL My poor hubby declared to his father - "next year...it's just you and me and any other male adult" - sorry kids and cousins..you'll be camping out in the driveway next year. LOL
I kept my youngest son back b/c he would have just been a headache and a 5th wheel amongst the cousins. It worked out grea, even though I did have to bring him to work with me and that was a little but of a chore. I did, however, plan a MOM's ONLY night out at my house for later that night...fun fun fun!!!! Little guy's bedtime was 8pm SHARP!
Let's just say this - the alcohol consumption from that night CANNOT be tallied because there is NO WAY I can account for how many beers were consumed! A party of 8 women was whitled down to 3 and then another later made 4.
Sometimes things happen, and I completely understood why my other friend (who had half the party in tow) bailed on us. You can totally understand why someone wants to rest after having 2 D&Cs in a row from a miscarriage 2 weeks ago. The poor thing...I felt horrible that she had to go thru that..and she felt bad about canceling on us!! God bless her! Now that is a friend.
When the small gathering began on that low note - we all toasted our friend and got to the girl talk. I haven't had a girl's night out in soooooooo long! and mind you, these women are friend/acquaintenances - if you know what I mean. They are neighbors down the road from me and I'm kind of on the fringe. Well, after a night of heavy drinking and sharing - that is when new friendships form and create new bonds.
We had a blast and ended the party at 1 am when a hubby came to pick them all up...mind you, all there hubby's are good guys, just like my guy; which is probably why we get along.
Long story short: I took a chance at a gathering and it worked out no matter how many were there...sometimes putting yourself on the line in a good way is the only way you are going to grow.
Hubby doesn't know it yet...but another Mom's night out will be going on sooner than later...
Monday, August 10, 2009
Lots of little things going on...nothing fabulous, just stuff.
I returned a dress today that was (to me) hideous. I picked it up for my sister's wedding, a black and white thing with a large print and a cummerbund type waist and the top part, well...I could have used it to carry my infant niece in it...that's how much room I had in there with "the girls". It was one of those purchases when everyone there was "OH - that looks soooo nice, you TOTALLY have to get that!" and "Just get a pushup bra, it will fill it in." After I got home, the more I tried it on, the more I HATED it. I was NOT going to walk down the aisle in a too big, ugly zebra dress! It needed alterations, big time.
Taking control of the situation meant, #1 - getting the pushup bra and #2 - seeing if the store had a smaller dress. #1 bra mission - accomplished in 10 minutes. #2 dress mission - more entertaining by far!! The store was great - nice little "Chain boutique" Black Market/White House...be warned though....they mainly have sizes 0, 2, 4, 10, 14 in stock...the othersizes fly off the shelves when they come in. I'm a 12. I bought a 14. DUH!!!! Well, I talked to the lady there, and we went right to the back rack where I got the original zebra dress. ONE SIZE 12!!! but not in the same dress. IT WAS A BETTER DRESS!!!!!!!! Smaller print, no cummerbund. Just right. IT FIT!!!! It literally took 4 inched off my waist visually. That alone was reason enough to buy the dress. AND it was $20 less...so I bought a little silk shrug for the ocean breeze during the night of the wedding. AND I bought a new pair of black patent leather stiletto's...never had a pair of those...very sexy if I do say so myself. Let's just say I added a staple to my wardrobe...glad the other dress is GONE!
What else...it's sticky here. Hazy hot humid. Yuk.
I've been working my muscle groups more...not so much the cardio because of the heat and humidity, but the new routine is kind of fun to do at night while watching tv. I think doing the new stuff has given me some renewed ooomph to maintenanceland.
I've been good tracking and watching the cals. The 4 pounds is still hanging on, but that is OK. My body is toning up and that is more important than a number.
The weekend was busy - entertained or was entertained for 3 straight nights. The kids were pissy by the 3rd night...they were lacking in sleep by that time. My friend Annmarie and her family came over and we had a blast catching up. After 10 years of being away from one another, it's nice to reconnect.
Well...it's late, and I'm pooped. Nighty night to whomever reads this....I wish you sweet dreams!!
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