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BACONFEST - a Sunday tradition

Sunday, March 09, 2008

A few days ago, I blogged about the one thing that we will not give up, and that is bacon on Sundays. My husband lost 85 lbs. 3 years ago and never gave up bacon...I even found this clipping in the newspaper and saved it - it's been on the fridge ever since:

From the personal blog called Pedal Faster Dorothy/you'll never make it over the rainbow at this speed:
"For years I have meditated, exercised, dieted, moisturized, flossed, and exfoliated to maintain my Greek god fit exterior. I eat egg whites omlets, fresh vegetables and fruit, skinless chicken, and I drink water all day long. I gave up cigarettes. I reduced my alcohol consumption. BUT, I will not give up bacon. I don't just love it I NEED it.
-pedalfaster from 2005

So, now onto BACONFEST!

It's a joke nickname we give Sundays, because the kids always ask "what day is it today" and Sunday's is always the same answer "It's bacon day." This has been going on for 5 years.

My husband makes the bacon either in the electric skillet or in the over on wire racks, depending on his mood and time frame. And during this he makes KILLER hash browns. Sounds very ordinary doesn't it.

Here is the weird thing, or what I think is the weird thing...every other day of the week, the kids are up and the first thing they want to do is eat breakfast - whatever it may be, around 6:30 or 7 am. No waiting, just wake upand eat, "we're starving!" On Sunday's completely different - we can be running super late getting up - it could be 7:30 before my husband even gets the bagels. It could be 9am before the bacon is even done...not a peep from the kids . They lay in wait - like Pavlov's dogs - for the precious bacon.

When the holler comes "bacon time!" the kids are all in their chairs waiting for their "bacon sandwiches." They made the term up themselves, and it's comprised of a bagel or half bagel with, what else...bacon. The little ones love potatoes - so they are scoffing them down like crazy, and when the eggs get there - they eat them too, usually.

My little guy just discovered bacon...the middle one just wants that bacon sandwich right oldest is now discovering the beauty of a bacon-egg-bagel sandwich.

I know what some people may think - "oh my God! - introducing such a high fat meat to such little kids is a sin!" I've thought it myself. But, what you don't know, is that my kids are skinny - super duper, low on the charts skinny. Getting them to eat anything lately is a chore. I even told the doctor about the bacon thing - what he said was"they can handle it - they could use the calories and fats right now - everything in moderation."

So, on Sundays, think of me and my family having baconfest - and maybe have one of your own...and if you want to, here's the trick to moderation that we use now that we are sparking:

- rip out the insides of the bagel (whole wheat) - less carbs and cals.
- use eggbeaters, or egg whites, and spray oil and/or a nonstick pan
- 2 strips of bacon - a treat for being so good all darn week
- family tradition and memories...priceless

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FIXITWOMAN 3/9/2008 11:55AM

    Priceless is right. Thanks for sharing!

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Mental Health Day

Friday, March 07, 2008

So on Wed, I was burnt, or becoming burnt...took a mental /physical health day yesterday and revised the whole workout thing. I played with the kids when I got home from work, only sparked here and there, and after American Idol and New Amsterdam (good show, BTW) - I went to bed. No workout, no situps, nothing, nada, nyet.

Feeling better today - I got up and hit the ground running. Sneakers are on at 6am and the Fri routine gets rolling. Up and down the stairs 20 times in 2 hours. Running down to the busstop. Watching my neice and nephew along with my own 2 - age ranges here are 1, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3 1/2 - is somwthing to behold. All are fighting and bumping and pushing early today - yay. Crying, poop, snack, lunch, naptimes...a regular free daycare for my extended family. What can I say, I'm a saint.

I haven't done my strength training yet, but I will. I logged "playing with kids" for 90 minutes today on the cardio side. For an 8 hour day, alone with 4 little ones, it should be that much...and I was dancing to the Wiggles today too. The kids think I'm a riot, skipping around the house.

My husband lost 10 pounds, just by cutting back, and eating what I do. I'm doing the food shopping, that's why. One thing we won't ever do is give up the Sunday morning baconfest. A few years ago, my husband lost 85 pounds. Worked out like a fiend and cut back a ton. He got too skinny- 158. He looks better at 180. So he gained half the weight back, well, so did I. But I digress - we never gave up the Sunday morning bacon routine...that alone is another, very amusing blog for the future. I'll do that one on Sunday.

I'm glad he lost 10. He looks better and feels less bloated. Don't you just hate it the way guys lose weight. Like it is nothing. Darned female metabolism!

Well - my Friday novella is over. Time to go get the kindergartener off the bus.

PS - If anyone was wondering - tonight is the New Moon (no moon at all)...could that be why I've noticed a general moodiness on the boards? Just an observation. Just wait until the full moon hits...

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FIXITWOMAN 3/7/2008 3:31PM

    Holy Batman!! 4 kids under 4? You ARE a saint!

Can't wait to hear more about Baconfest on Sunday. Come to think of it, think I'll have a good Sunday breakfast too on Sunday with bacon & eggs!

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FITTOFIGHT1974 3/7/2008 2:55PM

    We have similar weekend breakfasts but we dont call it baconfest :) Since its Sleepin in Saturday/Sunday we break from cold cereals and have eggs, bacon or sausage, tatertots or fries, some fruit, toast or waffles or pancakes.. a reward for being good during the week. Because we usually eat around 10-11 this is our lunch too and dont have much until dinner time.. that keeps the breakfast on an even keel w/ the rest of our week.

Enjoy- life is good!


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I think I'm burning out...time to listen to my body

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

So working out after dinner last night SUCKED! My body had NO energy - no duh - I was DIGESTING!!! I am so pissed at I changed the plan to the original workout, but during lunch. I had a snack at 10:30 and then at 12, I booked home to the basement...starving all the way. Again, no energy!!! I got all my calories burned both times, but it took forever. And I was dragging. Out of breath here and there - very not the norm from the last month, before adding all the new cardio days (overzealous moron that I am!)

So here is what I can summize from the whole situation - I am trying too hard. Six days a week cardio - too much...time to back off. Hello MWF!

This is my usual week - I do take care of little ones Mon & Fri in a house with stairs (that is where the changing table is - so you can possible guess that my behind is up there a ton of times a day). Working out on those days is very hard to do, but somehow I've gotten them done - one way or another. TWTh is a work day - lunch sometimes gets cut into sometimes. Now I'm only going to do lunch cardio on Wed. On T & Th - I'll play with the kids or rake - something spontaneously healthy after work. Sat I work, so I'll rest...Sunday workout if I can.

I think the plan is going back to the original MWF routine. Tomorrow, I am definetely NOT working out, to rest my body. We'll see how I feel on Friday. I'll do my strength training with the kids - as usual, they like that stuff...and if I don't kill myself playing - I'll treadmill at night.

I never really counted playing with the kids, and house stuff, but now I'm going to more often. That burns calories.

I also might get a pedometer b/c I am always walking at work - I really don't sit at a desk. All of these things add up - I just don't know how to calculate them.

Time to retrench and think about the long term - a do-able workout maintenance routine, and not obsess about the calorie burn/treadmill routine. All will come in time right?

OK, the mindless rant is over - if anyone reads this, sorry about that! I feel better now that I've done that. Cardio 6 days a week might come to my world, but in time.

I have to remind myself...slow and change.
Hell - I've done more ths past month than in the last 5 years! And that counts for something.

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FULLOFFAITH 3/6/2008 2:28PM

    you are doing great.
It is so smart to work out at your level not some one else. I have a friend who works out 5-7 days a week and that works for her. I committed to M,T,Thur,Friday for cardio and Wed,Sat for strength training and I stick with that and it works for me. You are exactly right it is not a race. sure I would love to be down to 150 tomorrow morning. LOL

Hope you are having a good week!!!!

Be Blessed.


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FIXITWOMAN 3/6/2008 7:47AM

    You are absolutely correct. I know, I was doing the same thing and getting mad at myself for not working out yesterday even though I had already worked out 5/7 days. LOL What are we thinking? 0-60 in seconds?

We can do this!!! We are not quitting. We are listening to our bodies and starting out slow so we have less chance of injury or burn out.

Keep it up, you're doing a great job!

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LISAUEDA 3/5/2008 7:58PM

    I'm really glad you're listening to your body and figuring out what does work instead of throwing in the towel. It sounds like you're going to do just fine.

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OK - am I obsessing??

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

CRAP! Another opportunity for the treadmill down the tubes!

Food shopping HAD to be done or the diet won't work! So my lunchtime treadmill time was cut in half, I had to eat lunch - another 15 minutes; then BOOM! to squeeze in a half hour would have been rushed and unfocused - and that's not how I want to exercise.

I just have to do it tonight - hopefully the kids' baths will be early and smooth, or maybe hubby will do it for me :)

This is the hardest thing to do. Finding time to exercise. I've revised the plan 3 times in the past 2 weeks for goodness sake!

God grant me the strength! Now that the vent is over - BACK TO WORK!

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ACEHIGH76 3/4/2008 2:35PM

    LOL. I completely understand. There are only so many hours in a day, and finding time to care for everyone seems to come before caring for yourself. At least you're flexible about the plan :)

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It's my birthday! The big 35!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

It's the afternoon now - kids quiet and just coming back from my neice's 1st birthday party...we share a birthday. They did it really big for her, which was nice. Am I envious or upset...not a bit, because I had a lvely birthday weekend, thanks to my loving husband.

It started on Friday night when we had the family over for cake - angelfood with strawberries and cream, and ice cream for those who wanted it. He thought of what cake would be good for my "diet" as he likes to call it, and he did a great job of making everything nice for me.

On Saturday, I worked. We got his parents to watch the kids and went out with my brother & his wife, and my sister & her boyfriend...for SUSHI. It's been 6 YEARS since I had sushi at my favorite restaurant. I saved up calories and carbs and fully enjoyed myself at dinner. I can actually say I overate - we were all stuffed to the gills. My sis and SIL had a spicy crunchy yelowtail roll for dessert even!

So today, March 2, is my actualy birthday, which I usually loathe because most people forget it, or I make it underplayed because of whatever psycho reason I have.

This year I said NO MORE! I enjoyed getting presents - which were great and what I wanted, and the day was beautiful and mild, reminding me that Spring is on it's way. I posed for pictures with my SIL's and kids and everything. Made my husdband take new pics of me in my new old clothes that finally fit! Hooray me!

Thanks SP for making my 35th birthday a great one...if not for you, I'd still be a lumpy, depressed mom who wanted to hide again for another year.

So now that dinner is almost on the table, I'm going to drink my water, and then go workout as a birthday present to myself.

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MSMISSUSME 3/4/2008 6:38AM

    A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, sorry I missed it. I'm glad you had a lovely weekend!

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SQUASH@34 3/2/2008 5:01PM

    Happy Birthday ... sounds like Sparkpeople has added brightness to your life.

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