Monday, September 01, 2014
We took all of our boys to the ocean today for a bit of rock climbing and walking around. It was a great time and, despite a little bit cooler and overcast weather, it was nice to get out of the house even if the plan had been a lazy Sunday at home.
While our two youngest were amusing themselves by doing handstands, and my husband was joining in and showing them a few PT exercises he does, our oldest son enjoyed rolling around in the grass and watching the ocean waves. When my husband attempted a cartwheel (nothing to be ashamed of - I mean he's never going to get higher than a 1.2 from the Russian judges, but that's just how things go!), it made me wonder (for the millionth time since my first C-Section over 15 years ago) if *I* could still do it. Let's face it, I'm 41 years old, haven't done a cartwheel in just a shade over 16 years, have put on a lot of weight, and have had a LOT of abdominal surgeries since then - a handful of them VERY major (12-15 inch vertical incisions major).
BUT - it has been a long time. I'm probably as healed as I am ever going to be. I've lost 30ish pounds. I felt good about it.
So, I took a deep breath, let the boys help psych me up, and went for it.
And I did it! Five cartwheels. No falling. Legs were straight. Landed them. I'll never be where I was over 2 decades ago, of course, but I can still do it and come out no worse for having done so.
I'm pretty proud of myself. :)
Monday, August 25, 2014
My body had really missed circuit training - in a couple of ways.
1. I feel GREAT. Sore and tired (and pretty sweaty), but great! It is the perfect way to start my day and I am glad I psyched myself back into it.
2. I FEEL it. I know it will become easier each day, and by next week I'll be at it with no problem, but getting back into a habit is always an effort. At least this one is worth it. :)
I have an order for delivery tonight, so I'll have to start baking right after I make the bed and pick up the upstairs. I am also going to whip up a few healthy snacks for myself for this week, things like Energy Bites and homemade granola. I desperately need quick foods for myself (I am glad to be the only one in the family with Celiac disease, obviously, but it absolutely means there are less on-hand snacks for me since I have no interest in pre-packeaged foods), so I need to make myself portion them out for the week each Monday to stay on top of things.
Otherwise, things are good. Evening walks are going to re-appear this week and I am putting the scale away until September 1. At that time, I am only going weigh myself on the 1st of each month and focus on the stamina, body changes, and mental benefits the rest of the month. Every now and again I have to just go scale-free and I think I have hit one of those times again.
Have a great week, all!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Between yesterday's all day outing (LOTS of walking!) and today's artwork inspired cupcake decorating (not to mention cleaning, laundry, and chasing an active boy while we were home alone together), I am really looking forward to an early night and (God willing) SLEEP.
We have had a wonderful weekend, though, so a bit of exhaustion is worth it. :)
This week will be moderately busy, as far as the baking business goes. I am doing a birthday cake and cookie set tomorrow, Buckeyes will be made, and then I have a full wedding that gets delivered on Friday evening. It'll be even busier on the 'around the house' front, though, as I will be cleaning the outside windows, moving furniture in at least two rooms, and working on redecorating a couple of rooms. I'm also starting Jillian's 30 Day Shred again. So, no pressure. Haha.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Cupcakes inspired by famous works of art.
Where we spent a large chunk of time yesterday.
Me, staying hydrated!
Friday, August 22, 2014
I think I am going to buy a bathing suit on clearance this weekend - two sizes smaller than I need right now. That will be the motivator in the closet to keep me going all winter. :)
Yes, I realize that my health, looking better, and feeling better should be all the incentive I need, but let's be honest - if that is ALL we needed then none of us would be here!
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