All work and no play makes Barb a dull girl.

So much has been going on lately!

On the good news front, the more money I make through working, the more I have to spend on extras for my daughters and to put aside to save. Also, I have actually been asked to photograph my first event! I don’t want to fully release the details as of yet, as it is still in the works… but wow, I am so excited!
Bad news? I can’t seem to find the time to eat healthy and work out! Ugh this sucks! It’s amazing just how much difference I have noticed in myself since I stopped going for a daily run! It’s so insane! I feel like I put on at least 10 pounds (in reality I haven’t added any weight), I always feel groggy and tired, and I am so lazy!

With that all said, my trip to Jamaica is really becomming official! I’ll be heading down for a week with a friend to photograph my sister’s wedding next spring. This is a big motivation factor to light my fire to get up and get moving again. The other thing that I can now add to my motovation? I just ordered 2 pairs of black milk leggings that were limited when they had their museum sale, and I’ve got probably a month before they get here. So here it goes!

I’m going to start doing at least three blogilates videos a day at least 4 days a week, and a half hour of cardio at least 6 days a week. I might switch over to endomondo instead of c25k for the actual runs, using the c25k format though. I also want to get up earlier (which goes along with switching my schedule in time for the massive week of cleaning) and start my day with an automatic mini-workout. So like 3 sets of 15 thighs, 3 sets of 10 push-ups, 3 sets of 15 crunches. I’m also going to begin calorie counting again. I got stuck in a terrible plateau (although on the plus side I took a week off and never gained any additional weight back) and I really feel that it’s caused by the fact that even though I’m eating good food, I’m still eating too much. And just for you fit people who may suggest that I’m building muscle instead, I’m not losing any inches either ;). That was the first thing my friend actually got me to check on when I told her about it.

So, what’s your morning routine? And how do you keep it up?

Barb.

Getting ready for the big clean

Well today marks two weeks until Aldric will have his first vacation this year. Why is this so important? We’re going to spend the entire week cleaning the house like CRAZY! Ending with a two-day yardsale, whatever doesn’t sell during those two days will be off to our local salvation army. We’ve already managed to fill the lower part of our hallway with things to sell, be it baby items, clothing, knickknacks or whatever, I want it out if here.

My daughters make the fifth generation of us to live in this house on the property, which means lots of items to inherit, and all of the usual storage space has been taken up by this collection of items. I’m not looking to get rid of everything, but I am looking to end up with a house that is easier to clean, because everything will have it’s own spot. No more having to deal with the clutter and junk before getting time to clean!

So far we’ve managed to make it through our bedroom, the kitchen and the living room, there are a few things I’m still unsure of, like the cupboard full of old vhs disney movies and whatnot, so as of yet they haven’t gone anywhere. But mostly those rooms are done. This still leaves my daughters’ rooms, the hallway, my father’s room (which has become a catch-all), the rec room, the attic, the basement, and the extra room. Even I can admit I would be a little over-ambitious if I expected to fully tackle each of those areas, but I do need to make a serious dent in them so that we can start living a relatively more normal life.

I’m going to make a plan of attack, one area per day, and I use the keep/sell/toss/donate sorting idea, generally limiting myself to how many containers I’m allowed to keep (say 1 or 2 per room). This really helps me to retain the important items. If I haven’t used it in over 6 months (because that covers winter/summer items) it’s an automatic sell. This has opened up so many more storage options already, I’m reclaiming space that I should’ve had in the first place, and it’s a really accomplishing feeling.

So, what do I have to do within the next two weeks to get ready for this? Number 1: make a plan. Starting around 8 every morning, ending around 5 every day (or taking a break in the middle and working into the evening).
Number 2: Plan some organization. Every room will go back together organized, places like the attic or cubby will have inventories so that I can remember where exactly I put all of thia stuff.
Number 3: Change our sleep schedules. We usually go to bed around midnight and get up as late as possible. This needs to change (preferably permanently).
Number 4: Make a meal plan for the week that consists of self-cooking or little-work healthy meals so that we don’t need to detract from our main objective, and we won’t have to be ordering crap from our pizza store.
Number 5: Get some busy bags/playtime ideas ready for our daughters. Hiring a babysitter for the week just isn’t an option for us, so we’re going to need a way to keep them entertained while we work.

PINTEREST HERE I COME!

Let me know which aspect you guys are most interested in hearing about!

Barb

Top Ten (Personal) Reasons to Lose Weight

So I know that there are the obvious reasons one might pick as to why they should lose weight, to be healthier, to live longer, to ward off certain diseases, etc. But when I was filling out my top ten reasons in my smashbook, I came up with these instead:

1) To be more energetic with my children!
2) To see my children get married.
3) To feel more confident on myself.
4) To wear a bikini again!!!
5) To be an excellent role model for my girls.
6) To pass a healthy lifestyle on to my daughters.
7) To get married!
8) To really love myself again.
9) For my trip to Jamaica!
10) To have more get up & go so I can do more in my day.

You may notice two specific themes here, number 1, my kids. Let’s face it, I love my kids to death, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them (even giving up on some extra chocolate!…. well, maybe after this last bite…) and of course the second one being body image related. In grade 11, I had reached a certain weight where I felt confident for once, I stopped wearing sweaters every day and started even getting an extra friend or two because of my confidence… I’d like to feel that way about myself again.

Every weight loss or fitness journey is a personal decision made with personal reasons. This time I decided to actually write my reasons down, so that when I have a bad day I can look at them and remind myself why I keep doing this, even when it hurts, when I don’t want to, and when I’m craving something junky.

What are your reasons?

Bedtime snack

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Getting ready to lounge in bed and actually work for my money, lol. It’s time to edit pictures! And hopefully get some additional blog work done while I’m on my computer. So tonight I’m going to snack on some plain greek yogurt (which I will soon start making myself), with some blueberries and honey. Oh, and a green tea with milk & stevia.
Hope you’re all having a relaxing evening too!

Barb

C25K update

After I last mentioned it, I have been asked how I’ve been doing with C25K. As a serious couch potato, I won’t lie, it’s been tough. The first night I began running again, it felt great! Then, the second night? Not so great… OUCH! As an added bonus, my boyfriend decided that he would come along and join me after he stepped on the scale and saw something he didn’t like. Having either my boyfriend or dog really does seem to help me out, when I feel like I can’t go on, I keep going anyway. Ember loves to go, and Aldric loves to go faster than me, lol.  As a competitive couple, it’s a nice way to compete against one another while keeping each other motivated! 

Anyway, I made it through week 1 so far, and then last night I decided to skip week 2 and had straight for week 3, because when I saw what week 3 had to offer (3 minutes of running!) I had already given up on myself. So this time to overcome it, I just did it. Aldric should be able to keep up with me when we go tonight (he skipped or on last night since he hasn’t been feeling well) since he did way better than me in week 1. I’m really not much of a runner!

So I went out last night and jogged for the full three minutes! I know, totally doesn’t sound like much to most people, even my volleyball teenage self laughs hysterically at the thought of three minutes seeming like an eternity, but I made it through the first half! Then? That crucial mistake came to bite me in the ass… or, abs really… The cramping which comes thanks to my late dinner. Last night was the first night that I actually had to sit down for a minute, and walk the second half. It wasn’t overly satisfying. Sure, my calves burned, but there were no great amounts of sweat that I hadbecome accustomed to… and I was disappointed?! Yup. I sure was.

The main point here? If I can do it, you sure can! Because I’m going out again tonight to actually complete the second section of three minutes jogging. Knowing that the program will let me hear that ring and tell me to stop, really keeps me going. “Just a little longer…” “Can’t be much longer now…”. It works. Try it out. Get a friend to try it with you! Have fun with it!

Wish me luck! 

Barb

P.S. I’m going to be adding my two week meal plan/grocery list for you guys, as well as my “instead of binging” jar soon, so follow me here, on instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep yourselves updated!