Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exercise Day 4

Today I decided that I need to get back to the treadmill. And I got new shoes for Christmas!

I am also wanting to train for a marathon. So I did as much jogging as I could. I need to work myself up. Problem is that I have exercise induced asthma. I'm working past it though. I think if I train hard enough I can do it. And if I still have problems I'll go to the doctor to get an inhaler. The marathon is in June.

I lifted weights on the Bowflex and free weights. I also did squats, pushups and planks.

I jogged as much as I could on the treadmill. I kept the speed at 4 (walking fast) and 5 (jogging) the entire time. I am not sure what my calories were because I forgot to change the weight from my husband's for the first little bit and then my son pulled the key out before I could look at the numbers when I was done. I went 3 miles in 38.51 minutes.

Word of the Day

epoch\EP-uk\n. 1a: an event or a time that begins a new period or development b: a memorable event or date 2a: an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events b: a division of geologic time less than a period and greater than an age.

Example Sentence: The Victorian epoch is often seen as a time of great formality.

Did you know? "Epoch" comes to us, via Medieval Latin, from Greek "epoche," meaning "cessation" or "fixed point." Epoche," in turn, comes from the Greek verb "epechein," meaning "to pause" or "to hold back." When "epoch" was first borrowed into English, it referred to the fixed point used to mark the beginning of a system of chronology. That sense is now obsolete, but today "epoch" is used in some fields (such as astronomy) with the meaning "an instant of time or a date selected as a point of reference." The "an event or a time that begins a new period or development" sense first appeared in print in the early 17th century, and "epoch" has been applied to defining moments or periods of time ever since.

Say No to Soda, Yes to Healthy Drinks

Five reasons why soda is bad for you and five healthy drinks better for quenching your thirst.

By Dennis Thompson Jr.

Sodas are sweet, sparkling and tasty — but don't confuse them with a healthy drink. Doctors have discovered a ton of health risks connected with drinking soda pop. Worse, you're robbing yourself of a healthy drink alternative brimming with needed vitamins and minerals every time you chug down a soft drink.

"If you're choosing a soda, chances are you aren't choosing a healthy beverage," says Keri M. Gans, a nutrition consultant in New York City and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. There are a number of healthy drink choices you can make instead.

Why Say No to Soda?

Soda is truly worthless to your body. "In my opinion, there's really one major reason to not drink soda," Gans says. "It has absolutely no nutritional value. Soda is filled with sugar and calories and nothing else." Even diet sodas — low to no calories and sugar — don’t have any redeeming virtues, nutritionally. Healthy drinks, on the other hand, have vitamins and minerals the body can use. Even plain water can rehydrate your body without adding extra calories to your diet.

Sugary sodas contribute to obesity and diabetes. Soda is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has been linked to obesity. Soda consumption also has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, both due to its sugar content and its effects on the body's hormones And diet soda? It may not be any better. At least one study has linked artificial sweeteners, such as those used in diet sodas, to increased appetite, greater difficulty losing weight, and a harder time maintaining weight loss.

Soda damages your teeth. The sugar in soda coats your teeth, combining with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. Both regular and diet soda also contain carbolic acid through carbonation. These acids work to weaken tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay.

Drinking soda can weaken your bones. Most sodas contain phosphorous and caffeine, agents that are believed to contribute to osteoporosis. Experts also worry that people consume soda in place of milk or other healthy drinks, depriving the bones of calcium.

Soda can harm your major organs. Research has demonstrated that increased soft drink consumption may be linked to chronic kidney disease, development of metabolic syndrome (a group of symptoms that add up to increased heart risk), and fatty liver, a chronic liver disease.

Healthy Drink Alternatives

Luckily, there are limitless options when choosing a healthy drink over a soda pop. Some alternatives include:

Water. It is the ultimate healthy drink. "It's free in every sense of the word," Gans says. "It has no calories and it comes straight from your tap."

Fruit juice. Gans urges you not to drink straight fruit juice, which contains a lot of sugar. "Drink some seltzer with a splash of juice for a little flavoring," she says. "Rather than drinking juice, eat a piece of whole fruit. You're also getting the fiber in the fruit."

Milk. This is another essential healthy drink, particularly for kids. "An 8-ounce glass of nonfat milk has 80 calories and nine essential nutrients," Gans says. "You get a lot of bang for your buck."

Tea. Whatever teas you prefer — green, black, herbal — they all have been shown to contain high levels of antioxidants, which are believed to protect the body from damage.

Powdered drink mixes. They contain no tooth-rotting carbonation, and come in sugar-free varieties. They give your sweet tooth a fix without harming your overall nutrition.

And remember that you can always cut up some fresh fruit and pop a little into a tall glass of water for an extra flavor kick. Choosing healthy drinks over soda: Give it a try. Your body will thank you.

I found this recipe on www.everydayhealth.com. I've had a really had time with sodas. I've been addicted to coke for quite a while now. I had to give it up when I was nursing Ethan but then started again and hit it hard. I've decided to give it up again and haven't had any soda since New Years Day. It's been difficult. There have been times that I've really longed for it. Craved it. Needed it even. And the headaches. Don't even get me started. But I think I'm past the worst of it.

I also read a good article in the Ensign that helped me to want to give up soda. Read it here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I want to do...


Anyone up for the challenge???

Friday, January 9, 2009

Top 10 Strategies for Success

I got this article from www.sparkpeople.com

Use These Ideas to Meet Your Goals

1. Start Small
Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your mom’s dinner table scolding.

2. Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.

3. Focus On Everyday Habits
The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle are forged in the smallest of actions you take every day and every week. Healthy choices can become as natural as brushing your teeth or locking the front door. Build one habit, one action at a time.

4. Always See Your Goal
Goals need attention. They need to be seen and heard and thought of often if they ever hope to come true. So surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.

5. Be Consistent
Imagine a plane taking off. In the beginning, a lot of energy is spent to simply get moving down the runway. But as speed and momentum take over, the plane is pulled forward and up into the sky, faster and further by the second. Consistent action, no matter how small, has more power than you ever imagined.

6. Never Stop Learning
A healthy lifestyle is a process—a journey more than a destination. You can always learn more about nutrition, fitness, and even yourself that can help you be just a little bit better tomorrow.

7. Come Out of Seclusion
Has anyone ever achieved anything of real value all alone? Probably not many. Most receive some form of help from other people. Support, information, a sense of shared experience, encouragement, advice, and a well-timed pep talk are all invaluable as you set off on your adventure.

8. Allow For Setbacks
Accept the fact right now that you will make mistakes, and that it can be a positive thing. We are usually harder on ourselves that we are on anyone else we know. Be your own #1 fan. That means being supportive (instead of critical) when you stumble, and enjoying your wins (rather than ignoring your accomplishments) when you succeed.

9. Trust Your Plan
You’ll have up weeks and down weeks, and frustrating weeks that make no sense at all. The tools and strategies you’re learning will help you build a plan that makes a healthier lifestyle almost inevitable. If you consistently make the right choices and build healthy habits, weight loss is literally just a matter of time.

10. Have Fun!!!
Who says getting healthy has to be a chore, a burden to be endured or suffered through? Probably a very unhappy person, that’s who. This is an exciting adventure of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Enjoy the ride!

Now, obviously, this article is specifically talking about losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle but I think it can be applied to all areas of setting goals and creating success for yourself.

I think that the areas I personally need to work on are being consistent, allowing for setbacks and trusting in my plan. Especially with my kids and being consistent. I need some consistency in my life.

My housework schedule works when applied and done consistently.

My kids behave better when I am consistent with them in what they can and can't do as well as the discipline I use.

I continue to lose weight when I eat healthy and exercise.

I need to work on consistency.

Word of the Day

berserk\ber-SERK\adj. 1: frenzied, crazed - usually used in the phrase go berserk

Example Sentence: Fans went berserk as they watched the running back dive in for the winning touchdown in the final seconds of the game.

Did you know? "Berserk" comes from Old Norse "bersekr," which combines "ber-" ("bear") and serkr" ("shirt"). According to Norse legend, "berserkrs" were warriors who wore bearskin coverings and worked themselves into such frenzies during combat that they became immune to the effects of steel and fire. "Berserk" was borrowed into English (first as a noun and later as an adjective) in the early 19th century, when interest in Scandinavian myth and history was high. It was considered a slang term at first, but it has since gained broader acceptance.

Getting Going Day 5

Today I was up at quarter after seven. And I've been snuggling my little boy ever since. I sent my oldest to spend the night at grandma and grandpas so I decided I could best spend my time this morning loving on my baby and giving him the attention he needs. Now I need to trade and give my big boy his love.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

3 Things

1. I am grateful for my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. I am grateful for my friends and family and the support they give to me.

3. I am grateful for blogging.

Word of the Day

hidebound\HYDE-bound\adj. 1: of a domestic animal: having a dry skin lacking in pliancy 2: having an inflexible or ultraconservative character

Example Sentence: The store failed when its hidebound owners refused to alter their business model to adjust for the changing economy.

Did you know? "Hidebound" has its origins in agriculture. The word, which appeared in English as "hyde bounde" in the 16th century, originally described cattle that, due to illness or poor feeding, had skin that clung to the skeleton and could not be pinched, loosened, or worked with the fingers. "Hidebound" has also been applied to humans - both literally, to describe people with tight skin, and figuratively. In its earliest figurative usage, "hidebound" meant "stingy" or "miserly." That sense has since fallen out of use, but a second figurative usage, describing people who are rigid or unyielding in their actions or beliefs, lives on in our language today.

Getting Going Day 4

I had to get up today at 7:20. I babysit on Mondays and Thursdays.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cook Lunch Day 3

I made tuna and pickle sandwiches for lunch.

Cook Breakfast Day 2

I did oats with milk, honey and blueberries.

Weigh In Wednesday

I've gained some weight over the holiday. Yuck!

163.8 pounds
33.3% fat
48.6% water
58.4 pounds muscle
24.2 BMI

It's actually not too bad because my pounds of muscle has increased and my fat percentage has gone down. Now if the fat decrease can out weigh the muscle increase we'll be getting somewhere.

Exercise Day 3

Today I did Jillian's 30 Day Shred again. I only used 2 pound weights this time so it was a lot easier. (I used 5 pound weights last time.) I've still been sore after working out but I'm hoping that I'm starting to get past that. It seems like for me when I work out every day I'm not as sore and it doesn't last as long. Also, I need to make sure I'm taking my vitamins and calcium and drinking lots of water to help flush out the lactic acid that builds up in your body after a workout.

Word of the Day

sanction\SANK-shun\v. 1: to make valid or binding usually by a formal procedure (as ratification) 2: to give effective or authoritative approval or consent to

Example Sentence: The parks committee was willing to sanction the consumption but not the sale of alcohol on park premises.

Did you know? "Sanction" can also be a noun meaning "authoritative approval" or "a coercive measure." The noun entered English first, in the 15th century, and originally referred to a formal decree, especially an ecclesiastical decree. (The Latin "sancire," meaning "to make holy," is an ancestor.) By the end of the 17th century, the meaning of the noun "sanction" had extended to refer to both a means of enforcing a law (a sense that in the 20th century we began using especially for economic penalties against nations violating international law) and the process of formally approving or ratifying a law. When the verb "sanction" appeared in the 18th century, it had to do with ratifying laws as well. Soon it had also acquired an additional, looser sense: "to approve."

Getting Going Day 3

Today I got up about 9. I immediately got into my workout clothes and came downstairs to grab a bite of toast. I'll hop to it in a minute.

Hop to it. That's a phrase my mom used to say all the time growing up.

Going to Bed Day 2

We got to bed late. About 11 and then my husband was talkative again and we stayed up until about midnight talking. And when I say talking I mean he was talking and I was trying not to fall asleep while sounding interested in what he had to say. I was up in the night from about 1 to 2:30 with both boys. Just got one to sleep and the other one woke up.

Night Time Routine Day 2

I washed my face and brushed my teeth. Still no scriptures.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cook Dinner Day 2

I made mac and cheese for the boys for dinner. They also had some banana. Mark and I went out to dinner with my parents for Mark's birthday. I had chile relleno and an enchilada plus the rice and beans. (I only ate about half of everything. )

Cook Lunch Day 2

We had string cheese, apples and crackers for lunch today. I had to take the boys to see the Dr and so we ate on the run. It was good we grabbed something because we ended up being at the Dr's for about 2 hours. We waited forever and it sucked.

Grocery Shopping

I went to the store today and got lots of fruits, veggies, milk, mac and cheese, and some beans.

Exercise Day 2, Part 2

I also got out and shoveled my driveway.

Exercise Day 2

Today I did Power 90 Sweat Cardio 1-2. Tyler did it with me. He wanted to do the "muscle man" workout. When we were done I was totally exhausted and ready to go shower and get ready for the day but he wanted to do another one. So...

I also did Denise Austin's Boot Camp Total Body Blast. It just about killed me through the cardio portion but then the strength portion was really good for me to do and the stretches she does are wonderful.

Power 90 is 35 minutes and Boot Camp is 50 minutes. So 85 total. Whooo!!

Word of the Day

candor \KAN-der\n. 1: whiteness, brilliance 2: freedom from prejudice or malice: fairness 3: unreserved, honest, or sincere expression: forthrightness

Example Sentence: When the job applicant admitted to some indiscretions in his past, the interviewer thanked him for his candor.

Did you know? The origins of "candor" shine through in its first definition. "Candor" traces back to the Latin v erb "candere" ("to shine or glow"), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language "can," meaning "white," and the Sanskrit language "candati," which translates to "it shines." Other descendants of "candere" in English include "candid," "incandescent," "candle," and the somewhat less common "candent" and "candescent" (both of which are synonyms of "incandescent" in the sense of "glowing from or as if from great heat"). There is even "excandescence," and uncommon word that refers to a feverish condition brought on by anger or passion.

Getting Going Day 2

I got up this morning at 8:15. It's so nice to wake up to a relatively clean house. It gives me some more motivation to get to the rest of it! I am still trying to decide what to make for breakfast. Probably cold cereal. Better than eating out right? I need to go grocery shopping in a major way. I also have to say that I am sore from that teeny tiny workout I did yesterday. I didn't think I would be. My back, chest, bum and thighs are sore. And I pull different areas and they're a little sore too. Ahhhh, feels good!

Going to Bed Day 1

I was in bed and ready to go to sleep at 10 but my wonderful husband was suddenly talkative and we stayed awake talking until 11:30. Then I was up in the night with both boys. Tyler at 12:30 and Ethan at 3:30.

Night Time Routine Day 1

I actually did it! I washed my face and brushed my teeth. I did not read my scriptures though.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Cook Dinner Day 1

Tonight I made Mark's favorite Spaghetti Casserole and corn for dinner.


Today was Mark's birthday so we celebrated this evening with ice cream cake and then some special time with Daddy. I counted it as FHE because we had a nice time together.

Cleaning Day 1

Today I did two loads of dishes, picked up the main level and vacuumed. I need to clean off the kitchen counter and work on upstairs.

Cook Lunch Day 1

I made Ramen noodles for lunch today. We had pears and milk to go with it.

3 Things

Today is Mark's birthday so I'm going to do my 3 things about him.

1. I love Mark.

2. I am grateful that Mark and I have been married for 6 years and together for almost 9.

3. I love Mark's beautiful smile.

Happy Birthday!

Exercise Day 1

I got an exercise video just after Christmas and I love it. Today was my first time trying it and I am beat. I am feeling more from the 20 minutes I did this video then I have doing 60-90 minutes of exercise.

Since I'm just getting back into exercising after over a month off I'm just going to do the one video for today - and probably for this week. Then I'll either walk/jog or do an additional video.

The video I did today was "Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred". Best $10 I have spent on videos to date. It's only 20 minutes but it's a good one.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 1

We read the scriptures during breakfast. It's the best time to do it because, for the most part, they're quiet and they sit still. Today we read 1 Nephi 14. It's the end part to the things that the angel shows Nephi. It makes me wonder if all the prophets are shown the same things. Like if President Monson has seen all the same things that Nephi saw. And if Moses, Adam and those past prophets were all shown the same things.

Cook Breakfast Day 1

I'm making Blueberry Chocolate Chip Half Wheat Waffles for breakfast this morning. I'm actually re-heating the leftovers from Saturday morning's breakfast. The best way to reheat waffles is actually in the toaster. That way they're not soggy.

My recipe:

2 c flour - I used half white and half wheat
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c milk
6 Tbsp oil
2 eggs, separated

Mix together the dry ingredients. Mix in the milk, oil and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and fold them in. Add in whatever mix-ins you want. We like blueberries or chocolate chips. Not normally both at the same time.

Getting Going Day 1

I got up at 7:20 and I've been moving. Not fast, but moving. I'm working on breakfast.

Nursery Lesson #1

First off, I have to say that I LOVE the new nursery manuel that the church put out this year. It is absolutely amazing and geared exactly to the nursery. I didn't have to cut a TON out like with the other manuel. I basically just followed the lesson as outlined in the manuel. They even include the pictures and a picture to color for every lesson.

Lesson #1 I Am a Child of God

It was really nice because the primary chorister came in to do singing time with us and she closed with I Am a Child of God. It was the perfect introduction to my lesson.

We talked about the kids having Mommie's and Daddy's that love them very much. And that they love their parents. I told them that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them very much too.

I read Psalm 82:6 that said, "All of you are children of God."

I had gotten a picture of Moses from the library (one of him as a baby in the basket and then another of him older on the mountain), I didn't want to do the picture in the book as it is just a drawing and surrounded by 2 other pictures. I asked them if they knew who it was and explained that Moses was a great prophet who lived a long time ago and did a lot of important things.

We read Moses 1:4 that says "God said to Mose, 'Behold, thou art my son.' " Then we talked about Moses being God's son.

I then went through all 4 of my kids and told them, by name, that they were a son or daughter of God.

Then we turned to the picture included with the lesson. It's a bunch of kids. Then I picked out a few of them and said, "Is this boy a son of God? Is this girl a daughter of God?" Then I asked each of them if they were a son or daughter of God.

We closed with singing I Am a Child of God.

We colored the picture that is included with the lesson.

I didn't add anything extra or do anything fancy.

It was my best week yet in nursery. The only problem I had was that they moved us to a new room with a window (which was great, it's bigger and it's nice having some natural light in the room.) but the problem was that it was FREEZING. I'm going to have to see if we can move back to the other room until spring time when it's warmer.

I was really happy with the way things went in nursery. The helper they had lined up for me didn't show up but it ended up being okay because the little boy that came in a few weeks ago was there again and his mom stayed in the whole time and he was really good. He only cried a few times when his dad poked his head in to check on them. Other than that everyone was good, got along and was nice to each other. I only had 4 kids total and, at max, should only have 6 kids until about April when another little boy will come in. Much better than my first week doing it when I had 11 kids.

I'm Back!

Okay, so I know that was a long break but I'm ready to be back to doing everything. My husband is back to work. Holiday's are over. Kid goes back to school today. Life is great!

I'm going to start over at Day 1 for everything. New year, start over.