Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fa lala lalala ....close to you.....

There isn't a much sweeter sound, besides 3 year old giggles, than a 3 year old singing away while he plays.

We got the new Open Season 2 DVD last week and my two youngest boys have watched it about 12 times since. It's a cute movie and has a little cartoon sing-along at the end to The Carpenter's song "Close to You". That's what my 3 year old is singing.

"Fa la la lalalaaaaaahhhhh....close to you....."

And, boy, is it CUTE. I love being a Stay At Home Mom. I love being here to hear that kind of stuff all day as my 3 year old amuses himself while his 3 siblings are at school. I like hanging out with my kids when they get home and I'm happy to volunteer in their classrooms as well.

I do work during the day on the computer while I'm at home, but I keep myself busy doing 10,000 other things. I still find some down time, but sometimes I'd rather stop, look around and listen to that sweet, little 3 year old sing. And so I do. And I don't feel guilty about it. Not one bit.

What I'm saying is: family time is family time. Sure I can find time in my busy schedule to get in a workout, but it doesn't happen every single day. And that's ok. Will I still lose weight? I'm sure I will. Is it going to come off as fast as it would if I kicked butt on my cardio every day? No, it's not. But, that's the way it has to be. I have to find the balance between my needs and everybody else's needs.

And this is my last 3 year old ever. I'm going to play farm and Gator Golf and tractors and listen to him sing as much as I can. So there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Knocking out my cardio!

Yay! The February issue has been sent off to the printer and we can relax for a day or two. Ahhhhhhhh! It's always hectic around deadline time and things pop up that Christine, Michelle and I all three need to take care of, not to mention taking care of and chasing 10 kids between the three of us, so Carl was put on the back burner a few times in the past two weeks.

Carl does not like this.

Ditching out on him makes Carl an unhappy camper.

So, he's glad we're back at it. Well, at least *I* was today anyway. I did nothing all day at home and I hadn't slept well last night either so I was dragging. I was worried that I'd drag all through my workout and I really, honestly was dreading the thought of going to the gym and walking on the stupid treadmill. I was looking for excuses and I almost even let Kai, my 4 year old, stay home from tumbling so I could take a nap instead of working out. But, I'd never let my kid skip a practice or activity so I could indulge myself, so I took him to tumbling and off to the gym I went.

I don't have a whole lot of time on Wednesdays since he's only in tumbling for an hour, so I hustled in and got busy. I couldn't see Carl anywhere (he was working with another client at the time...he was there though) and there were four men on the treadmills and nobody on the bike so I hopped on a bike and went for it.

I rode hard for 30 minutes. I kept my heart rate up above 120 (which is where I need to be to burn calories) and my rpm's above 95 (which is how to keep my heart rate above 120) and I tried to maintain my 95 rpm's even when I was on hills (electronic resistance, but you can "see" the hill you're on on the display panel). It was a good push a time or two, but I just counted out my cadence, kept pedaling and got through it. I really like working out on the bike. I like the bike's workout program with the hills. It's a challenge, throws my heart rate up a bit more and also makes the riding go by faster when I can "see" what is coming up, what the next challenge is, and how the program lays out.

I had about 10 minutes left in my bike ride when two young girls got on bikes on either side of me. I helped the one girl get started, told her to keep her rpm's up in the 90's (or just go home...LOL) and kept pushing. I wanted to ride really hard for my last 10 minutes and I did. One of the girls beside me looked at me when I had about 3 minutes left and said, "Wow. You're doing alot better than I ever could!" lol My rpms were up around 120 at this point.

Carl checked back in when I had about 30 seconds left in my ride and told me he wanted me to do at least 5 minutes on the elliptical. I was feeling pretty good, actually, so I told him I'd go for it. I caught my breath, got a drink and climbed on the elliptical. I put it on 21 level resistance, 5 incline and went for it. I went HARD for that whole 5 minutes. I even impressed Carl. He knew I had it in me and was in much better shape though. So, of course he took credit...thought he was quite a superstar personal trainer.

Hey man! I did all the work here! LOL

And, the best part is, I honestly felt GOOD after that workout. I guess there is such a thing as workout endorphins. I didn't think it existed, but I really felt something today. And, I didn't come home and die on the couch afterwards. I didn't almost collapse at the gym as I climbed off the elliptical, and I really didn't take 30 minutes to catch my breath. I'm in SO MUCH BETTER SHAPE than I was a month and a half ago. It's such a good feeling too. I even noticed it when I played basketball last week. Normally I'm DEAD and can't go on after 2 minutes running up and down the court, but last week I was not. I could've played alot longer than I did. Now THAT is a great feeling as well.

Yay me and *cough* *cough* thanks carl *cough

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Deadline Week!

EEEK! It's deadline week. I'm sure Christine is downing the Diet Coke and burning the midnight oil. I know I am. But, I'm excited. I've just written one of the best articles of my life. Ok, maybe that's a stretch, but it's really good and I can't wait for the February issue of the magazine to come out. You can read an excerpt from my article on The Edge blog -------->.

We just got our January issue out a couple of weeks ago and we're already putting February to bed, but it's just so exciting. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy putting it together because it really is a fun job. There is nothing greater than finding all the positive, upbeat and uplifting things we can about the area we live in and putting it all in print.

Keep reading, commenting, and supporting us. It's been one year and we're so happy to still be here and proud to be going so strong.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Or is it....

In it to LOSE it??

Whichever...I'm going to do it.

In It To Win It

That's right peeps! I'm in it to WIN IT!

The holidays are over, my 6 week hump has come and gone, I'm committed, I've lost 11 lbs so far and I'm going full force now.

WOOHOO! Let's Rock this thing!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Why a Personal Trainer?

Even though I'm a brat and don't always want to do what Carl says, I do like working out with a personal trainer. Especially Carl. He's just good at what he does. He is knowledgeable and he's fun. He describes himself as "humbly ferocious" and he pretty much is. He will push and get his point across, but then he's so damn nice and just...Carl...that I want to do what he asks just so he'll be happy.

But I still hate the elliptical machine. I'd rather bike. I workout hard, too. I get breathing hard, push myself, and work up a major sweat (even without a stupid sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt on) and I know I'm getting my heart rate up and getting a good cardio workout in. But Carl wants me to try other things besides the bike. So..I do at least TRY what he wants me to do. In the end I do what I want, but I do try. Just cuz I want to work hard for Carl. And for me, but I don't want to let Carl down.

And honestly, I don't give Carl too much crap. If he really had to deal with all I can dish out, he'd quit and just say this whole thing just isn't WORTH putting up with me, but he is so patient and tries hard to connect and support. He's just a great guy and an awesome personal trainer.