Monthly Archives: January 2016

My 5 year old joins in on home exercises with mom

Letting your kids watch YouTube can backfire on you (as it has done for me at about :45 seconds through this video).
This Blizzard of 2016 has kept us home-bound for the past few days so I am constantly looking for ideas to keep the little one busy. Though it is nice to spend time with the family, I’m ready for normalcy again. When will school open back up? So for my homework (Home-Work-Out) today it involved squats, push-ups, jumping jacks and more. This in addition to the shoveling yesterday and today…I’m sore!

Exercising with kids and getting the family involved is so important. If we don’t set a good example for them, who will? I could have easily left her to watching You Tube on the iPad upstairs which means more and more Barbie videos, Play Dough videos and more that she would have watched, but luckily I called her down to help me ‘count’ my exercises out. Something as simple as that – a math game really, actually got her to do some exercises with me! Shocked! She lasted about 10 min with me doing pushups, jumping jacks, and even some floor stretches and more. I even googled some exercise videos and she enjoyed a few following along with some all by herself. It was pretty cute to say

Kids love it when families exercise together. Fancy equipment is not needed, just a creative mind (or a list of body weight & floor exercises) to get moving and off the iPad for a while.
On a side note – it’s Jan 26 and I still have my Christmas Tree up! Maybe I’ll take it down this week when we can shovel our way to the shed!

Blizzard Exercises & Plank Challenge

It’s so easy to snuggle up on the couch watching TV stuffing your face during a blizzard, but when my FB timeline is filled with plank challenges from my fitness family, I had to join in. I had to get my mind right. The Blizzard that hit us in the Northeastern United states has paralyzed the DC/Baltimore area. So We were even given an at-home blizzard workout to keep this weight loss journey going. What’s better than an exercise routine with your family at home

When I started this journey, I couldn’t hold a plank for 3 seconds, my core strength was zero. I had had 2 back surgeries in 2009 & 2011 for herniated disc’s that left me unable (or unwilling) to bend down, pick up anything, carry anything heavy, etc. And I really took it TOO easy on myself and let myself go. I lost ALL of my core strength and gained a ton of weight from not being active.

So building it back up has been challenging to say the least, so watching this video makes me want to pat myself on the back.

I fell off the bandwagon…

I fell off the bandwagon and felt like I was in maintenance mode for a few months, but in reality my weight started increasing slowly. First 2 or 3 lbs, then 3 more, then 5 more, and then my jeans started feeling tight! Ugh….You probably know how it goes!

I’ve worked so hard going from a 24/26 size jean to a 16/18 and I know I still have more to go, I can’t let this happen! I can’t let all this hard work go to waist (yes, I meant to spell it that way!) Literally more is being added to my waist…not good!

I was starting to eat cheese & crackers again, but then finding myself some evenings bored and devouring 1/2 box of Wheat Thins! Or I’d grab 1 or 2 Oreos when my daughter had one, and well- you can’t have Oreo’s without milk. Next thing I know I’d see a whole row of Oreo’s missing! What the what???!!!???!!! How can I eat and not realize what I was putting in my mouth! I think I have a serious problem here!

I read some motivational quote that said something to the effect of “Being defeted is temporary. Giving up is permanent.” That meant to me that I needed a challenge. I need to get out of my comfort zone. I need to get back into motion.

My husband was just diagnosed with Diabetes in November and that was another wake up call for both of us. He is not overweight, but being Latino he likes his rice & plantains with Chicha (juice) on the side. But when he was sick the first week of November he started to develop some symptoms similar to what my dad has had in the past (My dad also has diabetes) such as frequent urination, blurry vision, just not feeling good at all period. I decided to go pick up a blood sugar test at CVS and sure enough his blood sugar was 536! The next morning we called the doctor and got him in immediately, his blood sugar was 475 that morning, he immediately was given insulin and a prescription for pills and insulin shots. What an adjustment both of us had to make.

This past week I have made a commitment to get this ‘holiday weight’ off and keep on going. More to come because I surely don’t want to end up with Diabetes. Can’t stop…won’t stop!