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Gym assessment and other stories

I’ve been to the gym 4 times since I signed up a week ago, so I have to say: so far, so good!  I had my assessment appointment this weekend, where I got weighed and measured to see where I’m at, and talked about my goals, nutrition, etc.  I also got instructions on how to use more of the machines than just the circuit, so I now have the confidence I need to really push myself.
Obviously I’m not going to notice ‘real’ results this early on, and I still have to do more outside of going to the gym to step up my game if I’m going to get where I want to go.  BUT I will say that I always feel better for it when I’ve been for a workout.  I went one afternoon during the week and found that I didn’t crash by early evening in the same way that I usually do.  Coincidence?  Possibly, but more likely there’s a correlation.
I felt really pumped after my assessment.  I thought I would be more nervous going into it, since getting weighed and measured isn’t really tops on my list of things to look forwa…

Gym motivation and a few kid updates

Written on Tuesday March 24/15...Not sure what made me forget to finish it/post it, but here it is!
I went to the gym yesterday a little after dinner.  I wasn’t going to go because I was running on 3 hours sleep, but I also knew I’d feel bad if I didn’t, so I did.  I discovered that if I do one full circuit I can actually get there, work out, and be home in one hour.  So it doesn’t have to take a super long time on days when I just want to get the work out but don’t have a lot of time.  I plan on doing the circuit twice the next time I go, as I want to push myself harder.  I have an appointment for a proper assessment coming up, and I’ll start using other machines once I’ve had that appointment.  But in all honesty, I love the circuit because it’s an automatic full body workout in just 30 minutes!  The biggest issue for me is still when the best times are to go, though.  Mornings are out because I don’t get enough sleep as it is, and James has to leave a little after 7 for work so I’d …

Spring is officially here...and Spring Break is officially over!

It’s hard to believe today was the last day of Spring Break.  That two weeks went by quickly.  It sucks that the first week was the sunny one, and I was sick for pretty much the entire thing.  But I feel we made up for it as best we could in the 2nd week in terms of doing activities with the kids.

Today I took Andrew bowling for his last day off outing.  I didn’t tell him where we were going, so he was surprised, and only figured it out once we were less than a block away from the bowling alley.  He was excited, and it was definitely a fun mommy/son time.  We played 2 games of 5 pin.  In my defence, Andrew had the sides up and I didn’t...but he won the first game with 100 and I got a measly 68.  I was trying, too, sadly!  It was not my game.  The 2nd game I won at 137, and Andrew got 109.  It was lots of fun, and we finished there with 2 games of Air Hockey, which is kind of our tradition when we go bowling (which we only do a few times a year...mostly because it’s RIDICULOUSLY expensi…

Friday night at the mall

On Friday night my parents came over to spend time with the kids while James and I had a date.  We were originally going to go to a particular restaurant for a delicious meal, but we weren’t entirely sure about it so we brainstormed other ideas the night before.  After disagreeing on a few ideas, James suggested that he really needs some new clothes (so true) so maybe we could go do some shopping.  If you knew James you’d know that he NEVER suggests going to the mall, and really, ‘James’ and ‘shopping’ are not two words one often sees or hears together.  I always wish he’d go shopping with me or be enthusiastic about shopping but it literally NEVER happens.  Well, on Friday he was being his opposite, because not only did he go shopping but he was also totally fine with looking in stores with me and not getting annoyed by things I was wanting to look at!!
He had a gift card for RW&Co (which seems to have changed a lot since he last shopped there…very Metrosexual now it seems like...…

Spring Break trip to Science World

Yesterday we took the kids to Science World, which was crazy to do during Spring Break, I know, but it had to be done.  Originally James was just going to take Andrew but then I thought about how often he’s been since he was 2 and how the girls have NEVER gone and it made me feel sad about all the experiences they miss out on by the sheer fact that they are twins and it’s a lot more complicated to take two 2 year olds to a place like that (or just about anywhere!)
I knew it wasn’t going to be my personal ideal place to be, one because I’m kind of over Science World (it’s mostly always the same stuff and...yeah...What can I say, science is interesting obviously but at the same time Science World can also have the effect of boring me to tears (not literally!)  BUT it wasn’t about me at all, I really wanted to give the girls that experience and I KNEW they would love it, and boy did they ever!
It was a total gong show and I can’t see us going back anytime REALLY soon...but eventually we’ll…

Following through on my word...

I made a point earlier in the week of talking to James about my plan to check out a gym this Saturday.  I’d talked to him about it before so I knew he would be supportive, but I also felt that by telling him when I was planning to go, I’d feel more compelled to follow through with it.  Why starting up at a gym seems so difficult is probably ridiculous but I can’t explain it.  
As the week went on I sort of put it to the back of my mind, even though I knew it was something I’d have to face.  I had said in my last blog post that I’d call to book an appointment (if necessary) to confirm my desire to get a membership, and that Saturday was for sure the day, but in reality I did not make that call.  And when Saturday (today) rolled around I found myself trying to come up with any and every excuse in my mind for why it was completely the wrong time to start going to a gym.
I was dressed in clothing appropriate for the gym, just in case I changed my mind, but decided instead I would go to Mich…

Turning a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day into a pretty good one!

Today started off seeming like one disaster after the other.  The kids were ill behaved pretty much from the moment my feet hit the last stair on my way down this morning.  They were bickering with each other and everyone seemed to want different things.  When I went to make my morning coffee I thought as a treat, and to get everyone into better spirits, I would make pancakes for breakfast.  The first day of Spring Break last week I made them, and the kids couldn’t get enough of them.  I got them to the table thinking we’d all sit together and it would be relatively quiet because they’d be so into their breakfast, but not so much.  I should have remembered that as soon as you believe your kids love a particular food so you make it again purposefully, they will no longer enjoy said food.
It wasn’t even so much that they didn’t like the pancakes, I think it’s more that they didn’t get the chance to enjoy them.  Emily decided she didn’t want to sit in her booster seat and instead sat on m…

Taking charge of my life, once and for all

Assuming that this stupid virus is truly, finally gone, which I’m unanimous that it HAS to be this week (I mostly feel better, just the flu-like feeling lingers here and there) I VOW that next Saturday I am going to check out a particular gym that I’ve been considering joining for a while, and FINALLY take the plunge and get a membership. (Edit: Even if the virus appears to be lingering, I AM DOING THIS. No more excuses!)

I’ve put it off and put it off...and put it off some more...for so many reasons.  A lot of them valid ones, which I will list.  For example, every time I think it would be a good time to join, another virus hits our household.  I hate the idea of missing a couple of weeks of going to the gym due to an illness (which honestly, the last few viruses I’ve had have wiped me out so badly that I literally would not have been well enough to go, for my own sake as well as the health of others as I wouldn’t want to spread the germs).  I can’t in all good conscience pay for a…

Papa's birthday party

Today (the 14th) was my dad’s birthday.  My Nana and aunt came over from the island to celebrate with us.  They’d never been to Ikea before (shocking, I know) so we decided to surprise my aunt with a little shopping spree there, which was so fun.  I left the girls at home with James so they could take their nap and we could shop in peace, but Andrew wanted to come along.  He loves places like Ikea.  Mostly because he knows he gets to have an ice cream cone at the end, but he also genuinely likes a lot of the stuff.  (He’s seriously talented at decorating.  There are times when I’m changing things around and he suggests something and I’m like NO WAY that won’t work but I try it and it totally does!  That’s happened more times than I can count!)
After Ikea we all met back at our place where the girls were up from their nap, and my bro and sil and aunt and uncle were waiting for us.  We had a pizza and nibblies party, and a red velvet cake (store bought) as well as homemade cupcakes for d…

The start of spring break

I’ve been sick for about 2 weeks now...I’m finally showing some improvement, but it’s slow.  I’m so frustrated by this virus.  Basically I am completely stuffed up as if I’ve just come down with a cold, but I’ve been this way for the entire 2 weeks.  It just won’t go away.  I was starting to think it could be a sinus infection, but from googling it, it sounds like there should be pressure and pain and symptoms I don’t have associated with it.  I started off with an extreme sore throat, which thankfully ‘only’ lasted for about 3-4 days, but it’s the stuffiness and then alongside that I’ve been having flu-like symptoms where I basically feel ill and woozy and extra exhausted.  If I over-exert myself, or even just exert myself AT ALL, I seem to pay for it with a lot of achiness and a feeling that I’m ill.  It’s so annoying because I have ZERO help since I’m sick (And Andrew and Margaret have been sniffling, too, so they’re also contagious) so I can’t ask anyone to help me...and all I nee…

Hopefully a short lived virus...

Oops, I wrote this a while ago and didn't realize it was saved as a draft but never posted...my bad!

Well, it looks like another round of colds is about to hit our house.  I can’t believe I’m already saying that, we literally have been healthy for maybe 3 weeks?!  I can’t stand how many viruses we seem to get.  Andrew started with a stuffy nose the night before last, and has complained of watery eyes and a sore throat.  Given that James is already dealing with allergy season (it seems to happen earlier and earlier each year since he started getting them several years ago) we thought maybe Andrew had allergies as well.  But, no, it’s a cold, because now I’m getting it (and I don’t have seasonal allergies).  Fingers crossed this is a short lived virus.  As it is, our weekend plans are most likely going to have to be cancelled, which I’m bummed about.  It’d be nice to get through the rest of the week on more than just auto-pilot…

We had a nice visit with James dad/partner over the week…