Saturday, July 04, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Foto Friday

A whole month down plus a little more and I'm still keeping up with the 100 Happy Days Challenge!  It's getting a little harder as I kinda feel like I'm taking the same pictures over and over.  But it's fun and I'm getting lots of pictures of my little guy as he's growing and changing nearly before my eyes.

Day 26 - Yes, this seems like a dumb picture to be happy about, but hear me out.  We started out bathroom remodel 7 months ago and finally it's starting to come together.  Our counters and sinks were installed last week.

Day 27 - The very next day Dave installed the faucets and they work!!!

Day 28 - In addition to fixing up the bathroom, I've been working on our landscaping like a boss.  We have cut down two trees and weeded until I've been covered in dirt.  I've also made some snake friends in the process.

Day 29 - Peek-a-boo!!!

Day 30 - Yogurt beard.

Day 31 - Watching the trains at Easton (local mall).  This is beginning to be a weekly occurrence.

Day 32 - He's at it again - falling asleep with his book on his chest.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

I'm Getting a Job

I feel like I have been living at the Y this year.  I've done a TON of swimming (seriously, 58-1/2 miles already).  I have become quite comfortable taking Anderson to child care.  They know him, they know me.  I really feel at home at the Y. 

A few weeks ago, our swim lessons were moved to the big pool because there weren't enough life guards.  Surprisingly, our Y is short of life guards this summer.  Several of the guards talked to me about taking the certification and getting on staff.  They know I can swim and they know I'm there all the time anyway.  So I got in touch with the swim director and he talked me into it.  I hemmed and hawed for a week until he asked me if I would do it.  Then I got a babysitter for Anderson next week so I could take the certification class. 

And here I am.  The prerequisites are a short swim, a 2:00 tread without hands, and a brick dive and retrieve.  If you pass those then you continue on with the training and CPR and whatnot.  In addition to getting a job, I also will get my membership for free and a discount on classes.  Plus if any of my hours need childcare I can do that at no additional charge.  Although I'm not thrilled that I will probably be working evenings and weekends, I'm going back to work and making a little money and basically doing what I do every day anyway.

Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

June Totals

Wow!  June went fast!  It was a jam-packed month filled with some working out, much loving on my boy, and lots and lots of work around the house.  Oh, and I took a picture every day and blogged every day (except for last Wednesday - darn it!).

Swimming - 15,700 yards ~ 8.9 miles
Really, I should have swam a lot more than this considering it was the only exercise I could do for the majority of the month.  I had a hard time motivation myself, though, to go to the Y and just pull in the water.  By the end of the month I was doing a little kicking, but generally these workouts are slow and short.

Biking - 28.92 miles
I got the green light to ride my bike in the middle of the month.  I have done some spinning, although keeping it light and all inside on the trainer.  The most I've done is 40 minutes.  I'm hoping to build back up to an hour soon.

Walking - 2 miles
I have yet to be cleared for aerobic walking, but I have done a little, keeping it nice and light and SLOW on the treadmill.  Seriously, 20 minute miles.  I want to walk more, but I'll keep it super slow and easy until the doctor officially gives me the okay.

I don't have any official numbers to report, but I have been doing some strength.  I've mostly kept to seated weight lifting and core, although I have done very light weights standing up.  No lunges or squats just yet.

I feel like I've been in the YMCA one billion times in the last 7 weeks (more on this tomorrow), although it was really only 20 visits between the three of us in June.  That's a cost per visit of $4.27.

My next doctor's appointment is in the middle of July so hopefully the swimbikerunwalkstrength numbers will only continue to grow as the summer goes on.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Conditioning Cards

When I was a gymnast our workouts were broken down into warmup/stretching, routine/apparatus work, and then the last half hour of every practice was conditioning.  Looking back it amazes me how strong I was.  I try to do some of the strength exercises now, and I fail miserably.  But, I'm determined to get super strong again, so I'm taking a page out of my gymnastic days and have created conditioning cards.

To start our strength sessions, my gymnastics coach would get out a deck of cards (index cards), shuffle them and then lay out 10-20 along the beam.  On each card was a different exercise.  We were given repetition numbers.  Then we got to it. 

I plan on duplicating this.  I started by writing down some exercises. 

Then, thank goodness for Amazon, I found blank playing cards.  I put the exercises on the playing cards.

Now I can legitimately shuffle them.  I plan on choosing about 10 each time and doing each exercise three rounds at 10 reps, maybe.  A lot of the exercises I can't do yet (squats/lunges), but there are many I can do.  I can't wait to get started.

What are you favorite strength exercises?

How do you come up with strength routines?

Monday, June 29, 2015

The July Challenge

Last week I went to a funeral and wore a dress I bought last summer but had never worn.  It's a cute little polka-dotted number that has a natural waste and A-line skirt.  It looks straight out of the '50s.  I absolutely loved it last summer when I bought it.  When I put it on this past week it did not fit well.  It was so tight I was left with a mark around my mid-section where it was squeezing the life out of me.  Plus the natural waste kept rolling up which caused me to fuss with the dress all evening long. 

How did I get this big?  Where has all this weight come from?  Ugh!  I'm disgusted with myself.

Dave too has put on some weight and isn't really happy with it either.  So we concocted a plan.  We're calling it "The July Challenge".  From June 28th - July 31st we will:

1. Eat in every meal, except for Friday lunches at Chipotle.  We meet college friends every Friday for lunch at Chipotle.  Friendship is more important than one meal.

2.  No alcohol.

3.  Exercise every day.

4.  Try to eat Whole30/clean for as many meals as we can. 

The person with the highest percentage of weight loss wins and the other must buy the winner something he/she wants (within reason).

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I do love a challenge. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week in Review

The motivation has come back a little.  I did alright with my workouts last week.  I swam once and biked three times.  I'm craving running like nobody's business, but at least biking is helping me feel like I'm actually doing something aerobic.

Swimming - 2000 yards
10 x 200 Rest :15
Odds regular easy swim. 
Evens pull breathing bilaterally.
Yes, I did a little kicking.  I kept the kicks really small, mostly kicking from my ankles.  It wasn't so bad.  It was nice to not have a pull buoy.

Biking - 16.9 miles
I did three rides on the trainer; all of them easy.  Two of them were for thirty minutes and one was for 35.  I even got Dave to join me for the 35 minute ride!

I did do a little strength training, mostly core and some arms.  It was nothing important to write in my training journal so I won't bore you with the specifics.  Tune in Monday and Tuesday next week for more information on a lot more workouts coming my way.