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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Started back up at SP on April 7th.

I have been keeping a close eye on calories and finding that I had been taking in way more than I thought, and started to slowly work out other things- like making sure I ate, trying to not eat too late at night, cutting down on the soda, adding in water w lemon and trying to eat in a more ph balanced way. I weighed myself on April 15 and April 17, I had shed 2.2 pounds. Payed even closer attention and ate fewer calories on 17th, and worked out. And gained it back.

Now I know that muscle weighs more than fat, and is leaner. And I also know that this is typical for me when I am working out. So I know, and want to just keep an honest track of where my weight is going. I am feeling good, and in lots of ways. And my pounds are going up and down. So, keeping track of this so that when I am successful at this, not only I can look back and see that the scale goes up and down, but that others maybe able to be encouraged by that.

The Goods
Am feeling good, more energy, skin is smoother, hair shinier, clothes fitting better, more even moods.

What I've been up to

Breakfast early
Lunch, haven't been able to get as early as want to- been pretty late actually.
Dinner, trying to have before 6pm.
Been cutting out the late night chocolate, more successful at the recently.
Taking vitamins etc regularly
Riding my horse
doing chores
cleaning house
taking less phone calls
Less time on fb, replacing that with SP
taking long walks (two mile a day minimum)
Doing couch to 5 k program using the app and our treadmill
Church :)
Working on the Financial Peace University curriculum
Also finishing up two college courses, waiting for summer break
Working on that budget-- seems to be the key phrase for me lately; something to do with budgeting finances, calories and time that goes together well. All skills that have the same common denominator; Budget. only x amount of dollars, only x amount of time and only x amount of calories. Manage those well and things work out much better. emoticon

So, today is a rest day as far as Couch 2 5k is concerned, though not for housework. Family of 5 always has dishes, laundry vacuuming, policing kids rooms and sweeping stairs etc. And a household that has horses, bunnies, chickens and dogs/cats, always has chores to do...plus homework, plus as a foster mom, paperwork and social workers coming over today. With all this on my plate, I have dedicated this time that I spend logging in on SP as an affirmation that momma is gonna take care of herself too. Because it is like my sweet husband says, as training for being an EMT, one of the first things they learn to do is to take care of themselves first, because if they don't take care of them, they cannot rescue anyone else.

So, instead of being discouraged by the scale, I'm being encouraged by the positive changes I'm seeing in my skin, hair, energy level, self-discipline, mood and clothing fit. And also instead of feeling too busy to log in to SP, I am seeing that time as a hallmark that I am taking care of me, and putting myself and health on the calendar. Mom is not just mom. She is Chris, and Chris needs some loving too. As moms we need to make sure we are putting ourselves on the clock, on the calendar, and not being so quick to replace ourselves with someone else's schedule, and simply erasing ourselves off the clock.

Be well,

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