Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Where Has She Gone?

You may be wondering where I have been lately.  That is assuming that you desperately love reading this diatribe about how crazy my son is and how fat I am, depending on the day of course!

Things have been insane lately.  

First, I have been in a horrible funk.  I SERIOUSLY hate the time change but this year it hit me harder than normal.  It is dark when I get up and dark most days when I go home.  I just feel so sad some days.  I am normally a very happy person so I hate this blah feeling.  On top of that I have been really irritable and grouchy too.  As you can guess, my period finally came and hopefully this funk is behind us.

Second, tons of family stuff has happened lately.  My grandfather was in the hospital.  My dog is reall sick.  My mom is stressed out.  Etc, etc, etc.  It has been a bit of a shit storm lately.  All that stress and worry really starts to wear on you, probably adding to my general bad mood the last couple of weeks.

Third, I am clearly going thru a massage sugar withdrawal.  The week leading up to Halloween and the week after can only be described by saying that I completely gorged myself.  I am thoroughly disgusted by what I ate, yet I kept shoving tootsie rolls in my mouth.  I have slowly been trying to get myself back on track but the early darkness and blah mood makes it hard to stay on track some days.

When I list all this stuff out, probably 90% of my problems are my diet.  I have been eating crap, so I feel like crap.  My skin is gross, my clothes are tight....blah blah blah.   I wish I could bottle this crap feeling so everytime I want to grab a candy bar, I can take a whiff of this and remind myself that it JUST ISN'T WORTH IT!

Realizing that you are being a complete bitch because your tight pants are sawing your stomach in half and you are so uncomfortable is a rude awakening.  As I type this, I am cheers-ing you with a tall glass of water, instead of a much wanted glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  

Hears to your health, my friends!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Clearing Some Space

I know what you are thinking.  Christ this girl is purging her house again!  But no, I have stopped obsessively donating things.  (For the most part!)  The space I am talking about is head space.

I know, I know.  Hug a tree for god sake, right?  This new age, hippie talk is so not like my sarcastic self.  Did she start wearing birkenstocks?  Did she trade in the Volvo for a Subaru?  Nope, I am just trying new ways to feel better!

With my 2016 Fitness Challenge, I have devoted a lot of this year to bettering myself.  I read a few self help books, I read A LOT of parenting books, I really devoted myself to Yoga again, I (for the most part) cleaned up my diet and much more!  But I still feel mentally exhausted a lot of the time.

Let's be honest, life is exhausting.  I have tried to really simplify our life but I still have to work and I still have to be a parent.  These two things weigh on my mind a lot.  They keep me up at night.  They are the basis of most of my worries.  

So I decided to try meditation.

My brain runs about 4,879 miles per minute.  It races day and night.  I am notorious for making to do lists while lying in Savasana.  When I workout, I keep a notepad nearby so I can write down thoughts.  It sounds neurotic but these thoughts slam around in my head until I write them down, so I finally gave in and started doing that.

I have been trying this for about a month now and it is by no means easy for me.  First, I have a really hard time sitting still.  I fix my hair, I fix my bra, I wiggle.  It is shocking how hard this is for me.  Two, my brain is so chatty.  I have to constantly bring my mind back to the meditation.  All of these things have made meditation more of a chore. 

Because of this, I have gravitated towards guided meditations.  Focusing on someone else talking has made this endeavor a lot easier.  I have been using the Meditation Studio app and it has been fantastic.  I am strictly a 3-5 minute meditator but I can't tell you how peaceful I feel when I am done.

I am still very new to this and I have to constantly remind myself to make time to meditate.  But I am really feeling the results of it so I am going to stick with it!

Friday, September 30, 2016

September Workout Challenge

September was a bit of a rough month.  I am coming off of a long vacation in August and with school starting again, I have been having trouble finding my groove.  My diet has been filled with treats and drinks and more.  Because of that, I have been feeling tired and not 100%.  I have been working out routinely but a bad diet means that you will never see the results of all that work!

I really hemmed and hawed on what workout to do in September and finally I decided to go back to my winter staple, the Sworkit app.  I seriously love this app and if you haven't tried it, you have to download it.  It is completely free and a co-worker recommended it to me this past winter.  

You can pick from four types of workout, strength, cardio, yoga and stretching.  The cardio is KILLER.  Like your heart is going to pound out of your chest.  For this reason, I usually do the strength workout.  Once you select strength, you can pick from full body, upper body, core and lower body.

This month, I did all full body workouts.  I started with 25 minutes and slowly worked myself up to 45 minute workouts.  For the most part, I did these workouts 2-3 times a week.  The rest of the week went to pilates, Barre3 and yoga.

What I like about this workout, is the way they time it.  Yes it is a 45 minute workout, but every excercise is only 30 seconds.  Each exercise is different and it is very rare that they repeat in the same workout.  After 5 exercises, there is a 30 second break.

You can give your all for 30 seconds.  Anyone can!  Then before you know it, 45 minutes is over.  It is amazing how fast it flies by!

I have been feeling very soft and puffy lately.  Maybe from the entire bag of caramel corn I ate Saturday night but who is pointing fingers here!  Either way, I have been craving a workout that makes me feel strong and this definitely filled that need.

What workouts have you been trying lately?

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Perfect Weekend

As a parent, you know that there is really no such thing as the perfect weekend.  There are always going to be some bumps in the road.  A minor meltdown here, a kicked dog there.  You get the picture.  But this past weekend was the closest thing to perfection I have had in a long time.

August was really hectic.  To give you an idea, this was Max's August:

First week with his dad.
Second week bug camp fail and a back up babysitter.
Third week normal babysitter is back.
Fourth week, my grandmother dies, so Monday in LBI with the whole family, Tuesday and Wednesday in Rehoboth, Thursday and Friday in LBI without me.
Fourth week was our vacation, so just chaos and minimal sleep.
From that vacation, we went right into the first day of school.

With school, we have new kids in the classrooms, new teachers (his is out on a leave of absence right now) and two new babysitters.  On top of that we are back to routines but not the same routines we had last year.  Now I put him on the bus but this means I go to work later and get home even later.  I am down right exhausted and I know he is too.

This weekend, I wanted to really enjoy ourselves.  So Friday night I did all the laundry and cleaned the house. My house is super small so this takes maybe an hour.  But I wanted all of the chores out of the way so we could relax and have fun all weekend.

Saturday morning we had a playdate at his school.  It is run by the school and is a great way to meet parents and exhaust your child.  (Win!)  From there, we picked up my sister and went apple picking.  Max was amazing.  He was so fun and really sweet the entire time.  He kept hugging us and telling us what a great day it was.  We picked a ton of apples and had a lot of treats.  We ran some errands and then went home for a quiet night.

Sunday we got up and played with toys and read the paper before soccer.  Max wasn't feeling that great, so we came home after soccer and just relaxed.  We read some books, watched the Minion Movie and watched about 3,897 episodes of Transformers.  We REALLY love those Transformers.

There is no guarantee that this mystical beast of the perfect weekend will occur again but this is my recipe for it:

  • Limited activities
  • Keep it very simple 
  • Base most of what we do around him
It sounds so simple but it really isn't.  There is no choice, the house must be cleaned, the laundry must be washed, groceries must be purchased and lunches must be made.  I normally do all this on Sunday and we battle it out most of the day while I try to clean and he follows me with a path of destruction.

When the weekends are simple and a little quiet, we all have a great time.  He is happy and I am happy and that is an amazing thing.

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

August Fitness Challenge

Obviously like my last post, this is a very late follow up.  But I feel compelled to share this utter and complete failure with all of you!

August was all about trying the Tracey Anderson workouts.  And oh my sweet baby Jesus, I hated every one of them.

If you are a dancer, then maybe these workouts are for you.  I am not a dancer until there is a lot of alcohol in my body.  Because of that I just felt awkward and stupid every time I did these workouts.  The motions are so weird and fast and I could barely keep up.

I also can't stand her.  Sorry but I can't!  She has no expression on her face and just looks bored the whole time.  I don't feel compelled at all to work out with her.  All I could do was stare at her enormous fake breasts that never moved even though she was working out in a backless halter top (Seriously!)

I bought three dvds on Amazon for my trial.  Her live stream workouts are $95/month and that was just too much of a commitment for me.  The dvds are beginner, intermediate and advanced.  I only made it thru the first two before I threw in the towel.

So August was a big old fail!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Where Did You Go?

I can't believe it has been over a month since I posted.  So much has happened that the time just flew by.

Unfortunately my sweet grandmother passed away in mid August.  She was 94 years old and had lived a wonderful life but I was still heart broken from the loss.

Right after that was my 34th birthday.  Unfortunately this year I wasn't very interested in celebrating.  It just felt like it was too soon after my grandmother's passing.

From the 27th of August until September 6th I was on vacation down at the Jersey Shore.  It was a really nice vacation for the most part and it was wonderful to get away.

School started for the minion on September 6th and I am thrilled to have him back in school.  Max is a child who thrives on routine.  Summer is wonderful but all that free time is a little too much for him.

My college friend Andrea got married last weekend and I spent Saturday drinking my liver away and dancing until my feet were sore.

So that is my last month wrapped up in a couple of sentences.  Trying to get back into the swing of things over here!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Check Off July

I am a couple of weeks late but obviously the July workout challenge is done and we are on to a new workout in August.  July was sweaty and steamy so I decided to keep the workouts indoors instead of hitting the pavement for a month of running.  

This month was dedicated to strength training.  Back when I was a young twenty year old with oodles of free time on my hands, I used to strength train religiously.  I would work out four days a week.  I would run six miles, do some ab work and then work on my arms or my legs, depending on the days.

I obviously don't have time for that nonsense any longer.  Not really but I kind of fell off the wagon and never got back on.  Every spring I grab some 5lb dumbbells and figure that a couple of bicep curls will tone up all those jiggly bits on my arms.  But we all know that isn't really how it happens.

So I decided to really dig in this July.  Three days a week, I did a workout of legs, arms and abs.  It was about 45 minutes.  I would do weighted lunges and squats.  Calve raises and wall sits.  All the fun stuff.  Then I would move on to biceps and triceps, ending with a nice ab session.

The best part about this whole workout is that it allowed me to multitask.  Not only was I working out but I was catching up on all of my Real Housewives at the same time!  Dudes, we are in the middle of New York, New Jersey and the OC right now.  There is no time to waste!

But in all honesty I did enjoy these workouts.  I had that wonderful soreness after most of them, that is proof you worked hard.  My arms feel a little more toned and thanks to some recent clean eating, you can actually see a ghost of some abs.  A win win in the middle of summer.

August is here and we are on to a new workout.  I am giving Tracey Andersen a try.  By the end of the month I should be looking exactly like Gwyneth Paltrow so prepare to be jealous!