Here we are in another week, I apologize for my delay with this post. I’m seriously wondering where this last week has gone. It seems like this week has been incredibly crazy. Feels I just got the results of my last weigh in. I have to admit that after last week’s weigh in, I was in the think tank trying to figure out how I can boost some things up a bit.
The obvious thing is that losing weight is a process. It’s also a tremendous amount of hard work, not so much because of a need to eat better or healthier, because a change in lifestyle requires more than just changing a diet. For a busy mom, that can leave you frustrated like what’s the point.
Sure, exercise is important, but when the heck does life fit it in any moving around outside of chasing your toddler? Or, does chasing your toddler count as exercise? Probably not, right?
It never seems to. According to Jillian Michaels, for 20 minutes of exercise to be most effective, you have to combine strength and cardio to get the best workout. Twenty minutes. Seems like cake walk, right?
When you’re trying to get the dvd to work because your husband has rigged five different electronic devices together, it’s not so creepin’ easy to pop in a DVD to workout simply because…
You Don’t Know What The Heck You’re Doing.
Not to mention, the kids have rearranged things so they can get their “video game” time in. I am completely clueless, so I’m getting my own stinkin’ DVD player and taping a sign on it that very clearly says, “Do Not Touch. MOM’s DVD.” That should do it, right?
The reality, guys, is this whole weight loss thing takes a lot of motivation, something that I don’t always have. All I need is for the DVD to be unplugged from the wall before I want to turn around and grab a bag of dill pickle chips.
So what really happened last week?
Well, the kids got sick. I had four children coughing and feverish at one time! My husband and older son were away on business, and, while my older girls were somewhat helpful it felt like we were outnumbered. My middle son jumped in to help after he started feeling better, but sick and whiny kids are always a deterrent from routines.
So, here’s what I did.
I went back to drinking my green tea. I realized that it had a horrific effect on me that caused me to feel really sick and light headed. I was only using a teaspoon of Matcha daily, but after looking little deeper, it was really an issue of not having any food on my stomach at the time I’d drink the tea. The best way to keep from feeling ill if you’re drinking Matcha is to drink it in between meals.
I also stepped up on the water. I drank at least 6 cups daily.
As for the exercise, I pulled out my jump rope and did 1 minute jumping sessions with push ups in between. I got these in whenever I could, when the kids were lying around semi contented. I put the rope in a chair in the room I had to pass by and I’d just grab it without thinking, and start jumping. This was something I actually liked because it wasn’t scheduled and it didn’t take figuring anything out. I just did it.
What was the result?
I actually lost the pound that I gained last week. I guess something is better than nothing.
What I plan to do this week.
I’m going to keep up the water and try to shoot for 8 cups daily. I’m sticking with the Matcha, and I’ll be squeezing in some dancersize and rope jumping. I just bought one of the Just Dance games (affiliate link) from Amazon, that the kids love. I think it’ll be an easy way to get me moving and they’ll want to join in.
This week has already gone into sick week two, but I’m hoping it will all subside soon and we’ll be in the clear by the weekend (providing the older girls and I don’t get it on the tail end). :/
If you haven’t tried Jillian Michaels, and you want an effective workout, I’ve included an affiliate link, to her 30 Day Shred. It’s one of the most effective exercise DVDs I’ve tried, short and crazy movement with three levels to choose from.
Tomorrow, I’ll have a sneak peek of what we’ve been working on in the candle line and a quick decor DIY. I