Coming your way here, blog number two
Can’t keep up with rhyming, so what will I do?
I’ll have to tell you some truths, hard as it is
By the end of all this, you’ll know all my biz…
Christmas was coming, and we had a lot lined up: two Breakfasts with Santa, one five course dinner, a house party to host with lots of food and alcohol, four different neighborhood parties, and various other holiday dinners and gatherings to get in the holiday spirit!
I thought about trying to only go up to the buffet line for the Santa brunches once and be smart about what I chose. What did I end up with? Three visits to the line, three chocolate chip pancakes, a ginormous omelet filled with gobs of cheese, a piece (or maybe two) of french toast (the yummy thick kind), fruit, a muffin, some bacon, hashbrowns, and then the rest of my one year old’s fruit and pancakes too.
Yeah. I ate all that.
The other buffet was about the same. I thought about skipping dessert at the fancy country club dinner, but when they brought out the tray with all the delectable options, each loaded with a bazillion calories… We chose one for each of us and split them and I think I practically licked the plate. The other parties went similarly.
I was definitely not counting calories.
When I thought about everything I was eating, I decided I should start an exercise routine. I downloaded the “Run a 5K” app on my iPhone. I tried to follow it as closely as I could. It took away some of the guilt for all the indulging I was doing. But when things started getting really busy closer to Christmas, I didn’t keep up with it very well.
It did feel good when I did it. I had a little sense of accomplishment every time I got to the end of the workout. Anybody interested in getting started running should try it! I am now thrilled that I can run three minutes in a row! Wow! I hope you all realize that if I can get to the point of running a 5k by June, you can too!
By the way, what have I been doing in the past few years to try to stay in shape? Does breastfeeding count? I keep trying to look up how many calories that burns and add that in! I started doing some vigorous vacuuming periodically, also. Sometimes I see that listed in women’s magazines as a big calorie burner. And, lugging a 28 pound one year old and 40 pound four year old has to count for something, I’m sure.
My eating habits have been rather pathetic, as well. When I work a 12 hour shift and miss lunch, I kind of justify a couple of mini candy bars and a handful of Sour Patch Kids as replacing the calories that I would have had for lunch anyway. I eat out or have take-out for about half of my meals each week, too. Those women’s magazines never seem to think that is good. But Panera lists their calories and I try to choose the lower calorie options, at least.
Well, I must have really been feeling guilty about all of my bad habits, because it all played out in my subconscious the night before our training kick off. I had a dream that the training team came and searched my house and office and removed all of the junk food they could find in two large Hefty garbage bags. Then, I showed up late to training, wearing my pajamas, and without my water bottle. I could only find a pink sippy cup in the car with some leftover chocolate milk, so I brought that!
It turned out that I made it on time to the training and it went well. I had an actual water bottle. I decided not to bring a Snickers bar, even though those commercials make it look like it would “really satisfy” for a big workout. We ate lunch in the cafeteria and I ignored the dessert table.
It’s really amazing what logging your food and calories does to change your food choices! Try it!
Then, during our first spin workout, I thought my legs were going to fall off. I honestly thought about not really upping my resistance when Cory said to, but figured I would only be cheating myself! I wanted those dang hills to be over a little quicker, though, that’s for sure.
So, if this doesn’t work out, you may just see me on the cover of Time magazine with a ten year old still nursing. Does anyone know how many calories you can really burn with that?
Honestly, though, I have complete confidence that somehow I will actually be able to do this. The important thing, so far, seems to be just having a plan and a goal! Anyone can do it!
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