Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ski Trip Photos...and I've Lost My Mind...

We had an awesome time on our are some pictures!

Caden was a little upset after she had a crash...we convinced her the only way to be done skiing was to ski down the mountain...

Caden was watching all of the gear while her Daddy and I got things settled before we went out for the day together on Sunday.

A really fuzzy picture of Caden and Me before we got on the mountain for the day.

A picture of the mountains from I-70 on our way down to Denver.

Me skiing on Sunday.

B and I hanging out on the slopes while Caden got ready to try skiing again...
We've all been trying to recuperate this no avail. We're all still extremely exhausted, but it was all totally worth it! We had so much fun!

Now to the me being crazy part (I'm sure that's no shock to most of you)...I have decided to take much better care of myself (that's not the shocking part). So, I have decided to give a new program called TurboFire a go and see if I like it = I will stick to it. I feel so much better physically, mentally, emotionally when I'm working out, so it's really important to me to get back to it. It looks pretty intense, but it's dance-based, so I'm sure that I will really enjoy it if I can just stick it out for the first few, gut-wrenching workouts. I really like the simplicity of the program, and it's made by the same company as P90X and some of the other really popular home-workout programs...I just took all of my beginning measurements today, and I really need to take my "before" picture tonight, just for posterity. That thought doesn't excite me much, but I'm pumped to get home and get started tonight! Wish me luck, I'm sure I'll be whining lots on here about how much I hurt.

I've also found these 25 tips that I think make a lot of sense. They're probably a little over simplistic but I think they sound good...ask me in a few days what I think of them.

  1. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink from it often. Water *is* the drink of choice.
  2. Look at exercise as a pleasure and privilege, not a burden or chore. Think positively about the changes regular exercise will produce. Rather than obsessing about your next meal, get excited about your next workout!
  3. Think twice before deciding what to eat and why, making sure that it is healthy and will provide you good nutrition, fill you up, and give you long-term energy.
  4. Measure intake based on activity, not how you "feel." Need should mandate intake, not mood, emotion, or your present company.
  5. Eat well-balanced meals and remember that excessive calories, even if they are fat-free and high protein will turn to excess weight! No matter what the latest fad diet, extra calories equals extra weight!
  6. Limit caffeine and exposure to even secondhand smoke.
  7. Focus on short-term fitness goals with an emphasis on completing daily exercise.
  8. Keep a daily log of what you're actually eating. This includes grabbing a handful of chips here, the crust of your kid's sandwich, and ALL your snacking.
  9. Enjoy an occasional (once a week) "unhealthy" treat, but never an "unhealthy" week or unhealthy vacation.
  10. Savor the feeling of accomplishment you have after completing an intense workout. Remember that feeling and use it to motivate you when you don't feel like exercising.
  11. Learn new ways and new techniques for exercising.
  12. Avoid monotony by taking up new forms of exercising or using things that keep you motivated and inspired, like new shoes or great music.
  13. Subscribe to fitness magazines to keep focused on health as an overall way of life.
  14. Invest in the right tools—good shoes, a health club membership, a portable MP3 player or iPod, fitness equipment, a new series of tapes, etc.
  15. Make it your goal to do some form of exercise 6 days a week. If you're eating right, exercise will fuel your energy level!
  16. Don't compare your body to others. Instead, work to be your personal best.
  17. If your diet is unbalanced, take daily vitamin and mineral supplements for total health.
  18. Work to take your exercise to new levels of intensity.
  19. Create an exercise schedule the day before, instead of leaving it to chance or waiting to "find" the time. If our last two Presidents of the United States can make time to workout every day, you can make time too!
  20. Move beyond the boundaries of weight loss and into total fitness. Measure success by the way your clothes fit, and not a number on a scale.
  21. Stick with eating plans you can maintain indefinitely. Remember that no matter how hard you're working out, if you're consuming too many calories, you'll never see the muscles that lie beneath layers of fatty tissue.
  22. Live a balanced life.
  23. Get adequate amounts of sleep, but remember that people who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  24. Limit alcohol intake to special occasions.

Wish me luck! Love you all!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

February = SO FAST!

February is flying by!! It's been a great month, so far, though! Lots of stuff going on, but it's been really good!

Caden is doing an excellent job at her gymnastics meets! The last two we've finished first all-around and third all-around! Championships are in March in Lawrence. Yes, I'm going, you know I love the child when I will spend the day in Lawrence, home of the pillaging, marauding jayhawks...grrr...Seriously, though, she's doing a great job and we couldn't be more proud of her!

We all had a great Valentine's Day! Caden and I both got a dozen and a half roses from Brian and I also got flowers from Mom and Daddy! Caden got all kinds of books and pretty stuff, I got new pearl bracelets and earrings, and I made a donation to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Brian's name. FCA means a lot to him and I really wanted to do something special for him! He loved it! I was glad!

We've had parent/teacher conferences this week, so we've had a few long days, but we have tomorrow off, which is nice! The three of us are flying out first thing in the morning to go skiing in Breckenridge. We won't be back until Monday and we're super excited to get away for a while and go have some fun! I'm sure I'll have pictures to post when we get back early next week...

Other than that, it's just been lots of school and working and dance and gymnastics! We so can't wait for the weather to really warm up! It's 75 today, but I doubt it stays around...I'm definitely ready for it to be this warm to stay! We are very thankful for the warm day today, though!

Alright, I better get back to preparing for my kiddos and their parents!

Love to you all!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Seriously...Enough Winter.

Okay, more whining from this Southern-blooded girl...somewhere around 10-15 inches of snow and 6, yes, 6 degrees today. Seriously. I'm done with winter. Forever. If it never snowed again I would be perfectly happy. Hopefully our illustrious governor (read with as much sarcasm as possible) forgives some of our snow days. Otherwise, it could potentially be July until we're done with all of our school this year...okay, probably not that late, but I would guess we run right into summer school like we did last year. Bleh.

Speaking of summer school, I'm already getting all of my materials together to apply to teach. I really hope I'll have the opportunity to teach summer school, but with the current budget situation everyone is in, I would guess that it's going to be pretty competitive to get in. All I can do is apply, and pray. That's what I intend to do anyway!

On a positive, and less whiny note, we've had a great couple of snow days! Brian and Caden and I hung out all day yesterday. I got some cleaning done, some cooking done, and lots of reading done! There was also lots of wii and a few board games played! Today, Caden and I got up and made Brian breakfast in bed...complete with bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, toast, and coffee. Caden insists that I let everyone know she made the eggs. And she did a fabulous job, I might add! The rest of our day has been full of laundry, wii, and starting to go stir-crazy...hopefully, we can get creative here in a little bit and find some other things to do. I might actually trudge over to the fitness center and get a run in. Maybe...

Other than that, we're just hanging out and staying warm. Hopefully, we'll go back to school sometime this week. With the predicted wind chills tomorrow, it's not looking super promising, though. One can always hope.

Hopefully everyone else is warm and safe! Love you all!