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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so, incredibly, thankful today. For my six beautiful blessings from God. For my talented husband who is still the love of my life. For a warm house. For a big dog. For parents who love with their whole hearts and still teach me something new all the time. For babies. For cousins I get see grow up. For aunts, uncles and grandparents who love my children as much as they've always loved me. For laughter. For rainy nights. For sunshine-filled picnics. For chocolate. For God's Word. For friends who provide just what I need when I didn't know that was what I needed. For family who've become friends and friends who've become family. For mud puddles and rubber boots. For unexpected checks in the mail. For first steps and first words. For being someone's sounding board. For warm quick breads. For bananas. For my big wooden dining room table that seems to swell to fit whomever is here. For those who understand. I am so grateful.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Birthday...

Old Man ;)

Just kidding.

It's John's birthday today. He's working but in between clients and classes we plan to spoil him with (gasp!) chips, hugs and playtime at the park.

those are my sunglasses, by the way. lest you think he really likes them. he thinks they are ugly and he thought he was pretty funny here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Don't Wait for the New Year

With the holidays suddenly upon us ( I say suddenly, but just like every other year we had 10 months leading up to them) it seems inevitable that the added holiday pounds will come, also.  The great news is that they don't have to.  The not-so-great news is that you have to get MORE active to help offset the indulging that comes along with this time of year.  It is said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  That being said, it is a little insane to think that this year will be any different if you follow your usual holiday routine.  For most that routine will end with the inevitable New Year's resolution to lose weight and get in shape.  Holy Cow, Susan Powter had it all figured out....."STOP THE INSANITY!!"

Changing your holiday routine doesn't have to be (and actually shouldn't be) drastic.  Especially if you start now.  Launch your pre-emptive strike on holiday weight gain by simply getting MORE active each day and paying a little closer attention to your diet.  For everyone, the definition of more will vary.  If you currently aren't doing any kind of exercise, get out and walk for 30 minutes a day.  Start taking a look at your eating habits and find one or two ways you can improve on them.  Every little bit truly does count.  Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to completely overhaul your lifestyle in a day.  Habits may be hard to break, but they are definitely not impossible to break.  Especially if the goal is worth the sacrifice.  I'm not saying it's easy by any stretch.  But I guarantee that if you start making small changes now, you could make a BIG difference come January 1!!     


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good Morning, Good Feelings

As I mentioned yesterday, I've been doing some yoga in the mornings. I printed, laminated and posted this photo of Sun Salutations in my bathroom, where I stretch each morning before reading a devotional. has a few videos along with a poster you can order. If you haven't done much in the way of yoga these videos will be helpful. They are a bit dated- at least, the lady's outfit is, but hey, what's old is new again I guess, anyway, I suggest not watching this with elementary-aged boys. Just trust me on that one.

If you're looking to order a poster, here's another pretty one.

But we all know I like free- here's another printable image that includes breathing reminders.

This website has a decent explanation of each pose and you can right click on the image (it's red and blue and numbered) to print it.

If you haven't done yoga at all before, I recommend at least doing a video first (a class is even better if possible). Just reading the descriptions can be confusing. I did yoga more when I was pregnant (especially the first few pregnancies) and became familar and comfortable with it then.

This yoga pose is not in my morning routine.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quiet Moments

Quiet moments are few and far between around here. Most of the time, that's fine with me. But I recognize that it's healthy to take a few minutes to be still and breathe. Also, as a Christian I know I should be spending time reading my Bible. I put a Bible on my Kindle (b-day pres from Mom and Dad!!). I've read it once. My birthday was in August.

Like I said, quiet moments when I'm awake are few and far between.

I've been getting up 15 minutes before I want to get in the shower in the morning. I tried to use this as my exercise time but it wasn't enough time. My wonderful hubby never said a word until I said yeah, my pants are getting tighter and my headaches are more frequent. So I need to fit some 30 minute blocks of exercise into my schedule. But in the meantime, I'm continuing with my 15 minutes first thing in the morning. I do some yoga and then read a devotional. I've never been consistent with something like this before but it's been a couple of months now and it has a become more of a habit. It helps that I set my cell phone where I have to get out of bed to turn off the alarm.

Steal some moments of quiet time for yourself. During your quiet time, you can stretch, breathe, pray, meditate, read, see how long you can do a wall-sit...

I promise you that a calmer mom (or dad!) leads to a calmer household and happier children.

Let Dr.Oz tell you how to practice some deep breathing. Less than a minute to lower blood pressure!
Tomorrow I will post some links to printable sun salutations, like the one I use in the mornings.

Friday, November 4, 2011

You're It!

tag on roller skates would not be a good choice for our family... but yours might really enjoy it!
My kids all love to play tag. Our favorite version is freeze tag with John as "it". There are so many kids now that he can never get them all frozen so he remains the tagger. He thinks this is great fun and great exercise.

I like to be on the kids' team.

I was brainstorming some other versions of tag recently. Remember stuck-in-the-mud? Where you have to crawl under the frozen person. My big boys love to play Ghost in Graveyard when it's dark out (we have some awesome neighbors). It's kind of like reverse Sardines and tag combined. At the playground we play that I am shark and the kids are on a boat (the playground) and I try to eat their feet. So kind of tag.

Any other suggestions for tag-ish games? This cooler weather is perfect for family running games outside to keep warm yet not get overheated.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Are You Lunging?

This post is geared toward all you hot mamas out there.... well, more toward all you wanna-be hot mamas (like me, hey, it's okay, I'll totally admit that I'd love to have a tight lil tushie and good hair and all that).

Off topic already. And a bit fresh for this blog, sorry.

Okay, so what I want to say is this--


Yup. Lunges. They are totally fabulous for your legs and your booty. You can do reverse lunges and these little side lunges, too (lateral lunges, I just asked J). I need to do them more. I love it when the kids walk in and join me. 4-yr-old lunges are the cutest.

I read somewhere that Beyonce does 100 lunges, 100 somethings and 100 something elses when she can't get to the gym. I don't remember what the other somethings were but I do remember those lunges.

Sweet picture of a lateral (side) lunge.  I totally look like this, matching shoes and all. Really.

Like I said in the beginning, wanna-be hot mama.