Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Azucar, How I MIss Thee...

Okay, so it's what, day 14 of Lent?
Even with my cheat days--which for the record started off as the weekend and have somehow morphed into Fridays after work--at night I crave the sweet goodness of refined white sugar. Hmmmm. Just writing it out makes my teeth yearn for some saccharine goodness.

Can I say for the record, there are way too many foods that have added sugar in them. One of the big ones being Bread! Friggin bread has sugar in it. Do you know in turn how many things have bread in it? EVERYTHING.

I probably go through 7 or 8 sticks of gum (sugar-free mind you) a day. Sure, my health and weight are probably benefiting from all this but I'm probably gonna have some serious jaw issues once this is over.

Sigh. End random rant.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh hai there, I didn't you see you...

Ha, my last post was in April 2013. So pathetic. I've had another kid since then. But more on that later.

I'm reviving this dusty old thing for various reasons (we'll see how long that lasts) one of which is I'd like to chronicle my journey into the world of healthy eating. There are millions of blogs out there that do such things and I don't any one who bothered to read this is even still hanging around after almost 2 years BUT it's a record for me, so there.

I decided to give up all processed sugars for Lent. I'm no longer Catholic but I'm sort of doing it out of solidarity for my Catholic mother AND I've tried all sorts of other dieting tricks so why not Lent!? This means no desserts, no bread, nothing processed with ingredients like "sugar" or "high-fructose corn syrup" etc. I've decided honey is okay. Bee processing doesn't count as processed.

Ha but there's a catch. I can't actually not eat sugar (hmmmm, already starting to drool) for 40 days straight. I am no Savior of mankind. So technically it's just M-F for the next few weeks. I know I know, that's cheating but I need the cheat days or I'd fail entirely. (My kids better never try to use that as an excuse for why they cheated on an exam).

Anyway, Day 1, 4 hours in and I'm doing okay. I've chewed copious amounts of sugar-free gum (it's sugar-free, don't give me that look), had an apple (naturally occurring sugars are fine). I'm definitely going to have to steer clear of the T (still live in Boston in case you were wondering) on my commute home where those demonic girl scouts are selling their evil minty chocolate dipped temptations.....

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Obligatory New Year's Post

Well I was going to write all the resolutions I made but I've already broken many of them already (yes 8 days into the new year) so who cares. I still dub 2013 the year of Me.The motto: Go with the flow.

As part of my new year's I really am trying to stay up-to-date with this blog but since Ruhe started daycare it's been a war in the house. The germs are currently winning. She is a walking petri dish folks. And there's nothing we can do about it except try to keep our own defenses up, a bit difficult when she's the reason I get no sleep, can't exercise, and eat properly. I am also hoping to publish at least 1 article every 2 weeks so even if you get no love here, you can find me over here.

Still, 2013 is off to a good start. I've sadly had to start the crossfit stuff over AGAIN. I almost made it through week 2. But alas, it's kind of hard to run a timed mile when your stomach is doing flips and you're on the brink of puking. Although I must say that last week I ran a 7:29 mile no sweat so I'm hopeful I'll be able to break 7 minutes by the end of the winter.

Anyway, Merry New Years.

p.s. this season of the bachelor looks like major dramz!
p.p.s. rick and i finally joined the downton abby bandwagon, we're only on season 2 so hush.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Crossfit Challenge

I really want to get back in workout mode (who doesn't this time of year right?) so I joined a gym (my local YMCA is awesome and offers "free" babysitting while I workout). Unfortunately, work, daycare, life, etc., makes it difficult to get in a really good workout the 5-6 days a week I'd like to exercise.

I know there are tons of websites that offer up "15-minute workouts" that supposedly carve fat, tone muscle, etc. I'm just skeptical of any workout less than 30 minutes. Blame it on 20+ years of soccer conditioning.

Anyway, I did find an interesting 30-day workout styled off the "crossfit" workouts. Given how obsessed I am with the Reebox Crossfit Games that plays on ESPN sometimes, but too lazy/not in shape/cheap to join a crossfit certified gym, I'm going to settle for this and see how it goes. Maybe after the 30-day challenge I'll change my mind. The trick is you have to do every exercise each day. No skipping! If you miss a day, you basically have to start over. I started last week and unfortunately, yesterday, Day 7, was Christmas. Who wants to run a timed mile on Christmas?!?

So I am starting over with Day 1. I'm gonna try and supplement these with regular workouts as well, but the beauty of it is if I can't get to the gym, I'll still at least do something at home. The workouts are short enough that psychologically I'll actually do them even if I feel like I don't have time (unless it's Christmas I guess). And it's building towards a goal. My mile time is supposed to get faster (I'm sill chasing the 7-minute-mile dream) and look at all the stuff you're supposed to be able to do by Day 30!

If anyone cares to join me, let me know!

This is Level 2. If you want to do Level 1 you can find it here.

Week One

Day 1: 20 walking lunges, 10 push-ups, 25 jumping jacks (4 rounds) Day 2: 10 burpees (you can modify these by going down onto your knees and putting your legs out slower if needed), 1 minute plank, 1 minute side plank (both sides) (3 rounds)
Day 3: 25 air squats, 10 sit-ups, (4 rounds)
Day 4: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) that lasts at least 30 minutes)
Day 5: Rest Day
Day 6: Ten vertical jumps ( crouch down, then jump as high as you can, land and do it again), 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 7: Run 1 mile, for time, followed by 100 jumping jacks

Week Two

Day 8: 10 burpees, 1 minute plank, 1 minute side plank (both sides) (3 rounds)
Day 9: How many rounds in 10 minutes (keep going, taking breaks between sets if needed for 10 minutes): 5 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 15 air squats
Day 10: 20 walking lunges, 50 jumping jacks (4 rounds)
Day 11: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) that lasts at least 30 minutes
Day 12: Rest day
Day 13: 15 vertical jumps (crouch down, then jump as high as you can, land and do it again), 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 14: Run 1 mile, for time, followed by 100 jumping jacks

Week Three

Day 15: 15 burpees, 1 minute plank, 1 minute side plank (both sides) (3 rounds)
Day 16: How many rounds in 10 minutes (keep going, taking breaks between sets if needed for 10 minutes): 5 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 15 air squats
Day 17: 30 walking lunges, 50 jumping jacks (4 rounds)
Day 18:  Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) that lasts at least 30 minutes
Day 19: Rest day
Day 20: 15 vertical jumps (crouch down, then jump as high as you can, land and do it again), 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 21: Run 1 mile, for time, followed by 100 jumping jacks and 20 sit-ups

Week Four

Yes, this final week lasts 9 days.
Day 22: 15-20 burpees, 90 second plank, 90 second side plank (both sides) (3 rounds)
Day 23: 20 vertical jumps (crouch down, then jump as high as you can, land and do it again), 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 24: 100 air squats, 100 jumping jacks for time
Day 25:  Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) that lasts at least 30 minutes
Day 26:  Rest Day
Day 27: Run 1 mile, for time, followed by 30 sit-ups
Day 28: Leap forward (jump as far as you can with both feet) 20 times (3 rounds)
Day 29: How many rounds in 10 minutes (keep going, taking breaks between sets if needed for 10 minutes): 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 15 air squats
Day 30: Today’s workout will sum up what we’ve done and will take a bit longer than other days, so set aside a little bit more time than normal! For today:

*20 lunges, 15 push-ups (5 rounds)–decrease push-up reps if needed
*15 sit-ups, 15 air squats (5 rounds) — or up the reps to 20 each
*150 jumping jacks
*jump rope for 1 minute
*20 vertical jumps
*10 burpees

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mommy moments

I have a lot to update and I intend to do it. So forgive me if I reference things in this post that make you go "whaaaaaat??? when did that happen" without offering up further detail. More will be forthcoming, I promise. I have this renewed energy to DO this blog. Not in the literal sense of course, but you know, I've been trying to figure out what to do with it given all the other avenues I can use to air my personal life on the internet (twitter, tumblr, policymic, facebook, instagram, etc.) I'm trying to avoid redundancies.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post. Here is the point:

This morning I woke up early to get in my crossfit challenge exercise of the day before heading off to work. Unfortunately, just as I was ready to hop in the shower, Ruhe woke up 45 minutes before her "Despiértate Time" (I love to butcher Spanglish.) Rick was still asleep and since I'm still feeling the pangs of not seeing her for 10 hours out of the day while she's away at daycare, I try to maximize our waking hours together. Sooo I popped her in the bathtub with some toys to keep her occupied while I showered. Efficiency at its finest.

We finished and I pulled her out of the tub and wrapped a towel around her, snuggling her to my hearts content. And then, I could just see it in her face. Those of you with kids know it. That "suddenly tense, eyes wide open, concentrating reeeeal hard" look that accompanies every...."BM" as the daycare likes to call it on the "diapers changed today" section of her daily report card.

In those few seconds, life slowed to a crawl. I fell into an odd stupor, a dream of sorts, where multiple action scenarios flashed in and out of my mind: Put her back in the tub, hang her over the toilet, plop her in the sink, run with lightening speed to the diaper station, grab a wad of toilet paper and stick it under her bum...oh the possibilities were endless! And suddenly with a loud PLOP I snapped back into reality and looked down at my feet, covered in the fruits of her labor. Good times.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Andromeda Strain 2.0

Ugh Ruhe has been sick for weeks now. And of course with her sick, naturally I'm sick too. So, take the fact I get maybe 6 hours of broken sleep a night and subtract several hours and add in maybe 5 more interruptions and that's been my life for the past month. It's brutal. She's also one of those coughing babies who also happens to puke with each fit. The first time it happened Rick and I freaked out. But according to the interweb this is pretty normal. We took her to the doctor anyway. No pneumonia, no ear infection, etc. which I suppose should make me happy but like with those at least you get medicine to combat it. In the case of her common cold, there's not much to do except some TLC, baby's Tylenol, and time. Seriously, how has no pharma company made one uber vaccine that covers all 4500 strains of the common cold? Then again, that entire cold remedy industry (tylenol, vicks, robitussin, etc.) would basically collapse. Anyway, I digress.

But girl was working her tiger suit at the doc's office today!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy T-Day

But remember to be thankful for your many blessings more than one day a year... : )