A TIME OUT

 

So life has become very busy for us this fall. Our son is four now and just started school for the first time since he was 1. We also have a 20-month-old and our newest edition to our family currently being three months old. I am currently a stay at home mom and a full-time business student who is cramming 18 credit hours in one semester so I can graduate this fall. On top of it all, I must have been high on caffeine when I decided to sign up the oldest for T-ball this year.

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Ayden celebrating how he “caught” the ball at his first game.

OH, did I mention that I’m also the coach for his team? So every Thursday night and Saturday morning for the past eight weeks, Dad has been on duty watching the girls while I patiently direct four year olds. I have to direct them on where to stand, what to do, and to get the ball. I even have to remind them to ignore the airplanes, the butterflies and the pretty little flowers growing in front of them. It’s a fun experience, yet it has to be said, it is a little trying. I didn’t think about my load being full to the brim already, when I volunteered for this obligation. From keeping up with his cleats, clothes, and gloves early in the morning on a Saturday, while rushing to get his sisters, dressed, fed, and all out the door by 8:30 after waking up just one hour before. It definitely has been a hectic chore to tack on with everything else.

So after six weeks of this new era in our lives, we are hit with colds, fevers, and ear infections. One child had a fever after vaccinations, then oldest woke up in middle of night with fever. A few days later, after both of us having minimal amount of sleep, our 20-month-old is screaming for three and half hours straight because she has an ear infection.

Then two days of peace, our smallest one has a fever again for no apparent reason, and of course, it is during the weekend. So we toughen it out over the weekend and call nurse’s line first thing in the morning. After waiting the average wait time on the phone for 20 minutes, I finally talk to someone all about her symptoms and get the advice, to take our 2-month-old to the ER. She didn’t have a fever anymore, but we are told to take our daughter to endure God knows how many tests to find out she is okay. So we went to DR. office instead to see if we needed to go or not. After taking all the children, packing them up, etc. Her checkup is fine. To parents: always trust your intuition first and foremost.

So we walk outside to go home and I look over on the way to elevator and decide to take kids outside on balcony for a minute. I’m so used to running, and I can’t even tell you how many times I have told my kids let’s go! We are in a hurry, or no I’m sorry there’s no time. Well since, I’ve started this blog, I’ve tried to remind myself to do what I am talking about. To actually do what I used to do before all the kids. That is to stop every once in a while and soak up all the beautiful things that are around us. Today I was tired, I was exhausted because it seems like for two weeks, we haven’t gotten a full night’s rest. I wanted to go home so I could start dinner, give baths, and go to bed. At that moment Dad and I looked at each other and we decided to practice what Dad does on a daily basis, meditation, with the kids.

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Our Time Out

To sit down, close our eyes, and listen to all the sounds around us. Afterwards we looked around at how beautiful this site was. I was so proud of our littles, because they sat down, closed their eyes, and participated. The oldest told us what he heard as it happened, and if he didn’t hear what I heard he asked where it was. It made my heart happy to see them “turn off” all their wiggles, and open their listening ears to the wind blowing in the trees. We focused on the leaves tumbling along the sidewalk, cars driving occasionally by, and to finding things that aren’t right in front of us. This is a must do from now on:

Number 1: Stop and Relish in the moment.

Number 2: Turn off everything and allow mother earth in.

Now GO and ENJOY your time out.

~Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it~

 

How Do I Lose Weight?

 

Everybody’s question is how much do I eat? Or how often? What am I supposed to give up to lose weight? It’s the million dollar question-How Do I Lose Weight? Look at all the buzz on weight loss, and the million different techniques that are out there. Yet, which one is the right one? My response, how can there be just one? Everyone is different and has different likes. Therefore different techniques are better for one person whereas another person may not like them. In the end, this is why there can be so many different programs out there. You just need to find one that suits you, gets your body moving, and allows you to enjoy the exercises that you’re doing. The most important factor is, you have to HAVE FUN.

As a personal trainer many of my co-workers used to talk down on anything other than training programs and would make fun of other regimes such as Zumba or P90x. My co-worker once said, “That’s not working out.” My perspective then and now: it gets your heart beat up, for an extended time, multiple times a week, you’re working out. I remember thinking why knock on other programs just because it’s not a strict regime with exact exercises. It’s not about what you do unless you have a specific goal in mind like body building, competing, or even trying to lose weight by a specific event. Then yes, you need a specific training regime to fit your goals. If your interest is to just keep your body at a healthy state for as long as possible, the answer is simple.

 

Get up, and get moving!

 

Walking 30 minutes a day truly is a miracle worker.  If that is all you can do, all your body allows; then start there. Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it! Work up to a goal of doing body calisthenics, and eventually getting into weight lifting if strength is your goal. Don’t rush, and another important tip: Always listen to your body. Let it tell you what its limits are. You want to push yourself and allow yourself to be amazed by what you can accomplish, just don’t overdo it.

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The key to living a balanced life is having balanced calorie intake and calorie outtake. The basic way to calculate your daily caloric needs is by using a person’s individual body weight, height, age, gender, and exercise level. My favorite calculator online to use because it’s not skewed by personal gain or advertisements is https://www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

Finding your caloric need is having a baseline. If you want to gain mass and are working out accordingly, you can add 500 if you want to lose weight, you can subtract 200-500 calories. I normally stay at my baseline the whole time. I want to make sure my body has enough fuel to run on for every workout. The good thing about the choosemyplate.gov is it will give you numbers for if you’re pregnant, or trying to lose weight and you can monitor the needs of everyone in the family. It’s great!

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Bottom line, in the simplest form, Don’t Eat More Than you Need, and always move your body! Again, remember, Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it!

 

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