My kids are SO awesome!
Yesterday Garrett was “exercising” with me. He made a real effort to do jumping jacks and sit ups. He does such a good job building with his legos. He can build just about anything from a picture and uses his imagination all the time!
Avery is a big snuggler. She loves helping me too. Today, I found her stuffing dirty clothes into the washer! Haha!!
Jack is learning so many new things. He’s sitting up like a pro and is crawling everywhere. He has two teeth now and can almost wave. He loves being involved with what the big kids are doing.
I’m not sure how I got so lucky! I’m so thankful for each one of them!
Garrett: Mama, if my bear cries you should take care of him.
Me: Should I?
Garrett: Yes, because me and Yaya will be eating breakfast.
Me: Can I eat breakfast too?
Garrett: After he stops crying.
Me: Do you need a hug?
Me: Do you need a squeeze?
Me: What do you need?
Garrett: Dessert is what I need.
Mama, I’m exercising your patient muscles.
Garrett: One of my fingers hurt.
Mike: I don’t see anything wrong with it, bud.
Garrett: I think they made it wrong.
Mike: Who made it wrong?
Garrett: The people that got me out of Mama’s tummy.
Mama, I had lots of good possum dreams.
Mike: Are monsters real?
Mike: No, they’re not.
Garrett: Monster trucks are real.
Me: Where’s Yaya?
Garrett: She’s in the entry way, hiding in the diaper box.
Garrett playing ambulance and hospital with his legos.
“This guy is too little to be the doctor. Maybe one of the construction guys can be the doctor.”
I finished my 2nd round of CrossFit. I did the same challenge (http://mommacrossfitter.blogspot.com/2013/05/30-day-at-home-crossfit-challenge.html), just focused more on weights. I didn’t lose any weight and my measurements stayed about the same. I did get stronger though. My motivation was very low this whole month so I’m pretty proud of myself for just finishing.
I was a little worried I would get sick of the challenge but everyday is different enough and I can adjust it depending on what I want to improve on (or how tired I am). I love that it doesn’t take very long to get through the work outs, I can do them all at home, and don’t need a lot (any) equipment.
I usually try to do my workout early in the morning. A lot of times the big kids will watch a movie while Jack naps, or I’ll put Jack in the jumper, and I just do my exercises in the living room. Sometimes they just play and I do my exercises in the entry way. I try to save nap time for savoring some peace and quiet so I usually don’t exercise then. Haha. Mike will work out with me in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed too, so if I don’t get a chance to do anything during the day I might save it for then. The work outs really don’t take very long, usually about 20 minutes so it’s not hard to distract the kids for a little while to get them done. If I’m laying on the floor exercising sometimes they like to “help” by laying on my stomach or back. Ha. They’re pretty good about just watching though. When I had my box jump in the house they would play on it when I was done. I’d like to start teaching them some of the exercises so we can do them together.
I skipped a lot of the cardio this month. I usually do my running outside but I couldn’t bring myself to do it most days with all the snow and freezing wind. I tried to do more jump ropes or box jumps instead. Push ups are getting really old, so I switched them for bench presses. I tried to learn some new techniques, deadlifts, front squats,etc in place of some plain squats. I really had no motivation at all, so I figured doing something was better than nothing at all.
I keep track of how much weight I use, what I skip, rest days, etc on my computer. I use a different color for each time I’ve done it, so that helps me compare and see where I’ve progressed. I still love the challenge and have started it for a 3rd time. This time I’m trying to focus on doing more. I was very laid back last month so I’d like to try to push myself to do more weights again, but also build up my endurance and finish more of the workout for each day.
You really don’t need a lot of equipment for the challenge but I received some gift cards to amazon.com for Christmas so I did get a few things.
Weighted barbell and medicine ball.
Mike got me the set of colored ones and the black one I ordered off amazon.
I got these and wrote exercises for different areas on different colors (arms, abs, legs, cardio) and then how many rounds on a different color. When I want to change things up a little, I just pick one of each color.
Sometimes I have to improvise a little.
Mike made me this for box jumps when I first started. I had him make it a little taller recently.