Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PIYO Update...

Well, today would have been my last day of PIYO had I stuck to the schedule...but, if you had read my previous post, I decided at the beginning of May to start taking more break days to let my body heal.  Also, a coworker had told me that you have to get through week 4, which is often the turning point for him...well, he was RIGHT.

Week 5 is when things started getting better...and by better, I mean the complete exhaustion started to cease.  I also started to jog on my break days, with the exception of one day a week where I do no exercise.  Thank goodness for these days, as I have had a couple days where I had absolutely no ability to exercise due to my schedule.

But, even when I had to travel to Chicago for work, I exercised!  I went to the exercise room and did 15 minutes on the treadmill, and then 15 minutes on this modified elliptical thing....so frickin' damn proud of myself!  I have been making exercising a priority, which often means I have to let something else go, which is very hard for me.

So, I have about another month to go with my PIYO/jogging combo to completely finish the program.  I hate the DRENCH session since it is simply too long for my attention span (48 minutes).  I did the SWEAT program today and that is the perfect length...around 36 minutes.  I don't know why that 12 minutes extra makes such a big difference to me but it does.  Last week I decided to replace one of the workouts with two of the beginning workouts, to see how far I have progressed.  Boy was I pleased!  So many things I couldn't do at all I could now attempt...so much stronger for me....

Also, my jogging has improved greatly, which is an interesting side effect of PIYO.  My endurance has gotten better, and sweating profusely doesn't seem to bother me as much.  The other day I jogged over three miles in the rain and only stopped because I was soaked...I had more energy left, which surprised me.

My upper body strength is still lagging quite behind, however.  I realize now it is because I seriously had none, thus the reason I couldn't do a push-up.  I also still struggle with my left arm/shoulder often getting very sore, but again, I think it is because it was so weak.  My sister came over one day and did a workout with me, and she said she was impressed with how my arms looked.  It was a nice and interesting comment...maybe they have changed, but I never measured them, so I don't know for sure.  For me, going by strength, I have a ton of work to do.  *sigh*...i wish this process could go faster!

So, in summary:

Total weight lost:  zippo!  somedays i lose a pound, other days, I gain it back.  My body is currently stuck at this number despite the exercise....

Total inches lost:  One, around the waist

But I know I am stronger, my mile time has naturally gotten better (I haven't been pushing myself, just going for distance, not time) -- it is now less than 12 minute miles and before I was at about 12.5 minute miles, and I know that I feel in general when I exercise, and after.

Like I said, I wish I could get in shape faster, but it is what it is...a long haul I guess....


Friday, May 19, 2017

An extremely rare day....

Randomly one day, my dad called and asked me to go fishing with my sister and mom.  This has never happened, so I totally said yes.

Karen was pretty  much ready to pop, so I made her do a photo shoot before we left...


On the boat!  hope her water doesn't break!  (I joked and Dad said, "it had better not out here!")


The fish were biting!

Well for me, anyways, Karen was catching bait....

Karen was making fun of me and how I can't make fish lips...this is as close as I can get!

Mom chillin'....



Classic Dad....


Off to the dive bar afterwards...

It was such a fun day...trying to hang onto good days like this, and ignore the bad ones...that's what you gotta do, right?!!!!  

Monday, May 8, 2017

July birthdays...

There are lots of birthdays in July, but the two most important for this family are first Daddy's and then Evan's...

For Daddy's birthday I really didn't have anything exciting to give him, either did the boys, so I took them to the dollar store and let them pick out all sorts of special things for Daddy.  They had the best time!

First we had a taco dinner....





Nathan's card for Daddy...apparently since Daddy is one year older, he should be able to lift Cory  now...

He then started opening his gifts...I did get him a taller Yeti and some salad containers (which turned out to be a GREAT gift and he went and got two more of them after)...

Here is Daddy opening his bag of suprises...Evan was beside himself!

oooo...sponges!

Captain Crunch and backscratchers....

There were lots of other weird things...such as a Cinderella bath cloth and little balloons you smack and then they blow up....

For Evan's birthday I told him he could have a big party -- he chose Chuck E. Cheese, of course...

Jeffrey was not happy riding the horsey....

but Nathan was!

Everyone Evan wanted to come, came.  His two or three friends from school, his cousins, and his brothers...









Here are the kids...pretty much no pictures with Izzy behaving, so I gave up trying to find one....





Not sure what Evan was doing here...too funny!!  Post Birthday high i guess??

And I can't do a July birthday post without adding we have a NEW July birthday now in the family (add that to the 20 others it seems!)....but Edwin finally arrived!




 The boys said, "we are all sure glad he is a boy!!"  haha!  too funny....he smelled great!  love me that new baby smell!