well there you have it

I limped in at the finish line but i did it….

tree trimming

Well it’s offical anither Holiday season is upon us.

all aboard

I am so excited!!! On Thursday I will be going on a four day girlfriend cruise to the Bahamas! I’ve never been on a cruise before so this is a first. Plus I will be going with a great group of girls. We should have a wonderful exciting adventure. The kids will be going to Legoland with daddy and grandma so no one seems concerned I’m leaving 🙂

14 Tips for Starting and Sticking With It

So much for self control… Don’t know about the rest of you, but I have eaten SOOO much the past two days! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This article came from Sparkpeople. I found it very encouraging and thought you all might like these tips:

14 Tips for Starting and Sticking With It
Stop Failure Before it Starts
– By Julie Isphording, former Olympian
For some of us out there, if we could just convince ourselves that there is enough time in the day to exercise, we could be on track to a great fitness program. For others, we get started but quickly lose momentum and give up. To help get started and stay on track, here are a few tips:
1.Throw away the bathing suit you wore in high school… and the memory too. It’s normal to have a mental image of yourself when you last exercised like a fiend. But if that image is from high school, you could be in big trouble. Even if it’s from last year, forget it. Remember as little as possible of what you used to look like. Starting today, make new memories.

2.Prepare. We already know you don’t have the time, so write it down like an appointment every day. You wouldn’t cancel an appointment, why would you cancel on yourself? Aren’t you important too?

3.Start slowly. Do much less than what you’re capable of. Take a 20-minute walk if you’re returning to exercise. You might feel like it’s not enough, but it’s a good start.

4.Get the family involved. Run while your daughter rides her bike. Go to a local track and let the kids play their own games. Run with your spouse. Sign up for a local 10K. Walk with your son. Celebrate with a little something special after every activity.

5.Where are your friends? Four words, four reasons – motivation, inspiration, determination, conversation. Surround yourself with friends who think positive and live large.

6.Put the pain in perspective. When the going gets tough, remember that you have survived 600 carpools, 540 loads of laundry (this month), 41 baseball games, 230 dinners and one family vacation. What’s the big deal?

7.Allow yourself to slow down. You’re driving this bus! For the first time today, you are in control.

8.Sign up for a race. It’s a goal to strive for and adds a little meaning to your everyday workout.

9.Run/walk in public. Be proud of your accomplishment. Take in all the sites and be an inspiration to others.

10.Just show up. Go to the gym, class, or the park. Once you’re there, it’s hard to say no. 98% of life is showing up.

11.Eat. Follow a healthy eating pattern. If you limit your calorie intake, you will not have enough energy to work out and your metabolism will slow down.

12.Understand your energy cycle. There are peaks during our days. Even during the week. Try to complete your workout when you feel good about yourself.

13.Wallow in your greatness. You can exercise to become a better exerciser, or you can exercise to become a better mother, a better father, doctor, teacher, or a better friend – or you can exercise to become BETTER. Be proud of that accomplishment.

14.Have fun. Where’s your childlike spirit? When you can make workouts “playouts,” you’ve got it made.
Don’t give up on yourself. After all, it’s never too late to be that healthy person you might have been.

finally feeling somewhat recovered

well I slept till 2pm yesterday. Black Friday shopping was fun but somewhat stressful. I’m glad my list is complete though. I need three more lava lamps for the other older kids in my family but them I’m done for sure. I’m not a Holiday season fan. Everyone wanting, everyone with their hand out. sales, sales, sales. it’s too much for me.

ekkk the crowds…

Well It was my first full on Black Friday experience and I was scaried and a bit excited. We had our ads ready, our attack mapped out and credit cards set to charge!
I am happy to report with only a few minor hiccups I am 99.9% finished with my shopping. I did save but I did buy some un needed “deals” . We started out at 10pm at WalMart where I did really good price and item wise. Then off to Target where a got the items that were good deals that I really didn’t need> so I spent more there then I should have. Then we went to eat at Waffle House after we realized they were the only place open at 2am. The poor girl there, I felt so bad for her they were under staffed and soooo busy. I tipped her way more then our bill but she so needed the love. Then we went to Toys R Us> I didn’t get great deals there but I got only items that were on the list. Then last was Kmart and I got the last two items. The one was a Password Journal that had been sold out everywhere else tonight. So all in all fun night with my sister. Now it’s 6:30am and the kids are with my dad. They spent the night and are going to spend the day together. I plan to spend the day with my bed. Nite Nite

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

My sister and I are going out Black Friday shopping. I haven’t bought one thing yet so I am excited to go!!! Bring on the shopping!

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