Because That’s Family

My daughter is at that age where she is starting to want to do what she wants and not want to do what the family wants to do. Although it’s a quick moment she feels this way, it is a new chapter in our lives where my first born is getting older and having two little brothers can sometimes be more annoying than it used to be. Combine the two little brothers with one having autism and really not getting the emotional side of things, more often than not, it makes it even more difficult for this tween daughter of mine to have tolerance some days.

I get it. I have low tolerance some days. I get it. I don’t like to play Mario Kart with our autistic family member either. I get it. I don’t always want to do what any of the kids want to do.

But I do it.

Why?

Because that’s family!

I am a firm believer that, within reason, a family unit learns to do things that each of us may not want to do in that moment because another family member wants to. We keep a balance in allowing each child to have some choice in what to do during the day. Being home all summer with three kids can make for a juggling act and my children need to learn how to balance and tolerate each other.

Because that’s family!

I teach my children the life lessons I want instilled within them through my own actions, leading by example is best in all situations in life. Sure I don’t much like to play Mario Kart, I never really used to like Minecraft, and I certainly don’t enjoy being chopped playing Ninja’s, but I do it. All of it.

Because that’s family!

With my example and ways of communicating properly to children, we have learned to become quite the unit together. As my daughter stated the other day, “we have a very understanding, compassionate, loving and accepting family anyone can blossom when they live with us because we accept and love everyone”!

Because that’s family!

New Year, Working out Again? Let’s See How Long This Last

I do not make resolutions, just so you are very clear here. I am simply thinking it’s a New Year, why not start it out with a bang and get back to getting fit, since I took too much time off from my workouts.  I lost 20lbs in about a month using EA Sports Active on the Wii and so I know I can keep moving forward to keep that weight off {which some has come back with lack of exercise} and be prepared for Summer time.

EA Sports Active Wii

January 2, 2013

When I look at this picture I do not see the same person I see when I look in the mirror, it is that I have been looking at my face getting a little chubbier and my belly fat coming back due to lack in workouts and I cringe. Shown here I see a somewhat decent sized woman, of course I have curves, as you can clearly see below, but I don’t look at these pictures and cringe like I have been when I venture into the bathroom each day.

How to lose 20lbs in one month

January 2, 2013

This is my workout gear, but sometimes I wear a different tank. I lost 20lbs using the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge on the Wii in one month. I was so proud of myself. I had stuck with it and in turn my children started to be more active. Now all I get is a daughter who wants to play Just Dance 4 for her workout after over eating at her father’s house during the holidays. Seriously? A workout does not off balance that huge amount of food you shoved in your face kid!

I am so working to make my morning workout part of my morning routine, I feel that if I can get back into doing that then all will be good. Since I did so well losing 20lbs in a month, I thought I would share some tips on how best to lose weight

  • Make your exercise routine part of your daily routine, usually the morning routine.
  • Get the family involved, it’s always easier to stick to a workout routine when others are doing it with you.
  • Meals – use smaller plates at dinner time so you can not over eat, such as those smaller plates that maybe you let the kids use for meals instead of the full size dinner plates.
  • Snacks – choose healthier but filling options such as protein bars or apples, both are great choices and help you to feel full in between meals in a healthier way.
  • Park further away from the entrances at stores, my kids hate that I do this, but it really does help you get that little bit of extra exercise in your day even with your daily workout routine.
  • Never give up – if you missed one workout day, that’s fine, life happens. Just pick up the next day and get back into the routine again, do not allow yourself to feel down thus losing more workout days.

I created the above tips based on what worked for me to lose 20lbs in one month. I personally feel that if I can do it while working from home and juggling three kids & their activities then you can do it too!

Down 2lbs Hip Hip Horray!

I have finally seen the scale tip backwards .. down 2.2lbs and excited! I have been doing the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge on my Wii with one walk a day and of course with three kids I usually am rather active to begin with. Excited that I am down 2.2lbs in just nine days without much of a diet change!

Here is my day 7 update …

On a Healthy Lifestyle, Weight Loss Journey .. Again

So a couple of Summers ago I was working out daily (5 x a week) on EA Sports Active for the Wii console and I was down to 180 lbs wearing a size 14/15. I felt amazing, sure my belly still wasn’t where I wanted it to be but I was confident and able to really smile more often. The energy that working out gave me combined with losing weight was simply too amazing to give one word to.

Even though I have not yet touched EA Sports Active again as the Wii is not allowed to be used too often as a way to avoid feeding my five year old son’s video game addiction, I have been more active. Summer is here and I find myself outside more often than not and swimming constantly, dragging the kids around in the pool for only one can really swim moderately well. That is a work out in itself!

In the beginning of June 2012, I found that my weight on the scale was creeping up slowly but surely, weighing in around 222 lbs and wearing a size 18 really was not my ideal size for my height of 5’6″ and I knew not only is it healthy for me to start focusing on getting my weight down, but it will show my kids to be more active as well. I am a firm believer in teaching kids through your own actions rather than preaching what you are not doing your own self.

While my legs will forever have veins popping out, thanks to the birth of my third child, I can still be at an ideal weight and show my kids that simply getting outside and off of that recliner can prove to be a life and health saver.

Although I am reluctant to show a picture of my naked belly, I feel it’s important to be upfront and honest in pictures with my current body image. I am now down 8lbs as of today, June 24th 2012, and these pictures within this blog post document me at 214.9 lbs and slipping out of a size 18 pair of shorts.

Although I never really change my eating habits while working on weight loss, I can say there are some tips I have to share with you all on how I continue to ensure I don’t over eat and stay active:

  • Know Your “bad habit” Foods & Do not Buy Them – I know chips are onw of my bad habit foods, if I buy a bag, I will eat a bag. So I may buy chips on occasion but it’s not a regular part of my grocery list.
  • Play Inside & Outdoor “active” games with Your Kids – Hide n Seek, Tag, simon says; these are all games that get you taking turns, up and moving but without doing too much & will help to lose a little bit of weight.
  • Increase Water or Good for you Drinks – when I worked out with EA Sports Active I personally drank a lot of Crystal Light, while I am not sure if that’s good for you 100%, it helped with my weight loss goals & was better tasting than water. I also like Mio now for water.

Those are my tips and those are my current pictures. Can not wait to share my journey to be more fit and healthy with you all! Happy Sunday my friends!

Proud Mom Of Three & Five Year Old

My sons are now officially three and five years old. They both had birthdays within a week of each other. That meant lots of frosting for Mama, forget the cake, give me frosting and I am a happy Mama!

My three year old only wanted cake and ice cream, no presents for his birthday.

My now five year old son wanted all sorts of things, mainly video games and video game consoles he saw at Walmart. I think the Wii and Nintendo Gamecube is enough for us! He received a 17″ bicycle with training wheels and has been going up and down the driveway like a pro!

I can’t believe how fast time flies, it seems just yesterday I was nursing these two over 9lb babies and giving them Mama love. Now they are growing more independent and don’t need their Mama as much.

Raising Boys; Mooning, Challenges and More

I am a NH mother of three children, two of which are boys who are two years and six days apart. My ex husband and I thought it would be great to have our children close in age so that when the children were grown up we would still have our “young” years to enjoy. Little did we realize that raising two boys so close in age would prove to be a challenge. I work from home, which is a privilege I fully enjoy, however, this means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week I am with these two boys of mine. Their names are AJ and Baby K, they are 3 & 5 years old now which hasn’t proved to make life any easier except I must admit there are more laughs at the things these two attempt to do.

It all started with small challenges to each other, such as who can win a race to brush their teeth in the bathroom, who can win to their bed at bedtime and who can win at a Wii video game, of course AJ always won because he is older, faster and a rather competitive soul. As the boys got older it became evident that Baby K would need to get in touch with his inner competition mind, so now it’s not just who can win to the bathroom, it’s who can win at eating dinner, who can win when Mama calls them to her and who can win when eating melting ice cream at the local ice cream parlor. All of this male testosterone drives me bonkers, I am a girl, I am not into the whole “who can do this first” scene.

I have really tried to understand this competition between the two but all I can come to realize is that “they are boys” and this is in their nature. Baby K seems to think he is a monkey and AJ seems to think he is born to race! Since Baby K is more of a clumsy monkey I must admit I worry when the boys are outside ready to raise their bike down my front steps, granted it’s only three steps but three steps is a long way to fall for a little one. The other day I was outside getting the mail which is a short distance from my front steps, when I turned around my sons were racing head first down the three little steps, I ran so fast to catch them but guess what? They didn’t even fall! Part of me had hoped they had totally failed at this attempt to race down my steps so that they would give up and move onto another venture but since they succeeded this has simpy been part of their daily life and every time I want to close my eyes and cringe.

Another thing life brought upon me raising two boys so close in age is their love for body parts, yes I mean their you know what’s and their bums. I have actually attempted to get a picture of the boys playing together when I click the camera to find AJ had mooned me just at the right moment. Since AJ has started to moon his sister and me, Baby K has started to think this is okay behavior and does the same thing quite often. I am the kind of mom who has a real hard time not laughing at this unacceptable behavior becuase if you think about it, it’s rather funny wondering where these two came up with this idea of mooning people. I don’t moon people, their sister doesn’t moon anyone so where do these boys get these ideas from?

Every day is a challenge, every day brings on more bruises, more cuts and more challenges of what their little bodies can handle which makes this Mama have more near heart attack experiences, tears and worrisome days, but when I sit back and think about the days that have passed raising these two boys I feel happy and loved more than ever because these boys love their Mama and want nothing more than to make their Mama proud. As my sweet AJ heads to kindergarten I feel a piece of my heart aching but I know this Fall I will have one of my double trouble team members making life a little easier and a little less hectic .. I hope.