April 23, 2009


I have been finding that by doing the following three things, my energy level has greatly improved.

1. Getting to bed by 10:30
2. Exercising daily
3. Eating less junk

Okay, sure, I already knew this would probably happen if I took better care of myself... but experiencing it has been nice. Very nice. I don't feel the need for naps as much as I did before (though, I won't lie, a nap is always nice), and I've been figuring out which foods keep me feeling full longer which helps a lot with eating less.

I had been doing Weight Watchers online for about 3 weeks, lost 10 lbs and then... stopped. I hate that I keep doing that. I keep finding these amazing, wonderful, delicious, buttery, yummmmmmmy recipes that I just HAVE to make and then I make them again, and again, and again, and I can't stop eating them!

Last week I stayed in Thief River Falls with my in-laws and got to visit several friends who I hadn't spent time with in many months. It was a great time, despite the sick baby who was missing home clinging to me every second. While I was at my friend, Elizabeth's house I saw her Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred dvd, I anxiously asked to borrow it. I had heard of it from several online friends and knew it was tough and only 20 minutes. I thought, hey I can do 20 minutes... famous last words LOL

Really, though, it is TOUGH! My biggest issue is actually with my feet. I don't know if I just have bad feet or if I need better shoes, but oh man, my feet HURT when I did the cardio stuff, especially the jump rope part. I thought my legs would fall apart in pieces the first time I did the dvd. My hands were literally shaking so bad for a good hour afterward that I could hardly type. I thought my heart would never settle down.

But it did. Yes, the next morning I could barely get out of bed. Everytime I got off the couch I cringed and braced myself for the pain! But I did the workout again on day 2. AND I went for a 45 minute, fast paced walk that same evening, talking to myself the entire time, motivating myself, just putting powerful, positive thoughts into my head.

I haven't done the workout every day. I have skipped two days in a week, but those days I made sure to do something, even if it was just for 10 minutes, incorporating little bits of that video into my day when I had a moment. Jumping jacks here, push ups there, some crunches. Anything to get my body moving.

Today I did my 5th day of Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred and I felt so great afterward! My feet still hurt and those darn jump ropes are still the toughest part for me (push ups are pretty rough too), but I'm getting better each time and my endurance is improving every day.

If only I hadn't gained back most of those 10 lbs that I lost a couple of months ago... oh well. Anyway, I have lost 6 lbs since Monday so I'll just focus on that and forget about what I gained back :) I've got people helping me stay focused on my goal and keeping me accountable and that is something I really needed.

Anyway, on to other things. I know I'm a bit wordy! :)
Yesterday the kids learned about splatter painting and Jackson Pollock. Even Alex got in on the fun.

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They made some cute little paintings that we hung up on our walls. The walls are becoming full of colorful paintings, just how I like them :)

Well I've got stuff to do so I'll sign off now. Have a lovely day!


  1. the mom who loves youApril 23, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Looks like the kids had fun painting! Those photos of Alex are adorable.

    I should be getting my dvd in a day or two. I'm not even going to try to do the whole thing the first few times. I've been trying to walk at least 4 days a week. Tomorrow I'm going with Angie, which will be nice.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. that's great mom! I have a hard time finding the time to walk because I have to walk for so long to feel like I've done enough, you know. So I like the video because it is only 20 minutes.

    Yeah, you might want to try just doing one "circut" the first week or however long you need until you feel like you can add in another circut. The circut is 3 minutes of strength, 2 of cardio and 1 of abs. That alone is a tough workout!

    love you :)

  3. these are awesome! i love that their all painting together :)

  4. i was gonna delete my comment cause i used the wrong their, but who cares? i can speak japanese and you cant!

  5. nice one rye. honestly, i didn't even catch it until you mentioned it. i'm sure someone would have though. :)

  6. yep... someone did! HAHA!

    I love your blogs.... got any advice for keeping up? I haven't posted in a month!

  7. good pictures Ashley.

    Love you all,



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