We’re On the Same Team

It’s interesting how we sometimes manage to get caught up in our own selves and processes and forget that at the end of the day we are working together for a common goal. The best things can sometimes be the ones that are accomplished together. I like this song because it reminds me of that when I start to get overwhelmed and stop thinking about the bigger picture.

Enjoy your team this weekend :)

Fitness

OK. I am finally going to start running again on Monday. I posted yesterday about juicing and the changes I’ve felt since starting with a healthier diet so now I figure that I should talk about what my plan is for The Race.

I figure that I can run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I also plan on walking briskly on Tuesday and Thursday and stretching/taking time off on the weekends. Hopefully it will keep my knees feeling alright. I will start by doing a week at 1 minute running and 2 minutes walking. The next week I will flip to 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking. Every week I will increase the running time by 2 minutes until I get to 30 straight minutes of running. The plan will look something like this:

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 1 min run, 2 min walk x10 Walk 1 min run, 2 min walk x10 Walk 1 min run, 2 min walk x10
2 2 min run, 1 min walk x10 Walk 2 min run, 1 min walk x10 Walk 2 min run, 1 min walk x10
3 4 min run, 1 min walk x6 Walk 4 min run, 1 min walk x6 Walk 4 min run, 1 min walk x6
4 6 min run, 1 min walk x4, 2 min run Walk 6 min run, 1 min walk x4, 2 min run Walk 6 min run, 1 min walk x4, 2 min run
5 8 min run, 1 min walk x3, 3 min run Walk 8 min run, 1 min walk x3, 3 min run Walk 8 min run, 1 min walk x3, 3 min run
6 10 min run, 1 min walk x2, 8 min run Walk 10 min run, 1 min walk x2, 8 min run Walk 10 min run, 1 min walk x2, 8 min run
7 12 min run, 1 min walk x2, 4 min run Walk 12 min run, 1 min walk x2, 4 min run Walk 12 min run, 1 min walk x2, 4 min run
8 14 min run, 1 in walk x2 Walk 14 min run, 1 in walk x2 Walk 14 min run, 1 in walk x2
9 16 min run, 1 min walk, 13 min run Walk 16 min run, 1 min walk, 13 min run Walk 16 min run, 1 min walk, 13 min run
10 18 min run, 1 min walk, 11 min run Walk 18 min run, 1 min walk, 11 min run Walk 18 min run, 1 min walk, 11 min run
11 20 min run, 1 min walk, 9 min run Walk 20 min run, 1 min walk, 9 min run Walk 20 min run, 1 min walk, 9 min run
12 22 min run, 1 min walk, 7 min run Walk 22 min run, 1 min walk, 7 min run Walk 22 min run, 1 min walk, 7 min run
13 24 min run, 1 min walk, 5 min run Walk 24 min run, 1 min walk, 5 min run Walk 24 min run, 1 min walk, 5 min run
14 26 min run, 1 min walk, 3 min run Walk 26 min run, 1 min walk, 3 min run Walk 26 min run, 1 min walk, 3 min run
15 28 min run, 1 min walk, 1 min run Walk 28 min run, 1 min walk, 1 min run Walk 28 min run, 1 min walk, 1 min run
16 30 min run Walk 30 min run Walk 30 min run

I hope that this plan works a little bit better than the last one did. I would love to get to 30 minutes before the summer so that I can spend the nicer months running the distance I need to be able to do and work at getting my times down. I will also have to get accustomed to running outside. I’ve been running on the treadmill and I know that it’s quite different from actually running outside.

This is my first attempt at a plan that hasn’t been written by someone else. We’ll see how it works. I’m afraid that there isn’t enough running to get the fitness level up, but we’ll be able to see and modify it in a few weeks when the distances start to get more difficult and my motivations starts to dwindle (which means my life will get in the way more.

I have some time yet. I just don’t want to leave this whole thing until the last possible moment.

Smoothies

I have been really trying to change my diet. It isn’t terrible to start with, but veggies are not a priority and I really need to modify that.

I made a commitment to myself to watch one movie a week this year and one of the ones I found on Netflix was called “Hungry for Change.” It was so motivating and it wasn’t one of those shocking, expose movies that leaves you wondering if any of it is true. It was full of facts that I’ve heard in the past… they were just presented in a way that was actually meaningful for me.

So I committed to taking in more veggies on a consistent basis- the only issue is that I really have a hard time taking in enough servings to make a difference. So I decided to look into different ways to incorporate servings.

I find raw veggies too hard to eat, but I can eat cooked ones with little issue. I know that saying that it’s hard to eat raw vegetables sounds silly, but it’s true. I don’t really know what the issue is, but I really don’t mind eating cooked veggies compared to their raw counterparts.

Watching that movie got me interested in juicing vegetables. I know that juicing gets a whole ton of nutrients into your body in a pretty effective way, but to me it doesn’t make sense to get rid of the fiber that you get with raw fruits and vegetables. Plus, I didn’t want to go out and buy a juicer. I have a hand mixer and a Magic Bullet blender… I don’t need anything else in my cupboards.

I realized that I make and enjoy smoothies fairly regularly… what’s preventing me from putting veggies into smoothies? So I tried it and it was actually bearable. I can get more veggies into a smoothie than I can possibly sit down and just eat. The energy boost that I got after having the smoothie was really good too. It works so well as an afternoon snack for me. My energy drops between 2 and 4pm so this was a good addition to my day.

It was surprisingly easy to blend as well- which is great because I don’t have very good equipment. The Magic Bullet doesn’t work for me as well as it does in the commercials. I probably am trying to mix too much at one time. I try to get a smoothie for myself and The Girl out of one batch and I think that’s the problem. The hand-mixer is better, but I worry about killing it with some of the harder veggies. I think that it’s just time to get a new blender to replace these two things.

Hopefully this is helps me feel better during the day. The naps are starting to go and our day is changing again. I need more energy and this has been working.

Love Helping!

The Girl has been into helping in a huge way lately. I love it. It’s time-consuming, but I hope it is going to create a good helper later on. Many of the chores I do now have at least some portion that she can help with. I want her to be able to function as an adult in her own home and I think that this is a great time to start because she is SO interested in what I’m doing. Our motto is to treat your child like the adult you want them to become. We can’t really teach her about building and making things yet, so right now we are starting with basic things like how to dress herself, how to clean herself, how to do crafts, and how to help with basic household chores. Her abilities are a bit limited so there is a lot of helping and a lot of supervision.

When I unload dishes she helps by taking out the plates and bowls, putting away her water-bottles, and unloading the cutlery (except knives). The dishes are ceramic and heavy and the cutlery (except knives) can be hard to maneuver, but it really is good for her to learn how to help with this task and to know where everything belongs in the kitchen.

While I do the laundry The Girl helps by taking clothes that I unload from the washer and loading it all into the dryer. I hold her up after everything is in and show her which buttons to push as well. The buttons make this chore fantastic for her. I don’t know if she likes to do the actual laundry part, but she puts up with it so that she can make things happen at the end.

We work with her to help her tidy up toys and organize blankets and pillows in the living areas. She still thoroughly enjoys making a mess so we are still trying to get her into the routine of cleaning all of her toys up. There is a lot of distraction involved while the cleaning happens so we make sure that we are with her to keep her on task and to help out as well.

The Girl loves Swiffers (both the floor Swiffer and the fluffy dusting version as well). We have a small duster available for her and he floor Swiffer we take a handle piece out to make it shorter and something that she can hold onto. She would fight with the long handle, bump into things, and then get really frustrated and upset and end up quitting all together. Making the handle shorter really helped keep her interested in the activity.

We still have a ways to go and some other chores to add. I’m thinking that we’ll work on making beds and loading the dishwasher next. Those are two chores that she wants to help with but I have been turning her down because I can’t think of a good and effective way to have her help. I think that I’m going to have to bite the bullet and just have her involved so I can find a good part of the task to help with. It’s going to take a while and it may get messy, but it’s going to be alright. This is just laying the foundation for all of the other things to come.

Crafty Thursday #2

This week we are going to be looking at the fun that is melting crayons to create art. The idea came from here.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/creative-ways-to-create-melted-crayon-art?sub=1842293_661759

We used broken crayons and a hairdryer to create a work of art on a canvas.

The Girl needed a new picture for her play room and the both of us created this:

Masterpiece!

Masterpiece!

It was a pretty easy craft and I think that there will be more interest around here when The Girl is older. The Girl was more helpful in breaking crayons, but that’s to be expected at 2 years old. She did a lot more coloring on the newspaper that the canvas was resting on than actually helping with this. In the future there is going to be a lot of help with choosing the perfect colors and holding the hairdryer. The one thing that was a bit difficult was getting the crayons not to blow away (it happened more than once… there were some wonderful wax trails across the kitchen table which were easy to clean up).

Success! New artwork!

Unfinished Business

I have a to-finish pile that is completely unbelievable. I can’t bring myself around to finishing these projects and I’m not sure why.

Where has all of the motivation gone?

*cough* New Projects *cough*

Why can't I bring myself to get this done?

Why can’t I bring myself to get this done?

This pile isn’t even all of it! There’s more!

I think that I need to set some rules and boundaries for myself for the next little while. Hopefully the next update is going to be the same pile with ends woven-in and everything washed.

The Poor Dog

Poor Dog.

It’s been extra icy and snowy outside so my poor, fair-weather pup is totally for going outside until he actually gets out there. The snow is deeper than he is when on all 4 paws so we’ve constructed a passage way into his more manageable part of the yard. Hopefully the snow lets up soon… it’s going to be a long winter for him if it doesn’t.

One of my upcoming projects is going to be a new sweater for him. He has boots but he doesn’t have a good sweater that fits him well and I really think it would help in the cold. I might make him a matching hat as well… because big ears love hats (or so I will tell myself). All of these things are just going to make him extra-sad until he realizes how warm he actually is.

We’ll figure out this winter thing yet. It can’t snow forever, can it? Seriously… that wasn’t a dare. Please stop snowing… please?

Buried

Last week could be classified as an epic failure. It was the sort of thing that leaves you reeling and when you try to find the cause of the issues (any of the issues, really) you are left with nothing.

No chores got finished. They were all started, but some more pressing thing always tore me away from what I was doing. There was absolute insistence from The Girl that she needed to help with EVERYTHING. Maybe that was the cause… who knows. What I do know is that I hate feeling like there is no way out or away from the mess.

No matter where in the house I went, there everything was. No matter what I tried to do to clean the mess, there was always more. I know that mess seems to ebb and flow (like the tides, except with dishes and laundry) but this was a colossal flood .

I think that last week might just have been a fluke. We’ll try to manage this week with the same schedule and see if whatever the issue was resolves itself. My desire to mess around with “The Schedule” is so very low at this point. It has been working for so long… I don’t know what changed last week.

Just keep on keeping on, I guess.