I have found a new favorite workout. Years ago I use to do The Caribbean Workout. I use to love it and there were a few weight resistance workouts that I used over and over. My muscles were probably at their best back then. They were taped from the television onto VHS tapes. Yes those dinosaurs!! I have tried doing it again here and there but there were those few favorite episodes that I seem to have in my mind and the newer ones just don't quite do it for me. My new favorite workouts involve a stability ball. If you have not tried this.....you must! I have a few workouts from Exercise T.V. It is an all around awesome way to work your entire body with fantastic range of motion. I feel the burn deep in my muscles. I have not put a ton of focus on weight resistance in a long while. I think I just had not found workouts I like as much as those early Caribbean ones and so I was very undisciplined. Yoga has been kind to me but there is nothing like some good old fashion pumping of iron to build strong healthy muscle! I know that weight resistance needs to be a part of a healthy life style. Your muscles need to be challenged no ifs, ands or buts about it. I know sometimes people fall into that whole my fat will turn to muscle crap and I won't lose weight.....bigger muscles will help burn fat not turn into fat. Muscle is your friend!!!!
I thought maybe using the ball would showcase my sometimes awkwardness and clumsiness. It did for about 10 seconds. Once I figure it out it was a piece of cake. A fantastic addition to home workouts!!! I hope your all getting some exercise everyday! Trying new things to work your body and make it strong and healthy!!!!!
I have been busy with my second course of the ten I need My first assignment went very very well!!!!!
Tea saw me through my day yesterday as I work on my second assignment that was due today. A few left over ginger snaps too. The mug....both sides...(Beth, the perfect mug for you!!!).....oh my, love it! No fun or relax in my day yesterday but today I tried to fit it in here and there...knitting, blogging and dosing on the couch.
I have a bit of reading to catch up on with lectures and back into another assignment that is due in two weeks but I am so proud of myself. What a feeling of accomplishment I am flooded with as I better myself in this way.
On the 9th John and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. He has told me he is not sure he could give up bacon for me. I am not sure...that seems like a deal breaker....no??
We enjoyed a quiet together night with some treats and Game of Thrones episodes. I like simple. I hope one day we will get that trip we both desire...just us on some warm beach somewhere for a very long over due honeymoon.
Valentines rolled in.
The days leading up to it found Shelby feeling rather down. It is hard to find the way to express how that all affects me. I want her happy but I don't know the answers. There are times I don't have the energy to deal with this stuff. I just want to go to bed and cover my head with the blankets. I don't have that crystal ball and I am just a mom. I can't make her sadness disappear. Her insecurities. Her pain. Her inability to believe that one day there will be a special person in her life. Instead I take a deep breath because it is very hard and I hug her and hope for the best.
Her friend Ashley ended up here on Valentines.
They made cookies. The best happened for her this year. She was smiling at the end of the day.
Crisis averted. There are days I long for normal. Normal is not in the cards for me. I have to make due with not so normal.....or rather normal for my life I guess.
John came home Valentine's Day with a sweet little box. From Pandora. It was a safety chain for my bracelet. Back before Christmas we visited his mom and dad and in the winter with all the snow driving down their driveway, which is a rather steep hill, is better not done. So instead you have to walk down the hill....usually a few trips need to happen and once we were in and settled I noticed my bracelet was no longer on my wrist. The clasp had been acting a little funny. It would snap shut but there was give So in my travels up and down that snowy hill it had fallen off. Of course I was feeling a little bummed and had kinda of resigned myself to being out one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. John offered to go out with me to look for it. I decided to just check my mitten before we went out to see if it dropped into it....well it actually had dropped into the bag I had on my wrist. I took it into the Pandora store and to my surprise they sent it away for repair free of charge. It was over a year old and bought at a different store. Talk about standing behind your product! When I went to pick it up the other week I was talking with the sales lady about how it had fallen off and such and she told me about these safety chains and how they cause it to slide down your wrist to your hand should the clasp pop open as opposed to the bracelet just dropping off as it had done for me.
I love it. It is very pretty. When he came home he gave it to me. He said he was going wait till later in the day but decided he did not want to wait. That was kinda of sweet.
Porscha had a game on Valentines Day. All the players had carnations to give to their mamas in the stands. I felt bad because I was late getting there. She gave it to one of her adoptive mamas and she gave it to me once I arrived.
I was late because I was bathing Shelby before the game and making sure the kitchen was all clean so her friend Ashley could easily help her make the cookies. Last night as I worked on my paper, I offered to make Amber a sandwich. I did not get to it right away because I was so absorbed with the paper and she fell asleep. That stuff bugs me. The fact that I still have not filled out John's Valentines card because I didn't want to rush filling it out. Sitting here blogging is probably the first time my feet have truly touch the ground all week. I am not fond of those types of weeks. I am hoping this week feels a little more grounded. I won't lie....I look forward to the time in my future when the expectations of a family are far less. For now I work the best I can to find balance and accept some days it happens and some days it does not.