The Reality of Motherhood

So it has yet again, been awhile.  I set the goal to work more on my blog and within the first few days, your goal disintegrates.  POOF!  Just like that!  Just like trying to lose those “last 10lbs.”  Hmm….funny how that happens huh?

I’m sure every single one of you has had that happen.  Not the need of trying to lose those last 10 lbs, but starting something with the best of intentions and then life happens, you get sidetracked, you forget, you lose focus.  Whatever it maybe.  It just doesn’t become high on the priority list, especially when you have kids.

I mean with a ten-year old and a four-year old, who has time to think most of the time, let alone put it into words.  By the time I get them in bed and it’s quiet, I want to crash in bed.  Just ask my husband!  “Alone time” with my husband?  After the kids have gone to bed?  You mean I have to be sexy?!  What the what??!  HA!  Just give me my blankie and pillow!  Yes I am aware my husband may or may not read this and will probably be shaking his head, but I’m just being real here and I know I’m not the only one out there.  It’s not that we don’t want that time with them, but we do sooo much for our families, that when it’s time to crash, we just crash!

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Am I right or am I RIGHT?!?!

Who knew as a mother AND a wife so much of our time would be dictated by others? Nothing was ever mentioned about this in a book, in that Young World class that Mrs. Lesser (and we, as a class, had so much fun with her!), or for Heaven’s sake by our OWN mothers?  MA?!?!  Come on!  You were holding out on me!  Oh wait I know why!  Because we want revenge on our own kids!  AH HA!  I figured it out!

Heck I tell my own daughter, if she doesn’t have kids when she gets older, I will adopt some for her!  You know, just like you do animals!  Go down to the pound and pick out the right one!  That’s how it works right?!?  I mean it’s all about attempting to raise your kids right, not screw them up, teach them to be strong, independent individuals that are kind souls, do right in the world and help others as they can right?!  What’s a little payback to them for all that they “put us” through?!  Hardy Har Har!  Okay, seriously though I’m JUST KIDDING!  I know that’s not how one goes about it, and I know that kids aren’t for everyone, but I have to laugh and say what I know some of you are thinking.

Okay, so back where I started.  Got sidetracked again.  SQUIRREL!  HA!

So as busy mothers, we try to take on more tasks, or get this brilliant idea that we are going to do something new in our lives for US, but how do we fit that in?   How do we find the time to take care of those tiny little humans that we created, care and show affection to the love of our lives and then of course still take care of those furbabies that have been added to the family over the years that those little humans promised to feed and water so that “you don’t have to,” PLUS take care of the house and (GASP!), try to work outside of the home?!  Oh Lordy!  I mean come on those tiny little humans and the spouse want to eat every. Single. Night!  COME ON!  That’s a lot of commitment dude!

So where in all of that do we find time for ourselves and still manage to survive the day without taking someone’s head off?!  I mean it’s no wonder that one in FOUR middle-aged women take a prescription med for mental health!  (You can check out the article here.)  Oh yeah….we get up at the butt crack of dawn or we stay up til the butt crack of dawn.  Take your pick.  One or the other!  Or both, I mean who needs sleep anyway right?  Sleep is overrated anyway right?!?

This is where I take advantage of early mornings.  I get up, exercise and then head out to my oasis and get to work.

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I mean what mother doesn’t have SIPPY CUPS in their oasis?!  Or is littered with toys?!  It’s amazing at how much stuff I can get accomplished though at 6 am!  The world is yet to awaken (or at least at my house, husband, kids, OR animals for that matter), I mean I get out to my usual running location on my run days and the parking lot is filled right now with those bikers and fellow runners who are out trying beat the heat and humidity here in good ol’ Oklahoma.

I am the first one to tell you I am NOT a morning person.  I am not a night owl either.  I like my uninterrupted sleep of 8 hours just like everyone else, but let’s face it, once you become a mother, that doesn’t happen regularly!  Some nights its 4-5 hours of sleep, occasionally it’s 9 hours of sleep, but on average it’s more like 6-7 hours of sleep and then I’m doing good.  I don’t know what your average is, but that’s mine at least.  I would rather sacrifice a little bit of sleep and feel good about myself, all while feeling accomplished in my day.

Despite all the time though that I put into my family and making sure they are all happy and healthy, I seriously love them to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for the world.  They keep me sane (and drive me insane some days!) and grounded and love me regardless.

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What do you Super Moms do to make it through your day?

 

I want to know!

Kim 🙂

 

 

 

Rooster Day Run 15k

So I started this post back on the day of my race and then got sidetracked with other things, typically my full-time job and my family and basically not having enough hours in my day to do everything that I need and want to.  I think that is life in general though, don’t you agree?

So my race went better than I actually expected.  My unspoken goal was 90 minutes as I have only ever done one other 15k and it was while I was training for something else, so I was much better conditioned then I was coming into this.

This race actually took place on my “turf” if you want to call it that.  I always run out along this route.  Always some hill work involved and some good flat areas as well.  Plus not to mention I love the scenery!

So the race had a fairly late start compared to most races with a gun time of 8:30 am, which I think is mainly in part due to the fact this IS a family friendly race which I love.  I got to sleep in compared to most other races and get up at 7 am.  I had my usual whole wheat toast with PB, half of a banana and some honey.  This works perfect for me.  I good amount of complex carbs, protein and easy energy with the banana and honey.  Once I had my breakfast and got dressed, I headed to the race venue.  One of my favorite things to watch is the fun run.  I love being able to watch the kids and families take part in a healthy lifestyle together.  Plus I love watching the competitiveness of the little ones!  They melt my heart!

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After the fun run got underway, they got set up for the 5k and the 15k.  We were both starting together, which I kept having to remind myself in the beginning to pull back on the reigns as I kept wanting to stay up with those doing the 15k.  We looped around the park and then headed out towards NSU college grounds, which are absolutely gorgeous!  Somewhere around the NSU grounds is when a man came up and introduced himself as Mike.

I absolutely love the running community for the simple fact that everyone is typically friendly and will come up and just start talking.  This was Mike’s first run since his half marathon over a year ago.  His goal was under 90 minutes as well.  We chit chatted most of the way about our spouse’s and our kids and our “why” for running.  It’s so neat hearing everyone’s reason.  Along the way, he kept pointing out all of his B.A. Runner friends and even pointed out one that said he would give him $20 if he could pass him somewhere along the way.  Mike just chuckled and said he had to do this.  GAME ON!  Once we got onto the actual trail system where the hills start to take over, this is where I just look down and running becomes mechanical for me.  Right before the first big hill, we manage to come up to the gentleman that Mike said he had to pass.  Needless to say we did!

Hills are not enjoyable, but yet I find myself easily getting into a steady rhythm and pushing forward.  I began to pull away from Mike and he told me not to wait up and that he was going “to cry like a little girl up this hill.”  HA!  I just had to chuckle to myself and kept going.  Somewhere along the way after that first hill, Mike caught back up to me for a little bit before his running watched beeped at him, letting him know that his heart rate was too high so he kind of pulled back some.  We still have a few miles to go, so I pulled back some too as the sun was taking its toll on me and starting to get a little warm.  

I kept drinking more and more of my water and was getting towards the bottom of my bottle.  As we started up some more of the smaller hills, Mike slowed down and I just pushed forward.  The last mile was rough as you could see the finish line the whole way.  It was just pure torture as it was too hot for me at this point.

I felt like the ending was rather uneventful as I had pushed myself enough during the whole course that I had no umph to finish it off with.  I was happy to see though that I had beat my goal and even set an PR for my 15k time!

Another great year for the Rooster Day run!

I think I disappeared!

Wow!  Has it really been almost 3 months since I have posted?!!? HOLY COW!  Who knew taking a new job would suddenly render me out of commission on blogging.  Who knew that by adding ONE MORE hour to a normal work day, would leave someone so utterly tired with feet KILLING me that I would only come home, eat dinner with the family and zonk out as soon as the kids were in bed only to wake up and do it the very next day.

So if you remember from my last post back in February that I had taken a new job at an outpatient clinic.  Enjoyed it for the most part except the long days and the constant running around the clinic (I averaged over 10,000 steps a day just at the clinic alone!).  My husband was able to make his work schedule fit our family’s needs, however it grew to be more and more difficult.  He ended up losing his co-worker and friend at the end of February and life became chaotic from then on.  He would have to get up at the crack of dawn to get started so that in hopes our son wouldn’t have to spend the entire day at the sitter, however it didn’t always work out.  An overnight out-of-state trip here, several long, trying days there, selling a house, a week-long move since I was unable to take days off, potty training, and getting acclimated to a new house with a 8-year-old and a 2-year-old and completely new hours for school and work ALL while trying to learn a new job, someone just had another plan for our family.  We can say we tried, however it was just not meant to be.  So beginning May 11th, I am going back to my old job, so that I may have the flexibility in my schedule that my family needs.  No longer will I have to try to wake my cranky (now 3-year-old) up at the crack of dawn and get him up and functioning, fed, dressed and out the door, while dropping both him and my daughter off at school because she can no longer ride the bus from our new neighborhood.  No longer will I come home about 6:15 to find that my husband was doing his best to throw a meal together so that I wouldn’t have to do that after a 9+ hour day.  No longer will this momma only exist to her family, but she will be back on her feet (without them hurting or the sharp, shooting pains that come from the uncomfortable shoes I had to wear), enjoying time once again with her husband and kids like she should be.

 

Life isn’t all about making the money in life.  Life is about making ends meet and enjoying what you have in front of you.  As I eagerly count the days until my return back to my previous work family (whom I GREATLY missed), I will enjoy what I have learned thus far at my new job, be thankful for the new bonds I have formed  and the people who I have met, however my first priority is my family at home.  Our happiness and health is most important.

 

What have YOU been up to lately?

Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!

So one of my goals this year is to be more active on my blog.  I often think of things to write during the day, then when I get home and the chaos of kids hits and I hit writer’s block.  Doesn’t make for a successful blog let me tell ya!

Another thing I’m hoping to help change this year is the way fellow moms think.  Just recently I had a mom tell me that I was selfish of all things for spending so much time exercising and worrying about my health versus spending it with my family and taking care of my kids.  HELLO?!??!  How else is mom suppose to remain healthy?  Exercising is NOT being selfish especially as a mom.  I feel kids learn by their parents setting an example and how is it when mom is eating crap and not taking care of herself a good example for her children.  Here she is worrying about whether they eat their veggies and what not and then she “don’t have time” to do that for herself?  I call bullshit!   Excuse my language, but this is something I am very passionate about.

I’m pretty sure kids will grow up just fine and not to mention learn some independence in the process, if mom isn’t focused on them 100% of the time.  If kids get 100% of your time and effort, think of it as them learning to be selfish.  It is alright if you take 30-60 minutes of your day to focus on YOUR health.   Exercising is NOT about “being skinny” or “looking good.”  It’s about being HEALTHY and planting those seeds in your children so that they learn the value of making good decisions.

Not only will mom’s health improve from daily exercise, but so will her stress levels, her self esteem and her overall life/marriage.  As my friend says “happy mommas, make happier families!”  RIGHT ON!

In another recent conversation with a fellow mom who was worried about her health, however did not want to lose anytime with her babies.  What about when your health is suffering and you can’t truly enjoy your time with your kids 100% because you are in pain or discomfort or just uncomfortable in general?  How is that any better?  How is it any better that you spent ALL your time focused on your family and kids and then you are disabled or even worse gone at a young age because you didn’t spend the time to focus on you either?  Your kids and family NEED you even after they are grown.  Trust me, I know this from a fact.  Losing my dad at the age of 19 was devastating.  Granted it has been what makes me so passionate about health and wellness, but it also lead to many tears over the years of the things that I was deprived of.  Having my dad walk me down the aisle.  The support from him going through a divorce.  Knowing that my dad had met my husband.  The list goes on and on and I’m sure it’s not over with.

Take the time to work on your health. Please!  I beg all of you mom and even dads out there. It doesn’t have to be much.  Thirty minutes daily is all that is really required.  That is a fraction of your day.  Show your kids what it truly means to be healthy and lead by example.

Plant those seeds and stop thinking/feeling like your being selfish by focusing on your health this year.  Your whole families health depends on it.

Little Boys and Terrible Twos

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That’s all I got to say!  The “terrible twos” have definitely hit in this house hold!  So yes, I still think I have the cutest son (what parent doesn’t think that about their children?), but he most certainly is testing his boundaries (not to mention my patience).  HA!  I keep reminding myself that it’s only going to get worse with “terrorizing threes” because let’s face it three-year olds are buttheads.  I will just put that out there.

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I seriously think that kids should get cuter as they age so that you are less likely to beat them (or gouge your eyes out)….maybe.  Okay, okay I’m kidding, but you get my point.

So with my son, it’s not that he is throwing tantrums or crying and what not.  But the word “no” has become strong in his vocabulary.  Sometimes he can be just as sweet and helpful as can be (when he wants to be), but then he can be a little turd head.  Not listening, hitting when he gets mad at you, the occasional breakdown which is to be expected. Plus let’s throw in there the fact that he is a little boy and he IS going to test the waters even more so then what I remember with my daughter, and let’s not forget about the fact that he is male and INVINCIBLE!  HA!

Tonight we were headed to Wal-Mart to get a few items and we got out of the truck and his face was dirty.   My husband made the comment that he looked like a vampire because he had had juice that was red and he had a red ring around his mouth.  Well when I was getting him out of the truck, I thought to myself, that really looks more like blood.  Yep!  It sure was!  He wasn’t crying or anything but we couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.   We sat him on the bed of the truck trying to get him to sit still so we could look inside his mouth as there was no obvious place otherwise.  Let’s just say that took both of us to get him to cooperate!  Oh gosh!  He wasn’t crying or acting like he was hurt, but I just wanted to know where it was coming from.   Finally I got him to stick out his tongue.  He had bitten the tip of it somehow and it was bleeding.  Not bad that my first thought is “we need to go to the ER,” but bad enough we didn’t want him to keep sticking his tongue out as we walk through Wal-Mart with blood coming out.  Finally it started to subside but of course we get home and he wants a snack.  Of all things he chooses an orange, which of course I’m sure from the acid in it, his tongue starts to bleed again.  Not bad but some, it stopped shortly after he stopped eating the orange.

After that I finally wrestled him down and got him changed and ready for bed.  I was the bad mom though and sent him to bed with only a glass of water and not brushing his teeth.  I didn’t want to brush his teeth to have the tongue start bleeding again.

We shall see what shenanigans he gets into tomorrow!

What things did your 2 year olds do to test your patience?

A Smorgasbord of Thoughts!

Oh boy…it has been a tiring Monday that’s for sure.  Not a whole lot happening, just allergies coming alive again, work, exercise and now a 8-year-old with an attitude.  Draining is the best word to describe it.

So my Monday started out kind of lax.  My first patient wasn’t until 11 a.m, so I got the kids to the babysitter and school and got to enjoy a nice run at the gym with my sweet husband.  He struggled as it had been a week since he had time to run and myself, well it was better but still frustrating.  My cough and allergies seemed to be getting better until Saturday came.  Then I noticed the dreaded tell-tale sign for me….sinus drainage.  BIG TIME sinus drainage.  What gives?  I had a steroid shot a little over a week ago and am still on my antibiotics.  I am STILL taking my daily OTC allergy meds, my prescription allergy medication AND my nasal spray.  After all this, why are my allergies still kicking my ass?!?!  ARGH!

So this morning while waiting for my husband to arrive at the gym, I broke down and called an allergy clinic and made an appointment.  I go next Tuesday.  They are evening doing allergy testing the same day!  I simply can’t wait to get these under control.  The downside is I can’t take my oral allergy medications for the 5 days leading up to the doctor appointment.

The whole day has been kind of gloomy here in NE Oklahoma, making it rather difficult for me to wake up (even more so with all the allergy meds in my system).  Even my patients today were tired and fatigued.  Just one of those days I guess!  Work was fairly busy today considering that the rest of the week is looking slow.

And finally is the 8 year old going on 16 attitude.  She has her moments.  Lately it had been better, but tonight she just said some things that was NOT right and pissed me off.   She was wanting to play my iPad (she recently got a new app that a couple of her friends play) and she was asked to pick up the living room as it looked like a toy store blew up in there again and she was grumbling some stuff to herself while smiling at my husband.  I know she did not mean what she said, but just the fact that she had the nerve to say it.  Let’s just say she spent the rest of her evening on the couch watching baseball with the family and NOT playing the iPad like she wanted and is grounded for the rest of the week.  This comes after spending the majority of her weekend at her friend’s house getting out of her chores.  I know I know, it’s only going to get worse when she gets older and the hormones hit, but some days I feel like they are already setting in.

 

Today also marks the start of a 10 day clean eating and exercise group.  I think this marks the LARGEST group we have had to date.  So many people referring friends and family and wanting their support so it was hard to say no and just made it one big happy group.  In this group they are given a menu and daily exercise to follow.  I love these groups!  I love getting people started in a healthy way of life and watching them transform themselves and often their families way of life!  A BEAUTIFUL thing!

 

Now there was a thought!

Well I meant to blog today and I had it all written out….in my head that is. I came home from work and life happened and my “soft copy” got lost in the commotion. But you know what? I had a wonderful evening spending it with my family! I now type this up on my iPad as I lay in bed waiting for my husband to get out of the shower.

As moms, we often get down on ourselves for not completing everything on our “to do list.” I vote that we get rid of this thinking! I don’t feel bad about not doing something to spend time with my family. Now if it’s exercising, I will make sure it’s fit in somewhere, but little things like this…NOPE.

Night all!

Sum it up Sunday #1

Well it has been another crazy week around here in this household with work, school, activities and staying on top of things.  I managed however my blogging fell through the hole!  OOPS!  I apologize!  Part of it was not having the time, then when I would have the time, I would have a brain fart and couldn’t think of what I wanted to write about or put my thoughts in order to get it down on “paper” so to speak.  If you guys have any suggestions on topics that you would love to hear about please feel free to leave me a comment below.  I would greatly appreciate any and all ideas that come to you.

So one thing that was new this week was my sweet husband decided he was going to take up cooking more, which I am NOT going to complain about!  He managed to make stir fry one evening, which was delicious!  Plus him AND all the kids loved it, which for 2 out of the 3 not being big on bell peppers and onions this was HUGE!

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Plus he made chili, which is something he ALWAYS makes and Sofie loved it this time!

On another note, we went and had family photos taken by a wonderful lady from Connie Jones’s Photography.  She took BEAUTIFUL pictures!  I would highly recommend her!

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In all my escapades from this week, I did have to stop and take pictures of my dear, sweet son.  He is always doing crazy and funny things, this just being one of them.  He will probably beat me when he is older for this, but I got a good laugh from it!

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So for my weekly recap of exercise since the 2nd of the month.  I failed to get a post up last week for it.

Saturday, November 2nd:

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Sunday, November 3rd:

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Friday, November 8th:  REST!!!!

Saturday, November 9th:

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Well that’s it for the week!  I’m hoping this week to get back into a running routine again as there are 2 half marathons I want to complete at the beginning of the year, one in March and one in April!  I better get busy!

Weekly Chase #9

So this past week has been a little chaotic and busy to say the least with work, my business, after school activities for Sofie and “home life.”  Work is starting to pick up, which I’ve needed it to, but it seems like when it first picks up things are crazy trying to keep all my patients straightened out and getting them transitioned over to ME from another therapist.  This week will be pretty busy with work, plus it’s a short week for Sofie school wise.  At least the only after school activity we have going on this week is gymnastics.

So it’s Monday and that means a week of reflection AND projection with The Weekly Chase and then Back to School Learn Something New Challenge!

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So let’s talk about last week first!  My goals LAST week were:

1)  Run AT LEAST 4 times. – I only managed 3 runs last week.  Saturday we went to my in-laws to help move some things and got back kind of late Saturday to get a run in.

2)  Complete ALL of my P90x workouts. – SCORE!

3)  Take AT LEAST 3 walks with my family. – We got 2 out of the 3 in.  A couple of the evenings were “late evenings” and then Taylor’s bed time schedule still varies some and depending on how he is acting as to what time he goes to bed.  

4)  Drink AT LEAST 60 oz of water DAILY. – I managed this on 5 out of 7 days, which to me isn’t too bad for a start.  Will work more on this one this week as well.  

5)  Detox from the cake and salt this past week. – I got it all OUT of my system!  No more sweets for a while!

6) Complete all my posting nightly. – All complete nightly except for one night I was in bed before the kids were, but I did get up early the next morning and completed it before the deadline.

7)  Blog AT LEAST 3 times. – DONE!  Barely!  Yesterday I had some free time to fit in a “rambling” as I call it.  😛

8)  Pick up my new book, Racing Weight, and learn something new from it (challenge goal). – NO time whatsoever for this.  I, however, DID try out a new recipe this week!  Will get it posted tomorrow.

 

Now onto the “projection” part, goals for THIS week:

1)  Run AT LEAST 3 times.  I have 2 runs coming up in October, a 5k AND a 15k!

2) Take at LEAST 2 walks with the family and 1 bike ride.

3)  Finish up my LAST week of P90x!  YAY!!!  –  Will post pictures when complete

4)  Drink AT LEAST 60 oz of water DAILY.

5) Blog AT LEAST 3 times.

6)  Pick up my new book, Racing Weight, and learn something new from it (challenge goal).

7)  Enjoy my weekend with my family and friends.  AND I get to see my MOMMA!!! <3

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Weekly Chase #8

It’s time for another Weekly Chase so that only means one thing!  It’s Monday!  I secretly love Mondays.  I absolutely LOVE making goals and seeing if I can squash them by next Monday.  Don’t you?  For once we had a nice, quiet, relaxing weekend at home with absolutely NOTHING to do!  Saturday was my husband’s birthday.  He is getting old he says (psst….he just turned 31!  That isn’t old right?!?  You better say no because I’m 31 already 😛 )

So what did the birthday boy ask for on his 31st birthday you may ask?  Why a….

helia RC Helicopter of course!  The one he had wasn’t good enough I guess so he had to upgrade.  So now my 7 year old daughter has claimed the older one.  You should have seen them out tonight.  He was learning to fly the new ‘copter while she was working on the older (less complicated one!)  I’m sure our new neighbors were entertained!  Good thing the new neighbor mowing her yard didn’t have to dodge Helicopters at any point during her yard work adventure!

I managed to get two runs with my neighbor and even got my little bear cub on a run too!

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Speaking of my little bear cub, look who is a BIG BOY tonight and eating at the dinner table with the family!

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So it’s a new week and that means NEW goals!  I’m so excited!  Time for this week’s Weekly Chase!  I hope you will join us and link up!

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Also since it’s a new month, there is a new monthly challenge.  It’s back to school time so Molly wants us all to learn something new or do something new each week.

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Here are my goals from last week and my results from them.

1)  Run at LEAST 4 times.  –  Yes!  I actually ran 5 times!  YAY!!!

2)  Complete ALL of my P90x workouts.  – I missed 2 workouts, but I at least worked out EVERY day last week so I didn’t get down on myself too badly for missing this one.

3) Take at LEAST 3 walks with my family.  – YES!  My son, I think actually has gotten used to these nightly walks after dinner because than he knows it’s bed time!

4) Drink at LEAST 60 oz of water daily.  –  I almost got this one.  There was one day where I was short and just couldn’t get anymore in me.

5)  Detoxing from junk food from this week after having cake for my husband’s birthday.  – NO!  We had MORE cake.  Since when do we get a week long birthday celebrations?!?!  🙂

 

Here are my goals for THIS week.   Keeping on the same page for the most part to develop consistency.

1)  Run AT LEAST 4 times.

2)  Complete ALL of my P90x workouts.

3)  Take AT LEAST 3 walks with my family.

4)  Drink AT LEAST 60 oz of water DAIY.

5)  Detox from the cake and salt this past week.

6) Complete all my posting nightly.

7)  Blog AT LEAST 3 times.

8)  Pick up my new book, Racing Weight, and learn something new from it (challenge goal).

QOTD:  What are some of your goals this week?