It's been almost 3 months since I've had Little Sister and it's time to get moving. I've been sitting on my butt long enough and am ready to see some changes in my body. I'm not only talking about the weight I have to lose (12 pounds) but I want to be healthy. I want more energy, I want to be outside and get my doses of Vitamin D and I want to lose the weight too. I want to eat healthier and smarter.
So I've started doing a few things to help me with this new goal. For starters a couple weeks ago I started doing after school carpool (walkpool) two days a week. The first few were rough, let me tell you. I would come home and the rest of my day would be completely shot. I was completely wasted. It's one thing to push a 2 year old in a stroller and it's quite another thing to push a 30 pound almost three year old and a 14 pound 3 month old in a not so great rolling stroller. I was starting to wonder why I offered to do it. I mean why mess with a good thing? I could just hang out all afternoon in my house and Big Sister would just come home! It was wonderful. But after three times it started to get easier and I remembered why I wanted to do it. I started to feel great. Now just walking to school twice a week isn't enough. This week I have added walking Big Sister to school on the days I don't pick up. It's a mile round trip so 5 miles a week is pretty good. But not good enough.
I've joined this challenge: 100 miles in 3 months. Sounds lofty at first but I think it's totally doable! So if I've done my calculations right I need to do 8 miles a week to keep up with my goal. The mornings that I walk to school I just walk around the block and it's just over a 2 mile walk! So it's perfect. Plus I'll have Saturdays if I need to make up any mileage. I'm excited to have this goal to work toward!
Another thing I've been doing is the 200 sit-up App. I did this last year--along with the 100 push-up App--and I felt great! I think I was in a little better ab shape because it wasn't quite as hard as it's been this time around. It's been 3 weeks and I've repeated quite a few days and even went back a whole week today. Doing something is better than doing nothing though, right? I keep telling myself I want to start the push-ups again but I haven't gotten there yet. Maybe in a couple more weeks. I feel like I'm getting a pretty good arm workout holding my fatty baby and pushing 65 pounds of kid/stroller a few times a week.
The last change that I'm making in my life is to decrease the amount of sugar and junk food that we are eating as a family. I can do all the kinds of exercise I want but if I'm not fueling my body smartly then I'm missing a huge part of the puzzle. So I've decided to not have very much sugar. I know it's not smart to cut it out completely, but I just have to say no. Actually I read something the other day that suggested instead of saying no just say, "Not right now." That has totally helped! "Maybe I'll eat it later." And then later never comes! I find myself not wanting it very much anymore. And plus yesterday I watched this: Is Sugar Toxic?
We all know that sugar isn't good for us. It rots our teeth and if you eat too much it give you a stomach ache. It gives you false feelings of energy and then leaves you in the dumps a couple hours later, but I never knew the things in this video. It talks about how sugar fuels cancer cells, leads to heart disease and is as addictive as drugs like cocaine. I for one would like to not be so addicted to something so I'm limiting the sugar that I eat dramatically. The video said the doctors and researchers recommended no more than 100 calories a day for women from sugar so I'm going to try to stick with that. I'm not sure how many grams that translates to so I'm going to do a little research, but I'm pretty sure it's not that much.
I'm hoping that these changes in my life will help me feel healthier, happier and stronger. One last plus is that Elder Richard G. Scott said that when we are healthier we can feel more in tune with the Spirit and I really want that.
Will you join me in getting healthier? Tell me what you are doing!