Monday, October 19, 2009

Boot Camp Update

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After nearly chickening out about a million times and mulling over a thousand excuses why I JUST CAN'T DO IT, I made it to Boot Camp Orientation today.

I survived. Barely. But, I signed up for the full one-month torture program and I'm proud.

The program is a combination of group exercise and a Boot Camp-style obstacle course, complete with army crawl, monkey bars, and a tire relay. After the workout, they gave us a crash course in healthy eating and took our "Before" pictures.

I will update you more when I can feel all my limbs and finally scrub all the dirt off my arms and legs.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


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Fall is my favorite time of year. The anticipation of the holidays, football season, and the cooler weather.

It also reminds me of my favorite memories from childhood and the traditions that we started as a family. During Halloween, my mom would always cook a big dinner before we dressed up in our costumes and went out trick-or-treating. On Christmas Eve, we'd pick one present each and open it up. We've had countless family gatherings at both grandparents' homes for special occassions and holidays.

I'd like to continue some of these family traditions. But, I feel like we should start some of our own traditions with Little Man. So, I need some ideas.

What traditions do you have in your home? What makes them special?

Boot Camp

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This Florida weather is enough to send me packing. The Smartest Man Alive insists that one winter in the Midwest and I would be begging for 90-degree weather and 100% humidity. However, we are breaking records here, people, and this is not conducive to my "MUST LOSE BABY WEIGHT NOW" plan.

I haven't written about this in a while, so let me update you. I have lost weight. Since I've decided all scales are unreliable, I don't know exactly how much. But, whatever. My clothes fit better, and really that's all that matters. Over the summer, I was walking at least a mile pretty much 6-7 days per week. Since school is back in session, my workout plan has greatly suffered.

I haven't been walking or otherwise working out in WEEKS.

Drastic action must be taken.

Then, I received an e-mail about a Boot Camp one of the gyms is offering near my home. It's $150 for one month of rigorous training programs and nutritional advice. You have to commit to three days and six miles per week. So, sign me up. This flab has got to go!

It's going to be hard to juggle work, home, and this program, but I feel like I need something to jump start my efforts again. I am not a self-starter when it comes to exercise. Really, I need a big, scary drill sergeant yelling in my face. While I don't think this program is THAT serious, it will work.

Monday, October 12, 2009


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It's the most popular advice dispensed and it's the hardest to follow. Almost every mother on the planet has told me to go out and enjoy myself a little. It will make me a better mother, they say. And, I know it's true. But, still I rarely do it because it's so hard to leave my Little Man at home. I work full-time and I don't want to be away from him anymore than I already am.

But, when a 2-for-1 special from my favorite spa popped up on my Facebook this week, I was seriously tempted.

I called the Smartest Man Alive to make sure he didn't have any plans on Saturday and could watch Little Man. He didn't and he's always chiding me to go out and do something with my friends.

So, I called my friend A and we booked our services. I scheduled a Micro-Buff Body Polish and massage. We left at 10:30 on Saturday and didn't get home until 3. It was four-and-a-half hours of bliss. PLUS, I got a free manicure because my massage therapist called in sick and our schedule got messed up.

Go ahead and hate me if you want. It was incredible.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


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I sincerely hope that we do not have a biting phase ahead of us. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that we might.

On Saturday, we celebrated the Smartest Man Alive's birthday with friends and Burrito Bar. While my sister was playing on the floor with Little Man, she said, "Ouch. He just bit me!" Of course, I'm thinking "IMPOSSIBLE! He only has one tooth and he was probably just trying to give kisses and missed."

Little Man likes to roughhouse. He grabs hair and head-butts regularly. So, I was pleasantly surprised when he started pulling my face toward his with his mouth open. I assumed he was trying to give kisses. I might have been wrong.

A few minutes after the first incident, my sister reported a second bite. We told him no-no. We don't bite our friends.

I have closely followed Hillary's biting (mis)adventures at Not Raising Brats. Here's hoping I won't have to employ any of her advice.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


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Ugh. I've been the grocery store TWICE Since I announced to the world that I had successfully avoided the dreaded place for a week.

Serves me right.

In my defense, it was the Smartest Man Alive's birthday and he insisted on having Chili 3-ways with Skyline Chili. We didn't have Skyline, so I made a quick trip. Then, today I realized that the husband had dinner plans and there was nothing to eat.

Well, not really nothing, but you know what I mean.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Eating In

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I haven't been to the grocery store in more than a week and, let me tell you, it feels glorious.

Truth be told, I hate the grocery store. But, I always find myself there picking up things here and there. Now that our refrigerator, freezer, and pantry are overflowing I've decided to eat what we have. My original goal was to make it two weeks without a visit to the dreaded store or ordering take-out.

Since our pantry-shopping initiative seems to not have even made a dent in our massive amount of food supply, I might extend it to see just how long we can carry on this little experiment. We've eaten enchiladas, chicken 'n dumplings, baked chicken casserole with stuffing and potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken and asparagus. I'm pretty much thinking I deserve a gold-star here.

What about you? What have you been making for dinner lately?

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