Insanity Week 1 and Hair Day 3

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So, I am proud to say that I survived my first week of Insanity and I am already seeing results. The muffin top is shrinking and a couple pounds are gone. The biggest adjustment has been the food. I have had to increase my calorie intake by 800-1000 calories, which you think would be counter productive, but its working.

The workouts are challenging, but doable. Again, I am really happy to have developed a moderate level of fitness before I started this. If you are new to fitness or maybe just a casual worker-outter. I would recommend doing Fitness Blender Videos for a couple weeks to get conditioned. They are easy to follow, well produced and best of all, they are FREE!!

The most challenging workout so far has been the Pure Cardio. Most of the Insanity workout are 6-7 minute warmup and then a 5-7 minute stretch followed by 15 minutes of intervals that are 3 minutes on then 30 second of rest. It then finishes with with 3-4 minutes of stretching. Pure cardio messes with your mind a bit. This workout starts the same with the warmup and stretch, but then does 15 minutes straight of intense OUCH!! I don’t know that I have ever sweat that much before. Definitely feeling it today. Tomorrow is a rest day and I am really looking forward to it.

NOW FOR THE HAIR!!!!

So in my mind, I have always had the most amazing flowing locks of hair. In reality, I have fine, short hair. I finally suffered through a grow out for more than a year, ugh and I am excited to finally be able to wear the I have always wanted. My mom thinks they are awesome as she has always wanted the luxurious flowing hair herself. The hubby and kids aren’t too sure. I sported them out in public for the first time yesterday. (Sidenote: it was a funeral, perhaps not the best place to debut new hair, but its my new look)

Things I was not expecting was to feel a bit weird wearing them. I know they are fake, but have a commentary running in my head if other people think they are. We live in a small town. Anyone who saw me on Tuesday with my short brown hair would see that I now have long blonde hair. My final conclusion is that they make me feel better. I like what they look like and I feel that is what is the most important part.

I will keep you posted on how it goes.

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New Leaf – Evening Prepping

There is nothing worse than starting your day off my frantically looking for the lost ballet slipper all while trying to get yourself and the kids ready.  Backpack, lunch bag, brief case packed and hopefully you made it out the door with everything you need.

I have started prepping everything the night before from lunches to outfits, everything is all ready to roll, so it’s just a matter of grabbing and going.  I have also involved Liv in packing her lunch and picking out her outfits so there isn’t any dispute come the morning.

With two weeks down, it has worked like a charm.  The evenings I have been to lazy to prep, I have really paid for it in the morning.  Goes to show that a little planning can go a long way.

New Leaf – Kid Vision

I seem to be constantly annoyed on the amount of kids stuff that ends up on the floor.  While flipping through Pottery Barn Kids I noticed that all the coat hooks were at kid level.  DUH!!

After a trip to Target, I acquired 2 hooks for right inside the door at Liv and Ethan’s height.  Another 2 hooks went into each of the kids bedrooms for activity bags were the kids dance outfits, piano books, etc could be hung.  An added bonus was stackable bins that will be used to catch the kids shoes and school books as they come in.

So far the kids have been putting shoes away in the bins, we’ll see how the bins for schoolwork work once school is in session.

New Leaf – Piles of Stuff

Step 1 in operation “New Leaf” was to eliminate and manage the never ending piles of stuff that come into our lives.  Some stuff we need, much is unsolicited and just shows up.

I found this site that said like every company or organization, a home needs a household manager.  They also made a recommendation for making a household binder that would become your go to place for all things you need day-to-day or even on a monthly basis.

This weekend I gathered all the piles of paper and junk that has accumulated over time and threw it all into 2 laundry baskets.  With the help of Paul to sort and the kids running the paper shredder we were able to get the seemingly endless supply of paper into 3 binders – 1 for all the kids stuff (school calendars, pre-school contracts, etc) 1 for all the household items (bills, statements, etc) 1 for day-to-day life (master household calendar, weekly menu plan, etc)

Now that everything is in one place, it was nice to get the mail on Saturday and see that Liv’s official bus schedule was in there and know the exact place that it belongs in. Let’s hope that the binders continue to be a greater part of our lives and will eliminate the time spent looking for things or the anxiety I feel having to look at piles of stuff.

The New Leaf

As the days ticked down to Liv starting Kindergarten, I found myself in a downward spiral of panic and anxiety.  Upon reflection or perhaps in attempt to keep my mind off the fact that my baby is old enough to enter Kindergarten, I decided I was going to turn a new leaf.

No more piles of mail and kid artwork.  No more time wasted searching for dance outfits.  No more scrambling to decide what to make for dinner.  I had enough and wanted to make the most of the time I had with my family and eliminate the chaos of the mornings and meal time.

Stayed tuned on how the “New Leaf” is doing.