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Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up and Monday Weigh In and Challenge Updates

Well, this weekend kinda sucked. Three words a parent never wants to hear, "My head itches." Yep. Lice. Fabulous. Thank you so much Boy Scout camp. So instead of my treating myself to a morning run this weekend, I spent the weekend disinfecting my house. Sigh. I'm not really sure how many loads of laundry I did. But it was a lot. 

Saturday I did the great cleansing. No exercise other than housework which I'm counting because this was more than the usual housework. Sunday morning my son had a performance for his band camp. We attended that and then I took the kids to Target and then to a movie. I couldn't stand to do anymore cleaning for a while. We saw Cars 2 and it was cute. The kids had fun and we were out of the heat for a while. The filter pump on our pool died so we didn't want to swim for now. After the movie we went home to more cleaning and I cooked dinner. My life is so glamorous.

I didn't get much sleep this weekend and I woke up tired this morning. I weighed in down a pound from the week before, but still up 1 from the 2 I gained. I get so tired of this see-saw. But, that's life so I'll just keep on. I forced myself to go to the gym. And by forced I mean I had a kicking screaming tantrum in my head, but the healthy part of me won and I did 40 on the elliptical and another 15 on the treadmill. Doesn't mean I liked it although I admit I did feel better.   Just couldn't bring myself to weight train today. Later this week.

Work is strangely slow today, which is good because I have time to catch up but bad because I have bills to pay.  I did at least have time to read a little on blogs and catch up as I didn't get online at all this weekend. I was so pleased with myself for doing extra walking yesterday at the mall and then a short walk with the kids only to realize I'd left my fitbit at home. Dang it. So it looks like I just sat on my butt all day, but at least my butt knows I didn't.

I'm still participating in the challenges so I suppose I should do an update. In phase 6 for Allan's challenge, I am still trying and I did lose a pound. I cannot figure out why I lose weight so slowly. Sigh.  It's so frustrating. But that's all I'm going to say on that for now as I feel that I've whined enough on that subject for a while.

In the June Boom challenge for the other Alan, I'm continuing to try to get my 30 min of exercise daily. Like I said Saturday I did a ton of housework, extra stuff, which isn't usually what I count as exercise. Other than that I did exercise somehow every day. Today's is also done so check for today.

In the small change challenge I had decided to make myself cook a few times as I hadn't been and I was getting frustrated and bored with food in general. I did cook a few times and this did help.  It was much easier for me to eat healthy food this week when it was stuff I had prepared and put some thought into.

And that's about it for today. Hope you all survived your Monday.


  1. I survived my Monday. Sunday my knees finally hollered at me again so I think I'll be bonding with the blasted elliptical rather than the treadmill for a bit.

    Lice, eh? All you need is impetigo and then ringworm to hit the "ew, ICK!" trifecta of Parenting Gross.

    My sympathies, truly. NO fun.

  2. Housework doesn't get enough credit as physical activity. In fact it wasn't until women researchers entered the field of fitness that calories were actually given to mopping, dusting, etc. Before that all one could find was golfing, bowling, pool, running... Movement counts!

    Oh, and my Monday is sucking, so it can only get better.

  3. We are going to a Scout overnight camp next week, guess I better watch for not only the racoons, but the little bugs in the hair too!


  4. Hang in there, Dr. F. The weight will come off. I think it's slow because you have already lost so much--but it will come. You must have done mega cleaning and laundry in an effort to get rid of the "critters." May they never find your house again!

  5. Cooking for yourself helps with boredom and lets you get control of your nutritional intake. I'm at my best when I do the most for myself. As far as being slow. A pound a week will drop fifty pounds in a year. That sounds good to me!

  6. Lice - ugh. The only thing worse is fleas. Thank you fall rains, for leaving us with a flea population explosion this summer in North Texas. We spent our weekends doing the same thing - washing linens, cleaning carpets and purifying the house. Yeah, I counted mine as exercise, too, especially dipping the 110 pound dog.

  7. Nice job Ann! We are at the end of the Small Change Challenge, I am looking forward to hearing from everyone Wednesday!

  8. Lice!!! EW!!!!! I'd be disinfecting, too! I'm sure you'll get the little buggers.


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