Friday, February 27, 2009

Fitness Friday - Summer Edition

(daffodils in my front yard that have decided summer is already here)

(cue light and airy music with chirping birds) (In cheesy announcer voice) Ahh, the sweet days of summer. How we enjoy the warm air, singing birds, blooming flowers, and buzzing bees. Notice the smiles on all the faces, and (cue "Psycho" shower scene music) cellulite on the thighs of the fat and thin alike!!!! Run for cover! The cellulite is taking over!

Well, that pretty much sums up how I feel about summer. Oh, and it's really, really hot. Obviously summer isn't my favorite time of year. However, whether I like it or not, it is just around the corner. So when Brenda made this week's topic to be how we are preparing for summer, I cringed. But I shouldn't, because this year I actually am preparing for summer physically. Remember my goal about having sandal ready feet? I am faithfully working on it, and have kept my toenails painted ever since then (which my husband really likes!). I am also eating healthier and losing weight, which will help with the "I cannot stand the way I look in this outfit" syndrome that always accompanies summer. And as for swimsuits...I feel that they are a necessary evil. I have a modest one piece suit that I wear with shorts. I used to be able to get through an entire summer without wearing one, which was fine with me; but now that I have kids who want to swim but cannot do it alone, my suit is a necessary part of my wardrobe. I should probably actually spend the money to get a decent suit that I like this year, because it does make a difference to wear something that I feel good in.

As for the rest of my goals, I am making slow progress. The last few weeks have been tough as far as exercise because my kids and I have been sick. I am still on antibiotics and now the baby has RSV and bronchiolitis, so I'm pretty worn out. Hopefully I will get more rest as Andrew recovers and get back into my workout schedule. Even so, I lost another pound this week. I am very pleased with that. I am slowly making the transition to more nourishing foods for my whole family. Any of you who have tried to change your kid's diet know it can be tricky, but they are responding well. So far, we have eliminated cold cereal at breakfasts and replaced it with eggs, oatmeal, and toast (not all at the same breakfast). This sticks with them so much better, isn't loaded with sugar and refined grains, and has so many more nutrients. I have also not replaced some of the sugary snack items as we have finished them up. So far, so good!

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karly said...

Love your post this week, Johanna! And, I do that too, wear a swimsuit with shorts. No one wants to see above my knees. :)

I am so sorry to hear the baby is so sick, and that you and the other kids were too! But, good for you to change up the breakfast food choices. I need to do that, too.

Blessings to you this week as you all get well!

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

Feet are one of my things, too!

Brenda said...

What kind of shorts to you wear with your suit Karly and Johanna? I need to do that too. Mostly, last year we just swam in our backyard above ground WalMart pool so I just didn't worry about shorts.

Your post was great and I forgot all about sandal ready feet. I need to work on that too!

Sorry also abou the RSV. That is very scary. Hope everyone is better soon. You lost a stress pound this week! :)

JulieMom said...

Great post! I totally had the announcer voice in my head. :0)

I wear shorts for my swimsuit too. It's SO much more comfortable.

And I'm sorry about the sickies too. No fun! But good job changing up the menu!