Thursday, December 29, 2011
Hello Spark friends. You probably have forgotten who I am by now. (ha ha ha.) Yes I'm sorry I have been gone so long. It all started in November when I went to restart my computer and then I couldn't get it to start up at all. It dragged on for weeks, and after multiple trips to the Apple Store genius bar I FINALLY got it working again. During that time I was able to see Spark People on my iphone, but with the tiny screen I find it's pretty hard to do much of anything. So I have seen a few blog posts and checked in with the Fab by 40 group challenge some of the times, but mostly it was just too hard to blog or do anything that required an actual computer.
This went on until early December, but then I was dealing with really bad lower back pain that went down into my pelvis and hip area. Bootcamp workouts were making it worse so I had to stop for awhile. I started going to physical therapy, and I am doing much better now. I have sacral-iliac joint disfunction. It's common in women and it affects the joint where the spine attaches to the pelvis. It felt like it was locked up and anytime I had to bend over, or even stand up from a sitting position, I had extreme pain and it felt like the joint didn't want to move. So that has sidetracked me as well since the therapist told me not to do bootcamp until it got better.
And then, the Christmas season is always so incredibly busy I barely have time to breathe. Between all the usual running around I do with the kids, there was extra stuff like dress rehearsals for my daughter's Christmas dance show. And of course all the usual holiday stuff like shopping, decorating, preparing to host my family's Christmas, and yes, some baking. I am so glad it's over with. Although the one nice thing about Christmas break is I do get a break from running the kids to dance and hockey. Normally we have to drive the kids somewhere 6 out of 7 days of the week so the break from all that running has been nice.
But, it's time to get back in the saddle. Hopefully now that my back is better I can get back into exercising, and the hardest part for me- eating right. I need to get motivated and stick with it. Should be slightly easier without all the holiday prep going on. But my biggest challenge this year: making quick healthy meals that can be eaten before I run out the door with my kids every evening. Tuesday through Friday I have to leave the house by 5:00 to get them to their activities. And I work (at home) until 4:30. So I have fallen into the unfortunate habit of throwing something easy in the oven like chicken nuggets or fish sticks. Not good. But the problem is I don't have time for much else on those 4 nights a week. I can re-heat leftovers, but that only really works if I have cooked like crazy Saturday, Sunday and Monday... and usually we are really busy on weekends too so there just isn't time. And leftovers run out after a day or too... there's not much to last for 4 days. Add on top of that, the fact that I HATE to cook. I hate being in the kitchen, I hate doing all the prep work it takes to cook fresh healthy meals, and I hate the mess and cleanup involved. So I'm sure this is a big reason why I struggle so much. Unfortunately with three kids and not much money I don't have the luxury of eating out all the time- and honestly there wouldn't be time anyways. I am forced to do the job I absolutely hate. Even planning meals and grocery shopping are miserable for me... knowing my kids are going to complain no matter what I put on the table. It never fails that even if one of them likes it, somebody is going to complain they don't like it. It's even worse when I try new recipes. I have some serious picky eaters.
Anyways sorry to sound like I'm being negative and complaining so much. At least I am back here right?!?!?! Please, if anybody has some suggestions at all for my crazy weeknights I would gladly welcome it. Especially quick and healthy things to make for supper... even if it's not necessarily an actual meal per say... but even if it's an idea for something quick that would fill them up and give them protein and carbs.... I'm all ears. My kids don't like sandwiches with cold lunchmeat so many times we end up eating a bowl of cold cereal on busy nights. I guess it should be a suggestion for not only my kids but myself as well!!!!
Anyways I am going to try to work hard at sparking again. I'm looking forward to seeing my spark friends on here again. Hope everyone has a happy new year!!!!