Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Weight Loss Wednesday – Back to School August 31, 2011

Well, the older kids started school last week and I started school this week. That means that our family schedule just EXPLODED, well, at least that what it feels like. We are all trying to get adjusted to a new routine. For me, that means doing a better job at planning food, using my time wisely and being pretty organized.

It also means less snacking and less time at the gym. Less snacking = good news. Less gym time = bad news. I know I’ll be able to go workout on Monday and Friday mornings. Saturday mornings would work too, but I’d like to fit an evening time into the week. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do that yet. I’m waiting to see how things go after we’ve all been in session for a while.

Busy mornings also mean that I’ll be inclined to skip breakfast. That is not good. I need to be proactive and have mass baking days where I can make muffins galore to have on hand (they freeze really well). I also need to make sure that I pack a small snack in my school bag. The mid-morning growling can get loud and I don’t want to disturb my fellow students! I also know that if I allow myself to get overly hungry a couple of things happen – 1) I get incredibly grouchy and irritable. 2) I overeat at my next meal because I’m STARVING! Neither of those options is good.

I also need to make sure I schedule in the grocery store. Over the summer, I got into a lazy habit of just going to the store (with a list still) when the pantry and fridge got too low. Sometimes that was weekly, sometimes not for a couple of weeks. I don’t have the time to do that now. I need to pick a grocery day and go, regardless of the food level in the house. Otherwise, we’ll end up like we are now – needing milk for 2 days and not having the time/opportunity to go grocery shopping!

I also get the chance to get back to crock-pot cooking. It saves me tons of time and money too. Then “nap time” can be homework time and dinner prep time can be spent with the kids. Hopefully that will help us all transition into mommy going back to school…

Here is my goal progress:

  1. Incorporate a fresh fruit or vegetable for each meal – I’ve done about 75%.
  2. Use more seasonings to make meals more interesting – I used turmeric this week.
  3. Eat breakfast every day, cereal no more than 3 times a week – Didn’t do so hot on this one.
  4. Utilize the YMCA at least 3 times a week – I made it twice.
  5. Try at least one new recipe each week – Yep, I tried 3!
  6. Drink at least 2 big blue glasses of water a day. – I did better here, but still not great.

Here are the numbers:

  • Starting weight:  204.4
  • Initial goal weight:  150
  • Current weight:  182.6 (lost 2 lbs.)

So I’d like to know, how do you balance busy family schedules with exercise? What works for you to fit it all in one day?


First Day of School August 25, 2010

So today was the first day of school.  It started at 5:30am (5:15 for Professor who was excited and woke up before his alarm).  I couldn’t even have coffee thought because I had a glucose test at the OB and had to fast until I was done – ugh.  Anyway, Blue and Professor got out the door well.  Blue is an old hand at the whole bus thing.  Professor had his first experience.

When he was a preschooler, Professor used to watch the buses at the school across the street and say “Mommy, I want to ride the bus to school too.”  I didn’t ever have the heart to tell him that he’d be a walker until it was time to start K.  So this morning, he had to wait for the bus stop sign, yellow arm and then cross the street  to get on.  He did great!  My baby (in many ways I still see him that way) is growing up!

With the bigger 2 gone, that left me, Girlie and Gorilla (who STILL hangs onto my shirt like a baby gorilla hanging from its momma).  This year, mostly for financial reasons, we are doing “school at home” with Girlie.  We’ve fixed up an area to do work that the big kids can use as a homework space too.  Girlie has been very excited to use her “school supplies” and was very much looking forward to today.  We’ll do the Letter of the Week  with her; Gorilla will be included as much as possible as much as he wants.  Since we had doctor appointments today, and will again tomorrow, this was a perfect week to “review” the alphabet and numbers.  We’ll be adapting the Letter of the Week stuff to fit my style, Girlie’s interests, and our available resources, but will be using the basic layout, concepts and ideas.  So we did a little review at home, took some books/cards/games with us to occupy waiting room time and then did puzzles at home later.  She and Gorilla had a great first day.

I did forget to get First Day of School pictures before school, so when Professor and Blue got off the buses, I captured that “home finally” look.  They both seemed to have a great day.  Professor has already made some new friends at his new school and the whole uniform thing makes morning getting dressed way easier!  Blue seemed to adapt just fine (she usually does), although was disappointed that her schedule was altered from what we picked up 2 days ago.  They both had homework on the first day too! 

It was obvious that everyone was tired from the day though.  The kids went off to an early bed in hopes for a sound night’s sleep.  Altogether, it was a successful day.  At the moment, there are sleeping kids, lunches ready in the fridge and a coffee cake thawing on the counter for breakfast.  Oh yeah, can’t forget the coffee on the timer to be done when I get up. 

School day #2 – Here We Come!


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