When the mundane is awesome…and some thoughts

Life is sooo good when I am at work.I love it.I love the normalcy of a regular day when I drop Bunny at school/daycare and I go to work,come back make dinner and we all eat and sleep.

Lst week week was horrible in the family. S had major back pain and could not even turn. Poor guy suffered for a week. And after some acupressure treatment by a friend and 3 chiro sessions later, he is much better today

And the last 4 days, Bunny is sick with a high fever. The fever would subside when we give him Ibuprofen and he would be fine for 8 hours…as soon as the medicine would wear off, it would be back again. L

The doctor said, it’s a virus and did not give him any medication.

And oh..the unbelievable cough..amazing how much phlegm that a 4 year old could have..unbeleivable .

So needless to say, the 3 days keeping him at home was a challenge. We tried legos, some indoor activities, some TV time (well loottt of TV time), I downloaded some new apps….but..it is tough to make a 4 year old stay home all the time.But I am glad we did. He is much better today and sent him to daycare.

I sometimes wonder how do all the stay at home Moms entertain young kids?

I mean we can only have so many play dates, and it wouldn’t be everyday. And there is still house work, cooking involved. I really really think, the toughest job is being at home to take care of kids. Its very enjoyable..but very tough. I sometimes wonder if living in a place like where I live makes it even harder. We hardly see people on the sidewalks except for Sumemr. Winters are horrible..absolutely dark by 4 PM.I somehow love the rustling and bustling of Singapore and India.

I have begun to realize that I am meant to not be a stay at home Mom. Everytime I stay home (and S always happens to be super busy at work during that time) I go crazy. I get depressed of not seeing any people. I see the empty lawn, the gloomy weather and I get sad. I think about the fun things we can do but somehow it does not cheer me up. I think of all gloomy thoughts.

Bunny being sick does not help either.

I don’t know if its tough just because there is no family closeby.

Or if it is tough for people with family closeby as well?

When he gets sick, I come soo close to quitting my job..but then after 3 days at home I realize I cannot be at home full time. Its just not a happy situation for me.

So sigh..its a circle, I should just be content that I am working and not worry about him going to daycare.

But the last 4 years, I have been thinking and re-thinking about the same thing..and I am back to square one.

So , tell me guys…do u enjoy staying at home?

Do you enjoy working?

Challenge: 2 lbs in 10 days by April 30

In order to get out of this rut of excuses..and more excuses, I am creating a plan for the upcoming days.

The idea is to pre-plan all the meals and exercise days. I know sounds simple and something that I ought to be doing, but usually when I make a plan I end up doing exactly opposite to the plan. I feel blah…its sooo boring to stick to a plan. And I actually convince myself that its kewllllll to break a plan…after all being spontaneous is cool. I know I am soo lame like that sometimes.

So the idea is to stick to the below exercise plan and to be within the 1400-1500 calorie limit per day.

I have alternated some of the intense exercise days with a 45 minute walks. I have begun to notice that I am just unable to cook and take care of Bunny properly if I workout for more than 4 times a week. So I want to workout just for 4 times a week and the 2 other days, I plan on taking 45 mins of walks.

Keeping fingers crossed that this plan works.

 

Friday,April 19

JM 30 day shred

4 circuits

Sat,April 20

Body Attack

Sun,April 21

JM Ripped in 30

5 circuits

Mon,April 22

Walk for 45 mins

Tues,April 23

JM Shed& Extreme Shred

45 mins

 

Wed,April 24

Walk for 45 mins

Thurs, April 25

JM 30 day shred

5 circuits

 

Fri ,April 26

Walk for 45 mins

Sat,April 27

Body Attack

Sun,April 28

JM Ripped in 30

5 circuits

 

Current weight : 158.6 lbs (at my home weighing machine)

Goal weight : 156.6 lbs(April 30)

 

So anybody else wants to join me?

Life in bullet points

I have been missing in action for a while now…I do read all my fav blogs ..apologize if I haven’t been able to comment.But here is life as it is:

  • Why is it always that previous years/stage of life sound much better and appealing than the present? For example, when in Masters I would feel Engineering life is soo much fun…and when in Engineering tenth class life is much better (would not say junior college life is good as I hated mine).Is it for me only?
  • Work is like super packed the last couple of weeks, but since 2 days I have reached a nice balance and enjoying the “down” time.
  • Exercise is happening although not so much like I wanted to.I am managing to get in some home exercises from my Jillian Michael’s DVDs and some walks during lunch breaks.
  • I love Jillian Michael’s DVDs. She rocks! I wish I could get her body !!!
  • Weight is however the same…it keeps fluctuating the same 2 lbs…sigh…
  • However dresses fit much nicer.:) Next time I should keep track of inches.
  • Waiting for the weather to warm up and this Saturday it is supposed to be 65  Degrees F in this part of the world; so looking forward to be in the park or play outside with Bunny. Maybe fly a kite…
  • I am obsessed with online shopping. I am just ordering stuff sooo much online and poor husband is worried seeing all the packages coming at different times.
  • I am in loveeeeeeeeeee with this…and on right time I ordered it when it went on a sale. Now I am waiting for this to show up at home so that I can wear it to work…..:) It went back to full price a few hours after I ordered it…Ha…
  • My new obsession is skirts…here is a picture with my fav skirt…comments are welcome ::))(Ignore the sloppy background work ) BTW, Bunny took this photo….my cute photographer..
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  • Did I tell you I am obsessed with online shopping nowadays? I ordered some orange cargos for Bunny…and they are supeerrrrrrrrrr cute.
  • I ordered 2 winter jackets for S, but both were a big flop/…had to return it to store …
  • We went on 2 road trips in the last 1 month. And it was super fun. One was with Bunny’s best friend in class and their parents to the Indianapolis Children’s museum and we super liked it
  • The other one was to Lego Land in Chicago…although the trip was fun because of friends, the lego land was OK.
  • Can’t wait for more summer trips and fun times.
  • I wish Bunny had some friends in our same sub-division so that they can stop by or he can go within a walking distance. The only time in weekdays he interacts with other kids is at school 😦
  • However weekends are super packed meeting friend’s kids or going out with friends. 🙂
  • I loveeeeeeeeeeee cooking so much that I cook sometimes after a grueling stressful day. And it provides me the opportunity to de-stress. Hate the cleaning up part though.
  • A friend’s Mother-in-law came home last weekend and made carrot pickle. And it was delicious.
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  • I want to move..to a happening city….soon…..but just keeping intact because of S.

Everyday steps….how does yours look?

One of my goals is to be at work by 8:45 AM.Not 9, not 9:15 but at 8:45 AM. ON most days I drop Bunny to preschool and S picks him up in the evening unless I have an early morning meeting. This works for us except for the fact that by the time I reach work , its 9:15ish. And although most people in our section come in a  little late, I just want to slowly cultivate to a habit of being at work by 8:45 AM.

So here is how my working day looks like.

5:40 AM: Alarm rings; Wake up for exercise (although its not everyday, I  am trying to workout early in the morning…trying is the keyword here)

6:00 to 7:00 AM: Alarm rings; Wake up for exercise (although its not everyday, I  am trying to workout early in the morning…trying is the keyword here)

7:00 AM: Finish workout (Hopefully Bunny slept through my workout or else, go back n forth between the hall and bedroom and finally give up and bring him to the hall as well..:L()

7:00 to 8:00 AM: Fiish brush,bath and get ready.Get Bunny ready. Plead /beg/yell with him to finish milk without spilling.Give Bunny bath, oil massage, dress him etc.

8:00 to 8:15 AM: Make breakfast

8:15 to 8:40 AM: Feed him breakfast and eat some myself.

8:45 AM: leave to preschool to drop Bunny.

9:05 AM: leave from preschool reluctantly to work

9:20 Am: Reach work.

9:20 Am to 6:15 PM: At work.Some times later as well….

6:40 PM: Reach home.

6:45 to 7 :45 PM: Play, cook, talk with hubby. Usually hubby also pitches in with cooking and cutting veggies.Play with Bunny as well…although I am noting that nowadays I am not playing much with him. Its more “I am coming Bunny …as soon as I finish XYZ”

7:45 PM to 8:15 PM: Feed Bunny.

8:15 PM: Eat dinner.

8:30 to 9 PM: Cleanup kitchen. Generally make it little cleaner so that people don’t faint seeing the mess.

9 PM: Get Bunny to sleep. Read books together. Either fall asleep with him or just watch some 20 mins TV.

10 PM: Sleep.

 

I am not saying this is always my everyday process. On some days I give up and just sleep in till 7 AM..on some days I don’t cook and hubby pitches in(although this has been the norm the last week).But most days the above is the process.

So tell me dear friends, how can I improve this process to be at work by 8:45?

Is there something I am not good at?

How does your day look like?

Question..

I did Jillian Michaels ‘Ripped in 30’ for 6 days continuously in a row and was feeling good about it.

But…..came the birthday parties along over the weekend.

Had cake the last 3 days in a row.

First is Bunny’s 4th birthday party…cake and pizza .

Next day is his friend’s birthday party and had some amazing food with cake, desert.

Now I have my monthly cycle and cannot do not want to exercise.

I am feeling sooo bloated and heavy.

I hate this time of the month.

Tell me readers, how do you incorporate exercise around this time?

On this Valentine’s day

Today morning I woke up at 5:50 AM to workout for 30 minutes (week 2 of Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30”). I really am enjoying my morning workouts at home and I was beginning to look forward to these.

I finished brushing, getting dressed and was ready by 6:20 to start the workout. Was sweating and feeling sooooo tired by 6:40 but still have 10 more minutes to go. S woke up and was getting ready to work. He leaves early sometimes as early as 5 AM. Yes….my husband is a very early morning person. But today he is late. So by 6:40, he is ready to leave to work and I have 10 minutes of workout left and I know Bunny does not wake up till 7:15 AM. Bliss isn’t it? I was thinking I can enjoy a calm cup of coffee after my workout, and…..IBoom..I hear a loud cry and a wail.

And it is Bunny, he woke up early. I went to check on him and he was crying and refusing to go back to sleep. To say that I am mad is an understatement.

This guy just refused to sleep and would not come with me so that I can give him milk. After like 15 minutes of soothing he fell asleep finally.

I go back downstairs and do 5 more minutes, and…happens again. He wakes up.

By this time, S very happily left to work.

I had to cut off my workout in the middle and go and sleep next to him.

I am just soo stressed out and generally mad about all this.

So anyways,finally consoled him got him to brush his teeth , gave him milk and he agreed to look at the ‘exercise’ dvd while I am completing my workout. Such a sweetheart!

But , the rest of the morning I was just blaming …well none in particular but was definitely feeling down. I was complaining to myself in my heart how don’t get 30 minutes of alone time to exercise, how its always about the kid, how I am always running either to get Bunny ready for school or running to work or trying to finiosh cooking so that we can have a early dinner in the evenings.

I was complaining to S over the phone. I also shed some tears while driving after dropping Bunny in school.

S consoled me saying we need to be playful while making him do some stuff.

And I come to work, and was generally browsing for a few minutes and I saw this blog post.

http://lovelightlaughterandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/12/be-with-me-just-for-today.html?spref=fb

And then I cried…at my desk ..in the middle of my cubicle. It just is soo heart wrenching and sad.

I felt soo sad for the author Mom.

Also all of a sudden I felt grateful.

Grateful that I get to spend time with Bunny.

Grateful about the morning rushes and the evening chaos.

I felt foolish complaining in the morning.

I felt extremely thankful about my life.

And on this valentine’s day, I am happy that I have Bunny’s love to shower on us .

Happy Valentine’s day everyone.

About being in love…with workout DVDs

The past 1 week was good (especially the Monday to Friday) as far as  working out and eating healthy is considered.

I did 2 days of Jillian Michaels ‘Ripped in 30’ and was was sore all over.

I did 2 days of Body Attack.

I know I have 3 days of no exercise, but working out was buried in the mounds of housework, cooking and a sick son and hubby.

Both son and hubby were sick last week and I had to ditch the plans to workout and just generally takeover. Usually hubby helps me with a lot of housework. If I cook, he cleans up and loads the dishwasher and keeps the son buy playing with him. I did not realize how much of a help he is until he fell sick and was generally under the weather.

But, both of them are OK now although hubby is still recovering. Thankfully I was a little sick but was back to normal within a week.

I kep telling hubby that its because of the workout and exercises and try to motivate him to workout without much progress. He simply does not exercise at all. Sigh…

But one lesson I learned throughout this 1 week is: working out in the morning is the best option. If I cannot make it to the 5:30 AM Body Attack class, at least I need to wake up at 6 A.M and do the ‘Ripped in 30’ or ’30 day Body Shred’ . All it takes is just 25 minutes and heart is pumping.

Amazing how 20 minutes of workout can make me sweat soo much.

Love Jillian Michaels and love the convenience of 20 minute workouts at home.

The weight remained almost the same although I gained 1 lb since I am back from Singapore :L.

Starting today, I want to target everyday of working out either a 20 minute workout video or a class…does not matter. I want to sweat and feel good. Its amazing how seating during and after the workouts makes me feel sooo happy.