Thursday, May 31, 2012

Uh, Hi June

Anyone else having a minor crisis that June starts tomorrow?? I mean really, where has this year gone?!? Lil Man turns 6 months old!! Then I turn *ahem* old (it's not really that bad...). Mark gets to go play in Hawaii for a bit (insert sad face--we don't get to join him) and he gets to celebrate his first Father's Day as a dad of 2. (No, we don't know what we're doing for him yet) All-in-all, June seems to be fairly calm as far as activities go, I'm just very shocked it's here already.

Friday, May 18, 2012

My 2 cents

Everyone and their dog knows about the controversy the TIME cover has created....and just about every blogger has posted something about why not join in? Here's my take:
I'm not pleased with the portrayal of an "extended" breastfeeding relationship. I know that the photo was chosen to excite controversy and interest, and then of course adding "Are you mom enough?" just added fuel to the fire. I'm not going to go into whether nursing a child that long is good or not. I know that I've done my research and I'll do what I feel is best for my family and not worry about what others are doing when it comes to that. I have enough to worry about, judging someone else's breastfeeding relationship isn't something I have time to deal with.
My answer to "Are you mom enough?" is this: You're "mom enough" when you love your child and do what you feel is best for your family. Simple enough. While I do agree with most of the attachment parenting style (I like babywearing, we're cosleeping with Lil' Man--and I coslept with Munchkin for 5ish months before Daddy came home!--, and I aim to breastfeed until at least 2 (per WHO recommendations) and at that point we'll see. We didn't make it there with Munchkin, being pregnant got in the way, but I am happy to say that Munchkin quit on her own, as in, one night, she simply didn't ask for it. So that's that. Do I think that it's the right thing for everyone? No. I do believe that breastfeeding is the better choice, but I do recognize that it is a choice and I just hope that parents are doing their research and putting a lot of thought into how they feed their children. I can't waste time worrying about it though, I have my own two kids to take care of! It all boils down to love your kids and do your best, it's all anyone can ask. You're not a bad mom because you work, you're not a good mom because you stay home. Mommy wars aren't doing any good for anyone (except to sell magazines!), I know it's almost impossible to never judge anyone, but when you find that thought going through your head, just let it keep on going. Don't dwell on it. Like one of my yoga instructors has said when we're in savasana, it's impossible to stop thinking, but just let those thoughts be in a river and float on by. You don't have to really acknowledge those thoughts or engage them.
A funny that's caught my attention "I knew everything about raising kids before I had them!"

Friday, May 4, 2012

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In--I'm back!

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?
    Honestly, not much. April was a pretty great month!!

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in April?
   Steadily losing weight!! I've been going to the gym every weekday for three weeks now. Weights and a bit of cardio 3x/week and yoga and cardio 2x. I throw in a 3rd yoga class if we can make it on Saturdays, but having family fun is more important! I'm losing weight, getting stronger...hopefully it'll stay as "easy" as it is and I'll get to my goal without hardship. I know it will take work, work I'm more than willing to do, but so far it's been enjoyable, which is what I want it to continue to be!

3. What are your plans for Memorial Day?
 No official plans yet, but I will be carving out some time to walk an as yet undetermined amount of miles to join wear blue: Runs for the Fallen in their goal to have 6,444 miles walked/ran/jogged/etc. in tribute to each life lost in the Global War on Terror. Honestly, I'll probably do 2 since I'll have to figure the kiddos into it, but that's better than nothing!!

4. Have you ever traveled Space A? If yes, where… if no, would you ever try it?
 I haven't, but we're considering it. Really for next month when Hubby is going to Hawaii....but we'll still probably stay home.

5. What are you looking forward to in May?
More progress toward my weight loss goal, we're going to the Alaska Zoo on Mother's Day (it's Bear Aware day--we'll get to watch the black bears and brown bears wrestle with the bear-resistant trash cans! We <3 the bears, so it'll be tons of fun!), and just all of the family time we'll get! Munchkin is in a super-Daddy mode right now (she can frequently be heard saying, "I NEED my Daddy!"), so all the time that we get to play as a whole family is great!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Where did April go?

So I realized I didn't post anything at all in April!! Life's been crazy, but not too crazy. I think we're in our  "normal crazy" now. In March, we joined The Alaska Club because Mark wasn't working out on the weekends because we're too far from post to make it worthwhile to him by the time they open. In other words, he's an awesome Daddy and didn't want to spend most of his Saturdays away from the family! I wasn't going to Curves because he wasn't getting home early enough for me to go and eat dinner with the family--I'd have to choose one or the other! Family won most often. (Which, to me, isn't a bad thing. Family should be first.) So TAC has childcare. Pretty much, right then, they win.
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks of me going to the gym every weekday. I've lost 7.8lbs as of this past Monday. My total goal is currently 40lbs (which was given to me by the trainers and the program they use to calculate all the fat/muscle/bone composition and what needs to be what percent), so I'm almost a 1/4 way there! I've been using LoseIt! on my phone to track food and exercise--and it says that I should reach my goal in September, with losing 1.5lbs/week.
My current routine is Mon, Wed, Fri I use the "fancy elliptical" (a Precor AMT), do weight training with the Nautilus machines with a fitness instructor (pretty much he's my free trainer, love the free part!), and then finish up with some time on the stationary bike. Tues & Thurs are my favorite days because they're yoga days!! I also do some time on the AMT too. (Except today...we ran late and I didn't have time before yoga.) Saturdays there's a yoga class I like, but we're iffy on it because we like to do fun things on Saturdays too, so it gets tossed more often than not, but still a good class if we make it.
So since this has totally turned into a workout post...I'll keep going that way. I've been noticing the little differences that make a world of difference. Like how I can now go from a modified plank to crocodile in yoga class (a slow, controlled tricep push-up, without the -up). When I started, I was either up or down. NO strength to control the movement. It's hard, don't get me wrong, but I can actually kinda do it! That's definitely thanks to keeping it up in class and the tricep machine in the weight section!! Another little thing that came about today....I've noticed that I'm stronger/more balanced on my right, but more flexible on my left. Today we did standing pigeons and it was totally easy for me to stay balanced--on both sides!! The pose has it's challenges (like I could definitely go lower, but I did pretty danged good!), but I actually did very well! If you'd told me 3 weeks ago that I'd be doing that, and full forward bends, and everything else that's coming "easily" (with lots of work), I'd have laughed! But I am!!!! (and I'm cringing starting a sentence with 'but'...but I can't help it!) Tomorrow we'll be upping the weights on most of the machines...and I look forward to it. My 'trainer' loves working with me because I don't say no. (Obviously he's not going to ask me to do something crazy that could hurt me) He asks if I can make the 12 reps. I won't let myself do less. He's taught me good form and to keep it slow, so I do. I'm up to the challenge of higher weights. My thought process goes like this: I only benefit from doing it right and keeping it challenging. Doing it wrong, at the very best, just doesn't do anything, and could lead to injury at worst. Why would I want to waste my time? I want to use that time to get better!!! I feel weird if I don't go to the gym now (like last Thursday, when I had to save my childcare time for a massage that evening...totally worth it, but felt weird that morning!!). I like to think that's a good thing. The downside?? I'm running out of workout clothes. I don't have enough really, and what I do have, I'm shrinking out of!! (Not really a 'bad' thing, but an inconvenience nonetheless) So that's what I've been up to this past month!!