I’ll be honest. After a week of eating a handful of spinach instead of a chicken sandwich and working out every day, I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t even lost one pound. That being said, I feel more motivated than ever. My mood has improved greatly, as has my energy, my concentration, and my relationship with my husband. I’m hopeful the body transformation will follow suit.
As it turned out, the size 13 shorts were too big. So, I’m returning them for a size 11. Also, the corset I ordered was too big (for the second time – ugh), so I’m going to return it for a smaller one as well.
After exploring workout videos on YouTube, finding ones I like, and noticing how they impact me, I’ve decided to create a weekly workout schedule for myself. It’s going to look like this:
Monday – Full body workout with bench 1 + evening walk
Tuesday – Kickboxing with no equipment
Wednesday – Full body workout with bench 2 + morning walk
Thursday – Piano lesson + morning walk
Friday – Full body workout with bench 1 + morning walk
Saturday – Kickboxing with no equipment
Sunday - Break
I got my husband a bench for Christmas last year, and it’s an excellent workout tool. I can use it to do sit-stands, tricep dips, inclined push-ups, and I definitely prefer it to lying on my shag rug for ab workouts. Also, it’s worth mentioning that I forgot how much I love kickboxing! I find that it’s way easier to keep my heart-rate elevated while staying engaged, and I tend to sweat way more when I do kickboxing versus any other kind of cardio workout (and I feel really cool doing it).
You may see that I wrote “piano lesson” on Thursday night. In addition to the workout bench, I got my husband a keyboard for Christmas last year. I’m interested in learning how to read music, and I think piano is probably the instrument that would best suit me. My husband said he’d teach me, so we’re going to give that a go! It will be a nice way to spend time together since we burned out on board games a while ago.
Finally, next Monday when I update Our Dinner Menu, I plan to add calorie counts to each of the dishes—the previously posted ones as well as the new ones.
After going on and on about moving the tree onto the balcony, I had a last minute change of heart. I discussed it with my husband and we decided we’re going to move the storage cabinet that is currently in our living room into our bedroom. We’re going to take the smaller tree that is in our bedroom and put it in our daughter’s bedroom. And we’re going to take the massive tree that is in our daughter’s bedroom and move it into our living room. Hopefully that creates more fung-shui in all of the spaces.
Of course, we’re still planning to get the roller shades for our balcony, and by keeping the large tree indoors we will have enough space on the balcony for a dart board!
I look forward to taking you guys on a video tour once everything is said and done.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
Yesterday my husband wiped down the front of our stainless steel refrigerator and oven and then he went around the common living area and wiped down the floorboards. I feel like a hundred pounds has been lifted from my shoulders. Like, doing these chores is not a big deal by themselves, but I am already maxed out each day so I just think about doing them incessantly and never get around to it. For him, it was no big deal, and I’m just SO GLAD he’s starting to come around on things like this. It means the fucking world to me. I made sure to tell him, too.
In other news, my Clue app accurately predicted my last period. This is the first time in my life I’ve been able to accurately predict a period! So I’m excited that there is a chance it will accurately predict my ovulation, too. I’m trying to pay attention to my body’s other indicators. I have been doing my best to take my basal body temperature first thing every morning, and I’m trying to pay attention to my sex drive and vaginal discharge. Supposedly I’m going to be ovulating on Monday, so my husband and I discussed having sex on Sunday and Monday. Wish us luck!
Our daughter is incredible. Not only is she freakin’ adorable (and her “cute” compliments are starting to turn into “pretty” ones), she’s also very happy, affectionate, and so interested in learning, which I love. Ever since she was a wee baby, people have commented more than anything else on how “alert” she is. People in all contexts all somehow come up with that same word—alert. They comment on how she seems to be very aware and observant and taking everything in, whereas other babies seem to have more blank expressions.
She currently has a big bookshelf full of books, and she typically has a favorite few, but for the past month or so her absolute favorite book that she picks out every night as a “bedtime story” is her “colors abc numbers” book. It’s a learning book, and I swear, you guys, she studies it. She wants me to read out loud every letter of the alphabet and it’s coordinating item (eg. “A” is for ant). Then we count, starting with 1 and going all the way to 10 (eg. “5.” Five strawberries: one, two, three, four, five). We go over eight colors, each one with three examples (eg. Red: red ladybug, red shoes, red tomato). There’s a page on opposites, shapes, times of day, and places in the world. She sits quietly and pays attention to every word and every image on every page. I can quiz her, and she knows an impressive amount of the words that she has no exposure to other than from this book. I just can’t wait until she starts talking!
She’s really helpful. She helps me with the dishes and the laundry. She will put dirty clothes in the hamper and help me carry folded clothes into the bedrooms to put away. She likes to pull the clothes out of the washer and hand them to me so I can put them in the dryer. She also helps me unload the clean silverware from the dishwasher. It’s so cute. She takes out one piece at a time and then makes a sound as she hands it to me, and then I say, “thank you!” and put it away. And at the end of every day, we clean up, and she knows where everything goes—her toys, her stuffed animals, her balls, her hair accessories. If she has taken anything out of her bedroom and I ask her to put it away, she won’t just put it in her bedroom, she will put it on the exact shelf where it belongs. So. Stinkin’. Cute.
We are now starting potty training. The other day my husband had gotten her naked for a bath, and she started peeing on the changing table. He said, “No, no, no!” and she stopped peeing. He carried her over to her potty chair, and she sat down and finished peeing. We took that as a sign that she’s ready. We had been having her sit on the potty chair before her baths, but she only bathes twice per week. Since that incident, we are having her sit on the potty chair every morning, before every nap, and every night before bed—three times per day. It really looks like she tries, too. I can see her flexing her little tummy muscles. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’d be pretty excited if she peed in the potty again.
I just ordered her a new swimsuit and water shoes. I can’t wait to put them on her. I figure we can put her old inflatable bathtub on the balcony as a pool, and she can run through a sprinkler at her grandma and grandpa’s house.
Last but not least! My friend Anja text messaged me last night, and we officially have plans to go out to dinner! I gotta say, I’m pretty excited. I think I’m going to request a place with outdoor seating, but it’s going to be nice to enjoy a dinner out for the first time in months.
Until next time <3
Last updated June 24, 2020