There’s something not entirely right with the world when a ‘normal’ day of school, feels like you’re sleeping in. It was one of those nights where the alarm didn’t have to wake you up; the glow of morning light was enough… and despite being five minutes from when the alarm goes off, you know you will cherish those five minutes… and I did; which made waking up when the alarm went off like pulling myself out of a tar bed.
Going to the gym is sometimes like pulling off a band-aid; or a strip of duct tape the kids politely nailed to your arm. Today was like that; the lingering five minutes of sleep clung to me like southern humidity until the last 20 minutes at the gym, suddenly… with exhaustion pouring out of me, I felt like I could be awake now. I tried to re-do some of my exercises with that renewed vigor… turned out, and I learned very quickly, that I had already used those muscles up.
IF you want to lose weight and tone up quick, this method of working out is pretty spectacular. Instead of taking a break between exercises, I just do different exercises. It’s high intensity/impact circuits… and I feel great! I’ve lost two inches on my waist over the last three weeks, (toning up, not fat loss I’m sure) and when I catch myself in the mirror, I think “not terrible.” which is high praise.
I’ve discovered the secret to pushing homework on my son. You may be surprised, it’s NOT yelling at him; though when he starts daydreaming it is kind of fun to call him back so he jumps… hope he doesn’t have a heart attack; I’d win worst Father award for that. I sit him next to the desk facing the wall, and when he gets distracted, I call him back to his work, but when he gets stuck I explain how to do the problem in the easiest of whatever method I know.
Typically it’s a rush from homework to dinner to bed, tonight we took time to rake the rocks in the back yard… and since there aren’t supposed to be rocks (or left over construction nails) in the back yard, this was an activity that felt like we were doing more than just standing outside waiting for the rain to come in. (it did rain, and it was beautiful!) I might have to take pictures, it’s hilarious how the children were making designs on the dirt with the rakes.
Today, once we finished the dinner part of the evening, we still had an hour and a half till bedtime; which we squandered playing games and watching tv… it was a glorious and welcome waste of time that led to an easy bedtime. If every night were this easy I’d feel as if I accidently entered in the cheat code for life! (Now I just have to figure out what to do with the growing pile (huge pile) of rocks in the back yard. Arizona seems to have a little dirt in their rocks.)