Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When the Going Gets Tough...

The beat down work to survive!

I have to admit that I had to raise the white flag this summer. I quickly realized that raising 2 babies, taking care of my parent's estate, painting 6 rooms, fixing broken air-conditioners, hot water heaters, clogged drains, planning an estate sale, and the list goes on... while keeping up with such a strict diet/workout regimen should only be left to superheros, and cRaZy women... (I almost qualify as the second)!

So, I decided that this summer was going to have to be about survival. I knew that my parent's estate had to be mostly settled before I started back to my day-job of caring for toddlers (LOTS OF THEM!), so I assessed the situation, and decided that a summer maintenance plan would have to go in affect.

I wish I could say I had some brilliant ratio of exercise to eating that I used to make my maintenance plan work, but I didn't. Sooooo.... here's what I did.... it's VERY unscientific, but goes back to why I weigh daily.

1. I decided what my summer weight was going to be. For me I decided I could live with 175. This is my old high school weight, so I shouldn't be that disappointed with it, and it only leaves me with 30 pounds to loose this fall.
2. I got on the scale each morning like always. If it was over 175 AT ALL, I would watch my diet closer and exercise more that day. Otherwise, I did not count calories. At all. I ate with my family, and ENJOYED it all.

I can't say I got a workout in everyday. I also learned to think outside the box on what constitutes a workout. For example, cutting and hauling limbs caused me to lose 3 pounds. So did painting rooms... probably not a full blown cardio workout, but sometimes we just have to survive.

So, it was not a stellar summer, but I made it through, still at my goal weight. Now I have BIG plans for the fall! More to come...


  1. You really are an inspiration, Mandy

  2. i ThInK i WoUlD lIkE tO cOmMeNt On ThE cRaZy WoMaN qUaLiFiCaTiOnS!!!!! I LOVE YOU AND YOUR CRAZY

  3. So glad you're back, we missed you! :)