First of all, I decided a few months ago that by the end of this year, I would do a chin up...unassisted. My upper body has always been weaker than my lower body, well, at least since adulthood. I remember when I was younger I could beat boys at arm wrestling...
Friday, Jan 17, we got a membership to your local fitness center in the area. They have a couple swimming pools, an indoor track, cardio machines and weight training area. This past week, on Thursday, my husband and I went and did some weight training. I managed to bench press 65 pounds. I thought my husband was going a little loco when he suggested that, I thought the bar would be enough since I hadn't done any real weight training in almost four years. I did three sets of eight with 65 pounds. I have to say I was proud of myself :) Then I did bicep curls. The first set was 8 pounds, 12 times. Then 12 pounds, 12 times. Then my husband thought I should go to the assisted pull up machine. I took 112.5 pounds off of my weight, and I did three sets of six chin ups. Then I did, two sets of eight dips at that weight and then one set of five at 93.5 lbs. I have been sore for a few days now, but I feel great (if that makes any sense).
Another resolution was to exercise 3 to 5 times per week for 20 minutes or more each time. We have been swimming a few times since we got the membership. It is a nice place to bring the kids to swim. I need to sign my three year-old up for swimming lessons. She is doing better being in the water, but she still has some fears I need to figure out how to help her overcome. My daughter, and another person and her two daughters have been training for a 5K with me. We started on Wednesday. Before that, I was still making sure to get in my 20 minutes or more. This structure is helping. My children love going to the fitness center, so it makes it a lot easier.
The next thing I did was give up ice cream. I had my last bowl on New Year's morning. It was the rest of the Turkey Hill Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream in the house. I even took a picture of it before I ate it. My addiction to ice cream has probably contributed to
|My last bowl of ice cream for 2015...taken 1/1/2015|
I resolved to plan meals ahead of time. I have not done too well at that. Although, I do know what we will be eating a couple of times this week, although I don't know what days. I need to do better about that one!
I resolved to learn to cross-stitch. I haven't started that yet, although I bought all the materials for the item I wanted to cross-stitch. Then my daughter taught me how to crochet. I am working on a blanket that might take me the whole year to do. It is BYU-Provo's colors. My daughter (she is 10) thought a good size would be 400 links. I think this will be a California king size blanket. Oh well...our bed is a queen, but it wouldn't hurt to have something that the whole family can sit on the couch and cover up under while watching a movie!
I also like to make spiritual resolutions. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we get callings. We don't get paid for doing the service we provide. Currently, I am one of the librarians. I have been a primary teacher, scout leader and Relief Society teacher in the past. I want to be there to fulfill my calling as one of the Ward Librarians. This entails making copies as requested, giving out pictures, chalk and erasers, etc.
Another resolution is to go to the temples more often. Before I became a mother, I would go much more frequently than I do now. I want to change that. There is a peace that is felt at the temple, where I know that I am doing things to help others. I feel like it is a time when all my stress is left outside and I can concentrate on serving others.
|Ogden Utah Temple|