Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Expense of Getting into Shape

I have been promising myself for a while now that I would just bite the bullet and join the gym as motivation to get in shape and lose weight. I found a gym that said it cost $39.99 a month and it had daycare for the boys so I could exercise and the boys could have a play date. Perfect, right? Well, it turns out that it is another $30.00 a month to have the boys watched while I work out or it is $3 a day, and if I take them twice a week, it ends up being $24.00 which is very close to $30.00. Grand total would be $70.00 a month, plus they make you pay the first and last month up front. OUCH!!.
There are a couple of solutions I have thought of. One is to go without the boys in the early am or late evening after Matt is home. Another is to just start getting up in the am and exercising before the boys get up - either taking a walk, using our home elliptical, or doing a video that I have here. The third choice is to suck it up and pay the exorbitant amount of money (with no guarantee that I will even go to the gym). The final choice is to work out at home and join Weight Watchers. I kind of like the last choice.
You may ask why I don't just go to the YMCA where it is prorated based on income. Great question. Matt and I make too much money to get a deal at the Y or I totally would. I guess it just doesn't pay to a stay at home/working mother.

I really need the motivation the gym has to offer, but maybe I can find some friends around here willing to hold me accountable to exercise. My goal is 50lbs by next March. Time is wasting by my procrastination.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What I Learned Today

It has been a long time since I blogged, but I thought I would try it again. Every once in a while I have a thought that is too long to share on Facebook so I just sit on it. Maybe I should write about those thoughts instead, just for me (or whoever is silly enough to read my blog).

Today I learned several things:
1. Playing with your kids is much more difficult than ignoring your kids, but much more rewarding. Let me explain: now that I stay at home during the week with my kids, I don't know what to do with them. Lots of the time I lock them in the living room (behind the gate so Blake doesn't destroy everything) and let them play and watch TV. Today I spent time with them and it is much harder to play with two boys than I thought, but much more fun. I think I'm going to have to get some things we can do together at the table like projects or something. Wow, i'm becoming a real mom!

2. I don't think I choose the right cut of meat for dinner. We are having pulled pork sandwiches and the meat is tough. I just hope that the sauce will soften it some.

3. Related to the dinner - I should have just used the crock pot like I wanted to make dinner. I have a gas stove and everything takes less time to cook and less time to burn on the gas. I usually make pulled pork in the crock pot but am trying a new recipe and it called for making it on the stove, so crazy woman made it on the stove. It was done in 1.5 hours rather than 3 hours. Oops.

4. Also related, I just realized I can probably make my grandmother's spaghetti in the crock pot also, instead of burning it on the stove. I will have to try that soon. Spaghetti anyone?