Monday, September 15, 2008

Photobucket School Daze....

I was up until 1:30 a.m. working on Jamin's Jr. Year Portfolio. (Thanks Debbie for the late night email with the file I needed. Some day we WILL meet in person).

I was up at 5 a.m. working on Jamin's portfolio....then I realized that I have other things that MUST be done today.

PE - was slow coming as I didn't make it to the gym. Jared & I are going to try to make it tonight after United co-op.

THIS is how much Zander likes "all that reading stuff". I thought he was being especially attentive today. I thought we were making progress. ::snort::
UNTIL I HEARD THE SNORING!!!I think the reading in the Christine Miller books is too much for Zander....maybe we'll skip it. We don't NEED a text for the younger years....*I* just like a text to tie it all together...but boring them to tears is counter-productive. LOL

Nolan, Zander and I decided to exchange "The Story of King Arthur" by Howard Pyle for "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" by Marcia Williams. I really WANT to read these to the boys but found that they were not able to follow the story line in Howard Pyle quite yet (1st and 3rd/4th). I didn't buy the TOG recommended one and found the picture book at the library. If anyone else has a suggestion for a good rendition of this tale that would be a step up from a picture book but not totally loose two very active boys, leave a comment. I like Mr. Pyles work better than Ms. Williams'....but really if the boys are falling asleep then I'd best look for something a bit easier.

Nolan had speech today. I asked the elementary school librarian and she took me to her section King Arthur. She does a unit every year for 3rd graders. She suggested the Great Illustrated Classics or Classical Starts series.....they have King Arthur based on Pyle....but she thought it hilarious that the silly homeschooler was trying to read an "adult" book to her young ones. I must say the Great Illustrated Classic based on Pyle does look much more doable - more meat than the picture book...but not overwhelming for any of us - maybe Zander will be challenged because all "this reading stuff" is hard on him. LOL

Well - time to busy for United co-op tonight.

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Moms of Many Exercise Challenge Weekly Fitness Goals (click button for more info)

I'm determined to get back to my "routine" and so I will take time to quickly check in today with the Moms of Many Exercise Challenge. A quick look through past posts shows that my last check in was 7-28. So I spent the three weeks following that post in the CO mountains. Plenty of exercise hiking and geocaching and climbing castles and mountains.

The first couple of weeks of September have been tough. I NEED to do 5 - 6 days of 60 minutes a day if I hope to lose weight. I've not been able to fit that back in now that PWOC and school has begun. I have been trying.

EXERCISE - My goal has been to burn at least 600 calories in every 60 min workout. This is up from about 450 when I started trying to increase a bit each week. In order to get the intensity I need to burn 600 calories I've begun staying with the ARC and then rewarding myself with the bike. I know that I can burn 250 cal in 30 min on the I work harder and harder on the ARC to allow me to read the last 20 - 30 min on the bike and still get the 600 calories.

Monday - 60 minutes - 615 cal
Tuesday - 60 minutes - 620 cal
Wed - 60 minutes - 627 cal
Thurs - 60 min 645 cal
Fri - Sun - flu

Weight - I lost about .5 a lb. I was bummed because I was on a GREAT course to lose a lb but then didn't get the last two workouts in due to being sick.

I know I should add in some weights, but at this point I need to lose about 20 more lbs to be comfortable going out in public. ::snort:: I decided to focus on cardio (for my heart and weight) until I've lost 10% of my weight and then to cut back on cardio to add in weights...or maybe by then I'll have the fall routine working so smoothly that I COULD spend EXTRA time for weights instead of having to cut back cardio. I really cannot cut back cardio if I want to lose. I tried the 45 min cardio/30 weights and gained. I simply have a sluggish metabolism.

I'm committed. I simply couldn't make it to the gym this a.m. so I'm planning to go late tonight after United co-op. I'll get there. LOL

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