Since the weather is starting to warm up a little the critters are coming out. We are seeing deer, rabbits, turkey you know, wildlife. This is expected since we live right next to a nature preserve. Well lately the kids have been seeing snakes. Jazz is terrified of snakes so she has not been very happy. This morning before breakfast Tj, K.K. and Nannah went outside to catch the snakes. I’m thinking ok, go for it. I never thought they would really catch it! Imagine my surprise when my hubby comes running in the house asking for my camera. I can not believe my babies caught it and were not scared. Well, I can believe it a little because Tj loves Animal Planet and watches it every chance he gets. For those of you who don’t know, he is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to animals and dinosaurs. He knows it all and teaches us everything he learns. Here are the pictures. As you will see, K.K. and Nannah were not even scared.
Yesterday my hubby went to Best Buy when it first opened to get me The Wii Fit. He thought I lost my mind wanting to pay $89 for a game. He honestly did not think anyone else would be as crazy as me. Well let’s say he was definitely surprised when he got into the checkout line and looked around. Every other person was buying a Wii Fit too!
After he brought it home, I waited until he left for work before I tried it out. I didn’t want to look like a complete idiot! So after I picked the kids from school we set it up. I liked the fact it came with batteries, that is always a plus in my book. I had a little trouble trying to sync the Wii board with the console but it was nothing major. Next came the whole setting up the system for me. I had to put my height and birthday in. It then tells you what your Body Mass Index (BMI) and Wii Fit age is. Mine was not very good, but I am not surprised, I have not exercised in years. I am a couch potato. My Wii Fit age is 44. I am only 33 so I am weaker than I should be. According to Wii Fit, BMI says I am obese! I know!! I couldn’t believe it. My feelings were hurt at first by now I am ok with it. Oh yeah my center of balance is all screwed up too. Would you believe the game asked me do a trip over my feet a lot? What is sad is the answer is yes! I can laugh about it now, but last year I fell at least 3 times. When we went up to the Dells I was looking at the pretty condos, tripped over my feet and rolled down a hill! My ankle was swollen the rest of the trip. The second time I was walking in the house tripped over the front stoop onto the concrete!! So I guess this game knows what it is talking about.
Next the game asked me how much weight I wanted to lose or gain and over how much time. I even got to pick whether I wanted a girl or boy trainer. I picked boy of course. He is so nice and encouraging. I named him Sam. There are four training modes I was able to choose from yoga, strength training, aerobics and balance games. I tried aerobics first. I went for the hula hoops and it wore me out! But it was fun too. I did 63 spins in a minute and a half. K.K. did 195, but remember she is 5 so it doesn’t really count! I did a little yoga and step class, and soccer too. Sam is nice, he kept telling what a good job I was doing 🙂
The kids tried tight rope walking, running, yoga, skiing, and super hula hoops. They love it! Up to 8 can use Wii Fit at a time. It saves all your progress and how much time you spend exercising.
So is Wii Fit a waste of money? In my case no. It got me off the couch and exercising while keeping it fun. Another bonus is we are able to do it as a family. Some people may think $89 is too much to spend but it makes perfect sense to me. I have spent more that $89 on exercise equipment that is now sitting in the basement collecting dust.
Enough blogging for now, I am on my way to do some yoga. I can’t believe I said that!
I have had a few people ask me what is Social Anxiety Disorder. most people have never heard of it before. Sometimes I find it hard to explain. I feel so ashamed about it sometimes. This is a big step I am taking by talking about it. I hoping by writing about it, maybe it will get a little easier to deal with and help me find myself.
It is basically an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in normal everyday social situations. It is not the same for everyone. I did not realize exactly what this was until I was diagnosed about 5- 6 years ago. In my particular situation I am anxious about everything. If there is a upcoming wedding or funeral I literally get sick. My hands shake and I get really bad headaches. Sometimes I even get dizzy. I am not comfortable in any type of social situation. It does not matter if I know the person or not. I always feel liked I am being judged and talked about. I feel like others are judging my parenting style choices, what I am wearing, everything I say, my actions, everything I don’t say, everything thing I do. There have been times where I have felt forced to participate in social gatherings and I feel so much anxiety I burst into tears. My anxiety is so severe there are times I don’t leave the house for days.This has always been a part of my life. I don’t go to a lot of social stuff because I don’t want my family (husband and the kids) to be ashamed of me. No matter how much I try I feel like a horrible wife and mother. Because of my social anxiety I can not make friends so I pretty much have none, I could not attend my college graduation, sometimes I can’t go to school functions for the kids, I get nervous talking on the phone, I have turned down job offers or backed out of interviews all together and sometimes I do not attend parties or family get togethers. Some people call me anti social but I do not feel that is the correct label. I would not mind being more social, hell I would love to be more social and have friends and all that stuff. I just can’t. Even typing about it my heart is beating out of my chest and my hands are shaking a little.
Last year I found this site, called social anxiety friends. It was really reassuring to find people who completely understood me and were like me. I stopped going to it because I thought I was over it. How silly does that sound? I wasn’t over my anxiety, just denying it. Well, I am going back to visit today. I think it will be good for me. I sure hope so.hanks for letting me ramble once again. Today is definitely a little better than yesterday