Summer Over Already

August 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates, Weight Loss)

This post is long overdue. Sheesh. Part of the problem is, I’m rarely sitting at the computer these days when the kids aren’t bugging me for the screen back for Netflix. Either that, or we’re on the go. So let me see if I can recap the last month or so with some details that will be valuable looking back on the memories in a few years.

1) D started walking for real about the middle of July. She is now pretty awesome at it. For the first couple weeks, she was having to pull herself up and then she’d take off, but soon she developed the ability to stand up on her own without furniture or a person. She is trying to get into everything these days, since she can now see the tops of the desk, the end tables, some dressers, etc. She likes to pull out the plastic-ware in the kitchen, and she loves for her brother and sister to chase her and play with her. She is thinning out, and is still tall for her age. She’s wearing 18-month clothes, and she just turned 1 last week. For her birthday (not that she cared), we went to Casa Bonita in Denver and had a grand ol’ time in the arcade after our dinner. She was strapped to me the whole time in a sling (she would have been trampled if I’d let her walk around), and she had a great time people-watching. P & K2 had a blast playing ski-ball, racing games, stomp the spider games (kinda like a dancing game), and catch-the-popcorn. We had planned on getting K2 and D’s cartoons done, but the guy doing the cartoons wasn’t good, and we’ve already fallen victim to that waste-of-money. We then came home and sang to her and had a jello-cake with cool whip on it, which she had a good time making a royal mess of. It was a great family day, and now my baby is 1 year old.

2) Going back a little further, the last week of July was my family’s first reunion at my parents’ house. There were 24 of us in all, including the babies, all using their bathrooms and camped out around the house (in AND out – K and I slept with D out in the driveway in a borrowed trailer so she’d have a quiet place to have her porta-crib). It was the first time we’d all been together in 12 years, and was the first time for some of us to meet the others’ newest children. The youngest was my sister’s 4th, a girl about 4 weeks old. Anyway, it was a blast!! We didn’t do anything too fancy. One day we went to the park, played frisbee, ran around, had a picnic lunch from the grocery deli. Then 2 of my SIL’s and I went grocery shopping for the week for the all the wonderful meals my newest (by 6 years) SIL had planned for us. We watched movies, but not many. The guys had a night out where they went to play pool and apparently got so slap-happy that people probably THOUGHT they were drinking.

We went to Manitou and had hotdogs at the Vienna Sausage place, and we climbed Helen Hunt Falls. We hung out at the mall, where K2 had a momentous occasion from an upset tummy that caused him to poop himself right there in Borders. Yeah, that was fun. Worse for K cuz he had to take him in the bathroom and get him clean enough to put on the clothes I bought for him off the clearance rack in JCPenney’s. We had a day when we played volleyball in the backyard while the kids played in a kiddie pool and ran through the sprinklers, and then later in the day they played with chalk, got it wet, and decided to paint their bodies in wet chalk. We have pictures. I think I was inside painting my nails when that started, but I was out there when we hosed them down.

The ladies had a night out, where all we could think to do was go to Coldstone. It was good, and so was the company, but I don’t think we had as much fun as the guys did when they went out. 🙂

One day we all split up and went different directions. For us, that day was for visiting K’s family in the south end. That was a nice day, too. Low-key and relaxing, other than D not getting a nap that day.

I went running 3 times, once with my sister and SIL, which was fun. I felt this was necessary (actually wished I’d gotten more runs in) cuz one of the main activities all week long, was COOKING together. We had Brazilian night, Thai night, Indian night, and Korean night. We had simple lunches and fancy lunches. We had french toast, cottage cheese pancakes (my morning), regular pancakes, tons of fruit salads, breakfast casseroles, and leftovers. We cooked a LOT. And it was awesome. I learned some stuff from my SIL, who has lived in Japan for 4 years now with my bro and has learned to cook a lot of asian foods. We had avocado shakes, which I haven’t had since I came back from Brazil. The food really was the focus and highlight of the week, at least for me. For the most part, I managed to not be a complete glutton, though.

It was hard to leave, knowing we won’t see everyone for a while. But, my youngest brother got engaged that week to the girlfriend he brought for all of us to meet, and his wedding is Sept 30, so hopefully we’ll see most everyone then. My sister was on her way to Florida for her husband’s new job, my brother was on his way to Idaho for his schooling (he’s an AF pilot, but going back to school for EE). And then there’s my bro in Georgia and us here. But it was also good to come home and return to a normal routine – which includes for me – weight loss.

3) P got a new bike right before we left for the reunion. It is a 20-incher and is almost too big for her, but she’s mastered it beautifully. With her off her little 12-inch bike (finally!), K2 has taken it over. We put back on the training wheels, and I’ve never seen him so focused or determined as when he figured out how to ride it. We have been enjoying more bike rides as a family, since we also got our grown-up bikes back right before the reunion, too. We want to get K2 his own bike, with boy colors, but for now he’s been pretty happy riding P’s old pink one. If we can’t find the budget for a bike for him soon, I’ll be spray painting the pink one.

4) Weight loss- for the 2.5 weeks before the reunion, I only lost those pounds I mentioned in my last post. I stuck at 230, and my body wasn’t giving it up. I started taking fiber and trying to detox on the suggestion of a friend, and it wasn’t working, apparently because I wasn’t taking enough fiber. During the reunion, I tried to exercise moderation but I didn’t deprive myself of much. Mostly meals, not much snacking. I gained back up to 232.5, but lost that within a day or so. Then I started taking some GX Assist my mother had given me. FOr 9 days it cleans you out. I only had one day when my reaction was kinda extreme, the second day. I felt ill, I had a headache, and I had like 5 BM’s that day. When one every other day is normal for me, that was a lot. Thank goodness those feelings subsided. For the rest of the 9 days I had more BM’s than usual, but nothing too drastic. I had a couple more milder headaches, but no more tummy upset. And then yesterday I started the PB Assist that I have 4 days to take – to replace the stuff that was flushed out with good probiotic bacteria. I feel good. I’ve lost 8 more pounds. I’m at 222 today.

I’ve been exercising lots of different ways: bikes with the kids and on my own (only 1 of those so far), running outside, running on the treadmill, T-Tapp when D is asleep on days when K isn’t around, Zumba on Mon and Wed if K is here to watch the kids. I’ve been eating a lot of produce with all my meals and snacks, and I’m still tracking on sparkpeople, mostly on my phone. I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, if my schedule allows. Sometimes, time gets away from me when we’re out and about and I end up having just 3 meals (sometimes at snack times). I usually avoid starchy carbs at my evening meal, which means most days I’m kinda low-carb. I’m still not getting enough sleep, so that is something I need to work on. School starts next week and I’ll have to start getting up earlier, which I’m hoping will help me reset my body-clock to be able to get to sleep earlier. I’ve got D down to nursing twice a day, usually early morning around 4 or 5 AM, and when she goes to bed at night. When school starts, I hope to cut out that morning feeding, too.  I hope to keep losing weight at a good clip, but I can’t really control that. I can just control how I treat my body, so that’s what I’m trying to do. Some days I feel like I spend a lot of time cutting veggies and cooking. But I am a homemaker and mother of 3. So I feed more mouths than just my own, and that is part of my job. I feel blessed that I have the luxury to be here at home with them, and have the ability to have my kitchen at my disposal for my weight loss efforts.

I think those are the highlights for now. I will try to be more diligent about recording so that I can put in more details about our lives and the things the kids do and say. The main purpose fo a journal is for posterity, and I don’t want it to be a dry recounting of things post-fact.

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Protein vs. Sugar

May 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

This is not going to be a great food blog post where I write about research between these two things and how they affect your body. But I’ve come to a realization today about them and MY body. My pregnant body. You’d think I would have come to this decision/realization over a week ago when I thought I might have gestational diabetes, but no. I’ve been trying to eat well and not eat so much at night since then, and I feel I’ve improved. But not drastically.

I’ve been getting headaches. Sometimes on and off all day, but almost always an inevitable one in the evening. And they aren’t mild headaches. I’ve been trying to drink them away, since for a lot of my life a bad headache (unless it was TOM-related) meant I was simply dehydrated. But water hasn’t been working. They’re not hunger headaches, and they’re not menstrual headaches. Hello, I’m pregnant.

I’ve been taking acetaphetamine, but I don’t want to take medication every day and it doesn’t always help.

This morning I had my typical bowl of oatmeal with berries, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips. The white chocolate chips were about to run out and just to use them all up, I had way more on my bowl of oatmeal than I normally do (and I usually have too many). About an hour later, I felt the headache coming on. It was a bad one. I really didn’t want to take and pills, and I had been drinking water since breakfast. I wasn’t hungry. Two things occurred to me: 1) there wasn’t a lot of protein in that breakfast. The pb had some, and so did the oats, but I didn’t have as many oats as I usually do (only 1/3 cup). So a pretty low-protein breakfast. 2) With so many chocolate chips on top, the protein was completely overpowered by sugar. Too much sugar for breakfast, too much sugar period.

I decided to experiment. I scrambled two eggs and cooked them in about a tsp of coconut oil. Salt & pepper. Ate them straight out of the pan. Within 10 minutes, my headache was almost completely gone.

With that, I came to two goals or resolutions. 1) I need to do a better job of making sure I’m getting high-quality protein at every meal and snack. 2) I need to cut back DRASTICALLY on the sugar intake, if not eliminate gratuitous sugar entirely.

I am a little nervous about the second one. I feel like I’m such a wimp. Right now, there are no snacks/munchies in the house that really appeal to the binger in me. I haven’t felt very good the last few days (in my stomach) and haven’t FELT like binging at night, which is different for me, and I’ve been trying to take advantage. We don’t (and won’t) have any money to go get more food until the end of this week, so I’ll have to make anything we decide we want to munch on. My point is, there’s not a lot of opportunities to eat sugar in the house and there won’t be for a few days. That makes it easy to resolve to not eat sugar. But will my resolve hold when I’m presented with an opportunity? I feel wobbly in my resolve just thinking about it.

The first one is easier. I like protein. 🙂 I hard-boiled some eggs today so that we’ll have those on-hand. We had BBQ chicken sandwiches on sandwich thins for lunch – the kids only ate half of theirs though they seemed to like them. I had two, with cheese and lettuce. I had a hard-boiled egg and a miniature bowl of Grape-Nuts (with a little sprinkled sugar – See!!) for a snack a little while ago, because when I woke up from my little nap the headache was coming back. I also guzzled a bunch of water. The headache is just niggling now – tiny like it could come back but not uncomfortable.

So, there you have it. Too much sugar/too little protein is I’M HOPING the cause of my headaches. Because if that’s the case I’m hoping after a couple days of doing better they will abate. Perhaps I’m in for headaches for the rest of this pregnancy. We shall see.

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Big Fight – Quiet Day

April 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

Yesterday I made a decision about a certain aspect of my relationship with my husband that affects him quite a bit. It actually has me considering shutting down my blog and reverting to an on-computer journal in Word or something so that I could write about it more in detail. For posterity or just for me own reflection in years to come. I don’t know yet. I only have a couple of followers (hi Lori, hi Kelli) that I know about, and I don’t think it would be any great loss to the blogging community if I stopped. So I’m thinking about it. I just don’t know if I would maintain this AND a computer journal. Realistically, I would only maintain one and the other would suffer. Often, there are times when I want to go into more detail about my personal life – perhaps spiritual and emotional stuff that I’m going through. But I don’t write it here because this is a public forum and some things are very private and sacred to me. And I worry that those things won’t be preserved – that this won’t be as honest of an account of my life because I’m being sensitive to the fact that if the world wanted to, it could read it all.

Anyway, just something I’m considering. What I will say is that when we finally got to talk last night, after a day of frustrating texting, it didn’t go well at first. He hung up on me, I cried hysterically. We talked some more, I was hurt, he was upset and confused. After much conversing, and much explaining, I think we are going to be able to figure out a way to make my decision work. Huge relief to me because I was beyond distraught.

Today things are looking better. I’m so glad I got this decision made and communicated to K. It has been weighing on me for literally weeks. I don’t think he fully understands, and I’m not sure will for a long time. But he loves me and he is a great man.

On with it.

Today, I have worked out, done the dishes and made the beds. I’m trying to work out while P is in school so that it is done and out of the way and I can’t talk myself out of it or have some other distraction prevent it from happening. I’m continuing to do BWO+ with 10 reps, like the beginning of Tempo Intermediate, and then walking on the treadmill for 15 minutes alternating inclines and speeds to try and get as good a burn as possible with my belly blocking my legs and my lungs a-huffing. It is sad really how much fitness I have lost in 6 months, but I know that the fact that I’m still working out at all is good for the baby and I. And remembering that I wasn’t working out at all with either P or K2 by this point in those pregnancies makes me feel like I’m making progress. Even if it isn’t miraculous.

Been eating a lot of salads lately. Today for lunch had one with lettuce, baby spinach, cauliflower, hard-boiled egg, chicken nuggets (the kind you buy at Sam’s in a big bag), carrots, avocado, and my sesame dressing from Japan (LOVING that stuff – hope I can find it at the Asian market when I run out). I just had a clementine for a snack a couple hours later, and I’m trying to up my water intake. My swelling from the trip back from Japan is completely gone, and I’d like to hold off the swelling portion of my pregnancy as long as possible. I’m pretty sure by this point with K2 I couldn’t even wear shoes anymore.

After lunch, I loaded the kids in the stroller and we tried a trip to the park. Um, yeah. Fail. We went. We played for about 10 minutes. But wow, the wind is vicious today and the sun is deceiving. It is cold out there! K2 got a booger-face from the wind and cold and his teeth were chattering even though he said he didn’t want to go home. P had a heavier jacket on and wasn’t quite so bad off. I felt so bad for not bundling K2 up enough, I took my sweater off and put it over them in the stroller for the walk home, even though I was doggone chilly myself.

Anyway, I tried. I hope I have it in me to try again in a couple days when it is supposed to be warmer again. I’m glad we got the little bit of outdoor time in, and I’m glad I got the quick walk pushing the double stroller. Good for me, despite still having cold fingers an hour and a half later.

This afternoon will probably be low-key. I’m going to start one of my books, P is watching Cars. I will read to her our library books when she’s done watching. It is bath night, and I think I’m going to make ground turkey spaghetti for dinner, which I might have to run to King Soopers to get tomato sauce for. I was going to use our diced tomatoes for sauce, which is why I didn’t buy any. But since the blender broke, I have no way to blend up the diced tomatoes. I plan on freezing the leftovers, since I know there’s no way the kids and I will use it all by the time it goes bad. Maybe in a couple portions in the freezer so that I don’t have to thaw it all at once. I’m going to have mine on zucchini noodles.

Connected with someone in the car line at P’s school that I knew back when I was single. I’ve seen her in the car line and once I remembered her name I have been trying to figure out how to say hi when neither of us gets out of our cars. Today, I was right behind her way in the back of the carline, so I figured I had a couple minutes to hop out and knock on her window and say hi. I had to tell her my name before she remembered me, but as soon as I said it she started whooping like I was a long-lost friend. So that was kind of fun. We’ve already friended each other on FB. 🙂

That’s it for today.

Oh, K comes into town via the Denver airport Friday afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is going to be a surprise for the kids, and was supposed to be a surprise for me. But he needs me to pick him up and I wasn’t cooperating with his fake-out of picking up his sister. SO EXCITED TO HAVE MY HUSBAND BACK, even if just for 2 days.

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Peanut Sauce

March 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats)

Every time I’ve had peanut sauce on a meal, I’ve loved it. The first time was when I was in high school on a trip the the Model MUN in the Hague. We went to a Thai restaurant and I tried peanut sauce. So good! I don’t have a lot of clear memories of the rest of the meal. My love of peanut butter has only grown and developed over the years, but I’ve never tried to make it myself. I just figured it must be hard! I even like the peanut sauce on the Lean Cuisine meal that has it.

Anyway, tonight I was making brown rice, chicken, and vegetables for dinner, and I thought it would be nice to have a sauce. Hey, peanut sauce! So I looked up some recipes until I found one I thought I could tackle and that I had almost all the ingredients for; I was lacking the soy sauce. So I went and borrowed some from a neighbor (only needed 1/8th of a cup), and set to work.

I got the recipe from allrecipes.com, except I substituted brown sugar for the molasses and cajun seasoning for the cayenne pepper (what I had). I also halved it, knowing it was just the kids and I that would be eating dinner and one of the commenters had remarked about how much it made.

I don’t think this is diet friendly at all, but you don’t need much to give a great flavor. It would be great over noodles, too, I’m sure!

Here’s the link to the recipe I used, because I’m too lazy to retype it. 🙂 Peanut Sauce I

Kid review: P refused to have it on her meal, but when I pleaded with her to have a bite of mine with the chicken and rice, she said it was good. But then she still didn’t want any on her plate. K2 seemed to like it just fine! Scarfed down 1.5 servings. And I just thought it was great!

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Yummy yummy lunch – too hungry to take a picture!

March 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats)

I don’t know how food bloggers do it! I was so anxious to eat my lunch today that even though I had PLANNED to take a picture and post it with this description, I totally forgot when it came out of the oven and smelled and looked so delicious! And before I thought about pictures again, it was gone. So, no picture. Sorry!

Today I had one of my best tortilla pizzas in a long time. I started making tortilla pizzas when I started the Joy Bauer LIFE diet in March of ’09. I substituted low or no fat cream cheese for the sauce since I don’t like tomatoes, and I would measure out everything else except the veggies (cheese, meat). Anyway, I use the low-carb whole wheat tortillas for the crust and since I’ve been off “dieting” since getting pregnant, I use full fat cream cheese and cheese. But I don’t use a lot of either.

Today’s:

  • Tortilla
  • Thin layer of cream cheese, probably a generous tablespoon
  • Cauliflower & broccoli, steamed in microwave with a little garlic salt
  • garbanzo beans, probably about 1/4 cup
  • about 5 chunks of pineapple, cut into quarters
  • Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese, about an ounce

So I just spread the toppings out over the cream cheese, veggies, then evenly spread the garbanzo beans, then the pineapple, then a thin layer of Tillamook cheese.

Pop it in the oven on my cooking stone for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and it looks warmed through, enough so that the tortilla won’t be soggy in the middle from the veggies and pineapple.

Oh, my gosh!! This was so good!! My best one in a long time – I loved the pineapple and chickpeas combo, and the garlic salt on the veggies gave it a great flavor along with some pepper when it was on my plate. I used to always use leftover meat, but I’m loving using beans and having it be more vegetarian. I used the pineapple because it was in the fridge leftover from hawaiian haystacks a few days ago for dinner.

Delicious lunch!

I’ll probably return to low-fat cream cheese and low-fat cheese on this after I’ve had the baby and am trying to lose weight again (not too drastically while nursing).

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Tuesday – he’s been gone 4.5 days

March 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

So. Today.

Got up business as usual. P to school, K2 and I at the house.

I decided to make granola bars – and made up my own recipe. They are pretty good – DENSE, but good. I already have ideas for how to make them better next time.

Dad came and started pulling baseboards to prep the kitchen for the ceramic tile. I helped as much as I could without getting in the way.

Went and got P from school.

Fed the kids. Helped Dad some more. Dad hung the closet doors in the bedrooms upstairs and helped me put P’s bed frame back together and set up. Pulled more baseboards. I helped some more. I have a lot more baseboards to paint. Put K2 down for a nap. Ate lunch (tortilla pizza with cream cheese/refried black beans/cauliflower/zucchini/cheese). Fed Dad lunch. Helped P with her homework. Helped Dad some more.

Dad finished up with baseboards about 3:30. P went across the street to play with neighbor kids when she saw one of them outside. Dad left shortly before 4:00. I started dinner. Roasted butternut squash, turkey/black bean burgers (tried to make up a recipe – they were bland and mushy). Went and got P with K2 when it was almost done shortly before 5:00. Ate dinner, some of us more than others. Surprisingly, P finished her whole half burger and butternut.

Cleaned up after dinner. Watched Up with the kids. Now its almost bedtime and I am going to have to work out even though my feet hurt. Because I’m afraid if I don’t work out I’ll start eating and not stop. I’m tired, but I know I need to work out. I’m up to 211.5 lbs this morning. Too much weight gain! I’m 18 weeks tomorrow.

Set up for ARC to come get a bunch of stuff on Thursday. Tomorrow is garbage day, so hopefully they’ll take the stack of trash next to the can that didn’t fit inside. Then all that’s left to get out of the garage is the borrowed rototiller and the carpet scraps. And of course the baseboards that I’m going to have to paint and stack somewhere.

Dad suggested today that he install the tile the week I’m in Japan. So that gives me a deadline of March 19 to have everything else done and ready so that when I get back the house is ready for showing. I didn’t realize until today that my Japan trip was so close; there’s been so much else on my mind. It is only 17 days away!! And I have almost no clothes that fit – great.

K’s been gone for 4.5 days. I miss him terribly. But I also feel like I’m getting stuff done more efficiently without him here. Something about him being here makes me have a tendency to wait for him. Wait for him to wake up. Wait for him to make the decision. Wait for him to start so that I can help him. With him gone, there’s only me. So there’s nothing to wait for. So I just dive right in and get it done. I’m probably lifting too much, so I need to be more careful. But its so frustrating to see something slightly heavy and think, “oh, I can lift that, but I shouldn’t. So now I have to wait until I can schedule someone out of their busy schedule to come help me lift that thing that I can lift myself.” But I know I need to be careful.

So that’s today so far. Workout tonight is going to be 15 min BWO+ Intermediate and then 20 minutes of walking. Last night was the full Tempo Intermediate. Eats today have been pretty moderate.

  • Morning smoothie: 1.5 cups frozen tropical fruit, 2 handfuls spinach, almond milk, .5 cup plain yogurt, T ground flax, .5 frozen banana, 1/8 t of guar gum and xanthan gum (first time trying – wasn’t enough to make a difference, I won’t be afraid of it next time)
  • hard boiled egg and a granola bar
  • tortilla veggie pizza
  • sips of kefir
  • roasted butternut squash, turkey black bean burger w/ pepper jack cheese and lettuce on sandwich thin
  • granola bar
  • Probably going to have a yogurt after my workout

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More down, more to go

February 19, 2010 at 11:45 am (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

I did work out Wednesday night, doing 15 minutes of T-Tapp and 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill. So yay.

Yesterday was very busy again. We spent the day packing, going to Good Will, trying to get the truck running (the one K’s mom is borrowing), and organizing the garage some more. The guy that is going to install the carpet on Monday (yay for scheduling stuff!!) came by to take a look at how much carpet we have and measure out the upstairs. We now have a huge stack (pretty organized) of boxes on one side of the garage that is only going to grow as I pack more and more stuff (haven’t started on the kitchen yet). The other side of the garage has the lawn mower, the rototiller (going back to its owner tomorrow) and two kids’ bikes. And the carpet semi-rolled out so the kinks can start to fall out from being rolled up for 2 years.

Inside the house, there are empty boxes everywhere, and everywhere else is a mess. Ugh. Our closet is half-empty with all the clothes we’ve packed up, and our dresser is half-empty also. The kids’ closets are empty except for their clothes – where before I had stuff stored. The alcove in the stairs that I’ve used for storage for 3 years now is almost empty. Some of the stacks I mentioned on Wednesday are gone (Good Will), and some have just grown (MIL and Mom’s).

I hit a wall last night and ate too much after having fast food for dinner. I was so exhausted I felt like I could barely move, yet I managed to make multiple trips to the kitchen. What’s that about? I went to bed at 10:24 and couldn’t get to sleep for a while. But I feel more rested today, if still a little mentally tired with it all.

Today, I have already worked out. I did 15 minutes of T-Tapp again and then walked for 25 minutes on the treadmill and worked up a good heart rate and sweat. Then I made K2 breakfast (he slept until 10 today) and now I’m waiting for K to get back with P. He picked her up from school, came home to get another Good Will stack and took off again without dropping P off. 🙂 I have to take a shower, which I will do quickly as soon as I finish typing this.

After the Good Will run that K’s on and my shower, we are working on painting and ripping up carpet today. K’s mom is coming over to help me paint, but I’m just not sure where to start. I’d like to get the upstairs painted before Monday, but I know we probably can’t get the whole thing done, so I’m tempted to start downstairs and FINISH the downstairs just so SOMETHING is DONE. Know what I mean?

Ok, off to take a shower and psych myself up for a busy day. I’m so glad I worked out already because I know I’m going to be wiped again tonight. I also HAVE to make a healthy dinner for my family tonight; we’ve had way too much fast food over the past couple of weeks.

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Workout – Placekeeper

February 5, 2010 at 10:10 am (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

My workout last night was basically a place keeper. I’m going to try (continue to try) to establish my workout habit regardless of deterring factors, and last night was an ‘exercise’ in that. I’m sick – I have the cold the kids have been struggling with for the past week. I’m coughing, my chest is tight, and I’m congested. But it could be worse. So last night I worked out, intending to do lower body weights and then 20 minutes of running. It turned into 2 sets of lower body weights instead of 3 (did plie squats with 15 lb DB, walking lunges w/ 15 lb DB twisting to side of front leg, and the one where you raise one leg straight out in back of you while the top of your body goes straight down in front (parallel to floor)), and then 20 minutes of quick walking (some at incline) with no running. My chest was so tight and painful even while walking, it was all I could do to finish the 20 minutes.

So the sweat wasn’t as dramatic, and the burn probably wasn’t significant. But I did it, and that is one step closer to establishing the “work out every day no matter what its not an option to just sit around” habit.

Tonight will probably be something similar. I think I might do a BWO+ (about 15 minutes) and then walk for 15 minutes. I’m assuming my chest isn’t going to be much better tonight with all the coughing I’ve been doing, but I don’t want to “take time off” and then have trouble talking myself back into working out again when I’m feeling better. Because I have a tendency to excuse myself for way too long.

Today, gotta go get ready for the office. P is at school after missing 3 days, and today is her short day. So we all have to be ready to go when we go pick her up because I have to be at work a little earlier than usual for my going away luncheon. This afternoon at the office – MY LAST ONE!!! Can I get a YEAH??

I was back down to 200.5 this morning – the lowest I’ve been in almost 2 weeks. I’m happy with that. Its much better than seeing 204 in the morning. I’m hoping over the next week to get back down to the 198 range or lower. Slowly but surely. Last night I had 2 hb eggs over the course of the evening and about 3 pieces of fresh pineapple. That was going to be it for my snacking – its what I felt like having after a lower-protein day. But then K brought home a key lime pie and I had two pieces. So hurray for nights when K doesn’t go to the store on the way home to tempt my with stuff. 🙂

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Almost Going Vegan and other Catch-up Items

January 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

This weekend was fun, if FULL of food and not very productive. Saturday, I grocery shopped as planned. Got almost everything I wanted to get and kept well within my budget. Of course, we’re now broke for the next two weeks, so I hope all the healthy food I purchased lasts. 🙂

Saturday night, K’s sister came and got the kids and I (since K had to work) and took us over to K’s other sister’s house for her surprise birthday party. She was turning 30, having a hard time with it, so her sister had planned a fun surprise party with a funeral theme. Her mom kept her out of the house all afternoon, which turned out to be no easy feat since F was tired and cranky. Anyway, we all hid in the kitchen when they arrived; but F headed straight downstairs for a potty break without even looking upstairs, so that drew out our agony of keeping kids quiet in the kitchen. It was a relief to jump out at her and be done with the surprise part.

It was a typical G-Family get-together. Loud, good food, lots of screaming kids and shouting adults, and lots of laughter and mocking of the birthday girl and her “old” age. Her presents were fun, wrinkle cream and stuff like that along with some fun gifts, one of which unexpectedly made her tear up very uncharacteristically. Older sister, L, made the food and it was two types of soup and bread. I couldn’t get past the first soup to even try the second. It was AMAZING. She’s supposed to send me the recipe – I’ll probably have to harrass her for it. It was tortellini, a mild tomatoey broth, zucchini and carrots. AWESOME. Had probably 4 bowls and wanted to eat more but I would have exploded.

K showed up from work at about 8, he ate dinner and we all hung out for a while longer. Then home for sleep and more work for him. Sunday was largely uneventful until after church, when I had a meltdown over kids at church and my aggravation with having to deal with them. No details needed there – K lectured me, made me cry (pregnancy, hello), and then made me feel better. All was well.

Then we went to L’s house for breakfast for dinner. Stuffed french toast, covered in cream, powdered sugar, and syrup (I held the syrup because I’m very healthy-ha), fruit tray (pineapple, kiwi, banana, apple) with delicious cream cheese fruit dip, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and juice. Oh My Gosh. I practically ate myself into a coma, and then some.

We were there until after 9, so its a good thing P didn’t have school yesterday. Yesterday consisted of me sleeping in, trying to get a few things done before work (not including a workout), and then heading to the office VERY unenthusiastically. Work was busy, gave me a killer headache, and lasted longer than usual since K couldn’t get K2 to wake up from his HOUR long nap. SO not long enough for the little one, who is still recovering from being sick and then having diarrhea all weekend.

Its a good thing K made dinner last night (beef tips, noodles, zucchini – I held the noodles and had lettuce), because my head hurt and I was in a foul mood. K decided that he was too worried about K2 and his diarrhea to go to work at 6 and called in “kid-sick” as it were, not that he’s really allowed to do that. I talked K down that K2 didn’t need to go to the ER – he was still drinking, eating, and yes, pooping some nasty runny stuff. But he was acting like he felt fine, he wasn’t dehydrated, and he didn’t have a fever. But he’d already called in, so we were blessed with K’s presence for the evening, which was really nice.

K and I ended up finally watching the video called “Eating” that I’d been loaned by my friend that has gone vegan. It was very interesting and brought up a lot of good points. But I’ve done some more research today (a lot of it scriptural) and we’ve decided we need to improve our diet but it won’t include cutting out meat or meat products entirely. We just need to eat them more sparingly, so we’re working on a plan for that. Well, mostly I’m working on a plan for that. 🙂 I really had almost decided that the only logical choice for me was to go vegan – the passion and enthusiasm of my friend that has done it was so contagious and I’d kind of gotten sucked in. I respect and admire her and I hope being vegan heals her ailments like she thinks it is doing. I will take a more moderate choice. But this has all opened my eyes to some definite improvements we could make in our diets – especially in my husband’s and my children’s diets. If I find any yummy recipes for the family or fun products that are just great and cut down on our consumption of antibiotic e-coli filled meat products – I’ll share.

Today I ran on the treadmill for the first time in weeks, and my first workout at all in a week. I did one of my Oxygen full body compound-movement workouts first, and then ran/incline walked for 34 minutes. I wasn’t able to run as much as I was a couple months ago, so I’ve definitely lost a little endurance. K has told me that I need to start being “selfish” again about my workouts and my eating so that I’ll feel good – so I’m trying. I did the workout while P was at school, even commandeered the TV from my two year old, and it went fine. I have felt really good ever since.

I decided to make taco soup in the crock pot for dinner – it just sounded really good. I modified a recipe from a blog I read, and used ground turkey. I’m going to make some corn bread from scratch here in a bit to go with it. I cleaned the bathrooms upstairs and I’ve eaten healthy snacks and meals today – even resisted having K make me a hotdog when he made himself and the kids one for lunch.

Doing well!! Didn’t eat myself into a coma last night for the first night in a while. Wish me luck tonight. Had a great scripture study session this morning studying the Word of Wisdom (a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints thing), and that always makes me feel good to start the day off right. I’ve been trying to pray for help more – I know He’s willing to help me if I just make the effort to let Him.

Anyway, off to trial-run my first ever from-scratch cornbread. Have a great night!

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Chronicles of a Friday

January 16, 2010 at 11:56 am (Daily Workouts/Eats, General Life Updates)

Yesterday was going pretty normally. P didn’t have school, so I slept in and didn’t have time to do much beyond get the kids and I breakfast and put my MK order in. No workout (the shame).

Got ready for work and the family took me to the office, where I had my lentils, quinoa in coconut milk, and cauliflower and then a LOT of chocolate throughout the afternoon. Also had about an hour chat with a coworker that is usually too busy to stop and chat for a bit, so that was nice. I found out to my surprise that she is almost vegetarian – she rarely eats meat and doesn’t miss it. She is also very slender after losing weight years ago. She has a patter and she sticks to it. I’ve never seen anyone be so religious with eating a Chobani yogurt and a dish of fresh fruit for lunch EVERY DAY. I’m always jealous of her Chobani. 🙂 We talked about lots of things, but that was the part of the conversation that was most interesting to me considering my Thursday with my friend K.

Work after that was pretty busy, including a new assignment from my boss. The fam picked me up late….. because of the bizarreness that was the rest of our evening.

K2 puked on the way to pick me up. K had to buy some cleaner and paper towels and clean him and his carseat up on the side of the road. K called me to explain why they were late and ask me to bring down a plastic bag to put the pukey clothes in because they reeked. They were only about 10 minutes late and then we set out to find a cheap store to stop at and get him clothes on our way to bowling with K’s family for a niece’s birthday. And on the way, K2 puked two more times. K got him some on-sale clothes at KMart on the way, but we didn’t put him in them because he kept barfing everywhere. When we got to the bowling alley, we got him dressed and he seemed fine the whole time we were there. The family of honor was 30 minutes late. Then, the mother of honor had to leave right after arrival to buy her daughter’s friend socks. She was gone for another 30 minutes. In the meantime, the lanes were breaking every couple of bowls. We finally were shoved into a quick decision of getting refunds and leaving by K’s sister. K left them some money, though, since we had done some bowling. Come to find out that they had purchased the bowling alley a week ago and were struggling with a lemon. Poor guys. Probably literally.

Anyway, the decision was made to go to K’s older sister’s house (the mom of birthday girl that was an hour late) for cake and stuff before the young teenagers went to a movie or something. And on the way, K2 puked again all over his new clothes. So we went home instead. Got K2 bathed up, put the kids to bed at their bedtime (a little later). K2 woke up at 11:30 having puked in his crib. Got it all changed and him changed and back in bed, and 10 minutes later he woke (probably was still awake) again crying because he’d gotten sick again. Went through the whole thing again, new sheet, fresh clothes, new blanket. And thankfully he slept the rest of the night. I woke up at 5 AM sure that I’d heard one of my kids crying very faintly. But when I got up and checked on them both, they were fine. Not sure what I heard.

Anyway, one more thing. When we got home last night we discovered that our dog Daisy, the 6-month old puppy, had ripped a huge hole in our linoleum in the entryway of the bathroom right by the kitchen. About two feet by one foot. We were both so upset. Add that to the fact that since we stopped blocking her in the bathroom, she’s been chewing on the door frame on the outside of the bathroom. Our house just gets more and more destroyed. K says he wants her gone, but I think he’ll stop being angry and keep her. I can only hope she’ll be gone.

Today needs to be cleaning and grocery shopping. I also need to work out. I have a limit on my spending today, so I’m going to have to bargain hunt because there are some things I really want to get, like some Almond milk and some Chobani yogurts. 🙂 Tonight is K’s sister’s birthday dinner, and the kids and I will have to have a ride because stupid J flaked out last night and now K has to go to Canon City on a Saturday night which he normally wouldn’t have to do. Have a great Saturday!

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