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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Guest Post: Some Days Require Bulk Chocolate

I am taking a Spring Break this week and am lucky to have some guests posts. Today's post is by @mstori!

Some Days Require Bulk Chocolate

Friday, March 26, 2010

Losing It: Not just our Sanity - Week 5

I tried the whole commando thing. Not horrible, maybe not even worse than the Great Panty Debacle of 2010 but not a solution either. It just let to my pants becoming a little too personal with me. Ahem.

I did also grab Fiber One products and things are moving a bit better. Unfortunately this week was busy to the point where I kept beating myself up for over scheduling it so badly. And of course being so busy and beating myself up led to a fallback of some old habits. I did the unthinkable - I ate fast food not once but TWICE this week. The scale reflected my poor eating this week as I was up a half a pound.

On the positive side I met with the personal trainer and he designed a workout to fit around my limitations but that would still start to move me forward. I also learned that I was pushing myself too hard on the treadmill. My target heart rate is about 10bpm lower than I thought. So I can get an hour long walk in at my target range without limping after.

Now I am off to the gym!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Mingle March 22nd 2010

This week's questions submitted by Alexes from One Cluttered Brain (thank you Alexes!):
1. How do you usually celebrate your birthday?
2. Do you ever reveal your true age to people? Or do you make people guess?
3. What's the craziest thing you ever did OR wanted to do on your DAY?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Losing It: Not just our Sanity - Week 4

Lets get this out of the way right now. I have a MAJOR problem with exercise equipment. I fixed the shoe situation thanks to Zappos and a lovely pair of Brooks. I have a sports bra, but could probably use a new one - all in due time. My problem however is with underwear. I have tried a different style every day this week. And by the end of my warm up something to do with my panties are rubbing, cutting in, pulling, digging, sliding, pinching, or creeping. OH. My. God. I tried a thong (which based on my discrete panty line viewing at the gym is a favorite) and almost got a blister in my ass crack. I tried a bikini style, and boy shorts. I pulled out my one pair of granny panties and still no luck. Someone send the Plus Size Panty Fairy!

I been on the treadmill for an hour every day this week. I have now healing blisters on my feet. I hit a wall every day around 25 minutes, and would have really liked every single day to have just cooled down at that point. But I have kept going. Every day. Despite panty problems! All this walking has been adding up to over 10000 steps every day. I added a protein shake in the morning since I am really bad about eating breakfast before working out.

What this means for my weigh in? No idea yet. I will update in the morning. But seeing as how I am constipated like whoah (I think the thong shoved stuff places o_O) I expect the loss to be minimal this week with a big one when things start moving again.

Maybe ask the Plus Size Panty Fairy to bring a laxative!

ETA: Stayed the same as last week. Bah.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday Mingle March 15th 2010

This week's questions were submitted by Greg from Telling Dad:
1. If you were forced to choose between skydiving, base jumping off a skyscraper or rock climbing, which would you choose?
2. Are you an aggressive or defensive driver?
3. Due to the sour economy, the genie can only grant you ONE wish. What would it be?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Losing It: Not just our Sanity - Week 3

What I want to do is scream and cry and pout that it is not FAIR that I am fat, and was sick for my birthday and that I deserved to eat all the cupcakes, cake, ice cream and such. Instead I will step up and admit I fell back into all my bad habits this week. What I didn't do was treat *every* meal like it was a comfort I deserved. I tried to salvage some of them, and make smaller, better decisions when I felt I could (which was not enough).

It hit me pretty hard when I got on the scale this morning and saw a gain. I could justify it as "not a huge gain" but I am never going to get healthy going backwards. So instead of diving into my fridge, I went to the gym. No seriously I did! I am all sweaty and my legs hurt and everything. Even if my nose is still sniffly. Percentage lost to date: 4.3% Percent this week: +0.4%

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Girl Talk Thursday: $10 can stretch pretty far…

Today's topic on Girl Talk Thursday: "So, you’ve got $10. Dinner needs to get on the table. What’re you going to serve?"

There are SO many dishes that can be cooked for $10 it is hard to decide which one to share, so today we are going to take a look at a family favorite: Penne al la Vodka.

Around here we shop sales, and try to keep a stocked pantry and freezer so this meal often costs a LOT less than $10. But we can go to the grocery store and just grab the basics for $10 if the cupboards are bare.

1 TBS butter (we use unsalted, because that is what we keep in the house)
1 TBS oil (olive oil usually but vegetable has been used in a pinch)
1 onion, diced (medium to large or 2 small) [less than $1.00]
1 can of tomatoes 28oz. (sometimes diced, sometimes whole plum, sometimes crushed, always whatever is on sale. If whole drain and dice.)[$1.99]
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt to taste
1 to 2 oz vodka (one if kids are eating two if not)
1 cup of heavy cream [$2.99]
Parmesan cheese (freshly grated is best but whatever is handy is fine too)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Box of Penne Pasta [$1.99]
Total cost: $7.97

1. Melt the butter w/oil in sauce pan.
2. Add diced onion and cook until translucent but do not brown
3. Throw in the can of tomatoes and let cook until most of the liquid is gone (~20 minutes)
4. Cook Penne according to directions on box.
5. Add the red pepper flakes, vodka and cream, and bring back to a simmer.
6. Season to taste with the Salt, Pepper and Parmesan cheese.
7. Throw sauce in pot over cooked pasta and serve!

As stated earlier there is usually a bit of something else in the house, sometimes that needs to be used up, or just yummy and can be thrown on top: peas, cooked shrimp, grilled chicken, add a side of garlic bread or salad, all are house favorites!

Generally speaking even this mom does not mess it up, so likely no one else will either!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing in the Shadows

Cough, Cough

Indy has pneumonia. Meds have taken care of the worst of it and she has returned to school, slowed down just a tiny bit. Bear is sick as well. Not horribly so, but enough to warrant a visit for him to the doctor, which is something. Meds are on board for him as well. Little Bear seems to be unphased and occasionally will sneeze but mostly just goes about playing like a wild man and vaguely concerning me by not wanting to wear a jacket (it is still only 50 degrees out - and there are piles of snow everywhere). I am just inconveniently sick. The worst of it really is my throat/voice from the mild coughing. Who needed to be able to yell anyway ;)

I went to meet with my physical trainer yesterday for the first time. He does not just do workouts but also nutrition, which immediately put my guard up, since so many of these people are all or nothing hard asses. Which is why during the course of our conversation, when he mentioned eating things like Oreos and hot dogs, I really started to listen. This is a guy that understands eating for real - sure not having that at every meal, or every day, but there is no expectation of life long deprivation! A lot of what he talked about is all about blood sugar regulation, and just generally medically backed up ideas. *blink blink*

We will be meeting on Thursday to go over what he wants me to do in the Gym. Would I like to work with him over the next few months? Hell Yes. But I don't know that it is in the budget. These first few meetings came with my gym membership. Beyond that, I do not see how it will happen.

But I went. Despite feeling not great. I got up and put my darn workout bra on, which does not help with deep breathing on the best of days ;) and showed up. For some people that may not be a big deal. Maybe for them that is easy. To just keep going. Not for me. So I feel good today for having that much willpower. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a piece of birthday cake that needs eating.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Parenting is no fair.

Sometimes it is hard being a mom. Wait, no strike that. It is always hard being a mom. Sometimes it is just a lot less enjoyable than others. Little Bear was being brat-tastic this morning. Only willing to play games HE chose, refusing to even listen to what Indy wanted to do, not listening to me, throwing all manners out the window, and just generally being a grumpy miserable person to be around.

Which sucked. A lot. Not just because I had to deal with it, but because I had intended to surprise him and go to a movie he wanted to see this afternoon. Just the two of us. But there is no way I was rewarding that behavior. Nuh uh. No matter how bad I wanted to go. He seems to have pulled himself together, so I am going to take a wait and see approach.

This just all makes me think of so many other parenting decisions, that I am sure some people just do not get. I am told I am mean, or strict. Perhaps I am. But I don't think those are bad things necessarily. Sure it is often no fun at all. Would it be easier to let my kids stay up all night than be firm about bedtime? Let them leave their room a mess and their beds unmade all day? If course it is easier in the short term. But they are worth the energy investment. Equally, the world would not be well served by me turning out children who grow into adults like that.

So there may not be a movie today, but there will be ones in the future. Ones where I know my kids are not the ones being disruptive or rude during.

Even if it would be easier to just say to hell with it and go anyway, cause damn it I wanted to go to the movies with him and it is just no fair!

Friday, March 5, 2010

How do I say goodbye?

Mabel's Labels is hosting a contest: "Write a post on your blog in response to the following hypothetical situation: Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?" This is my entry:

In no time flat the internet will be gone forever. This thing, that has introduced so many into my life. Wonderful people that I value, casual friends, business I use the products from every day. Do I really want to go back to heading to the store for every book and movie, when the internet oh so magically delivers them to me? I seem to be going through the stages of grief. Denial has passed, where I just went about posting, emailing and tweeting like nothing would happen. Anger was not so good on my laptop. I had to borrow one for this post. How will I buy a new one without the internet to do research on! I tried bargaining, but no amount of offering to give up ice cream, or to go to the gym every day would help. I laid in bed wondering how this could happen to so many good people. We love the internet, we NEED it. It has connected us in so many ways. And now here I am trying to accept it. That this amazing thing, that I met one of my best friends through, that I chronicled the birth and growth of my children on, will be gone soon.

But everything will be ok - I already grabbed the phone number and mailing address for Mabel's Labels.

Losing It: Not just our Sanity - Week 2

This week was so darn typical of how I get off track. Indy got sick on Sunday with what turned out to be Pneumonia, which rapidly derailed my gym streak. Kinda hard to work out with a feverish five year old clinging to you like a nursing newborn. I tried to stick with just getting more movement in the house - sit down less, don't be afraid of the stairs, and try not to GORGE when I eat.

Totally convinced that I was going to gain back some of last week's weight loss, which I was pretty sure was a total fluke anyway, I got on the scale this morning and discovered a small loss. Which is totally better than NO loss, or a gain, but kinda disappointing compared to last week. Percentage lost to date: 4.7% Percent this week: 0.7%

Next week back in the gym!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Princess excitement

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