Thursday Weigh In

Apparently I only care enough to post once I week. I write so many posts in my head, but I never seem to feel the urge to type them out when I actually have the time - usually after 9 p.m., which is also my clean-the-house time, read-a-book time and watch-tv time. Also, get-ready-for-the-next-day time. So usually, blogging doesn't make the cut in the one hour or less that is allotted to all of those things.

Wednesday weigh in from yesterday:
Today's weight: 214.8
Last week: 212.6
Total lbs lost this year: 5.4
Goal: 175

I'm really not surprised by these results. I'm back to my normal self, so I'd rather be able to eat food and keep it down than keep losing 5lbs a week. 

In other news, I went to see my neurosurgeon today. I finally FINALLY have his blessing to pick up the baby - I started doing that two weeks ago when the hubs went to the hospital. I can also work out and do whatever I want as far as that goes - even yoga. So, everyone say it with me: YAY!! 

Maybe now, life can morph into a new "normal" for our family. One without a constant illness or ailment weighing us down.

Maybe that bug was worth it?

Wednesday Weigh In (or is it weigh-in? I'm not really sure, but I'm thinking no hyphen):
Today's weight: 212.6
Last week: 217.6
Total lbs lost this year: 7.8
Goal: 175

That's the good news. I lost 5lbs in a week because of that stupid stomach bug. I was debating with my mom tonight that it might have been worth it. She says she'd rather have that 5lbs and be healthy. That's because the bad news is I passed the bug to her and to the hubs - as if he needs something else to deal with.  We are just waiting for the baby to get it too. 


A week later...

I was really hoping 2013 was going to be just a bit better than 2012, but apparently things are not going to be better. Things are going to be worse.

Since I last posted, the hubs was admitted to the hospital for 2.5 days and they still don't know exactly what caused him to have such an extreme case of vertigo. They are thinking it's an inner ear virus, but we won't really know unless it comes back. He's still struggling one week later with blurry vision and headaches.

So, we have that going on. And then I got a stomach virus. Luckily, my mom had moved in to take care of the baby during the day because I started getting sick in the middle of the night the same night the baby decided to scream from 3-6 a.m. I do not do well with anyone throwing up, much less myself. I made it all the way through pregnancy and all-day-sickness without throwing up. In fact, I made it from 2004-2013 without any pukes. I just hate it and pretty much refuse to do it, but I didn't really have a choice the other night.

With all of this, I completely forgot to weigh in today. Hopefully all this bad will give me a good number on the scale.

Wednesday weigh-in

The hubs is at home experiencing some sort of dizziness/vertigo/vomit episode. If you have been around me in the last few years, you know how I am afraid of vomit, so I'm staying at my parents for the night with the babe.

I did manage to weigh in at home this morning though. I'm not super proud of the number, but I'm not ashamed either. I'll take a little loss every week!

Today's weight: 217.6
Last week: 218.4
Total lbs lost this year: 2.8
Goal: 175


Tuesday list

  1. The fruit oats are pretty awesome. They are definitely sweeter than my pumpkin oats,but I think that's because of the natural sugars in the fruit.
  2. I'm in love with my Very Berry White tea from teavana (thanks Grandma!)
  3. I did a "mini workout" on Saturday that made me feel like a semi-normal human being. I walked 2 miles and did some squats and ab work. Not too much because I don't have clearance from my surgeon yet, but I am feeling very little pain these days, so I think I'm okay.
  4. After my workout, I was going to get a pedicure with a friend. It was 60 degrees outside and I was hot from working out, so I wore flip flops and capri pants. By the time the pedi was over 3 hours later, it was about 35 degrees and raining. I was SO cold.
  5. Speaking of that, I see the neurosurgeon again on Jan. 30 and I'm really hoping that will be the last time I see him for a while (even though he's pretty easy to look at)
  6. We are planning two first birthday parties for this weekend, so I'm starting to get a little nervous and into "party mode." Knowing 20 people are going to come to my house always makes me hate this house. It just wasn't built with an open floor plan to entertain,  and the galley kitchen is too small.
How's that for random?


Steel cut oats with fruit

I just searched online for a recipe with steel cut oats baked with fruit. I could find several with apples, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. So, I decided to make it up myself. I know a lot of people feel comfortable doing that, but in my world a recipe is required. I do not do things on a whim in the kitchen unless it's an omelet or on a tortilla.

Since I just made it up, I want to document it in case it's super amazing.

2 cups milk (I might use all water next time to cut out the calories)
4 cups water
2 cups steel cut oats
-cook this in one pot

1 T butter
1 cup sliced apple (one large fugi)
1/4 cup diced dried apricots (or whatever you have on hand)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
-cook this in another pot

combine when it's all cooked and add:


Wednesday weigh in

One of my favorite bloggers to read for inspiration is Roni’s Weigh. I like her style, for both workout/healthy eating ideas but also just for the way she lives her life. She focuses on her family and works hard at the same time. As a new mom I’m struggling with how do I make time to do a good job at work, keep the house clean, be a good wife and find time to be a mother to my son. Usually, at least one of those things has to give.

Anyway, she weighs in on Wednesdays and I was weighing in with her, but obviously slacked during the holidays as I’m sure many did. Now, I’m back in. And weighing in here too.

This morning’s weight: 218.4. That’s down 2lbs from last week. While I’m excited about that, I do NOT expect it every week. 

Also, I love the date bars, but the hubs has yet to try them.


Dates... the edible kind

We've had a membership to Sam's Club for a while now. We usually buy the necessities there - such as diapers, kleenex, TP, baby wipes, etc. I do think they occasionally have a really good deal on some food items - such as nuts, drietd fruits and fresh foods like spinach and apples. We also get our milk and half and half there. I started keeping a notebook of grocery item prices back when the hubs lost his job, so I can tell you where the cheapest item is in our area if we buy it often.

Right before Christmas, I decided to make some at-home lara bars, which are basically cashews and dates put in a food processor. So, now I have a bag full of dates. The cashews are long gone. Today, I made some date bars (link here) that are basically dates, almonds, oats, water. They are also vegan, but I don't care about that.

They have to chill for several hours, so I'll let you know how they taste soon. The true test will be whether or not the hubs eats one.


One year postpartum

(This is my belly - taken at work for a publication I was working on sometime in January 2012. We couldn't find a stock image we liked, so we got some hands and my belly for the "perfect" shot)

(This was maybe 4pm, 1.26.12. My water broke at 2am, 1.28.12)

Even though it hasn't quite been an entire year, I am already looking forward to the baby's first birthday party. I thought it might be a good time to post my one-year thoughts before I forget them!

  • As far as my weight is concerned, I weighed 247 the week I gave birth (at 38wks) and had made it down to 212 about a month ago, but yesterday weighed in at 220.4 - YIKES HOLIDAYS!! My pants barely fit - most of them are still too small to zip so I rotate in my "fat pants" every week at work. I have three pairs of jeans that fit - all of which are one or two sized larger than I used to wear. However, after going though the pain (physically and mentally) I've gone through this year, I'm trying to cut myself some slack in this department. I am refocusing for 2013 though. We do eventually want to have another child and I certainly do not want to start pregnancy at this weight. 
  • I still have the plantar fasciitis that developed in my left heel in October 2011. It comes and goes depending on the amount of pain in my back - isn't it crazy the way your body works? I always know my back pain is diminishing when my foot starts to hurt in the mornings. 
  • I struggle with mommy guilt while I'm at work a little bit, but I have some comfort knowing my son is being raised by his father instead of a stranger at a day care facility. I cherish the time I get to spend with both of them on the weekends. 
  • As far as the rest of my body is concerned - I'm flabbier than ever. I mean, it's pretty terrible. I haven't been able to lift a weight so even my arms and legs are just gross. I'm not really sure where to start when it comes to my chest - it's the worst part.
  • Emotionally, combine a first child with a mother who cannot care for the baby and you have a recipe for a strained marriage. I'm not going to lie. This has been a hard year for the both of us. Really hard. But, we are committed to each other and I hope we are on our way to another peak and past this valley.