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Saturday, November 17, 2007

First thing in the morning...

Ann said something in a comment that made me laugh out loud.

First thing in the morning, even before getting out of bed... I'm not sure that I can manage to figure out how to get up before Christopher wakes up.

The frustrating thing is I am usually most successful with an exercise habit if I do it in the morning before I take a shower. These days, I feel lucky to get a shower before getting the boys out of the house on time. That said, when I have my act together, I've been going swimming after dropping the kids off and before going into the office. I manage to swim several times a week for a few weeks before I can't get near the gym for one reason or another for several weeks. Plus, my swim buddy is on maternity leave/can't find child care to go back to the office and is working from home.

I keep trying to do stretches or crunches in the morning, but if the kids aren't trying to climb on me, the dog is thrilled I'm on the floor ready to play with her.

Back to those carrots...

Parsnips & Celeriac

The kids are finally to bed, and I really should clean the kitchen before going to bed. I'm permanently exhausted by the time dinner rolls around.

We eat pretty well around here. Too much perhaps, but definitely healthy, except for the hot dogs at Costco for lunch today. And I'm not entirely sure about the dino nuggets for the boys at dinner, but they won't eat lamb chops or steak. DH Michael won't give up lamb chops or steak. Compromises.

I signed up for a winter CSA again. I must be a masochist. I'd been doing pretty well keeping on top of the produce until we went to San Francisco to visit family last weekend. We were gone for 4 days, and since I was gone all weekend, I had all the weekend chores to catch up on during the week. Needless to say, there wasn't a lot of time to cook, so I cleaned out the fridge this afternoon. I made butter parsnips, mashed celeriac, and cauliflower for veggies tonight. Despite tossing most of the slimey stuff, I still have brussel sprouts, carrots, fennel, salad mix, delicata squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and potatoes. Oh did I mention I have another delivery on Wed?

The good news is both boys are relatively adventurous eaters. At my Nana's 90th birthday banquet, Timothy tried shark fin soup and abalone. My cousin also talked him into trying a fish eyeball (even I haven't been willing to try that!). I should also add that Timothy didn't care for any of the new foods. He stuck with the crab, lobster, duck, and chocolate chip cookies.

It's late and I need to scrub some of the baby carrots.

Busy Saturday

Well, didn't get the dining room or great room completely cleaned up, but made progress. And the family room got vacuumed, so that's a big plus. Trailer is next to the house, just have to put the cover on, although John did 99% of the winterizing. I did get the kitchen straightened up and moved the microwave to a new location - got rid of some old piles of stuff, so that was good.

Had a lousy lunch (hot dog and pretzel) at William's soccer because I ran out of time. Had coffee and a donut later in the afternoon because I was almost falling asleep while taking JC to a friend's house. But a nice dinner, although portions were too large.

I do better on snacking when I stay busy, but there are days it's really hard to be motivated. Today was good, mostly. Still haven't done my stretches, and I have to go off the Celebrex on Tuesday so it's out of my system for the surgery (biopsy), so I'm thinking I have be doing the back stuff so I can move in the morning. So since it's sort of early, I'm going to do them now. Yoda says there is no try, only do.

A Very Pooh Birthday

So this day was about Sierra's birthday. I cleaned the house and got things ready until guests arrived around 11am (it was just family.) And I had been up until 2:30am decorating the cake and cleaning and prepping. I'm SO tired. (I'm off to bed after I write this.) The cousins stayed for dinner and then we got the kids to bed. Then I ate my 2nd piece of cake for the day.

So that brings me to my hobby, which is one of my many weight-loss will-power problems. Cake decorating. (See attached photo.) I'm always making cakes for someone, because I enjoy it, but I tend to nibble on the icing and cake bits as I go. And now, after the party, the pooh cake is gone, but the 3 balloons, which are 3 giant cupcakes, and the other 3 cupcakes that I got out of the batter are in my kitchen and I do try to teach my kids healthy eating habits (ironically) and not let them eat too much of it. (And, of course, they don't actually seem to be learning the healthy eating habits.) Well, I'm tired so I'm not sure I'm ever going to get to a real point here, so I'll end and go to bed.

car naps

I hope the construction crew across the street doesn't wake Christopher up because he's taking his nap in the car (just about the only way he naps on the weekend). I took advantage of the time to put away the stuff from Costco (why do we always end up with twice as much as we planned to get when we walked in the door?).
So I lost LOTS of weight last year, but for all the wrong reasons. I picked up some stomach bug last Thanksgiving (the only one to get sick), and couldn't keep food in me for most of December and January. I think it's also related to the case of appendicitis I had in June. I managed to get down to 120, which is where I was when we moved to Seattle 12 years ago, but now I'm back up to 125 (and climbing). I'm mostly content with my weight, but I really need to get some regular exercise into my life because my body just hurts all the time when I don't. It's so insane, that most of the time I'm lucky if I can do some crunches and squats in the dark waiting for the boys to fall asleep.
Ooops. Michael just came home and woke up Christopher.

Off and running

So, I probably have a leg up on everyone here not having baby weight to lose (that is a definate advantage I think). I'm at 155 (lost 15 pounds two years ago and have kept it off). I'd like to lose another 15-20 pounds to get me back at the top half of my recommended weight area and back to where I was at my heaviest in college.

Yesterday was a fun, though not conducive to eating well, day. The charity quilting my small quilt group was doing ended up being at my house (the lady who was going to host it is older and not doing well as of last week). So I baked brownies (only had 2 small pieces, I was good!) and put out just a few cheese and crackers to munch on. I tried to be good after reading what I have been reading about calories etc. and also one of the other girls is trying to lose weight, so I didn't want to have too much to tempt her, it wouldn't be nice.

I've become pretty immune to guilt which can be very nice, but I'm not always the most disciplined. I gotta work on the will power more then anything!

Today unfortunately will be another sitting day, plus this morning I don't have time for the longer walk we usual do (good thing we walked more yesterday) as I have a quilting class to teach. It'll be fun, but I have so many things I need to get caught up on this time of year.

DH John has taken the week off and I managed to get out of the shop job, but looks like I have too much work to do at home (quilting for others) for me to fully get the week off and work on the house/do things for fun for me. Ah well, it's nice the new business has taken off as well as it has.