Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 69

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

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Thoughts:  I wish this week’s weight loss was for a good reason…and not the fact that a stomach virus had me barely able to eat anything from Thursday to Monday.  So it’s no surprise to me that the scale showed my body fat percentage skyrocket back up even though the pounds went down.  I wouldn’t be surprised if most of it was muscle loss. 

How I am Winning this Week:  I’m realizing that 90% of what’s keeping me back from really tough workouts is just mental.  My stomach still wasn’t completely back to normal yesterday, but I still powered through a light workout.  Hopefully I can keep up the momentum and improve on the intensity for the rest of this week.

Areas of improvement:
Now that my appetite is back, I just want to eat ALLTHETHINGS!  I really don’t want to gain a ton of weight back, so I’m going to have to make sure I help my body get it’s energy back without going absolutely crazy.

Workout Log:

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Workouts
Light Treadmill
How I feel: Grateful that I can finish a meal again without hours of pain!

Tell me, have you stayed away from too much Easter candy so far?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

My Girls and Their Monsters

Somewhere along the line our house became full of monsters.  Not the afraid of the dark, gonna scare you in the night kind – the funny, sweet and cuddly kind.  And no, I’m not using the term “monsters’' as an analogy for my own kids.

It started a couple years ago with T – initially afraid of the movie Monster’s Inc, she actually kept asking to watch it until she was no longer afraid.  And by then it had become her absolutely favorite.  So, while there’s no doubting that she’s girly in her own right, you won’t find her with a princess or Barbie lunch box.  Instead, she carries a one-eyed purple thermal.

And what better way to keep monsters from coming out of your closet (and into your pinker than pink room) than having your own personal Mike Wazowski keeping watch all night long.

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Monster’s Inc. and Monster’s University paraphernalia is all throughout our 4 year old’s toy collection.  She’s got both movies, a mini backpack, a book, an activity set, multiple writing pads, a water bottle, various dolls and even last Halloween’s costume.

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But it’s not just our oldest who has fallen in love with monsters.  L finally found her favorite lovey over Christmas.  And it’s not a pretty little blanket or a taggie or one of the lovey blanket/stuffed animals that pretty much every newborn gets.  Her favorite toy is a fuzzy red monster with a wide open mouth and hard plastic eyes.

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All it took was Elmo’s comfort after a bad tumble, and he was suddenly the comfort toy of choice.  Now he’s required for calming down almost all tears. 

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Elmo keeps L company at night, and pretty much any naptime that isn’t at school.  We don’t dare go anywhere without Elmo if we’re going to be out past bedtime or overnight.  Elmo even joins us for story time, and has a semi-regular place at the dinner table. (No, I’m not joking)  And getting the baby to brush her teeth was a mess until we found Elmo toothpaste…or “Elmo pee-tase” as she likes to say.

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So when people imagine that our house must be constant tea-time and dress-up, I quietly nod, knowing that we’ve got two unique, very girly girls who just happen to love their monsters too.

No I haven’t forgotten that Easter was this past Sunday.  But our pictures are currently still held hostage on our camera, and I’ve been wanting to post this for a while now.  Tell me about your holiday weekend!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Roundup} Easter/Spring Printables


Talk about bringing it down to the wire!  There are only three days until Easter.  Have you decorated yet?  The closest we’ve come is finally removing all the Christmas, New Year’s & Valentine’s Day artwork from our dining room ledges.  And those of you with kids know, it’s hard to take that stuff down without a meltdown of some kind.

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Thankfully, L is too young to care yet and T is okay as long as she’s involved in the redecorating.  Which is one of the reasons I love finding printables from all over the Web!  Today it’s all about Spring and Easter.  Of course, if you don’t see what you like here, you can always check out the Spring and Easter printables roundups from 2011 (Spring only), 2011 (Easter Only), 2012 and 2013.

New Mama Diaries
HWTM (shabby chic bunnies) HWTM
30 Handmade Days
Tatertots and Jello (banner)
Basically Frank
Craftaholics Anonymous
Catch My Party
To Sow a Seed
Nest of Posies
Yesterday on Tuesday
inkhappi
PNP Flowers
Tatertots and Jello (Spring Bunny)
Tatertots and Jello (little things)
Tatertots-and-Jello-(Fly-a-
Design Eat Repeat
Paper Charm Designs

Free-Printable-Bunny-Games-from-kiki-and-company

Skip to My Lou
The Idea Room
Five Heart Home
Huckleberry Love
The Pinning Mama
Tip-Junkie
Kori Clark
Today's Creative Blog
Heartwarming Vintage
Ma Nouvelle Mode
The 36th Avenue
No Biggie
The Graphics Fairy



Have you decorated for Easter yet?


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 68

It’s Weigh In Wednesday … which means it’s time for another installment in my roller coaster ride of losing weight without following fad diets.  After 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I decided to focus on getting healthy the right way.  There are a lot of ups and downs, and it’s a painfully slow journey; but this isn’t only about the scale, it’s about real life.

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Thoughts:  A lot of people get motivated by warm weather to get outside and exercise.  Apparently I’m not that way.  The weather was beautiful last week, and I didn’t get to the gym until this past Monday.  At least I did spend a couple hours digging out a new border for our mulch pits this weekend.  Let’s just hope that the freezing temps we’re seeing right now doesn’t kill everything.

How I am Winning this Week:  Even though I didn’t actually “work out” for most of the week, we were doing more fun and active things.  Saturday was busy with two kid’s birthday parties and lots of gardening.  Sunday we went out for a walk as a family…and with T on her bike and me pushing L in a ride-along toy we were actually able to go at a decent pace.

Areas of improvement:
Last week, I asked what everyone does to help combat sugar cravings.  I actually took a look at what I eat on a normal weekday and noticed something interesting.  It’s not that I’m eating a whole lot of calories, or that they’re from poor food sources.  According to the LiveStrong website, I’m far exceeding the fiber and protein recommendations.  But I’m WAY below recommendation for fat content.  I’ll be taking the next week or so to look into getting more healthy fats spread into my diet throughout the day.  Hopefully that will help.

Workout Log:

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Workouts 30 min jog Strength

How I feel: Will this journey ever end?  Or will I spend yet another summer feeling fat by the seashore?

What are your favorite sources of healthy fat?


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