Thursday, August 21, 2014

{Friday Five}

Party-of-the-WeekCamille Styles
Colorful Dessert Table at Camille Styles

Recipe-of-the-Week

Upstate Ramblings
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza from Upstate Ramblings

Craft-of-the-WeekA Beautiful Mess
Easy DIY Wall Tapestry at A Beautiful Mess

Home-Design-of-the-WeekStylizmo Blog
Incorporating Autumn Plants on the Terrace at Stylizmo Blog

Random-Link-of-the-Week








One Good Thing
How to Unshrink Clothes at One Good Thing




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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 86

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 started off with such high expectations….which then fizzled very quickly.  In all honesty, the last couple of weeks have just been brutally stressful.  We had T’s birthday party on Saturday, and it went off well, but took a ton of last minute work.  This week’s schedule has been disrupted by doctor’s appointments and back to school appointments for both girls.  What happened to lazy days of summer?
How I am Winning this Week:  In so many ways I don’t want to count this as a win, but instead of rushing around on Sunday to pick up the house and the backyard after T’s birthday party, we all took it easy for an hour or two.  It was blissful.  Typically we rush around trying to get things done, but instead T shared a few minutes with me and the Husband while L was napping, and then we all went out for a quick little adventure before dinner.  Sometimes it’s important to put the mental health above the physical health, you know?


Areas of improvement: A couple weeks ago I noticed a bump on my wrist and that my hand hurt quite a bit while strength training.  The bump is nothing more than a cyst (turns out I actually have two on the same hand!), but I need to find ways to train my upper body that don’t put so much pressure on my wrists.  That and I need to invest in some good weight lifting gloves.


Workout Log:

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Workouts

Light 2 mi jog
Party Prep!
Party Prep!



How I feel: Yesterday afternoon I was already ready for the weekend.  Does anyone else need a good nap?

Are you ready for Summer to end?
What do you do to relax when you're stressed?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

And Then She was Five

We were leaving Target for what felt like the tenth time this week…getting a last minute birthday present for a classmate.  And that’s when I noticed it.

I reached down to hold T’s hand across the street like I have hundreds of times before…offering my index finger so I could get a firm grasp on her wrist.  Instead, she grabs my whole hand, and my heart jumps for just a second.  Her hand fit. 

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After so many years of only fitting around one finger, her small hand now fit comfortably in my own.  Even more shocking is that I actually trusted her to not run away.  I smiled down and tried to memorize everything about that moment; determined not to forget it. 

It was the moment I realized that T really isn’t a baby any more.

This shouldn’t surprise me at all.  I’ve been watching her grow for five years now.  But sometimes the light is just right and I see just how much she’s grown.  Then again there’s still so much more growing to do. 

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The next few weeks are going to be a shock to all of us as she leaves preschool behind and moves on up to Kindergarten…just one year away from numbered grades!  Next thing you know, she’ll be showering on her own and asking me to walk 10 steps behind her at the mall.

Maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself.  For now, I’ll just enjoy holding her hand and share this year’s responses to the Birthday Interview:

The Birthday Interview (Age 5)
What’s your favorite color?  Pink, purple, fuschia
What’s your favorite food?  Pizza & pasta
What’s your least favorite food?  Spicy things
What’s your favorite book?  Peter Rabbit
What’s your favorite toy? Barbies & Barbie house
What’s your favorite thing to do?  Arts & crafts
What’s your favorite song?  Let it go
What’s your favorite show?  Octonauts
What’s your favorite movie?  Frozen
Who’s your best friend?  Quin, Isabelle & Brooklyn
Are you afraid of anything? No!
Do you want to get married when you grow up? Yes
Who do you want to marry?  Grant, Grason & Dylan
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A Dentist
What’s the best thing about turning 5?  That I get to do what I want to do.

I think she’s going to have a bit of a shock when it comes to that last statement.  (see last year’s responses)


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Weigh in Wednesday} Week 85

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: This week was known as the week of giving in.  Giving in to a busy work schedule instead of exercising.  Giving in to a few spoonfuls of sherbet on more than one occasion.  Giving in to purchasing a full size bag of Doritos when a few chips from a small bag would have sufficed (I don’t normally like Doritos either!)  Giving in to eating half of the kid’s mac and cheese when we were out for dinner Saturday night because it was the best I’ve ever tasted…and was even better than the crab cakes sitting in front of me.  How I lost any weight this week…I just don’t know.

How I am Winning this Week:  Well, I can’t say that I don’t know entirely how a tiny bit more weight came off.  Even though I didn’t get in a single workout this week, I’m on my feet almost all day over the weekend and in the evenings.  I’ve also been working on improving my daily salad lunch with leftover chicken off the grill and baby kale or spinach instead of romaine.  Flavorful greens are the best!  It’s all about celebrating the little wins right now.

Areas of improvement: It’s ironic that exercise is one of the best ways to battle stress, but stressful times are some of the hardest to find the time to exercise.  In all honesty, there were a couple days that I could have gone to the Gym during lunch, but I just needed something uplifting…so I turned to reading all of my favorite blogs during lunch instead!

Workout Log:
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Workouts
Nope
No
Nothing
Nada
Zilch
Zip
Zero

How I feel: Bloated from some very poor food choices and ready to get back to it

Do you celebrate your little wins? 
What’s the best macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had?

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