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Today I am Grateful For:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Today I am grateful that:

* my husband and son let me sleep in late til I got up about 11 AM. (I was sick and had emailed that I was going to work from home.)

* my husband made me lemon water this morning, a habit we started about a week ago. Usually I make it, but he was up long before I was and he helped when I got up hurting.

* my husband got us a lemon squeezer tool yesterday to help with the lemon water prep.

* my husband made me Sunshine Pepper Eggs with cheese for breakfast.

* this is an easier school vacation than last year's since DH is home in the mornings and can play with Nicholas.

* my husband and I were in agreement on parenting consequences

* neighbor Deb took DH to work for me and came back later to walk my dog, because I wasn't able to walk with the knee pain.

* I am enjoying walking daily, hooping regularly, and doing private dance parties for exercise. I miss it when I can't do it (like today when my knee was too sore).

* my son got to have a short playdate with his friend across the street

* my face is looking thinner

* my stomach feels flatter

* my pants are looser in the upper thighs!!

* my undies are getting looser

* I know how to eat healthy and within my nutrition range on all categories.

* Most days I have a -500 or more calorie deficit (unless I blow it late at night).

* I don't feel deprived. Usually the food I'm eating is satisfying.

* I am eating a lot more fruits and veggies - usually 6-8 a day now. Yay!

* We will have health insurance coverage as of March 1st!! Hurray!

* I feel like I'm really on track for LONG TERM heathy lifestyle and healthy body!

* And I am grateful that my son is healthy and peacefully sleeping now -

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XPHOENIX 2/24/2012 3:38PM

    Really great blog!! Love how positive and awesome it is! YAY!!!! LOVE IT!!

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UUCEEJAY 2/24/2012 3:15PM

    Awe! He looks so cute asleep! It is always good to reflect on what we have to be grateful for. Glad you have had some help from your hubby and neighbor while you are under the weather. emoticon

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BENCGDL 2/24/2012 3:07PM

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RACINGSLUG 2/24/2012 11:28AM

    I don't know what Sunshine Pepper Eggs are, but they sound delicious! I'm glad you have so much in your life to enjoy.

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CANDOK1260 2/24/2012 10:56AM

    i love this blog i am grateful for having met you in class.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/24/2012 9:53AM

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LAURENV2003 2/24/2012 9:28AM

    That was an adorable blog! It's amazing when you stop and actually realize all the blessings you have. So happy for you AND your son is absolutely adorable!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/24/2012 1:40AM

    After all the stress of the last day or so, how nice to be able to find so many things to be grateful for.


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LATTELEE 2/24/2012 12:29AM

  Nice photo!

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Vlog 2-23 My Son's Sugar Addiction

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I think my son has a bad sugar addiction problem. Suggestions needed! Please help?

To summarize this: Nicholas stole the frosting I'd made to make a frozen buttercream transfer of Thomas the Train on his birthday cake for his party. He ate all the BLUE frosting this morning (about a cup) before DH and I were up. I discovered it smeared on the TV screen and found empty container. Consequence: no Thomas the Train cake and Mom was angry.

Later, he took the big container of homemade white frosting into his room and ate about a cup of that. I brushed his teeth, had him change his clothing, bathed him, and fed him healthy dinner. I threw OUT the remaining frosting. I cleaned out the locked treat box and threw out many sugary candies that I don't want either of us to eat - remaining Christmas candy and Valentine candy. Only a few very dark chocolate things are left, plus fiber one brownies, some granola bars and son's juice boxes. Oh yes, AND consequence: no cake for his party. Possibly will have a sugar free party. We do have ice cream left and can do ice cream sundaes IF Nicholas doesn't eat the ice cream before then.

Worried about son who says "it was just too tempting!" as his reason. Worried about this pattern that happens whenever he gets sugar he eats wayyyyy too much of it. Concerned he might end up morbidly obese like 500+ lbs one day if he cannot learn to control these sugar cravings.

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MRS_EVA_K 2/24/2012 7:49AM

    Have you gone over "sometimes foods"? My daughter and I cut pictures from a few magazines of a variety of foods and I had her pick out the sometimes foods and put them in a box. I told her "a little is okay but too much will make you head hurt and your belly hurt and you'll just feel really slow the next day. Because your body can't keep you going on these foods". My daughter likes chocolate in very large amounts if I don't watch her but after i compared a "Sugar Snail" eating only sweets stuff To "Goodstuff Gorilla" that ate mostly healthy things and only had sweeties a few times in a week and then only small amounts. (give me a break I was using her toys) She's stopped asking for the sweets and asking for fruit. I have to remind her not all fruit is on the counter some is in the fridge and if she wants something she can't see ask mommy if we have any. The produce drawer is too heavy for her to pull.

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BLUE42DOWN 2/24/2012 2:05AM

    I don't know where the line gets drawn of a sugar addiction or just a naturally built up desire for sweet things. I've gone through an entire container of frosting, spoon by spoon, but am not a sugar addict. Sweet tooth, yes. Sugar addict, no.

One thing to think about - don't put a lot of focus in front of him on "you can't have this food". I was in my early teens when my dad remarried and the step-mother went on health-food kicks. Because of all her food restrictions, I would sneak stuff like butter, oats, and brown sugar just to make a treat - or take carob chips because they were at least sweet. I also stole money and used it to buy candy. He's a little young yet for that, but making a big deal of it being bad and not allowed can often make it something obsessed over.

Instead focus on expanding on the healthier foods - fresh fruit, fresh raw veggies - and making them easy and accessible. Apple slices, for example, especially if you brush some lemon juice over them so they don't brown, can be a healthy snack ready when he is. Gradually changing the whole concept of what is yummy food and making healthy treats easy to get at can help make the adjustment smoother.

And kind of a strange question perhaps, but his comment that he was too tempted ... children often parrot or mimic what they've heard adults around them say and do. Can you think of times you berated yourself for a binge or talked about how you ate something you shouldn't have because it tempted you? A ~BIG~ part of teaching him healthy attitudes toward food is in your own words and actions. Pay attention to your words about food and eating around him. It might be surprising.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/24/2012 12:05AM

    Hang in there. I wouldn't be too upset. Kiddos have impulse control issues. Out of my five kids I can't tell you at various times who helped themselves to things that were off limits. I think making them off limits some times made it worse. Especially for my son. You would be shocked at the things he used to sneak. emoticon

They all like sugar and other treats and none are over weight or have battled like me except my oldest and I believe that was because he was the least active. He was really into the video games versus playing outside. Plus he had surgery and that sidelined him for a while.

That being said I'm not trying to say you do not know, just trying to encourage you. emoticon

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Vlog- 2-22 Part B

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Second part of the Video I made yesterday about what's going on. This was before I hurt my leg and started feeling so yucky.

The video cut off before I finished that, too. The rest said that my husband was going to call the candy store to see if they had any cupcakes. I wasn't going to make a big cake just for the three of us. Ultimately - yes, they did have cupcakes and we went and each picked out one specialty cupcake and ate them in railroad square (perfect for my my train loving little boy).

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/24/2012 12:06AM

    Hope your knee heals soon.

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Vlog- 2-22 Part A

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vlog from 2-22. I got cut off. This is Part A.
If you know of any free video editing software for a Mac, please advise. Thanks!


Started Good, Ended Bad

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Today was my son's 5th birthday! Overall the day was good and we had a nice time celebrating as a family. We enjoyed watching him open presents. He was delighted over everything, but especially the Thomas the Train trains he'd specially requested. We went downtown to get specialty cupcakes (one each) which we took to eat in Railroad Square. We chose to get cupcakes instead of making a cake for just us and a cake for the party next week or whenever it is rescheduled. I didn't want that much cake around to tempt me or him.

We had postponed his party because yesterday he was sick with diarrhea and upset stomach and bad head congestion. He himself told me he wanted to have it another time when he felt better. Today he was feeling much better. Josh and I felt ill when we first got up, but not bad later. I was fine UNTIL the afternoon about sunset when I was on my second walk, following 12 minutes of hooping in my yard.. Then on that second walk at the furthest point from home (of my regular walk), my knee popped out of place AND at the same time, my bowels got all angry and I needed a bathroom pronto. I had to limp home in agony going as fast as I could, which was about half the speed I normally do. OMG.. severe diarrhea AND major leg pain. Even after icing my leg I couldn't even put weight on it! Soooo sore! I made myself a very healthy early dinner (no lunch other than a greek yogurt and then a cupcake). Dinner was fresh veggies and hummus to dip, coldcut turkey, babybel cheese and a gluten free bagel. I think I'm still way under on calories, but probably not when I figure in a cupcake that was like 400-500 cal. probably.. not sure, but as a guess.

So now I'm sore and achy, headachy, and upset stomach. Bleah.

But overall, I am feeling skinnier every day and making good choices.

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BECCABOO127 2/23/2012 2:45PM

    I feel for you. Whew!

Hope you feel better soon!


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UUCEEJAY 2/23/2012 7:39AM

    Wise decision to postpone the party. My DGD was ill the day before her party and wasn't really over it. Almost everyone at the party became ill the next day. She blew out the candles on the cup cakes and we think she blew on the germs too. Hope you are soon over the stomach virus and your knee feels better! Happy birthday to your son! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/22/2012 10:46PM

    Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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TESSABEAR428 2/22/2012 9:55PM

    So I totally work for a hobby distributor and we sell Thomas sets! Lol! Also, how do you make your cake? Have you ever tried the diet soda and a box of cake mix? It's delicious I tell you! I'm glad you were all in good health for the party and I hope you get better soon! You keep feeling skinnier and not only that, but healthier! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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