Sunday, March 18, 2012
Today has just been awesome from start to finish. My husband got up with the girls and let me sleep in a little bit. When I got up, we all got dressed, and went to church for the first time in months.
He actually paid attention and participated! Usually, he just stands there stiffly beside me while we're singing, and reads other stuff in the bible during the sermon.
Afterwards, we had a great lunch at our usual Mexican restaurant. It's so good to see my husband's appetite back. Getting him to eat anything has been a struggle lately. His meds are really helping.
This afternoon, I got to take a nap, and when I woke up, I made some chili, and he started a bonfire. We roasted hotdogs, and had a little outdoor picnic. The girls played in their tents, while we sat and watched. It was just wonderful.
On top of that, we found out that the house across from my father in law, which was owned by a distant relative that unfortunately lost it to the bank, has now come up for sale for $72,500. On 8 acres of land, double-wide.
We're really, seriously considering putting a bid in on it. It'll take a couple of months to get the down payment up if we go with an FHA loan, and get my credit card paid down to halfway so my credit's in better shape. Don't want more than 50% usage on revolving credit.
It's just been a great day. On top of that... I lost half a lb... not bad, given that I was SURE I'd gained 10 after all the eating out I did while my husband was in the hospital. I guess my eating habits are getting better.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Short entry today; it was my youngest child's 4th birthday, so we spent most of the day with her. I skipped the gym so we could go have fun! We bought her a new handheld video game thingy (mobiGo) with a couple of games, took her to a pizza buffet (and I don't want to think about how much I ate!) and made her favorite foods for dinner.
We had pancakes and sausage for dinner. :) I tried a new kind of sausage, chicken apple, at Kroger, and it was REALLY good! Only 150 calories, too. I also made pancakes, complete with rainbow sprinkles in a mickey mouse shape for the girls. :)
I skipped the birthday cake, though. Not because it's not good for me, but because I just don't care for it. Never really have.
Lots of dancing and snuggles. My baby is no longer a baby... she's a preschooler now!
No run tonight... but lots of kinky sex. (Wait... am I allowed to talk about that on Sparkpeople? )
Friday, March 16, 2012
I've been feeling a little down today, because while I'm making tons of great progress, my "I'm not pregnant, just fat" belly still persists. It's frustrating because I'm doing everything right; I know that I can't spot-reduce trouble zones, and I eat well. I'm steadily losing weight, even if the last couple of weeks has been tougher and I probably gained a couple of pounds with all the stress eating.
It's just that this gut is what people see when they see me. THey don't see the toned calves, the growing biceps, the strong forearms and narrower hips and shoulders.
They see the massive gut. They think "fat and lazy."
It's not true, but my patience is running thin. So today, I decided to finally share my before pictures, and my current (as of an hour ago) progress photos. Taking my progress photos has made me feel better, because *I* can see it!
This is me on September 8, 2011:
And this is me today, March 16, 2012.
I have muscle definition, especially in my calves and arms. My back looks so much better. I feel better. I just have to keep reminding myself that my faux-preggo gut WILL go away. It's not permanent, and it's also very susceptible to me eating. It swells when I eat. :)
Most importantly, I can see my feet.
I'd say I look a whole lot better.
I just. have to keep my eye on the prize. I CAN do this. I know I will. I'm doing it already. Little setbacks like the last week are still that; even after a week of eating out and not counting ANYTHING, I still look better than I did 6 months ago!
Although that laundry pile hasn't improved one bit... sigh.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I completed Mission 1! Finally. After the hellish week, I got out and did it! I didn't run the whole time, of course... but I did run a good portion of it. 1.5 miles, total, 30 minutes. Going to need to come up with a more appropriate playlist, though. Running from a Zombie attack with No Rain in your ears is a bit incongruous.
I even took Ozzy, my dog, and ran with him. I stopped halfway through, because he was standing in the yard whining every time I ran by, so I got the leash and we ran for the last 15 minutes together. Poor thing is out of shape, too, for all his sprinting around the yard. By the time we were done, his head was hanging low and his gait a bit off. He never complained though, and would have kept on, I think, but I walked the last bit for him so he could cool down, and let him into the yard so he could drink and have his supper. I'll need to build his stamina, too!
I like the game, though! Thanks, Geekling. Without you... I never would have known.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Today, I think my husband decided he's ready to start working out with me. He probably won't join me at the gym, not yet (although I've told him I'll make room in the budget for it when he want to) but he wants to start exercising with me.
We fired up the XBox and Dance Central, and he actually danced with me for 15 minutes! He doesn't have much stamina yet, but he was definitely trying, and we had a LOT of fun. He's also planning to join me this afternoon when I run by getting on his skateboard with the kids and their scooters.
I'm so happy. He's lost a lot of weight because of his most recent problems, because he stopped eating for so long. I'm sad that he lost it by starving himself, but he does look better. Now we can focus on eating better as a family, and not eating so much. I think my biggest challenge with him is the snacking. He's a terrible late-night snacker. For example, last night? He had TWO ice cream cones, AND a wad of chips.
I love the idea of being a more active family together.
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