Thursday, June 28, 2012
Keeping Aiden, my 28 month old grandson busy can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the long blisteringly hot afternoons. The mornings are busy. We get outside by 6 am to water our garden and play in the yard. There's laundry and housekeeping chores to be done. At 9:00 we play in the pool and for the next hour alternate between working on his swimming skills and just having fun splashing and jumping in the water.
After his nap, the long afternoon stretches out in front of us. Each day is pretty much the same; we have read a ton of books, there is a rainbow of Playdoh crumbles beneath my dining room table and both of us want to do something besides watching videos and TV to burn off some energy. I like the Wiggles as much as the next person, but I have the song"Fruit Salad" stuck in my head and am considering a lobotomy.
I thought back on what my children's favorite toys were and while Aiden was napping, I went on line and looked up Hoppity Hops. I checked out Ebay and then found the manufacturer's website. The prices were much cheaper and WOAH! They had Hoppity Hops for adults! They even had some that were rated for up to 300lbs! You know that I had to have one. They had a special going on so, I bought one for my daughter too.
They finally arrived and Adien and I have been having a blast! He is still working on getting it going and tends to just bounce in one place or lean on it and bounce on his tummy. As for me, I am getting a heck of a workout! My thighs and butt let me know I am not as young or as in shape as I should be, but what a fun way to get there!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Slowly but surely I am coming very, very close to hitting one of my first major goals; to lose 50 lbs. All that is standing in my way are 3 little stubborn pounds. As a matter of fact, none of this weight came off easily or quickly, so I should be used to the fight but some times I am just sick of dealing with it. You know the whole planning meals, watching every mouthful I take, logging my foods and making time to exercise. Especially since its hard to see this weight loss as much of an achievement since I need to lose another 75 lbs. Sigh.
But then there is the reward of being able to move more freely and not have my back and feet hurt so much. The possibility of living longer and more fully is also attractive. Keeping up with my grandson is a big reason why I keep on trying. Then there are all the little fun surprises that also keep me going.
All of my bras decided to give out one after another in a short span of time. This is really no surprise as I buy them in bulk on line when I can find them on sale. For the past 5+ years, I have been so heavy that no stores in town carried my size. I had not yet started looking on line to replace them when my daughter invited me to go shopping with her at Kohl's. The way this normally works is, she shops and I keep her company. Anyway, the darn underwire snapped and kept jabbing me as we shopped. My daughter insisted that I try and find a bra there. To appease her I just grabbed the biggest width I could find knowing full well I would be S.O.L. To my amazement, it fit! AND it was on sale!!! Oh, yeah baby!! I could only find 3 that worked but what a treat to find my size!
So, its these little victories that keep me focused and on track. Oh, I will lose those 3 lousy lbs but mind you, I will whine and complain - but never quit!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The unwavering summer heat has really taken a toll on our garden. Even our little yellow plum tomatoes are not producing very much. Still, I am determined to cook what little I can harvest. Tonight I made a stirfry using sliced baby eggplant, (from our garden), onions, halved yellow tomatoes (again our garden), Trader Joe's frozen artichoke hearts, garlic, and oregano from our fresh herbs.
I sautéed them with olive oil and let them caramelize. To finish I added balsamic vinegar. Holy moley, it made for one mass of ugly on our plates. I served them next to ground chicken burgers. This mixture is not going to make the cover of anyone's cooking magazine. It was such a mass of brown stuff, we hesitated to take the first bite. Much to my surprise, it was good. Ugly, but good. This is one dish I would not take a picture and share with anyone.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
After my monthly reassessment and frustration of not meeting my goals, I ran over to Sunflower Market and purchased BioChem Whey Protein to use as a meal replacement. I chose this brand because I am lactose intolerant. Much to my surprise its pretty tasty. I throw 2 scoops of the powder, 1 cup of cold water, 2 teaspoons of Truvia, a cup of mixed frozen fruit and a little ice into the blender and let her rip. It makes a huge, sweet shake that fills me up.
This week I had the shake instead of lunch 3 times and twice for breakfast. Much to my delight, the scale showed a loss of 1.6 lbs. Not an earth shattering weightloss, but YEA! the scale is moving in the right direction again AND I am having something cool, creamy and filling. Takes care of that nasty sweet tooth too.
Friday, June 01, 2012
On this first day of June before I flipped the May calendar page and put the month behind me, I took a few minutes to reassess how my quest for health and weight loss is progressing.
May was a difficult month. As usual, there is the constant battle to carve out time to create jewelry and fit in time to exercise. I only lost a little over 2 lbs. My measurements stayed the same. I had to rethink my exercise routine - it got so blazing hot so quickly this year and it left me scrambling to find some other activity beside walking during the week. I gave the Gazelle a few trys, but it felt too easy . The out door pool water was really cold and took a while to warm up. Now that it has, I put in at least 30 minutes 3 times a week swimming and still walk over an hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
I successfully completed the Sugar Challenge. That was good, but...still eating the sweets. This is an area that is going to be an on going challenge. It is one area that uses up my calories and keeps me from enjoying larger weight loss. I bought some protein powder so that I could make some diet "shakes" for meal replacements. Hoping this helps fill the sweet craving and jump starts the weightloss.
My garden is producing and we are eating the rewards from that. Eating more fresh produce is one of my goals. My daughter and I have been trying new recipes (yes, some from the Spark Cookbook), and that has been fun and delicious too.
With 5 little pounds standing in the way of my first major weightloss goal I am going to have to find a way to MAKE IT HAPPEN this summer. My commitment is there. On the days that my will power is weak, I will fake it to make it. The answer to this is to just keep on keeping on. That means I will continue to track my foods, plan my meals, make time for exercise and keep my goal pants with in eye sight.
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