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Mommy's Little Helper

Monday, February 20, 2012

My 3 year old LOVES to help me in the kitchen. And I have to admit that we have spent a lot of fun Mommy/Daughter time in the kitchen baking up some treat or another. Usually easy, high calorie, yummy treats.

Since I have returned to a road towards health, I have been cooking at home A LOT more, but have done zero baking. And there are few cooking tasks that I'm comfortable with her helping with (plus I do most of my cooking in the crock pot). But yesterday I found a task to do with her that was healthy and FUN for her! It was such a reassuring feeling that I can have fun with her while still teaching her about health and teaching her positive lessons.

I had her help me measure grapes into serving sizes to put into the freezer. She loved it!



I have today off for President's Day. I'm happy to have today with my little one (Hubby has to work). We're heading to the gym in a while, then our day is a mystery... we will see what it holds!

  
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2BFREE2LIVE 2/20/2012 11:23PM

    Looks like a lot of fun, sorry I missed out. Frozen grapes are yummy.

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WILDRICE99 2/20/2012 8:59PM

    Wow! and they'er still on the counter. I think if I tried that with my little ones, have would be in their tummies and the rest on the floor.

Keep up the good work mom!

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MENNOLY 2/20/2012 3:39PM

    What a great opportunity for her to learn simple math emoticon

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PRAYING4THIN 2/20/2012 3:32PM

    Looks like she was having a great time helping mommy and she is so cute:) Enjoy your day!

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CCASKEY37 2/20/2012 2:26PM

    Sounds like a great time.

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CUISINEEXAMINER 2/20/2012 11:40AM

    It's such a good idea to have little ones help in the kitchen. They love to put on an apron and stir - and you can teach them math painlessly. Have fun.

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TARAFROMTX1 2/20/2012 11:05AM

    I hope you two have a Great day today! I m sure you will! I also have a 3 about to be 4 year old that loves helping in the kitchen...she loves to bake! We always have fun!

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A stress-FREE evening at MCDONALDS?????

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What a nice evening! My husband is out on a "man-date" with his best friend. Since his friend lives over an hour away, they don't get to hang out often, and made a day of it with a guy movie, lunch, and a hockey game. This meant that mommy got lots of one-on-one time with the little one today!

This morning we all hit the gym, and then just hung out at home. But after hubby left, I put the little one down for a nap, then crawled into my own bed with an electric blanket to read a book on my Kindle... yeah.... I woke up almost 2 hours later. A nap! I needed that!

Since she accidentally got an extra-long nap, I decided that it might be fun to go to Mcdonalds for dinner and let her run around. I invited my parents (who live across the street) to join us. Livy was THRILLED with her first happy meal in almost 2 months, as well as the undivided attention of mommy, Grandma, and Grandpa! And the 2 HOURS of running and climbing was great for her.... and hopefully pooped her out!

I planned my meal ahead of time (a grilled chicken sandwich with tomato and BBQ sauce and a side salad with light balsamic vinaigrette) and really enjoyed my time chatting with my parents. We all even got small ice cream cones. At 150 calories, that's pretty guilt free.

Today was a pretty good day! I needed it after the stress of this week. I wish the scale would move, but I know I'm making good choices and they will show in the long run.

  
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PRAYING4THIN 2/20/2012 3:35PM

    Glad you had such a great evening!

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LILWASPUD 2/20/2012 10:48AM

    McDonald's ice cream cones are my go-to treat when I want something sweet. Glad you had a good day yesterday. And don't stress the scale. I've found the more I stress over what the numbers are, the slower they seem to drop.

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STACIA_ANGEL 2/19/2012 12:05AM

    Yay! That sounds like a great day!

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JEMPOWER 2/18/2012 11:27PM

    It looks like you're doing the right things. Eating right and trying to avoid stress.

Jem

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3 cavities and a heater repair bill...

Friday, February 17, 2012

That's my day. My daughter had her second ever dental exam and I was stunned to learn that she has 3 cavities! That's one for each year of her life!!!

And this was added to the lovely surprise this morning that our heater wasn't working. After trying a few simple fixes with no results, we called in a repair guy. Turns out that the electrical board in the attic surged... THANK GOD we didn't have a fire last night!!! $430 later, and the heater is fixed.

It just seems like every time I turn around there is a new stressor. I'm doing my best, but I'm completely overwhelmed. I took a rest day from the gym today (heading back again in the morning), and am 500 calories below my range as of nearly 8 pm. Guess that's better than having over-eaten in response to the stress, right?

Either way.... just trying to get by, make good choices each day, and live my life. Some days that is tougher than other days.

  
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PRAYING4THIN 2/20/2012 3:38PM

    Sorry about the cavities. My oldest had one and went back a year later and had another. Not looking forward to my 3 year old having her 4 year old check up, Sorry about the heat but praise God there wasn't a fire!!!! (((Hugs)))

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MENNOLY 2/18/2012 8:10PM

    Sorry about your daughters cavities, on the positive side they are in her baby teeth. My youngest also got a lot of cavities in her baby teeth, thankfully once she got her adult teas the cavities stopped. You can get through this. Do take care of yourself!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/18/2012 12:44PM

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MARIJO150 2/17/2012 11:04PM

    That is alot of stress. Hang in there.

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STACIA_ANGEL 2/17/2012 11:02PM

    Not fun! But keep up the good work!

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Struggling today

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I've been struggling today. Work was tough and stressful. I'm worried about a particular client (I'm a mental health social worker). My daughter was up for a couple hours last night screaming about nothing in particular, leaving me drained and tired tired today. It's V-day, and while my hubby gave me a card and Amazon gift card (for more kindle books) last night, the lack of V-day love today made me sad. And I keep seeing pictures of candy and decadent chocolates EVERYWHERE! On my facebook wall, in client's homes, on tv.... boo to that nonsense.

I am DIEING for a box of chocolates. Not A chocolate. A BOX of chocolates. I'd love to stuff this uncomfortable "blah" feeling down with about 2,000 meaningless calories so I don't have to feel it anymore. Instead, I settled for 100 calories worth of tootsie rolls and one Hershey's Kiss (gleaned from my daughter's v-day party goodies).

Today was a great lesson in CHOICES vs MOTIVATION. I was motivated to eat a box of chocolate. I made a choice to go to the gym, eat sensibly, and stay in my calorie range. I'm sure tomorrow I'll be happy with that. Right now I just feel blah.

  
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PRAYING4THIN 2/20/2012 3:41PM

    I am sure had your husband brought you the chocolates you would have felt miserable after you had eaten them and be mad he sabatoged you. I totally understand the lack of Valentines Day Love. My husband didn't bother with a card or anything. Ah well.... You made great decisions and the lack of sweet treats are definately better in the long run!

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KARENE10 2/15/2012 3:49PM

    Hope u are having a better day today. Great job on NOT eating a box of chocolate!

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MENNOLY 2/15/2012 8:37AM

    Hope today goes better for you! emoticonon controlling your cravings. emoticon

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 2/15/2012 6:24AM

    Hugs to you my friend. I am so.sorry you had a rough day and certainly hope.today goes better. I am proud of the choices you made and your right today you will be proud of them too. Funny I received the same gift and the whole day was praying the box of chocolates didn't come home. I know that I can't eat one silly chocolate I need the box! You made good choices! !!!

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LILWASPUD 2/15/2012 1:05AM

    Sorry to hear you had a rough day, but I'm so proud of you for sticking to your guns and making smart choices! It's hard to feel the romance of Valentine's Day when it falls during the week. Maybe you and hubby can make up for it this weekend when you have time for each other. Just remember today is behind you, and tomorrow will be a brand new day. I hope it's a much better one for you!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/15/2012 12:28AM

    emoticonstaying on track your right about choices, we make them everyday and some days we do better than others. Today you did great. emoticonSandy

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Put a "do not dry" shirt in the dryer... hoping it shrinks :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

For Christmas, I received a few gift cards for Old Navy, and promptly ordered a couple new pieces of clothes... including a very pretty work shirt. That is now too big on me. The funny thing is that my order arrived on January 3rd... the same day that I joined the gym. It was a tiny big that day, but looked pretty good. 18 pounds later and it's too big. So, tonight, rather than air drying it like usual, I threw it in the dryer in hopes that it will shrink some. That makes me laugh!

Also.... a few lessons from the past few days.....

1) You can eat out and fit it into your calories with some easy pre-restaurant research! On Saturday, we went to PF Changs. I had carefully arranged my day to accommodate my meal (including working out an extra 15 minutes). And I actually managed to stay just inside my calorie range. BUT! I ate too much and ended up getting sick (common with the surgeries I've had).
Tonight we went to Applebees. Again, I checked out their nutrition info online, knew my calories, and ended my day well within my range. AND I didn't eat too much. Just right.

2) I'm capable of harder work outs when I put my mind to it. Two years ago I tried to walk a 5K, and wasn't able to finish. I've regretted that ever since. Saturday I did 3.51 miles on the elliptical. I'm well on my way to being able to do a 5K in the Fall.

3) Even very young children absorb every. single. lesson. we. model. Every one. Don't fool yourself.
My 3 year old happily accompanies us to the gym often, and loves the kid's club. This weekend I asked her if she wanted to help me in the kitchen. Her response? "Yes! Let's make some healthy food options!!!!" Even at 3, she gets that we have had a shift in our house.

So.... in the words of my 3 year old... "Make some healthy food options!"

  
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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 2/14/2012 6:26AM

    Words to live bybwith the three year old.there love it. I had to dry all my clothes this winter cuz I don't want.to buy new ones lol. Recently I shrunk my 18s on purpose. I live when I pull them out and don't get upset that they are in there like I used to do.

I loved your idea for my 10000 minutes of everyone.doing.extra.seconds!!! I am going.to.run with it!!!! Thanks for.the suggestion!!!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/14/2012 1:39AM

    Those little ones are like big sponges and they remember things you forget. So thank you for setting a great example for her and she will remember healthy food options for the rest of her life.
Congrats on shrinking yourself and now your shirt.
Have a great Valentines day. Sandy

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PRAYING4THIN 2/13/2012 11:16PM

    WOOHOO, nothing like having to go down a size. Hope the shirt shrunk just what it needed too! :) Congrats on all your healthy choices while eating out and your healthy food options! :)

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