Thursday, March 13, 2014
We have had so much fun this week!
I left off on Monday. Monday we went to go see my mom at her school, and we toured and saw a bunch of people who have seen ME grow up. They of course were thrilled to see the kids. Afterward we stopped at McDonalds for lunch. I got a McWrap, which I THOUGHT was a snack wrap but apparently that's not a thing anymore. So it was huge. It was pretty good, but huge. Too much food, but of course I ate it anyway. I knew we were going to my friend's house for dinner so I wanted to keep my calories low because I had no idea what were having.
Got home, Milo had fallen asleep in the car so I was psyched thinking I might get a nap in. Max went down for a nap fairly easily when we got home, but of course as soon as I took Milo out of his car seat he woke up. And never went back to sleep. He had his little power nap and was fine with that. I was frustrated, but oh well. What can ya do. Max took a great nap, and then we went over to Begleys for dinner.
We went over there and Max and Amelia were SO FREAKING ADORABLE together. I hope they get married someday. Is a comment about an arranged marriage in poor taste? Don't even care. Anyway, they played and we all played and it was great. For dinner we had spinach and mushroom ravioli with a pesto sauce. Very very tasty. Milo even liked it. And then we had cupcakes for dessert since we were not going to be there for Amelia's birthday party on Saturday. They are the type of friends that we can go a year or more without seeing each other and just pick up where we left off with no guilt just genuine love. They are so awesome. We agreed to try to see each other again on Wednesday and I took the boys home. Milo passed out in the car and Max was tuckered too.
Got home, went to bed. I had gone out that day and gotten a sound machine per my husband's suggestion (btw, he's a genius if you didn't know that already!) and I am so glad I did, cause Milo has slept through the night every night since buying it! So I finally got a good nights sleep that night.
Woke up on Tuesday, packed our bags and the van and headed to Chicago. We were going to go see my grandparents and aunts and uncles, whom had never met Milo before. We were going to stay in a hotel with a pool, visit them, eat pizza, have another visit on Wednesday and head home. We got there around 2pm or so, and both boys got good naps in the car. As soon as we walked in the room Max was naked and ready to get his suit on to go in the pool. I didn't know how Milo would like it - he HATES baths and the last time I took him in a pool he screamed for about 15 minutes and then started to enjoy it. I was wearing a two piece swimsuit for the first time ever in my adult life and I felt pretty good. Went down to the pool, got in, and Milo LOVED it! He was in for almost 45 minutes before needing to eat and rest. I was impressed with that. Max did awesome, too. He was jumping in and going under water and just having so much fun. They were so great. My swimsuit bottoms ended up being too big and kept falling almost off. Will need to fix that but it's a good problem to have.
We headed over to my aunt's house and I thought I'd do well. But...I should know better. i managed to say no to the alcohol and the first round of snacks, but then she brought out queso dip and just started spooning it out and I figured okay fine. So I had some chips with that. And once I started on the chips I couldn't stop. We ordered this great pizza for dinner and I ate too much of that. I was full. Uncomfortably so. But THEN she brought out brownies. If you recall, brownies are my crack cocaine. I ended up having 2 of those. Not a good food night. Over 2000 calories. Ugh.
We were under a winter storm warning that night and got about 6 inches of snow. Heavy wet snow. We were concerned, depending on the timing, that we might have to stay another night. It was supposed to be snowing until early afternoon. I mean, it's vacation so its not a horrible thing, we have a pool and stuff to play with, so it'd be fine. LUCKILY, the snow had stopped by about 7 am, so by the time we were on the road they were just wet - except for side streets.
Next morning we got up and went down for the continental breakfast. They had everything - western omelettes, biscuits and gravy, belgian waffles, and then all of the normal continental breakfast goods. I had a hard boiled egg and an english muffin with PB & Jelly. I felt proud of myself for saying no to the waffles and biscuits. After breakfast we went back in the pool. Then we showered, and got ready to check out. We went and got donuts and brought them to my grandparents house, and then we went over to my cousins house for a bit to see her nursery and let Max play with their dog. It was a great time. We got on the road about 12:30, and at 1:30 we stopped at LEGOLAND!!
Max is OBSESSED with legos right now. It was such a fun time. So many cool things to see and play with. We then ate some lunch at a sub place and got on the road.
We got home at about 5:15 or so. We unpacked and then headed back over to Begleys for round 2. We had chili and played. And were back home by 8:30.
Phew. Food has been rough - been in range MOST days even if the food is not that great of quality. I've been holding steady at right about 202, though. So that's good.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I sure do love being here. I miss home, I miss my husband and the pets and my own bed, but I love visiting. There is always something to do and we have a lot of fun. The boys have been so very well behaved, Max has been pretty close to perfect. Hope that didn't just jinx it!
When we got here on Saturday I had about 2300 steps. I had 1900ish before leaving from packing up the car and running around making sure we had everything, and we stopped a few times to stretch our legs, gas up, change diapers, etc. So that seemed about right to me. I thought there was no way I was going to get my 10k; we got here at like 2 and I was sitting at 2300 steps! We unpacked the van, played with the boys a bit, and the did a dance party with Milo, so that helped. Then we ate dinner, did another dance party, and after everyone left from dinner my dad and I made a trip with Max to Best Buy and Toys R Us. At Best Buy he wanted to get a new monitor for his computer, and I got my mom her fitbit birthday present. Then we went to Toys R Us to get some stuff for the boys.
We got home, I set up my mom's fitbit, and then we had another dance party with Milo and I managed to hit my 10k steps! She joined in on the dance party, too, to see how many steps she could get before bed.
Milo didn't sleep well that night - from midnight to 330 or so I couldn't put him in his crib without him waking up. Finally I did it and fot a few hours of sleep.
Yesterday Max and papa made poop muffins!! My fave. They are these super yummy oatmeal bran muffins with berries that really keep things moving. Hence the name. They are awesome and filling enough for breakfast.
Later we went to Sams club for formula and lunch. We had pizza and then they had a boatload of samples. I managed to stay away from eating most of the samples, I was just too full. Then we did a little more grocery shopping and took Max to his first real pet store! It was way fun.
We got home and Milo was sleeping. Max wanted to take a nap so I went up and laid with him until he fell asleep.
Not long after that, my brother and sister in law came over with their two kids. Keora is 13 in every sense of the word, and Colette is Max's age. So we ate dinner (at 3:00) and then we went and woke up Max to play with Coco. they had a blast! Milo chilled with uncle Nick for a while and played. He was great. It was a really fun afternoon.
My mom and dad are part of a Square Dancing group called the Westport Squares or something like that - they dance a few times a week and go to conventions and exhibitions and stuff. They are very into it. Well last night was the last night of 24 weeks of lessons, and mom wanted to spend time with the boys so I told dad I'd go with him. I didn't think I'd get to dance, considering these people have been doing this forever and I haven't square danced in 25 years. But I went to see what it was all about.
Turns out they dance with the parents of my best friend from preschool - Gabe. They remembered me and it was fun to catch up with them. Then there was another woman there who used to date one of the guys with whom we did these Sock Hops when I was in 3rd grade. Long story on that, but it was very fun and she also remembered me. the next youngest person there was easily 60. I had men asking me to dance the second I walked in. I told them I'd watch a few and see if I felt good enough to jump in.
I sat the warm up dance out and watched. My dad sat the 2nd dance out with me and explained some of the steps. Observing, it just looked like glorified walking and didn't understand what was so hard about it once you knew the steps. I went in for the 3rd dance with this 75 year old Man, Harry. Everett, one of the original askers was in the same group and he kept whispering steps to me to keep me on track. I did okay, and I got a little sweaty. I was laughing and smiling so much that the back of my head hurt. Its more work than it looks like.
We had a break and I managed to stay away from the food. I danced the next one with 80-year old John. He told me to keep my hand out and whoever needs to grab it will, and when in doubt, turn left. Women usually turn left. That helped. Except apparently I am not an ambiturner. Turning left does not come naturally to me. But I did pretty well.
We had to leave after that to get the boys to bed, and Harry was disappointed I didn't get to dance with him again. I had a lot of fun and am disappointed that I cannot go again this week.
Last night Milo did not sleep well again. He did great from 10-3:30 but then was up every hour and wouldn't go back in his crib again.
Today mom and dad are working so we will go to moms school around noon and tonight we get to see some of my very best friends in the whole world. A great trip so far!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Leaving for Wisco tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Don't plan on getting my 10k steps tomorrow with 8 of my hours sitting in a car. We'll see how it goes. I'll play it by ear.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Well, almost 15 lbs down and that's what always happens - I stall. It's weird though, because I'm stalling on my home scale but I lost 1.8 this week on the work scale when weighing for Biggest Loser. I was up .8 on that scale last week because of sodium (chinese the day before weigh in!) but I've been sitting right between 201-202 on my scale on a daily basis. I really should stop weighing daily.
I still can't go to the gym to work out. My incision keeps opening and closing and it's just getting really irritating. Every time I feel like I'm making progress, another part opens because one of my internal stitches starts poking out. My body hates those stitches. At least the left side of my body does. Anyway, I'm getting my 10k steps in every day. Yesterday I had to take my fitbit off for a few hours to let it charge and I still managed to get over 10k even without that walking (it was at the Dr. office with Milo, lots of walking/bouncing, and then grocery shopping, which was more walking. Probably about 2k steps for that couple of hours). So I know I'm moving. I am craving doing more, but that will hopefully come after spring break. Spring break will be a nice change of pace and I have an appointment when I come back so hopefully something can happen to get these wounds healed.
So I'm trying to mix it up a bit. I still can't go to the gym to exercise, and I'm not supposed to sweat. Concentrating on getting 20 active minutes per day and getting my 10k steps. Trying to eat a little less sugar over the next week or so just to jumpstart things again. For example, instead of chips or pretzels or my 25 skittles for my morning snack I had string cheese and almonds. I mean I'm pretty consistently within my calorie range, sometimes over and sometimes under but it averages out for the week, so I know my body just needs an extra little kick. I'm sure I"m retaining some water here and there, and my bowel movements haven't been great the past few weeks so that certainly doesn't help. I need to restock on fresh fruit. That usually helps.
So I'm hoping that the change of routine of spring break and starting to cut out some sugars will get me out of this plateau since anything more than walking or dancing with the boys is still sort of out of the question.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
I can't believe it's March already. MARCH. We are 1/6 through 2014 already. Can't believe it.
Overall February wasn't a great month for weight loss. Down a total of 2.4 for the month. Considering I'm not doing a lot of fitness (just my 10k steps til after spring break) I guess that's pretty good. I mean I'm happy with anything, truly. I feel really good about my body and it will only get better with fitness.
I'm almost 12 weeks post op. Still some small openings that are leaking a bit, so no gym yet. Last night one of my gauze pads fell off in the middle of the night and I didn't replace it. It was actually okay. I finally got around to showering and stuff around 2pm, and I just decided to leave it off for the rest of the day. We'll see how that goes. Next week is spring break and I'm in Wisconsin. I will be going in a hotel pool, but I got some waterproof bandages should I need them. Normally we go to an indoor waterpark, but we opted for this instead since that would be too much for Milo at this point. Overall I feel pretty good. I'm not really in any pain on a regular basis - sometimes I can feel some of the undissolved inner stitches poking at me, but thats the worst of it.
I am very excited for our trip to Wisconsin. Milo turns 9 months this month and there is a whole slew of people he's never gotten to meet. My grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins will meet him for the first time. My good friends Erik and Amethyst and their daughter will get to see him. We haven't seen them in about a year and that is TOO LONG. I will get to see my friend Erin, who was a year ahead of me in school and got married 2 weeks after me, had her first kid two weeks after me and her second kid 2 weeks after me (I always laugh about that). We'll get to see my bro and sister in law and Max will get to see his cousins. It will be a really good trip.
I am hoping that the next two weeks will heal me so that I can go back to the gym when I get back from Wisconsin. I'm really itching to do something - to sweat. And to see the people that I got so close to over the last few years! I want to go to spinning again! I want to swim again! ARGHHHHH!
Oh well, it is what it is. As it stands I'm healthy and happy and just taking it a day at a time. Tomorrow is our Biggest Loser weigh in. Feeling pretty good about that.
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