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Sunday, January 13, 2013

We have been blessed this year to join a farm share. So every week we get a pile of fresh produce, meat, eggs, milk... It has been the best thing that ever happened to healthy eating in my house! We start all meal planning with our veggies and our protein because those are what is most readily available in the fridge - as it should be. It has been a challenge to eat creatively and seasonally. It is winter now and the selection is much smaller, lots of sweet potatoes, potatoes, kohlrabi, some kale, and our weekly allotment of meat that we chose at the beginning (we asked for plenty because I was pregnant when we started the share and I am now nursing a 4 month-old who wears 9 month clothing, so I eat A LOT of protein!)

Well, we got our stuff for this week on Saturday, it was a busy day of chores and errands, then I got a call from a mama in labor... Short version? Our bag of beautiful farm raised, delicious meat got left on the kitchen floor over night. Blerg. My husband was almost in tears.

I have decided I am going to see this as an opportunity to choose optimism.

This week we got pork ribs that will become dinner tonight, cooked in the oven with tiny potatoes and a big salad. We got stew meat that I'm going to toss in the crock pot to become lunch at work for me and hubby this week. We got a bunch of ground beef that is going to become meat loaf (several meat loafs) One will go to a friend who is helping me out today, one will be dinner tomorrow night, and I will probably just cook up the third. Meat loaf sandwiches?

It is so easy to get sucked in to thinking that the world is out to get you, and that lame things keep happening. Truthfully, it really seems like they do keep happening right now! But I am gong to make the conscious choice, as hard as it may be, to see these these things that "keep happening" as a bountiful rain of chances to use my creativity, my problem solving skills, my optimism!

It's time for my smile muscles to do some heavy lifting. :)

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SPIRALDOWN 1/13/2013 4:38PM

    way to put it all to use...

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AZMOMXTWO 1/13/2013 4:18PM

  wow you were able to use it all and did not have to throw it all out

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Time to begin again

Monday, October 29, 2012

Baby is here! A sweet little boy joined our family a little over a month ago. He is perfect and everything I could hope for. My big kids are just as in love with him as us parent types. In short life is crazy, chaotic, messy, and absolutely great!
My body is recovering from pregnancy and birth so much faster than I expected. I feel fantastic! I am definitely loosing sleep and feel that, but otherwise, I am back to my usual activity level. That means I am ready to start building up exercising and move slowly in the direction of getting back to the body I would like to have for the rest of my life.
I have been eating really well anyway. I actually think that tracking may tell me that I should be eating more, since I have to feed the wee one too. :)
As of tonight I have reset my goals, in the morning let the tracking begin...


I'm still here!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I am now 22 weeks pregnant and feeling it :). It is hard to have come down in my weight and be back up, but the wiggly little feet make me feel like it is all worth it. I am doing what one should never do at any other time in life and boxing up the clothes that don't fit, but oddly, seeing them in the bottom of the closet is encouraging. It reminds me of what I was able to accomplish and that I will be back there again in my size 10 pants. I did it before and there is no reason I can't do it again after baby comes and has settled in for six-ten months I can get back to the serious work of getting back the body that i want to live with for the rest of my life. In the meantime, this is the body my baby needs, so it is the one I will have.
I am back to tracking as of today. I have the energy to exercise, I have the tummy power to eat rationally again, so here I am. I have also found out that two sweet families that I was midwife for with their last babies are due again just a few weeks before me. So, I need to be physically strong, as flexible as I can, and have enough stamina right up to the end of this pregnancy so I can be with them again for the birth of their little ones. Yay! Even more motivation!
All right, time to grab a carrot, and get to the physical activity of the day: cleaning my upstairs!


I changed my mind

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I have been feeling my way through sticking with spark people while pregnant and it has been a lot of learning so far and I am sure a lot more to come. For one thing, even modest exercise goals may be unreasonable in the first trimester. For going the nap that I would give an arm for feel like the equivalent of working out for at least a half hour. I just going to have to accept the limitations of this phase and roll with it.
The biggest decision of all, however, is that I am not going to track my food daily after all. I had planned to, and I hoped that it would be a way to applaud myself for my healthy choices and make sure I was getting all my veggies, fruits and protein (at least the days when the nausea doesn't preclude such ideals). Instead, I am finding that it makes me stressed about how much I am eating, I end up not eating enough (too close to how I was eating before) and I end up sick with low blood sugar and feeling AWFUL. So, I have decided to only track once a week or so for the above listed reasons, but not every day. I'll try this for now and see how it goes.
Taking it day by day, just like I should be anyway.


Doing things differently...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As you may have guessed from my new ticker, I have just found out that I am pregnant with my third kiddo! We are SO excited, and this baby is very, very welcome.
And it is a little weird to be setting aside my weight loss goals before getting to the finish line. There is a part of me that feels discouraged. I was really excited about looking awesome in my tank-tops this summer and I am having a hard time letting that go. I put a lot of energy into psyching myself up for this process and sticking with it until I get where I want to be, and it is challenging to redirect all that energy into this new set of goals. The promise that I can "pick up where I left off" is just a bit too far out in the future to feel like much of a consolation.
I am trying to figure out how to maintain my momentum while focusing on my most important task: growing this sweet little person.
I checked out the "baby fit" site, and I don't think it is what I am looking for. I don't want to set my spark people stuff aside and do something completely new for the next year and then leave that and come back here. So, I think I am going to stick with spark people. I have increased my calorie window and specifically my protein goal to better meet the needs of my new side-kick. My exercise goals have been modest anyway so I am leaving them unchanged. After much thought, I am going to keep tracking my weight and my measurements, mostly just for fun. :)
I am trying to think of this time as yet another example of how I am not on a diet, this has been a permanent lifestyle change. And that means that my plan has to be flexible enough to roll with changes in my health, circumstances, needs, etc. I also think that this is a great opportunity for me to refine the way I was thinking about my weight loss goals in the first place. I had definitely let a more "diet" like mentality creep in. Now I have a year to get that out of my system before I start moving back in the direction of my goals.
I have had very healthy pregnancies and I tend to gain at least 50lbs even taking very good care of myself. I have lost it all between babies without difficulty, so I conclude this is just what my body feels is necessary, and I am not going to try to talk it out of it.
So, I am going to keep tracking, keep exercising, and keep doing all that good stuff.
I am excited to go through this crazy journey for what we are pretty sure will be the last time, and bring this new person into our family. Ours is a much healthier family for a person to come into!

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