Friday, September 17, 2010
OK, so yesterday was not too much of a problem nutrition-wise because I didn't make the haul up to the military base. When I called (which is always the best the thing to do before hitting the road!), I was told that my son's father/sponsor would have to be there to renew his ID. Well, Miss Helpful Lady at the ID Office, we have 2 problems with that:
1) His father/sponsor is in Afghanistan until next year, AND
2) even if he were here, he probably wouldn't do it!
*I have a new word for you today, boys and girls: DEADBEAT. Can you say "DEADBEAT"?*
So, on the bright side, I didn't have to contend with pizza and Burger King and my eating remained fairly healthy for one more day. Yay! But now, I've got to jump through hoops to get my son's ID renewed. That sucks, but I've got a week to figure something out and/or get somebody somewhere on my side. (Yeah...I know..."Good luck with that!" )
It rained all day yesterday...even had thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. There was probably about 20 to 30 minutes in there somewhere where I could have squeezed in a walk, but that didn't happen. No excuses offered. Just didn't wanna. It did get me to thinking, though...what the he...ck am I gonna do once the snow starts to fall? I'm surely not taking my walks outdoors in the snow. No way. Now how. Uh-uh. So now I'm a-thinkin'...(a dangerous past time, I know!)...I may have to bite the bullet and join a gym...*GASP* OR...maybe now I have the perfect excuse to go buy a Wii and get the Wii fit stuff...hmm...
But I was a good girl this afternoon. As a matter of fact, I just got back from a walk. My knees, hips and butt are killing me...who knew you had such muscles in your butt!! If it doesn't rain, I'll walk again this evening and get in some ST. I'm trying to be extra good today because tomorrow my son and I are going on his 1st college campus tour. I don't expect to find much healthy fare while we're there. I do plan to eat a good (interpreted "healthy and filling") breakfast and take some fruit and maybe some nuts...a 100-calorie pack...or 2.
All-in-all, I think it'll be fun...except...*SNIFF, SNIFF*...it's just another reminder that...*SNIFF, SNIFF*...
MY BABY WILL BE LEAVING TO GO TO COLLEGE SOON!! WAAAHH!!
(If this is my reaction to a college visit, can you just picture next September... )
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Let me start off by saying: I should be working. I come in early (7:30 am...I'm on time most mornings... ) so that I can leave early. Initially, it was so that I could pick up my son after school...he stayed late for choir rehearsals. Now, it's become habit and I can't even imagine myself working until...*GASP*...5:00 pm...
OK...now that I've told on myself...
I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Don't get me wrong...I love Hump Day...it means the week is half over and the weekend is just around the bend...woo ha! I really can't believe I haven't blogged in the last 2 days...not that my life is so exciting or anything...
Let's see...what have you missed in the on-going saga of my life...
My pants were falling down Monday. Yay! There is no feeling in the world like the feeling of loose pants! I have 2 pair that are falling-down-loose and 2 pair that are I-can-pull-them-down-without unbuttoning-loose. My real test is the one other pair of jeans I have. When those bad boys start to fallin', it'll be like "the Shot Heard 'Round World!" Oh yeah...my skirt was a little looser in the hips on Sunday, too...I could actually sit without busting any seams...
Yesterday...I can't really remember too much of yesterday...sad, isn't it?
This morning has started off on a good foot. I decided I would make an effort to get to work on time (for a change), so I got all my things ready last night. I took my shower and laid out my clothes like a good girl. I decided to experiment with my meals today. I decided to make a smoothie for breakfast and I actually brought oatmeal for lunch...kinda weird, I know...but I've really been having cravings for oatmeal lately. So I made my oatmeal last night (old-fashioned oats, light vanilla soy milk, banana and almonds with a little honey...yum!) and I cut up my strawberries & banana for my smoothie and put them in the freezer. The whole night I'm wondering if these (along with some fruit and 2 100-calorie snacks) will get me through the day...or will I have to go ninja on the vending machine (since I no longer bring money to work...). I live in an apartment with very thin walls, so I was a little loathe to run my blender at 7:00 am, but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!
Well, here I sit sipping on the thickest, most delicious smoothie I think I've ever made (and that's saying something considering I'm addicted to my chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie!). It's as thick and sweet as a milkshake! And it's filling me up... I'll let you know how it goes with the oatmeal.
Tomorrow will be a little challenging nutrition-wise. My entire day--morning through mid-afternoon--will be on the go. My son has an orthodontist appointment 1st thing in the morning and then we have to go out to the military base to get his ID renewed. I've never spent less that 6 hours on trips to the base, sometimes more when we have to do this kind of paperwork...and that includes drive time. And there isn't a whole lot of healthy fare around there for snacks & meals...I know there's a Burger King and I think there's a pizza place. I guess I need to take my own advice and go on their website and see what I can eat there that won't tank my calories & fat for the day.
Ah, well...here's to loose pants, expedited paperwork and a kid with straight teeth!
I was totally shocked, but the strawberry banana smoothie for breakfast and the banana-nut oatmeal for lunch were really filling. I had some grapes in between and I had one packet of Nabisco 100-Calorie Sweet & Salty mix later in the afternoo. The vending machine lives to see another day!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This Sunday started as most of my Sundays do. I had to be at the early (7:30 am) church service this morning, so there was no breakfast this morning. That's not truly the reason why...I just don't eat breakfast on Sunday mornings. Even if I had gone to the later morning service (10:45 am), I still wouldn't have eaten. Not quite sure why that is... I drank a little bit of water this morning...I try to drink some water most mornings when I wake up...it helps me to get a head start on 8 cups and it actually makes me crave water more throughout the day. Unfortunately, since it also makes me run to the bathroom like a track star, it wasn't the best thing for me on my way to church.
I've had this incredible craving for oatmeal lately. Of all the things I could possibly crave...oatmeal?! Yep...oatmeal. So I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from church and bought some. Not the instant stuff. The old-fashioned, long-cooking kind. I made it with light vanilla soy milk instead of water and added blueberries, almonds and honey. It was so good! Oatmeal shouldn't be that good...but it was was... ...oh, my stars!
I intended to go for a walk this afternoon, but that didn't happen. I was so sleepy. And I was so full after my big, hearty bowl of oatmeal. I didn't have the motivation to go out. I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot and bursitis in my left hip...both have been getting worse since I've been walking. (What a lovely side effect to my exercising... !) But all that combined to give me one big excuse to take a nap instead of going out for my walk today.
It's still early, but I think I'm ready for bed. Right after I have a little snack...
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wow! It's hard to believe that today is the start of my 7th week on SparkPeople. I've been really, really trying to stick with a plan of healthy eating and regular exercise (cardio and strength). I think I've done a pretty good job so far...I'm down nearly 8lbs as of this morning. I know that's really good and it's at a good pace...but I can't help but wish it were a greater loss...and faster... . I know, I know...a slow and steady pace of weight loss is best, has a better chance of lasting...and I won't have the saggy skin problem to deal with later (ew... ).
Do you remember my water rant from a few weeks ago? Yeah...I still don't like water, but I'm getting closer to 8 cups a day. I usually get 6 or 7 regularly, but I've made my 8 once or twice. And I'm still running to the bathroom every 5 to 10 mins. (I know you really wanted to know that, didn't you?)
Today was also weigh-in day. I was a little disappointed in my .2 lb loss, but at least it went down instead of up. It just seems like when you're carefully watching what you eat and/or you're getting your exercise regularly, you should see a bigger move of the scale. (Dirty, rotten little scale! ) I have to admit, I didn't exercise as much as I could have this week. I've been having painful "girl issues" this week (TMI maybe?) and I did well just in walking from my bedroom to my kitchen most days. But today, I was determined! I was absolutely determined to get out and do some walking. I tried one of the "walk at home" videos yesterday. I kinda liked it, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I really enjoy being able to get out...even though I don't really enjoy nature. (My son and I had this conversation this morning...I told him I prefer nature behind glass and/or bars. He said that that isn't nature...I said ). Anyway...
I was also determined to extend my walk. One of my personal goals is to extend my usual walk every week and today was the day. I knew it was supposed to rain this afternoon...LATER in the afternoon...so I headed out at about 2 pm. I got about 1 1/2 blocks away from home and it started to sprinkle. I had to decide: would I turn around to avoid the rain? Would I shorten my walk? Or would I stick it out and extend my walk today? I prayed that it would just sprinkle for a few minutes so I could at least get in a short walk. Then my nice, gentle sprinkling drops turned into big, fat drops and they started to fall faster. "Great," I thought to myself. I had already decided that I wouldn't turn around, so I was just gonna get wet. The area where I walk has lots of trees, so I kinda had natural umbrellas scattered throughout my walk. I also decided at the last minute that I would try to throw a little jog in as well...THAT was not a good idea. By the time I'd gone 2 blocks, I thought my heart was going to burst through my chest...either that or I'd die from a lack of oxygen since I could no longer breathe. It was interesting to say the least.
So I made it home...a little tired, a little sore, very wet and extremely out of breath. One good thing about walking in the rain...it gave me a head start on shampooing my hair! (My hair is like this big, poofy cotton ball and it's very difficult to get it saturated...I figure you really wanted to know that, too... )
Enjoy the rest of you weekend!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I promised myself that I wasn't going to do this. I wasn't going to start to getting all sentimental...but it's too late for that.
Almost 12 years to the day, I walked my baby to kindergarten. I can still remember that day. He had his little navy blue uniform pants on with his white polo shirt and his little Sesame Street backpack. *SIGH* I showed him where his classroom was (it was a tiny school...there were only 4 classrooms, a large center area that they used for lunch and for programs, 2 offices and 2 lavatories) and I fully expected a little separation anxiety...he just waved and said "Bye, Mommy." I was the one with the separation anxiety. I couldn't wait until 12:30 pm so I could go pick him up.
Today marked the 1st day of my son's senior year in high school. I HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR LIVING IN MY HOME... There's senior dues, senior pictures, proms, luncheons, college entrance exams, senior trips, and ultimately...GRADUATION. Like the title of someone else's blog this morning: my baby isn't a baby anymore!
I didn't need to drop him off at school this morning, but I volunteered. (He's been catching the bus to and from school since junior high.) There just seemed to be something special about this morning...to me anyway. I don't know if I ever really dreaded the 1st day of school. I know I looked forward to it my senior year. That year, we ruled the school! He just sees it as the day his freedom ended...he's in for a 10-month stretch of hard labor.
I've got 10 more months...10 more months of arguing about homework assignments (he doesn't think he should have to assignments that don't make sense to him...go figure!)...10 more months of fussing at him about not eating right (he thinks he can live on cheese-bread and Ramen noodles)...10 more months of him trying to find excuses to stay home and me trying to find reasons not to let him. After these 10 months are up, my baby will be going to college. ...
This will definitely be a year of mixed emotions.
I think I'm going to need lots of hugs & support!
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