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My ear hurts - cue violins

Monday, August 13, 2012

I have an ice pick in my head. Or at least it feels like it.

The super boring details (feel free to skip this paragraph) is that I have essentially sprained my jaw. Actually, I'm pretty sure my 3 year old sprained my jaw by running and jumping into my face on multiple occasions. Motherhood occupational hazard. So anyway, the sprained jaw presents itself as ear pain. Migraine headache level ear pain. All. The. Freaking. Time.

So, it hurts to exist. It also hurts to eat. Waaaahhhhhh...(violins).

And you know what? It doesn't slow my eating down one iota. I know that this pain is going to keep me up at night. I know that the less chewing I do, the less it will hurt and the sooner I will get better. And yet, I eat.

I don't feel good, so I medicate with food, even when the immediate consequence is pain. This is not good. I need to get to the bottom of this.

Today I didn't have breakfast. It actually hurt too much. I had oatmeal for lunch. I'm on the senior citizen diet right now. Soft food only. And a steady diet of anti-inflamatories.

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CRAZYRIKI 8/24/2012 9:55AM

    ouch! Get well!!

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YCAMOMMY 8/14/2012 12:25AM

    OH CRAP!! I've dislocated my jaw several times, I get it. I'm sorry, babe!!!! Get better soon. And calories in milkshakes don't count when your face is injured. Look it up, you'll see I'm right. xoxox

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The Best Laid Plans, Breakfast, and Other Random Thoughts

Friday, August 10, 2012

I got up at 5:45 this morning. It was dark.

I was going to run early because I had to be in town at 8:00. I even posted on SparkPeople about checking myself into the looney bin for being up that early.

I got in the car to go to the park. I drove halfway there and my car started doing the shimmy. Ooof. That was the end of my early morning running adventure. Lucky for me, I was able to get the car home, and it seemed to stop doing it's little dance. Of course, it didn't do anything out of the ordinary when my husband drove it. It reserves its weirdness for me alone.

Fortunately, my appointment took less time than I thought, and I was able to get home before my husband left for the office. I even had time to get out for that run before he left. Score.

It was an awesome run. And I think it was because I had breakfast. Not that I don't usually have breakfast, but my mornings usually go a little like this:

Wake up. Swear under my breath about it being morning already. Get up. Stumble to coffee. Find some clothes, possibly from the dirty clothes pile. I am going to run in them after all. Search the house for my keys. Go run. Drink water. Eat breakfast.

So, food in my belly, in addition to coffee helps. Such a novel concept. It takes a while for things to sink into this girls brain. Especially early in the morning.

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YCAMOMMY 8/11/2012 10:19AM

    Hmmm... maybe if you did juice instead of coffee? I know. I absolutely know what I just said there. I fully realize you could come back and smack me for that, and I would deserve it. But juice has a little more substance to it than coffee. It might make you get that "fuller" feeling without sluggishness that breakfast can cause. Then, you could come home and enjoy a nice breakfast and a pot of coffee. (yes, I said pot, because I'm REALISTIC)

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RUNRUNMAMA 8/10/2012 11:06AM

    Aslanscub - I'm just used to running on an empty stomach. Early morning runs are my only "kid-free" time to get out, so that's when I do it. I think I'll wait on the weekends from now on though, because it really does go better.

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ASLANSCUB 8/10/2012 11:01AM

    Do you find you run fine on an empty stomach? I don't like to have eaten a full meal, but I like to grab a banana or something, or wait till about an hour or so after I've eaten...

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WALLINMW 8/10/2012 11:01AM

  Great blog!

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I am resisting Kraft Mac and Cheese right now. It is HARD.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

My husband is going to a baseball game with a friend.

To ease the pain for my children, we are having a "picnic dinner." It's Kraft Mac and Cheese and a movie. The kids love it. We close the drapes to make the living room into a movie theater. The kids even got "dressed" for the movie. My three year old daughter is currently wearing jeans, a dress AND a sweater. It's 85 degrees out. She won't let a little thing like the temperature mess with her fashion.

Mac and Cheese. It looks so...delicious. Oh, so delicious.

In an attempt to not eat it, I warmed up some leftover fish, a couple red potatoes and green beans. Meh. Not really many calories either. So I went foraging in the garden and came out with cherry tomatoes and basil. Add feta, and PRESTO! Deliciousness.

The stinking kids are STILL eating the gooey goodness over there....gah.

So I'm on spark people attempting to focus and watching a fat Mr. Incredible not fit in the super-tube shooter thing. This is encouraging. I do not want to be fat Mr. Incredible. This shall help me focus. Mac and Cheese leads to less healthy Nikki. Especially since it is my kryptonite, and I can't just have a little taste. One taste leads to me making myself an entire box.

I will block the children with my computer, look at spark people and NOT eat. I am full. I am full. I AM FULL!!! Is there a Mac and Cheese Addicts support group on here??

Like I said in my last post, onward.

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YCAMOMMY 8/11/2012 10:14AM

    ROFL Ninja and Westie are cracking me up.

My brother made some when we were at his house this week. I had two bites. I wanted to pass out. Why is that so good??? Ugh.

Kudos to you, my friend, kudos! You are making great decisions, and I'm loving you hard for it!! xoxo

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DUGIESTONER 8/9/2012 10:32AM

    Way to go !!!! It's so hard to resist the cheesy goodness!!

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HKWEST 8/9/2012 9:01AM

    I grew up on homemade, Southern, gooey, crispy mac & cheese so Kraft doesn't do it for me. However, the real thing is breakfast, lunch and dinner when it's at my house - which is why I never make it anymore except for kid #2's birthday.

I'm proud of you for staying strong. (You did, right? all the way until the end of the movie? until it was all out of your house? Elastagirl, right?) And how totally awesome that you could go to your garden for a yummy treat! I'm so jealous. I killed my tomato plant within two weeks of getting it home. You've definitely earned your super hero stripes - but avoid the cape.

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SNEVIL1 8/8/2012 7:09PM

    Way to stay strong!! Looking good is so much more rewarding than 10 seconds of mac and cheese

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    OMG. the cheez. It is trying to take over.

You are the super thin, super awesome Elastagirl. You are skinny and strong. And YOU NEVER eat the crap that would make your belly pooch out.

WHen the kids are done with their CHeez 'o' Death, ask them "ARE YOU DONE? CAUSE I"M TOSSING IT OUT!" then sprinkle it with CINNAMON.

You will NOT want it.

I knopw this because one time a friend made me mac and cheez at her house, and I thought I was sprinkling on pepper. Little did I know that she had filled the pepper shaker with cinnamon sugar. THAT? Something I will not get over soon.

Just imagine it covered in cinnamon sugar.

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MOVEIT2LOSEIT42 8/8/2012 6:43PM

    OmG! Kraft Mac & Cheese is my weakness. Before starting my new healthy lifestyle, I could eat a whole box by myself. Granted I felt sick afterwards.

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TIZSLIM 8/8/2012 6:18PM


I'm not sure what a Kraft Mac and Cheese is but pretty much anything with cheese would tempt me I'm sure. Resistance is NOT futile. We shall overcome!

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A weekend recap

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I failed.

We went away for the weekend. It was beautiful. I had a lovely time with my family. And I ate like a horse. I was too tender in my improved ways to hold up under the intense pressure of last weekend. Its an important lesson in having friends who encourage you to make healthy choices.

On the 10 hour car ride home, my most amazing husband suggested we have a "Week of Clean Living." Aka - gluttony weekend detox. It was rather brilliant, really, and just what we both need to get back on track. We set some goals for the next seven days:

1. Eat out three times or less
2. Exercise 5 times
3. Consume 3 alcoholic drinks or less
4. Eat one meal or less per day involving cheese

We talked about our biggest hangups with a healthy lifestyle. We both currently exercise 3 times a week, so upping to 5 isn't that big of a deal. His biggest issue is cheese. Mine is portion control. It was good to talk about this and set some goals together. It will be easier together.

I got on the scale tonight, and I'm up 4 pounds. Not as bad as it could be. I'll be interested to see what the scale says in the morning.


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YCAMOMMY 8/8/2012 11:16AM

    w00h00!!! Love that your hubby is in the trenches with you!!! Hope your week is going well for you!! xo

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ALEANERCHICA 8/7/2012 3:04PM

    Revel in the good memories of your fab weekend and just soldier on in the quest for health and's about the majority of consistent days, right?

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HKWEST 8/7/2012 8:19AM

    Yay for the amazing and supportive husband! Sounds like good goals for the week. Just what you need to remind you that you can do this, even after an abysmal weekend.

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Success and a challenge

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It's been one week since the fateful Cleveland weight in. I'm starting to think the scale may have been broken. I weighed in today. My scale says I've lost 9 pounds. In one week. What? That is awesome news. I'm confused, but also, I couldn't be happier.

I need to remember this if the scale refuses to move for the next month.

It's also good motivation to stay on track this weekend. Tomorrow we head out to stay with a friend at his cabin on Lake Huron. This is seriously my favorite weekend of the year. There is no phone, no email, no chaos, only fishing, peace and food. That's going to be the challenge. We've been doing this every summer for the past 5 years, and these weekends are characterized by overeating. In a big way. It will be tough because I won't have my food tracker and I won't have much choice over what I eat.

I'm going to try to do two things. First, I'm going to avoid seconds. Even if the food is super bad for me, I can control the situation by controlling how much of it I eat. Secondly, I'm filling my cooler with every piece of fruit and veggie in my house and taking it with me, so I have some healthy options.

I can do this. My goal is just to maintain over the weekend, and get right back on track when I return.

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YCAMOMMY 8/6/2012 8:40AM

    Ohhhhh - I can't wait for an update on your weekend - sounds like paradise!!!

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HKWEST 8/1/2012 10:22AM

    You can definitely do this! And think about the beautiful runs and walks you can have up there! Less stress, more beauty: those things alone can make healthy living more possible.

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ALEANERCHICA 8/1/2012 8:50AM

    You can do this! And have a fabulous weekend.
btw, congrats on 9 pounds gone for good!

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TELFERS01 8/1/2012 6:40AM

  You go!

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