June 28th, 2009
So love, love, love the zoo. We went twice this week, and so I just decided to buy a year-round family pass. It was super affordable, and it is open almost every day of the year. I will have to get pictures of the apes next time. They were putting on quite the performance this afternoon. I would say today was as close as it gets to being the perfect day. Hit the farmer’s market, zoo, lunch, and then made cookies, went for a bike ride, and rented a movie. Just perfect.
June 12th, 2009
These past couple weeks have been busy. I just got new neighbors. The only other house in the neighborhood, brand new, empty for two years, finally sold. They are awesome. Since I consider myself the head of the welcoming committee and the neighborhood association, I felt it important to let them know how welcome they are and how much safer I already feel. I put together a little housewarming gift of a sun tea jar, tea, and homemade butterscotch oatmeal cookies. They told me they were the best cookies they ever had and that pretty much made my day. I took there little gift over in my son’s Radio Flyer wagon with him — our “Welcome Wagon.”
Maybe part of the reason the house sold is because of how much work my mom, brother, and I have been putting into my yard. We replaced all the little bark with big chunky park looking bark and had laid barrier down right before that. NO MORE WEEDS! I have always been of the mindset that if you take pride and care in your home, that neighbors will see what a shining example you are and take heed. I have never had bad neighbors before, so I think my lucky streak will continue.
So as far as my weight, I have easily maintained 134 by playing softball and eating basically whatever I want. I did discover a new dessert/snack. Take some fresh cut strawberries, some sour cream (full fat, baby!), and golden brown sugar. Dip the berry in the sour cream and then the sugar. Soooo good! I have been eating this a couple times a day and notice my cheeks looking rosier.
June 5th, 2009
Man, I have got to lay off the junk. On a positive note, I haven’t gained a pound and have been getting my vegi and fruit servings in, but I am tired all day. I just have completely back off climbing, running, and softball. Once my arch started hurting, I suffered some sort of mental block in running.
All I have eaten in three weeks is pizza and burgers. I mean, not exclusively, but as far as any big meals, that’s pretty much it. I’m not even loyal to any one pizza joint. I need to just completely back off and start keeping my food journal again.
June 1st, 2009
Things have been great. I haven’t even had a chance to hit the gym in about six weeks, but I am playing a lot softball — and winning tournaments with my amazing team. My son and I have been having a blast doing the summer thing. I find the whole dieting thing to be especially easy in the summer, what with all the watermelon, salads, and tons of activity. I have stayed at about 134-137 for a couple months. No gain after eating pizza probably about eight times in the last month alone. It’s all my son who is a picky eater will eat voluntarily. I don’t sweat what I eat at all anymore because I am staying under my caloric mark and always outside. I haven’t even food journaled for six weeks. It’s been a nice break. I am off to wash my jeep in an empty lot outside my house because it is gorgeous outside.
May 9th, 2009
Thought I would do a post about some of the specific foods that have kept me on track. Without these foods, my food journal would look a little less healthy.
I think I have gone through five large potato sacks of grapefruit in the last two months. It would probably be more if they weren’t so time consuming to slice up. I do a fine sprinkling of sugar, to the point where it is still healthy.
McCann’s Steel Cut Oats
Alone, they have a really nutty, richly creamy taste and texture. But after I add butter and brown sugar, what is a beautiful blank canvas transforms into pure magic. The only downside is the time it takes to cook, about 45 minutes all in all. I have not tried the five-minute kind this brand makes because it is pretty hard to mess with near perfection.
About 11 years ago I began working at this really great orthobionomy/Reiki/yoga/health center, and I learned a lot. A tip my boss shared with me was slicing little bits of ginger root up with a slice of lemon and adding that to my water. I ate healthy and was well hydrated that whole summer. I learned so much while there, but other than the free lentil meals they fed me every day at lunch and the 10 pounds I shed, this was another reason I loved working there. These days I am too lazy to throw in the lemon. Sometimes I chop up a bunch of ginger root and throw it in a strainer and drink it in hot tea form. Once in a while with honey. Loves it.
May 4th, 2009
So I think it important to also blog about what rock climbing has done for my body. I have been doing it once to two times a week since early March. I don’t do any weight training along with my workouts, and rock climbing has given my a pilates sinewy shape. I love it! It has changed the way I swing in softball, the way I run, and I don’t have stretch marks anymore. I feel it in my whole body after a workout. The best part of rock climbing is that you can always push yourself further, unlike a lot of gym machines. There have been many machines where I spend an hour and then say to myself, “Now what?”
May 4th, 2009
So baby daddy and I saw State of Play. That is the best political thriller I have seen since Enemy of the State. I snuck in a big bag of sea salt popcorn and a homemade Chex mix.
I wanted to include a list on my page of what I am currently snacking on these days, since that is one of the foremost questions on my mind when I visit other blogs.
- baby carrots and grape tomatoes with sour cream and Ranch mix
- Pink Lady apples sliced like potato chips with PB2
- cottage cheese and strawberries
- any kind of melon, and lots of it
- SF popsicles — usually around 15 to 20 calories apiece
- bowl of cereal
- toast with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray and SF jam
- Skinny Cow strawberry ice cream sandwiches
- pita with 1/3 less fat cream cheese, bell peppers, tomatoes, and turkey
- broth-based soup
- berries and homemade whipped cream
- thin slice of homemade angel food cake and berries
- string cheese
- salad with Olive Garden dressing
- grapefruit with a thin dusting of sugar
- Pringles fat free potato chips
- Hostess snack cakes
May 2nd, 2009
So I went off the wagon from October to the first of January. I’ve spent the last five months working out religously, eating clean, and have hit a weight that I did not think humanly possible for me. I was never able to get below 150 for ten years, and working out and eating right simultaneously seemed to have done the trick. I would always do one or the other before and went on crazy weekend drinking binges for many years. I don’t drink at all anymore and take a fish oil supplement now. I feel great. I have also started to get into running once again since the bad weather is starting to wane. I just can’t stomach running on a treadmill. I hate the sound, vibration, smell — everything about it. Also, I have picked up rock climbing after not doing that for years.
January 31st, 2009
I can’t believe it, but I am 29. Looking a lot better than I thought I would, all because of running. I am back on WW, but it is hard to follow to a T since we aren’t playing softball until late April. These days I am weighing in at 144 to 147. Ultimately, I would like to get down to 135 by summer and maintain. Baby Boy just had his first haircut today. He was getting a long mullet, and my hairdresser made the decision to cut. I didn’t even ask. It must have looked pretty ridiculous.
December 7th, 2008
Well, I have managed to stay at or below 145 pounds. I am not really dieting and am definitely not exercising at the moment. I have the baking bug — dutch babies, sugar cookies with homemade buttercream frosting, blondies, marshmallows, popcorn balls, roasted pecans, basically nothing healthy. It’s been fun though. I can’t wait until ball starts again. I get a nasty case of seasonal depression and I know it’s bad if I feel this way before Christmas.
I am getting baby boy a 7.5 foot teepee for Christmas this year. I would have loved a teepee. Since I turned my office into a playroom for him, it will have its own home. He is running and talking up a storm. He talks to strangers, shampoo, oven mitts, furniture, our Christmas tree, my cat — everything. He is so freaking cute! I wish I could keep up with his energy better. We try to go somewhere every day so as not to get cabin fever. I spend a lot of time in Target, Costco, the mall. On the weekends, we try to do fun things like go to farmer’s markets. In October we hit the pumpkin patch. I joined the YMCA, but it’s just seems like a hassle. I feel really bad about taking him to the daycare — almost guilty. He cries and cries and looks at me like I am abandoning him. So I end up feeling so bad, my workout lasts 20 minutes and we leave or I won’t workout at all and we go to Starbucks. Sucks.