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. 

Pizza and hamburgers

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.

Rock Climbing

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?”  

Birthday month!

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.

Holidays!

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.

So I think I like my weight

October 11th, 2008

I have been at 142 for about a month and feel great.  I, ideally, would love to lose another seven or eight pounds, but really love the jeans I am fitting into now.  Baby Boy has been walking, along with crawling, but will probably be only walking here shortly.

My health has been good and I started the YMCA yesterday.  I barely have to pay anything, which I appreciate.  It is the nicest Y I have ever been to.  They will watch my baby every day while I work out for three dollars a month.  I was going to join another gym, and they wanted so much money; then the guy showing me around the gym tried to talk me into joining his pyramid scheme.

 

’80s Bachelorette Party!!

October 5th, 2008

Here are some pics of Friday night.  We had a blast.  It was my new sister-in-law’s bachelorette party.  I just love her.  

I have kept at about 141 pounds.  I would like to lose about seven or eight more pounds slowly over the winter.  I feel great, but maintaining is way too easy!

Backing off

September 24th, 2008

So the past couple weeks I have really laid off running as much and tried to incorporate some more calories every day.  I have been a little looser with my diet.  I haven’t gained or lost.  I bought two pairs of size 4s two weeks ago and would like to stay fitting in them.  I don’t think I would look very good in a smaller size.  So I guess I have reached my goal in a way.  The weight just really started to melt once I hit 145, and I didn’t want to keep that momentum going.

Running I had to back off of anyway since I started getting headaches.  I have cut my running time in half and am just going for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour.  I think I was just pushing myself too hard and not eating enough for the calories I was losing.  I think it just hit me hard and along with the headaches, I was having a hard time healing.  Hopefully I am a hundred percent soon.  I think I might be maintaining at this stage.  

142 and holding

September 18th, 2008

So for some reasons the headaches are back, but not as bad.  I am still able to function now as they are not totally debilitating.  I feel like crap though, with softball and it getting darker earlier, I have been having a hard time fitting in running.  I am about to pop out the door for a run right now though since my mom is going to watch Baby Boy for me.

I am staying around 142-145 weight.  I am scared if I lose anymore, I won’t fit into my size 4 Gap jeans I just bought.  Shouldn’t be too hard to not lose!  Just trying to find that happy medium.

The pic is of my friend Lisa and I at the Hyde Park Street Fair.  Lot of hippies — okay, deep down I am a total greenie.  I love watching the belly dancers and there’s live music, just a good time.  We are going to do a 5K in October called “Prison Break.”  You run around the prison and the guards are there to direct you.  Can’t wait!

I felt light as a feather….

September 13th, 2008

….after I fit into a size 4 at Gap.  I have never been a size 4 — ever!  I am actually beaming.  I am going out with a friend tomorrow night and I am going to show off my new size 4 jeans.  I can’t freaking believe it!  This is such a huge milestone for me; I just had to share.  I have to admit, I actually feel really good about myself when I look into a mirror these days.  I mean, I used to love, but absolutely dread shopping.  Now I just love to try on clothes to see how they look.  Things I would never have attempted to put on years ago because my back is too wide or because the print makes me look bigger.  

I don’t think I have ever been so confident.  The other great thing is that I am not having headaches anymore, as of today.