Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat June 23 - June 29




BillBlueEyes
06-23-2014, 04:54 AM
Summer is just perfect right now: Meals on the patio, short sleeves everywhere, windows open at night. For a short spell, I'm happy with the thought that I don't need four seasons - I could just live like this.

However, my maintenance is slipping with the good weather. Perhaps I need shoveling snow to stay the path. It's a bit easy to sit on my patio with a good book savoring the moment instead of being out burning calories.


Mudpie
06-23-2014, 06:57 AM
Good morning! We had a beautiful summer weekend - great start to "official" summer. The days are just right up at my house but a bit cool still for work down at the lake. I am wearing shorts, t shirt and a jacket down there. Still it's nice to be outside at home on the patio without a coat.

This is my final week for my online course in human behavioural genetics. DH wants to start studying Spanish right after it ends but I'm going to ask that I have the rest of the summer "off" from that. I want to enjoy my weekends from now until September.

I had a moment of clarity re Cuba. I'm planning a trip which I would be able to do in the fall, when I traditionally go on vacation by myself. But going to Cuba in February means I will be exhausted by the winter. So I've decided on a nice compromise. We will take the red-eye to a resort and, now that I have the Cuban bus schedule (Google is a great thing!), I can bus to Havana when I get too bored laying around.

Good week all!

Dagmar :beach:

paperclippy
06-23-2014, 08:26 AM
Good morning! Today is day 1 of me being 100% on plan and working to lose this pregnancy weight. I think I am done with my breast pump (at least, I've been down to 1x/day, and only pumped 2oz this morning, so I am planning to not pump anymore, but if it gets too uncomfortable I might have to). I signed up to do a 12-week program called MuTu which is designed for moms with diastasis recti from pregnancy. It's mostly an exercise program, but has a food section that basically boils down to the Michael Pollan approach -- eat whole foods, mostly plants. I posted more details about it in the other thread but it's basically daily core exercises and walks, and 4 HIIT workouts per week.

I'm not counting my calories yet. I'm going to try to just prepare myself healthier foods that are more volumetricized. Does anyone else feel like the further into maintenance you get the more you are just combining bits and pieces of various diet programs?

In other news, C is sick. We're taking her in to the doctor in a couple hours after her morning nap. Hopefully it is just a respiratory virus or something -- she started with a kind of wet-sounding cough only during mealtimes yesterday, then last night was coughing some during the night and this morning when she gets agitated her breathing sounds raspy and makes a funny honking sound sometimes. My worst-case scenario brain is thinking "omg she has pneumonia and is going to have to be hospitalized and intubated and she's going to die" but my rational brain says it's probably just a cough and she'll be fine in a couple days. A seems to be unaffected. C is acting fine other than being a little fussy and has no fever.


alinnell
06-23-2014, 09:23 AM
Jessica~yes, I always feel as if I'm combining the best of every diet I've ever tried. And C sounds like whooping cough (that honking noise gives it away). DS had it when he was about a year old. Not so bad that he had to be hospitalized but he did have to have meds. They say that when the cough gets bad to take them into your smallest bathroom and turn on the shower to hot to steam it up and then sit there and breathe the steam in. Good luck.

traveling michele
06-23-2014, 09:53 AM
Good luck with C! Whooping cough is going around. I would assume that A will probably catch it. Hopefully not though.

paperclippy
06-23-2014, 09:58 AM
Gosh, I hope it's not whooping cough! They have been vaccinated, though I know it's not 100% effective. It doesn't sound like the youtube clips of whooping cough though so maybe it's something else. I guess I'll find out soon as our dr appointment is in 45 mins. Hopefully she will wake up from her nap in time. :p

paperclippy
06-23-2014, 01:55 PM
Well, the good news is it's not whooping cough! C has croup. The doctor gave us a prescription for a steroid to help with the inflammation of her airway so she will be able to breathe better. A doesn't have it yet but I wouldn't be surprised if she gets it very soon.

krampus
06-23-2014, 02:15 PM
May the croup be gone very soon, paperclippy!

Add me to the "summer bulking season" group. I went camping and lazy river tubing all weekend and ate so much I was 119.8 this morning after a sweaty 5K run. 116.8 Friday morning.

CalCounter1003
06-23-2014, 02:33 PM
Jessica, as soon as I read honking I figured it was croup. My DD got it quite a bit even up to 4 years old or so. It seems like some kids are just prone to it, sounds awful and scary!

I got back from the four day trip and managed to stay at the same weight. The food wasn't that good until the last night. I leave Thursday for CA! I don't know how I will stand it without a scale for a month. May have to buy one.

alinnell
06-23-2014, 04:57 PM
Croup! That was the word I was searching for this morning! Not whooping cough! But then I have to admit that it was before 6 am and I had not yet had my coffee. Jessica~glad it is "just" croup but even croup can be scary with that honking noise.

ICUwishing
06-23-2014, 07:32 PM
Been there, once. :( Not fun at all! Sounds like you jumped on it quick, which should reduce the misery for everyone. Poor baby! (I mean all of you!)

apo9
06-23-2014, 08:19 PM
Well...I have been able to maintain my weight at 136-139 lb for 1 full month now and it has been a tough time.
I am able to keep my calorie count to approx 1400 to 1600/day.
That is with no snacks,no sugars and no seconds
I do not eat after 6:30 pm and am in bed by 10pm.
It has been a disciplined time but worth it because I have not gained.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and find it hard to exercise because of my feet.
Now that I have lost weight I think I will join the Y and swim for exercise because of the RA that is the best exercise without putting strain on my joints.
I have been following all the chicks here and cheering them on their eternal weight control.
Keep it up girls.

Sheila53
06-23-2014, 09:02 PM
Ah, the croup. My "baby" is 30 years old, and I can still remember when she had the croup. She woke us up out of a sound sleep around 1:00 am with that scary honking sound. My other kid, DS, never had it so I had no idea. My DH took DD to the ER, but by the time he got there she wasn't coughing anymore. The humidity where we were living took care of it. No meds as I recall, just told to take her into the bathroom and run hot water. Luckily, it didn't last long.

As a first-time parent, you'll be running to the dr. or urgent care for all sorts of things--wait until they stuff something up their noses that you can't get out. Both my kids did that when they were about two or so. DS stuffed a vitamin C up his nose (that hurt as it started to melt and hit the mucous membranes), and DD went the more "normal" route with small rocks.

CalCounter1003
06-24-2014, 09:11 AM
Well...I have been able to maintain my weight at 136-139 lb for 1 full month now and it has been a tough time.
I am able to keep my calorie count to approx 1400 to 1600/day.
That is with no snacks,no sugars and no seconds
I do not eat after 6:30 pm and am in bed by 10pm.
It has been a disciplined time but worth it because I have not gained.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and find it hard to exercise because of my feet.
Now that I have lost weight I think I will join the Y and swim for exercise because of the RA that is the best exercise without putting strain on my joints.
I have been following all the chicks here and cheering them on their eternal weight control.
Keep it up girls.

That's great on one month! It does sound like you had to be very disciplined. Swimming would be great for you! I hope you can join soon.

paperclippy
06-24-2014, 10:18 AM
Welcome apo9! Congrats on 1 month!

C seems a little better this morning. A still is fine. Hopefully this will be a short-lived problem. Meanwhile, we took them to the dentist and apparently they are about to pop out some molars and some more teeth!

canadjineh
06-24-2014, 07:56 PM
Hi all, just lurking & reading... What eventful lives you all have, makes me glad there are no kids at my house, lol.
Maintaining w/o problem since early March - eating anywhere between 1600 & 1800 cal a day. Doing without salty snacks especially between dinner & bedtime :D

I do a lot of my exercise in the water too, because of Arthritis - although not rheumatoid. Hey it works when you go for it and don't just bob around... :swim: I'll be starting summer bike patrol for our RCMP Citizens Patrol, so that should add a bit to my exercise list on MFP. :bike2:

paperclippy
06-26-2014, 01:20 PM
:welcome: canadjineh!

Worrying about C again today. DH just sent me an email that she has developed a rash. He called the doctor's office and left a message but hasn't heard back yet. She seems otherwise fine -- she's still coughing some from the croup, just had her last dose of the steroids they gave us for that. No fever, no runny nose, nothing else. We'll see what the doctor's office says. If it's not related to the croup, I'm thinking it's possible that she's allergic to the non-fluoride toothpaste the dentist gave us since we started using it two days ago and it's the only new thing she's been exposed to.

Mudpie
06-26-2014, 07:13 PM
:welcome: canadjineh!

Worrying about C again today. DH just sent me an email that she has developed a rash. He called the doctor's office and left a message but hasn't heard back yet. She seems otherwise fine -- she's still coughing some from the croup, just had her last dose of the steroids they gave us for that. No fever, no runny nose, nothing else. We'll see what the doctor's office says. If it's not related to the croup, I'm thinking it's possible that she's allergic to the non-fluoride toothpaste the dentist gave us since we started using it two days ago and it's the only new thing she's been exposed to.

Just guessing here but would the steroids cause the rash?

Dagmar :dizzy:

bargoo
06-26-2014, 09:04 PM
Jessica, a true story about grown up identical twin boys I worked with a girl married to a twin. These folks happened to be of the Morman Faith Her husband had already completed his mission and his twin was just returning home, they offered him a place to stay in their home until he got resettled One day she came to work and said " We had to ask Chris to leave, "Lt is just too freaky living with two guys who look just alike.

Mudpie
06-27-2014, 05:18 AM
Jessica, a true story about grown up identical twin boys I worked with a girl married to a twin. These folks happened to be of the Morman Faith Her husband had already completed his mission and his twin was just returning home, they offered him a place to stay in their home until he got resettled One day she came to work and said " We had to ask Chris to leave, "Lt is just too freaky living with two guys who look just alike.

One of my cousins is married to an identical twin. She and her twin sister and he all lived together for a number of years, splitting a house, before he married one of the sisters. He IS able to tell them apart but he said at times it was a bit hard for him and he had to really look :lol: before he went to kiss his then girlfriend.

I just finished a course online in behavioural genetics and some of the research they do involves twin studies, both of identicals and fraternals.

Dagmar :cool:

paperclippy
06-27-2014, 08:50 AM
Bargoo, that's funny, I can imagine it would be difficult especially if she hadn't spent enough time with the twin to be able to tell them apart! Have you seen the youtube video of a little girl meeting her dad's twin brother for the first time? Google it, it's hilarious.

DH is taking C back to the doctor today since the rash is spreading. When he talked to them on the phone yesterday they thought it might just be a heat rash and said keep an eye on it -- steroids are often used to treat rashes so it shouldn't be a reaction to the steroids. I told DH to take the toothpaste along to the doctor in case there is some ingredient in it that is common for allergies. It could also be from whatever virus caused her croup in the first place, because A doesn't have it. The croup seems about the same as before.

JayEll
06-27-2014, 09:02 AM
When he talked to them on the phone yesterday they thought it might just be a heat rash and said keep an eye on it -- steroids are often used to treat rashes so it shouldn't be a reaction to the steroids. I told DH to take the toothpaste along to the doctor in case there is some ingredient in it that is common for allergies. It could also be from whatever virus caused her croup in the first place, because A doesn't have it. The croup seems about the same as before.
There are people who react to cortisone, and the symptoms are usually skin symptoms. It's rare but not unheard of. You can check it out on WebMD or other medical sites. It would be unusual for one twin to be allergic to the toothpaste and the other not--or are you only using it for one?

paperclippy
06-27-2014, 09:12 AM
Jay, they both have been using the toothpaste, but while identical twins are more likely to share allergies it's just an increased chance, not a certainty. DH is taking them in at 10:45 so I will find out more info then. C's last dose of steroids was yesterday so she's not getting any more in any case, if that is the culprit!

canadjineh
06-27-2014, 12:40 PM
Papaerclippy, hope things get figured out for C soon. Poor thing, it is miserable being sick when you are very young, and hard on the rest of the family too. Hugs to you.

CalCounter1003
06-29-2014, 01:43 AM
Monterey is amazing! Arrived on Friday a day late due to weather making me miss my connection. I love the weather! I'm so used to awful humidity, this feels amazing and it is beautiful! DD and I have walked tons and eaten a lot too. I'm going to hate not having a scale, but I'm going to just use MFP and exercise and not eat too much junk! Going to cook dinners during the week so those will be healthy. DD became vegetarian a few months ago so I'm going to cook some different things. I'm in such a rut on what I eat at home. If you read MFP log, you'd think how can anyone eat the same things so much! So this will be good for me to mix it up. We went to a great Mediterranean restaurant for lunch and I got what she did, a falafel pita. Excellent. Then we got a few pieces of chocolate from Seas Chocolate.

It is so awesome to be away from home. I really needed the break. Even though I don't work at my full time teaching job in the summer, I hadn't gone anywhere in two years. While she is working I will use that time to exercise, do what I need to do for the online class I teach, prep for the college class I am teaching next semester, and work on my app.

DH comes here the last week I'm here. I think he will want to move here, as do I!

alinnell
06-29-2014, 10:56 AM
Monterrey is beautiful! Are you going to the aquarium? It's a must see IMO.

traveling michele
06-29-2014, 12:00 PM
Glad you're enjoying Monterrey! I missed what your app is?

Agree with Allison on the aquarium being a must see!

bargoo
06-29-2014, 10:04 PM
Triple the aquarium!

CalCounter1003
06-29-2014, 10:20 PM
Triple the aquarium!

Yes! We saw the aquarium! It was great! Especially the otters. Then this afternoon we did the 17 Mile drive and saw 2 otters on one of the sight seeing stops! There were seals also. We were so excited, as were the many other people at the stop!

I released one app which is called "Letter Sleuth" - only for iPhone. It has a few bugs that I have to work out -- the ads don't work properly and something happened to the leaderboard. But the game itself works. I have plans for 2 others but not sure that I can get them done before school starts - but am trying!