Aug 31, 2011

S-U-C-C-E-S-S, That's the Way You Spell Success

Weight Scale

Or at least that is how the cheer from the cheerleaders went when I was in high school.

Well I have finally completed my first weight loss goal, 10lbs gone in 6 weeks. Whew, that was hard.

Now my goal is to maintain this for a while then work on another 5lbs.

I have to give a shout out to my hubby who has been very supportive and is now wanting to lose a little weight too. And also to the program LOSE IT! This is the easiest program I have done.

Aug 30, 2011

First Day of Preschool

So today was the day. The day I left my child at preschool.

Though he has been going to Museum School for 2 hours, one day a week for a year this is different. This is 3 hours, 2 days a week and he eats lunch there. And for those who know us this is a big deal.

So how did this morning go...well fairly well. In other words when we got to the door my son said bye mom, went in and never looked back.

So what pray tell did mom do for her 3 hours of freedom, mani/pedi, massage, shopping, get together with the girls? No I sat in my car for the first hour cleaned out my coupons and read on my book. Then I was brave enough to venture 3 blocks down the street to the grocery store to pick up a few thing. Then right back. I ate the lunch I packed in my car then went in and sat in the waiting area for the remaining hour and read some more on my book. Exciting right?!

However, it worth all my anxiety and staying close when my son bounded out of class and his first words were, "mom, I had so much fun today in school!"

So as the year progresses I will get out more and more. Who knows maybe I will be able to tame, my, separation anxiety.

Oh and there are no pictures because he was not still enough fo me to get one! Maybe later in the year.

Aug 26, 2011

Time Marches On

Five years ago this month I found out I was pregnant with my son and now in the blink of an eye I am going to meet the teacher day at preschool. Where did the time go? Why did it seem to move so slow when I was waking up 3 times a night for feedings and now it seems like a freight train is barreling down the track taking my baby with it?

That being said we had a great time at meet the teacher day for UCC Weekday School. My son just seamlessly left my side to play with new friends and new toys. Mrs. Stroud and Mrs. Moore seem very sweet and caring. I did my best to mingle with the other parents and appear not to be nervous in the service. It was nice that there were already a child or two there. I meet Lacy and her son and then Laura her daughter. So I have made some new contacts just like my son.

It will be an interesting years I am sure filled with wonderful adventures and learning experience for me and my son.  But will someone tell me how to slow this train down!

Aug 25, 2011

My Two Squares




These are my two feet. These are my two feet standing on the two squares designated by my son for me to stand on while he brushes his teeth. He doesn't want me to help brush his teeth but he want me there to, in his words. "supervise".

Amazing what children pick up from listening to their parents conversations. Don't ever be fooled that they are not listening, they are!

Aug 22, 2011

A Mommy Head Slap Moment

So we headed back to the Museum today. We were having a great time when JN suddenly cratered and complained of his knees. Turns out he has hit another growth spurt and his knees are once again popping in and out of joint, OUCH. So we stayed a little while longer but soon headed to the car. When we got in he immediately took off his shoes and said his feet were hurting. So I checked it out and sure enough his toes looked like they had been squished. Unbelievable, overnight his feet have grown and his shoes are too small. I swear I just checked them last week and they were fine. UGH! Head slap not only are his knees hurting but his shoes are too small and here we were walking around the Museum.

The only consolation I have for being such a bad mommy is that on our way home he says, "Mommy, I had a great time at the Museum today. It was so much fun!"

*sigh*

Aug 19, 2011

My Son...The Human Recycling Center

The other night at dinner my 4 year old son informed us that he was a recycling center. Um, okay son can you explain how that is?

The machines, fork and spoon, move the material into my mouth. My mouth is the yard. My teeth are the crusher that makes the material smaller to go down the conveyor belt, throat, to the recycling center, my tummy. Then my tummy takes the material and recycles it to make my body strong.

Well he has the concept down.

We stopped there in the digestive process, thank goodness. The rest his daddy can teach him.

Aug 18, 2011

Museum Day

We went to the museum earlier this week and I was reminded of some things:
1. My son really loves going to the Museum!
2. We don't go to the Museum nearly often enough, because my son ran around to try and see everything not really stopping to see anything.
3. My iPhone camera doesn't take very good indoor pictures with poor lighting, so they turn out blurry and grainy. I sure it has nothing to do with my child's inability to stay still. ha ha as you will see below.

First, we have to hit the bubble tubes.
He loves the bubble tubes.
Then the medical area
This is the entry way to the kids area with a big gator head to walk through
Digging for dinosaur bones (not long it was too hot)
A little aerodynamic experiment
Next a little physics
A puzzle with Texas Brands
The new Aerospace Exhibit.
Learning about all types of aircraft.

Aug 16, 2011

The Slump Week

As with every time I have tried to lose weight about 3-4 weeks into the program I hit a slump. The point in the cycle where the newness has worn off and the pounds don't seem to come off as quicky.

This is when old habits start to creep back up, I don't watch my portions, I rationalize why I can have those French fries or one Dr. Pepper won't do any damage. The week that I don't lose any weight but actually gain a pound or two.

Last week was that week. I ate out too much, ate too much and sat on my rear. And yes as a result I gained a pound. True that it is more than likely water weight with all the salt I consumed but weight is weight.

So it is at this point in this journey that I either redouble my efforts or just say the heck with it and eat what ever. Many times in the past I have chosen the latter and that is why I am in the shape I am in. But not this time!

Yesterday I put the food scales more pominently in place. I have downloaded a pedometer to my iPhone and am determined to press on. I have stocked up on more fruits and veggies and whole grains.

I know this will continue to be a battle for me. It is hard to break 40 years of habits. But I can and will do it!





Aug 15, 2011

A New Appreciation for the saying...Eating You out of House and Home

When we found out we were having a boy my husband told me to get ready, boys eat a lot. Growing up in a house with 3 boys he should know. But me, growing up with all girls I thought naa my boy will eat reasonably and didn't think another thing about it.

So he was born, took all of his feedings, rarely cried for more, moved on to solids ate well but still not a big eater. He has never really been a snacker, if I gave him one great he would eat it but did request one. Up till now it was a hit or miss on if he ate at the meal or not.

Then someone turned on the eating switch. OMG, starting last week he eats everything I put in front of him and ask for more most meals. Also he is warm all the time, not fever warm, but mommy my metabolism kicked in warm.

So here we go...My grocery bill just doubled!

Aug 14, 2011

Sleep...Wonderful Sleep

9, count it 9; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9---9 hours of glorious sleep. Yep, that is how many hours of sleep I got last night. 9, did tell you it was 9!

The reason I am so over joyed at the number 9 is that I have not had more than 6-7 hours, and those are interrupted hours, of sleep since the second trimester of pregnancy when I developed pre-eclamsia. That was almost 5 years ago!

All through out the remainder of my pregnancy, infancy, night time feedings, changing, waking up for a dream, in addition to taking care of a ailing family member, transitioning to a new bed, etc...I have not had the sleep only non parents can boast about.

So I will shout it from the rooftops! 9 hours of sleep!

For those of you with little one's just know it will eventually come to you too. For those working 2nd and 3rd shifts I feel for you and would never want your job. Hopefully you can enjoy sleep soon too.

So I am starting off another great Sunday with a body full of energy. Now lets see how long it last!

Aug 13, 2011

It's the Little Things

Sometimes in life it is the little things that make your world a happier place. Like getting to sleep in past 5:30 am for the first time in 4 months. Or waking up on that morning to the sound of rain which you haven't heard or seen for 2 months. Or getting to spent the morning with your family and eat breakfast together. Yes it is the little things in life that makes it a better place. That is my world this morning!

I hope everyone finds the little things in life that make them happy.

Aug 6, 2011

Gaining (demanding) Independence

This is a recurring statement in our our house:

"I'll do it myself!!"

From brushing teeth to going potty, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

Getting his meals and taking off his clothes, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

Getting in his car booster seat and the bathtub, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

While this in a way is a great thing, he is growing and become more self aware...it is hard on mommy.

Not because I have to go behind and redo or clean up the "mommy, I'll do it myself!" chosen task but because my baby, my only child no longer has a great need for mommy. Of course unless something is wet, tears, blood or urine.

Yes I know this is all a natural process. Yes I know that he still needs and wants me to help (sometimes). But darn it it's still hard.

And that is my mommy moment for this Saturday!

Everyone have a great weekend!




Aug 4, 2011

And the Journey Continues

For those of you who read this blog you know that about 2 weeks about I started out on yet another journey to lose weight and eat more healthy. I am doing this for two reasons, 1) to be more healthy and 2) to set a better example for my son.

So now two weeks into this I am now eating things like this:

 

Instead of things like this:






I feel much better and I have lost 7 lbs. I have more energy, less headaches, and am sleeping better.

There are two tools that have helped me tremendously in this process, the app Lose It (also a web based program for free) and my digital scales.

Good heavens have your ever really measured out a serving of Cheetos! Well I do now and what I was eating was well beyond a serving. So the point is that I do not deny myself the occasional treat but I now have a better handle on how much. This way I don't pig out when I have Blue Bell, Snickers or Frito's. And I am now more likely to sit and munch on a bowl of cantelope and grapes than grab a bag of Cheetos or a handful of peanut M&M's. Also I don't buy those things anymore.

So I will continue down this road and continue to update here, more for documentation to myself, but I hope you enjoy reading too.