Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sample Day

Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of herself looking stunning in a blue dress on her way to a wedding. She then, at our request, posted a sample menu of what she eats in a day and it was really great to see!  When I was using My Fitness Pal I could access my friend's food journals and see what they were eating and that helped to give me some good ideas and keep me accountable.  So I decided that I would share a typical day (with Weight Watchers points) with all of you.  If it helps you...great, if not...no biggie.

I get 26 WW points a day, but I'm still nursing so I get an extra 7 for a total of 33 and 49 flex points to use throughout the week, usually on wine, as I see fit.  Here is a typical 33 point day.

Breakfast

2 cups of coffee with two turbinado sugars and 3 tbs of half and half (I never skimp on coffee) - 5pts

Shakeology Shake (banana 0 points, 1/2 cup pineapple juice 2 pts) - 5 points total

1 cup of fresh blueberries - 0 points

Total breakfast points - 10 points

Mid Morning Snack

1 cup of watermelon - 0 points

Lunch

1 hard boiled egg - 2 pts
1/2 red pepper - 0 points
baby carrots - 0 points
string cheese - 2 pts
Quaker Rice Cake Caramel Corn - 1 point

Total lunch points - 5 points

Mid Afternoon Snack

Two bite mini cup cake vanilla - 3 points

Dinner

Mongolian Beef - 8 points
Brown rice 3/4 cups - 4 points
steamed asparagus 1/2 cup - 0 points

Total dinner points- 12 points

Dessert 

Tea with 2 sugars and a little bit of 1% milk - 1 point
Fiber One 90 calorie lemon bar -2 points

Activity

P90X3 Complex Upper - 2 activity points
P90X3 Ab Ripper - 1 activity point

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It's not perfect.  I try to eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but I also struggle with a massive sweet tooth.  I try to get moving almost every day...usually 6 days a week.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Holy Hormones

The other day I woke up and it was weigh in day.  I was pretty good on my Weight Watchers and my P90X3, I didn't run this past week, but I was still looking forward to a loss.  Nope.  I gained 1.5 lbs.  Hmmm...kinda bummed but I'm trying not to focus on what the scale says, but I do hate seeing the numbers going up.

I take a look at my stomach, because every morning I like to see if anything changed over night, and it looks all bloated and bleh.  Whatever, I'll cut back on carbs, I think to myself.

Then randomly in the day I get a wave of exhaustion.  Not uncommon because Arya is still, still, STILL not sleeping through the night, but it's more of a bone weary exhaustion, not a "I need coffee" exhaustion.

Later on I start to feel a blackness inside my heart.  I'm just kind of down in the dumps, not feeling myself, feeling pretty sad and blue.  I just chalk it up to a bad day, but then BAM...period.

I wasn't expecting it because since I'm still, still, STILL nursing, my cycles are kind of unpredictable and all over the place.  I've only had 4 periods since Arya's been born, however this is my third consecutive/quasi predictable one so I'm pretty sure I'm back to cycling as usual.

This period hit me a little harder than they usually do.  I'm hoping my hormones level out because it took me a good day and a half to shake off the funk.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Worst Things About Summer

I love summer.  I love long hot days, dips in cold pools, sandy toes, and frozen cocktails.  I love not having to rush out the door in the morning and sitting in hours of traffic.  But every rose has it's thorn and I'm in just an ornery enough mood to make a list of the worst parts of this sultry season.

The Towels

I swear to God as if I don't have enough laundry to do I do a load of towels a day.  Why do you ask?  Because instead of leaving the pool towels to dry over the pool fence so they can dry and be reused the next day, people bring them in and leave them in a wet heap on the bathroom floor and I have to wash them.  Plus everyone is taking lots of showers to wash off the chlorine and sweat and sunscreen.  Lots and lots of towels.

The Bugs

It's like once the mercury passes the 80 degree mark the seven circles of hell open up and out flies every dragon fly, mosquito, wasp, bumble bee and other insect that has me jumping 50 feet in the air every time one buzzes by my ear.

The Sunscreen 

Apply it, reapply it, make sure you remember to apply it to weird areas like your under butt cuff and hair line.  Remember to reapply it to the kids, forget to reapply it to yourself and then boosh...sunburn.  Plus it's like trying to wrestle a greased pig getting it on wiggly little ones.

Skimpy Clothes

It's hard to hide muffin top and upper arm jiggle in tank tops and crop tops.  Staying cool while staying covered is a true summer time art form.

Even with it's killer bugs and damp towels, summer still pretty much rocks my socks off.

iLuminate Off B'way Giveaway

iLuminate is a visually groundbreaking ballet that is performed completely in the dark.  The only illumination comes from the electric costumes of the performers as they perform about six short scenes that tell the story of good vs. evil.  Watch the dancers fight dragons and fall in love to a background of modern music.  The visuals are spectacular...like nothing you've ever seen before.


iLuminate is 50 minutes long with no intermission and is being shown at New World Stages in NY, NY.  I'm going to see it next week and I can hardly wait!  There's something so much fun about getting ready to have a night out in the city with your daughter (or friend...I haven't decided who I'm taking yet).  You can purchase your very own set of tickets to see iLuminate by clicking HERE or you could win your own chance to see the show by entering my giveaway.  

One lucky reader will receive a voucher for two (2) tickets to see the show.  Vouchers are valid for performances up to August 29, 2014 on Mondays @ 7pm, Wednesdays @2pm or 7pm, Thursdays and Fridays @ 8pm.

Such a great opportunity if you live, or know someone who lives, in the area.  I'll update with a review as soon as I've seen it.  I can't wait!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vasectomy

I wrote a little while ago about how I knew deep in my heart that I was done having babies.  Andy feels the same way.  We just know that we are done.  We love our girls, they are both happy and healthy.  We can afford to take care of them and splurge a little for nice things every now and then.  We're happy where we're at.

So that left the question of birth control.  I refuse to go back on the birth control pill because it turns me into a stark, raving lunatic, plus I always forget to take it and I know of too many "I forgot to take my pill" babies.  Condoms aren't for me (I'm not single or 16).  So Andy agreed to get a vasectomy.

It was a fairly simple procedure.  He had it done yesterday.  I wasn't really even worried about it even though he went under anesthesia.  I was more worried about the recovery.  Meaning that he was going to be a pissy, whiney baby for a week making me wait on him hand and foot while taking care of the kids and the house.

He's not that bad.  A little pissy and moany, but not too bad.  He's more just uncomfortable.  He's mostly lying on the couch with a bag of peas on his crotch, but he's in good spirits.

I'm so glad that it's done and we don't have to worry about pregnancies or anything like that.  We still have to be careful for a little while until he gets a sample tested, but I'm feeling very relieved!

Friday, July 18, 2014

She Devil

Remember how I used to write about what a sweet and happy baby my Arya was?  How she laughed at everything and was quick to smile?  How it was so easy to keep her content?  Well now she's turned into a little she devil.

Seriously.

That girl wants what she wants when she wants it.  If she doesn't get it she full on yells in your face.  Not cries, screams at the top of her lungs in anger/frustration.  She also will throw herself on the floor in the cutest little temper tantrum you ever saw.  Sometimes she even bites.  I don't think they make baby muzzles though, do they?

Just biting my toes

Here are some things that set her off:

  • when I don't let her walk on the table
  • when I don't let her eat rocks
  • when her sister tries to hug me or sit on my lap
  • when someone is eating food and she wants some
  • when it's time to change her diaper
  • when she wants to be picked up and you don't pick her up the nanosecond she says "up"
  • when she thinks she can climb the stairs by herself
  • when her sister won't share her ice pop
The life of a one year old is just rife with tribulations isn't it?  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I've Lost

Since starting P90X3 I've lost a lot.  Not a ton of weight because Weight Watchers had already gotten me within my goal range.  I truly think that weight loss is more about what you eat, but exercise can help you out of plateaus and help sculpt your body and boost metabolism.  But I most definitely lost some pounds and a bunch of inches.

When I first started the program I weighed 123 lbs (my goal is 115) at the end of the 90 days I weighed in at 116.8 (I've been hovering around there since, summer is a little harder to stay on point with my eating).  So that's a total of 6.2 pounds.

I also lost inches:

Waist:  2.5 inches
Hips: 1 inch
Chest: 0.5 inch
Arms: 1 inch
Thighs: 2 inches

I've also lost most of my excuses.  "I have no time" I'm worth 30 minutes a day.  "It's too hard with the kids"  I do it after bed time or during Arya's nap.  Sometimes Isabella does it with me.  "It's too hard"  Each video has a modifier so I can do what I can until I'm strong enough to do more.  When I first started I couldn't do a push up off my knees...now I can.

I feel stronger, leaner, more healthy, and more fit.  I'm not promoting this program, I'm not even a beach body coach.  Just a happy customer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mommy Obsession

Arya is obsessed with me.  Like legitimately she stalks me.  She follows me around the house like a shadow.  If anyone is holding her and she sees me she puts her arms out for me to take her.  I'm the only one who can hold her in the pool.  She runs around the house yelling "mommy, mama, mama, mommy".  She can always be found under foot.  I haven't peed by myself in eons.

I think this must be what it feels like to be a celebrity.  To have someone follow you around, yelling your name 24/7 when you're just trying to live your life in peace.  It's like living with a very tiny paparazzo whose very income depends on getting a shot of you with no make up on.

It's incessant.

On the one hand it is very wonderful that she loves me so much.  On the other hand it's also nice to do the dishes without being yelled at to hold a baby.

I had hoped that this obsession would have waned since I've been home from work, but it seems to have just intensified.  You have to see when Isabella tries to get a hug in, Arya will storm over and scream in her face and try to smack her away from me.  Isabella totally uses this to torment her sister.

Hopefully, she'll get a grip on reality soon and realize that daddy and grandma are just as cool.  Maybe then I can pee in peace.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A New Leaf

So I've been kind of wishy washy lately about blogging.  Mostly because I'm kind of running out of things to write about.  I've pretty much got this mothering thing as under control as I'll ever get it, which means it's always "just" eluding my grasp.  But also because of the reaction I get from some of my posts.  If I'm in a bad mood and I vent on here I get comments saying that I might be depressed...or I might just be having a bad day.  If I write about being jealous of someone else I get lectured.  Mostly I just brush it off, but sometimes it kind of bugs me.

But I've decided to kind of turn over a new writing leaf.  One this is my space so I'm going to write whatever the hell I want and the comments are your space so you can write whatever the hell you want.

In regards to the actual writing.  There's so many things in my life that I'm passionate about besides my kids, although my writing probably will stay mainly focused around those two silly girls.  But I love to cook and share recipes.  I love good wine and craft beer.  I love to exercise and run...well I like to exercise and run.

So there's no reason why my writing shouldn't reflect all the facets of my life.  Fuck trying to fit into a niche.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

90 Days Later #p90x3

So a few months ago I started using Tony Horton's P90X3 DVD's in conjunction with Weight Watchers, Shakeology, and running.  To say that these dvd's ramped up my fitness goals in an understatement.  I feel stronger, leaner and tighter.  I still have a long way to go and right now my focus is getting my eating under control (I've been a crazy snackster lately), but I'm happy with my progress.  I'm happy that my clothes fit.  I'm happy that I'm starting to see some inkling of muscle tone instead of just flabby loose skin.

Here's a comparison pic of me on Day 1 and Day 90



I'm not one to put pictures of my bare belly on the interwebz, especially since I won't even wear a bikini in my own back yard, but I'm just so proud of my progress.  I'd still like to lose about 5-6 more pounds and continue to tone and tighten.  This is still a very much "in progress" picture, rather than an after.  But what a difference 90 days can make!  

Plus I have a total crush on Tony Horton so that helps!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th

Hope you and your families had a great, and long, independence day weekend!  Ours was pretty quiet, but nice.  Andy had to work so after a day of swimming and playing in the backyard instead of watching the fire works we all kind of just zonked out.

Oh well...there's always next year!







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I Don't Quite Fit

Social media is a beautiful and terrible thing.  It allows us to share our lives and connect with people we thought who were for sure out of our lives, lost somewhere in the sands of time.  But now we can know what the girl who sat behind us in homeroom 10 years ago ate for dinner last night and we know that the guy who grew up next door from us is "feeling excited" about the World Cup.

But it also allows us to feel vulnerable...to see what we're missing out on, to see what we "should" be doing.  For example, it seems that every group I've ever been a part of is still as thick as thieves, save for one...me.

The girls I went to grammar school with are all still BFF's.  They've been friends for half their life time. Their kids are friends.  They get together for birthdays and play dates and weddings.  They're each other's bridesmaids and god mothers and so on and so forth and I wonder how I faded out?  Was I ever really "in" in the first place?  Did I just drift?  Do I drift?

Even the girls I was friends with in high school.  They meet for drinks.  Some of them are closer than others I'm sure, but a big chunk of them are active in each other's lives.  But again, not me.

It leaves me to wonder what is "wrong" or "off putting" about me.  Is there something unfriendable about me?  I love the friends I have now.  My friends at work have been in my life for nearly ten years. My main group of girlfriends have been there for me just as long, but they've been friends since they were kids.  I don't have anyone in my life at this point who knows anything about me when I was growing up.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Freedom


Schools out for summer!  I always get a bit anxious at the very start of summer vacation.  So many long days ahead of you to fill.  Sunny days that just scream "go outside...do something productive" and two kids to entertain.  I don't know what's more annoying, trying to find something to do or packing up the kids in an attempt to get out of the house.

But I settle in.  I find a routine and then I love summer vacation.  I like just the right balance of lounging around and doing things.

And I have to say that so far that my summer is off to a great start.  I started off the last day of school going out with my teacher friends and getting totally wasted.  Like really, really wasted.  We drank and danced and sang and laughed and it was totally awesome.  I have really good drunken dance moves.  It felt so good to get out and blow off some steam, especially since I didn't have to drive (it's all about responsibility).  It felt good.  It felt fun.


Then we went upstate with some of our closest friends and another couple with all of our kids, except I left Arya with my mom.  The drive was too long and there was no way she would sleep in a pack and play so she got to spend a little QT with Grandma.  Isabella just loves the outdoors.  She had an awesome time riding the quads, petting the horses, and running around and playing in the grass.  She was so good!



Then there was a family trip to Sesame Place which was actually really fun.  You never know if Arya's gonna be a pill or not, but she was really good.  She's just at that age where she wants to run free and just can't.  


I think I've earned myself a little down time to just kind of bum around the house...and maybe a little bit of ice cream.  I just like having the freedom to do what I want without having to worry about work, grading papers, choosing an appropriate outfit, commuting.  Although I do still have two little bosses to answer to.  Happy Summer!