Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weight Watchers (Week 1)

After summer break and a week of teacher workdays, I was glad to get back to a routine this week.  At work, I don't have time to mindlessly munch here and there throughout the day! 

I was proud of myself for packing my lunch four days this week.  I planned ahead, and packed most of it the night before so I didn't have much to do in the mornings.  That was a lifesaver!  I've been a huge fan of Mission Carb Balance tortillas lately.  They're only 2 points plus (most bread is 3pp), and so yummy!  I've been filling them with either chicken or turkey, lettuce, tomato, and light mayo or light ranch dressing.  We always order out on Friday, and I feel like I made a pretty good choice--a personal cheese pizza (thin crust) and a side salad--and still stayed within my points.

Since it was the first week of school, things were hectic and I came home exhausted every day.  I didn't do nearly as much cooking as I had planned, and we ate out once.  What I love about Weight Watchers most is the extra Weekly Points.  I dipped into those when I needed to, and didn't feel like a failure for doing so because it was part of the plan.  (When I was just counting calories, I felt like I had completely fallen off the wagon every time I went over my calorie goal.)  I'm also loving the "free" fruits and veggies.  Knowing that they're 0pp is definitely helping me make better choices.

I didn't work a single time this week.  Eeek!  I'm blaming it on the first week of school, and vowing to do better next week!

I feel like it has been a pretty good week, but I know I can improve in some areas next week.  (Working out being one of them, obviously! :-P)  Even though the loss wasn't as high as I hoped, I'm okay with it.  It's within the 1-2 lb range of maintainable weight loss, and it's a start! :)

Week One
-Lost 1.2 lbs!
-23.8 lbs to go.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weight Watchers (Week 0)


I've struggled weight-wise this summer.  I haven't gained, but I haven't lost either.  I've fluctuated a lot.  I've stuck to using My Fitness Pal, tracking calories and exercising for most of the summer.  Now, I'll admit things haven't gone super well the last two weeks because of being on vacation last week and teacher workdays this week, but, other than that, I've tried to stay on track.

But I'm stuck.  I've been stuck at this weight for awhile now, and I'm ready to move on.  (Down, that is.)  I made the decision to join Weight Watchers just to switch things up a bit, and I'm adding another keep-me-accountable component: the blog.

Does this make me nervous?  Ohhh, yes, it does.  First, I'm talking about my weight, which has always been a conversation topic I like to avoid.  Second, I'm putting myself out there, which means if I fail, you'll know.  While that's scary, it's also motivating, and that's what I'm counting on.

After years of fertility treatments and then a pregnancy, I was at my highest weight ever after I had Aniston.  I was so embarrassed.  I'm still embarrassed when I look back at those pictures.  I truly started making an effort to lose the weight in February 2012, and I lost thirty-five pounds.  I've kept it off, and I'm proud of that, but I want to reach my goal weight.  I've thought about my goal weight for years, but, honestly, I've never thought I could make it.    My current weight is where my body likes to settle, I think, and it seems so hard to lose more.  It's going to take a lot of hard work and determination, but I'm ready to fully commit to making it to my goal weight.  Like I said before, I'm using the blog--and you guys--to hold me accountable.  I plan to post my progress every Saturday.

I can't wait to see what I'm capable of.

Week 0
Pounds to Lose: 25.0

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Confessions

Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with Leslie today for some Friday confessions.

As I was getting ready for the first teacher workday on Monday, Aniston asked what I was doing.  After I answered her, she looked at me in disbelief and said, "You mean our summer is over?!"  Haha!  I felt the same way!

I hated to see the summer end, but I'm glad to be working again.  I love what I do, and I'm excited to start a new year with a new class.  As crazy as it sounds, I love schedules and routines.  I crave it.  I feel so much more productive already!

By 'productive' I mean at school, not at home.  After spending all week in my classroom and bringing home this to work on at night, my house is a disaster.  And laundry?  Yikes.  We've designated tomorrow as a cleaning day.  I'm dreading it already.

After almost three years without cable or satellite, we're having Directv reinstalled on Wednesday.  I. cannot. wait.  We cancelled our service shortly after Aniston was born.  We didn't really have time to watch tv, and just didn't see much of a need for it.  Plus, it was a great way to save a little money every month.  We've used Netflix and Hulu since then, and really haven't missed it until lately.  I'm fairly certain the NFL Sunday Ticket was really what changed B's mind, but I'm so excited about having a DVR again.  It's the little things. ;)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Celebrating with Treat.

I love greeting cards.  I always have.

I can--and often do--spend a ridiculous amount of time in the card aisle at Target looking for the perfect card.  I want it to look the right way and say the right things. 

On July 29, B and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.  That's eight years of marriage, but we dated for five before that, so that's thirteen years worth of cards we've given each other.  There are only so many ways a greeting card company can think of to say, "I love you." 

So when Treat, a division of Shutterfly, contacted me I knew I wanted to design a card for our anniversary.  Given how much I love Shutterfly, their products, and their service, I knew Treat was destined to be fabulous too.

Treat offers personalized greeting cards and gifts.  As soon as I clicked on their site, I fell in love.  All of the cards can be customized, from the pictures to the wording...even the fonts.  (And you know how much I love cute fonts!)  After you design the card, you can choose from three delivery options: 1) mailed to you; 2) mailed directly to the recipient (you only pay $0.49 for the stamp); 3) delivered electronically.  Since I was planning to give the card to B, I chose to have it mailed to me this time but I can't wait to try the other options.

The card arrived in three days, and it was perfect!  I was really impressed with the quality.  It's printed on a heavy, sturdy cardstock.  The pictures are clear, and everything looks exactly the way I designed it online.  B loved it, and so did I.

The best part?  (Other than having a one-of-a-kind card, of course.)  The price.  For less than the cost of an average card, you can have a card that's personal and fun.  There are tons of options for any occasion you can think of, and the possibilities are endless!  I've spent hours looking at and designing cards for all of the holidays and occasions we have coming up this year. 

I think I've found my new card aisle.  ;)

**Card courtesy of Treat.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Beach Trip and a Few Other Things

Whew!  The last two weeks have been so busy!  I'm trying to hang on to every second of summer break, and it is flying by!  Every day seems to go faster than the day before.  

We spent last week at the beach, and had SO much fun!  It was Aniston's first time in a hotel, and she was just fascinated by everything....especially the elevators.  This was our very first 'just the three of us' trip--every other time we've been with family or friends--and we had a great time.

At River City.  
Aniston thought being able to walk to dinner was the neatest thing ever.


 I love this picture from the aquarium!

Aniston and her Build-a-Bear, Chicken.  Bless.
We kept her busy--playing on the beach, going to dinner at fun places, shopping,
Build-a-Bear, Ripley's Aquarium, and more--but I'm pretty sure she loved playing at Chick-fil-a most.  Sigh.

B had to go back to work on Wednesday, but, thanks to some awesome planning, Aniston and I didn't have to go home yet.  He dropped us off by Kesha's beach house, and we stayed with them until Saturday. 

I've spent most of this week working in my classroom...and shopping for it.   I love buying classroom decorations and school supplies.  B thinks it's a problem. I have no idea why. ;)

 Aniston helped in my classroom this week too!

So, between coming back from vacation and trying to get as much done in my classroom as possible this week, there hasn't been a spare minute lately.  I'm slowing down next week, though, and planning to enjoy my last week of summer break!

**While we were on vacation, B and I celebrated our eighth anniversary.  Check back tomorrow for a post about that, and the neatest opportunity I had through Shutterfly!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Confessional Friday: A Day in the Life

{Last week's Confessional Friday was all about day-to-day life.  I wrote this post last week, but never got around to posting before the link-up closed.  So, I'm posting it this week!} 

I've never done a "day in the life" post before.  Looking back, I kind of wish I would have done a couple of posts like this every year so I could remember what things were like at different times, especially life with Aniston at different ages.  But I guess there's no time like the present to get started with that, so today's the day! 

Friday, July 11

7:30 am--B leaves for work.  Loudly.  Love the guy to pieces, but he can't be quiet in the mornings to save his life. 

8:00 am--Aniston is up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  This girl goes from sound asleep to wide open in about half a second. I try to buy more time by having her crawl in bed with me, but it doesn't work.  After watching less than half an episode of Daniel Tiger, she's up again and looking for her "super pups".  (If you haven't been reading lately, Aniston is a huge fan of the Buddies movies and likes to pretend that she and the schnauzers are super heroes.  Bless those dogs.)

8:20 am--The super pups have been located, and there's a wild game of tag going on in my house. 

8:30 am--Breakfast. Aniston eats yogurt (she calls it "o-gurt") and fruit.  I have a Quest bar.  I'm not a big fan of breakfast foods, and this is an easy and quick way to get a jump on protein for the day.  It's also a "cleaner" type of protein bar.  I love the cookies and cream.  The cookie dough and apple pie kinds are good, too.

9:00 am--I get ready while Aniston watches Super Buddies.  She's distracted by the movie, so the real-life super pups sneak away and try to hide.  They're not very good at hiding.  She finds them quickly and forces them to play dress up with baby doll toboggans and Tinkerbell wings.  I'm sure they're wondering when summer break will be over.

10:00 am--Aniston and I head out to run errands.  We drop by the surgeon's office to pay what is (hopefully) the last bill from my gallbladder surgery, then go to the bank to make a deposit into Aniston's savings account.  The teller doesn't offer her a sucker, and she is beyond disappointed.  (Things like that can shatter a three-year-old's day, you know.)  After the bank, we go to Walmart where we spend $76 on random things.  (Am I the only one who walks out of Walmart every time thinking, What in the world did I buy?!)

1:00 pm--Lunch with Nana, Papa, and Uncle Eric.  We order pizza and Aniston eats a lot. 

2:30 pm--Back home for rest time.  (Aniston is fighting naps with a vengeance right now.)  While she rests, I do a couple of loads of laundry and straighten the house. 

4:00 pm--We have "school time" and practice naming shapes and drawing lines.  We work on the letter 'A'.  I nearly lose my mind and wonder if she'll ever write her name.

4:30 pm--Brooke calls and we make impromptu dinner plans.

6:00 pm--Dinner with Brooke, Reid, Kennedy, and Avery at a local barbecue place.  Yum!

7:45 pm--Home to change clothes quickly, then back out for a run with Brooke

8:00 pm--Last night, we ran at the park and there were bugs everywhere.  We were constantly swatting, we couldn't open our mouths, and they were all over us.  Gross.  Not wanting a repeat, we go to the track at the school instead.  No bugs!  We walk a lap/run a lap for an hour and burn some of those calories from dinner.  Brooke pushes me (which I need because I tend to be a quitter.  ha!), and at one point we run half a mile without stopping.  I'm not a runner, but I'm trying, so this was a big deal.  I leave the track feeling pretty proud of myself. While I'm out, B puts Aniston to bed.

9:15--After I shower, B and I watch a couple of episodes of Mad Men on Netflix.  B always, always, always falls asleep when we watch tv, so after about 20 minutes I'm watching by myself.  One of the characters has gained a lot of weight.  I wonder if she really gained that much for the part, or if it's just one of those fat suit things.  Turns out, I'm not the only one who spent wasted time thinking about it because as soon as I type "did Betty" in Google, the first search suggestion it gives is "did Betty really gain weight".  (Answer: fat suit) 

11:30--I wake B up and we head to bed. 

And that was my Friday.  Riveting, right? ;)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I Just Needed You

Before Aniston was born, I was going to be the perfect parent.  I watched (and, admittedly, sometimes judged) parents all the time--in the grocery store, at the beach, in restaurants, wherever.  As we were going through fertility  treatments, I was especially harsh in my appraisal of parenting skills, and often had thoughts that started with, "If we have a baby, I'll never..."

Fast forward three years, and I'm dealing with a stubborn, headstrong three-year-old.  I've had to go back on those "I'll never..." statements so many times I've lost count.  There are days when Aniston and I struggle with each other from the minute we get up until the minute we go to bed.  It's often a battle of wills between the two of us, and most definitely a power struggle.  Sometimes I lay awake at night and wonder if I did the right thing, chose the right battles, gave the right answers.

There are days when I wonder if I'm doing this right at all.  Am I a good parent?  When she's grown and has a child of her own, will she look back and think I was a good parent?

Today was one of those days.  It was her second day of swim lessons, and it didn't go well.  She wouldn't even put her feet in the water (even though she loves the water and swims often), or let her instructor touch her.  She screamed and cried for me.  I was frustrated, and, truthfully, so very embarrassed.  All of the other kids in her group were doing so well, and there was mine, pitching a huge fit.  I tried to talk her into going in, her instructors tried, I took her out to calm down and then went back in...all to no avail.  Finally, after I realized she just wasn't going to stop, we left early.  My patience was gone.  I talked to her on the way to the car, as I buckled her in, and as we started home about the way she behaved.  Even though I knew I should let it go, I couldn't.

And then, she spoke up in a small voice from the backseat, "But, Mommy, I just needed you."

I just needed you.  And, just like that, my perspective changed a bit.  She's three....only three.  She has trouble separating from me in new environments and situations, and that's normal (believe me, I read article after article after we got home to make sure).

I just needed you.  She needed reassurance, familiarity, love.  Yes, she has to learn to do things on her own, but in that moment she needed me...because I'm her mommy.  Her rock.  Her safe place.  When things are uncertain, new or scary, she looks to me for help.  And would I want it to be any other way?

Being a mommy to this little girl is the biggest blessing I've ever received--I've said that time and time again.  What an amazing, yet scary, thought to know that I'm responsible for helping her to become the person she's meant to be.  She's looking to me to be her constant, to help her grow and gain independence and confidence, and to provide just the right amount of support until she's willing and ready to fly on her own.

I just needed you. 

And I'll always be there for you, sweet girl.  Always.

I'm linking up with Jessica and Alisha today.