Friday, July 26, 2013

Week 22 Weigh-In!

Last week, as most readers know, I was really bummed about having gained a little bit of weight and nervous about what the future of my weight loss held. This week I adjusted my daily point intake and even tried to work out a little bit. Well... can playing Kinect Adventures really count as a work out? Probably not, but it's the most I'm going to do for now.

Last week I weighed in at 153.6 pounds, and today I weigh in at...

For a weekly loss of 1.2 pounds, making me .2 pounds lighter than two weeks ago, thus putting me officially back on track. Small set-back, and I'm at it again. Still haven't hit 30 pounds or pre-pregnancy weight, but I'm 1.4 and 2.4 pounds away, respectively. Next week, kids, next week.

The most exciting news of the day is that I went shopping in my craft closet and got about 8 new (old) shirts. Mostly smalls I said I would never fit into again, so I was going to cut them up for my t-shirt quilt. Thankfully, I hadn't gotten to these yet. Check out the Basketball Hall of Fame shirt pictured above. I bought this in Springfield, Massachusetts 4 1/2 years ago, wore it once, washed it and it shrunk. Shrank. Shrunk? Whatever. Point is I'm wearing it today. Boom.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Week 21 Weigh-In!

Last week I weighed in at 152.6, and this week...
153.6 :( But at least we have a cute picture from a great time at the Dallas World Aquarium!
Yep, I gained a pound. Talk about bummed. Summertime is hard.

I'd been exclusively breastfeeding my son since he was born, but he's started eating cereal and baby food, so guess what? The verdict is in: I have to lose half of my nursing WW points. Instead of the 14 extra points I have been getting for the past 21 weeks, I go down to 7 extra points a day. This is going to be the first real big challenge for me while on Weight Watchers, and I'm not too excited about it. Maybe I'll start losing weight faster, and maybe I'll not make the adjustment and gain again next week. I'm nervous, because I was ALMOST to losing 30 pounds and ALMOST back to pre-Brooklyn-pregnancy weight, but I haven't hit it yet and it makes me kind of anxious that I didn't quite get there. Honestly, I'm feeling down, like this is the end and I'm not going to lose any more.

Also, I've noticed that I'm losing my focus on just becoming healthier. I have been eating less fruits and vegetables and so just eating less of the crap that I love to eat in order to stay close to my points goals. I'm starting to doubt my self-image, despite how many people are telling me that I look good. For the past 5 months, I've been saying, "Hey- I am getting better!", and "Look, no back fat!" and stuff like that, and now I look in the mirror and just think, "Uggh. You're gross", and that's not right. But this stupid society we live in says so, and the devil looooooooves to get us where we're weakest, like self-esteem and how women value themselves, or rather, don't.

So that's me in a nutshell.

Help! Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get in here? How is there a nutshell that is so big?

I watched Austin Powers the other night.

I'll check in again next week.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Week 20 Weigh-In!

I'm so happy to say that the scale I weighed in on last week at my in-law's house weighed me in heavier than I really was. I didn't gain weight last week after all, because this week's weight loss wouldn't make sense otherwise! Last week I weighed in at 156 and today I am...

Oh man, I am getting giddy. My next goal weight checkpoint is 150, which is what I weighed when I got pregnant with Brooklyn. I am SO close to that. Which also means I am SO close to being skinnier than I have ever been in Houston. Right now I look better than any of my local friends have ever seen me.

The disappointing thing is that I know I'm going to have to start working out again at some point. Losing weight doesn't equal getting a toned body. Boo. Also, Peyton just started eating baby food the other day, so I know my extra points are about to get cut in half. Double boo.

One week at a time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Kids- 6 months and 2 years, 9 months old

I am so in love with my children.

Brooklyn is 2 years and 9 months old. Right now she...

-talks all the time. Full sentences, and everyone can understand her.

-is SO encouraging and precious
    Ex1: She's sitting at the kitchen table with the iPad, watching cartoons. Brandon wakes up on the couch in the living room.
             Brooklyn: Oh, Daddy, did you have a nice nap?
    Ex2: I put on my ID badge to go to the Administration building today.
             Brooklyn: Mommy, you is a teacher again?
             Me: Yes, I am!
             B: Oh, good job, Mommy. I so proud for you.
    Ex3: We stop by College Station on our way home from Dallas. Grandmother jokingly tells her that she's in Grandmother's chair.
             Brooklyn: Oh, sowwy Grandmother.
            And then she tried to get down so Grandmother could sit there instead.

-has been allergy tested. If you ask her, she is allergic to "Milk, eggs, cookies, and all things". Really, the list is milk, eggs, dogs, cats, ragweed, Bermuda grass, dust, and mold. Awesome. But at least now we have a game plan for keeping her insane eczema under control.

-plays by herself. For the first time ever in her life, she's willing to play when no one else is around. The best part is when she sits and talks to her little figurines while we're driving in the car. And everyone has a personality. Today a piece of apple was somebody's sister and the fork was telling Minnie Mouse "no".

-loves me. She loves everyone, including of course, her Daddy and Peyton, but for some reason right now she just genuinely loves me more than I've ever seen her show before. She wants me to hold her, cuddle her, play with her... and she gives the best squeezie hugs.

-is SO smart. She remembers everything. She saw a cemetery today and commented on how the flowers were all standing up, and that at Papa's grave when she went with me, Peyton and Bop, the flowers had fallen over. That was a week ago, and that was a lot of detail for a 2-year-old to remember.

-only likes to color within the lines. This is funny to me. She gets upset when she colors because she says she can't do it. I tell her it looks beautiful, but she doesn't buy it.

-is finally jealous of her brother. He got a LOT of attention in Alabama because he's the new baby, he's rolling all over the place and has to be carried everywhere he goes. It took 6 months, but it finally got to her. She's not taking it out on him. Yet. Worst she's done is repeatedly tell him, "No sir!" when he does something she doesn't think he should.

-has a stubborn streak a mile wide. She would rather sit in time out or get 20 spankings than tell someone sorry sometimes. Other times, like with Grandmother, it just rolls out like it's no big deal. But if it's something she doesn't want to do, by golly, she won't do it unless we force her to 3 hours later.

-has a few catch phrases, most famously: "I not a _____, I a girl".
     Ex1: Brandon: You're a silly billy.
             Brooklyn: I not a silly billy, I a girl.
This cracks me up every time.

-has learned how to mess with people.
     Ex1: Brooklyn: Guess what? Bop went into the *chuckling* ladies' bathroom!              
             Bop (My Dad): I did not!

She is my girl, my love, my sweetheart. She turns 3 in 3 months and wants to have a football party. More power to her.

Peyton is 6 months old. Right now he...

-has TWO teeth. They busted through all of a sudden with no warning the weekend I was in Dallas, which may mean he's not going to be the terrible teether that Brooklyn was.

-loves EVERYONE. He loves faces. It doesn't matter who you are, young or old, male or female, stranger or friend, he wants you in his face and smiling and he will smile at you.

-gets scared by his Daddy very easily. I can't count how many times Brandon has scared him and made him cry by doing the littlest thing.

-can roll every which way. Blankets on the floor are useless now, so I just have to make sure my carpet is clean.

-can sit up in his baby bathtub, but not quite all the way on his own.

-has a favorite stuffed animal and blanket already. Way earlier than Brooklyn did.

-likes pacifiers again. Bipolar.

-hates to be rocked now.

-loves to sit in the crook of my lap when I am in a chair and have my feet up on a table or ottoman in front of me. It's the easiest I've ever been able to put him to sleep.

-still doesn't want to sleep through the night. No big deal though, since he goes right back to sleep after I feed him anyway.

-gets insanely distracted when eating. I can't be making any noise or he's wiggling out of my arms trying to see who I'm talking to or what I'm messing with.

-weighs at least 17 pounds. The boy is solid.

He's my baby boy and I'm just so obsessed with him. I know no one else really cares about all this stuff, but I've got to write it down somewhere!

Top Ten Tuesday: Elton John

I’ve decided to begin a new installment of blog topics called “Top Ten Tuesday”.  Brandon and I love to organize, categorize, and make lists. We’ve been known to create brackets ala March Madness and narrow down the final four Best Actors of our generation. We’ve made a document we call “What Should Have Won Best Picture”. But our most recent fun has been what we’ve started on our road trips: taking every song by a certain artist that we have, put them on my iPod and rank them. First song we hear becomes number one. Then we listen to the next song and decide: is it better or worse than the first? And so on, for possibly a hundred songs or more, depending on the artist. We each make our own list and then average them together to get the final results. We’ve completed this task for 9 bands/singers thus far and are ready to share our results with the world. Or, at least the world of my handful of friends and family who read my blog. Discussion and debate is welcome :)

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday artist…

Elton John
(Brooklyn picked this photo because she likes his pink glasses :))
 -We obviously like Elton's slow stuff better than the fast, as this is the only legitimately upbeat song to make the list.
-Personally, I'd be fine if this was left off the list completely, but Brandon loves The Lion King. The song has pop culture importance, I'll give it that.
-One of the best songs to sing along to where we all fake knowing the right words.
-Epic ending.
-Very interesting, because Elton remade his own song to honor the fallen Princess Diana. Noble and beautiful, but we were ranking the original about Marilyn Monroe anyway.
-The build up from piano to forte, from sentimental to GETTING IT (what's the musical term for that, anyway?) is what I love.
-This one seems out of place in the top ten at first glance. Now go listen to it. It's much better than it ever gets credit for.
-That piano... ahhhh.
-Echo the sentiments of number four. Listen to it. It's gorgeous.
-Classic beauty, the definitive Elton John song. Something every girl wants sung to them.

I'm awaiting all the people who love songs like Daniel and Bennie and the Jets that to us are just annoying. Let's go.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Life According to The Beatles

I found this little gem hiding on Facebook Notes tonight and decided it was worth sharing.

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)".

Pick Your Artist: The Beatles

Are you a male or female: Girl

Describe yourself: A Taste of Honey

How do you feel: Getting Better

Describe where you currently live: Here, There and Everywhere

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Penny Lane

Your favorite form of transportation: Drive My Car

Your best friend is: In My Life

You and your best friends are: Wild Honey Pie(s)

Your love life: Oh! Darling

What's the weather like: Here Comes the Sun

Favorite time of day: Good Day Sunshine!

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey

What is life to you: Magical Mystery Tour

Your fear: Maxwell's Silver Hammer

What is the best advice you have to give: Act Naturally

How I would like to die: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

One Wish: Come Together

My soul's present condition: Let it Be

My motto: Ob-la-di Ob-la-da (Life goes on)

It MAY be about time to play again with someone else :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Week 19 Weigh-In!

I'm sorry I'm slacking on the photos, but it seems like I've been everywhere but home when I need to weigh in and don't ever bring my camera cable with me. Maybe I just need an iPhone...

Last week I weighed in at 155.8 and this week I weighed in at...

156 (Pictured here with my precious son, Peyton and beautiful cousin, Anna Kate)


I'm a little surprised it's less than a pound of weight gained this week. I spent the whole week in Alabama, and it's a wonder anyone can be thin in that state. The food is ahhhmazing. Always. From two full days of driving and eating fast food for each meal to my Grandmother and Grandaddy making fried chicken, fried squash and super sweet tea to having something other than Cheerios for breakfast (read: biscuits, sausage, more fried chicken) to the peach cobbler, key lime pie and chocolate pies that were available for dessert... I'm not upset about a weight gain. May not have been good for the body, but it sure was good for the soul.

Next week I'll have a loss to report, but I'm not too broken up over a .2 pound weight gain if I got to eat THAT good for a week. Everybody needs a vacation, even from eating healthy :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Re: Alyson... Music is So Wonderful

A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law Alyson posted this fun throwback on her blog. She said it reminded her of me, and it made me remember how much I love games like this :) So here you go. Happy Monday!

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line (unless the first line reveals the song title) from the first 15 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and song title correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is cheating.
Step 5: If you like the game, post your own!

1.     Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind wanting to start again? 

2.     I could have been a sailor. Could have been a cook. 

3.     A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly and is also known as a buster. 

4.     To this world I'm unimportant just because I have nothing to give. 

5.     I look at her and have to smile as we go driving for a while.

6.     No I can't take one more step towards you, 'cause all that's waiting is regret.

7.     Don't need no dreams when I'm by your side- every moment takes me to paradise.

8.     The young man stands on the edge of his porch- the days were short and the father was gone.

9.     When my pass came in, you dropped the ball. It didn't change the way I feel.
10. When you refuse me, you confuse me. What makes you think I'll let you in again?

11.  Goodnight, my angel, time to close your eyes, and save these questions for another day. 

12.  I know there's something in the wake of your smile. I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yeah.

13. Now listen to me baby (Oh oh oh oh) Before I love and leave ya (Oh oh oh)

14. Into the crossfire / Faithfully run / Middle America / One on one

15. Is this a dream? If it is, please don't wake me from this high.