Wednesday, June 30, 2010
This was an exceedingly difficult month to give myself a goal like this-- but I did it! The first half of the month was full of my crazy busy-ness. The second half? My husband's. None of this kept me from my exercise goal, but it definitely made my food goals harder. Being away from home for many meals on top of several parties was, well, often too much temptation for me. And when we were in dire need of groceries and all I had to eat for lunch was a couple of cheese quesadillas, well, I shoveled them right in and considered the salsa my vegetable.
Which leads me to my next thought. Today the girls and I spent the evening in a hotel room-- my husband's hotel room, to be exact. He was stuck downtown all week for a conference for work. Yesterday the girls and I rounded up some food in the food court of a mall. Today I got a wee bit smarter and brought some food from home, but when there is no where to cook, it's tricky to figure out the right things to eat. We are often on a tight budget, which I presume makes it even trickier. Of course, this is assuming that more money affords you to purchase easier, healthier, ready-to-eat food. Is this true? I suppose I hope not.
So anyways. Tonight I settled on cheese and (wheat-free) crackers, yogurt, strawberries, chips and salsa. As you can see, not too many veggies in that line up. And lots of fat.
I'm going to work harder at brain-storming some ideas for healthy eating out of the house.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Iris's birthday and birthday party went mostly fine. I was extremely upset about a few major snafus, but, in the words of my wisdom-filled six year old, everything can't always turn out the way we picture it in our minds. Truer words have never been spoken. I've since calmed down and have now re-considered the party a success. In the end, I think my own delicate feelings were hurt more than anyone elses. Here's a couple of sweet pictures of the party:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
My dear Iris, I love you more than I could ever express. Happy sixth birthday. I hope all of your dreams come true!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Clearly my exercise goal fell completely to the wayside the past few days. Yesterday was more of a day to be hungover and recuperate from the night before, so no exercise then, either. I may not hit my goal, we'll see. This week is actually another very busy, though it still pales in comparison to last week.
Iris is going to be six on Friday. It's a little crazy to think about, how is she growing up so quickly? My girls have seen very little of me over the past few days so I'm grateful to have time this week to play, eat together, do more bedtimes with them. Back to the same ol' same ol'.
Hopefully I get back to posting a little more regularly! And maybe even getting up pictures? We'll see.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Welcome to the June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I fell out of the Carnival of Natural Parenting while I was extremely busy doing a few other things with my bloggy time (like detailing my elimination diet) but it seemed time to jump back in to it.
This month's topic is "Outdoor Fun". I'll be honest: part of me felt a little dismayed about this topic. I'm not going to be some sort of fountain of information about fun outdoors activities. If I had my druthers, I'd be curled up on the couch, even on the sunniest of days.
Hobo Mama and our collective children planting gobs of pea vines.
Playing keep-away with a starfish.
Iris and a friend at the Lincoln Park beach.
The band on the beach.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Garden Treats — Asha at Mom Costume has once again been bitten by the gardening bug — and this time her baby's tagging along for some fresh air and dirt exploration. (@titbagsandsnoot)
- Outdoor Free Roam — Mamapoekie at Authentic Parenting follows her daughter's lead whenever they go outside. (@mamapoekie)
- Summer fun in Austin with a toddler — Jessica at This Is Worthwhile is brainstorming ways to beat the heat in Texas. (@tisworthwhile)
- summer fun… — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children is looking forward to spending the summer outside with her children the way she used to spend summers with her mother.
- Outdoor Fun for Pre-Walkers — Maman A Droit has figured out ways to let her pre-walker enjoy the outdoors. (@MamanADroit)
- Summer Homeschool Fun at Camp Review — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now discusses how Camp Review motivated and captivated her homeschooling family. (@DebChitwood)
- Digging, Tree Climbing and Puddle Jumping — Laura at Laura's Blog bemoans the loss of her girls' climbing tree but knows they'll find something else just as naturally tempting.
- The Sweet Smells of Summer — Erin at A Beatnik's Beat on Life is looking forward to the many smells of summer she and her daughters enjoy and identify. (@babybeatnik)
- June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor Fun — Sybil at Musings of a Milk Maker is a confirmed couch potato who can't help but be inspired by the outdoor opportunities Seattle offers her family. (@sybilryan)
- Take a Hike — Michelle at The Parent Vortex connects with her family and the Earth on frequent hikes in their Pacific wilderness. (@TheParentVortex)
- Following Paul — Julie at Simple Life gives her kids unstructured time to dig in the dirt and pick mulberries. (@homemakerjulie)
- Instilling a Love of the Outdoors in Your Baby/Toddler — Tessasdad at Stay At Home Dad in Lansing offers a photo book of tips for helping your little ones enjoy the outdoors. (@tessasdad)
- Camping, baby! — Jen at Grow With Graces has easy tips for tent camping with a little one. (@growwithgraces)
- Think Outside the Easel for Summertime Fun — Acacia at Be Present Mama finds several ways to bring art fun to the outdoors.
- Outdoor Learning in our Urban Environment — Andrea at Ella-Bean & Co. has found ways to get grass between her daughter's toes, even in the city.
- Outdoor Education — Alison at BluebirdMama offers parents tips and resources for making each outdoor excursion a learning experience. (@childbearing)
- Turning Inside Out — Christie of Childhood 101 finds kids get a kick out of taking indoor toys outside. (@Childhood101)
- Watching Peas Sprout — Deb at Science@home combines fun with purpose in this educational outdoor activity. (@ScienceMum)
- How To Create a Pirate Treasure Hunt & Other Easy Outdoor Pirate Activities (June Carnival of Natural Parenting) — Dionna at Code Name: Mama has pirate-themed play ideas for ye scurvy landlubbers. (@CodeNameMama)
- What We Do — Luschka at Diary of a First Child has managed to expose her 8-month-old to a wide variety of outdoor fun, even with the notoriously dreary UK weather. (@diaryfirstchild)
- Summer Fun — Darcel at The Mahogany Way finds her family's visits to the beach refreshing in so many ways. (@MahoganyWayMama)
- Playing outside without a backyard — Sheryl at Little Snowflakes doesn't let the lack of a backyard stop her family from enjoying the outdoors. There are plenty of things to do outside of your yard! (@sheryljesin)
- Having Fun Outdoors, Playset Free — Guavalicious at They Are So Cute When They Are Sleeping has resisted a backyard playset in favor of the regular backyard. (@guavalicious)
- Moon Gazing with your Toddler — Paige at Baby Dust Diaries is keeping her toddler up at night, but it's for a good reason: to share the wonders of the night sky! (@babydust)
- the great outdoors — The grumbles at grumbles and grunts wonders whether her urban child can experience the same free-range childhood she enjoyed. (@thegrumbles)
- Let's Take It Outside! — NavelgazingBajan at Navelgazing is looking for ideas: how can she spend time with her pre-walker outside this summer? (@BlkWmnDoBF)
- A home by the sea: June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun — Lauren at Hobo Mama is living her dream of a home near the beach, and taking full advantage of it. (@Hobo_Mama)
- An Outside Girl — Zoey at Good Goog moved her family to (almost) the middle of nowhere so that her outdoor-loving girl could have more grass and less concrete. (@zoeyspeak)
- Neighborhood Nature — Kelly at Kelly Naturally has learned to connect with the nature she has instead of mourning the nature she misses. (@kellynaturally)
- Building Lovely Memories of Swimming, Spiders and Gravestones — Joni Rae at Tales of a Kitchen Witch and her family are simply outdoorsy people. (@kitchenwitch)
- "Buh-Bye" Season — Danielle at born.in.japan must leave laundry behind and follow her son's call to the outdoors. (@borninjp)
- Backyard Camping — Becoming Mamas took her family camping very close to home! (@becomingmamas)
- The Color of Dreams — Seeking Mother at Woman Seeking Mother makes gardening magical by teaching her son that each flower is a faery. (@seekingmother)
Thursday, June 03, 2010
On Monday night I did the little routine for working on my abs that I did every day for about five months straight two years ago. Turns out that if you don't work your abs at all (except for stretching them out from all the junk food) then doing the same ol' routine is going to murder your abs. I went on a looooong walk pushing Eloise in the stroller on Tuesday and when I laid down to do the ab work again that night I couldn't even do one measly crunch.
In fact, the abs still hurt tonight. If I'm laying down and want to sit up, I can't pull myself up with my abs at all. Dammit!
No exercise on day three partly because of that and partly because the time completely got away from me and I am eyeballs deep in working on things for my daughters' school auction. I did realize, of course, that this auction was coming up, but I still pressed myself to set a lofty goal. It seems like every single day, week or month I have a solid excuse for not exercising. Now, though, I need to do it. I'll give myself a day here and there to not do anything, but the vast majority of days I can fit in a little something at the very least.
So let this be a lesson to you! Start out slow or you'll be side-lined lickety split!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Every time I set a goal for myself I find it best to log it somewhere in a public place. Even if no one sees it, it feels like it keeps me more accountable to the goal because someone could. When I was exercising more to be at a healthier weight for my wedding it really helped quite a bit, so I'm emulating that here. I wish I hadn't deleted it from my wedding blog, it would probably serve as a great motivation!
So why am I doing this?
My reasons are probably identical to just about anyone trying to lose weight: I want to look better and increase my overall level of health. But I'm not ashamed of my shallowness, the biggest reason is to look better.
I am very tall-- six feet even. I've always been "big boned". For most of my adult life I've hovered somewhere between sizes 10 and 14 without actively doing too much to change that. Since having two kids my body, like the body of everyone who isn't a movie star or supermodel, changed for the worse. My tummy has never been flat, but it's downright lumpy and flabby now. When I worked at losing weight for my wedding I spent several months at it and I think I lost maybe 15-20 lbs. and got to a size 8/10. Ideally that would be my goal now, but instead of focusing on the numbers of the scale I'll focus more on fitting back in to most of my clothes.
That summer, you see, I bought a bunch of new clothes. New clothes that are sitting in my closet untouched since that summer. I stopped caring about eating right and exercising shortly after the wedding and by the time the next summer rolled around nothing fit me anymore. Funny how that happens.
What are the steps I'm taking? Well, they worked well for me before, so I'll do them again:
- 1000 minutes of exercise per month. Included in this is going to be more swimming and work specifically on my abs. No substitute for crunches every night!
- No eating after dinner time except for on the weekend.
- No sweets except for very special occasions. Luckily this will be easier for me since I'm gluten-free right now and for the most part the sweets I come across are cakes, cookies, etc.
- Making healthier food choices. Instead of eating beans with a pile of chips, I'll eat it with a corn tortilla, for example. Nothing huge, just being more aware.
Last time I also put a huge sign up on my fridge to remind myself that looking hot at my wedding was more important than stuffing food in my face. It worked! Ha ha. I don't have a specific goal in mind this time, which makes it a little different, but I'll come up with something. A prize I win if I get to my two-summers-ago size. Any suggestions? Stuff that has worked to motivate you in the short-ish term?
So wish me luck! Track my progress to keep me on track or maybe even join along?