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Still Here, but Really Tired...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This is the 3rd week of 4th grade for my son. He seems to be enjoying it. He was really excited when his teacher allowed him to choose a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book for his book report!

I've never been good at logging on & doing everything I should, but recently, I've considered myself lucky when I can find time to just get on the computer!! I am in the process of starting the business (with my 9 year old) that I had mentioned in an earlier entry. I'm also typically working 6 days a week at my "part time" job. Don't get me wrong, I love my job!!! And the extra money sure helps offset the cost of starting the business, not to mention the other bills. I seriously don't know how people who have to work 50, 60, or more hours a week do it! I'm exhausted and living on caffeine!
I even veered way off course with my eating habits for about a week. I only gained about 6 pounds (thank goodness it wasn't more). It was at the end of August between my son's and daughter's birthdays and their party. Our home was full of ice cream and homemade cake and cookies. I did okay considering all the temptations, but I did partake a little too much at times!

The good news is that I discovered that if I put vanilla soymilk and Splenda in my coffee, it tastes like the expensive coffee that I swore off when I found out how many calories it was.


Back to School

Monday, August 20, 2012

A week from today, my son will be in the middle of his first day of 4th grade. His 9th birthday is Aug 26. I hope that his teacher lets us bring cupcakes for the class. I know its a bad eating habit influence, but since only about 1/2 the class does birthday cupcakes at school, it averages out to 1 cupcake every 2-3 weeks. Wow. I wish that was all the cupcakes I ever eat!

I read the article about childhood obesity today & commented on it. Honestly, I feel that is a parent's responsibility. My son's school has a monthly online breakfast & lunch menu. On Sundays, after church and before I leave for work, my son & I look at and talk about What he wants to eat for the week. If he wants what the school serves, we highlight that day and highlight (in a different color) what he will order. For example, if he wants a hot dog, he must choose fruit & veggies over french fries. If he wants french fries, he chooses the entrée salad. Its not a perfect system, but at least he is learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy and is learning to make choices for himself. Some of his teachers have also commented on how they are impressed with him passing on the junk, unlike so many other kids.
School lunches should be healthier, but lots of kids won't eat the healthy stuff because all they get at home is junk. That info was from the cafeteria coordinator last year. I eat lunch with my son at school occasionally and from what I've seen, its true. Most kids who buy lunch only pick at the fruit and veggies they get served. Unfortunately, some of the packed lunches aren't much better. I see kids pick things off their sandwiches, play cafeteria football with grapes, eating only the bag of bbq Lays chips and the fruit roll up for lunch, and worst of all, kindergarteners with a can of soda in their lunch box. Seriously, what kindergartener needs soda?
In conclusion, the whole system needs an overhaul. However, we need to be creative for now and simply do the best we can with what we have to work with. This starts at home. Good luck to all you parents and a healthy school year!!!


My Plan Worked!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I got on the scale today, something I dread, only to find that it was going to be a good day. According to my scale, I've lost nearly 8 pounds. I was shocked!

About 2 weeks ago, I realized that I was not losing weight, even though I was exercising regularly. I have a serious portion issue. I thought long and hard about my situation. I usually eat vegetarian for breakfast and lunch to try to get in extra fruit & vegetables. However, I also tend to put alot of cheese and other high fat (not to mention calories) "toppings" on my food. So, My "semi-vegetarianism" wasn't working as well as planned. It's good to know your weaknesses.

After some serious thought, I decided to go vegan for a couple days each week, vegetarian for a couple days, and eat healthy but whatever I want (within reason) for the remaining 3 days. Eating vegan has actually been one of the best things I've tried. I have began to use less toppings on other days and have already learned that a little meat can go a long way. I've also learned that gorging myself on fruits and veggies does not make me feel sick the way that gorging myself on bread, meat and dairy does. I also don't generally gorge myself on the vegan days. I'm actually learning what it feels like to be full and not stuffed! It's amazing!

There's still work to be done. I have to get the carbs/protein/fat right. The protein can be tricky for vegans (well, so I've heard). But, all in all, I think I've finally found an eating plan that works for me!

I've also learned that I can say no to anything for just one day!

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HANAVAS 8/18/2012 2:14PM

Good job taking the time to see what does and doesn't work for you!

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Jogging is hard to do...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I went jogging today, again. I still don't like it, but have come to view it as part of my routine. I left at 9am and got back around 9:45. I ended up walking 3/4 of the way.

I have plantar fasciitis and some days it just simply hurts to stand, walk, etc. There is a 2 inch bone spur in each heel. Today, it doesn't hurt as much, so I went jogging. The more I jogged, the more it hurt. It really gets me down because I entered the Sparkpeople 5k and will do the Autism 5k in October with my son. I want to do this, but some days the door is slammed in my face!

I've had physical therapy and been released, but aparently I'm not doing something right. My doctor said that alot of people who run or jog have plantar fasciitis. It also supposedly happens to overweight people more.

I will stretch alot and maybe be able to jog tomorrow. Does anyone know (from personal experience) if yoga might help?


Food...........aka. Ode to Peanut Butter and Dr. Pepper

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

As I was making lunch for my daughter and me, I started to really think about food. We are eating whole wheat pasta topped with chopped green pepper and a little mozzerella cheese with apple slices and celery sticks with peanut butter for dipping. Outside of the peanut butter, it is a pretty healthy lunch.

My kids and I are all peanut butter oholics. My husband's weakness is chocolate. Needless to say, Reese's Peanut Butter cups don't last long in my home! I realized from early on that any diet that says do not eat peanut butter simply isn't going to work for me. It is good to know things like this when you are trying to lose weight.

That being said, I'm in a very peanut butter mood today. I had PB Captn Crunch for breakfast, but only 1/2 cup, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Lunch could be a lot worse, too. Everything in moderation, I suppose. Peanut butter, too, dang it!!! I'm sure that every one goes through this at some point in their weight loss journey. It seems to be a lesson that I must learn again and again. Too bad I haven't learned it at all when it comes to Dr. Pepper. Hmmm, I really don't want to go there right now.....

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BRENJET 7/18/2012 12:16PM

    That's the best thing about the difference between a "diet" and a healthy lifestyle...We can still have peanut butter!!! Yay!

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RONNIEHUEY 7/18/2012 12:14PM

    I leave peanut butter in my diet! emoticon

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