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Mommy Guilt, the Joys of Salad, and Running

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Well, I'm stressing about my baby girl. :-( Girl Scout camp finally posted a bunch of pics last night, but the only one I can find her in is a group shot and she's kind of standing off to the side with her arms crossed, not looking very happy. I'm REALLY hoping she was just having a low blood sugar moment...she's like me, she gets super grumpy when she's hungry. She makes friends easily and is generally upbeat, so it really wouldn't be like her to just decide she's going to have a rotten week. But I'd feel a whole lot better if they'd post a pic of her having fun!!! I'll be monitoring the website for sure. Now I kind of wish they didn't post pics, I'd rather not know, LOL!

Anyhow, my lunch salad yesterday got me through till dinner...I had an apple late in the afternoon, and a handful of chips because a coworker had brought in chips and salsa for another coworker's birthday and she makes an awesome salsa! I had more salad with dinner - we did a chorizo hash recipe from cooking light that was super yummy:

Mexican Chorizo Hash

Today, true to my word, I got out and did some running while Paul took Bam-Bam out for a walk. I decided to try running two minutes, walking three. I crapped out at a minute and a half on the last set, so I did another minute and a half at the end. So, a total of 11 minutes of running. Which probably sounds pretty wussy to you REAL runners out there, but that's more running than I've done in quite a while! So I'm actually feeling proud of myself.

Going out to lunch today, will try to find another good salad. :-)

Keep on plugging, everybody!

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FLORNH 7/31/2014 4:15AM

    Nice to hear that you are able to run again!

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AHORSEY1 7/30/2014 3:52PM

    That's 11 more minutes than I ran!! You should feel proud! Great job and enjoy your runs.

Happy Sparking!

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Comparing Notes with Girlfriends and Trying to Get with the Program

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Had dinner (and a lot of wine) with a couple girlfriends last night. We split two thin-crust pizzas and two salads, good stuff. The nice thing about Kate being gone is that I wasn't in any hurry to get home in time to tuck her in or anything, just had a long relaxing evening with them.

But I'm missing my girl! And hoping she's having fun. (We're not allowed to call or anything, part of the whole gaining-independence thing which is good of course.) Starting today, they're supposed to be posting pics on the camp website every night, so you know I'm going to be on the computer tonight to check that out!

So, I've been comparing notes with various girlfriends around my age lately, and we are all coming up with the same issues. Harder and harder to lose weight, more and more frequently having digestive issues after eating certain foods (particularly carbs), feeling super frustrated about our bodies. I don't know if this is pre-menopause or age or both, but we all seem to be in the same boat. :-p

I am just feeling SO fat right now, and of course I am - my heaviest weight ever. I have been wallowing in a bit of a pity party, but it is time to yank myself out of that and start DOING something about it. Soooo...

Today I was walking out to get something to eat, and I thought, mmm, a big sandwich sounds good.

And then I thought no, I REALLY should get a salad.

And then I thought oh, I can do that tomorrow.

And THEN I thought, NO. I can't keep putting this off to tomorrow.

So I popped into my favorite coffee shop, which always has a variety of pre-packaged salads to go. I went with the Cobb because it had hard boiled egg and ham in it - I figured maybe all that protein would help prevent me from feeling deprived and just eating rabbit food. ;-) It was actually really yummy - ham, egg, bleu cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and romaine. And a really good dill dressing on the side. I also grabbed a fruit cup, yum - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and purple grapes.

I actually - at the moment, at least - feel full. Much to my surprise. ;-) Of course, with the bleu cheese and all, I don't know if it was a super-low-calorie salad, though I did keep the dressing on the side. And either way, I figure it had to be healthier than the turkey-on-a-HUGE-french-roll, with Doritos on the side, that I had for lunch yesterday! So I'm feeling pretty good about it. Baby steps, right?

The other advantage of salad (besides being a healthier option) is that it is very conducive to the whole "take your time while you eat" thing. It's almost impossible to wolf down a salad, right?

So I am going to try to do salads for lunch for a while, if I can bear it. Understand that I only started eating salads at all a couple years ago, in an attempt to eat healthier, and I generally only have them on the side when I do eat them. But it's time to ramp things up. And to get those carbs down!

I'm also pondering a way to work running back into my schedule again. It's really hard to run with the pooch, because she has no interest in jogging - she wants to flat out run, LOL! Which I can't do for very long. But since Paul and I generally alternate walking her, I'm thinking that maybe I will try to start running 2-3 of the days that Paul is on pooch duty. No more excuses!

Stay tuned. :-)

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FANNYMANSON 7/29/2014 4:53PM

    Yes I am in my 40s too! I have a salad with an egg and about 1oz of diced turkey breast for lunch every day and I always feel full. If I want a little something sweet I have a banana with Smucker's Natural peanut butter and a sprinkle of granola on top.

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Baby Girl Is Off to Girl Scout Camp!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Well, we put Kate on the bus this morning to Girl Scout Camp! It was a rough morning - she was really excited up until last week, and then I think reality hit. She held it together well this morning, but totally fell apart and started sobbing when it was time to line up for the bus. :-(

Thankfully, two other girls from our troop were also going, so they were doing a good job of trying to buck each other up (and the other two were in a lot better shape than Kate). I honestly don't know if we would have gotten her on the bus if she hadn't had friends there! I'm sure she'll be fine once she gets there, she was just really nervous, and worried that they wouldn't end up in the same cabin (which I'm sure they will, since we all requested for them to be together). Which is all crazy since she always makes friends so easily, but of course the unknown is scary.

So anyhow, tough morning. But she'll be back Friday afternoon.

The weekend was kind of wacky - my in-laws got evacuated Saturday afternoon because of a big wildfire. =:-0 Thankfully, it never got closer than a couple miles from them, though it was right on the other side of the canyon so if the wind had kicked up it easily could have roared their way. Anyhow, the firefighters seem to be getting a handle on it and residents are allowed back in today, so they headed back home this morning. We were supposed to have friends over for dinner last night but obviously had to cancel, which was a bummer because we hadn't seen them in a long time. But I'm thankful that my in-laws' house is okay, and glad they came because we would have been really worried if they'd stayed (like a lot of their stubborn neighbors did!).

I took Bam-Bam for a walk on Saturday, but I blew off exercise yesterday (unless you count a couple hours of "Project Deep Clean" activities tackling our walk-in closet and bathroom!). And I didn't have time to work out this morning because we had to be at Girl Scout headquarters at 7:30am.

I'm still feeling pretty discouraged about my weight, I was so convinced that two weeks of stepped-up exercise would move the scale. :-( But I'm trying not to give up. I know I need to change my eating and I'm trying to figure out how to do that in a way that'll work for me. Eating less just doesn't work - I can go most of the day eating light, but then I'm cranky and starving at dinner time and pig out, and snack after dinner. Still figuring things out.

Well, back to work!

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NWILKER 7/29/2014 1:24PM

    Woah - tough for mama bear when the wee one breaks down! Yikes!
Assuming you'll get a phone call telling you how much fun she is having soon?

Bummer on the scale not cooperating when you think it should.

Glad the inlaws are ok - the grand-inlaws live up in WA by the big fire and were evacuated the week prior - that was scary too! House and grandparents are doing fine!

Hug and cheers and keep that chin up!

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FLORNH 7/29/2014 4:18AM

    I hope Kate has a great week!

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I'm Back, Baby!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Well, my knee was doing much better yesterday, and despite five hours on my feet at the Fair last night, I was able to take Bam-Bam for a walk this morning with only a little discomfort. Yay! I iced after, just to be safe.

I am pretty creaky today, all those hours on my feet is tough! But worth it, we had a lot of fun. Our friends are moving back East in a couple weeks, so we probably won't see them again. :-( Though as they said, we'll still be connected through Facebook! :-)

Thankfully we have a fairly quiet weekend ahead. I have to leave early yet again today, to get Kate to 4:45 karate - swim lessons really messed up our sched this week. But the only things actually on our schedule for the weekend are another karate class tomorrow morning, and friends coming over for dinner on Sunday. It'll fill up quickly though, I'm sure!

Well, back to work. TGIF!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Well, I've been icing my knee twice a day and it's definitely improving, thank goodness, though not all the way there yet. So frustrating, but as long as it gets better I guess that's what matters. As I told Paul, I wish I knew exactly what I did, so I could avoid doing it again!

We're probably going to cut out of work early today - we're meeting friends at the State Fair. Can't wait! We go every year, so much fun. A drag that I'm gimpy, but I'm wearing good walking shoes so hopefully it won't be too tough. I just have to walk slow, which is hard for me, LOL!

I'm just dragging really bad today, not sure why, though Bam-Bam was restless last night so I know she woke me up a few times. Kate was super tired this morning, I think gymnastics camp is kicking her butt. She didn't even want to go on their field trip to the pool this afternoon! And she LOVES being in the pool! So Paul told her he'll pick her up early and she can hang out in his office till we head to the Fair. That way she can rest up a bit and not be cranky all evening. ;-)

Fortunately we have a pretty quiet weekend ahead, so maybe we can all catch up on our sleep. Paul was dragging yesterday, but good today, I think he's finally solidly on local time.

Well, better get back to work!


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