Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ten Things Thursday!

It's getting late, so I better get this out before it's no longer Thursday!

1. My kids have been selling their stuff on Craigs List. In 3 days they've made $65. I'm starting to wonder why I told them they could keep all the money!
It has been a good lesson for them though. They've been cleaning the items, helping me take pictures and post the ad, and decide on a price. It's nice to get rid of some of this stuff we don't need anymore too.
One of our customers told us she is a kindergarten teacher. The kids went through all their books and came up with a rather large bag of ones they no longer read, and donated them to her classroom. I love that they have compassion at such a young age.

2. We had open house last night at school. They start on Tuesday. They both seem ready to get back into the swing of things, which is good. I think I'm almost at the point where I'm ready to send them back too. Almost.
They're my babies, and I love having them home, but I also need routine. The gym is calling my name.

3. I so aspire to be like this woman. How freaking amazing is it that she and her husband are so dedicated to only eating REAL food, and giving the best food possible to their 2 children.

I'm trying. I think I do better than the typical American mom in this department, but I could improve greatly.

My kids have never tasted pop (except the one time when the teacher made root beer floats, which they didn't like).
They've never eaten a fast food meal (even though my older daughter had her b-day party at McD's once!).
They've never had french fries or a pop tart or toaster strudel, etc.

We do our best to buy things with short ingredient lists, and avoid crazy stuff like red dye and high fructose corn syrup. We buy organic when possible. But still, I could do better, and I will try.

4. In keeping with the above mentioned idea, I decided to make my own freezer waffles tonight. I remembered my mom used to make a huge batch and freeze them in baggies of 2 to keep for when my niece would sleep at her house. She'd just pop them in the toaster and they'd heat up just like the store bought frozen waffles.
Since I have a kid who likes to sleep til the last possible minute in the morning, and sometime is shoving a granola bar in her mouth while running to the bus stop, I thought this would be a good idea for her.

I made a double batch. We had some for dinner, and I froze the rest. She has 10 breakfasts waiting for her in the freezer now.

5. I've had a crappy food day today. I'm on carb overload and need to stop. I've been super hungry (empty band!) and have been able to eat whatever my heart desires. It's odd how some days I have those nasty phantom gallbladder attacks, which prevent me from eating at all, and others I could eat a freakin' horse! Today is a horse eating day. I guess I should check the calendar and see if Aunt Flo is on her way to town.

6. I'm going back to kick boxing on Saturday. I CAN NOT WAIT! I need a good kick ass workout. I need to sweat.

7. I made a mistake with my schedule at work and have the whole week of September 9th off. I've decided I'll use that week to get caught up on everythin that needs to be done around the house, like re-caulking the shower. I'm thinking I'd rather go to work!

8. I'm going to my new chiropractor tomorrow and I'm hoping he can work magic on my back and neck. My other one is OK, but too far away and always smells like cigarette smoke. Fingers crossed for a positive change.

9. This week is the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson. Here in the Milwaukee area this is a HUGE deal. There are celebrations going on all over town, motorcycles everywhere, and traffic is a mess. Praying for a safe weekend for the riders.

10. Hubby has been out to lunch and dinner every day this week. His China team is here visiting so he and his boss get to wine and dine them. Every day I ask him where they went and what he ordered. I want details. I can live vicariously through him, right.

Well, it's late folks and this mama has to get up and exercise tomorrow.

Have a great night and be well!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ten Things Thursday!

Hey Peeps. It's Thursday, my favorite day. Here are my 10 random things...

1. Yesterday it was nearly 90 degrees and sunny. I had to work. Today I'm off and it's barely 70 and raining. Just my luck. We did get to spend a lot of time at the library due to the weather though, and I love that my kids love the library. Not to mention that my little one checked out a book about the stock market. She's a riot.

2. My neighbor, whose daughter is a pastry chef, brought over some absolutely to die for fudge brownies last night. She could quickly become my favorite neighbor, except for what happened next...

3. Said neighbor also brought my kids one of those floor piano things, like in the movie BIG. Yeah, that was fun for the first 5 minutes. I don't care how good her brownies are, that piano is likely to drive me bonkers!

4. Remember last week I said I upgraded to a smart phone? Well, it is now called the Stupid Phone. It gets absolutely no reception in my house, and I have to go out to the driveway to make a call. Hubby's phone is just fine. No problems there.
Let me tell you the customer service at Verizon SUCKS the big one. I literally had to leave the store last night and sit in my car because I was going to blow a gasket. All I want is a phone that actually works, is that asking too much? I'll be writing a letter of complaint once this is all straightened out.

5. I'm pretty sure I've become a pescetarian. I can eat fish and I love fish. All kinds. I've come to grips with the fact that most of the time I just can't digest chicken, and after watching a friends video of a chicken processing plant, I'm really done.
We like fish but had only been having it once a week because of cost. Well, I'm worth the price of a good meal so I'll be buying lots of fish from now on, and enjoying hot, protein packed meals with my family. Yum.

6. The kids in Wisconsin don't start school until after Labor Day and that makes me happy. Of course there are days when the kids drive me crazy, but for the most part I like having them home. We've been doing fun things together and making great memories. Things that my parents never took the time to do. They grow up too fast so I plan to enjoy them while they're little.

7. My husbands China based employees are coming in for a visit. I think it's a first trip to the U.S. for both of them. We're hosting them for dinner one night. I'm planning an All-American meal of grilled chicken, hot dogs, pasta salad, watermelon, apple pie. Hubby says I'm doing too much because they're teeny tiny ladies and don't eat much.
I'm excited to meet them and hope they enjoy their American experience.

8. Hubby will be working late tomorrow night and won't be home for dinner. I told the girls we could go out to eat since Dad won't be home. The decided they'd like to eat at Costco. Seriously. What is wrong with my children!? $1.50 slice of pizza makes them happy.

9. This is the princess crown thingy I got for the girsl at the state fair. I'm sure I could make these myself, they look pretty easy. If either of my kids decided they want to have a princess birthday party again, I'm going to make these for the party guests. So fun!

10. Since I posted pics of myself the other day, and they were all of me on the race day with no make up, I decided I should post another one of how I normally look when I go out in public! Here's one from earlier this month.

That's it for today folks.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Three Years and Time to Come Out

Saturday was my 3 year Bandiversary. I honestly can't believe 3 years have passed, and that I'm here, holding strong and maintaining my weight loss.

I celebrated the momentous day by doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run. There's no way in hell I would have even thought about doing that when I was rocking the scales at 230+. I would have been embarrassed about my size, and I wouldn't have been able to do many of the obstacles.
There were 8 of us who did the run together and I was far from the slowest or heaviest of the group. In fact there were only 3 of us who really wanted to run, and not walk. I felt great, all while being especially careful not to leave out those who are less fit, because I know how that feels.

So, in keeping with tradition, I'm posting before and after pictures. However, this time I'm not blocking out my face. I've decided that I really don't care any more if people know I had weight loss surgery. I'm certainly not going around town broadcasting it, but if people find out and see my face on my blog, well, there are worse things in the world. I'm not ashamed. I'm sure there are people who have already guessed, and that's fine too.
I know that it's not just the band doing all the work, and that truth is good enough for me.

August 2010
So here goes...
August 2013

I feel less fit than I should be since I've not been in the gym much this summer. However, looking at my before picture makes me feel a little less bad about that. I've come a long way and I will focus on the positive.

Want to see pics from the Mud Run?
I tried to crop out the other ladies, but here are the before and after shots from that day...

Yes, our shirts said "Let's Get Naked"! Not my idea, but it was funny and we got a lot of attention.

The course was NASTY. We had mud where mud should not be. Our shoes, socks and underwear had to be thrown in the garbage. That being said, it was a ton of fun and I'd do it again!

This past 3 years hasn't always been easy. I've had my struggles with the band. But I have to say I wouldn't be where I am today without it. I wouldn't have been able to do this without some help. I am thankful for the kick start I got from my band and my surgeon.

So here I am, coming out and showing my face after 3 years of anonymity. I hope you're not too disappointed!

Have a great night and be well my friends, be well!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ten Things Thursday

It's Thursday. It's Random. It's Ten Things Thursday!

1. My almost 8 year old got her early birthday present today. Her birthday is in October but she was in need of a new 'big girl' bike, so we picked it up today. She is SO excited. She was singing "thank you mommy" for at least a half an hour. These are the mommy moments I live for.

2. I have officially entered the 21st century, with the rest of the free world. I now have a smart phone. I've never had one, and never really wanted one. However, when we had to update my husbands phone and add him to my plan, they offered to upgrade me for free. We went for it.
Keep in mind, I have no idea how to work this darn thing. I didn't even know how to answer it this morning when it rang! I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of it. Or, my 6 year old will teach me.

3. I just painted my nails bright turquoise with glitter. That's the sign of an interpreter who doesn't have to work for a few days. I don't often get to wear glitter nails.

4. It was so gorgeous out today that I washed sheets and hung them out on the line. This is my favorite kind of weather. No sweat and humidity. Just beautiful sunshine.

5. I'm going grocery shopping BY MYSELF tonight. It's been tough this summer to try to get through the store with my 2 kids who want to buy everything they see. Hubby offered to spare me that headache and suggested I go after dinner. I just may get lost and never come home!
You know you're getting old when you get excited about the grocery store.

6. I've decided to have the tumor removed from my arm. Not sure if I've talked about it here before, but I have a Lypoma (fatty tumor) in my left arm. It hangs like a golf ball in a stocking, and it bothers me. I didn't want to have it removed before because it's surgery, and figured it would be expensive.
Well, we have met our deductible so now is the time to do it if I want it done.
Come to find out they remove it in a Dermatologists office! No hospital, no drugs. I go on September 6 after the kids get on the bus and I can drive myself. Why the heck did I wait so long!?

7. I slept a solid 8 hours last night without even getting up to pee. This is a small miracle. I really wanted a cup of tea about an hour  before bed but decided that a good nights sleep was more important. It worked. I woke up so well rested and happy.

8. I tried Atkins' ready to drink shakes because they were on sale. Big mistake. They taste like chalk water. Why would anyone willingly buy and consume that sludge? Never again. I'll stick to what I know I like.

9. Remember I told you my BFF had gastric bypass and was struggling with lots of problems. Well, after 3 trips to the emergency room, and several bouts of dehydration, she finally stood up for herself and insisted she wasn't going home until they figured out what was wrong. Sure enough, she had an ulcer that was causing all her nausea, vomiting, and inability to keep down food. Once they treated the ulcer, she was fine!
Her douchebag of a surgeon should have his head examined. I've heard nothing but negative things about him, but he has the market in the area because he's the only one who does weight loss surgery at that hospital. People have no choice and have to go to him. I'm sure he's a skilled surgeon, but his bedside manner is missing in action.
I'm just glad she's finally getting better and getting the treatment she needs.

10. In my last post I mentioned that I had gained some weight. Well, I'm happy to report that as soon as my T.O.M. left, the scale went back to normal. I can't believe how much weight we can gain during that time, but I'm glad it's gone. Phew!

Two more days until the Dirty Girl and my 3 Year Bandiversary! I'll be sure to post something on Saturday, and hopefully have some pictures from the big event.

Enjoy the rest of the week and be well!

Monday, August 12, 2013

MIA For Many Reasons

I know I haven't been around much. I suck at this blogging thing. I haven't even been reading your blogs much. I have lots of reasons for my absence.

Ya' see, I usually read all your blogs while I'm at work, since I sit at a computer for the most part of my day. Well, I've only worked once in two weeks and that day was SUPER busy, so I only read and commented on a couple blogs. I didn't have any time to write a post of my own.

Also, I've been spending lots of time with my munchkins, feeling like summer has been slipping away too fast. We hardly got any summer, and now its almost gone already! I have that pit-if-the-stomach feeling of impending doom, because I have to send them back to school very soon. It's depressing.

Now that I'm healed and feeling TONS better after gallbladder surgery, I'm struggling with maintaining my weight. For so long I wasn't able to eat any solid protein, and some days I survived on cereal alone. Now that I can eat more,  I need to focus on breaking the bad habits that helped me survive when I was so sick. Cereal is no longer my friend. I must stop the maddness.

In other news, I'm doing the Dirty Girl this weekend.
It's happens to fall on my 3 year bandiversary, so what better way to celebrate, right?!
Well, I'm a total slacker and haven't trained much for any sort of obstacles. At least the ladies I'm running with haven't been training either, so I won't look like a total loser. They also don't know I've had weight loss surgery, and I don't plan on telling them. I do plan on having my picture taken at the race and sending it to my surgeon along with a thank you note for giving me a new life. He should get a kick out of that.

That's it for now. I hope you'll all forgive me for being absent!
Have a great evening, and stay well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cream Puffs and Cookie Cake

Today is our 9 year wedding anniversary. We celebrate things in a big way in our family.
This year the celebrating started 3 days ago. While I was at a birthday party with my oldest, the hubby and younger child went to the store and got a cookie cake, along with a beautiful mum for the yard.
I haven't had a cookie cake in many years, so they couldn't know how much I LOVE cookie cake. I'm pretty sure I could eat the whole thing. I did not.
I had some on Sunday, and some yesterday, the girls each had a piece, and the rest is going in the freezer. This is dangerous ground for me.

Part 2 of our anniversary celebration was the hubby taking the day off from work yesterday, and us taking the kids to the State Fair. We hadn't ever been before, but heard it was awesome.

Since moving to Wisconsin we've been hearing a lot about the famous cream puffs. We promised the girls that they could split one (they're huge) at the fair. They were really looking forward to it.
I mentioned to the hubby that I was not going to have any.
He said "you're not even going to have a little taste?". He knows of my love of sugar, and how I often have a hard time saying no. My answer to him was "Nope, I have that cookie cake waiting for me when we get home. I can handle the delayed gratification".
Besides, I'm sure the cream puffs wouldn't compare to the ones my mom used to make when I was a kid, so I can live without.
Well, the kids got their enormous cream puff. They both said it was too much and they felt sick afterwards. I asked if they would ever eat one again and they both said "NO!".
We came, we saw...

Tonight we're going out to dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant. This is a place where we know we'll get good quality, healthy food. Nothing fried or processed. We are not ordering dessert. Please, no more sugar. I really need to detox. It's the same old tastes great at the time, but then I feel like crap for hours after.

I promised myself I will drink tons of water today and stick to protein shakes until dinner. Even though I'm eating healthy tonight, I need to make up for the sugar from Sunday and Monday. I'm also pretty sure we'll be having a glass of wine when we get home, so I'm trying to plan ahead.

I had a very hard time sleeping last night so I missed my morning run. I am going to do the elliptical though, because I have no excuse not to.

I have another post rolling around in my head about the American obesity epidemic, and the stuff I saw at the fair, but that'll have to wait until tomorrow. Right now I need to go sweat!

Have a great day folks. Stay well and be strong!