Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Crazy Thoughts of the Food Addict

So I was chatting with the Medical Assistant at my lady docs office about my options for relieving some of the hell I go through every month when T.O.M. arrives.
She mentioned a very low dose pill she thinks will help, and possibly allow me to avoid more invasive measures.

I told her to give me the name of the med and I would do some research.
I looked it up on a bunch of different web sites and checked all the reviews.

The general consensus is that nausea is the most common side effect.

In my very sick, obese, food addicted brain, what do you think was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the word 'nausea'?

"Ooh, maybe that'll make me eat less and I'll lose a few pounds!"

Yeah, that's normal. Actually thinking that nausea will be a good thing.
I'll be working on that.

Tell me I'm not alone on this dysfunctional thinking train!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ten Things Thursday, the Quick Way to Catch Up!

Man I totally suck at this blogging regularly thing. I thought I would have more free time once the kids started back at school, and that hasn't turned out to be true.
I have a million blog posts rattling around in my head, but for now, let's just do a TTT, and call it a day!

1. I'm working out a ton lately. I've even done a couple 'double' days. It always feels great while I'm doing it, but man do I feel old the next day!
The brain refuses to accept what the body already knows. We are getting old, and it hurts.

2. My older daughter started a running program for girls last week. She really didn't want us to sign her up, and thought there would be nothing fun about it. However, a friend of hers from school was going to do it too, so we were able to convince her to at least give it a try.
Her exact words were "I wish I had a time machine that could zoom me right to Saturday".
I am one happy mama!
They meet twice a week. They talk about girl stuff. They stretch, exercise, play fun games, run, skip, jump, and have fun. I'm pretty sure this is the best money I've ever spent.
My daughter is a runner!
She has her 9 year old check up at the doc next month and if that woman talks to me AGAIN about my daughters BMI, I may have to take my business elsewhere.

3. My birthday was last week. I guess I should have written about it but turning 43 isn't exactly a big, exciting milestone.
We went out to dinner as a family for sushi. I declined the free dessert because let's face it, a battered and fried banana is no substitute for birthday cake. No thanks.
On my actual birthday evening I had a work thing that I could not miss, so the hubby and I went out for lunch together. We rarely get to go anywhere sans kids, so it was nice to just be together. We had Thai food. Again, no dessert (another check in the good choice column for me!).
He got me a gift certificate to a local salon where I can go with the girls and get pedicures. I thought that was so cool. They're pretty 'girlie' and like some pampering, so we will thoroughly enjoy that gift.

4. Husband got a new car on my birthday. Doesn't sound fair, does it? Well, we were not planning on that expense, but turns out he had a cracked head gasket! On a nearly 10 year old car, that kind of repair would have been silly, so a new car was a must.
My man is very basic when it comes to these things. He actually found the car on line, called the dealer, and did the deal entirely over the phone. He does not care about color. He doesn't even have automatic locks!
I asked him how the new car is and his response was "It's a car. It get's me to work every day".

5. I had my annual lady check up recently. I then had to go for an ultrasound because I have lots of problems with the monthly visitor. The doc was suspecting fibroids (lots of cramping, heavy bleeding, back pain, anemia, etc.).
Turns out my lady parts are all in order. No fibroids. Just getting old. Doc thinks I'm heading into peri-menopause. That, my friends, can last 10 years.
Yeah, isn't that awesome?!

6. This is my favorite time of year. I absolutely love the change of colors on the trees. When we lived in Illinois, I missed the rolling hills covered with colorful trees. Everything was so flat and plain.
Now that we're in Wisconsin, I have that again and I never take it for granted.
Here's one we spotted on the way home from school the other day. My 7 year old took the picture.

7. I'm in a big cooking funk lately. I can spend $150 at the grocery store, come home, and have no idea what to feed my family. It's so frustrating. I really wish I was one of those people who could plan out meals for the week or the month. Life would be so much easier.
I've decided I need to go through some crock pot recipe sites and pick out a few to try. I must get out of this slump. If you have any you love, please feel free to share!

8. The in laws are coming in next week. We'll have my daughters birthday party a little early so they can be here for the festivities. We love it when they're here. Not only do we usually get to sleep in, because the kids go to the grandparents at the crack of dawn instead of to us, but I take off work while they're here! Hubby and I also might be able to go on a date while they're here to hold down the fort. That's a pretty darn good deal if you ask me.

9. I think my stomach is still not yet back to normal shape. I've noticed quite a few times after I eat or drink, I get a gurgling up my esophagus. I can't tell you how many times I have to mute my phone at work so I can let it out! It's embarrassing. I also have LOTS and lots of stomach noises every day. Weird.

10. I am reading "The Fault in our Stars" right now. I know most of the rest of the reading world has already read it or seen the movie, but it took forever for a copy to become available at the library. I really wanted to read the book, then see the movie. I can tell you I AM HOOKED. It's a great read.

That's it for now folks. I haven't even had time to take a shower yet today, so I must leave you now. I stink.
Have a great night and enjoy this awesome fall weather!

Friday, September 5, 2014

You Can't Get the View Unless You Make it to the Top!

This my friends is the amazing view that I get if I actually go on my morning walk and tackle the BIG hill, and make it all the way to the top.

I'd say the view is worth the agony of the climb. It's not only amazing, but different almost every day, depending on the weather.

This particular day it was super foggy which made the golf course (yes, that's a golf course) look so eerie and mystical.

To give a little background info., our neighborhood is very hilly. This particular hill is just around the corner from our house. It's so steep that the people who live up there must have 4 wheel drive or getting home during the winter months would be impossible. This is the hill that the school bus skid off and landed in a ditch last year.
So, that should let you know how steep it is.

I've climbed the hill many, many times since living here. I've even run down the hill in an exhilarating blaze of glory from time to time. Down, never up!

Lately I've been beating myself up about the shape and appearance of my legs, which could accurately be described as tree trunks. I figure, why complain about something unless you're willing to do the work to make the change.

So, I've come up with a new routine, and it happens to include this hill.
I've mapped out a 2 mile route through the neighborhood. To do the FULL 2 miles, I must tackle the hill twice. I've been doing that for a while but don't see or feel much of a difference. Remember, my body gets used to exercise very quickly so I have to change things up quite often.

This new change is me wearing 2.5 ankle weights on my 2 mile walk! I was moving things around in my closet and happened to find my old ankle weights and the light bulb moment happened.

And guess what? I'm doing that hill with the ankle weights on and I don't hate it! I'm feeling such a sense of accomplishment for doing something just a little crazy.

So, get out there, set your course, and enjoy the view!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

And Now, Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

I've been absent from the blog world for quite some time now, for one very good reason.


We've been doing summer.
We had such a long and horribly cold winter this year that once summer finally arrived, we took it and ran with it.
The girls and I did fun stuff almost every day. We got together with friends, had play dates, gardened, walked, went to the beach, and countless other things.
I have to admit I didn't really feel ready to let them go back to school. We were having so much fun and the time just flew by.

However, I can say now that they're back I am liking being back on a regular schedule.

I went back to Body Pump today for the first time in 6 weeks.
I went grocery shopping and Target browsing BY MYSELF.
I cooked a real dinner and we all sat down and ate it together.
These are good things.I like my normal schedule.

Hopefully that 'regular schedule' also means I'll be back to blogging regularly. I've missed it. I've missed you guys.
I've read a little here and there, but now I should have time to do more of that too.

Have a great night and see you soon!