Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weigh In Day: Week 1

It's like starting all over again. This journey is hard sometimes, and I found that out this week.

I am still currently breastfeeding my sweet Charlie and so I am instructed to eat 38 points a day. Anyone that has been on Weight Watchers, knows that 38 is a TON of points. I always had an issue eating all of my points, and I noticed myself lacking again this week. I love to eat. How can it be so hard to get all this food in my body?? Well, it just is! I need to start snacking some more. I am also back on the Phit N Phat train, and getting excited to start my workouts again. Corrine has always been so inspiring, and she was so helpful to me last time, and I think I need that support again.

The toughest part of this week was exercise. I didn't do ANY. I know that I need to get my body moving, but it is even harder now with a little one at home. I am one of those people that needs to work out first thing in the a.m. before I shower, or first thing right after I get out of work. Neither of those options are going to work right now. I am going to have to figure out a way to go after Charlie is in bed. 8pm would be a good time, but it's going to be so hard to do. I just know it. We have a gym membership that we get every year for Christmas, and I want to use it so badly!!!

And now I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for my weigh-in results. After all of that, I still ended up losing 2.2 lbs. I feel good. GREAT, actually! But, I know I have a long way to go. This is only the beginning.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Something in Common With the Cat

We are both shedding. Sylvia has always been a shedder, you know, with her long hair and her feline status. But, me? No, not me. I don't shed. Not in clumps that clog up the drain or in such copious amounts that I am emptying my hairbrush DAILY. My friend, Amy, once made a comment about "guinea pigs clogging your shower drain" when she referred to the "3-month molt." That made me laugh out loud. But now I know what she was talking about!

I asked my Dad about this and he mentioned something about an iron deficiency after you give birth. It sets in sometime around the 2nd or 3rd month. It was a big long, doctor-type of explanation, but I gathered from the conversation that I should be taking an iron supplement. Well, here I am, constipated from the iron, and I am still shedding.

Hopefully this passes soon. If not only for the sake of our pipes. :o)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Remember when....

.....this blog was almost solely dedicated to my weight loss efforts? If you look to the right, almost all of my posts here are in some way dedicated to losing weight. And then I got pregnant.

Here I am one year later, with a post-partum body that has much to be desired. And I still have the weight to lose.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am back on the WAGON.

I never actually quit Weight Watchers Online, and I logged in the other day to find my old account, with my last weigh in day of November 23, 2007. I logged my new current weight, re-took the Points Quiz, and I am officially on the weight loss journey once again.

The crazy thing, is that since I am still breastfeeding, I have an insane amount of points to eat. 38 points per day, plus my 35 Flex points for the week. That is more than 10 points over what I am used to eating on this plan. I have some re-learning to do, but I am excited to get back to visiting the blogs I used to treasure during my weight loss journey prior to my pregnancy.

So, who else is on board with me here?? I know there are more of you that want to shed a few pounds, feel better about yourself and look hot by the time summer rolls around! I have 50 lbs to lose. And I am starting TODAY. Join me here for this ride once again. Weigh in day is Thursday. Be there or be FAT. (lol!! I couldn't help it!!)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Stomach ICKY

We are battling the stomach flu around here. It started yesterday morning, when Charlie woke at 4am to eat. I was warming the bottle, and Curtis was changing his diaper. All of a sudden, I hear Charlie screaming. I go into his room, and he's in his crib, and Curtis is nowhere in sight. Oh yeah, he's throwing up in the bathroom! We all stayed home yesterday, and by 5pm last night, I was the one throwing up. Today, I picked Charlie up from daycare and this word was on his daycare sheet: DIARRHEA. What a way to start the week!

We are feeling better around here though...and I am thankful for that!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Coming soon to your mailbox!

I am finally getting around to getting Charlie's announcements in the mail.

Keep an eye on your mailbox!!

Aren't they grand? I LOVE THEM!

Photo courtesy of Amy Carroll Photography©
Design courtesy of Jenni

Saturday, January 10, 2009

See da' MOON?

When I was a young child, my Dad used to take me outside in the Arizona desert and we would watch the moon. I used to say "See da' moon?" It's a story of my childhood innocence and exploration, and I continue to love to hear my Dad talk about it.

Tonight, it is the biggest full moon of 2009. It's a gorgeous moon. After a long snow today, and many inches of white fluff, the clouds have seemingly parted and there it is. A gorgeous, white, perfect circle; shining it's bright lights down to us here on Earth.

For my birthday last year, Curtis bought me a telescope. I had one as a child, and I had talked about how I loved learning about the stars, and the moon, and the planets and the sun. You know, that huge OTHER world out there.... We have rarely used the telescope, but tonight, we decided to bust it out. I wanted to see this thing, up close, and personal. Or as personal as you can get, down here on my measly Michigan deck! And all I have to say is, WOW. What a beautiful sight. I only wished I knew how to work the proper lighting on this camera of mine, because it's just gorgeous.

This week has been my toughest yet since having Charlie. I returned to work full-time, which meant that Charlie went to daycare full time. On Monday night, I picked him up and he had barely slept all day. We got him home, and I spent only moments with him before putting him to bed. Then it was on to cleaning bottles, and doing the bottles for the next day, and cloth diaper laundry, and dinner and whoa. I didn't sit down until 9pm.

I have been really struggling emotionally lately as well. It's like late onset PPD (post partum depression) at it's very finest. Returning to work has proven to be the straw, it feels like. And I called my doctor this week. Rightly so. Along with all that I have dealt with this week, I am also dealing with random online crap that I don't really need. Yes, most of you know my obsession with online newlywed boards ;o) Well, it's at it's peak this week, and I feel tired and worn out. It's been a long week.

Maybe the full moon is the reason for this madness. Or maybe it's this full moon that is helping me to start anew. The storm clouds have parted and what I see right now is a bright new beginning. My boss was receptive to a possible flex schedule, I have had the day to appreciate my precious baby boy and my dear husband, I slept well last night and overall I feel a lot better. This moon was like the icing on the cake. And it brings me back to that innocence as a child. Sometimes I wish I still had it....but at least I get to enjoy these moons now with the understanding of what this world really means to me. I have that appreciation to a point, but I also really need to learn to let the petty things go, and appreciate this world for what it is. I am working on that. It's tough for me, but I am getting there.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Charlie's 1st Smile-Caught on Camera!

I finally got it on camera!! I posted the video version a few weeks ago, but yesterday, Daddy had him giggling like a crazy boy!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

We hope that 2009 is a blessed year for you all!!

Oh, and to show you how lame we are, I will tell you that we did not go out last night, nor did we even make it to midnight. Both of us were snoring by 11:30pm! Welcome to parenthood! :o)

Have a great day of celebration today, and make 2009 a good one!