Thursday, October 21, 2010

Small Successes (Vol 17)

1.  I chose a great doctor.  Remember a couple weeks ago I told you I saw my doctor about all the problems I've been having losing weight among other women's issues.  Well, he's very good.  I have several little problems, nothing huge.  The one thing that made me laugh was he told me that based on my DHEA levels, he sees that I'm under chronic stress.  I thought that was hilarious.  Of course, I AM!  I can feel it.  I'm a mother of 4 with a messy house and 10,000 responsibilities plus my own personal desires.  I feel none but the most urgent things ever get done.  I'm not complaining.  I know I'm not alone.  It's how it is when you're a mom.  I could probably figure out a way to deal with it better, but I can't afford boarding school.  ;)

2.  I chose a wonderful husband.  He is sending me away this weekend all by my onesie.  I'm going to visit his parents in Kansas City.  Isn't that funny?  I'm lucky to have great in-laws, whose company I enjoy.  I'm leaving early Saturday morning, going to a Texas A & M  game (they're playing Kansas State) then Sunday I'm going to see the Kansas City Chiefs and coming home late that night.  It's a weekend full of football, a game I love, no kids and in-laws who are known to spoil.  Yippee!

3.  I chose great collaborators.  The moms group at my parish is hosting Santa for family pictures. I am the leader of this group, so I have to sign the contract.  I was very nervous because I've never been solely responsible for  an event this big.  There are lots of things to get right.  Luckily, I talked it through with my wonderful choice in a husband who helped me figure out what to do.   I talked with some of the people I need help from and so far, so good. 

Do you have some successes to share?  Visit Danielle at Faith and Family Live so I can cheer you on!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 11)


I've been tracking my calories with the Lose It app on my phone. I went to Wendy's the other day with 2 of my girls and ordered a 1/2 size Baja Salad.  I am sooooo glad I did.  When I looked up the calories later, (obviously, I should have done this first) I discovered that a full size Baja salad has 740 calories.  What the...! Like a good friend of mine said, "When I found that out, I almost crapped my pants!" 


My guardian angel must have had my back because I ordered a 1/2 size and they didn't give me the tortilla chips or the dressing, saving me 200 calories right there.  


That makes me mad enough to write a letter to Wendy's. I mean, that has more calories than my favorite sandwich, the Spicy Chicken.  I could have a spicy chicken sandwich a fries for 830 calories, and I have!


I cannot believe that I have eaten 830 calories for lunch in my life.  That is AWFUL!  Even if I just had the sandwich its 440, which isn't the worst thing, but not the best choice either. 


In case you can't tell, I'm on a health kick.  I'm trying to make healthy food choices, not just because I'm trying to lose weight, but because I want to have a healthy body.  I can't go around eating chocolate ice cream and fried foods and expect my body to function at optimal levels.  No wonder I felt exhausted for so long.  


Ultimately, I am responsible for what I put in my body, but it does make me angry that when I think I'm making a healthy choice by ordering a salad with seemingly healthy ingredients, I could, in fact, be making a worse choice than ordering a cheeseburger.  It makes me wonder about the people who design these menus.  It seems very irresponsible to me that they should put on their salad menu something with more calories than anyone but Michael Phelps needs at lunchtime. 


I am not in favor of laying all the blame for the obesity problem on fast food restaurants, lest you misunderstand.  Like I said, the individual is ultimately responsible.  I don't feed my kids Happy meals on a regular basis (and incidentally, I don't buy them for the toy, it just happens that it's cheaper to buy the meal than the individual parts) But consider that a person trying to make a healthy choice, orders salad, leaves off the dressing is still going to end up 640 calories.  Leave off the chips and your still at 540 calories.  Not as bad, but a lot for most salad eaters.   A little truth in advertising wouldn't hurt, might even help.

Visit Jennifer at Conversion Diary to read more Quick Takes, or even better, share your own!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

1.  I've survived almost 8 days on my own with the kids.  I haven't yelled or lost my temper more than usual.  Kevin comes home late tonight!

2.  Since Kevin has been gone, I haven't been able to work out because I've had to get the kids up early enough to catch the bus.  This means I've really had to watch my eating.  I have a tendency to overeat in the evenings when he is gone, but this week, I think I did pretty well.  I could have done better, but in general, I was successful.  No free ranging in the pantry.

3.  I can't think of any other successes. It's been a pretty hectic week.  I'm glad it's almost over!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Daybook


Outside my window...  is a cool, quiet evening.

I am thinking...  how glad I am that the kids are finally in bed and I can relax.

I am thankful for... a glass of red wine and the tv remote.

From the kitchen... did I mention the wine?  

I am wearing... a light blue scoop neck tee and gray fine gauge corduroy capri pants with boogers from being used as a Kleenex, macaroni and cheese smears, from being used as a napkin and hair conditioner from being used as a towel.  All these marks are at knee level.   Yes, I have a toddler.

I am creating... a happy life.

I am going... in many directions at once, one of them soon to be the couch.

I am reading... Harriet, the Hamster Fairy so my daughter and I can talk about it. It's our own personal bookclub.

I am hoping... for the rest of the week to pass quickly and bring my husband home.

I am hearing... killdeer chirping (?)

Around the house... is a remarkable lack of junk considering I have been on my own with 4 kids for the past 6 days.

One of my favorite things... meeting new people and making new friends.  Both of which are happening in my moms' group at church.  I can't deny that I am an extrovert through and through.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Well, ballet, soccer, soccer, birthday party, soccer and ice skating. Don't forget grocery shopping and gynecologist appointment.  Settle down now. You can't all be me.

Here is a picture thought for sharing... two kids, two teeth lost in two days.

Thank you, A Simple Woman's Daybook for allowing me to share some of my day!