Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Peanut has more presents under the tree than anyone else...thanks Grandparents!
He passed his "practice breathing test" during our ultrasound yesterday. They wanted to see the diaphragm move (like breathing) continuously for 30 seconds. It took a good long while to get 30 seconds but he did it! They will re-measure him next week.
My Christmas to-do list is getting very small now: send a few more Christmas cards, put out a cute snowman post thingy, print out the scavenger hunt clues, wrap gifts, hang a new shower curtain, and get groceries for the Christmas week. VERY manageable (especially since Jeff is doing a lot of these...).
I missed my personal training this week on Monday because of a last minute 8AM meeting scheduled, but was able to reschedule to FRIDAY! Yippee!
I'm getting my hair done tonight...the blond/grey roots need it :)
I'm so excited for my friend Angela, who has announced her new baby is due in May!!! They are keeping the gender a surprise (GAH I CAN'T IMAGINE!).
I am loving two Christmas albums - Katherine Jenkins' album from 2012 and the new Pentatonix album! Check them out...much better than just putting on "Sounds of the Season".
Speaking of, anyone else watching The Sing-off?? I think the Filharmonics will win!
That's all for now, peeps!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Here is what I'm eating now (for the most part):
- Eggs - lots of them! Hard boiled, scrambled, poached in salsa...yum...
- English muffins with peanut butter and honey
- Oatmeal (Have you tried Earnest Eats cups??? Love, love, love the Green Tea flavor. Order online or find them at Target)
- Stoneyfield blueberry Greek yogurt
- Green and/or fruit smoothies
- Carrots and Hummus Roasted chicken, with or without BBQ sauce
- Birds Eye Asian Stir Fry medley
- Horizon cheddar cheese sticks
- Steamed Broccoli with cheese sauce or cheesy popcorn seasoning
- Baked chicken with BBQ, Italian, Low Fat Sesame Ginger...any kind of sauce really
- Veggie soup - Amy's brand is the best!
- Coffee with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (only one per day, and NOT every day! Heartburn...)
- Popcorn - microwave minis or oil-popped Dried apricots and roasted, salted pepitas (DIY trail mix)
28 weeks this week with a 20 lb gain so far...
Hopefully the kid comes out liking real food, even if it is mostly snack-y (and not the random cookies I eat)!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Jeff really LOVES Christmas, and is always on the lookout for more stuff to decorate with. He doesn't think we have that much (until he had to haul it all upstairs this year by himself)...and then when our friends said, "Boy, it's really Christmassy around here!".
I have all of the presents ordered or purchased, except for 2 small things. HELLO AMAZON! I love it. And, am I the only one that pre-shops a bit online for ideas, then makes a spreadsheet for each person, item, source, and cost, and then tracks what I have ordered versus what has shipped versus what has arrived? I might be a little Excel obsessive. But it keeps me organized, on budget, and on time!
Friday, December 6, 2013
She has done an AWESOME job at weight loss in the last year(ish). She started with Weight Watchers and has figured out how to incorporate their guidelines into her life. She has calculated her normal breakfasts and lunches out to a "T" for the points values, and knows roughly how many points she has for the rest of the day. Then she uses her favorite Weight Watchers cookbooks - which she literally RAVES about (and which I agree, contain deliciousness) to finish out dinner.
I think it's amazing she has learned to cook in a completely new way, and that she and my dad have been so open and accepting of new things...Curry! Capers! Almond Milk! Quinoa! Who would've thought an old farmer would eat quinoa!?
Anyway, I couldn't be prouder of her for taking control of her food-lifestyle. It's obviously worked for her, 60+ lbs later. But we got to talking - what's next? How do you get over the next plateau? How do you make it exciting again? How do you FEEL BETTER?
I've been on the journey long enough that my thinking has evolved from 'counting points' to 'counting calories' to 'eating to nourish'...(and admittedly, counting calories SUCKS while pregnant).
But I think my mantra going forward, post-baby, is going to be fairly simple:
1. Don't eat too many calories.
2. Eat real food and don't eat chemicals.
3. Figure out what works for you.
The USDA, Weight Watchers, and a host of other experts will tell you
- eat whole grains! They're good for you! But for my friend with wheat intolerance, they are poison.
- lots of vegetables are the key to success! Especially cruciferous! But for my mom, they are poison.
- consume nuts in moderation! The healthy fats are good for you! But for my dad and sister, they are poison.
- drink dairy! The calcium and Vitamin D are good for you! But for me (in excess), they are poison.
- eggs are a super food! A complete source of protein that is good for you! But for my friend's daughter with allergies, they are poison.
Just because an expert - even a doctor, or a nutritionist, or another paid professional - gives you advice about how to eat healthy, IT DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL WORK FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Losing weight and finding what is healthy for you are three different things. They CAN be the same, but not necessarily.
Conventional wisdom is for the masses. It's not individualized. It can't be.
So, if eating a Subway sandwich makes you go to the bathroom uncontrollably - I don't care how "healthy" you think it is - don't eat it. I don't care if it helps you control calories. Find another way. Because it's poison for YOU.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1 - it's (usually) our anniversary weekend. This year we celebrated NINE years on November 27th. We kept it very easy by exchanging cards and going out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. No wine for me this year though!
2 - Thanksgiving is a nice long break, but without all of the 'official-ness' that Christmas usually brings. This year, I didn't want to travel so we booked ourselves a campsite at FDR State Park. However, the weather was not cooperating, and with lows in the 20's and highs in the 40's - we decided to cancel at the last minute. Time to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home!
3 - Since we ended up not traveling anywhere, we got all our Christmas decorations up inside and outside. We are totally festive around here and ready to host family in a few weeks!!
4 - We had a chance to just BE together. I was reminded how much Jeff makes me laugh by some of these...I think we are awesome...
Overheard in the Hartman household this weekend:
"Hotboxing" - Going #2 in a small powder room while the furnace is running (not pleasant).
"There's a 'Top Sexy' video marathon on this channel. Late 90's Britney's I'm a Slave 4 U song was followed by late 90's Christina's Dirrty song. How is there not a sex tape?"
After hearing "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" for the 21st time...still uncontrollable laughter.
"Somewhere inside me, there is still a 9 year old boy that wants to play video games all day long. My 33 year old eyes get too dry though."
"I feel like a pack mule employed by the Grand Canyon. We have a lot of Christmas stuff downstairs."