Tuesday, March 4, 2008

tell me it was the stroller!!!

As I promised myself, I took a walk this morning while Kelli was at preschool. It's a beautiful day out...nearly 50. Last week was gorgeous! It was around 70 on Saturday even. But then a storm came through and we got a lot more snow on Sunday. It's melting, but the playground was still pretty covered in snow. Jack climbed around a little, but he wasn't really interested in playing a lot at the park. Maybe Thursday will be better? But it's supposed to snow again tomorrow so who knows?

My walk to the park was just PART of the walks I used to take. OMG it's been a while since I got out there!!! It must have been pushing the stroller that made it so much more difficult, right?! Who am I kidding? I have been out of it for too long! It did feel good to get out there again. I can see myself getting back to those early morning walks soon. For now, I am committed to getting out with Jack 2 days a week. And I'm sure I'll get to more soon.

On the eating front it's been OK. I started tracking this weekend again and have really kept track. Saturdays tend to be really over the top for me. This one was no exception. I had burgers thawing for dinner. I was thinking about what to go with them. I typically made my own oven fries. Little oil, relatively healthy...good vehicle for ketchup! This weekend I looked at all the onions in the garage from our winter farm share and told D I thought we should make onion rings with my dad's secret beer batter recipe.


I realized that after the first batch came out of the oil and were draining on the rack. I ate SOOOOO many of those things. I literally felt queasy by the time we were ready to sit at the table with the burgers. I ate a little coleslaw and an ear of corn on the cob and called it a day. The next morning at church we had our "big table" day...basically a HUGE potluck. I stuck to the grapes.

Last night the 4 older kids and D were having some pie while we watched a little TV (in peace since the littles were in BED). I served them all a slice of pie (not homemade this time) with a little ice cream. I was actually hungry then too. I opted for some defrosted strawberries, fresh blueberries and blackberries, a little vanilla kefir and a sprinkle of wheat germ. It tasted great and I didn't feel any guilt. I love berries for that reason. They are YUMMY and low in points.

OH!!! We found a new fruit that we all just LOVE. Pomelo! My MIL told me it's a cross between an orange and a grapefruit. It looks like a HUGE yellow grapefruit. I am not a grapefruit fan at all. I just don't like the flavor, but a pomelo is so much more mild. It tastes more like Fresca as a matter of fact. It's a little bit of a pain to peel, but because it's so big there's a ton of fruit in there as a pay off. According to my Eat Wisely book, a 3 pound pomelo is 3 points. I have been sharing mine (all about 3 pounds) with all the kiddos so I count it as 1 point when I have some. You should check them out.

I wanted to say thank you to all of you who have been leaving me encouraging comments. This has been so much harder than I thought it would be. I am starting to think that losing the weight was the easy part. I guess there is statistical data to show that, huh? Since so many "losers" regain the weight. I really don't want to be that person. I want to be in the minority, but I've got to utilize the tools I learned along the weight loss journey to do it. So thanks for the encouragment. I have stepped away from the weight loss blog world a little lately. I do think I needed to find a little more of myself outside of the number on the scale. I was becoming really obsessed with that in a really negative way. I am trying to be more the whole person that I am. A wife, a mama, a friend, a baker, a crocheter, a knitter, a nanny, a neighbor, a "loser". So I am not reading the 25 or so blogs that I used to read...just a handful right now. But I am also looking around and finding blogs that feeds other pieces of my soul too. I'll try to get back to check on everyone now and then, but I'm not making any promises!

So thankful for cyber friends!!!


Kathy said...

I read all kinds of blogs too...I find inspiration everywhere!

I have three words for you to aspire to: RESULTS NOT TYPICAL!!!

That's what I'm striving for! I'm so proud to know you!!!

Courtney said...

What part of Colorado are you in? I'm in Colorado Springs...

Kate said...

First of all, thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog today, you truly make me feel better about things!

Good job on getting out on the walks with Jack, I know that its not what you used to do, but you gotta work your way back up to that. And when the weather turns better, that will be easier.

It really sounds like you've identified problem area, and you know where you need to change, and that is one step in the right direction, great job!

I also read alot of other blogs. Most of mine are cooking, baking recipe blogs of stuff I could never eat, but I just love to see the creativity of people!

TB--Milwaukee said...

For all those reasons: wife, mama, friend, baker, etc. You should be extremely proud of yourself. Just having kids, makes this weightloss thing very difficult. I'm usually happy when they eat ANYTHING and now I've been focusing on healthy stuff? Maybe it will get easy in another 20 years. Doubt it.

Tomorrow, is my weigh in to become lifetime. I'm tempted to bring the whole crew along with me. Call me crazy!

Swizzlepop said...

Wanted to say hi. I've been a bad reader/commenter but am trying to get a few blogs in today. I hope things are going well.

c.a.posey said...

Hello, I came by through Healthy Bloggers. It was definitely the stroller!

It's hard to balance all the roles we take on, isn't it? I guess it's why women are such great multi-taskers!

Your dedication to eating right is awesome.

Caroline said...

I think everything you're going through is what maintenance is all about. You're not going to be counting points and everything forever, so you have to find a good balance. It sounds like that is exactly what you're doing! You'll adjust to this change. And a few days ago I had to cut back on the number of blogs I was reading. It was just getting ridiculous! I use Google Reader and I would have 65 new feeds when I got up in the morning. Losing weight is a big part of my life, but I definitely don't want it to become ALL of my life.

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

I finally figured out that I hadn't added you to my blogroll since my old one was lost... Sheesh! I KNEW I was missing something!

Hang in my cute WW buddy... You are right, sometimes we do tend to get too obsessed with the scale and that is never a good thing. Balance is always nice! Ya gotta do what's best for you!

->cara said...

I'm glad you're out walking again. I stopped walking for months and it was SOOO hard to get started again. In fact, I had to find buddies to walk with or I just simply wouldn't do it.

I love your blog. I know I don't post much, but I love reading it. I've got you as one of my favorites so I'm glad to see you're getting back into it again.

I find so much motivation from my fellow bloggers. Blogs like yours have helped me stay on track from day to day.

So keep up the great work.

Colette said...

Just checking on you girl!! Yes I agree strollers are a bitch!! heck I hate even holding someones hand it wears me out when I am trying to walk!!lol

I have not walked in months due to a foot problem and I am dreading going back because i know its going to kick me in the ass at first, but honestly I MISS IT so much!!