Friday, February 26, 2010
Also, my theory about the gym: The Longer One is Away, The Harder it is to Get Back.
On the journey.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
She also listened to my over-exaggeration of Dekkers nap troubles here lately- complete with "if I have a bald spot next time you see me" language--
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tonight I ordered Dominos Pizza, Thin Crust, Medium, light cheese with beef and red peppers. I am estimating about 4 points a slice and I am thrilled. I have 13 points left today thanks to a salad for lunch. A few pieces with some fruit and NO bonus points. Heck yeah. Let's just hope I have that much self control once it gets here :)
On the journey.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Here are a few pics from our trip to Michigan:
Grandpa and Nana with all the grandkids. Do you think we could get them all to look at the camera and smile at once? Never. Dekker particularly was not having it.
This is Dekker on his first plane ride! We had a blast with him.
Our family of three. I wish I would have put my hair over my shoulder but oh well. It's really long right now.
All the cousins playing together. Pictures of these three crawling around on the floor together are forever in my memory. So sweet.
Also, a side note, I am about 4.5 lbs from my WW "Lifetime Weight." When I hit that, I'm getting fake nails. And if I can go 5 under that, I'm not sure what I'll do but it will be BIG. My goal is to have fake nails by Dekker's birthday party on April 3rd.
How are you doing with your healthy eating/exercise goals? I hope you are keeping at it, because small steps equal big rewards somewhere down the line...
On the journey.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Top 5 reasons I love a 7PM bedtime (in no particular order):
1. It gives Dave and I time to be a couple. I love eating dinner together, talking, watching shows, sitting on the deck (remember when it was warm enough to do that?). Dave, I love you, and our time together has changed so much with the blessing of a child-- I love connecting with you in the evenings.
2. It gives me time for housework, cleaning the kitchen, packing diaper bags and lunch pails and paying bills. Blah! This stuff stinks but it has to be done at some point.
3. It gives me time to do hobbies I enjoy-- like reading blogs, blogging, reading books, going to 7:30 yoga down the street, talking to Beth on the phone.
4. It gives me time to relax. I might be the only 2? year old that enjoys a good, hot bath. This has become such a stress reliever for me, and I love having a half hour to relax and recharge.
5. I love that I can do the above things and still get to bed by a reasonable hour, say 10:30.
Top 5 reasons a 7PM bedtime is difficult.
1. Days like today. This is what got my wheels turning. I left the house at 9AM and walked in the door at 6:30PM, just in time for PJ's, bottle and bed. This rarely does happen but when it does it is very sad for me. It also cuts down on the time Dave sees Dekker, as he gets off work at 5. Thankfully he works in the basement and gets lots of time during the day and throughout the evening.
2. It is admitting-ly hard to be home by 7PM every night. I feel like we miss out on a lot of social events, game parties, dinners out with other families, etc because we try really hard to be home by 6:30 or 7. This is even more true in the summer.
3. We have dinner with Dave's family every Monday night. This is so important to us that we keep Dekker up for it, but that doesn't mean he's very fun company. The same is true for small group on Tuesday nights (so we host every week and put him to bed).His little body is in such a routine that no matter where we are he falls asleep, or is crabby until he does (sweet thing).
4. I have discovered a tendency to leave everything until after bed. So I put Dekker down and then run around doing all the housework, laundry, bills, relaxing, work paperwork, etc. I must discipline myself to do this at other times in the day, too. I haven't yet figured out how to keep him occupied (and out of the dog's water dish) while doing some of this stuff. I'm sure I'll get better at this Motherhood thing with time.
5. Probably the most obvious, an early wake up time. Dekker wakes up between 7 and 7:30 every morning. Now, I work 2 days a week and this is perfect. On the other days, there is absolutely no sleeping in. If I keep him up until 8 or even 9, he will still wake up at 7 or even EARLIER. He is a classic, text book definition of "Early to Bed, Late to Rise."
Well, again, this was good for me to get off my chest. I was really struggling on the way home from work today that I would only see him for 30 min tonight. But after writing this down, I am still totally glad that his bedtime is so early. It is really good for his body, good for our marriage, and good for the rare nighttime babysitter-- even if it's not ideal for our social calendar or evening work hours. If you want a good book to read on childhood sleep, check out Good Night, Sleep Tight. We loved it.
Tomorrow is my Friday AM weigh in and I am still cautiously optimistic. Details to come.
On the Journey.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Thankfully, we did eventually graduate from school, get jobs and we continued with a budget. Our budget really needs readjusted now that my income is variable and we have, um, a kid. Anyway, we shop around, use lots of coupons and coupon codes, and very much take our time making any big purchase. We beg, borrow and buy on Craigslist. When we had Dekker, I poured over the pages of Baby Bargains. And it was sometime then that it really struck me that you can get the SAME THING barely used for half the price, or never used and uber cheap if you are willing to do your research and a little extra leg-work. For example, I bought a BOB Jogging Stroller for literally 1/3 the price. The guy who sold it to us explained that it spent the last two years in his wife's trunk. Incredible. We use that thing almost everyday Spring-Fall and it would have been worth it full price, let alone at this price! Wow.
Okay, well all of this is leading up to Tuesday's events this week.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I also wanted to share this excellent Jambalaya recipe. It is pointed at 8 points a serving, and you'll want to double check what is considered a serving. Thank you again Amanda and Nathan for introducing us to this after Dekker was born. It is very family friendly, and it's Milk and Soy free (I think??), FYI, in case you or someone you know is looking (or you're taking a meal to a friend). You can consider substituting whole grain brown rice, which I believe would take the points down.
If you're wondering how I have time to sit and make lengthy blog posts in the middle of the day on a Tuesday (work day) it's because I'm home with a sick Dekker today. (Who just woke up from his nap... more later)... ... ...
... ... ... I considered one super long post today, but it's now been six hours since Dekker woke up and I have been busy chasing him around, getting dinner together (aka warming up a Lean Cuisine), walking on the treadmill (which I almost did pant-less b/c I couldn't find a clean pair to save my soul-- can you workout without pants in your own home?) and talking to Dave. So I'm settling for two shorter posts and hope to get to post some interesting things happening lately come tomorrow. For now, I am tempted to stay up late, blog and watch the Olympics, but Goodness Knows that Dekker won't understand why I want to sleep in tomorrow :) So good-night all.
On the journey.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I just ate my delicious nachos for lunch. They were everything I dreamed they would be.
Points? 2 servings (approx 28 chips) baked tortilla chips (4). 1/4 cup fat free cheese (1). 1/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack and Colby (3). Total: 8 I am in heaven! I was so thrilled that I took a picture! Who takes a picture of nachos???
My other superbowl tip? Portion, Portion, Portion. Just remember, you can eat whatever you want-- just not all of it and all the time! Baked chips are excellent, so are Fat Free Pringles, and there is lots of low point popcorn out there. I am going to go for big volume and low points. We'll see how it goes!!
On the Journey.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
3 chicken breasts, seasoned with whatever you want (Mrs. Dash?) and boiled then shredded.
Preheat Oven to 350
Warm up a dash of olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add chicken.
Add in 24 oz chunky salsa (you'll have to buy more than this, or just hold back one cup for later)
Add in 1 or 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
Add in chopped scallions. I have just been buying a smaller bunch and using it all b/c I don't want them in my fridge.
Add in chili powder. I used about 3 teaspoons.
Add in ground cumin. I used about 1.5 teaspoons.
Add in any other seasonings you want. I used Tastefully Simple "onion/onion", a little Italian seasoning, and the Tastefully Simple "Seasoning salt." I am discovering that "low point" food is typically very bland so I have been consulting my Weight Watcher cookbook and using a lot of seasoning. Truth is, fat is seasoning. So remove it, and food is quite bland.
You can also add in about 3/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained. I leave these out b/c Dave doesn't love them.
Add in 1/2 -to 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack (I use about 1/2 cup fat free cheddar)
Add about 1/2 cup salsa to bottom of baking pan.
Spoon about 1/2 cup mixture to the middle of tortilla (whole wheat, white, low carb-- you choose!). Roll.
Place seam side down in pan.
When finished, add another 1/2 cup salsa over tortillas and top with as much cheese as you choose.
Bake at 350 for about 20 min.
Friday, February 5, 2010
My weight loss this morning was 4.2lbs! I simply can not believe it. Well, I can actually. I weighed in first thing in the AM, in my PJ's-- which is consistent with last Friday. Which means my weight will fluctuate all day as I eat. And, honestly, a lot of this is probably water weight. I have been hitting the water hard, which ironically leads to an overall loss of water weight (your body says "Hey, I'm getting enough water. I can let go of this water reserve.") So I am THRILLED but cautious. My suspicion? Next week will be a much much much more moderate weight loss, and the two weeks averaged together will be more "typical."
Probably the best thing about this, though, is that my favorite, standard black dress pants are fitting sooo much better. They are a size bigger than I like to buy, but at least I can comfortably wear them. We booked our plane tickets and hotel to Vegas this week--
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Dekker is getting too big. Don't you just love his smile?!? His shirt says "Handsome Like Daddy" and I couldn't agree more. Hello Sweet Boy!
Proof that we do have one of the best dogs in town. Dekker and Josie are really buddies! Their relationship is changing now that Dekker is more on the move... so we'll see how things continue!
My little Conductor. I recently found this while changing out all his clothes to 12 months or bigger. Where did my little boy go.........
On the move!
Loving the Jumper! We recently raised the height of this, and Dekker is getting a lot of miles out of it. It's a nice break from chasing him all over :)
Dekker has a little cold right now and gets tired easily. The sweet thing just lays his head down whenever he can. You'll be happy to know I took this clue and got him right down for a nap!
On the Journey.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I absolutely can not get this organization out of my mind. I am acquaintances with a family out of Aurora, Nebraska who adopted two boys from this orphanage and sent me an e-mail weeks ago asking for financial donations and prayer. I am an anxious person by nature, and this type of stuff is so incredibly hard for me. My heart just hurts and I feel totally helpless! Surfing around their website brought to me another harsh reality: For every child who has made it to their "forever home" in America or Canada or wherever, there is another child to quickly fill their place at the orphanage. For every child we see smiling on the news at a happy reunion with their adoptive families, there are several more children still in Haiti. Some were orphans before the quake, some were not. Ug.
My goal here is not to be a "Debby Downer," but to call you to pray pray pray for these children regardless of any pending adoption. And in the case that they do have families in the US or elsewhere who are STILL trying to get their children home, please stop and say a prayer for them, too. I learned some interesting things here: I found the story about Ronel particularly interesting from several perspectives, as well as her comments regarding UNICEF.(Ronel's adoptive parents have a blog here.)
I am studying the book of Esther right now and we have been chronicling what it would be like to lose both father and mother. Devastating!
Monday, February 1, 2010
We had a ball with my parents. We ate at Senor Matias. It was pretty good Mexican food... but our quest for the best Mexican food restaurant in Omaha is still on. Any suggestions? We've already tried La Mesa, Roja, and Senor Matias. And Hectors.
Bread and Honey: 2
BBQ Beef: 6
WW Ice Cream Bar: 1
Chicken Quesadilla: 12
18 flour chips: 9
Diet Coke: 0
Well, I am fairly proud of myself for Sat. The restaurant had no nutritional charts on their website so I just used my "Complete Food Guide" book from WW. Again, I think this is where a little extra grace is required. We can only do our best, and I believe getting frustrated and upset is what leads to burn out, hopping off the plan, and ultimately more weight gain. So I told myself I would have a nice night wherever we went but that I didn't have to eat like it was the Last Supper.