Busy moms, life in general

Weight and see…and illness strikes the household.

I had an amazing 2.6 mile walk on a local trail last week after I posted. A friend and i took my 2 year old and went for it.We agreed it was fun and we wanted to do it again. Then the rain hit. We are having wicked rainy weather here in the Northeast lately. IDK the stats, but it must be above average rainfall. So, I did one day of the “challenge” and one day of walking and then it rained. I would have done the challenge on those other days, but my husband was home from work and I certainly won’t exercise in front of him! So instead, we drove 1/2 an hour and went to Olive Garden for lunch where I filled up on my beloved, waist friendly fettuccine Alfredo and bread sticks. Great idea for losing weight, no? Needless to say, I have sabotaged myself and am hoping to get back on track. To further agitate the process, I am severely sleep deprived. My 2 year old has been getting up several times a night. She will come into my pitch black room poking me and yelling “Bop! Booooooppppppp!” “What, Anna?” “Ah-ah?” (this is what she says when she wants to watch Curious George). “No Anna. Na’ Night time” “AH-AH!” Then you have to wrestle her into bed and lay there while she tosses, turns, kicks, hits and head buts you. Eventually she’ll fall asleep. No sooner do you drift off than she is up again. This goes on 3-4 times until between 5:30 ad 6 you decide it’s no longer worth it and get up with her. The one good thing that came of us getting rid of cable and getting Netflix is that whatever show they have, you can watch when you want to. So, George will go on when she gets up.

Our  next challenge was when the illness rolled through the house. First, my oldest 2 kids, who live with their father, got sick with a cold/flu/respiratory thing. My daughter still had it when she came home for some Mommy Pampering. Then my 5 y/o got a cold and ear infection. Last week he went on antibiotics for it. He seemed better and was thrilled to get his perfect attendance pencil the students get fro not missing any school. Unfortunately he wn’t get it this month. I was in VT with my youngest Monday night into Tuesday, my husband was to go in late to work Tues. after getting the kids on the school bus. I called at 10pm Monday and found out my little guy had gotten sick and developed a fever. No school for him. Luckily it must have been a 24 hour stomach bug, because all day yesterday he ate like a champ, his fever broke and other than looking tired, he was OK. Back to school today!

Now more than ever I need to exercise. We have been having tasty baked desserts, I have been under enormous stress with school and job hunting and there is illness running rampant through our town. Exercise will help keep me healthy and reduce the stress. Now if only I could find the time…

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Hoping the weight will “fall” off.

I am in my element. The weather is crisp and cool, the leaves are brightening even the dreariest of days and I am motivated again to get in shape. The downside is, I have that warm, fuzzy, cozy feeling that makes me want to bake (as well as sleep and sit on my butt). We went apple picking and baked up some yummy pies. Today I will be making apple crisp, if you’ve never experienced warm apple crisp, you don’t know what you are missing! Warm apples baked with a oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon topping melted with butter. There is nothing quite like it and I plan on keeping my portions small, which is good.

Strangely, a couple of weeks ago, I went on the scale to find I had lost 10.5 lbs! Woo-hoo! But, why? Daily I checked it and it was the same. Weird. I hadn’t really been exercising beyond my daily chores, and my eating habits hadn’t been all that great except that I was eating less. Well, eating less and less good things like fruits and veggies, but more corn, of the candy variety. Then came the day where I had regained 8.5 lbs. Again, utter shock as I was doing the exact same things. I really don’t know what to say…so I have decided to do a core strengthening “challenge” a friend posted on FB from Pinterest. It looks like it will KILL me, but I figure I need to strengthen my core. I kind of lost my waist somewhere and am beginning to look like an apple. No definition anymore, just an overall roundness.  If I can do this “challenge” and get in some kind of cardio through walking or some other way, I think I may lose the weight. I may even find my waist again. I swear my kids hid it on me somewhere with my mind!

Right now my biggest obstacles are my 2 year old, who likes to sabotage ANY plans I have whether it be school work, cleaning or running errands, and my lack of willpower to keep going. I need a buddy in exercise and I may just know of someone who could do it with me. We shall see. Stay tuned to find out the answers to the following questions: Will she get her waist back? Will she lose the weight? If so, will she find it again at the lost and found? Who is the mysterious walking buddy? AND Can she resist the awesome powers of warm apple desserts? Will her 2 year old ever take a nap? Tune in next week for the answers to these and many other questions!

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