Weigh-in Wednesday

I hate that losing weight is such a science. I have tracked every single bite that has went into my mouth on My Fitness Pal the last 14 days. Mini-butterfinger? Tracked. Real Dr. Pepper? Tracked. Cheeseburger and Fries? Tracked. I may've went over a couple days by several hundred calories (thanks Bud Light!) but I still tracked it. And I still weight the exact same fricking thing I did 14 days ago. Annoying. I'm trying hard to be honest and look at why but I'm truly at a loss. I haven't been eating "clean" but when I am eating bad, my portions are significantly less. I didn't have a single beer for a good 10 days and still haven't lost. You'd think not drinking all those empty calories would've made me lose something! I have no idea if I'm not eating enough, getting enough protein, or not measuring/weighing my stuff out correctly but I'm sick of it - that is for sure! Either way, this is a battle I'm going to keep fighting so I think I'll hit up the store this week, get some fruits and veggies, and try to get back to the basics.


Mid-week Randoms

What day is it? Okay, so it's only Tuesday but with the week I've had, it myswell be Friday! So mid-week randoms is fitting. First, my brother-in-law, niece, nephew and I ran in a St. Patty's Day 5K last Saturday. I haven't ran in a few weeks so I knew I wasn't prepared but was more-so doing it for fun. Plus, I didn't have anyone to run with so figured I could run with my niece Brecca. Costumes were encouraged.
(Tuxedo shirt courtesy of my Dad)
The race was fine but Brecca and I couldn't find our groove. She tends to go with the sprint/walk method and I like a slow jog. There was a lot of encouraging her to keep going, only to have her pass me a block later and run ahead of me for awhile. I stopped caring about a mile in, took out my earphones so we could chat, and enjoyed the quality time with my niece. Afterwards, I enjoyed every single bite...of this.
We went to Papa Randy and Janis' new house for the afternoon and let the kids play outside. Tylee was actually sunburnt on Sunday, even though it wasn't that nice outside. Overall, it was a great day in Chanute. I love days with my family.
Then, this happened.
Yes, Tamiflu. Tylee woke up Sunday morning kinda grouchy but honestly, she is a pretty moody 4-year old so we didn't think much of it. TJ told her to go lay back down to regroup, and she ended up watching cartoons most of the day. We played a little and ran some errands, but in hindsight, she must not have been feeling great. We noticed a cough creeping up around dinnertime but snuggled and went to bed like normal. About midnight, I heard some commotion in the bathroom and shortly after felt TJ lay Tylee down in our bed. I was shocked to hear very, very labored breathing. I sat up and said, "Uh, that is not okay" and TJ said, "Yah, I don't like this at all. Let's take her to the ER." We were in the car within 5 minutes and in the ER, getting treatment less than 20 minutes later. I do not have good experiences with the ER - it is usually hurry up and wait. It was fairly busy but Tylee must've been in bad enough shape that they got some people right on it. We saw the doctor, got a breathing treatment, flu test, and X-rays all within the hour. The flu test came back positive for Influenza B and the nurse instructed us that Tylee would be absolutely miserable. I googled it on the way home and it said:
"When your child gets the flu, she will probably develop a fever (temperature greater than 100°F), usually quite rapidly, often accompanied by the chills, headaches, lack of energy, a dry cough, and muscle aches and pain. As the illness progresses, other symptoms such as a sore throat and runny or stuffy nose may develop and worsen. Some children also have abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting."

Niiiiice. Especially since we just dealt with a nasty stomach bug last weekend. The nurse was right, she has been absolutely miserable. About 10am yesterday morning, I was wishing they would've admitted her. She asked to get in the bathtub but then couldn't get herself out. I stood her up while I got the towel wrapped around her, she took 3 steps towards the bed and fell down. She was just so, so weak. Things are looking up today but she is still a very sick little girl. She hasn't done anything except play on the iPad or watch cartoons for almost 48 hours now and is actually back asleep as we speak. Her voice is totally gone and her cough is horrendous. (Have you ever tried to deal with a 4-year old who can't talk? I'm torn between saying it is nice and quite vs. very frustrating.) I've never experienced anything like this and I cannot wait until she feels better and life can't get back to normal.
In other news, I weigh-in for Weigh-in Wednesday in the morning, which should be interesting since I haven't done a damn thing except eat since the 5K on Saturday. I've been close to my daily calorie goal each day (not counting the beer I drank on Saturday) but I haven't been eating "clean" at all. (Hamburger Helper, anyone?) I did, however, make this in the crockpot for lunch today and it is delicious. One of my favorite soups is Taco Soup and this is very similar, but a chicken version. The recipe can be found here and when I put it into My Fitness Pal (without the Sour Cream) it is 300 calories for a 1 cup serving, and I got about 5 cups.   
Well, I can think of a million other things that I should be doing other than blogging but I haven't gotten to do very many things for me the last couple of weeks (Mom? Mom! Moooom? Mooooom!) so I said screw it and grabbed the laptop for a little break. The laundry buzzer just went off and I just heard Tylee cough up a lung so as usual, duty calls!


Picnic in the Park

80 degrees today! What a great way to kick-off Spring Break. Let's not mention the fact that I don't get a Spring Break. Have I ever told you that my entire family is teachers and we only have 2 friends that have an 8-5 job along with me? That means 3 people out of our social group of 30+ people work on days like today. My bitterness is justified.
 I stayed on track! Even with the temptations of McDonalds!
We made the most of it by having a picnic at the park (or actually, Tylee's school because the park is closed) after I got off work. Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, we had some extra daylight and took full advantage!
 She was trying so hard to hang on!

How did she get this big?
All jokes aside, we do actually have some fun things planned for Spring Break - so I'll be back to blog about our adventures soon! Kansas City, here we come!


Weigh-in Wednesday

Counting calories has been eye opening for me. For instance, I would've considered yesterday a good day diet-wise but while I was logging it into My Fitness Pal, I was shocked. I had an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, a turkey wrap and cottage cheese for lunch, a few baked chips for a snack, Fajitas (wheat tortilla, beef strips, pepper, onion, and homeade guacamole) and some rice for dinner. I went over my calorie allowance by 400 calories and I really wanted another one; not to mention more rice, cheese, and sour cream. It is just shocking how fast stuff adds up. My weight fluctuated a lot last week so I'm technically down almost 4 pounds since last Monday morning - but am up 1.8 pounds from the lowest weight I've seen this week. I'm going to log this one into the record books as "stayed the same" and I'm perfectly okay with that. I have been staying within my calorie range but have been eating a lot of carbs (Subway, homeade noodles, baked french fries, hamburger with a bun, ect) and haven't really been eating as "clean" as I typically like too. I'm hoping to see a decent drop before the weekend when I drink my weight in green beer and gain it all back. This shit is hard!



Last Thursday night I was geared up to meet TJ for a beer after work, when my MIL called to tell me that Tylee wasn't feeling well. "Her belly, back, and neck hurt," she said. Hm. Obviously, that derailed our plans to meet-up for a beverage so I thought I'd stop by the Liquor Store and grab a bottle of wine since I had the urge for a drink that night. Then, I put it into My Fitness Pal to see how bad it was and saw this:
I only get 1200 calories a day so that bottle (you know I can't just drink a glass) was half of my food calories for the day! I was going to buy it anyways and stretch it out over the weekend (ya right) but by the time I got to Tylee, I knew the only place we were going was home.
Once I got some Tylenol in her, she was fine (or so I thought) so we went on about our evening. We ate dinner (ramen noodles for her), played a little "office", and then she wanted to snuggle on the couch with TJ. We were watching Duck Dynasty re-runs and about to head to bed and continue the snuggling when she threw-up all over TJ, the couch, and the carpet. This continued all.night.long but by the time my alarm went off, I assumed the worst was over. Then she told me she just pooped...and was laying in bed next to me.
She fell asleep about noon on Friday and took a pretty long nap while I made her her favorite, homeade noodles.
I had hoped we were in the clear after nap time because this is usually only a 24-hour bug, right? I was wrong yet again and the worst wasn't over until Sunday morning. Not a noodle was touched until dinner last night and even then, she only ate a few.
So that is how we spent our weekend: in bed, on the couch, or in the tub. I have never been so happy to walk into my office this morning and not hear, "Mom!?" for 8 whole hours. Also, I would've given anything to have that bottle of wine Saturday afternoon.


Weigh-in Wednesday

Last year, we kicked off "lake-season" on St. Patty's Day. This year, it looks like it will probably be Easter weekend. The weekend after that? I either have a wedding in Wichita or we are going to Hot Springs to the horse races with a group of friends. Spring/Summer is coming whether I want it too or not and I still weigh the same as I did in November I've already gained back 7 or 8 pounds of the 20 pounds I lost during the Advocare 24-day Challenge this fall. (See what writing a post over a month ago and never hitting publish will do to ya?) I need to get my butt in gear!  
someecards.com - According to this BMI chart... I am too short.
I am pleased that I still weigh the same as I did in November. I definitely haven't been eating well but I have still been running and thankfully, they must've evened each other out. Our social life consists of cooking, eating, having people over, and drinking beer. Combine any of that with dieting and you are probably going to fail miserably. Or I am, at least. I've started tracking in My Fitness Pal but how do you track 20 Bud Lights, half a loaf of Olive Cheese Bread, a dozen or so ham balls, some Chili and a Cinnamon Roll, Girl Scout Cookies...ha! Hey, don't judge - I was at a cabin celebrating my friends 30th birthday! Eating and drinking are what we do best!
So with the first taste of summer coming in just 6 4 short weeks, I decided I better get my butt in gear and get another 10 pounds off before shorts and swimsuit weather sneak up on me. I've done I was doing fairly well with the motto, "It's what you do most of the time, that counts." I'll skip the cheesecake at lunch in order to eat garlic bread that evening. I'll pass up an invitation for a couple beers after work in order to go run - but your damn sure I'm gonna join you the next day! Just not both days. It's obviously been working since I haven't gained anything back but my goal is to lose weight, not maintain. Obviously, I've haven't been making the best choices because this 7 or 8 pounds has came on quickly and its time I get it under control before it all comes back.   
So to keep a little accountability with myself, I joined a DietBet and am going to join some Weigh-in Wednesday blogging link-ups. I'm not going to post my weight like those brave souls but I'll check in every Wednesday with my report for the week and hopefully I'll be close to my mini-goal of 10 pounds before I have to go face quite a few of my friends from my skinny-highschool-days-when-I-thought-I-was-fat-but-wasn't. Wish me luck!


Snow Day!

Confession: One of my least favorite things to do is to play with Tylee. We can go to the park, do crafts, cook, make things out of construction paper, ect. but I dread actually sitting down to play Lalaloopy's, stuffed animals, or baby dolls. 99% of the time when she asks me to play, it's one of those things and I always try to detour her with something that I find more fun. I'd much rather go "do" something.

One thing we have in common? Snow! I love summer as much as the next gal but some of my favorite memories from my childhood are playing in the snow. My Dad used to come get us (my parents were divorced) and we would go shoot donuts in the closed parking lots. I remember being so scared and yelling at him but now that I'm 30 years old and know I lived through it, it was fun! We also lived close to Murray Hill, my elementary school, and anytime school was cancelled my cousins and I would walk to the school and sled down the hill. I'm sure we lasted all of 30 minutes but hey, these are my memories and in my head, it was an entire day full of fun! I also remember wanting to go play once but no one else wanted to, so I thought I would shovel the entire street. I think I made 2 passes.  
Other than this snowstorm, we haven't had any significant snow since Tylee's been old enough to play in it and at the ripe 'ol age of 2, she was not overly impressed with her hands getting wet/cold. Can you believe it hasn't snowed enough to build a snowman in the 2 years since? Or maybe it has and 1) my memory fails me or 2) we had something else going on and weren't home to play in it.
It was fun having something to do together that we both thoroughly loved and as ready as I am for spring, I'd take another couple rounds of snow combined with a day off, sunshine, no wind, our 4-wheeler, a sled, a better snowsuit, and the people I love. Is that too much to ask?
I know Spring is coming and we will be able to get out of the house soon and back to "doing" but I've been trying oblige to more of her requests to just play. We've been playing a lot of Office, Store, and School and one thing is for sure - this girls imagination is out of this world. Its nice to step out of real life sometimes and pay fake bills, get fake report cards, and buy fake groceries. Too bad the real world is always just a step away because it's pretty fun to just be a kid sometimes - snowman building included.