Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wow! It's been awhile! On Valentine's Day Corbin got sick! Followed by me! Followed by Tyson! Followed by poor little Hadley! I hate seeing my kids sick and helpless! Especially Hadley, she can't understand it and she gets sooo sad! She seems to be feeling a little better though......

My food has been a little of this and a little of that, and a little of whatever I feel like for the past week or so. I was up 2 pounds last week, and down 1 this week. The past couple of days I have been eating very "clean" but have not tracked. I have done a lot of baking/cooking! I made homemade granola bars, strawberry-banana muffins, spelt flour torillas, breakfast cookies (which actually do taste a little like cookies).
Yesterday, I had a breakfast cookie for breakfast, roasted butternut squash and asparagus with a spelt flour tortilla for lunch, a strawberry-banana muffin for a snack, and roasted butternut squash with lemon pepper crusted halibut for supper. Pretty good if you ask me! I can't really work out right now because of my nasty cough, so I am going to try to eat mostly good with the exception of this weekend because I am going away scrapbooking;) Might be hard to eat well!

Yummy halibut recipe:
Rinse and pat dry halibut.
Squeeze lemon juice over halibut and sprinkle with lemon pepper, salt, and pepper.
Coat in shake and bake or breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle a little more lemon pepper.
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until halibut flakes.
Very good stuff!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Off the Wagon

I have fallen.............. hard! I keep having high hopes of tracking, and then I make it to lunch and I stop! I have not been eating horrible ALL the time, but at least one meal a day has not been good. I have even been trying to talk myself out of Weight Watchers, telling myself that I don't need it anymore and I could just try clean eating. Well..... obviously I don't have a good handle on portion control! I stayed-the-same at weigh-in this week, and i'm pretty sure I will have a gain on Tuesday:( At least I can recognize what I am doing to myself. I just read on a blog about a girl who is almost at goal and stopped tracking. She had one week of tracking everything and being good and lost 4 pounds! Wow!! I could maybe have that if I could get my act together! I have tried identifying what is causing me to sabotage myself like this..... Well...... I have not been sleeping well at all. We have had a lot of late nights and early mornings this past week! That's a big one! I get tired and then have no control on what I eat! It's ridiculous really! What else is there? Well really nothing. I need a plan!

Okay.... so here it is!

1. Get more sleep! Things aren't so crazy next week, so that shouldn't be too hard.

2. Meal plan. I have pretty much stopped this and our dinners have not been the healthiest.

3. Exercise! I even haven't done a lot of this the past couple of days.

4. Track. Obviously!

5. Water. Lots.


When I have been eating well, I have tried some pretty awesome things! On Thursday I had Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers! So good! 3 ingrediants! Easy peasy! I am going to make some and freeze them! I had 2 patties on a WW english muffin, with salsa on top with a salad and that amazing salad dressing I have talked about! 9 points! Seriously!

Then yesterday I made Broccoli Cheddar Soup! It was really good! It tasted a lot like regular broccoli soup. I didn't have enough broccoli in it, so i'm thinking it would have been thicker and better with more, but it was still great!!
I did not count the points, but I am thinking it is 1 or 2 points per cup, and it's really filling!
I also brought back the Pumpkin Oatmeal this morning! So good! I haven't had it in awhile, but I think it is going to be a common thing in my morning oatmeal from now on!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hypothyroidism

I went to the doctor's a couple of weeks ago and was informed that my thyroid is finally under control! Here's my story:


In September of 2008 I found out that I was pregnant with our second child. During routine bloodwork they found that I was hypothyroid with my level at 21.3 (normal is between 0.3-3). I was told that everything shoud be okay with the baby since I found out so early in my pregnancy. In November of 2008 at my 3 month check up my doctor could not find the baby's heartbeat, and I found out that my baby had not made it past 8 weeks and 4 days. I went through a lot in the next 2 months. I had 2 minor surgeries.


My thyroid was crazy because of the pregnancy hormones and didn't get under control until May of 2009. We decided to wait to try for another baby until my body and mind were fully healed. I ran my first 5 k in May, and finally started to feel like myself again.

I found out that I was pregnant again in August of 2009 and had our baby girl in April 2010. By August my levels were under control again and by October they were at 14! I was so upset! Just when I was starting to feel better, my levels got bad again.


So now, just last week I found out that my levels are under control again, and I am so happy! I hope that this is the last I see of blood tests for awhile now! I finally feel happy, strong, lucky, and excited about the future and my health! I want every new mom out there to know about hypothyroidism, and that it is very common in pregnancy and post pregnancy. If you are not feeling right, just go to the doctor and have it checked out because there IS a reason for it.


Having hypothyroidism is horrible! I shrugged off all of my symptoms thinking they were all part of being a new mom! I was depressed, had trouble losing weight, didn't want to ever get out of bed, my hair was dry and falling out, I couldn't remember anything, I had mood swings, I thought that I was going crazy, and I stopped talking to most of my friends. I am lucky I have a patient husband or else I don't think we would have made it!

Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is..............

Sometimes exhausting!! I have a sick/teething daughter, and a very "spirited" son! I did not have a lot of sleep last night so today was not looking good to begin with. My son pushed all my buttons today - hitting his sister, emptying bins of toys after I just finished putting them in there, and just plain old not listening to a word I said! It is so nice to have a little peace and quiet myself tonight!
So I was feeling so good yesterday, and then last night happened! I went to the Chiropractor and then shopping and then it was too late for dinner when I got home, so I just had chips and ice cream. The good side of this is that I did not eat ALL of the ice cream. I had a few bites and then gave the rest to T.
Today was good. I had oatmeal for breakfast, a pita and easy white bean soup for lunch, and turkey bacon and whole grain french toast for supper with berries and a little maple syrup. Then T left to go curling and I was tired and I pulled out a bag of chips to help get me through. Didn't work though;) The pita that I had today was awesome! I sprayed it with a little olive oil, sprinkled a little sea salt and Parmesan cheese on and broiled it for about 30 seconds. Just like pita chips. Seriously.
I did one hour on the elliptical today. I also downloaded a half marathon training plan from the Running Room. It looks like it will be pretty good, and I feel more comfortable having a real plan now!
I keep watching the show "Off the Map" every Wednesday thinking that it will get better, but it never does.
Here's to a good day tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feeling GOOD!


YAY! I had a 2 pound loss this week! I tried to be a lot better this past week, and it worked! It really helped that I didn't eat out. I tried to eat healthy within reason, and I worked out most days! I feel GOOD! I feel like I am getting stronger from running and strength training! I am 10 pounds away from my wedding/honeymoon weight (my body looks a little different from having 2 kids though). Why can't I be that girl whose body goes back to normal after having children?
My weekend was pretty awesome! I am taking a silversmith class and loving it!! I had no idea how much I would love it, but it is something I am becoming more and more excited about! I had two classes this weekend, gymnastics with the kids, and swimming with the fam! I also had a 45 minute run where I ran 10 and walked 1. I am going to focus on just completing my long runs, and during the week on my shorter runs, I am going to try getting a little faster and stronger!
My goals this week are going to be trying to blog a little more, drink lots of water, track my food, and try to stay healthy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This week has been so much better than last! We went out for Vietnamese for dinner last night, and I ordered salad rolls and won ton soup! Usually I would order something calorie unfriendly like coconut curry chicken and white rice and spring rolls and deep fried won tons. I did have two coconut shrimps, but I only ate half of my soup. Tip: A good way to eat less at restaurants is to take your 3-year-old and 9-month-old with you! Today I had oats for breakfast, the rest of my won ton soup and an almond butter and jam sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch, and turkey chili with rye bread for supper. In between meals I ate a few raisin and oatmeal cookies, but after supper I wanted more cookies, and instead had an apple with laughing cow cheese:) Yay me! On Monday I made quinoa salad. I used 1 cup of quinoa, carrot, celery, green pepper, green onion, cucumber, and a tomato that was broiled in the oven for a few minutes. For a dressing I used dijon honey mustard and balsamic vinegar. It was so good and filling!
I have been working out good too this week! Strength on Saturday, 45 minute run on Sunday, 30 minute run on Monday, rest on Tuesday, 50 minutes on elliptical today!
We had our weigh-in yesterday, and I lost a pound!!?? I am really happy with that since I had a pretty rough week. If I can lose 12 more pounds by the time we run our half marathon (a little less than 5 months), then I have decided to reward myself with a new outfit from Lu Lu Lemon (running skirt possibly)? 12 more pounds and I will be at my wedding day weight! WooHoooo!! I have 5 months to lose 12 pounds, sounds easy right? But I have a feeling that it is going to get really tough after awhile!
Plan this week is to drink lots of water! Stay on points! Exercise 5 days!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weekend Woes

I found some motivation yesterday, and rocked out on the treadmill for 30 minutes!! It felt GREAT! I did 20 running and then 10 on incline walking/running! I was feeling so good........ until the vet called to tell me that Kahlua's ashes are ready! Oh ya, my cat:((
I tried so hard to eat healthy, but I just couldn't! I NEEDED chocolate! Seriously! I am feeling a lot better today, but we are going on a date tonight for dinner and a movie! I can't wait, but know that bad choices are going to be made. Tomorrow is T's birthday so bad choices will presumably be made then too. Is it okay to just scrap the weekend and start over on Monday? Probably not a good idea, but I think I am going to roll with it. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be a gain on Tuesday:(