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Melting Away & Finding Myself

What an Appointment!

I had my 20-week doctor’s appointment today. According to them, I’ve gained about 10 pounds (I’ll go with that, my calculations are higher, so I like theirs better!).  After I was weighed, we followed the nice nurse lady back to the exam room and got my blood pressure checked (way lower than I expected considering it’s been a stressful week) and got to hear the heartbeat.  I never get tired of hearing that.  I think it’s my favorite sound in the world.  By the way, if you like to play old wives’ tales games, the heartbeat was 158 which is “girl range.”

After that the nurse said,”Dr. C will be in to see you soon.”  I said, “Oh, I thought I was seeing Dr. T.”  She said while looking at her papers, “Uhh… no.” I thought nothing of it as I could have been wrong – pregnancy brain. Then after we sat there for what felt like for-ev-er, eager for the sonogram and knowing our son should be picked up from daycare by 5:30 (it’s 4:30 now and a good 45 minute drive home), the nurse comes back… “What was your weight today?”  and I’m thinking “I saw the lady who weighed me write that down…”, but I told her what it was. And then she asked for my birth date, which I told her.  She leaves and 30 seconds later she came back, “what’s your last name?”  Uhhh… really? but I tell her.  My husband and I exchange “what the hell?” looks.  Then 2 seconds later she’s back again, “They gave me the wrong chart.  Get your things and come back to the waiting room.”  Turns out they had another patient with the same first name in at the same time and nobody bothered to ask me which one I was. But the nurse says to me, “Next time be sure to ask them which patient they need before you come back.”  Yeah, because this is my fault??  But most eager for the sonogram, I don’t want to ruin my excitement with an argument with her. Thinking back on this experience though, I plan to call the office manager tomorrow as I didn’t even get so much as a “Sorry for the confusion.”

ANYWAY, thankfully we only had to wait a couple more minutes before they were ready to do the sonogram.  Hubby and I got to see all the baby’s structures.  I am so relieved that everything is great!  Baby’s vital organs, arms, legs and spine are perfect.  We did not find out the gender and don’t plan to until baby is born.

During the sonogram, baby started out all curled up in a ball, face down – or as the sonographer said, “my least favorite position for a baby.”  Grrreat. She did lots of poking on prodding on my belly and then baby perked up and moved all over the place.

I’m always amazed at how well you can see a baby on the screen and I wish it translated into great pictures, too.  Since ours was so wiggly today, some of our pictures were blurry.  Here’s my favorite one:

Baby is laying on his/her side, with the head to the right. You can see s/he waving at us – the hand is just above the head, with the arm trailing to the left.

After the sonogram, we got to go back to an exam room where I did in fact see Dr. T.  According to him, baby is great, momma is great and baby should arrive March 2nd!

What I Made Monday: Semi-Homemade Goodness

I do enjoy cooking, but not exactly the grocery shopping (mostly the paying for the groceries) or cleaning up after.  It would be great to have a cooking show – some “assistant” would shop for the groceries, there would be a budget for gourmet ingredients and some other “assistant” would clean up the dishes and the kitchen. So a lot of times I end up doing the semi-homemade route, such as tonight.

I’ve been wanting to make spaghetti and meatballs for awhile, well, ever since I saw the jar of pasta sauce in the pantry and thought, “mmm… spaghetti and meatballs.”  That was Saturday. But hey, I’ve learned when I’m pregnant, if I want something I don’t stop thinking about it until I have it. And since things have been crazy busy and I’ve been crazy tired (I’ve yet to find that 2nd trimester energy), things were definitely going to be semi-homemade. But it was still delicious!

There isn’t really a recipe.

Buy frozen Italian meatballs. Put some in a saucepan (I think I did about 30).  Cover with pasta sauce (we love Prego and not because I’m prego).  And since the jar barely covered the meatballs I added a can of sliced stewed tomatoes, which ended up making the sauce a little thinner than I like, but it still tasted good.  After the meatballs simmer about 10 minutes, boil a big ol’ pot of water for the spaghetti.  Add spaghetti when it’s boiling and cook for about 10 minutes to reach al dente.  After you drain the pasta, top with sauce & meatballs. Top with Parmesan cheese.  Yum!  I made garlic toast in the toaster oven and we had Caesar salad (thank you bag o’salad mix) on the side.

Side question:  Do the people who make the salad mix not measure how large they leave the pieces of lettuce?  I swear some of them were practically a half a leaf of romaine.  I worked a little harder and tore the lettuce in smaller pieces.

And then right as we were about to stuff ourselves, I remembered to take pictures.  Lil’ man requested I take a picture of his plate, too.ImageImageImage

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Dinner

Wow – so it’s been like… I don’t know how long since I blogged……  Sheesh, sorry friends that actually follow this!  I will have more to post later, but what is really on my mind is DINNER.  It’s Monday and I haven’t really truly cooked on a Monday for a few weeks and even longer since I’ve posted a What I Made Monday segment.  Tonight I don’t have anything spectacular planned, but I am sooooo excited for… Spaghetti with Meatballs.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Hopefully I will remember to take a picture before we devour it and don’t fall asleep on the couch have time  to post about its deliciousness later tonight.

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?

Well…

You know how I posted about re-starting, doing better, etc… like two months ago??  Welllllll…. it ain’t been happenin’.

I have exercised ONE day since the Color Run and then I just kinda hit a wall. It’s been about 183 degrees here everyday except a few, so I don’t care the gym is an indoor air-conditioned gym.  That’s dang hot.  I know…. it’s just an excuse.  Suck. It. UP.

Well…………..

I have a better one.

It’s tiny, but it’s turned my physical well-being a bit upside-down……

A baby.

Yep, I’m pregnant!

We had decided to try for another baby soon, but had no idea things would work so quickly!  With lil’ man it took us several agonizing months to get pregnant.  So I thought I would continue to lose weight and probably lose another 5-10 pounds before I was pregnant with #2.  Nope.  So while I’m not where I had planned to be numbers wise, I’m still about 30 pounds lighter than I was when I got pregnant with lil’ man and that has to be great for this go-round!

This baby is due March 2nd, 2013, which is just seven short months from tomorrow.  Anybody have a brown paper bag I can breathe into???  I will more than likely have a c-section since lil’ man was, so that really pushes my due date up by a week – ack!  We have already had a sonogram, which is such a stress reliever – we were even able to see the heart flutter on the screen.  I am also excited that, even with a vacation, virtually no exercise and weird diet (I detest chicken &  peanut butter right now) I have only gained about 1.5 pounds.  Once I am feeling less queasy and exhausted, I’m jumping back onto the treadmill and getting into a good walking routine.

So friends, if you follow this for all the inspirational deep thoughts on weight loss or my progress on losing 52 pounds in 52 weeks, that part of the blog will be on hiatus for probably close to a year.  If you enjoy reading What I Made Monday, you may have to wait another month or so until I feel like cooking (i.e. less nauseous).  What I do have planned is to focus on a healthy pregnancy (that includes indulging in cravings, thank you!) and low-impact exercise as well as plenty of bragging and sonogram pictures.

Anything new & exciting in my readers lives??

The Color Run – Kansas City

The Color Run was so much fun!  If you ever have a chance to do this run, DO IT!

I went with 4 other friends from work: Victoria, Ericka, Jennifer & Tami.  We had such a good colorful time.

Our “Before” Picture! Jennifer, Ericka, Me, Victoria, Tami

We got to the Truman Sports Complex about 6:30 a.m. (for a Saturday, this is way too early, but adrenaline kept me going after my poor night’s sleep last night). It was surprising how many people were already there and we enjoyed seeing the crazy outfits and tutus people wore.

We were near the starting line a few minutes after we arrived. The race was to start at 7:30, but it was 7:45 before they counted us down to the start.  We were in the first wave and Jennifer, Ericka & Victoria started running leaving Tami & I in their dust (haha, I wasn’t ready to run right off the bat).  Here’s a map of our run:

Tami & I had a good walk and after a warm up, we finally ran.  I lasted a minute, but it was more than my 10 step minimum, so I can now say I have RUN in a 5K!!!  Maybe if the Color Run comes back to KC next year I will actually be able to run the whole thing.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad and I think we all appreciated the organizers moving the start time up by an hour to help everybody be done before it got terribly hot.  Most of the time there was a nice breeze, too.

The first color zone was yellow, then we passed through orange, blue and pink.  I was surprised how little color was actually on me when we reached the finish line. But then, we entered the festival area with a color toss every 15 minutes! They had a DJ and lots of fun music to dance to.   I definitely got most of my color in the festival area!

We walked back up to our car and got some other Color Runners to take our after picture.

We were a mess! But with some handy baby wipes (thank you twin mommy Ericka!) we were starting to get slightly clean before getting home.

I was actually surprised how well I cleaned up at home.  A little extra scrubbing power in the shower and I am mostly back to normal.  I followed the shower with a little nap and some lunch… I think I’m going to be relaxing a lot the rest of today!

Here are some more fun pictures for you to enjoy!

Victoria’s best side!

T-minus 3 hours & counting…

It is less than 3 hours until the Color Run starts!!  Yep, it’s 4:30 a.m. and I am up and almost ready to leave. I’ve actually been awake since 2 a.m. because I am so apprehensive/excited about this morning!

Excited:

  • 1st 5K
  • There will be thousands of people! (get this: every 5 minutes a wave of 1000 people leave the start line.  They do that for an hour… you do the math!)
  • I get to go with some great friends from work!
  • It is THE COLOR RUN – “the happiest 5K on the planet”

Apprehensive:

  • I’m not running in my fancy new shoes, so nervous I will reinjure my knee
  • I want to run some of it, but it’s going to so hot that it may be just 10 steps.
  • I am wearing a tank top and my arms don’t look so toned and fabulous in real life as they do in my head
  • It’s 4:30 a.m. and it’s already 80 degrees outside and I live in the sticks.  What’s the temp going to be in vast concrete of the Truman sports complex?
  • It’s 80 degrees already.
  • Did I mention it’s going to be hot??

I cannot wait to write a big ol’ post later with bunches of colorful pictures – I will have my phone wrapped in a sandwich bag.  So as long as I don’t die of heat exhaustion (actually & seriously, please say some prayers that all the runners are ok today) I will be sharing with you soon!

The Color Run is Coming!

Today was a great day!  I actually got up & went to the gym in the morning!  This has been a hard thing to do this summer.  But here in KC it’s a bazillion degrees and following my evening workout on Tuesday I decided I must run in the morning when I actually have energy.  I am repeating week 1 of C25K (run a minute, walk 90 seconds) and I was able to run in all the intervals (not necessarily one minute, but almost) except the 6th interval I just walked.  I’m pretty happy with that, especially compared to Tuesday – that was just really ugly!

Anyway, I’m not nearly as excited about my workout as I am THE COLOR RUN!!! It is this Saturday & Sunday – yes, KC had so many excited people, they added another one.  And I know I read somewhere this is a record setting Color Run – they have never had so many participants in a Color Run!  Wow!!! Way to go KC!!

Several of my friends from work & I are participating.  I went to pick up our race packets today & got sooooo excited!!  I was the dork taking pictures of everything.  Packet pick-up was at Arrowhead stadium in their club.  Lil man & hubby joined me and we climbed about 10 flights of stairs (or 6 according to fitbit, but with the heat it felt like twice as many!) to get to the pick-up area.

This was at the top of the stairs in the Arrowhead Club – Seriously it’s 105 degrees outside and they have a fire going??????

They were really well organized and efficient. We were in & out in 10 minutes!

It’s official! I have a running bib for my 1st 5K!!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my Color Run experience!

Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

What I Made Monday

I’ve decided I will never have time to post what I made Monday ON Monday… but that is ok, because I like the title. For all you know, I could have made it Friday! Anyway, I made a very yummy, healthy & super easy recipe Monday.  SO easy.  If you can boil water and turn on the oven, you can make this.  If you trust your kid to handle boiling water, they can even make it.  E-A-S-Y.

I would say the recipe is courtesy of Emeals, but I have made this before I knew Emeals existed, they just put it in my recipe rotation for this week.  (I still love ya Emeals and truly appreciate the recipes you list that are just so easy I can replicate it from memory in the future.)

Baked Ravioli (made by me, re-inspired by Emeals)
1 package of frozen cheese ravioli (or meat filled, I have used both), about 24 oz.
1 jar of pasta sauce (I personally love a good garlicky pasta sauce)
1 package of shredded mozzarella, about 2 C.  If you want to make it skinnier, reduce to 1 C.

THREE ingredients – what is easier than that????

Cook the ravioli according to package directions.  Drain. Place in sprayed 9×13 baking dish.  Open jar of pasta sauce, pour over cooked ravioli.  Open package of mozzarella, sprinkle over pasta sauce.  Stick it in the oven. Bake about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until bubbly.

If you wanted to get all wild & crazy, you could probably sprinkle on some extra Italian seasoning or fresh basil from the garden (which I just remembered we have in our garden… that would have been so good!) or add some chopped green peppers, fresh mushrooms, etc.  But the 3 ingredient version is pretty darn tasty!

I was enjoying making such an easy recipe that I forgot to take pictures until I was pulling the gooey cheesy yumminess out of the oven:

 

I served it with a simple lettuce & tomato salad:

I didn’t enter this recipe into MyFitnessPal to calculate nutrition info, but the entire recipe makes 6 servings and I estimate it to be about 325 calories per serving, depending on how much cheese you use!

Enjoy!

What was for dinner at your house?

Restart!

L-A-Z-Y!

I ain’t got no alibi, I’m lazy, yeah, yeah, I’m lazy!

This would be the cheer to promote how my last few days have gone.  I last worked out (before today) last Wednesday.  Between the sick kiddo and then, a couple days later, sick husband, add in a church function I was organizing and normal day-to-day stuff and I was spread a little thin.  I am sure if I had really tried I could have found an hour each day to workout, but I just didn’t.  And I’m struggling with my plan to pack my lunch & snacks the night before so that I don’t graze when I’m home.  I’m supposed to weigh in tomorrow and I can guarantee you I have gained weight this week. Probably also some uh…. “natural bloating” going on, too.

This morning, I read an inspirational post by one of the bloggers I follow and while I realize she is waaay younger than I without the responsibilities of a kid, husband, house, and full-time job, I was inspired to kick my bootay into gear today. Basically, she is giving herself 10 weeks (I think that’s when her summer vacation is over) to finish her weight loss transformation. I have 8 weeks until I will see all of my co-workers again and I know I won’t be done with my journey, but  I would love (vain as it is) to hear from them how good I look.

I can do this!  I need to start my weekly reflections on my goals again.  NO matter how boring I think it sounds to the handful of you that read my blog.  I started this for accountability, so I must do that again.  Let me just start with today, and then next week I’ll give you the run down of the week as a whole.

Since the hubby was down & out yesterday, today we had planned to celebrate Father’s Day.  But hubby decided to go to the doctor this morning instead.  I still made us a “special” Father’s Day breakfast.  We had cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and watermelon… yumm-o!  I’m so glad I decided to make the scrambled eggs because in the past I would have eaten 2 cinnamon rolls, but the eggs really helped to fill me up, so while I wanted a second roll, I knew I wasn’t really hungry for it and didn’t indulge.

After hubby ate & took his good ol’ drugs from the doc (dx: bronchitis, poor guy) he zonked out.  So in a way it was his Father’s Day – an almost whole day to himself while the little guy & I went out running around.  We went and picked up my new running shoes!  These wide-width shoes are the same as what I had before, but fit sooo much better.  And I picked up some fancy (read: expensive) moisture wicking socks by Balega so that I don’t end up with blisters.

After the shoe store, we went out for lunch at Jason’s Deli. If you have kids & you have never been to Jason’s Deli, you need to go!  They have a lot of healthy options, an awesome salad bar and most of the produce appears to be organic.  I’m really not one of those crunchy mommas, but I’ve breastfed, done tried the cloth diaper thing and made my own babyfood.  I just like to know what I’m giving my kid is quality food, especially knowing that I have made some unhealthy choices that resulted in my current predicament. Anyway, back to the deli – so not only did my lil guy get a wholesome turkey & cheese “hamwich” (as he says) with organic carrots and organic apple juice, but after we ordered and I was looking around, I discovered that kids meals are only $.99 on Mondays during the summer – bonus!  I had a delicious Mediterranean wrap with olives, hummus, turkey, tomatoes and fresh fruit on the side (about 350 calories total)… soooo good!  (And friends that follow a gluten free lifestyle, they have a gluten free menu!)

The lil’ guy zonked out on the way home and if I hadn’t been driving, I would have taken his picture – so angelic. While he finished his nap at home, I got my new shoes on and headed to the gym. Nerves struck again, as I decided I was going to tackle the Couch to 5K plan again.  By the time my warm-up was complete my heart was hammering just because I was nervous about running!  I was really cautious not to push myself too much.  And it still wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.  The plan calls for 1 minute of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, but I did more like 30 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  And I even walked right on through some of the jogging intervals. The next time I run I’ll try to make it 30 seconds for all intervals and then hopefully the third day I’ll be able to run closer to a minute.  But, I don’t want to push it.  My knee is a little achy this evening, so I hope it feels better tomorrow!

As I left the gym, I snapped a picture of the quote I posted earlier today. “Be better today than you were yesterday. Do better tomorrow than you did today.”  I was better today than yesterday and I know I can do better tomorrow than today. I have 8 weeks to do better than I have been and to make each day better than the one before.

Now I can’t say dinner was better… we had McDonald’s… however, in the past I would have chosen a quarter-pounder, but tonight I chose a grilled chicken sandwich. But I still ate fries – and it all fit within my calorie allotment for the day. Tomorrow I will do better than I did today!

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