Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Monday!

Only 9 more sleeps til the big kid goes back to school!
I can make it.
I can make it.

*sings* "It's the most wonderful time of the year"

Sounds terrible, I know. I'm just tired of the kids fighting and am really looking forward to having a routine back.  I think they are ready too.

Camp was fun, exhausting, frustrating and rewarding.  The camp last week was an all day, weeklong scout camp.  I was a "den escort" which basically means that I would bring the kids to each of their scheduled activities.  The hardest part of the whole experience is having to repeat yourself a hundred times a day, "keep your hands to yourself" was the biggest issue.  The other frustrating part was when the boys wouldn't listen to instructions from either myself, another escort or a program instructor.  They missed out on completing a few projects because of such behavior and they were spoken to by the camp director because one of the program areas complained about our den.  Now, you might be thinking it was me who couldn't keep them in line.  No, not quite.  My group had 15 boys with 4 adults and then we had another den with us who had 8 kids with 2 adults.  For some reason, the two groups just couldn't get their stuff together.  Alas, we made it.

Even with the problems though, I really did enjoy myself.  My favorite moment was while the boys were fishing.  Sure, I was almost hooked in the face twice and had to help hook a few worms (ewww) but when the boys listened to my instruction and actually caught a fish, oh to see their excitement!  Made all the frustration worth it!  There were a few moments like that throughout the week.  It was those moments that made me realize why teacher's teach; the other moments made me realize that teacher's really need to be paid more. Oye!

Anyway, it's back to (mostly) reality.
Still working on the bathroom. Waiting to find someone to do the shower pan.  This has been a crazy adventure.  Hopefully we'll get someone in here soon. Tired of not having my own shower. It's really beautiful though!  I'll post pics when everything is done.

This week is all about finalizing the back-to-school lists and getting back into some sort of a nightly routine so we are all fresh in the morning. We're also working on getting us all back into better eating habits.  I really thought I would be good last week. The thing I really realized is that when you are overtired and not sleeping correctly, it's a surefire way to overeat. So very true.  Last week was a disappointment in the food department.

Putting all that aside and am ready to get back into the swing of things.

Have a happy and healthy day.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week(end) Wrap Up

Just a quick check in.
Things have been hectic around here and I'll be continuing on that path for the next week or so.
Bear with me while I wrap up summer with my kids before I can get back into a more steady routine.

As far as things go for this past week. 
I did the official weigh in on Wednesday and I was "only" up 5 pounds compared to the 7 from a few days prior.  I'm still watching what I eat but the working out has been very lax.  Honestly, it's probably been a good 2 weeks since I've had a decent workout.

Bathroom update:
We have a completed floor.
A working toilet and sink!

The shower tiles are being worked on as I type.  I suspect it will be at least another 2 weeks before everything is 100% done.  Not sure if I mentioned this or not but the tile guy that is supposed to just do the shower pan broke his neck earlier in the summer. Hubs will give the guy a call this week to see if he is ready to get back to work yet or not. The rumor is that he's close.

Upcoming Week:
This week I'll be away at summer camp with my son. I'm exhausted just thinking about the week ahead but I know it will be a good time.  The "bad" part is that the weather is starting to shift back into the hotsville. That doesn't make for a happy Mamma Camper. All in all though, it should be a fun week.

I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
I'll do my best to check in at least once this week.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Regroup and FMM

Happy Monday!  HA!
Today was my new Day One. Not that I really need a Day One, I just think at this point I may as well go with the notion that I'm resetting myself.  As you know, I haven't been feeling so hot as of late.  I'm still not feeling 100% myself but need to give myself a little time with eating better to see if that will push me up to that 100% mark.  
When I got dressed yesterday, something happened that hasn't happened in a very, very long time.  My pants were a bit tight. That was enough to scare me right back on to the straight and narrow. I hopped on the scale this morning to see where I am at and I'm up about 8 pounds.  This is the real deal.  Not water. Not retention. Not too hot. Just plain old icky fat. 
Not going to start beating myself up.  Since I wasn't feeling too well, I wasn't eating too well. I went over board and when we went away, I continued to go a bit overboard. I'm not going to cry about it. I'm not going to dive into a package of Oreos or have a hot fudge sundae over it.  I'm going to build a bridge and get over it. 
So, for my Day One:
Calories were around 1900. A little more than what I would like to see but I'm still within reason for my height/weight.   This was more of a planning error than an "I wanted to eat more so I did", sort of error.  My blood sugar plummeted and once that happens, it's very difficult to get regulated again. It's done and over with. Moving on. 
 I drank more water than I have been in the last month or so. And have had more fruit. Sadly, not so good with the veggies but am planning a big, huge salad for tomorrow's lunch. 

friend makin mondays
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Have You Ever?

1. Jumped out of an airplane?  No. Now way! No how! Not ever! 
2. Lived alone?  No. 
3. Met a celebrity? Yes. 
4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying? Yes. :(  I've done it twice in the last week or so too. What is wrong with my brain. 
5. Had a manicure/pedicure? Yes. 
6.  Gotten a hickey? Unfortunately so. 
7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or a cat?  Yes. Nothing exotic -just a bird - ICK and a guinea pig. 
8. Been outside of your home country?  Yes. Would love to go back to St. Lucia someday! 
9. Kissed your best friend? daily. :) 
10. Eaten food that fell on the floor?  Depends on the food. If we're talking something saucy like pizza or scetti, no. Crackers? sure. 
11. Met someone online? Yes, then married him. 
12. Been on TV? Goodness no!  
13. Had braces?  No
14. Gone skinny dipping?  Why not?
15. Been to the opera? Not unless you count Phantom of The Opera. 
16. Been caught making out by a policeman? No. I don't like getting into trouble so that would never, ever happen. 
17. Sung in public? No. You're welcome. 
18. Handed out candy on Halloween? Yes!  Love to! 
19. Been snowed in? Didn't I post something about a blizzard this past winter? Oh, I hope that doesn't happen again! 
20. Fallen in front of other people? Yes. On ice. That's always fun. 
21. Cheated on a test? No. Again, I don't like being in trouble. And, I am honest to a fault. 
22. Regretted saying “I love you” to someone? No. 
23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized that you didn’t have your wallet? No
24. Shot a gun? Depends on what kind of gun we're talking.  I picked up my first pellet and bb gun at camp a few weeks ago. Does that count?
25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you? No. But I like to pretend a few of Jon's were written for me. haha! 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to come back here and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mini vacation

Greetings from my mini vacation!  Pardon any typos -I'm using the iPad without the attached keyboard.

I had a few posts started that I never got to finish up before I left.  I feel like this has been my life right now. Never getting to finish everything I want/need to in a tamely fashion. I'm hoping this mini vaca will help.

I am writing now because I just told my hubs that I need to get back on track. This infection has killed me and my skin.  I'm making poor(er) food choices and am feeling like garbage because of it.  My fridge at home is stocked with some good juicing veggies.  That is what I am having as a first meal when we return.  M psoriasis is in a full blown flare, rosecea is bad, and I am having tummy issues. I really need to cut back out on the wheat and sugar. My skin will thank me for it.

That is my declaration to you...I am going to cut back on those foods that I know (am fairly certain) are causing me grief.  If I don't say I've done that by Monday....get on me! Especially you, Marion.  You know how to keep me in line! ;)

Until then, I will continue to eat less than I ever have while away (one more day).

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wrapping it up

This week has been such a blur.
My blogging plan for the week was to talk about Jovi (check), summer camp, scouts and food, and a few other goodies that came to mind during the week.
And here we are.
With nothing done.

I have to tell you, I am looking forward to two things:

1. Bathroom completion.
2. September. Back to normal schedules sounds good to me right now!

Alright, let's talk a little business and then we'll move on to Summah Camp.

Weigh in was exactly the same.  I guess this maintenance thing is working out really well. I wasn't planning on being on this path, but it's working for me.  Considering the amount of stress I've been under this summer, I will take the maintenance as a complete and total success!

That all being said though, I need to add that I've had a little too many "fun" calories over the last few days.  I just made my son's birthday cake (a Minecraft TNT cake- came out pretty good). While I was decorating it, I found myself mindlessly eating some of the frosting. I caught on though and pushed the more tastier frosting out of reach so I wouldn't do that.

TMI warning....

On top of the cake, I'm also "sick".
I have an infection.
The girly kind.
It's a nasty, bad one too.
I'm also being tested for a UTI on top of it.
I started two meds late last week and every time I take this one medication, I find myself eating a bit more during the first day to two days afterwards (it's a one time pill).
It's been since Friday that I've been on meds. I was feeling a bit better yesterday but today isn't any better than yesterday.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better than both days!

I've probably had this infection for quite some time.  Why wouldn't I have known?  Well, I can often go fairly symptomless. I also have a high pain tolerance. Well, that's what I've been told anyway. Between you and I though, I'm a wimp.  My OB, dentist and a few other DR's have told me that they can't believe I haven't complained about certain things in the past.  When I had gal-stones, they were HUGE. I mean REALLY, REALLY BIG! The surgeon told me he's never seen them that large and it was a wonder I hadn't collapsed on the floor from all the pain. The funny thing with that is they were found "by accident".  Crazy, but it never really bothered me.  Sure, in retrospect I can say that the feelings I was feeling at the time were probably related to the stones but I was mobile so I guess the didn't bother me too much.

Anyway, I always find that when I have some sort of an infection, I won't lose any weight.  Truth be told, I was expecting a loss this past week.  Not a big one, but something. I was busy at summer camp and worked out a few times last week.  I didn't hate on the scale though. I take it as a success.

No worries, I am not going to stay here forever.  And I will NOT go back up!  I monitor everything and if I see I'm starting to gain, I pull everything right back in.  I'll talk more about my plans for a small end-of-summer weight loss later in the week.

Alright, I am getting tired and need to unwind before getting some shut-eye.  The Summer Camp stuff will just have to wait til tomorrow...

Thanks for stopping by and for putting up with my lack of writing and lack of losing.  I really appreciate your support!