Aug 152016
 

It’s funny, my blog is about weight loss and weight maintenance and the posts that I write now about weight loss get less comments than the ones I post about books or my baby! But maybe it’s not me; I see a lot of blogs these days are getting fewer and fewer comments. I know that there are a handful of blogs that I read and still comment on but that’s gone way down, too. Maybe it’s just the nature of things.

Anyways, I lost another pound this week! I was pretty excited to see the number on the scale – 170. ALMOST to the 160 Land!

Weigh-In 

When I stepped on the scale I was expecting the worst. I’d had a rough week last week. Some stress and major anxiety about something had me all out of sorts. I definitely turned to food for comfort, kind of like I used to in the “old days.” Stress eating sucks but I was so upset about something (and seriously, I was having panic attacks and breaking out in hives for four days) that I said “fuck it” and ate some junk food to make myself feel better.

So when I decided to weigh myself I was expecting to see a gain, or at least, no change. I was quite surprised to see that I was down another pound. It kinda made me feel a little bit better about life stuff that has me down (a little bit, not much though).

 

Eating

Despite the little stress eating here and there in the last week (and the splurge at Dick’s Burgers), I was actually doing really good with my food.

When I work at home (three days a week), I eat a healthy breakfast — usually eggs and an English muffin — and I do not have any snacks in the morning. The next meal is lunch. This is kind of the opposite of when I work in the office. I usually have a mid-morning snack of fruit or veggies and then an afternoon snack of string cheese or fruit, etc.

Lunches at home are pretty healthy — usually leftovers or salad or a sandwich. Lunches at work right now are a frozen meal. Not the best choice but I have so much CRAP I have to haul to work in order to pump that I just can’t pack much by way of food and it’s easier to do the Lean Cuisine instead. The upside to this is that it’s portion controlled and I know how many calories I’m eating. 

1700 calories a day is still my base.

Like I said in the last post about weight loss, I’m also limiting my liquid calories to only a few times a week. I drink coffee (it’s a must when you’re waking up at 1 am and 4 am to feed a baby!! and then he wakes us up at 6 am like clockwork!!) but it’s one cup. At work I make 1 cup of black coffee and add some creamer to it (so not a high calorie drink like a mocha or something). At home I walk to the nearby coffeeshop to get my iced coffee, so I’m burning some calories in order to get it. Bonus!

Exercise

I’m slowly getting back into running! I am slower than molasses–it really doesn’t even qualify as jogging, it’s more like speed walking for a block, then walk, then speed walk then walk and so on. But it’s something and it gets my heart rate up a little bit higher than just walking. Also, when Logan and I go for walks we do a route that is pretty hilly so I burn a little bit more than usual. There are tons of hills in our neighborhood.

Still doing my gym routine and getting back into weightlifting more (and having to increase the weights because they were getting too easy!).

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The above was a big calorie burn! It was weight lifting, PT exercises for my back, body weight exercises, and the elliptical.

On the running front, I did not make it to the 5k I signed up for. 🙁 I was bummed about that but it was for the best. I had gone back to running too soon postpartum, I think, and my body just hurt so I stopped and I’ve been doing physical therapy for my back to get back into shape for it. Since I didn’t get any training in for it I decided not to try and run.

Michael was signed up for the race, too, and so he ran it and gave my spot to a friend to run with him.

The last race Michael ran was his first one with me, last summer. When I was about 8 weeks pregnant, no one knew I was pregnant yet, I was recovering from hurting my back and I was suffering from horrible morning sickness! But still I was able to run it with him. Oh well. 🙁

Michael’s Run Time 2015: 29:18

Michael’s Run Time this weekend: 23:13

Wow! What a change! I’m so proud of him! I’m sure the 5k was super easy considering he’s now used to running like 7 miles a couple times a week.

I’m really hoping I can participate in the 5k we signed up for next month. Time will tell.

Aug 082016
 

Road trip!

Over the weekend we took Logan up to Seattle. I had planned on taking him up there to meet my grandmas a few months ago but I honestly wasn’t ready for the undertaking. It seemed like an overwhelming feat to go up to Seattle with a teeny baby. I don’t know why, but now I was ready.

I was a little worried about all the crap we’d have to pack for the trip–just for Logan! The pack n’ play folds up pretty well. But we’d have to bring a lot of clothes and diapers (you never know what the day will hold–his record is 6 outfit changes in one day).

Anyhoo! The day started early. Michael went for a long run and then I went to the gym for a quick weights and elliptical workout before we hit the road:

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Logan did GREAT on the drive up to Seattle. He pretty much slept the entire time until we got to Boeing Field, then he woke up and started making noises, getting a little fussy, but not too bad. We got to my parent’s house and unloaded the car and then went to visit my grandma Helen.

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She was SO happy to finally meet the babe! It was so wonderful seeing her face light up at the baby. It was pure joy. It made me happy and brought some tears to my eyes, honestly. I was really happy that Logan could meet Great Grammy Helen!

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He did really great and was in good spirits–probably because he had a three hour nap in the car! We spent about an hour and a half at her place. He got to show off all his skills to his great Grammy and we got to take some photos and get all four generations in one photo, too.

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Then it was time for her dinner and time to get going. It was such a lovely visit and I’m really happy we got to spend so much time together and she got to meet Logan. My grandma is going to be 95 this year! She’s doing great, too.

We went home and my mom fixed us all dinner. Salmon, broccoli and her delicious mustard bread (it’s seriously like crack–I can eat way too much of that bread).

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Dessert was fresh berries–strawberries and blackberries with whipped cream on top.

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Logan did so great. We were definitely out of our element, the schedule was all willy-nilly, but he rolled with it and was a rockstar pretty much all weekend. He slept pretty well, too, despite being in a new place. It’s awesome to see that he can be so flexible.

I’m sure part of it was that he was getting so much attention! He’s definitely spoiled. 🙂

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Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early, per usual, and I went to get coffee (not Starbucks–I think I’m the only Seattlelite who does not like it) and my mom made us buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. She used the recipe and Bob’s Red Mill mix that she used for my baby shower and they turn out perfectly!

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I had two small pancakes, a fried eggs and some bacon. It was perfect.

We had some time to kill before we were going to go visit my other grandma, Mary (my dad’s mom) so we drove to Roosevelt and went to the Maple Leaf park to do some walking.

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I think it was about half a mile loop around the reservoir and we did two laps around it. My dad pushed the stroller (which was super adorable). He was way into it and talking to Logan and telling him about the bike he’s building for him and then popping wheelies in the stroller. Dads. LOL

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So after the walk we drove down by the zoo and visited with my Grandma Mary for a bit. She lives in a nursing home after having a lot of strokes over the years. It’s hard to visit, honestly, it makes me sad and it’s hard because she tries to communicate but usually can’t. But this visit was different! She was able to get a lot of words out and she was ECSTATIC to meet Logan! And it was my dad’s birthday on Sunday and she remembered. All good signs if you ask me!

After our visit we went to get lunch at Dick’s, of course.

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Love me some Dick’s. It’s second to In-n-Out but it’s still pretty awesome. We went to the Wallingford one, which is the original.

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Then it was time for us to hit the road.

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We did not get as lucky on the drive home. It ended up taking 4.5 hours. We stopped twice to tend to Logan. He was pretty ok for most of it but when we had an hour left of the trip he got REALLY grumpy and started crying. It was pouring rain, too, so visibility wasn’t great. We stopped at a rest stop and fed him and changed him again and gave him a little play time and attention, hoping that would help.

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Then he fell back asleep and slept the rest of the way home. So even though we had to stop twice to feed/change him and he was a little fussy here and there, it wasn’t too bad.

Bella had been staying overnight at the dog walker’s house with her boyfriend Raja. 🙂 First stop in Portland was picking up Bells!

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She’s so funny. She LOVES Amy and Raja. I’m glad she had a good weekend, too. It was good to be home, though, back to our routine, back with all the animals under one roof and back to normal. It was a great weekend and I am so glad we finally did it! And it makes me want to do some more weekend trips to show Logan our favorites places!