Thursday, January 3, 2013

a good start

As the holiday routine ends, we can get back onto schedule.  I prefer to stay on task, most of the time.

For Christmas, DH got me an armband that tracks calories, steps, and even my sleep.  It's supposed to aid in my weight loss goal.

We are back on track in going to the gym, now that sickness and holiday is over.  And while I did not go to the gym for a few weeks, nor did I watch my calories, I was able to lose another pound.  I'll just look at it as a fluke and hopefully my being back to the gym and watching my calories, I can lose more weight!

Along with the working out, I've been doing more in the kitchen.  Usually DH cooks, but I decided I can do the mise en place, but then I realized, heck I can cook this!  I made porkchops with pineapple chutney the other day.  Today I made some foccacia bread and chicken pot pie.  I enjoy trying new recipes.

And for another health part, I've been flossing.  I know that it seems like duh, but I'm very bad about it. But since I was diagnosed with gum disease and having to get scaling every 3 months, I've decided flossing is a great idea!

DD started back to school today.  Well, they didn't really have class, they had a field trip to a gymnastics place.  She enjoyed it.  I was looking at the brochure and they offer classes for kids starting at 18 months.  I am thinking I will enroll DS, so he can have something to do.  While I would love to have both kids do it, DD is in dance right now.

We may start back going to the library once a week soon.  I've decided the kids watch too much television!  It's bad when the first thing in the morning DD asks to watch tv and has a meltdown when I say no.  Today they went all day.  I finally turned it on while cooking, but turned it off when it was time to eat.  The kids have so many toys, games, and books, they don't need to be watching tv.

So, my first few days of the new year have been going well.  I hope to keep things up.

Friday, December 28, 2012


It's nearly the end of the year!

I am hoping to make resolutions or goals and to stick to them.

I started going to the gym in October and I hope to maintain working out and eating healthier and losing weight.  DH got me an armband that tracks calories and steps and stuff.  He also got me a food scale so I can make sure I am eating the proper portions.  I'm still going to do slim fast for a while longer.

One of my main goals is to stick to a schedule.  I loosely follow a schedule, but I want to be more rigid.  Not to the exact second, but keep up with housework, do things with the kids, etc.  I'm going to write chores on the calendar and have a weekly To Do list and hopefully stick to that.  I might reward myself once a month for keeping to the schedule.

Another thing I want to do is stick to the budget.  It's been hard going from 2 incomes to one and still wanting to shop.  I look at our bank statement and get disgusted by all the money we waste on going out to eat or buying other frivolous crap.  I will meal plan and use coupons when available.  I hope to do the big grocery shopping around paydays and then getting perishables such as produce and bread when needed.  I would love to do the freezer meals, but we don't have the space.

I would also like to read a book a month.  It took over a year to finish The Game of Thrones series, mostly because I would forget to read.  I'd just veg out on Facebook or in front of the television. I have to finish MockingJay before the end of the year so I can start fresh!

Another thing I'd like to do is keep up with the blog, I guess that would go under keeping a schedule.  I may not post too much personal stuff, but more like blog about crafts or recipes and maybe the books I read.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My wish was not granted

DD has long curly hair that gets tangled.  I try to keep it up and out of her face so it does not get messy and so it's not a tempting pull toy for DS.  Brushing her hair has become a battle.  She cries at the thought of having to get her hair brushed.

I was flipping through a catalogue from One Step Ahead, which is a great catalogue with neat things for parents.  I came across something called the Knot Genie and after reading what it promised, I decided I would try it.  Anything is better than a crying child!

I used it this morning, but DD didn't want her hair brush, so she feigned pain.

I then used it after her bath on wet hair, and it worked fine.  I then dried her hair and used it again.  And I found this brush to be mediocre...

It is made of cheap plastic.  The brush resembles a pet brush and seeing the hair in the brush made me think of the dog's brush we had.  After brushing DD's hair, I learned that the brush is actually two pieces.  It came apart in my hands after a few strokes.  In addition to it coming it apart, it just does not feel right to me.  I am used to something with a handle, but this I had to spread my hand over the brush.  Maybe because I have arthritis, I just did not find holding it very comfortable.

Oh and while I was putting DD's hair in a ponytail, we came across some tangles and she cried!  She tried to be brave, but this brush did not work like it claims to or maybe I can't use it correctly.

I will try to use it again, but if it comes apart on me again, I may contact the manufacturer.

Friday, October 19, 2012


It's Friday! Like that means anything to a SAHM, LOL!

We got our good news.  We put our home up for sale as soon as DH received orders to Milwaukee.  We had to do a short sale since the property values dropped almost immediately after we purchased our home.  While we had a few showings while we were living in the house, we did not receive any offers.  It was quite difficult keeping it show ready and not cluttered with two small children in the house.  After we left, we finally received an offer back in July.  We had to jump through so many hoops for the offer to be accepted.  Yesterday, the new homeowner finally closed.  We were putting about $200 a month towards the house to keep it in good condition, with utilities.

We understand this will have a negative impact on our credit report, but we could not rent it out to pay the mortgage and we could not go Geo because the housing allowance amount was about $300 less in Milwaukee.

We should find out in December if DH makes the revised cut for E7.  We are thinking we'd like to stay another year if we can.  We like the area.  We may have different thoughts after the winter, LOL.  The only thing I am worried about is if the homeowner we are renting from decides not to rent another year.  It will be a lot of hard work to move all of our stuff.  So hopefully, the homeowner will keep the place for rent for at least another year.

Exercising is going well.  DS has been having some separation anxiety, but once I leave, he does well.  He does better with DD, but she has schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This morning I was quite exhausted.  Last night, we got our flu shots and DS nursed all night long.  I decided to go to Zumba.  I took an advil before leaving.  I don't know how, but exercising gave me more energy and I feel pretty good.  I may go back this evening for Family swim with DD; if she behaves.

We may go to the zoo this weekend, it is supposed to be nice.  It's been kind of dreary the past few days, but I guess we need the rain.  I think we will do a picnic again.  And then get the yummy ice cream.  We've been getting the use out of our membership.  I can't wait to go when the snow is on the ground and see the polar bears!

Next weekend starts the Halloween festivities.  We have a party with the mom's group, and then trick or treating at the zoo, DD has a party at school, and our friend T invited us to go trick or treating in her neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


It's been about two weeks since I joined the gym and things are going well.  It's become part of our routine.  After breakfast, we head out either to they gym or we take DD to school first, depending on the day.  Because I am incorporating it as part of my routine, I don't think about trying to get out of it.  I actually look forward to going to the gym.  We aren't going today because the library has story time and DD has a medical appointment.

DS has been having some separation anxiety which makes it a little difficult.  Usually he's fine with DD with him, but yesterday, DD was at school and he started crying before I put him down on the floor, once he realized where we were.  He was fine after I left.  But as soon as he saw me when I came back for him, he started the water works.

Hoping to have good news tomorrow.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

L is for Loser

I was having a pretty good day, had my workout, the kids were behaving.  And then... DH texted me.  The text asked if I wanted to be the unit ombudsman.

A few years ago, I would have jumped at the opportunity.  But yesterday, it was like a punch in the gut.

The last position I had before I resigned, I was happy to leave.  I liked everyone in the office.  However, I was new and did not know who to trust.  In addition, I went from autonomy to micromanaged.  I left that position feeling like a failure.

So, to be asked if I wanted a job, those feelings of failure washed all over me.  I can't do this, I think to myself.  And then I think, well the team lead was a jerk, maybe I can do this.

And then I thought about my kids.  I did look forward to moving so I could resign and be with my kids.  I don't think I will look for a job when DS is preschool age like I first thought I would.  I enjoy being able to take DD to school, to take the kids to the library, and have playgroups.  Furthermore, I get to go to the gym.

I am sure I can do that job and not have my time with my kids challenged.  Right now, I don't get to do my crafts because I am constantly keeping tabs on DS.  Maybe when he is a bit older, I may take on the challenge, but for now... I am going to enjoy being a SAHM

We came from a place with a huge military presence and this place does not have one.  I like it!  The only real reminder that DH is military is when he brings his uniform home on Friday to be washed.

I don't think I want to do the job.  I do have until the 15th of November to turn in my application.  I may change my mind, but I don't think I will.

Friday, October 12, 2012

a little progress...

On Tuesday, I met with a Results Coordinator from the gym.  We checked my weight and she asked me what my goals were and why I joined the gym.  Since I want to lose weight and be healthy, she drew a triangle and said fitness and losing weight were like a triangle.  Nutrition being 80% was on the bottom of the triangle and then cardio and strength took up the other sides.  She also told me I should do cardio at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes each and strength training twice a week for 30 minutes.   She mentioned that I should not do the strength training two days in a row.  I found her to be very helpful.  Since we had some time, she showed me how some of the equipment worked.  I then signed up for a few personal training sessions.

I also signed up for my fitness pal.  It keeps track of the food I eat and my exercise activity.

We had our first session this morning.  It was hard, but I feel good.  And then I weighed myself and I lost 3 pounds since Tuesday.  Yay!

I find it humorous that DH cheats to lose weight.  He takes laxative or drinks shakes to make him poop and then he makes weight until the next weigh in.  I, on the other hand, have decided to work for my weight loss by actually watching what I eat and exercising.

Because the session was this morning, I had to wake DS and he did not get his morning nursing session, so he was not a happy camper in the child watch area.

After the gym, I was brave and went to Costco with the kids.  We usually do those kinds of things on the weekend, when DH is home, but I wanted to get a few things and avoid the crowds.  While the drive is about 45 minutes each way, the actual shopping part was stress free.  The kids behaved and we did not have to wait to check out.  I think I may do this more.

I'm hoping to have good news to share on the 18th.