F is for Fuhgeddaboudit:  Week 6 Check-in

Well,  this is a couple of days late.   My birthday was last Sunday, which coincided with Easter.  So wine (ok, I had a free-for-all and had 3 glasses of delicious wine, yo), birthday cake,  salty delicious ham,  cheesy potatoes, baked goods at church.  GULP.  It was a rough day.   But the wine was…

E is for Emotions (and energy and ego and exercise)

  I am a better parent when I exercise.  I’m an academic at heart, so I tested it.  On days when I’m not at the gym, I struggle with my temper.  I’m impatient.  I’m snarky.  And I’m more tired.   But if I go to the gym for just an hour and bust my ass,…

D is for Delays (and Distractions): Week 5 Check-in

I’m,  like, supposed to be blogging daily.   I always sign up for these daily blogging challenges and fade off about halfway through,  partially from distraction and partially from lack of interest and inspiration.  This time,  it’s mostly because I’ve just been hella busy and uninspired.   I’m going to try to catch up this…

C is for Chicken (and Can’t Catch A Break):  Week 4 Check-in

Mondays are weigh-in days.  I was looking forward to seeing my progress this morning because when I stepped on the scale yesterday, I was 209.6.   This morning, my official weigh-in was 211.2.  So for those of you following the numbers, that’s 2 pounds down from last week, 11.8 pounds down in the 4 weeks…

B is for Breakfast (and Baking)

I love to bake.  I always have, really.  It’s how I wooed my husband.  We were dating long distance, and I often baked him spicy chocolate chip cookies  (chocolate chip cookies with cayenne pepper).  We often joke that he thought that flush he got was because he was in loooove, but it was really the…

2017 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge:  A is for Accountability

I love writing.  It’s where my heart resides, if I’m to be honest about it.  I’m not a poetic creative type, mind you.  I’m not someone who loves writing about research either.  I do, however, love memoir-style writing. I just love the art of wordsmithing and painting my life with words.   Maybe it’s because…

Cooking with Kids, Beef Stew

My twins will be 4yo this summer, and I find that I’m often unsure what they’re really capable of, in terms of gross and fine motor skills.  Sometimes, I over-reach and give them tasks that are just a bit too advanced for them (better to try, though, right?), while other times, I find that they’re…

WIP Wednesday, one day removed

I’ve been working on another pair of stripey socks, and I’m loving these colors.  Nothing too interesting, in terms of pattern.  These are the Tootsie Roll pattern, and I love they way they are kind of slouchy, 80s-style.  The yarn is from Nomadic Yarns, and the colorway is Indio.  These will also get an afterthought…

Getting antsy and frustrated

It’s a rough day.   I’ll admit it.   I’m struggling.  For the second day in a row,  I’ve been unable to go to the gym.  This morning,  the baby was awake and wanting to nurse at 5:45, the time when I’m usually sneaking out the door for my daily gym time.   I was…

Tip Tuesday:  Snack Edition 

Partially because I’m post-bariatric  (tiny tummy), partially because it’s healthier, and partially because I’m a snacker by nature, I like to come up with healthy snacking options that offer nutritional value.  I very rarely sit down to a proper, large meal, but instead I opt for snack sized portions spaced throughout the day.  it keeps…

Progress and Reflections:  Week 3 Check-in

Mondays are weigh-in days for me,  and they also provide me a moment to reflect on my successes, my failures,  and my challenges (as well as how I responded to those challenges). Weight loss confuses and frustrates me.   I understand that the basics are simple.   It’s basic math.   Burn more calories than…

Sock Madness, Delayed

My knitting of choice tends to be socks by default.   With 3 small children,  it’s the best option for me,  as they’re practical (my feet are always cold) and relatively mindless (no counting and easy to put down and pick up at will). I love to knit fancy cabled and lace sweaters, but the…