Not Giving It My All

I have not been giving Weight Watchers my all.  Or really, much of anything.  You may remember that I bought a food scale right after Christmas...haven't used it.  I've been tracking my points, but half-assed, and probably underestimating majorly.  Weekends have been a free for all.  I'm sick and tired of it.

In my ripe old age, I've decided that my weight doesn't define me so much anymore - I definitely feel more confident when I'm looking my best, but my weight doesn't affect my confidence level as much as it used to.  But, eating crap food and not exercising affects how I FEEL, which is even more important.  When I eat junk food, I feel bad, which makes me cranky, withdrawn, and lazy.  I don't want to go out and do as much because I'm tired and lacking energy.  I'm not being my best self when I'm not taking good care of myself.  And it doesn't just affect me, it affects those closest to me as well.  It's time to put a stop to it and feel like ME again.

This week I promised myself I would track my WW points to the letter, not cheat or overeat, and track EVERY SINGLE thing.  I also had the epiphany last week while eating this carbalicious lunch below (that's potato soup and a PB&J, mostly due to poor planning and lack of preparation) that I need to eat WAY less carbs.  

I know that my body doesn't handle carbs well.  I've never been diagnosed with anything, but I've thought for years that I have a gluten sensitivity because when I eat bread, canned soup, pasta, or basically anything that is gluten-heavy, I feel tired and draggy, I puff up like the Michelin Man, and I have stomach problems that I will spare you the details of.  Yet, I continue to stick my head in the sand, ignore it, and pretend like it's not a problem.  I am a slow learner I guess.  Or a glutton for punishment.  Anyway...I have had a light bulb moment here...I am the only one who controls what I am eating...and if bread and pasta makes me feel so bad...WHY am I eating it?  Duh.  Following Weight Watchers does not mean I have to eat lots of carbs.  

So this week I've been in the mindset of tracking my points but eating less carbs, and I'm feeling better already.  I can tell I've already lost some water weight, and I still feel tired, but not as bad as I've been feeling.

Last night we took the puppy out on the leash for the first time - he's been outside a lot, but at home I just let him run around.  Last night we took him to the playground with us on the leash, and he did great!  Proud dog mom here.  He did awesome riding in the car, was well behaved, and I thought he did very well walking on the leash for his first time.  

We walked him around quite a bit while my kiddo was playing on the playground, and then before we left, we turned him loose in the grassy area in the middle of the walking track and threw a tennis ball for him until our arms and his legs were tired.  Fun evening.

My husband and the older boys were at a ball game, so I didn't really cook dinner...when we got home, we read books and were in bed before nine.  I am currently halfway through What Alice Forgot and I like it a lot.

Other current happenings:

We went to Build-A-Bear for the first time on Saturday, and wow, I had no idea it was possible to spend so much on a bear!  We had a great time though, and it was pretty fun to pick all the stuff out.  We made a cowboy bear and so far he has gone everywhere with us.

On Sunday we all worked on getting our chicken coop cleaned out and ready for some chickens.  We had chickens about 5 years ago, but didn't want to mess with it for the past few years.  I think my son is at the perfect age to think it's super fun to collect eggs, so I think we are going to try again this spring.  I'm pretty excited (egg-cited?  Okay, that was bad) about it!  Although washing poo off of eggs is up there as one of my least favorite chores.  It's worth it for eggs straight from our backyard though.

How is your week so far?

Just Call Me Coach

If you're been reading here for any length of time, you know that our summers are consumed with baseball.  This year, the little one is four, so he is old enough to play in our local summer league.

In a strange turn of events, I am his coach.  Yep, moi, who was always picked last in gym class, is COACH of a ball team.  

My husband, who is the baseball expert in our family, is coaching my 15 year old sons team - it is the last year for him to be able to coach him because of the age cut-off.  Our older boys have been talking about coaching my littlest son's ball team since he was born, but I just assumed it would never happen - I figured lots of parents would want to coach t-ball, because this age is fun.  For whatever reason, that didn't happen, so I signed up to coach, and my oldest stepson, who is 17, is my assistant coach.  My husband is going to help too when he isn't busy with the other team.  My son will be doing a lot of the coaching, the plan is for him to be the pitcher, and I will be a base coach.  I think it will be good for both of us, and I can't wait to meet all the cute little kiddos. husband has been looking up drills for t-ballers while I've been searching Pinterest for fun baseball-themed treats for after our games...hahahaha.  

Anyway...I thought this was blog-worthy because this sort of thing is exactly why I wanted to lose weight and become healthier in the first place.  I might not be a baseball expert or the best coach ever, but I will try hard...and hopefully we will have a good season of t-ball.  :)

I've Been Meaning to Blog, I Swear

I've been meaning to write a post forever, but then I keep falling asleep at 8 pm.  And, as I've said before, the longer I'm away from this space, the harder it is to figure out what to write.  But, I've been missing it, so here I am...

Nothing really out of the ordinary has been happening, we've just been staying busy waiting for winter to pass.  

Swimming at the gym on the weekends in a favorite activity

So is sledding...although a girl in our group fractured her leg on this particular day...yikes!  

Falling asleep extremely early and cuddling with the pups...although I think our days of 8 pm bedtime are on the way out with the time night when we were climbing in bed at 7:45 or so, I said "in a month we won't even be home at this time, we will be at the ball field."  I'm ready though.

We survived birthday week, 2 of our 3 kids have birthdays the first week of March:

4 year old

15 year old

This past weekend it has started to warm up a little, and we finally got to get our bikes riding and hitting baseballs is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

After doing an epic dismount from the healthy living train this winter, I finally feel like I'm back on track...tracking my weight watchers points, and getting to the gym regularly.  I've even started going back to the gym in the mornings and doing two-a-days when I'm able to.  Once I got the routine started again, it's been pretty easy to keep up.

I really like those pants, clearly.

A small sampling of what I've been eating:

And, I finally feel like I'm out of my winter funk or whatever I've had going on, and I feel more like myself again.  

I feel so much better when I eat right and exercise.  We all know this, but it's easy to let it slip away.  I'm looking forward to keeping it going.  :)

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