Monday, January 31, 2011

McFatty Monday - Progress Check

So here we are, Monday once again… time to check in on myself. 

The good:  I ran all 3 workouts last week.  My weight remained steady. 

The not so good:  I felt like hell after the third run.  I barely made it through, and I found myself needing to quit early on nearly every running interval.  I also ate like a starved lunatic at Saturday’s baby shower. 

I will be repeating week 1 of the C25K program this week.  I also hope to add in my light upper body weights starting tomorrow.  I didn’t do that at all last week to give myself a chance to ease back into the working out routine.  I am proud of my little achievements, and trying not to be too disappointed about the shortcomings.  I think I’m on the right track with running and eating better.  We’ll see how things go this week. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What is it?

Why do snow days still feel so awesome, even though I have to go to work and make sure Kayla gets where she is going to be safely?  It's been coming down all day and there's no sign of it stopping soon. 

It makes me almost as giddy as it did when I was 10.

Monday, January 24, 2011

McFatty Monday - C25K Run #1

20 minutes removed from my first workout.  My legs are jello, my lungs burn, and I'm still sweating a little even though I've rinsed off in the shower. 

It feels like success. 

Seriously.  I was almost discouraged by the cold in the basement.  I was almost discouraged by the fact that my legs hurt mere moments into my warm up walk.  But I made myself keep going, and I am proud.  For the first time in probably years, I set out to work out and I actually did it.  It's these little successes I know I am going to need early on in order to keep myself going. 

Here's hoping the pain of tomorrow and the following day don't put a dent in my plans to keep this up!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My little lady

It's hard to describe the stage Kayla is at better than my mother in law did the other day.  "She's really starting to put things together."  She does much more than repeat what she hears from us; words are becoming phrases and questions.  She knows her family members inside and out; right down to my dad and step mom's dog.  She can count to 5 on her (my) fingers and to 10 while looking at her number puzzle.  She's smiley and adorable yet moody and tantrum prone all at once.  It doens't seem so long ago I was wondering who she'd be.  Now it seems we're starting to see it. 

It really does go so fast. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

I need an acountabilibuddy...

So I'm jumping on Blair's bandwagon.  It's about time.  Really, it is. 

I started this blog to tell the story of how we became a family.  I have been using it to tell what our life is like as a family.  One thing I haven't really been telling is the toll it's taken on me physically.  For the last 18 months, it's been one thing after another.  I'm a brand new mom, I'm tired.  I'm a working new mom, I'm tired.  I'm making weak attempts to keep house, I'm tired.  I have a toddler, I'm tired. 

I need to get out of this rut.  I need to stop making excuses. 

So beginning next week, I am going to hop on the train to McFatty Mondays and a modified version of the nine-week Couch to 5k workout.  And I want - no, need - to be acountable to someone.  So blogosphere, you are it.  You're my accountabilibuddy.  Healthier eating has already started.  Playlist making starts tonight.  Daily weigh ins start tomorrow.  Working out starts Monday. 

I'm still ironing out the details, but my plan looks a little like this:
  • Monday - Couch to 5k run 1 (for the appropriate week)
  • Tuesday - Light weight training
  • Wednesday - Couch to 5k run 2
  • Thursday - Light weight training
  • Friday - Couch to 5k run 3
  • Saturday - Rest
  • Sunday - Light weight training
Run days will be spent on the eliptical since my knees won't tolerate running anywhere else.  Once I'm through those 9 weeks, we'll see where I can go from there.  My goal is to lose the last 10 pounds still hanging on from pregnancy and in doing so, gaining a little bit of myself and my confidence back.  I'm really excited to get this going.  I want to be the happiest and healthiest momma I can be so that I can be around for this little girl for a long time.

Friday, January 14, 2011

18 month checkup

We just got home from Kayla's 18 month checkup, and it seems that thanks to a lollipop and some Yo Gabba Gabba, the shots are all but forgotten.  Since she screamed through her entire 15 month checkup I was a little bit worried, but she was a champ for this one.  She even smiled at the doctor a little bit. 
According to Dr. S., the two shots she got today are her last until she is ready for kindergarten.  She'll still get her annual flu shot, but that will be it for a few years.  Even though I do OK when they stick her, I'm glad that we don't have to do that again for a while. 

Basically she's totally healthy and developmentally on track.  She has a little cold, but what kid in daycare doesn't have one this time of year?  Or any time of year for that matter.  She is 31 1/2" tall and weighs 23 lbs 8 oz.  She's still cruising right along the 50th percentile on the growth charts, except for her head circumfrence, which is still in the 75th percentile.  It's great to once again see everything really is going well.  I rarely doubt that they are since she's hitting milestones and eats and drinks like a champ, but it never hurts to hear it from an expert!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy 18 Months!

Hard to believe a year and a half has passed since this little girl turned my world on its ear. All my love little angel.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A week later, the Christmas Recap

Now that the last waves of illness seem to be receding from the house, I wanted to FINALLY try to get caught up here.  Kayla's second Christmas was definitely a memorable one; I couldn't wait to share. 

Christmas Eve started with breakfast at Pepere and Grammy Sue's house with our dear friends the Fraileys.  Deb, Peter and Noah are like family to us, and their angel Eli is never far from any of our hearts or minds.  They also brought their furbaby Maggie along - Kayla couldn't get enough of her!  After breakfast and gifts with them and Aunt Paula, we came home for an unsuccessful nap attempt. 

Deb and Kayla

The Bedger family stopped by for an afternoon visit on their way to see their families.  Thanks for the yummy cookies guys, they were great!  After that it was time to get dressed and head out for our traditional Christmas Eve with my dad's side of the family.  Kayla was utterly adorable in her new dress...

But the adorable factor only lasted so long thanks to that entirely too short nap.  Thankfully we got to enjoy the time with family a bit (that particular gathering holds a lot of special memories for me and is super meaningful, so it meant a lot to be there even just for a couple of hours) and Kayla slipped into a snooze on the ride home.  We didn't get to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" this year, but that's OK. 

While Kayla was snoozing, Santa came and left her some goodies in her stocking and under the tree.

Which she happily tore into on Christmas Morning. 

After Santa presents, it was over to Grandma and PawPaw's house for breakfast and more presents.

And some puppy kisses

We came home and had nap time, then went back to Grandma and PawPaw's to see Dena, Jaime and three of their boys.  There were (of course) more gifts, and lots of playing and laughs and hugs. 

Christmas then continued on Sunday with Nana...

It was a busy, but wonderful 3 days.  We spent the next week hanging out at home, passing our cold germs around and resting.  I didn't accomplish as much as I'd wanted to, but it was great to have us all home together for a few non-hectic days.  We celebrated a quiet NYE at home with champagne and chocolate souffles and more cold germs.  Thankfully we're all feeling pretty much better now and we are looking forward to all that 2011 has to offer!