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Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween!

Happy Friday everyone!

And yes, you all know me too well.  I do want to be She-Ra for Halloween.  It's also what I wanted to be for Halloween about twenty-something years ago.  And guess what?  I still have my sword from that childhood costume....

We shall see how this goes, I found a gorgeous but expensive costume and I can always just try the t-shirt as well. 
Anthony has picked out his costume, and it's on the way.  So now we are left with Zoe and Oscar.  Oscar has a t-shirt that he has worn in the past, it's a dog skeleton costume.  We will probably just go with something like that again.  Now for Zoe?  Well, I wasn't really planning on doing a costume.  She is only six months old and I don't think she would tolerate it for very long anyway.  Probably just long enough to take a few pictures.

However.

We are going to attend a Halloween party.  So Anthony thinks that if we are going to be in costume, that she should be as well.  I explained that we had a Halloween onesie for her.  He said he wanted a costume.  I think the only reason he said that is because I found a very adorable, very trendy costume.  I showed it to him as a joke.  Then he said "I think we should get it in _____."  And I said: "seriously?".  And he said "Yes, if we are going in costume, she should too."

I think he just wants the costume.

So I am not telling anyone...it will be a surprise.  Hopefully we can find it at a decent price..and of course I will post pictures here.  Today is the last day of September...first day of October tomorrow!  I can officially start decorating for Halloween!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Banned Books Week

It's banned books week!

I love to read and so I do enjoy reading all the articles about the "bad" books from the past or even in the present that we should not be reading.  If it's banned....aren't we all just that much more tempted to read it?  Is there anything more fun than reading something you are not supposed to?

My cousin made me some fabric book covers...they are wonderful, because I can read dirty romance novels and NO ONE HAS TO KNOW. :)  I could be reading something totally scholarly and intelligent and stuff.

Nah, who wants to read that?

The e-readers also make our "secret" reading much more fun.

What I have for you today...is a book that I might need to ban from Zoe.  But only because I don't want her to become a spoiled brat.  I hate the idea of banning any book, but the author of this post does make a good point about monitoring the gifts our children receive.

The article is here:
http://mommyish.com/childrearing/i-found-the-perfect-book-to-ban-for-banned-books-week-858/

Has anyone guessed what I want to be for Halloween yet?  :)

And in random thoughts, I would look thinner if I could just remember to suck in my gut! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

And...

...I made some changes.

Happy Autumn everyone!

Can you guess what I want to be for Halloween this year?

Sharing some links today.

Nothing new to write about.  We went and saw South Pacific last night.  It was an okay show.  We enjoyed ourselves, it was nice to have an "adults only" night and free tickets to a show is always nice! :)

I am going to share some links today, both have to do with food.

First up, my favorite food, PIZZA!  This is a link to a youtube video that shows you how a PIZZA MACHINE works.  Yep, it's like a pizza ROBOT. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_CIJWA0W2U&eurl=unknown&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1

My second link is more serious, it's to an article about cantaloupes, so if you eat these, please be careful!  Lucky for me, no worries.  I'm allergic to cantaloupes!  
http://news.yahoo.com/cantaloupe-outbreak-deadliest-decade-232323377.html

Oh yeah, it's Wednesday huh?  I guess I could have done a "Wordless Wednesday" post and put up some pictures?  Maybe I will do that tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Feeling Lucky.

I'm feeling lucky the past few days.

On Sunday Oscar got first place in the pet trick contest.  I also entered some raffles that day, and yesterday I got a phone call that I won a raffle!  So Oscar gets some free dog toys!

I also was given some free tickets to see South Pacific at the Opera House!

So last night I went out and bought a lottery ticket and a scratch ticket.  We had received a coupon in the mail to get a free $2 scratch ticket if we purchased a $5 quick pick lottery ticket.  So I bought the lottery ticket and got my free $2 scratch ticket.  I didn't win anything on the scratch ticket.  But I really didn't think I would anyway.

Wish me luck on the lottery!  And then we will move my good luck on to someone else, I can share.  :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Food, Fun, Friends!

We had a good weekend.  Well, we had a good weekend despite the heat and humidity (ugh! so awful!) and we had a good weekend despite the Patriots losing to the Bills.

We hosted a BBQ on Saturday so that our friends could come visit and see where we live.  We wanted people to see that we didn't go too far away (even though we moved out of state) and that we were now closer to others, now that we lived in their state.   I do love having people over and hosting parties, but I think now that I would prefer to have over smaller groups of people.  I feel like I didn't get to give everyone the one-on-one attention I would have liked to.  When you are hosting the party, prepping food, making food, cleaning, pouring drinks, directing people to the bathroom....and oh yeah, taking care of a baby too....you just don't have the time for fun and socializing like you want.   Plus we are getting old...our party ended way earlier than I thought it would. :)

So look for invites to visit us again, this time in smaller numbers. :)

On Sunday, the pet food store we are now using to purchase Oscar's food was hosting a Customer Appreciation Day.  There were balloons, clowns, food distributors, shelters, vets and raffles and activites.  I took Oscar over and I entered him in the "cool pet trick" contest.  There were a few good competitors there, and I didn't think we would win......but we did!  Oscar took first place and got a bag full of treats and toys and a gift certificate to the store!  I was very excited and happy for Oscar.  Plus it was nice for Oscar and I to spend some one-on-one time together.  He doesn't get as much attention from me now that we have the baby, and I need to make efforts to make sure we do.  I need to reinforce his training.

So what did Oscar do to win?  We went through a few of this commands, but I think the ones the judges liked best was his "dancing" and when he jumped into my arms on command.  He also did a little kissing up by going to each judge after his tricks to be petted.  He likes dog treats, but prefers the love. :)

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Contests!

Remember back when I had a contest on my blog?
http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2010/12/weight-loss-then-pregnancy.html

I had referenced a Disney movie from my childhood and I asked my readers to guess the line and where it came from.  I had a winner too! (http://danidoit.blogspot.com/2010/12/winner-and-more-facebook-grumbling.html)

The original prize I wanted to get was unavailable, so I went out and got another prize.  And FINALLY, almost 9 months later...I was about to see the winner tomorrow!  But no such luck, she is not feeling well and won't be able to make it.  Bummer.  I hope she feels better soon!

What did she win?
http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Tramp-Disney-Little-Golden/dp/030700113X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316796282&sr=8-1

I thought the book was appropriate since the movie quoted was Lady and the Tramp and she now has a little girl and she can read the story to her little girl.  I also got one for my little girl.

I think I will do another contest sometime soon.  I want to see how many participants I can get!  Now I just need to think what I am going to do and what the prize shall be....hhmmm.

Remember earlier this week when I mentioned that fall must be coming soon?  Turns out it's today!
Happy first day of Autumn!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

photo session canceled

Our rescheduled photography session for Baby Z was supposed to be today.  But it's raining all over the place and our session was canceled.  There is no opportunity for a reschedule until perhaps December or the spring.

I'm so bummed.

I'm researching new photographers now, hopefully something will be available in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just Playing Around

I'm just playing around with the look of the blog.  This isn't the final look for the fall season, but I will figure it out eventually.  When does Autumn start?  I haven't looked at the calendar, I'm sure it was this week.  It's been freezing cold at night!  I'm not sure how to keep my baby warm enough.  She is not like me, I am always warm.  She is like her dad...always cold.  Looks like lots of layers for her this winter!

So I am trying to keep a simple look on this blog.  I hate when a website is "busy" looking with lots of clutter.  Speaking of which, facebook has made some changes to their stuff which now makes the pages "busier" looking in my opinion. 
Wait, did she just say facebook?  We thought she wasn't on facebook?

Yes, that is true.  I am not on facebook.  But my dog has an account.  I was using his account to track down some people before my cousin's wedding.  And then I stuck around because I joined a few local mom's groups.  And before I knew it, some old friends found me through my dog.  And then I was suckered.  I'll have to break off contact soon and head back to google+.  That's because all the real computer nerds are on google+.  And that is where I prefer to be.

Although I'm sure someday I will hate them as much as I do facebook.
(see my posts from December 2010)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

oops!

I completely forgot to post yesterday.  I had a busy day and during my lunch break I had to get my windshield replaced in the car.  So that ate up a huge chunk of my "free" time.

I'll try to write more later.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Around the web.

A few stories this week really caught my eye.

There is the story of a bunch of people lifting a burning car off a motorcyclist:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44537027/ns/us_news-life/t/rescued-motorcyclist-recounts-fiery-accident/?GT1=43001

There is this story about Selma Blair, who makes me feel a lot better about my lack of weight loss:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2037777/Selma-Blair-My-body-mess-Jell-O.html

I think it's refreshing to see a Hollywood Mama not rush to lose the weight, good for her!

And last is this incredibly cute video of some grandparents that had a hard time using their webcam to take a picture of themselves.  I just hope that Anthony and I are still that much in love when we are that age....the grandfather here is obviously still bonkers for his wife, very cute!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcN08Tg3PWw&feature=player_embedded

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Old?!

Old is just a number...or a figment of your imagination.  Or it's all just perspective.  My sister had a milestone birthday yesterday and her status message today says "Officially old...".

So my first thought was "Hey!  You can't call yourself old!  Because I am older than you!".

Then my second thought was "Ha...I thought I was old this weekend."

I'll show you what I mean!  Oooh!  Picture time:
This weekend, I saw this great picture of myself and my baby and my first thought was "When did I get old?!"  Can you see those wrinkles/laugh lines around my eyes?  :)  Looks like I should start thinking about anti-aging creams. :)

But it's all in perspective, because when I look in the mirror, I don't see those wrinkles.  I don't even see the extra fat around my waist.  I look in that mirror and on most mornings I think "Looking GOOD!"  I don't do this on purpose or an exercise on improving self-esteem, this is what really happens to me.  I have a distorted view of myself in the mirror....but in a good way.  It isn't until I see a picture of myself that I will nit-pick about what I look like.  I can't be the only one who does this.  But you know what?  I bet everyone else looking at this picture sees a great picture of me and the baby.  They don't pick it apart like I do.

I forget where I saw or read it, but somebody once said something about high-fiving themselves in the mirror.  I think that's a great idea.  I think when you look in the mirror, you should say "Looking good!" and give yourself a high five.  Put on that big smile and go start the day.  And I think we should do the same for pictures.  No matter what our shape, size or age, let's say "Looking good!" and then feel better about ourselves.

Because a good attitude can make anyone look good....after all...I see old, but you all see a happy mom and baby who are both beaming with happiness.  

That attitude/mood/smile makes everyone look good doesn't it? :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Staying Positive.

Yesterday's post was put up kind of late, so either you haven't read it yet or you aren't going to yell at me for trying fasting. :)   If you haven't seen it yet, go ahead and read yesterday's post.

I just want to report that I felt great yesterday and of course I was hungry but I did do it.  Anthony also noticed that I was in a much better mood, though I don't know if that was from fasting or because I got a fancy new hair cut yesterday that included a head massage when I got my shampoo. :)

So on to today's post!  I was inspired by another blog today.  I was inspired by Jent's Front Porch.  She wrote a very positive feel good thing yesterday and now I am going to do the same.

Yesterday...

My house was a mess...
...there are dirty dishes in the sink.
...there are baby things all over the place.
...all of our stuff from this weekend is still scattered and needs to be unpacked.
...and the whole house just needs a good hard scrubbing!

My baby's mirror was covered in beard hairs...

And my weight is well over what it should be.

Yesterday...
My house was a mess because I have a fulfilling life and I keep busy and don't have the time to spend all my time cleaning, because my time is better spent with Anthony and Zoe and Oscar.
There are dirty dishes in the sink because we are fortunate enough to not have to worry about where our next meal comes from and we are fortunate enough to have enough dishes that we don't need to clean them as soon as we are done using them.
There are baby things all over the place because we are blessed with a beautiful little girl who enjoys being with us in whatever room we are in, therefore, her stuff tends to spread out.
All of our things from this past weekend are scattered because we went to a family wedding and had a great weekend and it will take us all week to get settled again because we are fortunate enough to have full time jobs and we enjoy each other's company instead of "working" after work as well.
And the whole house just needs a good hard scrubbing because we would rather spend time together playing on the floor with our baby and dog and go out to dinner together than worry about the dust bunnies in the corner.
And my baby's mirror was covered in beard hairs because my husband was thoughtful enough to shave outside and borrow the baby's mirror, so that the beard hairs wouldn't be all over our bathroom counter which drives me crazy. :)  (Note to self...purchase Anthony his own mirror and thank him for being so thoughtful!)
And my weight is well over what it should be because I had a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

This weekend I was told it's all about perspective and choosing your priorities.  It feels good to put a positive spin on things that drive me crazy.  I need to relax, I hear it all the time.  First I just need to choose my priorities and the rest will work itself out.

So, priorities?  The health and happiness of my family.
Priority number 2?  Hire a cleaning person if we can afford one.  :)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Defending your diet and exercise choices.

Have you ever noticed everyone has an opinion?  :)

Of course everyone has an opinion!  But mostly what I have noticed is that everyone has an opinion on what you do when it comes to diet and exercise.  So people (and I mean myself here) can get really defensive when it comes to their eating or exercise habits.

I have repeated many times in this blog, do what works for YOU.  But even I have judged people's methods, or diet, or exercise.  I'm going to make an effort to stop doing this.  Everyone's body works differently and different methods will work for them.

So why am I writing about this today?  Because I am about to try something that I think people will disagree with and I am going to get defensive about it.  I am considering trying the Eat Stop Eat method of eating.  Basically this is a fasting plan.  Or as some people have already called it.....you are starving yourself?

No.  I am NOT starving myself.  I am eating every day.  But I am going to try fasting to reduce my caloric intake.  A big reason I want to try this is because I am not very good at portion control and I don't have as much time as I used to for exercise, so I feel I need to really focus on how much I put in my mouth.  This is basically what people who get the lap band or stomach surgery do as well.  They are forcing themselves to EAT LESS.  Which will help anyone with weight loss.

In order to lose weight, you need to burn more than you eat.  Or you need to stop eating more than what your body actually needs!  With my previous methods (where I lost 30 pounds) I was already fasting.  I was fasting from my last meal of the day (5pm-ish) until the morning when I had breakfast.  About 6am or 7am.  And on some weekends that would be 8am or 9am.  So I was fasting anywhere from 13-15 hours each day.  So this is my plan, I will continue to fast in this manner, but on the Eat Stop Eat, you go for a longer time period and you do it twice a week.

Want more info?  Think I'm crazy?  Leave me some comments... :)

And of course try to eat as all natural and protein and blah blah blah....don't forget what ALSO worked for me was also eating full fat greek yogurt, whole milk and butter.  And I definitely got some opinions on that.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back in the saddle!

So today is DAY ONE of my continuation to lose weight.

I began this journey back in January of 2010 and was very successful.  Until I found out I was pregnant, and I had to stop.  I did well during my pregnancy, only gained what I needed to.  After my pregnancy, I looked great!  But....since then, I have gained 7-10 pounds.  :(

My cousin got married this past weekend and it was beautiful.  However...looking at the pictures from the wedding I am very disappointed in myself.  I have "let go" and have not worked hard to keep my weight off.  I have used excuses like family obligations, vacation and baby.  I need to get back on this journey.  I look at pictures of myself from three weeks after the baby was born...and you know what?  I looked GREAT!  Now, not so much.  It's amazing the difference 5-10 pounds can make on just what your face looks like.

SO.  TODAY.  I get started again!  I will stop the decline and get back up hill (because weight loss really is an up hill battle!) and I will find ways to get this weight loss going again.

Anyone else with me?  Leave comments here so we can support each other!
Back to p90x tonight!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Subway? Eat fresh?

There is a serious lack of Subway Restaurants near where I work.  Okay, so there is one just a couple of miles down the road...but if you knew what the traffic was like on these roads around here you would understand why I don't want to go.  It would take me an hour to go get my lunch and come back.

Why do I want to go to Subway?  Because right now they have a LION KING PROMOTION!!!
Okay, so it's a kids meal.  And big deal, it's just a coupon off the DVD coming out soon.  BUT I WANT IT.
I'm a huge Lion King fan.  And they are giving away re-usable lunch bags (save the planet!) with every kids meal.  There are six total.  So now I feel like I need to eat six kids meals at Subway.  Normally I don't go to Subway, but I might have to go to get my reusable lunch bags.  Especially because yesterday I sprayed greasy taco juice all over my lunch bag and now it has orange spots.  :(  (hey, no slamming my taco lunch!  It was a taco SALAD.)

The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie (Sleeping Beauty is a close second!) and I just have to collect everything Lion King. Okay, so I don't have to...but I used to...and now that I have a baby, I feel like I have an excuse.  Zoe can love the Lion King right?

Who else is going to go see it in theatres in 3D?  Oooh! ooh!  me! me!
I should have known something was up when right before Zoe was born, Disney released some Lion King baby stuff.  It was too late for my baby shower unfortunately.  Otherwise Zoe would have a jungle-themed Lion King room instead of a forest/animal room.

I can't wait until she is old enough to say "Mama...I know you love the Lion King, but I don't!  I prefer...(insert whatever here)."

Sigh.

I do want to address one thing from yesterday's post.  Remby commented about fasting to reduce calorie intake.  What I was discussing was actually just that.  We humans fast every day!  Or we are supposed to anyway.  We fast every night from when we fall asleep until we wake up every morning and then have our....wait for it....breakFAST.  Breaking the fast.  That is what breakfast is supposed to be.  Now do you know why it's so important to eat breakfast?  Because you need to break the fast.  Now what if you didn't fast?  Did you go 8-12 hours between your last meal of the day and breakfast?  You really should.

So think about that tonight when you have that late night snack or after dinner dessert.  Or how late are you eating dinner anyway?  I was pleasantly surprised to come home to dinner cooking last night.  (My husband rocks!) So I got to eat early.  I try to eat 3/4 of all my calories before 4pm.   How about you?

Again...all of this is to remind ME.  This diet and exercise stuff I talk about works for ME.  You need to find out what works for YOU.

Now I know there are a lot of people reading my blog who are working on weight loss.  Please leave comments and encourage each other to keep it up.  Comment on something I said, especially if you disagree.  Tell us what works for you, let's keep each other encouraged as we all travel this looooong journey together and find what works best for us.

Is it lunchtime yet?  I'm hungry....always hungry!  agh!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Diet, exercise...blah blah blah

So I had decided that I was going to do p90x to get back into shape.  I also decided to start by doing it every other day in order to slowly break myself in.  Then stuff got in the way and I went to Vermont and forgot the DVD's at home.

So now I haven't done it in a week.  So yep, I fell off that bandwagon.  My new plan is to start again on Sunday.  I am going to (and I'm in!) my cousin's wedding this weekend and there is just too much to do between now and then for me to try again too soon.   Of course...if I have free time I will do some exercise.

Actually, I'll probably clean the house instead. :)

One problem that annoys me when trying to lose weight is that you have to EAT to lose weight.  It's very tempting to not eat, since if you don't eat the calories, they won't end up on your hips or butt.  The problem with that is that if you don't eat enough food, your body will just hold onto that fat for dear life.  When we don't eat, we send a message to the body that says "Famine!  There's no food!  Survival mode!".

The message we need to send is that there is plenty of food.  Plenty of HEALTHY food.  (junk food sends that same famine message to our brains because it isn't getting any healthy nutrients out of it, just empty calories for survival.)  So if you are joining me on this weight loss challenge, make sure you eat plenty of food.  NEVER skip breakfast and get plenty of healthy fats, protein and yes, some carbs too.  Don't skimp on the veggies and make sure you have fruits for dessert.

If you do decide to skip a meal, the only one you want to skip is your last meal of the day.  Is that dinner?  Or fourth meal?  Or is that ice cream after dinner?  What about that late night snack?  THAT is the only meal to skip.  If you can't sleep because your tummy is rumbling?  Try a glass of milk or a small piece of meat.

So why did I share all this advice with you?  Mostly to remind myself while I try to lose some weight.
Okay,  I want to lose a lot of weight.  I feel like I'm starting all over again.  Sigh.


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Twilight!

I'm sorry if the title is misleading.  This isn't really anything new about the Twilight series.  The new movie is coming out soon though, sometime in November.

Today is a short post, and I meant to post this last week, but time got away from me.  Anthony and I were at the grocery store and we stopped by the bakery "clearance" section.  This is where they sell yesterday's bread at a discount.  Well they had a few other things and one of them was this Twilight cupcake thing.
I cracked up because it was obviously in the "clearance" section because someone at the bakery is not a Twilight fanatic.  Otherwise they wouldn't have made the glaring error.  Oh, wait, my readers aren't Twilight fanatics?  You don't see the mistake?  The mistake is the "Team Jacob" sign on the cake that has a picture of "Edward".  Oops.  I'm willing to bet some Mom came to the store to pick this up for their daughter's party.  (or their own I guess, didn't know I could get these cakes, I might get some for my next Twilight party!) 

So into the clearance section it went for my amusement. :)

Looking back, I probably should have bought that...it looks yummy!

I should probably start planning my next Twilight party....lots to do!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

No pictures today

Today my baby was going to get her first professional pictures taken, but they had to reschedule our appointment.  The plan was to go to a beautiful park and get some nice outdoor pictures.  Well...the problem turned out to be the park.  Remember that hurricane/tropical storm thing?  It apparently destroyed the park.  The photographer drove by it yesterday and was horrified to see trees down, mud and grass torn up and just basically yuck everywhere.

There were crews doing some work, so they were hoping it would be ready today.  They went back this morning and it was still the same, but now the grass was all mud from all of the construction vehicles.  They decided to cancel the appointments they had lined up for today and reschedule.  Not only was the park "ugly" but it also didn't look very safe with loose hanging tree limbs all over the place as well.

So we are rescheduled until the third week of September.  I'm a little bummed, but on the plus side, Zoe will be closer to 6 months old and may be able to sit up on her own, which will make for cuter pictures. :)

I probably won't post for the next few days....long holiday weekend!  I hope everyone has a great weekend!