Day 2 Ten Pound Challenge

I've been trying to be strong today and resist any kind of junk food. It was easy because the boys were in school all day and my daughter had a playdate. I have to admit that I had a big breakfast with my girlfriend but I figured I have all day to burn it off. Greek salad for lunch and half a cup of yogurt with organic cereal. I was surprised that it was quite filling and pretty satisfying.

Dinner is always a challenge especially if I am low carbing. The kids and hubby NEED some kind of carb such as rice or pasta to go with their protein. That's the problem with the Chinese need to eat rice! When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes which needed to be controlled with diet. I was only allowed one cup of rice per meal...that's like telling an Italian girl to only have one cup of spaghetti with her pasta sauce. It's soooOOooo hard!

I also started using my magic bullet today. I ground some flaxseed and then threw in some frozen blueberries, mango, pineapple, and vanilla soy milk. It's yummy and a healthy filling snack.

Ten Pound Challenge!!!

I'm baaaAAaack!! I've been so busy since my grandmother's passing and not really in the mood to blog but I thought I would just jump right back into things.

It's been a rough couple of weeks. As I've mentioned before I'm a BIG crybaby so it's been an emotional rollercoaster this last week or so. My problem is that when I am sad like that I tend to seek out sweet things to take away the saltiness of the tears. What does that mean? Well...I stepped on the scale on the weekend and was horrified that I gained another five pounds. My uncle passed away last month and I had gained five pounds so now I am ten pounds heavier. Summer is right around the corner and pool season is less than a month away. Yikes!!!

So my sister and I have decided to have our very own "Ten Pound Challenge". We are going to try to lose five to ten pounds by the end of June. I know it's probably not too healthy to lose so much weight in such a short amount of time but it's worth a try. I know I won't be able to function doing those fad diets so I'm just going to try to eat healthier and cut out all the junk food. Low carbing for dinner usually works for me and since the weather is warming up I can walk the kids to school in the mornings.

I'm going to try to incorporate some excercises into my day and I'm going to call it the "Housewife Workout".
  • Every time I run up the stairs I will do ten push up off the stairs before going up.
  • While brushing my teeth or standing at the sink I will do standing crunches...I got that from watching a commercial for Hip Hop Abs.
  • Anytime I am standing idly by I can do some butt crunches.
  • While watching tv I will do leg lifts or arm excercises.

I'm going to try to drink more water and eat more fibre. Fibre is a great way to get all that food moving through your body.

Keeping my fingers crossed that I will have the self control to do this. The incentive is that if we can lose this extra weight then we will treat ourselves out for a day without the kids. Just the thought of that is making me feel like going for a jog or doing some extra tummy crunches!

Tribute to my beloved Grandmother

Wonderful Mother,
Great Grandmother.
She was so loved.

She will be remembered.

She was surrounded.

She is missed.

Full of life we will remember her and thankful that she had such a peaceful passing without pain or suffering.

Are You serious?!!

Someone up there has one cruel sense of humour! This year has been a year of colds, flus and everything in between AND they all seem to happen whenever my husband has a business trip. This week was supposed to be quiet...nothing too much planned and then my husband sprang the news that he had to go to Ottawa today and tomorrow. He told us on Monday and then lo and behold...Andrew, son #1, gets the flu on Tuesday. What the heck!!

It must be payback for admitting in one of my previous posts that I actually enjoy the time when he's away. I don't have to stress about dinner 'cause grilled cheese sandwiches would be a quick and easy dinner for me and the kids...and I can usually get the kids in their rooms and asleep by 9:30 (when he's home for some reason or other they don't seem to get upstairs until 10pm!).

Now Andrew is a nightmare when he's sick...he likes to over dramatize everything...he cries because he feels dizzy...imagines that he's got some deadly disease...moans and groans with every little ache. I guess he's learning early...isn't that how every man reacts as soon as he gets the sniffles? My husband is the same way! I love how he can take a day off from work and then really work it at home...staying in bed all day...sleeping...moaning "Can you make me some soup?", "Can you get me some Advil?" Can you wipe my a**? Sorry I couldn't help but add that! But isn't it true? Big babies!!

When we get sick can we lie in bed all day? My hubby just says "Awww....hope you feel better" as he rushes out the door. I have to throw a bottle of Advil in my bag as I run around getting the kids ready for school, drive them to school and carry on with my day. I remember once when I had a wicked case of Strep throat...I lay on the couch for three days and threw Cheerios at the kids all day until hubby got home. Wouldn't it be nice if we were able to lie in bed... recharge? I can't imagine!

2009 Mother of the Year!!!

Imagine my surprise when I found out that I had won 2009 Mother of the Year!! I didn't even realize that I received this award until my beloved cousin sent me this link:

2009 Mother of the Year Award!!!

Check it out!!

It's just so nice to be recognized and appreciated! I want to thank all my fans who have nominated me for this award. It's nice to know that others see the hard work that goes with the "Mom" title. I feel like I've been a mommy forever...almost a quarter of my it's just wonderful that I've been given such an astounding award. I want to thank all the little people that have made this award possible. Andrew, Evan and Keira. If it weren't for them I wouldn't even be a mom. I would love to share this with all my fellow mommies out there and I hope they have had an amazing day too!

Calgon...take me away...

When I was little there was a commercial of a very frazzled woman...probably a mother and housewife.... who shouts in a moment of exasperation "Calgon take me away!!"

Next scene...she's lying in her tub with a look of peace and joy.

Where the heck can I get me some of that!! I don't know if it's PMS...menopause...or caffeine withdrawl...but I have this bubbling feeling of frustration all day...I'm annoyed at everything! I feel like I'm going to explode at any moment.

Now even if I knew where to get me some of that Calgon stuff I know that peace and quiet would be impossible in this household. If I even try to walk into the bathroom and internal alarm must go off inside all my kids. As soon as my tushie hits my porcelain throne someone is pounding on the door. Seriously I have not been able to p** in peace in over 10 years! If I try to take a longer shower than my allotted two minutes the kids are screaming for me to hurry up! I won't even dream about taking a bath because once they discover that I'm in the tub someone will be trying to climb in with me. I wonder if anyone has ever built a soundproof bathroom...I would hide in there and seek refuge...

Now if only I could just bottle that feeling of peace and joy like Calgon promotes...and I don't mean using drugs or alcohol...I would be a millionaire! Take a whiff and peace washes over you...dab some behind your ear and you are good to go for the rest of the day.