Mamavation Monday: Yo-yo

December 27, 2010
Bloated again. Better be water weight gain
Back up to 193lbs. I swear I keep losing and gaining the same 5lbs. This would be fine if I was at my goal weight. I'm still very far from my goal. Each week it seems farther away. What I wouldn't give to make it down to 180lbs, my weight at this time last year. I'm still in shock that I have gained 20lbs in the last year. How the heck did that happen??!!??

New goals:
The cardio I've been doing sometimes leaves me wanting more --  feeling incomplete. I used to have pretty good upper body strength and I miss it. I want my arms back, not these granny-flappy things that have replaced them. And the rolls under my bra can get to moving out too.

Chronic back pain in the last decade has had people doing a lot of heavy lifting for me, literally and figuratively. And it shows in my arms, back, torso, etc.  I need to strengthen my core, so that I can lift more weights and strengthen my arms. It's a good thing that I prefer strength training, but I'm never sure how much is too much. There is no point in defeating the purpose if I overdo it, mess up my back, and then can't exercise because of it. Catch-22. (Can someone kick me out of my mental rut?)

My boyfriend has been noticing a smaller stomach (I still see too much muffin top), so he's willing to work with me on getting rid of extra skin around my middle. Hard to believe that I had a flat belly after giving birth both times.

Mamavation Happenings

Apply for Campaign 7 Mamavation Mom (15 December to 5 January)
 Winter Solstice Getaway Giveaway
 P90x in the New Year Discussion

All I want for Christmas

December 23, 2010

You know, the older I get, the less I want, at least around holidays. I like to get gifts throughout the year (who doesn't?!?)

This year, all I really, truly,unequivocally want … I just want my kids to behave. Preferably when they are together, but as singles too.

For one, it won't matter. He's off to NY to visit family. The other ... who knows. It's been a hard few months since August and it feels like more than a year has already passed in the emotional investment arena. I just want a relaxing, temper-tantrum and drama free Christmas. As I write this I feel as if it's wishful thinking.


Though if you insist on getting me something, my Amazon Wishlist is mostly updated.

Apparently, it does rain in Southern California

December 22, 2010

Well, it's STILL raining in SoCal. I forget what day it is. I know it's been raining since last Thursday or Friday. My feet got soaked on Friday. Don't wear boots with "flexible soles" if the weather is inclement. And no heel. Flat and comfortable, but the wet socks and feet weren't worth it.

So, for inspiration, a few melodies through the ages:

IComLeavWe December 2010

December 20, 2010

Welcome IComLeavWe participants. I don't remember how I stumbled across it, but after reading a few of the blogs, I realize I am not in that particular niche. But I am thrilled to be introduced to so many strong, compassionate, and courageous women. Hopefully some of my posts can make you laugh. If you like tech, I write a lot about that and my kids, a teenager and an eight-year old – just so you know what you are getting into.

Mamavation Monday: Soup diet edition

That actually says 191.6, taken yesterday morning before another whirlwind day of errands and Christmas shopping.


I usually weigh in on Monday mornings, but at this moment I am sitting in L.A.X. waiting to see my son off on another cross-country trip. He doesn't really need me here, but he let's me stick around because I think he knows I need it. I get nervous whenever he goes on a trip without me. Does nervous stress burn weight?

I know I'm at the age where stress turns into cortisol and then belly fat. I haven't taken any measurements, but my jeans do seem to be fitting better. I can breath when I slide (slide! Not jump,wriggle, cajole,and suck in my breath) into them.

This past week I seem to have managed to drop five pounds. I have a pretty persistent cold and have been eating Campbell's Healthy Select chicken variety soup (long grain rice and Mexican tortilla if you really want to know). One can (2 servings) has 220 calories and is (pretty) filling. Usually. Snacks have included yogurt and fruit. Not many sweets though I did scrounge a few when a little emotional.

I didn't exercise last week. There were a few days when I had trouble breathing and the idea of sneezing and coughing all over the gym equipment didn't appeal to me.

He's boarding. Gotta go.

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Double Share by Nathan Lowell

December 17, 2010

I have never had to hold in laughs so much, and only because my office is shared and cackling, guffaws, and Mary Poppins-style snorts, giggles, and small laughs are disapproved of on my commuter bus.

What's the cause of all this mirth? Mr. "Call me Ishmael" Wang of the A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series. I started Quarter Share months ago, left it, and recently came back. I'm so glad I did! Thank you @PodcastJunky for mentioning it in the first place.

Wordless Wednesday : low mileage

Tea by the Sea

December 16, 2010

On December 2 I had the opportunity to preview Tea by the Sea at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Despite being a native Los Angelina, I didn't know that this Getty existed. Like most people, I was only aware of the Getty Center off the 405. Both comprise the Getty Museum.

Join the Getty Villa for Tea by the Sea, a special dining experience and garden tour inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Tea by the Sea gives you the opportunity to take a vacation to Rome without leaving the city and relax while enjoying exquisite delicacies and panoramic garden views.
Guests will deepen their understanding of ancient Roman Cuisine and will be indulged with a menu that includes Prosciutto and Brie with Fig Jam on Artisan Wheat Bread, Shrimp and Cucumber Tea Sandwich with Tarragon Aioli and the famous Mrs. Garrett’s Original Carrot Cake. The event will take place at the Founder’s Room, an elegant space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Villa.

What a find!! Let me tell you, if you have not been there, the family-friendly Tea by the Sea is an excellent introduction to the art and history of Roman culinary habits. You'll also get an entertaining lesson on the medicinal properties (real and imagined) of many of the plants that we still use today. The Greeks and Romans had a use for everything.

Let's take a walk after dinner
Did you know that you can eat more if you lay on your left side? It's been scientifically proven because your stomach can expand more. Romans didn't sit up and eat as we do, they reclined and ate off of low tables.

Did you know that myrtle berries were used to freshen breath? Nothing close to minty fresh though.

I learned these little tidbits while on a docent-led walk through parts of the museum and through the Mediterranean herb garden.
The herb garden was important in ancient times serving multiple purposes. Formal gardens were used for pleasure and relaxation after dinner. While on the walk you will get an up-close and personal look at the ingredients used in the formal tea.

Mamavation Monday: Plus 4

December 13, 2010
Well, apparently this is what happens when I don't hit the gym at all. Wait, I went on Monday. 1 day out of 7 is really bad. I've missed my weekend sessions completely the last two weeks due to ... lots of stuff now that I think about it. There are just so many other things that need to get taken care of on the weekend and not enough time to get it all done. And I don't think it's a case of my horrible time management skills any more. It may be time to re-evaluate joining Flylady and seeing if I can do it as a working woman.

I really need to do laundry. ALL of my workout clothes need to be washed, in addition to half of my work clothes and I have decided to get rid of all the size 10 clothes that I haven't been able to fit into for over a year. (For reference I'm a 12/14 ... and a lot closer to the 14 than the 12 :( ) Once upon a time I was an 8, but I've decided that's a little too skinny. I look best as a 10/12.

A little part of me is weeping at that, but then again, they were my SAHM clothes and I wasn't that fashionable when I stayed at home. It took nearly 3 years for me to reach this weight. I'm hoping that it won't take another 3 for me to get it off. The past week was really stressful and I think I did okay with not eating (as much) as I am used to, but I did drink a bit more. Those empty calories really sneak up on you! But oh ... the eggnog, and wine, and port, and ... yeah, I need a better stress outlet when I can't exercise.

And once again I will miss tonight's #mamavation activity, it's an EA Sports Active 2 twitter party!
Celebrate with us LIVE during the Give the Gift of Fitness Twitter party sponsored by the EA SPORTS Active 2 on Monday, December 13th from 8-10pm EST. We will be discussing all sorts of ways you can get back into shape this holiday season AND giving away a grip of prizes.

I'll browse the tweets as I drift off to sleep tonight ...  (I hate my commute)

Fiber TMI

December 11, 2010

We all know fiber is good to "keep things moving" and this does help with weight loss, especially if you are carrying around a bunch of junk that calls for a colon cleanse. Along with water, the proper amount of fiber cleanses you and -- at least in my case -- helps me lose some of my belly fat, or at least the appearance of it.

Since I have started eating as much fruit as I encourage my children to eat as snacks instead of sugary ones (mid-day office slump anyone?), I have had a smaller muffin top. And better fitting work clothes, not to mention the occasional appreciative look from my boyfriend.  I just have to remember to rein in my enthusiasm for fruits and veggies. Some days I look like the Michelin Man -- all round and not at all the hour-glass shape I am striving for due to gas build-up. That's something you need to keep in mind if you are trying to up your fiber intake to the recommended 25-35 grams/day - increase gradually or you may give up due to discomfort.

Speaking of discomfort (here's the TMI part folks) - I suffer from IBS and at first was skeptical of adding more fiber to my diet. I have a love-hate relationship with being regular due to the severity of IBS flare-ups. Part of it is because I love high-fiber, gas producing foods like broccoli. BUT by adding more fiber rich foods like whole grain bread (instead of just wheat) my flare ups are fewer and not nearly as severe (some days I would be out of work for the whole day). Who knew?

But back to fitting fiber into the diet and feeling good about it. On the weekends we like a hot breakfast and I usually cook. It used to be the ritual to have pancakes or waffles. Recently we switched from Krusteaz Buttermilk pancake mix to Coach's Oats MultiGrain Pancake Mix. These are delicious with either pure maple syrup, boysenberry jam, or apple butter. I usually make enough to last the whole week. If they happen to run out I also have weight loss and regular (instant) oatmeal. You really can't go wrong with oatmeal and fiber is easiest for me to stomach in the morning. If I happen to be running really late there is always whole grain toast (again with boysenberry jam or orange marmalade).

Other ways that my family especially likes is baked sweet potatoes. During the holiday season we go through sweet potatoes like nobody's business. Baked, mashed, in a pie (for Thanksgiving and Christmas), sweet potatoes are a staple. I've also recently added butternut squash to the mix. So far the kids haven't complained too much.

*Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Coach's Oats Fiber blogging program, making me eligible to win a $50 American Express gift card and free product. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Photo Friday: Tranquil

December 10, 2010

Photo Friday: Tranquil
Originally uploaded by Nannerlady

Yes, I do love desert sunrises. The colors, the sense of peace, the
solitude. In a setting like this, with silence, it's almost completely
possible to quiet my mind.

Pass the coffee please, and leave your worries at the door.

#Mamavation Monday: Minus 1

December 6, 2010
So my actual goal until the end of the year was a lofty -2lbs/week. That would actually require a little more self-discipline than I have exhibited recently (or ever for that matter). This week I am down almost a full pound!

Not bad for a class A slacker, right?

I'm getting a little better at the water intake, especially since I crave water more often. This week we have challenged ourselves to clean out the fridge and freezer and pantry -- because the grocery budget was pretty much blown after Thanksgiving and rent gets paid first. You know how it goes. We did shopping for the basics -- bread, milk, and something for me to take to lunch this week. Soup. The whole can has a calorie count of 220. If I don't lose weight this week it won't be for lack of trying.

Bonus, the bf has noticed that my stomach is looking flatter. I still haven't brought myself to do measurements, but I think I can handle them now.

I'll try to keep up the gym time. It seems to be helping a lot since I know from past experience that calorie cutting alone doesn't seem to help me drop any weight. For a quick minute there I missed the exercise one day. I'm still not consistent enough though. My current self challenge is getting in at least enough steps to equal a mile. I think over the weekend I'll get back to "Burn the Turkey"

Possible sabotage this week -- a corporate lunch at Drago Centro. I love their food! And I don't have to pay this time!

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