Food Friday – Paleo check in week 1 complete

We are officially one week into our Paleo Venture and it has been an exciting week.  Carb cravings weren’t too bad but the sugar cravings were a little more noticeable.  I have cut my caffeine as well.  I learned some interesting things…

I thought with a reduced amount of caffeine  intake I would be tired and sluggish…  NOPE, full of energy. WIN

I didn’t know the difference between grass-fed Angus Beef or grass-fed “regular” Beef.. Main difference to me was Angus ground beef only had 1 Tbsp of fat when I made meatloaf and it didn’t shrink in the pan.  I hate the grease from meat, I never know what to do with it.  The Angus Beef was moist and had a smooth texture.  WIN and WIN

Shopping the first couple times has been a long process because I have to read everything.  I also notice just because a package meat says “organic” doesn’t mean it is grass-fed.  Is there really a difference?  Yes, after only 1 week of meal prep and cooking with grass-fed meats I have noticed they are all less fatty.  The chicken breast was a bit on the dry side but that can be fixed next time by changing the preparation technique.

Over all I am happy to report that I feel better over all and have more energy than I did before the diet adjustments.  My 2 year old will eat all the Kale Chips if I don’t give him his own bowl.  We are off to a good start and it wasn’t that hard to do.

HELLO CYBER MONDAY – I missed getting a sale up…

Well, today was a very eventful day.  I intended to get a good sale up, do some promotional stuff.  But our little guy was sick..  So very sick.  He threw up sometime last night and didn’t even cry out for me.  When I went to get him this morning I was shocked to see how much puke there was in his crib.  I immediately got him undressed and in the shower.  He was acting normal, happy and full of energy.  I got him his first shower of the day then went and cleaned up his crib and bedroom.  He was out in the living room with his daddy, followed him in the bathroom for something and projectile vomited everywhere.  OH BOY and this was the beginning to my fabulous day.  I tried calling the Dr but there was no answer so when I tried the on call service they told me the office was open.  I tried again and left a message on their voicemail.  After not getting an answer in 15 minutes and the little guy throwing up 4 more times.  I called the ER they advised me to see the pedi first.  When I didn’t hear back from the doctor’s office I drove over there.  We talked to the nurse on duty in the Dr office and she talked to our doctor who advised us to go down to the ER incase he needed to have iv fluids.

We got in the ER right away and had a room.  About 30-40 minutes after just sitting waiting the nurse came in and gave him a high dose of anti-nausea med.  Then about 20 min after that she came back and said they needed to move us to the hall.  ok, he was in his stroller so not so big of a deal.  We were out there for about 15 or so minutes when they wheeled this guy in who was sick with who knows what and smelled like he was rotting from the inside out.  When the ER Doc saw us sitting in the hall he said “get them into a room that baby shouldn’t be outside of this room” finally after another 15+ minutes we were moved to another room where after about 30 minutes I found the TV remote.  In all that time he managed to get 2 Popsicles and kept them down.  1:30 pm comes and we are finally discharged.  I was told to give him 1-2 oz every  10 – 15 minutes of pedialyte (or other non dairy beverage) he could have crackers after about 4-5 hours of keeping fluids down (I cheated he had 3 crackers sporadically and kept them down) and needed to pee at least once every 8 hours.  He had a wet diaper at 1:00 pm and a slightly damp diaper at 6:00 pm.  He was bone dry at 8:50 pm when I put him to bed for the night.  Tomorrow I will start the 1-2 oz every 10 min for a couple of hours and then see how wet he gets.  Hopefully he pees if not we will be headed to Beverly ER tomorrow since I think they are more equipped for toddlers.

What a day…  And tomorrow will come soon…  Ahhh the joys of motherhood.

Rambling – 24 hours in to my Weight Loss Reboot

I am now officially 24 hours into my new weight loss journey.  I haven’t started the thyroid meds yet but I did start the Phentermine 37.5 mg/day in the morning.  WOW  I felt great yesterday.  So great I finally took the air conditioner out of the living room window that I have dreaded doing for a few weeks.  It is nice to have energy.  So far the only side effect I have is the increased energy.  I took it early enough that I slept very good, well by the time I finally fell asleep @ 1:00 am.  I woke up full of energy and ready to go.

Then I dropped the french press full of coffee.  EEKKKK!!!!  Thank goodness for back up french presses.  Come to think of it, I think my mood is even more chipper than usual.  On the swing side it has also made me a little mushy.  Well, I am not so sure if it is the meds making me mushy or if I am feeling emotional while processing the information I got from the Dr about my thyroid.  Things I didn’t know that I partly wish I had known earlier and partly am glad I didn’t know.  I just focus on my healthy and very smart toddler and then I don’t question a thing, until I lose focus.

Well off to work more on my book…  Ahh yes, I have started compiling a top-secret book that I hope to have ready and in print before Christmas. 🙂

 

My Weight Loss Journey – Update

To be completely honest…  Life got busy…  There wasn’t time… Summer time happened…  Oh I can think of a million and one reasons why I got derailed from my journey, but that must be all part of my path to walk.  The only one accountable for me is me.

Yesterday I had my first visit with an endocrinologist.  HE IS FABULOUS!!!  He went over my blood work and showed me where one of my thyroid hormones is a little raised and by a little I am talking with in 1 point from the highest “normal” level.  He is treating me, the person not me, the patient.  his bedside manner is fabulous.  He understands the challenges and keeps it real.  When I mean real he pulls up on his computer “scenarios” that would not happen to me and says “right”.  hah  it is great.  They are things that “could” happen but with weight loss he thinks that my body can correct itself.

Before I get to “our plan of action” here is what I have done that hasn’t really been working to lose weight. Eating healthy – CHECK (mostly)
Walking at least 1 mile a day – CHECK
Working out to Richard Simmons….  ugggg  not so much 😦

OUR PLAN OF ACTION:

cut down our carb intake, kind of a no brainer.  I didn’t think we were eating a lot but gosh darn it carbs are in just about EVERYTHING.  He has put me on the lowest dose of thyroid medication.  We have added in Phentermine which I have used in the past with good results and littler effort.  I use the term “we” because he includes me in the medical plan.  He really listens to what I want for me, give advise (medical and non medical), and we talked about plans of actions and what he thought would work best.

Most impressive thing about my visit was he dictated my patient notes right while I was in the room.  ❤  I think everyone should be so lucky to have such a wonderful doctor.  Now lets hope in 2 months when I go back my numbers are lower.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life starting with baby steps.  I will make it a point to do a weekly weight check when my little guy and I go to our baby and me swim class.

Starting weight – 221lbs  Starting clothing size 18/20 pants  lg-XL shirts

How is Your Monday? (do not read if you gross out easily)

Well, so far my Monday has been SHITTY!!! And I mean that literally.

First Robert did the biggest fill your diaper and then some … TIMES 2.

When I got him down for a nap and had to pee really bad.  I raced into the bathroom opened the lid to…  Now, I am not going to point fingers here but someone poo’d this morning and left me the “mess”.  Meaning I thought he just forgot to flush, no big deal right. WRONG!!  He flushed alright and what ever he flushed has backed up the toilet so much that not even plunging has worked.  I even had to scoop feces water out of the toilet into a small garbage can so I could plunge because about 2/3 a gallon flowed over the edges and on to the floor.  I plunged for about 20 minutes while trying not to gag to death

I WANT TO VOMIT!!!

So I have called the landlord (thank God we rent) and he will come over with a toilet snake and try to unclog the toilet.  So the little guy is napping peacefully, all the tenants have left the building and I still have to pee so bad.  As soon as he wakes up we are heading to his daddy’s work so I can use their bathroom.

I have used ALL the towels we have to soak up all the “water” so now I can’t even take a shower.  Now our Monday will be spent at the laundry mat because our building doesn’t have hot water in the laundry room.

This is worse than changing poop filled cloth diapers by far.

 

Leaps and Bounds … Our Little Guy is Amazing!!

People thought I was nuts when I was pregnant buying the little guy flashcards of colors, numbers, shapes and the alphabet. Well…

I have done the alphabet cards (and the others as well) with R since he was about a year old (maybe sooner). I would tell his daddy what he was doing but the other day my heart melted. We went to visit daddy at work and I put R down so he could wander. He went to the “Paper Only” sign and pointed at the A and said “ah” then pointed at the E and said “ee”. He did it on his own with no coaching and he did it a few times. Yesterday when I showed him the “A” card he said “Ah”…”Ba”(for b)… “Ka”(like the cat minus the “t”).. “Da”.. “E” and clapped.

AMAZING how their brains are little sponges.

R is almost 20 months old 😀

Playground Crush

Yesterday we were at the mall play area with my mom.  She took him in there while I went to look at something and when I came back Robert had a little girl following him around like a girl in love.  She was about 6 months older than Robert.  She would follow him but when he would get close to a corner of one of the big toy things she would put her hand on his back and help him by it almost like she was a little mother hen.  When they were in the little boat together she would show him how to play on it.  She was too cute, baby love.  LOL

Solo with 18 month old Road Trip Prep

I am preparing for a solo 10 hour road trip with my 18 month old son.  Yup, you read the correctly.  Just me and a toddler for 10 hours in a car.

Here is what I have done so far:

Snacks:

  • pouches for fruits/veggies
  • goldfish
  • crackers
  • PBJ sandwiches

Entertainment:

Random:

  • extra diapers & wipes

I know I have to be missing something… Any suggestions for me so I keep up my sanity?  HAHA

I will blog as we take our journey which starts on Wednesday morning bright and early.

Another Lack of Lactation Hormone Adjustment Day

WOW  Today was a blast!!  And I mean that in the good and bad way.  LOL  My little guy really keeps a smile on my face when I start to feel sad.  I am sure these emotions are all post lactation hormones getting back on track.  So here is a peek into my day.

Woke up like normal.  OK super 5:30 am and the little guy is wide awake and ready to play.  I am thinking “awe, gee Robert, couldn’t you have slept just 30 more minutes?” we do our new normal morning routine which is get him from his crib, let him play for a few minutes BEFORE changing his diaper because if I don’t I get an unwanted “shower” of toddler pee.  So, I have learned my lesson after about 3 mornings of repeat.  In my defense it was also the first 3 mornings he was up at 5 o’clock in the morning.  I take the time to start the water to make Sean his morning coffee, get Robert his milk and make him some breakfast.  I let him eat while I finish making Sean’s french press coffee and his lunch for the day.  Once that is complete I go into Robert’s room, change his diaper, get him dressed for the day and play with him for a bit.  about 45 minutes later he is usually ready for his first nap.  Do you think I can nap at this point? NOT A CHANCE!!  So, I spend the time picking up the living room from the mess he made the night before because I was too tired before bed to do it.  Perfect, my turn to sit and relax.  ahhhh

As I am relaxing I was looking for a picture and came across an article about Venezuela and how they want to ban baby bottles.  I started to cry, but I will explain that in more detail in tomorrow’s post about my view on their ban proposal.  That was just the start.  Then I decided I would watch one of the movies I had put on hold, Bully the movie.  What a sad documentary, and I cry to think of what a world Robert will have to grow up in.  bullying isn’t just name calling or a fist punch it can go viral via social media and the internet.  My heart breaks for what kids have to go through these days.  I know that most kids aren’t bullied, but it now seems like a parent’s worst nightmare.  Thankfully he woke up and we took a nice long 3.5 hour long walk.  That got my blood pumping and cleared my head.

When we got home he looked up at me and gave me a huge hug and cuddled there.  I cried for a moment because my baby was not a baby anymore.  he is a little boy and cuddling because he wants to and not because he needs to.  And then I smile and my heart fills with so much joy to see how he is becoming this little person.  then in a split second as I go out the door to put something in the recycling it is baby meltdown like his world is ending.  I am talking to him the whole time I step out the door and as I come back in he toddles over to me in a semi-run (he is just learning to walk so it isn’t like a normal kid run) crashes into me and tells me “STOP!  STOP!”.  My heart broke for him.  He didn’t understand that I was still there and I was coming back in.  poor thing.  This of course made me feel horrible like he spends too much time with me but I keep reminding my self that if he didn’t act that way then maybe I should worry that I wasn’t paying him enough attention.

So today was a day filled with lots of tears for no real reason other than being a little over sensitive.  I sure hope he sleeps in a little longer tomorrow…  But I am not holding my breath.  HAHA….

No Diaperbags in NFL Stadiums??? What the….

NEW NFL SAFETY RULE …

I can understand no purses, no back packs and no cushion seats but come on…  NO DIAPERBAGS???  Do any of these idiots making the rules have/had babies?  OMG  I can’t imagine trying to stuff a 12″x6″x12″  plastic bag full of diapers, wipes, dirty diaper bag(for the cloth diaper users), diaper cream, baby powder, a change of baby cloths(face it blowout’s happen), blanket(can’t change that baby on a dirty public changing table), lovey(or fave toy), nursing cover(I would nurse cover free in my seat to make a point), toddler shoes(some babies pull them off and they have to go somewhere), formula(for the formula babies), jarred/pouch baby food, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and mini-first aid kit(I never go anywhere without one).

I really think they are taking this whole “safety” thing to a whole new level of ridiculous.

Source:

http://www.wcvb.com/news/sports/nfl-unveils-new-bag-policy/-/9848968/20562834/-/d7at18/-/index.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=wcvb%2Bchannel%2B5%2Bboston