9 rules about weigh ins – Baby…weight part 3

Since I have had to lose at least 10lbs with every kid, I have become an expert in the weigh in process.

Yes there is a process. Otherwise I start crying when I weigh myself.

Rule #9

THE DOCTOR’S SCALE ADDS AT LEAST FIVE POUNDS. Yes it does. Every time I get weighed at the doctor, I’ll go home and do my normal weigh in and I am ALWAYS five pounds lighter.

Rule #8

WEIGH YOURSELF NO MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK. Preferably every two weeks. Then you will see a greater drop in weight and get more excited. The first time I lost weight, I used to weigh myself every day, then get depressed if I had gained weight from one day to the next.

Rule #7

WEIGHT FLUCTUATES Yup. It can fluctuate up to five pounds during the day. Did you know that you tend to gain weight when you are on your period? Usually it is water weight and flushes out later, but seriously. Don’t weight yourself on your period. Yes I said period in public. You want an over all picture, not the up and down picture. If you gain a ton of weight over a two week period, then you need to re-evaluate.

Rule #6

WEIGH YOURSELF THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY. I like to weigh myself after I have worked out and before I eat breakfast. I figure that is the time I am the skinniest. It makes me feel better.

Rule #5

USE THE SAME SCALE. Different scales are configured differently. If you want to track progress properly, use the same (properly configured) scale. Right now I use the Wii fit, because I am afraid if a scale is more accessible I will use it on a daily basis. And I don’t want to do that.

Rule #4

ONLY WEIGH YOURSELF IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE LOST WEIGHT THAT DAY. I wait until a day when I’ve been really good in my eating habits and had a kick-a** work out. Usually I’ve lost a little.

Rule #3

ONLY EXPECT TO BE THE SAME AS THE LAST TIME YOU WEIGHED IN. That way if you are, it is okay. But if you’ve lost weight you can do a little happy dance.

Rule #2

THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO TRACK YOUR WEIGHT LOSS. Like measuring your body or realizing your pants are a little big or checking your BMI or seeing if you can do more push-ups than you used to. Make sure to use more than one way to keep track of your journey. I like to see if I can do a Sun Salutation without having to flop on the floor after the chaturanga push up. Instead I can hoover off the floor and push directly up into a downward facing dog. I still can’t do this yet, at least this time around.

Rule #1

DO NOT BECOME EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN THE NUMBER. With my first weight lost journey, I was dealing with postpartum depression and a reaction to some medication I was on, so I had major anxiety. If my weight was up, even slightly I would freak out and barely eat all day. I think I might have been anorexic, but I didn’t ever get scary thin or anything. I was just ANAL about my weight. Once I got off the medication, I managed to calm down and stopped weighing myself every day. And, oddly enough, I actually kept the weight off without obsessing.

The most important thing for me is to be healthy and feel better. When I exercise and eat right, I do feel better.  Anything else is just an added bonus.

Baby…weight part 2 – Banana Nut Muffin Oatmeal

Guess what!!

I’ve lost 10 pounds. YAY!!

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Before
Down 10 pounds
Down 10 pounds

I’m so excited about that. Losing weight is hard. Especially when it has been a crappy day and the kids have run me ragged and the Hubby is out of town. All I want is a large bowl of ice cream. And I’ll be honest, some days I indulge.

Only twenty more pounds to go before I am pre-baby weight. Although if I only lose ten more, I think I’ll be happy enough. I’m trying to keep weight loss in perspective and not get too caught up in the numbers, but more in how I feel.

That is why instead of counting calories, I try to just eat healthy most of the time. 80/20 rule. I eat as healthy as possible for 80% of the time and unhealthy 20%. The healthier I eat, the better I feel. Also it really helps with depression.

Exercise helps too. This morning I discovered a beginner Tai Chi video on Youtube, and that sucka rocks your abs. You have to hold in your abs the entire time to maintain your balance. Awesome.

So here is what I have been eating for breakfast lately. I actually made this up on my own, no help for any other blog. (what, no starting recipe?? Who am I becoming??)

I hate plain oatmeal. Really hate it. It is gluey, sticky and icky. (ooo, that rhymes!) But I also hate adding brown sugar or sugar to it. Then it is gluey, sticky AND sickly sweet. Blargh.

Then I came up with this:

Banana Nut Muffin Oatmeal

makes 1 huge serving or 2 smaller servings

1/2 cup oatmeal (or this seven grain cereal is nice)

1 cup water

1/4 tsp salt

1 banana (fairly ripe)

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1/4 cup milk (I use whole milk, but almond or low-fat milk works too)

a small pat of butter

a splash of vanilla

Optional 1-2 TBSP chocolate chips

For creamy oatmeal: mix the oatmeal, water and in a small saucepan, then bring it to a boil. (For chewier oatmeal: boil the water and salt, then add the oatmeal) I let it boil over medium until almost all the liquid is gone (about 5 minutes) and the oatmeal is soft, then turn it down to low.

Then add the banana and mash it with the back of your spoon, a potato masher, or whatever. Then add the milk and walnuts and cook it until it is just warm. Then add the butter and vanilla.

Remove from heat, then add the chocolate chips if using. (and seriously, use the freakin’ chocolate chips.)

Serve!

I love this. I usually like mine creamy, so I leave just a bit of liquid in the oatmeal. It is sweet without being cloying and has TONS of flavor. There isn’t any added sugar in this, as the banana and vanilla sweeten it perfectly. Unless of course you add the chocolate chips. Which I usually do. Because I like chocolate. A lot.

I eat this most mornings, especially when I wake up craving a donuts or something really sweet and cake-like. It solves that craving without all the added sugar and calories. Also it holds me most of the morning, so I’m not dying for lunch later.

What are you waiting for? Go make it!

Apple-Walnut Cake – Bus Riding

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Hey look a deer! There are only a billion of them in Montana and they are eating the apples off my tree.

#1’s preschool has a bus shuttle service. They will pick him up at home (where I sign him in) then they will drop him off at home after school (where I sign him out). I only live a block from the school, but it would be nice not to disturb #3’s naps.

He wouldn’t go.

At all.

Every time I or Hubby mentioned the bus, #1 would FREAK out. I mean hysterical crying and throwing himself on the floor screaming “I scared!!!” and “The bus is LOUD” and “I don’t want to ride the bus!!”.

Tears, heaving sobs, the works.

This year I had a conference with his new teacher and the administration and we decided that he needed to learn to ride the bus. So yesterday the para-educator let me know that they would try picking him up this afternoon.

This morning I started to prepare #1 for the impending fight of the wills (his and mine) and I informed him that he was going to ride the bus to preschool. The waterworks began.

It lasted for HOURS.

I did everything I could think of. I rocked him, I explained that sometimes we have to do hard things, I told him he could pray if he was too scared, etc.

For a 2 MINUTE RIDE ON THE FREAKING BUS!!!!

Finally, he fell asleep and I put him down on his bed to recoup. Mid morning.

He got up about 10 minutes later and we went through the whole thing again. Except I gave up. I went about doing my chores around the house and just kept reinforcing the fact that he was riding the bus that day every time he told me he didn’t want to ride the bus.

Eventually he got used to the idea, and when the bus showed up he was so excited to ride on it he ran out to greet the bus driver and the para who rides with them.

Happily yelling, “I get to ride the bus!!”

SIGH. slowing banging head on desk. repeatedly.

Here is an Apple Cake recipe I found on http://www.wellplated.com/fresh-apple-cake/ and tweaked to fit with my healthified diet plan to make me feel better:

Apple-Walnut Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Ingredients:

Fresh Apple Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups peeled chopped apples
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped DO NOT LEAVE THESE OUT. (to roast, place them in a dry frying pan and cook over low heat for 5 mins or so. Shake often to prevent burning. They are done when you can smell them)

Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 9×9 pans or a 9×13 pan.

For the cake: in a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside. In a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar and honey until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl if necessary (I did). Add the eggs one by one, once again scraping as necessary. Add the apple juice concentrate and vanilla.

Slowly add the dry ingredients, combining until moistened. Then add the apples and walnuts, mixing it just enough to to for the apples and walnuts to be incorporated.

Divide evenly between two pans (or place in the larger pan) smoothing the top over. Bake at 325 for about 30-35 minutes. But my oven is weird, it took more like 45 minutes.

For the frosting: Melt the butter over medium heat, add the sugar and salt and cook until the sugar is completely melted. Add the milk and allow the mixture to boil, then cool for about 10 minutes.

After it is cooled, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix until you get the consistency your are going for. You might want to add more or less sugar depending if you like your frosting thicker or thinner. If it is too think, simply add a tiny bit of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

You’ll want to add the frosting while it is still slightly warm, then it will harden on the cake into a yummy, gooey, slightly hard frosting. Yum.

This is EXTREMELY good. It was a perfect way to use the 30 lbs of Apples I got from an orchard. Yum. Perfect for back to school.