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Starting at Square Two


Being a stay-at-home Nana has been a joy 99.999% of the time.  I wasn’t able to stay home with my daughters when they were little, so it’s been amazing watching Baby C unfold from a tiny preemie to a big boy.  However, as triumphant as watching each milestone was, there was part of me that had to hugely adjust to being home with a baby all day.  After all, my daughter’s schedule as a resident physician can only be described as grueling.  Her 16 hour a day shifts, coupled with my son-in-law’s odd work hours, often left me watching him for much longer than a traditional work day. Things happened that I didn’t imagine.  Any sort of routine or self-care schedule that I’d established basically became non-existent. I became a greasy haired, yoga pants wearing woman, in an oversized spit up covered tee-shirt.  My food plan of five small high protein meals per day dissolved to grabbing whatever seemed semi-edible from my fridge or pantry  Exercise, beyond walking and bouncing a wailing baby, went out the window, as did, reading, blogging, hanging out with friends, crafting and most things that I’d used as a substitute for overeating.  I began speaking fluent Sesame Street  (not a bad thing) and forgot how to have an interesting conversation. Though my snuggle and love ratio increased, my weight management plan rolled out the door like a trashcan full of dirty diapers and I gained weight; 35 pounds to be exact.

I’d committed to watching Baby C his first year of life, however finding just the right daycare didn’t happen until he turned 18 months old.  As soon as he began his first week there, I scanned my closet for something non-grubby to wear and went directly to my weight management physician and to the weight management trainers at the wellness center. Last week, I entered a comprehensive weight maintenance program and yesterday my weigh-in revealed a 4.5 pound weight loss! I’m proud of making progress and even prouder that I’m catching myself before my weight spirals too out of control.  Having to lose 30.5 pounds sure seems more doable than my previous goal of nearly 100 pounds.  Fortunately, instead of starting at square one, I’ve glided on to square two!

Life is a constant recalibration to find the perfect balance. I’m still spending plenty of time with my awesome grandson, but it’s more quality than quantity.  I’m back to making glass art that’s more intricate than before. I’m back to having time to nurture my relationship with my husband and friends.  I’m also back to posting on WordPress and, oh-so-hopefully reconnecting with the wonderful friends I’ve made on here over the years!

So, friends, how have you been? 🙂 



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Day 44& 45: Sore Legs, Happy Heart!

Thanks to all of my WordPress buddies for all of your support!  You make me happy!
Thanks to all of my WordPress buddies for all of your support! You make me happy!

It’s been a week since I’ve talked about what’s been going on with my weight loss.  Wednesday, was weigh in day and I lost another 1.5 pounds.  I would have loved for the scale to tell me I’d lost a few more, but I kind of expected my loss to appear less this week due to some extra water weight from the time of month that it is.  My doctor said that it’s not uncommon for women to appear to have gained weight during  this time, so 1.5 pounds is actually really good.

I’m so excited to tell everyone about my first few days at the Wellness Center! 🙂 Wednesday was my intake evaluation.  Other than being told that I need to focus on low impact machines and activities for my arthritic ankles, I performed well on all of the tests they had me do.  We also  created a workout schedule. Mondays, I’ll have either a guided, power walking class  in the pool, or aqua aerobics.  Wednesday, I’ll do an hour of aquatics with my trainer, Olivia, and Thursday’s I’ll do an hour of low impact machines in the main gym.  Friday, I can choose either equipment or aquatics (I’ll most likely choose aquatics!).

Today, I came in for my first official workout, which was all cardio with a bit of abdominal work at the end.  I did 20 minutes on the reclining elliptical, 15 minutes on the bicycle, 15 minutes on the Nu-step machine, and 10 minutes of ab. work with the trainer.  Everyone there is so positive and helpful that I couldn’t help but smile through my sweat.

Though my legs are a little bit sore this evening, my heart is soaring with happiness because of all of the wonderful people who are supporting me during my weight loss adventure.  My doctor, dietician and counselor, the trainers at the Wellness Center, my husband and my children, my friends  at home and here on WordPress are all part of the village that’s helping me find my health again, and I’m so very thankful! 🙂

Have a great day/night (depending on where you are in the world), everyone!

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Days 34 & 35: Thankfulness

It’s finally happened!  I saw him!  The seasonal celebrity that I’ve been waiting for was posing sprightly on a four-foot pile of snow right in MY front yard this morning.  No, it wasn’t Hugh Jackman, because it’s scientifically proven that his mere presence near snow would cause instantaneous melting! 😉 It was none other than the jaunty little messenger of Spring; the Robin.  I ran to get my phone to snap a photo, but alas he had taken his flight before my return.  Yet, still, I saw him with my own, two winter-weary eyes, and for this I am deeply thankful.

Not the original little dude that I saw this morning, but perhaps this is one of his cousins!  (Photo by Sujit kumar courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Not the original little dude that I saw this morning, but perhaps this is one of his cousins! (Photo by Sujit kumar courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

I’m genuinely thankful for lots of other things, too.

  • The ever-abiding love and support of my husband and children
  • The sisterly love of my best friend who has been everything a perfect friend could be to me (even when I haven’t been perfect) for most of my life
  • My cats, who make me laugh every single day
  • The health and happiness of myself and my loved ones
  •  The appliances that make my life easier (sounds silly, but I lived in an apartment for many years without a washer and dryer or dishwasher)
  •  Shakes to drink :), books to read, art to appreciate, a house to clean
  • The ability and desire to seek joy and help others
  • Conversation, laughter and connectedness
  • Hot tea and good blogs to read
  • Having a heart too full and a page too short to list everything that I’m thankful for! 🙂

What are you most thankful for on this beautiful day? 

(By the way, it’s my weigh-in day.  I’ll post my progress this evening after my appointment.  Wish me luck!)   I’m sorry, I almost forgot to update!  I lost 3 more pounds!!  🙂