Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Only a Chihuahua to go!


Here is a handy dandy chart for those dieters out there that gives us weight loss equivalents:
1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average house cat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

So back in my post-baby-delivery-hormone -induced-euphoria, I claimed I wanted to lose 20lbs by my birthday. Woes is me that there are actually people that read this blog and know my birthday.... to keep this pledge, I've got 5 lbs to lose in 12 days. Hmmmmmmmm..... what do we think the chances of that are?!

Here's my current state:
Current Goal: Down 20lbs by April 7
Weight lost to date: 15 lbs
Weight to Goal: 5 lbs
Total weight loss since delivery: 47 lbs

It doesn't take a degree in statistics for you to realize a couple of things here. A. I lost a lot of weight fast after delivery. B. I had a lot of weight to lose and C. I gained a LOT of weight over the past few years. I'm very pleased to report that I've got my diet back under control. I've settled into a new routine with breakfast, I've cut the sugar, chocolate and ice cream (thank you Lent), and overall feeling much better about the state of what passes my lips. Is it perfect? No. Is it something I can live with for the long term? Yes.

In an odd twist of fate, what used to be easy is hard. Diet is OK. I tried to do kick boxing on Monday. I did the warm up and am literally, three days later, still sore. So, work to do on the exercising front. I'm not worried. It will happen. I know it will. The diet is my demon, so if I can get a grip on that that, the exercise will come. I'm thinking about taking up Chihuahua juggling.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I want to stuff some chocolate in my face!

I'm being good. I really am. The scale isn't rewarding me necessarily but I do feel better, my system has changed and my clothes are fitting a bit easier. For the record, it seems WAY harder this time.

That doesn't mean I'm not without my problems. I am horribly distracted this week. I started back to work after maternity leave last Thursday. I'm distracted. I'm restless. I'm without my baby. I'm not sitting here crying or pining away. I just can't settle back into the rhythms of my work and my attention span is shot. Not sure what to do about that.

I suspect in all areas -- diet, exercise and work -- it will get easier with time. My friends say to cut myself some slack. Forgiving myself has always been hard for me. Not that I have huge expectations for myself (you should see my kitchen right now), but for me a couple of off days a slippery slope makes. So, I'm hanging in there. No sugar. Walking. Hoping that a consistency will pay off -- make habits that are better than the ones I've had. ("Hang in there Joan!")

Yeah, we've been watching a lot of FROZEN recently. I apologize for the references.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time keeps on slippin' slippin' into the future

I look at this beautiful smile and it hard to believe that only 12 brief and yet cataclysmic weeks ago you only just arrived... how is it possible for life to cram into 3 months what seems to have taken years and many dreams to imagine?

I have this crazy desire to start a Forest Gump like list ("shrimp cocktail, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo...") of all the things that have happened since we greeted our latest little love. We've celebrated a great family Christmas. We welcomed 2014. We moved into a new house. We had unplanned emergency surgeries while on vacation. We've "Let it Go!". We've watched sister love grow. We've had moments of sheer exhaustion, sheer joy and sheer panic. We've celebrated the most human joy of new life and we've answered questions about death. We've been parents.

"Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self discovery." - Fulton Sheen

I'm sad as I think how fast this has all gone, but I'm also at peace with this new sense that I understand how fleeting and fantastic these moments are -- and maybe its the third child, maybe it's because I'm advanced maternal age, but I'm able to better understand how small and miraculous this time has been. We've been blessed.

Looking forward, I've got work to do. I had set a goal on this blog to lose 20 lbs by my birthday and I'm getting there. I've got about 7.5lbs to go. I haven't been that serious about it, just walking and trying to be mindful. My demon has always been my diet, and sugar in particular. I've given up the sugar and today I'm a week  free of baked goods, ice cream and chocolate. It is more than a diet choice, I'm trying to do this in conjunction with Lent and thus the deprivation is also a challenge for me to be more spiritual in how I approach my demons. Asking God for help rather than assuming it is all within my power. It isn't. Giving it up to Him and feeling on a very fractional scale what sacrifice Jesus made for me. I'll say it again, we've been blessed.

Today is the last day of my 12 week family leave. For my last baby girl. In my advanced maternal age. Sure, it went by too fast. I'm just glad that I'm now capable of understanding how important each fleeting moment is. My senior year book quote comes to mind:

"How life is strange and changeful, and the crystal is in the steel at the point of fracture, and the meaning of moments passes like the breeze that scarcely rustles the leaf of the willow." 
- Robert Penn Warren