Thursday, February 23, 2012

Big changes a coming


I'm heading to Pennsylvania in a few days for a big interview. I'm getting really excited and nervous, of course. I haven't met any of the midwives in person yet but just the emails and phone call that I've had with them makes me feel like this could be "the one". I had a phone interview with another practice in Michigan yesterday and while I felt pretty good about it when it was over, I'm not getting my hopes up. They are really looking for a local candidate so will interview a couple of them before they would even consider bringing me out for a face to face interview. Whereas the Pennsylvania practice is flying me out, putting me up in hotel, and have given me a complete itinerary for the day - meeting the providers, then the director of the perinatal unit, lunch with the office staff, docs and midwives, and tour of housing and the community by a local realtor. There are two midwives in the practice, one who wants to pick me up from the airport Sunday night, and the other who wants to pick me up for breakfast at the hotel Monday morning. I feel wanted. :o) But also incredibly worried that I will say something stupid. Or that they will ask me a clinical question and I will have forgotten everything I learned in the last three years. 

Anyway, that leaves me with just a few days to feel good about myself physically and to find something nice and professional to wear. While I plan to stick with Jorge and the BFC, I'm going to give myself a jump start by following the Flat Belly Diets four day anti-bloat menu plan. I just don't want to feel blah when I get to Pennsylvania and I think eliminating some poochy belly foods will help. So that's my plan..... Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well, that and a trip to Kohl's.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Told you so AKA Week 2

See? I told you I'd start slacking soon. Though I have a good excuse. Friday night went out for the hubby's birthday. And while I didn't go overboard with the food, I certainly drank enough. We hit Steak and Shake afterwards and I had the yummiest steak burger minus the bun.

Saturday, slept late, got up went to work, came home, then went to hang with my sister for her birthday slumber party. I didn't bother to track what I ate but I was semi careful. Chicken breast and broccoli for lunch. Salad, hard boiled egg, and a hamburger patty for dinner. Annnnd then, I went to my sisters house. I ate toppings only off the pepperoni pizza and kept it to one thin piece of jalapeno cheddar bread. But, I did give in and eat half of a humongous cupcake. You know, one of those specialty cupcakes where the icing is taller than the actual cupcake. I don't want to even guess how much sugar was in that sucker.

Sunday, had a couple slices deli turkey, white cheddar cheese and some sea salt chips for a total s/c count of 3/1. I took three of my munchkins to a techfest at a local college. It was semi entertaining, less so because of the crowds of people. The kids had a good time at least. We stopped by Friendly's for dinner where I had a buffalo chicken salad and only a couple bites of Tess's sundae. I kind of felt like since I had already cheated over the weekend so what was the big deal, you know? And that is typically my downfall.

Worked overnight Sunday where I had a salad with grilled chicken, a hard boiled egg, and a bag of veggie straws. Chicken stir fry for dinner with honey teriyaki sauce which did have some sugar but not a terrible amount. And unfortunately, gave in again, to a chocolate chip cookie this time.

On a good note though, I am down 1.4 pounds, even with all that cheating. And on top of that, I have a phone interview today with a midwife practice in Michigan. A little nervous about that since it is with the human resources guy and not one of the midwives. I'm sure he'll ask me something that I either have no adequate answer for or one that makes me sound like a real dummy head.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day 4

Don't think I'm going to keep up with this daily posting because I most definitely will start slacking soon.

Scrambled eggs
slice of ham 1/0
Hash browns 0/1
SF Vanilla bean coffee with Almond milk

Lean pocket pretzel bread chicken jalapeno 2/2
Babybel cheese

Hot dog
Green beans 1/0
Cheesy potatoes 3/2

I made cupcakes for Tanner's birthday and managed to avoid them, which was a good thing since I ate at least 2 full servings of the cheesy potatoes. And yeah, I ate bratwurst and a hot dog, but did you see I avoided the cupcakes?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Big T

The first born, the eldest son, the practice model
Turns 15 today
Who took my baby boy and replaced him with this moody, goofy, hairy teen?

Day 3

Yesterday was kind of an odd day to track because I worked overnight and slept most of the day.

Had half of my Italian salad from last night while at work and a cup of coffee

1 slice light wheat toast 0/1
string cheese

McD's 3 chicken select strips 2/2
SF vanilla iced coffee

Garden of Eatin Red Hot Blues chips 0/1

And a horribly mean coworker made me work out with her, at work! So not only did I have to work, but work out too. And I really thought I was half assing it, but I am sore today so guess not.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day 2

I'm calling Sunday a practice day since I wasn't paying too close attention to my carb and sugar counts, just eyeballing it.

So Tuesday is my official day 2 AKA Valentines Day. Luckily, my husband's version of a Vday meal was a yummy meaty omelette for breakfast. No candy. Unfortunately, I have to work tonight, so we'll see how that goes. Hopefully no one will bring in candy or at least, I will have the will power to avoid it.

Meaty omelette
Coffee with sugar free creamer

Pita pizza 3/0

Grilled chicken
Green Beans (not sure how to count these since I only ate a few bites and Jorge's measurement is for 1 cup)

Later dinner: (Yeah, it exists)
Italian salad with feta and Ranch dressing 4/0
Roasted potatoes 4/4

And luckily, no candy at work!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Need a change

The things you'll find when perusing a blog you've had for 6 years. I was looking for a specific picture I knew I had posted a while back and got caught up in the old baby pictures and funny stories about the kids. Laughing at some posts and tearing up over others, like how sad I was that my baby boy was turning 4 and here in another month he will be 7. Watched the funny videos of Tess lip smacking and giggling in the tub. Chuckled over my frustration with my classes early on in grad school. So much has happened over the last six years, it was sometimes a nice little trip down memory lane. 

One thing that wasn't nice to be reminded of was my weight issues. I have gone up and down over the years on every diet imaginable. I was pretty successful with WW in 2009 but then slacked off and went back to my old eating habits. I am a typical yo yo dieter, having success the first week or two on any diet, then feeling defeated when I don't lose, or ever worse, gain. I've just about tried them all, Atkins, Medifast, Slim Fast, Dukan, even the grapefruit diet, which is pretty funny since I don't even like grapefruit and that was back when I was only 145. If I had only known then.....

Flipping back through the blog, I realized that I am at the same weight I was when I was so excited to lose "the first 10 pounds". That's right, I am only 10 pounds away from my pre WW diet weight. Sad, huh?

What I have learned from my years of experience with diets is that I like simple. I don't like having to buy special food, or having to count points or calories, or having to not eat bread, or veggies, or...... 

I bought this book a couple years ago and tried it but then fell off the wagon. Someones birthday cake or Christmas cookies, or Halloween candy...... called to me. I actually forgot that I had it until I read a little blurb about it in Shape magazine a couple weeks ago. 

The other thing I've learned is that I no longer gain weight as much in my hips and butt as I did when I was younger. Now it seems to go straight to the belly, which is depressing. Apparently, that is what happens with age. And while I haven't had a flat stomach in years, left with a Mama pooch from the multiple children I birthed, I never had a muffin top. And now I do. Gaining in my butt never bothered me too much because, you know, it's behind me and I can't see it anyway. But this flabby belly is annoying me.

So of course, this book drew me in. What? A diet that can cure me of my belly fat? A book for people "too tired to diet or exercise"? Well, heck yeah, sign me up. And really, the premise makes perfect sense. When you eat too much sugar, it goes to your belly. Looking at all the teens and tweens running around with muffin tops I can totally believe this, not to mention something I learned in school about abdominal fat, glucose, insulin resistance, yada, yada....

Now, this diet does sort of require you to count stuff and limit foods, but in a way that I can totally handle. Instead of calories or points or fats, you track grams of sugar and carb servings, aiming for no more than 15 gms of sugar and 6 servings of carbs per day. Pretty easy to do by just looking at the label. I tried to start on Friday which is never the perfect day to start a new diet, especially when there is a kid's birthday coming up that will require a trip to Pf Chang's and Cold Stone Creamery. So in true non committal fashion, I decided to start Sunday. So far so good.

Breakfast -
Coffee with cream
Scrambled eggs with RF Cheddar
Turkey smoked sausage
Light wheat toast with butter 1/1 (S/C)

WW roasted turkey dinner 1/1
Babybel cheese

Cheeze its 0/1
SF Jello ( Technically, not allowed artificial sweeteners but I need to get rid of them)
Pita Chips 0/1

Grilled chicken
Salad with Ranch dressing 1/0

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Big Sis!

Today is my big sister's birthday.
Krista is the big 4-0 today, which sadly, is not a good thing, because I'm not that much younger than her.
Despite this major milestone, she will not be hitting the clubs or bar hopping with her girlfriends.
She'll be chilling with her favorite girl.
Krista, I couldn't give you any better gift than the one you rock to sleep.
(Which means you're getting nothing).

Monday, February 06, 2012


After three long years and a whole lot of money, I am no longer a graduate student
and officially a certified nurse midwife.
With the pictures to prove it.

Now to find a job before the student loans come due.