Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Noah's special day

Even though it was expected, I was still bummed to get on the scale this morning and see such a big gain...
I was 133.5, which means I am up 2 pounds from last week. This was expected for a few reasons: 1) I ate a huge amount of sodium yesterday (yesterday morning, my weight was 131.5), and a lot of excess sodium always causes me to retain water for a day or two; 2) I was totally out of the norm this week, between my RRCA weekend and Noah's "special day" on Monday; 3) I went over my PointsPlus this week, although it was only by five. I'm sure that this is just temporary water retention gain, but I still hate seeing it.

I'm happy with the choices I made over the weekend, considering the circumstances, and I wouldn't change anything there. On Monday, Noah stayed home from school for his special day, and we had lots of fun. Before we did anything, though, I ran 6 miles on the treadmill. I really needed to move my legs after sitting in class for 18 hours! Then, Noah decided he wanted us to go bowling...
I'm not a big fan of bowling (and I'm terrible at it), but it was fun to get to spend time with just Noah, doing something he really wanted to do. After that, he chose Red Robin for lunch. He wanted to go there because they have bottomless fries. I looked at all the healthier options I could have made, but I didn't want to eat a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, or get fruit in place of the fries that Red Robin is known for; so I just used a heck of a lot of weekly PointsPlus to order a regular burger and fries...
I had a natural burger--beef patty with lettuce, onions, and pickles--and fries, and the total was 26 PointsPlus. It was good! Noah, who was so excited about the bottomless fries, didn't even finish half the fries his burger came with ;)

On the way home, he asked if we could stop for dessert at the Dairy Queen. I said sure, and I knew I still had a lot of weekly PointsPlus left to cover it. I planned to get each of us a small blizzard, but Noah begged for a medium. Since it was "his" day, I said yes. I got a medium for myself as well, which I do regret--a small (or even a mini) would have been plenty after the big lunch I just had.
I took a couple of bites, and it honestly wasn't that good. The Reese's were mostly just the chocolate part (and you all know my favorite part is the peanut butter!). So I actually thought for a moment of just throwing it out and not wasting the PP. But I didn't want Noah to feel bad (he's super sensitive, like me), so I ate it. And ironically, Noah ate about 1/4 of his before he was done--he was too full. I think he learned a lesson about his eyes being bigger than his stomach ;)

I had used nearly all of my weekly PP, which was fine with me; I was specifically saving them for Noah's special day, knowing that we were going to lunch. Noah really enjoyed his day, and that was the most important thing to me.

Yesterday, I ran seven miles on the treadmill, knowing that in St. Louis, I wouldn't have time to run. My eating was fine all day, but my dinner had a ridiculous amount of sodium, which I think is the main cause of my weight jumping up. I made a pita pizza with mozzarella, feta, parmesan, and pepperoni. It was delicious!
I adore feta cheese, but every time I eat it, I retain water like crazy.

Today and tomorrow are going to be a bit of a challenge for me, also. I am flying to St. Louis this afternoon, along with some other bloggers, to go to the Purina ONE headquarters and learn some interesting stuff about cats (nerdy, but definitely up my alley!). We're having a meet and greet dinner tonight at a restaurant, and I'm not sure if we get to order off the menu or if they are ordering stuff for us, so I'll just have to be flexible.

Tomorrow, at the Purina ONE building, they are serving us breakfast, snacks, and lunch; and again, I don't know what the food will be. But I'm just going to make the best choices I can in the circumstances. I'm really excited about this trip! I'll be home tomorrow evening (I'll only be in St. Louis for about 24 hours, unfortunately). Then I should be able to get back to the norm!

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  1. Feta is brined in the cooking process! That is why it has so much sodium without being salty

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  2. Have fun at Purina ONE! ... I didn't mean for that to rhyme. :-)

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited to see what they have to show us :)

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  3. I think it's really sweet that you ate your Blizzard so you wouldn't hurt Noah's feelings. He looks super happy in those pictures.

    I'm excited to read about your Purina ONE trip! We have two cats.

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    1. Noah had so much fun--it was a great day!

      I'll be doing a giveaway soon for some Purina ONE stuff, so make sure you watch for that ;)

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  4. Way to spend time with that great kiddo! You're a fabulous Mama!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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    1. He's definitely a great kid. It was fun to get one-on-one time with him!

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  5. Yum, that pizza looks yummy! Glad you and Noah had a fun day. :) Have a good trip!

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    1. Thanks! It's been a lot of fun so far!

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  6. First....omg, steak fries. My favorite.

    I love that you spend days with the boys one on one. That is so awesome. If I have a kid I will have to remember to do that.

    Finally, steak fries. *Homer Simpson drool*

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    1. I'm actually not a huge "fries" person, but those Red Robin fries were pretty good!

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  7. Sometimes it's about the memories and the food will just work itself out. You'll remember the time with your boy and not the sodium and so will he. ;) Have a safe and fun trip!

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    1. You are SO right, Anele! Noah and I had fun, and since we don't do it very often, I don't regret it.

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  8. I REALLY have a weakness for blizzards (butterfinger is my favorite). The worst is when the local Dairy Queen has the buy one get one free special and I get a second one just because I can. Luckily the city I am in now has no Dairy Queens so it makes keeping my ice cream intake down much easier :)

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  9. Katie

    I'm sure proud of you : )

    1. You have NO regrets !!!!

    2. You ENJOYED your day with Noah : )

    This is GIANT progress.... 2 pounds, 3 pounds, whatever amount will come and go, but time and Noah will just keeping going... You made his day .... and added to his bucket of happy Mommy memories.... Fantastic !

    And reading about your progress, has made my day : )

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  10. I think it is very important to do one on one days with children. We make it a priority to do it with each of our kids, and they are only 2 and 3 years old. They will remember the special days you did with them.

    Also, don't worry about not doing everything perfect. You are an inspiration to many of us, and making choices like you did on Noah's day makes you appear human :)

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  11. Hi Katie,

    I went to Red Robin last week and didn't have enough points for a whole burger. I got pretty frustrated with their lack of options up here in AK but in the end I got a turkey burger with a lettuce bun and fruit. Totally satisfying? No. But I stayed within my points and was full afterwards (and had enough pts for a small ice cream) My fiance likes their Mexican chicken entree that comes with salad. If you get things on the side you can handle the points pretty well. It can be a tough place to go sometimes but kids seem to love it! I have been catching up on your back blogs and love reading them. My fiance keeps asking me if I am reading the cookie lady again when I am on my Ipad. :) Take care!

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  12. Isn't it great to know that we CAN work a Red Robin (or other similar place) meal into our lives and still maintain!!
    I have to take my daughter to Red Robin next week when she returns from her semester studying abroad; she has already requested (demanded) it! Kroger has 4X fuel points on gift cards this week so at least I can get to my next 10 cent/gal discount faster even if I do have to use too many WW points for my meal!!
    Do you use turkey pepperoni on your pizzas? I don't put pepperoni on my pizza but I use it when I make pizza for the rest of the family.
    Everyone's weight fluctuates a few lbs either way. I know it's a big letdown but it's normal and if you have it under control, it will go back down.

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  13. We used to get Blizzards all the time. So yummy but so many calories.

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