Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Thursday weigh-in and a new job

This month, I have developed a whole new respect for working mothers. Jerry's been working day shift, so he's gone when the kids and I wake up in the morning and he doesn't get home until evening. On a normal day, I pick up the kids from school, come home and help them get their homework done, cook dinner, and we eat at around 4:00.

With all the appointments we've had lately, we just haven't had any "normal" days lately. Eli has art club after school once a week, and he has physical therapy twice a week immediately after school. Noah had baseball tryouts after school this week for three days. And then with Noah's monster splinter, and Eli's orthopedic appointments, we've had things going on every single day.

We've eaten out way more than I'd care to admit. If we were permanently going to be this busy, I'd probably figure out a plan to eat later in the day and make good use of my crock pot; but I think in about a week, things should go back to normal. Anyway, even though I technically have a job (stay at home mom and blogger), I still have the benefit of being home to cook dinner. If I had to drive to an office every day, I would have such a hard time getting dinner on the table! I'm in awe of the working moms who do that. But I guess it's just something that we adjust to when we have to.

But, speaking of jobs, I accepted a job working for From Fat to Finish Line (the company that is based on the movie). I am going to be their "Senior Writer" as well as lead a training program for the Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in Vegas for this November. The program will be six months long, so it's a big commitment. I'll write more about that later, but I'm pretty excited about this opportunity! I'll be writing several blog posts for FFTFL each month (on the FFTFL blog; not here, obviously). This job will keep me very busy, but I love that I will still have the flexibility to do all the work at home.

Yesterday was Wednesday Weigh-in, but I felt SO bloated that I didn't even want to post--I knew that the number wasn't my "true" weight, so I just figured I'd wait until today to do my weigh-in. That said, the scale read 149.8 yesterday morning! That was after having eaten Mexican food with Jerry the day before, and feeling very bloated. This morning, sure enough, my weight was back down.


It isn't a huge drop from last week (I was at 148.2 last Wednesday); but again, I'm happy as long as I'm not gaining. And like last week, I chose not to count calories again and just eat AS IF I was counting calories. I even weigh out my portions of some foods (like breakfast cereal) so I don't get heavy handed, but I don't log my food. If I could make this work forever, I'd be thrilled! I will definitely take the slower weight loss if I can manage to do it without having to log my food; but, even if I have to log my food to keep the weight off, I'm certainly willing to. I'll just see how it goes on a week-to-week basis.

I'm currently on Day 29 of being binge-free (the longest streak in a while). I think it's been very helpful that I've been so busy with the kids--it's hard to find time for regular meals, let alone a binge!

I am REALLY looking forward to this weekend. On Saturday, we have friends coming over to play board games (there will be about 16 people coming, so it's going to be fun)! I've been cleaning like crazy, because a few people will be staying the night, so I need to get the kids' bedrooms ready for guests (if you have tween boys, then you know how big a project that is, haha).

At least the rooms will be pretty easy to clear out once our new carpet arrives, though. Lowe's said they'd call us in a couple of weeks (when the carpet comes in) to set up an installation date. Over spring break, I want to get the house SUPER clean. I feel like I'm always in a great mood when my house is clean. Besides, I actually really like spring cleaning--I put on some loud music and dance while I sing along and clean :)  The weather is supposed to be in the 50's and 60's starting tomorrow--I'm so excited about that!


If I don't write tomorrow, enjoy the weekend!

18 comments:

  1. I am always so encouraged to hear about how you keep coming back from every adversity. I think that maintenance really is all about realizing that you're not in a great place and getting back to where you want to be. I have a lot to lose and it's hard for me to not just give up. Seeing you doing well after so many years is very inspiring. I think it's actually more inspiring seeing the reality that you don't just magically stay at one weight.

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  2. Congratulations on the job! what a great opportunity! Good for you!

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  3. My husband and I both work, and the dinner struggle is real. I have to meal plan for the week and then print out the recipes because my husband usually ends up cooking them. I make our lunches and breakfasts every morning because he goes to work earlier than I do, and he will start or just cook the dinners because he gets home before I do. I also use my crockpot at least once a week. Heh.

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  4. Hailey and I both work and I'm the primary 'chef' in the house so I feel your pain! The biggest thing that has worked for us is to meal plan. But even that doesn't always work haha

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  5. Oh my...Congrats on the job!! That sounds awesome!!

    Let me know if you ever need any random, unprofessional and unlicensed "point of views" on the blog...or if you hear of someone hiring someone THAT educated!!! hahaha! I would love to get paid and stay home ~ even though I cannot complain about my 4-day week preschool job!!

    ;-) I am now following "fat to finish line" blog to check in. ;-)

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  6. Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how beautiful you looked on the photo on your blog post today!

    Thanks very much for your blog. I love reading it and feel like we're friends because I get to hear all about you. Take care and have a great week!

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  7. Exactly what Samantha said, and congrats on the job!! :)

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  8. Congratulations on the job!! Love where you are on your journey with food. Take a look at Rebecca Scritchfield's new book called"Body Kindness " I think you would like it. She also has a podcast by the same name. Great message on loving and caring for your body.

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  9. You look so cute!! And congrats on the job! Hope you have a great weekend too!

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  10. Katie, You should try this meal planning website call Plan To Eat. It is life changing. https://www.plantoeat.com/recipes

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  11. Congratulations on your new job! You look great!!! Have the best weekend:)
    Jessi

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  12. congrats on the job and good luck!
    patrick@Looneyforfood.com

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  13. How exciting! I'm going to be running the Vegas half (and the 5K too!) so I may use your training. I'm not really concerned about my pace or time. I went in 2015 and ran with some ladies who were running their first half! It was fun; we had a great time and still keep in touch.

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  14. I do the same thing! I find it much easier to clean if I have loud music to sing and dance along to! Have a great weekend!

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  15. HI I live in the U.K. And I'm really encouraged by your site. I'm using it to help me avoid my lifetime obsession with WW and trying to count calories. Smart points just isn't helping me at all and I don't like WW meetings at all so what is stopping me!! Ros

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  16. Hi Katie,
    I really admire your mentality about getting back to goal. I'm working hard to not worry so much and trust the process. Part of that is the setting on MFP- I get so worried when I'm in the red and reading ur experience eating more and losing is really comforting. Do u mind sharing approximately how often you exercise weekly these days? Is the deficits from that in your weekly calorie averages you share? Or are those just the food you eat (without exercise subtracted)? Thank you so much!

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    1. I actually haven't been exercising for the last few weeks! I just wrote a post about that today. But whenever I post my calories, I'm referring to the food calories I eat. I don't keep track of how many calories I burn, because it really doesn't make a big difference in my weight.

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    2. Thanks for the info, and I read your new post yesterday! Thanks for your candor. It's really helpful! If anything just to know to that somewhere out there there are people wondering and experimenting with the same stuff as me. It makes it seem less daunting knowing I'm not alone :)

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