July 16, 2014

Meal prepping

As if yesterday wasn't busy enough, when I got done typing my blog post, it got a little hectic again. Noah went with my mom to take my sister to the airport, and Eli stayed home with me. Eli and I were just hanging out, doing "beading" (more about that later). At around 6:30, my sister called from her cell phone to say that they passed a baseball field on their way to the airport, and Noah told her that he was pretty sure that was his team playing.

Their games are on Mondays and Wednesdays, so it wasn't a scheduled game. I had heard nothing at all about a make-up game for the rained out game they had early in the season. Just to be sure, I called the coach's cell phone, but there was no answer. I checked the messages on the voicemail, to make sure I didn't miss anything, and I hadn't. Noah had sounded pretty sure it was his team, so I told Eli to get his cleats on and we rushed out the door to the field (which was a different field than they usually play).

Sure enough, there was his team--along with a couple of other teams from his league. I was so mad! We'd never missed a game, the coach has my home and cell phone numbers, and there was no reason that we shouldn't have been informed about a game. Eli and I ran over to where the coach was, and I threw my hands up like, "What the heck?" His coach said that he tried calling me when we didn't show up. I said we would have shown up if we had known there was a game!

Anyway, Eli really wanted to play, so the coach added him to the batting line-up as the sixth batter. They only made it to the fourth batter before the game ended (it had started at 5:30), so Eli didn't get to play at all. It would have been Eli's last game of the season because he went to church camp today (and today is the last game on the schedule).

Eli was really upset that he missed out, and I was furious that we were never told about the game. Eli and I started walking back toward the car. I saw another team warming up, and had an idea. I stopped and said to the coach, "You don't happen to need any extra players, do you?" and I explained what happened to Eli. He was SO nice about it, and said that they only had 8 (they have to have 9 to play), so he'd love to have Eli on the team. He went to his car and got Eli a team shirt and hat, and asked him what position he plays. Eli told him he pitches, and the coach sounded happy about that.

I was SO nervous when the game started. I'm normally a nervous wreck watching the kids play at a normal game, so watching him play for someone else's team made me crazy. I was just hoping he'd show them just how good he is, and that he'd have a great game (and be a good sport--sometimes, he lets his temper get the better of him when something doesn't go his way).

It turned out to be the best game of the season for Eli! The coach let him pitch three innings, and he struck out seven people (and caught a pop-up). He even got on base three out of three times. He truly couldn't have had a better game! I was so thankful to the coach for letting Eli play, and I went to thank him again after the game. He said that he'd love to coach Eli next year, and told me about his coaching style. Eli was thrilled, and said he definitely wants to be on his team next summer.

So when all was said and done, missing the game turned out to be a good thing.

I cannot get over how fantastic the weather has been the last two days here in southeast Michigan. Last night at the game, I had to wrap up in a blanket! And today, I'm wearing jeans and a long-sleeved top (and I'll probably need a jacket for the game tonight). It feels like fall outside, and I love love love it! I didn't run today, but I did go for a walk enjoy the weather.

Until yesterday, I hadn't been counting my Weight Watchers PointsPlus since July 4th. It just seems like we've had so much going on, and I didn't make it a priority like I should have. But last week, I wrote on my calendar that I was going to go back to counting PP on Tuesday (yesterday). And I planned well for it. I wrote out a menu for the whole week, and then I went grocery shopping to make sure I had all the ingredients for everything.

Yesterday, I prepped a bunch of food for the week. I made Renee's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars to have for breakfast for a few days:

I haven't had those in a long time, and I forgot how good they are! I cut the 13x9 pan into 12 pieces, and they ended up being 6 PP each. Add some fruit, and it's a filling breakfast. I also put dinner in the crock pot (Split Pea Soup), so I wouldn't end up scrambling to make dinner at the last minute. And I made Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup with Barley (enough for lunch for a couple of days). Having all of my meals planned and ready to eat helped out a lot! I had no excuse not to stick to my plan.

I did really well all day yesterday and today, and it feels really good to count PP again. I can really feel it when my eating is crappy--I feel sluggish and lazy, and my running feels so hard. I'm hoping with a few more days of eating well, I'll feel a lot better.

I haven't been to Weight Watchers in a couple of months, and I feel like I'm ready to go back. I was tired of feeling the pressure when I weighed in every week, and I wanted a break from that; but I'm afraid if I give it too much time, I'll gain more weight, so I am ready to go back next week. My mindset feels like it's where it needs to be now.

My morning was spent intricately placing little beads on a piece of plastic, trying to follow a pattern to make a seahorse. I remember doing these things when I was a kid... are they popular now? My kids have been working on these things constantly, just like they did with the rubber band bracelets.

The kids were very impressed with my seahorse. ;) I usually love crafts, but I just find this one so boring!


  1. I love having my menus planned but rarely do it. I am going to work on that...thanks for the reminder.

  2. Sounds like you have a future Tiger there! That was very cool of you to ask that coach and cool of him to let Eli play!

  3. That's great that the game ended up to be a good thing! My nine-year-old son, who was obsessed with the loom bands several months ago, has spent the last month making all kinds of these melty bead creations--mostly Minecraft stuff. I had no idea they were popular again, but maybe they are, since we live in another state. I get to do all the ironing. :)

  4. MINDSET is ultra important in this battle. If we could bottle that mindset needed to lose weight, and maintain a weight loss, we would be rich Katie. I come here every single day to try to get in the right mindset, and you never disappoint. I'm getting back to the mindset, and you are part of the reason for that. So even when you struggle yourself, you are inspiring others. We're all in this together! And together---we shall succeed!

  5. Way to go Eli! If I counted right he single handedly recorded 8 of the 9 outs when he was pitching. That is awesome! Plus three for three in reached bases... I agree with Dean, future Tiger!

  6. Weight WatchersJuly 17, 2014

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  7. That's so great that Eli got to play with that other team! And I may just have to try those breakfast bars! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Perler beads. We dabbled in them too!


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