Thursday, July 26, 2012

Redefining "Full"

Song of the Day: Katy Perry - Wide Awake

This morning after eating my well proportioned breakfast of a health food "pastry" and cup of non-fat yogurt, I thought to myself, "Well, that was good but I'm not full."  Then I realized that I wasn't hungry either. 

Over the years I have changed the word "full" from meaning satisfied to stuffed, or overstuffed.  I had decided that if I wasn't feeling heavy and slightly sluggish by the time I was done eating, then I didn't eat enough, and therefore I wasn't "full."  I semi-recently read an article about how French parents teach their children about food.  One thing that really stuck out to me was that instead of asking their children if they "are full" they ask if they "are still hungry."  It's amazing how one little word can change the entire meaning of a concept.  Even though I was a little in awe of this revelation, it obviously didn't change my thinking because I still ate until I was past full for the next few months.  But this morning, as I was reflecting on my own level of fullness/not-hungry-ness, I remembered those words.

So yes, I may not be "full" but I'm not hungry either.  And that's a good thing.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

...and again...

Song of the Day:  Ellie Goulding - Lights

Okay, I feel like I've become a broken record lately, BUT I'm going to get back on track.  I started today.  I counted all of my calories (came in at about 1337), had 4 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, and drank 12 glasses of water.  I use a nalgene which holds 4 glasses of water, and I drink water all day anyway, so 12 is pretty average for me.  Along with eating healthy I did a 30 minute Pilates DVD while the kids were napping.  

...and with all that (which isn't a lot), I'm exhausted.  It's 6:15 and I'm ready for bed, but the kids are still awake, and will be for a while longer.  

I'm not sure why I picked today to start.  We have a wedding this weekend, and one next weekend, and will be out of town for the entire weekend for both.  But I guess I'll just have to make sure I don't over due it!  With vacations I gained back "all" of the weight I lost and then some.  I think the 'and then some' was water weight though because I lost it in 2 days of being home.  We had a great vacation though!  We flew in Buffalo, NY went to Niagara Falls, then Sleepy Hollow, a stop at West Point, a few days in New York (and all the touristy stuff), down to D.C., over to Virginia Beach, down to the outer banks of North Caroline (which I don't really recommend), then back to Virginia Beach for a day trip (we really didn't like the outer banks), then off to Raleigh to fly back home!  It was an awesome 9 days!  When we got home Kyle went back to work for 2 days, then we headed up north to Camp du Nord in Ely, MN with my family for a week.  It was so much fun!  I love it up there!  Elliot had a great time this year and was obsessed with going in the water and hiking!  This was the first year that my family wasn't involved in Burn Camp and it was great to actually be able to enjoy camp together.  Normally my parents have a ton of responsibilities and we have a lot of things to go to, but this year there was nothing that we had to do.  And it was GREAT!  It finally felt like a real vacation!

We've been back home now for about a week and a half.  I was worried that after three weeks from home the kids were going to take a while to get back on schedule, but they were no problem at all!  Thankfully!  Of course it's been extremely warm lately so we haven't done much outside, but we have been utilizing our screened in porch quite a bit!  That's one room in the house that I have grown to love!  We have someone coming out to give us an estimate for a fence on Tuesday.  Hopefully they'll be able to put it up quickly because then Elliot can play outside and I won't have to worry about leaving Caroline to (potentially) have to chase Elliot down the street (as he heads to the park)!

Well, I guess that's all for now, I'm really going to try to keep updated more often, especially with how the weight loss stuff is going.  I find that I'm much more accountable when I write about it!