Friday, 28 December 2012

Still Being Insane

I know this is so not a post Christmas type post but I need to upload a bunch of pictures and then I'll provide you with the obligatory holiday recap.

As for my Insanity endeavor I'd say I'm doing pretty well considering the copious amount of butter and sugar and fat laden goods begging to be eaten. (and I'm relenting!)  I successfully completed each of the workouts for week two last week.   Towards the end of the week I noticed that my energy has noticeably improved as well as my general mood.  I'm sure the joy of Christmas also helped but feeling less fatigue sure makes for a happier Carla.

The food part has naturally been very difficult and from the 24th-26th calorie counting was a useless venture.  If I had I likely would have gone into a deep depression over the totals!

After taking four days off I got back into the workout regime yesterday - with the fit test.   I pushed hard and there was a little improvement from two and half weeks ago when I began.  I also think I might be down one pound despite all, but I hesitate to go confirm/disprove that.  Heck, I'm nervous to even type it! 

So I plug along now  until after January 1 and then I will attempt hit this hard core and see where it leads!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Preparing Sierra

So the Mayan calendar failed, the world is not over.  
Huh, go figure.

Onward to vamping up the Christmas season excitement.  Sierra gets so over the top that I had to devise a plan of action for survival purposes.  Today I told her that in a few days, to start off Christmas, we are going to church followed by Oma's for presents, on which day she will be told a half hour before we leave for church that it is the day.   I also told her that a few days later we will open our presents at home Christmas morning.  I'm not sure we'll be able to keep up the second deception but if we can it will be for all our own good.  Trust me.  The girl gets insane with excitement; she doesn't sleep, eat well and gets a tummy ache, then the weeping and unreasonableness set it. 
 Not. Fun.

Anyway,  I played a little with my iPhone camera because it's easier to post pictures that way.

For a number of years in a row an aunt and uncle of mine thought I needed angels, now I have my own chorus of angels.

The nativity we purchased for our first Christmas.

The one thing Trevor insists we have every Christmas.

I discovered that Sierra was playing with my phone camera!

1.Very blurry tree.

2. A bit better.


3. Ahhh!  There we go. ( Don't you love the mess?)

I may not manage another post before Christmas so Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I drove home from work today and distinctly thought, "life is good!"

Here's why:

I feel rested.
I'm exercising regularly again.
Christmas is coming.
I'm pretty much ready for Christmas.
My kids are awesome.
My husband is awesome.
My parents are fantastic.
I have some pretty great friends too.
I really, really like my job these days.  
I like that I work outside the home part-time rather than full time. 
That being said I'm looking forward to a day at home tomorrow, just me and Sawyer.
I bought some new caramel coloured boots yesterday.  On sale and with a gift card so my cost was minimal.
Snow is in the forecast this week.

Life is good.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Insanity - the beginning, again.

After once again realizing what sleep is and with that the return of feeling human I took a look in the mirror, at how my clothes are fitting and the got on the scale.  Yup, time to reign in the excuses and get back on track.  Now it's only two to three pounds that have wormed their way back but two or three more and I'm back where I was.

It boggles my mind how easily I slipped into basically doing nothing from an avid 5-6 days a week of exercise. And how it became my norm.  I followed reasonable eating off and on but activity became non-existent.  It began with Sawyer deciding naps were no longer needed.  The adjustment took more than one would think and it messed up my routine and I've struggled with creating a new one.  Then the colds and extreme bouts of sleep deprivation began in the middle of September and continued until near the end of November.  Life became about survival and lots of caffeine!

 Just over a week ago I realized that my clothes are becoming a little tighter; the tugging is beginning again.  I scowled at the scale number and decided now was the time to get back into it.  Why wait until the New Year when I can start now?

 With the type of food and eating that comes with the Christmas season that part is proving to be extremely hard to reign in.  With watching the calorie count I can still plan for it and 'partake' without feeling too guilty.  The fact of the matter is, food is buttery, sugary, fatty deliciousness - and plenty of it! - this time of year and to deny myself is wrong on many levels.  So I attempt moderation and control.

Monday was a gong show so no workout occurred but I stayed within my calorie plan and with healthy food.

Tuesday my food intake was within the allowed, barely, but the pizza for supper wasn't that great on the healthy scale. 
Nor were the 1 1/2 subway cookies.  Or the small piece of birthday cake
(it is Trevor's birthday and although the main celebration was over the weekend we had to at least have cake!).

The rest of the week was about the same - quality wasn't great but quantity okay.

I did my first insanity workout in months on Monday and yikes, felt totally out of shape again.  Not as bad as when I started the first time but still!  I was appalled at how the body just reverts back to it's flabby, wimpy, gasping self.   As the week and workouts wore on, I was impressed at how quickly my body jumped into action, literally.  I had limited soreness and fatigue and the was able to sweat through the workouts without wanting to die.  My former determination was renewed and has came back fully and I'm motivated to complete this again.

I wish to eliminate a total of 9 pounds (4 that I gained back plus 5 more).  The first four will make me happy, the next five are just something to aim for and would thrill me to the core.  I'll see what I'm willing and motivated to do.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Here are some fun photos of me pulling Sierra's third baby tooth recently.

The slippery little tooth was hard to grab!
Here goes....
Got it!

Friday, 7 December 2012

A Snapshot of a Typical Morning

Sometime in the middle of the night (4:28A.M. I think) a gentle 'pat pat' drags me out of slumber-land and into a groggy state of consciousness.  I reach out and touch the head of the offender to determine which kid it is before reluctantly rolling out from beneath my warm blankets.  It is Sawyer so I scoop him up in my arms to carry him back to his bed only to discover he has wet himself.  Nice.  Now my PJ's are also damp.  Gross. I quickly put him down, change both of us, put him back in bed and lay down with him.  I doze off beside my cute little boy and an hour later crawl back into my own, cold side of the bed. 
6:45A.M. Trevors alarm goes off.  I roll over and ignore it.

7:15A.M. Sierra comes bounding in and onto the bed, and me.  I wake up. Kinda hard not to.
It's a school Friday for her (she only goes on Friday once every three weeks) so I can't lay around in bed.  OK, OK, I rarely am allowed to lay around in bed thanks to my kids but there's always hoping!  I quickly dress in something warm and comfy and yawn my way into the kitchen.

First stop coffee.  
A third of a cup comes out.  
Obviously there were not enough beans ground because Trevor always makes a full pot. (he doesn't grind more because the grinder is loud and he doesn't want to wake the kids any sooner than they need to be up)  I take my meager cup of coffee anyway, better than none for now!
Next stop: breakfast - Golden Grahams cereal because I'm too lazy to make anything else.

7:24 Sierra asks if she can play on the computer so I tell if she gets dressed and is ready for school she may.  She 'needs' help choosing her clothes.  I comply rather than argue even though it is silly since all I do is pull out options and she says yes or no and wears what she wants anyway!

7:30 Sierra plays on the computer, I peruse Facebook on my iPhone. 

7:43 I give Sierra three fruit options for her to take for a snack this morning and she actually chooses one quickly and without argument!  Grapes.  Easy.  Done.

7:47 I check the weather.  
-14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit)
All right, gonna have to bundle up to walk to the bus.
I wake up and dress Sawyer.  I love how he rubs his eyes at the light in the mornings!
We all grab and put on hats, mitts, and boots.  Sierra adds snow pants to the outfit because the school policy is that they go outside for recess until -20.

7:58 we exit the warmth of the house into the cold, crisp outdoors and take the short walk to the school bus pick-up spot.  We wait for a couple of minutes before the big yellow bus snorts it's way up the street.  On goes Sierra and off to school.  Sawyer and I walk back.

8:07 Time for more coffee.  I make an eggnog latte.  Mmmmmm.
I make Sawyer toast with Nutella, he licks the excess chocolate spread off the knife,  (a dull butter knife I must add) drinks his milk, eats one or two pieces of toast and declares himself full.  He asks for Team Umizoomi on the TV.  I say sure.  I can't find the remote so I go grab the downstairs one and set up his show, leaving the remote on the couch.  I go to grab my latte and see the missing remote on the counter.  

I enjoy my latte while sitting on the couch beside Sawyer and type this post and notice the room get increasingly brighter as the sun rises.  It's very peaceful with only one child and it's not my demanding one!

9:16 I should really get on with my Friday cleaning so I can finish by noon and enjoy the rest of the day with my kids.


My messy kitchen counters.  Pretty much their state 75% of the time.
Yesterday's laundry that I don't put in the dryer so it gets to hang on the railing.
Me and my boy!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Tough Love - Progress

Last Friday I had a meeting with Sierra's gym teacher, Mr. H, regarding her fear of gym.  I had managed to  determine, together with Sierra, that the main issue is that she does not like a few of the games they play in gym.  The games in question are 'chasing' games which she does not like.  A couple of them also involve wolves ("What time is it Mr. Wolf" and a three little pigs game) and Sierra had nightmares with wolves about a year or so ago.  Sierra enjoys all other parts of gym.  They only began playing these particular games a couple of weeks ago, exactly when she started not wanting to go to school. 

It was really good to speak with Mr. H, he was so open and understanding.  Truthfully, I was rather conflicted with this whole issue.  I struggled with trying to teach/force her to participate no matter what because, you know, that's life, and showing compassion because she is only five.  It was no easy feat for me to dig down, pull out my resolve and tell her "Too bad, you have to learn to deal with it."  I wasn't feeling good about that and that's what prompted me to see for myself what was going on and speak with Mr. H.

Mr. H shared with me that he has another female student who refused gym all last year while in kindergarten and for the first three weeks of this year, grade one, but is now participating.  He said that there is no point in Sierra not liking school just because of a few games in gym.  The poor girl was literally making herself sick and not eating. 

Our plan of action was to have one of the aides play the game(s) with Sierra off to the side, not really even part of the group.  If she still objects than she will be permitted to sit out.  As I said previously, Sierra is very much an observer and rarely will jump right into an activity no matter how fun, rather unusual for a girl her age.   Upon explaining this plan to her she seemed to be okay with school again.

It is now Thursday, Sierra has had school with gym twice this week and so far so good!  She greeted me at the end of the day Monday all excited because she got to be the wolf and do the chasing, rather than be chased.  Wednesday she came home having eaten her lunch (first time in three weeks!) and we passed Mr. H on our way out of the school and he smiled and said " she's better!"

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Parade Time!

 It was a somewhat cool and rather windy for own town's annual Christmas Light parade last Friday.
Sierra, my mom, and I bundled up and enjoyed the festivities.  Free hot chocolate and popcorn began the evening.  Then we found the perfect spot along Main Street to sit and await the beginning.  A fireworks show kicked off the delightful, colourful parade.  Christmas carols were played over speakers, everyone was happy and Santa ended the twenty-five minute long line of floats and vehicles and passed out candy bags to all the kids.

My dad has a 1972 GMC Sierra Grande that he restored that he decked out and entered in the parade.  Sawyer and Trevor rode with him as they are not so much into being outside in the cold!
It was a fun evening and a great way to put me in the Christmas spirit!