Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Part of the problem is that when I'm on a roll I want to go, go, go. I'm on a roll dammit, why stop now? I had lost three additional pounds when the little voice said, "Maintain". Noooooooooooo!! Against my better judgement, which isn't always better, I continued with my original plan to give my body a rest and to focus on maintaining my 30lb weight loss. I enjoyed myself over spring break and indulged on Easter Sunday. (Oh See's Candies get thee behind me Satan. Or not.) I still continued to count calories and to exercise.
The four weeks will be up on May 1st and then it's time to start working toward Goal 2. Believe it or not, I'm actually excited to see how close I can get to my goal by the first week of August. We're going back to Yosemite then and I want to get a picture of me at Yosemite this year and compare it to last year. I know, I need a life. But, honestly, sometimes it's the little things that keep me going.
Posted by Claudia Romero at 10:29 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Today we went to a Beeping Egg Hunt for blind and visually impaired children. We've been going for several years, and this was the first year where he actually knew what to do right away...without complaining. For each beeping egg that a participant finds, a volunteer will exchange it for two plastic, candy-filled eggs. Yum. He's not too thrilled with the eggs containing jelly beans, but he loves the eggs containing Hershey's Kisses.
While I don't believe that Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are symbols of Easter, I have no problem associating them with springtime. I am also overjoyed that someone somewhere took the time to think creatively about how to include blind/visually impaired children in this springtime event.
Posted by Claudia Romero at 2:52 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
While we are at home, my time is divided into chunks- 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Occasionally, there is a 20 minute stretch. You see, while my oldest son can entertain himself with Legos, or by drawing, or playing his DS, my youngest son needs a bit more help to go from one activity to another. He will happily listen to his CDs one after the other; however, I need to change the CDs for him otherwise he might chew on them or use them as a makeshift hammer. He has several alphabet toys and loves to press the buttons to listen to each letter sound. On a couple of these toys, I used 3D fabric paint to create raised alphabet Braille dots on each letter button; however, he still wants me to help him find the right letter.
I don't mind any of this, much. Admittedly, there are days when my chore list seems far too long and my chunks of time are not enough to complete them. It can be frustrating to start a task and then be continually interrupted. I've had to learn to go with the flow; to do what I can within those chunks of time. That might mean it takes a half hour to fold laundry or that I need to prepare dinner a little at a time starting at 3:00. Or...oops. Time to change a CD. :-)
Posted by Claudia Romero at 10:25 AM
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Lemon and Cheese Coffee Cake
Sour Cream and Cheddar/Potato Casserole
Fresh Strawberries with Leftover Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
|Batter with cream cheese mixture|
|Coffee cake w/icing|
I forgot to take a picture of the potatoes in their baking dish, but you can see them in the first picture. These were soooooooo good! And if I sound pleasantly surprised, it's because I am. The recipe only calls for five ingredients. Out of those five, I substituted three of them: margarine for butter, garlic salt for the onions, and Costco shredded cheddar/jack cheese for the cheddar. So simple and tasty. The hardest part was shredding the potatoes, and even then, I used my handy dandy KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Accessory. The potatoes were a big hit with the grown-ups.
I guess I better start planning now for May's BFD. Although, I guess this experience can be a good example of what one can accomplish when the proverbial fire is lit under the proverbial butt. Still.
Posted by Claudia Romero at 9:53 PM
Monday, April 11, 2011
Preparing for an IEP is time consuming and emotionally draining. Because it was the triennial for both of them, there were numerous assessments to pore over. As the name suggests, the triennial occurs every three years in order to determine continued eligibility for special ed. For my youngest son, it's merely a formality as it's obvious that he will need special education for his entire school career. For my oldest son, it is a necessity because although he needs accommodations to be made in order to help him be successful, he's doing fine academically in a regular classroom.
Reading over the assessments can be difficult, especially for my youngest son. While reading the assessments, it's very difficult for me to separate my emotions from my intellect. In other words, it's hard to be objective. As I'm reading, I think, "OK, he can't do this, or this, or this..." If I allow myself to go down that road, it can be very heartbreaking and demoralizing. While I'm reading, I have to make a conscious effort to remind myself that regardless of what he can or can't do, he's still my sweet little boy. Assessments are important in helping parents and teachers determine which skills a child has, and which skills a child needs to develop. However, assessments don't measure a child's worth; parents especially need to remember this.
Posted by Claudia Romero at 7:21 AM
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Now it's time to think about Goal 2. I'm not sure if I want to lose another 30 or 35. I'm leaning toward the low to mid 140s, say 145. It's something I'll have to think about and in a day or two I'll post another weight loss ticker for Goal 2 in the Weight Loss Journal. If you've been praying for me, I want to say "Thank you", and I'd like to ask you to lift up a prayer of thanks and praise. If you're on a similar weight loss journey, know that nothing is impossible for God. Have a great day. My day has started out fantastic so far.
I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. Psalm 71:22
Posted by Claudia Romero at 8:38 AM
Friday, April 1, 2011
In the picture you can see most of the tools that I use to help me make it through this journey. I also read nutrition labels and use online tools such as daily calorie intake calculators. About two weeks ago I started using Calorie Count. It's taken some getting used to, but I've come to love the fact that I can log my daily foods and activity and determine how many calories I've burned each day. It's not perfect, but it's definitely helpful. How does the Bible help me lose weight? It provides encouragement, wisdom, and a reminder that I'm not doing this alone.
Why go through all of this trouble? Why measure and weigh food, step on the scale every morning, and log calories? The short answer is because I have to. Some people are good at estimating weights and measures. I am not one of those people; I never have been. Some people can eyeball their food and know that it's enough. I've been trying to do that for 20 years and obviously it's not working for me. So, rather than try and be something I'm not, I've decided to use the gifts and abilities that I've been given: the abilities to plan, to organize and to persevere. I think God is trying to tell me, "Use what you've been given." There's nothing wrong with trying to develop new skills. However, sometimes I think we (meaning I) spend too much time focusing on overcoming our weaknesses rather than developing and honing our strengths.
Perseverance pays off. Three months may seem like a long time, but actually it's not. On New Year's Day, I was mad at myself for being overweight. Three months later, I'm 28lbs lighter and I feel better. Three months from now who knows how much less I will weigh. In three months I have learned to be content with eating less and to enjoy the weekly splurge. I have seen my clothing size decrease while watching my activity level increase. When I got my pedometer in early January, I was only able to burn 289 calories in 44 minutes. Today, I walked 4.6 miles and burned 535 calories in 73 minutes. Woo hoo! And to celebrate, I'm going to have a corn dog for lunch. Hey, it's only 240 calories. :-)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Posted by Claudia Romero at 10:46 AM