Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday's POINTS

GOAL = 26 points

Waffles, peanut butter and sf syrup (4 points) = 4 points total
Potato, Canadian bacon (2 points) = 6 points total
Refried beans 3 servings (3 points) = 9 points total
Lite sour cream (1 point) = 10 points total
FF cheese (1 point) = 11 points total
Pork Sirloin (13 points) = 24 points total
94% ff popcorn (2 points) = 26 points total

Confessional: it was REALLY hard not to eat Ethan's extra food as I prepared it for him and fed it to him. I really badly wanted to slip a little piece of cheese into my mouth, but I didn't!!!Mantra: "If you bite it, write it."

WW Challenge

I'm enlisting the help of my online community. I need accountability with counting my Weight Watcher points. I started attending WW meetings on January 18 and quit attending meetings on July 18. In that 6 months I lost 30 pounds, which put me at my pre-pregnancy weight. This month, however, I have gained 4 of those pounds back. With turning 27 years old, I lost a point. And then with weaning Ethan back to two nursings instead of four, I lost two points there. In addition to losing these three points this month, I've had a knee injury that kept me from walking for a while. We also had 2 birthdays this month that left A LOT of cake and ice cream at our house, which I felt obliged to eat. I keep saying I need to start counting points again, but I never do. So enough of my excuses, my challenge is to count points for this next coming week and report them each evening. I thought the accountabilty would help me, so here it goes. My immediate goal is to lose the 4 pounds I just gained back. After that, I want to lose 10 more pounds, then re-join WW, then lose 5 more pounds at which point I'll be at an acceptable healthy weight to qualify for WW lifetime membership. And I want to qualify for lifetime before I get pregnant again.

My points goal is 26 (which seems like hardly any at all when I got to start at 39 points because I was nursing full-time). How can I survive on 26?!!

Mantra for today (maybe for the week): "Fresh fat is easier to lose than old fat."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Moms are the Best!

I got to have my mom in town for a week and a half and it was wonderful! Among many things she did for me and my family, she bought some flowers so we could plant them in my front planter in time for baby cake's party. Then, instead of me helping plant them, I took a nap, and she planted them for me! My mom is such a giving person, and I hope to be more like her. I miss you Mommy!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mommy's in Town

My Mommy flew in from Hawaii for baby cake's birthday this week (lucky me!). So, I might not be posting too much this week...just thought I'd let my faithful readers know ( :
I don't have any valid excuses for not posting last week, sorry.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It's a Crazy World Out There

Today I went to Costco, or shall I say I tried to go to Costco. The gas light in my car was on, so I thought that going to Costco to do my shopping and stopping by Costco gas was a great idea. I pulled in to get my gas first, and my Costco card was not reading at the pump. I flagged down the attendant who said the magnetic reader might be finicky, and he used his card so that I could get gas. I inserted my debit card, entered my PIN when prompted, and was told my PIN was invalid. I tried a couple more times only to be told the PIN was invalid a couple more times. I realized that when hubby helped me change my PIN a few weeks ago, something must have gone wrong. I had to cancel the whole transaction, flag down the attendant again so I could use his Costco card so I could use a different debit card (I told him I had "forgot" my PIN number so he wouldn't think I had been denied or anything). The second debit card worked, and I got the gas pumping. I got back in my car to wait as it filled up. I toyed with the idea of calling hubby to tell him of all my troubles, but decided that such a call would need more than a minute, and I know you're not supposed to use cell phones while pumping. I heard the pump shut off shortly after and realized that it only gave me $19 worth of gas. I knew that I was on empty and that my bill should be in the upper $30s. I couldn't start pumping again without flagging down the Costco attendant to use his card, so I just decided that two-thirds of a tank would have to do.

After searching for a while to find a parking spot (this should have been my first sign), I went into Costco to find that the lines to check out were a quarter of the way back through the store. With baby in tow, I knew we would not have a happy shopping time, so I had to walk half way into the store to get around the lines to use the restroom and then leave. What is going on? Do I have to shop at the most odd times in order to shop with just regular crowds, not the super-sized crowds? Where did all these people come from? Shouldn't they be back at the new WinCo?

What a waste of a trip! But little baby really does well if I get back to the house by 1p for him to take his nap, and I know staying to shop at Costco would've interfered. We did stop by the pet store on the way home though, which baby cakes really enjoyed, so I was able to salvage our trip.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Kelley's Summer Book Review

Okay, I should admit that for this review, my summer started in February.

Here's a brief review of each of the books I've read this summer (I'm aware that summer technically lasts another month, but I felt like doing this now).

In no particular order:

-Dear John by Nicholas Sparks: I discovered Nicholas Sparks this summer and read all his books. All are page-turners that I read in about 36 hours each. Having said that, it's quite obvious that I like all of Sparks' books, but beyond that, Dear John was an upsetting ending. I felt the title character made stupid choices, which led to the sad ending; so it was hard to conjure up enough emotion to care about the sad situation he put himself in.

-True Believer by Nicholas Sparks: loved it and was inspired by the main character's bold actions based on love.

-At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks: this is the follow-up novel to True Believer; it's a good read, and has the typical Sparks tragic ending.

-Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks: TOTALLY loved this non-fiction biography of Sparks’ life. I recommend reading Sparks' novels before reading his biography.

-The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: probably one of Sparks’ most famous works because of the movie; I was very inspired by the two main characters.

-The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks: this is the follow-up to The Notebook and is very enjoyable. The Wedding is one of two of Sparks' fiction works that does not end in tragedy.

-The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks: this novel has the classic Sparks love story, plus the added suspense of being a thriller; most definitely a page-turner.

-Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks: classic love story by Sparks; this book is currently being made into a movie. I plan on seeing it.

-A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks: this novel has the classic Sparks love story as well as a "who done it" plot.

-A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks: probably widely known by the movie (which I saw in 2004); VERY SAD in both the book and the movie, but none-the-less, was a page turner.

-Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks: also widely known by the movie made out of it; I enjoyed the book more than the movie because I could "see" into the character's thoughts better than what Kevin Costner was able to display on film. This is another story where I had a hard time working up enough empathy for a character who put himself in his own difficult position.

-The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks: the other non-tragic ending novel of Sparks'. I actually read this last summer, and found it to be a good read (but, note that I was not enthralled enough by the book to seek out other Sparks’ books like I was with True Believer which was the first Sparks book I read this summer).

-The Handyman by Linda Nichols; this was Nichols' first published work, and she definitely doesn't have the ease of story-telling that Sparks does. The story was cute, but disjointed. I heard that the rights to the story for making it into a movie were bought, and that is how the book reads, like a movie. There wasn't enough of the appropriate detail you expect in a book.

-Sam's Letters for Jennifer by James Patterson: this and the following book are what I believe to be Patterson's attempt to break into the Nicholas Sparks’ genre. Although, both these books would not be classified by Sparks as being love stories (those require a tragic ending), this was a good page-turner and inspiration to those who wish to write.

-Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson: again, a good page-turner that inspires the notion of keeping a diary or some written record for loved ones to read once you pass.

-The Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan: I only read this because there was nothing else by Sparks left to read, and I had already read the only two “love” stories that Patterson has written. This story is more typical of Patterson's genre. It was a page-turner, but is not the kind of stuff I really need to be filling my mind with (a murderous wife, scandalous sex, etc.). I probably won't pick up another Patterson book to read again unless I'm really desperate and on a 17-hour flight to Hong Kong.

-Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card: this was the first science fiction book I have read. It is hubby’s favorite book of all time, so I thought, hey, it can’t be that bad, and it wasn’t. I was very much enthralled in the story and cared about the characters. This too, was a page-turner for me. The main character is a little boy, and there are some aliens in the book, but they have a very minor role. What made this an enjoyable book for me is that is focused on the little boy and his relations with his brother and sister and his teachers. It wasn’t just a bunch of space battles with aliens with bumpy foreheads.

-I read many books by Karen Kingsbury (too many for me to briefly describe each). Kingsbury is one of the few Christian fiction authors who can write a good story without pushing the salvation story on the reader. Kingsbury’s stories have strong characters that the reader cares about; hence, most of her books are page-turners for me. She writes a lot of series, so if you pick up one of her books, make sure you start at the beginning of a series.

Those are all the books I remember reading...