As I went to begin my post for today I realized that I've hit a milestone. This is my 100th post! Wow. How quickly that happened! And, I'm totally unprepared. I know some bloggers offer giveaways to help celebrate these kinds of things. And, I love the idea of doing that. But, I've got nothing at the moment.
Sooooo, what I can give is my thanks. Thanks for taking the time to stop by & read my ramblings. Thanks for the comments you make. Thanks most of all for your encouragement. It really has been so fun trying out this blogging thing. And, all of you have been so wonderful to meet...even if it is through a keyboard & computer screen. O.K. everyone - group hug!
I am very excited today! I mentioned on Monday that it was time for me to get serious about weight loss. I have to say I've done pretty well this week. Mainly I've been watching my portions, snacking on more healthy options (like fruit, yogurt, and granola), and cutting out my night-time binges. I was eating a ton of food at night after the kids went to bed. It was my destresser. It's not terrible to have a snack at night every now & then. But, this was every night...and I was pretty much eating the equivalent of another meal.
And, now for the results. As of this morning I have lost a total of 5 1/2 pounds off my starting weight. Five of those pounds were in this week alone! Yay! Now, I know I can't expect to continue to lose 5 pounds every week. And, there will be the inevitable plateaus. But, I am thrilled. I already feel a difference in my clothes. My size 16 (yikes) pants are no longer tortuously tight. They are snug, but I can wear them again.
I also have to share about my awesome day with my boys yesterday. I decided I was going to take the whole day just to do fun stuff with them & ignore the housework altogether. So, we tackled some items on our summer list. (Of course I forgot my camera for all of this.)
We drove over to the rail trail which is only about 8 minutes from our house. The two big boys brought their bikes. I pushed Joseph in the stroller. And, Charlie had his push scooter. The trail was beautiful! I couldn't believe I hadn't checked it out before. Charlie got tired of pushing his scooter though after the first 5 minutes & then got tired of walking about 1/2 way through. So, I'll need to come up with a better option for him. Wishing I still had my double stroller.
Then we went to the park, played & had a packed picnic lunch. We came back home for rest time. And, then, in the afternoon we headed over to Lapp Valley Farms ( an Amish dairy) where we've gone before to buy milk. (They officially have the best chocolate milk EVER!) One of our summer list items was to have an ice cream cone there.
Well, we had so much more! They have about a dozen calves the children may see & pet. And, if that weren't exciting enough it was milking time & they have a viewing area where you can see the whole process up close. My boys didn't want to leave!
It was a great day. Very relaxed. Very low stress. And, we all had fun. Housework? What housework?