Sunday, August 30, 2009

How it went...

Last night was sooo much fun! B and I had an amazing dinner at Austins. I haven't been there in was so good! Dinner had great conversation, we joked, people watched and just had a good time. We then went to see Inglorious Basterds. It was soo good! I highly reccommend it.

At the movie I was attacked by the hairy guy next to me so B held my hand so that we could share the armrest. Hairy guy kept touching me and coughing on me then using IM during the movie. Oh night was not spoiled! I was really excited he held my hand. :) I feel 13 now LOL He drove me home and gave me a quick kiss good night and we're going out again! Yay!!!

The third date is on me...which he and I previously discussed :) I'm so excited. I can't wait!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I love Polyvore!

Here's my oufit! The only difference is that my clutch is pink and not faux snake skin! Let me know what you think!

Find me on Polyvore

Grown up time!

As a single parent it's really hard to find time to just be a grown up. My evenings are consumed with bedtime and bath. Then it's usually time for homework or just some quiet to time to unwind myself.

My parents have been super awesome at watching my goober so I can go out after he goes to bed. Last Sunday I left CJ with a real babysitter (the neighbor girl) for the first time. During those times I got to be a grown up!

Sunday was a blast. CJ was excited because he was going "hiking! Hiking! Hiking in woods!" with the girls. He had watched the Backyardagins the night before about hiking and apparently they sing that amazing song! I was really nervous to have him leave, but I knew he was in good hands. Since A, the babysitter, was one, I babysat her and her younger sister. Plus, her parents were going to be there so I felt better about it :) During his hike (his first one!) I went out to coffee for grown up time. I had coffee with B...sigh.

B and I are going on our second date (since our coffee date was four hours long we decided this was our second date lol) tonight. We're going to dinner and who knows what else. I am so excited. My dad is going to be watching CJ tonight so I can go on my excursion. Picking out an outfit has been hard! I will post pictures of it tomorrow...hopefully LOL

Friday, August 28, 2009

The weekly update

I wish I could say that I had lost a couple more pounds, but sadly I cannot say that. Unfortunately, my cheat day was a day of overboard eating. I ate everything in sight...and I felt it! I gained back the weight from the previous week. Yeah in one weekend (my cheat day went through Sunday morning...oops) I gained almost 3 pounds.

Thankfully this week, I busted my butt and got into the 174.something as of today. Today is not a cheat day for me, tomorrow will be since I'm going on my date.

Yes, I'm going on a date! And this is the second date! Woo-hoo!!!! I'm excited. I still don't know what to wear though. I guess I need to go shopping!

Friday, August 21, 2009


I can't think of a creative title so we'll just leave it at that.

2.5 pounds gone this week. I'm very excited for my cheat day :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I had to share with you all about the small piece of melon that made my day. I'm not a pro at picking produce. Sometimes I hit it big (like today) other times I wonder what happened.

On Sunday I went and got the paper since I cut coupons now. (I saved $13 this week!) King Soopers had their ad in there and posted was Cantaloupes for a buck.


Anywho, I picked a fantastic melon. I want another one, so I'm probably going to get one. This is one of the few things I love about summer.

Oh, PS: I fell off the weight losing wagon while my mom was here (we're both trying to lose but we're such bad influences on each other lol) so I got back on track and I can't wait to share my numbers :) I've been kickin' butt and takin' names!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thankful Thoughts

I am an avid blog reader. I follow 30ish blogs and read the updates faithfully everyday. Some blogs I read are happy and uplifting and they're so much fun to read. Others make you think and the few that are left are the ones that are having hard times-whether it's an ill child or spouse or the author is losing their house and lost their job. Reading other peoples good times and struggles has really given me a new view point about what is going on with CJ.

CJ had his first appointment yesterday for the Autism screening. I was going around telling people it was "just a speech eval". We had been through one before, I thought I knew what to expect. CJ and I arrived at Childrens Hospital and I was just hit with something telling me that it could be so much worse, but all I wanted to think about was how "bad" CJ had it. This hospital was such a welcoming place....there were windows everywhere, the staff were overly beyond friendly and the hospital was very much made for kids.

Mary Kay was our speech pathologist. At first I didn't really like her. She seemed rigid and I wondered why she had picked a field with children. After getting through the initial testing (concepts, comprehension, articulation and vocabulary) CJ was able to play and all three of us relaxed. Little did I know the play was part of the evaluation.

Sitting in the room watching my son was hard but not so hard that I thought I was going to lose it. It was difficult to watch him not understand concepts he should or not understand what she was saying. This was expected but I didn't know to what level.

After play time she started talking to me, asking me questions about his personality, social skills, etc. She was writing so fast! LOL She asked me to play with CJ to watch him interact with a familiar adult and then we just let him play. During the play time this is when the news came.

I feel blessed to have Mary Kay. She knew exactly what to say to me and how to put it. She said that some of the behaviors and lack of development CJ showed her were definitely on the Autism Spectrum as others were just him not developing at the average rate. She gave me a lot of recommendations and a lot of information. The words she spoke to me were expected, but actually hearing them was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

I held it together until I got onto the freeway. I hid my face from CJ. I don't ever want him to think there is something wrong with him. I didn't want him to know that I was crying.

Today I was over at Kelly's Korner. I love her blogs. She had posted a video and it was a tear jerker. I then read the story of the family in the video and it really got me thinking. Yes, Autism isn't easy. The therapies are not cheap and taking care of a "special needs" child takes a lot of time. What I was looking at was how much I have. I have been blessed with my son. I get to hug him and listen to him and play with him whenever I want-even sometimes when I don't want too :)-while other people spend their days praying that their child will make it. Other parents may be grieving over the loss of a child.

Everyday is a day to be thankful for. Life is tough and full of trying times. You have to remember that you have been given this life and you have to live so why not make it a good one?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Operation Beautiful

This touched my heart. In this journey of losing weight I've noticed that it's been all about changing the outward appearance. What about the inward appearance?

Girls and women today are being called fat and obese if they aren't a size 2. Yes, the average size in America is a 16 but that is because of the rate of obesity. You do not need to be a size 2 to be beautiful. When you feel beautiful, that's when others will notice how beautiful you are!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reason #3492 Why I Strongly Dislike Mondays

Now that I'm not working, I can't really complain about Monday's, or any day really. I stay home everyday and don't really have a big schedule difference from week to weekend.

The last 3 Mondays (today included) have been the start of a new week in my running program. I hae never really enjoyed running but now I like it. It makes me tired and feel good, but also keeps me happy. In the words of Reese Witherspoon Elle Woods "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." That statement is totally true...until today.

On Saturday evening I went to the gym and my foot started to bother me. It was bad, it was tolerable. The corpsman in me asked how bad it was on a scale of 1-10. It was maybe a 2-3. It was on the back portion of my arch on my left foot. Well, I worked through it (go me!) and dealt with it all day yesterday. Today felt the same so I went ahead, put on my running shoes and started Week 3 of my running program.

BAD IDEA! I lasted about 10 minutes before the pain just became awful. I had to stop running and just walked. I finished out my 20 minutes, quickly grabbed CJ and hobbled out to my car. I wish I could just cut off my foot right now. It really hurts :(

So now, I have my first running injury as a civilian. I had my fair share while in the Navy (shin splints, stress fractures...all that fun stuff). I am contemplating if my body is ready for running. I have a couple days to think about it. If not, it's back to the elliptical I go.

In more exciting news...I left CJ with my dad for about 1 1/2 hours on Saturday evening so I could go to the gym. When I got home, CJ came running to the door screaming "MOMMY!". He knocked me over with a huge hug and said "I missed my mommy very much". I love being a mom...