Good afternoon everybody!! Happy Monday All Around! The weather was beautiful here over the weekend, it's gorgeous today, and it is supposed to be rainy here tonight and tomorrow. I wish these days in the mid 70's (F) would last all summer. When I was a kid growing up in Michigan I remember wanting a suntan SO badly, and one summer the hottest day was 80. With a cool breeze. Jackets were needed for summer mornings but I wanted HEAT! I think the summers have been warmer over the past 20+ years in Michigan but I'm not there any more. Soon we'll be in the 80-90-100 degree days, so I'm enjoying days like this while they last.
SO! This is week 2 of the Weight Loss Challenge!! I've continued to stay in touch with a few of the other participants through comments and email this past week and so far it seems that we're keeping a good attitude.... or at least TRYING to keep a good attitude. One thing we have to remember is that when we visit the scale on weigh-in day, a loss - no matter how small - is a VICTORY!! It's a reason to be happy and thankful. Second, we have to remember that even if we gain it's not the end of the world. We can get our mind in the right place, take a deep breath, and start over from that moment forward. We're here to encourage each other and be a support group of sorts through our blogs.
The group we have collected so far consists of the following people with blogs. Go check out their progress posts and give 'em a WAY TO GO!
So, let's see. How did Mrs. SugarBunny do on her diet this week? For a gal without a plan I think I did pretty good.
Weight Loss Challenge (April 16 - June 15, 2007)
Beginning Weight: 213.5
Today's Weight: 210.0
Total Pounds Lost: 3.5
Pounds to go in short term goal: 16.5
Days remaining for short term goal: 53
As I said, I'm still a girl without a plan. I've checked out a few free sites on the internet that help with weight loss but most of them require a subscription price to access premium services. The web site www.dailyplate.com has a great weight loss tracking system but I didn't like their food diary very much and they didn't have a menu plan. There are a few others that were very similar with their setup. I mentioned a few days ago that I had found one that I really like called www.diabetescontrolforlife.com. This site has weight loss tracking and a menu planner. I'm really wanting a menu planner (with suggested recipes, etc) because I DO NOT WANT TO THINK. I've been preparing meals for 20+ years and I'm ready for someone else to do the thinking. If I'm in charge of the meal planning that means I also have to make the grocery list (from scratch) and spend time shopping (helps to inspire the creative meal planning) but really and truly, I just want Oprah's personal chef to come and cook for me and tell me what I can have and draw the line right there. Since I can't hire Oprah's personal chef I'm going for the next best thing which is a menu planner that helps with the list making, etc. We can get the various groceries. With so many kids nothing will go to waste. I just want a little guiadance.... but I don't want to pay for it. Is that too much to ask? heh According to this web site, No. It's not too much to ask.
My problem is that their web site isn't working properly. I've been on the phone with the people at Glucerna customer service THREE TIMES. They have been incredibly helpful. Hopefully the glitches will get worked out and I can access the diet information. Seems that my registration didn't complete properly but I am registered. Yet I can't access the menu planner, weight loss tracker, or other parts of their 24 week weight loss plan. I'll let you know how that goes because SO FAR I haven't found another free site that offers all of the features I want. And I'd rather not pay $30-$50 for half a year of menus and diet tracking.
IN OTHER NEWS....
The babies. They've been SICK. Poor little things. When they went down for their nap on Friday Emeline said "Owww.... I have a boo-boo in my ear..." When they got up from their nap Lila Pearl had a fever of 101.1. That was the final straw. I called the doctor off and took them in at 5pm. BOTH of them had an infected EAR (one each baby). Emeline's was a little worse than Lila's. We got them home and they were crying from pain but we didn't have the prescriptions yet for their antibiotics. They started their meds on Friday night.
Lila is a LOT better but Emeline - I'm having problems with Emeline. SHE WILL NOT TAKE HER ANTIBIOTICS!!! What in the WORLD? You know how they love that bubblegum flavored STUFF!? She won't take it! NOT! I've tried everything.
We took the bottle of med (actualy the original flavor was Orange) back to the pharmacy - they added grape flavor. No go. She won't take it.
I tried using a medicine dropper and holding her arms down and squeezing the medicine between her cheek and gum. First time was effective. Second time - forget it. She figured out how to spit it out - coughing and gagging and spitting. It's CRAZY.
This morning I put the med in MILK. It tastes like SWEET MILK. She will not take it. Would not drink it. I'm thinking WHAT IN THE WORLD?? I should be able to make her take this medicine! Now she won't even take children's motrin or ANYTHING.
I finally called the doctor's office this morning and they've called in a different prescription for a different kind of antibiotic that's strawberry flavored. Cross your fingers that she'll take it. She's still complaining that her ear hurts.