I am really stinking at this whole blogging thing in 2013! It is mostly due, I think, to the fact that I spend my precious few blogging moments during "quiet time" doing something decidedly LESS fun...exercising.
But! I have lost 13 pounds so far! I think it is pretty ironic that I am telling you I lost 13 pounds and have posted pictures of the lard biscuits I made last week and the scones that are often my breakfast. Weird, right? But you have to understand- I don't believe in dieting. I don't believe in living life without lard.
I am betting you might be wondering how I am losing weight then, am I right? So here it is:
I started recording my calories using myfitnesspal.com. It is a free calorie counter or online food journal and has almost all the foods you could possibly imagine eating in it and their caloric/fat value. It tells you how many calories you need to eat and it is your job to not go over. I eat any food I want, but at the end of the day, I have to stop when I reach my limit. Recording my foods has helped me to see just how much I am sacrificing for that cupcake. Thanks to this, I happily stay away from those things that take up too many calories. I'd much rather have 16 discs of ghirardelli chocolate and seconds on supper than a cupcake ANYWAY. Not getting reimbursed for this recommendation (too bad!), just letting you know.
Also, I switched from the Jillian Michaels Ripped In 30 workout video that I hated (she is NOT a nice person.) to Biggest Loser Calorie Knockout video- which is so much more pleasant. (HUGE understatement.) One of the exercisers is named Rebecca, so the leader often says things like "Good job, Rebecca" or "Beckah's got a hop in her workout" and I pretend they are actually talking to me. Dorky? yes. Helpful? totally. I try and exercise three times a week but I only really HAVE to exercise when I overeat my calories.
It ain't no get-rich quick thing... those 13 pounds have taken me MONTHS to lose-- but even though I secretly DO want to see fast results- I would rather take it slower and keep it off than lose it quick and gain it back. 18 more pounds to go.
Now- no more talk about weight. ICK. Who wants to talk about WEIGHT?
I am determined to blog today. I started this blog post at 4:00am and it is now 1:45 and I sent the children out just now to enjoy this 69 degree January day for an hour before the looming grayness bursts into droplets. Not so I can blog (surely, no!) but for them to get fresh air. Yes...yes.
Thank you all for your kind concern on my back. I am feeling just as spry as ever again- and I *might* have even tackled Matt without any serious repurcussions since we last spoke. I will never take for granted a back that works properly and painfree walking again. Ever.
I can not BELIEVE it is almost February! Can you? Craziness. January and February are supposed to be my "slow months". Those two months are the small window of opportunity between gardening/harvesting/canning season and handmade Christmases. It is cold and I am reclusive and I don't even THINK about opening a gardening catalog even though they come practically every day. But sadly, this year---it hasn't felt slow at ALL. If I am going to get my "restful" months in, it better happen quick! Any valentine plans?
Speaking of restful---
For you knitters out there- two questions.
1) Do you knit in absolute quiet or can you knit with distractions....say, children running in circles around you and big kids asking whether or not they can have peanut butter crackers from the next room? Is this something that is learned or must I resolve myself to only knit when I am crowned with gray and sitting upon an empty nest?
2) What would be a good first "real" project that is not a dishcloth or a plain knit 1 row/ purl 1 row scarf? The knitting class is starting on fingerless gloves in two weeks but a fat lot of good that does me TODAY. Any suggestions?
And for you non-knitters~ whatcha making for supper? I'm hungry.
Tomorrow I'll be posting a January in Review post...even though it seems sinful to have had a whole month pass. See you then!