It's Bumbo Time

Say it ain't so that Sophie can be old enough to sit in the Bumbo chair but sadly she is.  We brought it out this morning and she loved sitting on her own just watching Laila dance around.  My baby is growing up so quickly I can't stand it.

She will be 4 months on Thursday !! {sniff}

Thank you Children's Place....

For making my two year old look like she could be part of the cast of Jersey Shore....

Seriously, I was in the store on Sunday looking for a few pairs of shorts for Laila and spotted these beauties.  I actually thought they were PJ's until the sales lady told me that these were there new "Super Cute" summer sets (her words not mine).

Maybe I'm more conservative then I thought but I would never let Laila wear the shorts maybe the t-shirts.  Honestly I have seen Snooki from Jersey Shore wear similar outfits....maybe she is moonlighting as a buyer for Children's Place now.

But's it's not only Children's Place that I find have inapproriate clothing for little girls.  I have noticed in a lot of store the shorts/skirts IMO are way too short for them.  I'm more and more thankful that the girls will both wear uniforms to school and we will only have to deal with regular clothing on the weekends.

I'm I overreacting ???

I'm back....

After a few weeks off to reorganize my priorities and get back on track with my life I think I'm on the right path again.

I found my life was in a spiral downwards with regards to me personally.  I was meeting everyone else needs but neglecting mine.  I'm sure all moms can relate to this one.  I was eating all the wrong foods, not exercising and gaining weight quickly.  This in turn would make me depressed and very cranky with the kids & Faruq.

With the other two kids I managed to pack more weight on after the kids were born then during my pregnancy.  I wasn't prioritizing my needs for a proper diet but instead just saying "I will grab whatever".  Well the "whatever" was usually something that was high in calories and fat.  But after a few months I would kick start myself into a diet (usually Herbal Magic) and drop the 70 or 80 pounds but with a hefty price tag attached.  I was definitely heading down that road again after having Sophie.

I came to the realization that I needed to do something and fast.  But having just watched a TV program investigating Herbal Magic I felt that was not going to be the program I went back to.  It is very expensive and they more or less discovered that the supplements they were providing were in fact not "magic".  So in reality they were starving us while hocking these herbal supplements.   As well, I started to dread the weight-ins and the disappointing looks when I didn't reach the weekly estimated weight lose.

Weight for me has been and will be a life long struggle...I know that it's not is rocket science how we maintain a healthy weight but I have always craved food.  I love food and sometimes find it hard to stop when I should.  Do I have a food addiction?  Maybe.  I know hormones play a big part of me every month and now know my "bad" times.  So somehow I need to make friend with food and fast.

But my other motivation this time around to get healthy is my two adorable little girls and the fact that I'm their role model.  They will emulate everything I do and I want to set a positive example of what a women should be.  Now I'm not saying a heavier person can't be a good role model but for me I know I'm not happy heavier and I'm not at my best.

We all know that extra weight as you get older can increase health risks significantly and I will be 42 this fall.  I have been so lucky to this point with my health but know lately I have been feeling my age and sometimes older.  My joints ache and I can't seem to even to the simplest tasks without feeling pain.

So last Sunday I made the first step to taking control of my "physical" well being and I joined the online Weight Watchers program.  It's cheap at $21 a month and it is exactly what I needed.  It has definitely changed since I was part of the program in the 80's.  I love, love, love the points system.   Their online software is super easy to use.

Weight Watchers isn't new but it is effective if followed properly. I love the fact you can still cook meals that your whole family will eat.  I remember trying Jenny Craig (I have tried most everything out there once) and becoming very tired of their food and complaining that I still needed to cook a different meal for my family.

I have found the last few days I have still had the urge to eat but after checking the point values either reevaluated my choice or decided against it.  I discovered a few fabulous blogs that have been created by women who have been on the program and developed amazing recipes.  This has helped a lot on the family front and only having to make one meal for everyone but still helping me reach my goals.

I set my weigh -in days to be Friday's so this morning I was delighted to see I dropped 7.5 pounds since Monday.  I know the first week is usually a big number so I'm not naive to fact that next week should be considerably lower but it sure feels good not to be up 4 or 5 pounds.  I'm good with 2 pounds a weeks from here on in.

I have set a goal of 60 pounds and when I hit it I will reevaluate from there.  According to the "healthy" weight guidelines I should be even 40 pounds lighter then that but tend to disagree.

I know the other portion is exercise so I have put a call into my old trainer to see if he has time to take me on again.  I know he will be pleased to hear I'm not back at Herbal Magic but instead on Weight Watchers as he always felt the it was a bit of scam.  I have never been a lover of exercise but I know that working out not only helps my body but my mind as well.

So I hope you will join me on my journey and I will share my ups & downs along the way !  I have lots of other things to chat about but will save them for another post !!

Have a great weekend and enjoy spring !!

Taking a break

I'm taking a little break from blogging and computers but hope to be back in a few weeks !!

Chow for now !!