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Springtime and The Bear In Me

Finally, the sun is out again!

 A series of dark gloomy days and March-like temps ( in May) has left my fridge bare and my pants snug. These cold temps make me want to hibernate.


Like a bear. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am part bear.

“Teddy bear?” you ask. Not so much. Probably more like a grizzly bear.

When the outside temps dip below 40 and the leaves begin to turn, bears begin their tradition of eating everything in sight, getting fat, and then heading to the cave to sleep it off for the next 4-5 months. 
For me the uncontrollable urge to give into my inner bear starts about the same the time every year. Beginning around what I call “eating season” or some wiser folks would call “The Holiday Season”

It’s about that time I begin my “farewell to food tour” which usually entails eating everything in sight and eating often. It’s my personal prequel to my annual New Year’s Resolution which is, (shock, shock) for me is to lose weight.

So like a bear, fat and sassy into the winter season I go. But here’s where that darn bear has one-upped me. He can take his chubby ol body and SLEEP through the coldest and most miserable part of the winter. Only to wake up in the Spring, hungry, ornery, and THIN.

 I, like our friend the bear, welcome Spring by being hungry and crabby….but crabby because I’m down to two pair of pants that fit. And terrified by the thought of exposing any part of me between my eyeballs and toes to the viewing public.

About March, I allow myself a quick visitation of summer wardrobe that once again I won’t be able to wear. Shorts? Ain’t happenin this year. Capris? Only if I’m feeling brave and am not out of self-tanning lotion. Cap sleeves? Not in this lifetime.

So off to the store I go to stock up on long pants and oversized t-shirts. Maybe I will get lucky this year and there will be a new special summer clothes section for Yogi Bear-shaped-forty-something-Mothers-of-two.

I am kinda feeling the the dress-with-leggings-underneath look. My deepest fear is that someone will walk up to me and ask “SO..when’s your baby due?”

I guess if I try that look, I’ll get a lot of exercise “sucking in my gut.” 

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The Journey From Muffin Top To Skinny Jeans-the Changing of The Seasons

Hey fellow diet buddies! I am LOVIN this cooler Fall weather. Love, LUV, love. Me no like to sweat.

I also had an interesting revelation today too. Now that school has started I have….dare I say it….time in the morning TO MYSELF! *gasp* WTF??

It’s such an ODD feeling.

So, why do I have a new “Golden Hour” in the morning? Well, going with the theme that our family is SO not “your normal herd” (that’s from the Ice Age movie. Didja know that? Hmmm??) I now have from 7:00 a.m to 8:00 a.m (the time I need to be to work) alllllll to myself. Reason being, the kids get up for School/Preschool around 7:15. To avoid major dramas and meltdowns ( from the Preschooler) it is easier for me to vamoose before they get their little hides outta bed. Daddy is in charge of getting my little cherubs on the bus or to school.

Isn’t he awesome. 🙂

But the bottom line is, I could use that hour to hide in a coffee shop somewhere and get a mad case of the caffeine jitters, or do something that whips my fat butt into shape. I pick “whip fat butt”.

Which is a good feeling, since Winter is coming and I need to lose my “winter padding” from LAST winter. There’s something about cooler weather that makes me want to EAT like a bear going into hibernation. 🙁

Which brings me to the question for this week. How do you stay on track with the change of the seasons?

Eating-wise, it gets a little easier (for me) because in my world …
Fall= Soup Weather. Amanda from Short Mama summed it up this way:“I looooove me some soup! I could eat it nearly every day. A cup of coffee and a bowl of soup and I’m a happy shortmama! Luckily I already have tons of healthy soup recipes saved to try out once the weather cooperates…”

I hear ya sista. The downside is fruit becomes more expensive and my fresh garden veggies will be going bye-bye. I know I can buy the frozen versions, but just an FYI, some of those bad boys had sugar as an ingredient. Not natural sugar either! Be sure and read your labels before buying.

So let me pose this question; what little tricks do YOU have up your sleeve for making the seasonal transition without falling off the Healthy Eating track? Seriously. I need to know. I need all the help I can get on this topic. Advice is good, suggestions would be nice, and recipes would be rockin. Hope to hear from you soon!!!

P.S Watch for Lakes Area Mom Squad’s Happy Health YOU expo in October! More details later 😉
P.S.S Yes, we were toads and didn’t do Sunday Spotlight last Sunday. Labor Day weekend. Need I say more? BUT, I promise an extra good SS feature this coming Sunday 🙂 Stay tuned!

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Mommy The Human Garbage Can: The Journey From Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans

OK..maybe this post would be better if called “Habits Not Diets” because, essentially, that IS what it’s about.

But, c’mon…admit it, MommyThe Human Garbage Can is much, much…..catchier. 🙂

But unfortunately, it’s also pretty fitting for This Old Mom .

Let me rewind a bit. Years ago I read an awesome book called Habits Not Diet. Locate it if you can. Great book on healthy eating. The Cliff Notes version would be, sometimes it’s not just what we eat that makes us “fluffy”, it how we eat.

In other words, our bad habits.

Such “bad habits” would include:

1. Standing at the counter and wolfing down food while we cook or while we serve meals. That is totally a Mom Curse. We get this “smoke ’em while you got ’em” mentality that turns our mealtimes into a timed event. In my house I know at mealtimes, I might just as well plant springs in me butt because I will we leaping up from my chair like, 45 times during the course of a meal. In fact I seriously thought about implanting springs in my Hiner Region, but metal is extra weight. I don’t need any more of THAT. (plus it would be bee-atch to find pants that fit).

2. Parking at the front of the parking lot instead of parking father away and walking. See my thoughts on that here.

3. And consuming your kids leftovers from off their plates because you don’t want it to “go to waste.”

Oooohhhh it WILL go to waste, my friend. YOUR WAIST.

So step aaawwwaaaayy from the grilled cheese sandwich crusts (although they are ROCKIN dipped in Tomato Soup), the last Ravioli, or the hot dog ends! Repeat after me! 
I am not a Disposal Center!

I belatedly had this realization a few nights ago. It was an eye-opening moment where I realized that maybe I need to change my ways. My hubby, bless his pea-pickin little heart, had prepared an awesome supper. As we cleaned up, he handed me the 4 year-old’s half eaten ear of corn and said “here, finish this”.

Now, I have no qualms sharing Preschooler spit with my beloved child’s half eaten chow, but it did really bother me that my family seems to think I am Mommy The Human Garbage Can as well.

I am just waiting for them to step on my foot to see if my mouth pops open.

As I eyed the corn, my Mom’s words rang in my ears, “clean your plate! There are children starving in other countries!!!”

….but it wasn’t quite as loud as another new voice in my head (mine) that calmly reminded, “once on the lips, forever on the hips!!”

Sorry, hungry Third World Countries, I need to be able to chase my kids and not collapse like a beached whale in my backyard. So into the trash the corn went.

So here’s my challenge to you this week. Take a hard look at your habits. Are they derailing your diet efforts? Are you grazing between meals like a desperate Holstein? Are you a chronic stand-and-eat-er? Are you more likely to munch unhealthy things with a morning cup of coffee?

Tell me what are your bad habits?

Oh yeah! Don’t forget to visit the originator of this great meme Short Mama at her blog for more great (and past posts) of The Journey From Muffin Top!

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The Journey From Muffin Top To Skinny Jeans- Part 3

Not long ago I came across this fabulous idea/project via one of my “Bloggy Buddies”. Macey a.k.a Mimi from Living In France (no, she doesn’t live in France) who had teamed up with another mom blogger Short Mama for a weekly Wednesday meme called Journey from Muffin Top to Skinny Jeans. A fabulous idea, a great support system.

SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN! Have you made any changes in the past few weeks? I am not seeing much as far as change on the scale..BUT.. I am proud to say I am STILL “chocolate free” and have been getting a handle on my carb consumption. Boo-yah!

NOW it’s time for this weeks challenge. This weeks project is figuring out how to appreciate your body more. It may not look the way you want it right now but it is yours and you might as well love what you have.

This weeks challenge is going to be just that…a challenge. Personally, I hate looking in the mirror. I have one full length mirror and I rarely use it. If I could only ever use a compact-sized mirror for all my needs, I’d be a happy Mama.

I don’t think I am alone.

I am pretty sure, as moms/women, we often look in the mirror and don’t really like what we see. We see chubbiness, extra baby weight we never lost (even though our “baby” is now starting Preschool) and extra “padding” we’ve accumulated over the years.
It’s stinkin hard to find things about ourselves that we like.
But we need to do it and that is exactly what I want you to do.
In fact I want you to pick 5 things that you love/like/tolerate about your body…as it is right at this moment.

FIVE. I hear ya whining. YES FIVE.

Ok, here’s mine:

1. I like my feet. They are not pretty, they are more “Hobbit-ish” than I care to admit…BUT they keep me upright and will carry me forward to my dreams and goals.

2. I like my hair. I am blessed with the thick mop from my Mom’s side of the family. “Paulson Hair” as my Mom calls it. Most days  ARE “good hair days” for me.

3. I like my hands. “Creative Hands” are what my Dad used to call them (Luv ya dad! Miss you!). They can tickle a tiny tummy, draw funky cartoons for the kids, and type at the speed of light on the ‘puter. I have fingernail woes, but we won’t go there.

4. I like my eyes. They are kind of a pretty blue that tend to go blue/green when I am happy. A word of advice; if they go to red…run like hell.

5. My smile. I think I have a decent smile and if smiling burned calories, I would weigh 98 pounds!

 OK, so how about you? Grab some paper and a pen make some notes about what you like about your current body. Don’t biotch, just do it.
This may err on the side of cornball, but post these somewhere for a few days where you can see them. Make it a reminder of how awesome you are, right now, in this moment.

That’s all for this week. I am not sure what the Skinny Jeans topic will be next week, but I am sure it will be fun 🙂

Be sure and give our Current Roster of Mom Squaders one last peek. We will be posting the new Edition 5 line-up August 1! 

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