Monday, March 26, 2012

Absent for illness

Mr. Goat is down with the flu.  As we don't have a lot of slack in the goatie household right now, I've had to purge all non-essential things from my schedule this week.  Back when we are feeling better.

Friday, March 23, 2012


No free ebook today - there just wasn't anything good that I knew about. Next week:)

I got 3 cute dresses; I'll try to post pics tomorrow.

Made it to the gym, so I am 4/5 this week!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


No working out today as my babysitter had the day off and my stroller did not fit in my car, even folded up:(

So looking forward to having her back tomorrow.  Old Navy is having a sale on dresses and I am thinking I'll get myself something cute if there is anything age-appropriate in the plus sized section.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I only had 20 min to work out today, so I swam them all.  Big mistake; I was so tired that I fell asleep caring for babies at 6pm and my husband told me to go to bed.  I woke up at 10 and now I'll have trouble getting good sleep tonight.

On the plus side, just having worked out every day for the past week and a half, I can swim for 20 min at a go.  Now I have to decide what my goal will be for April 9th - I'd like  30 mins of continuous swimming, which I will then maintain through the summer and work on speed.  But that would require adding 10 mins in two and a half weeks, which will leave me pretty tired out every evening.  I'm still thinking I'll make that my goal; if I can swim 30 mins continuously on the 9th, it will take some of the sting out of not being able to make the 10 pound challenge.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

200.8 / 204.8 - First Food for Monkey and Football

200.8 was Monday and 204.8 was today.  No idea how I can gain four pounds in a day, but I'll probably have the fun of losing at least two of them tomorrow.  Worked out both yesterday and today.  Wish I had more time to write on this blog, but life keeps me so tired I'm lucky to post this much right now.

I did want to share that Monkey and Football had their first food today.  I am following the Westin A. Price guidelines, so their first food was egg yolk, mixed liberally with breast milk.  Football has been interested in the spoon for a couple of weeks now, and has happily slurped up breast milk with it.  However, she wasn't very interested today; she basically let all the egg stuff drool out while she grinned at me.

I gave Monkey a spoonful, and as soon as I took it out, he started crying.  I worried that he might not like it, but then he grabbed my hand and shoved the spoon back in his mouth:)  By the third spoonful he was slurping it off the spoon.

I only gave them each five spoonfuls, in case they were allergic, but neither of them seems to have had any reactions, so I can give them more tomorrow.  On my way to getting done with this whole breastfeeding thing!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Worked out again today.  Did eat sorbet, but it was made from local strawberries, lemons, and blood oranges, so it was kind of nutrient-dense:)

Week in Review - 3/11 - 3/17

10 Pound Challenge
Highest Daily Weight: 203.6 - Friday
Lowest Daily Weight: 201.2 - Wednesday
Average weight:202.4

Times Worked Out: 5 gym, 1 stroller
Sugar Eaten: 0

22 More Days to go!

2012 Goals
These are all pretty much on autopilot.  I'm kind of bored of talking bout them, honestly.  I've got some big changes planned for this year, which I plan to do a blog post on soon, but it has kind of taken my focus away from this stuff.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Pushed the stroller for 30 min today.  Am totally bushed; I think all this exercising is catching up to me.  Looking forward to when it will be energizing rather than exhausting.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Worked out five days in a row!  This weekend, I'll stroll with babies for my workout.  Even though I'm not losing any weight, I am setting myself up to be in better shape when I can start restricting calories.

Also, I have not eaten any deserts at all, even though my aunt made homemade chocolate chip cookies.  23 days left to go!

Free EBook Friday - Jenny Pox

This week's book:

Book it reminds me of:

I loved The Vampire Diaries when I was 13; I enjoyed Jenny Pox as an adult.  The story is about teenagers, but the gore factor makes this a late teen to adult book.  But who doesn't enjoy a story of a loser in high school who discovers how to use her powers and comes into her own?  Yes, it's an angsty, guilty pleasures kind of read, but that's the fun of e-books; no one has to know that you're reading junk:)

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Did everything right yesterday.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Got everything done yesterday except the blog post. Of course, I had chicken for dinner, and I'm up 1.2 lbs today. We're having chili for dinner tonight, so maybe I'll lose weight tomorrow:)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Also worked out today. No sugar. Crab cakes for dinner, though, so not low fat:)

Monday, March 12, 2012

10 Pound Challenge 8 Week Update

Today, I weighed 203 lbs, with four weeks left to go.  So I have to lose 2 lbs a week between now and April 9th to be entered into the drawing.  I admit it is not likely.  But I hate failing at challenges, so I want to give it my best go.

On the other hand, Monkey and Football are only four months old, so they still get all their nutrition from breast milk.  So I don't want to restrict my eating in a way that might affect my milk production.  (At the end of April , when they turn six months old, I am starting Weight Watchers again.)

So here is my plan:

For the next four weeks I will:

1) Weigh myself every morning

2) Work out every day.  Weekdays will be at least 30 min in the pool; weekends at least 30 min of walking.

3) Eat no junk food.  If it is not highly nutritive, I don't eat it.  That means absolutely no cake, ice cream, sugar cereal, sugar in my oatmeal, cookies, or anything else that might come my way full of empty sugars.  I will continue to drink all the milk I want, and to eat all the meat, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables that I am hungry for.

4) Blog every day about my progress to keep myself accountable.

I started off today weighing 203 lbs, swimming 2 ten min sessions and walking 2 5 min sessions, and eating no refined sugar.  Only 27 more days left to go!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week in Review - 3/4 - 3/11

Weight not going well - I weighed 201.4 lbs this morning.  More on my plans for this tomorrow.

Made it to church, and am plugging along in the Bible.  Am getting really bored of the battles of the Israelites, and they sure did have a lot of them.

Only worked out twice this week.  My hip is killing me, and I am exhausted all the time.  However, I know that if I would just start working out again, I would get more energy.  But I am so tired ...

Money is still boring and on track.

I got some shooting done!  We had a possum in the henhouse.  You have to kill them once they have discovered the chickens, or they will eat them all one by one.  So I shot it with a handgun using personal defense ammunition so as not to damage the house.  Not exactly target shooting, but at least I didn't miss.

My in-laws are in town this week, so posting will remain sparse.  Have a good one!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Free EBook Friday - The Awakening

This week's book:

Book it reminds me of:

Although they seem dissimilar on first glance, these are both novels about alienation and New Orleans society.  The Awakening doesn't have vampires, of course, but the quality of the writing is quite a bit better.  This edition also contains some terrific short stories that explore racial and social themes in a very modern way - it's hard to believe that Kate Chopin died in 1904.  If you liked The Help, you should get this just to read Desiree's Baby, her most famous short story.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Week in Review - 2/26 - 3/3

I weighed 200.6 lbs again today.  I worked out three times this week, so my goal is to up that to four next week.  Also, I brought home a pile of girls scout cookies, which I need to avoid until Mr. Goat eats them all.

My mom's party went well yesterday.  My uncle is still very sick but they are not sure what the problem is.

Everything else is pretty much on autopilot.  I am totally exhausted and both babies are asleep, so I am going to crash out.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Free EBook Friday - The Emperor's Edge

This Week's Book:

Book it Reminds Me Of:

Set in a steampunk-ish world, this is the story of Amaranthe Lokdon, a female law enforcer who excels at her job and desperately wants to break through the glass ceiling.  When the emperor's top adviser promises her a promotion if she can apprehend a notorious criminal, what can go wrong?  Forced into intrigues within intrigues, she discovers that all is not as it seems in the empire, and even within the palace itself.  Amaranthe must decide where her ultimate loyalties lie, and then survive the anger of all the other factions.

I liked this book so much that I purchased it in paperback for Christmas for my in-laws, who are also sci-fi/fantasy readers.  I've also read and enjoyed book two of the series, Dark Currents and Ice Cracker II, a collection of short stories in the world.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Completely Legal Way to Get a Giant Tax Refund!

Give birth to twins at the end of the year.  (Hey, I never said it was frugal)

Our tax refunds (fed and state) hit our account today.  With them and the money I have saved over the past few months, I can top off our 2011 Roths and still have a 6 month bare-bones emergency fund!

I'm going to skip the details on the end of February's challenge (no more cleaning accomplished) and I'll give out Libester Blog Awards (thanks Allison) next week, because I am totally zoinked.  My uncle is in the hospital, my mom is managing his care, and I am managing the preparation for the 30 person luncheon she is giving on Saturday (agreed to long before my uncle got sick).  Bed time for me!