Well mark me absent. Sorry. A lot of life happens in August!
So that porch project I mentioned a while back......or at least I think I mentioned it.....who really keeps track? It circled the bowl for a while and disappeared, thanks to city codes. So that idea morphed into "lets just get some patio furniture and make that weird, uninviting space more inviting" because hey!, good timing, furniture in the patio variety is going on clearance everywhere. On a Monday morning I saw a tent sale outside a new furniture store and it was full of patio stuff. Tuesday evening we went to check it out and it was gone. Like the tent never was. So we went inside thinking we'd ask or at least find the last few reject pieces to look at. Nothing. Since we were there we figured we should look around because we made the trip and we've been thinking about (and saving for) new living room furniture for years but not decided what we really wanted. Turned out they were having a big sale. We took the week to think about it and set a budget. Saturday we looked again, calculated over and over, discussed, sat, laid down, rearranged and measured, sat some more, made ourselves reaaaaaally comfy and finally decided. Part of the new set arrives on Thursday! A sectional big enough that, for the first time since we've been married, my 6'6 husband can actually lay down comfortably and all of us will be able to be on it, at the same time, EVEN if he is laying down! I'm a tad excited. We haven't owned a new piece of furniture (that wasn't someone else's first) in about 10 years. A new coffee table and end table arrive in about 6 weeks (on back order).
School prep is in full swing. One boy down and one girl to go. Tomorrow its schedule pick up and then off to shop for her new fashion identity for this year. She's been Pinteresting like crazy!
The Dude's bedroom Transformation is 99% complete. Just a few little things left to hang.....which I keep forgetting about.
I am currently in conflicted mommy mode. I am so excited and ready for school to start and to get into a normal rhythm as well as get some alone time back and be able to get things done in the house in a more efficient manner.......but school starting also means that we go back to barely seeing Wonderteen. It feels forever between weekends and considering how much closer we've all gotten this summer, it will probably feel worse. Watching these kids grow and come into themselves is so amazing and the school year tends to bring on explosive growth. It always seems that school starts and within a month I'm noticing big "growing up" changes in conversation and responsibility.
Weigh-ins have continued. I feel like I've been driving toward 160 with a bungee cord attached to my butt. I push to get there and right when I think its within my reach I am pulled back a pound....or even two. It's been frustrating. Though while the number dance has been happening I've noticed definition happening. My face continues to change, my collar bones and arms look different. Watches and rings continue to get bigger. Belts are still losing notches and those shorts that started to feel baggy are now looking baggy and unflattering. I finally had to bite the bullet and get the girls some new gear......yes, I had to do the dreaded bra shopping again. Though this time I actually purchased. When they measured me they didn't tell me "uh, you need an F, we don't carry those". Instead I heard the great news that I officially am down a band size into the 30's instead of the 40's but.....lets just say that a double turned into a triple and now that my mid section is starting to slim more, the girls are just.....OUT THERE.
As of yesterday I am solidly at 160.0. I didn't buy avocados this week, I am going to avoid oil like the plague, I bought one bar of chocolate and marked each piece with a day of the week so I can have one square per day and it will be easy to see when I have had too many. Though I didn't eat one yesterday.....amazing. This week I am hoping to FINALLY get into the 150's and break through this wall. I read about all these people who make the switch to a plant based diet and just start dropping pounds left and right....it's not happening for me! Its frustrating but I know that my body has held on to the pounds tightly. Friends are dropping as much, or even in one case double, what I have already lost and they've done it in at least half the time. I've now been doing this for well over a year and I'm only down 32 lbs. I'm not saying that 32 isn't any big deal - it is a big deal and it's a lot of weight - I just really thought I'd be done by now. Exercise....well, that really hasn't been happening. It took several weeks for my hips to recover from the cabin jogging I did and a couple weeks ago, then I attempted the treadmill and my hips went all kinds of painful crazy. So it appears that being a runner is not in my future and I've been avoiding the treadmill as I like feeling comfortable walking. Once school starts I plan to start working some Pilate's into my day, as that is gentle on the joints, can be done in short increments and most positions are laying down which should be easy on the hips.
In more romantic news....Last week Mr schemed with the kids to get me out on a surprise date. He sent me flowers and asked me out just like he did for our very first date. We went out to dinner and to see the new Batman in Imax (still loved it by the way). While we were at dinner he stopped and looked at me, really looked at me, and told me that since we've been married, I've never been more beautiful. Other than the first 6 months we were together (when I was a tiny 115 and a size 4....who knows what size that would be today though) I've been heavy. It started with beginning birth control and packing on a whopping 50 pounds in less than 5 months. It just wouldn't come off.....that combined with the diet change of "mommy and daddy's groceries" to "living on your own groceries" it just did bad things to my body and I haven't looked the same since. For years I've looked in the mirror and not recognized myself. Flipping back and forth between a vision in my head being smaller than reality and then looking in the mirror and feeling much larger than reality. Now however...in my head I see myself at my goal weight and size and my body feels uncomfortably big and in the way. It causes frustration.....and humor......one day I was laying down and put my hand down at my waist and felt this bulge. At first I thought "what the heck is that!" and then.....I realized it was a fat roll and laughed myself silly. Even the fat that is still there is different. Everything is changing, fitting differently, looking differently....my face probably fascinates me the most. I've seen this fat girl so long and focused on what I wanted my body to look like for so long that my new slimmer face surprises me. When I see pictures, I think whoa....that is me??? Crazy.
The heavy compliment? It came from Mr as we walked into the furniture store. We were having a conversation about people we know with negative attitudes, how it seems like they search for things to complain about and can't seem to see the good in anything. Then Mr says "They don't have a joyful spirit and aren't lucky enough to have a wife who has a joyful spirit to teach them." It went something like that...but it really hit me and I didn't know what to say as I felt tears start to well up. Of course those had to be stuffed down because we were going into the store and I really didn't need to be that girl at the moment. Those words though....it is a heavy compliment. Its both something to live up to and affirming something I've striven for most of my life. To take all of the trials and challenges life has handed me and make myself better with them.....never bitter. It's always been a challenge to mentally not pull the "oh poor me" card or fall into that trap the world seems to set for people "oh you've been through so much, I'd be a little angry at the world too". NO. Adversity is NO excuse for a bad attitude, anger, bitterness or an invasive negativity that is toxic to everyone around you. Adversity is an opportunity, to grow, to learn, to be stretched, to have the ability to stand in someone else's shoes and be able to mean it when you say I understand. Adversity is an opportunity to gain wisdom. Don't focus on the love and support you needed and didn't get - you can't go back and change your experience in life any more than you can change the ingredients in last nights dinner. Focus on how you can use that experience. Love and support someone else the way you needed it. Give to others what you wish you'd received. Missing out is not a valid reason for withholding from others. It might just bring you healing in the process.
A joyful spirit.... Wow. Me? He really thinks that of me? ......that may be the compliment of a lifetime.
Blessings to you, for a joyful spirit in all things transitional and stationary, may the blessing of laughter and joy bubble up from within your soul and be displayed on your face.