Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Boys Will Be Boys - Mom Can Fix It!

What do I do as soon as I no longer have school work to worry about (technically I have one more paper to finish, but not a big deal)?  I break out the sewing machine that has not seen the light of day for the past 21 months!  It is spring-time here in Pennsylvania and we will still need to wear pants until about June; however, the boys only had two pairs of jeans (two for each of them) that did not have massive holes in the knees. My handy MIL had fixed a few already a few months ago, but I got the bug to learn to do this myself so the boys could get more wears out of them before we move on to shorts season.  The last thing I want to do right now is buy them more pants as I'm sure in the fall, they will be moving up a size in jeans, but then they will just need play clothes as they will be wearing uniforms to school.  I don't think I've posted recently about the school choice for the boys' Kindergarten, but will do that later.  They are going to our local Catholic school in the fall.

I found the instructions how to do the patching like my MIL did on Pinterest and I went to town.  This is no where near the numbers of pants I have fixed for them.  I believe I've done about 10 pairs of pants already and I have four more left to go.  I took old jeans I had in the basement I've been saving to make a quilt out of jeans fabric and used them for the patch on the backside of the fabric.  Pin that in place and go to town with a funky zig zag stitch to keep it in place on top.  The boys knees will now be better protected with this patching in place.  To say I am proud of myself, is an understatement.  

Let's hope their uniform pants in the fall survive better than these pants.  I don't think patching knees is in the dress code!  I'm sure Step One when they walk in the house will be to change out of their uniform!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Last Weekend in School

I'm at school for my last weekend before graduation!  We will be leaving in about one hour and then we will have graduation on May 17.  It was 21 months ago I began this journey to get my MBA and I'm so surprised it's over.  I've learned so much and have truly changed for the better.  I've learned more than just accounting, financial management, marketing and strategy.  I've learned how to manage my time better, focus on what's important and let go what is not.

I have a huge thank you to my family: my amazing husband and fabulous daughter and sons!  They have been so supportive of me in the pursuit of my goals.  I look forward to having more time to spend with them and also find my next goals and dreams.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Losing Weight Over 40

I am finding that for me losing weight over 40 is extremely difficult.  I have a lot of empathy right now for anyone that has tried to lose weight, as I'm finding it to be hard to achieve.  I've gained about 10 pounds while I've been in this EMBA program due to lack of exercise and comfort eating.  I've been trying for a few months now to get very serious about losing this weight, but now I've stepped it up in high gear.  Especially this week, I've been very good, but I've barely seen the scale budge.

I managed to exercise three times this week, as I try to get back into that habit.  Unfortunately, it could not be more as we had a presentation at school this week and we had a lot of team conference calls to prepare for that.  But on top of that, I've been very good with my eating.    I'm drinking green tea and not coffee all week.  This reduces my sugar intake as I like sugar and milk in my coffee and nothing in tea other than lemon.  I've also been starting my day with a glass of lemon water to detox my system to hopefully help my metabolism.  And I've had no wine all week, which is so unlike me.  I did have two glasses last night when I went out with two of the ladies from the EMBA program for Spanish tapas. I've also been drinking a lot of water and herbal tea during the day to minimize hunger and stay hydrated.

I've been working off a default diet to ensure I'm not thinking too much about what I'm eating.  I've had my Shakeology protein shake every morning made with unsweetened almond milk.  A salad for lunch every day with greens, cucumbers and avocado with Gwyneth Paltrow's carrot-ginger salad dressing.  I also always need an afternoon snack around 3PM.  I try to make it sensible, like veggies and hummus.  Then I will eat whatever we are having as a family for dinner, but being very mindful of my portion sizes.

You would think all this would make the weight shed very quickly as it is so different from how good I'm being.  Not so much.  I'll be really happy and feel accomplishment when I see the scale get below 135, as that is the set point my body seems to want to stay at or above these days.  Let's hope it happens for me this week.  I'm blaming the difficulty of achieving this to being over 40 and my metabolism is just much different from what it used to be.  I also think there is a piece that is hormonal, as I'm due for my monthly cycle next week.  It is usually had for me to gain weight the week before my cycle, so maybe being steady and practicing some new healthy habits will make me shed next week if I continue.  Let's hope so!

Update:  I did get a fourth workout in on Saturday when I got back from school.  They let us out early. I was very happy with that, as after I gave my presentation Saturday morning, I was ready to be done!