Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lydia's First Basketball Game

In the last few months, I've started following Spurs basketball again. I was sort of forced to stop when I decided to give up cable several years ago. Then partly as a way of giving Peter some alone time and partly as a way to spend more time with my parents, I started going to their house with the girls to watch games.

Lydia has developed a fondness for the games. I think for her the thrill is mostly about staying up late with Grandmom and Granddad.

So I was really excited when my dad invited the two of us to go with him to a Toros game last Friday.

If you're not familiar with the Toros then you're probably far too cool to be reading this blog. They're the Austin D-league basketball team. I think one of my favorite things about the Austin suburb scene is the minor leagues. In addition to the Toros, we've got the Express baseball team and the Stars hockey.

Plenty of fun.

While we were there, Lydia got to share Mommy's soda. That was probably a bigger deal than watching the game as she never gets to drink caffeine. There was a specific moment when I could tell the caffeine kicked in—she went from quietly observing to yelling her support.

Also, we got to sit right behind the pretty dancers. That's better than court-side to a little girl.

As fun as the night was, even more fun has been hearing her talk about it for a week. She's been telling everyone who will listen that "I saw the Spurs and we won!"

Good for her.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Weight Loss Challenge: Shopping Healthy

Photo by Mette Finderup
I went on my first shopping trip buying yuppy food. You know—whole foods, clean foods, natural foods…whatever you want to call it. I went to the local Sprouts instead of Whole Foods so I still have a little money left for retirement. I am interested in taking my receipt to HEB and comparing the prices.

I bought a lot of raw fruits and veggies along with some low-ingredient, processed foods like cheese, juice, and tortilla chips.

There are some things I just couldn't bring myself to buy either because I choked on the price or the calorie count. For example, I went to a normal grocery store for my bread because I eat sandwiches almost every day and the extra 20 or 30 calories a slice adds up quickly. I also bought sliced deli meat elsewhere because it cost more than I wanted to pay.

And it took sooooo long! I ran into HEB to buy the few remaining items on my list (seriously, like a dozen) and it took an HOUR! Reading labels and trying to make the cleanest, healthiest option is exhausting. In the end, I almost always went with the item I would have bought if I hadn't read the label, but at least I felt like my judgment isn't too far off. . . or maybe it's so off that I can't tell and in a few years I'll be embarrassed when I think of what I used to buy.

As for the basics, I think I ate pretty well. I had an avocado, tomato, and mozzarella salad for lunch and turkey nachos for dinner. For exercise, I went jogging.

Weight: 169 lbs
Lbs Lost: 5
Lbs Left: 20

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lesson for My Daughters, #2: Being a good sport

Photo by Daniel Tiriba
"When you win, don't swagger. When you lose, don't sulk."—Pastor Rick Warren

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lesson for My Daughters #1: Forgiveness and Justification

"On the cross, He was treated as if He'd done everything we had done so that when we believe, we are treated as if we've done everything He's done."—Tim Keller

"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God." (Romans 5:8, 9 ESV)

Friday, February 1, 2013

2013 Weight Loss Challenge

Today, exactly 3 months after Pru's birth, my office is starting a weight loss challenge. About 30 employees, including myself, will be competing to lower our body weight, BMI, and body fat the most in 12 weeks. This is great for me; I really needed the motivation to get past this weight loss plateau. I've lost about half the weight that I gained, but I still have 30 or 40 pounds to lose.

My problem is that I still haven't decided what approach I should take with my diet.

I've been preparing to get my family to a healthier, whole foods-based diet and was actually planning on starting that soon—like, at our next shopping trip. I didn't have an exact start date in mind, but I've been researching and planning major changes…then I got the email about the weight loss challenge. Now I'm torn between adopting a whole foods, but often high calorie, approach or using processed, low-calorie alternatives to lose weight and hopefully win the contest.

I know that the whole foods diet would be more filling and give me more energy, but whole foods also means whole calories and that natural sugar and natural fat is going to cut into my calorie budget significantly.

If I fill my pantry with low-calorie but processed foods, I have a better shot at reaching my weight-loss goals. Maybe it will be fine as a kickstart for getting back in shape. While whole foods might be more nutritious, some of my most nutritionally literate friends and family members are overweight because at end of the day, weight loss is a matter of calories in being less than calories out. Maybe a "clean" foods diet is not what I need for this particular health goal. But then again, it is what I want for my family in the long term.

Argh! Frustration!

I will try to update on my progress as I go.

Weight: 174 lbs
Lbs Lost: 0
Lbs Left: 25