Friday, July 4, 2014

Joining Weight Watchers

Life update notice:  My father died of a heart attack on June 5, 2014.  I will write about it.  I will.I just can't do that right now.  I'm going to write about something else important to me, but not at all in the same way: my weight.

I have to face it: I gained about 15 lbs when I moved from Korea to America in 2010 (and was definitely not at my lowest at the end of my Korea stay--around 180lbs) and then put on a lot more (45) while pregnant (I weighed 240 at the hospital weigh-in while in labor).  I lost some of that (about 30 lbs of it) within the first few weeks and then another 10 or so while breastfeeding.  This school year I had a really tough schedule.  My students ended up being awesome, and I felt a lot better about it as a teacher than I really expected to, but the stress contributed to packing on a few more pounds and that 10 I lost breastfeeding has crept back.  I haven't seen below 200 since before I was pregnant.  It's time to get serious about this problem.

I joined Weight Watchers with Mom about three weeks ago.  I like it a lot more than I thought I would.  The first week, I weighed in at 212.6 lbs.  They set a goal for me to lose 5% (or 11 lbs.), which seems very manageable for me.  I've decided when I hit that goal, I will dye my hair red again.  I've been wanting to for some time, but not really doing it because I'm so unhappy with my appearance at this weight.  It seems like a perfect reward for my first goal!

Tomorrow will be my second weigh-in.  I'm not doing perfectly, but it is helping me focus on building more healthful habits again.  And I lost weight the first week (2.4 lbs, actually... which was more than I expected to lose) and think I might be down another pound this week (my clothes are starting to feel more comfortable again).  Then again, I was flaring this week and started the steroids again, so my cravings were out of control some days.  We'll see tomorrow.

Honestly, though, just being part of the program is bringing a mindfulness to my health choices that I'm already really enjoying.  I have been exercising more and have been more attentive to both my food choices and my portion sizes.  I'm eating a lot more fruits and vegetables.  I feel a lot better, even though I've been working a lot at hotline and curriculum writing.  It is nice to feel healthier and more powerful that way.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Bunny Train

Yesterday may have been the best day of my son's life.  You see, J has an obsession with trains.  We have so many train books, train toys, train pajamas, train ... everything currently cluttering up our home that it is difficult to believe so many varied train THINGS even exist.  Furthermore, we cannot go anywhere in the world without noticing that hey--over there are some train tracks!  Wow--look at that train!  Hear the train sound!  Trains--totally exciting.

We often walk to a small park near our house and along the back of the park runs an old train track.  I found out, through googling, that the track is used only by a small, historic rail company operating out of Walkersville, MD called Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum.  They run mostly day train excursions on weekends in spring, summer, and fall with occasional dinner trains and events.  One of their more popular events is the Easter Bunny Train.

We rode the train yesterday with the Easter Bunny.  He gave J a little bunny toy.  Then, we went to the little museum and had juice and cookies.  It was a lovely afternoon and a beautiful trip.  It ran through the back of some neighborhoods, through the two parks near the center of Walkersville, past the high school where a baseball game was happening, and through several farms--mostly dairy I'd guess from the presence of the cows.  The best part was the little bridge over the Monocacy River.  Spectacular views--I wish I had brought my camera.  Min Gi remembered his on his phone, so we got a few shots, but not the ones I would have taken.

J has not stopped talking about it since then.  And probably won't for awhile.  I love how easy it is to make his day these days.  I am very excited for this summer and the toddler adventures to come.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Motherhood and Time

J is at a wonderful age where I have started being able to read again.  Not that motherhood is really any less demanding or time consuming.  Nor have I stopped working two jobs (actually, I also started taking graduate courses toward a new certification).  I just feel like I'm getting a grip on what it actually feels like to be myself and a mom at the same time.  I know that's weird, since I've been a mom for almost a two and half years.  I don't know how else to explain it, though.  I just suddenly feel like my identity has merged with motherhood in the last few months.

Maybe it has more to do with not being so sick all the time.  I've been dealing with cyclical bouts of UC since J was about 5 months old.  They seem to have (knock on wood) slowed down for the time being.  Just the last few months, I've emerged from a bit of a fog.  I'm feeling less depressed and more settled.

Maybe it is because my son is talking more and is really an independent little person.  I deal better with people with a certain level of self-sufficiency and babies really, really lack that quality (no knock on them, now.  It's part of the process).  I'm certainly enjoying motherhood in this stage a lot more.

Well... whatever it is... I feel like I want to write here again.  At least for today.

I read a really good book the other day.  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a beautiful, sad, moving young adult romance.  I think I loved it so because, as the Shakespearean allusion in the title promises, it is chock-full of literary joy.  Everything from William Carlos Williams to video games-turned-novels is referenced and woven into the love story.  I really cannot imagine this part of the novel carrying over well to the screen, although the movie is set to come out soon.  We'll see.

Anyhow, it only took about two days for me to read it.  I recommend you pick it up.  Have tissue box handy and enjoy.


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