Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oh Weight Watchers, we meet again...

Word of advice for any new mom- sign your baby up for a swim class.  Now.  CJ has now been napping for almost 4 HOURS after his 11:00 class.  All we do is sing a little, hold the babies as we glide them through the water, and play with some rubber duckies for a half an hour.  But, man, does it make him zonk out.  And, he absolutely LOVES it.  Here is a picture of me, my friend Caroline, and CJ and his friends Case and Jason. 
Now if you haven't seen me in awhile, especially since after having CJ, you may in the back of your mind be thinking, "wow, Angie still hasn't lost that baby weight yet."  Don't feel guilty, we've all sized each other up at one time or another.  Here are some pictures of me over the past 5 or 6 years:
Our Honeymoon August 2006
Fall 2010-right before getting pregnant-unfortunately at the high end of what I usually weigh
36 weeks and HUGE
About a month after having CJ
The sad thing is, even though I have lost about 35 lbs, I still don't look much different in the picture above when compared with the one in the pool.  Sigh.  We all know that it's normal to gain weight when getting pregnant and having a baby.  We also all know that it can take awhile to get back to normal.  The frustrating thing is that I have been working really hard to lose weight for the past several months and have not budged much on the scale.  I can't say that it's all muscle because I still can't fit into most of my prepregnancy clothes.  I was hoping to lose the weight with exercise (P90X, Insanity, Zumba, and running) and without dieting (but still eating healthy).  The one vice I do have is desserts because as you know I love to bake (see below pictures) but otherwise in general I do not buy junk food, I cook healthily with trying to limit processed, packaged foods, and I rarely drink soda.  My lunches usually are vegetable- packed soups.  I work out at least 4-5 times a week.  Grrr.  It was so easy to pack on the pounds, but it just seems like my body is wired to keep them.  SOOOO... I have decided to start tracking "points" again and joining Weight Watchers.  I've done it twice before, and both times worked well especially before we got married.  Even though I loved the way I looked that summer of my wedding, I know that weight (135 lbs) is just not realistically manageable for me.  I believe that my ideal weight is around 145-150 lbs.- so that's my goal.  I've got between 25-30 lbs. to lose!  Kevin has also convinced me to give up sweets with him for Lent so let's all look forward to my blog post after Easter when I take pictures of the yummy stuff I will have baked!  HA!

Enough ranting about my weight.  Onto some CJ updates.  He is crawling!!  After about a month or so of him getting up on all fours and rocking, then collapsing on his stomach and "swimming," he has put two and two together.  Of course with all of his toys in the middle of the family room where does he head- to the fireplace.  Or to the corner with the vent in the floor and the drapes for the sliding glass door.  Here are some pictures of him around the house from over the past few weeks. 
Another warm day!

Not crawling quite yet

The night CJ started crawling

Izzie is not scared of him anymore!

I love his feet

CJ thinks his sippy cup is a teething toy

He's very curious about our friends' dog Milo

Helping CJ "walk"

Future basketball player?

Drooling over his Valentine's Day card

Speaking of Valentine's Day, Kevin and I have a tradition of NOT going crazy over celebrating the holiday that my friend Stephanie and I used to call Communist Day in college.  However, I do use it as a good excuse to cook a fancy dinner for Kevin and I and this year was no exception.  I made Beef Wellington with roasted Fingerling Potatoes and a Red Velvet Cheesecake.  I was going to also make roasted asparagus with Hollandaise but the eggs ended up scrambling as I was making the sauce.  Note- do not multi-task next time.  I also tried to make the peppercorn sauce that accompanies the beef in the recipe.  Note- do not EVER flambe anything again.  The Beef Wellington I thought would be absolutely amazing but it was nothing to get excited about.  I was pretty impressed with the cheesecake though.  The red velvet cake part was tasty and the cheesecake itself was very fluffy.  Thank you Pintrest!
Other baking/cooking projects of note:
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Baby Food- Fail!!!

CJ HATED my green beans (but likes Gerber's)
Don't even get me started on making my own baby food.  Maybe another blog post.  Well, I will leave you with two more random pictures from my project to show- one of my candy dish of Valentine Hearts (candy makes a great and tasty decoration) and then the other was a random glass I found at an antique store that my grandma used to have.  It's nothing special, but I immediately remembered it when Kevin's sister Anna showed me the glass at the store. 

Hope your weather is just as lovely as ours.  I am going to go back inside and look through my new Cooking Light magazine and not try to think about the cupcakes in the freezer.  At least they last a few months and you can then take out a couple at a time. ;)

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