Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Falling Behind

I have most definitely fallen behind in the fitbit step challenge, but it’s not because I am not giving a good effort! I got more than 10,000 steps yesterday.

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These ladies are just on fire! I am proud of them and all they are accomplishing and I feel a little bummed that I haven’t kept up!

I woke up yesterday with the headache that I got on Monday afternoon. Those are just debilitating. I rested up until I felt better in the afternoon. I have used something like this in the past an excuse not to get in any activity all day, but I didn’t do that this time. Once I felt better, I got on it and got it done—as my steps show. Could I have gotten more steps had I felt better? Probably. But I’m not going to kill myself to do that.

I started with a walk outside. We finally had a day without strong winds, so I hit up the path—which was so nice and smooth!

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Our sidewalks around here are terrible—a lot of it from trees falling on them during a horrible wind storm a few years ago.

I ended up walking for just short of an hour. I think that’s my longest walk yet. Baby girl was getting fussy and it was about nap time. That accounts for 5,195 of my steps for the day.

After a rainy week last week, we are enjoying green grass and blooming spring flowers. It’s a beautiful time of year! Here are some of the blooms from my gardens.

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We have SO many tulips now. I think I’m going to have to do a little work on rearranging them back into a line—they’re kind of taking over everywhere! I will have to research how to do that because I have no idea.

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So pretty though! I especially love the ones that have seemed to cross colors.

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I do look forward to working in my flower beds this year. Last year, I didn’t get anything done with them. Baby was born May 1st and, well, you know the rest of the story—so I think that’s understandable.

I need to find a way to keep baby safe outside when I’m working. I’m thinking of getting one of these things until we can afford to put up a nice fence someday.

This one is also kind of nice…but I’m not sure if I love that it has a floor or not? I think she would enjoy playing in the grass. But I love how this one folds up so compactly and we could bring it camping, etc.

Any suggestions? Do any of you mamas have something like this?

Alright, back to my day. Once again, it was just an average day and I did all of the usual things around the house and with baby.

I was seriously craving some beef stew from the moment I woke up. lol. I think it’s all of the extra activity making me want to eat some “real” food. We’re out of the beef roasts from hubby’s parents and I didn’t really want to go buy one, so I got creative.

Hubby’s parents give us canned meat—it’s their beef roasts that they’ve canned somehow. It’s absolutely tender and delicious, but I never know what to do with it. I usually use it for BBQ beef—it’s a quick and easy meal.

I decided to use it in my favorite beef stew recipe (also Hubby’s parents). The recipe calls for it to be baked in the oven, which is what I usually do, but I decided to throw it all in the crock pot. It turned out delicious! I have to say it wasn’t as good as the kind baked in the oven, but it was definitely a super easy way to make stew that was full of veggies. The whole family loved it and I’m always looking for foods to make that baby girl can easily eat—even better when it’s full of veggies!

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I want to share this recipe with you all the next time I make it. I want to make sure I provide 100% accurate points values when I do so—I just estimated the serving size, etc. for myself.

After supper, we went for another walk as a family. It was a little over a half hour.

I am really tired and worn out today. I felt myself getting super irritable last night and that’s become a sign that I need to rest before it gets out of hand. Today I’m actually feeling the physical “anxiety” that has gone along with my postpartum depression.

One of my biggest triggers is not getting enough sleep and the baby girl hasn’t been sleeping through the night lately—I was up three times last night. So yeah, I’m tired and I think I’m getting sick so that doesn’t help.

I’m not sure if I will meet my step goal today or not, hopefully I start to feel better and I can get out there and get those steps!

3 comments:

  1. Well, you are making great "strides," that's for sure! :) It's great to compete, but just imagine also that you are competing against the "you" from the last 10.5 months or so. The current Alissa is definitely coming out on top! :)

    There weren't any links or pictures of the play yards or whatever it is you were talking about. I'm not sure how Sienna would do, but my babies kept me busy trying to eat leaves, grass, and even bugs. If they weren't trying to eat them, they were screaming and kicking their legs because a bug was crawling on them. Lol So I would be all for the floor. Haha But I do see your point about her wanting to play in the grass, so it's your call.

    Our neighbor just set up a tent that has all mesh sides. They put a chair in and read for hours, enjoying the outside weather with no bugs! I think that would be so neat, and it would also be great for a baby since it would give plenty of room and total protection from bugs, wasps, bees, and sunburn. I wish I had one now! :)

    All the flowers are pretty. This is our week of nothing but rain. Yuck. Makes me feel lazy! Maybe we will get the sunshine next week. :)

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  2. Beautiful flowers! I am jealous, ours are just beginning to peek out from the ground :)

    I had a play yard like the fist picture. My youngest loved it and it was nice to keep him in one place. The sides were really sturdy, and he was a wild man :)

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    1. I feel really goofy, but there is NO picture or link for me to click on to see these play yards! I just double checked after seeing your comment. LOL So weird!

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