Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Goals - week 7

1. Exercise: as of Saturday 2/18/17
Running: 300 miles: To date: 26.51 miles  
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 9.6 miles (made it one day, then got sick)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 5.04 miles 
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 32.11 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 276 minutes (School dance, weights)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk)$828.20, only $19.20 last week.  That's super low for a few reasons: 1. I got a mild version of whatever stomach flu the kids had.  So I didn't eat much. 2. We were on vacation, so we ate out more. 3. We were on vacation, so we didn't get our produce box.  Actually, I'm *pretty* sure the total is bigger than this.  I think there's a missing receipt with milk and applesauce that's in my husband's wallet somewhere.  It will turn up later and end up on the year-end total.

3.  Weight: Scale had me down 3 pounds before the trip, and my pants were falling off me.  I'm sure they will come back though.

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: fail. fail. fail.
Do game night once a week: We played cards on our vacation to Legoland.

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day). 50 blocks done out of 120!



The photo really doesn't do it justice.

- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done.  Mailed.

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?  Been really busy taking care of sick people.

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps.  I was sick. Slept like crap. I'm having a really hard time with heat. It seems like I go to bed cold, then get hot.  When my husband comes to bed I have to strip down, and have been ending up on the couch.  The estrogen is NOT helping.  I think it's making it worse.  And I'm getting headaches.

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week. No attempt at this while I have been sick.

8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own.  Nothing this week.

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Ugh Facebook.  Ugh Trump.  Americans are so stupid.  Do you know that in a single month, the cost to the US Taxpayers for him to go to FL has been $12 million??  That was the ANNUAL budget for the Obamas.  Make America broke again!!  I'd rather my tax bill go to subsidize the ACA.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom.Nothing. But we did talk to the plumber about (finally) replacing the sewer line.  Nothing like $8k bill!

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing.  We need a date.  We will at least get one at the school fundraiser in March?

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): I haven't had coffee since Tuesday.  Tummy bug will do that.  Been enjoying green tea.  The hotel on this trip had Tazo Zen green tea with lemongrass and spearmint.  Yummy.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: I had a glass of wine at my winery before Valentine's day, and bought a bottle to donate to the school auction. 
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  I managed this a couple of days.  Was really dehydrated this week.

14.  Mom's nights/ dad's night once a month: Done for Jan, not for Feb yet.

15.  Host friends.  Done for Jan, not for Feb.  Not gonna happen.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 Goals - Week 6

Let me see if I can get back on track after taking care of sick people for 4 straight weeks, 3.5 of which were spent sleeping on the couch. I get to sleep in my own bed tonight, whee!

1. Exercise: as of Saturday 2/11/17
Running: 300 miles: To date: 22.4 miles  
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 0 miles (rain, sickness, more sickness)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 4.19 miles (oy, been gone weeks)
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 24.95 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 276 minutes (School dance, weights)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk)$809.10, avg of $134.85.  Funny how a couple of weeks of sickies will do that.  Homemade bread, white rice, applesauce, saltines, and plain pasta are cheap!  Last 2 weeks were $101 and $71.  I don't expect that to stay that low.  I think my $7000 goal is going to be tough this year with growing boys.

3.  Weight: Still good.

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: We failed this month
Do game night once a week: Lots of games this week - Candyland, concentration, Olympus.  Not full family but pairs of people playing.

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day).  It's coming along really well.  The low so far this year was in the 30s (purple) and the high was in the 80s (orange).  For reference, there are 3 unused colors.  Magenta (under 30), which we might not hit.  But if we go to the snow for spring break, we will.  (I want to use the temps where we physically are, not necessarily here in town.)  Red is 90-100, and Pink is >100.


The photo really doesn't do it justice.

- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done.  I need to mail the sucker.  My friend is due ANY DAY.

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?  Been really busy taking care of sick people.

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps: It was okay.  Maybe I'm getting used to the couch.  I did not get up and go to the gym, however.

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week. No attempt at this while kids are barfing and hubby is sick.  I'm losing steam.  But honestly, vegetarian has been easy.

8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own.  Nothing this week.

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Did okay here, unless arguing on FB about politics counts?  I can't help myself.  Some people are so young.  And stupid.  And young.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom.Nothing. But we did talk to the plumber about (finally) replacing the sewer line.  Nothing like $8k bill!

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing.  He was sick and I was doing triple duty (work/ kid/ household).  He's finally  healthy but was sick for almost 3 weeks.  I think we might try for a lunch date on Valentine's day.

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): I think I managed this 5/7 days.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: No wine here!  I don't remember the last glass of wine.  But my winery is having a cupcakes and wine tasting this afternoon.  I'm tempted.
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  I managed this at least 4 days.

14.  Mom's nights/ dad's night once a month: Done for Jan, not for Feb yet.

15.  Host friends.  Done for Jan, not for Feb.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Goals - Weeks 4 and 5!

Two for the price of one! Because for the last 3 weeks at least 2 family members have been sick with something.  First fever/ cold/ then infections because the cold wouldn't let go (antibiotics), follows by a stomach virus.  Big kid missed 4 days of school, little kid still has it.  Daddy and I are just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

1. Exercise: as of Saturday 2/4/17
Running: 300 miles: To date: 18.33 miles  (running group started up again!)
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 0 miles (rain, sickness)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 4.19 miles 
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 21.92 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 216 minutes (3 weeks, sleeping on the couch)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk)$xxxx (gatorade, saltines, applesauce).  I'm going to have to update you on week 6.  No access to the home computer and haven't updated the spreadsheet.

3.  Weight: Still good.

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: Zippo. Nada.  Unless cleaning up barf counts
Do game night once a week: Nope

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day): Orange!  It was over 80 for 3 days.  




- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps: Not great sleep this week because I was sleeping on the couch (see sick husband and barfing children).

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week: Came close last week, maybe a little cheese.  No attempt this week, but probably close anyway.

8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own:
Quinoa pineapple stir-fry from Veganomicon last week.  This week, nothing.

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Did okay here.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom.Nothing

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing.  He was sick and I was doing triple duty (work/ kid/ household).  He's still sick, stomach bug this time.

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): This was a rough 2 weeks.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: No wine here!
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  My doc thinks that my occasional light-headedness when exercising is a combo between low blood pressure + slight dehydration.
Mmm...note to self.  Do not try to "make up" for a low water day after 7:15 pm.  I woke up 5 times to pee.  Ugh.

14.  Mom's nights/ dad's night once a month: Done!

15.  Host friends.  We hosted before everyone got sick.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Goals Week 3

1. Exercise: as of Saturday 1/21/17
Running: 300 miles: To date: 14.45 miles  (no change)
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 0 miles (rain)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 3.34 miles (no change)
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 13.61 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 166 minutes (2 short workouts this week)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk)$480.97 (uhhh...my 10 year old is in a growth spurt. ~160/wk so far)

3.  Weight: maintain or lose up to 5 lb: scale said 138.  My preferred range is <141 lb.="" nbsp="" span="" weet="">

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: Zippo. Nada.  Little guy has a cold. Gave it to daddy, oy.
Do game night once a week: Uno and Candyland this week.

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day): More yellow!  And solid blank.  I'll let you noodle that one.  Today was so cold (under 40) I get to use purple.  I am running out of blue-green (51-60F).  I had to buy a slightly different blue-green because Michael's was out.  Oh well, it's going to be scrappy!



- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps: Not great sleep this week because I was sleeping on the couch (see sick husband).

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week: Monday and Weds.  I did okay but dinner had some cream / cheese because it was an ingredient in the prepared food.  Progress not perfection.  Salads, stews, beans and rice, vegan muffins.

8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own:
This week: Hm.  I think I made a new recipe?  But I don't remember?  My husband made lasagna from The Betty Crocker Cookbook though.  I really should start the blog update as I go each week.

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Did okay here.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom.Nothing

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing.  He was sick and I was doing triple duty (work/ kid/ household)

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): This was a rough week.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: Nothing
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  My doc thinks that my occasional light-headedness when exercising is a combo between low blood pressure + slight dehydration.
Mmm...probably did okay for half the week.  I need to take my 24 oz water bottle to work with me.

14.  Mom's nights/ dad's night once a month: Saturday, mom's night whee!

15.  Host friends.  We hosted last Sunday before everyone got sick.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two NEW goals - Social

1. Host friends for dinner or something once/ month
2. Mom's night/ girl's night/ dad's night once/month - we each should get a night out.  And yes, for my husband, this can be going to a movie with a friend.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Goals: Week 2

1. Exercise:
Running: 300 miles: To date: 14.45 miles 
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 0 miles (rain)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 3.34 miles
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 7.56 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 142 minutes (21 day fix Upper fix)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk)$315.65 (uhhh...my 10 year old is in a growth spurt)

3.  Weight: maintain or lose up to 5 lb: didn't get on the scale this week

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: Zippo. Nada.  Little guy has a cold.
Do game night once a week: Clue (kiddo's friend won) and Settlers of Catan (I won, but the game was so long everyone was starting to help me win).

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day): 14 blocks down, we hit 71 yesterday whee!  I got to use yellow.  I am running out of blue-green (51-60F).

- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps: Haven't started.  Slept really well this week.

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week: Weds and Friday.  I made oatmeal with almond milk for breakfast.  It was delish.  I ate bean and rice bowls for lunch or dinner, plus salad.  I also had oven roasted tofu from Eats Well With Others.

8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own:
This week: Apple Pie Oatmeal  from The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon.  It was *very* filling.
Cocoa and raspberry (I subbed cherries) muffins from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. These were yummy but a little underdone on the bottom, even with cooking the full time.  But vegan, so do I have to worry if they are a little gooey?  I will probably just reheat in the oven.

I also made soyrizo cajun vegetable stew in the Instant Pot. I've made this before but edited the method to work in the Instant Pot.  Trying to get good at making things so I can use the sucker mid-week.  It was good, but I'm generally not a fan of using soy based processed foods.  So I need to figure out the spices so I can just make it with beans. I set some aside in the freezer for my vegan days (and the muffins are for breakfast).

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Did okay here.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom.Nothing

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): Yes, Monday to Weds, and Friday.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: Nothing
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  My doc thinks that my occasional light-headedness when exercising is a combo between low blood pressure + slight dehydration.
Mmm...probably did okay for half the week.  I need to take my 24 oz water bottle to work with me.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals week 1:

1. Exercise:
Running: 300 miles: To date: 9.26 miles 
Biking: 500 miles: To date: 0 miles (rain)
Swimming: 50 miles: To date: 1.64 miles
Walking: 150 miles: To date: 1.58 miles
Weights/ yoga: 30 minutes a week (1560 this year): 110 minutes (yoga stretch, Cize crazy 8's, physical therapy for my back, Chisel strength ISO)

2. Grocery bill: Keep it under $7000 ($134.62/wk): $172.62 (uhhh...my 10 year old is in a growth spurt)

3.  Weight: maintain or lose up to 5 lb: scale had me under 140, so I'm good.

4.  Family:
Go on 12 family hikes: Zippo. Nada
Do game night once a week: Kid #1 was 3 for 3 in Clue today

5.  Crafts:
- Crochet a blanket (a "thermometer" granny square blanket, based on the temperature each day): 7 blocks down, pretty boring so far, temps have been 49 to 62.

- crochet a purse: nothing
- finish a quilting baby blanket: done

- participate in my quilting group's exchange: nothing
- make 12 snowflakes: nothing
- attempt to make socks: I've pinned a bunch of instructions?

6.  Sleep: keep track of it and see if the low dose estrogen helps: Haven't started.  Had one bad night sleep (4 year old 2 am wakeup)

7.  Food: eat vegan 2 days a week: Almost on Weds and Saturday.  This was a last minute whim of a goal, and I had no non-dairy option for my coffee.  So 
Weds had milk in my 1 cup coffee, and my (pre purchased frozen) veggie burger had cheese in it.
Sat had milk in my first cup coffee.  My lunch was fab!


8.  Cookbooks: Try 1 recipe from every cookbook I own:
This week: Roasted tomato and white bean soup from Bikini Bootcamp by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg.
Roasted brussels sprouts with rosemary from The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon (recipe included potatoes, which I left out because I didn't have them)
I also tried a new Mexican rice recipe in the Instant Pot.  It was not as good as my Spanish rice.

9.  Work:
     a. Skills: Learn enough programming to automate the data pulls for problem lots (which requires pulling data from 2 different databases).  Haven't worked on this yet.
     b. Personal:  Don't engage.  Really.  Found a 4th person that I need to "not engage" with.  Oops.

10.  Home: Contact contractor/ architect on adding a second bathroom. Nothing

11.  Garden: actually plant tomatoes this year.  Baby steps. Nothing
Ooh, need to add: put some ground cover in the back dirt patch

12.  Spouse: once a month lunch date: nothing

13.  Beverages:
- Drink less coffee and more tea (one cup coffee per day): Yes, Monday to Friday.
- Do not buy any wine aside from my two wine club memberships: Nothing
- Drink two 24-oz bottles of water a day, minimum.  My doc thinks that my occasional light-headedness when exercising is a combo between low blood pressure + slight dehydration.
Mmm...probably did okay for half the week.