Friday, May 27, 2011

7 Pounds

So as you may know, I've really been struggling with this cycle of losing a few pounds and immediately gaining them back.  On May 1st I, once again, made a recommitment to diet and exercise.  I lost 2.6 pounds by the 10th, then we left for Hawaii the next day.  My goal was to just not gain any while on vacation, as I knew to try to lose would be absolutely pointless.  For the most part I did really good, avoiding most of the junk that the in-laws brought into the condo, but I did have a burger on our snorkel trip and some ice cream on the way back from Hana.  Anyway, I reluctantly weighed myself the day after we got home and was shocked to discover that I had lost 2 pounds!  What?!??  That NEVER happens!  I usually can't even maintain my weight on vacation, let alone lose!  Then again, I did start out the trip kind of sick and didn't eat much the first few days (more on that here).

Then yesterday I weighed again and was down another 2.6 pounds!  In 6 days.  And I wasn't even all that good the first few of those days (I had baked a cake with some eggs I needed to use up and had french toast and bacon one morning, albeit only 1 piece of each).

So anyway, I'm down a total of 7.2 pounds since May 1st.  Whoo-hoo!  My current short-term goal is to lose 5.4 by June 30th.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hawaii Trip, Part Two

We had such a great time.  It was SO nice to be somewhere warm!  I loved being able to walk around anytime of day in shorts and a tee shirt or tank top and not be cold.  Coffee on the deck first thing in the morning?  Perfectly warm.  Walk on the beach at sunset?  Perfectly warm!

We mostly spent our days between the beach and the pool.  The girls loved digging in the sand with their pails and shovels, and they loved playing in the ocean in their floaties.  In the pool, they both were able to "swim" by kicking their feet (they wore "water wings"), and Olivia was putting her face in the water for longer and longer periods.  It's weird, because at first Kayley was the braver one, "swimming" by herself without us hanging on to her, but by the end of the trip it was Olivia who was all over the place with her face in the water.

Paul and I were able to do some things on our own while the in-laws watched the girls.  We went on a romantic sunset dinner cruise and ate delicious mahi-mahi, and we went on a snorkel trip.  We saw a pod of about 12 spinner dolphins on the snorkel boat, and some of us including myself got to lay down on the bow of the catamaran and get a real close-up look.  It was so cool.  We snorkeled first at Molokini (a very small island off of Maui that's a very popular snorkel spot) and then at another spot, and at the second spot we saw two sea turtles.

The whole gang also did the infamous Road to Hana and beyond, to the Oheo Gulch Seven Sacred Pools.  We got to take a swim in a cool freshwater pool with a waterfall.  It was great.

And here's a video of Olivia swimming:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Our Hawaii Trip, Part One

Our trip got off to a very bad start, but luckily things turned around and we had a wonderful time.  We left Tuesday evening (the 10th) to stay in a hotel near the airport just to make things easier the morning of our flight.  We could leave our car there all week and they would shuttle us to and from the airport and they had a free continental breakfast.  So the girls were all excited about our "slumber party", all of us together in one room for the night.  We got there around 8:00 PM, only for Paul to discover that he had left his wallet at home!  We were able to get checked into the room with my credit card, while he went home to fetch his wallet (about 40-45 minutes one way).  I probably should have been the one to go since he obviously didn't have his license with him but I really didn't want to and he knew right where it was.  When he finally got back to the hotel it was after 9:00 and the girls were asleep.  So much for our fun slumber party.

Meanwhile, I was feeling kind of cramp-y and couldn't figure out why.  My period wasn't due for a few more weeks.  But my cycles are all over the place lately, plus with endo cramps can stike just about whenever.  So we went to bed, but I was starting to feel worse.  The pain was spreading from around my left ovary to the entire right side of my abdomen.  I was still able to sleep for a little bit, but around midnight I was feeling horrible.  I was nauseous and achy and had the chills (or felt really hot).  I thought maybe I had caught whatever the girls had, or it just might be my endometriosis acting up (it's pretty much left me alone since my last surgery in June of "06).  And yes, I realize that nausea, body aches, and chills aren't exactly textbook endo symtoms, but aside from the common cold, none of my illnesses/conditions have ever been textbook.  Anyway, I felt awful and we decided to go to the ER.  It was 1:00 in the morning and we had to drag the girls out of bed, walk down a really long hallway to the elevator to the parking garage, and then to the car where pour Paul had to get them both in their carseats while I sat there moaning in pain.  They were such troopers, too, never fussing or whining even after we got there and had to wait around forever.  But luckily, once I was settled into my room they were able to go to a family lounge area and sleep on a couch there.  I had bloodwork done and a CAT scan and they couldn't find anything, so they chalked it up to a "virus" since we had mentioned that the girls had been sick as well (I'm pretty sure it's endo related, but I'll find out more on the 25th). 

So while all this is going on we're watching the clock wondering if we're going to get out of there in time to make our flight.  Sometime around 5:30 or 6:00 AM Paul went back to the hotel (leaving the girls with me) to pack up our things (that got scattered all over the room in the haste to get me and the girls from bed to the car) so that when I finally did get out we'd be ready to just hop on the shuttle.  He also rescheduled said shuttle from 7:30 to 8:00.  I think I ended up getting out of the ER around 6:30, give or take, and he showed back up about 10 minutes later.  Turns out that once we got back to our room we had about 25 minutes to change clothes (when we left for the ER I had just thrown on the first shirt I grabbed over that tank top I had been sleeping in, was braless and threw on capris over my sleep shorts), brush teeth, and put my hair up in a ponytail and pack up the last of our things.  I did manage to grab a few sips of coffee and then we were on the shuttle and on our way.  We missed the free breakfast (not that it was anything great, but still beats paying $5.00 for a muffin at the airport) and I didn't have time to fill my prescription for pain meds.  But I got by on Ibuprofen.  The flight was rough, because it hurt so bad to reach down to get anything out of my carry-on or whatever, but the girls slept through a good portion of it and were otherwise very good, and I was able to sleep a little too (I must have been very tired because I normally can NOT sleep on a plane).

Then, on top of all that, the airline lost one of our carseats.  So we had to rent one, but they found and returned it to our condo a few days later and reimbursed my father-in-law.  Sigh.

So that was the beginning, but the rest of the trip went much better!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Tonight we'll stay in a hotel by the airport and tomorrow morning we board a plane to Hawaii in honor of our 5th anniversary on Friday.  We are all so excited and so glad to be getting away from this awful, cold and rainy weather!  Sun and sand, here we come!

(Google images)

Unfortunately, the girls are both fighting some sort of bug.  It figures it would hit now, after staying pretty healthy all winter.  Hopefully it will pass quickly.