Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Birthdays, Babys, and Vacations

Another birthday has passed and I have turned 29 again. I will not tell you how old I am. Some of you already know because you knew me before I decided that I would stay 29 forever. It was a good birthday overall. My actual birthday fell on a Monday, so we celebrated the weekend before. It was a good weekend overall. Tim and I both had Friday off so we spent the day together. We had lunch and then went shopping (one of my favorite activities). I shopped for some shoes which I usually have to do by myself, but one weekend a year Tim will go with me for my birthday. And then we went grocery shopping. We had to go to two stores to get groceries because one store never has all the things that I need due to the fact that I buy a lot of organic stuff because I am trying to eat whole unprocessed foods. Tim complained about going to Walmart, but he went because it was my birthday weekend. While we were in Walmart shopping, Tim kept grabbing unhealthy food and putting it in the cart (like a 2 year old). This reminded me of why I do the shopping by myself. This is one of the things that I love about him. He has such a childish goofiness about him.

On Saturday, we went down to the southside and Tim's aunt completed our taxes. We got a small refund which was good because we thought we were going to have to pay. Later on we went out to dinner with my family and Tim's family. It was nice and uneventful which is a good thing. After that we went to Tim's cousin Mark's house to hang out. We saw Mark, Suna, and little Hannah. Hannah is talking up a storm and laughing like crazy. She gets cuter and cuter ever time we see her. I will have to post pics later.

On the baby front, We went to see my gynecologist and she referred us to a fertility doctor because it has been over a year. We had our appointment this morning with the fertility doctor. It was good, but very overwhelming. There was a lot of paperwork to fill out and lots of information given to us. My head was spinning when we left. We have to do a few tests and then we will know more information about what is wrong. The tests that I have to do are time sensitive so I have to wait until I am at a certain point in my cycle before I can do them. So, it will be a few weeks or so before we know anything for sure. I am trying to stay positive and have faith in god. Every child is a precious gift and I know that god will bless me with a beautiful healthy baby. I feel it in my heart.

We did finally book a vacation for the first two weeks in May. It took me awhile to battle with myself in my head about when to take off from work and I finally came to the conclusion that there is no good time to take off. Eventually, I just decided that I have to do it because I need some time away. We are going to California the first week of May and will spend some time in San Diego and LA visiting family and friends and of course enjoying the sand and sun. Then the second week we are driving up the coast to Seattle and stopping along the way to see some sights. We have some family up there in Seattle that we will be visiting as well. Driving up the coast is something Tim has wanted to do for many years and we have talked about it since Tim's brother and my aunt, uncle, and cousins moved out there, but it has just never happened. So, now we are going to do it. It is exciting. I cannot wait!!! I desperately need a vacation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life filled with parties, spring, birthdays.......

I have not been very good latley about keeping my blog updated. I apologize to all of my readers for that. This past weekend was pretty busy. We had a birthday party on Friday night for one of Tim's co-workers and an engagement party on Saturday night for my cousin, Guy. Sunday I had to do a lot of laundry and cleaning that I had let go for awhile. I was to the point where I had the uncomfortable undergarments left to wear. So, I had to do laundry.

This weekend is looking to be somewhat busy as well. We are going to the doctor (gynecologist) to find out what is wrong with us. Because we are not pregnant yet. Some of you know that we have been since February 2009. I am unsure about how I feel about this visit. I don't want anything to be wrong with me or Tim, but I also want a reason why we are not pregnant yet. I really hate going to the gynecologist so I am not looking forward to this visit at all. I will be happy when it is over and we have more information. Then we are supposed to go get our taxes completed because we are kind of running out of time to do them. Saturday we are supposed to go to dinner or something with my family for my birthday. My dreaded birthday that I would rather just pass by as another day and move on with my life. I used to love my birthday. I will count down the days until it came. And I would celebrate for like a whole month before and after the actual day with everyone I know. Now it is just another day. And I am just another year older. Don't get me wrong. I am happy to be here and still be alive, happy, and healthy, but I just don't want to get older. I want to stay in my 20's forever. So, whenever someone asks me my age, I tell them that I am 29.

Tim and I are in the process of planning a vacation to go to San Diego, California for a few days and then drive up the coast of California and visit Tim's brother, Adam and our friend Sabrina in the LA area. Then keep on driving up the coast stopping along the way to see the beautiful scenery of course and eventually making it to Seattle to visit my aunt Theresa and Uncle Russell and cousin Lauryn. Tim has wanted to drive the coast for a long time. And we have talked about it since part of my family moved to Seattle like three years ago or more, but have not gotten around to it. I would have loved to go to Hawaii, but it is just too expensive and we need to save our money. I cannot justify spending 1,000 to 1,800 dollars on our plane tickets. We definitely are going to Hawaii in 2012 because that will be our ten year anniversary and I have always wanted to celebrate it by renewing our vows on the beach. It will be eight years on May 18th. I can hardly believe that we have been married that long. In some ways it seems like it was yesterday and I can remember it clear as day. Time sure does fly. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love Tim so much and I will love him forever. With each passing year, our love and relationship grows stronger and stronger.

Today was such a beautiful day outside. It was 60 degrees and the sun was shining. I wanted to stay outside all day in the sunshine and warmth. I love random days like these that pop up in March. I know it is not going to last, but I will enjoy it while it is here. I don't realize how much I miss the sun/warmth and how much I need it until it randomly comes back into my life and god gives me a beautiful day. Thanks for such an incredible gift.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sugar Addict

I have recently discovered that I am absolutely positively addicted to sugar and it is the reason for me being overweight. Don't get me wrong, I knew that I liked to eat pasta and potatoes and all things starchy. And I like to eat my chocolate. But I never really realized how much it affected me. I am a pretty busy person and I don't have a lot of time to cook, so typically I would eat frozen meals and convenience food and eating out was always a big thing. And I would think I was choosing something healthy to eat like a granola bar or a yogurt. Little did I know that all of these processed foods are loaded with sugar. Some of the yogurts have like 33 grams of sugar and you are only supposed to have 16 grams in one whole day. Crazy right. Not to mention all the low fat stuff like salad dressing is loaded with sugar. And if it is sugar free, then there is usually stuff in there that is horrible for you like sacharin or high fructose corn syrup. These all raise your blood sugar too.

Anyways, I have read tons of new research, along with Dr. Oz's book and Jorge Cruise's first book and the research shows that elevated blood sugar causes excess belly fat. When I read all this stuff it was like a light went on. I was able to see the reason why none of the other diets worked or why cutting calories would make me lose a few pounds, but not really lose inches in my waist. I also feel so much better now because I am eating healthy foods that are fresh and give me the nutrition that I need. I have only been following this for a week, but it is already working. If you have been struggling with your weight and you are reading this, please check out Jorge Cruise's book The Belly Fat Cure. It may be the answer you have been looking for all these years. I know I sound like an advertisement, but do whatever you want with this information. I am just telling you my story. I will keep you updated as I go along in this journey.