1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). Because Thomas was born at the beginning of July, my previous half of this goal [Baby weight (max 35 pounds)] has now converted to weight loss. While pregnant, I gained a total of 37 pounds — 2 more than my goal — for a total of 182 when I went into labor. I’m currently at 156.4.
11.4 pounds to go by December 31!
(Also, I have no idea whether this is normal weight loss when you’ve had a baby. It’s definitely not where I expected to be at nearly a month after giving birth. So, any other pregnant/post-partum ladies who are reading this, no judgement. YOU’RE HAVING/HAD A BABY. Just take your time.)
In August, I’ll be cleared by my doctor for physical activity and hopefully T will cooperate more and I’ll start walking and such.
2. Stockpile food. My dad did not help on this. There is no additional food stockpiled. Maybe I’ll have moments where I can add here or there.
3. Make/do 10 projects. I made scrapbook whales for Thomas’ room RIGHT before I went into labor (hung up on July 2). I also dyed some onesies, two shirts and a dress, but they’re not quite “projects.” However, whenever I get around to taking a picture of the dress, I’ll add it because it’s the two-tone ombre dye job I’ve been putting off for a couple of months.
14/10 = 140%
4. Read 52 books. No additional books. Although Josh mentioned the other day that he’s been reading in the middle of the night while I’m nursing the kid. I started doing that the past few nights. It’s good for two reasons: I’m reading, and I’m not falling asleep while nursing, only to wake up freaked out an hour later.
15/52 = 28.8%
5. Make two new recipes each month. I made so many meals in July (my parents were NOT helpful in the cooking/cleaning departments for the two weeks they were here), but nothing “new” from a recipe. I created a Tex-Mex version of the Wonderpot, though, which I highly recommend: I added two cans of black beans, penne pasta, 1.5 cups of corn, a diced green pepper, taco seasoning, two cups of veggie broth, two cans of diced tomatoes, some extra chili powder and cumin to a large pot, and cooked it according to the original recipe’s instructions. Served with corn bread. Even my mom liked it, though she was skeptical — and vocal about it — at first.
Josh and I both liked the concept of the Wonderpot. It’s only 10 minutes or so to prep and then 20 minutes later, you’re eating a delicious meal that doesn’t take a ton of effort. I’m going to try some other variations. Obviously penne and fettuccine work well, and I think bow ties wouldn’t get mushy either.
Any ideas for other variations on the original? I was thinking a Mediterranean-style one (with bow ties, chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, feta and ?????) might be nice… (but Josh dislikes olives).