Well, time got away from me a little bit there, didn’t it? My sister and her family came to visit, arriving on the 2nd, and then my brother came down on the 5th. 7 adults and 7 children makes for a VERY busy house. I managed to take almost no pictures, big fat fail on my part. I did get this one of Kirsta reading to some of the kids:


It’s horribly backlit, but that’s all I’ve got! (Also, this photo is missing Caroline, Daniel, & Ethan.)

We celebrated Patrick’s birthday while they were here. He is the first of the cousins to turn 5! I made him this awesome dinosaur cake, complete with volcano and lava. He was suitably impressed. (If you look closely you can see the parasaurolophus being eaten by the allosaurus. Because no dinosaur cake is complete without some carnivore action, right?)




In other news, I’m back on weight watchers. I’ve tried the WW barcode scanner and it’s worthless. (Seriously, almost nothing I scanned was actually in the database.) They’ve also made some changes to the app that really annoy me. HOWEVER, I am by far the most successful at weight loss with WW, so here I am. It works for me.

Also, I joined a gym. Or rather, my mom signed me up for a gym. She’d been mentioning wanting to join a gym or sign up for a class or something and I kept telling her that I’d go with her if she wanted. (Let’s note here that I didn’t think it would actually happen.) Then one Saturday she came home and told me she’d signed us both up for gym memberships. We’ve been going 4 or 5 times a week (minus the week everyone was here) so that’s been great. I actually really like going. I keep forgetting they have a pool/hot tub/steam room though. One of these days I’m going to tell Brian I’m going to the gym and then I’m just going to go over there and sit in the hot tub. (Shhh. Don’t tell Brian.)

Will has pink eye. Woke up with it Monday morning and I have NO IDEA where he got it. But he’s been on antibiotic drops for more than 24 hours now and so far nobody else has it. *knock wood*

Daniel’s sleep schedule is all out of whack. Last night he was up basically from 3:30 to 5:30 for no apparent reason. As always, it’s super fun for me.

I’m currently reading like 5 books, and I have 3 more checked out from the library that I need to read so I can turn them back in. I can’t seem to focus on just one book at a time.

There, do you feel all caught up on my life now?


Weight loss apps: a comparison

After Daniel was born I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight fairly quickly. And then I stayed there. Which would be fine if that weren’t still like 20 lbs above my goal weight. I’ve used a couple different weight loss apps, so today I’m going to tell you what I liked and didn’t like about both of them. (Hey, I said I’d post every day in November. I didn’t promise not to be boring.)

First: Weight watchers. I’ve used WW after each of the kids, and it’s what I used to get down to my pre-pregancy weight this time. Here’s what I like about their app:

1) Fruits and veggies are no points, so I felt encouraged to eat more of them. If I was hungry but low on points, I’d have an apple instead of drinking a diet coke.

2) Point values are easy to remember. I tend to eat the same thing over and over, so I could calculate a meal’s point value once and remember it.

3) WW encourages slow and steady weight loss. And it’s not a “diet” so the number of points I eat while I’m losing weight is the same number I’d need to maintain my goal weight.

4) Weekly points (extra points each week) help me feel like I’m not being deprived. Plus I can save them up for an indulgence- eating out, birthday cake, popcorn at the movies, etc.

5) It tracks percentage of body weight lost. Better than just keeping track of pounds lost.

What I don’t like:

1) It costs money and I’m poor. 😦

2) There’s no barcode scanner (this will make more sense after I review the next one.)

3) No way to share created recipes directly with a friend. You can share on WW forums, but not straight to another person.

4) I love the recipe base, but many of the recipes include lots of no fat/reduced fat stuff. Use less or leave it out! Reduced fat stuff is gross.

Okay, the other app I’ve used (and am using now) is LoseIt! which is basically just a calorie tracking app. Things I like:

1) It tracks nutritional information, so you can see where your calories are coming from– fat, carbs, or protein.

2) It has a barcode scanner! Scan the barcode on your food packaging and it automatically comes up with the nutrition information.

3) You can create recipes or meals and then send them to friends.

4) It’s free!

5) If you eat the same thing a couple days in a row, you can go back to previous days and add the whole meal at once.

Things I don’t like:

1) Every time you weigh in and you’ve lost weight it cuts the amount of calories you get.

2) You can only see your start weight and your current weight on your weight chart. (On WW you can scroll over and see all the numbers. You can also view in table form.)

3) You have to choose a weight loss increments (1/2 lb per week, 1 lb per week, etc) not just a goal weight. I guess theoretically this keeps you more on track, but it means the app keeps cutting my calories so I’m losing the “appropriate amount” per week. Not a fan.

4) Even though I’m theoretically paying attention to how many calories a food has, it’s much harder for me to remember that than a point value.

So! I prefer WW, but I can’t pay for it right now, and I really wish it had a barcode scanner. Is there some other super awesome (free) weight loss app I need to try?