Gerbera daisies aren't your traditional Valentine's Day flower, but I don't like roses and I do like Gerbera daisies, so there you go. I did search for pink ones to stay with the Valentine's Day theme. I aim to please.
2013 is one month down! I'm not wishing time away because every day that passes is one less day of my Little Man being a cuddly baby. I'll blink and he'll be a smelly teenager that does not want to cuddle and does annoying teenage boy things. I want to keep him tiny forever. It doesn't hurt that I'm his favorite person in the world. I don't know how long that will last, I assume at some point his father will become cooler than I am. I'm already pretty far down on my Baby Girl's list, and she's not even 4 yet. I have hope that I'll get bumped up a few notches in about 16 years. I started to like my mother once I went away to college (though clearly I have never recovered from the canned green beans)
On the plus side, it's now February which means the cold weather will be gone in about 6 weeks!! I know I can make it. Spring in New England sucks - there is no real spring, it goes from frigid to cold to chilly to rainy. Then it's summer. I'll take what I can get; we're getting so sick of being at home. I can't wait to hit up the park again!
I'm also looking forward to running outside again. I hate the treadmill and have actually given up on it. I do a mix of cardio equipment to keep it from getting boring, but I just don't burn the same calories that I do when I'm running. I do hate every single second of running, but I haven't found anything that burns quite as much calories so I'll stick with it.
Speaking of burning calories, I've been counting calories and boosting up the exercise since January 1 (I know, lame. Who starts a healthy living journey on New Years Day? Lame-o over here does). I lost 11.2 pounds this month and a half inch on my neck, a half inch on my waist, and 2.5 inches on my hips. I didn't even know I had weight to lose on my neck, but my calorie counting app told me to measure my neck so I did. I don't think I'll be able to lose another 11.2 pounds in February since a lot of that was bloating/water weight from the holidays, but I'm hoping for an additional 7/8 pounds this month.. It's going to get harder and harder, but I don't want to be the fat old lady on the beach this summer. I want to be the slightly chubby suburban mom in her early 30's. That sounds WAY cooler. My bathing suit fell apart at the end of last summer and I need a new one. Baby Girl takes swimming lessons at the beach in the summer so I have to go and I have to wear a bathing suit. I'd really like it if I could wear one that won't scare small children. I finally threw away the bikini that I wore on my honeymoon - let's face it. I was 25 and had never been pregnant. Two pregnancies later, having nursed two babies and HOLY HELL THE STRETCH MARKS I can admit a bikini will never happen again without major surgery. But a cute tankini? That could feasibly happen. And that's also why my wine intake has been cut by.... well.... a lot. In fact I've only bought 1 bottle since New Years and that was because we were going to my in-laws for the weekend and they have a real fireplace and I think it might be illegal to sit by a roaring fire on a cold winter's night and NOT have a glass of red. Seriously. It's a law. Look it up.
All this to not be the fat old lady at the beach. Let's hope it's worth it!