Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day should be Mother's Weekend.

Where is the time? I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. It was a pretty busy week though. First and most upsetting was I was struck with two rashes. TWO! I'll try to make this brief. First rash started and I believed I had some awful contagious disease and Marek was going to get it and I was going to have to kill myself due to the guilt. I went to see my doc who referred me to a dermatologist. Turns out it was an allergic reaction to a mango. Who knew? Second rash was due to my not knowing how to properly deal with my milk jugs. I'll spare you the details. All in all, I'm the new queen of the creams. The good news is both conditions are clearing up nicely. The downside is that I was sidelined as a result, didn't exercise at all last week.

On to some good news. I went to my WW meeting this past Friday and am happy to report I LOST A POUND!! Yippee!! It always feels good to lose some weight. After this past weekend, I'm going to have to re-focus if I want to keep it off.

But first, on Friday afternoon we headed out for a hike. I recently heard about a trail I'd never been on so we decided to explore it, the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve (north section). The trails were very nice, not too steep, not too flat and with beautiful views. The only downside is there could have been a bit more shade, though Miguel did a good job of keeping Marek shaded. We'll definitely return here on a cooler day. Lots of trails we did not get to explore. Some pictures from our 45 minute hike...

I have so few pictures of Marek and I together. I'm always behind the camera. So after a post-hike diaper change I plopped down for a picture with my little man!!

After the hike we went into town and had burgers at The Broken Drum in San Rafael. And after that we hit up Cold Stone Creamery where I had a small mint ice cream with Oreo bits. I know, it's just not right to be describing burgers and ice cream on a fitness blog...but in real life we can eat those things AND lose weight :) All in moderation...and coupled with some exercise. Anyway, Friday was just one of those days, perfect.

What did I do for my very first Mother's Day? Well, my mother treated us to a night at a local country club resort in Napa!! We checked in on Saturday afternoon (Miguel went ahead early Saturday morning to get in 18 holes) - my mom had brought all sorts of yummy snacks in which I promptly indulged - bread, salami, cheese, mayo, cookies, chocolate...on and on. Enough about food. Before dinner Marek got a bath. The bathroom sink made a perfect bathtub!

...and was all clean to head to the restaurant!

We went out to dinner and I had some yummy salmon, mashed potatoes, etc.

On Sunday morning grandma got some baby time...

...and then we hit the brunch. I again ate a ton...bacon, eggs, waffle, butter, croissants, butter, potatoes, butter...Are you seeing a pattern? Yeah, lots of friggin' butter! But it was yummers. After brunch mom and I went to the spa to chill while Miguel chilled with Marek in the room. The spa facilities were niiiice. I didn't get any treatments, just laying in the sun with music and a magazine, and a little champagne!, made me happy enough.

Now that I have a baby I often find myself asking, "Why didn't I do this more often before"? I am comforted to know my life is no longer a wasteland of couch and TV time. That's one of the best things about health and fitness, life is no longer passing me by! Thank you Mom for a wonderful weekend!!

I indulged a bit too much in that lovely sunshine and now have a bit of a burn on my chest and back. That, together with my not quite completely healed rash(es) is making me hesitant to go to the gym. Rash + Sunburn makes sweating no fun. I have another busy week ahead, lots of doctor appointments. I'm going to focus on healthy eating and try to get in some gym time later this week. Let's hope I can hold on to that 1 pound loss!!


  1. Yay! What a great wonderful first Mother's Day, Michelle. I didn't believe it was possible, but Marek is getting cuter each time I see him. He looks so alert and satisfied. What great memories you're already building with him. I can't wait to come back and go hiking with you guys. Say hi to your boys for me. Oh! and congrats on the pound lost : )

  2. It's so great that you are already jumping back in to your active lifestyle, and sharing it all with your lovely family too. Marek is too cute!

    I'm sure you guys already have a 'big baby' backpack ready right?

    Congrats on the pound - and you are right, all things in moderation because there will always be things to celebrate in life!

  3. congrats on your loss! Sorry to hear about the rashes, but hopefully you will be feeling better soon. so glad that you had a wonderful mothers day!

  4. Your little guy is too cute!

    I left you something on my blog. Check it out. :-)

  5. Wow! Your weekend sounds like it was perfect! I LOVE the picture of Marek on your mom's lap....and all the pictures of him for that matter. He is seriously one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! We are moving around the 1st, so I should be able to get away after that...I can't wait to come up there!

  6. Congrats on the loss!!! And your weekend sounded absolutely great!

    But, the thing that really struck me when I read through your post....the pictures of you. You look fabulous!!! Looking at your pictures, I would not have guessed that you just had a baby!!!

  7. Except for the rash thing: HOW FUN FOR YOU!

    Marek is adorable!

  8. It's interesting, but in some pictures he looks just like Miguel, and in other pictures he looks just like you! He's so cute!

    I'm glad you had a wonderful first Mother's Day!

  9. Sounds like a lovely way to spend Mother's Day, rash and sunburn and all.


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