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May 30, 2014

7 Quick Takes About A Highly Viewed Post, Vulnerability and skippingWeight Watchers - 80

I like the way Jen has started giving you a little preview of her QT's in the title, so I kind of stole it. Also, a huge thank you to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting! 

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It's been an interesting week around here. My post from Wednesday generated quite a buzz for this blog. Can't complain about that! You know what's crazy? I had that post sitting in my drafts for months. MONTHS. I just didn't have the courage to hit "publish" because I was so worried about whether it had the right tone to it, worried people would just read it as a complaint and wouldn't understand the underlying message. 

But I was wrong. The comments have been incredible to read. I've gained some followers and I must say, I have a bit more confidence that perhaps I should post a few other posts that are sitting in my Drafts right now. So, we'll see.

If you're new around here and came back to see what my blog looks like on a day that I don't post something lots of people talk about, I will simply say, my blog is mostly a Catholic mom's blog. I sometimes write about being a WOTHM (Work Outside The Home Mom), I like to write about my experiences with Natural Family Planning and sometimes I delve into Catholic topics. Oh and I am also in the midst of a weight loss journey and most Wednesday posts are my Weight Watchers Wednesday posts (just not this week). Welcome to all the newcomers and please know that I LOVE to get comments and I actually try to respond via e-mail when I can. As a matter of fact, after this post is written I plan to tackle the comments from Wednesday!

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Today is the last day of school for the 2013-14 school year. After today, I will have rising 8th, 5th, 3rd graders and a Kindergartner! I am very excited about my Dominic starting "real" school (as he calls it). He's such a love. I know he'll do well.

But summer vacation is upon us (Thank God!!) A few weeks with no homework and no tight schedules. We are much overdue for some slow-down time around here, so I'm excited.

Picture of kids on last day of school:

wow, they grow up so fast!
First Day / Last Day (the last day is on top (obviously):
I think Dani has definitely grown taller...
And -- one with all five because we can't forget vincent!!

Yes, Vincent is still in his PJ's

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As a matter of fact, our family vacation begins in SIX WEEKS!!! Craig and I both have two weeks off from work. We will be traveling to South Carolina to visit my sister and her family and my brother and his family (Charlotte area). This is the first time I've been able to take vacation during the summer months in all the time I've been with my current employer. My kids are excited. Usually, the summer is full of complaints about my having to go to work, so this year, I was very happy to be able to schedule vacation in the summer.

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Have you all met Heather at Mama Knows, Honey Child? This blog is one of my favorites and has been since Jennifer Fulwiler introduced me to her about a year ago. I love her drawings and she wrote a post yesterday that resonated so well, given the post I'd put up on Wednesday. If you haven't read it, go ahead now. I'll wait.


Blogging gives many of us a unique opportunity to show ourselves to the world. And, sometimes that is crazy, you know? Sometimes, when I write something that really takes it out of me -- I am all crazy, checking blogger to see how many views it's gotten. Or checking my blog email address to see if I have any comments. And if I don't have any comments one hour after that gut-wrenching, heart-rendering post is published, I start worrying that no one liked it. I even watch for comments from people I just kind of expect to post on my more hmmmm, courageous (???) posts. I mean, there are some people who read my blog that I know in real life and I kind of get disappointed if I don't get a comment from them. REally. I'm kind of crazy.

But Heather's post helped me see I am not alone in this. Becoming vulnerable to the world wide web can drive a person crazy. I'm actually someone that tries to avoid vulnerability in my real life -- I feel like I should always appear strong, with it and confident -- I work in Corporate America after all. And so, it really pushes me out of my comfort zone to open up on the internet the way I sometimes do.  But in then end, I rarely regret it. I'd rather put myself out there and hash out something and see if anyone else feels that way than bottle it all up inside and sit around forever wondering "what if?" 

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So another week went by without Weight Watchers Wednesday. My last official weigh-in, i was 1.2 pounds away from my goal, just an FYI. Sorry about that! I am really going to do one next week because...well, it hasn't been pretty over here. Man! I got 1.2 pounds away from goal and then I went all crazy and stopped tracking and thought eating 5 pork spare ribs and a bunch of chocolate and cookies is okay. And it's really not. I did step on my scale yesterday morning, decided NOT to attend my meeting because I just couldn't face that weight being officially recorded in my weight record and re-committed to my tracking and point-counting ways.

I probably really needed to attend the meeting this week, but I let my fear keep me away. At least fear didn't COMPLETELY win since I did step on my scale at home. But still. Sometimes the humbling fact of the matter is that you need to see the WW leader write down that insane horrible weight that you thought you'd kissed good-bye forever. 

Ahem. Onward and upward, right?

I know I can do this. I know I can stick with the program, hit my goal weight and then maintain it for 6 weeks to attain Lifetime with Weight Watchers. It is very necessary that I do this. But I think I need a cheering section. mmm'kay?

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How's your weather? I'm lovin' ours. It's been warm, sunny and all around late spring-ish around here. It can get a little hot when doing crossfit, but I'm good with that. I'm sweating anyway, right?

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Have a terrific weekend and be sure to go check out Conversion Diary for more 7 Quick Takes Posts!




  1. I've been reading your posts and finding them comforting. I just suffered a stillbirth at 37 weeks a month ago, my fifth boy- john, and the pain is still so fresh. I also was on progesterone shots, although I do need them the whole pregnancy. Anyway, thank you for sharing so openly about your heartache

  2. I am so woefully not prepared for summer break. Alex came home today to begin his. Nicholas was yesterday. Julianna has one more week...and then four weeks of summer school. But I have to spend this weekend making some plans so we don't spend the summer in mutual irritation.

    BTW, I know exactly how you feel about comments & hits. I think we're all there. :)

  3. I love that perspective about putting yourself out there. I've done that before, where I've really put something into a post, and few people if anyone responds. It's kind of rough, but I like the idea of you know what, at least you tried it.

    Maintaining weight is tough. I've been way outside my normal eating for the last several weeks. Today I was determined that I would do better, but I was SO hungry this evening, that I blew it. How about we both work on doing better tomorrow? I'm headed to the grocery store tonight to get myself some stuff that's not so bad for me.


Thank you for reading. I enjoy reading other perspectives, please feel free to share yours. :)