Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I have heard that keeping a food journal helps with weight loss as it holds us accountable for every bite we take. I've never done it before, but if I'm going to be serious about losing the weight and getting healthier, I think I need to pull out the big guns.

I've never kept a food journal. I'm not sure how good I'll be at remembering to write down every single thing I eat, but hopefully it will become a habit.

I got this super cute notebook from the $1 bin at Michael's, so now I guess I just need the courage to post about it here.

So, without further ado, here's what I ate yesterday:
Bowl of cereal- half regular granola, half French Vanilla Almond granola in 2% milk
1 banana
2 slices of cinnamon toast on Milton's multi grain
1 mug of Chai Tea latte
1 Vitamin Water
Spaghetti and meatballs- turkey meatballs from Trader Joe's on wheat pasta
1 dinner roll
1/4 - 1/2 cup of chocolate caramel trail mix from Henry's

Since feeling hungry is my major road block (and my insane sweet tooth) , I bought a few bars I can keep in my car and purse.

If these help, I will definitely stock up on the Odwalla's the next time they are 10 for $10. And yes, I bought chocolate ones. Baby steps people, baby steps.

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Worst Mommy Ever

Monday, June 2, 2008

Something has been happening in the La Costa household that has me frustrated, sad and angry. I don't know what to do. Well, I think I do but I don't want to do it.

My head knows the right decision, but my heart says otherwise. It will affect the whole family, particularly my son, who will be devastated. And I will forever be THE BAD GUY. The worst Mommy in the whole world.

I think I have to get rid of our cat. You can stop with the hate mail. I hear your pet loving fingers typing away. I mean I think we have to give Zoe away. I don't want to, but she's peeing all over the house and I've tried everything and we
didn't mortgage ourselves to the hilt for her to use the house as a litterbox! Aghhhhhh!

She didn't start peeing until we'd already been in the house awhile, or maybe we were too busy with the kitchen remodel to notice. But now, I catch her pawing the carpet upstairs by the TV or on the landing and I just want to strangle her!

She knows she's done something wrong too. She'll freeze for half a second then hightail her little fatty ass down the stairs and under our bed where she knows I can't reach her.

I spend so much time trying to keep the carpet clean so our house doesn't reek (neighbors have told me they don't notice any pee smells so either my efforts are paying off or they're lying). My cleaning arsenal has grown over the months. Febreeze should give me stock or elect me to the board. And we rent a shampoo machine from the grocery store every other month.

I even bought puppy training pads. She uses them, and I give her a treat each time, but she still goes in the house. She has two litterboxes, the puppy pads and spends time outside, where she used to go all the time at our last place.

The advice I read online about cleaning the pee zone is so conflicting: use vinegar, don't use vinegar because it's acidic like the pee. Stand on the pee spot and use body weight to absorb as much as possible, don't stand on the spot because that only presses the pee further into the padding.

Other than the peeing, she's an awesome cat. I got her as a kitten as a present for hubby. Zoe is so sweet, loving and patient. My son smothers her but she's so good with him. She loves people, not like some cats who have no time for us besides the occasional leg rub. If I point out a spider or bug, she'll eat it. Even though she's 11, she's still really playful.

I'm embarrassed to have anyone over except our closest friends and family. And before they come I'm cleaning, spraying and lighting candles like crazy.

We could buy a cat tree and make her live in the garage, but Zoe hates it there and she's such a people cat I couldn't imagine forcing her to stay out there.
I really don't know what to do. I think Zoe needs a new home but who's going to want a fat, 11 year old cat with litterbox issues?

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