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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Who Took the Wind Out of My Sails?

P1: So after going nuts this weekend and writing up almost the entire research proposal, including consent form and questionnaires for Mount Sinai, Dr. M sent a message saying she has to check with a few people to ensure that we are not violating any patient-contact rules. Yikes! What if we can't do it? What if they won't even let me have any contact with the women? That will be far worse for me than if they won't let us go ahead with the research piece. Blech!

P2: Big A has been so much better the past few days. Adam thinks she's turned the page but admits we will likely have many more down turns. But for right now, things are pretty good. Although, she did call me a big fat pig last night. Adam and I were shocked and wanted her to tell us where she heard that. If kids at daycare are saying that to one another, we want to know! She admitted hearing it at daycare but wouldn't say from who. We told her it was very mean to say bad things about someone's appearance but I wonder if this doesn't sort of send a bad message. We have no labelled being fat as a bad thing. These things all get so complicated when you start to overthink them! On the bright side, it didn't really upset me or make me question whether I really am fat the way it would if an adult said it. I'm not even certain she knows what fat means.

I am trying to make more of an effort to have quality time with Big A, because she doesn't get much from me when Little A is around (since I have to chase her constantly to make sure she doesn't fall and crack her head open!). So on Sunday, we gardened together while Adam took Little A to Costco and Home Depot. We had a great time and then she was even willing to eat her lunch and go down for an early nap before Adam and Little A got home.

Little A is refusing her afternoon nap a lot now. Sometimes she is okay but other times she ends up a mess by the evening, like Sunday night when Adam was out at his book club. Little A screamed for about an hour before I got her down at 7:30pm. She is also still driving us nuts with the food throwing. Saturday we attempted
to buy the girls dinner out and it was a disaster. Little A threw everything on the floor, refused to eat anything and then screamed. Adam had to walk her around the mall until Big A, who also didn't eat her dinner, was ready to go (she was more interested in drawing with the crayons they gave her). But Little A is currently obsessed with cottage cheese and pineapple. Weird, weird kid...

F1: Crumbles are a great way to take advantage of seasonal fruit and make a fairly healthy dessert. You can use virtually any fruits or a combination. Good ones include apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, berries, etc. You can also jazz it up by adding candied or crystalized ginger, dried fruit and/or citrus zest. You can also add sliced or slivered almonds into the topping for extra crunch. I don't add much sugar, relying on the sweetness of the fruit. Here is a basic recipe:

8 cups of fruit, chopped
2 cups quick oats
6 tbls whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbls unsalted butter

Mix fruit with 2 tbls of the flour (and any dried fruit or other add ins you are using) and dump into a large greased baking dish (like Corningware). Mix oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon and cut in butter with fork until crumbly. Pour mixture over fruit. Cover with foil and bake about 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking about 10 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping is golden.


F2: Exercise of the Week: Plank on a stability ball

You may be familiar with the plank, which is an excellent exercise to strengthen your core muscles, particularly the transverse abdominus. But once you get comfortable with the plank, try to make it a bit more challenging by placing your arms on a stability ball.

See link for detailed instructions and image:

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