October 15, 2010

The Week In Rant

It's Friday again which means it is time for The Week In Rant!

1. Is the Doctor Always Right?
2. Weight Loss Motivation
3. Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage

1. Is the Doctor Always Right? 
This past Wednesday, we got a call from daycare to come and pick up Jack because he had discharge coming out of his eyes. Of course pinkeye is suspect, but we had to see for ourselves. We were on the fence about it being pinkeye but of course daycare would not let him back unless we brought him to a doctor. Turns out he had an ear infection, but when asked about his eyes, she said that it was indeed conjunctivitis. Aren't the eyes supposed to be red with pinkeye? Thus the name? I trusted her, got his antibiotics and we went on our merry way. The next morning, Jack's eyes were perfectly clear. Could one evening of drops really have fixed it or was she wrong in her diagnosis? We've seen this before and another doctor said it was because of his sinuses.

It is hard enough to make decisions for our kids and sometimes, I feel like I have no choice but to trust the doctors.

When do you trust your doctor and when do you go with your gut mom instincts?

2. Weight Loss Motivation
I find this somewhat hilarious, but yet I am frightened all at the same time. My husband and his buddy decided that they needed to do something drastic to lose the weight and keep it off. So, instead of putting money or rewards on the table, they took it one step further and devised consequences. Their contracts (yes, they wrote up contracts) state that they are to lose 15% of their body weight by Memorial Day. Should they fail, they will have to follow through with their punishments. My husband, with his full luscious head of hair will have to shave himself bald and grow out his facial hair (trimming allowed). I can vouch for him that he will not make a good bald man and we'll just say that facial hair isn't his strong suit. His buddy, who is balding so he shaves his hair regularly and wears a thick man goatee is going to have to grow his hair out and shave his goatee. They must continue with their punishments until their goals have been reached. This may not sound all that horrifying to you, but to them? These are the worst punishments possible and they will do ANYthing to not have to follow through.

How is it going in the first week? From my outside perspective, my husband is not off to a great start. Sorry, honey! Totino's Party Pizza is not really part of a balanced diet and only one day of walking the dog is probably not going to do much.

I have to chuckle a little because I understand how hard it is. For me, it seems there is nothing in the world that is big enough motivation for me to actually get started and stay on the path of healthy living. I make excuses and they all seem reasonable for me. My husband and I enable each other, too. Everything from having a long day or a busy weekend is an excuse for making garbage food for dinner. I've begun to take some baby steps- I can only eat out for lunch one day a week and I have to log my food on WeightWatchers.com. I'm still dealing with some migraine issues, so exercise is slow go. So, I'm parking further away at the office and taking the long way to the ladies room. Baby steps.

I'm not sure what would be a big enough consequence for me to actually force myself into healthy living. If you had to choose a consequence for not meeting your goals, what would it be?

3. Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage
Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary. Every year, I think about that amazing wedding weekend. For me, it was a real life fairy tale and my dream come true. However, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the last 5 years have been total wedded bliss. Marriage is not easy. It takes work. We've had ups and downs. We've dealt with a miscarriage and infertility. We traveled the world. We built a house. We miraculously got pregnant and had a child. After adding a child to our home, our marriage became even more of a challenge. We have had to learn a whole new way of working together for a common goal. We don't always agree. We don't always get along. We often nit pick each other. There are sometimes tears.

But at the end of the day there is love. We love each other. Regardless of all of our crazy life changes we still love each other as much as we did the day we walked that aisle and said our vows.

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