Re-usable Water “Balloons”

It has been a LONGGGGGG time since I have posted on here.  I don’t know how it is even possible, but it has been over 3 years!  A lot has happened  My life has changed drastically in that time.  Some of the major changes include having a baby with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Mar 2016), putting one of my kitties to sleep (Oct 2016), a hospitalization on a psychiatric floor (Nov 2017), selling our house and moving into one newly built (Mar 2018), starting a new job (June 2018), the kiddos starting daycare (June 2018), my oldest starting Kindergarten (Sept 2018), undergoing gastric bypass surgery (Sept 2018) and multiple complications that followed in the months since, and most recently losing our first dog (Apr 2019).  Those are just some of the big ones that have shaken things up quite a bit!  Over time I may try to do some posts detailing some of those big events, but for today I want to talk about a new item I crocheted.

 

As a kid, I loved running around during the summer time playing with water balloons!  It was not so fun filling those water balloons up.  It seemed to take forever, and it seemed like in less time than it took to fill them, they were all popped!  Then there was the pain of picking up all of the little pieces.  Fast forward to adulting…it is still a pain to fill them up individually, and I’ve always been too cheap to spring for the devices that fill many up at a time.  Cleaning up all of the pieces of balloon is even less fun as an adult.  Plus, maybe its the nurse in me, but I’m afraid a small child will put a piece in their mouth and choke.  I may be trained to save someone from choking, but that is not something I want to practice!  I stumbled across a pattern for crochet water balloons over at Left in Knots.  I made up a few (pretty quickly I might add), and I cannot wait for it to warm up a little so I can send the kiddos out to try them!  (Who am I kidding, I’ll probably throw a few at the adults in my life too!)  There is no waste using these; I’ll be able to throw them in the washer/dryer when they get dirty, and then re-use them.  I won’t have to spend hours filling balloons, only to have them all gone in a matter of minutes.  And I don’t have to worry about Raylan kids or animals putting pieces in their mouth and choking!

Here are the first few I made (my little buddy picked the yarn color).  I’ll probably make some more in different colors soon!378bPcC5Ssy1DgYAukrWGQ

Once we test them out, I’ll update with how the kids like them!

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Non-Scale Victories

I honestly cannot wait until the weight loss competition I am in is over.  (Today is the last day; I will weigh in first thing tomorrow morning) Normally the reason for that is so I can have some of the junk I am craving, but that isn’t the case this time.  The reason I can’t wait for it to end is because I want to get my focus off of the scale.  The winner of the challenge is the person with the highest percentage of weight loss.  It looks at nothing but the results on the scale.  I feel that I have been extremely successful the past 30 days.  I have become healthier.  When I find something to be proud of, the scale knocks me down.  It is toying with my emotions!  Sunday, I was so proud of myself.  For Mother’s Day, my family and I went to dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant.  Normally I leave there feeling STUFFED!  Not Sunday.  I made a plan before I went, and I stuck to it.  My plan was to have 2 breadsticks (normally I have probably close to 6-10), I would get the chicken noodle soup that comes with my meal, and I would ask for a box to come with my dinner so I would only eat a small amount.  I think that is one of the first times I was able to stick to the plan!  I had just 2 breadsticks, despite the waitress filling the basket up with fresh ones several times, I had my soup, and I only ate about 1/4 of my gnocchi.  The box didn’t even come with my dinner, so I had to have some serious self control in order to not eat more!  I felt like a winner after walking out of the restaurant.  Monday morning, that feeling quickly vanished when I weighed myself and discovered I had gained 2 lbs.  😦  I could have let that defeat me, but I moved on.  I am doing my 2 day cleanse anyway.

I think a lot of people feel controlled by the scale.  I am ready to take back that control!  There are things that I have done since the start of the challenge that I can be proud of.  I am going to start focusing on the non-scale victories because they have so much more meaning!

Here are some of my non-scale victories:

  • The gloves I wear at work are getting loose.  I have always had to wear a size large glove.  One day, I put one on and thought I had put on an XL size because it went on smoother and felt baggy.  I quickly realized we NEVER have XL gloves and that my hands were actually shrinking!
  • I wore 2 different scrub tops that I haven’t been able to wear since the summer of 2012 because they had gotten so tight!

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  • On one type of bra I wear, I have always had to use the last clasps.  The other day, I put it on and skipped the middle row all together.  I can now fasten it using the tightest clasps!
  • I rode my bike to visit my grandpa.  It wasn’t a very long ride, only a little less than 5.5 miles round trip, but it was the first time I had done it.  I felt great when I got done!
  • I have consistently gone to the gym the last 29 days.  It can be hard to force myself to go some days, but I feel AWESOME after a workout!
  • I have not had fast food or pop since starting the competition.  That is a huge accomplishment for me!
  • I can walk up and down the stairs without being extremely winded!

Anything that you feel proud of can be a non-scale victory.  Share some of your victories in the comments!