Happy Easter! I just ate an egg-salad sandwich (made with one of the cracked eggs that picked up dye on the egg itself through the cracks) and a cup of coffee. No bacon, ham, sausage and pastry at the Sunday brunch bar for me, no sir! :)
Son is reducing his sugar, so in the little plastic eggs I hid, I put only a few small chocolates (like Hershey's Kisses) and instead, in twenty of them, I put one-dollar bills. Though not too thrilled to get less candy, he was very pleased to get the bucks. :) He has been working very hard to get enough money for some earbuds that absolutely I won't buy him, because they cost $139.00. (Can you imagine giving something that expensive and that easy to lose to a 12-year-old? Me neither.) This past few days, he has vacuumed the house twice (including closets probably last vacuumed at Christmas). He has worked on his hands and knees to wash and rinse the fronts of our white kitchen cabinets (they have crenelations and my husband is always dripping coffee on them -- it's a chore that requires Q-tips). He has mowed and weeded. Neither his dad nor I are stingy about paying for crappy chores we don't want to do (anyone keen to vacuum dead leaves out of the garage? I didn't think so), and I like it that he is this motivated, though he'll undoubtedly lose one of the dang earbuds and cry about it. We also think it's a good way for him to come to the realization he is competent. When he was vacuuming under the dining table, he found some dried grass not visible from afar that the cat had thoughtfully vomited there probably a week or two ago, and he worked out by himself to get Bona and spray it, wipe it with a paper towel to pick the guck up, and then to spray the area again with plain water to rinse the Bona off. Pretty observant for 12 -- he would only have known to do that second step by watching me, since I've never given him direct instruction on how to care for a laminate floor. I told him I was impressed by how much he knew about taking care of things, which clearly pleased him.
That said, the joys of work are not such that he was indifferent to getting a boost in the form of gratuitous money from the Bunny. Easter isn't quite as magical when one gets to the age where one is totally clear about who the Easter bunny is, plus this year was the notable reduction in the candy types and amounts. Putting the ones in the eggs was a surprise, and I think it helped keep the egg hunt a bit sparkly. I also hid the eggs in much harder places this time. (He isn't the most alert searcher, anyway. He kept walking back and forth in the hallway, past a very visible egg on the top of the frame of a painting.)
I'm down about .6 or .8 of a pound, depending on whether I'm breathing in or out when on the scale. The downward trend, though tiny, is nice. I've been staying very mindful about amounts and whether I am even that hungry. The snacks I've eaten have all been pretty high fat/ high protein (nuts and goat brie top the list) which fats cause me to stop eating sooner and the protein gives me the longer-term food boost. I should not be impressed with only taking the weight off in such tiny amounts (that could, let's be honest, probably be written off as water weight), but I don't mind whittling away at it this slowly. If too many weeks go by with only about a pound lost overall, I might have to try something else, but a few ounces a week is OK with me at this time.
Hope you have a great week!
It is going OK. The area where we live is not full of lovely old manses that have been here for generations, many neighborhoods were thrown up by builders developing old agricultural land into subdivisions in the 1990s, and they don't look particularly fresh now. My son is handling the insults and indignities of his school system a little better (a trend I encourage in hopes that by year's end he will realize he can stand it another year) but none of us is averse to having a slightly bigger house, so I keep looking. The best houses (with the great views) almost never come up for sale, unfortunately, and when they do come up, they sell in about a day.