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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rest Day but Exhausted

I had a plan to write a post about my entire day. I took pictures and everything. But now I am worn out and too tired to put the post together. Baby was extra fussy tonight and it seems the only thing that can calm her down is mama. So any time to myself is pretty much nil. So is the life of a mother, I believe.

Since I get 2 rest days per week, I took today as my first one since I had to take the cat to the vet during the time that baby usually takes a longer nap where I can fit in part of my workout. So no workout today.

I haven’t entered my calories from supper time on-- in parallel with the crazy night. Yep, probably went over them a bit today.

But I did cook a healthy turkey chili for supper. Probably sounds odd for this time of year, but it was kind of rainy and cooler today.

I was looking for a good turkey meat loaf recipe that wasn’t high in calories but didn’t have the time to search too hard and didn’t find any quickly. Any recommendations on a recipe?

I’m trying to get back into the blogging groove. Not quite sure the direction my posts will take this time around. Not sure I will ever have the time for the detailed posts of pre-mamahood—but that’s ok. I’m sure there will be plenty of topics to write about as baby grows!

I wanted to get a blog makeover by a graphic designer—and I had one all picked out (Hubby Jack), but apparently he is no longer blogging or designing! Bummer! Recommendations for good blog designers (who don’t charge an arm and a leg) would be appreciated.

I’ve already been contacted for my first product review since I’ve been back—so stay tuned for that! I should get the product soon. Fun! Also, if you have a product you’d like reviewed… I am taking requests again!

So tomorrow will be back at the workouts. Yay? Smile

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Peeked at the Scale

I peeked at the scale this morning and saw that I have lost 4.4 lbs. so far. Not too bad for 2 days! I love the big losses when you first begin a dieting and exercise routine.

The important part is that I am feeling lots better. It does a person good to get some exercise in and to eat right. I will try to remember that on the days when I really don’t feel like doing either!

I got in today’s workout. It was another 100, 90, 80, etc. workout. This time the 100 was to complete 1 mile. I decided to head outside and walk the 1 mile with baby in the stroller. I assume the trainer wanted me to run that mile, but I am feeling sore and it was nice to mix things up a bit instead of staying inside on the treadmill. It was SO hot and humid outside today. I was dripping when I got home.

Here is baby sleeping away on the walk.


I’ve decided for 10 lbs. lost that I want to get a pedicure—sounds wonderful! I would like to lose 10 lbs. by the 4th of July—pretty sure I can do that!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Second Day and Life as a Mom News


I managed to fit in my workout again today! Yay!

I have to admit that I was happy to hear baby wake up half-way into my workout because then I had to take a break. Winking smile 

The workout was TOUGH! I had to do it at my own pace because I’m not quite at that fitness level yet. So instead of running 1 mile at 5 mph, I did 1 minute intervals—starting at 5 mph and having to decrease to 4.5 as I went. But I’d say that’s pretty good for only day 2 back and not having run for a LONG time. I’m proud of myself.

The second part of the workout was mostly leg exercises, but it was one of those workouts where you do 100 reps, 90 reps, 80 reps, and so on—down to 10 reps of the last exercise. That is exhausting!! My legs are so sore—I sure hope I can walk tomorrow!


I think I am finally getting into the groove of this mom thing this week. I was really struggling with baby girl not wanting to take naps during the day, which would result in an overtired baby who liked to scream.

I read online that babies her age shouldn’t be awake more than 1.25 hours at a time before they need a nap. The nap could be 10 minutes, but they need a nap.

So I started watching for signs and sure enough, at about 1 hour of being awake she starts rubbing her eyes, yawning and looking tired. So at this point I’ve been putting her in my sling and she goes to sleep pretty quickly…this is the fastest way to get her to sleep during the day time it seems. I then transfer her to the Moses Basket and she stays asleep. So then she has her little nap, I have 10 minutes- ? to accomplish a few things myself…and baby is much happier! I hope it continues.

I don’t think I mentioned this, but at 3 weeks we had some scares and she was diagnosed with infant reflux. The medicine stated working and our baby completely changed from screaming all day to being more content.

I’m not going to lie—I’m pretty sure our little girl is going to be very particular and a little feisty. She lets us know IMMEDIATELY when she has wet or dirtied her diaper. You know how Pampers have that yellow line that turns blue when the diaper is wet/dirty? She lets us know prior to that. lol.

But anyways, I’m not sure how many of you who read are moms and even care about this kind of stuff, but it’s my life now! Smile

Monday, June 16, 2014

Day 1: Back at this Weight Loss Journey

Today marks day 1 of another leg of this journey. I had my 6 week check up and that means that I am released to do some more serious exercise.

I am starting back at this a little too close to my original starting weight when I began, but hey—you have to start somewhere!

As of today, I’ve already lost 16 lbs. of pregnancy weight without trying. I gained more than the 15 lbs. they recommended for me—you live and learn. I honestly think that with my next pregnancy I will gain less—since I know what to expect, etc.

I joined an 8 week online program with a local trainer. It includes a very basic eating plan, which I will modify here and there but follow the general rules of.  It includes a lot more protein than I am used to eating—so that will be a change for me! But it is good, healthy food and I have been satisfied all day—I am a little hungry now at 5 pm—but it’s post workout and almost supper time.

Today was the first day in a LONG time that I completed a difficult workout. Whew! It felt really good! I did intervals on the treadmill for about 1.5 miles total. And then the workout included arm strength training and one ab exercise. I felt pretty worn out afterwards—and I only did one set because I didn’t want to overdo it on the first day!

I was delightfully surprised that baby girl actually took a nap today…she fights sleep during the day (I’m working on this). She woke up RIGHT when I was done working out—so it was perfect! I know I cannot expect this everyday, but it made me feel like I was starting off on the right foot. It will most certainly be a trial to get my workouts in—but I have a plan. If I can’t fit the workout in during the day, I will do it when hubby gets home.

I am going to think about my goals and hopefully write a post about what I want to accomplish. One day at a time!