Day in the life

My typical week looks something like this…

Workouts. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I take Les Mills Body Pump class and I run a mile beforehand on the treadmill in the morning. Sometimes if I’m running late, I don’t get time to do the treadmill, but most of the time, I can squeeze in a mile or if I’m lucky, over a mile.

On Tuesdays I have Storytime with Sienna and Mason at the local library and then we all play at home,  I start washing clothes, and tidying up the house until it’s time to pick up Parker at 12:45

On Wedneday after the gym I have laundry. Lots of laundry. Typically takes me all day long. This is when I take all the clothes that were washed the day prior and sort, fold, hang, etc. Fortunately, the boys have become very helpful in this area and they both now put away and hang up their own clothes! We also have small group on Wednesday nights and we’re doing a parenting study now and it’s going great, but that also means squeezing in reading two chapters a week and answering questions to prepare for our discussion.

Thursdays have just changed to another gym day, and I’ve so far done Body Combat and RPM (stationary bike) class. Another workout in the morning and then back home to play with Mason and Sienna since Mason is home from preschool on Tues and Thurs.

After the boys get home from preschool we all have lunch, and Mama gets a break. Mason and Sienna take their nap and Parker either takes a nap in his room or takes the time to look at his pen books or have some alone time playing quietly while the others nap.  After naps, we try to play outside if weather permits. It’s hard to do so on Wednesdays because I’m typically still in laundry madness trying to get everything sorted and hung. Otherwise, we’re either outside or playing in the playroom together.  The boys LOVE to have dance parities. Their favorite musician is the Laurie Berkner Band. They LOVE the “I’m going to catch you” song!

Once the kids go to bed, I get time with Dan at night. Right now, we’ve really enjoying snugging up on the sofa and watching the Walking Dead series.  Sometimes he likes to have his guy shows that he watches, or shoot his bow in the basement while I blog, edit photos, read,  or catch up on a girlie show (Bachelor, Parenthood, etc.). It’s healthy to have time alone as well as together.  Sometimes if we’re lucky, we get a date night, a girls night, or a guys night out.

Life is busy. Work outs. Carpool drop-offs and pickups. Kids running around without pants. Grocery shopping. Playing dress-up. Messy playrooms. Books before bed. Tantrums. Hugs. Building a “lego city”.  Riding bikes and playing outside. Washing dishes. Watching their favorite show. Making lunches. Cleaning. Meal planning. Cooking.  Goodnight kisses. Repeat.

The life of a stay-at-home Mom means running a household and making sure it not only runs smoothly, but with love and patience. Reminding ourselves that grace is needed for ourselves, our kids, and our marriage.  Being intentional about serving others, bringing God into our everyday conversations, leaning on him for strength, making sacrifices, and above all being grateful for where you are in this stage of life.

What does your day look like? I’d love to see a blog post from my readers!!

#Shesgotlegs Challenge

A friend of mine over at In Balance Yoga Crystal, who I went to school with is an amazing Yoga teacher and great friend. We have two kids that are within days and weeks of each other! Our boys are a day apart and our daughters are a few weeks apart. When she challenged me to the #shesgotlegs yoga challenge, I thought it would be a good way for me to be intentional about my yoga practice at home. I’m more of a studio yogi and can’t seem to get motivated enough at home or know exact poses to do.  It’s a challenge where there are poses every day in the month of August, and you do the pose to the best of your ability and snap a picture of yourself in that pose and post to Instagram with the #shesgotlegs hashtag.  It’s that simple.

I thought it was a helpful challenge to me, but I learned some things about myself and ultimately I have decided to quite doing this picture-taking portion of the challenge.  I think it’s a great challenge and it’s great for people to encourage one another to go further in their yoga practice, but for me, it ultimately left me with some insecure feelings.

Let me elaborate. I  know yoga is for EVERY Body. I know… However, it has really brought out my insecurities about my weight having pictures taken of me in yoga positions when I’m not fit.  I know it may sounds very superficial and maybe self absorbed, but it’s true.  I know some of you understand.  The unfiltered truth is, that when you have extra weight on you, that not only is it more difficult to get into more challenging poses, but they don’t photograph as well either. You can’t suck in, you can’t do that “skinny” angle…it’s very open and vulnerable.

There’s good news in this though.  It has really been just the motivation that I’ve needed to get back into shape.  The right way… the feel good and look good way. The motivation not to stop until I’m living a life that I know I should. No excuses. I’m too young to be continuing on  the way I have and I’m too smart to not just “do what I need to do” to get there.

My grace period is over. I’ve had three kids in three years, gone through Lyme disease and the ailments that followed, and now that I’ve recovered, it’s time to get serious!  My goal is to focus on cardio and strength training 4-5x a week with yoga mixed in 2-3x a week.  Dan and I signed up for a 5k at Lake Lanier in November, so I am working on getting in shape for that.  I’m working on eating less and retraining my body limit foods with processed sugars, grains, carbs and  fill with whole foods and protein. Not easy, but totally doable! As a longer-term goal I can focus on next Spring when Dan and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and even though we don’t have anything planned, I would love to be fit, looking good, and feeling good by then!

So here I am… flaws and all. Letting the chubbies all hang out. I enjoy practicing yoga, and I will continue to do the #shesgotlegs challenge on my own, I just won’t be taking any more pictures of myself in the poses! Crystal was able to give me tips on how to do a headstand too. I was using a chair to help me kick up at first, but now I can do one on my own without a chair. This week in Heated Power Yoga I was able to do my first headstand at the end of class. Something I had been working towards for several months! Baby steps! I never thought my body would be able to do all these yoga poses and inversions, but it has. This has reminded me that my body is capable of so much if I have faith that it can do it! I’m asking God to help me along the way with prayer and intention, to work through me during my workouts. More updates to come!

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Working on my Fitness

It’s past due.  I’ve had a few hiccups in getting back to my pre-baby weight.  The busyness of life mixed with many obstacles such as overcoming poor health from Lyme Disease, moving and getting settling into our new home, raising three kids… the usual.  I decided a few weeks ago that I’d had it.  I’m tired of the excuses.  I needed to do something consistent every day if I wanted to see results.  My problem was, that some days I would do great.  Sienna would go down for a morning nap, I would zip off to the elliptical trainer, get some cardio in, and maybe again in the evening I would go for a walk before or after dinner, but then some days, I had laundry or something else that needed my attention and my exercise routine always suffered.  I knew that if I wanted to  see results, then I had to come up with a strict plan and stick with it!

yoga-tree-poseAbout a month ago I convinced a friend to come to a yoga class with me at a nearby studio Breathe Yoga that I had been eye-ing up since we moved here.  After my first class, I knew it was something that I wanted to make apart of a weekly routine.  It centered me- for lack of a better word.  I have three kids, I’m a busy Mom and our house is loud.  This place was quiet.  My house has demanding expectations. This place leaves expectations at the door.  It is a place that helps rejuvenate me and when I leave there, I leave with a boost!  It also helps me be intentional about having “me” time.  I can do something for myself without the title of “Mom” or “Wife” or “Friend” or whatever.  Of course, I am all of those things, and will always be those things, but for the hour and ten minutes that I am intentional about the practice of yoga, I get to be in the moment with just me.  Just my breath.  I can choose to invite God into my heart and mind, and meditate.  Or I can choose to have some quiet time alone focusing on my breathing.  I love that!

So, after a handful of visits to the studio, I found which instructors I like the best, and I am regularly going twice a week now.  Saturday mornings they have an intense Hot yoga class, which is my favorite class and on Tuesday nights they have a “Yoga for Everybody” class which is less intense, but a great addition to my week.  On the days I’m not practicing yoga, I’ve made a commitment to wake up every morning at 6:20am and hit the elliptical trainer for 30-35 minutes and then rotate doing some muscle strengthening exercises following that.  The kiddos start stirring around 7:15, so it gives me lots of time to get my cardio on why they’re still asleep.  Dan takes off for the gym early, so I bring the video monitor downstairs to listen out for any early risers.  The boys have a clock that turns green in their room at 7:20 and they know to play in their rooms until it’s green if they’re awake.  Most of the time, they abide by that rule.iworkout

There you have it.  I’m SERIOUS about working on my fitness.  Going on almost a month of this fitness routine and I’ve lost six pounds.  Still working on being more conscientious about my food intake.  Quality is ok, quantity is not good.  The good news is though since I’ve been working out, I’ve felt less hungry and have had more energy throughout the day.  I am ready to receive the kids in the morning with joy instead of feeling irritated that they’ve woken me up to start a new day.  I’ve been more intentional about my quiet time with God and I feel that I’m growing spiritually too, which is huge.  I know in order to be in the best overall health, it requires me to transform my mind, body and spirit to focus on HIM.  That is my mantra!

Ten Commandments of Weight Loss

I saw this on the Dr. Oz show.  I’m not particularly a huge fan of the show or anything.  To be quite honest, he can be a little cynical and annoying, but he comes on right before Ellen and I’m too lazy to turn the channel.  Yes… my son watches Ellen with Mama.  He loves the dancing! Anywho… on the brink of me leaving for San Juan to embrace bikini beaches…  I thought I’d share some things that I thought were good reminders (to myself!) of how to shed those LB’s and keep them off.  I like this because its not the typical “eat less, exercise more” no-brainer advice that I’m use to reading.  So, without further adieu…

1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch

Your clothing is an early-warning system for weight gain. When it’s getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it’s time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it.

2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Bad Clothes in Your Closet

When you keep the clothes you wore at an unhealthy weight, it gives you a back-up plan if the pounds don’t come off. Instead, force yourself to stay on track by 86ing your “fat pants.”

3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week

Meat that comes from an animal with 4 legs is higher in saturated fat (the unhealthy kind) than that which comes from 2-legged animals such as chickens, or animals with no legs, like fish. Plus: women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50% higher chance of dying from heart disease and have higher cancer rates.

4. Thou Shalt Not Graze

Plan your meal before you open the refrigerator, get what you need, and close the door. Opening it throughout the day leads to impulsive choices and overeating.

5. Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30pm

When you eat late at night you are more likely to be eating in front of the TV (when you won’t pay attention to how much you’re putting in your mouth) and you’re more likely to pick high-calorie snacks.

6. Thou Shalt Not Pile Food More than 1 Inch High or Within 2 Inches of the Plate Edge

Larger portions equal more calories. ‘Nuff said.

7. Thou Shalt Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite

Chewing allows your body to realize that you are eating food, prompting it to create a sensation of fullness at the appropriate time. When you don’t chew enough, you get ahead of that process, eating well past when you are actually satisfied.

8. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Plate

Spend your day nibbling bites on someone else’s sandwich or afternoon snack, and you will add on 1,000 calories easy.

9. Thou Shalt Not Carry Small Bills

Nothing loves a small bill better than a vending machine. When you have them at the ready, you are one step closer to an impulsive, calorie-loaded afternoon slip up.

10. Thou Shalt Not Eat While Standing Up

Eating sitting down enables you to be aware of what you’re eating and eat it slowly so that your body can tell you your full before it’s too late.

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Lowdown

In addition to my once a month update for my weight loss goal,  I am also going to try to write each Sunday on my weekly progress at attaining my goal.  I’m hoping that this will help me become more accountable by giving me short-term motivation each week.

I am pairing this with an lowdown on the sleepy time with Parker pooh.  I’m hoping that this will not only help me remember what worked that week, but also maybe help other readers who, like me are trying to establish a good sleep/nap routine with their little one.

Sunday Slim-Down

Since last Sunday I can’t say I’ve “hit the ground running” with a great weight loss routine.  I feel as if I need someone to hold my hand…someone to smack me into reality and hold me accountable.  That sounds super pathetic, I know.  Before little baby was in the picture, I would already be up at a certain time for work, so I would just wake up earlier, hop in the car and roll up to they gym and work out.  Now I have to work around my husband’s schedule, make sure the baby is fed, and worry constantly when I’m gone.  When Parker is napping, it would be a great time to do a video work-out, but all I can think about then is folding laundry, catching up on sleep,  making the bed, getting a SHOWER…you know, the basics.  With that being said…I haven’t done well this week.  I’ve walked the two mile loop just about every day except for two because of rain.  Today was the only day since last week that I made it to the gym.  I was able to squeeze in 30 min on the cross trainer and crunches.  I managed about 50 regular and 20 side and times 2 sets.  I was able to hold a plank for about 20 seconds on my feet, and about a minute extra on my knees.  Those things are so hard!  I’ve dedicated Sundays for reshaping my abs.  I’m hoping that I can accomplish THIS one of these days.  Thanks Lisa for the great idea! Man do they need some help!  My diet has improved a lot.  I’ve reduced my sweet intake to one a day and it’s a 100 calorie snack pack.  I’ve been getting better about eating lighter dinners, and making breakfast the larger meal of the day.  I’ve been hungry a lot this week, and it sucks.  Water…been drinking lots and lots of water.  Thank God for lemon.

Sleepy Lowdown

At nine weeks, I think Parker is doing fairly well with his sleep and nap times.  We’ve made bedtime at night a fun event that little P  and I (okay, maybe just me) look forward to every night.  At 8pm sharp, we start the bath and after story time and final feeding, he goes down at 8:30.  He goes down really well right now.  After he nurses, he’s got heavy eyes, and I wrap him in his halo sleep sack, and off to dreamland he goes.  He always sleeps a minimum of 6 hours without waking.  When he does wake, we’ve tried a few different things this week.  We tried letting him cry for 15 min, to see if he would go back to sleep ( I know, it sucks!!) and we’ve also just gone in there after the first cry and put the passie back in his mouth and left the room with him awake.  The conclusion that we’ve drawn at this stage is it doesn’t make a difference if we wait and let him cry, or if we go right in.  Once he gets the passie, he’s back to dream land.  So, why let him go through all the crying?  We tried this approach after reading Baby Wise, and it doesn’t seem to work well for us at night.  By no means do I judge anyone who currently uses the methods in Baby Wise.  If that works for you and your child, then that’s great!  This may all change later down the line if there are future sleep problems.  Right now Parker goes down at 8:30 and wakes up somewhere between 2:30am and 3:30 am.  We try the passie until 4:30am (8hrs) once, but if he cries a second time, then we know he’s hungry, and I go feed him before the 4:30 (goal time).  Most of the time he drifts back to sleep with the passie and waits until 4:30.  I did a lot of reading today about this, because of the early wake time to see if I should be feeding him, because I’m afraid that he’ll continue to wake at 6 hours out of habit instead of true hunger.  I’m not sure where the balance is between wanting him to sleep 8 hours thus waiting to eat because I know he’s physically able to, and giving in at 6 hours for fear that he’s starving and I’m missing a hunger cue.    This is going to be my challenge this week; trying to decifer between the two.  I’ve heard that 6 hours is really good for a nine week old, so maybe I’m being over zealous about the whole 8 hour business.  Sleep-Training Graduates, please weigh in on my polls!

Nap time has been getting much better this week.  Parker is finally sleeping in his crib for at least two naps a day, if not three.  This is a big milestone because before he was sleeping everywhere from his carseat, to a swing, to his bouncy chair.  I’m not a stickler about making sure that these “props” aren’t being used at all, because let’s be honest… who would want cancel being able to go on walks, or go for a car ride, or out to dinner because naps must be in the crib?  Especially when he takes three plus one cat nap.  Our routine has been working out pretty well.  This is the routine that we’ve settled on and will continue through week 9.

7:30am- Wake and feed
9am-Nap
10:30am- Wake and feed
12pm- Nap
1:30pm-Wake and feed
2:30 Nap
4pm- Wake and feed
5:45-Nap
6:30pm Wake
7pm-Feed
8pm- Bath Time
8:15-Story Time/Prayer
8:20-“Snack” Feed
8:30-Sleep for the night
4:30am-Wake and Feed

Forced Motivation

Okay- I’ve had it.  I’m done with all this extra baby weight.  I thought it would just fall off since I’m breastfeeding, but apparently lack of sleep mixed with halloween candy has taken its toll.  So what is a chubby Mom to do?  Well, I’m using YOU…my blog readers as motivation. For six months I will update my blog each month with my weight, workout, diet and next month’s goal.  I actually am pretty embarrassed to post here my weight, but I don’t care. If anything, it should make you feel better about your weight, and at the same time motivate me to get in shape.  See, it’s a win-win.

Here we go:

Height: 5’9″ (just posting this once, sense it won’t change)

Weight: 217

Workout: Since Dan is only home on the weekends I’ve taken advantage of the gym TWICE when he’s watched Parker.  I am a pretty regular walker of the two-mile loop around the block, but that is the extent of my current work out routine

Diet: My diet is pretty horrible right now.  I’m a sucker for Luna nutrition bars, but I’m pretty sure they’re not suppose to be eaten more than three times a day.  I’ve had to cut out salads and some high fiber foods because it was causing Parker to be gassy.  I’m still a big sucker for sweets too..I have at least 2-3 a day (I know…it’s horrible!) My weakness is chocolate.  I’m good about drinking water and I have only the occasional soda.  I’m Mostly sticking with lean sandwich meats in sandwiches for lunch and Muesli cereal for breakfast.  Dinner can be hit or miss with everything from frozen pizza to chicken and rice.

I want to say for the record that I would like to get this done over night, but I know that it will take some time.  Mainly because it took 9 months to put it on, but also because I’m breastfeeding, and I have to make sure that it doesn’t affect my milk supply.  This is why I’m stretching this over six months.

Next Month’s Goal: I would like to loose 7lbs taking me to 210.  Over the next month I would like to decrease my sweets intake (including chocolate) to once a day. I would like to focus on making my dinner choices better.  I would like to work out vigorously three days a week and light exercise two-three days a week.  Try to get more sleep at night (or as much as a mom with a baby can!).

Month One Pictures (can you say YUCK!)

11/16/09 217lbs

11/16/09 217lbs

Wish me luck! =)

 

Oh Baby

As I pack on the pounds in the last weeks of pregnancy (Ugh!) I can’t help but wonder how I’m going to loose all this weight postpartum. Last year when I was preparing for pregnancy I attend a few of the 4 week long boot camps that focused on circuit training and running to get into shape.  It was a great work out and I lost quite a bit of weight doing this, but unfortunately after the baby comes this won’t be a good option.  Dan’s travel won’t allow me to have a set schedule because there won’t be anyone to watch little Parker, and we can’t have any of that.

            

So, I did a little research and found this place called Oh Baby Fitness. They have all types of exercise classes that you can attend with your baby! They have great things to offer such as Stroller Workouts, Mom and Baby Pilates, H2O Baby (water aerobics), Mom and baby Yoga and mat and cardio fitness classes with the baby.  I’m so excited that I found this and I can’t wait to give it a try! I can start anytime six weeks after birth assuming that all goes well with the delivery.