Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baby # 2 (and a blog comeback)

Hello again. Its been awhile. 

Back towards the beginning of the year I decided the blog was not where I wanted to put my energy. I found myself really struggling to find things to write about. Our lives were just not that exciting, nothing crazy going on, just our daily routine (which we quite enjoy but would probably put you to sleep). So I stopped writing and just enjoyed reading. And I haven't really missed it.

BUT...

with baby #2 on the way (surprise if you didn't know!) I decided to pick it back up. While I was pregnant with Molly and during her first year of life the blog was a great way to keep track of everything and I have really enjoyed going back and reading about our life during those moments. I also, shamefully, have still not completed Molly's baby book so the blog serves as a book of sorts that documents a lot of her milestones. I don't want to short baby #2 so I have opted to document this journey like I did with M.

So here we go again, back to the blog. And fair warning...its going to be very very pregnant/baby heavy so if you aren't into that you can check out now. I will try to sprinkle in a few other things for variety sake. And of course some posts on Molly as well (who is no longer a baby, tear).

No better way to kick this off than with an official baby #2 announcement. Lets get this party started!

Someone is a very excited Big Sister!
bigsister


Look at that cute little bean!
Baby Sono



Here we go again!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Health Upgrades

I am just going to ignore the fact that I have not posted in over a month. Honestly, I am debating if I even have the desire to keep this blog going. But I am going to continue to post and see if my "want" picks back up again.






We all know that with a new year brings new resolutions. And by far the #1 resolution is to lose weight or get healthy. This year I jumped on the bandwagon. While weight is something I want to change for me it was more about getting my body back in shape. I had become almost sedentary while also eating a bunch of junk all the time. I felt sluggish, my skin was extra oily, my mind was bored...I needed a change.

So I made a few decisions to get myself in gear. And my motivation - having another baby! I told myself awhile back that I needed to get back in shape and get close to a goal weight before I could get pregnant again. I am hoping that will help keep me on track.

The Changes

1. Fitbit Force- my awesome boss got all of us employees Fitbit Force's for Christmas. I was considering buying one prior to that so I was super excited. Its really neat to see what kind of activity you are doing throughout the day and it adds a level of competition. I have started to slack a bit but mostly bc the weather has not been condusive to running. Getting back at it!

2. Paleo- I used to make fun of all those Paleo people and their obsession with it. It seemed silly to me for some reason. But when I evaluated what I was eating I realized that eliminating carbs and overly processed food in favor of lots of vegetables, lean meats and fruit was a great idea. It has gone pretty well. The hardest part for me is lunch...I just can't do salads everyday and I am impatient when it comes to preparing food for lunch. I have had fun making new meals at dinnertime and its even making me a better cook in the kitchen. Bonus!

3. Cleanse- Back in October I did my first ever juice cleanse. The 3 Day Cleanse was particularly challenging but in a good way. A couple weeks ago I opted to do a 2 day quick cleanse with juices that I made myself. It was a nice little restart for my body and I think I will do one of these every couple months.

4. Running/Working Out- I don't enjoy running. I will never enjoy running. But I feel good when I am done and I enjoy the benefits of it. So I make myself run. I have been running 2-3 days (sometimes more) a week, usually around 2 miles. I can tell that my body is in better shape so it feels good to be doing it. I also mix in Jillian DVDs, the 7 Min Scientific workout and other activities to keep me moving.

5. Water- I have always enjoyed drinking water and do it throughout the day but I never get as much as I should. I have tried to be very conscious about drinking upwards of 80oz a day or more. On the days where I drink more water I defintely feel "cleaner" - even though I have to pee all. the. time.

6. 80/20 Rule- You only live once. I enjoy being lazy on ocassion. I enjoy eating fried foods and a bowl full of macaroni and cheese. You can't totally deprive yourself or its just not worth it. Everything in moderation. I give myself a cheat meal every week and have 1-2 days where I don't work out at all.

So have all these upgrades paid off? Yes, absolutely. I have seen changes on the scale, although I have a long way to go, and I definitely feel better. Your body is the only one you get, you have to treat it right. Plus...gotta get myself ready to make another baby!