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{Updates}

So of course, I’m behind. Haven’t blogged in almost a month! So here’s some quick updates!

Me & B:

Project 365: FAIL. I was doing great until my camera’s card filled up. Then it took me until yesterday to empty it. (New) Goal: to start again tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Weight loss-WIN! B and I both started using My Fitness Pal (has a GREAT app for the iphone!) and we’ve both lost 10 pounds already in the month of January! I’m going to try an add a widget to my blog so you can follow my progress. Wahoo! Goals: Keep it up! Start Exercising Regularly.

Parenting Two Kids: I think we are doing pretty great, if I do say so myself! Of course there is plenty of room for improvement :). I’ve taken the two kids to the grocery store twice by myself (thank you Beco Baby carrier!) and we manage to get to all of C’s events on time-ish. What little blessings they are! Goal-keep them breathing. πŸ˜‰

Budgeting: Pretty proud of us. Talking about $, planning, budgeting- basically anythng $ related made me really anxious. Well 4 years into marriage we had a great night of planning in the beginning of January and stuck to our budget really well! We have a date night set up to do it again this weekend! Goal: keep it up in February!

Thirty-One : This is my new project! (like I needed another one!) I discovered 31 mainly through my friend Nikki. I hosted a show and discovered I wanted to buy absolutely everything- so I knew I had to become a consultant! I am SO SO SO Excited to be a brand new consultant. I love that this is a Christian based company (The name Thirty-One is from the Proverbs 31 woman- a woman I’d like to be more like!) I love the products- they are helping me become that proverbs 31 lady by being more organized and lovely! I’ll probably post more later on this one, but let me know if you’re interested in hearing more before i get around to blogging!!

C:

Continues to be generally adorable, Two year old ish on some days, and comedic relief. (Example: she just told me she’s an “aster not” while wearing a drum on her head) She is such a joy. She loves loves loves her little brother. She’s always bringing him his B.bear (BB2).Β  She asks where he is, and if he’s sleeping in his “Hungry Cah-piwwer” bed. (some day I’ll finish his nursery and post pics… πŸ˜‰ ) We have hopes of potty training soon. We’ll see!

She counts forwards and backwards which is pretty impressive in my book. She knows certain letter sounds. She finally knows our first names and no longer thinks my other name is “Hon”! She continues to love dance class and soccer and all her friends and family. She is a very loving little girl, generous with her hugs. She makes my heart full!

D: will be TWO MONTHS OLD on Thursday! I’ll save his updates for then. Fingers crossed that I write one. πŸ™‚

Pictures next time! πŸ™‚

~~A~~

Mother’s Day!

We celebrated Mother’s Day a day early, and it was a great day!! B and C and I ran in a road race together (I pushed C in the stroller, we didn’t make here crawl!). It was a 5 mile race. We had a lot of fun running together, hopefully I can add some pictures soon! I surprised myself and ran about a 940 mile. That’s about the same time i cranked out when i ran my first 5k, way back just before I got pregnant with C. I’m really pleased with my time, but the rest of this week has been tough on me for runs! I picked up some insoles for my shoes… We will see if that helps! I gotta crank out two more long runs before the 1/2 marathon which is just over 2 weeks away. No more about that. I might break out in hives.
Weight loss wise things are still going really well, yay! I’m glad that im feeling like it’s really do-able. I’m still getting plenty of “treats” AND I’m losing weight! Of course, I’m not sure things will still be as great when i stop breastfeeding (I get like 10 extra points on weight watchers while I’m nursing!) but I’ll cross that bridge when i get there! (kinda the way i fee about the sagamore these days… When will that construction be done again??)

Anywho, the rest of my first mother’s day was nice and relaxing, we just hung around the house and then went out to get Chinese… Mmmm. πŸ™‚ On actual Mother’s day I went in to Boston with C and met my mom. We walked a lot and had a good time. C seemed to have a lot of fun too. πŸ™‚ what more can I mom ask for?

Promise to post pictures soon!!

Time sure flies!

I can’t believe how long I’ve gone without a post. There’s so much going on, but also not a lot going on. Yeah, I know that made sense. πŸ™‚

C is into everything, so curious. She’s super adorable right now! She “talks” a lot. When we were at B’s parents house, she seemed to be asking for “Da-da” and called B’s Dad, Dada also. I don’t think we can yet call it her first word though, since it’s still the only consonant sound she is consistently making. She also will imitate me if I sneeze or cough in the car! So cute. We had a great time in TN. The flight down was awesome since she actually slept! The flight back was not so great. We were delayed bc of all the rain in Nashville (praying for the people there still!) C did really well under the circumstances, but it was still a really long day! She had a great time with Nan and GP though! We miss them already!

On the running/weight loss front, I crested losing 20 pounds! (then went back up a half pound, but we will just go ahead skip over that and hope for a loss again this week!) I decided to go ahead and train for a half marathon! Yikes. I wasn’t even seriously running before the end of March, and now I’m running a half marathon on May 30th! I have some great support from my family and I have two friends running with me, so we are checking in daily, which is great. Another challenge is the new heat and humidity. I’m still adjusting! Yesterday’s run was tough because of the heat!! I did 8 miles in Chattanooga and I was SO HOT at the end. I am hoping for warm weather on the 29th for my friend’s wedding, but then for a cool down overnight on the 30th! If you’re in the area I’d love to have you come and cheer me on! Here’s the race info!

http://www.greathyannisroadraces.com/halfmar/

Sorry no adorable pictures right now since I have to go get the wee one! πŸ™‚

It’s not an April Fools Joke, I swear!

So, did I tell the story of the missing sneakers on here? I think it was around mid-February when it began. I ran on the treadmill one morning, and took off my sneakers. The treadmill (and therefore, the sneakers) is in our house. The next day, I go to look for the sneakers and I can’t find them. I didnt have time to look, so I just wore something else. The third day was a day to run, so i really needed them. I could.not.find them ANYWHERE. I mean, Over the course of the next MONTH I tore apart my house looking for them! I even put away stuff that had been out since December! (On the one hand, that’s a good thing, on the other hand, I had obviously NOT wanted to put it all away, LOL!) B also searched high and low for them. People in our small group looked also. I finally give up and buy new sneakers. But because of Murphy’s law, I wait a few more days to take the tags off the new sneakers. ( I was sure buying new sneakers would be the key to the old ones turning up!). No dice. I finally give up and walk with my new sneakers (which cost more and I didn’t like NEARLY as much!). At this time it’s mid- March.

Fast forward to two nights later when I go out with some girlfriends. God bless my husband, who is much neater than I am, he was cleaning/straightening the basement (it’s finished, but we don’t use it for more than working out) up while I was out.
I come home.
There, sitting on my stairs, my old sneakers sat! I was shocked! Apparently he had found them in between a pile of clean sheets that I had folded by the laundry room. (yes, I had CLEAN sheets, folded, but not put away, for over a month!)

So that whole story explains why I hadn’t run for over a month. Then even after the sneakers were found, I still have my very inconsistent napper to deal with. So I wasn’t really into exercising.

But now we have our new (FAB!) jogging stroller. It’s a BOB revolution, and if you’re in the market for a jogger, I highly recommend it. Anyway, so yesterday, I decided to take it for it’s inaugural spin. After a month and a half off, I had no idea how long i could run for, or how far, pushing a jogger. I started out trying to make it (on the flat side) to the end of my street. I kept going. I did it again, then I did the hilly side and back! I ran for about 30 minutes and for about 2.7 miles (according to B)! I can’t believe it. So here’s hoping I can do it again tomorrow or Sunday.

I also ended up walking with my neighbor for a few miles in the afternoon yesterday, I’m a workout machine!

In other weight loss news, I thought I’d post some about what I’m eating. I’m a snacker, that’s my downfall. I’ve found eating some of the following things satisfies my need to snack without sacrificing my diet.

  • I found out microwave popcorn is TERRIBLE for you (even the fat free kind, they are all very chemically), so I’ve been popping my own on the stove for awhile now (so easy, no need to buy an air popper or anything!). I put a little “Molly McButter” on it to make it taste SUPER yummy. Popcorn is actually a great source of fiber and better for you than chips and whatnot if you make it like this. I find it to be filling and it’s only a few points for a LOT of it!
  • I love eating a few pretzels and dipping them in trader joe’s bean dip. The bean dip is no points and super yum. And a bowl of pretzels is MUCH less than 7 or 8 tortilla chips! I use the pretzel trick for guacamole also.
  • I also started eating the Laughing Cow light cheese wedges. TWO wedges is only 1.5 points. And with a few pretzels or reduced fat-wheat thins, this is a low point and filling snack!

Another downfall of mine is drinks. I love me some sweet drinks. I’ve banned soda (diet and otherwise) from the house, though we treat ourselves to a diet or regular drink when we are out and about. I sometimes will buy diet snapple to satisfy a craving, but I’m not wild about artificial sweeteners in everything (i use them in my coffee and try to limit it to that). But, I’ll tell you what, it’s easy to not drink em when we don’t have any in the house! That’s my main strategy. Now that it’s warmer I’ve been getting Passion Tea at Starbucks because it’s sweet without syrup or anything and I like it! I’ll also make tea for myself at home (I like Harney and Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice) that is so flavorful I don’t need to add anything (sometimes a little agave, but not even all the time).

It’s so true that as you cut out some of those things, you crave them less. I really am enjoying my water, most of the time! And my milk at the end of the day! πŸ™‚

Alright this is long enough and I want to get some downtime in before the wee one wakes from her nap!

I did it, I did it!

Yeah!! I reached my pre-pregnancy weight! While it’s not a great weight for me, certainly not where I’d like to be, I’m very excited to have reached my mini goal. “Nine months on, 8.5 months off!” Wahoo!

I’ve also dropped 4 sizes (in the Gap) since October, which means since 2007 I have been 10 different sizes at the Gap! (Not including Maternity!) LOL. I’m excited to get closer to those lower sizes before I jump into pregnancy pants again. I’m so glad to have lost the 5oish lbs (yes, I’m coming clean that I gained about 50lbs while pregnant). And though I birthed an 8lb 11oz child, I only lost about 10 pounds post delivery and lost another 5 in the first few weeks home. I was not fortunate enough to have the weight melt off me while breastfeeding. The weight I’ve lost has mostly to do with my eating habits (thank you weight watchers!) and the rest is from just trying to increase my workouts/exercise. I’ve been off the exercise wagon the last month or so due to traveling and C’s (and therefor mine!) sleep issues. But I cannot WAIT to get our jogging stroller so that C and I can start hitting the road despite her lack of naps. πŸ™‚

So, I still have about 20-25 to lose to be where I’d LOVE to be, but I’m aiming to just keep losing and being healthy until we decide to have baby #2. The lighter I am before becoming pregnant again, the healthier I’ll be.

And I’m vowing not to eat nearly as much ice cream this time!

Update on Me!

Mostly I know everyone checks in here to see how cute C is getting. However, since I did post about our new weight loss regime, I will go ahead and do a 6 week update! Since January 7th, I’ve lost 11 pounds (as of Feb 20)! My hope to be back to pre-pregnancy weight by the time she is 9 months old is definitely becoming a realistic reality! While that is still pretty far above my ultimate goal weight, I’m still pretty excited about it.

I’m a pretty big snacker, so my big challenge is finding things I want to nibble on that aren’t too bad for me, or limiting the really bad (good!) stuff to it’s ACTUAL portion size. It’s really working for me to count out how many pretzels or wheat thins I’m going to eat, rather than mindlessly reaching into the box.

I’m also getting “into” running again. For me, once i am at the point I’m at now (actually able to run) it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m considering signing up for a 9K in May, but I need to raise a 1000$ to do it. (Proceeds go to local veterans and victims of traumatic brain injury. Let me know if you’d be willing to sponsor me- I’m still about 500 away from being able to sign up!). If I can’t do this particular 9K, I’m pretty sure I will sign up for something, just so that I have something to shoot for.

Hopefully C stops waking up during her naps soon so I can get a longer run in! (I find it hard to focus when she’s babbling on the monitor!)