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They said this would happen.

Monday, June 17, 2013

And by they - I mean most of you guys.

And me.

My "OCD-type A-schedule-pants" got lost. Especially when it comes to Spark. Some days with Elliott I am totally in control and have life down to a science. Not very often. Most days are pretty willy-nilly and I am totally ok with that. So where does this fit in with Spark?

Last week, I had a bad cold and Brad was working long hours. I could not be bothered to track my food on Spark - something I have done religiously for 1.5 years, except for a week in Mexico and the first 2 weeks after Elliott was born.

The weight hadn't been dropping, despite killer fitness minutes and eating in range.

But what is a range, when your caloric expenditure is completely different from day-to-day. Not just talking about exercise vs a couch day. Breastfeeding is weird. Some days, like in a growth spurt, Elliott will eat eat eat all day and I'm starving and can consume 3000+ calories without trying. other days he isn't eating so much and I only feel I need 1500 or so. Not to mention the different caloric needs when you are sleep-deprived vs well-rested.

So I decided to stop tracking. And I feel so much better. I am listening more to my body, and the scale is showing it. My milk supply is still great, so I know I am eating enough. My fitness is still slowly getting back up after that horrible cold, and we'll get there.

Just to show how much Spark had really been controlling me, here is an account of how we spent Father's Day.

We had McDs for breakfast, because Brad wanted egg mcmuffins, but I had been up with Elliott since 0530, so no way in heck I was cooking haha. (4 month sleep regression = I am not sleeping much!) Then, Brad wanted to go to a nearby park for a hike. Gorgeous!!!



I had forgotten to wear my sneakers and wore my not-yet-broken-in-for-2013-fake-birkenstoc
ks (big mistake, I have owies). I did not expect to hike as long as we did - 1.5 hours almost, and with hills and at times I pushed the stroller! About 20 minutes in, I realized I was not living in the moment and was fussing about not having my heart rate monitor on to track my calories burned.

What. The. Eff. Gorgeous Sunday. Brad's first Father's Day. Maybe our last Sunday together for a while before Brad hits the road for work. And I'm ruminating about how many calories I've burned. I opened up to Brad about it while we were walking (he already knew I had stopped tracking my food) and he said "We knew this would happen. Having Elliott would mean your rigid ways would need to stop."

So true. I am so much more relaxed. I spend more time snuzzling him and playing with him than making a workout calendar and tracking food. And the weight is now falling off.

Don't get me wrong. Spark is AMAZING and I wouldn't be where I am today without it, and I am SO DANG GRATEFUL for many of the connections I have made here. I'm not going away forever, just taking a breather. The rigid way I have used Spark in the past has no room in my life with my little monkey.

And that's okay - because if we know one thing about me, I'm all or nothing.

Elliott is 4 months old today!! He can roll over from back to tummy (only to the right, haha)


He grabs his toys on his playmat or bouncy chair!


He loves to practice sitting up with Mamma and Daddy, or sitting in his Bumbo with his friend Gerome


He is a Tennessee Titans fan like his Daddy! (I got this diaper ordered special for Father's Day - Brad was STOKED!)


And he loves being outside!



He also loves to be tickled and have fart noises made to him - he has the greatest giggle ever!!

Off to feed the little monster. Have a wonderful week you all! Remember that you will work your own program and find what works for you!!

  
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SWEETPOTATOMAMA 7/28/2013 12:23PM

    I'm so happy you're enjoying being "Mummy"! You definitely have to throw out the Type A, Stringent Scheduling when you have kids. I know this- I have four! If you find you're falling behind at some point, you can start tracking again. Enjoy your new little guy!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/11/2013 10:41AM

    You should consider doing random calorie checks though, just to see how you are doing. Just a suggestion. The problem with post-baby-making-ness is that your hormones are all crazy and breastfeeding burns a ton of calories. If you ditch calorie counting now, and form new habits that will be bad as time progresses, you will find it difficult to start again. Just be careful, every-time anyone here has stopped tracking themselves, I have never seen it end well. It always becomes a story about how they stopped tracking, formed bad habits, and gained so much back. Wish you the best with your little one, just make sure you think about everything you put in your body.

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HAPPYERIN 6/28/2013 10:58AM

    AWWWWWWW!!!!! He is so CUTE!!!

I love that you are listening to yourself and easing off your "rigid ways," as Brad put it, haha! It was probably stressing you out and getting in the way of just "being" for a change, and it sounds like that's what your body needed! I love, too, how you spent your Father's Day -- it looks gorgeous and I am so jealous right now!

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BAKER1009 6/24/2013 10:21PM

    All the sudden tonight you popped into my head...I thought, as I was dealing with a fussy teething baby (tooth 2 came through the gums today)...I wonder how Grace is doing.
I know EXACTLY how you feel. Having a baby really changes your world, in a definite good way.
I am SO glad to see you living freely and to the fullest. You sound so happy and that is all that matters. A happy mommy = a happy baby!
Sounds like Brad had a good first Father's Day! How cool about the diaper cover! He's darling Grace! Do update us with pics from time to time and to let us know how you are doing!
Big Hugs!!
Beth

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ANGYAS 6/18/2013 8:12AM

    I was off the site for more then a year after Filip was born and only care to be outside with him and taking care of him.
Now I`m tracking everything again ;)

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STEPH-KNEE 6/17/2013 9:33PM

    So excited to see pictures of the gorgeous little guy!!

I think your "rigid ways" were awesome, and for the life you had at the time it allowed you to be successful in your weight loss journey and it helped you as you mentioned. But now that your life is evolving, your habits are evolving too, and the weight coming off shows just how much you know and how to listen to your body and live a healthy life and I am just so proud of you!

I never want to leave Spark either, but I do look forward to getting to maintenance, and not right away, but eventually not tracking my food, or not weighing every ounce. I look forward to the day I pretty much have it under control and can maintain by watching what I eat and not counting every gram LOL. You are amazing! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/17/2013 4:51PM

    LOl I should hubby your little guys pics and he says especially the one in the bumpo looks like grampa Ron. lol
He was dreaming about your dad the other night, he woke up saying you won't believe what I dreamt...
Glad all is well, stop enjoy your dear little guy as this time goes fast.
HUGS

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KERRISEYMOUR 6/17/2013 3:21PM

    I completely agree 100%. I struggle with the OCD Spark-ing as well, and it really started controlling my life. While I don't have an infant at home like you do, I had to take a step back as well for my own health and sanity! Just know that you'll always have our support no matter what!!

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MISHAMW 6/17/2013 2:00PM

    Well, baby does come first, as he should. And though I am sad to see you go (maybe you could just blog every once in awhile to keep us updated!), I happy your happy.

That's what counts. Remember to listen to your body, and I know you will do well!

Have a great week.

PS. Elliott is so freakin' cute. So adorable, seriously though. More picture updates are good!

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ANGDTHOMPSON 6/17/2013 12:13PM

    He is adorable!! Great blog! It really puts things in perspective and congrats to your family of three :-)

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ROCKMAN6797 6/17/2013 10:07AM

    Whatever works for you is great!
Thanks for sharing pictures of Elliott ....he is adorable! :)

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UMMWALEED 6/17/2013 10:04AM

    emoticon Glad you woked a way you can relax with him and lose.
What a gorgeous kid. You're doing so much good to him by breastfeeding.
Keep it up.

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ELISAJANE57 6/17/2013 9:57AM

    It sounds like you are doing what you need to do. I agree, the OCD thing can only get you so far before you start driving yourself crazy. Good luck with your goals. I'm glad you are enjoying being a mom. Your little boy is adorable!

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EVIE4NOW 6/17/2013 9:51AM

  What a doll baby. Enjoy your time with him. They grow sooo fast!

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Guilt-Free "Milkshake"

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As some of you may know, I have had to go dairy-free since Elliott was born, as I am breastfeeding and he is sensitive to cow dairy. I have been ultra-sad about no ice cream this summer, but just tweaked out a dairy-free, guilt free milkshake recipe! At 154 calories, you have to try it!

1C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp or less unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tsp (ish) vanilla

Blend.

If you wanted to go even lower calorie, think like 50 cals, take out the frozen banana and just do ice cubes. But the banana helps your freggie count, fiber, and adds a little more creaminess!

Real blog soon. I hope. Maybe. Elliott has starting rolling over, so life is a little busier!!


xoxo

  
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KRISTINE99 6/7/2013 4:52PM

    I love me some non-dairy sweet treats. Plus, I've been drinking almond and coconut milk for so long that I prefer them over cow's milk. Unfortunately, my downfall is cheese. My love affair with cheese is put on hold for now since I'm also trying to go dairy free...suspect the dairy is linked to my bouts of adult acne :(

Anyway, I hope you're having a wonderful Friday! Glad to hear little Elliott is hitting his milestones and rollin' now :)

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HAPPYERIN 6/6/2013 1:29PM

    Yum! Sounds tasty!

I have become addicted to the whole frozen banana "ice cream" thing, where you freeze chunks and then blend 'em to get that ice cream consistency? I throw a little PB in there and oooh, so good! I bet cocoa powder would be tasty too!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/6/2013 2:48AM

    Thanks for sharing!
How cool that he is rolling over, just wait until he gets his arms and legs in motion then the busy life will really begin!

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SMASH637 6/5/2013 7:07PM

    No need for you to miss out - coconut milk ice cream is just as delicious as the dairy variety!

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BAKER1009 6/5/2013 5:02PM

    Yummy! I need a blender!

Yay Elliott on rolling over! There's no stopping him now! Miss you!! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/5/2013 4:57PM

    strangely I haven't missed dairy. AND I'm learning weird things like people who don't drink dairy are less likely to have osteoporosis? crazy right??

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LEWILL1982 6/5/2013 4:14PM

    Love it, thanks! Congrats on your baby by the way, just saw the rest of your blogs. Good luck!

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My poor little guy :(

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hubby came home from work on Friday with a stuffy nose, figured it was allergies.

By Saturday night, it was worse.

On Sunday, I was at a specialty baby boutique, and mommy-gut told me to buy the special suction aspirators for baby's nose that you use mouth suction to get the gunk out - much more practical and productive than the bulb suction aspirators.

Glad I did, because Elliott has his first cold... and I was up at 2am sucking snot out of his nose, because he was having a hard time breathing while nursing. emoticon

My poor little man. He's having a crash-nap now, and since I need to be quiet, I can tell he would easily be roused, hey - a blog!

Nutrition is still bad. I don't know why I can't wrap my head around it. I'm bringing less crap in the house, but I still don't have the gumption to chop some dang veggies to eat. emoticon Now that Elliott is bigger I really have no excuse. I think I need to do some inner exploring to figure it out.

Fitness is amazeballs. I'm in week 7 of C25K - which means 25 minutes straight running. My gym membership resumed last week, and I was there on Sunday - had a pretty big eye-opening moment, let me tell you a story...

Most of you would remember that I kept going to the gym for Zumba, agility, etc. all the way to the end of my pregnancy. When I was at the gym on Sunday, doing my agility drills for the first time in months, a man came up to me that I didn't recognize and motioned for me to take out my earbuds.

I thought he was going to ask what I was doing (I'm the only person I think that does them, and in my absence, the staff removed the tape markings, but there is permanent marking on the carpet haha), but instead he told me it was great to see me back, thought it was awesome how I kept up my fitness during pregnancy, and asked about Elliott. That was COOL.

Then, a lady from the Zumba class I frequented came up to me and started discussing the same things. I had left an impact. On strangers. Nice!!

Today we were going to go to the gym and Elliott would have had his first time at the child care, but he's sick. I'm due for a rest day (it was going to be tomorrow) and aching all over, so it's best we just stay home and focus on him being comfortable.

He's awake! I'll toss ya some pics, then I'm out!

Here's a professional newborn shots - I wish I could show more, but Spark isn't letting me upload them due to file size:



And his most recent age picture:


And 500 interwebz to the person who understands this pop-culture reference:


He's getting big and strong!


Alrighty - little man is looking at me like - "feed me, and maybe suck my nose out again, Mommy!"

He's still giving me some smiles at least... my sweet little boy!

  
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BAKER1009 5/25/2013 5:51PM

    Aw, so sorry to hear Elliot was sick! Hope he's all better by now! How awesome that those people came up to you like that at the gym. You are a ROCK STAR Grace!!

Love the pictures!!

Hugs,
Beth

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JERSEYFLOWER 5/22/2013 12:43AM

    AWWWW!!!! Elliott is cute! His first cold will be harder on you than it is on him. Mommy boot camp. I'm in the same mindset as you. I need to do some inner exploring - buy the veggies, but don't get around to chopping them. Yet continued to exercise *past* my due date. Ugh! Well, it's 12:45 and my little guy is crying for the second time tonight. It's going to be a long night. Take care.

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STEPH-KNEE 5/21/2013 8:49PM

    I'm so so sorry about his first cold, but so glad you are taking such good care of him.

SO exciting you had an impact on people you never even spoke to, that is truly amazing but doesn't surprise me because you are amazing! emoticon

Okay is the pop culture reference the song Thrift Shop? If not then I look like an idiot, but he's got "20 dollars in his pocket" and wasn't there something about rocking the wolf on the noggin, since he's got ears? LOL. emoticon

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MISHAMW 5/21/2013 4:57PM

    I could have already told you made an impact. Especially with all these celeb-mommies-to-be just totally throwing their health down the drain. You are pretty amazing girl (and don't EVER think otherwise).

Sorry to hear the little one is sick. Though it's good to hear from you. I know your busy, but we miss you! Yes, rests days are good. I took an extra one today because I just can't shake this headache (and I have an outing tonight planned).

Well I hope he starts feeling better (and you don't catch it...knock on wood). Have a good one!

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GINGERHAWK 5/21/2013 8:57AM

    First, Elliot is getting so big and he's positively beautiful! Second, I'm sorry that he's sick - make sure Mom gets some rest, too as taking care of the baby can be tiring. Third, how awesome about the props and recognition at the gym. You're awesome!

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HAPPYERIN 5/21/2013 8:56AM

    AW!!!! Poor Elliott -- I hope he gets over this cold quickly, but man is he a cutie!

That first illness has to be tough to navigate, since I'm sure as a mommy all you want is to make your little guy feel better, and to a degree colds just have to run their course. But I'm sure you are doing everything you can for him, and he'll be better in no time!

By the way, you look fantastic in that picture! Such a cute family shot too!

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EVIE4NOW 5/21/2013 8:22AM

  What a baby-doll! Enjoy your time, they grow so fast! For veggies, buy the baby carrots.. easily popped into your mouth and hit the salad bar for already cut up veggies. Might help, couldn't hurt.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/21/2013 8:21AM

    OMG, little Elliott is adorable!
Treasure this time, soon they will learn they have a mind of their own and then they discover they have a life of their own! LOL
Geez, I think I may be ready for some grandchildren!

BTW, love that you had the awesome experience at your gym. Obviously you make an impact lady!

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Oh, right... Spark...

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Motherhood is a lot of things. Namely, time-consuming.

Who am I kidding though, I friggin love it. Elliott will be 11 weeks old tomorrow (!), and we are starting to get some kind of semblance of a pattern to our day.

This is what a typical day in our house looks like

Somewhere between 5am-630am, Elliott wakes up. I take him from his bassinet next to the bed and lie him next to me in bed and nurse him back to sleep. At 650am, my alarm goes off. I start the diaper wash load (every other day) and Brad gets in the shower. Then while Elliott is usually still asleep, I pump.

Between 730-8, Brad is getting ready for work, so Elliott is gently woken up by the general noise, and I get him changed and washed up (just face, armpits, hands) for the day, and we go upstairs.

From 8-9ish, I eat breakfast, catch up online, while Elliott talks to his giraffe and friends on his bouncy chair. (This picture is from when Mom and Dad babysat for an evening, and decided to be funny, stole me camera and put all sorts of weird things on Elliott in his chair)


Somewhere from 9-10, Elliott nurses and then takes a 30-40 minute power snooze. I either cuddle with him, or if he's down do laundry, etc.

From usually 10-11, we nurse and change and play then he gets whiny haha, needs sleep! Anywhere in the span of 11-4 he takes a 2-3 hour EPIC nap! Usually in his swing (hey, it's guaranteed sleep!) and I will nap, or watch TV or (just lately) do a home ST workout.

Then he's usually awake until bedtime (was 930 until the last few days he has started konking out at 730). It's a lot of nursing, bouncing, giggling, reading, playing in that time. Sometimes we get out for a walk if it's nice or errands if he'll let me. He's not a big fan of leaving the house.

In the run of a day, I'm getting in my workouts 100% now, housework is at about 50%. I need to re-prioritize napping too, it's slowly falling by the wayside, I can feel it and it sucks!

The weightloss is sloowwwllly starting. My diet is crap. With having to go completely dairy-free (not just lactose), every trip to the grocery store has been "Oh! I can have this" and junk gets loaded in (soy ice cream, gummy treats, frikkin' two bite brownies). Instead of looking at the nutritional labels, I've been looking at the ingredients labels. I need to combine them!

Today I will run the last run of C25K Week 4. On days that Brad isn't home from work early enough for me to run, I've been lucky that my brother and his wife live close enough that they'll come babysit for an hour so I can do that. Yesterday we returned the favor and watched their little boy so they could go out for a lunch date.

And on May 15 - my gym membership resumes!!!!! Yayyyyy!! Was not expecting to get it until I go back to work, but our tax return was way bigger than we were expecting, so we paid for my gym membership for a year! I'll have to pay the child care on top of that, but it's like a punch card system, so you don't "waste" any. Very excited!!!

We did take a roadtrip to visit family a few provinces over - Elliott's first time in a hotel room:


Here's his most recent age picture:


Yesterday was gorgeous, so we did our ST session outside! (Totally staged pic haha)


And hanging out with Daddy while Mamma finished her workout:


I really wish I could say I have our professional newborn pics to share, but the photographer is being a GIANT A-HOLE and not responding to my emails (2 months after they've been taken, I'm ridiculously pissed off and can't lie, want to go to her house and punch her in the face - longstanding issue, I'm trying to cope!)

Elliott is really growing his own personality. He is sweet and adorable and the best thing in the world!

Goal for May (on top of getting better nutritionally) - weekly blog. I think I said that for April, but oh well, can't blame me!

Toodles!



  
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TARANITUP 5/17/2013 6:54PM

    The picture in the hotel room is too cute for words! My baby still sleeps a lot so I am getting in sooo many workouts but the weight loss is still much slower than I anticipated! Glad all is well

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EG8383 5/17/2013 12:23PM

  powerful blog. I had my son Jan. 3rd of this year so I totally understand but man you are really doing great already. Keep it up =)

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2013 9:04AM

    Wow, he certainly is keeping you busy!
You are awesome for keeping up with your workouts and taking care of your wonderful boy. I am certain it is hard work but you are showing that it can be done!

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HAPPYERIN 5/6/2013 3:11PM

    I am impressed at the routine you have -- although I shouldn't be, it's Grace! -- but I hear that is so important for the baby, so great job! Wow, Elliott isn't far from 3 months old, that is amazing! You can really tell in the pictures how much he has changed already.

Dairy-free would be really tough. Even with all the soy/rice/almond products out there, there's no subbing for real cheese, milk, etc. I'm guessing that's for Elliott, so I'll just go ahead and commend you for being an awesome mommy for doing that for him. I've met some mommies that switch over to formula immediately when they encounter issues like that because they can't be bothered, so I just want to say hey, you are doing an awesome thing for your boy!

Motherhood suits you, Grace! So glad it's going well!

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RITEEBEE 5/6/2013 1:17PM

    You are doing amazing! And Elliot is so handsome!!

I am amazed at how fast you are back to working out!! You are incredible!

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BAKER1009 5/5/2013 10:16AM

    Considering all there is to deal with when you are a new mom, I think you are doing a great job Grace. If Elliot is happy, that's really all that matters! Keep up the great work and just lovin' on that handsome little man! So cute!!

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STEPH-KNEE 5/4/2013 8:34PM

    Love the pictures!! You sound like you are having so much fun being a mommy and doing such a great job. He is so handsome!! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 5/4/2013 6:59PM

    Thanks for sharing pics of your beautiful son! You sound perfectly happy. yes, be sure to check ingredients and get your protein. I'm a vegan - bean dishes are great protein. Not sure if you like Tofu/Tempeh or not.

Enjoy life, Pat

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HEALTHY4ME 5/4/2013 5:49PM

    Soo cute and glad that things are getting a bit more organized! lol
I wondered if it was your parents at your brothers, as I walk by daily walking the puppy. lol Saw your dad one day as I drove by.
dairy free. Now come on girly!!! I have been gf, dairy free, and sugar free since end of feb! now that is hard, cos sugar is in everything! but doing okay. lost 12 lbs but now havent lost any in while. I know why though have learned some good gf recipes which are healthy but not low fat. lol

Enjoy your boy, he is adorable and never know will see you when I walk by. Say hi to mum and dad for us.


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MISHAMW 5/4/2013 4:46PM

    So cute!!! Glad you are still working out and everything seems to be going well.

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JLDACQ 5/4/2013 2:36PM

    Gorgeous kiddo. :-D Just like his parents.

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ADLIN915 5/4/2013 1:35PM

    I was no where near that organized after giving birth haha great you have a routine going on. Love that picture of you guys working out I wish I would of thought of taking pictures like that with my son. As for the photographer you have every right to be pissed off with her 2 months is more than enough time to get pictures developed. I won't lie the "epic nap" is my favorite nap my son takes his at around 3 or 4. emoticon to motherhood; it truly is amazing and wonderful.

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ELISAJANE57 5/4/2013 1:22PM

    emoticon The best thing is when you finally get a routine going with a new baby. You have one cute little guy there.

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KNEWMETODAY 5/4/2013 12:14PM

    It sounds like you're totally enjoying the "mom" thing. Take advantage of it all; time goes by so quickly. My "baby" will turn 33 in the fall, and I swear I don't know where the time went. I do get time with his 3-year-old daughter and she's growing so fast too.



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Round two!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Hi everyone!

April 1 marked the "reset" button for me! My 6 weeks of just loving on my little boy and relaxing are over! My doctor cleared me for full return to exercise, and I am starting to get to work on getting back to my pre-preggo weight (or as close as I can get to it!)

I'm sitting between 152-153 lbs, so basically I have about 15lbs to lose. Not too shabby! I'm hoping to have it gone by July 1st, but I'm not going to pressure myself. It's just me hoping to fit into last summer's clothes so I don't have to go buy more clothing!

Some changes about my body that I need to remember if I don't fit into those clothes by that time:

- I'm breastfeeding - this means that in any given day, my bust can increase and decrease a cup size or two. Additionally, I'm a good 2 cup sizes bigger than I was last summer, just from pregnancy and nursing, so this probably won't change.

- Someone gave me hips. Oh, that would be Elliott. I was into a size 8 (Old Navy, almost a size 6) for bottoms before my pregnancy. My hips have grown probably 1-2 inches in actual size from pregnancy and childbirth, which means I doubt I will ever see a size 6, mmmaybe a size 8 if I'm lucky, but likely I'll be in 10s on the bottom.

How will I be working towards this?

1) Starting C25K again on Sunday. I did this program with complete success last year around this time of year. I feel like it will be my easiest way to get a consistent 3x cardio per week. As soon as Brad comes home from work on the scheduled days, feed baby and literally - run! I went for a walk on Thursday with 6 x 1-minute jogs randomly tossed in and DAMN it felt good! As I get consistent with that, I will also start regular strength training.

2) Eliminating dairy. Womp-womp. I'm not too happy about this to be perfectly honest. We are currently investigating if Elliott has a dairy intolerance (very common in infants, typically outgrown by 1 year) and I've been dairy-free for a week now. Right down to minor ingredients in foods. I'm not saying that going dairy-free is an answer to weight-loss. At all. But it is reallllly curbing mindless snacking. At this point, I have to read every ingredient list. I'm ending my days roughly 500 calories lower since doing this, without feeling hungry or messing with my milk supply. And for the dairy-free life, I'm gaining a happier baby who is brighter, less fussy, and sleeping much better!

3) Aiming for 2200-2500 calories per day. Elliott eats a LOT. Breastfeeding makes up for a lot of calories out (although it's difficult to find an accurate number anywhere that I could actually use the math for). If I can lose weight slowly at that range, I'll be happy. If I notice a stall, I'll have to fiddle with it a bit.

I'm going to check in with these three points at mid-month and end of the month.

Oh what? You want more pictures of Elliott?

4 weeks old on St Patrick's Day!


5 weeks old


6 weeks old on Easter Sunday



Happy Easter!


Reading with Daddy again!


Who's that handsome fella?


Have a great weekend my friends!
xoxo

  
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RITEEBEE 4/29/2013 12:18PM

    Oh my goodness he is a handsome boy!! Precious!!

Amazing at getting right back at exercising! I'm starting over with the couch to 5K myself soon!! Hope you have fun with it!!

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BETHIEBOOPS 4/17/2013 4:02AM

    Ah! He's gorgeous! And you are cloth diapering! How are you finding that? I'm excited to put to use all my cloth diapers for this little guy. Only 3 weeks until his EDD, hopefully I'll meet him soon :)

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STEPH-KNEE 4/15/2013 4:29AM

    Gosh, he is just SO YUMMY!!! emoticon I also love your plan, and I know you will back to pre pregnancy weight in no time. I love how it is something you are working towards, but not stressing or pressuring yourself to get there quickly. You are a rockstar!! emoticon

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MISHAMW 4/8/2013 10:28PM

    Adorable! I am so happy that things are going well for you and your little bean, Elliott, is healthy and happy!

Have a great week girl!

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BAKER1009 4/8/2013 6:00PM

    Cute pics!
I feel ya on figuring out the calories. You read an approx., but I imagine it varies with every woman depending on how many times you nurse and how long, etc. Just do your thing and you'll find what works best for you. I'm eating around 2000 a day and losing pretty well. Glad to see you being honest with yourself about the body changes. Yes, although we can get back to a set weight, it lies differently now!
You'll do fabulous, because you are so emoticon !

Take care girl!!
Hugs,
Beth

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HAPPYERIN 4/8/2013 1:40PM

    Such cute pics of Elliott!! He is changing so much! I love his green St. Patty's Day diaper, haha!

I bet your jogging was fabulous! Feels good to stretch your legs and get the blood pumping again, I bet! I'm proud of you for getting the ball rolling right away. And 15 pounds is great! That won't take you long, I bet! You were so healthy through your entire pregnancy, and there's no stopping you now!

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MONICA_W 4/6/2013 8:52PM

    Back when you were all baby-belly and quitting the gym, didn't I say how I was going to be your home-gym buddy? And here you are, ready for exercise, and I'm... well... um... ready for exercise! Haha! I knew you'd be the one doing the motivating, as per usual.

Yay for C25k! I haven't been a total slacker; I'm a long way into that 10k learn-to-run program but I've been doing it more like 2x/week rather than the prescribed 3x (which means I'm a teensy bit behind for race day in 3 weeks!) and you'll be a good influence for me to stay on schedule.

I do need some prodding to get back to strength training, though. I've been doing hella yardwork, does that count? My whole body aches afterward. Did you know that raking the moss out of the lawn will TORCH your lats like nothing?! Seriously... it's a better workout that pull-downs or pull-ups... it's pull-the-moss-outs any day!

The dairy thing is going to be just fine. Once you've got your work-arounds figured out (did you come up with some good quickie breakfasts?) it'll be no sweat.

Love the pictures! Keep 'em coming! :D

Okay going to stop now (what do you mean my blog comment isn't allowed to be longer than your blog post?) but I'll do my own blog post soon. Soonish. Sometime.

xo!!!!! Excited for you!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/6/2013 1:05PM

    What a cute baby! I especially the one where your hubby is reading to him, he appears to be lost in his thoughts looking at Daddy!
As for getting back into the swing of things, you have got this!

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ELISAJANE57 4/6/2013 9:56AM

    Good luck! Your goals sound awesome and you have a cute little baby. Enjoy the baby stage. It can be tough at times, but they don't stay little and cuddly forever. I'm lucky to sneak in cuddles with my baby (he is 2 1/2). You will bounce back. I think my hips went back to normal after a few months.


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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 4/6/2013 9:11AM

    What a sweet little bunny boy!

You've got a great plan. You may surprise yourself by what you will actually accomplish.



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NEPTUNE1939 4/6/2013 9:06AM

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KOBER9999 4/6/2013 9:02AM

    They grow soo fast! Love your pics!
Sounds like you have a great plan...
YOU CAN DO IT!!

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