Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Friday

Yesterday, I ran outside. 
I am working my way through the couch to 5K, again. My knee is holding, so far.  It was a beautiful cold day here, so I bundled up the little one in the BOB and head outside. We hit a local paved trail and I turned on my app, it felt good to run outside instead of on the treadmill and actually felt easier. I love the treadmill, but after yesterday I think I will try to run outside more. If forgot how good it feels to run in the fresh air.
When we got home it was time to do my weight workout, my white board is handy for keeping me on track and counting each workout. This week I switched workouts to the green checks.

Sadly, I was only able to get through 3 rounds before little miss decided she needed my attention.  Look how big she is getting, having a pack and play in the garage is a handy.

One thing for sure, I can tell my legs are already starting to get stronger, as the back to back squats aren't nearly has hard as before. I have been using 10lb weights and feel strong. I need to pick some 12.5 ups as we only have 15lbs and I am not ready for that yet.  For now, I will just keep moving forward slowly.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Baked Oatmeal

Why has it taken me so long to try this. I am not a fan of oatmeal, but I recently made myself give up the single serving packets and make my own. Now, technically oatmeal doesn't fall into the ME diet as I am supposed to be only eating 3-5 bites of carbs a meal, but oatmeal is good for nursing mothers - so I adjust.

Anyways, I was craving oatmeal last night (after eating to much sugar, I know I gave it up but its back) and the family wanted pizza. As I was making it, I was cutting up a pear to put in it and remembered a recipe for blueberry baked oatmeal. I figured I could make a pear baked oatmeal just as easy. I searched the interwebs and found a recipe that had almost everything I had at home.  Tweaking it to my ingredients and 45 minutes later I had dessert ready for breakfast.

I think this might be my new favorite breakfast, to help it fit in with my diet plan I added three turkey sausages to my breakfast this morning and only doubled my carb bites. 

Speaking of diet, I started December strong and then slipped a little. Right now, my goal has changed to not gain. Which is actually going to be difficult. We have 3 Christmas celebrations, plus a couple days after Christmas we will be heading to Disneyland. I can only hope all the walking will do me good.

What is your favorite breakfast?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday 5

Happy Friday the 13th!

1. I started several post this week about various topics around elf on a shelf, Giselle #multitasking and Lululemon, but none of them were published or completed. The reason is at the end of the day does it really matter what someone else does? Nope, my goal is me, my focus is me. As long as I am doing the best I can for me that is all that matters.

2. I love how I posted a weekly recap this week and then went silent. That wasn't because I wasn't working out, I was just distracted by life.  I have worked out every day this week, not exactly the type of workouts I have wanted, but I made sure to get my weights in along with my walking. I need to start upping the intensity but motivation is lacking.

3. Food I am going to give myself a C for food score this week. I am doing great in some areas. Like eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. I have those down, but I am slipping in other area's like snacks and sometimes dinner.

4. I love Christmas cards, but I hate mailing them. I went and picked up stamps today to mail my 50 Christmas cards and the cost of stamps was more then I paid for my cards. Think I can just email everyone the .jpeg file next year.

5. We booked a surprise trip last night! I am not sharing yet as we are still working out all of the details, but lets just say my kiddos, okay only the oldest is going to flip.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekly Recap

Last week I started following the ME plan. While the diet plan was something similar to what I had done in the past, it took a while to get readjusted to the plan. Overall, I did well, even if I fell off the sugar wagon. Friday, I foolishly thought I could share part of a Cinnabon with my daughter. This triggered my sugar craving and I all I wanted was sugar all day. This craving is the reason I need to work to minimize it in my diet.  I picked myself up from my sugar coma on Saturday and made smarter choices the rest of the weekend.

My workouts for the week looked like this:
Monday: Strength + 30 min walk
Tuesday: 30 min walk
Wednesday: Strength + 20 min walk
Thursday: 60 min walk
Friday: 30 min walk
Saturday: Strength + 30 min walk
Sunday: No specific workout

My weight ending last week was 248lbs. I lost any increase I picked up over Thanksgiving. I am not on track to be at 240lbs by the end of the year, but I keeping it as my goal because you never know what will happen.  I had said I would be taking photo's of my scale, but I never have my phone with me when I first get up. By the time I remember I have already had water and coffee so I don't take the photo. :)

The plan this weeks is to repeat last weeks workouts.

Strength workouts: 20 minutes, each exercise 12x, as many rounds as I can complete in the time allotted.  I am currently using 10lbs weights.
Squat/Row  |  Chest Press Crunch  |   Curl, Extension holding a squat  |  Squat Press

Cardio: Walking, with short run intervals. I am still working to get my IT band feeling better, so my running is limited.

Food Goals: Take one day at a time, limit sugar intake (cookies and treats). If I must have a treat I plan to delay it as along as I can to avoid getting the craving to binge on sugar. 

How was your weekend?

Thursday, December 5, 2013


1. My big kid had the day off yesterday for parent/teacher conferences. surprisingly this made it difficult to workout, as she is a chatterbox. I opted to push my workout until my husband was home to watch both kids.  I was able to get through my 20 minute strength workout and 20 minutes on the treadmill before my presence was needed. A downside of have the big kid home during the day is the little one doesn't get her normal naps. This means come 8PM, all she wants is mommy to cuddle her until she falls asleep. I am good though, as I know I got an extra 10 minutes of walking carrying he little one until she fell asleep.

2. We had pancakes and bacon for dinner last night. Well, the family had that. I had a deconstructed burger or some fancy name for a burger with no bun, add bacon and an egg instead. It was so good. My diet plan calls for 3-5 bites of carbs with dinner, so I didn't feel bad when I snuck 4 bites from my daughters plate.

3. My husband may have said that it was the best bacon ever. The words bacon nirvana may have been uttered at some point during the meal. hmmm....bacon.

Are you a bacon or sausage person with breakfast?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4 months old

I started this post about a day in my life, but I got bored with it by 9AM. See my day usually starts between 2AM-4AM depending on when Jillian wants to eat, then it is a constant cycle she eats, she sleeps, I do X. X being clean house, eat, workout - whatever item I need to do until she needs me again. Add in getting Evie to the bus stop, picking her up, taking care of the dogs and well, lets just say not an exciting blog post.

Instead, now I have a 4 month old and a 6 year old. Jillian turned 4 months on the 2nd. She has successfully slept through the night 2x and that was a few nights ago. A good night is she will sleep from 9PM-4AM and then wake again around 6AM. I am waiting for her to slept through the night more, but until then I live on coffee and vitamin B-12.

As usual we try to take a monthly picture and it usually ends with me yelling at Evie (6 year old) to back off. At the end of the day the a photo of them together is priceless. Even if J looks like she is annoyed with big sis.
A fun comparison of the girls. Evie in purple and Jillian in pink, both 4 months old. Evie had a few pounds on Jillian, but you can tell they are sisters. It will be interesting to continue to watch them grow and see how much the look alike.

We are used to having a baby in the house and I can't imagine it any other way. Will their be more little ones.....nope! We are set, our little family.

How do you deal with sleepless nights?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The workouts

Yesterday, I started my first day of the ME style workouts. Before starting I wrote out the workout options on my white board.

The goal is to pick one exercise from each group. Complete each exercise 12x and move onto the next, complete as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes, working towards 5 rounds. For my first workout, I picked:
Squat/Row  |  Chest Press Crunch  |   Curl to an extension holding a squat  |  Squat Press

I completed 4 rounds in my 20 minutes. Resting when needed, or when baby girl needed cheering up. I didn't want to kill my legs, as I also had PT exercise to do for my IT band.  Overall, I felt like it was a good workout. It seemed short, but as I improve and get to 5 rounds and increase my weights I am sure it will be tough.  I will do this style workout 3x a week + a 30 minute walk,  am 30 minute Metabolic Rest-Based Intervals ran/walk 2x and 30-60 minute walk on the weekends. Walking can be replaced with running, when I am ready to run again.  I find their Facebook page to be very helpful for answering questions and reading about other peoples success and issues with the plan.

Day 2 eating went well. I did find a bit of a loop whole in the plan and realized I may be pretty happy following this plan. Like I mentioned yesterday, I am supposed to eat 3-5 bites of carbs with my meal. This does not included carbs from fruits and vegetables, so last night when my family had pizza. I had a salad and a small piece of pizza that was about 5 bites.  Either way, it made me happy to find ways to not eat completely different meals from my family.

I am optimistic, yes its only day 3 - but I have faith I this will help me make the lifestyle change I need.

Monday, December 2, 2013

More on the ME Diet and Me

I mentioned I needed a plan, a book was mentioned so I grabbed it and read it. Alright, so where am I today. Today, I am suffering through a sugar detox. It's really not that bad, it is more the fact that I have SO much sugar in my house. I know, everyone says get it out of the house. But is that fair to my family who knows how to control themselves. I don't think so, plus I really need to learn will power.

I  quickly related to the ME diet because it is very similar to an adapted version of the Atkins diet I did years ago. During my younger years I wanted to lose some weight for my wedding, I turned to the Atkin's diet. modifying it, by allowing myself to eat all the fruit and veggies I wanted. I kept the rest of my diet under 20 carbs a day.  I was able to quickly lose weight and not lose my mind.
How the ME diet will work for me:
Based on the plan I am what is considered a Sugar burner. Which means that my body is inefficient at burning fat and relies on sugar to function. This is not a good thing when you want to lose fat. I need to work on my diet so that my body is not just burning sugar but burning fat as well.

The high-level view of the plan:
  • Eat 3 meals and 3 snacks
  • Eat as many veggies and the following fruit - all berries, apples and pears  - easy in the winter.
  • Eat lean animal protein and wild fish
  • Eat no more than 3 o 5 bites of starchy carbs per meal - guess its better then none
  • Eat no more than 1/2 cup of nuts or 1 - 2 tablespoons of nut butter
  • Choose from almonds, walnuts, unsalted peanuts and Brazil nuts
  • Snack on beef or venison jerky, protein bars, protein shakes and veggies
  • Some line about dairy products - but I am avoiding those because of the kiddos issues, so no need to worry about that.
  • Enjoy a reward meal once a week
  • Avoid alcohol
Overall, the plan is completely doable and exactly what I need to refocus. I am taking it 7 days at a time. I started yesterday and had a good day eating. The one thing I am not following is avoiding soy, since I cannot have dairy, I use soy creamer in my coffee. That is the only soy thing I use and  no diet will get me to give up coffee.

I am more worried about the workout plan, it is like cross fit or high intensity workouts. I am not sure how my body will respond, as I have already been having problems with my
IT band and then the workouts to fix my IT band have been causing me a lot of hip pain. Clearly, my body is week and I am going to have to push through the pain for a while until I get stronger. I will report back how my workouts go tomorrow. 

I am I crazy to give up sugar during December?

Friday, November 29, 2013

I might have lied

I enjoyed Thanksgiving more then I wanted to, but it's only one day right?

The highlight of the food was, I tried Pecan Pie for the first time. Seriously, delicious. Why did I wait 35 years to try it? That with a small slice of pumpkin pie and a few sugar cookies might not have been a good idea. I never felt like I ate to much, but I felt blah last night before bed. Of course one of the main reasons is my lack of water. I instead enjoyed diet coke with lime.....yumm, but not very hydrating. I post this as most are gearing up or already black Friday shopping. Nothing, peaked my interest enough to get me out of bed earlier then my nursing infant does.

No scale picture today, I am taking a by week. Professional sport teams get by weeks so I am assigning myself one. I did log my food the best I could and My Fitness Pal said if I ate like Thanksgiving day,  everyday, I would gain weight in the next 5 weeks. Sadly, it wouldn't take me 5 weeks to gain weight if I keep eating like I did yesterday.

Today, we have dinner number two. Although it will be lighter with Turkey noodle soup, my goal is to go light on the sweets. In a sugar induced craze I declared starting December 1, no sugar until Christmas. Followed quickly by except creamer for my coffee and Clif bars. I can't live without coffee and have 5 Clif bars I just bought, but after they are gone no more. I wonder how long I will last, want to make a bet on over/under for when I will crack?

How was Thanksgiving? Do you black Friday shop?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve

Not the way I wanted to start my day. There are days when you just can't seem to get on top of things. I woke up this morning in pain, just overall pain. My back hurts, my legs ache for some reason and I just want to sit around and eat comfort food.

I have for the most part avoid the comfort food and remember what I read yesterday. I picked up the book that was suggested to me from Kim, that was recommend to her from Kerrie and power read it. Meaning I read most of the stuffed that pertained to me.  After reading a ton of 'diet' and 'fitness' book it is easy to get to the stuff that will help you.

The Metabolic Effect diet, in simple terms helps you determine what type of 'burner' you are. They have three plans to choose from based on survey results.  Without spoiling the fun of the survey that helps you determine this, I quickly learned I am a sugar burner. Overall, they suggested a diet full of lean proteins, veggies, some fruits and minimal carbs.  All of which I know, I know that my body is at its best when I can keep my carbs under control. I plan to implement some of the techniques I read on diet and exercise starting the December 1st and will write more about the work outs then. But to get through Thanksgiving without binge eating I am going to try to eat only 5 bites of carbs at each meal. Of course, the means rolls or stuffing? That is the real questions. Potatoes are already out as I know they will be made with lots of dairy and I am trying to be dairy free for the little one.  I can eat a roll, although I am sure it has minimal diary, but stuffing oh so good.

What is your favorite food at Thanksgiving? Do you limit yourself or go all out?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Goal setting

First I did weigh in on Friday, but I didn't take a photo as I was in a hurry and already running late to physical therapy. My weight is currently 248lbs, 1lb away from where I started my pregnancy and 48lbs from my lowest weight. This is leading me to set some goals  and ignore the oatmeal cookies I baked yesterday. Even if oatmeal is good for nursing mothers.

If you search for how to set goals you will find  lots of options, but this cute little graphic is pretty basic and straight to the point.

The main thing people focus on is making the goal attainable so that you don't get discouraged. Weight loss, unfortunately is not like the Biggest Loser show where you knock out 10lbs in one week.  After your goals are set you get to work following another set of pretty basic steps. Which pretty much illustrates a good weight loss strategy.

Where does that leave me, it leaves me with goal setting which I think I have for weight loss.

Specific: Lose 90lbs - 51 to go, 39 down
Measurable: Weight in pounds, and how I look in photos. pre photos have been taken
Attainable: I will break the big goal into smaller goals
Relevant: Weight loss will not only help me with my running, but will make me a better and healthier mom and wife. It will help to set good examples for my girls.
Time-Bound: Goal date, Aug 2. That is my kiddos birthday. 9 months to gain, 1 year to take it off. :)

Goal has been set - CHECK

Next step is to make a plan. My plan is to lower my carb intake, eat less packaged foods and get back to running.

Get to work: well, that is easy. The next step stick to it is the tough.  How do I plan to stick with it. Step one is to get back to daily blogging. It might be boring,  but its my way to help keep me accountable. This blog was started as my journal to run a half marathon, now it will be here to help me lose the weight.

There you have it. Weight loss goals have been set - first mini goal is lose 8lbs by the end of 2013. My goal is to go into 2014 at 240lbs or less.  Next up, figure out my fitness goals for 2014. I have not signed up for any races, I have not figured out what I want to do yet. Do I do more halfs, do I work on getting faster? The year of the 5K does sound appealing less time commitment and more time to spend with my family.

Have you set goals for 2014 yet?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I am alive

What's going on with me lately:

- I am still here hanging with my little one and big one. Who are both cute as ever.

- Hurt my knee and my DR said it was the meniscus, I chose to go to physical therapy where the PT says IT band. I am currently not running, but I am riding my spin bike while I work with PT.

- I attended the Mustache Dash on Saturday with my Dad, Michele and my oldest daughter. We had a great time however this photo made me tell Julie I would take photos of my scale.

- That's right starting on Friday - I will take pictures of my scale to help motivate and remind me of the journey I am on. Why did I agree to this again? I think because I need to have more accountability. I need to figure out the balance between nursing and losing weight. I am not just trying to lose the last 10lbs, I have plenty to spare.

- I still have not set my goals for the rest of this year or 2014, I suck. See I need some motivation and accountability.

For now, I need to get my big kid out the door for school. Happy Wednesday.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Evie when she was only a few months old in 2007
She was part of my inspiration to get healthy. I need to remember why I started the journey as I struggle now to finish losing the baby weight from number 2. There is no way I can keep up with my 6 year old now when it comes to running. Of course, she likes to sprint and then rest, and sprint some more. So there is hope. My girls are amazing and I WANT to be able to keep up with them as they grow. I am still working on my goals for the rest of the year and will keep them in mind when setting them.
Where do you find inspiration?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's the little things

This week I humbly started the C25K. First goal to stop using the treadmill handrails. I have an addiction to holding on. I don't need to hold on, but my hands just go there.  Monday and today I kept telling myself to get my hands of the treadmill over and over in my head. I can say that I successfully didn't use them once.

Of course the entire time this is what I was picturing in my head:

I know its the little things right. For Tuesday's workout I got on my spin bike. Sadly, in my 40 minutes of spinning I only burned 250 calories per my heart rate monitor. I need to step it up a bit, in order to help with that I downloaded and interval timer for my phone. This should help me when I crank up the resistance to keep focused.
Next up, goals. I really need to set some goals to get me through the rest of the year. Especially with all the food filled holiday's on the way.

Monday, October 14, 2013

When things don't work out

I hate it when things don't work out as planned. I had this big comeback plan and well I failed.  I am trying to cut myself some slack, but it is really difficult.  Instead of wallowing I am making a new plan. 

Today I start the couch to 5K program, yup I said it. Going back to basics. I have a 5K next month and I can see how I am doing then. Of course, this means the half I have planned in December is probably not going to happen. I just don't see myself being ready for that. I am disappointed in myself, but I know that I can get back to where I was. Time to start making plans for 2014.

I can't be sad that my comeback is not how I planned right? I mean look at this adorable face.

Miss Jillian is two months, well a little over now. She had her check up and is growing great weigh in at 11lbs 2oz, up 3lbs from birth. She is a pretty happy baby, but has her moments like everyone.  We recently switched her to her crib and her sleeping has suffered a little but she is slowly getting back to her two long night time stretches. Hopefully soon, it will return to normal.

Have you started 2014 planning yet?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

1K Race

My running comeback is no going as planned. My first race, I had to sit because I rolled my ankle the day before.  There was no way I was going to be able to run on it let alone walk a 5K without doing more damage.

Instead I went to cheer on my #1 in her 1K race.  It was a beautiful day for a race.

 She ran this one all on her own and finished strong. She told me that she would run a little and then walk.  She loves running and has joined the jogging club at school. They meet twice a week and run for 30 minutes.

As for me, I am not sure when I will be running again. Soon I hope, the pain still lingers so I have been trying to get on the spin bike, when I can.  I am supposed to participate in a 5K this weekend but right now I am not sure if that will happen. If I do, it will be slow. I really hate missing out on race especially, when I already paid for it.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Avoiding the bathroom

A while back, okay maybe less then two weeks ago. I don't know time kind of stops when you have an infant. I am constantly looking at a calendar to figure out what day of the week it is. So....I was reading a blog post from Life on the Pavement and she mentioned an quick workout that is really effective.

I figured, since right now I am navigating 1st grade drop off/pick up, family stuff and my little newborn this was my type of workout. Remember how I said I was out of shape, lets just say by day 4 I was limiting water a little to avoid going to the bathroom my legs were killing me. What is the tortures workout you may ask? It is hosted by Bikini Body Mommy on Facebook.  She has a blog and a book, but honestly I am just interested in the quick free workouts that kick my butt.  They are explained in simple easy to read formats, I need this with my lack of sleep, so I don't even have to think about what to do.

Here is a look at day 4  from Facebook:

This was the first day I didn't complete all of the rounds or all of the exercise. My legs were dead, my arms were hurting. 2 rounds in, skipping the burpees and squat jumps I called it quits for the day. Seriously, pain in my thighs. It just goes to show that I have a long way to go.
I am really liking these workouts, even if I know I will never be a Bikini Body Mommy, nor do I want to be, but I would love to shrink the pregnancy belly and get stronger overall. I feel like they will be a nice compliment when to running.  I was never so happy to see the Day 6 - was just cardio and Day 7 was a day of rest.  I have not looked at today's workout Day 8 - but I will push through. 
In other news, I was not able to make it to my doctors appointment on Friday to get cleared. A little thing called a dead car battery got in the way. I am moving forward though and I am going to start running again this week, to build up my base slowly.
How was everyone's weekend?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Closing in on 5 weeks

Tomorrow I head to the Doctor tomorrow for my 5 week check up, I guess they decided it was easier the doing a 6 week which is pretty normal time frame after having a baby.  I have no doubt that they will clear me to resume normal activity.....well because I have started already.  I also have healed great for having a C-section. I was out of the hospital in 48 hours, I had no issues with then incision and overall I am feeling great.

While, I did do some running last week I kept it slow and did run/walk intervals. My fitness level is at zero, so I need to build back up. Yesterday, was the first day I was home alone during the day with the baby. My oldest one started 1st grade and my husband went back to work from paternity leave and Jillian and I sat around taking selfies.

Yes, I have already trained her on the art of looking at the camera or it was a lucky shot. After getting our fill of self portraits I decided that I need to get off my booty and get my workout in. I can only use the 'I just had a baby excuse for so long'.  Until she gets her first set of immunizations we will be doing workouts at home instead of the gym. Keep her away from the cooties as long as possible. Plus, I think they have an age limit to go to the gym daycare. I should figure out what that is.
My gym in-home gym daycare is named BOB. We have a Pack and Play but I didn't want to bother setting it up so I just laid the BOB flat for sleeping and stuck her in. The good part is I could move her back and forth while on the bike if needed.

A close up of my sleeping beauty who let me get in my entire workout with only a little fussing and stopping once for a diaper change.

Getting used to being a stay at home mom for the next few months is going to be interesting. I took an extended leave from work and don't plan to start working again until January. Hopefully, during that time I will get back on track workout wise and get lots of extra snuggles in the process.

I will give myself bonus points if I actually start blogging more regularly.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Run with the Fishes

Looking for a flat and fast 5K this fall, you should come run with me. I won't be anywhere near fast but I can walk to the starting line from my house. The Issaquah 5K was one of my first runs and a yearly tradition for me since 2008. 

If you know the area here is the course map - its the same 5K as the years before. Sadly, this year the 10K has been removed. Something, about the Salmon Day's festival having issues with the course, at least that is what is mentioned on their Facebook page.

If you sign up before September 1st - the race fee's is $25. Then it goes up to $35 - and is hosted by the local rotary club.

Race day: October 6th  | To sign up visit

Note - I am not being provided anything for sharing this race.  I just like the local race and thought I would share.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One day at at time

25 days post partum and my weight loss has stalled. I have 10lbs to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am trying not to stress about as I know the old saying 9 months to gain, 9 months to lose. :)

Before I go future, lets sprinkle some cuteness into this post of Birdie. Jillian has already obtained the nickname of Birdie as when she gets hungry her little lips look like a birds mouth.  She is a good baby, even if she tried to stay awake last night after eating at 1AM. Even though she is cute baby smiles just don't have the same impact when mommy is tired.

She likes to eat every 2-3 hours, her night time schedule is a little more stretched out which I am thankful for. Bedtime (feeding) is at 9PM, she then sleeps until 1AM. On  a good night, she will eat and go right back to sleep and sleep until 4AM. She then wakes between 7-8AM to eat one more and back to sleep until about 9:30AM when she is up. Did I mention how thankful I am for the night time schedule, as during the day her eating and sleeping is really random. Sometimes, she sleeps and hour other times not at all between feedings.
After, I posted last week my back decided it was going to go out on me.  I took a few days off from walk and started back up on Sunday, walking 25 minutes. Yesterday, we went for a family walk and I logged at least 30  minutes. I didn't track the distance, but enjoyed the walk outside while Evie practiced riding her bike. We took a break at the park to nurse Birdie and while Evie played and then walked back to our car. 
The goal this week is to focus on food. It was my husbands birthday last week and I may have eaten a little to much, hence the reason the scale is not moving.  11 days until my post op check up and I hope to be cleared to start running.
We are in our last week of summer vacation in Washington, then the kids head back to school and my husband heads back to work (paternity leave is over). I look forward to getting into a routine as the fall weather approaches. 

Are kids already back to school where you live? I feel like Washington state is the last to go back to school.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 2 post baby

I am late getting this up as you can imagine being a new mom again takes up your time. I have sat down to post about my progress several times and each time either got distracted by other things or by the baby.  Hopefully, this photo will make you forget about the time between post.

Baby Jillian is a great baby, at her two week appointment on Friday she was back to her birth weight and doing awesome.  What that means for mommy, I don't have to wake to feed her at night, I can let her sleep and feed on demand. This has given me a little more sleep as I am less stressed about making sure she is eating, but babies well they have their own time tables. She wakes every 3-4 hours to eat, but thankfully at night goes back to sleep.

Overall things are going well. I am healing up well and I have probably way more active in general then my doctor would like me to be. I keep getting strange looks from people when I am out and about with the baby and I tell them she is 2.5 weeks old. 

Weight wise, I am down 28lbs with 12 more to before I reach my pre-pregnancy weight.  I have continued with the stretches I wrote about it my last post and have add in a few walks. I started with 10 minutes and have worked myself up to 20 minutes on the treadmill.  It is a lot harder then I remember, but I suppose not being about to workout so much during my pregnancy didn't help out much. I am trying to get in 1 mile a day, its not much and I am usually sweating afterwards but its a start.  I also included an arm workout in yesterdays workout, and hope to continue that while I heal.

Besides that things are going well, I am antsy to run but I keep reminding myself to just walk and take it easy. There will be plenty of time to run in the future.

As a family we are gearing up for back to school. Kiddo #1 is going to be in first grade and for the first time riding the school bus. Nerves are running high all around.

How is the summer treating you and your family?

Monday, August 12, 2013

One Week Surgery Recover Workout

10 days after surgery is a frustrating time. I am feeling good, but I know that I shouldn't push it since I did have major surgery just 10 days ago.  A couple of weeks before kiddo #2 was born a friend loaned me a book on C-section recovery.

Strategies for the C-Section Mom: A complete fitness, nutrition and lifestyle guide - after reading it started to mentally prepare myself. With kiddo #1 I lost all of the weight within a couple of weeks, but then I started to gain more weight back. This time around I would like to avoid the weight gain back and continue to lose weight while working towards my big goal. 

The difficult part is this time I am breastfeeding and I don't want my supply to tank in the effort to lose weight. My goal will be to find a happy medium.  I have signed back into my My Fitness Pal account and have started tracking what I am eating to make myself more aware of my intake and start to make better choices.

I weighed in yesterday and I am already down 20lbs with 20 more to go to get where I was pre-pregnancy. I am not going to start counting my weight loss this time around until after I go to my 6 week check up and get cleared to work out completely. Until then my goal is to follow the advice in the book mentioned above and add walking back into my daily routine, when my body is ready.

One Week Surgery Recover Workout

Stretches: I am completing the following stretches at least 1x per day
- Toe Raises
- Calf Stretches
- Upper back stretch
- Chest Stretch
- Shoulder Stretch
- Hamstring Stretch
- Hip Flexor Stretch
- Lower Back Stretch
- Thigh Stretch
- Triceps Stretch
- Hip Stretch
- Oblique Stretch

Cardio: the plan calls for walking for 3-5 minutes at the top of every hour. I am not following this exactly as I am probably up and moving more then I should be anyways.

Core: Pelvic Tilts, Abdominal compression, Kegals, One-foot balancing

Everything is moving in the right direction, although the first few days I skipped a few of the stretches as it was uncomfortable.

Overall recovery has been good. I feel like I bounced back a lot better this time around, but my delivery was different since I wasn't dealing with pre-e this time. I can't wait until I am able to get out more. I know my 6 year old is getting a little stir crazy and is wanting to go for walks and do various activities that I am just not ready for yet.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

She has arrived

Baby girl arrived Friday August 2nd at 11:35am. After little sleep the night before my husband and I got up and headed to the hospital at 6:30am. We were set to check in at 7AM with a scheduled c-section at 9AM.

9AM came and went and we learned that we were bumped for an emergency. It happens - and we waited longer. Finally at 11AM they took us back. It was a different experience from 6 years ago - but exciting at the same time.

Jillian Grace entered this world at 11:35am weighing 8lbs 3oz and 19.5 inches long. She sounded like a duck when she first cried and quickly settled down after they cleaned and warmed her up.

Since I had no health issues this time around, we were discharged after 48 hours. Jillian is a doll and big sister Evie is beyond excited to get to know her. 

I plan to start blogging a little more as I start to execute my comeback plan. First things first is to heal from the C-section and snuggle little baby girl as much as possible.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baby Week

It is officially baby #2 week. Everything is scheduled for Friday and as long as my body cooperates baby will be her before noon on Friday. Before we get to that point, today we are celebrating kiddo #1 6th birthday.

Evie joined us 2 weeks early a beautiful 8lbs 1oz on July 30th.  This photo was taken when she was just 3 weeks old.

This was taken this morning at 6:30AM as she begged us to get out of bed so she could open presents.

Happy birthday to the little one who made me a mother! Love you Evie. Can't wait to see you grow and watch you become a big sister in just a few days.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Seattle - Mustache Dache

Are you planning your fall schedule yet? I am!

One 5k that I really wanted to participate in last year, but couldn't because I was doing the 3-day walk in California is the Seattle Mustache Dache

This is on my must run for fun list this year!

10% of your registration fee goes to Movember

Registration and Pricing
You can register as an individual or as a team.  Teams are 4 or more people.  Teams save $5 per person on registration.
Online registration prices and deadlines:
LevelDeadlinePrice (Team/Individual)
Super EarlyJuly 31st$25/$30
EarlyAugust 31st$30/$35
Fashionably LateOctober 13th $35/$40
Late Bloomer (no shirt)November  12th$35/$40

Additionally, if you follow this link HERE, you can save an additional 10% just use promo code RunnerMaybe.

I have set up a team named: Shave it for later, feel free to join to save on registration.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

23 days - the countdown continues

I am officially scheduled for my c-section on August 2nd.  The reason for having a repeat c-section this time around is the same as the first time. My hips are pinned together and the orthopedic surgeon who repaired my broken pelvis advised that this is the safest way for me to give birth. For me its a non issue, I was happy after my car accident in 1996 that I would be able to have children when I was ready. Yet, there are times when I feel that I have to explain myself to society, which is just crazy.  But that is the facts of life and having a baby.

My number one advise to all new mother's is - be confident in your choices, because in someone's eyes you will always be wrong. But if you are confident and are doing what is best for your family you can never be wrong. :)

I am getting huge. This was taken at 35.5 weeks-ish, I will be 36 weeks tomorrow.  I can't believe that I in a little over 3 weeks I will be holding our baby girl. Honestly, I am looking forward to getting ride of this extra weight gained. I know its good, its for the baby, but I don't have to like it. I am not one of the lucky ones who can keep their weight low - at last check I was up 37lbs. I am afraid of what this weeks appointment will be since I spent the week of the 4th of July enjoying foods, I normally pass up.

There you have it!  I am officially on maternity  leave.  Enjoying some time with kiddo #1 as she experiences her first summer vacation ever.  She started it out with a bang with getting sick, so the past few days have just been relaxing and reading. Not a bad way to start summer vacation.

I hope everyone is well, and I can't wait to get back on the running track -  I will for sure be using this blog to log all the ugly details of my first real workouts post baby.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Baby belly view last night while watching my daughters gymnastic.
She was hanging out on my right side last night.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fall Schedule

Sounds crazy to already be thinking about the fall schedule, but since I am not running this summer I am in planning mode.  Wait, since I am pregnant I am in nesting mode. Which pretty much means I need to get everything, in life, in order.

I have already signed up for two events this fall, I have also learned one of my favorite events has changed.  For the past two years I have participated in the Iron Girl Seattle, which had been a 5K/10K event in early September. I figured I would sign up and walk the event being so close to the babe's due date. However, I learned that they are no longer doing the 5K/10K event but instead a Triathlon. This year, there is no way I can participate in a Tri, so maybe I will get to see you next year Iron Girl.

The first event I signed for was The Biggest Loser Seattle 5K.  Stacie over at Impossible is Nothing set up a team and when I joined the team I saved $5 off the registration price. If you would like to join the team please do so, just search for team 'Impossible is Nothing' when you register.

Yesterday, I also registered for the Seattle Half Marathon.  I have wanted to make this my come back half since finding out I was pregnant. I had not registered as I was waiting for Zozi to have a deal. They finally did. It isn't as good as last year, but I have a credit at Zozi and it ended up only costing me $21. If you want to use the Zozi deal ($75 for the half), I would suggest using my referral credit and saving an additional $10 off the cost. To do that you will need to set up a new account w/ new credit card if you are already a Zozi member. Then order through my referral link

Those are my events for the fall, I am considering a 10K in October but nothing is jumping out at me just yet.

How far ahead to plan for races?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Welcome to week 32

I know I have been slacking on blogging so I thought I would pop in an share with you some updates on me.

We have finalized a name of our little one: Jillian Grace will be joining big sister Genevieve 'Evie' Marie on or around August 1st.

My official due date is August 8th, but I will be having a c-section again. Due to my hips being pinned from breaking my pelvic at the young age of 18.  We are excited to have the date set, however we are just hoping to make it there. With #1 we only made it to 38w1d before signs of pre-e came on strong and caused my blood pressure to sky rocket.  This time, my blood pressure seems to be under control and I am hopefully I will hit the date.
Overall this pregnancy is improving. A lot of the round ligament pain I was having is going away which is a surprise to me, but of course it is replaced with exhaustion.  I love the warmer weather we get, but my body is not processing it well this time around.  
Meals are getting smaller, although I feel like I eat all the time. I am loving grilled cheese lately and fountain Coke. Fresh fruit is amazing - I am loving that it is cherry season and can't get enough of them lately. 
Things are well and I even started signing up for some fall events to get back in the swing of things. I will post more about that tomorrow. 

Hope all is well with everyone, I miss blogging but I am reading. :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Need a laugh

This had me laughing yesterday:

Now, I have never had a contraction so I have nothing to compare it to. I had a C-section with my first due to my hips being pinned. I have had some pretty bad pain this pregnancy, so this still made me laugh.

Today, I feel amazing so here is another classy bathroom photo of me...we will call it 28w. The smirk is because I was about to get caught taking photos of myself in the bathroom at work.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I am still here

I am still here. I am reading blogs and commenting occasionally. Besides that most of my physical activity has been put on hold due to reoccurring pain. So you ask what I have I been doing.

Watching my belly grow bigger and trying to not get depressed. 27 weeks last Thursday.  27w4days today.  I continue to plan my comeback and hope I can reach my goals. I know it will be tough, but after months of sitting around I am ready. 
A week or so ago, they opened a Top Pot donut just steps from my house. Less then .75 of a mile from my house is this.  Formerly, known to me as the Taco Hut (it was Mexican restaurant when we moved her 9 years ago). Now sits a Top Pot donut with a drive through. I am not a huge donut fan, but like their donuts. They are fresh and not heavy on the sugar. 

I also spent some time ordering a Origami Owl necklace. These are pretty awesome. You can design and add any charm you want into your necklace. Mine has two flowers and a J and an E for both girl (Evie and Jillian).  My daughter is already trying to steal it from me, so I think I need to order another one for her.
I know my life has been exciting. :) I hope all the mother's out there had a great Mother's Day, I had a very relaxing day. Today, I head to a doctors appointment after getting cancelled twice last week. I am hoping all is well, as my last pregnancy this was the time when my blood pressure started to raise.

How is everyone doing? Give me an update.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ear of corn

24 weeks: Baby is the size of an ear of corn. My baby has caught up with an ear of corn in size and gained about 1/4 pound since last week. (Length: almost a foot.)
I always laugh at the comparison of the baby and a piece of fruit or a vegetable.  Although this week at times I feel like I have an entire piece of corn in my stomach.  In other words, while the baby continues to punch on my lady bits, I can fill it punching at my belly button and other area's above.  This little girl is much more active then my first. My first was typically active at bedtime and then calm the rest of the time. This one is much more active during the day, a little kicking before bed then settles in for bedtime. Trust me I am not complaining.
This week the crib arrived and my daughter wanted it set it up even if we have 15 weeks left. My husband and the little one put it together while I, well sat on my butt and watched.  After it was in place I wondered if this was the best idea for them to share rooms, but it will have to be as we only have a 2 bedroom house. 15 weeks to go or less. In case you are wondering about my math, I will be having a scheduled section during 39 weeks, if I make it that far. Now we just need to finalize the name, decorate her corner of the room and get the rest of the essentials.
Did you hare rooms growing up? Love it or hate it? I shared with my brother until I was 5, I never thought of it as a big deal. I can only hope my kids feel the same way.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What do you think?

As a soon to be mother of two daughters, Dove's recent publicity campaign has got me thinking.

Dove published this with the video: Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

I find it interesting, not going to get into the debate of the people the selected, you an argue that on youtube if you want. :) It is just a reminder that the image we put out on ourselves isn't always what other people see. What we feel inside is not always what other people see either. Learning to love ourselves is probably one of the hardest things to accomplish. 

How I talk about myself is going to set an example on how my girls will grow up. I know that I have caught myself many times about to talk bad about myself and my daughter was standing there. It is one lesson I don't want to teach her.

This is not sponsored by Dove, in fact I don't think I use any Dove products it just made me think so I thought I would share.

What do you think? Would your picture be that much different?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I am a runner

I might not be fast.

I might not ever get a sub 2 half.

But I am a runner.

I am filled with fear (I blame pregnancy hormones).

My heart breaks for everyone who experienced Boston this year.

I compare Boston to the Olympics for non elite runners.

I am sad by the death and injury count.

Not going to lie, I am glad I have no race scheduled anytime soon.

Yet, through all of these fears - I still can't wait for my come back to the racing community post baby.

The love and the support I felt through Facebook and various groups yesterday was amazing.

Today I wear a race shirt in honor of Boston.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Five

1. Monday a friend brought over some baby clothing they were no longer needing. By some I mean an insane amount.

2. Tuesday I went through them all and organized them by sizes. I don't think I will need to buy much for this kid for the first few years.  The laundry basket is what is getting washed and put in the dresser and that is only 0-3 months! 2 bags are being shared with a friend who is also having a girl and the rest is being stored for when baby girl needs it.

3. Wednesday was not a good day. During my shower I ended up vomiting up the previous night dinner, I spent 90% of the day in bed to keep from vomiting. I will spare you the photo.

4. Thursday I started to feel better and was happy when I was able to consume a full meal. :)

5. Friday, well its still early but I plan for today to be a good day. 

How was your week?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ouch that hurts

After seeing a few photos of my arms in my recent pregnant state I decided my arms need some work.

22 weeks
I asked some friends on my favorite mommy chat board for ideas. One of them suggested an 8 minute arm video by Tracy Anderson. It looked difficult so I found a 4 minute beginner video. 4 minutes have never felt so long.
First she looks beyond graceful, I look like an turtle flailing upside down. :) Either way my arms hurt. I think just holding my arms up for 4 minutes might have been easier. The goal is to try to get this workout in a couple of times a week and mix in some light dumbbell work on the other days.  I might not be able to run but at least I can do something.
Have you tried this video? Did try it and let me know what you think?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Do you Zozi?

I should start by saying that I am not getting paid to post this. I have just had a lot of good luck using and thought I would share.

Zozi is another version of Groupon, LivingSocial you know the sites. Well, the cool thing about Zozi is if you refer a friend and they buy something you get a $10 credit. This has helped me pay for race's in the past. I have posted my refer link before and here it is again -

You are probably wondering why I am posting it - well for some reason I keep getting credits. I am sure it is because someone is searching for a Zozi discount code and my blog pops up and the use it and bam $10 added to my account.  I have been waiting for something cool to come up for me to buy with my credit, but nothing has caught my eye just yet.

Although yesterday I noticed they had a Zombie Run 5K that looked like fun, maybe I can volunteer to be a pregnant Zombie at the event.  The do have some train for long distance running events that you can purchase and I have been considering those, although right now some new sunglasses sound good.
If you were of the random people who used my Zozi link ( - Thank you! If you weren't that is ok, but if you want to buy something on there do it through a referral link so you get a discount. :) 

If you could buy one thing off Zozi what would it be? Yesterday they had flying squirrel suits with lessons. Now that is an adventure I would never do, but if you are an adrenaline junkie go for it.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thank you

I wanted to tell everyone who donated to Evie's Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Seattle THANK YOU!

Tomorrow is the last day of the fundraiser, but today Evie cashed in her money maker jar and added $25 (well $23.14, I just rounded it up).

With her additional donation as of writing this post we were at $505! I am so proud of my little one!

If you want to make a donation Monday is the final day, just click on the  link in my side bar------->


Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Update

Saturday was a cold and sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. After lunch I decided to say screw you round ligament pain and go for a walk.  See round ligament pain sucks. According to webmd:
Round ligament pain is a sharp pain or jabbing feeling often felt in the lower belly or groin area on one or both sides. It is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy and is considered a normal part of pregnancy. It is most often felt during the second trimester.
That pretty  much explains how I feel after I workout. I was searching for causes and remedies this weekend and went full circle. Round ligament pain can be caused by exercises, sneezing, coughing, laughing, rolling over in bed and standing up to quickly. So basically everything you do in life. :)

I then found some tips that may help reduce your discomfort:
  • Pain relief. Take over-the-counter acetaminophen for pain, if necessary.  You can only take Tylenol when pregnant, it doesn't really do much for me.
  • Exercise. Get plenty of exercise to keep your stomach (core) muscles strong. Doing stretching exercises or prenatal yoga can be helpful. So above exercise can cause it, yet it can also help it...hmmmm  A helpful exercise involves putting your hands and knees on the floor, lowering your head, and pushing your backside into the air.
  • Avoid sudden movements. Change positions slowly (such as standing up or sitting down) to avoid sudden movements that may cause stretching and pain. For me even changing positions slowly is painful.
  • Flex your hips. Bend and flex your hips before you cough, sneeze, or laugh to avoid pulling on the ligaments.
  • Apply warmth. A heating pad or warm bath may be helpful. A warm bath is helpful, but I can only take so many baths a day. :)
Either way I said screw it and decided to go for a walk with my child. We headed out and stopped at the park, then went to our local consignment store before reaching the halfway point - Starbucks. 
At Starbucks she proceeded to tell me that when she grows up she is either going to work at Microsoft or Starbucks. Her reason for Starbucks was because they make really good Marshmallow bars. Which is just a fancy name for rice krispi treats. After our treat we headed for home to complete our two mile walk.
Sunday was a relaxing day for us, but while we were in Target we decided to take a photo and share with our Facebook friends. The question is will we be having a blue or pink life jacket join us this summer on our boat? We will find out tomorrow at our ultra sound.
How was your weekend? Take your best guess team blue or team pink?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring

Weather is pretty typical for Washington. The only difference between a Winter weather report and a Spring report is the temps are a little higher.

I hate to write it, but this year we went all winter with no snow accumulation on the ground at my house. We typically don't get a lot of snow, but this year we had

What does spring look like in your neck of the woods?

Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Dash

After a week of being sick, one trip to urgent care to learn my cold crap had caused an inner ear issue that was extremely painfully.

I finally started to feel better.

Saturday I was at about 80% and by Sunday morning I was about 95% so I decided to go to the Seattle St. Patricks Day dash. It also, helped that when I woke up it was cold and sunny out.  I have a green shirt on as well, even with the sun shining it was just to cold to take my coat off.
I love this event. People really dress up and one of these years I will take pictures of all the awesome costumes. I saw a bunny, a rainbow and green eggs and spam. Yes, a group of people were dressed as giant eggs and one person was an over sized can of Spam. 

My husband and I decided to just walk it, making this event my personal worst in the past 6 years with a time of 1 hour and 4 minutes. That is okay, because we got to enjoy the event and get our monies worth. :) Hopefully, next year I will be back at it for a new PR.

Did you race in honor of St. Patricks day this weekend?

Friday, March 15, 2013

A little bit of green

With St. Patrick's Day taking place this weekend and everyone gearing up for a fun weekend of races I thought I would share with you more shoes! Since, I am not running when I was contacted by to review a pair of Keen Shoes I selected ones that I can enjoy the most.

I have never worn Keen's but I had heard great things about them. As I was searching looking at the
Women's Keens CNX style shoes I feel in love with these. Yes, the same style that I have worn a million times, but this time I went bold and ordered Green!

Detials from Women's Keen and Onlineshoes
Trip the light fantastic in the lightweight KEEN Mercer Ballerina CNX skimmer, part of the KEEN.Connect collection. Sporty and breathable, with a raised, padded back and 4mm midsole drop, this women's athletic-inspired slip-on shoe brings an element of fun to every wearing. KEEN.ZORB Strobel construction creates a streamlined interior for a smooth touch against the foot. KEEN.Connect technology encourages a natural foot motion, featuring a proprietary, lightweight polyurethane midsole compound, metatarsal ridge for enhanced toe grip, contoured arch and TPU shank for midfoot support. The sporty KEEN Mercer Ballerina CNX walking shoe is finished with a non-marking rubber sole that has multi-directional flex grooves to keep you on the move.
  • 4mm midsole drop
  • Breathable mesh and suede upper
  • Contoured arch support
  • KEEN.Connect (CNX)
  • KEEN.ZORB Strobel
  • Metatarsal ridgeNon-marking rubber outsole with multi-directional flex grooves
  • Polyurethane midsole
  • Raised, padded back
  • Stitching details
  • TPU stability shank
  • Weight: 7.6 oz.

The first thing I noticed about these shoes is they arc. For a flat, you can actually feel the arc in them which is great. The shoes are light and very breathable, which is something that I love.

Every time I wear them out I get compliments on the color, at the doctors office the other day I wore them with jeans and a black top and ever person I talked to commented on them. They have many different color options and here in Washington, people are excited to see something bright in our dreary grey winter.

Check out the other Keen options available: -
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Women's KEEN Shoes -
Women's KEEN Sandals -,br38,tt2

*Disclaimer: These shoes were sent to me by and Keen free of charge, however the opinions expressed are my own.