by Melanie

Productivity and EXERCISE!

September 30, 2014 in Exercise, Family Life, Motivation, Weight Loss, Workout by Melanie

Well life has been good lately!

I’m starting to feel like my crazy “newborn baby life” is starting to settle down into a more predictable schedule.  Yay!  Carson is such a sweet, good-natured baby.  He sleeps quite a bit during the day and is a pretty good sleeper at night too (he usually does a 5-5 1/2 hour stretch.)  He’s also generally happy and only cries when he’s tired, hungry, needs to burp or needs a new diaper (not all of my babies have been like that, lol!)

He is such a doll and I’ve been soaking up every second of his sweetness.

Sweet Baby Carson 1 month

I love, love, love him and wish I could hold and snuggle him all day long!

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I’m happy to say that I have a little more energy and don’t feel like a walking zombie anymore too!  It’s been so nice to be a little more productive.  Yesterday, I made applesauce with my 4 year old.  It was really easy and actually sort of fun!

Making applesauce with Jacob

Canned applesauce

I’ll post the “recipe” and procedure on here soon.

While the applesauce was processing, we played the game, Flash Point

Flash Point game

I’m not a big fan of this game, but my kids LOVE it!  It’s a “firefighter” game and you try to save all the people before the building collapses.  I have to admit, I change the rules quite a bit when I play with my little ones though.  I make it a lot simpler…we basically always save ALL the guys and the cat and the dog!

Jake and I playing Flash Point

Oh, and sweet little Carson slept through the entire applesauce/game playing adventure!

Carson sleeping while we made applesauce

I’ve still been trying to eat well and for the most part, I’ve done pretty well.  However, I struggled this past weekend!  Gah!  Weekends are tough.

I haven’t been taking a ton of food pics lately because I’ve pretty much been eating the same type of things.

Egg/veggie scrambles with fruit for breakfast…

Eggs, grapes and zucchini bread for breakfast

I also had a slice of homemade zucchini bread this morning too.  I created a “healthier zucchini bread” recipe over the weekend and it turned out awesome!  I’ll share the recipe soon!

I’ve been having big ol’ salads for lunch….

Big ol salad and grapes for lunch

And this is what we had for dinner last night…

Chicken, veggies and corn

It was just grilled chicken, roasted veggies and corn on the cob.  YUM!

I’ve been eating other snacks throughout the day including a few chocolate chips for good measure, lol.

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I’m SO HAPPY to say that I EXERCISED…..for reals today and yesterday!!!!

Woo hoo!

Yes, I ran on the treadmill last night and it was…….humbling.

My first run after baby

Woah.  It felt so so great to run again, but it was so DANG hard!  I am so out of shape and it’s depressing.  I wore one of the cute outfits Fabletics sent to me, but I was definitely poured into it!  It was so nice to be in exercise clothing again though.

I decided to run 2 miles at a 12:00 pace.  Yikes.  My “normal” running pace used to be around 8:00-8:30 and 12:00 used to feel almost like walking to me.

I’m sorry to say that the 12:00 pace was freaking hard and kicked my can!  It actually felt like a sprint, lol!  I also had to walk a little bit too.  Crazy.

I’m about 20 pounds heavier than I normally am and I felt EVERY single one of those pounds!  Man.  How much I weigh definitely affects my running!  My body just felt SO HEAVY and sluggish.  I could feel the extra weight in my shins, knees and joints too.  I’m definitely going to ease back into exercising/running so I don’t injure myself.

I have to say losing weight and getting back into shape is so tough!  The scale HAS NOT moved for me in over 2 weeks and it’s so frustrating!  It’s so hard to feel so out of shape too.  Exercise is SO MUCH more fun and so much easier when I’m in shape!  It’s so rewarding to push my body to the max and feel so capable and strong.

I miss it. :-(

BUT, I will get back there again!  I’m just going to take it one day at a time.

I decided to do a little weight lifting today.  I created a bicep/triceps workout and incorporated a fun plyometric workout that I saw in Oxygen Magazine (February 2014) too.

My cute son exercised with me too!  He really enjoyed the plyos.

Jake exercising with me

lifting weights with jake

Oh, and Carson got his own little workout in by kicking his legs on the bed alongside us, lol!

Carson kicking on the bed while I exercise

Here’s the workout I did (it took me about half an hour)….

Complete 3 rounds of each set (10 reps of each exercise.)

Bicep Curls
Hammer Curls
One-Legged Forward Hops (10 on each leg.)

Triceps Overhead Extension
Triceps Kickbacks
Tuck Jumps

External Rotations
Cross Body Hammer Curls
Burpees

Skull Crushers
Triceps Extensions laying down
X-Jumps

Side Punches
Triceps Push-Backs
Ski Hops

I really enjoyed this workout.  I used a 10# dumbbell and it felt SO HEAVY!  I used to do these exercises with 12-15# dumbbells, so it was weird to have 10 pounds feel so heavy.  It was…..humbling.  The burpees also just about killed me.  I wussed out on a few of them.  It is seriously crazy how much my level of fitness has deteriorated.

I’ve heard that the body can get back into shape quicker if it’s been there before though.  I SURE HOPE SO!

It’s really tough to have faith that I WILL get back to my pre-pregnancy body when exercise is SO hard and the scale doesn’t budge even when I’m eating well, but I am a very stubborn person and I WILL get there again!

I figure when you’re out of shape and overweight, you have TWO choices……1) You can get frustrated, feel overwhelmed, give up and consequently stay at that weight and level of fitness OR 2) Work your freaking butt off and stay committed until your ideal weight/body is achieved….no matter how long it takes!

I’m definitely going to do the latter.

Well, that’s the latest on my post-baby, out of shape life, lol!  I did take my 6 weeks postpartum picture on Sunday….

Me 6 Weeks Postpartum

That skirt used to be VERY baggy on me.  In fact, it got to be so big on me that I stopped wearing it because it wouldn’t stay on!  It is very snug on me now, but I was grateful to have something in my closet that FIT!

Now that I’m exercising I’ll try to take my weekly pictures in exercise clothes.  It won’t be pretty, but I really want to demonstrate and share my weight loss journey with all of you!

Well, I’m wicked tired and need to head to bed.  I hope you all have a great night.  xoxo

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by Melanie

A Whole Bunch of Completely Random Things!

September 25, 2014 in Adventures, Family Life, Meal Ideas, Nutrition, Weight Loss by Melanie

I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like to, dang it!  Life is crazy and I’m just trying to keep the balance with a new baby.  Unfortunately, blogging is usually at the bottom of the list. :-(

Sooooo, today I have a million random things to share with y’all!

First off, I was the receiver of a very interesting compliment/insult recently.  K, so a random man came to do some work on our house the other day.  He was probably in his mid-50s and was very nice.  When he walked in our house, he saw baby Carson and said, “Wow, now that’s a tiny baby!”  I said, “Ya, he’s just about 5 weeks old.”

Then…..he looked at me, looked at Carson and then looked at me again.  He then said, “Now that can’t be your baby!”  “Is that a grandbaby?”

Say Wha????

I’m sure this is exactly what I looked like…..

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YES, I feel like an OLD mom, but I don’t think I look like a grandma yet!!!??!?!???!?

Seriously.

What in THEE heck.

However, he went on to say that I looked very “put together” and my house looked very “put together” and he thought I couldn’t possibly be a new mom.  He also told me about how his daughter has 2 kids and she and her husband are completely stressed out all the time and can barely handle life.  He said their house is always a wreck and they need help on a regular basis.

I’m thinkin’, “Nice Recovery….”

I couldn’t believe he thought I was a GRANDMA.  Seriously.  Seriously.

I’ve been laughing about it ever since.

Cute Kids

Well Baby Carson is growing up so quickly!  He is so much fun and I LOVE him so so much!

Me and Sweet Baby Carson

I can’t tell you how much I love hugging and squishing his tiny body and kissing those chubby cheeks.  Auuuugh.  I’m trying to memorize what it feels like to hold him because I don’t ever want to forget it.

It’s so sad for me to think he is my last baby.

However, I think I would feel the same way if he was my 20th baby!  I know there always has to be a “last baby.”  I guess I’ll have to savor my grandbabies, which apparently I should doing already, lol!

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Yesterday, Carson was on the floor next to me while I was getting ready.  My 4 year old came in and started singing “Hush Little Baby” to him.  It was so sweet.  He then asked me to pull the song up on You Tube so he could show it to Carson.

Jacob showing Carson Hush Little Baby

What a sweetie pie!  It was another moment that I just wanted to savor and remember forever.  I love my precious babies so so much!

Oh, and speaking of cute kids, I have to tell you guys a couple of other cute/funny things my kids have said lately.

Yesterday, my 4 year old was quietly playing Legos while I was feeding Carson.  He started singing, “I wish I could marry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (i.e. We Wish You a Merry Christmas.)  He kept singing that same phrase over and over again and I thought it was adorable!

Also, a few weeks ago, I was talkin’ to my cute 6 year old.  He was telling me that he never wanted to move out of the house and he wanted to live with me forever.  I told him that was perfectly fine and when he got older, he could just live next door to me!

He then said, “Well mom, I’m not sure where you’re going to be living when I’m older, so if a house becomes available, just give me a call and I’ll buy it!”  He went on to say, “I’ll be the one driving the yellow Lamborghini because I’m going to be a rich drummer or a rich dancer.”

I laughed and laughed.  He always says the funniest things!  Love my kids.

Healthy Eating

I’ve still been trying to eat as well as I can and I feel great!  This has been my breakfast most mornings and I love it….

Eggs, veggies and peaches

It’s just a veggie/egg scramble topped with tomatoes, avocados and salsa.  I also cut up a fresh peach on the side.  Oh, and I got that big water cup thing in the hospital when I had Carson.  It’s been great!

I’ve made this for a snack the past couple days…

Apples and eggs

It’s just half an apple and a hard boiled egg.  It’s no-nonsense, tasty, filling and takes two seconds to make!  Love it.

Yesterday, two of my best friends in the whole world, Ali and Melodi, came to visit me!  I’ve known Melodi since birth and Ali since Junior High.  Love them.  We made yummy salads for lunch…

yummy salad with friends

I threw so many things on that salad and it was so so good!  It was romaine, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, grilled chicken, sliced almonds, Craisins, hard boiled egg, shredded Parmesan cheese and cottage cheese.

Yuuuuu…..ummmmm!

Just as my friends were leaving, I said, “Wait, we need to take a picture!!!”  So, we snapped two quick selfies.  However, Ali didn’t like one of them and Melodi didn’t like the other one, so I promised them I wouldn’t post them.

Soooo, I decided just to crop each of them out!!

Me and my friends

There ya go.  Win, win.

I love and cherish my friends so so much!  I’m so thankful for them.

I made tacos for dinner last night and they totally hit the spot!  AND, two of my kiddos helped me make them!!!!  Yay!

Brooke and D helping make tacos

My daughter cooked the taco meat and my 11 year old cooked up the tortillas.  Woo hoo.

I made a big taco salad for me…

yummy taco salad

It was just romaine, turkey taco meat, fat free refried beans, olives, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, cheese and avocado.  So Dang Good.  I realized later that I forgot to put salsa or sour cream on there, but I didn’t even miss it.

I made another YUMMY dinner the other night that I LOVED!

Chicken, veggies, quinoa and corn

I just made a concoction of grilled chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, garlic, feta cheese and shredded Parmesan and put it on top of quinoa (I made whole wheat spaghetti for the kids.)  We also had corn on the cob.  I loved this meal!

I had the leftovers for lunch today…

leftover quinoa, veggies and chicken

I will have to compile the “official recipe” and share it with you guys.  It’s a keeper.

Sweet Treats

I’ve been having a few sweet treats lately too.  This has been my favorite thing to eat right before bed…

Chocolate and PB

I love this treat!  Just a spoonful of peanut butter with dark chocolate chips.  It’s so tough to eat just one spoonful though, hee hee.

I also made a Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

I actually halved the recipe and it was just perfect.  It’s basically made from Garbanzo beans, dates, oatmeal, applesauce and a few other things.  The only “bad” thing in this recipe is chocolate chips!

It wasn’t the yummiest thing in the whole world, but considering what it’s made of, I thought it was perty good!  All of my kids enjoyed it too, but my 6 year old said it “tasted fishy.”

Yesterday morning my 4 year old asked if he could “have some of my treat.”  I told him he could and later when I walked into the kitchen I found this…

Jacob finished up the cookie pie

He’d finished the whole thing!  There was quite a bit left too.  It cracked me up!

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Holy crap, I’m sorry this post is so long!!!  I guess that’s what happens when I can’t blog too often, huh?

Bear with me, I’m almost done blabbing….

A Fun Date

Kev and I did make it out on a “date” last weekend and it was very nice.  We (me, Kev and Carson) were going to go to Cafe Zupas for dinner, but when we got there, Carson was fussy because he was hungry.

We didn’t have too much time, so Kev just ordered our food and we ate in the car while I fed the baby!
Date night in the car with Kev and Carson

Ya, it was an interesting date, but it was fun!  It was nice to take a break from life and enjoy some QUIET time together, lol.  Oh, and Kev ordered some Mushroom soup and I ordered a Summer Chicken Salad.  So yummy.

Something Exciting

I was so happy to have one of my recipes mentioned in an article on the Huffington Post today!  My Oats in a Jar recipe was featured and it made my day!  Here’s a link to the article if you’re interested.

Huffpost OIAJ

Oh, and BTW Oats in a Jar are one of my favorite things ever.  They are so so good, especially in an empty peanut butter jar!

My 5 Week Postpartum Picture

Okay, the last thing I have to share is my 5 weeks Postpartum picture.  Woop-de-do.

Me 5 weeks postpartum

Ya, I’m sad to say that I haven’t lost ANY MORE weight, gosh dang it!  I’ve been eating so well and it’s so frustrating to not see ANY results.  FYI, I gained about 37ish pounds with my pregnancy and so far I’ve lost around 20 pounds.

I KNOW hormones are not my friend right now.  I always stay poofy while I’m nursing (and I nurse my babies for a year!), but I’m hoping the healthy diet and soon-to-be exercise will trump the hormones.  We’ll see.

Oh, and I’m not being hard on myself, I’m just trying to paint a very CLEAR picture about how hard it is to lose weight, baby weight or otherwise.  It is NOT EASY for me to lose weight, but I’m not going to quit!

Soooo, if any of y’all out there are frustrated about trying to lose weight, believe me I UNDERSTAND.  However, I know that a healthy diet and exercise are the only ways to truly lose weight “for reals.”  Yes, it’s hard.  Yes, it seems like it takes forever.  BUT, it is WORTH it.

I definitely feel like I’m taking the “Slow Boat to China” in regards to weight loss, but at least I’m ON the boat!  I’ll keep you all posted on my journey and I hope to have better news next week.

Well, if you’ve made it this far in reading my post, Congratulations!  I’m sorry I’m so long-winded.  I’ll try to blog more often so I don’t have to go on….and on….and on!

I hope you all have a wonderful night.  Tomorrow is FRIDAY!  Woot!

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by Melanie

It’s Tough to Eat Well When You’re Sleep Deprived

September 19, 2014 in Family Life, Meal Ideas by Melanie

Happy Friday one and all!!  I love weekends so much.  Kev and I are thinkin’ we may go on a short date tonight.  Woo hoo.  That sounds so so nice!

Look at this cutie pie

Cute Carson sacked out

I took that pic just now.  He’s totally sacked out on me while I’m typing.  I am LOVING having a baby SO MUCH!  He is such a sweetie and he’s starting to get a little chubby!  Check out that double chin.  Love it.

Anyway, I’m still doing pretty good on my healthy diet thingy, but I did have one “small problem” that I’ll talk about in just a sec.  I’ve mostly been eating a lot of the same things; eggs, more eggs, salads, yogurt, protein pancakes, fruit, chicken, cottage cheese, etc.

I didn’t take too many pictures this week, but here are a few things I did take pics of…

This was my yummy breakfast this morning…

Breakfast Wrap and peaches

It was my version of a breakfast sandwich.  I scrambled one egg + 3-4 egg whites, topped it with cheese and put it in a La Tortilla Factory tortilla with some ham.  I also cut up a peach on the side.  Everything tasted so good to me and I was stuffed for hours!  Sadly, there weren’t any veggies in it, but it was chock full of protein.  It was super tasty and I’m sure I’ll be making it again.

I’ve had a crazy busy week, so I grabbed this as I ran out the door the other day…

Turkey, apples and yogurt

A few slices of turkey, an apple and a Greek yogurt.  Totally random.  I ended up eating the turkey and apple and was too stuffed to eat the yogurt.  It was such a quick, easy and portable meal though.

We had this for dinner the other night and it was so so good!

Pasta e fagiloli soup with breadstick

It’s a recipe for Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli soup and it is awesome!  My friend gave me all of the ingredients for this soup at my diaper/frozen meal shower that my friend’s held for me just before Carson was born.

The soup is TASTY, quick to throw together, somewhat healthy and super filling.  We’ll definitely be making it again.  Here is a link to the recipe my friend gave me.  It’s a keeper. :-)

I also decided to make a batch of my Best Breadsticks Ever to go with it.  They are seriously SO DANG GOOD!

The Best Breadsticks Ever!

They are NOT healthy at all, but I decided to have just ONE with my soup.  They are just too dang good.

Oh, and I didn’t consider the breadstick to be my “one problem” this week.  THIS ended up being my problem…

Derek with his birthday cake

Auuughhh!  Yes, my 10 year old is now ELEVEN.  I thought I could resist the birthday cake, but I COULD not.  I just had one small piece, but it was so so good, I must say.

My son decided he wanted to have a “Lego birthday.”  We let the kids have a “friend party” every other year and they have a “family party” on the off years.  This year it was a “family party” and we had a great time.

He wanted a Lego cake, so I decided just to make the cake myself (I think homemade is much better than store bought!)  I also decided to just take the easy route and buy a $10 Lego set to go on top.  My son was thrilled.  We washed all of the Legos the night before his birthday and I told him he could build it ON his birthday.  Soooo, he woke up at 6:00 AM to build his car.  Too cute.

My son wanted Dominoes Pizza for dinner, but I made myself a big salad instead.  After dinner, we took the family to The Lego Store at the mall.

It was such a fun store and full of so many cool Legos.  I totally forgot to take any pictures while we were there though!!  Lame.  As we were leaving the mall, I said, “Wait, I forgot to take a picture.”  So, this is what we got…

The kids leaving the Lego store

We let the kids each pick out a small thing to buy at the store.

When we got home, we had cake and opened presents.  Guess what my son got!???!

Derek with is lego presents

He was in heaven and said it was one of his all-time favorite birthdays.

Ya know, I felt pretty good about having just ONE small piece of cake and I didn’t beat myself up about it.  HOWEVER, that night my baby had the WORST night sleeping ever.  He woke up at 3:00 AM and didn’t really want to go back to sleep after that. :-(  It was torturous.

In the morning I felt terrible.  I had a huge headache and just wanted to crawl back into bed for the rest of the day.  Sooooo, when I saw the leftover birthday cake on the counter, I just thought, “Hand me a freakin’ fork!”

Ya, it wasn’t pretty.  It did make me feel a little bit better though.  I have to say that lack of sleep is one of the biggest factors in how well I eat.  When I’m super tired, I lose all motivation and just fall apart.

But, after the “cake massacre,” I got back on the wagon and have eaten well ever since (that was Thursday morning.)

I guess we just live and learn, right?

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I have to share some cute pics with you guys.  On Wednesday, I went over the Elementary School to watch my kiddos run in the Jog-a-Thon for the school’s fundraiser.

My 4 year old gave his older brother a high five every time he came around.

Derek and Jake at the jog a thon

The kids were also encouraged to wear “crazy socks” and “crazy hair.”  We didn’t do much with my boy’s hair, but they both wore crazy socks.

Ben at the Jog a Thon

It was such a cute event!  The kids ran for 20 minutes or so and the parents cheered them on.  There was a DJ there playing songs like “Everything is Awesome” and “What Does the Fox Say.”  It was such a fun event and I have to say I got teary-eyed as I watched and cheered for my kids.

Yes, I’m a sap.

Sadly, it was 95 degrees (WOW!), so my boys were melting.  Thankfully Carson stayed nice and cool in his stroller…

Carson at the Jog a thon

I love my kidlets.

Oh, and look what Kev brought home from work yesterday…

A bunch of produce Kev brought home from work

HOLY COW!  He spent the day with a client who gave him all of the things in that green box (zuicchini, spaghetti squash, peppers and corn.)  He also stopped at a local fruit stand and bought a bunch of apples, peaches and tomatoes.

Sooo, we plan on making some salsa tomorrow and will make applesauce if we have time.  Otherwise, we’ll do applesauce next week.  I’m also going to be busy making a million zucchini things!  I’ll let y’all know what I decide to make!

Well, Kev’s home from work and we’re getting ready to head out, so I gotta run!  Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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