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I am free…to eat cookies!

How fast can I blog?  It’s 10:47 and my computer says I have 44min left of battery, ready go…

It’s been a pretty laid back week.

Friday: I can’t even remember what I did, that was like a week ago and my brain barely remembers what I did yesterday!  I do remember it was weigh-in day and I lost 2.2lbs.

Saturday: went to an art party at my sister’s house and bought my first pieces of artwork, I’m officially a grown-up now!

Sunday: church

Monday:  Felt really sluggish and tired.  Did my workout and snacked a lot.  Pretty sure I’m missing like 6 food pics, maybe on purpose??  😉

 Tuesday:  P90X2 Plyocide, hung out at the pool, dipped Cruz in, Happy July 3rd? BBQ

Wednesday: Happy 4th of July!!  60min hot yoga, went to Mirror Lake with the fam, had a picnic, kids swam in the freezing cold lake, came home and had delicious pizza and vegged out in front of the tv, it was a blast!

Thursday:  Raining finally!!  We needed it desperately cause the state was pretty much on fire.  Did my P90X2 shoulders and arms, went to lunch with Sasa to her favorite El Chubasco, then she dragged me to 90min of hot yoga and I seriously thought I was going to die by the end.  I experimented with my Body by Vi Vi-Shape mix and added it to our protein pancake.  It literally tasted like I was eating cake!  Even my sister Sherilynn who is like ANTI my Body by Vi shake mix, for some unknown reason, said “mmm that smells like cake” then tasted it “crap that is GOOD”…HA!!!  It did get a little dry, next time I may experiment with the recipe.  I’ll keep you posted.

I also got a special surprise from my hubby!

Isn’t he sweet!!  Try not to barf on your computer!

Today: Rest day much needed, my body was screaming at me.  Also weigh-in day.  I wasn’t expecting a loss this week because I seriously had at least 20 cookies this week (weight watchers, but still!).  I was pleasantly surprised with a 1.8 pound loss.  My total weight-loss since 3/25 (the day Cruz was born) is 39.1 with 12.9 to go in order to reach my goal weight!!  I’ve lost 9.5 just in the time I’ve been switching out my post-workout shakes for my Body by Vi shakes, so I’m super excited to see how it continues over the next 60 days of my 90-day challenge.

As far as food today it was pretty standard…protein pancake, Vi-shake, snacked on some Trader Joe’s pretzels at the pool, 1/2 balance bar, and Chipotle take-out for dinner at a friends house.  Oh…and another cookie 😉 I’m obsessed!  But hey, I’m losing weight and eating cookies…what more could I ask for?????

Insight for the week: My yoga teacher Gwen at Tadasana Yoga in Park City gave us a great analogy about freedom.  If you think of a flag pole and the American flag, the symbol of our freedom, the pole is the stability that gives the flag the freedom to wave.  So think about that and put it in your own life.  We have the ability to give ourselves freedom.  The more stable we are in our lives, the more freedom we have.  So many things can interrupt our stability so we have to work hard to overcome them so that ultimately we can be free.  I also like to think of it as if I am stable in keeping within my daily allotted Weight Watchers points, I am free to eat cookies!!  Ha, ok maybe that’s a little reaching, but hey it seemed to work this week 😉

 

Cruz

There aren’t enough hours in the day!

Anyone else feeling totally overwhelmed?  I know us FLF girls are.  I’m personally giving up precious minutes of sleep to do this post because I felt it was a little ridiculous that it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted.  So with a pile of unfolded laundry pushed over onto my husband’s side of the bed (who is not here), I will try to make this short and quick so I can try and get some sleep before my baby, who refuses to be sleep trained, wakes me up to feed him!

So where have I been the last month (23 days to be exact)? Uh, nowhere.  But, I did have my brother, his wife, and their 2 daughters staying with us for 2 1/2 weeks, so I blame them for me being too distracted to post.  It was so fun having them here.  Here are some highlights from their trip:

My niece was baptized in my sister Michelle’s pool.

It was such a cool and intimate family experience to have that I hope to also be able to do for my boys!

There was lots of eating out, so my brother could get all his Utah food fixes.

Went on a few hikes to burn off all the food we were eating.

Cole graduated from Preschool.

I finished my first phase of P90X2 and made my niece join in for one of my workouts.

Then almost killed her by making her a post-workout protein shake with SOY protein that she is apparently allergic to, no bueno!

They left to go back home on Father’s Day, boo, we’ll miss you!  Missed Daddy on Father’s Day, but got to spend the day with Papa.

Monday my Mom, Cole, Cruz, and I left for a trip to Disneyland.  We stopped in Vegas on the way down and stayed at The Trump Hotel again.  Cole had a blast in the bath tub!  I also started my 90-day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes with Lexy and Carman.  Since I was going out of town, I packed my shaker cup and shake powder and did the best I could.  My mom and I were really good with our food choices, as you’ll see in the pictures below, we really only had “junk food” once.  We packed healthy snacks like apples, bananas, carrots, celery, nuts, and Balance Bars.  When we ate out we choose chicken salads, Chipotle burrito bowls, veggies and hummus, egg white omelets, etc.  I brought my yoga mat, but was only able to do it Monday night after we got to the hotel.  The other days were too jam packed, but I’m pretty sure I burned a few calories walking all over Disneyland for 2 days!

We drove to Anaheim on Tuesday and checked into the Disneyland Hotel.  We gave Cole the choice of either going to the pool or going to the park and he chose the pool (he didn’t realize until the next day the choice he really made!).

We woke up early Wednesday to try to get into the park early to ride the Radiator Springs Racers ride in the new Cars Land.  We didn’t make it early enough and ended up going in with everyone else.  It didn’t matter though because Mommy was smart enough to go into the single rider line which was half the wait time as the regular line and we still ended up being able to ride together.  We met up with my friend Sarah and her cute boy Calum.  Sarah’s husband Cameron works as a manager in Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land, so they know Disneyland in and out.  It was awesome to have her as our tour guide because we ended up going on tons of rides I wouldn’t have even thought to go on.  Plus she took us to the best places to eat so it was seriously like the best day.  We ended up staying out late to see the World of Color Water Show and just when I thought Cole was going to totally lose it with exhaustion he surprised me with a second wind and we didn’t get back to the hotel until 11pm.

Thursday morning I woke up early (with Cruz) and was waiting like a little kid for Cole to get up so we could go back to the park.  We rode a few more rides and then drove out to my Uncle Tom’s to get our teeth cleaned.  We stayed the night in Vegas again.

Drove home Friday, so glad to be home.  Talk about a long freaking week.  But oh was it soooo much fun and I’m so glad we were able to do it.  Headed straight for my Magic Bullet for a Green Vi Smoothie!

In case you were wondering, this is pretty much where Cruz was the entire trip…

I weighed myself on Saturday obviously because I couldn’t on my usual Friday.  I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total weight loss of 35 pounds in the last 3 months.  I’m super happy with my progress and I’m going to keep on keeping on!!

This weekend was chill and my menu’s consisted of Vi shakes, Balance Bars, Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries mix, a chicken gyro in a Flatout bread, some WW oatmeal cookies, and delicious mahi mahi with mango salsa (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow).  I also got to go to hot yoga on Saturday and wore my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I burn.  It was over 700!!

It seems like the craziness never ends.  There is always something to be done.  I’m learning that I really have to prioritize what needs to be done and what can be put aside in order to not completely lose it.  I’m excited to keep on my 90 day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes and start Phase 2 of P90X2 tomorrow.  I will also be embarking on the adventure of finding a house in Austin and moving back within the next month.  Oh joy!  The fun never ends!

 

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To function or not to function…that is the question!

I choose my featured image picture because it portrays perfectly my current state of being…plus Torry (Lexy’s husband) thought it was really scary 😉  Then they all tried to copy my face.

Week 2 and 3 as a mother of 2.  There was lots of exhaustion, several naps, one night of my awesome hubby letting me sleep through the night in the upstairs bedroom, 2 walks up the hill (1 that included Keller in body armor and lots of lunges and squats), 1 run on the treadmill (1 day following regretting this run), 1 workout with Keller’s TRX bands, one date night, Easter Sunday, Keller starting a training and being gone all day every day, field trips to the Hill Aerospace museum and the Natural History museum, and the beginning of Crystal Light Energy helping me make it through the day.

Weight Loss and Exercise:

I’m making Friday my weigh in days until I can get to my meetings.  There are Thursday night meetings up here in Park City that I need to start attending, but it hasn’t worked out with schedules yet.  My total weight gain for my pregnancy was 28 pounds, according to my first weigh-in at my Dr’s office, 33 pounds if you count from my last WW weigh in.  So on 3/30 I was down 12.5 pounds, on 4/6 I was down another 8.2, and today I was down another 3.5 for a total loss of 24.2lbs.  I have been semi counting points.  I really have not been that hungry, so I’m pretty sure I’m staying within my daily allotted.  I’m trying to ease back into my workouts because I do feel better on the days that I get to workout, but most days I’m so tired the thought of exuding enough energy to put my tennis shoes on is overwhelming!  I’m one of those people that DO NOT function well without sleep.  So getting back to a normal daily routine is going to take a little bit, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

The best part of my week was doing this walk with Keller.  We walked up the hill and every 5 minutes stopped and did 20 walking lunges.  At the top I did 3 sets of 10 push-ups and on the way down we did 20 squats every 5 minutes.  I was definitely sore the next day!

This was my “It Begins” face.

I didn’t take a picture of my…”oh crap that really hurt” face.

Food and Points:

I’m still using my dietSNAPS app and taking pictures of everything I eat.  I haven’t gone back to entering my food in the WW app yet.  And as for posting everything I eat, I don’t think anyone wants to look at a post with 2 weeks worth of food pics so for now I will take it one day at a time.  I definitely feel like I’m not as hungry and I’m trying to take advantage of that feeling cause I’m sure it won’t last long.  It’s like I’m too tired to care about eating.  I’m trying to stay away from crap, most of my meals are the usual protein pancakes, green greek smoothies, greek yogurts, mint cookie Balance Bars, fruit, and just trying to stick with veggies and protein for dinner with the occasional indulgences.

Oh and of course, the Coke Zero’s…Mommy’s milk and Cruz’s milk!

Last Saturday night we took family pictures in a beautiful orchard in Kaysville.  It was a little chilly, but the boys were troopers and I can’t wait to see how the pictures turned out!  We stopped at In-N-Out for dinner on the way home.   We were all so hungry and I enjoyed every bite of my hamburger and shared some of Cole’s fries and chocolate shake while he covered his face with stickers.  Not sure why he loves to put stickers there.  Good thing he doesn’t have a hairy face!

We had a great Easter.  Cole loved dyeing eggs in Kool aid.  Thank you Pinterest!

Easter Sunday was probably my best day.  I think it was because I had finally caught up on a little sleep.  We took pics on the porch after church, poor Cruz just looks like he’s squished!

 And then enjoyed the beautiful weather with a picnic lunch outside.

This week the best days were when we went on field trips with our cousins.  It usually ends up taking forever, but I love being able to get out of the house.  I’m trying to get my vitamin D and endorphins everyday, cause otherwise I end up feeling totally crappy and even more tired.

This was Monday at the Hill Aerospace Museum.

And this was Thursday at the Utah Natural History Museum.

All in all I’m doing my best and that’s all I can do.  I’m trying not to stress about things I can’t control (which is super hard for me).  We have a lot going on in our lives right now and we seem to be in a constant state of chaos and change.  I hope one day I can feel like I have a normal life, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon.  And I just have to say to all the moms out there especially to ones with multiple children close in age or to those who’s husbands are gone all the time or those who don’t live by family…so pretty much any mom out there…you are amazing!  Being a mom is hard work and any one who says different should be punched in the face :).  So here’s my salute to mom’s everywhere!

 

 

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Attempts to induce labor with workouts, loud noises, and spicy food…and my baby shower!

Thursday…

Gave up going to my buns and guns class to work out with my hubby.  He put me through a pyramid workout…superset#1 curls into overhead press and squat w/row using a band wrapped around a pole, superset #2 dumbbell squats (sitting onto a workout bench then getting up again, etc) and one-legged wall push-ups.

We didn’t have any eggs at home so we stopped at Einstein’s to grab breakfast.  I tried one of their new maple oatmeal bagels with cream cheese…didn’t like it, it was too sweet so I just ended up eating half of the bagel and drinking half of Keller’s protein shake.

Grammy offered to take Cole and his cousins for the afternoon so Keller and I met up with my dad to see This Means War (again for me).  On the way out of the house I grabbed some leftover chicken, healthy mac and cheese, and broccoli, threw it in a bowl with a spoonful of tzatziki.

I also ran out of my Mint Cookie Balance Bars so I wasn’t prepared in the theater and ended up having a snack of coke zero, a bag of skittles, and some of Keller’s trail mix.

The boys had taekwondo and then it was Cafe Rio thursday so we had dinner with Michelle and the kids.  I attempted to try and share a steak salad with Keller…we all know how that goes!

Friday…

Spin class in the morning.

So excited to have my usual breakfast!

Keller got a new gun for Christmas but since he was in Afghanistan, he didn’t actually get it until he got back here and we’ve been wanting to take it to the range to shoot it.  A little background on me and guns…I grew up in southern California.  The only thing I knew about guns was that there were a lot of them in Compton.  My dad had a rifle, but it wasn’t something he took out of lot and I never went shooting with him.  So I didn’t really grow up with guns around and really did not like them.  When we were first married I told Keller that I would never allow guns in my house especially when we had kids.  HA HA…almost 10 years later I have a husband in the military who owns 3 guns.  Keller and I finally started to understand each other when I compared his want for multiple guns to my want for multiple pairs of shoes.  It was a great break through!

Baby boy jumped a little when we walked into the range.  They don’t make belly protectors so I used the ear protectors 😉

I got quite a few stares walking onto the range, no one expects to see a 9-month-pregnant chick at a gun range!  And this is how we SoCal girls shoot…it’s called busting a cap.

Here’s Keller in his element teaching my mom how to shoot…I’ll be honest, freaked me out to see a gun in my mother’s hand…it was like wrong!

The gun range was right across from the hospital that I volunteer at and I know this is going to sound weird but we went to have lunch there after.  You have to understand, this hospital has THE best food!  The chef used to be the Executive Chef to Bill Gates.  Plus I had a ton of free meal tickets that I hadn’t used.

Lunch: had a green smoothie, a couple bites of a chocolate croissant, turkey burger with half the bun, and a few sweet potato and regular fries

Cole from school and he got a hold of my phone…this is 1 of about 50 pics I found on my phone!

Spent the rest of the day and night rearranging our room to move the crib in.  I figured since I’m 2 weeks out it might be a good idea to actually get prepared.  I’m not sure if it was my situation of not living in my own house, but I had absolutely no “nesting” feelings like most women do earlier in my pregnancy.  I’m super lucky my parents have a crib at their house and my sister let me borrow her bumper and sheet, otherwise I’m not sure where this kid would be sleeping!

Keller requested pizza for our dinner from our favorite Maxwell’s for dinner.  I also made a strawberry spinach salad.

Saturday…

Did not sleep very well last night.  I’m pretty sure I’m having Braxton Hicks contractions and they are getting more intense to the point that they woke me up in the middle of the night, multiple times.  Not awesome.

Breakfast: toast w/pb and jam, fruit, and oj

Today was my baby shower…it was so fun!  Heidi and Rebecca put it on for me.  The food was delicious and I received awesome gifts.  Heidi put together some collages of pics.  She is so awesome, these pics look like a professional photographer took them, but they are all Heidi taking them on her iPhone!

Lunch: egg and green chile puff w/black bean salsa, greek yogurt w/fruit and homemade granola, and cinnamon rolls

I was super exited about all my gifts.  I got some really cute outfits, Aden+Anias swaddling blankets, the cutest pairs of Sperry and Vans shoes (for later of course), a cute little toy from Cole to hang from the handle of the carseat, and a BOB jogging stroller which I can’t wait to use!

I don’t know why anyone would ever give this to me…

While we were at the shower, Keller took Cole tubing.  If you don’t know what tubing is, it’s when you take an inner tube sledding down a big snowy hill.  He had a blast!

When they got home Cole and I both crashed for naps.  After naps, we went to see the new movie the Lorax, it was super cute!  Forgot to grab a snack on the way out, so I ended up eating a few handfuls of popcorn and some Starburst jelly beans (please Easter come soon so stores will no longer carry these frickin delicious candies!).  After the movie we grabbed some dinner at an Asian restaurant.  I wasn’t starving so I just got chicken lettuce cups and poured a little soy sauce with wasabi (something spicy for my quest to induce labor).

Now I should go to bed, dang you daylight savings!

cycling shoes

We finally get snow, I finally get cycling shoes, the baby finally gets an outfit, and my husband’s on a website??

Monday:

A snowy and very cold Monday, but that didn’t stop Cole and I from heading to the gym.  Spin class (+12pts) was tough, I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t worked out for 2 days or what, but it was rough.

Pre-workout: 1 tsp of PB and 1/2 banana  1pt

Post-workout: leftover bagel and a Muscle Milk light  11pts

One of the heaters in my parents house went out so we had to wait around until the guy came to fix it.

Lunch: leftover 1/2C Santa Fe Chicken over 1/4C rice  3pts

It turned out the guy had to go back to Salt Lake to get a part and then bring it back up.  So Cole took a nap and I did some studying/gave up 5 minutes later and read a book.  So much for getting my class done before Keller gets home!

Snacked on some dried mangos (2pts) and after Cole woke up we went down to Salt Lake. Stopped at the cutest baby store to get a gift for baby Issac and couldn’t help myself.  Bought my first things for our baby boy, 2 outfits and an Angry Birds blanket (so stinking cute!).

We also picked up some cupcakes and dinner from Chipotle to take to Andrea, Bobby, Truman, and Issac.

Dinner: chicken burrito bowl…chicken, brown rice, fajita veggies, pico, a little bit of cheese, and guac on the side…1/2 serving of chips 10pts

Dessert: 1/4 of a cupcake, 1/4 of a cookie  5pts

We had a great time hanging out with them!

Tuesday:

Cole didn’t wake up until 8am and wanted to watch Neckflix (that’s what he calls Netflix) in my bed until 9. Got up and finally and had some breakfast while skyping with Daddy.

Breakfast: Nature’s Path GF waffle and 1TBSP peanut butter  5pts

I was feeling really tired so I decided to do some prenatal yoga (+3pts).  Usually yoga makes me feel rejuvenated.  So I don’t know if it was because it was prenatal yoga and not the Vinyasa type I’m used to, but I felt more tired after then I did before.  Like so tired I wanted to crawl back into bed and eat a cinnamon roll, but I didn’t, instead I snacked on some dried mangos (2pts) and a coke zero…or 3.

I really wanted something sweet, baked, and smothered in frosting, so in an effort to contain myself I made my WW oatmeal cookies instead.  Started with 1:

ended at 4 (8pts). 😉  So yummy!

Lunch: leftover Chipotle mixed with a little Santa Fe chicken  6pts

Tuesday is our swim and taekwondo day or otherwise known as my 100 mile drive day.  Before we left for swimming I stopped by the mailbox and opened this…

I’m officially certified, yay for me.  And as my reward, I bought myself a pair of cycling shoes.  I have been wanting some forever, but made a deal with myself I wouldn’t get any unless I took and passed my test.

Snacked on some cheese and goldfish in the car between swimming and taekwondo.  I was still exhausted and had texted Heidi that I was in no mood to cook tonight, so instead, after buying my shoes, we just hung out and talked.  I helped her make protein pancakes for her family for dinner and they turned out to be a hit.  Her 6-y-o asked if he could have them 2 days in a row cause they’re “healthy”.  When we got home I ended up making myself one for dinner along with a green smoothie (6pts).  Best dinner ever!

Wednesday:

Cole went back to school today after having MLK day off…hooray!  We didn’t quite make it there on time, but that’s ok cause he said he wanted to be late?  After I dropped him off I headed to spin (+12pts).  My hardcore teacher was sick so we had a sub.  She was good and I had a much better workout then I did on Monday.

Same pre-workout as Monday…1pt.

Post-workout: Protein pancake and green smoothie  6pts

Today was my hospital volunteer day.  Snacked on a Twizzler’s pull-n-peel, 2 Red Vines, and a chocolate covered caramel…oh yeah and 1/2 my protein bar (9pts).  The ironic thing is that I brought the Red Vines and Twizzler’s to get them out of my house so I WOULDN’T eat them…whateves.

I should have eaten the entire protein bar and not the candy cause by the time I got home I was starving.  And then I should have just had dinner, but instead ended up snacking on the following:  a few mango slices, a handful of nuts, and a cookie (8pts).

Dinner: leftover Santa Fe Chicken w/toast and multigrain chips…the chips were for Cole, but I made the mistake of having 1 and they are super delicious!  (9pts)…Cole asked if this is the last time he had to eat this…apparently I made a little too much 😉

Snack after dinner: 0

Interesting tidbit of the day…apparently my husband is on the homepage of a local nutrition shop website.  He didn’t even know, but our brother-in-law found it.  I guess what happened is they took an email that he wrote inquiring about some supplements as a testimonial.

He told me not to post it, but I was like rrrright.  And if he comes home from Afghanistan with an extra 10 pounds of muscle, I will be sending Charlie at Total Nutrition Austin a thank you note that they can use as MY testimonial!  It will read something like this…thank you for making my husband a sexy beast…think I could get a free t-shirt for that?  The website is: www.totalnutritionaustin.com.