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40 pounds lost

Happy 40 pounds not on my body day!!

So yesterday was a big day and I wanted to blog about it, but it was a busy Friday the 13th. Yesterday was weigh-in day and with a 2.2 pound loss, it took me to a total of 41.3 pounds lost since Cruz was born 15 weeks ago.  I am now 10.7 pounds from my goal!  I was so excited to hit the 40 pound mark that I bought myself a present…

(yes they are magenta and pay no attention to the P90X bruise on my shin, or the fact that I’m wearing the shoes in bed and most likely don’t have pants on)

These are the Nike ‘Free Run+ 3′ purchased at my favorite store…Nordstrom!!  They have a million colors and a few other different styles on their Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!!  These are the best tennis shoes in the world.  They are lightweight, comfy and cushy, and super cute…what more could you ask for????

Progress Chart

My friend Heidi (you will remember from Tuesdays with Heidi) and I were able to hang out a couple times this week and talked a lot about weighing yourself, when to do it, how often, and what’s a good amount to lose each week.  First of all I think a lot of people have totally wrong ideas about what a normal, healthy amount of weight to lose each week is.  I know I did.  I always thought that I could drop a bunch of weight fast and if I was only losing 1 pound something wasn’t working.  Heidi has had concerns because she goes down, then up, then down further, then up, then down further, and she’s discouraged by the inconsistency.  So I asked her when her weigh-in day was and she said she weighed herself once a day.  I told her that was her first problem and suggested she pick one day per week to weigh-in and preferably on Friday or Saturday so she could enjoy the weekend.  Back in June I sent her a text of a quote I had read…

So 4 days later this was her response…

I think back to a year ago when I was counting my points, working out twice a day, and not losing a pound.  It was so frustrating.  I don’t know why the weight seems to literally be falling off me right now.  I mean I know I am working hard at my workouts, trying to stay within my daily food points, and drinking my Body by Vi shakes, but I honestly think the MAIN reason why it’s finally working is because I’m not stressed about it.  I’m taking my time, enjoying the process, challenging myself but also rewarding myself.  Don’t stress, be patient!

Fire Bites…

Thursday, Heidi and I took the kids to a bouncy house.  I was not prepared to be there for 4 hours!  So after only having eaten a Vi shake, 1/2 a balance bar, an apple, 4 migraine pills, and a coke zero, I was literally shaking by the time we got home.  I made myself a turkey and avocado sandwich w/carrots to eat before my 90 minute hot yoga class.  I put a picture of side crow pose because I attempted it during class…let’s just say I definitely didn’t look like that chick!

Friday the 13th we met my sister and her kids at the Utah Natural History museum.  It is seriously such a cool place and the kids love it.  Poor Grace broke her wrist when she fell off her bike last weekend, but she gets to wear a sweet orange cast!  We got lunch at Corner Bakery after.  Came back up to Park City and I took Cole and Cruz to the park.  The weather was kind of spooky, overcast and a little windy, but the temperature was perfect.  Eventually it started raining so we had to head home.  As we were about to leave to go out to dinner later that night, the power went out.  We thought maybe it was just our area, but all of Park City was out so we came back home and whipped up an old favorite Tzatziki Chicken.  We had dinner by candlelight and the boys got baths by flashlight.  I took a picture of my mom and dad on their iPad’s and iPhones because apparently we can do just fine without power!

Today was another rainy overcast day.  I tried to get my P90X2 Back and Base video done early so I could help my dad with some stuff.  He taught he how to use a socket thingy (ha I still don’t know what the tool is called) to unscrew bolts in a bed we were taking down.  It’s actually surprisingly easy, so next time you think your man is all skilled with his tools, just know it’s not that hard!  I had the best salad for lunch, it was a warm goat cheese salad that had spring mix, goat cheese, pears, tomatoes, and I added chicken.  It was super yummy!  My friend Taryn had her baby yesterday so we went to the hospital to meet him.  He still doesn’t have a name, so for now he’s Baby Lebell!  He is such a cutie.  I can’t believe how time has flown and how big Cruz is now.  The cousin boys got to have a sleepover at Aunt Sherilynn’s tonight and my mom took Cruz home with her so I could go to dinner with Heidi.  We had time to get pedicures before, which I desperately needed.  I got the shellac nail polish for the first time in hopes that it will last a long time cause I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get a pedi again.  Then Heidi and I went to Bombay House for some delicious Indian food.  We were both so hungry that I don’t remember much conversation once the food arrived 😉  She refuses to pose for pictures so I had to take a bunch to try and get a good one.

Lexy and Carman are living it up in Miami at the ViSalus conference Vitality!!  I’m so jealous I wasn’t able to join them, but am looking forward to all the fun 90-Day Challenge updates they’ll bring back.  Next Tuesday is day 30 of our 90-day challenge…how is everyone else doing on your challenges??

Holy snacks Batman!

Warning…do not read for inspiration on staying within your points!

So here’s the deal, I’m 37 weeks prego and I am finally feeling it.  I’m tired, feel like a house, and feel like I’m eating more than usual.  Heidi says “it’s about time!”  As far as counting points…it’s not happening.  So please don’t read my posts for inspiration on being hardcore at tracking points!  I am, however, still taking pictures of everything I eat with our favorite app dietSNAPS and exercising, so I give myself bonus points for that.

Monday…

Started the day with spin class, came home for breakfast, got ready and headed to Salt Lake to do some shopping for the baby.

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

 Breakfast: Protein Pancake w/fruit

Lunch: Great Harvest veggie and hummus sandwich

Snack: froyo

Dinner: chicken, broccoli, and a new recipe for a healthy baked mac and cheese(click for recipe)

Tuesday…

We were planning on going to the gym, but I was not feeling it so we took a rest day.  Took Cole to the rec center to play, lunch at Kneader’s, swim lessons, taekwondo, dinner at Bombay House, home, die.

Breakfast: Protein Pancake w/fruit (same as Monday)

Lunch: Kneader’s 1/2 turkey and avocado panini with parmesan chips

Snack: apple and FAGE greek yogurt

Dinner: Bombay House…my fav…chicken curry (not creamy) and shrimp coconut karma (creamy) with Naan

Snack: toast w/PB and jam (no pic)

Wednesday…

Another fabulous spin class to start the day, breakfast, volunteer at the hospital, pick up Cole, and then home for dinner…nothing exciting!

Pre-workout: 1/2 banana and 1tsp PB (same as Monday)

Breakfast: Protein Pancake and Green Greek Smoothie

Lunch: Balance Bar

Snack:  uh yeah it started with a healthy green smoothie from the hospital (for recipe click here) then I couldn’t stop eating Keller’s fries and then I made my way to the chocolate croissant (only ate half, but still, ate half!)

Dinner: pork loin and salad

awww

Thoughts on pregnancy and exercise…and a delivery from Daddy!

Nothing too exciting happening here.  Just going through the motions until Daddy gets home in 14 days!!!!  My baby is going to come out riding a spin bike and doing burpees on a Bosu ball, but I am so grateful that I feel good enough to keep up with my workouts.  I feel like it makes all the difference in the world!  When the doctor heard the murmur in the baby’s heart beat, I was worried it might have something to do with the amount and type of exercise I do, but my doctor quickly reassured me it did not.  My friend Heidi and I were talking tonight about it because my mom thinks I exercise too much and makes comments about it not being good for me.  Heidi said that her mom said the same thing to her and we wondered if it was a generational thing.  Everything you read now about exercise during pregnancy only lists multiple benefits that come of it, as long as the woman is healthy, was already doing some sort of physical activity before pregnancy (or begins a new routine slowly), and isn’t high risk or experiencing any complications.  Before I was pregnant with Cole, I hadn’t been exercising at all, so I started with just walking on the treadmill every day.  I was able to build up to walking for longer, faster, and even add inclines, but it was gradual.  This time is much different and it feels great!

Wednesday Fire Bites:

Pre-spin: while skyping with Daddy

Post- spin: Protein Pancake and Green Smoothie

Snacks while volunteering at the hospital:

Disappointing snack after volunteering: so the hospital I volunteer for is almost famous for their food.  The Chef they have used to be the executive chef for Bill Gates.  Everything I have tried so far has been sooo good and always really healthy.  I hadn’t tried their pizzas yet which I always hear people raving about.  I got the tomato and chicken pizza to take home, had a quarter and was very disappointed.  It lacked serious flavor, which was fine, cause then I didn’t end up eating the whole thing!

Got a major headache and wasn’t really hungry for dinner.  Since I’m pregnant and can’t take Excedrin (which I’m usually addicted to), I put some of my mom’s peppermint oil on my temples and at the base of my head.  Took about an hour, but it finally started going away.  Eventually ate this for dinner:

Thursday Fire Bites:

Pre-buns and guns class: see Wednesday…same

Awesome class today, we used weights and a Bosu ball.  Lots of dynamic exercises (meaning exercises that use lower body and upper body at the same time, ex, a squat with an overhead press).  The teacher also usually does ab work on the floor at the end of class which I usually leave for, but this time she did it standing up.  So lots of side crunches and things that I could participate in.  Love, love, love this class!

Post-B&G:  again, see Wednesday

The boys had skiing today and my mom really wanted to try this restaurant that is right at the ski resort where we drop them off.  So my mom, dad, and I had lunch at The Farm.

Lunch: Chicken sandwich on ciabatta w/yellow peppers, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, and a kalamata olive cream cheese (which I asked for on the side afraid I wouldn’t like it, but it turned out to absolutely MAKE the sandwich!) and a side salad

After skiing we hustled home, changed, and headed down to salt lake to take back the ski’s, drop J off at Taekwondo and Cole and I headed to a birthday party.  The party was at a bouncy house which they don’t have a lot of here in Utah as compared to Texas.  Cole had a blast!!

The mom of the birthday boy, Andrea, we used to work together at the radio station.  She’s holding her brand new addition to their family, Issac.  Such a cutie!

They had pizza, salad, cake and ice cream at the party, but luckily I wasn’t really hungry so instead I had 1/2 my protein bar on the way home.  And then of course when I got home I was starving, so I had another bowl of my leftover Chicken Enchilada Veggie Soup.

And then had some delicious dried mangos and 1/2 a cookie:

Fire Fire Bites:

Pre-spin: see Wed and Thurs

Post-spin: see Wed and Thurs

I was really tired today and ended taking a nap at like 12:30.  When I woke up I grabbed a snack and headed to the outlets to try and find some jeans.

Snack: Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries

No luck!  Picked up Cole and we headed to Taekwondo, then out to dinner to Bombay House with Heidi and her family.  I love that restaurant!

Dinner: shared a few different dishes, chicken tikka masala, shrimp coconut curry, tandoori chicken and some naan.

Little Ezra really wanted dessert after dinner, so I told him I would make him cookies.  We went back to Heidi’s and the kids played and the adults talked and made cookies.  Cyndi’s REAL cookies were requested instead of the WW ones.  They turned out delicious.  It was a fun night!

Came home and found a surprise.  Isn’t Daddy sweet!

 

Mommy and Cole

Decisions, decisions

I have been thinking a lot about decisions lately.  I don’t know why now, I make decisions everyday, but for some reason I’ve been more aware of them lately.  This week I decided lots to things.  Whether or not I was going to get out of bed, whether or not to go to the gym, what to eat, what not to eat, etc etc everyday we make tons of decisions.  And although most of our decisions may seem small and insignificant, every decision has an outcome.  Speaking of what I decided to eat, here are my Fire Bites from this weekend:

Friday-

Yay another spin class day, this time I had a super fantastic gel padded seat.  I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy or what, but spin has been super uncomfortable lately.  BUT I’m glad I decided to go to this class, cause I felt great the rest of the day.

Pre-workout: toast and pb  5pts

Post-workout: one of Cole’s low fat chocolate milks (no pic)  4pts

Lunch: Chicken gyro, super delicious!  8pts

Snack: Chobani and cashew clusters  5pts

Dinner: 2 slices garden delight Papa John’s pizza and a green smoothie  10pts

SATURDAY-

Breakfast: eggo and pb  5pts

My cousin’s son was getting baptized so we headed down to Provo in a winter snow storm.  Cole was super excited to see the baptism.  He kept asking if he could get baptized.  Only 4 and already he’s made an important decision!! 😉

After the baptism we headed to the hospital to see my dad.  Stopped by the Cheesecake Factory for some lunch on the way. We were starving…that is not good when going to the Cheesecake Factory.  Mom ordered these before we got our meals…not a good idea when you’re hungry and lacking will power.  I decided I would eat them and that I would dip them in ranch!  This was of course after some bread and butter.

Then my lunch came…I ate almost half of my Pasta Da Vinci (the lunch portion size not the size shown below), it’s penne pasta with mushrooms and chicken in a red wine sauce.  And then I ate half of one of Cole’s sliders…I decided next time I go to Cheesecake Factory I will share just the sliders with him because I was seriously stuffed after all that food!!

After my 20 pt or so lunch we headed to the hospital to see my dad.  He’s having a harder time recovering from this knee replacement surgery than he did the last time and it’s really bothering him.  He was supposed to go home Saturday, but had a fever and low red blood cell count so they kept him another night.  Sherilynn, Cole, and I headed up the canyon and I crashed for a nap.  I made Cole have “quiet time” but it wasn’t very quiet when he was knocking on the wall (we share a wall between our rooms) every so often to see if I was awake.

That evening, my other sister Michelle invited me to a women’s “salon” as they called it, put on by the Mormon Women Project. Here is what the website says about the Mormon Women Project:

” This digital library will show that among the 7 million women currently members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is stunning diversity and strength that may not always be recognized. The MWP is particularly interested in highlighting the righteous choices women make in all circumstances and locations. It celebrates women who have made deliberate choices — with the help of the Spirit and personal revelation — to overcome personal trials, magnify motherhood, contribute to communities outside their homes, or be converted to the Gospel.

To an audience inside the Church, their stories support making personal choices with God’s help that often stand apart from the pressures of Mormon culture. To an audience outside the Church, their stories show the immense strength and wisdom of our people.”

It was very cool and seemed to focus on the topic of decisions. The keynote speaker Emma Lou Thayne, author and poet, wrote the lyrics to the hymn “Where Can I Turn for Peace?“.  Click on the link to hear the MoTab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir) singing this beautiful hymn.  We had the incredible opportunity to hear it sung by Metropolitan Opera singer Ariel Bybee. What was also cool was the story behind the lyrics to the song and the trials Emma Lou was facing at the time.  I came away from that conference feeling like every woman is in control of her own life by the decisions we make every day.  Some decisions are forced upon us, some are easier made than others, but it’s the decisions we make and the process we take making those decisions which shape our lives.

And of course they had some lovely hors d’oeuvres.

SUNDAY-

Breakfast: cereal 5pts

Snacks at church: for some reason I am always starving at church!  mini pack of craisins 3pts, 2 pb crackers 2pts

Lunch:  leftover from the Bombay House, curry chicken over rice  12pts?

I tried to get Cole to take a nap mostly cause I really wanted to, but it was a no go.  Instead we drove down to the hospital to see my dad again and brought some dinner from one of my favorite Salt Lake restaurants Trio.  I brought a bunch of things and we all shared.

Dinner:  flatbread w/white bean and pesto spread

Mixed green salad with spring mix, grapes, walnuts, gorgonzola (tried not to eat any) and balsamic dressing.

Then I got a chicken breast and a steak dinner that had veggies and potatoes and I ended up eating most of the steak with my salad.

Cole needed a treat after his dinner and so he and grammy went in search of one.  They came back with some Twizzlers Nibs for me, which I love.  I started with half the package and then eventually ate the whole thing!

All in all a very productive and insightful weekend.  I could go on and on about the decision topic, but I think you get my drift.  Tomorrow I start week long classes and by Friday I’ll be a CNA (certified nursing assistant).  It’s one of the things I have to complete in order to apply for Nursing school.  I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.  I’m just glad I have you all to be accountable to so that I don’t back out of my decision! 😉

1st textbook

A new adventure…another one

Yay for Wednesdays cause it’s spin class day!  Today the teacher was different from Monday’s.  Monday’s was a young, fun, go at your pace but challenge yourself, ride to awesome music, teacher.  Today’s was an older, hardcore cyclist, work on your form, old school songs turned into techno, keep up with the class, teacher.  I think I prefer Monday’s, but both were a great workout!  +12

Pre-workout: toast and PB  5pts

Post-workout: Muscle milk  2pts

My dad had knee replacement surgery today so I went down to the hospital to hang out with him.  Everything went well and I mostly just hung out and updated my blog entries.  Dad was a goner on the demerol!  Lucky!  I picked up some lunch for my mom and me at a local place called Rumbi’s.

Lunch: teriyaki chicken bowl w/brown rice and veggies  9pts

Snack later: Balance bar  5pts

My sister picked up Cole from school and brought him down to the hospital to see Papa.  He ate Papa’s chicken noodle soup…soup nazi!  On the way home my sister, Cole and I grabbed dinner at Bombay House, an Indian restaurant.  I had never been there before and so my sister got chicken curry (not creamy curry) and a chicken tikka masala (this was creamy) and we shared.  It came with Naan and the funny thing was Cole loved it!   14pts

So my new adventure is…I’m going to nursing school.  I have 8 prerequisite classes I have to take before I can apply, plus a CNA course.  Last week I signed up for my first class and today I got my first textbook.  Who thought I’d be so happy to start school AGAIN??

My gratitude thought for the day (thanks Carman for the awesome suggestion)…I’m grateful for my Dad and hope I can help him with things he wants to change as much as he has always helped me!

*This is kind of funny/ironic to put on this post cause my Dad is a hospital administrator and my junior year in college I called him and told him I wanted to change my major from Broadcasting to Nursing and he said forget it…you’re almost done.  HOWEVER…I wouldn’t have had all the cool radio and TV experiences if he hadn’t made me stick with getting my Broadcasting degree.