Monday, June 17, 2013
And by they - I mean most of you guys.
My "OCD-type A-schedule-pants" got lost. Especially when it comes to Spark. Some days with Elliott I am totally in control and have life down to a science. Not very often. Most days are pretty willy-nilly and I am totally ok with that. So where does this fit in with Spark?
Last week, I had a bad cold and Brad was working long hours. I could not be bothered to track my food on Spark - something I have done religiously for 1.5 years, except for a week in Mexico and the first 2 weeks after Elliott was born.
The weight hadn't been dropping, despite killer fitness minutes and eating in range.
But what is a range, when your caloric expenditure is completely different from day-to-day. Not just talking about exercise vs a couch day. Breastfeeding is weird. Some days, like in a growth spurt, Elliott will eat eat eat all day and I'm starving and can consume 3000+ calories without trying. other days he isn't eating so much and I only feel I need 1500 or so. Not to mention the different caloric needs when you are sleep-deprived vs well-rested.
So I decided to stop tracking. And I feel so much better. I am listening more to my body, and the scale is showing it. My milk supply is still great, so I know I am eating enough. My fitness is still slowly getting back up after that horrible cold, and we'll get there.
Just to show how much Spark had really been controlling me, here is an account of how we spent Father's Day.
We had McDs for breakfast, because Brad wanted egg mcmuffins, but I had been up with Elliott since 0530, so no way in heck I was cooking haha. (4 month sleep regression = I am not sleeping much!) Then, Brad wanted to go to a nearby park for a hike. Gorgeous!!!
I had forgotten to wear my sneakers and wore my not-yet-broken-in-for-2013-fake-birkenstoc
ks (big mistake, I have owies). I did not expect to hike as long as we did - 1.5 hours almost, and with hills and at times I pushed the stroller! About 20 minutes in, I realized I was not living in the moment and was fussing about not having my heart rate monitor on to track my calories burned.
What. The. Eff. Gorgeous Sunday. Brad's first Father's Day. Maybe our last Sunday together for a while before Brad hits the road for work. And I'm ruminating about how many calories I've burned. I opened up to Brad about it while we were walking (he already knew I had stopped tracking my food) and he said "We knew this would happen. Having Elliott would mean your rigid ways would need to stop."
So true. I am so much more relaxed. I spend more time snuzzling him and playing with him than making a workout calendar and tracking food. And the weight is now falling off.
Don't get me wrong. Spark is AMAZING and I wouldn't be where I am today without it, and I am SO DANG GRATEFUL for many of the connections I have made here. I'm not going away forever, just taking a breather. The rigid way I have used Spark in the past has no room in my life with my little monkey.
And that's okay - because if we know one thing about me, I'm all or nothing.
Elliott is 4 months old today!! He can roll over from back to tummy (only to the right, haha)
He grabs his toys on his playmat or bouncy chair!
He loves to practice sitting up with Mamma and Daddy, or sitting in his Bumbo with his friend Gerome
He is a Tennessee Titans fan like his Daddy! (I got this diaper ordered special for Father's Day - Brad was STOKED!)
And he loves being outside!
He also loves to be tickled and have fart noises made to him - he has the greatest giggle ever!!
Off to feed the little monster. Have a wonderful week you all! Remember that you will work your own program and find what works for you!!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
As some of you may know, I have had to go dairy-free since Elliott was born, as I am breastfeeding and he is sensitive to cow dairy. I have been ultra-sad about no ice cream this summer, but just tweaked out a dairy-free, guilt free milkshake recipe! At 154 calories, you have to try it!
1C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp or less unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tsp (ish) vanilla
If you wanted to go even lower calorie, think like 50 cals, take out the frozen banana and just do ice cubes. But the banana helps your freggie count, fiber, and adds a little more creaminess!
Real blog soon. I hope. Maybe. Elliott has starting rolling over, so life is a little busier!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Hubby came home from work on Friday with a stuffy nose, figured it was allergies.
By Saturday night, it was worse.
On Sunday, I was at a specialty baby boutique, and mommy-gut told me to buy the special suction aspirators for baby's nose that you use mouth suction to get the gunk out - much more practical and productive than the bulb suction aspirators.
Glad I did, because Elliott has his first cold... and I was up at 2am sucking snot out of his nose, because he was having a hard time breathing while nursing.
My poor little man. He's having a crash-nap now, and since I need to be quiet, I can tell he would easily be roused, hey - a blog!
Nutrition is still bad. I don't know why I can't wrap my head around it. I'm bringing less crap in the house, but I still don't have the gumption to chop some dang veggies to eat. Now that Elliott is bigger I really have no excuse. I think I need to do some inner exploring to figure it out.
Fitness is amazeballs. I'm in week 7 of C25K - which means 25 minutes straight running. My gym membership resumed last week, and I was there on Sunday - had a pretty big eye-opening moment, let me tell you a story...
Most of you would remember that I kept going to the gym for Zumba, agility, etc. all the way to the end of my pregnancy. When I was at the gym on Sunday, doing my agility drills for the first time in months, a man came up to me that I didn't recognize and motioned for me to take out my earbuds.
I thought he was going to ask what I was doing (I'm the only person I think that does them, and in my absence, the staff removed the tape markings, but there is permanent marking on the carpet haha), but instead he told me it was great to see me back, thought it was awesome how I kept up my fitness during pregnancy, and asked about Elliott. That was COOL.
Then, a lady from the Zumba class I frequented came up to me and started discussing the same things. I had left an impact. On strangers. Nice!!
Today we were going to go to the gym and Elliott would have had his first time at the child care, but he's sick. I'm due for a rest day (it was going to be tomorrow) and aching all over, so it's best we just stay home and focus on him being comfortable.
He's awake! I'll toss ya some pics, then I'm out!
Here's a professional newborn shots - I wish I could show more, but Spark isn't letting me upload them due to file size:
And his most recent age picture:
And 500 interwebz to the person who understands this pop-culture reference:
He's getting big and strong!
Alrighty - little man is looking at me like - "feed me, and maybe suck my nose out again, Mommy!"
He's still giving me some smiles at least... my sweet little boy!
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Motherhood is a lot of things. Namely, time-consuming.
Who am I kidding though, I friggin love it. Elliott will be 11 weeks old tomorrow (!), and we are starting to get some kind of semblance of a pattern to our day.
This is what a typical day in our house looks like
Somewhere between 5am-630am, Elliott wakes up. I take him from his bassinet next to the bed and lie him next to me in bed and nurse him back to sleep. At 650am, my alarm goes off. I start the diaper wash load (every other day) and Brad gets in the shower. Then while Elliott is usually still asleep, I pump.
Between 730-8, Brad is getting ready for work, so Elliott is gently woken up by the general noise, and I get him changed and washed up (just face, armpits, hands) for the day, and we go upstairs.
From 8-9ish, I eat breakfast, catch up online, while Elliott talks to his giraffe and friends on his bouncy chair. (This picture is from when Mom and Dad babysat for an evening, and decided to be funny, stole me camera and put all sorts of weird things on Elliott in his chair)
Somewhere from 9-10, Elliott nurses and then takes a 30-40 minute power snooze. I either cuddle with him, or if he's down do laundry, etc.
From usually 10-11, we nurse and change and play then he gets whiny haha, needs sleep! Anywhere in the span of 11-4 he takes a 2-3 hour EPIC nap! Usually in his swing (hey, it's guaranteed sleep!) and I will nap, or watch TV or (just lately) do a home ST workout.
Then he's usually awake until bedtime (was 930 until the last few days he has started konking out at 730). It's a lot of nursing, bouncing, giggling, reading, playing in that time. Sometimes we get out for a walk if it's nice or errands if he'll let me. He's not a big fan of leaving the house.
In the run of a day, I'm getting in my workouts 100% now, housework is at about 50%. I need to re-prioritize napping too, it's slowly falling by the wayside, I can feel it and it sucks!
The weightloss is sloowwwllly starting. My diet is crap. With having to go completely dairy-free (not just lactose), every trip to the grocery store has been "Oh! I can have this" and junk gets loaded in (soy ice cream, gummy treats, frikkin' two bite brownies). Instead of looking at the nutritional labels, I've been looking at the ingredients labels. I need to combine them!
Today I will run the last run of C25K Week 4. On days that Brad isn't home from work early enough for me to run, I've been lucky that my brother and his wife live close enough that they'll come babysit for an hour so I can do that. Yesterday we returned the favor and watched their little boy so they could go out for a lunch date.
And on May 15 - my gym membership resumes!!!!! Yayyyyy!! Was not expecting to get it until I go back to work, but our tax return was way bigger than we were expecting, so we paid for my gym membership for a year! I'll have to pay the child care on top of that, but it's like a punch card system, so you don't "waste" any. Very excited!!!
We did take a roadtrip to visit family a few provinces over - Elliott's first time in a hotel room:
Here's his most recent age picture:
Yesterday was gorgeous, so we did our ST session outside! (Totally staged pic haha)
And hanging out with Daddy while Mamma finished her workout:
I really wish I could say I have our professional newborn pics to share, but the photographer is being a GIANT A-HOLE and not responding to my emails (2 months after they've been taken, I'm ridiculously pissed off and can't lie, want to go to her house and punch her in the face - longstanding issue, I'm trying to cope!)
Elliott is really growing his own personality. He is sweet and adorable and the best thing in the world!
Goal for May (on top of getting better nutritionally) - weekly blog. I think I said that for April, but oh well, can't blame me!
Saturday, April 06, 2013
April 1 marked the "reset" button for me! My 6 weeks of just loving on my little boy and relaxing are over! My doctor cleared me for full return to exercise, and I am starting to get to work on getting back to my pre-preggo weight (or as close as I can get to it!)
I'm sitting between 152-153 lbs, so basically I have about 15lbs to lose. Not too shabby! I'm hoping to have it gone by July 1st, but I'm not going to pressure myself. It's just me hoping to fit into last summer's clothes so I don't have to go buy more clothing!
Some changes about my body that I need to remember if I don't fit into those clothes by that time:
- I'm breastfeeding - this means that in any given day, my bust can increase and decrease a cup size or two. Additionally, I'm a good 2 cup sizes bigger than I was last summer, just from pregnancy and nursing, so this probably won't change.
- Someone gave me hips. Oh, that would be Elliott. I was into a size 8 (Old Navy, almost a size 6) for bottoms before my pregnancy. My hips have grown probably 1-2 inches in actual size from pregnancy and childbirth, which means I doubt I will ever see a size 6, mmmaybe a size 8 if I'm lucky, but likely I'll be in 10s on the bottom.
How will I be working towards this?
1) Starting C25K again on Sunday. I did this program with complete success last year around this time of year. I feel like it will be my easiest way to get a consistent 3x cardio per week. As soon as Brad comes home from work on the scheduled days, feed baby and literally - run! I went for a walk on Thursday with 6 x 1-minute jogs randomly tossed in and DAMN it felt good! As I get consistent with that, I will also start regular strength training.
2) Eliminating dairy. Womp-womp. I'm not too happy about this to be perfectly honest. We are currently investigating if Elliott has a dairy intolerance (very common in infants, typically outgrown by 1 year) and I've been dairy-free for a week now. Right down to minor ingredients in foods. I'm not saying that going dairy-free is an answer to weight-loss. At all. But it is reallllly curbing mindless snacking. At this point, I have to read every ingredient list. I'm ending my days roughly 500 calories lower since doing this, without feeling hungry or messing with my milk supply. And for the dairy-free life, I'm gaining a happier baby who is brighter, less fussy, and sleeping much better!
3) Aiming for 2200-2500 calories per day. Elliott eats a LOT. Breastfeeding makes up for a lot of calories out (although it's difficult to find an accurate number anywhere that I could actually use the math for). If I can lose weight slowly at that range, I'll be happy. If I notice a stall, I'll have to fiddle with it a bit.
I'm going to check in with these three points at mid-month and end of the month.
Oh what? You want more pictures of Elliott?
4 weeks old on St Patrick's Day!
5 weeks old
6 weeks old on Easter Sunday
Reading with Daddy again!
Who's that handsome fella?
Have a great weekend my friends!
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