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Starting Over

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Today I went to the gym for the third time this month and the third time in the last 9 month- ish.
Three months ago I had my third daughter. I currently weigh about the same about as the day BEFORE I had her- what a disappointment! Between my hunger from nursing, and the fact that I went through 5 rounds of antibiotics for mastitis, which on their own caused weight gain and the mastitis required rest for recovery, I have watched my weight go up instead of down. I am really hoping that I am now done with mastitis permanently and I can keep up with working out.

I took my gym membership off hold and went on the first day, June first and just did a little cardio. Yesterday I did a class called "Pure Muscle" a little cardio and a lot of lifting. Today was Pilates and swimming. I am SOOOO SORE! I look forward to my body getting used to this again. Now that my oldest is 13, she can do the classes with me, which is fun, though in classic teenage fashion she does laugh at me when I am struggling. I can't believe how very little core strength I have.

Well, I am not going to start restricting food in any way yet as I have had trouble in the past with milk supply when I do that, but I will be tracking my workouts and seeing how that goes and try to find some more healthy options for the family to eat. I am also tracking my inches as well as weight on spark people. It was sad to see how heavy I am compared to 16 months ago and how much bigger. I look forward to inches melting off...hopefully sooner than later...though it usually doesn't come off me till my babies turn 6 months, we will see...

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/17/2012 10:30PM

    Hi again! I missed this when you first posted ... but maybe you need a word of encouragement today. I, too, add my congratulations on your new daughter, and a big cheer: emoticon emoticon!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/6/2012 11:40AM

    Glad to have you back! And congrats on you new little one! Enjoy her:)

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SMILESRME 6/5/2012 8:55PM

    Yay!! So glad to see you come on back to Sparks and to our CCW team!! Congrats on your new baby; always a celebration of life. You have made a great decision to start back again and taking your time to lean back into exercise. With the nursing, the food need to continuefor health for your little one!

It will be a juggle to get back into the swing of things, but your oldest girl sounds like she enjoys helping and I just love her attitude about giggling at mom! All we can do is laugh along with them sometimes!

Julia : )

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JODIRICHARDS 6/5/2012 8:43PM

    emoticon Back! Sounds like a realistic plan, slowly work back into it and make healthy habits that will last. We are having a team get together this Saturday, would love to meet you in person if you can make it.

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Balance- The Holy Grail I seek

Monday, April 18, 2011

It it such a short two syllable word, but such a challenge for me. I find that I pour myself passionately into one thing or another for bursts of a couple of months and then fizzle out and struggle to find the balance again. I have been feeling really challenged by this word and just decided to print it out on some pages and post it around my house in hopes of it being a reminder.

When for 5 months from August through the beginning of January, I poured myself into my healthy lifestyle. I was going to the gym 5-6 times a week, logging everything I ate, making great choices and doing well. I noticed that as I was getting physically healthy I also felt great emotionally and spiritually. Then my family started passing around the ick and I quickly got out of the habit of working out. Either the baby was sick and I couldn't take her to the nursery at the gym, or I was sick and breathing through a cardio workout wasn't in the cards. Then I was out of the habit and just getting my booty to the gym was difficult.

Then in January, we started looking into buying our first home. I have spent the last 3 months-ish looking through housing listings nearly daily, communicating with our agent, viewing over 45 properties and making offers. It has consumed a lot of time and mental energy and I have found it difficult to focus on much else. Intermingled with that I have also been job searching, considering going back to work full time and so have spent some days of time doing that. We bought a puppy, and as every mother finds out, as much as the 11 year old says they will do all the work, mama ends up doing the most as mama is who is home with the puppy all day. Throw in the fact that my husband is working 40 hours a week and doing 12 credit hours of college at the same time and I am trying to finish the last little bit of my Thesis to finally finish my seminary degree (9 years later), an almost 12 year old with an increasingly busy schedule and a toddler who has some very needy teething days and I often feel like I have more balls getting dropped than successfully juggled. I feel like I need a reset button.

Next week, I will be getting my reset (sort of.) My husband is graciously sending me and the baby to Italy to visit my best friend for a week. I will have none of the responsibilities of home, except for the day to day care of my 14 month old. No house hunting, no transporting from one activity to the next, no dinners to prepare at 2 different times, no puppies to walk and clean up after, no worrying about keeping the baby quiet while my husband studies, no feeling cramped in our tiny town home that we have outgrown and stresses me out. Of course as every mother knows, in order to achieve such a week of bliss, I will have to work extra hard this week and the week after to make sure all the details are covered while I am gone- making extra meals to freeze for hubby and daughter, making sure all bills are paid or scheduled to be paid, lining up all transportation for older daughter's activities, grocery shopping, cleaning, packing, planning for a trip with a toddler, etc etc etc. Some times I feel like I have to be super mom in order to do everything, and I just don't feel that super.

I really want to get to a point where my life is more balanced. I keep telling myself I am just in a stage and maybe when we are done buying a house, or done with school, or out of the puppy stage, or....but then there will always be something going on won't there be? So, I need to figure out this balance thing. How do I spend the right amount of time on each thing? How do I put the right amount of mental energy on the right things? ....Even as I write this a verse pops into my head "Seek Ye FIRST, the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you." Yet another thing that has been out of balance has been my intentional time with God. I have not been seeking HIM the way I should, my relationship with him has been slipping through the cracks. Maybe the first thing I need to do is put that back in a priority position (DUH!)

To all you more experienced super moms out there: How do you create balance in all the many demands of your life? Do you have any great advice or strategies that have worked for you?

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    Wow! Reading your blog post makes me feel not so busy! I struggle with the same things, though I'm not a mom. As a single homeowner, working full time and going to school part time, and participating in ministry outreaches - I feel like I am NEVER caught up.

As one of the other sisters said above - it is our time with the Lord that has to come first.


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JOYFULMOMTO5 4/18/2011 6:56PM

    I sympathize with where you are right now in life. I've tried the "schedule thing", I've tried this and tried that. But, here's the truth... I am an all or nothing kind of girl, too. Until I started viewing things a little differently. First of all, you are JUST a human and ALL things will never, ever be accomplished for more than a few minutes (laundry, for example). There are lots of good things we feel like we need to do, but we cannot until the BEST things are taken care of.....which is your personal relationship with Jesus and the care of your health. Lean hard on seeking His kingdom and His righteousness first. View your time with Him as an appointment and He's waiting on you. View your exercise as a job. Then let God ordain the rest of your day. What you can accomplish, Great. What you cannot, it'll be there waiting when there's time! Blessings to you!!

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KANSASROSE67 4/18/2011 4:15PM

    Some of the best advice I ever got was this: "Women can have it all. They just can't have it all at once!" In other words, every life has stages and seasons. If this is your season for raising your kids and supporting your husband in his work, immerse yourself in that and let some other things go to the back burner. Or, if this is your season to finish your degree and enter the workforce, then having a large, Martha Stewart home and garden might have to wait. You have to decide what's most important NOW, and realize that something else might be the priority in 10 or 20 years.

I'm saying all this even though I didn't always live it. When my kids were little (they are 18 and 15 now) I worked full time, was deeply involved in community and church organizations, had a large house and garden, and basically tried to be perfect at everything. Now I look back at that time of my life as a big blur. I wish I had slowed down and enjoyed those moments more while my kids were young. I had no choice about working, but I could have chosen not to do some of the other things.

Sorry this is so long. Your trip sounds like a dream...and how wonderful to have such a supportive spouse. Enjoy it!

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NELLEKE1 4/18/2011 3:45PM

    Wow, I could have written your first and second last paragraphs. Only the details differ in my life. I'm with you. It's such a struggle to find balance! I really don't have anything helpful to offer, but I hope someone does!

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1TRULYBLESSED 4/18/2011 3:42PM

    Oh my goodness, do I feel your pain!! I'm in a different stage now, with one boy in college and the other 16 years old and driving, but you're right: it's always something!

Here's a tip I learned long ago from Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics): each night, before you go to bed, write down a list of the 6 most important things that you need to get done the next day. Not 26! Just 6. I call it my "SMIT List"! If anything on that list doesn't get done, just put it at the top of the next day's list.

Another tip: purchase a daily planner that breaks down your days into 30-minute to 1-hour increments. Plan a schedule for yourself, including "God" time (for bible study, church, quiet time), "me" time (for exercise, a bath, or maybe lunch with a girlfriend), "office" time (for bill-paying, making appt's, etc), and "family" time (includes taxi service, ballgames, meals, etc). Color-code the various categories using highlighters -- that helps you visually to pinpoint where you're losing the balance you want & need in your life.

Hope that helps a little. Enjoy your time in Italy -- how absolutely FABULOUS!!

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My New Exercise Plan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I LOVE spring! LOVE it! We spend a lot more time outside and I have been quite active and the only time I get fitness guilt is when I realize it has been a week since I have been to the gym while out for a nice long walk. So, I guess it isn't that bad, just not as great for the frugal side of me.
We have been spending a lot of time outside playing in the wonderful weather. This has been enhanced by the fact that we got a new family member/piece of exercise equipment: Nilla. We got her from Colorado Puppy Rescue and she fits right into our family. She is really mellow and gentle with the girls but loves to play and has been doing well on walks. I think it is great that we got her at this time of the year since it is so nice to get outside.

Here is our Nilla:

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/19/2011 11:40AM

    Hi Amy! Was thinking of you this AM and realize I hadn't seen or heard from you in quite a while. I'm glad to see you are doing well! Hope you'll be able to join us for our April 30 team get-together! Your new puppy looks like fun for the whole family! Hug,s Susie

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CSIEBENROCK 3/19/2011 9:53AM

    How fun to have a dog and kids to walk with - I have neither. Just my MP3 player unless I can get my hubbie to join me. Nilla is a sweet looking dog - Is she named Nilla because she is the color of a vanilla wafer?
Blessings to you and your family,

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/17/2011 1:19PM

    Nilla is cute! And a great excuse to go for a walk!

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SMILESRME 3/16/2011 6:13PM

    Oh boy! What a cutie your Nilla is! It will be fun to play and romp with her while you get your fitness minutes in. I can tell already that your girls are already in love with her too!

Are you able to come to our April 21 CCW team get together? Check out the posts on our team page for all the particulars. Hope you can try to make it!

Julia : )

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Back in the Saddle

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I confess, I have totally fallen off the healthy bandwagon. It started with the house hunting stress and was compounded by us all getting sick. I haven't been to the gym in weeks. I have indulged in Girl Scout Cookies and birthday cake in amounts that were totally unnecessary. I have had pop to drink more often than water and excused it with the need for caffeine. I have spent far too many days on my booty and far too few days with an elevated heart rate.

Today, I vow to change that. It won't be drastic because I am still sick. I have been on antibiotics for 4 days now and still my ears and sinuses are highly pressurized. Large amounts of cardio still won't be an option so I will have to start slow. It will feel like starting over, except at a lower weight. Not my lowest though, I have gained a few during my lethargic sickness and indulgences. I think I will start today with a walk with the baby.

I am also getting back to watching my calories. Sami turned one on Saturday(!) and now she is starting to take milk from a sippy cup, so my milk supply isn't AS important. She is still nursing and I will allow her to do so until she decides otherwise, but we are starting to cut back on the mid day feedings, and replacing them with cow's milk. That means that if my milk supply goes down, we should be ok. I am still a little nervous about that because my little one is a teeny tiny bean- found out yesterday that 99% of babies her age weigh more than her!! However, I did promise myself I would get back to being more strict on my caloric intake once she turned one...and she did!

Yes, after spending the first year of her life watching everything that went into her little body, I allowed her to eat chocolate cake....however she wore a lot more than she ate.

So today I start again. Here we go!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/19/2011 11:45AM

    Love it! Remember this from Made to Crave: "the very next choice I make is a critical one. Literally, it will determine if I am walking the path of victory or compromise."

Happy belated birthday to Sami!

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SMILESRME 2/23/2011 4:56PM

    Amy!! Yeah you!! It will be a challenge to get back on the horse...but that is what it takes!! So thankful to have you re-commit to your health journey. Praying that you get over your ickiness too!

Your Sami is such a cute little button! Good for you to keep up the nursing and have her lead the way. That's what my kids did.

We are here to keep you encouraged along the way!

Julia : )
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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/23/2011 12:29PM

    Loved the picture -- sooo cute!

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Unexpected Surprises

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Okay so the title is redundant- of course they are unexpected if they are surprises. I just feel that is emphatically the case right now in my life.

One surprise has been watching the scale go down. I had been on a plateau for a while and all of the sudden have lost a bunch of weight this month- over 6 pounds! What have I done different, nothing significant. I have been working out less and eating more, so maybe I just wasn't getting enough calories for my activity level. Anyway, it has been a fun surprise to watch the scale dip down as I have not weighed this little in at least 5 years. I have also decided that the body fat calculator on my scale is completely on drugs. It told me that I am 72% body fat! So not possible! Oh well, I guess I will just have to be ok with looking at how my clothes fit and the image in the mirror.

The other big surprise has been a blessing from my parents to help my family get into a home. I have mentioned before that this is a big dream of mine for many reasons and i didn't even think we could even talk about it for at least another year. Today I am waiting somewhat anxiously to hear if our bid was chosen out of the 3 that were put in for a house yesterday. I am really hoping for this house as it is a great deal and kind of a dream home that we could use in so many way but I do believe that if it isn't this one, that God will have another unexpected surprise up his sleeve in his timing. So now I continue to wait to be surprised :)

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/30/2011 10:24AM

    Amy, what good news! I think we do forget that too FEW calories in also slows our progress ... So glad you're seeing the # on the scale go down. And absolutely ignore that body fat reading! The away your clothes fit is much better indicator!

Hope to see a post soon that God has provided the house you seek! Praise God for providing your patents with the resources and the desire to help you! Keep us posted!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/26/2011 7:29PM

    God is a God of wonderful surprises! Looking forward to hearing how he has surprised you!

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JWJCKSN 1/26/2011 11:35AM

    Hope your bid is accepted!! I got my dream house last year after 32 years in a very small house.
God is good all the time.

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HATABLOCKAZ 1/26/2011 11:33AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track...

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