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Monday, June 09, 2014

So - I definitely gained 10lbs AFTER having my son. That's ridiculous. I blame my obscene lack of will power and working in a building where people are constantly bringing in delicious treats. Oh, and also my laziness. That too.

BUT! The hubs gave me an amazing gym membership for Mother's Day and I've been using it for (going on) 3 weeks now! I started slow, doing C25K. But I've now added on some elliptical training as well. Now I just need to work some strength training into the mix.

It's such an amazing gym and they have an outdoor pool that's domed in the winter. (The best of both worlds!) AND THEY HAVE A DAYCARE!

It's been so nice to be able to go right on my way home from work and drop off the baby while I get a little time to myself to work out! I started Memorial Day weekend and have been sticking to a 6 day a week schedule so far. It's only been two weeks but I feel good! I lost 1.5 lbs last week and I'm excited to see how I'm progressing this week.

I'm still working on tackling the nutrition part of this lifestyle change, but I've made some baby steps! (ex: I went to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast last week and bought OATMEAL!)

I don't know what seems to have clicked for me, but I'm feeling good :)

Hope you're all off to a great start this week! I know I am :)

  
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BLAIRJ1 6/12/2014 1:21PM

    I NEED this attitude that you have! I'm back at it too. How are things going? The gym sounds amazing! So great that you are carving some time out for yourself!

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BEACHCALSIX 6/10/2014 1:15PM

    Ugh, I gained 25 lbs after having my baby lol. Great job getting back on track! That baby weight should come off much easier now. Sometimes it takes time to get that stubborn baby weight off (I know)
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snow day

Monday, March 03, 2014

I know I'm on maternity leave so I don't really get to enjoy the full beauty of the snow day as if I was working - but it was still everything a snow day should be. lazy, cozy, full of naps and snacks.

I honestly have no idea where the day went though! how is it already nearly 10PM???

the baby woke up at 6:30 - which was totally reasonable since we went to bed at 1AM - 5 hours is still his record as far as sleeping goes. so he and I got up and came down stairs.*

* a while back, when we started having to supplement his feedings with formula (he wasn't gaining any weight on breast milk alone) I decided that since I was coming downstairs anyway to make/heat up a bottle it made sense for us to do our change/nurse/feed/snuggle down here. Immediately I found myself less irritated with middle of the night feedings. It's funny - you'd think it would be MORE annoying to actually have to get up walk downstairs, turn lights on, and fully wake up. Before we started this I would just pull him into bed with me and nurse him until it was time to put him back in his bassinet. BUT - turns out that it's far less irritating for me to come down, make a cup of tea, watch some tv, and really connect with the baby. I found that it KILLED me to be IN MY BED and not sleeping. I was much more tired and irritated. It also didn't help staring at my still sleeping and oblivious husband while I was trying to sooth a crying baby. *

anyway. so we came down and he had his bottle and went back to sleep in his rock-n-play (if you're expecting a child PLEASE put this on your registry - it is by far the most useful thing we own aside from diapers, etc.!!!). I had some breakfast (left over cheddar biscuit that was DELICIOUS), called my mom, checked facebook, and decided to curl up on the couch to nap with the baby. He woke up again at around 10ish and after he ate again he and I watched the Oscars that I had DVRed last night. After the Oscars he had another bottle and I made myself a sandwich (ok, and some french fries). When I had cleaned up from lunch I noticed that he was still awake but drifting and so I pulled him onto the couch with me for some snuggles. I attempted to read but ended up falling asleep and we took a delightful 2 hour nap! After we woke up he ate again and then I attempted to do something productive. I've been in a HUGE purging mood lately and decided to tackle my makeup collection. I pared it down significantly but didn't manage to get anything else productive done. then I chatted with a girlfriend for a bit, helped the hubs make dinner and we ate dinner while watching an episode of True Detective. the hubs is really into it and I watch it because I don't hate it. after dinner Noah went back to work (he worked from home today!) and I am contemplating reading vs trying to do something productive.

maybe tomorrow I will be more productive.
maybe not

for those of you in MD/VA/DE/PA/NJ what did you do with your snow day??

  
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BEACHCALSIX 3/4/2014 12:31PM

    oh maternity leave is the best. I love bonding time with my baby
She's already 10 months, time flies! but I remember waking up to breastfeed and it really is annoying to do it in bed. I would always get up sit on the couch and read or watch my favorite show while doing it. Made things so much easier.
I live in California so no snow. Only ever seen it once, but last weekend it rained every day and I couldn't go outside to workout, bummer. So I had a pretty lazy weekend. Just hung out with my babies and hubby watching movies and went to the mall a little bit.
Hope you have a good week

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Lenten musings

Sunday, March 02, 2014

As Lent is nearly upon us I have been toying with what to give up, what service to involve myself in, what I want to do for the 40 days.

With a newborn it will be quite difficult to make any kind of serious commitment to a specific community service, but I will do what I can.

As for what I'd like to give up? Last year was an epic fail. I didn't follow through with anything I attempted to give up. This year I really want to do better. I want to choose something that I can actually do, but something that at the same time will actually be a sacrifice.

I'm absolutely giving up french fries. They are my most favorite food, my biggest weakness, and what I eat most frequently. I'd like to try to widen my scope, though. I thought about giving up all junk food, all processed food, select foods. I'm not sure exactly what I'll do yet. But I know that it will involve cutting out things that are bad for me.

I figure this can work two ways. It can be a Lenten sacrifice and it can also help me kick start my weight loss goal.

Something additional I'm trying to work on is more home cooking. I'm thinking about giving up take out and going out to eat for Lent. Or maybe just limiting it severely.

I've been doing a lot of research recently on recipes I'd like to try, foods I think might be interesting to make, and ingredients to keep on hand for the easiest meal prep.

We'll see how well I do. If I have some success (and even if I don't) I'll post some pictures.

  
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BEACHCALSIX 3/3/2014 11:43AM

    I tried to quit all junk food cold turkey, it was awful and I always end up overeating again. I started out with giving up just chocolate (my downfall) and as the diet has gone up slowly cutting out all the other junk I eat. I have been cooking more and I noticed the weeks I cook I drop weight like crazy. I guess it really does has 3 times the grease lol. Whatever you decide to do, just keep a positive attitude about it, negativity kills me every time.
My 2 year old was eating a doughnut last night and tried to give it to me when he was full, drove me crazy because I was craving it so much lol. I gave it to my husband..but was annoyed the whole night. ah motherhood :D

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MOMENTSTHATBOMB 3/2/2014 11:38PM

    Good luck! Well timed post, I was just pondering this same question myself.

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EDDYMEESE 3/2/2014 11:16PM

    I don't have any experience with Lent, but I do know all about swearing off unhealthy foods! Good luck, you can do it!

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Kristen Cooks!

Friday, February 28, 2014

If you followed my blog at all before I took my hiatus you know that I'm not the biggest cook. I have been getting MUCH better about it now. Since I'm home all day and Noah works quite late I've been trying to cook dinner for us. I have always been the first one to call "uncle" and order takeout. Not anymore! The truth is I much prefer home cooked meals anyway. Here's what's been on the menu this week:

Sunday: Roast beef sandwiches, oven fries, and salad (Noah cooked this delicious meal)
Monday: Spaghetti and (homemade) meatballs with garlic bread
Tuesday: Stir fried veggies and shrimp over rice
Wednesday: Stuffed salmon with cous cous and brussels sprouts
Thursday: Mushroom risotto with spring mixed salad

now, I know that not everything is super healthy - but I'm working on it!

triumph from yesterday: only went over by 10 calories. I know it's over - but lets just say I was going WAY over until yesterday. I've been tracking a lot better recently.

today I have done nothing but snuggle the baby and watch tv. I keep telling myself I'm going to get up and do something productive and then I get sucked into an SVU marathon. UGH. Next week I SWEAR I will be more productive and move more.

tomorrow I'm having my first grown up outing without the baby or Noah. it's a bachelorette for one of my best friends. I'm excited! and the good news is that I'm a super cheat date after so much time not drinking :) I also think Noah's excited to be spending solo time with his baby boy.

I wish it was spring already. this winter is pounding the east coast and killing my chances of getting out and moving with the baby boy. we've been out for walks every day it's been above 40 but that hasn't been many. I can't wait to go for walks with him and get out! wishful thinking.

how're you all doing this beautiful Friday?

  
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ALICIA214 2/28/2014 6:07PM

 


Enjoy your bog girls night out..



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KATHY024 2/28/2014 4:58PM

    Congratulations on digging in and learning to do another skill. I really admire someone who admittedly does know how to do something but wades in anyway to TRY!!

I've been cooking since I was very young and from experience I will tell you that not everything turns out well, but I've learned from all my mistakes.

The backlash of all this cooking experience is that my DH doesn't like going for dinner as he says it all just muck compared to what I cook....... emoticon

Here on the west coast we are enjoying some rain finally....lots of it...unfortunately our rain will turn up as tons of snow for some lucky states out east! Hope you are not in it's path!

A nurse in the maternity ward told me on the birth of my son...."The only thing that spoils is meat". So snuggle away, the bonds you make with that little guy will last a lifetime. My little guy...now 32 is getting married this spring and the bond we created so many years ago when he was born, remains.

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I'm alive!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's been nearly a year since my last post and activity here with Spark. A lot has changed in that year - most significantly.... I'm a MOM! My beautiful son was born on January 12th and I am more in love than I could ever have imagined being. I'm currently on maternity leave until March 31st. I had my 6 week post postpartum checkup yesterday and got the all clear to resume physical activity. THANK GOD. Because I also did the "let's try on all our pre-pregnancy clothes" thing yesterday and it did NOT go well. I was ONE FOR SIX on pants fitting. 1 for 6! UGH! I gained 27lbs during my pregnancy (baby boy was 8.2) and have lost all but 4 of them but for some reason I'm still enormous.

I know, I know. I made a person. My body is bound to take some time to get back to "normal" but darn - it's still tough to go from cute and pregnant to dumpy and frumpy. BUT - that's why I'm back here. Time to rekindle what little enthusiasm I had for fitness and (hopefully) surpass it!

I'm currently at 235 and I set my goal at 175. I gave myself a year to lose it all - hopefully soon I can set some smaller goals and kick myself into gear.

how've all of you been?

  
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TASOGAREBAN 3/2/2014 7:52PM

    Wow girl! Tons of congrats! It's been such a long time since I've heard from you but it's awesome to see you on Spark again! A lot can happen in a year but a lot more can happen if you put your mind to it so good luck on your health and fitness goals!

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BEACHCALSIX 2/27/2014 6:43PM

    Fellow new mom over here with a similar goal. I had my baby girl last April but didn't try to lose the weight until way later. I wish I had been like you and got on track once I got the all clear but oh well. I started in January and am working on losing about 50 lbs in the next year.
Just know if you're breastfeeding it can be really hard to lose weight because your body craves more calories to supplement the little life. My body fought me like crazy in the beginning. I would try to exercise and reduce the calories a little and the scale refused to budge. So long story short I decided to wait until I stopped.
Well glad to see you here on spark and good luck! Take it easy at first, you did just give birth less then 2 months ago!

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