BEFIT_WITHGUSTO's SparkPeople Blog BEFIT_WITHGUSTO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Grant update! Oh my goodness, I knew I had been gone for a while but I didn't realize my last blog was in July!! <BR> <BR> Grant is now 10 1/2 months old and our most amazing little buddy. He is hilarious and crazy and just so much fun. All those years when I was longing for a baby and so sad thinking it would never happen....he is so much more than I ever could have imagined in those days! He lights up our whole world. <BR> <BR> Here are some pics that are not on Facebook so for those who are my frien... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:01:33 EST Where does the time go? I can't believe it has been 2 months since I last blogged! <BR> <BR> Grant has grown so much in that time! He is now sitting up perfectly, crawling, pulling himself up on things, and standing assisted!! CRrraazzzy!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:41:02 EST Little update It's absolutely amazing how fast the time is going by!! I'm so conflicted in my emotions about Grant growing and changing so much. On the one hand, obviously it's the most wonderful thing in the world to watch him develop and learn new things every day....on the other hand, I want time to stand still and for him to stay my little baby forever! Do I sound like a crazy mom? haha. <BR> <BR> A few recent pics: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 14:55:32 EST 4 Months! Grant turned 4 months old yesterday! Can you believe it!! <BR> <BR> Here is how much he has changed: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here is how our photoshoots go: ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:11:02 EST Progress Pics It's already been a month since my new befores. Seriously, I can't believe how fast time goes by! <BR> <BR> I said my goals were to lose 10 pounds (by no specific date), build muscle, drink more water, eat more vegetables, walk with Grant, and workout 4-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> I'd say I've been pretty successful! I've lost 3 pounds and (and have been stuck there for a couple weeks), not sure about muscle quite yet, I've definitely been drinking more water (but could still drink more) and e... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:41:52 EST Back to work already.... Poof! Just like that, maternity leave is over! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> The past 3 months with Grant have been absolutely amazing and I wish I could stay home with him forever. It's been awesome watching him grow and change so fast. He smiles and laughs so much and it makes me feel like the most special person in the world when he looks into my eyes and is so happy. He's our little miracle that we waited so long for and we really lucked out by getting such a cute one! :) <BR> <BR> On Wedn... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:32:20 EST New Befores Grant will be 11 weeks old tomorrow so that means my body is 11 weeks post partum. <BR> <BR> The day I went to the hospital to be induced at 41 weeks pregnant, I weighed 146 pounds. The day I came home from the hospital after delivering my 8 pound, 3 ounce cutie, I weighed 130 pounds. And there I have stayed for the past 11 weeks! I don't weigh myself very often but when I have, I've been fluctuating between 128 and 131 pounds. The lowest I saw was 126. <BR> <BR> After Grant was born, Bria... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:25:55 EST Grant is 10 weeks old already! The time sure is flying by! We just got back from 3 weeks in MA where it snowed the entire time and we only left the house twice! It's amazing how fast Grant is growing up. He's already cutting his first tooth! He still wants to be held 24/7 and now that we're back in San Diego, I have to work on that before I start work again the first week of March (I really, really don't want to go back!) Fortunately, I will be working 2-3 days from home and Brian will be taking his paternity leave on the ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:10:47 EST I actually have both hands free to type a blog! Thanks for those who have checked in on me! <BR> <BR> Grant is now 5 1/2 weeks old! Things are getting easier as he's getting older but it's definitely a 24/7 job and I'm sleeping in very short increments. He is absolutely awesome and I know we're bias but we think he's the cutest baby that we've ever seen! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:45:34 EST Happy Holidays! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:32:07 EST Newborns are hard work! Wow. This is seriously tough! But this face makes it all worth it! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:48:35 EST Baby G is here! Grant Connor Gustafson was born on Tuesday, December 9th at 11:40am, 8 lbs, 3 oz, 21 inches! We're home and doing great! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:11 EST Stubborn Baby and Yearly Fitness Minutes Wow, Baby G is stubborn! He doesn't want to come out on his own so we're just going to have to make him! Hopefully by this time tomorrow we'll finally have our son in our arms. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to give myself a pat on the back. At the beginning of the year, I set my yearly fitness minute goal to be 15,000. For 9 of those months, I've been pregnant but I am proud to say I reached my goal! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I real... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:29:48 EST 3 Days Past Due! Baby G is 3 days past his due date and not showing any signs of making his appearance any time soon! If he doesn't come on his own by the end of this week, I have an induction scheduled for Monday, December 8th. Come on, baby......WE ARE READY!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:13:22 EST 39 Weeks Today The weeks are just flying by so I figured it was time for an update! <BR> <BR> There is just one more week until Baby G's due date. Crazy!! I still don't think he'll come early or on his due date but obviously there's no predicting. I had my appointment this morning and I was 1cm dilated and 0% effaced but he's dropped and she could feel his head. If he isn't born by the 1st, then I'll go in a couple times next week to be monitored and if anything is amiss, they'll send me to the hospital. ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:15:48 EST Lots of pics! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:48:32 EST 35 Weeks I can't believe I'm 35 weeks along today! He can safely be born in 2-7 weeks (5 weeks until the due date). I have a feeling he won't be coming early but I really hope he doesn't wait much longer after my due date on December 1st. <BR> <BR> Here's my 34 Week Survey from my pregnancy blog: <BR> <BR> How far along: 34 Weeks <BR> <BR> Maternity clothes? I'm getting sick of wearing the same clothes over and over again! I'm also feeling big and fat in everything I put on but I know it's for t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:32:39 EST Mostly rambling.... On Saturday, Brian and I hiked Torrey Pines. It definitely has become a little harder with a 4 pound baby in my stomach but still do-able! :) I hope to do it 2 more times before the baby comes. After he's born, I can't wait to bring him along with us in the Ergo Carrier my friends bought us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:04:37 EST The weeks are just flying by..... There are just 55 days to the due date!! <BR> <BR> I definitely feel the 3 1/3 pound baby inside me! If I'm sunken in the couch, I'll need a little boost from Brian to get up. Flipping from side to side in bed takes some effort, too. He's getting bigger and stronger and his movements actually kind of hurt a little. I get a little shock every time he kicks or punches hard. We went to the movies on Sunday night and Brian and I were holding hands and his arm was pressed against my right side. T... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:01:12 EST My Highest Weight When I started Sparkpeople in 2009, I was at my highest weight of 137 pounds. I lost 30 pounds, bringing me to a too low 107 and then settled at 110, where I felt and looked my best. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As of yesterday, I reached my highest weight again. 137.5 on my home scale. So, for now on, I'm officially in uncharted territory! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 137 in... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:12:05 EST Babymoon! Brian and I had such a great time on our babymoon this past weekend. We headed up to Idyllwild on Friday afternoon and checked in to our super cute Bed and Breakfast. We've been having a heatwave in San Diego so even though it was still in the 80's in Idyllwild, it felt a lot cooler than SD. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we attempted to hike Devil's Slide but didn't make it the whole way. We turned around after about a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:53:23 EST Recent pics Thank you so much for all your kind words, as always!! <BR> <BR> This week I entered the third trimester! Time is flying by. I feel like the baby will be here before we know it....and hopefully he'll have a name by then! <BR> <BR> Here are some recent pics: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 28 Weeks <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:34:26 EST Pics...and a few words <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:47:29 EST Growing As of my 24 week appointment last Tuesday, I was up 19 pounds. That is 5 pounds above average. I'm trying not to freak out about the weight gain and I know that my body is doing what it needs to do for my baby, but it's still a little annoying! ;) I eat pretty well and exercise daily so at first I thought I wasn't going to change anything. But then I changed my mind. I do eat a lot of carbs so this week I'm focusing on a better balance of carbs and protein and also eating a lot more vegetable... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:10:49 EST Shopping Spree! I finally had good luck finding maternity clothes! I bought a few things at Target and Old Navy but really made out at Motherhood Maternity and bought so many things on sale. I'm so excited that I have so many more clothes options now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:37:28 EST Friday! Last weekend we went up to Santa Barbara for Brian's stepmother's 60th birthday. We had a lot of fun and it was great to see them and talk about the impending arrival! On Saturday, we went to a painting class and I did absolutely horrible and have no desire to go to another one! ;) I was stressed out the whole time. Everyone else had a blast and Brian loved it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:14:22 EST Tidbits Darn! I really thought doing Yoga everyday would be the miracle to get rid of my soreness and pain but the past 3 nights, I've been in pain again. Guess it was wishful thinking on my part, but of course I'll continue to do the Yoga since it feels so good! <BR> <BR> This past weekend was Comic Con in San Diego. Brian was able to get a ticket for Thursday and then on Saturday, we walked around the mayhem outside, then went to an early dinner in Little Italy - away from all the chaos! It was a ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:30 EST Yoga I'm sure you guys remember when I was obsessed with Yoga. I never talked about this, but after my miscarriage last year, I stopped going to Yoga classes and practicing at home. I had mentioned before that sometimes in classes I would get emotional because I would feel so grateful for what my body was capable of, even though at the time I was struggling with infertility and angry at my body a lot of the time. After the miscarriage and the three failed fertility treatments after that, I was sad... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:44:46 EST Brian's 2nd 5k In January 2013, Brian ran his first 5k and vowed he would never do another one again! I had a feeling he would, but it just took him a little while to make it to his second! <BR> <BR> He's been training with his coworker for about 2 months. He definitely hasn't fallen in love with running, by any means, but he enjoys the social aspect of running with his friend and knows he's getting in better shape by adding in running to his routine. On Sunday, he ran the Bolt to the Q 5k held at Qualcom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:03 EST More details Thank you for all the love!!! We have been keeping the news pretty close to the vest because of our history so once we found out the genetic testing came back negative and everything was normal in the anatomy scan, and that it was a boy, we have finally let the cat out of the bag. (We found this all out last Friday and Saturday) It's been amazing to hear from aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who are so happy for us, it brings tears to my eyes! <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> As IAMZBEE no... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:03:32 EST Surprise!!!! I've been keeping a little secret from you..... <BR> <BR> Brian and I are having a baby! <BR> <BR> And.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I found out I was pregnant while I was in MA at the end of March, 3000 miles away from the father to be! It was awesome to be able to tell my family in person. <BR> <BR> The weeks have been flying by and I'm already halfway through! I am 20 weeks and growing every week! <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:55 EST Recent Haps In pictures, of course! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Beer Fest and Phil's BBQ at the Padres game...where we literally sat down to watch the game for 5 minutes. Fun night! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:07:35 EST A Wonderful Weekend What a beautiful weekend we had here in San Diego! <BR> <BR> On Saturday morning Brian and I walked around Mission Bay. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We went grocery shopping, spent a few hours at our pool, and then went to PF Chang's for dinner. We haven't been there in a few years because their dishes ar... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:32:47 EST Palm Springs We've had some fun times the past couple weekends! I didn't take any pictures in Santa Barbara (what is wrong with me?) but here are a few from Palm Springs. It was hot, hot, hot! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:49:47 EST Some Fun! Last Thursday Brian was given free tickets to the Padres Game so we went to our first baseball game of the season. (They're not very good so we don't go very often!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We left our seats after the 5th inning and went to Hodad's for their pretty famous (in San Diego) burgers... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:24:52 EST May! Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I've been kind of a lame blogger lately because I don't really have anything to report! But I thought I'd check in in case anyone missed me. ;) <BR> <BR> April came and went quickly, huh? It was a pretty good month, minus 4 days when I had a bad cold and was basically bedridden! It seems like that's going around. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Brian and my 3rd wedding anniversary! <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://p... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:21:27 EST Recent Haps Hey friends, <BR> <BR> So, what's been going on with me lately? Nothing too exciting! So I'll just dump a few recent pics here: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Hiked North Fortuna on Saturday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Saw Captain America in 3D - big favor to Brian since I hate action/superhero movies! Watching viole... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:11:43 EST Wedding pics It's been a little while since my last blog and a lot has happened since then! <BR> <BR> Brian and I moved into our new place on the 22nd and although there are some maintenance issues that need to be fixed, I am loving it! The vaulted ceilings make it feel spacious and homey and I am obsessed with my sink counter space and walk in closet. The maintenance guy is coming over today so hopefully everything will be fixed this week. (for example, none of the outlets work in the kitchen and the mi... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:28:08 EST Moving! My weight is just so screwy! Last week I was 118 pounds, this week I'm 110 pounds! Last week I was bloated and all my pants were too tight and this week the same pants are baggy. My eating and exercise habits are the same. I have no explanation why I went up to 118 but I did go off of the steroids so I'm assuming that's why I dropped the weight? Who knows at this point!? 110 was my weight that I maintained for a year before my wedding (in 2011). I feel like it's my ultimate look my best weigh... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:44:24 EST Biometric Screening Results Today was my work's Health and Wellness Screening Event. I've participated the past 4 years. I love seeing numbers like this! <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol - <BR> 2014 - 175 <BR> 2013 - 130 <BR> 2012 - 147 <BR> 2011 - 151 <BR> (Less than 200 mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> HDL Cholesterol (the good kind)- <BR> 2014 - 90 <BR> 2013 - 59 <BR> 2012 - 67 <BR> 2011 - 66 <BR> (Higher than 60mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> Wow, my HDL cholesterol went way up! <... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:58:16 EST Weekend Hope you all had wonderful weekends! We had such awesome weather in San Diego...not that it isn't awesome pretty much all the time, but it felt like a perfect summer day on Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> On Friday we got approved for the townhouse and our start date is next Monday! We have to move out of our current place by the 23rd. We started packing up yesterday and now we are living amongst many boxes. I'm excited! <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we went to Torrey Pines to enjoy the beautiful... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:03:32 EST Makes no sense My body and weight make no sense! <BR> <BR> I literally gained 6 pounds overnight and I have been there all week. I'm not going to dwell on it but it just irritates me that I feel like I have no control over my body when I'm on this medication. I'm back to feeling bloated and puffy. The medication seemed to be working at first but it's hit and miss again lately so I need to contact my doctor again. Fun times. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I found a couple workouts that I'm going to incorporate into my... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:57:09 EST A Successful February and new Progress Pics Well, it's a few days into March but first I'll reflect on February! <BR> <BR> As I said in my last entry, February was very successful. I reached my 1500 monthly fitness minute goal on Friday on the elliptical at my apartment gym. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finished up my 30 day challenge yesterday and I enjoyed doing them all month long but I definitely need a little break! I usually don't do ST everyday so this month, I'll take ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:42:22 EST Checking in! Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's been a little while so I thought I'd check in! February has been going great. At the beginning of the month I was up 5 pounds because of the steroids I'm taking but my body adjusted back to normal mid month and those 5 pounds are gone! I've been doing great with my challenges and I really hope I end this month with buns of steel from all the squats I'm doing. I will for sure reach 1500 fitness minutes for the month. But I have failed in making any new recipes! I ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:42:06 EST February is flying! Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had wonderful weekends! <BR> <BR> My February goals are going well. As I stated in my last blog, my goals are: <BR> <BR> A combo of a bunch of the challenges, including "Little Black Dress", "Beach Body" "Arms" "Squat", "Ab" and "Butt". Some days I'll do all, some days maybe 2 or 3. <BR> <BR> Stay in nutrition range <BR> <BR> 64 oz of water <BR> <BR> 1500 fitness minutes for the month <BR> <BR> <BR> I've done all the challenges everyday so f... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:38:22 EST Cabrillo National Monument On Saturday, Brian and I went up to the Cabrillo National Monument to walk around and do a little hike there. You can see spectacular views all around! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we did a little lighthouse sightseeing: <BR> <... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:50:51 EST Join us! I'm glad you are all excited about these challenges as much as I am! :) On the Bad Ass Rock Stars Team, some of us are going to check in on our challenges for the month to help keep us accountable. <BR> <BR> From the Team Leader STRONGMOMMA2014: <BR> <BR> Hello Team! <BR> <BR> In an effort to provide some accountability for team members requesting it, as well as (hopefully) get some activity churning up within the team we are going to have a basic challenge for the month of February! <BR>... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:19:01 EST Goals for February Well, there's still a few more days of January left but I'm already looking towards February! <BR> <BR> Who loses weight over the holidays and then gains weight in January! <BR> <BR> This girl! <BR> <BR> I guess I've been a little less strict in the food department lately and I've added on a few pounds throughout the month and I want them back off! I just looked up 30 day challenges and here is awesome website that has a bunch to choose from: <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:18:04 EST A fun, tiring weekend! Friday night, Brian and I went to Island Prime and had a delicious dinner. Unfortunately we didn't get a window table this time but it was okay! ;) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Brian showed me up with his suit and tie. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Saturday at noon, we picked up our friends' daughters to have them sleepover. We had a very full day! We took them to a Whale Festival... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:53:57 EST An attempt at Mount Woodson Hope you all had wonderful weekends and for those with yesterday off, woo-hoo, it's already Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Brian and I attempted to hike Mount Woodson on Saturday - you know, the one with the crazy "potato chip" rock! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> From 2011 <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, Brian caught what I had the previous weeks so his lung capacity wasn't that great. We hiked for a little more than an hour and then turned around. So, unfortu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:10:25 EST