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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Meal Prepping

I have said it before and I will say it again, you cannot out exercise a bad diet! I have tried! There have been weeks where I was burning 1000 calories per workout, working extra hard.  Then I would come home and pig out.  I would either maintain my weight or gain! I was trying so hard to eat whatever I wanted, but I knew deep down that I could not do that if I wanted to see progress.  I have 3 kids now and my free time is very precious.  I have to get creative on when I get that time to get things done for myself.  As you all know, I workout in the mornings before kids are up for the day.  I have an AMAZING husband who is very supportive of my goals because he knows it makes me happy.  He is always encouraging me to spend time alone if I need it because he understands the demands of a stay at home mom.  Well for food, I like to cook my meals a few days in advance.

I was cooking this while my oldest was at school, my second was watching his favorite show and my third was taking her afternoon nap.  I thought how easy it could have been to just lay down and relax with the rest of them, but I knew I had the time to get this done so I did.  This food made 2 meals.  I am also not the biggest fan of leftovers... sometimes it grosses me out! Especially microwaved chicken or certain vegetables.  I usually make my food no more than 3 days in advance but I like some freshness.  Other times, I will spend Sunday evenings after my children have gone to bed (between 8-9pm) and cook up a few meals for the week so that I stay prepared.  I will also boil a handful of eggs, peel carrots, cook a bunch of rice and sautee some vegetables.  Then I can store them in my fridge and all I need to do is cook up some meat to go along with it.  It seriously cuts my cooking time in half, yet I am still get a great tasting meal. I honestly feel so much better when I eat this way.  I had my cheat meal this past weekend and I felt so gross afterwards because my body is not used to eating that way. This prep makes such a big difference in my life!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Keeps me Motivated

We all know how difficult it can be to keep trying to lose weight especially if you have failed and tried again numerous times.  You never know if it's going to stick or if you will be able to emotionally commit to another round of cutting back the foods you love and putting in the work at the gym.  I have been there.  It's hard! However, I focus on a few things to help remind me why I am doing this and it has really helped me focus on my goals rather than my wants.  I believe weight loss is 90% emotional and 10% physical.  Anyone can move their body. Anyone can eat their vegetables, but not everyone can stick with it every single day! It really takes an emotional toll on your mind when you feel overwhelmed and stressed out with your body.

One thing that keeps me motivated is my fit bit.  I love being able to track my activity for the day.  This really pushes me to go a little longer and push a little harder.  I also love that I can compete with my friends and see how they are doing.  That for sure motivates me as well! I am not sponsored or paid to use my fit bit, I just love the product and want to share with others how great it is.  

I think every other person on the planet is motivated by this next one: Results! I want to keep going when I see my progress.  And not just progress on the scale because that isn't always going to  be correct.  I always tell people to measure because that is where the real results will come.  Take pictures too! That helps me see my body in a different way than just looking in the mirror! I am always looking at my old photos to remind myself where I started and how far I have come!
Lastly, my children.  They motivate me every single day to wake up early and work out so I can spend that time on myself.  They remind me to stay active so that I can keep up with them.  They aren't slowing down anytime soon and I find when I am more active, I have so much more energy with them. It gets trickier with their schedules, but I always make sure I find the time for myself so that I can be a better mom to them.  I think they appreciate it too.  I also want to be a good example to them about their self-esteem and being healthy.  I am constantly letting them know why I do this.  They ask me why I am sweaty or why I am eating chicken.  I tell them it's because I want to be healthy and I want to feel good.  My daughter will sometimes ask to go to the park so she can run.  It's so cute to see her run her 1/4 mile around the park and see how happy she looks as she moves her body because her mom does that.  We aren't allowed to say fat in our house simply because it's just not a nice word to use.  I don't want her thinking that about herself ever and to think of being healthy rather than being skinny.  I also try and talk to my son about this too, but he doesn't care as much...boys!  I always try to lead by example because I know that is where I will have the most impact.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

weight loss update

I had no idea how hard losing the baby weight would be.  I think in my mind it would be like how I lost weight before.  However, this time around I think I will have to work twice as hard and double the patience.  It's taken me two weeks of working really hard to even see the slightest change in the scale.  I have to remind myself that the scale doesn't mean a thing sometimes.  Just because it may say there has been a gain, does not mean that I actually gained fat.  It's so easy though to get caught up in that number.  I am trying not to do that! This past Friday, I weighed in and have lost 3 lbs.  I was pretty pleased because I sure put the work in.  I also have lost 6 inches throughout my body.  That is what I am most pleased with because I cannot wait to fit into my clothes again.  I have an entire tub full of clothes that I put away when I was about 18 weeks pregnant because they were all slowly getting tighter on me and I needed to free up space in my closet.  I remember when I put them away and thought to myself "when I open this back up again, it will be like Christmas!!"  It will happen, I am sure of it.

I have been putting the work in at the gym and it sure feels incredible. I have wanted a home gym for forever and I think this next month we are going to make it happen.  We have a fairly large garage which we don't really use except for random junk.  I am really excited because my workouts will be much easier to get done since all I have to do is go to my garage.  I want to put a treadmill, a bike, weights and maybe even a bench in it.  I haven't figured it out completely, but once we get the garage cleaned out, I will know what I want exactly.  Well things are going good here.  Staying motivated and preparing healthy meals is the extent of what my free time consists of! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

You can't out exercise a bad diet

I have learned through this entire process that eating healthy is going to make the biggest dent in your weight loss.  I have tried many times eating whatever I want and while still exercising only to discover that it's not how it works.  You just have to watch what you eat, put the work in and the results will follow. I mentioned on my instagram page that I haven't been losing weight this month like I thought I would.  I have to remind myself that this weight didn't come on in a month and that it will take probably the entire 9 months for it to come off.  Isn't the saying, slow and steady wins the race?  I hope so!

I don't have a lot of time during meal times to cook for myself because I have 3 other hungry mouths to feed.  My kids don't like what I eat.  I don't mind though because I usually make them a turkey sandwich with some sort of side.  Lately, we have been eating lots of carrots and hummus.  Of course, they still eat the cookies and the cheez-its, but when I give them healthier options, they are more willing to eat those.  

I like the cook my meals two days in advanced since I am not the biggest fan of leftovers especially vegetables and chicken.  I like to get a thing of ground turkey and then some vegetables.  This week I have been eating a lot of sweet potato and brussel sprouts.  I also try and incorporate a lot of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.  When I cook it, I make enough for another meal or two and then heat those up when it's time to eat them.  This has become so handy around lunch time when I am starving, but don't have extra time to stand in front of the stove cooking.  If you are looking for more meal ideas, I have a recipe e-book with 20 more recipe ideas to help you with your food prep.  Click here to purchase and you can receive 50% off with code HALFOFF

Last night I made this amazing meal.  I used italian chicken sausage, then cut up carrots, brussel sprouts, and red potatoes.  I then combined it all in a pan with some olive oil and cooked it for about 20 minutes.  Oh my YUMMY! I only used salt and pepper seasoning because the sausage flavored everything else really well! This is definitely going on my dinner rotation.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

How this mom to 3 gig is going

It's been 8 weeks since we added our newest little lady.  She sure has kept us busy and smiling! I was terrified, but bravely entering the "mother to 3" gig.  After we started getting into our groove and creating a schedule, it hasn't been all that bad.  Granted, my baby takes 3 long naps during the day so I still get some stretches of time where I can get things done.  Olivia, my 5 year old, has started Kindergarten and my 3 year old Harrison has started preschool.  They go at opposite times, which has worked out really well because there's not as much fighting! I get some one one time with my bigger kids while baby naps, which has been so nice! I know they both really appreciate that time as do I.  

Naomi has been sleeping better at night! I think I have been really blessed with a good sleeper or my mothering skills are just amazing...or not.  We put her on our bedtime routine that we do with our older kids and she is out around 8pm for the night.  I put her in her bassinet which is in our room.  She sleeps 6-7 hours, wakes up to eat and then falls back to sleep until 7 or 8 am.  It really has been amazing! However, I am not holding my breath since babies change their schedules all the time! Who knows what next week will bring.  

I feel like I am really enjoying this baby stage much more than I did with my other two.  My first rocked my world! I think every first time mom has no idea what to expect and so it's all very stressful! Then my second was difficult because he is only 16 months younger than his sister which felt like I had two babies at once on opposite schedules.  We waited 3.5 years this time to have Naomi so we could avoid the stress we had last time so now I feel much more calm and able to care for my precious baby.  I don't freak out at every little cry or worry about all the what if's.  It's been pretty great so far and I cannot complain!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Finding time to workout

It's obvious that when you are a mom to young kids, your time is very precious.  Especially if that time is when you need it to be kid-free.  I prefer exercising when my kids are not around because there are less interruptions and I can stay focused.  I love my kids dearly, but my exercising time is for me and allows me to be better mom.  So how do I find the time to exercise when they aren't around?  Well I try and get up before they are up for the day.  They typically sleep in until 7:30-8am.  My baby is on a little different schedule.  She wakes up around 6am to eat and play for about an hour.  Then she falls back to sleep for a few more hours.  I get up at 6am when she does, feed her, change her and then when she falls back to sleep, I sneak out to get my workout on.  Some days don't work as smoothly and she may stay awake.  My husband is very sweet and doesn't mind being up with her if she is still awake.  I go to bed between 9-10pm at night.  I realize this is a little early, but I need my sleep and know that I have a full day ahead of me so if I don't get to bed early, then it won't be good the next day.

Then there are days where nothing goes to plan or I have no desire to wake up early to exercise.  When that happens, I will take my kids with me and we either go to boot camp class or I will take them on a walk/run with me.  The boot camp class is on days that my son is in preschool so I drop him off and take my girls to the church where we workout.  The workout is free and super relaxed because half the moms bring their little ones.  The other half of women have kids already in school.   The nice thing about our schedule is both my 5 and 3 year old are in some sort of school during the day but at opposite times.  I usually only have a baby and bigger kid with me so most things are little more doable rather than having all three of them with me.  My 5 year old is super helpful! She is always looking for ways to help me with Harrison and Naomi, so I am incredibly lucky to have that extra help most days.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Post Baby Weight

I have been waiting a long time to finally write about my weight loss after baby.  I am 2 weeks post partum and feel really great! I am very motivated to get back into shape.  While in the hospital, I let myself eat whatever I wanted from the hospital cafeteria, which in all honesty isn't that horrible. I did let myself have a few slices of cheesecake and some cookies, but I knew once I got home, I wanted to start monitoring what I ate.

I gained about 55 lbs. this pregnancy.  For the first 7 months of my pregnancy, I really monitored what I ate and allowed myself a few treat meals.  After that 7 month mark, I was not wanting anything healthy! I knew I was going to gain weight no matter what so I honestly stopped tracking and ate however I wanted.  I don't feel bad about it at all, but I do wonder how much weight I would have gained had I just kept monitoring my food intake.  I still exercised my entire pregnancy and it was only the last month that I really slowed things down.  I was running until 23 weeks and then started to walk the same distance (5 miles a day), but then towards the end it just became too much of a challenge so I slowly decreased my distance but still made the effort to get in a good burn.

When I got pregnant, we had just taken our family to Disneyland.  I allowed myself to do whatever I wanted on that trip knowing it was our last big hurrah before having another baby.  I was up 13 lbs from my lowest weight at my first doctor visit due to vacation.  I thought it was ludicrous to try and get back down to my lowest weight while just finding out I was pregnant so I decided to just keep trying to maintain and worry about it when I was no longer pregnant.  My lowest weight was 182.  At my first dr. visit I weighed in at 198.  I am 5'7" if that gives you any reference for what I should weigh.  At my last dr. visit I weighed in 253.  I knew my baby was going to be a little big, so I didn't worry about it too much.  When I got home from the hospital a week and a half ago, I weighed in at 237.  I have been really watching my food intake the last week and a half which has really helped me feel good about myself.  Yesterday morning, I weighed in at 222.  I have about 37 lbs to go which I don't feel too rushed to hit, but it's definitely motivating to see the number on the scale go down.  Breastfeeding sure helps in that department since exercise for me is not allowed for another 4 weeks.

These photos are taken a week apart.  The left is when I got home from the hospital.  

I tried on my size 12 jeans and they fit! I was a 6/8 before I got pregnant.

I am overall really satisfied with how I did during my pregnancy.  I gained more weight than I thought I would, but in all reality it doesn't really bug me because I have complete confidence that I will get back to my pre-baby weight and possibly even lower than that! Watching what I eat and exercising makes me feel really fulfilled.  It allows me to feel like I am doing something good for myself when right now in my life I am constantly giving my time to my children.  I have been told from others to slow down and not worry about the baby weight, but I am so ready! I feel great and doing this for myself allows me to have true happiness.
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