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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.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Naomi's birth

Naomi's birth was planned about 6 months into my pregnancy.  I knew that this would be another c-section since both of my other two were.  I had a c-section with my first because I had been induced after 8 days of being overdue and I never dilated past a 4 even with pitocin.  I labored 17 hours before my doctor told me it was best I deliver via c-section.  I had thought about potentially doing a v-bac with my second, but it was hard to find a doctor willing to do that with me and I had a high risk pregnancy due to blood pressure.  He came out weighing 10lbs at 39 weeks so it was best I delivered him then and not just waited.  Anyways, this is about Naomi so we will get back to that.

We were scheduled to go into the hospital at 5:30 am and the surgery was to start at 7:30am.  Everything went very smoothly and they even had my epidural all ready to go around 6:50 am.  We were just waiting on my doctor to start.  I always get so nervous before the c-sections and I feel the medication makes me nauseous.  I hate that feeling, but it's worth it in the end.  The wheeled me into the OR with my husband by my side which is comforting and about 30 minutes later she was born.  Her little cry was so sweet and always makes me tear up when I hear that sound.  They cleaned her off and brought her over to me while the doctor stitched me up.  It's such an incredible feeling meeting your baby that you carried for 9 months.  They weighed her and she was 8lbs. 11oz which is my smallest baby! I was a little surprise because I thought for sure she would be around 9 lbs, but it's pretty close.  Maybe all that walking during pregnancy kept her smaller too!

They wheeled me back into my room to recover a bit and I was all alone waiting for them to bring her to me.  I was so excited I could hardly stand it! About 20 minutes later she came in and I got to actually hold my baby.  And it felt amazing to not be pregnant anymore! We then texted photos to our friends and family! I couldn't wait for my other kids to meet her because they had been waiting forever to finally meet her.  Literally everything went perfect! She was healthy as can be.  The only tiny thing was she was borderline jaundice which went away really quick.  I did have heavy bleeding after the surgery which they made me take extra medication to have stop it and it did.  We are so lucky that everything went well and literally had no problems.  These babies are such miracles and I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

I am recovering fairly well.  I still have a little bit of pain around my incision, but I know it's normal.  Breastfeeding has been going amazingly and I have noticed that helping a ton with my recovery! I will write a whole post on my plans after baby and how I will be getting back into shape! I have about 40-50 lbs I want to lose and I am very excited to start exercising again.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How my #fitpregnancy is going

Before getting pregnant I knew that, if possible, I wanted to make sure I stayed as active as I could through out my pregnancy.  I am 29 weeks and I am very happy to say that I have stayed very active throughout the past 7 months.  I had no idea how I would handle pregnancy this time around since everyone is so different and every pregnancy is so different.  I have noticed my energy levels drop dramatically and moving around has become more difficult with a big belly.  I know that exercising isn't going to make me smaller, but it sure makes me feel better.  For the first 28 weeks, I was making it a goal to walk 5 miles a day.  I was usually hitting that goal 4-6x a week.  I have been going with a group of ladies in my neighborhood to the high school track near my house which has made the time when I go much more enjoyable.  I won't lie, I do miss my running life, but I know it will be back.  

This past week I decided it was time to reduce my goal down to 4 miles a day.  I am definitely feeling tired more frequently and I figured reducing my goal might help with that.  I was trying to see how long I could go with that 5 mile goal, but listening to my body was more important.  If you are interested in purchasing a fitbit, I highly recommend it! Since the day I bought it, I have used mine every single day.  It keeps me very motivated to hit my goal and it's very fun to see how active I am each day.  

I've been asked if my weight gain from pregnancy has been avoided from being so active.  I stopped weighing myself around 20 weeks because I knew it was inevitable that I was going to gain weight.  I didn't want to keep that from enjoying my pregnancy and not being a stress case over every time I step on the scale.  I think I have gained around 20-25 lbs which I am completely okay with.  I know once I have this baby, I will get back into my regular swing of things and I will work hard to get back to my previous weight. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

7 months

This past week I hit the 7 month mark in my pregnancy and I have been slightly surprised that this pregnancy has crept up on me.  I will admit, once I hit the 20 week mark, time started to slow down.  However, to think I have just a little more than 10 weeks left kind of freaks me out! I keep feeling like July is forever away, but really it's not! I know that it will be here really soon and I can't wait! So many of my friends have had their babies recently and it makes me so excited to see their cute babies.  It makes me even more excited that I get one soon!

One of my biggest struggles which isn't even that big is finding something to wear every day.  It may seem super petty and vain, but seriously everything is becoming so small and I don't want to buy a complete new wardrobe that will last just a couple more months.  Since we attend church every Sunday, I have decided to make a big effort to look nice and really dress up my belly! This dress from Asos was love at first sight.  I love how I can wear it once the belly is gone too! Makes the purchase that much more desirable when you know you can get more than once use out of it!

Lately, I have been craving Sun chips.  The weirdest craving I have had, that is for sure.  I have tried my best to eat healthy but lately, I am just starving! I have been eating lots of carbs which isn't the healthiest, but it gives me the most energy and I could use a lot of that these days.  I know once this baby comes out, I will be wanting my salads again.  I hope at least! Since this is my last pregnancy, I am trying my best to savor all the little moments.  I hate focusing on what's hard or difficult which will pass.  The best part is the gift I get at the end.  Babies are the best and I cannot wait to have another little one hanging around.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Clean Granola

I have been wanting to make granola for a long time! It sure tastes delicious with some almond milk or with some greek yogurt.  I have been looking for a recipe that doesn't call for high amounts of sugar, but still tastes good and I found just that!  I used Sally's Baking Addiction Vanilla Almond Granola.  I didn't add almonds to mine simply because I haven't bought any, but I think that it would be great to add.  

2 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup ( I used organic maple syrup-Kirkland brand)
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Toss oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.  Almonds are optional.  In another bowl whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, almond and vanilla extract.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.  Mix together well until all the oats are covered.  Pour it onto a lined cookie sheet.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Make sure to stir the granola a few times while cooking.  Let the granola completely cool when done.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I was on the hunt for a healthy chicken curry which is already pretty healthy but I wanted to pack it full of vegetables.  I found this great recipe that I revised and added my own ingredients to it.  Here is how I made it: 
1-2 chicken breasts cut up and put in a slow cooker
1 can of tomato paste
1/2 green jalapeno
3 garlic cloves
1 whole onion
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of paprika

I blended all of these items in my food processor until smooth and added to the chicken in the crock pot.  I cooked it on low for about 5 hours.  

For the rice, I used this cauliflower rice recipe which turned out great!! Delicious and extremely healthy dinner!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kuru Giveaway

There's a fun giveaway going on at my instagram account @livylovestorun with @kurufootwear! You and your friend have a chance to win a free pair of shoes.  These shoes are seriously awesome! I wore them for my workout this morning and have really loved the style of them too.  Kuru specializes in comfort and support which is something we all need in a workout shoe or even just a shoe to walk around in.  

Winner will be picked on Friday and announced on instagram so hurry over and enter!

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