Oh man, I have a blog?!

I know, I know, I know.

You all missed me and wonder what happened to me.

Maybe I was swept away by Hermine or maybe I just forgot that I had a blog.

In any case, I’m here and I didn’t get swept away or forget…I just got flat out busy with life.

1. We had a dear friend visit us over Labor Day weekend and it was wonderful but it also kinda threw off my routine. So after her visit, I spent the next couple of days tracking Baby C’s routine. It seemed like he was all over the place and he was waking up every 1.5-2hrs at night. And I was tired. And irritable. And hormonal. And I desperately wanted to fix his routine. I quickly realized that there was actually nothing to fix. He’s sleeping, then eating, then playing. It just wasn’t what I wanted. But when does a baby do what we want, ya know? So I let go of my fix-it nature and a beautiful thing happened. Baby C showed me his routine. And ya’ll, my frustration quickly subsided and instead of stressing, I was once again enjoying my sweet baby. My last baby. And just like that Baby C slept for 4 hours the first night, then 5 hours, then last night he slept for 5 hours and 40 mins.

2. I have officially eliminated dairy from my diet. Baby C’s reflux is still a daily presence. I think it’s being managed, but it’s not gone. He refluxes, spits up, chokes, and coughs multiple times a day. Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, so I think the meds are working but the spit up has gotten out of control. It’s like water works central over here – except you know, it’s breastmilk. I’m going to try dairy free for a few weeks and see if there is improvement. If not, or Baby C gets worse, it’s back to the pediatrician we go.

3. Postpartum hair loss is in full force ya’ll! Like holy moly, I don’t know how I’m not bald at this point. It’s so bad that I dread washing my hair, brushing my hair, or pretty much doing anything with it.

4. Insanity is still going. I did the second fit test and saw improvement on all 8 exercises. Then I took 3 days off. I know. But my knees hurt, I was tired (see #1), my lower back hurt, and ya’ll I’m 29 now so I’m no spring chicken. Excuses, excuses. I think part of my lack of interest is that II’m missing running and I’m bored with Insanity. I’m ready to try other routines, but once I get started with a DVD, I do enjoy it. So starting tomorrow it’s back to Insanity full force!

5. Brother I had his first soccer game and it was a mix of smiles, running, falling down, tears, being tired, and being Hangry. But he pulled through and his team, along with him, did great!

6. I went to the chiropractor. Oh how I missed this! It’s amazing how much better my body feels after an adjustment. With breastfeeding and sleeping, my neck was all jacked up so I’ll be going back this week to follow up on it. I think Baby C will get adjusted too; I’m hoping this will help with his reflux some.

7. I’ll be making a trip back home (Florida) with both boys and all 3 dogs soon. I’m mentally running through the logistics and my game plan, but wish me luck now. I’m hoping all the luck will build up and accumulate so I’ll be good to go!

8. I have a very special guest post from my sister that I will be posting very soon – so stayed tuned. She’s basically the awesome-est person ever and an incredible sister and mom. You don’t want to miss it- trust me!

9. That’s all for now folks!

10. Fill me in on your happenings!

Tropical Storm Hermine (& Insanity Day 12)

Really quick….day 12 ended up being an impromptu rest day. For a lot of reasons…my knees were still sore, my back and hips were tight and sore, I was tired, oh and a tropical storm was barreling up the east coast. I could have easily done this workout but I took a rest day and will get back into it today with Pure Cardio.

Now let’s talk about Hermine.

Living on the east coast, we were expected to lose power. So I lowered my refrigerator and freezer setting a to their coldest setting (thanks mom for this tip!) and I packed my 80+ ounces of frozen breastmilk as best I could. I also lowered our AC a couple degrees in anticipation of power going out.

FirefighterDad also made sure we had flashlights…

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and candles…

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and plenty of water.

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Ya’ll, I even scrubbed out my bath tub and filled it with water! Because you know, #alwaysbeprepared #youcanneverhavetoomuchwater #ilearnedallthisfromgrowingupinflorida

And then we waited.

FirefighterDad worked on his EMT course.

I tracked Hermine.

Brother I played with his puzzles and his K’Nex.

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Both boys then watched as FirefighterDad took advantage of the power and played some video games.

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#laundryonthecouch #reallife

And Baby C got in lots of naps and some good piano mat time.

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So we waited.

And waited.

I was preparing for this….

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And got this…

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Since Hermine jutted just a liiitle north….we barely got anything at all. We did get some rain on and off throughout the day and had some wind gusts of 20-30mph, but the worst part was from 8:30 to 10:30 pm…and it was just some wind and rain. Nothing more than a thunderstorm.

I know Florida (what up home state?!) got hit hard with devastating storm surge and flooding and Hermine is still continuing her tour of the east coast, so my prayers are with everyone at this time. Please stay indoors and stay safe!

 

Insanity Day 11 and a bunch of randomness

Day 11 done. Not much to report here. It was a recovery day and I took “recovery” to an extreme.

Now for randomness…

1. My scalp hurts ya’ll! With Insanity I was washing my hair every day but after almost two weeks of this my scalp got so tender and it hurts now! I also have little bumps…maybe I’m allergic to my shampoo? Needless to say, I’m not using shampoo every day now and brushing my hair VERY carefully.

2. Once upon a time I made homemade granola. And it has changed my life. And my sister’s. And now I can’t eat yogurt without granola.

3. Just this morning I learned that oatmeal has protein in it!!! Who knew?! I’m aiming to get in 100 grams of protein a day while doing Insanity so moral of the story…read nutrition labels.

4. Yesterday was soccer practice. I love my Bugaboo (Brother I). He warms my heart and made me a mommy. But right now, my only goal in life is to get through soccer practice without tears.

5. Hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions…oh my. I live on the southern east coast….Labor Day will be rain and more rain.

And a couple pictures of my boys


What shampoo do you use?

Are you a fan of granola in your yogurt?

What are your Labor Day plans?

Living With Boys Moment #1

I started these waaaayyy back when Brother I was just a teeny tiny baby right out of the NICU. I would send them via text to my mom and sister as a way to share a part of our life but also for a good laugh.

Sometimes it would be me recapturing a moment – like when both Baby and Daddy farted….then they both laughed about it. #Yesthatreallyhappened

Or sometimes I’d share a picture like Daddy in his underwear holding Baby in his diaper. #seriouslyyoucantmakethisstuffup

But through the years I never wrote these down in a journal or documented them in anyway as a fun keepsake. #memories #sentimental

So now that Baby C is here and we have expanded the testosterone in our family, I thought it would be fun to bring back my Living With Boys Moments and document them here on this ol’ blog of mine.

Although this isn’t technically our first moment, it’s the first of many I will be sharing!

 

August 31, 2016 LWBM #1

In Brother I’s bath tonight I noticed some strange floaties in the water so I asked him what they were. “Oh, those are just from my farts.”

 

Good to know…and I’m sorry I asked.

Insanity Days 8, 9, and 10 and a little update.

Insanity is going ya’ll. This week has been a little tougher for a couple of reasons…

1. I’m getting a little bored. I’m still rotating through the same workout routines and I’m craving some variety. I’m still enjoying them when I get started, but I’m also looking forward to adding in a new routine – cardio abs!

2. I’m feeling tired this week. Maybe it’s the increase in physical activity but I actually took a nap yesterday and that never happens.

3. I’m pretty sure Baby C is going through a growth spurt. He’s eating every 2 hrs during the day and night. This I’m sure reflects #2.

4. Doubt. I’m having a lot of doubt. I don’t look any different – yet. I’m eating well but my diet isn’t perfect (I’m talkin’ about you 9pm PB&J). I’m really trying not to weigh myself but I did. And I’m up 2 lbs. Maybe it’s muscle, maybe it’s water weight, maybe it’s my body’s normal fluctuations – I dunno. Either way, the doubt is effecting my mental game.

5. My knees hurt. I really noticed it today while doing jumping jacks during the warm up. So I skipped these and did some stretching and then joined Shaun T for the rest of the routine. Once I got warmed up and did some stretching, my knees felt fine. Tomorrow I’m going to wear a more cushioned running shoe and see if that helps.

6. My lower back hurts. I’m 99% sure this is because my abs are weak and I’m using my back to compensate. Today I really focused on my core and stretched out my lower back. I’m hoping this eases off as my core gets stronger.

Now let’s talk about the good things…

1. I am getting stronger! I notice slight improvements. I can go further in a routine before stopping, I can do more reps, or I can keep up with Shaun T. All good signs!

2. I’m still sore but not debilitatingly so. I have a general underlying level of soreness. But every morning I wake up and it’s localized in a different area. I take this to mean the different DVDs and routines are working various muscle groups!

3. I’m being consistent with strength training for once. Even if I don’t get the post-pregnancy tummy tight or the chiseled abs, I do know all this hard work will benefit my running big time!

And now a quick little update…

Brother I started soccer and he’s loving it. He’s still going to school (preschool/daycare) as well which gives him a full schedule. He’s adjusted so well to being a big brother and loves Baby C! Evidently he talks about his baby brother a lot at school according to his teachers!

Brother I has also started to join me while I do my “exercises”(Insanity). From what I can see, his favorites are sucides, heismens, and the yoga stretching! He’s a lot of fun to have around while I’m working my butt off and provides a bit of comic relief.

Baby C’s reflux is a challenge. On one hand I think the meds are helping with the pain, but on the other hand, it’s not stopping the reflux. He’s had a lot more spit up (which the meds don’t prevent), and congestion which makes it hard for him to sleep, nurse, and generally be comfortable. We’re still doing breathing treatments at least twice a day if not 3 times. Fortunately he’s gaining weight well, and is still much happier compared to when he was originally diagnosed.

I’m also starting to lay Baby C down for his long naps in his crib and it’s been really successful! He naps in there for about an hour with a white noise app playing on my phone. He also is starting to enjoy toys and loves playing on his piano mat.

FirefighterDad is taking an EMT course now which means he’s very busy and only is getting one true day off out of his “48 off”. Fortunately he’s at the closest station to our house (a mile down the road!) so the boys and I stop in for visits as we can.

I’m not sure why but I have been feeling like I’m in survival mode right now.  It’s not bad by any means, but I feel like I get my head above water, then something falls behind like laundry, dishes, or general house stuff. And some days I give myself grace and let it all go, but I have to say after a couple days of it I can’t stand it and spend a whole week playing catch up. I know in just a few short weeks, life will be different as Baby C grows and sleeps a bit more at night, so I’m just surviving this time and taking it a day at time. I’m focusing on soaking up baby snuggles, sweet moments with Brother I, and easing myself into this whole SAHM gig.


How has your week been?

Any special Labor Day plans?

Insanity Week 1 Eats

Ya’ll, this is by far the hardest part of the 60 day Insanity program – nutrition.

What the heck am I suppose to eat?!

How much am I suppose to eat?!

I’m breastfeeding so how many calories do I need?!

How many grams of protein should I eat in a day?!

Carbs? Are they good, bad, somewhere in between?

So yeah, I’m still trying to figure this out. And I even read the Insanity Nutrition Plan. It has a lot of information and lots of meal ideas and I’m definitely using it, but I’m still second guessing my food choices.

I clearly need a personal dietician AND chef because this past week I didn’t get around to eating breakfast until 11 am or later!

Yeah, not good.

And most days, that meal ended up being breakfast AND lunch.

I know….this is bad, but with a newborn it’s life.

The other thing that’s kinda tricky is I can’t rely on a scale and certain goal weight to dictate if my calorie consumption is appropriate because Insanity is cardio AND strength training.

Which means I’m going to gain muscle and burn fat.

And one thing I do know, muscle weighs more than fat.

Hence why measurements are so important.

But the part that’s confusing: when should I see my measurements improving?

The answer: it depends.

On what you might ask…

How hard I work out and what I eat.

*hand hits forehead*

So, maybe now you understand my dilemma.

What the hell do I eat and how much?

So to make sense of all of this and to simplify the nutrition aspect, here is what I’m trying:

Breakfast will either be eggs, breakfast burrito, cottage cheese and fruit, Greek yogurt with granola, or oatmeal.

Snack will either be a protein shake, cottage cheese, hard boiled egg, or Greek yogurt.

Lunch will be a salad with either chicken, tuna, or salmon with all the veggies and some fruit.

Snack will be a protein shake, a PB&J, rice cakes with PB, almonds, yogurt, or fruit. This snack will probably depend upon my level of breastfeeding hunger. Lately, I’ve been having a PB&J because I am so hungry.

Dinner will be a protein (salmon, chicken, beef) with veggies and another side such as salad, quinoa, or potatoes.

Before bed treat will probably be fruit, protein shake, yogurt, or a glass of wine 1-2 days/week only.

With all of these meals and snacks, my goal is to limit my sugar intake (candy, cookies, ice cream, etc) and make better food choices like a piece of fruit over cookies.

I’m guessing right now my calories are somewhere around 1600-2000. I know it’s a wide range but with Baby C, some days I just don’t get around to eating a meal and rely on quick snacks, and other days I can sit down and eat decent meals.

This week I did fairly good on my above “nutrition plan”. I had eggs with a Greek yogurt most days, followed by some kind of snack, followed by another snack, then maybe another because I never did get a solid lunch in since I ate breakfast so late. Then I had dinner which varied from sandwiches to a protein shake.

I did have some cheats though in the form of wine and chocolate chips. I did however, significantly limit my sugar by not giving in to every craving like I was before. So it’s a small step of improvement.

To make next week even easier to stay on plan, I did some food prep today while Baby C napped (in his crib! More on this later!).

I cooked quinoa with sautéed cabbage, onion, spinach, and green pepper in it. This will make for an easy salad addition or a side with my meals.

I also chopped up cabbage, spinach, and green pepper and stored it together as a salad “base” that I can add to each day.

I had a fresh pineapple I cut up as well for a quick snack option that beats my usual granola bars and other processed and high sugar foods.

I then cut up the cucumbers that desperately need to be eaten so I can either munch on, add into a salad, or have as a side.

With part of the cucumber I decided to make a quick cucumber pineapple salsa to go with our salmon we’re having for my birthday dinner tonight. Yummy!

I’m hoping next week I can make more improvements and have less doubt about my food choices.


What is your food philosophy? Clean eating? Paleo? THM? Eat whatever you want? Whole foods only? Low carb?

Anyone else have a birthday in August? Today I’m 29…my last year in my 20s.

Insanity Day 6

Today was the same Plyometric Cardio Circuit as day 2 and consisted of 30 second intervals.

I still really enjoyed the sports drills (basketball jumps, and football drills).

The ab workouts on this DVD are killer too and the ski abs are my favorite.

I also totally forgot about the kickboxing (?) routines, but these are really fun and something I’ve never done before. And it’s a great ab workout to boot!

After having done this workout once before, I would say I have made some improvement. I needed fewer breaks, was able to do some moves faster, and dug deeper. It was still a tough workout to keep up with, but I’m thrilled that after only 6 days I’m noticing some improvement.

Physically, I don’t see much difference in my body and I wasn’t really expecting to. I’m being more conscience with my food choices, but I’m still wondering if I’m eating properly to get the results I want. I guess time will tell.

Overall, I’d say this workout was tough – maybe a smidge easier than Pure Cardio because we get 30 second breaks, but it seemed tougher than the first time I did it. Which tells me I still dug deep and brought  it and that my body is adapting, getting stronger, but also still getting in a killer workout!

Tomorrow is a complete rest day which is perfect timing for my birthday!

Next week has some different workouts which I’m really excited to try!

6 down, 54 to go!

Insanity Day 5: Pure Cardio

Oh Shaun T how you hurt me.

Small glimpses of your abs while you’re kicking my butt with your sucides, power squats, and other butt-kicking routines is not cool…m’kay?

I really appreciated when you finally took your shirt off for good though.

And when you said you were getting tired and took a break! Thanks for keeping it real Shaun T.

And at the end of the workout when you said “this shit is bananas”….yeah I loved that too.

We can be best friends now.

Pure Cardio…I think this was the toughest workout yet because it had limited breaks (maybe just two water breaks), was fast paced, and had all the strength.

But I still enjoyed it and the time flew by!

I’m still really not liking the stretching routine but I do attempt some of the moves and then stretch on my own and go back into some of the video routines. Eh, it will work and at least I’m doing a warm up and cool down. I hear those are kind of important.

All in all, this shit was bananas!

A couple things to note:

1. By day 3 I noticed my muscle soreness was actually easing off! I was pleasantly surprised by this. I’m definitely still sore and some moves are harder to do because of it, but it’s way less than I thought it would be and I can function just fine.

2. The cardio part I think is harder for me then the strength part. Don’t get me wrong, the strength is kicking my butt and I’m doing moves I’ve never done before, but the fast paced nature of Insanity is tough. I will say I love getting strength and cardio in one workout though!

One more day, then a well deserved rest day!

 

 

Insanity Day 2, 3, & 4

You guys, I have to say I’m REALLY enjoying Insanity!

It’s tough and it’s kicking my butt and I am so sore, but it’s actually really fun.

Here’s a quick run down of the past three days…

Day 2 was a Plyometric Cardio day. It was about 35 minutes including the warm up and cool down. I was pretty sore starting this workout but to my suprise after the warm up I actually felt better. Still sore, but I could at least move!

This day was broken up into 30 second intervals and included the warm up moves along with some fun sports related moves like vertical basketball jumps, and suicides. Overall, the variety of moves kept this day entertaining even if it did kick my ass.

Oh, plus Shaun T wasn’t wearing a shirt!

If he’s going to kick my ass I should at least be able to stare at his abs!

Day 3 was a Cardio Resistance day. I’m not sure how this differed from day 2 except the movies were different. We did 123’s which I finally nailed down, ski jumps which I really liked, and other complicated moves for the uncoordinated like me, but overall I enjoyed this day too!

I will say after this day, the one big negative to Insanity for me is the stretching during the cool down. It’s very yoga focused – which I like -but not after I just busted my ass with cardio and strength work. So for right now I’m doing my own stretching and attempting some of Shaun T’s moves. I figure it’s better to stretch the way I need too to avoid injury then attempting the yoga stretches.

Today, Day 4 was Cardio Recovery. It was shorter in length but also much slower paced. Even though it was recovery on the cardio, it was by no means a recovery of the strength work. Some of Shaun T’s moves are just really neat and I suprised myself and was able to do them! This day was a lot of leg and core work with Shaun’s typical yoga style stretching.

What I Like

It’s 60 days. This might be silly but P90x seems daunting because it’s 90 days! That’s 3 months ya’ll!! I don’t know why, but 60 days seems very doable.

Video time includes warm up and cool down. I tend to skip these on my own, so I’m really glad these are built in every day.

Time bar counts down the work out, and flashes reminders like “Go your own pace”, “Don’t sacrifice form”, “water break”, etc.

Lots of variety in the moves. Strength training was always boring to me because it was the standard push ups, crunches, planks, etc. Insanity has these in the videos but they are all different variations of the original. Also every day has different moves – I’m not getting bored that’s for sure!

The exercises work multiple muscles at the same time. I love this. It adds to the complexity of the moves, but also maximizes the workout time.

Shaun T talks the whole time during the routines explaining moves, proper form, giving pep talks and encouragement, and signaling for water breaks. I really like this and find the amount of talking he does is perfect – not too little, not too much, and not annoying at all.

And one of the best things, is I can do this right in my living room with no “tools” like weights, a mat, etc. It allows for flexibility with Baby C and my schedule.

What I don’t Like

The stretching. Shaun T uses a lot of yoga – which I love yoga – but 1. I’m not strong enough for the yoga stuff yet, and 2. I don’t feel the stretch. So I’m kinda on my own for this right now. I hope as I continue through the program the yoga/stretching will be beneficial.

Sometimes Shaun T wears a shirt. And sometimes he takes it off…and sometimes he doesn’t.

As you can see there isn’t much that I don’t like about Insanity. I highly reccomend it and am looking forward to Day 5 – Pure Cardio.


 

Have you done any of the Beachbody programs (P90x, Insanity, etc)?

Insanity Day 1: Fit Test and Giveaway Winner!!

You know it’s going to be bad when the warm up is hard.

I was out of breath and sweating.

Is that normal for the warm up?

Anyways, I hopped onto the Struggle Bus this morning while Baby C was napping and started the 60 day Insanity program.

And Shaun T can kiss my white flabby ass.

Just kidding. 

Kind of.

Because Globe Jumps?! Really?!

I’m barely coordinated enough to do a jumping jack, let alone a jumping squat jack with a step back and a squat and then doing this in a circle…ya know, the globe part.

So I basically did squat jumps in a circle.

Also, push up jacks?! Really Shaun?! Really?!!

I can barely do one regular push up and you toss in a jack?

I attempted this knowing I wasn’t getting my body down low enough, but I gotta start somewhere right?

Other than those two exercises I did actually enjoy the fit test.

Don’t get me wrong…it was hard and I’m going to be sore for dayzzzzz.

But it was somewhat entertaining and it wasn’t the same old run of the mill push ups, crunches, and jumping jacks.

Now, lets talk about running.

It’s my first love. It’s always been there for me.

I’m not breaking up with running, I’m just having to take a temporary step back from it right now.

This season of life is busy with FirefighterDad’s work schedule plus EMT class, Brother I’s soccer practices and games, and not to mention Baby C wanting to be held, snuggled, and eat every 2-3 hrs. I know it will be hard to commit to a training plan of running 5 days a week and it will lead to disappointment on my end.

So I’m sad to say “not right now” to running and just fit them in when I can (I’m hoping for 3 runs a week – an easy run, a speed day, and a long run) and focus soley on some strength work. And even though I’m sad I’m not fully committing to running right now, I’m excited about Insnaity. I  REALLY want to give it a shot. I have seen the results and they are amazing. And the crazy thing about strength work….it will make me a better, stronger, and faster runner. So there’s that.

I will be posting my progress on here with some before and after pictures and measurements for those interested!

And since nutrition is so vital to a program like Insanity, I will be sharing my eats with you guys too, along with my thoughts on eating and exercise while breastfeeding.

 

And now for the giveaway winner!

There were 6 entries from 5 people. I put all entries on pieces of paper, tossed them into a bowl, and let Brother I pick one out. It’s not a fancy system, but it was all on the up and up. Promise!

And the winner…

Valerie!!

Please email me your info so I can get your goodies in the mail to you!