Whole30 ???

My diet needs a jump start. Diet as in the way I eat, not like Slim Fast.

This time last year I was pregnant. Looking good during the summer was not even a thought! Well, the other day I pulled out my capris. Capris that SHOULD fit…but don’t. Enter Whole30. I’ve had around ten friends do this nightmare body reset and ALL of them lost between 15-20 pounds. And it helped jumpstart them on a healthy lifestyle.

Hmmmmmmmm. No grains. No beans. No dairy. No sugar. Holy yuck. Looks like vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs to me! Nuts? This sounds awful. It sounds difficult. challenging. I don’t even know.

Any thoughts? It is ONLY for 30 days. This isn’t meant as forever, but it is to curb cravings and addictions. Advice?DSCN0989 We found an outhouse on one of our hikes. Dids and I pretended to “go” and you can tell by her face that she was thrilled. Just keeping it classy folks! She was ecstatic to pseudo squat over a huge abandoned hole. I’m just glad the bees weren’t out. There are some places bees shouldn’t sting!

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1st Run Post Baby

Have mercy.

The first run after ANY trauma is brutal.

The neighbor (lets call her Candy) and I met in the dark of morning at 5. FIVE. Poor Candy, it was our first run together and my first run in 11 months.

First runs as “buddies” are a lot like first dates. Is she saying she runs a 10 minute mile while secretly runs a 7 minute mile…while pregnant…with the stomach flu? Is she wondering if I’ve ever run at all? Is she even going to show up at 5? Am I? And then… we finished the jog, is she ever going to run with me again. Do I text first or wait for her…? See where this is going?

First off, my muscles forgot how to run. We started and I was all over the place. My shirt was coming up, my shoes fit strangely -as things often do once you have a bebe- and I couldn’t breathe. Like right off the  bat I was gasping for air. What happened to my lung capacity? What happened to my body? Why are my knees hurting? What is with all the hills? And stinging nettles?

Part of the pain is physical. I just had a baby. I’m overweight. I was JUST cleared to work out. I’m in high altitude. I’m no longer 18.

Part of it is mental. I USED to be able to run fast. I USED to be able to run for miles. I USED to run easily. For fun. I used to weigh a lot less. I used to fit in my running skorts! When you think about where you’ve been as opposed to where you are now, it can be discouraging.

Back to the run. By mile .35 miles my left calf was burning. Just great. And then it sorta stopped working. The perpetual almost cramp that causes you to run with a funny tilt and praying it doesn’t become a full blown cramp. And while your new running buddy, or possible running buddy stares at you strangely, you hope you don’t fall. Like this is a serious concern.

But, I made it. And it wasn’t pretty. I was a sweaty mess. I ran upstairs thinking Q was in the shower, but he was sleeping, I’d only heard the lawn sprinklers coming on. Sad. I headed back down the stairs only to have my calf finally seize and cramp causing me to catapult down the stairs. Awesome.

Between the jog and the stairs – I’m nothing if not graceful.

Honestly, I’m just glad it is over and that I’m not pregnant anymore. I’d much rather workout and have a beautiful baby than pregnant with a valid excuse.



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World Cup Fever

…is real over here! Q believes in indoctrinating the girls with soccer early on in their rearing.  And, as you can tell, Q already has his game face on… This is the face I imagine when I envision our girls bringing home potential mates… Good luck boys because this man loves to lift weights, but he LOVES his girls MORE!


I think she’s pretty. And she’s SO intent on the game. And with that hair, she fits right in!


I love her. If she could have, she would have been biting her nails when the  Chile and Brazil game came to PK’s!!!


I started an account on MyFitnessPal. Holey Moley! Um, surprise, I’m eating too much! Gaining control of portions will definitely lead to successful weight loss. Pregnancy is not my friend and I was sick every day, after every meal, so I got used to eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. (This happened with Sooner as well.) Bad news – once you stop throwing up all the calories you consume suddenly count. The good news is that I stopped getting sick.

Now that the dust has settled on this tiny person joining our family, it is time to find my new normal.

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Nutrition – It Frustrates Me

I want to eat healthy. I want to cook healthy foods for my family. I want to lose the baby weight in a healthy manner.

I feel like I am lacking in knowledge. I am so confused over low carb, high protein, macro nutrients, calorie counting, 80%/20%, paleo, gluten free… The list goes on and on and on.

To be honest, I don’t even understand it all!


I just don’t.

I’m ready to have this baby so that we can do MORE hiking.


Snow hiking is fabulous, BUT not when you are 36 weeks. Uncoordinated. And waiting to fall at every turn. All while holding the hand of an unsteady 2 year old…


And then after baby comes out, preferably before, I have to figure out this 80/20 thing. Time to give it a whirl.

And we can go back to hiking. Hiking where I can see my feet.




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Gym Rat

It’s no secret that I LOVE going to the gym. For the LONGEST time I didn’t get why other people didn’t.

And then I had a kid. And then another. By now I realize that my body holds onto fat for what feels like forever. My body stupidly thinks that I could starve it at any moment and therefore holds onto every possible morsel of fat so that I can feed my baby. You know, just in case… With Gooner I wore my fat pants for forever…and then one day I didn’t. Awesome. BUT, even if I can’t fit into all my fab spring gear I’m not throwing in the towel. I’m going to continue to work out and that means going to the gym…over weight.

Not a big deal right? I mean I had a baby 4 months ago. But you see NO ONE AT THE GYM KNOWS THAT!!!! My chest is abnormally big because I’m lactating and my hips are wide from childbirth and I have a foopah because hello ONE year of pregnancy. Oh yes, because I had a miscarriage and then became pregnant right away I was pregnant from March of 2011 to February 2012. My body went through A LOT! I wish I didn’t have to start AGAIN from where I’m at, but I am.

CLEARLY they are worth it. BUT that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sting when I get LOOKS. Especially in the free weight area. Some of the looks men people give me are EVIL. As if I’m not worth the space I’m taking up. Whatev, this is a pic of half of me after Gooner… DUDE, I won’t look like this forever.

I just wish I could wear apparel that says CUT ME SOME SLACK I’M SINGLE HANDEDLY FEEDING A HUMAN. Yah, it’s ALL ME folks and my body knows it. And so it’s going to hold onto the fat for quite some time. Prob a few more months, like all through the summer. THIS means we either feed our kid formula OR I suck it up and look overweight and soft until she eats more solids instead of me.

All this to say, I understand why some folks don’t like to go to the gym. You DO get stared at. Bratty twig girls DO roll their eyes and men WILL try to push you out of their space. BUT BUT BUT, you don’t want to be overweight forever. At least I don’t. SO, it’s worth it. Forget about them. Imagine they don’t exist.

As for me, I will continue to feed my kid my milk until she bites me. That’s my rule.

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The Sickies Visited Our House

Who knows WHAT we have…but we have it. We as in me, Sooner and Gooner. Q somehow managed to stay healthy through all this. When I saw a doctor, he made the following comment: ” it looks like you have Influenza H1N1.” Um, awesome. I can now tell you that although I didn’t know what I had at that moment, I highly doubted that I had Influenza H1N1. I mean c’mon. A rapid strep test showed that however much inflamed and SUPER painful my throat was I did not have strep throat. It was a minor relief but I had a fever for 3 straight days while Q was stuck at work until Midnight during those days… So I had the girls on my own, WITH a fever, with no help.

Our SUPER kind neighbor offered to do ANYTHING she could to help, but if I had “avian flu” um, she needed to stay FAR away from me. If I had been desperate though, I could have had her pick something up, told her to hold her breath and drop it at my front door. So I coughed a lot, had a hard time swallowing, and randomly threw up. Whatever I had, it wasn’t fun. MEANWHILE both girls had pink eye. And Gooner had a fever and was constantly coughing. For awhile I wasn’t sure we were going to make it. Sooner is healthy now and so is Gooner. As for me, holy cow, I’m still canceling play dates. I lost my voice for a few days ago and I felt isolated and incapable of communicating to the world. It was weird. Gooner handled it pretty well, but every now and then she would puts her arms around me and sweetly ask, “Mom, can you talk to me?” In response to her question I pointed to my throat and she patted my arm saying, “It’s ok Mom. I love you.” I am so glad that whatever I had is going away!

Onto PBB (Post Baby Body)

A month ago I spoke to my sister about wanting The Fitbit to assist in my weight loss and then BOOM, it arrived on my doorstep a week later. Um Yah, she’s awesome. Although she said it was for my birthday in August, she encourage me to start using it immediately. And I did RIGHT AWAY. So April’s total weight loss: 4.4 pounds! Woohoo! SO, that’s about 1.1 pounds a week. Well actually, I restricted my calories drastically in hopes of trying to lose 2 pounds a week and it affected my milk supply which = cranky baby. SO, I added in a plethora of calories and Sooner was much happier. I GUESS I’m going to have to be content with one pound a week for the time being. But as long as the scale is moving DOWN I’m a happy camper. My clothes are starting to feel better and for that I am grateful!

A few of you have asked how much I want to lose and the truth is…I don’t know. I have an idea of how I would LIKE to look and feel. I was the most comfortable in my skin while attending college. I worked out A LOT and spent a lot of time outdoors and ate healthy food. But now I’ve had babies my body HAS changed so I don’t know what looks and feels good for me anymore. In fact I haven’t felt truly comfortable with my body since having babies. I did NOT get to my happy place after Gooner, but I’d like to get there this time around. And I’ll get there one pound at a time… I even lost a pound while on vacation at my Mom’s! She’d even made German Chocolate Cake with this yummy coconut frosting and I had to remind myself HOURLY to say NO! For ME, it is easier to have NOTHING than to treat myself a little. I know, experts say not to deny yourself or you will binge. But for me, I’m NOT satisfied with one bite…I want the whole piece…which I CAN and WILL do once I’m maintaining (in moderation). While trying to lose FAT, it just doesn’t make sense to EAT fat. Also, part of my motivation is Q’s level of fitness. Now I will NEVER have the body fat % that he has BUT he is very disciplined and he works hard for his body. He RARELY eats fatty or junk food and he never misses a work out. Yesterday he was getting his yellow fever vaccine for an upcoming business trip and the nurse exclaimed in frustration, “I just can’t find any fat on your arm!” – That will NEVER happen to me.

And here’s a picture from our recent vacation in Texas:

And for all 6 of you that continue to check my blog every day…God bless you!

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Body Gospel by Beach Body

Have you heard of Body Gospel? It’s like RIP MY EYES OUT annoying. I thought that since I LOVE Turbo Fire I would automatically LOVE Body Gospel. I started this workout about 3 weeks after having Sooner. I only worked out IF I felt fabulous; if I didn’t, I would do a Leslie Sansone walking video, or sit the day out. I thought Body Gospel would be GREAT since I’d birthed a baby and would therefore need something challenging yet easy.

First off, the music is bad. REALLY bad. I actually LIKE praise music. I can totally get a good run in while listening to David Crowder and Delirious? I come home feeling invigorated and awesome. But the music in Body Gospel is straight up OLD SCHOOL gospel. Um, really? And the instructor uses phrases like, “Spiritual Guns and Blessed Buns.” And exercises like “infinity arms” and the “David Cha cha”. Because we ALL know that David did the cha cha for the Lord.

Secondly there are some crazy moves, and not in a fun challenging way. No, it’s in a super annoying in the do-I-really-have-to-do-this kind of way. I have good knees. I have no problems running, kick boxing, Turbo Fire, Step, Aqua Zumba 😉  Body Gospel includes long legged jumps while moving up and back that make me say OUCH!

One of the workouts is 10 minutes 45 second long. TOTAL. You do this at least twice a week. The workout is called “Stretch in the Spirit.” How am I supposed to lose weight in ten minutes? Yah….not me.

I’m on Day 19 of 30 days. I want to finish. I HATE NOT finishing. Yet at the same time I am dreading working out. So, your opinion please!

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Week 2: Weighty Tuesday

I’m overweight. I KNOW I just had a baby…you don’t need to remind me. It’s NORMAL to have a jelly belly after your belly has been stretched HUGE and you have LARGE ta ta’s if you are breast feeding…which I am. I lost an initial 22 pounds and then did NOT pay attention and gained 5 pounds in a couple weeks. Who knows what happened, I was 3 weeks post baby and the body does crazy things after it has created a human. I didn’t sweat it. I lost a couple pounds. And THEN I remained the same. I don’t see this as a BAD thing because I honestly needed to know where I was.

I’m working out at a moderate level for 30 minutes 6 days a week.  My 6 week appointment is next week and THEN I will kick my workout program it into a higher gear. I feel great, but I don’t want to go CRAZY until the midwife says I can.

ANYWAY, I just had a baby and, based on my BMI, I sit pleasantly in the overweight category. Um, gross feeling! My body has changed AGAIN with baby number 2 AND these extra pounds are kinda yucky. Ok, not kinda, but definitely. I RESPECT what my body went through, but I REFUSE to sit idly by and see MORE pounds creep on or become complacent and buy clothes to fit my widened body.

That being said I am going to share with you – on Tuesdays – how I did. I LOVE fitness, but it is a lot harder to enjoy it when you are over weight and JUST had a baby. I’m not here to tell you what to do but to encourage you wherever you are in your journey. I DO believe you are what you eat. If you eat crap you will look and feel like crap. True story.

Childbirth is worth it, but boy it takes a toll on your body!

So that being said, I lost 2 pounds this week. How are YOU doing in your healthy lifestyle???

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It is that time again! The time where one looks back on the year with happiness OR regret; where one realizes one is thinner OR fatter; where one wanted to run a half marathon and it never happened because one got pregnant… Or that you survived another year through this “economy” and that your husband still has a job. Woo hoo! Q and I set out 2011 with some pretty hefty goals and we knew we had some hard work ahead of us to make that happen. And they happened. And we are quite pleased.

And now it is time to think about 2012…as a family of 4! Seriously??? Wow. Apparently I have been in denial since a few weeks ago when my midwife leaned over, put her hand on my knee and calmly stated that “La, you will have this baby. Soon.” Now that my belly has popped out in gargantuan proportions there is no denying it. As if I would want to! Get out, get out, get out!!!!!!!! Not really – I’m only 35 weeks pregnant BUT entering the new year “miserable” isn’t all THAT fun. On that same note, Sooner is Sunny Side Up – we are spine to spine and she is pretty much transverse or sideways. Seriously? My long torso gives our babies room to maneuver! Hopefully Sooner knows what to do on game day just like her big sister Gooner did on HER birthday. Gooner was breach until one day…she wasn’t! Maybe her sister will be the same?

So I’m entering 2012 with an upper respiratory cold or something. I’m on like day 12 of this “thing” and I’m over it.  The only thing worse than being 9 months pregnant is being 9 months pregnant AND sick. Yuck!

I think 2012 is going to turn into a huge fitness/weight loss year full of goals for me! Currently we have a vacation to a tropical island for Christmas on the books. Um, wearing a swim suit in front of Q’s family might be enough to kick my booty into gear!  Actually just feeling better will be enough, BUT I will be breast feeding again so the weight loss WILL be slow… But slow and steady wins the race. Q and I are interested in running in a few races next year. I’m anxious to find out what YOU guys are planning for 2012. OR are you NOT planners?

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Weighty Issues: Wk. 26

I’ve gained 10 pounds thus far in this pregnancy. Due to my battle with the scale AFTER Gooner was born, it is REALLY hard to see the scale go up.

It’s all for a good cause. Believe me. I get it. I feel her move…all the time. She’s a super happy reminder of why getting sick in the bathroom and why most food sounds gross to me. It’s worth it. And the clothing… If I could wear yoga pants all day every day, I think I’d be fine but my pregnancy jeans…have mercy! I just don’t feel like the adorable pregnant lady that I SEE at Target. I feel more like the blimp whose wedding rings no longer fit…

Self image is a tender thing. Even watching what I eat, I am noticing things changing…perhaps softening? I’ve been working out 6 days a week and THAT has been great YET, I KNOW what is coming…and I’m not talking about labor. I’m talking about that after labor JELLY feeling. When you realize you can touch your backbone through your stomach because your abs are GONE. And though you have just GIVEN BIRTH – the marathon of your life – you realize just how much work you have yet to do.

And truthfully, it will be here soon. I got a coupon in the mail that expires one day after Sooner is due.

Gooner and I tried to get a belly shot for you….it didn’t work.

Surprised that it is almost November and we are in spaghetti straps? Don’t be, it’s currently 77!!!!

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