019. Updates and Stuff

I’m hoping this new design to my blog will make me post again.  I have been so tired lately and have very little energy so I haven’t been doing much of anything but taking care of Olivia.  I found out when I was pregnant that I am anemic and should be taking iron daily.  I stopped taking it for a while and I think that’s one of the reasons why I have no energy.  I started taking the iron pills again and I seem to have a little more energy.  Another issue I am having is most night Olivia doesn’t sleep through out the night and when she does sleep all night I am waking up at the times she is normally awake.  I miss the days when Olivia was 0-4 months and slept all night.. sigh.  This lack of energy and lack of sleep for Olivia is really throwing off my working out which is throwing off my diet.  Right now I’m trying to find balance in my life.

I still can’t believe that my little princess is walking.  Shes getting better at it everyday!  I teared up the first time I saw her take steps.  I put her on the floor and she stood there and she was whining because she wanted to be picked up and I took a few steps away from her to open the curtains and I said “come here Livy” and she started taking steps towards me.  She took 6 total and that was the first time she took steps without someone holding her hands.  I am so proud of her.

Tomorrow we are heading to the mall so Olivia can see Santa.  I wonder how she will react…  I am thinking shes going to look up at him and try to grab his beard lol.  

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015. Almost Seven Months..

There is a nasty little bug going around and of course my family has to get it (thanks Dave!).  So, Olivia officially has her first cold.  The poor baby’s nose is stuffy :(.  She’s actually pretty happy at the moment lol. I thought she was going to scream and cry until she feels better, but nope shes a trooper with a smile on her face.  My sinuses felt like they were going to explode out of my face for a few days.  Thankfully were all sick now because in two weeks Dave has a vacation and we will be visiting our hometown for a few days!  I always love going home and seeing everyone.

Any who, this month was a big month for Olivia.  Not only was it her half birthday (which was on my birthday!) but, she has grown so much…

  • Olivia learned to sit up on her own (on the day she turned 6 months)
  • She is officially crawling!
  • She is using everything in site to pull herself up to stand.
  • She doesn’t like to sleep that much anymore (*sigh* I miss those days..)
  • She sleeps from usually 8pm-6am with waking up several times yelling and looking for a binkie.
  • She has now added blueberries, apricots, juices, and grapes to her diet.
  • She rides in the shopping cart like a big girl.

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I really need to pay attention to this blog more.  Sometimes its difficult because I have to watch Olivia like a hawk since shes crawling and getting into EVERYTHING!  I have so much stuff I want to post and will post it! After this cold goes away I plan on getting in shape and eating clean.  Kelsey Byers and her blog really put things into perspective for me.  She says:

CARDIO: The most efficient time for fat burning is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach OR in the evenings after weight. Reason: When you wake up, your body’s glycogen storage is depleted, allowing you to burn fat instantly. As the day goes on and you eat, your glycogen storage builds up. You must burn the glycogen before you can burn fat. This is why lifting weights BEFORE evening cardio is best for fat burning. By the time you lift for 30 min or so, you have burned the glycogen and can immediately start burning fat.”

This made total sense to me so now I  will be doing cardio at 5am and again after my strength training in the pm. Check out her blog she is awesome!

012. Cleaning Up the Diet

Okay so I have a confession to make.. I haven’t been eating clean or healthy lately :x.  Bad Bad Michelle!!  I have felt the toll eating unhealthy has taken on my body, so starting tomorrow I will be back on my eat clean diet.  This means more veggies, no white flour, no excess sugar, NO SODA,  no processed foods, no artificial colors or flavors, etc.  I will be eating 5-6 small meals a day 2.5-3 hours apart.  Ive started walking with Olivia again and we will be continuing on non rainy days and I will be adding back in strength training.  I really have been slacking on both eating and working out.  A huge wake up call for me was today my daughter watched me put a couple baked potato chips in my mouth then watched me drink a soda.  The second I put down my drink I felt ashamed and awful at the message I am sending my daughter.  I should be a positive role model to her and show her a healthy active lifestyle.  I use to feel proud when she would watch me workout and she would try to do crunches with me.  Hopefully this will be the last time I will be posting that I am starting a diet again!

On a different note.. My family really enjoyed the crab cakes!  My dad is sometimes tough to please when it comes to food and he told me how much he liked my crab cakes.. woo hoo!  Tomorrow will be a recipe post!

008. Almost Four Months…

In eight days my baby girl is going to be 4 months old.  I think it was such a good idea to do my almost three months post that I decided to do it for every month.  I like being able to look back and see how much my princess has grown.  Not too much happened this month.

  • Only once so far she rolled back to belly.
  • She usually sleeps from 9pm to 9am without a 5 am feeding.  (sometimes though she still needs one.)
  • Shes been eating 4-5oz every 4-5 hours.
  • She now has rice in her bottle (I put in a teaspoon)
  • When me or my hubby ask for a kiss she’ll give one (or a bunch)
  • Shes added ut oh, love, you, and boom to her list of words.
  • We have a video on my phone of her saying I LOVE YOU.
  • She talks constantly.. lol
  • She’s been to the lake and loves sitting in the water.
  • She interacts more with the pets, especially Clark.

On a different note.. I started eating clean. I will be posting a week after eating clean how I feel and my meal and workout plan.  All I can say is so far it seems to be working out really good for me.  I feel like my body is trying to sabotage me though because now I am getting cravings for chocolate, which I never had before, and other unhealthy items.  I am not going to give in!

007. Fathers Day

Happy belated fathers day to all the fathers out there.  My guy and I celebrated fathers day by going out to a new Italian restaurant that opened near our house.  The food was okay, but there wasn’t much of a selection. I don’t think we’ll be eating there again.  We both felt bad going out because poor Olivia is teething and her gums were hurting really bad.  We gave her tylonel and it didn’t help.  It took an 830pm rush trip to cvs for baby orajel to help her.  The look on her face when the orajel was placed on her gums was priceless.  I cannot believe in  nine days my princess is going to be four months old!

Sorry this is just a quick update.  I promise to write more later 🙂

004. Almost Three Months…

I cannot believe that in six days my baby girl will be three months old!  Time really does fly by..  Olivia has grown so much since her birth and has learned so much.  Here is what happened with Olivia at two months:

  • She can roll belly to back.
  • She can say Hi, Hi-lo (trying to say hello), and da (only once and to Dave.)
  • She eats 4-5oz every 3-4 hours (except at night..)
  • She sleeps usually from 9pm to 4am then eats and sleeps until 8am.
  • She had her first fall off the bed.. luckily she is okay and not hurt, just scared.
  • She went to her first wedding (on the day she turned 2 months)
  • She can hold her neck and chest up during belly time for almost a minute and can lift her hips.
  • She wants to stand up all the time or if sitting, she has to sit like a big girl.
  • She laughs a lot (like when im working out..)
  • She can grab items (like my hair and her toys) and she can swat at items.

On a different note.. I have some recipes and stuff to add to this.  I haven’t been updating due to migraines thanks to the birth control I have inside me.  Since I had my Mirena put in ive had over 7 migraines in a month, three of which were last week.  Im one of the special people that when I get a migraine I get sensitivity to light, sound and smells, extreme head and neck pain, nausea with occasional vomiting.  When it reaches a certain point no pain relievers work.  Yeah this is not fun especially with a two month old.  I have to be able to take care of her!  Unfortunately, my insurance though welfare got cut because “two months is the postpartum period” and now I’ll have to pay out of pocket to have it taken out.  I really wish they would have looked at my file or giving me the paperwork for the Mirena before my appointment to have it placed, so I could have told them that I get migraines.

003. Healthy Me

I am starting my Healthy Me plan today and hopefully sticking to it.  I am calling it the Healthy Me plan because sometimes if you refer to it as a diet you can set yourself up for failure.  Also, this  is about not only weightloss but being happy with the inner me as well.  My goal is to lose 50 lbs by Halloween, to find confidence in myself, to not eat so much crap to reduce migraines and upset tummies.  Im not just doing this for me but also for my daughter.. I want to be a positive role model for her.  Its strange, I usually only walk with other people but I wont let anyone else see me strength train or dance but now I have to have my daughter in the room with me when Im working out.  Its fun giving her tummy time while i do ab workouts.

Im not going to jump into cutting out everything negative from my diet, I tried that before and failed on week two.  Before I got pregnant, I lost 40 lbs in 3 months.  I changed my diet slowly starting with small weekly goals.  Thanks to those darn food cravings I picked back up eating the things I cut out.  My goals for this week are :

  1. No more soda (not even diet)
  2. Add more fruits and veggies to my meals
  3. No more fried foods

Hopefully I will be successful with these goals, especially the soda!  Here is a good article to read about soda!  When I first quit drinking soda, I ended up losing 4 pounds in my first week!!

Creating a healthier lifestyle and losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness.  Not only is cardio important for a workout plan but strength training is as well.  Creating lean muscle mass will help you burn more calories.  This is the strength training plan I created so far:

  • Monday- Legs, Butt, Back
  • Tuesday- Arms, Shoulders, Chest
  • Wednesday- Abs Only
  • Thursday- Legs, Butt, Back
  • Friday- Arms, Shoulders, Chest
  • Saturday- Abs Only

I will be posting more on here about my Healthy Me plan and other fitness and nutrition facts 🙂