Friday, June 24, 2016

Final 21 Day Fix Results

The nitty-gritty deets: 8 pounds and 4.5 total inches lost (I took measurements on my arm (stayed the same), chest (-2), waist (stayed the same), hips (-.5) and thigh (-2).

Shakeology: I drank Shakeology every day for the last 19 days (Usually 5 oz coffee, 5 oz almond milk, ice, chocolate shakeology, banana, scoop of organic natural peanut butter, 1 T chia seeds). Other than it being rather delicious and feeling like a special dessert shake, I don't think I really noticed any difference in energy levels, curbed cravings, etc.

Is the product worth $5/day? No. But buying it allowed me to be in an online support group that I did need. Without the group and others posting their meals and sweaty selfies after workouts, I would've quit much sooner. Will I be buying another bag of Shakeology? No.

Bummers: Even though I've been rocking it and lost 10 lbs before vacation this week, still none of my clothes fit. (I literally have 1 pair of jean shorts that fit because I bought them 2 weeks ago at Old Navy. Otherwise, only gym shorts and leggings fit. Neither of my nursing friendly dresses or skirts fit either...) So, I ventured to Target and Walmart in hopes of finding at least 2 shirts and a pair of shorts to take on vacation and let's just say it was rather discouraging. XL swim suits were too small, size 14 pants wouldn't button... I know they're just irrelevant numbers, but when I'm used to wearing an 8 from most stores, thinking about buying a size 16 was too much.

Getting exercise in is still my struggle... if I don't go on a walk asap when the kids get up, then my only other real option is to do a workout video while they both are napping. But that's also the only time I have to really get anything done (dishes, baking, prepping dinner, cleaning, ME TIME, napping.. you know :) )

The Non-Scale Victories #nsv: My self-discipline really surprised me! I've never stuck to a diet change for more than a week. Ever. So the fact I made it over THREE WEEKS is astonishing. Every day I made choices that I couldn't believe I had the will-power to make: passing up homemade cheesecake and garlic bread at the same meal, not eating my favorite pasta or ice cream at Valentino's, going on a walk at 6:30am to ensure I fit my exercise in that day.. I mean really, am I superwoman or what? =)

As I head into a week of vacation, it's unrealistic to stick to my clean eating 100% because a) eating out and b) we take turns cooking meals for each other, so I will eat what is made for me. However, I do plan on limiting those indulgences and making the meals work for me as much as possible. (Example: When my sister makes burgers, I won't eat the bun or the chips!)

I'm hoping that after another 5 weeks I'll be able to fit into my work clothes!!

I would post my before/after photos, but.. no thanks :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Week #3

Recipe Notables from the Week
Zucchini Lasagna: Cut zucchini in half length wise and scoop out some with a spoon to make a boat. Thin layer of cottage cheese (or ricotta). Add a layer of meat and spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Super easy.

Banana Muffins: I added blueberries, chia seeds, used whole wheat flour, and made as muffins instead of a loaf of bread. Delicious!! Scott even liked them and normally he doesn't like "healthy" recipe versions.

Buffalo Cauliflower:
Cut up head of cauliflower. Brush with mixture (2T olive oil, 1/4c. buffalo sauce). Sprinkle with garlic powder. Bake for 20 min at 350. Yum!

Chocolate Shakeology
"Almond Joy" =  Add coconut milk, shredded coconut, almond extract. I did not like this... 
"Chunk Monkey" = Add banana, almond milk, peanut butter. This is my favorite... Sometimes I add cold coffee instead of almond milk (if I didn't drink my coffee from the day before =) 
"Banana Split" = Add almond milk, banana, strawberries. Ehhh, okay. 

I still need to improve in this area. It's so easy for me to make excuses: I need to nap, it's too hot outside for a walk, too hard to find the time with 2 kids, etc... I did manage 3 walks this week. 

Progress Another 2 lbs down. 8 total since May 31st. I realize this is great progress, but it's so hard when I just want my clothes to fit! I'm still living in workout shorts, leggings, and Scott's L t-shirts. I ventured to Target today, hoping to snag a new swimsuit and a shirt or two for vacation next week to Lake Michigan. Everything I tried on was XL, and everything was too small. So depressing... 

Friday, June 10, 2016

7 QTs: Week 2

Week Two Recap!

ONE. Meal prep
is essential for me staying on track. I have no time to make lunch during the week between the two kiddos needing my attention; also, if I make my husband's lunch then he won't buy it (= save $$). If I don't pre-make salads, I will NEVER choose to make a salad when I actually get hungry, but if it's the only thing already made, then I'll eat it. I also pre-made fruit cups!

TWO. Iced coffee is my new jam. 

THREE. I've been trying to get in my daily walks, but I'm still finding it hard to get everyone on the same page at the right time, etc. I got in 3 this week!

Post walk selfie

FOUR. My Shakeology arrived Wednesday-- it is tasty. My favorite recipe so far: chocolate shakeology + banana + coffee + peanut butter + ice. Now is it worth the exorbitant price of 5.00 a day??? (which is what it costs after tax and shipping.) NO. But I needed a jump start motivator... full review to come. I've only had it for 3 days so I can't tell if it is affecting me or not yet,

FIVE. For our 3rd anniversary we happy houred at Railcar and feasted on roasted brussel sprouts, BBQ pork nachos, and pretzel crusted cheese curds. YUM! Plus I had a fruity martini and a Moscow Mule. Then we played Pandemic and devoured turtle cheesecake. Obviously, none of this was "clean," but it was all delicious and our anniversary was definitely a special occasion that warranted a calorie splurge.

SIX. Total pounds lost in 11 days = 6!

SEVEN. Kid pics!
Caught a smile! She's 5.5 weeks already!

Loving his water table on the deck

Obsessed with his balloon courtesy of HyVee
Happy Weekend!

For more quick takes, head over to Kelly's page.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Playlist

There's definitely a certain "feel" to a good sumer jam: fun, care-free, danceable, happy. Here's my Summer Spotify playlist I put on to get me in a groovin' mood =)

1. Can't Stop the Feelin by JT
2. Pride by American Authors
3. Brand New by Ben Rector
4. Better Place by Rachel Platton
5. Rock Bottom by Hailee Steinfeld
6. America's Sweetheart by Elie King
7. Wild Things by Aleesia Cara
8. Oasis by A Great Big World
9. Lost Boy by Ruth B (This is not a normal "summer" song, but I'm obsessed with it and I quite figure out why!)
10. Hallelujah by Andy Grammar

What are your fav songs this summer? I need to add more to my list!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Day 5

Breakfast: cup of hot coffee, then a cup of iced coffee, quinoa banana bar

Lunch: salad (with carrots, celery, green peppers, craisins, nuts, cucumber) + fruit (grapes, mandarin oranges, strawberries)

Snack: Smoothie (coffee, almond milk, natural peanut butter, 2 bananas, chia seeds, ice)

Dinner: Mexican rice bowl (Taco seasoning mixed with black beans, corn, tomatoes over brown rice + lettuce) and some grapes

Snack: plain popcorn

Workout: none again. Ohmygosh I am having trouble figuring it out with these two kiddos..  (because I only have time to either workout or shower and depending on the day's activities.. sometimes I need the shower!)

* I feel like Norah has been eating on both sides for a long time and still acting a little hungry, so I'm trying to eat more even though I haven't been all that hungry because I don't want to lose my milk!

Day 6

Breakfast: whole wheat bagel (not "clean") with natural peanut butter. Coffee.

Lunch: My parents took me out to Le Peep. It's hard to get something that isn't a salad! I ordered 2 pieces of French toast, 2 pieces of turkey bacon and coffee. I didn't use syrup or anything on my French toast, and it was surprisingly still tasty. And more coffee. Probably too much coffee... (I never pay attention to the amount of caffeine I consume a day when pregnant/nursing; hopefully Norah doesn't decide to be touchy with it.)

Snack: Quinoa banana bar

Dinner: Hobo packet (hamburger, red potato, green pepper, zucchini, carrots on the grill), grapes

Snack: Carrot cake Larabar (I had one of these a few years ago and thought it was so gross. Today, I actually thought it tasted great! I'm excited to try the other flavors I got (lemon cake and cappuccino).

Workout: 30 minute walk with the double stroller.. lots of hills on the route I took today which basically made it an arm workout too.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Norah is 1 month old!

Norah is getting cuter by the day :)

She sleeps for 4 hours at first, but then is up every 2.5 hours after that. She now wakes up, eats, and immediately goes back to sleep- so usually I'm only up for 15min or so. She takes rockin naps during the day too. Usually a 2-3 hour one in the morning and afternoon. Then the rest of the day she's awake or just dozes for a little bit at a time.

She loves to eat, but is rather lazy and takes her sweet time.

Norah doesn't like the bath or her carseat. She likes being swaddled, sung to, and being worn in the Moby.

She hasn't had a bottle yet because I've only pumped a few times (I. Hate. Pumping.). Tomorrow Scott and I are going out for our anniversary, so my mom volunteered to babysit and give her her first bottle then. Hopefully she eats and doesn't cry the whole time I'm gone. Eek.

Luke likes her 95% of the time. He gets her pacifier if she's crying, throws her diapers away, gives her kisses, and tries to pick her up (before I intervene!).

Friday, June 3, 2016

Day 4

Breakfast: Coffee and Apple Pie Overnight Oats (Combine: 1/2c. rolled oats, 1/4c. unsweetened applesauce, 1/4c. ish almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg. Cover and put in fridge overnight. Add cut up apples + more cinnamon on top in the morning. Warm in the microwave for 45 seconds.)

I'm not a huge oatmeal fan, but I thought I'd try this anyway... yuck. I ate about 1/3 of it. Then I ate one of those muffins.

Snack: Iced latte with almond milk ($$$, but tasty) from Aroma's at their story time! (They were handing out FREE chocolate chip cookies; I fed it to Luke and didn't even sneak a bite. Go me!)

Lunch: Salad (with carrots, nuts, taco meat)

Snack: Quinoa Banana Bar (I added a handful of chocolate chips-- totally not "approved" but whatever!-- some shredded coconut and some chia seeds too.)
Thoughts: definitely interesting. Chewy texture but the uncooked quinoa adds some crunch. Very filling, good snack I'll probably make again but in a bigger pan so they're not so thick.

Dinner: Smoothie (banana, almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, ice, plain greek yogurt)

Workout: None. Again.

Side note: If you have't read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, you should. Ohmygosh, I couldn't stop reading it. Basic premise: (set in Ohio in the 70s) A 16 year old girl (Lydia) goes missing and the clues to what happened to her unravel slowly throughout the novel, all coming together beautifully (and tragically) at the end. However, I'm not sure I'd classify the book as a mystery only because so much of the focus is on the other family members and their stories. Most of the book tells stories from the characters past in an intriguing 3rd person omniscient narration. I would LOVE to discuss this book with someone, especially the ideas of gender, race and perspective that are interwoven throughout. Go read it!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Day 2

Breakfast: Smoothie (coffee, almond milk, 2 bananas, chia seeds, plain greek yogurt, natural peanut butter)

Snack: Zucchini Banana Muffin-- They're not delicious because there is little to no flavor-- even with the vanilla, banana, cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe by flavor I mean there just isn't sugar. Ha. But they do satisfy my bread/carb craving.

Lunch: Salad (with carrots, celery, chicken, nuts) and Fruit cup (strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, blackberries)

Snack: Another muffin

Dinner: Grilled tilapia, broccoli, sweet potato waffles (These were gross. They just didn't have any flavor...)

Snack: another muffin. Ha! Totally an emotional eat... I was stuck cluster feeding Norah for 2 hours, then she choked and threw up ALL over me, her, and my bed. After cleaning everything up she wanted to eat more! By that point it was 11:30 and I was exhausted.. and hungry. So muffin in was!

Workout: 30 minute walk with the double stroller

Day 3

Breakfast: Coffee and Muffin en route to help at my sister's garage sale. (At said garage sale, Luke consistently tried to run into the street!! Ahhh!! Chasing after him sure felt like a workout.)
** Amazingly did not eat a cookie bar my sister had made... yay me!

Lunch: Salad (with carrots, celery, chicken, and nuts)

Snack: Fruit cup (cantaloupe, pineapple)

Dinner: Taco bowl (brown rice, mixed veggies, lettuce, taco meat and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese) -- rather delicious! 

Snack: a muffin

I almost made today a diet pop day, but told myself to wait an hour and see if I still really wanted it. Three hours went by and I had forgotten about it!! # win

I've only drank 50 oz of water though... aiming for around 90.

Workout: none. Oops.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 1

I'm four weeks out from Norah's birth date, and there is still a lot of extra weight hanging around (which wasn't the case with Luke!).

So starting yesterday and until vacation on June 25th I will be aiming to:
1) eat clean -- no processed foods, minimal grains/dairy/sugar, one or two diet cokes a week (techincally not allowed, but if I want to do this as a "lifestyle" change, it's unrealistic for me to give up my diet soda completely).
2) work out 30 minutes a day -- I won't have the "go-ahead" from my doctor for another two weeks, so I'll just be walking (and pushing a double stroller-- ohmygosh heavy and awkward) at the beginning before hopefully doing some at-home Turbo Jam or Zumba videos.

I'm hoping this will sort of "jump-start" some better habits and allow me to see some progress to help keep me motivated! We'll see. Also, since I'm breastfeeding I still need to keep up my calories. I'm not going to ever go hungry, but I am making myself choose to eat an orange when I'm hungry instead of chips.

My goal is also to post most days to hold myself accountable!

Yesterday was Day #1:
Breakfast: Fruit cup (pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, blackberries), Coffee
Snack: More pineapple
Lunch: Salad with carrots, celery, chicken, nuts
Snack: Banana chips + cashews
Dinner: Spaghetti Squash + Garlic Shrimp & Tomatoes + Broccoli