Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Mother's love

In my post yesterday you all read how my life hasn't seen any drastic changes since the birth of my child. That does NOT mean that I haven't seen any changes. In a way you could say that every single part of my life has changed, but certainly not drastically. So for those of you who are thinking of having a baby in the near future here are a few of the changes that I've experienced since Mariah was born.

  • Before Mariah was born Jack and I spent most nights cuddled on the couch with a bottle of wine and a movie. Now we spend most nights cuddled on the couch with a glass of wine (if we're in the mood), a movie, a baby, and a baby bottle. There's also several singing toys that like to join us as well. 
  • So long to being on time or cooking a meal that isn't burnt. Mariah has a tendency to instantly need something as soon as it's time to walk out the door or just as dinner is ready to be taken out of the oven.
  • We can no longer travel to the store or go shopping with out an entire car filled with various things. Even so we are always missing the one thing Mariah wants which means we have to stop whatever we are doing go back into the car and drive home to get whatever she needs.
  • Instead of listening to the radio in the car we get to listen to the sweet sounds of baby talk or the wonderful cries of baby screaming her lungs out, because Miss Mariah does not enjoy car rides.
  • 7:30am is considered sleeping in
  • Nap time is one of the most treasured things in my life. 9 times out of 10 I'd rather nap than anything else.
  • Getting to do anything is 10 times more exciting than it used to be. When Jack and I go out to dinner it's similar to the feeling you'd get if you just won a free trip to Disney World.
  • Spit up has become just another accessory to my outfit.
  • My purse currently is filled with a pair of baby shoes, a pacifier, and a diaper.
  • There's no level of stress that isn't instantly relieved at the end of the day by my sweet baby's smile.
  • Leaving the house is far more dreadful than before and I avoid it like the plague.
  • Grocery shopping now takes 1.5-2 hours
  • Free time no longer exists
  • People no longer care about you when you walk in the room which is absolutely fine, because it's so amazing watching people dote all over your baby.
  • All our extra money is now spent on diapers, formula, and baby clothes lots and lots of baby clothes. Buying baby clothes has actually become quite an addiction.
  • The biggest change is you immediately are able to love like you never have in your life. A mother's love is unlike any other love in the world and it is by far the greatest feeling I have ever felt.
So yes, to say there have been changes in my life since Mariah has been born would be an understatement. However, I guess it would depend on the person to determine whether or not these changes would be considered drastic. Maybe they are drastic and I just don't see them that way; everything I do now just has an additional step. Life now has so much more meaning and is so much more entertaining. Who cares if the most exciting thing Jack and I do is watch a movie without reading the description. Becoming a mom is the absolute most best thing that has ever happened to me and is equivalent to what I imagine Heaven is like.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Being a mom

A while back I read a post or a quote saying "if your life hasn't drastically changed since becoming a parent you are doing something wrong." For awhile this quote haunted me, because frankly Jack and my life has not changed drastically since having Mariah. I thought that I was a bad parent and that I was doing something wrong. Then I thought, wait a minute who is this quote to tell me whether or not I'm a good parent? Not only that, but if your life drastically changes after having a child wouldn't that mean that you were not necessarily ready for a child? Either way I don't think it's very fair to judge what makes any one a good parent or a bad parent. Mariah is a very happy and healthy baby girl who sleeps through the night and rarely cries, which could only mean I must be doing something right, right?

My whole point is that every body is so quick to judge another's parenting styles when instead we should really be embracing them. There is no such thing as a perfect parent and just because you chose to raise your child differently does not mean you are doing anything wrong. The only bad parenting style are the ones that don't exist. I can't even tell you how many times I've seen parents neglect their kids or chose drugs instead. That my friends is bad parenting, when you are trying to sell your food stamps for heroin money, you are NOT a good parent. If you love your child and would do anything for them chances are you are an amazing parent and don't let any one, any quote, or any book tell you otherwise. Only YOU can decide what is best for your child.

These are just too adorable I had to share.

Monday, June 24, 2013

I want to be a part of it New York, New York

So I'm pretty excited at how well my diet plan is working, considering it's not a real "diet." As long as I stick to it and don't get off track (which I some how do every weekend) I lose 5oz to a pound every day. What I do is very simple; I eat 4-5 small meals a day, I stay away from fried foods, sugar, sodas, and white bread. I work out for a minimum of 30 minutes a day burning anywhere between 400-1000 calories and I drink about 90 oz of water. See? not that hard, I still get to eat most of the foods I love and frankly I truly enjoy my morning workouts.

In other news my laptop died this weekend and I suddenly realized how much I truly depended on my meal planning and budget printables. I've been oh so very slowly losing my mind these past few days. I'm not sure when to pay bills, how much I should have in the bank, how much I should  be saving, I am completely clueless. Not a great start to making sure we have enough in the bank for our New York trip. Oh wait did I not mention that? Yes Jack and I will be going to New York City for July 4th, all expenses paid. That's right hotel is free, travel is free, and my boss is giving me a little spending money. We will be staying right in Chelsea at the Eventi hotel and on July 4th Allstate is hosting a huge BBQ at Hudson terrace with free food and an OPEN bar.

Eventi Hotel

I am so beyond excited for this trip Jack and I so desperately need a vacation, plus I realized last night that this will be the first vacation that I've taken since I've turned 21 where I will be able to drink.

I've been to New York City more than enough times so I really don't have too much interest in seeing all the normal touristy destination sights, but I did make a list of things I must do while I'm there.

  • Must get a traditional New York slice of Pizza
  • Must eat chinese food
  • Eat at an italian restaurant
  • Shop at Macy's
  • Go to a rooftop bar
  • Go see Cinderella on Broadway (because it's on Broadway now, did any one else know that? because I lost my mind when I found out)

I am also completely aware that half of my musts involve eating and you know what I am quite okay with that.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Meal Theme Days!

Meal Planning has recently become quite a chore for me. Cooking for 5 is much harder than cooking for 2; and it's been mentioned more than once by my family that I cook way too much chicken. I like chicken what can I say. With our grocery bill continuing to grow I finally broke down and bought a Sam's Club card which has been amazing, I saved $30 last week by shopping there, but it also means I need to add one more grocery store to my long trip and one more calculation to find where I can get products cheapest. These factors a long with our new dietary restrictions, such as no refined carbs, has made what was once a 30 minute process a 2 hour long process. If you ask me that's way too much time for meal planning, but you know what there are a lot of recipes on pinterest.

I saw online somewhere doing theme nights for food making it easier to plan what meals you want to cook when. This way when you are looking at a huge inventory of recipes you are narrowing it down to say just casseroles or just chicken dishes. I tried doing this last week and love it. This new process made my meal planning so much quicker by making it easier to choose what meals I wanted to cook that week. It still took me a good hour, but hey it's better than two! Here's a preview of what our weekly meals are.

Try it, it's super fun, even if you only do it for a week. Share with me any ideas you may have for a theme day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Meal Planner Printout

So I have literally been trying to figure this out for the past week. I'm really trying to find a way to easily share all my forms, planning tools etc with you for the least amount of money possible. I was able to figure it out once before and can't remember how I did it. I was able to get this one together and it's available until June 24th. I wish it was available permanently, but unfortunately I can't figure out how to do that yet. If it is past June 24th and you still want to print it out email me or comment and I'd be more than happy to send you the link.

Here is a blank copy of the meal/workout planner I've created for myself. Just click on the link below and download the copy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My progress

So as you all know I was feeling really down about my lack of progress losing weight. I decided last night after I made my workout journal that I would post my dreaded before picture. I have been putting this off since I took the picture, because I hated the way I looked so much and was just too embarrassed. I'm still pretty horrified to post these, but I think it's really important. I took these a couple months ago when I was about 10 lbs heavier than I am now.

You can see where I still have the large stomach from being pregnant, not attractive in any way. I decided today to take a current "progress" picture. I was shocked at what I found I look completely different and even though I'm only 10lbs lighter it looks (I think) like I lost a lot more than that.

This made me feel so good about myself like I was actually getting there. Below I put each photo side by side.

I feel like my arms haven't changed at all, but I'm still working on those. These pictures brought me so much joy and motivation. I absolutely can't wait to show you all the next set of pictures in a month!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Workout journal

So yesterday I was feeling pretty down about my lack of progress losing weight. After some encouraging words from a friend I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and figure out a better way to keep on track. I use Myfitnesspal religously as you all know, but I felt like I needed more. I track all my calories eaten and burned online all through the work week, but then Friday hits and I completely stop. Not only do I stop tracking my calorie intake, but I start taking in a lot of extra calories and not doing anything to burn them off. I tallied up what I ate on Sunday, 2,800 calories, um that is not okay. My daily goal is supposed to be 1,500 so on the weekends I was eating 1,000-1,500 more than my goal. So it's pretty obvious why I would lose weight all week then gain it back on the weekends. 

Well folks I am not going to let this happen anymore, I am done with being overweight and done with making excuses. I have totally changed the way I am doing things. First thing is I decided I needed to set smaller goals instead of saying "I want to lose 65lbs by next year" I broke it down more. I would like to lose 40lbs by next November where I will be attending a wedding in Texas. To accomplish this goal I will need to lose 8lbs a month or 2lbs a week. Instead of focusing on that 40lbs that needs to be gone I'm focusing on the 2lbs I need to lose this week. When I was choosing to pay attention to the 40lbs I would put changing my habits off "oh I'll make sure my diet starts tomorrow" tomorrow turns into a week then into a month. Choosing to keep my eyes on the 2lbs I need to loose this week makes it easier to achieve my goal. Not only is it harder to put off my diet, but it is also more encouraging when you are reaching a goal every week. 

To make sure I stay on track I have created a workout journal. This is the beginning to my health and fitness binder I'm going to be starting soon. I am in love with it, it's a great way to keep me on track, see my goals coming to life, and see if I'm slacking. I am so excited to keep using it and I'm hoping this helps me big time. 

I hope you guys love this as much as I do. Feel free to print this off and share it with friends!

Monday, June 3, 2013


I have been a horrible blogger recently and have not made a post in over a week! I have been working on a whole mess of things to share with you all. Some of these things include a meal planner, a life binder, a recipe binder, a workout binder, and a planner. I'm super excited about everything, but unfortunately I've been so busy I haven't been able to do much. I've been currently trying to figure out the best way to use my coupons and create a grocery shopping list. I am in the process of trying several different methods and when I find the best one I'll share it with you all!

I have also been on an emotional landslide with my my weight issues I've pretty much plateaued on the scale and it's making me super depressed. I cut out all white breads and soda and most sugars, I work out 4-5 times a week and it's not seeming to make a huge difference. Now that the summer heat is here being overweight is the last thing I want to be.

It has also been a very stressful time in my life trying to plan a wedding, save up for our first house, and lose 60lbs all in the next year. Why am I trying to do this all at once? I'm pretty sure I'm crazy. I'm going to try and be much better about posting in the future! So keep your eye out for these exciting things.