Less Than a Week Until #Fitcation13!

In less than one week, I will be kayaking in Morrow Bay, sipping wine, doing yoga on the beach and enjoying all that Paso Robles, California, has to offer. That’s right – I’m going to Fitcation ’13!

Pasolivo Olive Farm, image courtesy of fitcation.com

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Stress…my greatest hurdle to health.

Does anyone here stress eat? *raises hand timidly*

I’ve noticed a pattern in my adult life. When major stressors are thrown my way, I get exhausted. I feel too tired to exercise, so it’s easier not to do it even though I know that it would give me more energy. I feel bad about not exercising, which makes me feel a bit depressed. When I feel tired and depressed, I’d like to sit around. When I just sit around, snacking seems like the natural thing to do.

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#Mamavation Monday: Hospital Food, Bleh!

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I made all that progress during my Whole 30 attempt last month, but I think it all disappeared after C’s hospital stay last week. The only paleo option I could find was a salad, but that got old very fast. I’ve found that eating paleo is easy for me to stick with, but only when I’m in a routine and can plan my meals and snacks.

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#Mamavation Monday: Paleo, Baby!

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We went camping with Hubster’s family for several days last week, and it was simply impossible to eat paleo. We ate fast food, camping food, snacks, etc. Wow, did I feel it, too!

My abdomen became so bloated that I couldn’t button my jeans. It was insane. I had less energy, didn’t sleep as well and my seasonal allergies were worse. If I needed any further proof that paleo was the right lifestyle for me, that was it.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30 Update

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I had every intention of completing Whole 30. I really did.

But then, without thinking, I ate the half of granola bar that C had left on the couch. Chocolate chips and grains – decidedly not Whole 30 approved. After that slip, it was like I’d ruined my Whole 30 dedication and I couldn’t go on to complete it while honestly being able to say I did it. So, I’m going to be honest. I didn’t complete Whole 30. I completed Whole 17.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30, Week Two

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We made it! We completed the first half of Whole 30, and it feels so good to be able to say that.

Week two was rather challenging as far as cravings are concerned. It may have been stress, but I really, really wanted to stick my face in a bowl of chocolate ice cream or enjoy a delicious cupcake. Pizza commercials made me salivate. Argh!

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30, Week One

Today marks the beginning of week two of our Whole 30 challenge! I feel like the first week might be the hardest, so I’m glad to say that we did it!

Honestly, it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. Yes, there were times when I salivated over a pizza commercial on TV or daydreamed about some ice cream. I really didn’t feel deprived though. The awesome thing about Whole 30 is that you don’t track your food, so you can eat as many Whole 30-approved things that you want and are never hungry. When I feel particularly hungry or lacking in energy, I grab a hardboiled egg or snack on some cashews.

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#Mamavation Monday: Whole 30

Last week, I posed a question on my Facebook page about doing a sugar detox but not eliminating fruit. My fellow Mamavation Sista, Crystal, suggested looking into Whole 30. I’m so happy that I did, because it encompasses a lot of the ideas about food that I’ve been thinking about anyway. So…today I’m starting the Whole 30 Challenge!

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#Mamavation Monday: Running

Running Trail

I absolutely love getting back into running. I haven’t had a chance to go daily, but I’m working on it. My runs are usually 2.5-3 miles long and I’m at about a 12:30/mile pace right now. My ultimate goal is to run a 5k in 30 minutes.

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Fitcation is Taking Applications!

When I officially joined Mamavation last year as a member of the Sistahood, I heard all kinds of buzz about Fitcation. I was really intrigued. It sounded like so much fun! I’m really excited to say that I’m going to Fitcation ’13 in October, and I geek out every time I think about it because I’m so incredibly excited!

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#Mamavation Monday: Today’s The Day!

This afternoon, I should be getting a clear bill of postpartum health from my OBGYN! I am beyond thrilled to start working out again. I was too sick my entire pregnancy to work out, so it has been a LONG time since I’ve done anything except walking.

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#Mamavation Monday: Well, That’s One Way to Lose a Couple Pounds…

Yep, this week I had the stomach flu. I was sick for the entire week and, not surprisingly, I lost a couple of pounds. My goal for this week is to not put them back on now that I can handle fluids and food!

I’m super excited to participate in the Mamavation Virtual 5k next weekend. I wasn’t able to participate in the last one, because I was quite pregnant and the weather was super cold here. I’m planning a nice trail walk with Hubster, C and Baby Jo – but I secretly can’t wait until I can participate in a future one of these events by RUNNING! ;)

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#Mamavation Monday: Family Walks on the Trail!

 

Baby Jo in the Ergo, ready to go out!

Baby Jo in the Ergo, ready to go out!

The weather is gorgeous and I’m healing well from my c-section, so we’ve finally been able to go out on the beautiful trails around campus for some family walks! I’ve been very eager to get back out there. The trails are my favorite feature about where we live. Last August, I had started running on them regularly. Soon I’ll be able to start training for a 5k again on these trails!

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#Mamavation Monday: First Family Outing

I was extremely blessed to have Hubster home with C, Baby Jo and me for three weeks. We did our best not to get cabin fever by heading out on little errands; but on Saturday we went on our first major family outing.

The sun was out, a cool breeze was in the air, and I was feeling like I could be on my feet for a few hours. We headed to the railroad museum for the first time, and we had a fantastic time!

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#Mamavation Monday: Two Weeks Postpartum

Two Weeks Postpartum

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since Baby Jo was born. In some ways, it seems like the time has flown by; but in others, it’s like she’s been with us forever.

Things are going quite well for me. In fact, I find that I need to remind myself that I’m recovering from a c-section and need to slow down. I’ve now lost 20 pounds, so I’m 2 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant! I’m thrilled with the weight loss thus far and I’m so eager for the weather to get a little warmer so that we can start going on family walks. I think the sunshine and fresh air will be helpful for my mood, and I know that C will really enjoy it, too.

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#Mamavation Monday: One Week Postpartum!

I’m baaaack! ;) I haven’t posted a Mamavation Monday update in a few weeks, because there wasn’t much to report. I was very pregnant, very uncomfortable, and very sedentary. Baby Jo surprised us last Sunday when she decided to arrive early!

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35 Weeks: Contractions, Preparations and C’s Ear Infection

Oops, I forgot to take a picture for this week!  The past week has been pretty interesting.  I’m starting to wonder if Baby Deuce will be ready earlier than her scheduled date of arrival…

Anyway, this week we get to meet the finalists for the next Mamavation Mom campaign, and I can’t wait to see who they are!  Good luck to all of the applicants!

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#Mamavation Monday: It’s Time for Squats!

I haven’t had energy to work out since a week after finding out I was pregnant.  At 31 weeks, I’m starting to notice the results of that lack of energy.  Namely, in my thighs.  Ladies, it’s time for squats!

I need to whip these thighs back in shape, and I think squats are the one thing I’ll have energy for.  Also, it’s time for some light weight lifting for the ol’ arms.

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#Mamavation Monday: I Made Dinner All Week!

You guys, I have a major accomplishment to report for the past week.  I cooked dinner all week!  

To be honest, most days I used the slow cooker.  I was able to throw some ingredients in there and then not deal with it for the rest of the day.  That was pretty awesome.

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#Mamavation Monday: Our First Walk in a Long Time!

First Winter Walk in Months

It was warm enough – and I had enough energy – to go for an outdoor walk!  I am getting so sick of winter.  I think we’ve had snow every few days this month, and I’m antsy for sunshine, going outside without bundling up, and wearing shoes instead of boots.  It may only have been 31 degrees yesterday, but it was sunny and felt warm!

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#Mamavation Monday: They Still Fit!

I’m now 27 weeks with Baby Deuce and I’m still rocking my pre-pregnancy jeans!  This is seriously the only upside to having hyperemesis gravidarum for my entire pregnancy, but I will take it!

I almost can’t believe that I can still squeeze my ass into these.  When I was pregnant with C, my butt and thighs grew…a lot.

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Baby Deuce: 26 Week Update

C running out of the picture and me laughing at the impossibility of a posed picture.  Typical!

C running out of the picture and me laughing at the impossibility of a posed picture. Typical!

It’s been kind of a rough week/weekend here, so I’m combining a pregnancy update with my Mamavation Monday post today.  This update includes how I’m doing with eating (healthy cravings for the win!) as well as my lack of exercise (boo for exhaustion from calorie deficits!).

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#Mamavation Monday: I Miss Eating Healthy

I’m now 25 weeks pregnant, and for the past 25 weeks I have had HUGE aversions to vegetables.  As in, they don’t just “sound” or “look” bad, they taste horrendous to me.  With my hyperemesis (HG), it seems like I can only eat simple carbs and fruit.  Protein is generally an aversion, too.  I still have 14ish weeks to go (scheduled c-section in week 39).  I’m hoping that vitamins will help supplement the nutrients I’m missing out on.

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#Mamavation Monday: Campaign 15 is Here!

Come join the #Mamavation community tonight for a Twitter launch party of Campaign 15, 8-10pm EST!  There are six fantastic Mamavation Mom finalists who have already been working their booties off (quite literally!) during the “hazing” period.

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#Mamavation Monday: Another Stomach Bug, Some More Weight Gone

We’ve been having some pretty bad luck in our household lately as far as viruses go.  A few days ago, I came down with yet another stomach bug.  As if I don’t have a hard enough time eating due to HG, that made me lose a little bit more weight.

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30 Before 30: #23 Meet an Online Friend in Person

In the past year, I’ve made awesome connections with some really amazing women in the blogosphere.  One of my 30 Before 30 goals was to meet one of them in person.

I met a fellow Mamavation Sista back in August.  I had just pledged to the Mamavation Sistahood and realized that Rachel (@rachhabs, To Hab & To Hold) lives about 2 hours from me, and only about 40 minutes from my parents.  We met up for lunch with our kids, and I knew right away that the woman was flippin’ awesome.

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#Mamavation Monday: 5k with @Rachhabs!

Thanks for being my photographer, Rach!

Before I found out I was expecting Baby Deuce, I signed up to run a 5k this weekend with my Mamavation Sista, Rachel (@rachhabs).  Luckily, the December weather didn’t deter us and we were still able to walk in the race on Saturday!

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#Mamavation Monday: Movin’ and Groovin’

I find it really easy to end up sedentary during pregnancy.  Between the hyperemesis, general aches and pains and just feeling downright large…it’s easy to just put my feet up and wave the white flag.

I want this time to be different, though.  Even though I’ve been a little sicker during this pregnancy than the last, I don’t want to give up.  I’m looking forward to walking a 5k on Saturday with my badass Mamavation Sista, Rachel (@rachhabs)!  Hubster also bought me a Groupon that I got excited about – Zumba classes!

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#Mamavation Monday: Cleaning!

These past 2+ months have been really challenging for me, and the state of our household definitely reflects that!  We haven’t seen our tabletop for months, and mail kept piling on top of it.  The bathroom wasn’t getting cleaned regularly, the stovetop was filthy and the place was in need of some serious dusting.

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#Mamavation Monday: New Running Shoes!

I’ve been wanting to go to a running store for a LONG time.  The last time I went on a long run, in AUGUST, I got horrendous blisters.  Yeah, August.  It took weeks for those bad boys to heal, and then we’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to get over to the running store by myself.  They have weird hours.

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My Dole Swag Arrived!

A few weeks ago, I won a box full o’ Dole swag via Mamavation TV.  I was so excited when it arrived today!  It has fruit cups, fruit bites, an insulated cold cup, a visor, a coloring book and more.  Thank you, Dole and Mamavation!

C tried pineapple for the first time – and he LOVED it!  I forgot to whip out the camera while he was trying it, but here’s what he enjoyed:

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#Mamavation Monday: I Finished the #2WeekChallenge

Is it seriously Monday again?  Wow, this week flew by.  This past weekend kicked off a fall filled with out-of-town weddings and weekends away with family and friends.  It’s going to be pretty crazy, but I’m really excited.

I finished the 2 Week Challenge this weekend, and it kicked my bootie!  I lost 1.5 inches total off of my waist and thighs.  Those are some results I can get on board with! ;)

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Mamavation Monday: Curious About Paleo

Has anyone else been hearing a lot about the Paleo diet recently?  I’m eager to learn more about it.  Tonight on Mamavation TV, (10pm EST/7pm PST), Neely Quinn will be explaining and answering questions about the Paleo diet.  Quinn is the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Paleo.”  It’ll be really interesting.

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Getting Back into Jogging

I’m really excited about getting back into jogging again.  At about this time last year, I started training for a 5k that I completed in October.  My goal at that time was to finish in under 45 minutes, and I believe I came in at about 42 minutes.  That was the last time I jogged until last week.

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10,000 Steps

As part of the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge, the daily goal is to reach 10,000 steps. It’s really an awesome challenge and engages my competitive spirit.  How fast can I reach 10,000 steps?  How many steps will I take during this morning’s walk?  So fun!

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We’re Taking the P90X Challenge!

Hubster and I have decided to take the P90X challenge!  Okay, so the truth is that I’m excited about it and he’s begrudgingly going along with it.  I’ve been curious about this extreme 90-day fitness program for quite some time, but was always too scared to try.  One 5k and three Mamavation Two-Week Challenges later, I feel more confident in my abilities.

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I Did It! My Pre-Pregnancy Jeans Fit!

When I look at this, I'm happy it *only* took me 6 months! ;)

Yes, I realize it has been six months since my son was delivered via c-section.  I never thought it would take this long or be this much work to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.  It’s been a bit disheartening seeing other moms get back to their pre-pregnancy size, or even smaller, months before I have.  But, it’s time to put all that behind me because it’s my time now – I DID IT!  Today I was able to button my pre-pregnancy jeans!!!

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A Weight Loss Journey

Weight loss is not something that I’ve blogged about before.  There are many people who know me personally that read this blog, and it’s not a topic that I wanted to share.  For some reason, blogging about what breastfeeding does to your body is easy for me but opening up about weight loss is too personal.  I’ve decided that maybe if I’m more open about it, it might be an easier journey to be on.  So here goes…

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