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Monday, December 15, 2008

Pilates and My Belly

I own a couple of Windsor Pilates videos that I enjoy doing for abdominal exercise. After not having done pilates during my whole pregnancy (since it wasn't physically possible), I decided to do it the other day. Wow! I never realized how strong my core was before. It was so difficult. I had to follow the girl doing the modified exercises. I will definitely be using my ability to do pilates well as an indicator of my fitness progress as I try to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape.

I've been trying on my old clothes, and it's depressing. It's only been about three weeks since I had the baby, so I know that I shouldn't be too hard on myself but it's tough having a pudgy belly. I know it won't ever be exactly the way it was before (especially with the insane amount of stretch marks I have), but I want to at least fit back into my jeans. I'll let you know when that happens!

On a happy note, I lost another six pounds since I weighed myself about two weeks ago. So that totals 26 pounds lost in almost three weeks! 14 more to go to reach my pre-pregnancy weight! By request, here are some pictures of my beautiful baby who weighed 9 lbs 8 oz at birth, and at her doctor's visit on Thursday (2 weeks old) weighed in at 10 lbs 7 oz!!

Right after birth

Big yawn!

The stretch marks and weight gain were definitely worth having this bundle of love.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yeah Down five pounds!!

I am so happy! It's hard but well worth it!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It Feels Good to Walk Again!

I finally had my baby after being induced a week late on November 26th. She weighed in at a hefty 9 lbs and 8oz! So I immediately lost a good 20 lbs--about half of my pregnancy weight gain. So now it's time to get into gear! I have to admit that I've never actually tried to lose weight before, and my plan isn't to go at it full force (as in dieting) because I'm breastfeeding and losing weight too quickly can interfere with that. But what I am going to do right away is start working out (at a pace that works for my body)! So I went walking today, and I felt like a whole new person. I hadn't been able to walk that fast in so long! I guess this post is just meant to be encouraging and of course make me accountable to exercising regularly again now that I can. You often don't realize what you have until it's gone, so move your body while you can today!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tomorrow is the day!

Okay girls, tomorrow Bobby and I start back on our South Beach diet and working out again. I am going to need a lot of help and encouragement. I have gained a lot of weight back so I need to get it in gear again!

Also, let me know if anyone in my area wants to workout. I have a 24hr fitness membership and I need to use it or Bobby is going to cancel it!

Wish me luck and please pray for success!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time Change...

Okay is anyone else out there having a hard time adjusting to the time change?

I know it's only an hour (one single tiny little hour) but it's has been throwing my entire schedule off. (Okay maybe it's other contributing factors too.) Anyone else feel my pain?

Do you love the time change or hate it and why?

Thanks - just had to ask!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far! (Is it friday yet? ha!)

Sunday, November 9, 2008


That was a good article. There were a lot of helpful hints in there - thanks for posting! I've also been thinking about the "no sweets" post and what my suggestions would be. I never said anything because I don't know the answer. :) I thought about my no soda rule and my desire to exercise and I came to this conclusion. The first is always the hardest. The first day I didn't have soda was the hardest. I knew that if I could get through the first day, then I could do it. After doing it for a few days I knew I couldn't quit - otherwise all my hard work would have been a waste.
That logic works for me anyway. And applies to most things I want to do, but have a hard time doing. Starting is the hardest part. I just need to gather my will power and tell myself to just do it once.
How is everyone doing on eating healthy overall? I'd like to start having more fruits and veggies. Maybe you all are good at that, but I'm not! I love steamed veggies with dinner, but I need to have more fruit - it makes a good snack during the day, especially at work. The only downside is it goes bad so soon after buying it - so I can't buy it in bulk. I have a hard time getting myself to the store so often to buy fresh fruits and veggies. Maybe that's just me. But that is going to be my goal this week. I'll report back and let you know how I do. And I still haven't had any soda at work. Yay!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Worth sharing...

I got this in my email today from everyday health and thought it was good. I try to do some of these things but definitely not enough. Some good stuff here. Talk to me and tell me what you do or think?

Eat slowly. Chewing and swallowing your food at a leisurely pace can help you keep from overeating. Here's why: It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to "tell" you when you feel full. Until then, you continue to feel hungry and want to eat. If you eat quickly, you'll end up consuming more than you need to feel full. But eating slowly gives your brain the time it needs to signal that you've had enough.

Make changes gradually. Don't expect to change your diet and activity level overnight. Instead of switching all at once to a low-calorie eating plan, try gradually decreasing the calories of your meals and snacks. For example, start by cutting out snacking or limiting yourself to certain snacks at certain times of day (such as a mid-morning banana or a late-afternoon apple). Also, gradually reduce the calorie content of particular foods. For example, if you're used to drinking whole milk, first switch to milk with 2% fat; then, as you get used to the taste of less fat, go on to milk with 1% fat and finally to skim milk. Another strategy is to lower the calorie content of one meal at a time. In the first week, you might want to eat a low-calorie breakfast, but keep lunch and dinner the same as before. During the second week, you might reduce the calorie content of your lunch. Finally, you can begin eating low-calorie dinners.

Keep a record. Keeping a daily log of what you eat and what physical activities you engage in can help keep you motivated to stay with your diet and exercise plan. Looking over a week's worth of entries can tell you how successful you've been and can help you identify areas where you need to improve.

Seek social support. You'll find it easier to maintain behavioral changes if you have the support and encouragement of others. Social support can come in many forms and from various people. For starters, ask your family members to keep high-calorie foods out of the house, or at least to refrain from eating them in front of you. You might even try to enlist your family to eat the same meals you do. Exercise with someone else, or join a support group. The camaraderie can help keep your spirits up during the inevitable periods when you become discouraged with your progress.

Use a list when buying food. Stick to your grocery list, and steer clear of those aisles or areas with the kinds of calorie-dense foods that you need to avoid.

Out of sight, out of mind. At home, put the most tempting foods high up in the cupboard, at the very back of the fridge, or in other inconvenient spots. Replace the cookie jar and candy bowl with a fruit bowl. Never eat directly out of a large package; many small containers are better than a few large ones, because they provide convenient stopping points. And don't put out too many different varieties of the same kind of food — you'll be tempted to sample from each one and eat a lot more than if you were faced with fewer choices.

Don't go all out when eating out. Eat a low-calorie snack before going out; you're less likely to go off your diet if you're feeling full when you get to the party or restaurant. Go elsewhere for after-dinner coffee so you are less tempted to segue right into dessert.

Make a plan for special occasions. Decide how much you're going to eat before an event, and do your best to stick with that plan. Set some limits before you go to the movies or watch the Sunday afternoon football games. It's so easy to mindlessly munch when you're in front of a screen of any kind.

Be a copycat. When eating with a group of people, look around. Who's eating the least? Who has the healthiest food on their plate? Model your eating habits on those people's.

Find physical activities that you enjoy. For example, if you don't like exercising outdoors on cold days, join a fitness club, or get an exercise bicycle and hand weights to use at home. If the problem is a time crunch, exercise in increments of 10 minutes whenever you have the time — before work, after work, or during your lunch hour.

Reduce stress. If you overeat when you are under stress, find a stress-reduction method that works for you: meditation, relaxation techniques, listening to music, exercising, or talking to a friend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

No Sweets

I usually say that almost any food or drink is fine in moderation, but my consumptions of sweets lately hasn't been moderate. On Friday I had tons of sweets (candy, cookies, etc.) to celebrate Halloween, yesterday I had birthday cake and ice cream to celebrate a friend's birthday plus a cinnamon roll because a friend brought them to work to share, and today I had some apple pie at work just because it was there and everyone else was eating it. So I've decided that for the sake of my baby I need to cut out sweets for a time (at least until she's born which hopefully will be in the next couple of weeks). I wouldn't be so worried about this unusual spike in eating sweets, but because I'm supporting the life of another human being and I can't really exercise anymore I am worrying about it. So I will use this blog as my accountability tool and will be responsible to report on how I'm doing. I'd appreciate any encouraging thoughts, suggestions, etc.!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween is killing me!

I know it's not Halloween's fault, but there is candy everywhere in my office and I'm choosing to eat it! Today I did fairly well and ate only one candy pumpkin and a tootsie roll, but it was probably because I had a doctor's appointment today and I knew that I would be told again that I've gained too much weight (and I was), so I wanted to make myself feel better by eating less candy today! Any suggestions on how to avoid the office candy jar?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Healthy Food ideas

One more thought. I want to eat healthy, and I really enjoy it. But why is all the healthy food so expensive and more time consuming to make? So, I thought it might be a good idea if we shared ideas on easy ways (and cheap) to eat healthy. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. I know we're all busy, and I for one do not have mucho tiempo on my hands every night to make dinner.

My idea to throw out is something I heard today. I was sitting eating my salad at work (yay!) and another woman told me her great salad idea. She said that she keeps containers in the fridge with various salad mixens, so when she gets home she just has to pull them out and combine them really quick. Great idea! You can keep lettuce fresh with a lettuce container, or in a ziplock bag with a moist paper towel around it. Then cut up some veggies, some fried chicken, hard boiled eggs, whatever you want. Make enough for a few days and put it in separate containers. Then all you have to do is mix, pour dressing and eat. It's so easy, why didn't I think of this?
(Of course you have to take the time the first day to prepare everything. And the items will not last very long if you don't eat them. But if you can eat a salad for lunch every day (or dinner) then it's perfect.)
Anyone have any ideas for me? I love fast, cheap and easy. :) --- and tasty good so my husband will eat it. ;)


Thanks for your suggestions on working out from my last post. I am sad to say I haven't done them yet, but I'm one step closer to actually doing them! I think by having this blog, and knowing that people are reading how lazy I am - I'm hoping will motivate me to exercise just so I can report to you that I did it. :)

My new goal - no soda. Soda is bad for you for so many reason. I go in cycles though. I don't drink soda for a year, then I'm addicted for a year, then I go off for a few months, and then I'm back on. I am coming from an "on" time. At work I get all the free soda I want (Heather knows what I'm talking about) so it's hard to not drink it at lunch every day.

But this week I decided to stop having it every day. At lunch I have been eating yummy salads and drinking orange juice. I am so proud of myself! I love salads, can't get enough of them. So I figured I might as well eat healthy at work when I have free salad mixins available. I am here to report that this week was successful!

Anyone want to go on the no soda diet with me? When Chris and I go out to eat - I will still get a soda. I'm not swearing it off forever. I just don't want to buy it and have it always available in the fridge, or drink a glass or 2 every day at work. Let's save it for special occasions. :) Who's in??!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Letter of Apology

Hello blog!

I'm sorry I'm neglecting you! I promise I'll get my act together...after Election day! :)

love, Heather

Thursday, October 16, 2008

That Time of the Month

Umm.... During that time of the month, the calories don't count, right?
And whoever said working out reduces cramps was an idiot. And that's that.
Diet starts when I get back to Utah. And working out. I can't be counted on to do any of that while writhing in pain on the couch all day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Help me!

You guys are all awesome. Me? Not so awesome. You'd think that this blog has motivated me to be just like you - eat healthy and exercise - but in fact I've maybe gotten worse?

Here's my problem (we'll just mention one this time around). When I get home from work I'm too tired to go to the gym. I know once I get there I'm usually fine, but boy it's so hard to get me out of the house when I walk in the door. I have the "tomorrow I'll go to the gym" syndrome.

Any help or ideas? Maybe if I weigh myself and see how much I've gained in the last year, it might motivate me...either that or make me so depressed that I'll go eat ice cream to make me happy again. (Which sounds so good right now)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weight Gain

The doctor told me today that I've gained "a little too much weight." I already knew that before I got on the scale and it was then verified when I got on the scale. Yes, I am 8 months pregnant, but it still depressed me! In my house we don't own a scale and we never will because I try not to judge my worth by numbers that don't mean much anyways. I've hated having to be weighed every month and then having it commented on by the doctor (even though I know that they're just trying to help). Anyways, I've decided that I'm going to take a big step within the next week to help me try to love and respect my body despite my weight gain: take a picture of myself! I haven't taken a picture in almost three months because I've been unhappy with how I look. But I need to love and embrace my pregnant self too!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Bobby and I went for a five mile bike ride this morning and feel great!!

Part of the ride was on a trail and part was on the street. It was so much fun and awesome exercise!

Just wanted to share. ;0)

P.S. This is my 6th day in a row of eating healthy and sticking to my plan!

Do any of you ladies like to ride out there?

Do you have cool experiences to share? Or any unrelated to biking???

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I need new healthy lunch ideas

Ok so normally take my lunch to work everyday. On occasion I eat out with friends, etc, but I really try to stick to my bring my own lunch. Not only it it so much healthier but I am saving a ton of money by doing this.

I need your help though...I am really bored of what I have been taking for lunches!
I normally take salads or wheat pita sandwiches with turkey and tons of veggies. (Sometimes I do tuna salad or even chicken salad too.)

What other cold lunch ideas do you have that will help me satisfy my taste buds while staying on the healthy path?

Thanks ladies for your ideas!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

I received an email from a health education organization to which I belong announcing the release of the revised Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can find them here.

I think it's interesting how little exercise they recommend for adults: only 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. That's only 75 minutes a week of hard core aerobic exercise! Most aerobics classes offered 3 times a week are 45-60 minutes long! So my point is that we really don't have to push ourselves to the extreme to get a good workout and obtain substantial health benefits.

I appreciate how they say that you can perform your aerobic activity in episodes of at least 10 minutes. That makes me feel better about my walking. Being 8 months pregnant is tough. My current aerobic exercise regime consists of walking about 15 minutes to the bus stop 3 times a week, then walking 5 minutes uphill from the bus stop to work, and then doing it in reverse at the end of the day. I mix in strengthening exercises about 3 times a week, and I do prenatal yoga exercises as often as I can to help relieve my back pain. I'm hoping to keep being able to exercise (in my own little way) right up until I go into labor! And then I can hardly wait to seriously start working out again. It really is a drug once you get into it.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Journal progress

Today Bobby and I started back on the South Beach Diet. (Well we modify it just slightly.) I am excited to actually be back on a diet. Sometimes I just get so sick of eating poorly and it's nice to eat well and feel better.

Today I also started a progress journal of my day of eating and exercising. I have done this before and it is great because you really hold yourself accountable and it works!

Everyday I have decided to write down:
Vitamins or any medication I take
Everything I mean everything I put in my mouth that day
I also keep track of how much water I intake daily too
How I feel that day - energy level? Any headache, stomach ache, etc.
Also, any exercise that I do that day.

Today was a good day exercise wise. Bobby and I went on a bike ride on the trail behind our house. It was fun and somewhat challenging. Then I tried my new yoga video I just got. (I just tried a few segments of it.)

I ate well today too, it was a good first day!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!!!

So last night Bobby and I bought him a new bike! Of course we had to buy new helemts for both of us too. I am excited to bike together on the many trails of Orange County. Also, we have an awesome trail in our backyard!

We also bought a new yoga set so I can do that as well! Does anyone else out there like to do Yoga?

I went on a really long walk with my mom this morning. It was great fun spending time with her and the exercise was a bonus!

Getting ready for the week

I'm still in love with my smoothies. I make one most mornings. Whenever I buy frozen fruit, I put it in small, snack-size bags so that I can just grab one in the morning. I bought four bags of frozen fruit at Trader Joe's, mixed it all up, and it made 13 bags, about 1 cup each.

I added up all the ingredients for my smoothie -
Fruit - $12
Protein Powder - $12
Flaxseed Oil - $7
Almond Milk - $6
Stevia, water, juice, whatever else I decide to throw in - Let's say $1
TOTAL - $38 for 13 smoothies, which equals about $3 per smoothie...pretty good deal! Cheap breakfast!

I use more fruit than the recipe calls for, but I'm a fruity gal. You could make it cheaper if you used less. If for some odd reason I don't have time to make one in the morning (It only takes 5 minutes!), I have oatmeal packets at work that I eat. Both meals are very filling and get my metabolism revved up for the day. Now if I could only figure out how to eat healthier at lunch!!! I'm working on it!

For the recipe and my post about health concerns that inspired this blog, click here.

No Fast Food

I decided to stop eating fast food. Of course, I didn't take into account the whole work issue and not bringing food for lunch. So I ate fast food for 2 days. Oh well.
Here's to getting healthy!

(Now I'm going to go make a cherry pie. Maybe I'll start tomorrow.)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Getting started...

I went for a walk today.

Yeah, that's not really big news, but it was big for me! I am the biggest homebody in the world...I never want to leave the house. I have too much to read, write, watch, and sleep. So this morning, I promised myself I would take a walk. I'm trying to get healthy again. My metabolism is really slow because of my thyroid problems, and I'm tired as well, so the odds are against me and I have to try that much harder. I watched conference, worked on a few projects, and then I was going to take a walk. But I looked at the time, and I was going to go to a party that started at 5. Maybe I should be on time? No, take your walk. I get in my gear and open the door...it's raining! Maybe I should stay? No...take your walk! I go to get my ipod out of the car and it's almost dead because I accidentally left it on...I can't walk without tunes! No...TAKE YOUR WALK! So I did. And my ipod didn't die. And it was beautiful...sunny & rainy at the same time, but a very light rain, like a mist. And there were rainbows and fresh air and so much to see and enjoy. I walked on a beautiful trail, uphill, and got a good workout in. Then I got home and had a glass of water, and I could feel my muscles doing something, you know that 'ping' 'ping' feeling you get after working them out. I like to think of it as bits of cellulite exploding off of my legs! :)

So, I took a walk, I feel good, and I hope this is the start of a beautiful thing.