Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In | 8

I know I haven't been keeping up with posting my weigh-in's lately. (Or the whole blog in general.) Next week is my final weigh-in for the Biggest Loser contest that I started earlier this year. I know that I'm not going to win, and that wasn't the point of me joining. I thought it would help me with accountability and motivate me more. To a point it did. I have lost about 10 lbs since beginning, so that is a plus. I've been doing my work-outs every night, usually after the kids are in bed. I'm eating better, as in less sugar/sweets, not as many carbs, only have a pop once in awhile. But I'm getting really frustrated right now because I'm not see much change in how my body looks. Paul says he can see a difference, but I don't. At least not where I WANT to see the changes. I just want to feel good about how I look for once in my life. Anyways, I won't whine anymore.

For my weigh-ins, long story short, I was down last week and up again this week. So we'll see what next week brings.

Friday, March 28, 2014

9 months

Only about 3 weeks late! ACK! Both kids have changed their daytime sleep routines so we are all out of whack right now, including myself as I try to adjust to not having any kid-free time to refresh my mindset after lunch. I used to do my blog posts during nap time, but now that Levi refuses to take a nap anymore, that has been tough. Obviously! :) Things will settle again eventually, I'm sure. Hopefully sooner than later. Being able to get outside to play would be helpful, as well. (AHEM, mother nature, get the hint!!) But anyway, I will get right to the few pictures I was able to snap of Miss Never-Stops-Moving for this month! (These were actually taken at the right time of the month, just haven't gotten them posted until now.)
 Yeah, she's pretty darn cute, but she is a spitfire!

At 9 months, Paige::

- Weighs 16 lbs 11 oz. (13th percentile)

- Is 28.5 inches tall. (79th percentile)

- Wearing size 9 month and some 12 month clothes.

- In size 4 dipes.

- Speed crawler.

- She takes a few steps at a time, but still hasn't quite taken off yet. Crawling is faster! She cruises around furniture like crazy though.

- Claps her hands and does "So big", when she feels like it of course. ;)

- Loves being close her her brother. And also loves anything that he happens to be playing with at any given moment.

- Eats like a bird. She will barely drink a 6 oz. bottle at one time. Usually it's around 4 oz. every 4 hours or so. Evenings we make an 8 oz bottle and she will usually drink 6-7 oz. of it, although it takes for. ev. er. since she falls asleep while drinking it.

- Speaking of sleep. It's hit and miss. Some nights she does really good, other nights she's up a couple times. We have been letting her cry a little, and Paul goes in there instead of me, since she knows I'm more likely to give in and pick her up.

- Like I mentioned right away, her daytime sleep schedule is changing. She WILL NOT take a nap for me in the morning like she used to, around 9:30. So then she is tired around noon, and only sleeps for about an hour and a half, and then is tired again by right after supper. So we've been having early bedtimes all around lately. Hopefully it will fall into place soon. The fighting sleep stage is the worst. SLEEP IS GOOD, CHILDREN!! :) Haha.

- She loves making noises.

- She climbs on anything she is able to get her leg up to. No fear whatsoever.

Love our silly, spunky girl!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Right Now Challenge | 8

It's been awhile since I did one of these posts, and I have a bunch to share!

- From the other room this morning, I hear Levi tell Paige, "No Paige, you not 'posed to stand that close to tv! It hurt your eyes. It going hurt your eyes you stand too close tv." Haha, if only he would follow his own advice...

- Levi comes over to where Paige and I are sitting on the couch, and tells me he is a super-hero. He puts his arms up and says "GO 'WAY DANGER! GO 'WAY! My save you Mommy Paige! Go 'way danger!" He has no shortage of imagination.

- When Levi woke up from hi nap today, we had to "follow footprints" downstairs.

- "'Cause why, momm? 'Cause why?"

- Levi is very into pretending lately. So funny!"

- Paige likes to carry things around in her mouth while she crawls. Like socks, wooden puzzle pieces that have the knob on them, etc. Silly girl!"

- Levi always wants "a bunch" of something.

- While Levi was still sleeping, I had gotten out some ping pong balls and a muffin tin for Paige to play with. When he woke up he wanted to know what it was for, so I just told him it was some things for Paige to play with and teach her how to put things into something else, or something like that. A little bit later, Paige crawls over and grabs the tin, and the balls go flying. Levi exclaims, "No Paige! That not playing! That not learning!"

- On the way out to the farm one morning there were some bumps on the road from the snow and ice.
   Levi: "Paige scared of bumps mommy."
   Me: "You better protect her and tell her it will be ok then."
   Levi: talks to P and tells her this and that and it will be ok
   Levi: "Paige not scared anymore."
   Me: "Well that's good! You're such a good big brother protecting her."
   Levi: After a pause. "Yep. My not wan' lose her."
   Me: "You don't want to lose Paige?"
   Levi: "Ah-huh."
Be still my heart!!

- After coming downstairs when we woke up this morning, Levi tells me he cold. Then he says, "My just want be warm like sun." He is too cute.

Other things he says lately:
- "That sounds like great idea, mommy!" or "That's great idea!"

- "My outside so my can use my outside voice now? My can only scream outside! My going to scream outside!"

- "That not fair!"

Levi is full of personality and imagination! Some of the things he says just crack me up. I try and write down the good ones. If I wrote down all the funny things he said, I would basically have a running script from every single day. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In | 7

Another bi-weekly weigh-in since I skipped last week. I actually lost last week, I just never got around to typing up my blog post. I know I have been super lazy with my blog in general lately. We are currently in the middle of getting carpet in my craft room/office, and we thought it was going to get done on Monday, but just our luck, the place we got the carpet was out of what we picked out until Friday. So, I have the contents of that whole room scattered in various places around our house. It's no one's fault, just a pain in the rear for the time-being. When it's finished and I have everything back in order I'll be sure the share a picture.

Anyway, back to the topic of the post in the first place! I went down again this week, so that is good. I am finally starting to see some small changes in my body, so that is always a good motivation for me. After this weekend, I kind of got off track of recording my food, but I am hoping to get started up again soon. I don't feel like I've been going overboard by not keeping track, I've still been making sure to watch what I am eating. Working out has been going pretty well also. I am still enjoying the program that I'm doing, but I'm getting a little bored with doing the same HIIT routine on the cardio days. I was able to get outside one day the past week for a run, and it felt really good to be outside again, so hopefully the weather will allow that more often pretty quick here!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today's weight: 155
+/- from last week: -3.6
Total loss: -8.5

I'm going to cheat and skip the goals portion because a certain someone just woke up from her nap! :) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In | 6

I was a bit disappointed today when I weighed in. I was up a pound and a half. Pretty frustrating when I have been working out every night this week, and I didn't think I did too bad with my eating. I must be gaining muscle since muscle weighs more than fat. :) Ha. I decided that I should really put more effort into actually tracking my calories. That is the only way that I will NOT sneak a bite of this or that, since then I will have to put it down. So we'll see how that goes. I started yesterday. The worst part about it for me is having to go through and enter all of the recipes in for supper.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today's weight: 158.6
+/- from last week: +1.6
Total loss: -4.9

What I did well this week
- Tried to watch what I ate, portions and healthy foods, limited sugar/carbs when I could.
- Worked out every night using the Bikini Body Mommy videos I mentioned in the last post.
- Resisted fries when Paul and I grabbed A&W on the way home from getting our new hutch this weekend.

What I did not do well this week
- I need to watch what I am eating even closer.
- Had a bacon cheeseburger at A&W. And root beer. But how can you get A&W and not get root beer? Right?

Goals for the coming week
- Continue workouts
- Keep tracking calories

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in | 5

Finally got both munchkins down for naps, so I thought I would try and get this typed up quick before one wakes up! I never know how long I will get! :)

This week wasn't too bad. I tried to really watch what I was eating for the most part. Except for a few outing occasions where I still need to learn how to say NO to certain things, ahem....french fries, ahem. They are my weakness. Anyhoo. When I am at home I'm doing ok, though. Finding snacks that satisfy my cravings has been the hardest. I love granola bars, but I'm trying to cut back on them since they are full of sugar, even though they aren't the worst...better than a cookie, right? I haven't been able to completely give up chocolate, but I try to have it in moderation, like a sprinkle of chocolate chips on some peanut butter spread over a rice cake, or things like that. Same with pop, I just don't buy it anymore so I'm not tempted at home, but when I eat out I still like to have it. I don't feel like I am doing too bad, but there is definitely room for improvement.

As for exercise, I think I finally found something that will work for me. I decided to do the Bikini Body Mommy 90 Day Challenge. It actually started on January 1st, so whoever started then is about half-way through, but I am going to start at the beginning and follow the videos on my own. I did the first one last night, and I am feeling it today! It hurts so good!! I tried the Turbofire dvd's a few times, and they are just not for me. I am not coordinated enough, I just feel like I am flailing my arms around looking like a doofus. I am hoping I can sell them for close to what I paid for them on the area swap site. Paul isn't thrilled with me for buying them and then selling them already, but oh well. I feel like I can stick to the videos I started last night better than I would with Turbofire.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Today's weight: 157.0
+/- from last week: -.8
Total loss: -6.2

What I did well this week
- Eating was pretty good while at home.
- Started a workout program.

What I did not do well this week
- Didn't choose smart when eating out.
- Still need to work on drinking enough water.

Goals for the coming week
- Keep making good food choices at home.
- Continue my workout plan. EVERY. DAY. No excuses!
- Make better choices when eating out. NO FRIES!! OR just don't eat out when possible!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

8 months

8 months old already! That last month just flew past. Miss Paige is just as active as ever. She doesn't let much slow her down. Crazy girl! We just love her to pieces!
 Paige, at 8 months old::

- Weighs about 16 lbs 10 oz.

- Guessing between 27 and 28 inches tall.

- Size 9 month clothes.

- Size 4 diapers.

- Sleep is still unpredictable. She is on her fourth ear infection since her 6 month check-up as of yesterday, so we are either dealing with that, or she has been teething. So not a whole lotta rest for mom and dad. Thankfully Levi sleeps right through it.

- On the subject of ear infections, we are pretty sure that she'll end up getting tubes like Levi did. Paul and I are actually hoping to get them done sooner than Levi did with the route we're on with Paige. They helped him so much, and we just want her to have some relief and get some sleep! Then I can also stop constantly worrying if she has an ear infection, or if she is just teething, or what.

- Doing well with the bottle. She still doesn't drink or eat near as much as Levi did, but she's also pretty active. She has been eating some oatmeal cereal in the mornings, and once in a while I'll get her to have a bit of baby food, but for the most part, she wants to do it herself. I usually cut things up and let her go to town. She loves fruit, especially oranges, bananas and strawberries. She'll usually try the veggies I put on her tray, but she won't eat near as much as the fruit. She also still loves the baby mum-mums and puffs.

- She has been blowing raspberries with her lips and tongue a lot lately. Too funny! She still says da-da-da a lot, and says buh-buh-buh now too. And she likes to squeal!

- She FINALLY has a tooth! Her bottom left one finally came through, and the other one is pretty darn close. I can see it, but it hasn't popped through the gums yet.

- Pushes her walk-behind toy and Levi's car around and walks behind them. Cruises along the couch and other furniture. She can balance on her own, but usually when she realizes what she is doing she falls to her butt. I think in a couple months she'll be walking, but we'll see! Levi was doing a lot of what she's doing at this age too, and he didn't walk until 12 months. Never know! :)

- She likes to carry things around in her mouth while she is crawling. Like her socks or random toys. Ha!

- No fear! She would crawl right off the top of the stairs if I didn't watch her.

- Loves her big brother! She wants to be wherever he is.