Monday, January 19, 2015

No money for a gym membership? No problem

I've decided to break up my workout regime posts. This one is about the workouts I do and later on this week I'll tell you about HOW I find time to workout with a full-time job and a kid. First up, I'd like to introduce you to my friends. Well, they don't know we're friends. But we are. They are my personal trainers. They are my motivators. And they make it so I never have to buy a gym membership AGAIN. Now I like to do a mixture of workouts, yoga, Pilate's, cardio, strength training so sometimes I stray and use other videos on YouTuber's outside of this list. But these YouTuber's are the core of my fitness regiment. I consistently use them and go back for more.

1. Millionaire Hoy
I am starting with my favorite! Why? Because if you only read about one fitness YouTuber this is the guy you should know about. If you have been working out for years and are looking for a challenge. This is your guy. If you feel like you are on a plateau when it comes to getting results, this is your guy. If you are a newbie this is still your guy, because he offers modifications for all his workouts.
Check out his channel. You won't be sorry. Also there's nothing more SATISFYING as the fist bump he gives you at the end of your workout.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Body change, before, after and during pregnancy.

Me and my girl in front of Mt. Rainier in November 2014.

When I was pregnant I gained 38 pounds. I was very close to the 40 pound mark, but for some reason I didn't gain a single pound during my last two months. I still got bigger, but the scale never changed. The majority of my weight gain occurred during my second trimester. After the all-day sickness passed I ate like pregnant women should! Needless to say after giving birth it was easy to drop the first 20 pounds. Most of that was water weight, a baby and the calories burned from breast feeding.
I should also note that I did not exclusively breast feed. My daughter alternated between formula and pumped breast milk. I am considering doing a blog post about that whole endeavor. Maybe if I get brave enough.

Anyway, that first 20 was easy. The last 18 pounds took a little bit more work. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I can honestly say my body does not look the same. I mean it has been through a lot. The bones softened and stretched. My skin stretched, fat cells were created where there weren't any before and when that happens things aren't going to be the same.

But since being pregnant and giving birth I have discovered something amazing. I am finally at peace with my body. I spent years of my life trying to condition it to perfection (a feat that was never achieved). I worked out consistently, took up running, yoga, weight lifting, TRIED to consume only healthy foods and even did juice/smoothie fasts. (By the way, I don't recommend doing that either.) But since my body did crazy, amazing things I can honestly say I am happy with it. It's very liberating. If you haven't already, you should try it. Just look in the mirror and say "I am going to treat you well, nourish you and make you stronger, but no matter what I see I will be happy. Because you are exactly the way I am suppose to be." Is that too new agey, froo-froo? Oh well. Here are some photos of the transformation.

This was me about six weeks before I conceived. Yes I know the exact date.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vegan Mommy Diaries: When your toddler refuses to eat

My darling daughter after a plate of pasta. 

What do you do when your toddler, say a little girl about 18 months old who use to love Tofu, cucumbers and chickpeas, suddenly stops eating anything that isn't a vegan chicken nugget or blueberries?

In her defense those aren't the only things she'll eat. She also likes watermelon, apples, pasta, peas, corn, bananas, mashed potatoes and smoothies. Man, that sounds like a lot when I actually list it all. But I swear she use to eat a ton more and now she won't!

So what do you do? I guess you just feed her all the healthy things she WILL eat. I just wish she'd give avocado a try. And peaches. And steamed broccoli. She use to LOVE steamed broccoli.

If you are struggling with this problem then maybe THIS post from Dr. Sears can help assuage your fears.

Here's an excerpt I found particularly comforting. I mean he IS a doctor.

They may eat only fruits one day, and vegetables the next. Since erratic eating habits are as normal as toddler mood swings, expect your picky eater to eat well one day and eat practically nothing the next. Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day.

He goes on to provide 17 tips for making sure your little one is getting enough of the right kind of food.

Number 5 is how I get my girl to eat Kale.