a day in mommyland

I wonder how many times I pick up your toys every day. 

I wonder how many paper towels and baby wipes I go through cleaning your face, hands, hair and everything else after you eat. 

I wonder how many diapers I really go through per day because that diaper pail gets full so fast.

I wonder how many more cell phones I will have to get because you ate the battery.

I wonder how many times I will have to put the kitchen stuff back in the cupboards and drawers because you learned how to open them.  

I wonder how much laundry detergent and Shout! I will go through on your juice stained clothes. 

I wonder how many times I'll have to pick up food off the floor and empty out the high chair. 

I wonder how many times I will have to say "no" until you finally get it and stop testing me. 

I wonder for how long I will need to dance, sing and jump up and down to get you to stop crying.

I wonder if I'll ever stop just watching you in awe that you are my daughter and so perfect. 

I wonder if I'll miss your infant car seat now outgrown, your Binky now in the drawer and your bottle because you would rather use a cup. 

I wonder if I'll miss feeding you because you now feed yourself. 

I wonder if I'll ever love anything more.

I really just wonder what my day would be like if I didn't have you and I can't imagine. I'm so glad my day is spent getting peanut butter out of your hair, having you yell while I try to get you to hold still cleaning your diaper, giving you numerous baths, having to repeat a certain book or song because you love it, tickling your toes and watching you crack up, turning on music and laughing while you bust a move, listening to you chat with all your stuffed animals and watching your eyes light up when I say, "daddy's home!" 

Although it takes a lot out of us, being a stay-at-home mom is absolutely the best "job." I'm blessed I get to do it.


reshaping my life: week 12

I'm still at the same number weight wise, but I can tell that I just kick started again and over the weekend lost a few ounces (oooo! haha). I recently ran the farthest I have ever ran in my life: 7.3 miles. I'm pretty stoked about that. 

Since the weather here has been so dreary, I started doing a mixture of Pilates and running. I try to get out and run at least three or four times per week, going between 5 and 7 1/2 miles. The Pilates I started doing really kicks my butt! Funny that I can run 7 miles, but then I was just dying during a 45 minute Pilates video. It is cardio/fat burn Pilates which concentrates on getting your heart rate up while doing toning moves. There is a lot of ballet incorporated which I love. 

I've been doing the Pilates for about two weeks now and already feel such a difference. So while I haven't gone down on the scale, I've lost inches in almost every place.

I have also decided to do a half marathon next year. I am so excited! My sister and my mom are training with me via DailyMile. It is fun to log out workouts and motivate each other.

As for eating, I've been continuing to pray for discipline. It really feels great to have control and say "no" to unhealthy choices. I try to remember how good that feels and also, how bad guilt feels after eating something I shouldn't have or too much. 

A few big tips that keep me going: 

1. Exercise in the morning. I'm taking advantage of Audrey waking up at 6:30 a.m. now. I'm off for a run! If I don't exercise first thing, it won't happen. 

2. Plan your meals. I pretty much plan every dinner for two weeks and then keep to the same stuff for lunches and breakfast. On running days, I energize with bananas, Greek yogurt and granola or a piece of whole grain toast. On Pilates days, I stick to more protein and less carbohydrates since I'm not needing as much fuel or burning as many calories. 

3. Calories in & calories out. I'm not saying you have to calorie count, but it does really help that I know how many calories approximately that I am burning during my run and on those days, allow a little more flexibility. On days I don't workout or do Pilates, I really pay closer attention to my food choices. It really is as simple as calories in and calories out when you want to lose weight. 

4. Get motivation. Whether it is a workout partner, a book, music, etc... use something you know that will motivate you. If you aren't feeling like exercising, listen to that certain song, read that verse or a good motivator for me- other bloggers. There is nothing like another momma out there trying to lose weight and exercising her booty off (literally). That motivates me! "If she can do it, I can do it!" 

5. Remember that slow and steady wins the race. I've learned to appreciate the long haul. Instead of wanting results RIGHT NOW and not being content, God has given me peace to slow down, not push as hard and appreciate my body now. That makes the largest difference when making a healthy lifestyle change. Every day I work on being healthier, running until I am tired and eating until I am satisfied (not full). Try not to run yourself into the ground exercising or dieting - that leads to failure. 


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