Saturday, 21 September 2013

Trying to get back into shape :)

When women told me that after pregnancy even if you are back to your pre-preggo weight your body would never be the same, I used to think they were lying... learning that it is def true. It's not bad, I mean our bodies just did something miraculous and grew and birthed a BABY. I shouldn't expect them to be exactly the way they were before, that would just be crazy...

So, here I am five months post babe, and trying to get my endurance back up again. I mean before I know it I'm gonna be chasing my little man around and I wanna be able to keep up:)

I have found it helpful to go to the gym or at least work out with other people. There's a lot more motivation for me when I'm with others. A few months back, a friend invited me to FITE club at the gym. It's a group of people working out hard together and I love it. Here's the first workout we did- feel free to do it! It's a good one :)

KB is kettlebell... You do each exercise for 45 seconds straight then take a 15 second break then move to the next exercise. After you do all 8 that will complete 1 round, and you're doing 4! For weight, do as much as you can where you are still doing the proper movements.

Once you finish all 4 rounds then you will run 1600 m (1 mile) row 800 m, run 400 m, and then row 200 m. Again, try to go as fast as possible!

Happy Saturday ya'll!


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

August Challenge

Some of you may know that I am pretty much obsessed with pop. (Yes, I call it pop- I'm from the North!) It is something that soothes my stomach when I'm not feeling well, brings me joy on junky days, and it's something so nostalgic to me that I want to drink it alllll the time. Well, in 2012 Jon challenged me to give it up for a whole year, and I made it! Talk about the most challenging thing ever because I also got pregnant in 2012 and definitely had the junky feeling from time to time, but I never caved. It was in that time that I learned I didn't have to have pop to feel better, I simply just wanted it!

Well fast forward to 2013 and still pregnant, I decided to have pop again. I didn't like it as much as before, but I still enjoyed it.  I quickly learned that I have basically no self control when it comes to an ice cold crisp coke, so I fell back into my habits of consuming it far more that I should.

I guess I didn't really care if I was gaining weight from it because I was pregnant and gaining weight anyway. Probably not the best mindset. Then, our sweet boy came in April and I was ready to start loosing weight. Thanks to nursing 25 pounds or so came off quickly and without effort. However, I still have weight to go! I began working out again little by little, but not really changing much of my diet.

Now three and a half months later, I am determined to truly focus on my diet again. I know that it will not only benefit me but also my family. SO Lindsey and I have decided that August would be a "clean" eating month. NO processed sugar! From there, it's pretty open. We're going to try to cut dairy and limit the amount of grains we consume. More than anything, we desire a lifestyle of healthy eating so this is our way of jump starting it!

We would love to invite you to do the challenge with us. Some friends have already talked about doing it with us... or coming up with a plan that fits you. One of my friends is doing 4 clean meals a week and working out 2x. If she does more great, but the goal is one that is attainable. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

In honor of my last day of sugar for the next 31... Jon and I had Wendys for dinner and a chocolate ice cream reese's peanut butter cup blizzard! Let us know if you want to join in, the more the better!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Vegan Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake is one of my husband's favorite desserts! So back in May for our one year anniversary, I attempted to make a healthy version of this and I found the recipe here. It did take me a while but it was well worth it! I think the pan lasted us the entire week and I was eating it for breakfast and dessert. I reckon it may have been better 1-2 days after I even baked it! Quinn's initial reaction was, "It tastes like a bland muffin," (didn't take that as a complement!) But then he assured me he liked it after a few bites and gobbled up a huge piece with a scoop of ice cream AND went back for seconds.

                                      If you have a special event or free afternoon, try it out!

Thursday, 4 July 2013


I feel like if I could chose one word for my new season it would be "learning." I have officially been a mom for 81 days, and it's difficult to remember my world before that sweet day in April.

I'm learning how to be a mom to a newborn, how to function on 5 hours or less of straight sleep coupled with daily naps, pursue a new career of a stay-at-home mom/wife, be content with not meeting expectations, and trying to figure out how to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.

The Lord has been gracious to us for sure. Justus is such a content baby who just goes with it. I am thankful for him. I'm still trying to learn how to put him on a schedule trusting that it will serve our family best if he's somewhat predicable :) He's learning to be more engaging which is awesome! He smiles and coos a lot, and it makes me fall even more in love with him than I already am. I'm learning to be grateful to not see the clock until the 3's- who would have thought 3:30 am could feel late!

I'm trying to learn that it's ok if I don't meet my expectations... if you know me well you know that I hate "wasted" time... in fact in college if we were going to have a movie night it wasn't unusual for me to at least try to do some homework while watching. It got so bad that my best friend Misha would tell me you pick the movie because then maybe you will actually watch it without doing anything else! I try to fit 24 hours worth of stuff into 18. Maybe at different points in my life I could kinda pull that off, but now definitely not. Who would have thought, not me! I thought newborns nap 18 hours a day so therefore I will get everything done on my list... (feel free to laugh if you have a kid, because you know the truth)- it can't all get done. At least not right now... I'm lucky to shower and wash dishes. In the beginning I felt bad for not getting more done, but I'm realizing it's ok. My priority is to take care of Justus- make sure he is fed, getting rest, and getting lots of attention when he's awake. I also need to love on my husband and serve him, and finally spend time with the Lord. Those three things are my focus, and everything else is icing on the cake! However, saying this doesn't make it any easier. I still struggle with the fact that my "to do list" is growing and not shrinking. My hope is to learn to be in the moment and grasp the things that really matter... somehow I'm not convinced that a clean sink is the top thing!

Until next time, here's what is capturing the majority of my attention.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


This is the first official blog post of this unofficial blog my sister and I have decided to start. The idea came from us literally living on opposite sides of the world and country from our families. Hopefully this is a way for friends and family far away to feel connected to us and check out what is happening in our lives. Of course, we would love to hear from YOU anytime too :) Thanks for visiting!