Say hello to Mr. Benjamin Richard. Born at 3:03am weighing in at 8lbs 6oz and 21.5 ins long!
He is absolutely perfect in every way. He's actually 12 wks old today! And might I say, he's adjusted very well and takes the absolute craziness of our day to day lives all in stride. Oh, and he's a super happy little guy....always smiling at everyone. So now he looks like this.....
But anyway, how the heck are ya? I'm doing really well. Like I said our littlest was born on February 7th (by emergency C-section, that wasn't really in the plan!) so my recovery time was longer that I had planned and longer than my patience could take. I'm still "recovering" I guess because I do still have tenderness and weird warm shots of pain around the incision. I don't know, kinda hard to explain I guess. However, despite all that I'm back at the workouts. Have been for 3 weeks....whoop, whoop!! I've lost 8 lbs so I was super excited about that. I've sorta hit that plateau right now where the weight isn't coming off as fast and that is a little discouraging. That and like I mentioned, I have ZERO patience, so it's an all around learning and growing experience for me. I gained about 33 lbs during pregnancy and I've lost almost all of that, but I'm still hoping to drop another 20, give or take. I told my husband I'm not so worried about the "number," I just want to feel good. So I'm chipping away. To help get the weight off faster, I've also decided to limit my sugar in take. So no sugary drinks or cereals (I LOVE Captain Crunch), no candy, no ice cream, no doughnuts.....you get the idea. It's actually pretty depressing to see it all written out :-( But I'm allowing myself to enjoy some of those things on Saturdays, as long as my workouts were tough during the week. I'm doing other dietary things as well, I'll share that next time.
I'm attempting to workout 6 days a week and take Sundays off. So far......hasn't happened. I'm also attempting to become a morning person. My dream plan is to wake up between 6-6:30, eat breakfast, workout and get cleaned up all before the kiddos wake up. So far.......it's happened, mmmmm, twice maybe? So I'm still improving, but I workout Monday through Friday. The time of day generally depends on kids and schedules. If we have preschool, then it's the afternoons. If we have nothing planned, then it's in the morning. Today I worked out in the afternoon after preschool and during naps. It was tough and I'm not going to lie, it sucked a little because it is so stinking outside and my house has no central air!! So I'm hoping that the extra heat will help the pounds melt off also! For today, I did a 12 minute workout, four exercises for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest in between. I was panting like an overweight, out of shape dog. Funny I mention that because our golden retriever, Crash was laying literally in the middle of the living room floor where I was working out and never once did he offer to move. He just laid there, dreaming away, slightly snoring while I was working like a slave in a sweat shop!
Like, I said, I did 4 exercises:
couch push ups: instead of being parallel to the floor I place my hands on the edge of the couch and the push up is on an incline. They're tough, but I have wrist issues right now and this is one of the only ways I can get push ups in.
lunges: this one is actually tough to explain because it wasn't just a lunge. I lunged backwards with one leg and then brought that leg up and touched my knee with the opposite elbow. Make sense??
kettleball bench press: laid on my back and benched pressed the 35lb kettleball we have.
side to side jumps: stood with my hands flat on the floor, in downward facing dog position. Started with both feet slightly to the side of me and then jumped my feet to the other side while my hands remain on the floor. It's also helpful to use something to jump over so I know I'm jumping high enough to feel the exercise.
I did these four exercises each for 50 secs completing as many reps as I could until my timer beeped. That's the order I completed them in also, so it's like a circuit. I'll put all the equipment I have together tomorrow and take a picture so you can see what I have and that way when I mention a piece you'll have an idea what it looks like. I'm super excited though because for Mother's Day my awesome husband is building me a dip station to add to my collection. I've wanted one for a while and we think it would be pretty easy to build, so stay tuned for the story on that one.
I also got in a little organization today. My fridge was getting a little out of control and it was already slightly organized, but something about it was just bothering me. The system I had, just wasn't working. So the wheels started turning and I cruised through blog land and with the help of some very thrifty SAHM's I was able to pull ideas and customize them to fit my family's needs. So here is what my fridge started out looking like,