Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Pain in the Neck

This morning, a small crick in my daughter's neck from sleeping, became a big pain in MY neck. As I attempted to drop her at school, drama ensued. Screaming, clinging and crying was about all anyone could hear from room 4A and after about five minutes of this wailing, I decided enough was enough. We were going home. Why she waited until we got to her school, to her class to tell me this, I'm not sure. What I do know is that for the remainder of the day, she was a bit of a mess. But to my dismay, my whole day was thrown off too. Gone was the long walk with my little guy, gone was the quiet time to do laundry, check up on e-mail and empty the dishwasher and gone was my sense of routine. Luckily, something even better than chores came of the day. I was able to spend quality time with my kids. Playing school, going to the library and laying in bed together making up silly alphabet songs filled the day. For some reason, we explored everything "apple", including homemade apple tarts, an apple craft and studying up on Johnny Appleseed and it was...amazing.
So sometimes, as the saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Before and After

As we all know, with pregnancy, great babies come with great...weight gain. You know how you bargain with the scale? Like.."Okay, 150 I can handle but you better not take me to 160!!!" and then the doc starts using the larger pointer at the top and you know it's over. Well, my latest and third pregnancy was the hardest. I gained the most weight, topping out at a solid 172 on delivery day and I was tired, cranky and swollen the whole time. With that said, the day after delivery, I already felt much better. It was like night and day! I have my energy and stamina back, I can finally breath again and I feel a huge weight has been lifted...literally. But this is just the beginning of the battle. I am ready to begin a workout and diet regimen and actually looking forward to it. I got a few new items to add to my exercise gear and am planning to purchase new running shoes (once I can use my Kohl's coupons, of course!)
So it will be an uphill battle but I have a game plan that will be easy and straightforward: Cut the junk, eat more fruits and veggies and get walking! I'll keep you abreast of my progress and I hope that if you have weight to lose or you just want to get healthier, you'll come along on my journey!
How do you get back into shape following a pregnancy??