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Whole 30 Change: Week 1

Fact 1: Weight gain is just ONE of the symptoms of an unhealthy diet.
Fact 2: I’ve been having waaaayyyyy too much fun eating this summer.
Fact 3: I, and I know many of you, are ready to change the way we eat. NOT DIET but change.

With that, I invite you to join me in a Whole 30 change. What is the Whole 30? Well, I can tell you this much…it stems from the book “It Starts With Food” and it 100% changed my outlook on food. I no longer counted calories, I just started making choices on how to feed my body and my body responded in the most glorious of ways. I lost weight for the first time since I had my children, my psoriasis cleared up, my chicken skin was gone and the one that floored me the most was my son did not have ONE issue with allergies this year. I became a huge believer.

I could go on and on but I encourage you to read more about the book and just go ahead and get that bad boy on your Kindle ASAP.http://amzn.to/1aMZWL6. Since everything is easier with friends, join this https://www.facebook.com/groups/whole30mamas/ facebook support group.

Here is my week 1 menu. Admittedly, it is a little scattered and an ambitious cooking schedule. I usually try to plan around items on sale, what I already have, etc but I had kids climbing on me so it is what it is.

At first, the Whole 30 will feel expensive and like a lot of work. I promise you,the costs even out when you are not eating out. You will also need to plan and get strategic. For example, if you know someone can keep the kids at bay for a couple hours on a Sunday, look at your recipes and figure out everything you can cook and chop ahead of time. That two hours will save your life and diet later. When I hit a recipe I’m sure will freeze easily, I make extra and freeze for a future menu.

For lunch, I always do leftovers, salads in Mason jars or I buy the chicken and apple sausages. Lunch has to be quick and thoughtless for me. Also, you’ll see smoothies on here. Smoothies are not technically allowed on Whole 30 since they are made with lots of fruit. I try to take the below recipes, make sure they have coconut milk and I add extra veggies that compliment it. This is my slight cheat because I just can’t make a big ol breakfast every day.

Day 1:  Sweet Potato Apple Hash with EggsGrilled Zucchini and Tomato salad and Herb & Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken with a side salad.

Day 2:    Vanilla Peach Smoothie, salad from leftovers and Buffalo Chicken Soup

Day 3:   Steam/poached eggs with avocado and peppers, leftovers and Gyro Taco Salad 

Day 4:  Cherry Banana Smoothie, leftovers or chicken apple sausage with veggies and coconut chicken fingers 

Day 5:   Steam/Poached eggs with Avocado and peppers, salad from leftovers and steak kabobs from this recipe (using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce)

Day 6:  Tropical Smoothie, leftovers, Pan fried lemon chicken with sweet potato fries

Day 7:  eggs with leftover veggies from kabobs (day 5), salad from leftovers and brats with lots of sauteed veggies.

And We’re Back!

The blog title is two-fold. First, I haven’t posted in soooo long and the other is because I’m literally back at square one of my getting fit journey!

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve had another baby and my pregnancy, well….wasn’t what I expected it to be especially since I had made so many changes in my life. Before my pregnancy, I was working out, eating right and feeling like I was starting to make progress. And then, it got interesting. Right before my pregnancy with my daughter I suffered a miscarriage. Because the Dr’s were not sure what may have caused the miscarriage, they requested I stop any moderate to heavy physical activity which lasted well into my pregnancy since I also had placenta previa. And if the exercise restriction wasn’t enough, I’m pretty sure I was pregnant with Britney Spears because ALL I COULD EAT was Fanta and Fruit Loops. If you know me at all you know this was killing me.  

Yada yada yada here I am a year later, just two months after I’ve had my beautiful baby girl and once again I’m out of shape and changing my diet. But I’m not upset because here is my chance to show all of you how making changes can impact the health and appearance of you and your family! Here is my chance to show you that ALL mamas can transform their bodies and lifestyle. Here is my chance to show you that you have to make the time instead of leaning on the excuse you don’t have time.

So first things first, write down your goals! I’ve made some big goals for myself to wear a bikini on my family vacation in July and to FINALLY compete in Sprint Triathlon in August. While those goals feel completely overwhelming right now, I know the best strategy is make small changes every week or so. I don’t do diets. I REPEAT, I don’t do diets and neither should you! Just make small life changes and before you know it the big changes happen naturally.

So my first two life changes to reach my goals are:

1. Give up my biggest vice. For me, that is giving up that oh so yummy refreshing nectar of Coca-Cola. That’s right! This is the week I’m quitting that naughty little drink cold turkey. It will be hard and I figure it will take me a couple of weeks to get used to not having it but I must remember to be a role model. I don’t want my children drinking it therefore my husband and I should not drink it!

2. Start training for the triathlon! I have no idea on all the details that go into training for a Triathlon. I know nothing about bikes or swimming and I could probably live without running. So, I headed straight to our local mecca of experts PTS Sports in Acworth and found my coach Brett Daniels and I loveity love love him! I can’t tell you how happy I am I did this. Brett is so helpful in setting up my training schedule, explaining how to work my bike and all the other ins-and-outs of participating in a triathlon. The folks at PTS Sports are a godsend in picking out gear from shoes to bikes to clothing. If you haven’t been, go there now. 

So there you are. Periodically I will update you on my progress, let you know any changes I make, share recipes, workouts, etc etc etc. Hopefully this will help anyone currently struggling with losing the baby weight whether you just had your baby or it has been years. Feel free to start your journey with me today! Sit down, write down your goals and make two small changes immediately that will help you achieve them.

Me and my new little mama! So in love with her.Image

 

Me and my scary giant baby belly!Image

 

 

 

 

 

Savin Mama Money

For all you ladies who were not able to attend Mom’s Night Out last week, here is a big ol summary of all the tips and tricks that were mentioned on saving $$.

Courtney, our resident extreme couponer, put together this AMAZING list of how to coupon basics along with some fantastic advanced tips. couponing

In addition, here is some link love to some of the sites we discussed:

http://www.facebook.com/southernsavers

http://www.facebook.com/BabyCheapskate

http://www.facebook.com/OrganicDeals

http://www.facebook.com/SavingNaturally?ref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/MoneySavingMom

http://coupons.target.com/

amazon.com/coupons

http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaOnTheCheap

  • Make sure to “like” some of your favorite brands and stores on Facebook. It is a great way to get special deals and coupons
  • Call your favorite brands and let them know how much you like them. Often, they will send you stacks of coupons for doing so
  • Price compare some of your basic baby and household items on amazon.com, drugstore.com, diapers.com (and their partners). Often you’ll find online is cheaper and may come with free 2-day shipping. Yes, that would be a BIG money and BIG time saver. Don’t discount the new restrictions of Amazon Prime membership…I use it for $$ on diapers, household cleaning products, Annies brand crackers, razors are much cheaper on Amazon, and more. In addition most of these sites accept coupons (by mail).
  • Speaking of shipping, most of the links mentioned above will tell you when shoprunner.com is running a free or $1 membership for a year. This service will give you free 2-day shipping to many different sites including drugstore.com and babiesrus.com/toysrus.com.

If I left anything out, please comment and I’ll update ASAP!

 

 

 

I’m loosing 10lbs!

Inspired by the blog Fit Mama Training, I decided that I need to lose 10 lbs. Nothing helps a mama carry out her goal more than the help of other mamas so for all who are ready & willing, let’s do it together.

First & foremost…I hate the word diet. I hate diets, fad diets, fad cleanses, etc. because it takes a lifestyle change to lose weight and introduce new habits to keep it off. So, starting this Monday (1/23) we all start our lifestyle change! I love the idea of us encouraging and updating each other so be vocal! Share you recipes, workout ideas, snack ideas and progress! Share them as comments on the blog or on Facebook and I promise to do the same.

I found a great app/site called My Fitness Pal that will allow us to follow each other as in what you ate, how you did on your target calories, did you workout today and pounds lost. It will suck to update but do it.  Even if you slipped up and are embarrassed. Remember, it will keep you honest to us (your cheerleaders and comrades in weight loss) and you. And at the end of the day your diligence in tracking your progress, good or bad, will only be for the greater good!

You can find me on the My Fitness Pal app (which can be downloaded to all sorts of phones, on iPad or you can log on the site) by my username bodybybabyfit or my email bodybybabyfitness@gmail.com. I’ll keep my preferences pretty open so you can see everything about me (except my actual weight, a girl needs some secrets) and what I do to lose weight and the success of my efforts (I.e pounds lost) and I urge you to do the same. I’ll start logging with breakfast tomorrow and you should too!

Happy Holidays Part 2

http://www.lisarappaphotography.com/

One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is a FANTASTIC picture of those kiddos. Nothing makes Grandma and Grandpa happier than the chance to brag on those beautiful kiddos, so light up their world with the perfect picture of your family. Better yet, send them to the moon and back by scheduling a session for them with your little cutie(s). Daughter/daughter-in-law of the year anyone? Plus, you’ll have some new artwork in your house that will make you smile every time you pass by.

Lisa is already booked up for the holidays so make sure you give her a call soon to book your 2012 spot cause, well, you see the pic. She is that good.

http://www.facebook.com/SSKids

Now that you have those pictures booked, what in the heck will you have those kids wear? What props can you use to make the picture oh so special? And what the heck will you get your friend that just had a baby? Well, check out Sugar Snap Kids. A local mama whipping up the CUTEST custom shirts, blankets and bibs you ever did see! Make sure you fan her Facebook page so you can keep up-to-date on all the latest cuteness!

Here is one of her shirts in action…and by a certain photographer too!

This is it! The final training week for us.  The race is this Saturday.  If you haven’t signed up yet, make sure to do so http://www.active.com/running/marietta-ga/sleighbells-on-the-square-5k1k-2011

This week run 30 minutes for 2 days this week.  I’ll see you all on Saturday at 8am by the registration booth.

Less than 2 weeks left!  Here is this week’s training schedule:

3 days this week:

  • Walk a 5 minute warm-up
  • Run for 28 minutes

See you all on our run this Saturday at 9am at Swift-Cantrell park!