Thursday, February 23, 2012

Homework? On the first day?!

As you know, I recently finished a 90 day beachbody challenge.  I spent 90 days jumping and kicking and dancing my way through Chalene Johnson's Turbofire workout!  I have to admit, I HATED this workout at first.  I am about as white as they come, and there was dancing in this!  ick!  But I knew a girl who lost 60 pounds in those 90 days and I was determined to keep at it.  Eventually I learned all the moves, and began not dreading it as bad.  After finishing, I don't think I will use this workout again, only because I don't think it was my "soulmate" workout.  I did some insanity afterwards and fell in love with the Shawn T's workout.  Lookout world, I will be going "insane" in some months time.  

Unfortunately, I did not lose a single pound on turbofire.  But I did feel like the workouts were helping me greatly.  I noticed my cardio endurance skyrocketed, and I was able to run 6-8 miles without stopping.  Ive had some issues with exhaustion recently, so i've held wayyy back on these kinds of workouts, but when i get my energy back I will be continuing to workout at a lighter pace.

Though I didn't love turbofire, I loved Chalene Johnson.  I found her to be completely inspiring, and motivating. I began following her on facebook and really liked the bits of advice she gave.  I finally gave in and bought her new book, "Push."  I began reading, and really am enjoying it so far.  I know many people who have changed their lives with it and i'm determined to be one of those people.  

This book promises 30 days to a new you.  That could be in any aspect of your life, but she stresses that once you get certain things in order, others seem to just fall into place.  Today was day 1 of my 30 day "push."  I soon discovered that I will be getting homework!  And tonights homework consisted of creating some priority lists.  At the end of the assignment, I was asked to come up with a "Top priority clarity statement."  This is a statement that helps shape the rest of this 30 day push.  I came up with my priorities and formed a statement based on my number one priority at the time.  Here is my statement!

Here's to pushing through the next 29 days!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

post 365 life and sweet sleeping boy

You may be wondering what I am going to do with myself now that project 365 is over.  Well, I may still be fighting off the morphine from the SHOCK that i've suffered from as a result of the project being over.  It's hard to imagine life post 365.  A day without taking a single photo!  I don't even know what to do with myself!  But don't you worry, I have some tricks up my sleeve.  Part of this plan includes using this blog more often to do my projects.  I'd like to have one place to put everything, and this blog seemed as good a spot as any.  So from now on, these posts may sound a bit trivial and silly, but they are just my means of posting photos and stories in a new project.  Think of it as a project 365 (with way less frequency) with more text then ever before!  New ideas are on the way!

As you know, I am extremely strict on Zach's bedtime routine.  When he was first born, I was constantly told to read the book, "Healthy sleep habits, Happy Baby."  I had seen the wonders it had worked on a neighbor's daughter, and knew this was the book I had to read!  The book discussed how early bed times are so vital to a child, and that if you put your child to bed early, they will actually sleep LATER!  It laid out how many naps a day a child should have, and even gave estimates of how long naps should be.  The book made perfect sense.  It discussed putting your child to sleep when he/she looks tired, and to not wake them until they are ready to get up.  It was truly a lifesaver of a book, and I owe all of my sleep success to it!  I now have an almost 13 month old who sleeps 13-13.5 hours at night and takes a 2-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon! I owe my sanity to this sleep schedule.  
Now that we have crossed the one year mark, we have eliminated his morning nap.  This was a pretty easy transition so far, but he did get a bit cranky for a few minutes in the AM.  Once he had something to eat, he seemed fine.  But occasionally, he will need a 15-20 minute power nap to make it to naptime.  This is totally normal during this transition.  
Today happened to be one of those days.  After a workout in the morning, we got in the car to drive home, and suddenly I realized Zach wasn't talking to himself anymore, and I didn't hear him playing with the empty water bottle I gave him (I know, he's so odd).  When I got home, I got in the back to pick him up, but he was fast asleep.  I picked him up, and he was still fast asleep.  I couldnt' believe I didn't wake him by picking him up.  I knew this nap wouldn't last long, so I didn't want to make the trip up the stairs, so I figured i'd attempt letting him sleep on the couch (this is a BIG no no in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child!  He advocates letting a child sleep in their crib from day one, which is what we had done).  I never get to watch him sleep, since he has always slept in his crib, so I knew this was a moment for a photo.  No sooner then the moment I snapped the photo did he wake up (by rolling off the couch, don't worry he was fine).  It's wonderful to watch them sleeping.  They are so sweet.  I sure do love this bald baby, as I'm sure everyone who's reading this does too!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My youngest valentine yet...

When I was a kid, Valentine's day was all about the yummy candy i'd surely get at school.  When I got older, I begun to understand the holiday more, and came to the conclusion that I wouldn't partake in the holiday.  I mean why should people spend ONE day showing they love one another?  Shouldn't we spend every minute of every day loving each other?  Luckily, I married a man who believes the same exact thing.  And let's face it, when you're with the right person every day is valentine's day! 

But this year, I have a child (he was only weeks old last year) and I thought it was fair game to embrace in some parts of this holiday.  I always got something small from my parents on Valentine's day.  And I do intend on continuing that tradition in my family.  Just a small box of chocolates, or little something.  Since he will never remember this holiday, I figured what better time to take embarrassing photos of my innocent baby while I still can?  Besides, the hubs is away, so I figured I had to do it now before he returned!  And so, here we are:
Mom, did you see what's in here?

Gosh i love this kid

For you Mama!

How cute is this?!

he was cracking up

And the best part-the chocolate!

This is going to go to his thighs, but that's ok

Eat your heart out ladies and gents, but he is my little man and I sure do love him!