My health challenge 07

 Today marks the end of the 21 day challenge. Results: five pounds lighter and a whole heck of a lot stronger. I feel more flexible, more energetic, and definitely more tough. When I started the program, I hoped I would finish it, I hoped I would like it, and I really hoped I would enjoy a “lifestyle” change. In fact, I got all of these! 

The program was flexible enough that I could do the exercises at any point in the day, whenever I found my 30 minutes. Sometimes that was at 4:30AM after an early morning snuggle with Henry or at 10:00PM after cleaning up from our July 4th cookout. The program worked with my schedule and I think that was the key to my ability to remain consistent. The eating portion was hard when cookouts boast delicious burgers and even more tempting desserts. Yet, I didn’t have to deny myself these things I just had to check my portions. Did I really need two cupcakes? Could a suffice on just a bite of this or that? Could I prioritize eating lean protein, veggies, and fruit? I thought this would be the hardest part of the challenge. During the first week, it was because my meals were super random, then I got th hang of it and enjoyed cooking clean, healthy meals. I enjoyed shopping for them, and I really enjoyed watching my whole family eat well! 

So what is next? Do I just stop?

Nope my challenger, Kellyanne (my co-21 day fix bestie) and I are not quiting on team bestie! Today is day 21 but we decided it is also day 1! That is right, we are starting this program over again. I am excited about getting stronger. I can almost do a few real push-ups without going down to modified. I want to be able to do 10 push-ups for real during this next challenge.
And…I am thinking about becoming a coach. I have just loved how I have felt on this program and I would love to share this with others. What do you think? Would you join my team?  (because I am really thinking about doing it!)

 

Henry Adam: 12 months

What a bittersweet moment. The last of our monthly updates for little Mr. Henry Adam. Today he turns one. 365 days ago, I was blessed to meet this little one face-to-face. I remember the day he was born so vividly. The emotions can still return if I sit quietly and reflect about the momentous day. When Henry entered the world at 8:58PM, we became a family. This little guy has brought us so much joy and happiness. It is amazing how such a tiny little baby could change everything, but he did and it has been wonderful. He has taught us to be utter goof balls, to be patient, to listen, to slow down, to love even when you are exhausted and completely tapped out, to give it your all and then a little bit more, to wonder, to savor, to look with new eyes, to play, to worry, to fret, to take things in stride, to smile, to laugh, to cry, and to try so so hard to slow down time. This year has been the best year of my life so far. I have watched my son grow into a curious and playful little boy and watched my husband grow as a father. It has been an honor and joy to witness this. I cannot wait for the next year to begin and to keep this family story going.

So much has happened this last month. Henry started using these cute little walker toys. One is a alligator, another a lawn mower, and another a funny little musical cart. At first he walked about tentatively and then he began to run with this toys. Lapping around the bottom floor of the house with Buster and Bella in tow, Henry would shriek in delight and his legs carried him about. He loves running the walker into the pups and getting them to chase him and run away from him. It was our first glimpse at the endless games of tag that I am sure are in their future. Then on June 8, Henry took his first independent steps. It was AMAZING! Seriously, who knew that a few shaky steps could be so exciting. I felt like I was walking the final round of a World Cup match. There was Henry in one corner and then…. 2 steps!!! Since then he has been toddling about but still prefers crawling as he default mode of transportation but this is quickly changing. And sometimes while “walking” about he flashes his little smile inclusive of 8 teeth!

Perhaps it was a result of the duck boat ride through the city of Boston, but Henry is obsessed with ducks. His favorite books right now are Duck and Goose Colors and Gossie and Gertie, his favorite toys are rubber duckies, and he just started to say what sounds like “duck duck” when playing with any of these items. He is also saying ba ba when he is thirsty although he is mostly drinking out of his sippy cup. He is shaking his head no, and while this will probably become frustrating over time, it is so darn adorable right now! And his favorite song remains if you are happy and you know to which he claps along even when crying in his car seat. No matter how old he is, 1 day, 4 months, 12 months, Henry is not a fan of the car ride but at least this nursery rhyme stops him from time to time. Oh, and another thing that I learned this year is that I use my telephone too much to snap pictures of my kiddo. How do I know this?  Well none of my Facebook friends have un-friended me yet for my absurd number of parenting related posts, but Henry has started to pick up his toys and hold them to his ear like a phone. Time to put the phone down!  Of course, at the same time one of his favorite pastimes in FaceTiming with his cousins and grandparents everyday! But the funniest development from our little goof ball is belly raspberries. If you lay on the floor and flash him your tummy, he crawls over to you and face-plants on to your tummy with sloppy kisses.

Project Yum Yum continues over here as the little man eats more and more and more solids. He loves raspberries and would eat an entire container if left alone. Some other favorite delicacies for the little man include: avocado, whole milk, cheese, sausage and rice casserole, birthday cake, olives, oranges, blueberries, stir fry, and pizza. What is better than eating these items myself is watching my little guy eat them, rub them into his hair, and smear them  playfully across his tray. He also enjoys feeding us bites off his plate if we ask politely. Our little dude is a gastronomist.

This month we were so lucky to have two sets of photos taken by the incredibly talented Red Wagon Images. Lyndsay of Red Wagon Images immediately makes everyone feel comfortable, playful, and beautiful. Pretty much everything you could imagine from a family of photographer…and more! She captured the most precious moment for me, the last time I nursed Henry. We met at a local park and found a beautiful tree on a little hill and there Henry nursed for the last moment before he made the choice to move on from mommy to his own sippy cup. It is so special having this moment documented. It brings me to tears and it was so wonderful having Lyndsay capture that moments and the many others this last month including the ultra fun cake smash session.

And the little globe trotter ended his first year with a lot of exploration and travel. He swam in ponds and picnicked with his friends and visiting animals at Drumlin Farm and went all the way to California to visit with his cousins. It was quite the month and truly it was quite a year. So many milestones and beautiful moments dotted the year. It was an absolute blessing to be Henry’s mom this year. I am so happy to celebrate Henry’s Birthday.

california adventures

2,975 miles separate my front door from my brother’s. I wish it were more like 2.9 miles, but unfortunately this is not the case. With each of us on our own coast, we are left then to savor our visits with one another.  Henry and I were so lucky to have the opportunity to spend an ENTIRE week out in SoCal with my brother, sister-in-law, and the littles. it was an AMAZING visit. While I was super intimidated flying solo with Henry, it was surprisingly not as horrible as I imagined. We left our home in Boston early with a bag full of baby goodies and spent six hours together in tight quarters. Once we landed and saw our family it was completely worth it. Henry had such a fantastic time visiting with his family and especially loved his time with his little cousins who were so warm, playful, and inclusive of him.

We ate well, including a visit to the legendary In and Out burger, and spent time just being together at parks, water parks, long walks, short jogs, fun outings, and lots and lots of coffee cups shared. The highlight of the trip for me was when they surprised us with a first birthday party for Henry! It was so amazingly sweet and thoughtful and it just warmed my heart and soul. I could barely keep it together as they told me from cake to guests to balloons, they would be throwing the little dude a birthday blow-out bash. This trip will be very difficult to top but I have a feeling that visiting with them again will be…AMAZING.  I will miss them hard until then.

My health challenge 06

What?!?! How is it possible that this is the last week! 21 days flew by on this program because I truly am enjoying myself. 

This week starts doubles for an extra challenge and I am planning on doing them. Fingers crossed this final push will leave me feeling even stronger and more flexible. #fitmom #bestshape #gettingstrong 

  

My health challenge 05

so here I am out in LA for a work conference. How is my health challenge going?!? It’s going.

Being 100% on target with the food is a little tough because I AM on vacation in a sense but I have avoided carbs and sugar and feel like I am sticking to it pretty well. The nutrition is probably closer to 90%. 

The exercise though is going well. Every night I pull out my DVDs and bands and get my 30 minutes in. My littles join me as well which makes it even more fun. Avs and Smith jump and hop along to Autumn’s routines and together we check them off! 

One week done and two to go. Here is an update photo. Any changes?