So we have a new baby at our house. YAY!

Another C-section, but honestly I am just grateful that he is here and that I am not pregnant any more. I sure dislike being hugely pregnant.

And now he is out of the “I must wake up ever two hours at night” stage and starting to sleep better at night. Although he did have a growth spurt a couple of days ago and we did some every two hour feeding again. He’ll even out especially.

I hate breastfeeding. Seriously. Not my favorite. I do it because it is cheaper than formula. WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY cheaper. I formula feed my first one after the first two months, and it got really expensive really fast. I weened as early as I possibly could to cut back on those costs. Eekk.

A couple of weeks ago I went to my Dr’s for the post op check up and of course they weighed me as part of the process.

I thought the scale was broken.

I had gained thirty-five pounds. THIRTY-FIVE POUNDS PEOPLE. So you have to take off five pounds because you always weight 5 pounds more at the doctors office, so 30 pounds. I never gained that much with my other two, the most being about 20lbs. My last pregnancy I only gained 10 pounds. I didn’t even wear my bigger ‘in-between’ clothes. Those same in-between’ clothes are now too small. Barley, but still. Much sobbing and tears all around.

So I’m officially on a diet. And I am working out again. Actually working out feels really good right now. It really helps with my anxiety/depression and helps me manage my day without losing my temper.

I want to document my experience. Just for posterity’s sake.

Here is my before pic:

Before Pic

Check me out! I don’t have a full length mirror, so we are going to have to make do. Please note that I don’t dress like that to work out. Usually I am in my pajamas of a baggy t-shirt and basketball shorts.

I have been working out for a couple of weeks by this point so we’ll just imagine what I looked like before.


I am using a calorie counter app. I am not religious about it, I don’t like to document every single thing I eat. I did do that for a week or so at the beginning just to give me a good idea of how much I should eat. Now I use it just to check how many calories something is if I am eating out or at a friends.

My real goal is to eat as much fruit and veggies (fresh) as possible. We eat salad for sides a lot right now. Also my snacks are almost exclusively fruit or veggies with protien (like apples and peanut butter or veggies and humus). If I am hungry and don’t want to eat anything healthy (say all I want is a cookie or a giant slice of cake) I drink herbal tea or Choffy to help with the cravings. I put a bit of honey in it and it seems to help. Sometimes, if I can get away with it, that is my snack.

I am breastfeeding, so I would rather over eat a little than under eat. I really do NOT want to lose my breast milk. I have also been eating a lot of oatmeal and flax seeds to help keep my production up. Also I drink an absurd amount of water every day.


We have Daily Burn on our Roku right now. I like it because for about 10 dollars a month you can get a large variety of workouts streamed directly to your TV. And they are not easy work outs (but they have beginner style work outs too). You can also customize your work out so you can get a new video up dated on your home page everyday.

I thinks gyms work too, but we really can’t afford the gyms in our neighborhood. They also do not have any childcare facilities available, and with my husbands schedule that just doesn’t work.

You can get a bunch of at home workouts on Pinterest which is what I do when I travel. Check out my Pinterest board “Fitness” for some suggestions. Daily Burn also has an app for your phone or tablet, so you can do those work outs when you travel.

The thing I DON’T like about Daily Burn is sometimes they have you using special equipment, like a variety of weights, balls and other equipment. I usually just work around them, but I have bought some weights. That is just a warning. They do have a bunch of body weight only exercises, so you have options.

I’ll keep updating my blog with my progress and hopefully some yummy, healthier recipes.

Here is my recipe for humus that I found on Pinterest, then tweaked:

Ranch Humus

1 can garbanzo beans

1/3 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt

1 tsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp dried granulated garlic

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/2 tsp dried onion powder

Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until a smooth paste.

This is a great substitute for dipping veggies instead of ranch dressing. My kids love it too!