Fitness Goals

After being pregnant twice, and overall not having time to exercise as often, I’m finding it hard to keep extra unwanted weight off, or rather, lose the weight gained.  My son is just about three years old, and my reasons are no longer “baby weight.”  I had a failed pregnancy a year ago, after growing a little bump at four months pregnant, all to find out it was a molar pregnancy, which meant no baby!  More about that another day!

When my son was a year old, after nursing him for so long, I had no problem losing all the weight gained while pregnant and then some.  I was even complaining because all my clothes were too big on me.  Oh how I wish to go back to those days…  Just to clarify technically I’m not overweight, I just want to get to my desired healthy fit body shape, size, well you get the idea right?  It has been extra hard, because with a molar pregnancy HCG levels are extremely high and do all sorts of loops to your hormones, I gained weight with that one.  I could barely eat, but yet I gained weight, very strange experience.  I probably gained more during the second pregnancy than the first successful one.  So recently I have taken up jogging again, although my jogging stroller isn’t the best it helps because it’s one exercise I can do with my son.  I’ve also started workout videos, which seems very effective as long as I keep it up.  I’m determined to keep going, so I can be able to feel comfortable in my own skin, specially since beach days are here.

One extra push I’m getting is from my husband.  He isn’t telling me to, but he has his own success story to tell that motivates me.  He started bike riding for fun and for exercise a few months ago, and he has lost tons of weight all with an old bike a family member was getting rid of.  He’s well on his way to looking like how he used to when I first met him in high school.  So my next hopes is to go bike riding with him when he does, so I can see some results too.  It’s been so long since I really rode a bicycle, hope I still can.  But we’ll see how those plans workout.  For sure I will continue to jog, and do my workout videos, both easy ways to stay active while with my little boy.  Why is it that it seems men have it so easy for everything, I’ve been eating right and trying forever it seems.  My husband wakes up one day and decides to bike, and voila!  Just like that, he’s a new man.

The moments I really felt the motivation to reach my fitness goals was when I wasn’t excited to go the beach as I usually would, and the other, seeing my husband’s success in a short period of time.  Are you on your way to getting more fit and healthy?  What moment motivated you?  I wish you luck if you are making healthier choices.

Wish me luck with my goal to catch up to my husbands success, and please feel free to share any stories you may have, as well as tips below, or just say “hi.”

Milk comes from where?

I only breastfed my son as a baby, and it was a good thing I went that route.  Although there was that one time a nurse gave him a formula bottle against my wishes, when I passed out of exhaustion at my first days at the hospital!  It was a hard start at first but I stuck with it from day one to when he was over two years old, seems like along time ago now even though he’ll be three at the end of this month.   He used to get horrible eczema when he was young, and scratched his face allot too.  I read up on what could be causing it, and asked his pediatrician, and unfortunately he just thought I was an over dramatic first time mom.  My son would get horrible gas he cried in pain, and his cheeks were so red, you could smell raw flesh..those were hard times.  His pediatrician at the time, wasn’t fazed, said it was normal and will get better on its own!?  It didn’t!

Finally I found out that it could be very easily linked to his diet, which meant my diet as he only got breast milk.  I ate all the “healthy suggested” foods that included eggs, whole wheat bread, milk, cheese, beans, peanut butter, well you know the list right?  I read about this completely foreign topic for me at the time, which was food allergies.  I didn’t think it could be, but eliminated sweets as the old timers in my family kept telling me its a rash caused by too much sugar.  Eventually after learning more, I eliminated eggs, and milk the major players in my diet, and right before my eyes my baby was feeling better all around.

Since then we have went through one traumatic incident, that I will tell you guys another time, that confirmed his many severe food allergies including milk.  But the good news is we found many different options for him.  Specially that of milk.  He is able to drink soy milk, coconut milk both without a huge reaction, and tons of hemp milk with no issues at all.  He has been drinking these dairy free options for a long time now, and now knows that those are the kinds of milk he can have!

I like to test his knowledge of his allergies, and teach him what he can and can’t have.  One of the exercises includes me asking him how he would respond if someone gave him “blank.”  So I recently asked him how he would respond if someone offered him cows milk, he told me, “NOo I have allergies,” I asked him what he can have, he knew and told me.  I was very proud!

Then came the perfect ending to our little conversation.  He told me “Cows milk is yucky, it comes from cows butt” as he pointed at his rear end.  He absolutely in no way feels left out, and if anything thankful for not drinking out of a cows butt.  **insert giggle**  Now that’s a funny moment right?  Life is about finding the positive in our days, and this moment sure brought tons to an easily serious or sad topic.  It brings a smile to my face as I replay the moment in my head right now.

What moments made you smile or laugh about recently?

A MOMent brought to you by a Hot Dog

It had been so long since we treated ourselves to the movies, we decided to the week Cars 2 came out, and I was anxious to watch with my son.  The last time we were at the movies, he was always asleep or eventually would be.

He loved it, he watched the whole time sitting all by himself, even pausing to tell me what was going on.  The reason I’m writing about this isn’t because of how well he watched the movie but because as I mentioned it was spontaneous.  I only left the house with some Glutino pretzels and Lundberg rice cakes for my son as snacks for the car ride.  When you have severe food allergies, there’s no grabbing a bite to eat somewhere, I usually bring all his food from home.  No worries for my husband, and I we don’t have any allergies to food by the way.  But after having strolled around the area for so long, and by the time it was movie time, my son was hungry.  A brand of hot dogs he can have is Nathan’s, and that’s what they had at the movies concession stand. I repeatedly looked at how it was prepared, talked to everyone behind the counter to make sure it doesn’t touch anything while being prepared, served, delivered, I mean you name it, I did.  It simply isn’t worth it to take a risk and not ask a million questions.  So I decided to give it a try, and so happy I did.  Not only was he okay with it, but it made him so happy, and in turn I was overwhelmed with joy.  I couldn’t take the smile off my face to watch every bite he took, and to have him turn around and say “I love you soo much, thank you, this is so yummy.”  It’s the joy of eating out, or else he’s had those hot dogs, and I cook plenty to make sure he isn’t left out wherever we go.
This was the second time he ever ate out without me bringing food from home, the other time was in a Brazilian steak house in Miami a year ago.

I didn’t want to get his hopes up so while I ordered it, I didn’t tell him, and he quietly assumed it was for us and didn’t ask.  But when we got to our seats after I had smelled it, tasted it, and got my nerves together.  I gave it to him in the little Nathan’s box, the excitement was amazing!  He ate the whole thing, and all was well!  We certainly appreciate the little things in life that many take for granted, and this is one of them, which is anything but a little thing to us.  This is certainly a moment I won’t forget, and thought I’d share.  Just another moment that made me smile, what moment made you smile recently?

The Magic Feather

The other day my son was bored out of his mind, he had played with just about every toy he had, which also meant he made a huge mess, but that’s a whole other story.  We usually try to go out at least once a day to prevent boredom that provokes destroying the apartment, but that day we spent it relaxing at home, and also saving money too because when we head out we always seem to need something, and it doubles as saving gas too.  Anyhow, he needed to get out so my husband took him for a little walk around the neighborhood.  It was a short walk, but being the little sweet boy he is, he appreciates everything.  He had a blast because he took his Nerf Super Soaker Point Break Water Blaster from Toys R us, and came back in a few minutes because they were out of water.

It was perfect timing, I had just finished putting all the toys in place.

So my son runs up to me like it had been days since he left for his walk, and says in his tiny toddler voice;

“Mommy I have a surprise for you.”  He continues to tell me, after getting my full attention, “you look a lil’ sad,” I responded that I wasn’t sad, well because I wasn’t.  He then tells me that he got a feather for me, and at this point I was more worried about how gross it was specially after he told me “I found it on the street, it’s a present for you.”  I of course, couldn’t break his little heart, and I was blown away with his well put sentences and his thoughtful little heart, so the fact that he found it on the street didn’t bother me as much..or I wasn’t going to show it anyway.  So he turns around and talks to this tiny feather pinched between his tiny fingers; “Hi feather make my mommy really happy ok! you are magic!”

Now if that’s not a moment to make me smile on and on, what is? What moment made you smile today?

BBQ With Family, But Can’t Have What They’re Having?

So many occasions come up when it’s starts to get warm out to have a barbecue or to attend family or friends get together.  And honestly I have opted to just have it be us three, and have turned down a few offers.  But with our son just about three years old I have learned my own way without him being left out.

You can do the obvious and pre-cook meal before you leave home.  I do that if we need to go anywhere.  But at a barbecue, I want my son who loves food to have grilled food! I’m sure many of you can relate to not wanting to be left out, of anything really.

You can bring your own food and cook it there, but where?  I’ve carried my own pots and pans to many convenient places like grandpa’s house, but bringing your food even with pots and pans aren’t the best idea to someone’s backyard or park.

I used to carry aluminum foil to place over grill and cook, but it doesn’t really grill all too well unless you poke wholes in the foil, but then that opens a risk of contamination.  So that brings me to my final idea that works great!  Bring your own portable little grill; there are two different options one that uses propane gas, and the good old charcoal.  Carry vegetables and meat in cooler along with seasonings and you should be all set.

Just make sure that which ever one you choose to use, is allowed where you are going.  Make sure there isn’t a rule against it at park you are planning to go to, and of course if you are going to someone’s home, ask first too.

This has proven to be the best option for us, because our son is severely allergic to a long list of foods, hope this helps someone else out there new to the world of food allergies.  Just because someone has food allergies, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy great tasting food too, it’s all just about learning the simple tricks to doing so.

Have a great Fourth of July everyone, and wish you all safe, delicious eating!

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