I need a sick day from my sick kid!

Hello All!  Have you ever had one of those days…weeks…months, where you just need a sick day?  Well, that was me this week, and I actually took a sick day off but not to play hookie from work…it was to take care of my little one.

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I know we all get concerned when our little ones get a cold but my husband and I get very overly concerned when she gets sick.  It stems from her having RSV when she was 3 weeks old.  It’s a respiratory infection (sorta like the common cold) but because her nasal passages were so small she wasn’t getting enough oxygen, so she had to stay in the hospital for about 4 days.  Worst 4 days of my life.  Anyways, the Dr. said she will most likely have asthma…which she does.  So after 4 years of going to the Dr. for every little sniffle and cough, we finally found a combo of meds that work for her.  An inhaler twice a day and a claritan daily.

Well, she had a little fever on Saturday and hasn’t been able to shake it.  It’s Thursday and that fever is still lingering.  But now my Dr. said technically a low-grade fever is 100.2 now, not anything over 98.7 like I thought.  Umm, okay?  When did this change?  And, do we get a memo or something of the update?  So, she’s had a “fever” of a 100 for the past 5 days, according to ME, not the Drs.  Has anyone else heard of this nonsense?  Or am I just behind on the update?

Needless to say, she only has a virus, we were giving nose spray and “keep up with her regular routine” and that’s it.  Let me tell you, being home with a sick kid for 5 days can drive a mom nuts!  I love her, and I want to snuggle her all day but geez, I can’t wait for her to get better.

She can’t breathe through her nose, so her mouth is constantly open and she doesn’t have an appetite so she’s not eating (poor thing, right?)  Problem is, her breath stinks like garbage.  GARBAGE.  I feel so bad for her and me!  Then there’s the giving of the medicine.  Lord Baby Jesus, HELP ME!   Every time we attempt to give her the meds she starts to cry and then asks the following questions:

Her: What does it taste like?

Me: It taste like the same one you had 4 hrs ago.

Her: How much do I have to take?

Me: As much as you see in the little cup.

Her: Can you hold my hand?

Me: Sure, I’ll hold your medicine and drink in 1 hand and then hold your other hand.

Her:  How long do I have to take the medicine?

Me: Until you feel better.

Her: When will I feel better?

Me: When you’re done taking all your medicine.

This goes on….every 4 hours!  EVERY 4 HOURS.  Same questions.  Same answers.

Does this happen to anyone else?

I’m a BeachBody Coach!

Hey everyone, it’s been a few weeks since my last post but I’ve been super busy with work, family, school, and life.  And if that’s not enough, I just became a Beachbody coach.  Beachbody is the home of P90X, PiYo, Insanity, Focus T25, 21 day fix, and 21 day fix extreme, just to mention a few.

So, I purchased my first “challenge pack” 3 weeks ago and started the 21 Day Fix with Shakeology.  Now, let me tell you about Shakeology for a minute.  It’s NOT a protein shake…it’s a HEALTH SHAKE.  It will be your healthiest meal of the day!  It is packed with so many “super foods” that it can boost your immunity, help you lose weight, promote better digestion, and help curb your cravings.  The reason I love it is because it really does give me energy.  I’m not saying I’m bouncing off the walls and going a 100 miles an hour.  But, I am working graveyard now (11pm-7am), and I still have to be a functioning wife and mommy during the day.  Shakeology just gives me that boost I need.  I also got my husband to drink it too.  He has always had digestive problems, so I thought, “what the heck, let’s try it”.  He’s been taking it a week and has noticed a difference already.

Along with the Shakeology I did the 21 Day Fix and just finished my 3 weeks today.  Let me first say that I did not put my full 100% commitment to the program.  I skipped a few workouts because I was sick and probably had a few too many “cheat” meals.  With that being said, I lost 2 pounds and 6 inches.  Now, I think that is pretty good progress if you ask me.  I only want to lose 10 pounds and tone.  So I’m on the right path.  I will be starting my second round of the 21 Day Fix on Monday…and I will be 100% committed!

There are special “challenge programs” that come with the necessary tools to help you either start your journey…continue your journey…or give it a little jump start.

21 day fix

21 Day Fix is probably the most popular because it focuses on nutrition, portion control, and workouts. What you will get:

  1. (7) 30-minute workouts
  2. Bonus workouts
  3. 7 color coded containers
  4. Recipes
  5. Meal plans
  6. 30 days of Shakeology (game changer)
  7. Shaker cup (perfect for a meal on the go)
  8. $2 shipping
  9. 24/7 support from me and others in my group
  10. Daily accountability
  11. Savings of $50!

If you’re interested or want more information or just curious about my journey, let me know!

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21 day fix program

Hello everyone, well it’s been 4 days since I started my 21 day fix program…and well…I’m in love.  I thought starting 2 days before Valentine’s day would be a challenge, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge.  Valentine’s weekend was actually pretty easy.  I ate right and exercised during the day and still made healthy choices for dinner.  You know, like, protein and veggies…hold the carbs.  I might have indulged in some wine…maybe a little too much wine for the program but my eating was on point and today is a new day.

Along with the 21 day program I am also using Shakeology.  I chose the vegan chocolate shake and it is amazing.  Shakeology is supposed to help reduce junk food cravings, increase your energy, help you lose weight, and improve your digestion and regularity.

The hardest part is figuring out how to measure in the containers.  By hardest part, I mean it took me a day!  Yeah, it is super easy.  Like with any meal plan, you need to prepare ahead of time; make a list of groceries you need to buy, organize your meals, and stick to the plan.

The part I love the best is portion control.  When I first lost all my weight on my own, I was counting calories.  I somehow got away from that but was still making healthy choices, you know, fruits and veggies, not too many sweets or fried foods.  But even eating too many healthy foods is not good for you.  So this is just a reminder, for me, on how to portion control again.

Another important thing for me doing this program is that I am gonna try my hardest not to get on that scale everyday.  I plan on weighing and measuring myself once a week to see the progress.  I really only want to lose about 10 pounds.  I want to tone up and build some muscle so I can rock that bikini in May when I go to Vegas.  That right there is my goal.  So I guess I want to lose more inches than more weight.

Oh, and the 30 minute workouts are crazy insane.  Honestly, I thought 30 minutes? C’mon I can workout for an hour sometimes an hour and  a half doing cardio and weights.  But let me just tell you…I was sorely mistaken! I can’t even get through each set without stopping yet.  I’ve only done 2 workouts.  2 30 minute workouts and I am completely sore.  Everywhere.  I love it!

I will definitely keep everyone posted on my progress.  Now I’m headed off to look for some recipes for my meal planning.

 

 

Burning the midnight oil!

I’m burning the midnight oil these days and have been MIA for a while.  Working shift work can be great but there are times when I have to choose a shift that works better for my family and not necessarily myself.  This is one of those times.  I haven’t worked graveyard in, gosh, over 4 years.  When I chose this shift it sounded perfect.  I would sleep in the morning while the kid was at school.  I would wake up, workout, make dinner, do the usual night routine with the kid, maybe have a quick power nap before I have to be at work at 11pm…and yea, I could totally do this shift for 4 months.

Well it’s been a month, and has not been as perfect as I thought it would be.  The hardest part was the first week and getting the kid to understand I had to work during the night.  I would tell her “I’m gonna miss you when I’m at work”, and her innocent response was, “then just stay home mommy and you won’t miss me”.  If it were only that easy.  The best part of this shift is for some reason I truly miss her.  I mean, I really don’t miss much since she’s asleep when I’m at work and at school when I’m sleeping.  But since she turned 4 last month, it really has hit me that she is growing up so fast, so now I just can’t get enough of her.  I love to just sit and chat with her, take her shopping, or cook dinner together.

We’re all adjusting to my hours as a family and trying to make it work and trying to get through the next 3 months.  I have, however, have not been eating right or working out as much as I would like, which definitely shows up on the scale.  I’m gonna keep it real here and tell you…I’ve gained weight…quite a bit of weight.  Not necessarily since I started working graveyard but since last April and it is not good.  Last April on a bad day I was about 137.  Today on a good day I’m…wait for it…150 *gasps*.  I know everyone says the scale is just a number…blah, blah, blah.  That number matters to me and for someone who used to weigh just shy of 200 pounds, I don’t like that number at all.  I know that I was able to lose 60+ pounds all on my own.  No pills, no shakes, no trainer…just me.  But this time, it’s all too scary for me.  I DO NOT want to gain this weight back and I fear that working graveyard might not help me.  So I’ve decided to get some help.

I decided to try the 21 day fix with Shakeology shakes. Basically it comes with DVD’s for upper body, lower body, yoga, cardio, and abs.  Every day is a different 30 minute workout and you workout 7 days a week.  The meal plan is a little different because you don’t count calories or weigh food.  Basically you are given color coded containers and each one is for protein, fruit, grains, etc.  You eat what you can fit into the containers.  That’s it.  The Shakeology shakes are snacks or meals with added protein and nutrients.  It’s a little costly but you can keep the DVD’s and meal plan and the shakes are only for 30 days so if you don’t want to continue with them you can cancel at anytime.  I’m so dead serious about it that I ordered it on Monday and got the speedy delivery.  I hope to be starting this weekend.  I definitely will let you know what I think about it.

Even though I lost the original weight on my own, I know, for myself, that I need something else to help me get over this hump.  At first I felt discouraged and like a failure because, well, I gained some weight back and I can’t seem to get it under control on my own.  But, I’m not happy right now and I need to do what’s best for me.  I’m only a failure if I don’t do what I need to do to take care of myself.  I only have one body and I need to take care of it the best I can.  For me, that’s trying out the 21 day fix.

Has anyone done the 21 day fix or shakeology? 

Has anyone ever felt like the failed at their weightloss journey?

Remember, we are not failures.  Let’s learn from our mistakes and be better tomorrow! 

Vacation in January?!

Hello all. I’m writing this little post while I sit poolside in a resort in Cabo! Yep, were on a mini vacation in January and normally I would say I’m enjoying every minute except that we’ve been here 3 days and the kid and I have been deathly ill. Don’t you just hate when your on vacation and your sick? Or your kid is sick? I know I do?

We’ve been anticipating this mini vacay for months, then 2 days before our trip the kid got sick so we had to take her to the Drs to get checked out. They gave her some meds and honestly I thought that she would be better by the time we left on Saturday morning. No such luck. Not only was she sick but I was sick as well. Let me just tell you….it is miserable being sick on vacation and even more miserable being sick on vacation taking care of a sick kid. Thank god the hubby is well and was able to take care of the both of us.

The only words of wisdom I can offer you, is:

Make sure you have enough meds with you for anything. I took a gallon ziplock bag full of meds on the plane…you can do that.

Have patience. Lots of it. Because if you think a vacation with kids is not a vacation then a vacation with a sick kid is like, well, hell…it’s like hell. I’m not gonna lie.

Don’t be afraid to call a dr, even if you’re in another country. We’re in a resort in Cabo and decided we needed to have our little one see a dr and my hubby thought I should see one too. We called the concierge and in 10 mins we had a dr in our room. She diagnosed my daughter with a respiratory infection and I have the fu and laryngitis. She gave us a prescription that we took to the front desk who called in the prescription to the local pharmacy. By the time we got to our room and got situated our prescription was waiting for us at the front desk.

Honestly, my saving grace is that my hubby is not sick and was able to take care of both of us. I’m sure it wasn’t his idea of a nice relaxing vacation.

Only good thing that came out of this vacation is that we bought a timeshare out here. Yay! So hopefully we can come out here again at the end of the year to enjoy a sick free vacation.

Happy New Year!

It’s officially the11th day of 2015 and I can’t believe it.  Did anyone make New Year’s resolutions?  If you did, have you stuck with them or give up on them?

I didn’t plan on having any resolutions this year, mainly because I couldn’t think of any and I usually don’t stick to them.  But about 9 days into the new year, I thought that I would make one, yep just one. 

My New Year’s Resolution is to…wait for it…Slow down and enjoy life.  Seriously, time goes way too fast and it is easy for me to caught up in “getting things done” then in just enjoying the moment.

As you may know, I’m a type A person and like to have things done a certain way.  I mean, I keep lists of what needs to be done, in what order, and how.  It’s obsessive I know, but it’s what I do.  Pretty much from the time I wake up till about 8pm I’m on my feet doing something.  I either get up early to workout, go to work, pick up the kid, go home and clean, cook dinner, bath time and then it’s 8 and I’m exhausted.  That is pretty much my life and my routine.  EVERYDAY.

But, the other night after dinner, I told the hubby to play with the kid while I clean up, (this is another routine of ours).  This time he said he would take her to the park while I cleaned.  Normally, I would love that because I could clean by myself and get stuff organized for the next day.  But, in following my resolution, I left the dishes behind and joined them at the park.  It was good family time and guess what?  The dishes were still there when I got home and I still had time to get things done.  Funny thing was, I wasn’t stressed about getting them done and I was glad I went to the park.  And, when I say stress…the stress comes completely from me.  The hubby could care less if there are dishes in the sink and he is always telling me to sit down and relax. I just don’t listen.

This especially hit me today because we just celebrated our daughter’s 4th birthday.  Time really does fly and I don’t want her to remember me in the kitchen doing dishes while she played with daddy.  I want her to remember we all had fun together.

This year I will enjoy every moment I can with my family…even if that means: there’s dirty dishes in the sink…laundry to be done…beds to be made…etc.etc.etc. 

I’m happy with my body…finally.

Funny thing happened to me at the gym the other day…I discovered that I was happy with my body.  This scrawny little gym employee (probably a trainer) asked me what my fitness goals were.  I answered him without really thinking and said, “I’m just fine tuning my body now, I’ve lost 60+ pounds and had a few mishaps along the way and gained back 12 pounds, but I’m still happy with my body”.  Now, I don’t know why I felt the need to tell him all that…it just came out, but that was the first time I ever said out loud that I’m happy with my body.  A few days later I stepped on that devil of a scale and that bitch was not good to me!!  This time instead of letting it bring me down I remembered how I felt at the gym and I how I really I’m happy at where I’m at…even if I’m a few pounds heavier than last year, I’m still more fit than I have ever been in my life.

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The pic on the left was before and then last year.  The pic on the left is after my 12 pound gain and the most recent.  Still not bad if you ask me?!

Now all I need to start doing is stop talking negative about my body.  When I talk negative about my body to others it somehow gives permission for people to give their negative two cents.  I love when I get positive feedback from friends and family; especially when it’s helpful advice.  You know, like try changing up your cardio, or adding in this routine or that routine.  I love new ideas and new workouts, especially when it comes to strength training.  For the past 6 months I have done less cardio and more weights, which I absolutely love.  However, I have noticed a significant weight gain (like 12 pounds) since April of this year.   My changes were: less cardio, more weights, gave up meat, and probably ate too many carbs (just keeping it real).  I am a little bumped that I gained some weight but I have been the same for the past 6 months and honestly I really like how my body feels.  I love the feel of the muscle on my legs and arms.

And for those people who think lifting weights is a bad idea…well, not for me!  When I say I lift weights, I’m not lifting 100 lb weights, I’m lifting anywhere from 10-25lbs.

Here are some of the benefits of lifting weights:

I’m building muscle and burning fat at the same time

I’m burning more calories when I’m just resting

Lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure

Adding 2 strength sessions a week can reduce body fat by 7%

Will not make you look like the hulk!  Unless you want that look, then I’m sure if you lift enough you can get there.  No judgement here.

I’m happy with my body…I’m happy with my weight…I’m happy with lifting weights…

Are you happy?

10 more days til Christmas

I can’t believe it’s 10 days til Christmas.  This year has really flown by, pretty soon it will be a new year with a new set of goals.  This month has definitely turned out to be a busy month. I have worked a lot of long hours at work and trying to get my workouts in every chance I get.  Honestly this year has been really easy when it came to shopping.  I decided that our kids have entirely too much stuff and thought that I would try to instill the real meaning of Christmas to my 3-year-old.

At school, we donated a shoebox full of toys to a needy child.  This was really hard for her to understand why another little girl got to receive all these gifts and not her.  Then a friend of ours has an employee who’s two nieces lost their mother recently and they live with their hard-working single father.  My friend asked a few close friends if they would be willing to help.  Of course we said yes, and I’ve explained to my little one that Santa brings gifts for kids but parents also buy gifts for their kids too.  Some mommies and daddies work really hard but sometimes they don’t have a lot of money to buy toys for their kids.  I tried to explain to her that is would be really nice of us if we would buy other kids toys to make their Christmas special.  She understood and even wanted to give the girls some of her clothes.  We grabbed a bag and she picked out some clothes that we could hand down to them now.

I also decided not to overwhelm her with her own Santa gifts.  She actually only had 8 things on her list, 8!  Oh, and she also made a point to tell Santa to make sure he doesn’t leave the wrong gifts at her house again.  Apparently Santa gave her gifts last year that were not on her list.  Don’t worry, that didn’t happen this time.  She got all 8 gifts and nothing more!  I really want to teach her the true meaning of Christmas and that presents are not the most important part.

We recently went to the mall, where they had “snowflakes” falling in the courtyard.  Her innocence of chasing snowflakes and the excitement in her eyes when she was finally able to sit on Santa all by herself without crying was priceless.  That is the meaning of Christmas to me…innocence and appreciating the simple things.

What does Christmas mean to you?

A meatless Thanksgiving

This holiday season will be the first as a vegetarian, actually I guess I am more of a pescatarian since I occasionally eat fish.  But, for the most part I try to stick to a strictly vegetarian lifestyle.  In March of this year, I decided to make this lifestyle change and to be honest it hasn’t been as hard as I expected.  When ever I do get a craving or urge to eat meat, I just remind myself on why I made the change in the first place.

Now, the holidays are gonna be tricky.  My family has pretty much gotten used to my new eating style and make accommodations for me when they can.  But, being a part of the Hispanic culture, holidays means…tamales, turkey, ham, menudo, and pozole.  All the delicious food is just a small part of our family tradition.

Last night was my first meatless Thanksgiving, and I must say it wasn’t as hard as I expected.  I made a vegan stuffing for myself…let’s just say it’s a work in progress.  I enjoyed mashed potatoes, green bean casserole…shh…it was a low-cal version, don’t tell the rest of my family.  I also made homemade cranberry sauce which was super low-cal (24oz of cranberries, 2 cups of water, and a cup of splenda).

I was able to run a 3 mile hill before work, work a 10 1/2 hr shift, and enjoy my holiday meal without over doing it…I didn’t even miss the turkey or ham.  I had one glass of wine, half a slice of pumpkin pie and half a slice of pumpkin ice cream pie.  Best part was that I was able to enjoy some football and spend some time with the family.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day!

 

My body is talking to me and I’m finally listening

Why is it when you get older, things start to affect your body more?  I’m not really sure if it’s age or the fact that I’m finally listening to my body and paying attention to how certain foods and drinks can affect me .  In an earlier post of mine I wrote that I was lactose sensitive, but I have to admit that I’m lactose intolerant.  My body gets bloated for days if I have too much dairy, and it so uncomfortable.  I decided not to fight it anymore and stay away from dairy as much as possible.  Even the kid knows mommy can’t drink milk anymore.  When we make hot cocoa, she always reminds me, “mommy, make mine with milk and yours with water because milk makes you sick”.  Gotta love that kid. 

Another thing I noticed that affects my body is salt.  When I eat too much salt, my eyes get puffy.  God, so now when we go to restaurants, not only do I have to look for low-calorie and dairy free, but I need to look for low sodium.  Puffy eyes is not a good look for me!!

Last thing that I noticed is that soda makes me bloated.  Now, I rarely drink soda but when I do I drink diet coke.  Last weekend I had a can of diet coke (I can’t remember the last time I had a soda) and I was so bloated all night…it was horrible.  The only good thing about this is  soda isn’t get for my body anyways,so it’s good my body doesn’t like it.

Listening to my body has really made me aware of what goes into it and how I need to really pay attention to what I’m eating.  I want to really try to stay away from purchasing processed foods.  The problem is that they are so easy and convenient.  I pretty much eat fresh meals everyday…it’s just my snacks that seem to be processed.  I definitely don’t want my daughter to get into a habit of wanting processed foods. I will have to try a lot harder to make this change.

I recently watched a video clip on youtube the other day that was a real eye opener for me, the scarecrow, it is a little clip from Chipotle and it just reminded me of how processed foods are made in factories and fresh foods start from the earth.  I also follow something pretty interesting on Instragram, #factsoffood, it provides you with daily food facts.  Some are super interesting, while some are disgusting…like some breads contain a softening agent, L-cysteine, that is made from human hair and duck feathers…or that one fast food hamburger may contain meat from 100 different cows.  You should really check it out.

Anyone else listening to their body lately? Or am I the only one late to the show?