Back home & 23 weeks

We’re officially back home. This vacation has been filled with so many wonderful memories, magic, and happiness. I really can’t believe it’s all over. My family and I had an amazing time here in Orlando.

This last Thursday marked the official beginning of week 23! I can’t believe I’m 23 weeks pregnant already, the time has gone so quickly. This week at Disneyworld I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of emotions. I felt extremely overjoyed, blessed, & grateful!

However; like every first time mom, I started thinking about the new chapter unfolding before me and was overwhelmed at the thought of my new responsibilities as a mom. I started thinking about all the things needed to be accomplished before our baby arrives, and then the anxiety started to kick in. I’m trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time, to make small checklist and not over analyze the small details. I also need to let go of control because I know I have little control over what can happen. I have faith and hope in God that He will guide my husband & I down the right path as new parents. I also know I have been blessed to be surrounded by a loving family that continues to show us & our growing family love and support. I can’t wait to bring our baby to Walt Disneyworld one day, and the many other adventures we will have as a family. We had the best time at WDW, but I know the next time we come out here it’ll be extra special sharing that time with our baby girl

Side note: we didn’t enact the midday break, but with a mid week break from the parks and tons of sleep throughout the trip I was able to easily get through the last two days at WDW strong!
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This is how we took a break from the parks. We scheduled a date night on Wednesday!

We were celebrating in a few short months we are going to be parents!

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Mommy & daddy can't wait to meet you sweetheart.

I hope all you amazing super mom's enjoy your special day! Happy Mother's Day!

We are back!

My husband and I are back at Disneyworld! The happiest place on Earth!

On May 5th my sweet cousin married the love of his life, and I’m so glad we were able to be here to witness this happy union!

We’re on day two of Disney magic fun. Our days have been packed! Tons of walking, eating, and pictures!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VACATION!

I’ll be going on vacation in a matter of days! I’m super excited for this trip. I’ll be celebrating my 25th birthday in Hawaii with my best friend. We’ve planned-shopping, eating, hiking, spa time, manicures and pedicures, but most importantly relaxation! The ultimate girls trip!

This is my first trip solo, without my husband. I felt guilty at first knowing I’ll be in paradise without him, but he encouraged me, and he told me it was imperative that I go. We discussed the importance of this vacation; and he emphasized a few key points-

  • My dedication to my weight loss journey has taken an incredible amount of time, dedication, and relentless hard work. I need a break.
  • My day is tightly scheduled, and I’m constantly focusing on other people. I need time for myself to be able to unwind and relax.
  • Today he sent me an article from PSN, on the importance of spending time with girlfriends. It said, “Failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!” . This really hit home for me. I’ve spent a lot of time isolated from friends because I couldn’t eat out. I was so focused on reaching my weight loss goal; I felt one meal was going to derail my process.  I now realize one meal won’t derail me. I must keep a balance between-work, family, friends, working out, and eating healthy, but most importantly my happiness.

I also heard a study on the radio that discussed how, as women it’s hard for us to take solo trips (without our significant other or family), but it’s essential to our overall well-being. This trip is definitely more important than I realized. I can’t wait to see my best friend. I can’t wait to come back home feeling refreshed, relaxed, and to spend time with my family. What I’ve learned also is I need to reconnect with friends back at home also.

Ladies, do you go on solo trips? How often and where do you go?

Plan in action!

This weekend, I put my new diet plan into action. I kept my calories under the 1400 calorie count. I thought it was going to be the hardest change I had to make with my diet by far. However, it was a much easier transition then I anticipated.

Friday I went through my diet-

  • I didn’t have enough snacks throughout by day. I’m awake my 5:20 AM, and my first meal is around 7:00 am after I run, and I normally don’t get home until 6:00 PM (Friday schedule only). Throughout the week I’m awake by 5:20 and I don’t get home until 8:30 PM.
  • I didn’t feel hungry at all and actually felt full and satisfied throughout my work day and workout. However, since I finished my snacks at work, I was in a rush to get home after the gym and needed to eat dinner.
  • I needed to re-work my snacks to extend my food throughout my typical work day.
  • My calorie count was at 1296

Saturday I discussed Friday’s food schedule with my trainer

  • My trainer suggested adding carrots as my 11 am snack. Since I still felt full from my 9 am snack.
  • I went grocery shopping and bought key items I needed for the week-
    • Chicken breast
    • Tilapia & cod
    • Old fashion oats
    • Honey
    • Carrots
  • Then we went shopping around town
  • We were out for so long, my family wanted to get something for dinner. I was hesitant at first when they suggested Thai food at Mali Thai, one of my favorite restaurants, and one of my weaknesses. However, they really wanted me to go. I found a great low-fat, low calorie option. I ordered the fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
  • I enjoyed my time spent with family without over indulging. I also brought my snacks so I felt satisfied when I went to Mali Thai. I didn’t feel the need to overeat.
  • I ended the day still at 1307 calories, and eating only 9% fat the entire day!

Sunday we prepped food for the entire week

  • Sunday my husband and cousin enjoyed a lazy day at home watching the show Community! I fell in love with this show. It’s hilarious. We’re barely getting through the first season.
  • We had homemade sweet potato fries & BBQ seasoned chicken for lunch.
  • I made tilapia marinated in Aloha Shoyu (soy sauce) and garlic & honey marinade.
  • I have leftovers for lunch & dinner for 2 days.
  • My plan is to only cook Sunday & Wednesday for the entire week. I’ll let you know how my chicken I made Sunday taste on Tuesday!
  • I ended the day at 1200 calories

It takes much preparation and planning to succeed, but it’s worth it when you know every step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal!

What happened?

I honestly don’t know what happened this month, but I realized I haven’t blogged since April 3rd? Wow, what happened? Let’s recap-

  • I continued my strenuous workout plan
  • Maintained my diet
  • Gave myself more free days then ever
  • Felt completely burnt out and sick the weekend of April 6-8, just as I felt I was getting back into the swing of things.
  • Bounced back the following weekend
  • April 14 we went to Rick Steves’ spring travel festival! Even more excited at the prospect of going to Europe for 2 weeks (hopefully in September!)

  • Enjoyed the amazing town of Edmonds, and enjoyed brunch at Chanterelle (I highly recommend this place)
  • Walked along the water with my love in Edmonds
  • Drove to Seattle later that day and walked even more along the pier, and enjoyed meeting new friends at Pike’s place-This was the first sunny weekend in a long time here in Seattle; we made sure to make the most of it!
  • April 22nd we went to the NPC 2012 Emerald cup. Amazed at all the dedication and hard work these athletes put in for this sport! I also saw my previous trainer Larry, I haven’t seen him since October, and his reaction to my progress was the best.

To sum this month up, it was everything I needed-time with family, friends, and motivation to work harder than ever. Hopefully I can stick to a steadier blogging schedule, this time! I hope to post results soon, I weigh in tomorrow. YIKES!

Finding Balance

Finding balance, it’s much easier said than done. When I first started my journey it was easy to say no to temptation. It was easy to avoid people and places that I knew would be detrimental to my diet and sidetrack me from my goal. However as time passes it’s getting a lot harder to avoid people, places, and situations because a part of me misses them.

This weekend I was completely burnt out. I was sore, achy, and tired. When I thought of walking into the gym and lifting another weight, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I missed lazy Saturday’s with my family. I missed not having a schedule. I wanted to also take my sister out for her birthday without the stress of counting calories. I wanted freedom from my daily grind. So I let myself. I took Saturday and Sunday off,completely. I didn’t go to the gym or log calories on myfitnesspal app. I felt guilty…but then I realized I really, really need this.

I need to let go sometimes. This burnt out feeling I have wasn’t from the weather. It was internal. My mind needed to relax, in order for my body to completely recover. Since July, I’ve been really adamant about getting in my workouts, logging calories, and being very strict on myself. I was at a point where I needed to step back and re-focus on your goal on why I started.

It’s easy to find motivational quotes that push you through a mental barrier, but sometimes just relaxing and letting your mind go is what will fuel you for the rest of your journey. I enjoyed my weekend with my family, sans Iphone app and gym!

I realized this weekend it’s all about balance. Enjoy time with family and friends, but still find healthy alternatives, like meeting for coffee and sitting outside, instead of eating at a restaurant. Schedule a hike with a friend, instead of a movie. It’s all about balance. It’s a long, and life changing journey, but it’s worth it when you discover new strength.

I’m ready to refocus and reach for my goal-

My goal is to be 8-10 pounds lighter in 7 weeks, before I go to Disneyworld for my nieces 2nd birthday!

Countdown!

So in 7 days I will be reuniting with my family in Las Vegas, NV! I can’t express how excited I am to be with family and enjoy some warm sunshine aaaahhhhhhhhhhh! It’s going to be amazing! I think the headcount is 70 adults and 13 kids (under 10)! The headcount is just for the event, not all of us can make it. Yes my family is like a mafia, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is never a dull or quiet moment when we’re together!

Although I’m super excited for this 5 day getaway, it does make me slightly nervous. Vacations used to be my biggest fall back. They were every reason to veg-out & pig out, especially in Vegas! Have you seen the buffets? WOW!

Back in November, I went to Las Vegas with my immediate family to celebrate an early Thanksgiving. I picked up a few tricks to help me stay on track-

What I packed

  • Running shoes
  • Workout clothes
  • Greek Yogurt­-you could obviously buy your snacks at your destination, but we had really great deals with coupons & advertised special at our local grocery store. We needed to use them anyways!
  • Protein shakes-I drink premier protein, you can find them at Costco. 30 grams of protein!
  • Almonds
  • Lunchbox
  • Icepack
  • Waterbottle-I use this one by Thermos

I wanted to bring my foodscale, but at the mention of it my husband looked at me like I was crazy, so I won’t be taking it with us!

What I do

  • If I fly in at night, I make it a priority to workout the next morning-The first day always sets the tone for a trip.
  • I use MyFitnessPal app (Iphone) to keep track of my calories
  • Bring snacks (greek yogurt, protein shakes, and almonds) in a lunchbox. Our schedule is so unpredictable it’s always good to eat something at least every 3 hours. Even if you’re going to a buffet that day!
  • Most importantly, I let myself relax. I work extremely hard at home, and for my mental health, I try not to stress if I have more free meals then healthy meals. Use this time to recuperate and enjoy the time with family!

What helps you stay healthy on a vacation?