Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. Favorite type of work out to do?
I love to walk outside. Now that I have a son it is great to get out and get the fresh air. I usually walk with my mother-in-law or any friend I can find. I am hoping the weather continues to improve so we can get out more.

2. Favorite guilty pleasure candy or sweet?
Ice cream. I love ice cream! I could have it everyday if I let myself. I love vanilla soft serve with chocolate sprinkles.

3. What is one thing you continuously forget to do?
It is awful, but I forget to take my birth control. I even have an alarm on my phone and I still forget. I am getting better at it and I usually remember at some point during the day. 

4. Posts its or phone reminders? Why?
I like post its for stuff around the house, but I use my phone if I know I will not be home. 

5. Favorite picture currently on your phone that always makes you smile


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Easter Bunny

I have been up since 6 and I have all my Easter baking done and I also made a Loaded Baked Potato soup. I am getting lots done this morning.

I was going to skip the Easter Bunny visit this year because of the expense. Judy had other plans. She took him to see the bunny at the mall. She said he was not a very nice bunny, not interactive with the children. You can see this in the photo... I wish Mr. Bunny had at least sat Mason up so he did not look like he was falling backwards.

So there you have it, Mason's first Easter Bunny photo.

It is a beautiful day here in NY - I am going to get my Shred workout out of the way and get outside and go for a walk with Mason.


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New Workout Clothes - New Found Confidence

How do I explain this....

When I workout or go for a walk on the treadmill I do not really care what I look like. I usually wear some old wind pants and an old fire department t-shirt. I have never really tried actually workout clothing {besides pants} because I felt too big to even come close to looking cute in anything other than an oversize t-shirt. Sorry to disappoint you but I do not have a photo of my normal attire.

My self-confidence is pretty low usually so I just wear whatever and try to make sure that I am not bulging anywhere when I go outside and walk. I usually wear yoga pants and an oversize t-shirt to walk outside, I try to make sure I match in public.

A couple weeks ago I decided to purchase some shirts that were made for being active. I got a couple from Old Navy and a few from other places. The other day I decided to try on one of the new Old Navy shirts for my 30 Day Shred session and a 45 minute walk.

I felt a boost of confidence while wearing the clothes. I don't know if it was because it was the first time I have tried something like this or because the clothes fit so well. The capris are from American Eagle from last year and they fit great this year {they were a little snug last year}. The shirt is an Old Navy size large. Look at the fit, I was amazed when it was loose. I used to be an extra large at best.

I took the photos before working out because no one wants to see that sweaty mess! Look at the middle photo - my chest sticks out more than my tummy :) NSV

I was surprised at how a change in outfit while I worked out changed my attitude. The shirt stayed put so when I was doing mountain climbers my shirt was not up around my neck. I felt back about wiping my sweat on the shirt, but it is a workout shirt right?

What are your go to staples for working out?

I only have two more days of the Shred left. I cannot believe I made it through the month! My clothes fit better and I am even planning on getting a size smaller in jeans to work toward.

I am driving 50 minutes away tonight to find this smaller size. Apparently 10 regular is a popular sized at American Eagle. The girl in American Eagle last night was nice enough to call the next store south and see if they could hold the size.
I have to go to the town where Tim works so we are going to dinner. Judy is coming over to watch Mason for a few hours.

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Sleepy Day

Good Morning Blogland,

As you are reading this I am probably fast asleep. I worked midnight to 8 and I am exhausted. Mason will be at daycare until I get up. It might seem like a waste of money to some, but I really need this time to rest.

Yesterday morning I could have slept until 7:30, but I was up at 7 because that is when Mason has been getting up. I stayed in bed until I heard him start talking. I walked into him room and was greeted by this...
He was a happy boy yesterday. We played and napped on the couch. He cuddled with me for a while.

I got this photo on Tuesday. He was tired and just wanted me to rub him back while he stared off into space. I tried to stop rubbing his back and he got cranky. (I want his eyelashes)

Saw this on Instagram last night - want to try it. Maybe after the Shred is over.

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8 Months

It has been quite the month with the lil guy. He is growing up too fast!

At the beginning of the month Mason was trying his hardest to get this crawling thing down. Now he can crawl all over the place. He is constantly moving and checking out new places. He is also pulling himself up now. He pulls himself up on the couch and on us when we are laying on the floor.

He loves bath time, the other day while crawling in the kitchen he spotted his bath tub on the floor and zoomed toward it...
It has been a rough sleeping month. Mason is getting a little better and only waking up once during the night now. I think it might just be habit now, so we might be able to break it.

His 2 top teeth have come through. They are not fully out yet, but working on it. He likes to grind his teeth now and it gives me goosebumps. I hope this does not last forever.

Mason is definitely a people baby. He loves being around people and interacting with them. He is going through a little stage where he gets a little upset when Tim or I walk out of the room, but we make sure we say good bye and tell him we will be back.

With all the development in March I cannot imagine what will happen in April!

He tries to climb down, but he cannot walk yet so this is as far as he gets.

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I am off to the dentist.
Don't forget to check out the link up over at Erin's blog.


Weekend Recap

It was a good weekend for us. Saturday afternoon was spent lounging on the couch watching shows on our DVR. We are a little behind and I needed space for the week.

Sunday was our annual pancake breakfast at the rescue squad. Tim and I got there before 7 and did not leave until after 2. It was a long morning, but it is only once a year so it is worth it.
Mason even got to come and hang out until my mom got there around 11 and took him home.
Mason & Uncle Michael as door greeters

Trying on Aunt Michelle's hat

They both look so thrilled
The photo I should have gotten was when he passed out in the front pack while Tim was carrying him. It was pretty funny to see him slumped forward and fast asleep. I did not even think to get a picture of Mason and I when I had him in the front pack.

He was great all day and I was impressed at how well he did with all those people and noise. He was great up until it was time to go to bed on Sunday. I just want him to sleep through the night again!
I spent most of the night sleeping with him in the recliner on Sunday night. He did sleep from 11 until 6  which is a pretty long stretch for him lately.

I am hoping we grow out of this stage soon.
Any other moms/parents go through this? How long does these regressions usually last? Months? Years? 


Monday Weigh In

Good Afternoon,

I wish I had taken an outfit of the day photo. I fit into a button up that would not even meet in front last month and now I have some room to move in it. I was so excited about that, I almost forgot to wear my coat when I left the house. It is still in the 20s in the morning here in Upstate NY. We have not gotten the Spring memo yet.
While I was doing the Shred this morning I heard the weatherman say that last March we were in the 60s for most of the month. Oh to be at least in the 50s.

Weigh in time:

Please excuse the toes, I took the paint off them last week and have not had time to repaint yet.
Anyhoo let's get to the weight loss. I lost 1.6 lbs this week! Wahoo! I am on a roll and it feels great.
I am on Day 24 of the 30 Day Shred and I am definitely noticing a difference in my body and stamina. I am fitting into clothes that have not fit in years and that is probably one of the best things that happens with weight loss for me.

I am glad that I am back in the 180's. I have 4 more pounds to go to get back to my lowest from before I was pregnant.
Hitting 188 also means I have lost 40 pounds since the day I went into labor back in late July.

Don't forget to link up with the girls on Wednesday!

Have a great Monday!


Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite thing about Spring?
My favorite part of Spring is the smell. I think Spring has a fresh smell and when you finally smell Spring you get happier, at least I do. I like the warmer weather. My favorite seasons are Spring and Fall because the weather is just right. {Normally the weather is just right, right now we are buried under a half a foot of snow and it is freezing!}

2. Favorite kind of flowers to grow or receive?
I love to receive daisies - they are my favorite. I like to grow dahlias because I have good luck with them. I have also grown tiger lillies and they have come out pretty good most years. 

3. What is your favorite nail polish color?

I like corals and other bright colors for Spring and Summer. Ever since having Mason I have not bitten my finger nails. I love having nails to paint besides my toe nails. 

4. What is your favorite out door activity?

Walking - I cannot wait to get back outside and walk. I enjoy taking Mason for walks and having him out in the fresh air. 
Believe it or not I cannot wait to start mowing the lawn again. I like to mow the lawn. I like having a  45 minute block of time that is just me sitting on the lawn mower and listening to my ipod. 

5. Do you have any fun Spring plans? Details

I do not have any Spring plans. Now that we have Mason it is hard to plan things. Our wedding anniversary is in May so maybe we will do something for that. 


Random Saturday

Random Photos: 
I took this the other night - It is definitely not he best picture of Tim, but Mason's face is priceless. He is just hanging out on Daddy's shoulders. He loves to ride around on his shoulders. I am sure Tim will love it when he gets bigger. 
In this photo he looks like he was just caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He loves that toy and I would recommend it to everyone. It is a pain sometimes because the balls go everywhere, but he loves it and it keeps him occupied for a long time. 

As a volunteer with the Rescue Squad we get job shirts issued to us to wear. A few years ago I ordered a Men's Large. It was the size I was at the time. I am also a person that did not like to order things in women's sizes because I was always afraid they would not fit and I would be embarrassed. I did not really like the look of it so it was stuffed in the back of my drawer. I took it out last week and put it on. It was way too big. I was swimming in it and that felt great. I asked the Assistant Captain for a women's size large, but he only had a medium. I told him to give it to me and I would work on fitting in it. Last night when I brought it home I decided to try it on to see how far I had to go to get it to fit and look good. I was shocked when I put it on and it did not look like I was stuffing 10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound bag. I am going to give a lot of credit to the 30 Day Shred. I have never seen results like this. I was just walking and doing some Zumba, but this is giving me results. Side Note: A couple weeks ago I fit into a ladies large polo shirt for the squad. 

Have a great weekend!


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Just Keep Swimming

I am ready for warmer weather! It was 18 degrees on my ride to work this morning.
I am sick of wearing winter coats and gloves. I am ready for flip flops!
I booked our hotel in Maine last week. It is right on the corner of Mile Rd in Wells. We plan on walking to the beach house Tim's parents and family will be in each morning. We are only going Wednesday through Saturday, but it will be enough for me.
I had a rough day yesterday. It started out great, I had a good breakfast, but that was all I had good. I went to lunch with a friend. I needed to get out of the house even for a few hours. We went the The Recovery and their food is delicious. I ended up ordering some wings as an appetizer, they were not worth it. I got a Chicken Caeser Wrap with dressing on the side with french fries. I figured I would have a light dinner and that would be fine. When I got home things took a turn. I got a sweet tooth and ended up opening a thing of Girl Scout Cookies - BIG MISTAKE. They were delicious, but I did not need 5. I also did not need the handful of M&Ms nor the handful of jelly beans.
I was feeling pretty down after eating all that sugar and calories, but I just thought to myself "it is ok, don't stress just do better in the future." I drank lots of water last night and did not eat dinner, I was still munching on jelly beans around dinner time. And to be honest I really was not hungry for a meal because of the large lunch I had.
So I guess what I am learning and have gotten better at is the philosophy of Dory from Nemo - "Just keep swimming."

I also have to look at the good things that have been happening:
- I fit into my 12's and they are not too tight, there are days that they are loose.
- I put on a belt I have not warn in a year or more because it would not even meet when put around my waist - now I am in the second hole.
- I have lost almost 40 lbs since giving birth.
- I have been great with a new workout routine
- I have not had/wanted a soda in a couple weeks.

So I slipped up one afternoon, I just need to do better.


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I have been seriously slacking when it comes to the blog. I feel bad :/

Here are a few of my stressers and time takers.

1. Sleep. Mason seems to be going through a sleep regression. He wakes up 2-3 times a night and will not go back to sleep without a bottle. I am very happy we decided to go with a glider recliner instead of just a glider. I have been logging many hours sleeping in that thing. I keep falling asleep after feeding him. I have been getting little sleep and I am getting frustrated. What happened to my little boy that slept through the night?

Any advice from parents? What can we do?

Good thing he is cute

2. Mason and Feeding. I have been trying to get at least two good meals in a day with him. I feel like I get criticized for it though. Whether it is what I am feeding him or how much. This drives me nuts, my kid = my choice.

3. 30 Day Shred - I have been diligent with the 30 Day Shred. I am feeling great and I am noticing a difference in my body which I am loving. I make time for that and walking before I will do a blog entry. There are nights I get home and workout then make dinner, then crash. I just want to relax and spend time with my family.

4. Reading. I have been reading like crazy lately. I go through periods that I just want to read. I get in a series and cannot put the books down. I am currently reading the Fool's Gold Series by Susan Mallery. I love her website that goes with the books. I am only on number 3, but I am hooked.

5. Work Schedule. I have bee working Monday-Friday or most of those days. I don't like writing on the weekends when I can be spending time with Tim & Mason. We also have a jam packed schedule usually.

I need to get better at time management. I also need to think of more topics to write about. 


Monday Weigh In

Good Afternoon Readers!


I will start with the results of the scale...
I only lost .4 lbs, but that makes a total of 4.8 lbs lost in two weeks. I am so close to 188, aka 40 lbs lost since the day I went into labor with Mason, that I can taste it.
I am 6 lbs away from my lowest, I hit 184 in my first trimester and then Mason started packing on the pounds.
I am still going strong with the 30 Day Shred. I did take a rest day yesterday. I had to work until midnight on Saturday and then back into work at 7:45 so it made it tough to get up thirty minutes early. When I got home I just wanted to hang out with Tim & Mason instead of getting all sweaty and having to get showered and dressed again. I figured I have been good about doing it for 15 days so I deserved a little break. I do plan on doing the workout twice one day this week.
Yes I had a delicious drink - "Mom's Time Out"
We went to dinner last night at the 99 and I did well, I had their chicken breast plain, broccoli  and some mashed potatoes. When this Diet Bet is over I may have to treat myself to a hamburger. I have been craving one for a while.
Mason fell asleep on our walk in the mall, that is why we chose the restaurant that was in the mall so we did not have to wake him. That hat he has on is so cute. Judy bought it for him at Gymboree, it is a turtle. The scary part is Tim has a similar had in the similar color green. They will be twins all summer.

Here is Mason's St Patrick's Day photo.

I walked 4 miles today and was on the treadmill for 70 minutes at a 7.5% incline. I got to stay so long on the treadmill because this is what Mason was doing:
It felt great to walk that long and not have to worry about Mason getting fussy.
After he woke up and we had a little lunch I did Day 17 of the Shred.
I had to move him before I had to move him before I got started. Now that he is crawling it is tough to keep him in one spot. I need to get the gates out and start placing them around the house.

Phew that was enough for one day. I am going to get back to work and hope the storm that I heard is headed our way misses us...
I am in the 6-10" range :(