Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bouncing Back after Baby

I feel like I have been eternally pregnant here lately and my body does not know what normal is supposed to be. I have been pregnant and or breastfeeding non stop since June 2005. I know alot of ladies that have more children than me and even closer together so I am not conplaining or making an excuse here...I mean look at Michelle Duggar that lady has 20 kids I think and looks better than some people who never had any kids! When I got married I was about 145lbs. That is what I would say is normal. I am 5'6. After I had Christian I was about 165lbs. That felt a little uncomfortable to me and none of the weight ever came off only more came on. When Christian was 6 month old or so I got pregnant with Noah. Chris deployed when I was 7 months pregnant with Noah and I went to live with Charlotte and ate chocolate every day and would walk through the kitchen to use the bathroom everynight when I woke up to use the bathroom. I think I was close to 200lbs. After I had Noah I was holding steady at 176lbs. This weight also did not come off. I was going on walks doing tae bo eating home made meals with organic meats....Then I read a book called Gods Way to Ultimate Health by George Malkmus. It seems a bit crazy this guy ate only raw fruits and vegetables and juiced them as well for a year and healed his colon cancer. I thought I would give it a try. I lost 40lbs in 3 months and did put any back on until I got pregnant again. I was able to stay under 135lbs I couldn't believe it, I felt so much better and became more active. Joshua's pregnancy was pretty good I got to about 167lbs. After I had him it took about 9 months to loose the weight by just continuing with juicing and trying to add as many raw fruits and veggies in when ever possible and limiting animal products. Rachel's pregnancy was almost the same. She is 5 months old now and I have 10 more pounds to loose. Eating healthy is not a diet it is something that you must do to live a good life. On a typical day I will try and make carrot juice with something green in it too. Have oatmeal or cereal or yogurt and granola. Eat atleast one really big mega salad with spinach leaves. Eat some brown rice/quinoa some samon or lentils, and lots of fruits. There is always junk food around me. I cave in almost always, that is one area I really need to give over to the Lord I know sugar is terrible for your body. I feel like the apostle Paul when he said for the will is present with me but how to perform that whick is good I find not. Today we went to Trader Joes and I bought some chocolate covered almond clusters. I love Trader Joes' constant supply of organic produce but seriously think it would help if they got rid of all those good looking sweets! Lord willing I will be somewhere around 135 when Chris comes home in a few weeks!!!

Northern Virginia Driver Strikes at Last!

Well within the first few hours of being here in Northern Virginia we noticed that there was a bit of an impatient spirit haunting the roads. I think someone beeped at us at least once a day to tell us to pick up the pace. Parking lots are a fight for the best spot and people will run you over with your baby in your arms to make sure they get the best spot even though they are young and healthy with no kids and could have parked a little further away. I was just saying to myself I cannot believe we have been here for almost a year without some one crashing into us. I spoke too soon because after leaving Target with some friends I came back to my car to find a note on it. The note explained how sorry someone was for their accident of scraping the side of my car. As I was buckling the kids in the lady pulled up next to me and gave me her insurance info and kept asking about someone calling the police on her after she hit the van. God must have been watching out for us because all of my friends were in the store with me when it happened. I don't know if she would have been so kind as to leave her info if someone hadn't stopped and written her license plates down. Well anyway, I remained calm and was not even upset really. I figured I should go ahead and get it fixed as my friends advised incase we wanted to resell it oneday. So I went ahead and had it fixed, I got to ride around in a 2011 mini van for a few days, they cleaned and waxed the car and the car looks better than it did when I dropped it off! Plus they gave me a $50 check for the scratch on the black rubber part on the side of the van that you can't even notice! God is in control of every situation and I am thankful no one was hurt and everything worked out the way it did =)