Creating Weight Loss Goals + Update on My Success

Before committing my time, my money, my mind and my full SELF to losing weight, I talked with my health coach to see if this was the right program for me. During our conversation she asked me a few very simple questions, “How much weight do you want to lose, what is your ideal weight?” These were actually hard questions to answer! I had to really think about what I wanted versus what I thought was actually possible. What I thought was possible was losing a total of 30 pounds and I really thought it was going to take me a year or more to accomplish this given my history with Weight Watchers and counting calories. When I told my health coach, Lisa, that my ideal weight would be 150 pounds, she actually laughed and said something like “30 pounds ? That will be easy to accomplish, what if you could be 125 pounds?” It was MY turn to laugh because that is about how much I weighed when George and I got married and I was really thinking, YEA RIGHT how am I going to lose 55 pounds?

As of 4/23/13 (I weigh in on Tuesdays) I’m officially down 20 pounds in 6 weeks so Lisa was right (shhhhhh….we won’t tell her that, haha) and I’m feeling amazing!

 6 weeks and down 20 pounds

Pic on left is the night before I started my weight loss at 180 lbs, top right is 4 weeks – down 14 pounds and  bottom right is 6 weeks – down 20 lbs

My overall health has changed so much from the weight (obviously), to what I eat, and how I feel. Not only do I do a double take in the mirror sometimes when I see myself, but I actually enjoy putting clothes on that I haven’t been able to wear in a long time and then feeling GREAT when I leave the house. Even as a family we are doing more “healthy” activities together and Abbey is loving “poppers” a.k.a. peppers that I sauteed for dinner regularly. I mostly shop the perimeter of the grocery store and don’t dive into the center aisles much if I can avoid it.

What I’m really trying to say is that I’m creating new healthy habits for myself and my family and couldn’t be more happy about the results thus far! My next goal is to be at 31 pounds lost by my 31st birthday, I am now super confident that by May 25th I will have reached that goal. 

Walking 2.62 miles in honor and memory of those injured in the Boston Marathon, Monday night.

Walking 2.62 miles in honor and memory of those injured in the Boston Marathon, Monday night. Gearing up for my FIRST Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon in Cincinnati May 5th!

When Your Baby is Sick

After this past week I’m convinced that there are little to no things worse than when your baby is sick. Abbey has been sick since last Wednesday with coughing, cold-like symptoms and a fever. I can’t tell you which out of these symptoms are worse because they all suck in my book. I have also felt like garbage with a cough, needless to say it has been fun at The Herron Nest.

The weekend was up and down like Abbey’s fever. You could tell she wanted to play so bad but just got worn out quicker than normal. It is amazing to me how well babies handle being sick, she is a champ compared to me. However, we were at a point on Saturday night when I called my mom in tears, but that is what I do. Just like the Blake Shelton song suggests “call up momma when all else fails” and I really did need to hear my mom’s voice once Abbey threw up Tylenol for the second time after we discovered she had a 102 fever. This was also after I had called the doctor on-call for reassurance that we were doing the right thing and to just TRIPLE check that there was nothing else we could do for Abbey. I hate feeling helpless and really just wanted the doctor (or my mom) to tell me about this magical thing that I never knew about that was going to cure Abbey right away. As you know, that magical thing doesn’t exist. The closest solution was the Tylenol that ended up all over George and the living room floor.

Of course in Abbey-fashion she was still smiling and cute and let mommy do a mini photo session to capture my growing baby.

Happy 4 months old Abbey Road!

Luckily, late Sunday afternoon Abbey’s temperature started to drop on its own which was a huge relief for George and I. She is still coughing (so am I) which is still concerning but I’m hoping that we are at the tail-end of this nasty bug. To be safe we have her cool mist humidifier running all day and all night, the nose frida to keep her boogies to a minimum and these awesome Boogie Wipes, gentile saline wipes, to wipe her mouth and nose. Have you ever heard of these things? You can go to their website, join the Boogie Bunch and get $0.50 off.

Once we survive the first time Abbey has been sick I’ll be looking forward to her never being sick again. Obviously this is impossible but a mom can hope, right? Do you remember the first time your baby was sick? How did you cope? I’m pretty sure I won’t forget this past weekend, at least not for a long time.