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Help, I’ve Fallen…

and I can’t get up!!

I fell down the steps.

To me, that sounds so much more dramatic than what really happened.  I couldn’t find the skirt I wanted to wear, so I took a basket of laundry upstairs where I could empty it, sort it, and make sure my skirt wasn’t in there.  Then, I thought, I might as well fill this basket with the dirty clothes so I can start another load.

I was being productive.

I even counted the steps on the way down.  I knew there were fourteen.  I knew I couldn’t see over both the clothes basket and my growing belly.  So at step number 12, I stopped and peeked under the basket to make sure there were no hoodlums lingering at the bottom of the steps.

Two more to go.

Next thing I knew, I was sitting on the bottom step.  One leg under me and one leg in front of me.

I’ve fallen before.  Many times.  I just get up.  I’m usually mumbling that my husband doesn’t always need to frantically ask me “Are you okay?!” over every bump and bruise.

I know why he does it now.

Oh, how I love that man.

“Are you okay?”

“I broke my ankle.”

“Are you sure it’s not sprained?”

“Yes!  Call someone, please!”

He called my mom to watch the kids and pulled our new-to-us minivan around to the front door.  He carried me out to the van and drove as quickly and as slowly as he could — being careful not to hit too many bumps while getting to the hospital as quickly as possible.  He drove in circles around the parking lot until he had aligned my door perfectly with the hospital entrance.

I got to ride in a wheelchair.  It wasn’t as exciting as it had always seemed.

I was crying hysterically but there were no tears.  It was a strange feeling.  I was so upset, so in pain, and I kept thinking, Why aren’t I crying?  I feel like I’m crying… 


They checked the baby before they checked my leg.  In my pain-filled haze, I remembered — Don’t tell my husband the gender of the baby! Priorities, people.  Baby was 25 weeks and perfectly fine.

Then I what I thought were the most painful x-rays I would have.  I was wrong, because I had to get more later that day.  The doctor came in and just shook his head.  “You’re going to need surgery and I don’t know how they are going to do it while you’re pregnant.”

No.  I am not having surgery.

We followed-up with an orthopedic doctor who said I might not need surgery.

That’s more like it.

I think I scared the poor nurse when I shouted “Purple!” so quickly after she asked me what color cast I wanted.  There are just some things you always wish for as a kid.  Broken bones may not be one of them, but a cool cast?  Every kid wants one of those…

I never realized how painful a broken bone is.  I actually have three broken bones.  But still.  It hurts more than I imagined.

And I just feel so helpless.  I have amazing friends and family who have bent-over-backwards to help me.  But, I’m helpless.  I’m helpless because I’m proud.  I want to do it myself.

Just like my toddler.  No.  Don’t help me get dressed.  I would rather take three times as long struggling on my own than admit that you can do it faster.

I’ll accept help.  I just don’t want to ask.  I desperately want to be able to do it by myself.  And, asking you… that hurts twice as much as struggling on my own.

But, I’m learning.  I’m learning to be resourceful.  I’m learning to be humble.  I’m learning to ask for help when I need it.  I’m learning to be still.  I’m learning to focus less on the stuff and the tasks and more on the people in my life.

And, I’m not even half way through my first “phase” of healing…

I’m scheduling that dreaded surgery because my bones are not healing correctly after three weeks in a cast.   Then I’ll be in another cast for six more weeks.  I’m now 28 weeks pregnant… so hopefully I will at least be able to walk when I go into labor!  But, if not, I’m sure I’ll learn something from that, too.

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Time Savers: Shower Multitasking

This tip came from one of my college students!!

Do you have long hair?  What do you do while your conditioner is soaking?

Don’t just stand there!  Get something done!  Twist your hair up into a bun and go about your business.

  • Brush your teeth
  • Wash your face
  • Shave your legs

While you’re at it, save some water, too!  Stop and turn the water off when you don’t need it running.

 

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Time Savers: Double Trouble

Once-a-Month cooking seems like such a wonderful idea — dozens of meals, ready at a moments notice — until you try to do it.  It can be overwhelming when you don’t plan correctly.  It can take all day, or even several days to make everything on the list.  It’s exhausting.  For me, it ended up being more tiring than actually cooking every night and we didn’t like the food as much.

So, instead of following someone else’s menu and plan, I needed to create my own.  We needed food we actually enjoy and a more convenient way of making it.

Make the meals as you go!

  • If you’re making a casserole on Monday, make two and freeze one.
  • If you’re making a meatloaf on Tuesday, make two and freeze one.
  • If you’re marinating chicken on Wednesday, make THREE bags and freeze two of them!

After a month, you’ll have a month’s worth of meals frozen with very little extra effort!!

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Time Savers: The Toilet

Cleaning the toilet grosses me out.  I use the Clorox refillable wand, because then I never have to even come close to touching anything.  I just push the button and the dirty part falls into the trash can.  Hands off cleaning.

Because I hate cleaning the toilet, I try to do it as little as possible.  I put bleach tablets in the tank of the toilets.  You can get all kinds of colors and scents, but I like just straight bleach.  Clorox calls them Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners.  Sounds good to me!

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Time Savers: Hold the Phone

I read in The Art of Homemaking, that a woman should consider installing a phone with an extra long cord in her kitchen.  This way, while she catches up with her friends, she can still be a productive homemaker.

I laughed.  Out loud.  Then I read it to my husband.  And laughed some more.

The idea of installing a phone.  With an extra long cord.  So a woman can stay in the kitchen… It still makes me chuckle.

Then, I realized, I don’t sit down idly while I’m on the phone.  Whether I’m talking to a friend, my mom, or a customer service representative, I’m working on something.

Next time you’re on the phone, try to get something done.

  • File papers.
  • Put dishes away.
  • Pull out dinner to thaw.
  • Gather the dirty clothes.
  • Fold or put away clean laundry.
  • Tidy up the room you’re in.
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Time Savers: Drop Spot

Where are my keys?

Can you call my cell phone?

Any of my family members can tell you, I spend more time looking for what I need to leave the house than I need to.  If it’s not something of mine, it’s Landon’s shoes, or the diaper bag.

Put it in one place, and always put it in the same place!  Hang your coat with your purse, beside a shoe basket.  Keep a bowl on a shelf for keys, wallets, and watches.

If you always put it in the same place, it should always be there.  Save time, stop looking.

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Time Savers: Bathtime!

Do you have small children?  At that inbetween age, when they can bathe themselves, but still need you around for assistance?

I used to tell my son he had to get out of the bath because, “I have things to do.”  Let him play, Mom!!  Get some things done while he plays.

Now my son is old enough to shower, alone.  But, he needs frequent reminders to hurry up and not to waste water.  So, I’m still stuck in there.

  • I wipe down the sink, shelves, and mirror.
  • I clean the toilet when necessary.
  • I make sure there are spare rolls of toilet paper handy.
  • I straighten the magazine rack.

If you don’t have little ones, you can still add some quick bathroom cleaning to your schedule.

  • Hang a squeegee in your shower and clean the doors before you get out.
  • Dry yourself, then dry the shower walls.
  • Clean the drain while you condition your hair.
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My 90-Day Weight Loss Challenge

I see a lot of “weight loss transformations” on Pinterest and other websites that show women “losing weight” after pregnacy.  Losing pregnancy weight is completely different from losing weight that is not a result of pregnancy.  A woman’s body is designed to grow a child.  She gains weight to support that process.  Then, her body knows that the process is over, so she loses the weight.  Yes, it’s possible for the weight to linger… but it’s designed to be lost.

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I lost all of my baby weight from my pregnancy within 15 days of giving birth.  Woo-hoo.  Thanks breastfeeding!  Sort of.

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I was still really overweight.  I think most of it was in my arms, lol.   I had tried losing weight before I got pregnant, but I knew I would be breastfeeding so I thought I could wait and lose weight afterwards.  Then, because I had developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy, there was a pretty big chance that I would develop Type 2 Diabetes within the next few years… unless I lost weight.

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I joined the Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge in November — but I didn’t drink two shakes a day because I was still breastfeeding exclusively and I couldn’t cut calories like that.  I loved the shakes and I felt so much better when I drank them.  Comparing my “reports” on My Fitness Pal, I eat a much more balanced diet when I drink a shake.

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I celebrated my 25th birthday in February.  That was probably the first time I saw myself (not pregnant) in pictures for years.  I was disgusted with myself.  I was leaning too hard on the excuse, “I just had a baby.”  I had lost that weight… this was weight I had from the beginning.

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In March, Raegan was nursing 4-5 times per day and I was not losing any weight.  I also got a new phone… one with APPS 🙂 finally….  I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and started tracking my calories.  I also downloaded the Couch to 5k program on the RunDouble app, which I absolutely love.  I started drinking Body by Vi shakes twice a day.

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Initially, I lost most of the weight from my neck and face.  I also felt amazing.  I ate cleaner (and a lot more fruits and vegetables).  I exercised almost daily (something I had never done before).  I had a ton of energy.

I weighed 176.4 when I started in November.  I had lost nothing by March when I started “officially”.  I stopped counting calories in May, because I ate almost the same thing every day, and I had to stop running for a few weeks because of shin splints.  Today, on day 90, I weighed in at 148.4!  That’s a 28 pound weight loss!

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Look at the difference in my arms in these two pictures (above)!  I lost at least 3 inches from my arms (definitely more because I didn’t measure them until halfway through the 90-day challenge).  I also lost at least one inch from around my neck, at least 3 inches from my legs (both measured one month into the challenge), six inches from my waist, and five inches from my hips.  That’s 18 inches!!  My diastasis recti has improved dramatically.

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So here is what a typical day looked like for me during the challenge:

Breakfast 8am:
Coffee Shake — 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 8 oz coffee, 1/4 banana, 2 scoops of Vi shake mix.

Morning Snack 10am:
1/2 red grapefruit

Lunch 12pm:
Coffee shake (double morning recipe and store in fridge until lunch!)

Afternoon snack #1 at 2pm:
Apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter

Afternoon snack #2 at 4pm:
1/4 cup raw almonds and 1 cup grapes.

Supper 6pm:
Chicken salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing (bleu cheese and walnuts).

or 6-inch veggie delite sub from Subway with provolone cheese and red wine vinegar

or grilled chicken breast with asparagus

or a single serving of whatever the family was eating and a heaping side of steamed veggies.

Exercise:
Run/walk with Couch to 5k plan for 35 minutes

or yoga class for 60 minutes

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I tried cutting calories on my own without drinking the shakes and all it did was leave me hungry and even more tired.  This “diet” did not leave me hungry, at all.  Sometimes I didn’t even finish my shakes because I was full!  And, I could never have exercised without the energy that I got from the Body by Vi shakes.  I’m running a different 5k every month this summer and working towards a half marathon someday!

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What are your fitness and weight loss goals?  What gets in the way of you losing weight or exercising?

 

 

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Free Blogging Course & Web Hosting

Blogelina is offering another FREE blogging course!

Some of you might remember when I switched to my new URL from Blogger.  I moved this blog to a self-hosted wordpress website (which as not as difficult as it sounds!)  I signed up for this course last year and I really enjoyed it (and the free year of web hosting that came with it!)  Blogelina knows her stuff!

{FREE} 4-Week Profitable Blogging For Beginners Class

This month (until May 31st), you can sign up for the blogging class for free!  You’ll get…

  • A class manual to help get you started in your blogging career.
  • A 4 week online blogging course where you can share ideas and get advice from Blogelina and other bloggers.
  • A FREE YEAR OF WEBHOSTING FROM GO DADDY!!

Let me know if you sign up so I can make sure I’m subscribed to your blog!!  Don’t forget to sign up before May 31st!

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Trying to catch up…

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Just checking in to say hello and we’re still here!  Last month and this month have been busier than busy… I’m longing for just one day with everyone in the house and no where to go!  I have a lot of cleaning to catch up on as well…as you can see from that full laundry hamper up there in the photo!  I better get back to work 🙂 I hope you’re all finding ways to enjoy the nice spring weather!

Kristen