21 Day Fix Mission Complete: Round 1

So I officially finished the 21 Day Fix.

Was it easy?  No, not everyday was a walk in the park, but it was totally worth it.

Results:

Lost 13lbs

3 1/2″ from my waist
1 1/2″ from each of my thighs
2″ from my hips
4″ from my bust {don’t worry I can afford to lose the weight there}
12 1/2″ overall lost!

How awesome is that? All in 3 weeks!

Would I do it again? Yes, I am glad that you asked because I am doing it again right now. I went right back into the program and I am now almost at the halfway point of round two.  I decided that I am not taking any measurements until the end this time because I don’t want to worry about what the scale is saying.  I am going on how I feel.  I need to make it more about my new lifestyle, not about weight loss.  Yes, I am doing this to shred those pounds but I am also doing it to make HUGE changes in my eating.

I definitely want/need to lose more and the 21 Day Fix has been a fun and exciting path for me. It gave me the jumpstart that I needed to get healthy again. I have enjoyed the meal plans and the portion containers.  I knew that I was overeating but to see how much was shocking.  I have skipped all of the horrible snacks {like my chips and dips and snacks} and I have not had one bit of fast food in over 30 days!  That’s huge for me.  As much as I still want some of the junk food, l I am trying my best to walk away. I know that they make me feel horrible and not worth it.  I don’t even have them in the house anymore {except for the kids snacks – which I am slowly trying to improve as well}. I threw out an entire container of onion dip last week because I knew it would be too tempting.  It was left over from a party that we had and I knew that I just had to get rid of it. I know that what I am doing is the right thing. I even went to a St. Patrick’s Day party this past weekend and I stayed away from the chips and the cheese doodles. I didn’t even touch the hot dogs or the corned beef and cabbage. I had a nice turkey wrap and just enjoyed chatting with my husband and friends.   It was a struggle but I did it and I felt great. I even came home and did my exercises for the day.  I didn’t let the party interfere with my health.

And what has shocked me the most is that I actually enjoy Shakeology. That was one of my biggest fears is that I would not enjoy the shakes.  But they are DELICIOUS!!!!  I wake up in the morning craving my chocolate shake with banana and peanut butter! YUMMY! I have even encouraged my husband to take on a healthier lifestyle.  He just started doing Shakeology and really does enjoy it as well.  He took his bag to work and will have his shakes there.

Now it wasn’t always a walk in the park.  Did I mess up at all. You betcha. I had more wine than I should {umm hello! I am a mom of three boys here}. I had a little bit of pizza but I always, always worked out. In the 31 days that I have been doing the program I have only missed one Yoga exercise.  I made up for it the next day by doubling up on a few others! Another thing that I started doing recently was adding the 10 minute ab exercise into my routine.  My stomach is my huge issue {3 c-sections in less than 6 years} but I can definitely see a huge difference and I want to see more changes.  I have noticed some toning in my obliques but I still have this bump of fat that I MUST get rid of.  I am working on it.

I am also so much more flexible now and I am able to do more exercises without modifying the moves.  I still struggle with planks and the core exercises but I am getting so much better each and every day.  I also just graduated to heavier weights to help tone some more.  I am pretty weak since I was not an exercise person so I started out with very small weights! But I will keep increasing them as I chug along.   I also live in a townhouse so I don’t have a ton of space.  See pictures below to view my gym.  Space is not an excuse.  I just shove all the baby items to one side and get moving.  I even work out with my husband and/or a kid sitting on the couch!

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Not only have I changed my lifestyle over the past month but I have made a ton of new friends who are so supportive and encouraging.  I actually enjoy being challenged everyday to make the right decisions. I even signed up as a coach so I could possible help or inspire others on their own weight loss / healthy lifestyle goals.   I love chatting with friends {old and new} about what they are doing to stay healthy.  What programs have worked for them and which ones that they want to try next.

What am I going to do after I finish this round? Well, I will definitely continue with the shakes.  That is just going to be a new part of my life. I may not always have them for my breakfast but they will be part of my daily routine.

I haven’t decided my next challenge yet but I am chatting with my coach about it. I will post as soon as I decide my next challenge group. I really hope that you guys join me on this journey.  You can really try out anything from the 21 Day Fix to the Ultimate Reset to P90X or Insanity.  You can even just try the Shakeology.  There is so much to pick and choose from. You can customize it to YOU! That’s what is so awesome about Beachbody.  Plus at the end of May there is going to be a new release from Chalene Johnson called PiYo. It will be a combination of the best moves from pilates and yoga! I can’t wait. CLICK HERE and enter your email address so you can be one of the first to know about PiYo.

So are you ready to make a change in your life? I was the queen of excuses but I finally threw them all away and got up off of the couch and started my life over!  If you want to know what Beachbody or the 21 Day Fix is all about please drop me a quick email, call me, visit my Facebook page or just run on over and check out my Beachbody Website.

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I can’t believe that I am doing this! It’s not like me at all to try something new and out of my comfort zone.

If you have known me a long time than you know that up until about 6-8 years ago I could eat mcDonalds, pizza and whatever I wanted and not gain any weight. I was skinny. Never weighing more than 110-115.  Then the dreaded 30th birthday happened and there was an immediate switch in my body that turned on and I started gaining weight. I tried watching what I ate but at the time I was living in NYC and when in NYC you eat out at least 95% of your meals. I might have used my toaster and microwave a few times in the 3 years living there. So the weight kept adding up. Them I got pregnant and had Ben in Jan 2008. By November 2008 I was pregnant again with Sean. My body went through 2 csections and a lot of stretching (both boys were well over 9lbs). I took a break from babies and about 2 years ago I did lose some of my weight. But I was still well over my goal. Yes I will admit some numbers here but I ranged anywhere between 130-150lbs. Then last year I got pregnant again. I got pregnant weighing 150 and knew it was going to be a long road. I took the whole “I’m pregnant” to the extreme with my eating.  At first I did great but as the months went on I kept packing on the pounds. I ate Oreos and pizza and well everything in sight. Oh and the potato chips, especially with French onion dip! Wow this post is making me a little bit hungry.

So here I am 3 months after giving birth to Owen (who weighed well over 10lbs) and my body just didn’t bounce back as quickly as the other two boys. I was feeling depressed and about to start another weight loss program that worked for me before. Then my friend Jen introduced me to Beach Body. She was going to try the 21 Day Fix and asked if I wanted to join her. I was hesitant at first because well I always am with new and Scary things.  Could I do it? Then I thought 21 days why not! I had a friend for support. Let’s do this!!!

What is 21 Day Fix? 
• A 21-day program of simple portion control and 30-minute workouts that anyone can do
• Simple, fast weight loss—no weighing food or counting calories, carbs, or points
• You can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days

What makes 21 Day Fix unique?
• Portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of losing weight
• It’s the simplest way to control how much you eat
• 30-minute workouts that anyone can do and fit into everyone’s busy life

Link to the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack: CLICK HERE

My website http://www.beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/erinmcg12

The night before I started I finished off those Tag a long Girl Scout cookies and had some pizza and fries. Monday morning I woke up and started the plan. I had my meals prepped and cooked and I was ready to go. It wasn’t too bad. Was I hungry? Yes. Was I starving! No. I spaced everything out so I didn’t go more than 3 hours without a snack or meal.  I messed up my shake at first and added too much powder, but once I figured that out I am now craving my chocolate shakeology with my tsp of peanut butter and a 1/2 of a banana. I think Joey might actually start trying them too.

The portion-control containers have worked wonders for me. I am now learning what the proper portion size is for everything. I was probably eating double {even triple in some cases} than what I should have been each night.  There’s no more guessing how much, if it fits in the container, you can eat it.  Like I said before I have not been starving.  There are some habits that I am still trying to break. I still want to eat that last chicken nugget that my son didn’t finish or I want to eat his pizza crust.  But I am slowly learning that I need to stop that. I am trying to be healthier and stronger and that would just go against my main goal.  Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I have changed and I am never eating pizza or chips or having beer again.  That would be a lie. But I am learning portion control and if I put the exercise in, then I can enjoy those treats!

Now let’s talk about the exercise videos.  They were not horrible but they also were not easy. I have not worked out in over a year but I have finished each and every one.  I have not given up. I have pushed myself and then pushed a little bit harder.  Yes, I do modify some moves {there’s an awesome girl Kat every video that shows you the modified moves}.  But each day I am watching her less and less.  Week two was a little bit more rough on my body but it was a good kind of pain.  I have lost over 8lbs and it’s still dropping with another week left on the plan.  It really is amazing.

Now here’s the crazy part of my entire Beach Body experience… I just signed up to be a coach! Crazy right!!!!??? I’m not a very outgoing person and could never do direct sales shows at people’s homes but I actually have enjoyed this and thought I can share this with my friends. I know that there are a lot of people out there doing shakeology. And some of you have tried p90x or Insanity and have given up. But this 21 Day Fix is awesome. There are a ton of different exercises. One day is cardio, one day is upper, there’s Pilates and even a yoga day. 30 minutes that it.  I have stuck to the meal plan (besides a few cheats in the diet coke). I’ve traded some of my yellow containers for wine and I survived. Do I miss the wine. Hell yes. But I am doing it.

21 days that’s it. I’m already deciding what my next challenge should be. Abs!? Buns?



So if anyone is interested in hearing more about this plan and my experience, email me now. The special pricing on the 21 Day Fix ends this weekend. So act now! It will still be available but you will just have to pay a little but more. So if you are on the fence now is the time!!

You can do it with or without the shakes! I never thought I would do a shake EVER. I mean do you see what is in there!!! I would never eat that stuff but it honestly tastes like chocolate. I haven’t tried the vanilla yet but I hear that it’s awesome with some fruit thrown in there. There’s even a strawberry.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to get in shape. Spring and summer are coming up quickly (not soon enough if you ask me) and I know that I want to fit into some shorts and a nice tshirt without wanting to cover up my body!!

Link to the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack: CLICK HERE

Email me at: erinmcirish@gmail.com

If you are interested let me know!!! You may even want to become a coach yourself (for some of the great discounts) or to share with your friends and maybe make a few extra $$$.

Join me on this journey. Yes I’m still nervous but I’m going to try my best. I need to learn to eat healthy and plan meals. Not only for me but for my family. Once I get this down I need to get my kids involved. I swore to myself that Owen will not be introduced to some of the foods that I allow the other two to eat. I’m slowly eliminating the bad ones and hoping to add some fresh and healthy options. It’s a work in progress.Erin

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21 Day Fix – Day 6

Well I have survived the first five days of the 21 Day fix. I am currently down 6lbs and 2 1/2 inches in my waist. My pre-pregnancy jeans finally button again.  Now I am not saying that I don’t have a huge muffin top, cause I do, but they snap!  I couldn’t get them to snap last weekend before I started the 21 Day Fix.

If you know me than you know that I enjoy my food. I love my pizza, chips and dips.  I thought that this was going to be impossible for me to stick with.  I thought I would get a hunger craving one day and just gave and binge on some chips.  But honestly I am not starving at all. Yes, I do have hunger pains every so often but since I schedule my meals & snacks within 2-3 hours apart I know that I can wait that extra 45 minutes until my next meal.  I have noticed so much success in the first 5 days that I don’t want to ruin it now. I don’t want to sabotage myself.

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Now it hasn’t been a piece of cake either {ohhh cake, I want cake}!  But if I can stick with this, so can you.  I am horrible at diets and never follow through but this jumpstart is just what I needed.  It’s not something that you stick with for too long {that’s why it’s called the 21 day fix}. I am using it to get my body clean again.  I am addicted to chips, pre-packaged meals, processed foods, etc.  If I can eat healthy for 21 days then maybe I can continue it even longer.  Now that doesn’t mean I won’t have pizza or quesadillas again because I MUST HAVE THEM.  I know that I can’t deny myself the bad {but oh so good} stuff, but I know that I can and will make the right choices.  Maybe in the future I will have one slice of pizza instead of 3.  Or I will skip McDonalds forever. Okay those fries are pretty darn tasty.

The hardest part for me has been cutting out my soda consumption. I don’t drink coffee or tea and Coke Zero is my source of caffeine.  I need caffeine with 3 boys {one who still likes to wake up in the middle of the night to eat}.  But I have suvived and I am not exhausted.  Now for my confession, I did have two coke zeros this week.  The first one I spread it out over a day and I think my husband finished half of it when he came home from work.  And my second one I had today.  So far I had a half of a can and the rest is sitting in my refrigerator.  I am prepping for Owen’s baptism today and I felt like I just needed a little jolt of caffeine this morning.  But since I am used to have about 4 Coke Zeros a day, having 2 over 6 days is pretty darn good. I know that they are bad for me but I am hoping to break that craving now and only need it occasionally instead of hourly.  The wine is also a little hard to go without.  I did have one glass the other night {but I had to substitute one of my yellow containers}

Now I am horrible at meal planning but knowing that I am limited to certain foods on this 21 Day Fix has helped me schedule and plan out my meals for a few days. I hit up the grocery store last week and bought a bunch of healthy foods so I couldn’t say “Oh I ran out of broccoli so I might as well just have some chips”.  If I am keeping the healthy stuff stocked then I have no excuse to reach for anything else.

The true test will be this afternoon at Owen’s Christening & Party.  I have lots of food ready to serve and I won’t touch most of it.  I will skip the baked ziti and the meatballs. I will skip the Tostitos chips & 7 layer dip. I will even skip the chocolate sheet cake. I made sure that I will have salad, turkey and some healthy bread for my lunch and snack.  Fingers crossed that I don’t give into the temptation.

As far as the exercise videos go, I am still walking.  They have been rough but I got through all of them so far.  I have sweated, I have cursed and I have laid flat on my back when I completed them.  But I did them. I may not have followed Autumn {the kick ass trainer} 100% of the time.  I may have used Kat {the girl who shows you the modified moves} about 30% of the time. I got through every video so far and I have survived.  The abs have been the hardest {since I did just have a C-section I really modified those moves}. Oh and the planking moves, dear God why is planking so painful?

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But if I can do it, anyone can!  Let me know if you are interested in checking out this program or any of the other wonderful Beach Body programs {including the Shakeology}.

I am doing it all for these clowns!

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Day 1: Beach Body 21 Day Fix

Well I survived the first day of the 21 day fix.  Only 20 days left {but who’s counting?}. It wasn’t that terrible! Now coming from someone who has spent the last 11 months {9 months pregnant and 2 months post partum} not exercising and eating everything in sight it really isn’t that bad.  I picked a bunch of foods off the lists that I liked and bought them.  I still need to make some of the salad dressings but other than that I am stocked up for a week or so.

I started off my day with the shakeology and strawberries. I still need to test it out a bit but I wasn’t a fan. I am not a shake girl at all.  I put too much of the powder in the blender.  Tomorrow I will test out my drink with some peanut butter and hope it tastes a little bit better. As you can see Sean finished it for me. He loved it.

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Around 10am I snuck downstairs to do the first exercise program — cardio.  I survived! It wasn’t too bad but I will admit I was already sweating after the warm-up. Like I said I haven’t really exercised since I found out I was pregnant last spring.  I did a lot of the routines as is but I did have to modify a bit and follow the less painful versions a few times. Especially during the middle of the routine.  It didn’t help that my husband walked downstairs during my cool down with a Klondike Bar in his hand!  Stinker! Oh and on a side note, I messed up and did the cardio fix instead of the total body cardio fix.  Oops! I grabbed a disc, saw cardio and went with it. I had two boys screaming at my side throwing around the weights and matchbox cars. It wasn’t the best of conditions to start my workout in and I didn’t focus when putting in the DVD. Oh well. Tomorrow will be better.  On Friday when it’s time to do the cardio fix I will switch it up and do the total body that I was supposed to do today.

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I followed up my routine with a shower and a snack. I chose carrots and hummus – nothing odd or out of the ordinary! It filled me up for a few hours until my lunch!  Lunch was pretty filling. I chose lettuce, whole wheat pasta and tuna.  I still need to make some dressings so today I used oil and lemon juice.  I think that I need add something to the pasta too. I am not a fan of plain pasta. Any suggestions. I miss my sauce.

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My afternoon snack was turkey breast on a pita! Something that I could live on.  I can add mustard to it as well which doesn’t count against my colored containers.  It’s a freebie!

Now this is the time of day where I want to snack and eat the most.  I will admit that I struggled between my afternoon snack and my dinner.  It was tough but I made it and I didn’t give in to any cravings. I didn’t grab any of Sean’s popcorn and I didn’t reach for the wine which was hard to do because I love my wine. And with three boys and too many snow days to count I need my wine. I will have to save some yellow containers so I can switch them out for a glass or two this week.

Dinner was baked chicken and broccoli. Serving size was perfect. And I wrapped up my evening with some grapes for my snack. Not too bad.

The hardest part of my day was not drinking the amount of wine and diet coke that I am used too!!!!!!  But the soda is something that I need to cut back on anyway so I know that it’s the right thing. It’s just hard to survive without my caffeine when I don’t drink coffee or tea!

So overall I am impressed {except for my shake snafu}. Tomorrow is another day and I think that I can do this. I think that I can survive. I didn’t feel famished at all since you are eating every 2 hours or so. I just have to see if I can find the right recipe for my shakes. That’s my main issue. If I can’t do them no biggie. I will just do eggs or something else. I’m trying them and if it works it works if it doesn’t it doesn’t. As long as I stick to the plan and exercise the shakes aren’t a huge deal. There are other options and flavors. Maybe I would prefer the strawberry or the vanilla.

I won’t be posting pictures of my meals and updates everyday. I will try and do a post every couple of days with some updates. I know people don’t want to look at my pictures of lettuce each and every day and I don’t have time for all of that right now. I can barely figure out when I am going to shower and meal plan let alone type about it.  But I just wanted to let you know that I am up and running and I will stick with this for the next 20 days!

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Baby Update – Week 29

Yes, I know, I am a day late with this week’s update but we have been super busy with back to school stuff and other little things so this is going to be a quick one.  Tonight is back to school night for Ben’s school. I am looking forward to hearing a little bit more about his day!

Okay here’s a short and sweet update!

Number of Weeks: 29 Weeks

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Doctor Updates: I went last week for my OB appointment and everything is going well.  The little guy is head down and kicking the crap out of me.  But my doctor thinks that this is going to be my smallest baby yet!  Ben was 9lbs 8ozs and Sean was 9lbs 2ozs.  Is it possible that I have an 8 pounder? I don’t know what to do with small babies!!!

I also had my Rhogam shot done at the hospital last week.  It didn’t take too long to get the bloodwork back and I had my shot done and was out of there in a little over an hour!  Thank goodness because it’s pretty boring sitting in a hospital cafeteria.

I had my echocardiogram on Monday to check on the old ticker! I meet with the doctor on Friday to review the results. Fingers crossed all is well. I have been breathing a lot easier {well except for last night} but I have been feeling better.

Classes: So Joey and I took the boys to the hospital on Saturday for a sibling class.  It was cute but a little overpriced I think.  The class was also pretty big so it was hard for the boys to stay focused.  The teacher read them a book or two, they showed off their own baby pictures, made cards for the baby and put a diaper on their stuffed animals.  They also practiced swaddling their stuffed animals before we all went upstairs to the maternity floor.  They got to check out the floor and a room.  They even got to peek in the nursery and see a baby!  Overall it was a cute class, but $30 a kid was a bit much!

Names: Still no final name yet.  I don’t think that we are going to share now until after he arrives but I think we are down to the final three.

Delivery Date: I have my delivery date scheduled but I’m still not telling you!

Alright like I said, a short update this week {and probably until the baby arrives}.  There’s not much new going on — which is a good thing.

 

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Baby Update – Week 28

Well as you have read, the past two days have been pretty emotional for me but very exciting for the kids.  They are both officially back to school.  I can’t believe it.  I will be writing a quick post for tomorrow on how everyone’s first days went!  It’s a pretty exciting time around here!  But now onto the baby update!

Number of Weeks: 28 Weeks – Welcome to the 3rd Trimester

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Doctor Updates:  Tomorrow I am headed to Maternal Fetal Medicine to get my Rhogam shot bright and early in the morning.  On Friday I head on over to my OB appointment for my bi-weekly appointment and then on Monday I head back to the cardiologist for my echo cardiogram.  Fun times!  But I am officially in the 3rd trimester! The last one, the end of this pregnancy is near. 

How I’m Feeling: I am finally feeling a lot better.  I can breath again and I don’t have any more headaches.  The only issue now is soreness but that’s going to happen.  Some days I can barely put my pants on but I had this with Ben so I know what to expect.

Shopping: I think that I am officially done buying baby things.  I have everything that I need {minus a few little things that I can pick up when he arrives}.  I have diapers, wipes, binkies, bottles, all the necessary gear and bedding.  I think I am going to be ready {shopping wise} when he makes his appearance in 12 weeks!

Names: Still no final name yet.  I don’t think that we are going to share now until after he arrives! It might be kept a secret just like the date of his birth!  I am evil, I know.  

Delivery Date: I have my delivery date scheduled but I’m still not telling you!  The countdown is on.

Okay that’s all for now. These last few weeks are going to be boring {hopefully}. There’s not much else to share! But I will continue to post my updates because I want a record of my weekly belly shots and anything else that may be going on. Oh and since both boys are back in school this mama is going to spend about 3 1/2 hours a day doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  So I am off for my last 1/2 hour of doing nothing!  I’ll have another post coming later today with Sean’s back to school pictures!  Stay tuned….

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Baby Update – Week 27

Number of Weeks: 27 Weeks

I am 3 months away from my due date! 3 months! That’s it people 13 weeks. I know that this pregnancy seems to be going slow due to all of my fun little ailments but my goodness there’s only a short time left to prepare for this little guy.

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Doctor Updates:   I passed my glucose test from last week {YEAH no 3 hour test} and next week I go for my rhogam study & injection.  I have done this twice before so I am not too stressed about that.  It’s going to be boring sitting there waiting at Maternal Fetal Medicine but it’s just something I have to do each pregnancy!   Oh, I did go to my cardiologist on Friday and everything seems to be okay.  My EKG was normal, my blood pressure was normal and I don’t have any swelling nor did he hear any fluid in my chest/lungs.   I do have a heart murmur, which is common, but he is sending me for an echo-cardiogram (i.e. an ultrasound) to check on my ticker.  Lordy, if it’s not one thing it’s something else.  At least this pregnancy is forcing me to get my entire body checked out by every doctor known to man.   I will have that test done on Monday the 16th {pending insurance approval} and should have the results by Friday the 20th.  Fingers crossed that it goes well.  I don’t go back to my OB again until Friday the 13th.   Then hopefully it’s just every two weeks with no other crazy doctor visits in between.

How I’m Feeling:  This week has been a rough one.  I thought I was doing much better and then BOOM something else hits.  I swear pregnancy in your late 30’s is rough.   I am having a lot of muscle pain so it’s been really hard to walk/stand.   Friday night my hubby and I had date night so we ran a few errands at the mall before going out to dinner. I think that I walked way too much that night and was a mess the rest of the weekend. I spent most of it laying down.   I was useless this weekend.  But thankfully we were with our family so there were lots of extra hands to help with the boys.

Delivery Date: I have my delivery date scheduled but I’m still not telling you!  The countdown is on.

Baby Photo Shoot: I have everything scheduled now with my awesome photographer, Photography by Jen Davis.  Not only is she a great friend but also the godmother of this little guy.  She is going to be at the hospital taking pics of the baby. Don’t don’t worry she isn’t shooting the delivery.  We also just set up some fun shoots at home with the baby and the boys!  I can’t wait to see her work.  You can check out some of her other awesome shoots over at her website: Photography by Jen Davis. I must run now to get cute coordinating outfits for all three boys for our Christmas card / birth announcement.  You will definitely be hearing more about her and her photos!  

That’s it for now.  See you next week with another update!  Of course I will be writing next week’s post through tears as the boys head back to school.

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Baby Update – Week 26

I am a little behind this week on the blog.  I haven’t been feeling to hot lately so I had to take a break from the blog. My body is achy and I am already having problems walking. I was like this when I was pregnant with Ben too. I stopped working 5 weeks before my due date because of it. I’m still having a hard time breathing … Especially when I’m laying down or walking up steps. I had a rough day earlier in the week but I’m functioning. I think when school starts I am putting myself on bed rest! Chasing after my little escape artist is really taking a toll on my body!

Number of Weeks: 26 Weeks, 3 Days

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I’m getting to the point where I don’t want to post any more selfies!! Ugh this was a bad one. Oh and I apologize for the mirror. I took this right after Sean brushed his teeth and I didn’t see the spot he left! It’s clean now, I promise.

Doctor Updates: I went to my OB today and all is well. My blood pressure & weight are still good (I am up 19lbs ugh). I got to see the little guy on the U/S today which was a nice little surprise. Sean was with me so he got a quick glance as well. Oh and it’s still a boy! But he looked great!

I go to the cardiologist tomorrow to see what the deal is with my heart and difficulty breathing. I am praying to God that its just the baby pushing up on me and nothing serious.

Delivery Date: I have my delivery date scheduled but I’m not telling you! I filled out my hospital registration form today! The countdown is on.

Baby’s Nursery: I made some real progress in here this past weekend. After trying to figure out the correct screws, I assembled the crib. Yes ME!!! I have no patience so I did it myself!! Sean helped out a bit too. My hubby moved a few things around and the room is now in place. I just need to repair and paint the wall and decorate. I have a few things to hang and once we finalize the name I want to get a cure train/name decal from Etsy. It’s all picked out, I just need that name. Take a look at some pics! What do you think? We’ve managed to cram a lot into a little space!!!

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Sean had to test out my crib building skills
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Baby Names:  We are still choosing the name but each week we are getting closer. I think we are now down to about 4 names! We have 3 months and some change to cut 3 off that list. We can do it. I just want to know already so I can order a few things (ie that Christmas stocking). Oh and I already have my birth announcements / Christmas cards picked out! I just need the name, weight and some pictures. It’s all ready set up in my shopping cart waiting to be filled in.
Alright I’m off to bed. I am going to listen to some UD Football tonight and pass out early. After I have some ice cream of course! This is why I’ve gained almost 20lbs!

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Wordless Wednesday

So here we are, it’s Wednesday again!  Today I have another busy day of doctor’s appointments {I will give you my week 16 update this afternoon}.  But in the meantime here are some pictures of Ben and I in New York City yesterday for his dermatology appointment.  I love when I can get this one on one time with him and taking him to New York City was great {despite his wild and crazy behavior}.

We took the train up around lunchtime for a 2pm doctors appointment.  Thankfully he slept most of the train ride because he was getting pretty antsy on the ride into the city.

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I had to wake him up in the tunnel and basically drag him up to the taxi stand.  He was a little out of it and if you have ever been in Penn Station people don’t have patience for a slow and sleepy kid!  But he survived the hustle and bustle and we hailed a cab over to the office. He wasn’t sure about the taxi ride.  Halfway through he asked me if there was a driver? Umm I hope so! He loved flying uptown passing cars and he especially loved the fact that he didn’t have to sit in his car seat!

After a quick cab ride, we made it to the doctors office!

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So the reason for the doctors visit…. When he was born he had a cluster of moles on his arm and after his first appointment at the NYU Skin & Cancer center we found out that it was speckled lentiginous nevus. Yeah, say that 10 times fast!  But in basic, non medical terms, he has one large “mole” and inside that mole is a cluster of other moles.  Now Ben’s large mole is on his right arm from the elbow down to his hand. If you see him in person you will notice that his arm is a lot darker in this area and I swear he gets a new mole / freckle every day.  He was born with about 9 and after a year he had around 16 but now, I couldn’t even count there are so many. Luckily they don’t bother him much and no one seems to make fun of him.  As of now they are just cosmetic but because of the melanoma and other skin cancers on my side of the family we have to keep an eye on these things! So every year we take the train up to the city to get them checked out!

You can see some of them in this picture. They were very dark when he was a newborn but have faded a lot.

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Doctor Update:  There’s no real update this time {which is a good thing}.  We go to the NYU Skin & Cancer clinic and a team of doctors and med students evaluate his pictures from last year and then come in to compare all of the changes.   He does pretty well with the group of doctors {even though one is snapping pictures of his arm the entire time}.  The doctor said that everything still looks healthy and nothing is at a high risk right now.  So we don’t need to come back again for another year!

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This appointment is pretty painless but it’s such a long day of travel and then having to wait for over an hour {because they are always running behind}.  But this year we hopped in a cab and went down to daddy’s office.  Ben got to see his desk before we headed out for some pizza.  Unfortunately it was raining and Ben was getting pretty wild so we didn’t hike up to Times Square this time.  We just took a subway to Penn Station and headed home!

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But it was a great day and I know that he was excited to take the train, subway & taxi.  Boys love this stuff.  I was pretty excited to be in the city again.   Quick trips into the city really make me miss living and working there! I just love the vibe and speed of the city!  Oh well maybe someday we will live back there again… when the kids are in college!

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Am I Ready To Start Up Again? Weight Watchers Update

Okay gang, I woke up this morning very mad and upset. I think today is the day. The day that I am getting my butt back into gear and back on the weight loss plan.  I am starting my Weight Watchers again. I finally got sick and tired of the weight gain. I was doing so well and then I just lost my will power somewhere. But I am hoping that it is back! My goal now is to lose between 13-18lbs. Yes I was doing so well before but I gained about 5-7lbs back since the last time I did it.   I am still down 10lbs but my goal is to lose a total of 28lbs. 
I know that I can do it, I just need to continue to be pissed off at the number on my scale. This past weekend we had a little party at our house and for two days straight I ate complete crap. I had chips & salsa, spinach dip, Doritos, subs, beer, wine, etc. You name it, I ate it. Oh yeah and cupcakes too!  
But now my wine supply is gone (except for one bottle that I need to write a little review on for the blog) and then that’s it. I am not going to buy anymore for a little bit.  Now that’s not saying I might not have a beer or two or a glass of wine when out (I can’t give that up completely) but I have to calculate it all now in my point system. 
Oh and this Saturday I do have our neighborhood St. Patricks Day Parade and after party so I will be eating and drinking a little off my plan. I will try to stick to it as best as I can but I can’t make any promises. It’s going to be hard but I am determined. I need to lose this weight before summer. I mean my beach trip is coming up in less than 3 months! AHHHHHH. 
Plus on April 1st I will be signing up for my first 5k and I need to lose the weight and run my butt off at the gym! Otherwise I will be the girl coming in last place 2 hours after the race started!
My goal is to look a little bit more like this 

And a lot less of this
FYI – a little side note, I received one of those It Works! Body Wrap Applicators in the mail today. They are all over the Internet now and I won one in a recent contest. I don’t think I would have bought one but I was secretly dying to try it out. I will measure and take pictures (but don’t expect to see them on the Internet).  I want to see if I can tighten, tone and firm my stomach in as little as 45 minutes.  I will keep you guys posted on whether it works or if its just another scam. 
Remember to enter my awesome new giveaway! Summer is coming up quickly and this Personal Cooler bag from PackIt would be awesome for some of your day trips.  I know that Joey loves his and I enjoy my wine carrier! 
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