Belly Pictures

I was looking through all of my pictures the other day from my pregnancy and I still can’t believe that I was carrying around a baby over 10lbs.  I thought I would put all of my stomach pictures together in one post to show everyone how large my stomach grew.  I still look like I am about 7 months pregnant and I know that this 3rd {and final} pregnancy destroyed my stomach. It’s going to take me months {probably years} to get it back in shape.  I will be joining Weight Watchers again soon and I hope to document my progress on here. I just need to get in the right frame of mind. Oh and 6 weeks later I am still trying to get my head above water with this 3 kid thing!

Here are the pictures of my belly from 13 weeks to delivery day!  Yes I know towards the end I wore the same 3 shirts but I was so big that they were the only ones that actually covered my stomach!!!

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Delivery Day Picture – 1 day shy of 40 Weeks
40 weeks
Worth every single ache, pain and stretch mark!
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{image by Photography by Jen Davis}

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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. 
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Weekly Weight Watchers Update

Okay, I don’t even know what week I am on anymore. All I know is that I have been failing at my Weight Watchers these past few weeks. I can report that I haven’t gained anymore weight back, I am sitting at the same weight for 2 weeks now so I can’t complain (I guess). But I am not happy with myself at all. I just threw in the towel and I need to pick myself up off the floor and get my behind back in gear.

I can give you three reasons for ignoring my diet these past few weeks.

Number 1: 


Number 2:


Number 3: 

Yes, all of these beautiful drinks have been a part of my life over the past few weeks and once I have a drink or two, then I want to snack! I could have easily said no to the drinks but in this house when a new beer comes in you better drink it quickly, if not, the hubby will!  We can’t help it we like our craft beers! That’s something I can’t give up. 
I am going to pick a day real soon to get back on track. I am not in the right frame of mind and when I am not there mentally, then I know that I will fail.  It will happen soon, I know it.  I am still running at the gym (not as much as I should) but I am still doing it.  I am glad that Sean likes to go because he helps me out during the week begging to go to the gym play room.  I can’t turn him down. On the weekends my husband is my support. He gets me to the gym!!!  He goes every weekend so I might as well join him, right? 
So I know I will get there one of these days. It’s not like I can just pick a day, I have to just get so pissed off at myself or gain more weight and then I will get back on the Weight Watchers Wagon.  

Before I go and have a snack with Sean, I wanted to share a new Weight Watchers Anytime meal that I discovered on a recent trip to Target.  


Chicken Slider

Spicy Chicken Slider

Now, I know it’s not Chick-Fil-A but they are pretty darn good for being a frozen chicken sandwich.  Much better than the frozen Weight Watcher cheeseburgers.  The spicy ones were actually quite delicious. If I can use these to fight my Chick-Fil-A cravings then I might be able to get away from the fast food and get that portion of my binging under control.  They are 5 points each – not too bad for a snack in between meals or for my breakfast when I want something different than egg whites.  Now I just have to remember that the serving size is one … not two or three! Ha.

Happy Tuesday!

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Weight Watchers Update – Week 8

So, I totally forgot that today was Tuesday and I didn’t weigh myself first thing this morning. So I will give a real update tomorrow but I am eating white cheddar cheesy puffs as I type this so that should tell you how my week has gone! Plus I hit up Victory Brewing Company yesterday and I had the most delicious cheeseburger, fries and a 5 sampler of beers (IPAs of course). 
So I can guarantee you tomorrow’s Weight Watchers update is going to be a real doozy.  I need a swift kick in the rear end to get myself back in gear!!!!!  
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Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #7

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This Week’s Sentence: ”I get so frustrated when……”

Wow, this one was another hard one because I could go on for about 25-30 different blog posts. It was hard to narrow it down to just one little thing but I will give it a try.

I get so frustrated when I sabotage myself, my goals, my dreams. I do this all of the time. Right now it is my weight loss. I seem to always set myself up for failure and it frustrates the crap out of me.  I know that I can lose the weight but when i almost reach my goal I give up and sabotage myself by eating pizza and Chick-fil-A.  

My husband always tells me that I roadblock myself. That I give up before even giving it a shot. Whether its in my weight loss or a new business opportunity. In all honesty, I feel like my reasons are truthful and serious and it is just how I feel, but I know that I am a pessimist. I know that I always view things with a glass half empty approach. Maybe it is just because I’m just scared. Too scared to take that extra step forward. To scared of failure.  I’m not sure all of the reasons as to why I tend to sabotage any success.  But right now that is my biggest frustration. 

Hey I have done okay with the blog. I’ve pushed myself and taken risks. Some have worked and some have not. I’m learning to just jump in feet first and not be so afraid. What do I have to lose? 

PS. Here’s a list of other things that I could have written about:
I get so frustrated when …. People don’t use blinkers or cut me off. 
I get so frustrated when …. My kids are out of control and I can’t calm them down. 
I get so frustrated when …. My husband leaves his stinky socks on the floor.
I get so frustrated when …. My wine box is empty or my IPA beer is all gone.
I get so frustrated when …. I can’t keep up with the housework, kids, life.
I get so frustrated when …. I come up with awesome comebacks after a fight.

I get so frustrated when …. I forget things when traveling. 

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Weight Watchers Update – Week 7

Okay I am officially getting fat again! It has not been a good week for me. Scratch that 2013 has sucked when it comes to my weight loss.  I was so close to reaching my goal and then something happened. I gave up, I guess.  This weekend my house was filled with pizza. For some reason when it snows, pizza makes everything better – oh and we didn’t order it on just one night but two nights in a row. So basically I consumed 32 slices of pizza over two days! Well maybe not that much but I am not far off! 
I need to get my act together if I am ever going to reach my goal weight. I now have 13lbs to go. I was so close a few weeks ago. I only had 8lbs to go but then I hit a road block. I just need to focus and get back on track. 

Week7
Weekly Weight Loss: +1lb
Overall Weight Loss*: -4lbs
Overall since I started Weight Watchers a few months ago I am still down 15lbs but in this latest round I am only down 4lbs.

This is my constant reminder. I look at this picture and vow to never get like this again!!!! I know I will never be super skinny again – but I do want to be healthy and 13lbs lighter. I  think I can! No,  I know that I can do it.



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Weekly Weight Watchers – Week 6

Alright so for some reason my blogger page decided to delete a few of my posts on me without asking (UGH). So I am trying to retype them from memory (which I seriously am lacking right now).  So let me try and remember my Weight Watchers Check In for today.
I know today was going to be a rough morning on the scale! I had a long week with the kids and their behavior and I decided to eat potato chips to make me feel better! Wrong, I know! Plus we went to a kick ass Super Bowl party on Sunday night and I ate everything in sight.  I mean our wonderful hosts (Caralyn & Mike) provided food for about 60 people – there were only 8 of us! Ha!  When I walked in the front door I was amazed at the set up. Chips, pretzels, Doritos, dips, shrimp, cheese & meats, beer, alcohol, etc.  When I made a comment at all of the food she told me that this wasn’t even dinner. Dinner consisted of a massive tray of sandwiches, baked pasta, sausage and peppers, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese for the kids and I know that there were a few other things in the back trays that I didn’t even get too! Oh and she was awesome and provided us all with take out containers to fill up on the leftovers! So the party was awesome, my boy Joe Flacco won the Superbowl and I gained some weight! It was a great night!

Week6
Weekly Weight Loss: +2lbs
Overall Weight Loss*: -5lbs
*Technically I am now officially down 16 pounds but with this new round of WW it’s only 5 pounds.
Confused yet? I went off the plan for a few weeks and now I am starting back up on it. The first round of WW I lost 11lbs and stopped doing it because of the holidays and such. Started back up again on this round of WW and now I am down 5lbs – so 16lbs overall. There’s my little disclaimer – it makes me feel better about myself! alright?!!

So this week I am going to try and get my butt back on the diet. I am still exercising so that is good. I ran a 1.5 miles today which is great for me. My goal is to hit 2 miles really soon! I am not giving myself a time limit just going with the flow. It helped that in the theatre room today they were showing a Dave Matthews concert! That helped me get through the workout!!!
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Weekly Weight Watchers – Week 5

So again this week wasn’t a great one. I knew it would be a struggle for me since we had several birthday parties and a beer festival. I knew I would snack all weekend long and I won’t even discuss how many pieces of pizza that I ate on Saturday night at after the Beer Festival.

But I can say that I didn’t gain any weight (THANK GOD), but I didn’t lose any either. So this week was just a wash. I did get to the gym a few times so I was happy to get back on track with that. I know I said that I was going to start Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred but with everything that happened this past week, I just didn’t have time to get to it. My goal is to start this week and to get my ass back in gear. I was doing so well after having the flu and now I am just stuck again. I am not off the plan, I am determined to lose these last few pounds! I know that I can do it. 


Week: 5
Weekly Weight Loss: -0lbs
Overall Weight Loss*: -7lbs
*Technically I am now officially down 18 pounds but with this new round of WW it’s only 7 pounds.
Confused yet? I went off the plan for a few weeks and now I am starting back up on it. The first round of WW I lost 11lbs and stopped doing it because of the holidays and such. Started back up again on this round of WW and now I am down 7lbs – so 18lbs overall.

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Weekly Weight Watchers – Week 4

I have been waiting all day to make this post. I was hoping that I would get on the scale again this afternoon and the numbers would be a little lower. But since I know that’s not going to happen, I might as well just share the news with you. I did not eat all that well this week. I know that I have no excuses but I’m going to give you one. I didn’t eat for over a week due to the flu so my body wanted everything it laid its eyes on this past week. I know, I know portion control. But I let loose – I had a burger and fries, I had chips & dip and I had lots of pasta!!! It was all scrumptious and worth it until I stepped on the scale this morning!

Week: 4
Weekly Weight Loss: +2lbs
Overall Weight Loss*: -7lbs

*Technically I am now officially down 18 pounds but with this new round of WW it’s only 7 pounds.
Confused yet? I went off the plan for a few weeks and now I am starting back up on it. The first round of WW I lost 11lbs and stopped doing it because of the holidays and such. Started back up again on this round of WW and now I am down 7lbs – so 18lbs overall.

I have been hitting the gym again. I started to train with the couch to 5k iPhone app. I now have a goal. I want to run the Dogfish Dash in September (I think) and I better get my butt into shape now! I mean what’s not to like about running a 5k and being rewarded with Dogfish Head beer! I am also going to start up the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred video this week. I have tried it before but I was so out of shape that I gave up on her. This time I don’t want to give up. I may skip a day or two but I will keep myself going.

My goal is to never look like this again. So I will take this 2lb weight gain and move on. I will look at this picture every day and remember that I don’t want to be this heavy again.

So, no more crazy binge eating for me! Time to move forward from this past week and get my butt back on track! I am still going to give myself a 2lb weight loss goal for next week! I know I can do it if I just avoid all of the birthday cakes that I am making this week for Ben’s 5th Birthday!!!!!

Have a good one!!!

Weekly Weight Watchers – Week 3

So I am not sure if I can actually say I followed Weight Watchers this past week. I have been sick with the flu and my symptoms may have gone away, so has my appetite. I came down with the cold on Monday 7th (my birthday) and really I haven’t had a full meal since my friend Dinamarie’s wedding dinner. I have had little things here and there but no real meals.  Check out my daily food journal if you haven’t been reading it here: 
So I was bound to lose some weight considering my lack of food this week and I have. Now I know this number may look awesome, I know that the second I start eating normal again my weight loss will slow down and/or come to a screaching hault. My body is going to attack those foods like crazy! So I will celebrate this week but I still know I have a lot of work to do!

Week: 3
Weekly Weight Loss: -6lbs
Overall Weight Loss*: -9lbs

*Technically I am now officially down 20 pounds but with this new round of WW it’s only 9 pounds.

Confused yet? I went off the plan for a few weeks and now I am starting back up on it. The first round of WW I lost 11lbs and stopped doing it because of the holidays and such. Started back up again on this round of WW and now I am down 9lbs – so 20lbs overall.

I am now 8lbs away from my goal weight. Man one more week of the flu and I probably could reach that goal. I’ll pass. I know I didn’t really lose the weight by following weight watchers this week but a loss is a loss, right? It counts. Now I just have to keep it off. My appetite started to come back last night but as I am typing this today my stomach is in knots again. So I don’t know if I am going to be eating much again today.

Goal: If I am back to eating normal this week then my goal is 2lbs.

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