Losing weight isn’t easy


So it’s has been a little bit over a month since my last post. Something that I have learned is Working out with kids is not as easy as I though. I have found that my daughter seems to think that when I work out, that is a perfect time to beg for attention and climb all over mom. I have been working at losing weight I started at 198 and I am now down 10 pounds. I am not losing the weight as fast as I would like but I’m hoping this Minnesota winter finally end soon and LP and I can go on walks again.


 

Things I have noticed since started my weight lose goal.

Ever since I started eating more healthy I have noticed:

  • I am not as hungry
  •  when I am craving a snack, I crave fruits or Veggies.
  • I have more energy
  • I am happier
  • I feel better about the way I look

Tips:

  • I drink a glass of water with one freshly Squeezed Lemon in it every day in the morning. I have noticed this helps keeps my cravings at bay
  • When I am waiting for something I do squats, butt kicks or lunges. I do it at work (I make sure no one is around), while I do dishes, folding laundry. If I can do it I do it.
  • I take the stairs every time
  • I dance. I turn on the radio and just dance. It makes you feel good and it’s exercise.
  • When I want to snack I reach for carrots

How are you doing with your weight lose goal? Comment below and let me know.

Happy spring 🙂

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How This Mama Got Her Groove Back!


It is the heart of winter and I am already dreading swim suit season! Loosing weight after LP was born was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. It has been almost three years since my Little Pumpkin entered this world and I have not lost the weight.  So I decided to change things.

Back Story

Before I got married I weighted 180 pounds

Before wedding

September 2009

The winter before my wedding (December of 2009) I decided to look the best I have ever looked for my wedding (I have always been the bigger girl growing up). So I buckled down and started eating right. Whole grain everything, healthy snacks, no pop and one cheat day. Once I got that down I joined a gym. I started working out once a week, after two weeks twice a week, after another two weeks three times a week until I was going four times a week. Through out the day I would find ways to work out. Squats while folding laundry, taking the stairs instead of the elevator things like that.

I lost 40 pounds by doing all of this by my wedding (July 2010)

Bachlorett

The week before my wedding July 2009

So I decided I am going to get back to my past glory and get back to the weight I was on my wedding day 140 pounds. I have already switched my diet back to how I should be eating, so now it’s time to start working out.

Things have changed since I lost the weight the first time. I have no free time and I have a kid now. Solution: I quit the gym I was going to once a month and bought an elliptical, a yoga tDVD and “30 Day Shred” with Jillian Michaels DVD.

I have decided to bring you along for my journey and if you would like to join me Comment your progress in the comments on my blog posts and follow my daily routines on my Facebook Page  Letjoy Cloth Diapers.

Happy Work out 🙂

2013 in review. Thank you to all my followers!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Mom I Need to Use the Potty….Never MInd


So here in the Letjoy home we have said good bye cloth diapers hello underwear. At least that’s what I thought. LP has been great she can go all day with out an accident, that is until we venture out of the home.

Last week we were hanging out in the back yard and LP went to explore our fenced in yard. I was gardening and I realized it had been a little too quiet. I looked up just in time to see my sweet little two year old “popping a squat” and taking a nice big poop next to the fence (sorry to the neighbor lady behind us). “LP” I say “why didn’t you tell me you needed to go poop poop?” All I could do is smile and take her inside to clean her up.

LP has done great with trips to the store. Before we leave she sits on the potty. When we get to the store we go straight to the bathroom for good measure and again before we leave for home. Than one day it all went to hell. Lp was peeing on the floor, pooping in he pants and throwing temper tantrums when ever asked if she would sit on the potty. Where did my potty trained child go!? Being the stubborn person that I am I was not about to unpack the cloth diapers and start all over! My solution go back to the beginning.  I ask LP to sit on the potty every half hour, I let her run naked so that she doesn’t feel the comfort of something “catching” her poop or pee (this does not mean there hasn’t been some accidents on the floor but lucky for me she now tells me where they are rather than me stepping in it or having to try and find where the smell is coming from. Thank God.) Slowly but surly we are getting back to where we were at before she decided she didn’t want to be potty trained.  

well I will update you later people of the internet

 

happy potty trainingImage

When Life Hands You Lemons


So months ago I wrote a post about Postpartum Anxiety . I later came to find out I also had Postpartum depression. I know expectant mothers hear about what to look for after baby to know if they have postpartum depression but no one ever lets you know how hard it is and how hard it is to get over. I have had depression since I can remember. I would go to my mother so overwhelmed (really why would a 5-year-old be overwhelmed with life) and I would just cry in her arms. She would ask me “why are you crying?” and I would respond to her between sobs “I don’t know”.  So when I became pregnant I was very worried that since I already had depression that I would get Postpartum and well I did. Now a lot of things could have led to my postpartum depression other than just my existing depression because a lot of moms who suffer from depression may never get postpartum depression.

A month before I found out I was pregnant my mom died suddenly and unexpectedly. (Yeah that sucked and still does) So I started out my pregnancy grieving the lost of a parent plus all those fantastic hormone changes you go through and the mood swings, it was far from what I had imagined pregnancy to be. When my daughter was three months old my milk supply started to go down( another thing I thought would be wonderful and rewarding) sending me deeper in to my depression (since I was not medicated and only in therapy), I did everything in my power over the next few month to try to get my supply up. I nursed and then pumped every night at 2am which would span over an hour. I pumped at work every three hours, I would come home nurse my baby and follow-up with pumping . I used the supplement nursing system to make sure my baby was getting enough to eat and to stimulate my body to produce more milk. I went to the lactation consultant once a week for two months. Finally when my daughter was five months and my supply was all but gone I gave up, even though I knew I did everything in my power to continue nursing this was devastating to me, I felt I had failed my daughter.  Then I lost my job.

I was a sinking ship and I was sinking fast. I thought I was going crazy. I finally got on meds, which I hated! I didn’t care about anything but after months of therapy and taking meds I was able to ween off of it all over time.

So now I am Postpartum free according to my doctor. So why don’t I feel like it.  I think it has something to do with last October (2012) when  I got sick. The first couple days I felt crummy and when I took my temp I was surprised to see it was at 104 degrees. I didn’t feel that sick so the next morning I went to see our family doctor. I had tonsillitis, she gave me meds and sent me home. That night my daughter spent the night at grandma and grandpa’s (thank God) so I could sleep and get better. By 10pm I knew something was way wrong I was on these meds but I was only getting worse. I couldn’t walk with out hugging the wall, and I could hardly stay awake. So I called my husband at his night job and told him I had to go in, he called his dad and had him take me in since he was the only one at work that night. My Father in law came to pick me up and he knew right away something was wrong. He took me in to urgent care and that doctor said the same as my family doctor and sent me home. At  1am my husband found me standing in our daughters closet, at 8 am I had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. My tonsillitis had turned in to bacterial meningitis that was starting to affect my frontal lobe of my brain.

This brings me to why I may never feel like myself  like I did pre-postpartum. It’s a hard thing to realize and accept but this Oct I will know if I have permanent brain damage. The closer it gets, the more nervous I am getting. Mainly because there are lots of things as a result to my illness that still have not gone away. Memory loss, a lot of memories that were right before October 2012 I do not remember at all and those are gone forever but worse yet I forget things that should be in my long-term memory things I have learned in the past, events that I have gone to. I can’t retain accurate information.  I don’t respond to things appropriately, I will respond to things that a normal person would think but know better than to say, this has only gotten me in trouble once and embarrassed me many times. I am not motivated as I use to be. I have to make my self to do daily tasks, laundry, dishes, picking up. While taking care of my daughter is not a worry (short-term memory is in healthy working order) I worry I will always feel like this.  I also worry that when I get older this will affect my elderly years.  Scary thoughts but I won’t know until I get scanned in Oct.  Let’s hope all is well.

Live  Healthy 🙂

 

Mama Drama


So I have been a part of some facebook groups and like any mom knows who is a part of some group on facebook there is always some moms who make drama on the pages. Whether they are doing it on purpose of it’s just their nature I just don’t get it. If you don’t like the group you are a part of then leave it. do go on to other boards bitching about other members or telling people what a bad group it is. Leave the group. no one is forcing you to be apart of the group. “but Letjoy, I don’t like somethings about the group but other parts/members I really do like.” Great! good for you for finding the positive, but then stop bitching. You are a grownup and with that comes stresses that really do matter in life. Why add to that with some FB mama drama. Moms have enough to stress about, we don’t need to add to that with some stupid high school shit. haaaaa I feel much better, thank you for reading my rank.

happy living 🙂

What Kind of Parent Am I?


So I have been seeing a lot of post about attachment Parenting on my Facebook feed lately (can you tell what kind of facebook friends I have). While I like to think I am a natural parenting kinda gal. I know I am not an attachment type of parent. Don’t get me wrong I have friends who practice that style of parenting but it’s just not for me. I got to thinking what kind of parenting style do I practice?

So I hit the internet to find my parenting style. I read Blogs, took parenting style test and looked up definitions. This is what I found:

Turns out I am not just one parenting style. I am a mix. but my main foundation for my parenting style is Authoriative parenting.

Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents, also called ‘balanced’ parents, establish rules and guidelines, and children are expected to follow along. However, these parents are usually more responsive to their kids and more willing to listen to questions and negotiate. They are distinct from Authoritarian moms and dads as they’re more forgiving and nurturing, particularly when their children fail to follow the rules or meet their expectations.

The result? Children of Authoritative parents are the happiest, most capable and successful of the bunch!

I knew I was an authoritative parent in fact I knew before I had kids (thank you college psych classes). I wanted to know what modern day style I was, I mean there are so many styles: attachment parenting, crunchy, silky, tiger, emotional coaching parents. I mean the list goes on, but which one was I? So to find out I had to look up some definitions.

Emotion Coaching

“Come sit with me and we’ll talk about

how you’re feeling right now.”

Emotion Coaching parents value sharing emotional times

with their children.

To Emotion Coach, parents need to use empathy. Specifically,

these parents try to put themselves into their child’s shoes.

They show an understanding of their children’s emotions and

Guide them in their behavior. Emotion Coaching creates a

foundation for strong, healthy, trusting relationships.

Emotion Coaching takes practice. Every emotional event is

different and Emotion Coaching needs to be flexible. None of

us can do it all the time, but the more we can take the time to

help children work through their emotions, the better.

Children with Emotion Coaching Parents tend to …

Learn that feelings are important and can be trusted.

Learn how to name certain feelings and begin to understand

why they feel the way they do.

Learn that they are not alone with their feelings, and that they

can bring their wide range of emotions to their parents with

confidence they will beloved and comforted.

Learn that all feelings they experience are OK, but not all of

their behaviors are OK.

Learn how to solve the problems life brings.

Learn to calm themselves down when they have strong

Emotions so they can concentrate better at school.

Learn about their own feelings and the feelings of others,

which helps them form strong friendships.

Tiger Parenting

a strict or demanding mother who pushes her children to high levels of achievement, using methods regarded as typical of child rearing in China and other parts of East Asia

Crunchy Parenting

Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods. See crunchy and hippie.

(http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crunchy%20mama)

Silky Parenting

Modern mother who prefers medicated hospital birth, bottle feeding/part time breastfeeding, disposable diapers, crib sleeping, etc. One who follows the advice of established medical authority; often tend to be working moms who rely on modern products for convenience and time management.

(http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=silky%20mom)

So I definitely am an emotional coach parenting style in fact while reading that I kept thinking I so do that on every point in the description

But I knew that wasn’t all  to my style of parenting and came a cross the term Scrunchy parenting

Scrunchy Parenting

A mix of silky parenting and Crunchy parenting

So that’s what I am a Authoritative, emotional coaching, Scrunchy mom. Leave a comment and tell me what you are.

 

Happy Parenting 🙂

 

 

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