"In all of living have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured!"
~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, May 30, 2014

June 30-day Challenge: 30 Days, 30 Salads

So...once upon a time I had awesome flat abs and the beginnings of a beautiful 6-pack. Once upon a time I also had skinny, strong dancer legs and fit in size 0 jeans (size 1 or 2 sometimes, depending on the brand). Once upon a time I had sleek, toned arms. Seriously, people would compliment me on them. Once upon a time I was also a personal trainer and water aerobics instructor (baha, ok that was only for a little bit, and the irony of both still makes me smile!)

Then I got a desk job and lost a lot of pretty muscle tone, and then I got pregnant and lost all the skinny. And then I was a blob. The end. 

Now it's time to start the sequel! And what better way than with starting up my 30-day challenges again!

The first 25 lbs of baby weight came off surprisingly easy in less than 2 weeks! Unfortunately the remaining extra 15ish lbs I gained has stuck around for another 5 months now, and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon. Well, at least not with my current health habits. For example: I ate 2 cakes last week. Yes, you read that right. I ate 2 cakes within a 7-day time period. Trevor had like maybe 2 pieces of each, and I ate the rest. Not cool, Karin. Not cool. On top of that, I don't exercise anymore. At all.

Considering my health habits right now, it really is a wonder that I don't have diabetes and that I'm not about the size of a mammoth! I give my metabolism 5 stars for putting up with me like a champ :)

I really should be exercising too, but the much bigger problem right now (for nutrition's sake even more than for weight management's sake!!) is my diet! So my 30-day challenge for June is to eat a salad a day! More nutritious salad in my tummy means less space to fill with dessert and junk!

For accountability's sake, I plan to take a photo of each salad and post them at the end of each week. Let me clarify, these will NOT be beautiful Pinterest-worthy pictures or salads!! They will most likely be blurry snapshots on my phone of a pile of lettuce with some tomatoes strewn on top that I tossed together with one hand while trying to keep my baby happy. The goal here is to keep me honest :)

So here's my first not-so-pretty installment to kick things off!

Yes, there is a salad hiding under that shredded chicken and cheese, I promise :)

The Year I Didn't Dance

Just a little over a year ago today I walked out of the ballet studio not knowing it would be the last time I set foot in one for very long time!

It was the Saturday before Mother's Day, and I planned on being in class again on Tuesday. Then I found out I was pregnant and was suddenly pretty much debilitated thanks to morning sickness, so I planned to start dancing again in a few months once that eased up a bit. A few months later I found a local studio (we moved, or I would have gone back to my old one), but by that point I was just so exhausted from being pregnant and anemic that I couldn't handle any activity really. So I planned to start dancing after a few more months - once I had my baby. Then I had my baby and the doctor said I wasn't cleared for exercise for 6 more weeks. So I planned to start dancing after those 6 weeks. Then I got cleared to start dancing, but I still weighed quite a bit more than my pre-pregnancy weight and wasn't ready to handle staring in the mirror at myself in a leotard and tights for an hour and a half (not to mention being a breast-feeding mom adds a few new challenges to dancing around in a little leotard that I haven't had to deal with before and am not looking forward to), so I planned to start dancing once I lost the weight.

Now May has come and gone a second time, and I STILL haven't started dancing again! This is the longest I've ever gone without dancing since I was 7!! And I STILL haven't lost the weight! I only weigh about 5 lbs less now than I did a week and a half after giving birth.


 ready and waiting, 12 1/2 months and counting

What's the moral of this story?

1) Appreciate the opportunities you have and really enjoy them. I wish I had made more of that last rehearsal...but I didn't know it would be my last!

2) For heaven's sake, Karin! Get yourself together! There's nothing stopping me now except myself! Time to stop making excuses for myself, stop with the "someday"'s, and get back to doing what I love!!

...which leads me to the resurrection of my 30-day challenges coming soon!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Remember Back When I Used to Blog...

So...yeah. That blogging thing hasn't been happening very much lately! Being organized and productive was never my forte before, and it most definitely isn't now that I've got a baby to attend to in addition to myself! I'm a work in progress :)

I have lots of things about our little family to catch up on! Keep an eye out for more regular posts; they're coming!