Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Hallows Eve

It's hard to believe it was exactly one year ago that we closed on our house in Georgia (yes on Halloween) and here we are living in New Hampshire. I love looking back to where we were last year and seeing all the changes. Last year we had our little witch with us as we closed on our house and passed out candy from my Aunt and Uncle's house. 
Because of where we live we didn't get any trick or treaters this year. We basically live near a bunch of vacant vacation homes on the beach. Nice to be at the beach but not a happening spot for Halloween. We spent Halloween Eve reading our favorite Halloween books and watching the Red Sox win the series! (Giants fan here but I was still very excited)

I wake up on Halloween morning feeling almost like it's Christmas morning. I think I love Halloween because there is no obligation attached. No buying anyone presents or cooking big meals. Just a reason to celebrate and get together with people (and dress up). I also love creative costumes and getting to feel like a kid again. 

I, of course, made a Halloween breakfast for Amelia. We had our candy corn fruit and jack o' lantern waffle. Turns out I am terrible at waffle carving, good thing Amelia has no idea...or even cares. Lets be real, I do this for myself. 

We spent some time at our play-group for the Halloween get together. I went early and took a few pictures at the park of Amelia. How appropriate that there was a brick road...if only it were yellow...  
Sweet girl
Obsessed with Front Street PlayGroup
After a very long Halloween snooze we picked up Brian from work and headed to our church Trunk or Treat party. Unfortunately it was raining so the festivities were all moved in doors but we had a great time. 

last but not least....

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fit Report: Progress!

I have some fantastic news to report. It's working!!! Well, of course it is. I have been working hard at staying with the plan and it is paying off. I woke up Sunday morning feeling a little lighter and my clothes were fitting better. I will say that most of the changes that I am seeing are as a result of the eating changes not the exercise. The exercise is helping with my energy and endurance but the changes in my body are definitely food changes. I can share with you a few samples meal that I have been eating. I originally said that this would be a 30 day change but after the way I feel from only 7 days it will be a more permanent change. 

-2 eggs, 1/2 avocado, 2 pieces of bacon, serving of berries

-Chicken salad lettuce wrap
     diced chicken, walnuts, apples, tablespoon mayo wrapped in romaine lettuce

Snack: Larabar or apple or carrots

-Honey Lime Salmon with roasted zucchini and squash

At least 64 oz of water but I usually drink a gallon because of my kidney stone history. I also drink hot water with lemon before bed. 

So this is just a sample of some some of the food I am eating. I was very good for 6 days, not even a morsel of anything that wasn't on the list. Around day 5 I realized that too much structure was going to cause me to crash. I decided to give myself a free day. Sunday was free day and I still ate healthy but I had some candy corn and popcorn while watching Hocus Pocus last night. I have to tell you I LOVE candy corn but it made me sick. That's what eating clean will do. The food I have been eating is making me feel so great that I almost don't want the junk anymore....almost. 

As far as Insanity goes. I haven't missed a day still! With the food changes last week my energy was down but I got through it. This week is the week before the MAX. My endurance and strength are getting better but I have yet to get through a full video without taking a couple extra breaks. I look forward to posting an after picture once I finish Insanity. A little too embarrassed to post the before picture until I have the after picture. 

Happy healthy Monday! 3 Days until Halloween! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Salem, MA

Where else would we go the weekend before Halloween??? Salem, of course. A great thing about living in New England is everything is really close. Salem is only 30 miles from our house in the Hamp so we took a little morning trip to celebrate my favorite holiday. 

Turns out Salem is extremely touristy during the month of October. Apparently I am the only one that didn't realize this. Touristy in a crowded way but also in a bunch of pop up attractions. Not my kind of thing. The town does something called haunted happenings everyday in October, there is a fair and haunted houses on every corner. We went because we wanted to see the Salem Witch Museum and ended up walking around and taking it all in. With all the crowds we decided to come back and see the museum at a non touristy time. 

We really enjoyed hanging out in the historic downtown and the people watching was fantastic. A lot of costumes! Oh and did I mention this was also the weekend of the psychic convention...all the crazies were out and about.  

Witchcraft stores, nightmare museums, and all that fun stuff. 

Salem witch trials memorial.
On the right is the Witch museum and the statue on the left is
 of the founder of Salem. 
Washington Square Park
Every frame is straight out of Hocus Pocus. I liked this picture
because the tree was so beautiful and the fence has a creepy vibe and 
the building was a funeral home. Very Salem. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Ma. 
Stumbled upon this National Park. Yep a pirate ship. It is called the 
Friendship of Salem and is a recreation pirate ship and considered a National Park. 
It mostly stays here but is capable of taking trips out in the
 water via the coast guard. 
Love the colors. 
Happy little clam. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

14 Months

look at that little gap tooth! Love it!

14 Months
-Started going to our first New Hampshire play-group
- Loves loves music and playing her piano
-Obsessed with her Dad and Goose
-Still loves the beach and being outside
-Loves wearing shoes (brings them to me everyday)
- Lots of toddler babble with occasional words
-Signs: more, bottle, all done, and hungry
-Loves all things baby doll

When we hand her a doll she hugs it really tight and says, "awwwww". Really sweet. She does this with all stuffed animals, sometimes jackets, and even Goose. 

I took our monthly pajama pics in our most festive pajamas. Let's do a little flashback to last October pajama pictures. Such a little baldy...well she kind of still is.

I know this is a picture overload but I have a hard time narrowing it down. I wanted to do another sweet little past/present comparison. Pumpkin patchin'. Love October.

5 days until Halloween! If you follow us on instagram (tyoast) you got to see what Amelia and I are dressing up as. Just wait until you see the whole family. Yep, I make Brian and Goose wear matching costumes and I am not even embarrassed about it. 

p.s.. 30 day challenge is going well. I am still on track and feeling great, except I want to kill somebody and gorge on candy corn. Other than that, things are going really great.....more on that later. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fitness Update

Another week down! On day 21 today and I am feeling great. I still haven't missed a minute and I am grateful to still be motivated. At this point I would be so disappointed if I didn't make it. However, the hard part is coming up in 2 weeks. Max time! 
I am noticing very minor changes on the outside. I haven't weighed myself but I can feel that my clothes are fitting better. I have been starting to get a little impatient with slow results, but I am noticing bigger changes with my endurance. The first week on Insanity I would lay on the floor for 10-15 minutes after and I am feeling far less fatigued now. 

With the hard stuff coming up in 2 weeks I have decided that I could use some more energy. I need to really step it up to the next level to help my body get through this challenge. I eat healthy most of the time but I occasionally have candy, soda, or fast food. I am bad about eating breakfast and tend to snack late as well. I have decided to add a food challenge to my Insanity challenge. I am embarking on a 30 day eating better challenge (it ends the week of Thanksgiving...not a coincidence). I am going to try my best to put muscle building, energy giving, clean foods into my body. I have planned out 30 days of meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. It was very tedious but every detail is accounted for in hopes to keep me on the path. It is not extremely strict but very nutrition conscious to help me feel better. The food I have picked is higher protein and lighter on the complex carbs, and pretty basic. I am also "trying" to really lay off the nasty candy and soda that has been dragging me down these first 21 days. I want to get the most out of my Insanity challenge and stepping up my eating is the next way to do that.

I am also hoping that changing up eating will help me with my sleep issues. This week was especially hard (death in the family), so I was averaging around 3-4 hours of sleep at night. I can feel how unhealthy that is for me I know it is near impossible to lose weight if your body is not resting. 

Wish me luck, this week should be a doozy! I keep reminding myself, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Just work hard. No quick fix. No instant results. Hard work!

Happy Sunday everyone! 11 Days until Halloween, everyone have their costumes ready?? You are going to LOVE Amelia's, I promise!

Thursday, October 17, 2013


I know I often talk about how much I love New Hampshire, and I do. However, there are certain times when I wish nothing more than to be near family. Right now is that time. My family recently experienced a soul shaking tragedy. I don't want to go into details out of respect but I wanted to share a quote from October General Conference that has been very helpful during this time. 

"Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind." - Elder Holland 

I have always tried to be open-minded and kind to everyone. Never, more than right now do I feel the need to lift each other up. We need to celebrate each other. We need to be accepting and supportive. We NEED to be KIND. 

My heart is broken for my family. Let us move forward with love and faith. I am grateful for the things I know to be true and for eternal families. To my family reading, I miss you dearly. 

ps. We all miss and love you. I hope your mind is at peace and that you are feeling what you were not able to feel here.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just How I Imagined Her

When I found out I was pregnant the first thought that popped in my head was an image of a baby girl holding a balloon on her first birthday. Pretty odd since I didn't know that Amelia was a girl until she was born, but that was my first thought. When Amelia turned one I knew that I wanted to get that picture. 

For Amelia's first birthday celebration we were in Ukiah and weren't able to get any balloons. Believe it or not there was a helium shortage and they weren't selling balloons in the entire city. What are the chances?!? When we got back to Georgia we packed everything and time there. On Amelia's actual birthday we were in a hotel and didn't have the place to take the pictures and her "birthday" dress got packed in storage. 

Here we are almost 2 months later, and I finally got it done. After checking 3 stores for balloons we were able to get a silver mylar balloon (apparently no one blows up latex balloons anymore). It wasn't easy and a little cold but it turned out just as I imagined. 

She is as sweet as she looks in these pictures. Amelia is the kind of baby that makes you want to have 20 more (ha, maybe not 20 we aren't the Duggars over here). She is joy and light and life. She has turned this cold heart of mine into a big warm pile of mush. 

Here is to making dreams, even small, come true.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Insanity Check In

Today I started week 3! I can say for the first time I have not missed 1 minute of a video. Usually it is around this time that something comes up or I have a reason for my Insanity commitment to dwindle. I would count going on a jog as an excuse not to do a video. I would also count aches and pains as injuries and skip a video here and there. If you have done any Insanity videos they almost always come with aches and pains :)

On this program you do a fit test every 2 weeks. It is a good way to monitor your progress and check in to see improvements. Here are my numbers from Day 1 to Day 15. No judging :)

I have improved in every area! Some more than others, clearly. One thing that was also an improvement was my endurance. The first fit test I had to push pause twice in between exercises to catch my breath and day 15 I didn't pause once. I was excited about that improvement! 

This healthy fit journey has not been sunshine and rainbows. I pulled a muscle in my shoulder blade (having to modify videos for two days), used a ton of icy hot, whined through almost all of last week, and woke up sore every morning. All that being said I am feeling accomplished and motivated. 

So after the first 2 weeks, what  have I learned:

-Find your motivation and keep it readily available. I find motivation by looking at unflattering pictures of myself. Not the best idea for everyone but it works for me. If you are motivated by a quote, keep it somewhere that you will see it. A good one is, "when you think about quitting, think about why you started" or "you can have excuses or results. not both".

-Stretch, stretch, stretch. After pulling a muscle last week I spent a lot of time stretching and I know that it bumped up my recovery time. 

-Find the exercise that you love. The best exercise for everyone is the one that you'll do. I love Insanity and I love hiking, so that is what I do. 

- Even when you don't feel like doing a video (or exercise), do it anyway.  There was one day last week that I had to force every muscle in body and mind to get it done. It has to be a priority and this is the only way to make it so.

-If I don't work out first thing in the morning I wont do it. I try and always get it done during Amelia's first nap but even if she is awake I do it in the morning. She has recently started to try an imitate the moves with me. Too cute. Can't be a bad thing for Amelia to see her mama being healthy and active. 

ps. Happy Monday everyone and remember to be kind to everyone, you never know what battle someone else is fighting. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple Crest Farm

As can be seen from my facebook and instagram feeds, it is that time of year again. Pumpkin patch'n time is in full force. We like to do a little research ahead of time and find out where the pumpkins are the pumpkiniest. We found a place close to home called Apple Crest Farm that happens to be celebrating 100 years of being open this year and was pulling out all the stops. 

At this farm you can pick pumpkins apples, peaches, raspberries, flowers, and more. The farm has horse drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, a live band, tractor rides, apple cider donuts and a farmers market. It was fantastic and fantastically crowded. We didn't take advantage of everything they offer because Amelia is one and is only thrilled for so long. Mostly she wanted to walk around and eat. We did pick up some fresh produce and pumpkins, of course. We had a great time and I can see this being a harvest season tradition for years to come. 

Can you tell we are a timberland family...

I finally got a picture of all three of us by using self timer on top of the car :)

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season. On a somewhat different note, please remember to be kind to one another.  Missing my family today.

Happy patch'n everyone!