Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Running, Second Whole 30 and taking a ride on the Potty training struggle bus.


When I start a new month I always try to set some goals i'd like to achieve for the month, never mind it's already the seventh. This month my running goal is 44 miles. Last month I ran 22 miles, so i'd like to double my mileage each month.

We will see if this happens, but as of lately I've strived to become a social runner. I've actually started running with my husband every week. ***he pushes the stroller*** So I feel like a free bird.


If you've ever pushed a stroller full of children while on a 3 mile run, it really sucks. But hey getting that whole body workout in! 

I've also committed to a second Whole 30

For those of you who know what this is, are probably asking yourself, "why girl, why would you do this for the SECOND time"? Well I've committed to this because I wanted to do it with my husband and of course my bestie, Olivia is doing this with us as well.  

If you're unfamiliar what this, it's basically an elimination diet for 30 days. You cut out dairy, legumes, processed foods, alcohol, grains, and ADDED SUGARS. 

THIS IS PROBABLY THE Hardest DETOX I'VE EVER DONE, but it makes you feel so amazing afterward. Detoxing yourself from all the sugar we consume on a Standard American Diet can be extremely difficult.

Really for me, actually wanted to try to complete something hard. I also wanted to see what inflammatory foods made my body feel the worst. I also knew that I needed to make some major changes to my life and needed to break some serious eating habits. 

I found with my first whole 30, the culprit for major aches and stomach issues was dairy. So I cut a major portion out and surprisingly my knees don't ache as much giving me more stamina to run. I also cut out stevia, which I had religiously put in my coffee every single day. I drink my coffee most of the time with Nutpods (almond/coconut milk creamer) or black. I'm anxious to learn something new about myself with this Whole 30 (W30).

The W30 is not a lifestyle diet. This experiment is to create better habits and to see what your body needs to be fueled with. 

If you're thinking about taking the plunge, DO IT. My bestie, Olivia, pushed me to do mine and i'm thankful every day. We literally texted every single day, and swap how we felt, new recipes and how much the sugar withdrawals sucked. 

I'm going to post my experience every week, and give tips and tricks that helped me get through it. 

On a completely unrelated stressful note.... 

My almost three year old is mostly potty trained. However, were still running into a slight snag. 


She will pee on the potty all the live long day, but refuses to poop in the potty. In case you're wondering, my face looks just like this every single time she comes to me and says, "Mama, I pooopedddd, in my PANTIES!!". 

I NEED ALL THE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP ME. She wears panties the majority of the time, except at night when she wears a pull up (which she mostly wakes up dry). 

Is there some kind of magic pixie dust I can purchase, because most of the time i'm throwing all these brand new Vamperina undies away because it's that bad, and that saying something because a RN. 

Other questions for you: 

Has anyone out there completed a Whole 30?

Do you find that you are utilizing what you learned about your experience in your every day life?

Anyone else on the potty training struggle bus? Just me?

Friday, April 12, 2019

That Catch Up Post

Sometimes you literally lose track of time, but now you know this is what it's like being a mom of two under three years old and this is literally everyday.

Hello 2019. Yes, I realize it's April.

Don't worry nothing has changed, still can't get everyone to look at the camera at the same time.

We have some catching up to do. So get comfy and get a cup of tea/beer/something good.

The last I left you, I had just uprooted myself from LA to move to Albuquerque, NM, had a baby and bought a new house.

Talk about a whirlwind.

Allie is nearly a three-ager and is currently potty training.... which is not for the faint of heart. Yes, I'm so tired of buying diapers and pull ups I could scream, but I also now have a fear of being in public with this child who refuses to go #2 in the potty and doesn't give a POOP about going in her undies. #puns The saga continues with that one. She is strong willed and will lose her mind on me in an instant. #three-nageriscoming

Eli is 7 months and hasn't started crawling yet, but its only a matter of time. He also has a slight temper, I'm blaming this on matt. Both of these children will let you know in an instant when something is going the way they need it to. I can't decide who he looks like yet. 

Seriously y'all this time thing scares me. I'm nearly half way through 31 years of age. YIKES.  

This year so far:

  • I have completed a Whole 30. 
  • Joined a mom fitness studio, which has been an amazing thing. #momtribe 
  • Lost 10lbs and 12 inches.
  • Have found a love of the trails again.
  • Started running again. 
  • Survived one bout of RSV, FLU and croup. LUCKY ME. 
It's really amazing to start feeling like yourself again in the postpartum realm. I know I speak for quite a few moms when they feel like they can't hit their stride like they did before. It's weird finding mom friends when you aren't in a social setting like school/work. 

This is an accurate depiction of trying to find a mom club, except everyone has a BOB stroller and Yoga pants. If you aren't a mom yet, come back to this post when you are. 

But I'm gonna be real with you, it's easier to find mom friends in Albuquerque than it ever was in Los Angeles, and I'm ok with that. 

That brings me to talk about my Mom fitness studio that I joined at the end of January, if you're interested and live in the Albuquerque area go here! This place is amazing. I can't tell you how great it's been hanging out with a bunch of ladies who are all in the same boat. From battling ear infections to slobbery children who constantly want to listen to that wretched Baby Shark song. We all work out together and support one another.

This is what I was hoping to find at this point in my life and I've found it, to my Fierce and Fabulous Wonder Women and beyond. You guys are amazing and motivate me every single day. 

My Lovely painted shirt that I have crafted for our challenge. Matt said my lotus flower looks like a vagina. 

#Itoldhimhelookedlikealotusflower  #mindful

I've started running again and loving on the trails again. It's just much harder here at 5000ft elevation. 
I'm slow and it aint pretty, but here's to making it happen every week whether my milage is 10 miles or 2 miles. 

#thiscatiseverything #probablymyfavoritethingaboutthispost

My babes are super healthy after Allie contracted FLU type A (she had the Flu Shot) and croup within a two week period and Eli having RSV over Christmas. 

Here's to hoping and praying we can get to summer without anymore illness.

One of my best friends of all time came to visit and paint with us. Uncle Dan you better get yourself back to the ABQ soon. 

Any who, I have no idea when I will pop in again, hopefully sooner rather than later but thanks for listening to all my rambles. 

Questions for you: 

Give me your potty training wisdom..... I'm fairly certain this girl would be in adult Depends if I let her. Best tricks for going #2 in the potty???

What songs are on your running playlists??

What motivates you to keep running?

Do you find running with a group helps? I've always been a lone runner but I don't want to be anymore. I find it way to easy for me to slow down.