Life With 2 Kids, Volumetrics, Body After Baby, and My Love For Fall

Life With 2 Kids, Volumetrics, Body After Baby, and My Love For Fall

*Note- I have been trying to finish this post for days now. I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors or things that just don’t make any sense haha. 

Hellooo Peaches!

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Well there has certainly been some changes around here. I finally have a moment to catch you all up on what’s been going on!

Anna Kate

Anna Kate Teal was born at 10:37 pm on September 12, 2016. She is wonderful and beautiful and just perfect in every way. I feel like a big idiot for ever thinking that I couldn’t possibly love another child as much as I love Ryan. I am amazed at how much love my heart can hold. I love her just as much as Ryan and feel so blessed to have two beautiful children. Every morning since Ryan was born I have been in complete awe. I look at him and feel that I have my own personal Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls to view daily right in my own home. Now I have two Grand Canyons. I am amazed at God’s creation and master craftsmanship.

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Life Lately

A WHIRLWIND! Anna will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and time has absolutely flown! We have had tons of visitors to see the baby which I have to say I find wonderful. I was so miserable the past few weeks of my pregnancy I pretty much stayed in my hole and only came out to go grocery shopping. It’s been so nice seeing everyone and catching up and just acting like a human being in general haha! Also, I feel amazing now so I have been buzzing around the house between Anna’s feedings getting all the things done that I was too lazy to do pregnant. Bending over is so easy! No acid reflux or feeling like I am going to bust! So between taking care of my 3 year old and baby, visitors, housework, and trying to sleep my day is full! I am not able to work out yet because it’s only been two weeks but I honestly feel like I am more active now than I ever was in my third trimester even with my workout haha! It feels so good to have energy and be able to move!

Volumetrics

Volumetrics is the diet that I am currently on in my little adventure to try 12 diets in 12 months. I have to say this diet is really easy to stick too! I have been able to stick to it through my stay in the hospital and even with the chaos of newborn life. I don’t even watch calories or anything. I just make sure that every time I eat I choose low calorie things like chicken, eggs, egg whites, apples, veggies, almond milk and V8. I have been consistently losing and haven’t really had to think about my diet much. So I totally recommend Volumetrics for the new mom!

My Body 

Those of you who have children know how GLORIOUS you feel right after having a baby. Sure, you just gave birth, you’re still a little slow, but the lack of acid reflux, lethargy, and baby/fluid weight brings a feeling nothing short of ecstatic. I just want to hug myself everyday haha. I have a new beautiful baby in addition to my already beautiful child, I feel amazing, and IT”S FALL!!! My absolute favorite time of year! The coming of fall totally compounds all of my already awesome things happening in my life! YEEEEEEEE!!!

As far as weight goes, I have lost 24 pounds in 2 weeks which is pretty fantastic. The first 15 was in 3 days. So weird. But I still have 16 pounds to go before I reach my pre-pregnancy weight. That’s ok though! I know it’s strange but every time I have weight to lose there is a part of my that gets super excited. Like I have a lump of clay in front of me just waiting to be molded. It’s actually pretty cool!

I’m going to go ahead and share this because I have yet to see it anywhere on the internet. I KNOW some woman out there has to be experiencing the same thing. I keep seeing all these almost flat bellies on on Instagram just a week or even days post pregnancy. While I am glad for them (and envious), this was definitely NOT the case for me with either of my pregnancies. Here is the SLOW deflation of my bump so far. At 4 days postpartum I still looked a good 6 months pregnant. At Day 11 the bump was a good bit smaller but definitely still a bump. This morning was Day 14 postpartum and it’s a little smaller but I still have a good while to go before I have my pre-pregnancy tummy back. So, if this is your story, just know you are not alone.

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Top left: 38 weeks pregnant. Top right: 4 days postpartum. Bottom left: 11 days postpartum. Bottom right: 14 days postpartum 

 

That’s pretty much what I have been up to in my “maternity leave” from TKP. I am so glad to be back! I have missed hearing from all of you and hope you are well. Please tell me what you have been up to and what’s been going on. How is fit life? Do you love fall as much as I do? How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after your pregnancy?

Have a great day yall! 

Questions:

What’s been going on? 

How is fit life?

Do you love fall? Not love fall?

How long did it take for your tummy to return to normal after pregnancy? 

TKP Fit Journal – 9/8/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/8/2016

Good morning and happy Friday!

Waiting…waiting…

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This bump is outta control

September 8, 2016 – Volumetrics Day 4

I have to say Volumetrics is my favorite diet that I have tried so far. It’s so easy because you just fill up on a bunch of low calorie foods. I’m never hungry and as long as I keep an abundance of the foods from “Category 1”  around, I have no problem staying around my calorie range and never feel deprived. So far so good on Volumetrics!

Here is yesterday’s food!

Breakfast- Usual scramble, apple
Snack- Vegan chocolate Shakeology, 2 cups almond milk, seaweed
Lunch- 6 oz tofu, Normandy blend, 1/2 cup brown jasmine rice, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, seaweed
Dinner- 4 oz pork loin, broccoli, 2 tbs yogurt dressing, apple, V8
Snack- apple, almond milk

Can you tell my latest craving is no doubt apples? HAS TO BE FUJI!

Exercise – Country Heat Giddy Up!

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I committed to doing a Beachbody Health Bet for as much of this month as I could (since baby is coming). Even though Anna is due, I needed something to keep me on track. The past few months, if I don’t eat healthy and include some sort of exercise, I swell up like a tick! This Health Bet was just what I needed. I will be starting my own Challenge Group in October and can’t wait. Details to come!

How are all of you doing? I love seeing your food and exercise everyday. It really keeps me going. Some days it is SO HARD to do anything at all and then some days I feel pretty good. I can’t thank you enough for the motivation you ladies give.

Questions:

How is your fitness lately? Any victories?

Whatcha eating?

Any exercise? 

Any fun plans for the weekend? 

Have a FANTASTIC Friday Peaches!

TKP Fit Journal – 9/6&7/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/6&7/2016

Helloooooo!

Still no baby. Grrr. I give up. I am going to be a beached whale forever….

September 6&7, 2017 – Volumetrics

6th:
Breakfast- 1 egg, 6 whites, apple
Snack- Shakeology, 2 cups almond milk
Lunch- 4 oz chicken, broccoli, brown jasmine rice, 2 tbs avocado yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, seaweed
Dinner- 4 oz pork loin, veggies, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Snack- apple, almond milk

7th:
Breakfast- Same as the 6th
Snack- Same as the 6th
Lunch- 4 oz pork loin, broccoli, 1/2 cup brown rice, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Lunch #2- Grilled chicken salad from McDonalds, mustard
Dinner- Same as the 6th
Snack- apple, V8

 

Exercise- Giddy Up! Second dance in Country Heat Program. I will NEVER record myself doing this but just so you all know, a 9 month pregnant woman attempting a country line dancing workout is not pretty. It’s not. Pretty funny though!

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Questions:

What did you eat today?

Any exercise?

Have a great night Yall!

TKP Fit Journal – 9/5/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/5/2016

Hey Peaches!

Happy Labor Day!

No baby yet. 😦 But it’s any day now, I can feel it! Any guesses as to when Anna will make her arrival? I’m guessing Wednesday the 7th. 🙂

September 5, 2016 – Volumetrics

Breakfast- 1 egg, 6 whites, apple
Snack- Choco Shakeoology, 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Snack- Apple, V8
Lunch- 6 oz tofu, Normandy blend, 2 tbs yogurt dressing
Dinner- 4 oz chicken, veggies, 2 tbs yogurt dressing, V8
Snack- apple, seaweed

Even though I am done with Flexitarian, I have totally developed a taste for tofu! Good thing too since I got a huge case of it from Costco last month haha.

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Best Day Ever
Exercise- Country Heat, Country Swing! I feel like I can actually kinda dance now haha.

Questions:

What did you eat today?

Any exercise?

Any hunches on when this baby is coming? 

Have a good one yall!

TKP Fit Journal – 9/1/2016

TKP Fit Journal – 9/1/2016

Hey Peaches!

What a good day! I love new beginnings!!! Plus, I AM HERE! It’s September!!! The baby is due this month! YES! The light at the end of the tunnel.

September 1, 2016 – Volumetrics 

First day of Volumetrics went off with a hitch! Without a hitch? How does the saying go? Anyway, it went good.

Breakfast- 1 egg, 6 white scramble, apple
Snack- Chocolate Shakeology, 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Lunch- 6 oz tofu, broccoli, 2 tbs ranch yogurt dressing, apple
Snack- seaweed, 1 egg
Dinner- 4 oz chicken, Normandy blend, 2 tbs Avocado Salsa yogurt dressing (So good! First time trying this flavor! I need to be a rep for Bolthouse Farms. I am constantly talking them up on here.)

Volumetrics is all about filling up on a bunch of low calories foods so that you feel full and satisfied!

Exercise- ACTUAL Country Heat Workout…..Geez

So, sometimes I love myself because of my blondness. Remember how a I was so excited to try the Counrty Heat program?

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Well, when I received the program. I saw the “Dance Mash-Up” and then opened the larger booklet and found the meal plan. I have been doing the 20 minute dance mash-up this whole time thinking it was all there was to Country Heat.

No.

I just happened to look back over the meal plan last week and realized the front part of the booklet folded out REVEALING COUNTRY HEAT HAHA! There are 6 different workouts, each one having a breakdown of the dance moves that you can play beforehand if you want. I felt so stupid!!!

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So this morning, I did”Country Swing” (32 minutes) and the extremely helpful breakdown before. It was sooooo much easier and super fun! I totally got into it when I knew the moves!

I could blame this on pregnancy brain. But I’m pretty sure this is just good ole Ang.

Questions:

What did you eat today?

Any exercise?

When was the last time you missed something completely obvious? 

Please tell me I’m not alone here.

 

TKP Review: The Flexitarian Diet

TKP Review: The Flexitarian Diet

Hey Peaches!

Here is my review of The Flexitarian Diet I tried for the month of August. If you want to read the overview, read it here. 

The Flexitarian Diet Review

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Results-

Really the only results that I have are that I did 31 days of the diet. I am in my very last few weeks of pregnancy so weight loss will not be likely and it for sure didn’t happen this month. I didn’t gain any weight for most of the month which I guess considering the baby is gaining weight could mean that I lost a few pounds but there was no drastic weight loss or anything. Again, until this baby is out the weight loss results are kinda hard to report.

How The Diet Made Me Feel- 

Although I did enjoy the food that I was eating, I did feel a little unsatisfied without a little animal protein in my daily diet. I don’t know if this was because of the pregnancy or because I still have a bunch of muscle left over from my body building days, but I did feel like ending a meal was a struggle especially at the end of the day. Plus, I do not like beans so I found myself eating tons of eggs and yogurt. I love tofu but find it nowhere near as filling as eggs and yogurt. So although I did enjoy the food on the diet, at this point in my life I need a little animal protein in my daily diet. At least every other day.

How Easy Was The Diet To Stick To?

As long as I was home and planned my meals, it was pretty easy to stick to. However, when I was at a restaurant I never ordered anything vegetarian, and when life got really hectic I found the diet going out the window. I think this would have been easier to stick to on the fly if my whole family was eating this way but it was just me. I definitely found myself more on the flexing side of the diet toward the end of the month.

Would I Recommend This Diet To You?

Sure. I would. Just like any other eating style, if you want to lose weight you have to watch your calories to make that happen. So if you are looking to eat healthier, maybe lose some weight, and have been curious about the vegetarian lifestyle, I think Flexitarian is a great way to start!

All in all, I didn’t mind being a flexitarian for a month but I didn’t find it overly amazing either. I am definitely glad I gave it a shot and look forward to beginning Volumetrics in the morning!

Questions:

Have you tried The Flexitarian Diet?

Any questions about this diet that I didn’t cover?

 

Peach On A Diet! Volumetrics Overview

Peach On A Diet! Volumetrics Overview

Hello!

I can’t believe tomorrow is September 1st and already time to move onto my next diet on Peach On A Diet!  In case, you are just tuning in, Peach On A Diet! is my little adventure trying 12 different eating styles in 12 months. I will be trying The Volumetrics Diet for the month of September which is my third diet so far. I tried The Dash Diet In July and The Flexitarian Diet in August. There is a tab at the top of the blog that says Diet Reviews where I am storing all of my reviews of each diet I try. Feel free to check em’ out if you are curious!

Ok, onto the overview of Volumetrics!

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The Volumetrics Diet

I chose Volumetrics for the month of September because my baby is due this month and it is the closest eating style to the way I eat anyway. I don’t know about you, but in my mind the birth of a new baby is definitely NOT the time to try any diet that is a drastic stretch from your norm. Volumetrics is all about clean eating while getting the biggest bang for your calorie buck. I have always been a big eater so this diet is right up my alley.

What Do You Eat?

Volumetrics has you find out the amount of calories you should be consuming for your size and activity level, then has you fill that calorie allotment with foods that give you a lot of volume for a low amount of calories. There are 4 categories of foods, Category 1 being Very Low Calorie Density foods in which you can eat anytime, Category 2 is Low Calorie Density foods in which you are to eat reasonable portions, Category 3 is Medium Calorie Density foods that you are to manage your portion sizes, and Category 4 is High Calorie Density foods in which you are to limit.

 

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The diet encourages you to choose mostly from Categories 1 and 2 and really limit foods from Categories 3 and 4.

The concept is pretty simple!

Exercise?

The book says that The Volumetrics Diet is based on three goals which are weight loss, daily calories, and daily steps meaning the main form of exercise it advocates is walking. It recommends getting a pedometer and making sure you reach a certain amount of steps each day. I will not be using a pedometer but I will be doing my Country Heat workouts each morning and going for a few short walks in the afternoon and evening.

So that is the jist of Volumetrics! I’m excited to start fresh tomorrow! I think a few of us are ready for a fresh new month. 🙂

Questions:

What are your first thoughts of Volumetrics?

Have you ever tried it?

Stay tuned for my upcoming review of The Flexitarian Diet that ended today!