Five Things Friday With Blue Diamond

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Friday

 

1.  I am officially on BREAK!  That means I don’t have to even think about school until October 6 – minus a little assigned reading ….boo.  I can’t even begin to describe how relaxed and happy I am.  Going to bed last night without having to set an alarm was pure perfection.  Can’t wait to soak up this time with my family!

 

2.  I received the new Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla almonds and I am obsessed.  I love the sweet/salty combination so much more than I thought I would and the vanilla adds something special to it.  Seriously …. go try them!

Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla

 

3.  Chris and I had the opportunity to attend another marriage retreat through the Army last weekend and learned SO much.  However, finals got in the way of me sharing it with you guys so stay posted for a recap!

 

4.  I am in the planning stages for Emmalyne’s 3rd birthday and I am in serious denial that my first baby is turning THREE.  Wasn’t she just a squishy baby?!  Every single day she reminds me how big she is getting.  For example, last night we were talking about her reward if she successfully goes on the potty and she said “A present?  That’s so awesome!”  I don’t even know where she learned that!

 

5.  On a sad note, one of our really good friends is PCSing (moving) to a new Army assignment.  This family is one of my first friends here in Georgia and I am so sad to see them go.  LA brought C over last night to hang out while the packers were at their house.  Bryn and C played so well together!  We have one more breakfast tomorrow before sending them off.  Luckily, in the Army it’s never really goodbye …. Just see you later.

Kids

 

I hope you guys have a great weekend planned!  Make sure to dedicate a little bit of time to MOVE and MORE time to friends and family :)

Coffee Talk

Oh hey there Wednesday …. fancy meeting you here.  One of my favorite ways to catch up with friends is over a cup of coffee.  After seeing some of blogging friends host a “coffee talk” I thought this would be an easy way to update you guys on where I have been the last week.

 

Morning Coffee

 

 

If we were sitting having coffee I would tell you I am living for tomorrow at ~9:30.

This quarter of school has been incredibly challenging.  Not only did we cover some pretty challenging topics (GI, pulmonary, endocrine, etc.) but Chris traveled for work and we went to Nashville.  I am going to come out with all A’s and 1 B this quarter (unless a miracle happens this morning) and I am thrilled.  However, it has come at a cost and I am ready for my break.  SO ready.

 

If we were sitting having coffee I would tell you how frustrating potty-training is.

Emmalyne is asserting her independence and running this show and it’s driving me nuts.  We are pretty much there with #1 but #2 is an entirely different story.  I am doing my best to have patience and understanding but I would be lying if I wasn’t slowly going crazy.  Any tips??

 

I would tell you that I have missed you guys.

Being a PA student doesn’t always make you the best of friends.  It’s hard enough finding balance harmony within my own family.  Sometimes my friendships get neglected.  I consider many of you, my readers, my friends and therefore our relationship has been affected.  I am hoping to get on a more consistent schedule but until then know I am sincerely thankful you’re still around reading because I kind of like you guys :)

 

I would tell you that when bad things happen some good can still shine through.

There was an accident here in Savannah over the weekend that claimed the life of a mom to 3 young children, her youngest still nursing.  A simple call to social media by an amazing local woman brought in 300+ emails offering breastmilk donation since the baby wouldn’t drink anything else.  I donated some of my freezer stash and hearing the generosity of others warmed my heart.  Knowing that so many people were willing to help ease the burden of a grieving family renewed my faith in the GOOD.

 

I am off to take my 2nd to last final of the quarter.  But tell me, what would you tell ME over coffee?

#SmartCoaching with the Polar FT60

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.

Now that I’ve shared my “body after baby” progress at nine months in I thought it would be perfect time to introduce you to one of my absolutely favorite pieces of FitGear.  I recently got the opportunity to try out the Polar FT6o as part of a FitFluential campaign and I was SO excited.  If you’ve been following along for awhile you know that I bought myself a Polar FT40 back when I was losing the baby weight from Emmalyne and it’s been my go-to gadget for 2.5 years.

 

Polar FT60 #SmartCoaching #Team Polar

 

Having a heart rate monitor has completely trained the name of the game for me when it comes to training.  I first started using my Polar to get a better indication of the amount of calories I was burning during my workouts.  As a breastfeeding mom having an accurate idea of energy expenditure is extremely important for maintaining milk supply.  For anyone, having an idea of what you’re burning at the gym can help you fuel your body for success a lot better.  The Polar FT60 takes into account your demographics (age, gender, weight, height, etc) when calculating your calorie burn based on heart rate giving you a more accurate representation of your workout.  The chest strap fits comfortably at my bra line, doesn’t move, and doesn’t chaff.  The watch itself is extremely stylish and one that I frequently wear with my scrubs as my regular watch!

 

Polar FT60 #SmartCoaching #TeamPolar

 

Some things I personally learned while using my heart monitor include:

  1. Cardio machines at the gym lie.  Every single time I have used my heart rate monitor and compared it to the machine at the gym, the machine grossly overestimated the amount of calories I burned.  For anyone trying to lose weight this can be a major issue.
  2. Which of my workouts are in the “zone”.  The Polar FT60 has tons of SmartCoaching features, one of which includes a breakdown of the amount of time you spend in different heart rate zones.  Seeing which of my workouts fall into high intensity (CrossFit, sprints) and those that target fat loss (weight training, incline walking) helps me tailor my intensity each day.
  3. Numbers are fun.  I am a geek at heart so seeing numbers is a big thing for me.  Even though my muscles shake from a solid workout I like seeing numbers.  They are a tangible source of accomplishment if you will.  Not something to obsess over but rather a tool to use to maximize your success and help to achieve your goals.  I love them.  Having a detailed and long-lasting training log is amazing to me.
  4. It’s super easy to use.  The Polar FT60 is incredibly easy to use which is awesome.  It’s very intuitive and just a push of a button gets you going.  Can’t get much simpler than that.

 

Polar FT60 3 #SmartCoaching #TeamPolar

 

Smart Coaching Features with the Polar FT60

 Pre Training

  • Training plans and challenges on polarpersonaltrainer.com

During Training

  • STAR Training Program: Shows users how hard and how much they need to train to reach their long-term goals. It’s designed to keep users motivated all week and every week by using a personal guidance program that’s no further away than their wrist.
  • OwnZone: Knowing the right intensity to improve fitness can be a challenge. OwnZone adjusts a user’s heart rate training zone to perfectly match their body’s current physiological condition. By using OwnZone, users can be sure they’re training at an intensity that improves their aerobic fitness

After Training

  • Training Load: This feature within polarpersonaltrainer.com displays a color- coded graph of a user’s cumulative training load, notifying a person when he or she has recovered enough for the next session, and accurately predicting training developments to prevent overtraining. This data also provides intelligence to modify training sessions as necessary
  • Fitness Test: This feature gets a measure of users’ current fitness level in just five minutes. By regularly comparing test results, users can see what progress they are making and how their fitness is improving over time

 

Polar FT60 4 #SmartCoaching #TeamPolar

 

With my Polar FT60 I also receive the FlowLink which plugs into your computer to easily sync your watch to PolarPersonalTraining.com.  It couldn’t be easier to use – you download the sync software, plug in the FlowLink and set your device on top.  Seriously that simple!  All of your workouts get uploaded so you can graphically see your accomplishments and figure out how to achieve your goals faster.  Other accessories available include the G1 GPS sensor that you can use to track speed and distance.

 

I seriously can’t say enough good things about Polar.  I have invested my own money in products (my FT40 and Chris’ FT7) and have been thoroughly impressed with their quality of product as well as their customer service.  I was thrilled to get a chance to check out the “upgraded” version f my beloved FT40.  I know many of you have asked about my heart rate monitor in the past so I am happy to have gotten this up for you guys.  I am more excited to offer you a discount code for your own Polar FT60!   You can purchase one here with the code FitPolarFT60.

 

Have you used a heart rate monitor?

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Body After Baby #2: 9 Months

Now that Bryn is nine months old and I shared how she is doing, it’s time for another body after baby post! Post Baby Body 9 Months

Body After Baby Measurements – 8 Months

9 Months Post Baby Measurements Notice something in those numbers? Yup. I’m up a couple of pounds. Nothing to blame other than some pretty awful eating the month of August. I don’t know about you but when I am tired and stressed I tend to eat high fat foods and I made a couple trips too many to Chick-Fil-A. That is life.

Fitness

I’ve been doing pretty good the last couple of weeks fitting in some solid weight sessions. My goals right now include building some solid muscle and I think I am on my way. I just bumped up my weights for bicep curls and lateral raises which is an awesome no-scale victory! PiYo is also REALLY helping my flexibility. I’ve been dealing with a painful SI joint in my right hip but my chiropractor is working his magic and it’s starting to feel better :) Running has taken a back-seat but hopefully with cooler weather my love for it will come back. I have minimal motivation to run in summer because it’s HOT and I am a wimp.

Eating

On the note of eating, obviously I can improve. Less for the scale and more for ME. I eat junk when I’m tired but eating junk makes me MORE tired. I am planning a FREE clean eating challenge in September. Would you be interested?? I am trying to get myself back on track over my break and would love some of you to join me! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email at foodfitnessandfamily @ gmail . com if you want in! We all need a do-over and this is mine :) I am going to need all the energy in the world going into a tough 4th quarter ha. Overall I am feeling really good. I don’t define myself by the scale and merely use it as a tracking tool since I like numbers. Right now I am more focused on FEELING good and that’s why I need to improve my eating habits and make sure to fit in exercise. I am at my best when I am eating right and moving more and PA school definitely makes that a challenge. My 3-week break is going to be SO good for a number of reasons – more time for my family and more time to focus on me! It’s all about that HARMONY instead of balance! Thanks Carla for teaching me that ;)

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Bryn: Month 9

Bryn 9 Months

Well friends …. it’s official. Bryn is 75% through her first year and I am in major denial. I keep having to remind myself that she is closer to a toddler than newborn because I simply can’t believe it. Here’s what Bryn is up to at 9 months old.

 Grow, Baby, Grow!

Bryn had her 9-month check up on Thursday! She is growing like a weed ;)

Height:  27.5 inches

Weight: 22lbs 1 oz

Clothes: 6-9 months, 6-12 months, 9 months

Diapers: Between a 3 and a 4

 

It’s kind of funny looking back at Emmalyne’s updates and seeing how they measure up with each other.  Emmalyne was 4 inches taller and Bryn is 4 pounds heavier at the same age!

 

Bryn 9 Months 1

 

 

Breastfeeding/Pumping/Baby Led Weaning

Breastfeeding and pumping is still going fantastically and I am THRILLED. I have barely touched my freezer stash so now I am SURE we will make it to one year old without a drop of formula hitting her lips. This is a huge personal victory for me because it was my biggest concern when I started PA school since she was only 5-weeks old. I am so thankful to my body for producing what Bryn needs and responding to pumping well. Bryn is an avid eater! She still takes 4 4oz bottles at “school” and I nurse her 2-3 times a day depending on her wants. For tips on pumping at work you can check out this post.  Baby Led Weaning is still going swimmingly and Bryn hasn’t met a food she doesn’t like!
Bryn 9 Months 2

Sleeping

If there’s one tiny area that I feel like we could improve on it would be sleep. When Bryn is HOME she takes two solid naps a day however she is too excited to be at school so she rarely naps there. That means that she can barely keep her eyes open past 6PM. I end up waking up with her once most every night. Such a trivial thing to want to improve but given my schedule a full night sleep makes a significant difference. However, I can’t complain because in every other area she is absolute perfection. She has also taken to sleeping with her Aden+Anais blankets the same way that Emmie did!

Bryn 9 Months 6

Play

Bryn still is the sweetest little baby. She is SO excited when Chris or I come into the room and literally bounces for joy. Her smile fills my heart to the brim and her half-laugh is hilarious. Bryn pants like a puppy when she is excited and it’s seriously funny. She is now getting more into playing and currently loves books, her walker, and shoes. She has a serious thing for shoes.

Bryn 9 Months 5

On the Move

This month Bryn has taken to crawling like a pro. She has her belly off the ground and she is FAST. She is also pulling to standing and recently started letting go for a few seconds. There is no containing her now. It’s funny that with you first child you’re so excited for them to crawl/walk. This time around I am like “slow down! Mommy isn’t ready for this yet”.

Bryn 9 Months 4

Sisters

The girls are still forming their relationship and I am loving watching it start to grow. Bryn loves to be where Emmalyne is and depending on the day Emmie loves “her Bryn” to be close to. I alternate between saving Bryn’s life from Emmie’s hands as she loves on her to discussing sharing with her big sister. Having a sister is one of life’s greatest blessings and I am happy my girls have each other! I am getting glimpses into what our life will be like down the road and I am excited!

Bryn 9 Months 3

Chris and I are truly blessed. We ask each other on a regular basis how we got so darn lucky with these two girls. They bring so much joy to my life and filled voids in my life that I never knew I had.

I love you sweet Bryn. You and Emmalyne are my sunshine!

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