Body Back #4, Eating- January 23, 2015

I’ve been asked what you eat during Body Back. “So, are you on a diet?” “Are you doing like a Whole 30?” The short answer? Eh, sort of, but not really.

Body Back doesn’t focus on weight and calories as much as whole, healthy foods. Yes, you are weighed each week as a measure of progress, but the scale is not the focus like it is for other programs. There are other measures of progress like actual measurements of your waist, thighs and hips. Fitness assessments at the beginning and end of the 8 weeks also show your progress.

I say the focus is not on calories, but you do track your calories daily in food journals. Our class does it through the My Fitness Pal app. It’s easier for our instructor Christie to check it daily that way. I can update it from my phone. It’s not that hard. Christie emphasizes eating whole, unprocessed foods, but it’s not the end of the world if you have a slice of pizza.

In fact, I’m out-of-town at my sister’s house this weekend and we had Friday night pizza Dude! My sister ordered Mellow Mushroom! Good God, Mellow Mushroom! (She did ask me if it was okay since I’m doing Body Back. I gave her the go-ahead to order.) I had half a slice and salad. The rest of the week I have made dinners of foods like baked fish, steamed vegetables and salads. My Fitness Pal helps you customize your calories based on your weight, calorie burn etc.

One thing that I have issues with is my coffee and how I like it doctored up. Christie pointed out how coffee creamers are very processed sugars. Yep. They are. I joke with a friend that I like “chemical water” in my coffee. Seriously, it’s embarrassing how much of the stuff I drink. I haven’t given it up completely, but I’m cutting back. Here are some texts between Christie and me this week:


So I got Coconut Creamer. It’s not that great tasting. I may or may not have added a dollop of chemical creamer to my coffee with it. I’ve been doing half-and-half with sugar too. Not great, but not bad. Artificial sweeteners are out. I don’t like them anyway. I’m going to snag some non-fat half-and-half if it doesn’t have too many chemical ingredients. I’ve been looking for foods with a small list of easy to pronounce ingredients. Real food. Real ingredients. I can do it.

I must warn you to be careful as you are doing your research at the grocery store, especially if you have your child with you. I was perusing the creamers and texting Christie with my back turned to the cart for one second. This is what Henry did:

trader joes 1

It cracked me up that it was called Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider.

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Yeah, I was hard pressed for a drink after that, but I didn’t buy (another) one. I worried it wasn’t “whole” enough. Henry agreed.


Getting Schooled- January 22, 2015

Getting Schooled: Kindergarten Choices

Last week I watched my Facebook feed fill with posts from friends with kids a year older than mine. Many bemoaned that their babies are aren’t babies anymore. There were Instagram photos of  kindergarten registration forms with a caption like, “I can’t believe this is happening!”

It’s kindergarten registration season! My daughter just turned 4 in November, so I have another year before this madness begins. I got into a conversation with another mother about this process the other day. She is interested in a traditional calendar magnet program for her daughter this year. “Oh! That’s cool. Good luck with the whole process! We don’t have to worry about it until next year. We really want a year-round schedule. Our base school is year-round.”

That’s when her nose scrunched up. You know, how people do when they disagree with you and are sort of disgusted with what you just said? She said, “Year-round? Why would you want that?” I went on to explain how I went to the first year-round school in our state as a third grader way back in 1988 or 1989 when the concept was first introduced here. I told her how as a young elementary school student, I was very restless in the summer and had a hard time, so my parents tried it. It was great. We loved the breaks through the year and still had some summer vacation. Plus, our base school is year-round and is rated a 10 out of 10 so, why not?

She said, and I kid you not, “Right. A year-round schedule for a Disney vacation in January or whatever.”



Yeah lady, I base decisions on my children’s education solely on making sure they’ll have shorter lines at the Magic Kingdom in three years. What?! I looked around. Surely I was being punked or something. I wasn’t. I can’t even remember what I said. It got awkward. I smiled and walked away.

Here’s the thing. Why are you worried about my kids’ education? I’m not worried about yours. I’m sure you’ll make the best decision for your family. That’s what’s so great. You can choose whatever type of kindergarten you want for your kid. Any kind! I could cite studies for or against every kindergarten choice. I won’t do that. Who has the time? Here are just some of the options parents I know are looking at for kindergarten:

  • Public traditional calendar
  • Public year-round
  • Another year of private Pre-K before kindergarten
  • Spanish immersion
  • Montessori
  • Private religious school
  • Public Charter school
  • Public Magnet
  • Home school

I don’t need to go on. The point is, do what you want for education. Has anyone else run into this? Catching attitude from other parents about kindergarten choices? Have other parents disparaged your school choice? I mean, I know it’s a big life decision full of emotions. It can often be competitive to get a spot in certain schools. I get it, but I remember learning “do unto others” in kindergarten, so let’s all remember that during kindergarten registration.


Body Back Class #3, One Morning, Two Workouts- January 20, 2015

Yesterday I was still bleary-eyed when I started stretching on the gym floor for Body Back. I prided myself on remembering to shave my legs since I was wearing capri workout pants. I remembered a thong too. No one wants to see my butt cheek creases. I get that. I was feeling good. That’s when our instructor Christie brought in the scale.

Ugh! So, apparently we have to weigh in each week. Ya’ll know how I felt about that last week. Okay. Deep breath. I got it over with and hopped up there.  Ya’ll, I kid you not. I LOST 4 LBS. THE FIRST WEEK! I felt like this:

But, I played it cool and walked back to my spot in the gym all like:

Nothing motivates you like results. I kept thinking, “Oh, my God. That was a good start. I can do this for 8 weeks!” Let’s run and lift weights! I couldn’t wait to get home to tell Greyson. The early hours, the food logging and passing up my favorite sugary lattes was worth it. When I got home I realized there was no school for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I looked at my kiddos and knew we could not sit around the house. I thought, “Well, I’m up. The kids are up. Let’s go work out.” So, we went to Stroller Strides. Yep, I did two workouts in one morning. It felt amazing. It may not happen all the time, because I did feel like this by the afternoon:

Thanks for letting me tell you about my workouts with GIF’s. That was fun.


Body Back Class #2, Early Mornings- January 16, 2015

Body Back Early Morning Class

I’m a night owl by nature. I think many Type B creatives are. I can nap in the afternoon with the kiddos and be up happily tapping the keys of my laptop at 11:30 pm…Midnight…12:30 am. If I’m fired up to write, I will sometimes do that.

Not on the nights before Body Back.

The number one question I’ve received on Facebook and Twitter this week is, “Wait, you’re doing the 5:30 am class?! Uh, I can’t do that.” I promise you can. Actually, this week has been amazing because of it. (There are other times to accommodate your schedule! Greyson often has evening meetings or conference calls for work the nights of the evening classes, so that didn’t work for us as far as childcare.) Yes, I’ve had to go to bed earlier. I’ve had to stay up on some very cold, rainy and lazy afternoons while my babies are snoozing. Oh my, how I wanted to curl up on the couch with a blanket and doze off! I didn’t, and it has been worth it.

It’s been worth it because the two days this week I woke up at 4:30 am, it was quiet and peaceful as I made my way to class. It was cold and the air made me feel energized. Then I got a whole hour to push myself and work out kid-free. I actually got to class on-time because I didn’t have to pack up two little ones and all the junk we haul around everyday. It was just me.

After class I got home right at 7:00 am both days. The house was still quiet. I heard little stirrings from my family as I was able to enjoy some coffee, empty the dishwasher and start a load of laundry all before 7:30 am. I was energized. I was pleasant. I felt good. I had pushed myself really hard that morning. There is satisfaction in that.

Oftentimes I’m groggy and cranky with my family when I’m just waking up. The mornings of Body Back I’m really happy and excited to see them. I start the day accomplished. It’s really amazing. Even night owls need to be early birds sometimes.

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Snot Season- January 14, 2015

Your baby needs a tissue

It’s everywhere. It’s looming over us wherever we go. Preschool, the store, church, friends’ houses. Name a place. We are all in fear of any one of the numerous plagues wreaking wintertime havoc. Last week Henry and I were down with a seriously nasty cold. He had the cold on top of Roseola which resulted in a 4-day fever. In Charlotte’s class there has been a child stricken with flu and another with strep throat in the past week.

The germs! My God, the germs! We can’t seem to escape them. No amount of grocery cart sanitizing is gonna save us this winter. Seriously, ya’ll.

I’m glad we got flu shots, but we all know the strains going around aren’t being covered by the shot. Sweet Jesus, I keep having flashbacks to 2007. 2007 was the ONE YEAR I was too lazy to get my flu shot. Well, I got the flu and I wanted to die. Seriously. Praying for death. People who don’t get the flu shot have never had the flu. I mean the kind of flu that is diagnosed as actual Influenza. They give you Tamiflu and you are on your ass for 5 days. That kind of flu. Not the “Oh, I feel achy and my my nose has been runny for two days.” I mean the flu.

I feel like I was pretty responsible when Henry was sick, paranoid even. Paranoid about spreading germs. We cancelled all New Years plans. We stayed away from everyone until the pediatrician told me he was “no longer contagious.” (FYI: For Roseola, that’s when the rash appears. Our doctor said you are not contagious by the time the fever breaks and the rash appears. Here’s more on Roseola.)

However, some cold symptoms remained, turning into an ear infection. We are now on a round of antibiotics. I know the answer, but I always ask about ear infections, “It’s not contagious, right?” The answer is always, “No, not contagious.” Cool. Okay.

As he’s getting over it, but boogers remain. Nasty green boogers and the occasional slug of yellow snot stick to his sweet face. I wipe it, and wipe it and wipe it again. With wipes, with tissues. He screams. It sucks.

Here’s what bugs me: The stank looks I get from other parents and adults in general when my kid’s nose is crusty. I want to shout, “I know it’s the peak of flu/strep/puking season. I’m SORRY! I’m doing the best I can! He screams like I’m skinning him alive to wipe his face! Boogers and snot are part of being a human child! The doctor says he’s not contagious anymore!” 

I feel like I’m constantly reciting his recent medical history when someone says, “He needs a tissue.” I just can’t stay ahead of the snot. I’m sorry, but we can’t stay inside forever. Occasionally you will have to witness my boy in his natural state during snot season.