Friday, July 31, 2015

Lather Rinse Repeat

I love schedules. I thrive on consistency. We've even raised Mason to rely on this way of life.

Sometimes I don't want to do the same thing at the same time, day after day. My life feels like the movie Groundhog Day.

With no preschool and summer camps officially over, Mason wakes up every morning asking "what are we doing today?" Today was no different. I didn't want to work out for the 4th day in a row. I wanted a break. But here we are at the gym. The kids are thankfully in childcare and I just busted out 4.25 miles on the outdoor track.

This time I didn't really mind circling the track 8 times. There was a mini triathlon going on for kids, and I found myself coaching them on. I'm not sure how much they swam or how far they biked, but they had one mile of running at the end. I ran with a few of the kids and encouraged them to finish strong for their parents at the finish line. They laughed and smiled as I asked them questions to distract them. I ran at their pace and didn't leave them until I told them to sprint to the big red tent at the finish.

Those kids were badass. I can't even imagine doing a triathlon and some of them have done more than one. Wow.

Happy Friday.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Running is hard without wheat

Day 2 is coming to an end of my new breastfeeding diet. I'm still tweaking my meals and found myself making pancakes this morning using oatmeal flour and a flax egg. The things you do for your three year old ... I want pancakes mom!!!

I found myself snacking on a rice cake with sunflower seed butter and grape jelly around 11 and then by 1 I was starving. I made myself a turkey wrap on a corn tortilla with honey mustard, spinach, and pickles.

Then it was time to rock my "long" run of the week. I managed 6 miles in 52 minutes and was BEAT. Clearly I haven't figured out fueling before a run yet. So far I'm down two pounds in two days and I think it's from dehydration (I weighed myself after my run today, although I downed a glass of water first).

Once I showered I devoured a bowl of rice crispies with coconut milk and chopped bananas as a second lunch/afternoon snack.

After a trip to Whole Foods I am now stocked on some more diet friendly food items including gluten (wheat) free beer. Joy.

I'm dragging Ryan along for this diet change and since he took Mason out for lunch, they dined on cheeseburgers. Sigh. I will eat you once again ... Promise. Hope everyone else is getting their fill of dairy, soy, almonds, peanuts, wheat, and eggs!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

my new diet

I really hate using the D word ... DIET.  My latest diet has nothing to do with losing weight.  Although for keeping track of it during this experiment I am currently 108 pounds, my pre-pregnancy weight.

As mentioned previously, Anderson has a whole lot of skin issues.  Mainly eczema and what appears to be a million food allergies which could be causing the skin trouble.  After weeks and weeks of struggling to keep him comfortable and itch-free, I finally took him to an allergist.  I don't want to jump the gun, but hallelujah!  What a noticeable change in just 1 or 2 days. 

She switched him from taking Benadryl every 6 hours to just having Zyrtec once a day.  Its crazy to think that a 4 month old is on such severe allergy medication but what can you do?

She also tested his blood for food allergies ... and this is where my new diet comes in.  We have two choices, switch him to the formula Elecare and forgo any further breastfeeding OR change my diet.

After seeing that Elecare costs close to $40 a can (roughly $350 a month) I decided to eliminate those allergens from my diet that may be causing Anderson harm.

For 2-4 weeks I will no longer eat: dairy, almonds, peanuts, soy, eggs, wheat.

Fortunately I have already been dairy free for almost 2 weeks, so that isn't too much of a change.  When I went dairy free I switched to all soy based products as substitutes ... think soy mayo and artificial butter.  I was already doing almond milk and coconut milk coffee creamer and yogurt.  The allergy to almonds really sucks because I use almonds in EVERYTHING ... almond butter, almond granola, almond milk ice cream.  Sigh.

So here we are 3 meals in to my new diet.  Fortunately I can still have oatmeal and grains such as quinoa and rice.  I stocked up on new pastas and coconut flour to have some options in the kitchen.  I can also have all the meats, fruits, and vegetables that I want.  Yay to bacon! 

The dessert aspect is what is going to kill me.  Last night I made a banana/chia seed/coconut milk pudding that wasn't bad and right now I'm working on a rice pudding with cinnamon and coconut milk.  I'm also going to try some pancakes tomorrow morning using oatmeal and coconut flours and flax meal as the binder.  We'll see. 

I just want Anderson to feel better and the thought of him being under so much pain for so long breaks my heart.  Fingers crossed this diet thing ends up being the cure! 

And for those wondering what we will do after the 4 weeks ... I'm not sure.  If there is an obvious improvement from the elimination of those foods then I will try to introduce them back one at a time to see exactly which one is the culprit.  OR if I'm completely over this experiment we'll go the formula route and become poor.  Joking.  Kind of. 

Was it a fluke?

Blogging has been the last thing on my mind lately. Anderson has been dealing with some pretty serious skin/allergy stuff and it's consumed my life.

Fortunately I think we are making positive progress after a (long) visit with an allergist. After some tweaks Anderson slept for over 9 hours last night.

Do you understand how glorious that is?? Unfortunately I woke up a bunch to check the monitor cause I was convinced something had happened to him.

Was it a fluke? Will he sleep that long ever again? After nights of 3-5 hour stretches it was more than welcomed.

Oh and I saw a deer in our backyard while I was doing the dishes.

Is it a great Friday or what??

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Friday, July 17, 2015

future race plans

holy moly it's been a hot minute since I last posted.  figured I would update y'all on my next race.

The NC Music Factory Rock and Run will take place on Saturday, August 8th.  I'm excited to run it with my good friend Steph.  Running a race with a friend always makes it 1,000,000 times more enjoyable.  I've never done a race in that part of town so I'm curious how hilly it will be ... knowing Charlotte, it'll be very hilly.

I just noticed on the schedule of events that breakfast will be served.  Breakfast at the end of the race will make me run that much faster.  Especially if there's bacon involved ... and pancakes ... and coffee. 

Aside from this 5k I only have a half marathon on the books.  Ryan hasn't raced since April so it's his turn to get a few race events done. 

The Volition America half marathon will take place on Saturday, October 3rd. It has an early start time of 7am and runs alongside Lake Norman.  I've never done a race in that part of town either so I'm eager to see what it's like.  Word on the street is that it's a fast, flat course which makes me oh so happy.  It's 12 weeks away which makes me wonder if half marathon training should start sooner, rather than later.  Probably. 

Any races on the books for you guys?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Four months - Anderson

This time I have a valid excuse as to why my Anderson update is a full week late ... I had/have (?) mastitis.  I felt super achy while leaving the gym Tuesday morning and it went all downhill from there.  Plus I was waiting for Anderson's 4 month doctor's appointment to hit publish (it's not until Monday morning).

I consider myself a terrible mom because I can't really remember much from the past month.  Ace is definitely alert/awake more and seems more interactive ... lots of cooing and smiling which is nice. 

His eczema is at an all time worst and I feel so bad for how itchy he looks.  He spends all day scratching himself and is now forced to wear socks on his hands at all times.  I tried eliminating dairy from my diet for 2.5 weeks and at the time I didn't think it helped. Since re-introducing dairy, though, I feel he's been so much more itchy.

On the sleep front he's been doing 4-6 hour stretches at night and about 3 naps during the day.  The morning and evening naps are pretty dismal but I've been working on his afternoon nap and it's been the longest.  We did hit some 3 hour nights recently but I blame that on the 4 month sleep regression. 

Ace went on his first long car ride during the 4th of July weekend.  He was a champ.  He also went to the beach for the first time and slept in a pack-n-play the entire time instead of a crib.  It seems like every day is a new first for that kid. 

Height - 26" (78%)
Weight - 15 lbs 3 oz (38%)