Monday, October 31, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Week 4

Hi everyone! Things here are a little hectic right now, my husband is in India, we had a freak snowstorm that pretty much closed the whole state and my 3 year old spent all of last night throwing up. But, on the bright side, we still have power while most of the state is without power and heat and my son seems to be feeling better.

Today is day 92 of the 100 Day Burpee Challenge!! I'm also starting the new 2 week challenge today and I really want to start making an effort to get 10,000 steps in a day like some of you girls are doing. I think I took about a hundred this morning just trying to find my pedometer! I decided to wait for my husband to get home before I start C25K because it will be easier to get out and also he gets back the day after the burpee challenge ends so I will need something to keep me moving!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Bucket List

TodaysMama.com is having a great contest to win a family getaway and all you have to do to enter is share 15 things on your bucket list. This is great because I have so many things I want to do but I've never really taken the time to sit and write them down! Maybe "having a bucket list" should be on my bucket list? Haha. So here is my list of 15 things I would love to do or have (in no paticular order).

- Visit one of the Disney theme parks with my family (I've never even been to one!)
- Own a Hudson Bay point blanket.
- Take an RV trip to the Grand Canyon with my family.
- Run in a 5K.
- Go to California and drive on the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Visit a different country.
- Go camping in Acadia National Park.
- Climb Mt. Washington.
- Go leaf peeping in Vermont or New Hampshire.
- Learn how to make a truly awesome cake, like the Cake Boss!
- Learn how to drive a stick shift.
- Go geocaching.
- Take an Alaskan cruise.
- Go ice skating in Rockefeller Center.
- Learn how to sling drinks like a bartender.

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to TodaysMama.com to get the details.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Gotta Run!

Well, despite some poor food choices this week, I did manage to lose a pound! I was baking for my son's 3rd birthday party for most of the day Thursday and Friday and kept forgetting take a break and eat something. I'm pretty sure I survived on cake scraps and burnt cookies, whoops!

Today is day 84 of the 100 Day Burpee Challenge and it is such an awesome feeling to be able to do so many burpees! The only bad thing is, the other day I tried to use the "I'm not strong enough to do this." excuse with my husband and he didn't buy it because he sees me doing my burpees every day!

Now, my most exciting thing to report: we signed up for our first 5K! I couldn't be more thrilled. It's a family fun run in December and it ends with a celebration in a Christmas Village! It should be a lot of fun and I hope to make a tradition out of it. I am going to start the Couch to 5K program soon. I'm a little hesitant to start it right now because my husband is leaving on Thursday. For India. For 2 weeks. :(. It's going to be tough to get out and run with my 2 boys and my niece who I have with me on most days. I just don't want to set my self up for failure.

Also, we were watching "How It's Made" the other night and saw that New Balance sneakers are made & assembled in the USA and they are the official shoe for the US Military. How awesome is that? We've been eyeing them whenever we see them in the store and I think we are going to buy some for the 5K. And now that they are working with mamavation? It just makes them more awesome.

As for this weeks question:
How would you brand your health and wellness lifestyle? How do you want others to know you in this area?
I would hope that I am somewhat of an influencer or motivator for a healthy lifestyle. When I believe in something, I tend to talk about it a lot, to everyone. So if I could make even a small healthy change in someone's life, I would be ecstatic!

This post is sponsored by New Balance and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mambo Italiano

Cole has been eating pasta. A few weeks ago we couldn't even get him to touch any sort of noodle and now he is a noodle eating fool! It started at my moms house when he ate pasta with meat sauce and we expanded from there. The other night I made ditalini with tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and chicken sausage and he ate that too! Then chicken carbonara! I'm so happy with this turnaround, Italian food has so many options and it is so easy to sneak additional healthy stuff into. I hope this is just the begining! Who know's what will be next! Chinese? Thai? Mexican? I'm going to have to have my creative juices flowing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Pledging the Sistahood!

I've been tweeting with the mamavation girls for awhile now during the 2 Week Challenges and the 100 Day Burpee Challenge. For some reason something has been holding me back on actually pledging to be part of the sisterhood. I'm not really sure what it was exactly but now I know I need to make some changes.

Shortly after I started this blog about getting my son to be a less picky eater, my husband went to the doctor for a physical. We found out he has high cholesterol, the doctor suggested some diet changes and that he should start running. So in addition to the #100DayBurpeeChallenge (Day 78, woohoo!) I'm going to start making some important changes in my diet (and my husbands). First, cutting out all the processed junk! I bought tons of fruits & veggies and lean meats when I went grocery shopping this week. Also, I want to start doing the couch to a 5k program soon! I'm thinking at the beginning of November and I want to find a 5k to run with my husband (who has been running everyday for about a week and has already lost 7 lbs.!!!)

I look forward to tweeting with the mamavation girls and reading their blogs. It is so awesome to have a support system like this!

As for this weeks question: What parts of your body are you especially proud of right now? What makes you love them?

This was a little tough for me to answer, I thought about it for a long time and then it came to me when I lifted up my shirt and said to my husband, "This stinks, the more weight I lose & the more I exercise, the worse my stomach looks." I was referring to the wrinkly loose skin that covers my entire stomach. But why shouldn't I be proud of it? It's the stomach that carried my 2 boys to 41 weeks each and it's the skin that is having less and less to stretch around and I can feel it getting stronger and stronger each week.

This post is sponsored by Grunt Style and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Over The Holiday Weekend

On Saturday night I decided to make Cole something he would actually eat, it's been a little heart breaking for me to send him to bed with out dinner every night so I made him his favorite; chicken nuggets and smiley face fries. He hardly even ate this. After we cleared the table he says "I'm so hungry! I need a snack, my tummy is grumbling". Such. a. stinker. I didn't give in though.

On Sunday I tried again with something he likes. Pizza. But, I made a margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, fresh tomatoes and basil. Everything was chopped up small so it wasn't as scary for him and with some coaxing he ate it! What a relief.

Then Monday came. We went out for a nice family lunch and some shopping and Cole was exhausted by the time we got home, he took a three hour nap! I decided to make some pasta that night since he had tried it and liked it at my mother's house the week before. Cole was still asleep when I ran out to the store to get some stuff to make a salad and when I came home my husband had already given him chicken nuggets and fries!! Well, I made the pasta with marinara with carmelized onions and roasted garlic for us and we did get Cole to try a bite.

Maybe there is some hope for this kid?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day Four: Peas & Carrots

Last night we were finally home for dinner again. I made roast chicken, peas, mashed carrots & honey biscuits. Guess what Cole ate? A honey biscuit. We did get him to taste a pea and a carrot though. I just don't understand why he won't eat chicken unless it's in nugget form!!! Does anyone else have this problem?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day Three: To Grandmother's House We Go

Last night was a big night, we went to my mother's house for dinner. We do this every Thursday night and normally everyone eats dinner while my husband and I try to get Cole to stay in his seat and plead with him to eat something, anything.

Last night was different. We sat him down at the table in between us and put a bowl of pasta and meat sauce (the same thing everyone else was eating) in front of him. He did his usual, said "Yuck, I don't like that!" and tried to squirm out of his chair. We told him he had to sit in his chair and that everyone else was eating the same thing and everyone else liked it. Then, something incredible happened. He picked up the spoon and put a noodle in his mouth and then another and another until they were half gone. My husband and I shot side way glances at each other as if to say "Do you see this! He's eating!" It was a joyous moment and I hope we have many more moments just like that!

We will make a good eater out of this kid one way or another!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day Two: Hibachi

Last night we went out for hibachi for our anniversary and although Cole really enjoyed the show, he did not eat one thing. We ordered him the kids hibachi chicken, it came with white rice, noodles, veggies & soup. He let the cook try to fling broccoli into his mouth after all the other guys at the table did it, but then he realized what it was and screamed. At least his meal was really inexpensive and my husband had a nice lunch today!!

I do have some good new though! If you saw my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday, I made a rainbow out of different fruits. Cole thought it was pretty cool and he ate a couple apples and bananas and he even tried a blueberry! I know it's not much but it's definitely a lot better than he usually does.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day One: Why I'm Here

So basically my son is a picky eater, extremely picky. I'm pretty sure the only things keeping him alive are crackers and pretzels. The handful of other foods he eats include cereal, pb&j, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, french fries & pizza. That's it. Nothing healthy, no fruits, no veggies.

I'm not really sure how we came to this point. He used to eat everything I put in front of him, or at least give it a try. I loved cooking for him and I looked forward to our daily avocado we would split for a mid morning snack. I'm not really sure when the turning point occurred, things just kept coming off his list of things he liked eating until it ended up how it is today.

Today, my husband and I decided enough was enough. He is going to be 3 in a few weeks and his eating habits really need to change. I am no longer going to cater to him, he will eat what we eat... he has to right??

So tonight I made a pretty basic meal, nothing to scary. Just steak, steamed carrots and crescent rolls. I put about 5 carrots, 5 pieces of steak and a roll on his plate. When I put the plate in front of him, it was like the world had ended. He screamed, he cried and he yelled. Now, let me just tell you, it was no surprise to him that this was going to happen tonight. I made sure to talk to him all day about it. He helped me make the carrots and the rolls and held the door open for my husband when he was coming in from the grill with the steak.

We calmed him down and explained to him that we weren't going to force him to eat the food, that he just had to sit there with us while we ate and that he wasn't going to get anything else to eat before bed. We encouraged him to try the food and.... he ate the roll (of course) and he put one carrot in his mouth and promptly spit it out like it was the plague. He sat there with us until we were finished and then we got him ready for bed. After we put him in bed, I came downstairs and decided to blog about this whole experience. I have a feeling it's going to be a long journey and I know many other parents struggle with picky eaters as well!
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