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This year, I decided to not formally do One Little Word, but to still incorporate a word into my year.

This year, I also decided to do two words.  One word is for me.  One word is for the family.

My word this year is EXPLORE.

Last year, I just wanted to survive.  Life with a new baby proved to be a bit overwhelming.  It’s amazing how one little person can make a family feel so complete, but so different, at the same time!  I was trying to figure out how to function.  There were so many changes, becoming a full stay at home mom, taking care of TWO kids.  It was a struggle.  We stayed home a lot because I never really felt brave enough to go out with the two girls without any help.  I was scared I’d mess something up.  I was scared to look like I didn’t know what I was doing.  Just the thought of preparing an outing without Hubby felt overwhelming.  So we only went out without Hubby if it was absolutely necessary.

Towards the end of the year, however, as K got older, and I was much more adjusted, we were able to go out just to get some fresh air.  I was much more confident in getting us out the door and we started going out more.

So this year, I want to further boost my confidence with the word EXPLORE.  This year, we try to go places we don’t usually go.  I want to take my girls to places outside of our usual Target, Starbucks, and Walmart trips.  I want to EXPLORE the libraries, parks, and other fun places.  It doesn’t have to these major outings.  I just want them to be a little more out of our comfort zone.  EXPLORE.

For the family, I chose the word ACTION.

Hubby is very much into fitness, but like me, he’s had to adjust to life as a family of four.  His fitness routine kind of fell to the wayside, as did mine.  This year, we want to change that.  So with ACTION, we want to take more walks.  We want to do more activities.  We plan on teaching M to finally move on from her tricycle and possibly get her on biciycle with training wheels.  K loves to walk around open spaces, so we can go to a park and just walk, run and play.  Hubby wants us to walk to the local bagel shop on some weekend mornings.  It’s all about being active.  ACTION.

What is your one little word, and have you had any success in implementing it so far this year?

I’ve been slowly working on losing the baby weight from the moment K was born.  I started at 176.6lbs and I currently weigh 167.8lbs.  I’ve lost approximately 9-10lbs in the last six months.

That’s not as quick as I wanted, but it’s good to know that I am losing weight.

I have to admit, I don’t really exercise right now.  I walk.  I have my Fitbit set to 6000 steps a day.  That’s a struggle to hit on a daily basis just because the needs of the kids differ from day to day and I can’t always just walk around..

I briefly did the Master Cleanse in May and lost about 5lbs, only to gain about 3lbs back.  I didn’t try very hard on that cleanse so I understand why I didn’t do as well as I have in the past.

I do make better choices when it comes to my food and how much I eat.  It’s helped keep the weight down, but it hadn’t helped take the weight off.

I decided to drink more water.

Those that know me personally know I am NOT a water drinker.  In the past, I would probably drink one glass of water and spend the rest of the day drinking coffee or juices.  Water isn’t appealing to me.

But I knew I needed to make a change.

I asked some of my friends what is the right amount of water to drink.  I was told that it was about half of your current weight in ounces, and then more if you want to lose weight.

Calculating that, I figured I had to start drinking about 100 oz a day in order to lose weight…


Coming from a person that could barely drink 8 oz a day, I felt it was nearly impossible!  I also didn’t want to suddenly shock my system with that much water overnight!

So, I’ve been slowly increasing my intake of water.  I haven’t gotten up to 100oz quite yet.  I’m at about 60-70 oz.

What I did was measure out how much 10oz looks in one of our glasses at home.  Then, every hour, I try to drink 10oz.  Every hour is ideal, but it’s doesn’t happen all the time because, you know, kids…

I’ve started to drink 20oz several times during the day in order work on increasing my intake.

I’ve increased my water intake for almost a month and I”m already noticing a difference.

I’ve lost a pound since I’ve started drinking water.

I’ve recently started fitting into some of my pre-prego clothes.  They are still a little snug, but I couldn’t even put them on a month ago without feeling that I would rip them!  I got to wear a pre-prego top at a recent family gathering.  It was quite a great feeling to know that it’s starting to fit.

I’m going to eventually work on incorporating more exercise than just walking.  I’m just waiting on the baby to get a little older.  I know that’s no excuse and there are tons of mothers than work out with infants, but I’m doing what’s right for me and my family.  There is weight to be lost, but I’m not in a complete rush to lose it all.  I know I can lose it all, I’ve done it before.

How much water do you drink a day?  How do you remember to drink water?

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Yesterday, I talked about how I have the Xbox hooked up again and how I’m using it to help with my weight loss.

I wish I were using it more than I currently am.

I have the game Dance Central 2.  I purchased it around the time I gave birth to M for the same weight losing reason.  I remember Hubby sitting M on his lap while I danced around in our old apartment.

Now, he’s holding K on his lap while M is dancing right next to me.

It’s super cute watching M following the dance moves with her own toddler interpretations… super cute.

Dance Central 2 has a weight loss setting.  So far, I’m using the Easy Mode.  It’s eight songs with easy dance moves.  I thought it was going to a breeze.


It was pretty tiring.  Eight songs and the dance moves weren’t too complicated, but I was pretty tired by the third song.  I think it has a lot to do with living sedentary for almost a year due to the bedrest.

It’s the best kind of exercise can think of at this moment.  I’m at home.  I’m with the kids.  I’m playing games.  I’m dancing.  It’s the perfect workout for me.

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I’m finding it hard to shake this weight…

Yes, I know, I know… I only had the baby eight weeks ago..

I really don’t know what it is with me, but after this pregnancy, I’ve been really wanting to get rid of this weight… I think it’s because I gained waaaaaaay more weight than I expected to due to the bedrest I was on for a majority of my pregnancy.

I’m still at about 170lbs and I’m a loose size 14 jean.  I say “loose” because the size 14 jean is pretty loose on me, but I know that the size down is still too tight for me.

My Fitbit is on me constantly, and it has motivated to move more.  However, I had to lower my daily steps goal from 10K to 5.5K.  I’m finding it nearly impossible to make 10K steps a day, especially with my life right now.  Honestly, I’m finding it difficult to even make 5.5K right now!  I push myself, but most days, I just don’t make it.   I just refuse to lower my steps goal anymore.  In fact, my goal this week is to hit my steps goal every day, Monday thru Friday.

Pending the weather and how K is doing, I try to take the girls out around the neighborhood in our double stroller.  The path I take is about a mile, and really puts a dent into my steps goal.  I wish we could go out and do that more often, but sometimes the newborn is just not in the mood, and I can’t force it.  I try to substitute it by walking aimlessly around the house, but I don’t seem to be getting as many steps in.

We’ve plugged in the Xbox 360 Kinect back in and I’ve tried to do a workout session with our Dance Central game.  It’s definitely a workout, and I really need to try to make time to incorporate that more into my week…

I know this weight is going to go down.  I just wish that it would go down faster than it really is…

I’m just so impatient.  Summer is coming soon (because this is Southern California and we have no real seasons…) and I want to look somewhat decent for the many trips to the beach I promised M we would go on..

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I need new jeans.  I’m still wearing my maternity jeans around, but because they have been through two pregnancies, everything has been stretched out and the no longer really fit.

When I was pregnant with M, I think I wore these maternity jeans until about the time I went back to work.

I tried to go to Target to buy some jeans about two or three weeks after I gave birth to K.  I had NO idea what size I was.

It’s not a great feeling trying to figure out what size I was.  I didn’t want to grab a size that was too small because that would just make me feel terrible.  So, I went with what I though was too big.

Size 14.

I went into the dressing room afraid that it still might be too small.

Surprisingly, it fit.  Perfectly.

Secretly, I was hoping they would be too big.

Nope.  They fit.

At my smallest, I was a size 2.  My usual pre-prego jean size is normally around size 7 to size 9, depending on brand.

So, for now, I’m a size 14.  What seemed encouraging to me was that I was a comfortable size 14.  It wasn’t a size 14 that I had to squeeze myself into.  I was a size 14 with a little bit of room but still too big to be a smaller size.

I didn’t buy the jeans.  I probably should, but I didn’t.  I don’t know why.  I just didn’t.

Maybe I’ll buy some next month…

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I’m finding it hard to find it time to exercise.  I know tons of fit moms out there can do it.  I’m not saying it’s impossible.  I’m just saying that I’m having a hard time trying to fit it into my own daily routine.

Hubby and I are currently challenging ourselves to doing about 30 pushups a day for the month of February.  If I quit, which I have been known to do in our past challenges, I will have to go back to work… I don’t plan on it, so I plan on sticking to our challenge.  Going back to work?  Well, I will get to that later..

I’m still in the process of figuring out what Fitbit to buy…

Another method of exercise is to just do what my toddler does.  If she’s dancing and jumping around during one of her television show theme songs, then I’m dancing and jumping around.  If she wants to run around the room for awhile, I’m running around the room with her for awhile.  Why not?  Toddlers have a lot of energy and know how to burn calories on a daily basis.

Since I can’t find solid time for exercise, this is the best I can do.. and I’m going to make the most of it..


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I weighed myself on January 10th, and I weighed 174.0lbs.  I lost two pounds from the first time I weighed myself on January 6th (176.6lbs).

I didn’t really do anything intentional to lose that weight.  I’ve been drinking a lot of water, cut down my sweets intake, and continued to pump and breastfeed.

I plan on getting a Fitbit.  I’m looking into this one.

I plan on using it to increase the amount of steps I will take on a daily basis.  I know that this will help me get more active and mobile to make up for the months I had on bedrest and limited mobility.  Eventually, I plan on hooking up the Xbox and the Kinect to play some dance video games to give me more opportunities for movement and calorie burning.

I plan on making better dietary choices.  Hubby and I have actually started drinking green smoothies, drinks based of either kale or spinach.  I know that I can’t cut down my food intake drastically since I am still nursing, but I do intend on making better choices of what I do put into my body.  Sadly, that means less brownies.  That also means less Pinterest dessert experimentation..

I’m hoping that it won’t take me two and a half years to lose all the baby weight like it did when I had M.  Better food choices and finding ways to be active will definitely help me get back to where I was before I got pregnant with K.  I’m hoping that these changes will happen soon.

I have so many clothes in my closet that I want to wear again.  I’d hate to see them go to waste!

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I weighed myself on January 6th.

176.6 lbs.

I don’t know how much I weighed right before I gave birth.

At my last check up, I was about 185lbs.  That was almost two weeks before I gave birth.

That was much heavier than I was when I was pregnant with Malia.

But there are several factors that caused this weight gain.

For starters, I was on and off of bedrest from the first trimester.. so my dream of an active lifestyle while pregnant was did not happen.

Then, I was hungry.  I was hungry all the time.  Even though I wasn’t craving fast food and junk food, I was craving food.  Korean tofu soup.  Chicken noodle soup.  Burritos.  Bahn mi sandwiches.

Ok, and then there were the brownies… M loves brownies and brownie mix has been on sale due to the holiday season.  So, yes, there were brownies.  There were a  lot of brownies.


I have a plan…

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When I was thinking about getting pregnant again, I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to gain as much weight as I did when I was pregnant with M.

When I was pregnant with M, I went from about 130lbs to 160+lbs, maybe even almost 170lbs!  I even had M a month early!

I didn’t eat the healthiest.  It was constantly chicken nuggets and french fries for a good part of the first trimester (that was the only thing my morning sickness could tolerate) and milk shakes during the third trimester (being pregnant in the summer I NEEDED it to keep cool).

I started out great in this pregnancy.  My belly popped out way sooner than the first time, but it wasn’t because I was eating chicken nuggets and french fries all the time.  In fact, I didn’t even want chicken nuggets and french fries this time around.

I didn’t want junk food, but I wanted Asian food.  At first it was Korean Tofu Soup with Dumplings.  Then it was anything Filpino with warm white rice.  Then, it was Indian Food.

I wasn’t gaining excessive amounts of weight, I was happy that I was not following the same path as I was with my first pregnancy.

I was also walking more.  I was determined to stay active.

Then, I bled.

I got put on bedrest for two months while the bleeding resolved itself.  When I got out of that two month bedrest, I was heavier than I anticipated.  I didn’t eat excessively, but the lack of activity did pack the pounds on.

When I got off the bedrest, I tried to walk a bit more.  I was having problems with too much pressure in my lower abdomen that I couldn’t implement an exercise plan, but I was being a “stay at home mom” and tending to M.  That was enough activity for me to feel like I lost a bit of the bedrest weight gain.  I didn’t feel as bloated and I felt like I was back on track.

Then, I bled again and the doctors noticed my cervix shrank.

Back on bedrest I went, this time, slightly stricter bedrest than before.  This time, I have a wheelchair when I need to go places.  We have a handicap parking placard which allows us a closer parking space.  Staying off my feet is key in making sure my cervix won’t shrink too fast, too soon.

So now, at the beginning of my third trimester (29 weeks today), I’m heavy.

A few weeks ago, I entered the weight range I was in when I gave birth to M.  I still have a whole trimester to go!

I’ve been controlling my food intake, but I know a lot of the weight gain is also the baby’s weight gain, so I can’t be too selfish about this.

It’s just hard to see the numbers on the scale climb up and up.

It took me 2 1/2 years to lose the weight I gained with M, and I’m hoping that it won’t take me that long to lose the weight again.

I’m smarter this time around about how my body works and how I can lose weight, so when I’m ready (and you’ll know when), I can tackle it and get back to a comfortable weight again.

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So I did “the cleanse” again last week.

The plan was to do this cleanse every three months until I hit target weight.

I started the cleanse at roughly 136lbs.  After one week, I ended at about 134lbs.

I’m ending the cleanse after this past week.

I’m ending at 134lbs.

I’m happy with this.  I’m so very happy with this.  When I was at 160+ lbs, I thought that getting back down to this was going to be absolutely impossible.  I got rid of all my old jeans, I got rid of all my old tops, and I accepted the fact that I may never been this size again.

I’m glad I was able to do this and now I know that I can do this again after a second pregnancy.

As for a second pregnancy, this is why I’m ending the cleanse after one week.  No, I’m not pregnant, but I’m definitely wanting to get pregnant this year, maybe even as soon as next month or so!

I’ve already started taking pre-natal vitamins and I’ve already cut down on my caffeine intake significantly.  I just really need to think of preparing my body than losing the weight.

I’m ending the cleanse because I’m changing my focus from losing weight to baby prepping..

Sound good?  Sounds great to me!


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