Friday, July 23, 2021

*NEW* Weight Loss Video | Week 2 | What I Eat in a Day to Lose Weight

Happy Friday, everyone! Are you subscribed to my channel on YouTube, yet? If not, you're going to want to head on over there to get subscribed and caught up on my new series: weight-loss diaries. I've gone ahead and shared week two's video with you, below.


I hope you enjoyed this short video. More to come, soon!
Make it a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lunch Time Indulgence | It’s About Balance

Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? Ours is going well and also a bit unusual. My husband has been working a later shift at work this week and so our routine is all out of whack. It has been nice having him home more during the day, though! 

Yesterday, we went out to lunch together which was a nice mid-week treat! Whenever he asked me if I wanted to go out to lunch, I almost said no. Part of me was afraid that if I went out to eat for lunch I might blow my current weight-loss streak. I needed to remind myself that my goal is not to just lose weight, but to lose weight while living life! If my husband asks me to go out to lunch with him, I’m not going to put that on hold just because I’m trying to lose weight. Instead, I’m going to remember the 80/20 rule and enjoy a delicious meal with my husband (and our baby).

Since I indulged in the best turkey rachel and fresh cut fries I’d ever encountered during yesterday’s lunch, I made sure to take it easy for the rest of the day as far as food went. I only ate half of my meal at lunch and so I had the other half of that meal for dinner. For my evening snack, I had watermelon and a rice cake with peanut butter. I tracked my nutritional intake as best as I could and I believe I did a great job, even with the lunch time indulgence.

Reminder: losing weight doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”. Balance is key.

Monday, July 19, 2021

No Room for the “All or Nothing” Mentality

Hello and happy Monday, everyone! Today starts Week 3 of getting back on track in July. Week 2 had a lot more curve balls than Week 1, but I still did really great overall! My goal is to lose weight while living life and that’s exactly what was done this past week.

I lost two pounds in Week 2, bringing my total to 6 pounds in July! I didn’t track every meal in Week 2, and I didn’t reach my water goals every day, but I did my best at keeping an eye on moderation and drinking as much water as I could. 

Most importantly, I didn’t give up when things didn’t go exactly as planned. Instead, I readjusted and continued on!

Going into this week, I am reminding myself of the 80/20 rule. There is no room for an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to losing weight sustainably. I will try my best to eat within moderation and my nutritional goals 80% of the time. Grace will cover all the rest, followed by my perseverance to continue on despite the “success” of each day.

Make it a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

*NEW* Weight Loss Vlog | PCOS Weight Loss Journey | Tips to Jumpstart Weight-Loss | Week One

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, I am sharing a quick video with 3 tips I followed last week to jumpstart my weight-loss!


I hope you found this video helpful! Stay tuned for more like it in the coming weeks. I plan to share a recap of sorts each week in the month of July as an extra layer of accountability to reach my goal of losing weight!

Monday, July 12, 2021

July 2021 Weight Loss Update - Week 1

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm going to jump right into my weight-loss update for the first week of July!

I started being more intentional about my healthy habits last Monday. I initially weighed in at 244.3 lbs and today, I weighed in at 240 lbs!

I am really excited to have lost 4 lbs in week one! I shared this blog post on Friday about a few things I did differently last week to jump start my weight-loss and it obviously helped me! I am going to keep those things in mind as I start this new week, as well.

One thing I wasn't able to fit into my week as easily as I thought would was my workouts. Even so, I made sure to end the day with at least 5,000 steps tracked on my FitBit. This is our last week of tball and so I imagine finding the time and energy to workout will be getting easier after that's off our calendar. We sure are going to miss those tball nights, though! Piper had a blast this season!

As for this week ahead, I am going to continue to find my new rhythm during the days when Piper is away at her summer program. I think I found a little bit of a trend in how to create a productive, fruitful day with a good balance of rest and play with my seven month old. I feel so blessed to be home for these days when my baby is still a baby!

Make it a great day, everyone!

Friday, July 9, 2021

What I'm Doing Differently for Weight Loss

Holy smokes! I don't know what clicked this week but I have been doing great with sticking within my nutritional goals. I have noticed I've done a few things differently this week which I am going to share. 

Instead of eating breakfast just to eat breakfast, I have been waiting until I am actually hungry to eat. Some days I was hungry around 10am and a couple days I wasn't until until noon. Either way, I started my day with a turkey and cheese sandwich because it was what I actually wanted to eat instead of breakfast-type food this week. Why do we sometimes make ourselves eat foods according to the time of day instead of foods that we're actually hungry for? Hmm.

Another thing that I did differently this week was cut out coffee. I didn't do it intentionally, either. I did, however, decide not to have any coffee until I drank an entire bottle of water. It just so happened that by the time I was done with my water bottle I didn't want coffee, I wanted more water!

Finally, I took the extra time it takes to weigh and measure my food so I had a more accurate idea of what I was eating before I ate it. I won't always do this but, I do know that it helps me in the beginning of starting to get back on track. Eventually, I will be able to get to a place where I can keep moderation without needing to measure, as I've done before!

Overall, this was a great first week of getting back on track in July! I am going to weigh-in on Monday and share my results with you then! Make it a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Week to Adjust to Summer School

My 6 year old, Piper, started her summer program at the school on Monday and it is going really well so far! This summer program is not technically "summer school". It's more of a program with STEM activities to help the kids to keep their skills learned from last school year. 


While we have been missing Piper at home, Delaney and I have been getting some great one-on-one time during the day! 



When Delaney naps, I have also been enjoying knocking out some items on my to-do list around the house. The first day Piper was at school, I deep cleaned her bedroom and the entire upstairs. I haven't been able to be this productive since before Delaney was born! 

I felt so accomplished after deep cleaning the upstairs and yet, I also felt like I needed to take pause because I know God doesn't have me at home just to strive for a clean and tidy house. I know He has more for me here, and so I made sure to take a good 40 minutes during Delaney's first nap yesterday to pray and study His Word. This was another thing I hadn't been able to do for that amount of time in far too long.

This first week of the program will be a time for us all to adjust to our new normal. Once I feel as if we're settling into our new routine, I will share that with you all!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Goals for July 2021

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day! We had a great weekend celebrating with our family! Look at these cute kids of ours. We feel so blessed to live where we do with these sweet American girls of ours!

I know we just celebrated the 4th of July but, it still is hard for me to believe that it's actually July. I mean, the weather for sure seems like it but, I just can't believe how fast this year is flying by! That's just what happens when you're having fun, right? It's also what happens when you have a baby that just turned 7 months old yesterday... update coming soon!

Since it's a new month, dare I say that I am ready to set some new goals? If you were around a couple months ago, I was feeling mighty motivated in May to set my first postnatal weight-loss goal. Come to find, I wasn't quite ready to do so. Honestly, I still might not be fully ready but, I do feel like giving it a try.

Basically, in my opinion, trying to lose weight during the first year after having a baby should only be done with an insurmountable amount of grace and patience. The first year after having a baby is not the time for putting your body through any more pressure than it is already under. I'm saying this for myself and for anyone with a baby right now - that baby will not be staying a baby! You can push pause on weight-loss goals but you can't push pause on your baby growing up. So, remember to keep a certain kind of balance in mind when moving forward in this area.

With that said, I am going to try to lose some weight this month! I'm not setting a goal amount as much as just a general goal of losing weight. My husband is in on this, too! Especially after having 10 days straight of a family staycation and eating like we were on vacation, we're both ready to get back on track and start feeling better!

Water Goal

I am going to stick to trying to drink 80-120 oz of water each day, and make sure not to drink any coffee until I finish 40 ounces of my water. For some reason, that really helps me stay on track with my water goal. 

Nutrition Goal

I am making it a goal to track and stay within my my nutrition goals through My Fitness Pal for 5/7 days each week.

Activity Goal

With summer activities in full swing, my evening walks/runs have not been happening. I am making it a goal to take some intentional time for walking and/or running 3x/week!

Hopefully by sticking to these goals, I will see some weight-loss on the scale this month! Either way, I am going to keep trying to make living healthier a priority and desire for myself. How about you?

Saturday, July 3, 2021

End of Staycation + Change is Coming

Our family staycation week is coming to an end and it's been incredible! We have enjoyed taking life at a slower pace and making new memories around home! My soul, heart and mind is feeling refreshed.

On Monday, Piper starts her 6 week summer program and I'd be lying if I didn't say I am feeling a certain kind of way about it. I don't know exactly how to explain the feeling. I guess it would be similar to the feeling of sending her off to Kindergarten for the first time - you know, since we didn't actually "send her off" to Kindergarten during the pandemic. 

It was such an incredible privilege to facilitate remote Kindergarten for Piper at home this past year. Piper did amazing at home, however, she didn't get any real classroom experience. That is mainly the reason we decided to sign her up for the summer program being offered at her school this year. We want her to get some classroom experience before jumping into first grade! 

So, on Monday I might be a little bit of a wreck. I know it's just a summer program but, Piper and I have been together nearly all day every day since the pandemic began. This is going to be a big change for us all! I am certain it will be for the best, though. Piper is such a social girl and being with her classmates will make her so incredibly happy! Getting some one-on-one time with Delaney throughout the days will be a really great benefit for me, as well.

With this new routine will come a new rhythm for our family. It may take a week or two for us to settle in but, I am excited to share more about it all as we go through it!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

VIDEO: 2021 Family Update

It's been a while since I've edited and upload a family vlog but, I've finally done it! Check out our family update, here:


I am hoping to upload more vlogs soon now that I'm mostly caught up! If there are any specific types of vlogs or blog posts you'd like to see, comment below!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Family Staycation Week Has Begun

Earlier in the year, my husband and I looked for the perfect time this summer for him to take off a week from work so we could have a little family staycation. With Piper starting her six-week summer program at the school next week, we figured this week beforehand would be the best week for our family staycation!

We don't have any real plans but we do have a list of activities we could pick from each day! The list includes things like zoo visits, trips to an amusement park, beach days, camp fire nights, etc. When my husband got home from work on Friday, our staycation officially began! 

On Saturday, we went to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and then visited the zoo for a few hours. It was a really great zoo trip for us all! Delaney got to ride the train at the zoo for the first time and she was really interested in everything about it! 

Later than evening, Piper went with her Nina while Nick and I took Laney to Walmart to pick up some things we'd need for staycation week. It was a really nice, laid back way to end the day.

Yesterday, the girls and I attended a bridal shower and then we visited my moms house where we swam in her pool!

Today is Monday and I'm about to leave for a solo grocery shopping trip! For any of you moms out there, you know this is going to be a very exciting morning for me :)

This afternoon, we're planning on visiting an amusement park! It's going to be a fun way to kick off the week! Come back on Wednesday for another update. See you then!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Delaney Jane: Six Months

Delaney is 6 months old and she sure is acting like it! This is such a fun age. She is rolling all over this house, starting to eat solids, and is learning new things almost every day!

Laney started sitting up on her own this past month and eating real food. Her first food was carrots, followed by avocadoes, sweet potatoes and green beans. We're coming to find she prefers avocadoes and green beans over the rest but she doesn't mind sweet potatoes every now and then. She is definitely not a foodie on the same level as her sister was at this stage but, I'm sure she'll find her love for food as we explore more foods this next month!

Delaney had a big move this past month from sleeping in our room to sleeping in her own nursery! She dropped her swaddle and traded it in for her bunny lovies that we call "lambies" because Piper had "lambies" and we can't seem to shake the nickname.

Despite all of the blowing raspberries, sucking on fingers and drooling, Delaney doesn't have any teeth, yet! She hasn't officially said her first word yet but sometimes she will repeat the sounds and looks we make.


first food: carrots

second food: avocadoes

third food: sweet potatoes

Here are some more pictures from Delaney's 6th month with us!


























This first half of her first year was so filled with gratitude and love! We strive to savor all of these moments with Delaney and Piper exactly as they are in their respective stages. It's so sweet to have a 6 month old and a 6 year old. We feel so incredibly blessed every day! I still can't believe this blessing we have in our girls!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Taking Steps in the Right Direction

Hey, everyone! It's Monday and I am feeling motivated to make healthy choices! My motivation and will power have been struggling to get on the same page lately but, I am never going to give up on myself. I try to aim for an 80/20 balance when it comes to making healthy decisions with food. Personally, the worst thing I can do is move forward with an all-or-nothing mentality. That is a restriction-based mentality that always leads me down a bad path.

Today is all about identifying the things I'm doing to point me in the right direction for creating a healthier lifestyle. Let's start here: my fridge is full of healthy ingredients for the week. I feel like that's a good step in the right direction!

As soon as I woke up this morning, I began drinking my water. It's 10am now and I just finished 40 oz. That's another good step in the right direction!

I made myself a list of things to accomplish for the day and I am working on slowly checking them off, one by one. Delaney (my 6 month old) is down for a nap right now. Typing out this blog post during her nap is another thing I'll be checking off my list for today! I think it's another good step in the right direction, too.

Are there things that you've done to prep for this week that are leading you to take steps in the right direction? I'm sure you could think of at least one thing and if not, it's not too late to do something that will help you take that step!

The reason I wanted to point out the things I'm doing to take steps in the right direction is because I'm working on setting a positive mindset and outlook for the week! I've been on a rollercoaster with moments where I'm doing really well with my food choices and then other moments where I'm not doing well at all! These past few weeks have definitely been leading me outside of the 80/20 balance that I strive to maintain. It's been more like 50/50. That's not necessarily bad - 50/50 seems to help me maintain my weight but my goal is to lose weight to gain better health and so, that is what I'm working toward this week!

Make it a great day, everyone!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Goodbye Sparkpeople...

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by today! I am feeling a little nostalgic this morning. I recently found out the platform I've been using to help with my weight-loss for nearly 12 years is closing down in August. 

Sparkpeople is the platform I've been using for over a decade to help me keep track of my nutrition. The Sparkpeople platform was also the place where I discovered my love for blogging! 

My SparkPage is like a time capsule! I just went down memory lane and started reading old blogs of mine from 2009-2014. It's kind of funny to look back on those posts. I was in my early 20's, with so much to learn! I learned a lot through Sparkpeople and that community. I haven't read into Sparkpeople's statement enough to know if my personal page will go away with the platform. I'll have to go through and snag some of the old pictures from the posts just in case!


Curious - is anyone here from the old Sparkpeople days? 
Also, what platform do you use to track your nutrition?

As for tracking my nutrition, I have been doing an okay job but not great by any means! I have only had a few days of sticking within my nutritional ranges this week. I am hoping a good grocery restock this weekend will help to get me back on track!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Six Months Postpartum Update

Hey, everyone! If you’re new here, this blog post is a decent place to start! I’m Kalyn, wife and mother of two beautiful girls (Piper: 6 years and Delaney: 6 months). I am currently 6 months postpartum and I wanted to share a little update about how I'm doing lately.


6 months postpartum. Wow. That happened really fast! Here's an overview of how I'm doing lately.

C-Section Healing:

My csection scar is barely noticeable at this point and as far as mobility goes, I am feeling even better at this stage than the first time around with my daughter Piper, 6 years ago. From what I remember in my drug-induced haze shortly after my c-section, the doctor said she had removed some old scar tissue adhesion from my first c-section that was pulling various muscle groups together. She said now that it was removed, I should feel much better in recovery this time around. She sure was right! I guess I didn't realize how limited my core was after my first c-section. I am feeling really great this time around! My only complaint is stiffness in my back and hips occasionally. They get really stiff after sitting for a long period of time. It's something I'm working on with my chiropractor!

Physical Activity

Physically, I'm excited to be running again! While I was 6 months postpartum with my first daughter, Piper, I wrote a post about getting back into running, here: I Feel Like Me Again. I think it's funny that I am in a similar stage and mentality with running 6 months after having my second daughter, too. Running is such a healthy outlet for me! Back then, I wrote "running hurts and running heals". I feel that so much right now!

Weight:

I am seeing the same trend as I did with my first daughter as far as my weight goes. I lost all of my baby weight really fast, within two weeks after birth I was back down to my "pre-baby weight" and then, after I stopped breastfeeding (2 months postpartum this time around), my weight came back! 

The reason here is two-fold: it's hormonal and it's bad coping habits. My body is still trying to find it's new normal hormonally and, I am not helping it much by eating poorly most of the time. There are days when I do great with my nutrition, and then there are many days in a row when I order out food or have basically another meal worth of snacks way too late at night. I have been eating when I'm tired again. It's something I am trying to work on while also trying not to give myself a hard time about because this is a unique and sometimes hard season, and it doesn't last long.

My pre-pregnancy weight was around 230 lbs. My pregnancy weight was around 255 lbs. I'm currently living in the middle, around 240 lbs.

Although I am still very overweight, I am finding that I am not feeling so bad about it in this season. At 6 months postpartum, I do technically have my body back to myself but, I am still sharing it with my baby quite a bit. She loves to nestle in to my big pillowy arms, and jump up and down on my chubby belly. This body of mine is providing a special kind of comfort to my baby in these days - how could I be upset about that? One day, she won't need my big comfy arms to rest on. I feel grateful that my body is still such a comfortable place for my baby to rest and play.

Mentally + Emotionally:

While I don't think I blogged about this much, I did suffer with postpartum anxiety and depression occasionally throughout my first year postpartum, 6 years ago. This time around, I have had far less postpartum anxiety and thankfully there has been no real sign of postpartum depression, yet. With that being said, I have had some sad days, which is to be expected, especially when grieving so many different things taken away by COVID this past year. I think being more self aware and often checking in with myself and others has been helping!

Most exciting and most importantly, this time around I have been feeling less like I lost a part of myself in this postpartum stage and more like I’ve found exactly who I’m suppose to be! I am stronger in my faith this time around, which I believe definitely helps that feeling of contentment in this season of life. 

God has been and always will be so faithful and good. I am beyond grateful He has entrusted me with this calling of "mom" and for all the ways He has stretched and grown me through it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Enjoying Our Extra Short Summer Vacation

Hello, and happy Tuesday! I've been out of my normal posting pattern of Monday/Wednesday/Friday for a while. I'm not sure exactly when I'll be going back to it with summer vacation now in full swing. There may be some hope for my blog posting pattern to return in July when Piper attends a summer program at the school for 6 weeks!

When I heard of a summer program being offered in-person at the school this summer, I enrolled Piper immediately. It sounds like the program will offer a mix of literary instruction, math instruction, art, gym and STEM activities! It's all being taught by Piper's Kindergarten teacher and another teacher in her district.

Since we did remote learning at home for Piper during this pandemic school year, the biggest benefit of this summer program for us is that it will all be done in-person at the school. Even though the summer program will be much more fun and activity-filled than a typical school day, I figured after being schooled from home for so long, this would be the perfect on-ramp for Piper going back to in-person learning for First Grade this Fall!

With all this said, I can't believe we are already midway through June! Our summer vacation is extra short with Piper's summer program coming up in 3 weeks but, we are happy the program will only be going 4 days each week, Monday-Thursday, 8:30-2:30. This new schedule starting in July will give me plenty of one-on-one time with Delaney, and will still offer plenty of time for summer fun with Piper!

Speaking of summer fun, so far our summer has been filled with so much friend and play time for the kids! I couldn't be happier to be re-engaged with family and friends after so long of needing to keep distance. The month of June is packed with back-to-back tball games and weekly visits with our life group friends. 

Here are some pictures from the past week:



The time is flying by but, that's what happens when you're having fun, right?!