Sunday, September 9, 2012

Four months of dieting update

So today makes the end of my fourth month dieting.  In total I've lost 51 pounds.


This month I didn't lose as much as I'd like BUT I started doing CrossFit training and the shape of my body has changed quite a lot.



I actually gained 3#'s my first two weeks of doing CrossFit.  I have to admit that I hated see the scale going in the opposite direction BUT I love what it's doing for my body.  I would recommend CrossFit to EVERYONE!  It's fun and exciting and killer and exhausting.  I usually go to the 5:30am class and I'm home by 6am.  Most workouts last no more then 12 minutes!  That's 12 minutes of High Intensity Inverval Training which if you remember from my older posts is the way to go.  You basically work out until you've used up all of your oxygen/energy stores so your body then has to turn to your fat to burn for energy.  Even when you're done working out your body will continue to burn calories up to 36 hours later! 
I love it b/c it is something new everyday and it's a surprise so I have no excuses not to go.  For example if I knew ahead of time that we'd be doing thrusters (see the video below):



I would likely be hesitant to show up b/c they SUCK but when I get there I just have to put on my big girl panties and get it done.  So I have learned this month to ignore the scale and just see how my body shape is changing and how I'm fitting into my old clothes. 

I also wanted to share some delicious recipes I found and put into our meal rotation.  Here they are:

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake:
 
To make the healthy version we substituted with brown rice, Greek yogurt, and fat free cheddar cheese. It was still delicious and very filling.

Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza:
 
We just bought the pre-made wheat crust from the grocery store and I substituted salsa instead of
bar-b-q sauce to cut down on calories.  Note:  make sure you drain the fluid from the salsa or else the crust will get soggy.

Fly Boys

Ezra wanted to put on his flight suit that he wore for Halloween 2 years ago. It was big then and only now does it really fit. I couldn't miss the photo op. to get both of my boys in their flight gear:

 
I'm pretty sure Ezra's hair doesn't meet Navy regulations:
 
 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ezra and Mommy go to San Diego

Last weekend Ezra and I flew off to San Diego for a Labor Day mini-break. We stayed at a resort on Mission Beach courtesy of my lovely sister and her family. We were able to enjoy the sun, the zoo, Sea World, and downtown in a few short days. Sadly Hurricane Issac derailed my sister's arrival so we didn't get to spend much time with them but at least the cousins got to have some fun times together. Ezra's "first" time in a plane. (I don't think the trip from Ethiopia at 7 months reall counts):

 
Look at all the "builders" Mom! - buildings
 
 
Ezra and I with a view of the bay.
 
 
 Enjoying the cold water on the beach.
 
 
 
 
At the San Diego Zoo we came across this lovely little guy.  I had never seen an animal like this before.  Apparently they live in Asia.  I have no idea why they have tusks on the tops of their noses and they have no hair! 
 
 
Who knew they had vipers in Ethiopia??
 
 
 
Ezra loved riding the sky cab across the zoo.  I was worried about how he'd do with the height but he loved it. 
 
 
 
One of the most remarkable things about the zoo was all the plant life.  They have over 700,000 different plants on the property!
 
 
Ezra loved the petting zoo.  When we got home and asked him what his favorite animal was said, "the goat."
 
 
 
 
Off to more adventures!
 
Cool cousin Maddox and his 80's sunglasses :)
 
 
 
Sea World here we come!
 
 
 
 
Ezra's reaction after seeing Shamu for the first time!
 
 
 
There he is!
 
 
Hanging out at the hotel.
 
 
Maddox and Uncle Stefan
 
We also stopped by the "Festival of Sail" at the Maritime Museum.  There were tons of ships that came in just for this event that you could tour. 
 
Captain Ezra - the friendliest pirate on the seas.
 
 
At the helm of an old U.S Submarine:
 
 
In front of the largest ship there - The Star of India:
 
 
We then visited this U.S Aircraft Carrier- The Midway:
 
 
Before we got there though I saw this Nacho Libre cape with a mask and had to have it for Ezra.  He LOVES Nacho.  Only $10.00!!!
 
 
He pretty much lives in this outfit now.
 
 
On the Midway there are aircraft simulators and lots of planes and cockpits, etc. for the kids to play in and there are tons of photo ops like this one of Ezra sitting in an ejection seat.
 
 
 
 
He also kept trying to pick up the planes... hmmm... maybe all this super hero stuff has gone to his head.
 
 
The pilot and co-pilot consulting on their next move:
 
 
 
When Ezra climbed into this helicopter he strapped himself in and said, "is this going to take us back to our room?"  I then had to inform him that we weren't flying anywhere, that it was just for play. 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ezra sees Shamu

video