My go-to breakfast {Fit Friday}

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I cannot make it through my morning without breakfast.
Especially now that I am breastfeeding (which burns some awesome calories!), I am absolutely famished when I get up for the day. 
I am a creature of habit, and don't have time to make anything fancy. Eggs are great and packed with protein, but on most mornings they aren't going to happen.
My go-to breakfast is a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter.
While it might be boring, it gets the job done. I've recently started adding a bit of fresh fruit into the mix too.
My second go-to breakfast is my favorite green smoothie (you can get my recipe here).
It takes a bit more effort, but is great for mornings when I'm not in the mood for carbs and want something lighter.

I know, I didn't post last week. Whops.
Last week was an absolute mess. My husbands work schedule was all over the place and my new "routine" was completely thrown off. Then we left for vacation to Croatia, and it's taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things!

Weight loss so far: 3 lbs

Yesterday was the first day I went running this week, but I plan to run tonight (if the weather permits) and hopefully tomorrow morning.

We've been super lazy about food all week, but I've still been trying to make smart choices and sneak in some veggies when I can.

I have 7 weeks until we leave Italy, which is when I'd like to reach some of my goals.
Let's just say that as far a diet and exercise goes next week is going to be way better!


Holding myself accountable {Fit Friday}

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I don't usually discuss things like diet and weight loss on this blog.

I hate the word diet.
I'm all about living a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain in the long run. 
Diets are stupid. Food is delicious.

Normally when I need to get in shape I try to eat super healthy (bring on the veggies) and workout regularly. 
This was SO much easier to do before I had Jacob, back when I was clocking in eight glorious hours of sleep every night.
Now thinking about what I'm going to eat is daunting, and just the idea of exercise is exhausting (and requires a lot more planning). 

BUT I still have 10 pesky pounds to lose before I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight, and truth be told I'd like to get into better shape than that. 
So the reason I am sharing this with all of you is because I want to be held accountable.
Every Friday I want to share how my week went (food and exercise wise) and where I stand with my weight loss goals. 

If you are currently working on getting in shape, let me know! I want to hear about it!

Week 1
This week I started to clean up my act where food was concerned. 
I made regular trips down the street to the produce market, which inspired me to create new meals and also helped keep lots of fresh produce in the house.
One of my favorites from the week was this spinach and strawberry salad.

Spinach, strawberries, walnuts, feta, balsamic vinegar

I don't have time to make things that are complicated, nor do I have the desire. 
Salads are easy, just throw some stuff in a bowl and you're done. 
No recipe required.

As far as exercise goes, it's been a struggle for me to find a routine that works with my new schedule (or should I say Jacob's schedule, because lets face it: that little guy runs things these days).
So this week has been about finding a routine and making it work.

I like to run, which means my husband needs to be home to watch Jacob.
My only option for going for a jog is at 5:00, in the morning or in the evening.
I did both this week, and you know what? Both times work. It all just depends on what we have going on for the day. 
I also added Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD to my routine, on the days that I didn't run.
What's great about exercise DVDs is that I can do them at home with my little man. He just lays next to me and watches, totally entertained by how crazy I look.
I used to love going to spin classes (pre-baby), and even though my gym offers a few that are baby-friendly, I prefer to enjoy my workouts child-free. I was super excited a couple of days ago when I learned that my gym is offering a new spin class on Saturday mornings, so I am totally planning on leaving the boys behind tomorrow morning for some mommy workout time.

Goals for next week: Run 3-4 times. Cut out evening sweets!

A morning hike: Castello Di Maniago

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's funny, now that our time here in Italy is winding down, we've finally started to enjoy everything that our little neighborhood has to offer.

The past couple of years we spent all of our free time jetting off on adventures to new places. We were so busy exploring everywhere else that we never took the time to see what our neck of the woods had to offer. 
Now that we have a three month old in tow, we prefer our weekend adventures to take place closer to home. 

Saturday morning we all woke up bright and early and headed down the street to our favorite cafe for a cappuccino. The town that we live in, Maniago, is located near the Dolomites and is full of breathtaking views.

Up in the hills overlooking the main piazza is the Castello di Maniago. After our stop at the cafe we took off on a little hike up to the castle. 

Jacob loves to see everything, so he had a blast hanging out on Dad's chest all morning. 



We had a stunning view of Maniago as we hiked up to the castle.







It was nice to enjoy the sunshine and do something active as a family on Saturday.

We have about two months left here in Italy, and I plan on taking advantage of it! Especially everything that is right outside of our own front door.


Mother's Day

Yesterday was my first Mother's Day.

My precious little man, who is the reason that I'm a Mom, didn't get the memo.

For whatever reason he barely slept at all the night before, which means that my husband and I barely slept either. 

You can imagine how tired everyone was yesterday as a result of this, so we stayed inside (it was a rainy day anyways) and enjoyed a lazy Sunday.

I was spoiled by my guys with flowers, candy and a homemade mug with Jacob's footprints. 

One of my favorite things from yesterday is this video my husband made of Jacob signing my Mother's Day card.


video


I hope that everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend!

3 Months Old

Friday, May 9, 2014


Dear Jacob,
Now that you are three months old we are starting to catch a glimpse of your personality, and my is it a big one!

You discovered your hands a while ago, and since that moment they have constantly been in your mouth.
Actually, everything you come in contact with goes into your mouth. 
Whether its your blankets, toys, your shirt or Mommy's shoulder you are always trying to leave a mark of slobber on everything. 

You have found your voice and it is constantly reaching new decimals every day. Your Daddy and I have always been known for being loud, so it's no surprise that you are following in our footsteps. It is clear that the Cravinho household is not going to be a quiet one.
You love to chat, and everything you are trying to say sounds super important (even though I haven't a clue what it is). Sometimes you chat in order to get our attention, and other times you chat because you realize that you have our full attention. You have also started talking when you are on your own playing with your toys, which we find highly entertaining. 
You love to laugh, and whenever you giggle so does everyone else in the room.
Your laugh sounds a bit like you are hyperventilating, and I love to hear that precious little sound.
You love attention, and will whine if you feel like you aren't getting enough. 

You still take lots of naps throughout the day. Some days they are longer and other days they are shorter. We have no problem getting you to bed at night, and you usually go down between 9-10pm. You've started sleeping until 5am, and even then you only wake up to eat and then we go back to sleep for another hour or two. 

You have full control of your neck now, and can hold it up on your own without a problem. You love to sit up (with our help) and feel like you are a part of the conversation. You are also finding tummy time more enjoyable, even though you tend to get frustrated after a while. 

When you went in for your 2 month check-up you weighed 14 pounds. We are guessing that you are definitely over 15 pounds at this point, but won't find out for sure until your 4 month appointment.
You are currently wearing 3-6 month clothes, and are looking bigger every day.
The very little hair you have left is brown, and your eyes are still very blue. 

Jacob, you bring so much joy to every one around you. Your smile is intoxicating, and we can't get over how happy you always are. You are such a blessing and continue to make us smile every single day.