Monday, May 25, 2020

9 Months On, 9 Months Off: Favorite Tips/Tricks/Things for Losing the Baby Weight

Good Morning.
Today I'm talking about a little bit of a touchy subject: Weight. Body Size. Confidence.
While a lot of factors can go into your weight, like muscle mass, height, genes, whatever, we all know what weight we feel best at. And after pregnancy, I was certainly not at mine. With my second pregnancy I gained 45 pounds. And that was after still being up 9 from my first pregnancy. Recently when my son turned 9 months I hit my pre-pregnancy weight from my pregnancy him. So I figured, hey let's talk about this, and I can share what works for me while I'm getting fit and healthy. I’m not “done” and I am not “skinny” or a fitness blogger. But skinny isn’t the goal. Healthy and fit is! 

1. Mindset
I 100% believe that you won't lose weight until you're ready to do so. I kept telling my mom I didn't care about my weight. And I didn't. I was hanging around just 30 pounds lost of the 45 and felt fine. But once I started getting excited about health and fitness I lost the other 15. It's all about your mindset. When you're ready, you'll do it.

There’s no shortcut. When you first begin, start SLOWLY. This is a marathon- and the changes have to fit your lifestyle longterm. It makes me sad when I see people set themselves up for failure by doing something that isn’t sustainable. 
Move more. Eat less. That’s it. Anyone who tells you otherwise just wants your money. Rant over. 

2. Apple Watch
This is the tool that has helped me to lose the last 15 pounds of my second pregnancy. I hope it will help me lose the rest from my 1st pregnancy and maybe even get back to my ideal number! The number one most helpful part of my watch is the fact that it shows me how active (or not!) I've been that day. It reminds you to get up if you've been sitting all hour. You work to close the rings of 3 goals: movement (calories), exercise, and standing. At first closing the 600 calories wasn't that easy for me. I learned I wasn't as active as I thought I was But as I'm very competitive with myself I loved the thrill of crushing that goal and now prefer to have 800 days or 1,000 calorie days. I go for walks outdoors, jump rope, do YouTube videos, lift weights, or do dance parties with my toddler. Seeing my numbers after a workout and at the end of the day is so motivating. I highly would suggest some sort of fitness watch if you're a visual person.

3. YouTube Channels
Here is my favorite channel for workouts. Heather Robertson has a crazy amount of options: no equipment, no jumping, weights, HIIT, stretch days, ab days, leg days, etc. You name it, she has it.

Staying motivated can be difficult. But I definitely find I stay motivated by watching a video or two from health and fitness vloggers. They give tips, talk about food and fitness, and mostly help you know you aren't alone on this journey! I have recently been watching videos from Jillian Michaels and Whittney Simmons.

4. Healthy Alternative Snacks
Here are a few swaps I've loved!
1. Cup of coffee or hot cocoa during a mid afternoon slump. It takes longer to drink than popping a piece of chocolate in my mouth.

2. Yasso Bars over ice cream or other bedtime treats. So delicious and only 100 calories. I also like Halo Top, which is a protein filled low fat ice cream. They are about 180-230 for a pint and I eat it in 2-4 sittings typically, so it's a great low cal option.

3. Simply Pop popcorn over chips. I really like the simple flavor, and it's definitely a healthier option.

Making small swaps is a great way to cut back on calories and create that deficit that you'll need to shed pounds. Check out this Jillian Michael's video for more on that from a weight loss expert. Again- there’s no trick. She explains mathematically/scientifically how the body loses a pound. It’s helpful!

5. Adding a Vegetable/Green to Each Meal
This one is a duh. But I'd never been the best at incorporating them into my meals. I was usually so tired after doing the entree I didn't want to bother with a side. But I eat less calories overall when I can fill up on a vegetable. My favorites are: roasted cauliflower/broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, sweet potatoes, salad, and canned peas. With some light oil and a lot of seasoning you can create a delicious side that won't feel like a punishment to eat.

Final reminder. Drink a lot of water! Start every meal with a glass of water. As the results start becoming visible your motivation will be renewed. You can do this. If you want to and you’re ready you will!!

xoxo, Love.Haight

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Recent Reads: Early 2020

As a veracious reader, hearing what other books people are picking up is a great way for me to find new things to add to my list.
So here is what I have read recently. Note- some of these have not reached their publication date. Keep an eye out but if you are forgetful like me, preorder them or add them to your "want to read list" on Goodreads.


The Dilemma by BA Paris
I have read nearly every book that BA Paris has written. Her thriller Behind Closed Doors legitimately messed me up. But if that intensity isn't your thing, don't worry, this one isn't so... scary or horrifying but it was still SO good and such a page turner. The story centers around an everyday sort of family that is getting ready to celebrate their mom's birthday and go to the big party she has planned. As it approaches a lot of secrets come out. It is not the typical cheating secrets either- just throwing that out there. I wish I could sort of tell you each secret that the family knows, but they unfold so gradually and naturally you'll want to find out during the novel. Watching the family weather the many storms brought by these secrets was fascinating. Definitely recommend this one. Publishing date: June 30th 2020

Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey by Abigail Wilson
I love romance novels. Historical romances especially make me smile. I liked this one! In it, Lord Torrington is spying for the crown when he ambushes the wrong carriage... or so he thinks. To cover his mistake he tells the people on the scene that the woman onboard is his fiance. For reasons of her own, Elizabeth go alongs with the charade to protect the parentage and future of her young son. When someone is murdered right under their noses, Torrington realizes that perhaps it wasn't the wrong carriage after all, and a traitor is in their midsts. Combining romance and intrigue creates one of my favorite types of books. This one hits stores on May 26th!


What it Seems by Emily Bleeker
I have a read a few novels by this author and she sticks to the thriller genre, so you'll like her if you're into that genre. While it definitely kept my attention the whole time, I'd say this novel was a little more strange than the other two I have read and I was a little disappointed by the rushed ending. There were so many subplots and character relationships developing that I felt like just sort of ended abruptly. I am not one that is usually successful at guessing the ending, but I totally knew where this one was heading. I'd say "The Waiting Room" is my favorite from this author, so I would start with that one!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I had seen this book a lot, so when it appeared at my local thrift store, I nabbed it. It was quite a curious book. Not one that I liked or disliked. It follows the apparent suicide of a teen and her family learning to cope with it. Twists are almost always to be expected in books, and this one is no different. The twist made me sad though, and made me probably dislike the book more than I liked it. I know her other novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is now a series on Hulu so I'm thinking of watching that next!

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
I thought this was a fun read. Very "tell all" feel of a world you would never know about otherwise: The glitz and glam of the roaring 20s in New York. The main character's name is Vivian, which as the mother of a 2 year old Vivian is hard... she was kind of naughty... and caused quite a scandal, so you get it. Ha! But overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you enjoy the occasional frivolous novel with fun history.

Verity by Coleen Hoover
This was on my list from some bloggers' recommendations and it was a pretty intense novel... maybe too intense for me. I ripped through the pages easily because it's so gripping but it was a bit disturbing (especially for moms) and I can see how some people would be icked out by it. The premise is a recluse author is offered a lot of money to finish the novels of a famous author who was in an accident. She needs the money so off she goes to do the research to finish the series. She stays at the house with the incapacitated author, her husband, and young son. But soon she sees the supposed invalid up and moving... the end is a twist and I'm dying to discuss it with anyone who has a strong enough stomach to read it. ha!

xoxo, Love.Haight

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Little Projects — Big Results

It seems like we’ll be in our homes for the foreseeable future, I’ve rounded up a little list of projects you can do around your home that will have a great impact in your space!

1. Alphabetize your Spices
This was a 10 minute project that completely simplified my cooking!! No more hunting around for the spice, I know generally where it’s at. And I know it’ll just get easier as I start memorizing where they are located.

2. Match your Tupperware and Lids
Once everything is together, downsize the mismatched stuff, and prepare to be amazed at how easy breezy your Tupperware area will be from now on!

3. Try on all your ____
I’d recommend jeans, or sweaters, tops, or dresses. If you hate it on your body, or wouldn’t purchase it again, or the idea of wearing it makes you feel depressed, get rid of it. As the space is left with only your favorites, you’ll love the inspiration you get from your curated closet.

4. Recipe List
Make a list of all your favorite meals to make. This simplifies dinner planning during the week. I recommend categorizing into hamburger, pork, chicken, noodle, seafood, steak etc so you can pick from a few categories and keep things fresh. If you’re sick of your current rotation don’t be afraid to try a few new meals!
Two new recipes I’ve loved lately:
Creamy Shrimp snd Zucchini
Butter Garlic chicken bites with Asparagus

5. Categorization
Pick an area that is stressing you out- bathroom products, your cleaning supplies etc. Get into that closet or cabinet and organize all your things by type. Once they are grouped, store they together. If you find you have a ridiculous amount of something, feel free to purge!

6. Color Coordinate
Whether it’s a bookshelf, toys, phone apps, or a closet- organizing by ROYGBIV is pleasing to the eye and easy on the mind. It also helps you find things! (Because we typically think visually in color.) While there’s no guarantees it’ll stay that way if you have little helpers, you’d be surprised how fast they can pick up on sorting by color!

7. Clean the catch all
The catch all closet, bench, or table near your doorway is so easy to get absolutely overwhelmed with stuff. But the fact that it is what greets you everyday when you arrive makes it worthwhile to declutter and clean it.

8. Rearrange a decorative space
While you’re hanging out at home- do a little bit of rearranging (not the furniture... unless that’s you’re thing- then go for it!) find a bookshelf, a sideboard, your mantle- wherever you display things. Change it up, make it fresh. Your eyes will thank you for a break in the monotony!

xoxo, Love.Haight
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