Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Getting back in shape

I am currently on a mission to get back in shape. We were having lunch at a restaurant a few weeks ago and a very nice lady asked me if Faith and Erin were twins. I smiled and answered, "yes." And then she asked me if I was expecting another one. I smiled and answered, "no." I think she was muttering something under her breath to make me feel better. I wasn't horribly offended. She had reason to ask. I had completely finished my plate of food (not even a trace of sauce anywhere on the plate), had appetizers and had a taste of Tim's lunch. I was also wearing an empire-waist top that accentuated my tummy. It was actually something I wore often during pregnancy. The fact that I'm still wearing maternity clothes says a lot, I think. I have to get in shape. If I don't do it now, I think I'll become complacent and just be ok with it. I can see it now...my closet full of empire-waist tops and dresses in every style and color. I refuse to allow this glimpse into the future to come to pass.

My skin (and probably my muscles underneath) was stretched so far during my pregnancy that it's taking some time for "things" to return to normal. I think it's wishful thinking that my body will ever be the same again. Nevertheless, I have to do what I can, right? As for the wrinkly skin on my belly....well, I doubt exercise will help but like I said...I'll have to do the best I can and see what kind of results I get. So, according to my husband, as I build muscle with exercise and lose fat with a controlled diet, I will definitely see results. Yesterday I was on the elliptical machine for about 10 minutes and I was huffin' and puffin'. I focused on my upper body with weights. Today I stepped it up and went up to 12 WHOLE MINUTES on the stairmaster. I gave myself a pat on the back and moved on to lower body training. If anyone can offer any advice on getting back in shape after a multiples pregnancy, please do. I am all ears....

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Food Chart

I received this very informative food chart from a fellow triplet mom. Sometimes I get in a rut when I think about what to feed the girls. This chart is actually helping me think of new foods to serve them (with their nutritional benefits in mind!).

FOOD CHART

Apples
Protects your heart
prevents constipation
Blocks diarrhea
Improves lung capacity
Cushions joints

Apricots
Combats cancer
Controls blood pressure
Saves your eyesight
Shields against Alzheimer's
Slows aging process

Artichokes
Aids digestion
Lowers cholesterol
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Guards against liver disease

Avocados
Battles diabetes
Lowers cholesterol
Helps stops strokes
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin

Bananas
Protects your heart
Quiets a cough
Strengthens bones
Controls blood pressure
Blocks diarrhea

Beans
Prevents constipation
Helps hemorrhoids
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones
Protects your heart
Aids weight loss

Blueberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Stabilizes blood sugar
Boosts memory
Prevents constipation

Broccoli
Strengthens bones
Saves eyesight
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure

Cabbage
Combats cancer
Prevents constipation
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe
Saves eyesight
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Supports immune system

Carrots
Saves eyesight
Protects your heart
Prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower
Protects against Prostate Cancer
Combats Breast Cancer
Strengthens bones
Banishes bruises
Guards against heart disease

Cherries
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Ends insomnia
Slows aging process
Shields against Alzheimer's

Chestnuts
Promotes weight loss
Protects your heart
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure

Chili peppers
Aids digestion
Soothes sore throat
Clears sinuses
Combats Cancer
Boosts immune system

Figs
Promotes weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Lowers cholesterol
Combats Cancer
Controls blood pressure

Fish
Protects your heart
Boosts memory
Protects your heart
Combats Cancer
Supports immune system

Flax
Aids digestion
Battles diabetes
Protects your heart
Improves mental health
Boosts immune system

Garlic
Lowers cholesterol
Controls blood pressure
Combats cancer
kills bacteria
Fights fungus

Grapefruit
Protects against heart attacks
Promotes Weight loss
Helps stops strokes
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol

Grapes
saves eyesight
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Enhances blood flow
Protects your heart

Green tea
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Helps stops strokes
Promotes Weight loss
Kills bacteria

Honey
Heals wounds
Aids digestion
Guards against ulcers
Increases energy
Fights allergies

Lemons
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy

Limes
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Controls blood pressure
Smoothes skin
Stops scurvy

Mangoes
Combats cancer
Boosts memory
Regulates thyroid
aids digestion
Shields against Alzheimer's

Mushrooms
Controls blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol
Kills bacteria
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones

Oats
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
prevents constipation
Smoothes skin

Olive oil
Protects your heart
Promotes Weight loss
Combats cancer
Battles diabetes
Smoothes skin

Onions
Reduce risk of heart attack
Combats cancer
Kills bacteria
Lowers cholesterol
Fights fungus

Oranges
Supports immune systems
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
Straightens respiration



Peaches
prevents constipation
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes
aids digestion
Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts
Protects against heart disease
Promotes Weight loss
Combats Prostate Cancer
Lowers cholesterol
Aggravates
Diverticulitis

Pineapple
Strengthens bones
Relieves colds
Aids digestion
Dissolves warts
Blocks diarrhea

Prunes
Slows aging process
prevents constipation
boosts memory
Lowers cholesterol
Protects against heart disease

Rice
Protects your heart
Battles diabetes
Conquers kidney stones
Combats cancer
Helps stops strokes

Strawberries
Combats cancer
Protects your heart
boosts memory
Calms stress



Sweet potatoes
Saves your eyesight
Lifts mood
Combats cancer
Strengthens bones



Tomatoes
Protects prostate
Combats cancer
Lowers cholesterol
Protects your heart



Walnuts
Lowers cholesterol
Combats cancer
boosts memory

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

18-month doctor's visit

Just in case you're wondering...Faith's follow-up labs came back normal. A few days after Faith's fever finally broke, Faith and Erin were due for their 18-month exams/shots. So, the doctor assured us that Faith's liver enzymes and WBCs are back to normal as they should be. The girls seemed to tolerate the exams better and the shots....well, no one likes to be stuck with a needle. Their height and weight are in the lower percentile but Faith and Erin are very healthy nonetheless. I suppose genes play a part in their growth rate. And quite possibly...the fact that they're multiples could also play a role in their rate of development. Well, as long as they're happy and healthy kids, I really shouldn't be too concerned about their growth.