Monday, October 31, 2011

Healthy Halloween

Here's a quick idea to keep the candy away this Halloween. I call it the candy buy back. Basically, you give you kids a dollar (or $2 if you're in a generous kind of mood) for every pound of candy they give you. This works really well for older kids who, unlike preschoolers, would totally notice if you threw away their candy. You then let them buy a toy or book or new outfit with their money. Give it a try and let me know how your kids respond :)

Happy Halloween!

- Elisabeth

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween in 1 Week!!

I bet you're probably wondering how I feel about Halloween, you know, with all that unhealthy candy and everything. It's true that I hate the ridiculous amounts of candy and kids running around on a sugar high, but I don't hate Halloween. I love the costumes, the decorating, and parties. Oh and I also love visiting the pumpkin patch! Speaking of pumpkins.... watch this adorable video!

Haa haa, cute eh?

Next week I'll tell you how I keep Halloween (somewhat) healthy.

Me Ka Aloha
- Elisabeth

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yoga for Kids!

My daughter brought home an order form from school, from Scholastics book club. As a kid, I never got to order anything from Scholastics because we were on a budget, and let's face it, ordering books for 5 kids would get expensive! I wasn't going to order anything for Rosie until I saw the cutest book ever and it was only $5. It's called the ABCs of Yoga for Kids. I ordered it and we read it together. For each letter of the alphabet, they have a yoga pose, like "D is for downward dog" and they have these cute poems that teach the child how to correctly do the pose. They also have the most adorable illustrations. Rosie was trying to do each pose as we read the book. Now she's asking for a yoga mat for her birthday!!! I would HIGHLY recommend this book for any child (or even adult). I think it would make a fab Christmas gift!

- Elisabeth

Monday, October 3, 2011


If you see me eating junk food, or an obnoxious portion, PUNCH ME!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Results - 1 Month

Hi y'all!

Just a quick note about my weight loss. I've lost 15 pounds and feeling pretty great!! I've been eating A LOT of salad with home made dressing and cutting back on junk food. I've also been running and on Tuesday night, I finally ran my entire 5.4 Km route without stopping. I have a race in one month so as long as I keep it up, I'll be good and ready!

I'm hoping to continue loosing weight, about 15-20 more pounds. Stay tuned!

Me Ka Aloha
- Elisabeth

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Plan

Hey everyone! Ok so I said in an earlier post that I'm going to loose the baby weight by December 1st. I figure that's a reasonable amount of time to loose 40 pounds.

So what's my weight loss plan? Well.... I don't really have a set out plan. Normally I would never recommend NOT having a plan but let me explain.

I'm a mother of 3 children ages 3 and under. My youngest is 2 months and always needs to be picked up and doesn't nap for very long, then I have a 2 year old (who is such a handful these days) and a 3 and a half year old who starts school in a few weeks and I've been trying to get her ready. I just can't commit myself to an intense workout schedule because I honestly don't have the time. After I had my second baby, he would sleep in until 9 am (and so would my oldest). I would get up at 8am, workout, and get in the shower all before they woke up. Unfortunately my kids wake up a lot earlier now. The baby is usually up at 5 am and fusses and nurses on and off until 7:30-8:00 am. My other 2 kids are usually up at 7:30 or 8:00 am. The only way I would be able to workout before they got up would be to start at 4:00 am, something I'm just not willing to do. My husband is also maxed out with work and other responsibilities so he's not available to watch the kids while I workout either. For now, my workout goal is to run 3 times a week, after the kids go to bed around 9 pm.

My diet plan is pretty vague too. I'm breastfeeding and I have to be careful not to cut out too much. I would normally set out a strict diet plan and stick to it, but again, with the craziness of my life and the fact that I'm breastfeeding makes it pretty hard to stay on a diet. I'm cutting out junk food so that means no cookies, brownies, chips, chocolate, ice cream, hot dogs, pizza, etc. I'm eating smaller portions and eating more fruit and vegetables. I think eating smaller portions is key in my weight loss... oh and drinking a lot of water.

So there you have it, my "plan". I know it would be more exciting to read that I'm only eating egg whites or that I'm lifting a million pounds during my workouts.... maybe in a few years.

I'll give you all an update in a week or so and let you know if I'm loosing any weight. If not, I'll have to step it up somehow.

Me Ka Aloha (with love)
- Elisabeth

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Time to Lose the Baby Weight

On June 3rd the cutest baby boy was welcomed into the world. We love him so much and we are so happy to watch him learn and grow. My only complaint with all of this is the extra (and I really mean EXTRA) weight I've gained. I've had record breaking weight gain with this last pregnancy by a staggering 20 pounds. So that means my usual 55-60 pound weight gain was 75-80 pounds this time!! It's been over 2 months since I've had my baby and my fingers are still too chubby to fit my wedding ring so it's time to do something drastic.

I'm going on a major diet and exercise plan. I'll discuss what I'm doing later, because the baby is crying and I have to rescue him from the evil play pen.

Me Ka Aloha
- Elisabethb

Friday, July 15, 2011

Recipe Friday - Kale Chips

Hey everyone! It's been months since my last recipe Friday post. I get really sick when I'm pregnant and I knew I wouldn't be able to keep it up during those 9 months. To be honest, I still don't know if I'll be able to post a recipe EVERY Friday because life with a newborn, AND a 2 year old AND a 3 1/2 year old is CRAZY!!! Any way, here's a recipe for this week.

I saw this on the Ellen Show. Gwyneth Paltrow was demonstrating some of the recipes from her cook book and this was one that her kids loved. Later that week one of my super healthy friends posted on facebook about how much she loves kale chips.

Kale Chips


- 1 bunch of kale, washed and cut into bite size pieces (ribs removed)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- sprinkle of salt

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Spread the kale over the waxed paper.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt.

Place in the oven at 270 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy. Let cool before eating.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Pat Myself on the Back

Sometimes I wonder if my kids are ever learning anything valuable from me. I often feel like they only pick up the not-so-nice habits from my husband and I. Like when Rosie (3 and a half years old) screamed "listen to me right now" at her brother the other day.

Well the other day Rosie proved that she is learning something great. I filled a couple bowls with Goldfish crackers and gave one to Joseph and one to Rosie. Rosie said "no thank you. Goldfish are not healthy. I want an apple." I was so excited to hear that! Then five minutes later, Dave walked into the house with McDonalds french fries. I thought Rosie would eat them for sure, but.... "french fries aren't healthy Daddy." Wooo hoooo!!! I'm so glad she's starting to understand. It was one of those "oh I'm such a good mommy" moment :) Now if only I could convince my husband that french fries are not healthy.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Baby!

I know it's a month late (4 weeks to be exact) but I'd like to finally announce the arrival of baby #3! We welcomed baby Michael on June 3rd at 7:50 am. He weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce, a lot less than Joseph did, and I could totally feel the difference in labor. He has blond hair and blue eyes (so far, things might change)and he's as cute as ever. I love him so much and am so happy to have him as part of our family. More birth details coming soon-ish.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

8 Weeks Left!! Planning on a Natural Birth.

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to pop back on here (I miss blogging) and let you all know that the pregnancy is going really well! Ok.... I'm nauseous, have swollen feet, gained over 60 pounds, have to pee ALL THE TIME, exhausted, and have a hard time sleeping... BUT the baby is healthy and will be here in about 2 months :)

I'm so excited to meet the little peanut and see how cute he/she is. Of course we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl (we never find out) but Dave and my Chinese grandmother both think it's a boy. They've both been right the first two times, so we'll see. I kind of think I'm having a girl but only because I had a few dreams and the baby was a girl, and I have the perfect girls name picked out (sorry, I won't reveal it just yet). It really doesn't matter, boy or girl. We'll be super happy whatever we have. Any way, only time will tell.

So when my first baby was born, I was in labor FOREVER! I had been up all day, then around 2 am started little contractions (I had only been sleeping for 2 hours). I was so excited to finally be in labor that I pretty much stayed up all night. When morning came, labor was really intense, but she wasn't born until after midnight. SO... I was awake for well over 24 hours by the time she arrived. I was so exhausted during labor that I was actually falling asleep between contractions. The baby's heart rate elevated, I started a fever, and despite my hope for a natural birth, we decided an epidural would be VERY HELPFUL.

When I had my second child I was pretty determined to go natural. The epidural, although nice to be out of pain, well it was creepy, not to mention all the other possible side effects. I just didn't like the idea of the epidural at all. So second time around I opted for a home birth- with midwives. There's no option for an epidural at home, so I had no choice but to go natural. Well I DID IT!!! I delivered a 9 pound 9 ounce baby boy a home, drug free!

I want to deliver this baby drug free. Here's my reasons for going natural.

1. Ability to labor in any position and/or walk around.

2. Ability to actually feel what's going on and know exactly when and how hard to push.

3. Avoid being hooked up to fetal monitor, blood pressure cuff, catheter, etc.

4. Baby will be more alert after birth.

5. Baby will have an easier time breastfeeding after birth.

6. No creepy needles in my spine an
d arm.
7. Sometimes the epidural doesn't work any way.

8. Antibiotics are often needed when you have an epidural, which can lead to thrush in mom or baby.

9. Epidurals can slow down the birthing process.

10. No longer allowed to eat or drink with an epidural.

11. I'll have the feeling that I can do anything after the baby is born.

As long as there aren't any complications, and as long as the baby turns around (right now baby is in a breached position) I will have a natural birth. I'm praying and keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes as smoothly as my last.

Next time I blog it might just be full of pictures of the new baby!! In the meantime, here's a horrible picture of my pregnant self, looking really puffy and HUGE, standing next to the quilt I just made my husband for Valentines Day.

Me Ka Aloha
- Elisabeth
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