Thursday, July 24, 2014

Goals for 7/24 - 7/30

Goals for 7/17 - 7/23:

Home:
  1. Make at least 2 updates in my daughter's memories book
  2. Make phone calls to family
  3. Call health insurance company and figure out medical bills
  4. Transplant the cilantro seedlings into bigger pots - since I couldn't get to it, the heat caused the plants to bolt.
  5. Visit zoo - Daughter has been sick; so pushed off another week
Work:
  1. Update project to work with new released software
  2. Write at least 3 blog posts for my deals blog
  3. Write at least 3 blog posts for this blog
  4. Setup the new computer for new project
Personal:
  1. Read book on toddlers - reading "YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade" - Chapter 1 done. 
  2. Make Prasadham for temple
  3. Check out exercise videos in Amazon Prime Video & Youtube
Healthy Habits:
  1. Floss my teeth daily - doing really well at this.
  2. Eat salad once a week
  3. Go for 30 minute walk everyday


Goals for 7/24 - 7/30:

Home:
  1. Make at least 2 updates in my daughter's memories book
  2. Connect with family
  3. Call health insurance company and figure out medical bills
  4. Visit zoo 
Work:
  1. Start looking into HTML5 and Java for new project at work
  2. Write at least 3 blog posts for my deals blog
  3. Write at least 3 blog posts for this blog
Personal:
  1. Read book on toddlers - reading "YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade"
  2. Make Prasadham for temple
  3. Check out exercise videos in Amazon Prime Video & Youtube
  4. Go shopping for gifts
Healthy Habits:
  1. Eat salad once a week at least
  2. Go for 30 minute walk everyday - been going for a walk in morning everyday
  3. Take vitamins every day

Health Update and Accountability

A couple of days ago, I was reading an article in a magazine which talked about pregnancy weight and how that's become a obesity problem for many women. It talked about how they put on weight with one pregnancy, then before they can lose the baby weight, they get pregnant again and the added weight gain from both pregnancies causes health issues.

While my case is different in that I lost all my baby weight gain during breastfeeding, I put it all back on once I stopped breastfeeding and went off the restricted diet I was on for my baby.

I checked my BMI a few days ago and it was 29.3. The range for overweight is 25-29.9. I was well beyond overweight. I'm almost obese. This is really scary. For the last 5-8 years, I've hovered around a BMI of  26 when I was not pregnant. I don't want to become obese.

For the last 1 week, I've been trying to exercise more. I get up at 5:15 and go for a walk for about 20-25 minutes where I alternate between jogging and walking. I want to work up to being able to job for the entire 20 minutes.

I want to lose weight. I want to have some accountability for the weight. For this, I'm going to have to exercise as well as eat better.

My current weight is 135 pounds. I want to get to 115 pounds by April 2015.

Every week, I will give an update on my weight and where I am with respect to exercise and healthy eating.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Immunity Boosting Meal Suggestions for Kids

My daughter hates veggies and is very choosy about the food she eates. She just recovered from a long-lasting low-grade fever that lasted for more than a week.

So I want to give her some foods that increase her immunity but which she will eat. I came across this article on WhatToExpect.com on immunity boosting foods. Here's what I got from the article.

Main foods to aim for seem to be foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, food which has live cultures, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids and Zinc. But how to get these foods inside them? Here are some suggestions from the article.

Suggestions on how to serve:
  • Steamed baby carrots or broccoli
  • Mashed sweet potatoes with some maple syrup if they need the sweetness
  • Fruit based smoothie with spinach or kale and tablespoon of flax oil
  • Greek yoghurt & serve with granola, fruit, nuts or honey
  • Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey
  • Whole grain toast with jam and nut butter
  • Yoghurt with berries and walnuts on top
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • All-natural Almond butter on apple slices
  • Peanut-butter and jelly sandwich
(Disclaimer: This post is just what I got this article. All credit goes to the author of the original article.)

How I saved $428

I wrote a post on my money saving blog about how I made some changes to my utilities recently and saved money.



How I saved $428

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Exercise

I've been really lagging behind in my exercise schedule. So the last couple of days, I decided to get that out of the way first thing in the morning. So I woke up a little early - around 5:15 - and went for a 20 minute walk around my neighbourhood. 

The weather is so pleasant and so quiet - it's really nice. And I got a really nice picture of a flower in my front yard today morning. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I've always found it difficult to buy gifts for a baby shower. I don't know why. I've had a baby, know quite a bit about toys and baby stuff but still it's hard to guess what the other person would like.

Of course, if there's a wish list given before the event with the invitation, that's the best. That way, you know what to get and there's no confusion.

If not, each mother has different needs and likes/dislikes. Some plan to breastfeed, other bottle-feed. Some may want to breastfeed but may not be able to. Some may be very eco-minded, other not-so. Some may have different brands in mind, etc.

Either way, I will be attending a traditional indian baby shower in the new couple of weeks. So I've been searching for some gift ideas. Generally, whenever I give such gifts I like to give some baby clothes and a baby toy or something of the sort. Also, it helps to have a budget in mind before buying a gift. Most of the gifts I list below are below $20. Most of them are also toys which were hits with my daughter.

Here are some gift ideas:
  • Clothes: I like to buy at BabiesRUs, Kohl's and Gap/OldNavy. Generally, I tend to buy 3-6 months or 6-9 months, based on what's available in stores and on how the weather is going to be at the time the baby would be that age. 
  • Baby Einstein Take Along TunesMy daughter loved this and I used this a lot especially during diaper changes to distract her. Even now at almost 2, she loves the music on it and plays with it sometimes. Current price on Amazon: $8.09
    • Sophie the Giraffe: My daughter loved chewing on Sophie. While she was younger, she mostly just like the squeaking noise but as she grew older and her teeth started popping out, she enjoyed chewing on it. Even now, with her molars coming in, she loves chewing on it. Current Price on Amazon: $20.20
    • Lamaze Cloth Book: This was one of the first books I bought for my daughter. She loved chewing on it and lifting the flaps. Current Price on Amazon: $9.99

    • Lamaze Play & Grow Freddie the Firefly Take Along Toy: This was one of my favorite toys for my daughter - I could clip it to her playmat and she would pull on it, chew on it and play with it. I've also used it in the car to distract her on the way to daycare. Current Price on Amazon: $12.39

    • Bright Starts Rattle and Shake Barbell Rattle: My daughter loved this rattle - it was her favorite among all the rattles I had bought for her. It was extremely light and easy for her grasp this from when she was 4-5 months. Current Price on Amazon: $5.10

    • Summer Infant SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap: These were a lifesaver for me. My daughter had a lot of difficulty with sleep and she would move her arms and hit herself and wake up. She was so strong she would kick out of regular swaddle blankets. Once I started using the SwaddleMe wraps, they helped a huge lot and were a timesaver as well and it was so easy to use them. Current Price on Amazon: $16.22 (different prices for different colors)
    • Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine: I actually received this as an unexpected baby shower gift from a friend. I didn't use it for a long time till I read the book "The Happiest Baby On The Block" where it was suggested to use a sound machine to help the baby sleep better and it actually worked. I still use the sound machine to block out household noise so my daughter doesn't wake up. Current Price on Amazon: $29.98

    (This post contains affliate links)

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Goals for 7/17-7/23


    Goals for 7/10 - 7/16:


    Home:
    1. Make at least 2 updates on my daughter's memories book 
    2. Clear and clean laundry room closet
    3. Finish up loads of laundry
    4. Call health insurance company and figure out medical bills
    5. Let Anjali do water-play in the play pool
    6. Transplant the cilantro seedlings into bigger pots
    7. Visit family and visit zoo
    Work:
    1. Update project to work with new released software - hit some unexpected bumps. working on it
    2. Write at least 3 blog posts for my deals blog
    3. Write at least 3 blog posts for this blog
    4. Setup the new computer for new project
    Personal:
    1. Read book on toddlers
    2. Make Prasadham for temple
    3. Check out exercise videos in Amazon Prime Video
    Healthy Habits:
    1. Floss my teeth daily - Habit established for 2 weeks now
    2. Eat salad once a week
    3. Go for 30 minute walk everyday - 2/7 days


    Goals for 7/17 - 7/23:


    Home:
    1. Make at least 2 updates in my daughter's memories book
    2. Make phone calls to family
    3. Call health insurance company and figure out medical bills
    4. Transplant the cilantro seedlings into bigger pots
    5. Visit zoo
    Work:
    1. Update project to work with new released software
    2. Write at least 3 blog posts for my deals blog
    3. Write at least 3 blog posts for this blog
    4. Setup the new computer for new project
    Personal:
    1. Read book on toddlers
    2. Make Prasadham for temple
    3. Check out exercise videos in Amazon Prime Video
    Healthy Habits:
    1. Floss my teeth daily
    2. Eat salad once a week 
    3. Go for 30 minute walk everyday