It's All Happening: Operation Shed Post-Baby Weight, Once & For All

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An admirer and patron of the revered etsy shop Black Apple, I have been perusing the proprietor's blog for several years now.

Skimming through my google reader several weeks ago, I came across this post, the title catching my eye: "Voted Least Likely to Love Working Out."

cute image from here too

My original goal post-baby was to have all of the excess off (plus a couple lb. extra...which might be redundant to say) by Juliette's first birthday. With 2.5 months to go (!!!), I am within striking distance, though not quite there yet.

Though it's probably realistic to expect things will never be in the same place as they were pre-baby, I am not giving up on becoming overall firmer, trimmer, and healthier...and obviously, regular physical exertion will help with all of the above.

Working full-time with a busy student husband does not leave me with much budgeted time out of the house to exercise (early mornings are not my forte, and nursing has kept me from them until now). I was able to complete a 5K in December (a goal accomplished!), but maintaining trips to the gym after Juliette's bedtime proved too difficult through the winter, and I have since suspended my membership (saving $ and being realistic).

Enter the aforementioned blog post: Hope! Promise! And all FREE! I read this blog post, and was just thinking YES YES YES! Thank you!

So here we are! Jonathan has been home in the evenings recently, and we have enjoyed our workouts with Zuzana over the past week! They are short (12-16 minutes). They are difficult. (No way can I do everything yet.) She is peppy but not overly so, which makes her endearing.

If you're looking for something short, FREE (!), intense, requiring little equipment (mainly your own body weight), that you can do at home, this may be your ticket. It sounds similar in nature to Insanity (or even a shrunken p90x). We are able to pull up YouTube on our TV through the PS3, so that's been nice.

This is also a good fit for Jonathan, as he is generally strapped for time. I do hope to be able to report back sometime in August that I've reached my goal, with Zuzana's help. We shall see...

Thank you so much, Emily, for posting this!

Yep. I've written several times over the years about my love-hate relationship with all things exercise.

Social Media Dork

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I may be doing a 'meh' job with this blog of late (well, really since the young one's arrival)... notwithstanding, I was tapped [in my professional life] to write an article for the Memphis Business Journal's blog, about social media & business (as I deal with this in my day job on a regular basis).

Here's the link. Feel free to giggle at my outdated glam headshot (If only my exterior person could be 24 years old forever. Internet readers don't have to know that, do they, Mr. Snow?)

Through the beauty of the internet, this hyperlink will now be chronicled for me for all time (or at least for the life of this blog, which is, amazingly, 7 years old (I think?) and going strong). Now that is posterity.

Thanks to the MBJ for having me!

9 MONTHS OLD and loving it

Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 10, 2012

Ask me if I can handle this?

Look how OLD she looks?!

Dear Jules,

People ask us all the time how we get so many good, smiley photos of you. And we say, it's because you smile all the time!


You hit so many developmental milestones this month, a good number of them on our vacation! Crawling, waving bye-bye, imitating sounds, holding your cup, saying mama, picking up your food (Pincher grasp!), pulling up, your first tooth/teeth and cruising a little! Wowee!  You wear size 3 diapers, 9-12 and 12 m clothes, and size 2 shoe.

This post is a little lame at present (we're in Dallas visiting your great-grandma) but I'll add photos from last month little by little.

Love you my little bumble bee! You light up our lives!  Your first birthday is right around the corner!

For Today

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"The act of parenting is utterly changing my soul. It is not a sudden thing, but it is a process that I feel begun the day you were born. With all the fun comes nights of anxiety, fears over doing this whole thing “right,” and exhaustion because I know I never will. Leaning into Jesus has taken on an entirely new meaning. It is not just a path nor help that I need. I once heard that we are like caterpillars in a ring of fire--the only way out is from above. I think that sums it up well.

Your dad and I are working hard to learn how to honor your personality, nurture your gifts, and give you the boundaries that you crave. We want your heart changed, not just your actions. And we want our hearts changed too."    -from here

Thank you so much for that, Whitney. That is just what I needed to read today.

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Before I had a baby, I actually had pretty strong feelings about Mother's Day.

I dutifully celebrated it of course, with genuine love and appreciation for my mom and grandmothers, which was [hopefully] merely a continuation of the love and appreciation felt all year long.

BUT...for me, the day has always shared a border with the Land of Annoying. First of all, it's on a every year at church, the mothers get a carnation, the sermon may or may not be mother-themed, mothers even sometime stand up to be recognized.

While nothing about any of these things is inherently wrong per se, I couldn't help but think of all the ladies in the room who weren't able to stand and be recognized or wear a pinned carnation. I couldn't help but think of the children in the room who'd lost their mothers, or had a tough relationship with theirs. What about the ladies in the room who longed desperately to become mothers, but for some reason or another hadn't yet, or couldn't?

It just seemed like too much emotional baggage for one (sorta lame?) minor Hallmark holiday.

Now that I am a mommy, the opinions stated above have not really changed. I appreciate the efforts to make all the nurturing women of the world feel valued and blessed on this day. Whether you are mother to five children or a goldfish, you surely deserve to be appreciated for nurturing love and intention you share with the world.

But inside the private setting of our home, I'll enjoy the day of being slightly pampered and celebrated for this most wonderful work of mommy-ing (that, for all its blessing and fun, is still a lot of work).

And I'll continue to be thankful for the wonderful woman who brought me into this world...and continues to mother me with such love and thoughtful care. I'm so thankful for her and the same love she shares with my daughter.

I'm also thankful for all of the women who have been used by the Holy Spirit and shared themselves with me over the years, to help make me the person I am today...on my first Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women of the world who share themselves with others. Yes, YOU!

8 Months Old, by Stephen

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

On our way to to the Smokies last month, we stopped in Nashville to visit that talented duo, Aunt Amanda and Uncle Stephen. (Quick burst-of-pride moment for Amanda, who was recently added to Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book for floral design in Memphis & Nashville. YAY!)

Stephen was kind enough to once again share his amazing talent with us and shoot some photos of our little bumble bee, Juliette, at 8 months old. Here are some of my faves...

Thank you, thank you, Stephen! What absolute treasures! It's so fun and so important to have photos of the little babies because they change at lightning speed! I love being able to have a record of EXACTLY what she looked like at 8 months & 4 days old, or what have you. Because you sure can't remember on your own (and that's the truth!).

Vacation to the Smoky Mountains!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Jonny took his board exams on a Wednesday (April 11, a date I may perhaps never forget) ...

And once that awfulness was over, we packed up (to the brim!) and headed eastward! We were so pleased that Juliette's very first vacation was across her home state. Juliette's first car trip was a resounding success, as she slept the first 2 hours and 45 minutes of the 3.5 hour ride! We timed our departure with the start of her nap, but had no idea what to expect. Definitely got lucky!

Our first stop was Nashville, to see Jonathan's brother Stephen and his wife Amanda. They are about to welcome their first baby (and our first nephew!) at the end of May. We can't wait to meet him!

We also got to visit Jonathan's Daddy Ray, his first time to meet Juliette.

It was great to visit with Daddy Ray and spend several lovely afternoon hours with him under the gazebo. (Stephen and I even did a piano "duet" of sorts.)

We enjoyed visiting several new Nashville spots with Amanda & Stephen that we hadn't seen before--a vineyard right outside of town, and several fun restaurants! Juliette did absolutely great in the car and with a loosy-goosy schedule (was probably harder for Mommy to let go). We loved visiting them, and look forward to going back soon to meet their sweet boy! And a million thanks again to Stephen for taking these wonderful 8 month photos of Juliette while we were there.

From Nashville, we headed eastward, onto the Smoky Mountains and into the eastern time zone! Again, we were pleasantly surprised with Juliette's nap of 3 hours on the way (the entire Nashville to Knoxville stretch!). Unfortunately, we made a couple of stupid directional moves between Knoxville and our final destination condo outside of Gatlinburg, and added probably an extra hour onto the trip. Needless to say, by the time we stopped, we were all more than ready to get out of the car and eat!

We'd stayed at the wonderful Above Par condo on our 2008 trip, and loved it so much that we decided to stay there again!  We loved being outside of town, with stunning views and cozy accommodations.


The next day, we took an obligatory walking tour around Gatlinburg the town...and... oh-no-we-didn't!

Juliette, I hope you can forgive us for this. It was just too tempting. You can always point to my ankle socks in this picture if you need a scapegoat.

Here are some photos from the rest of the trip! Other notables...Juliette got her first tooth (and bit me! eek!), we saw a snake! (below), enjoyed some short hikes, Cades Cove, and being in District 12 (ha... I really thought about that more than once while we were there).

If you follow us on instagram (@lesliejerkins and @jayjerkins), sorry for some of the repeats. All of the good ones are Jonathan's.

 (Our only family photo from this part of the trip, a still shot taken from a video where we tried to pose and smile the whole time and catch Jules at a good moment. This was the best we could do.)

That hat, right? Too much.

This trip was a sweet blessing timing-wise; we hadn't seen much of Daddy right before this since he'd been studying so hard for his test, and since I work full-time, I miss a lot during Jules' weekdays also. But people...she went through SO MANY developmental milestones on this trip! And we were there to see them all first-hand!  It was amazing. I'll discuss more in the 9 month post!

Sure loved traveling with these two and making some new family memories. Can't wait to go back!

p.s. Yes, I'm publishing this retroactively so that in the future, it doesn't seem like I'm such a slacker. If it's showing up funky in your Reader, my apologies.
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