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It’s the Most BUSIEST time of the Year…

Public Service Announcement: If you are not done having children, please try to make a conscious effort to spread out their birthdays. Our boys’ birthdays are barely 3 weeks apart on the calendar. Between them and the abnormally high number of other family birthdays in August, I’ve been insanely busy. It’s my own fault for insisting on doing their parties mostly DIY. The things I do for love, huh? Once they’re both past the age of 5, combined parties every year from then on!

At the same time that motherhood duties kicked into overdrive, I finally got some callbacks on Upwork, where I peddle my Virtual Assistant services. I couldn’t very well turn down potential income with the holiday season right around the corner now, could I? Of course not. Did I also mention the revolving door of family visitors that we simply can’t avoid around “birthday season”? My house has been a zoo, a love-filled zoo.

blerdymomma and little man bean bag chair 2

Unfortunately, this has all left me with zero time to update Blerdy Momma. :'( I haven’t been able to draft new posts or edit pictures to share, and my camera is collecting dust with pictures from San Japan still in it. Please rest assured that once all the buzz settles down, I will be back at it. The best way to keep up with me right now is via Instagram where I still manage to post periodically.

A thousand apologies for my impromptu absence. It should all be over soon. I can’t wait to be back. And if you happen to have any suggestions on how I can improve my time management, email me at blerdymomma(at)gmail(dot)com!

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Balancing Different Diets in the Same House

My husband is home! 🙂 He just got back from a seven month deployment, and my son and I are absolutely thrilled to have him finally home. However, this introduces a new challenge to my weight loss journey.

I am overweight. We know this. Ideally, I would like to drop about 40 pounds to reach a goal weight of 130. My husband, on the other hand, has struggled to bulk up his entire life. When we met, he was 120 pounds soaking wet, which is very skinny when you’re a 5’7″ man. It has taken me almost 10 years to put 20 pounds of meat on him. He currently weighs about 140, but his goal weight is 160. How on earth are we supposed to meet our fitness goals while eating from the same kitchen? Take a look at breakfast from this morning:

his and hers breakfast plate

The short answer is portion control. His plate has 4 whole eggs, while mine only has about 3 egg whites. I took only half each of an apple and a bagel, while he ate each one whole. All told, my plate amounted to about 400 calories, while his was well over 700. For lunch and dinner his plate is often loaded up with extra protein and carbs, while mine is half-filled with veggies. We both make it a point to stay very well-hydrated.

We have decided to start planning our daily meals ahead to better track our intake and grocery needs. I’m now cooking enough for 4 people, even though I’m only feeding 2 adults and a toddler. The most important thing is choosing healthy and whole foods. So, if you’re trying to figure out how to balance several people with different dietary goals on only 1 grocery budget, rest assured that it CAN be done. I’ll be revisiting this topics in a few weeks to let you know how each of us are progressing. Wish us luck!

Thanks for reading!