ExMo Challenge Week Two

Scary good.

That’s how I’m feeling.

Scary, because after the 30 days ends I need to figure out how to not slip back into old patterns. Namely for me, the end of the day cocktail along with snacking way too much.

I’m not doing the Whole 30 like amazing mama Shannon but I have made a pact not to:

Drink alcohol

Snack past 6PM

Exercise 5 times a week

Drink a lot of water

Eat more protein

I haven’t had a sip of alcohol and oddly haven’t wanted any. Strange very very strange. I’ve even gone out on some very fun evenings with girlfriends and stuck to coffee.


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Feeling initially like a buzz kill I felt like we ended up talking about even more interesting things and laughing even harder then normal. Or maybe that’s a caffeine buzz?

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A really fun night at the Getty.

Whatever it is, it’s working.

For the last two years I’ve felt too guilty and tired to leave my husband home with the 3 kids in the morning. But now that the youngest is 2 it’s far easier. Today even though both of the youngest were screaming and crying for me as I left for a spin class in the early morning I tried to erase that image out of my mind and just go to class.

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I’m finding exercise to be my new craving.

I am thinking about when I can do it the next day.

It’s becoming my refuge and as we all know it’s benefits of making me feel happier, sweating and slimming down are good for my whole family.

I’m not ready to give up drinking 100%. But I know if I want to continue feeling this good I need to do something…perhaps only drinking on the weekends? Social outings? TBD.

I’m so much less bloated, it feels pretty great.

I’m also reading more. So all and all pretty damn good stuff.

Except the writing of a dark book has stalled interestingly enough…hmm..cut out some wine and suddenly I’m having a massive writers block.

I’m happy that a few other moms have jumped on board and are making healthy lifestyle changes as well.

Two weeks down and two to go.

In one minor little health related issue I did start to have an SVT attack.

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Ironically after making a Vitamix drink. I knew I had too much coffee that day. Anyone here have AVNRT? I’m curious to hear from anyone who does and how you are handling it. I got myself out of it very quickly which was fabulous.

At any rate all is so good, it’s scary.

 

Chicago Cast Member: Stacie Burrows

Stacie Burrows is a Los Angeles mom who loves and supports Expressing Motherhood so much she submitted to our Chicago show, we cast her and now she is flying herself out there to be a part of it. We love this groupie big time. Read about Stacie here:

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Where do you live, how many kids do you have, ages?
Topanga Canyon, California, 2 boys: James & Charlie, ages 8 & 5
How are you creative post children? How has it changed since pre-baby?
Before I was a mother, I was a stand-up comic. Now that I have kids, I can’t get out to the comedy clubs as much so I write a humor column called Seriously Funny. I am also a contributor to Felicity Huffman’s website.

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When do you find time to create?
When my kids are watching a movie or playing video games, I sneak off to my office and write. My youngest starts Kindergarten this year and I plan on doing a lot of my work while they are at school.
How did you hear about ExMo?
My oldest went to preschool with Lindsey Kavet’s son. I heard about the show and begged her to allow me to participate. Even though I brought a piece that was a little unconventional, they agreed to let me try it. It was a good risk! I can’t imagine not having an outlet like Expressing Motherhood. It saved my sanity.

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 Do you have a background in acting/writing?

Yes, I have a lot of experience with stand up comedy, musical theatre, improv and creative writing. I am the co-creator of “I’m Not From Here but My Kids Are; a comedic look at raising kids in Hollywood” with Shannon Noel Webb.

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What creative projects are you up to?

I am currently working on an animation project as well as making more funny music with my comedy partner/mommy soulmate, Shannon Noel Webb.

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ExMo Challenge One Week In

It’s been 8 days since I’ve started my ExMo Challenge. Well my version of it.

Here are my goals:

 

No alcohol

Exercise 5 days a week

More protein

No snacking after 6PM

Drink more water

 

Today I was walking in my exercise clothes at Target in Eagle Rock and a suspicious looking man stopped and said “Beautiful.” I said  thank you in an overly perky voice, hoping his girlfriend, or at least a woman he felt comfortable enough to grab her waist, did not get offended by him saying that.

 

Then I reached for my wedding ring and realized I wasn’t wearing it because I’m still bigger then when I first received it and had just done yoga and I was bloated.

This is how I’ve been feeling, this is actually me.

 

Be gentle to yourself I told myself just like my yoga instructor had just told me in the yoga class I had taken.

Actually I have started feeling less bloated to drinking more water and less alcohol.

It’s easier for me not to drink then I thought.

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I’m now drinking a lot of drinks from my Vitamix.


Exercising has been fun. I’ve done Zumba, run a 5K, done Lindsay Fonda (that’s where I just try to sweat in my driveway with kids clamoring on me or punching me in the privates at random times of my exercise) and today yoga.

 

I realize now I need more yoga. I also have realized  I need to keep doing this because I’m not 18 anymore. I like to exercise but because I haven’t been and because I’ve had 3 kids I am out of whack.

 

My knee hurts from the Zumba so I don’t think I can do that regularly.

 

I’ve been pretty good about not snacking after 6PM. Though last night I had ice cream and popcorn. Yeah. My adoring husband keeps telling me not to beat myself up.

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Minor breakdown at 9:30AM one morning. But again, instead of feeling like I screwed up the whole day I just let it go.

 

I haven’t lost any weight this week but I feel stronger.

 

I’m still a little grouchy……..hmmmm…….but I told my husband if I feel something painful or something that makes me sad I’m allowing myself to just stand still and feel it. Instead of trying to mask it with a glass of wine at night.

 

I want to hear what bothers me the most.

How California am I?

Me and my mom. My exercise role model. Woman looks great for her age. Vitality. That's what I want.
Me and my mom. My exercise role model. Woman looks great for her age. Vitality. That’s what I want.

Today as I lay in Savasana at the end of yoga I felt my heart dip and suddenly my mind went to my friend who died in a car crash 5 years ago. I almost cried.

I know people often cry after yoga. Especially if you haven’t been in awhile.

 

I didn’t cry but I allowed myself to say in my head I miss you and I haven’t forgotten you. Maybe I didn’t do the exercise right as you aren’t suppose to think of anything but that’s what happened for me. I’ll work on that.

 

When it was over the teacher said there was going to be a three hour workshop on an upcomoing Sunday titled “Kundalini Yoga for Heart Opening, Love and Creativity” I immediately I had two thoughts.

 

  1. I wanted to do it.
  2. 2. I felt a little guilty about leaving the kids for 3 hours on a Sunday

 

I returned to the teachers “Treat yourself kindly” lesson for the day. I told my husband about it when I got home, thinking he might laugh at me.

 

Go for it, I’ll watch the kids he said.

 

So that’s me one week into the #exmochallenge.

 

A shady dude at Target thought I was beautiful enough to tell me in front of his girlfriend (akward) and I’m digging deep into what is really going on in my heart.

On the pamphlet for the workshop it says “Yogi Bhajan, the founder of Kundalini Yoga, said that the present Aquarian Age is to be a time of transforming into a heart-centered world. Amplifying this energy even further a new moon in Leo takes place soon. This perfect time to set intentions around love, creativity and the heart…”

If this is what living in LA has done to me I’m OK accepting that 🙂

 

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