Numero uno

This morning, I woke up to Logan fussing.  He slept through the night the previous two nights, but last night he woke up at 3:30am and woke up early at 6:30am.  Against my better judgment, when my husband came home from work at 6:40am (he’s swing shift), he pulled Logan out of his bassinet and we cuddled in bed until 8:00am.  Now, Logan’s happily swinging and I’m here, sipping my coffee.

Which brings me to my point.  I’m so tired!  Even when Logan slept through the night the last couple nights, I didn’t sleep through the night.  And when I think about it, I haven’t slept through the night since last August, shortly after I found out I was pregnant.  Someone tell me, when will I sleep through the night again??  Of course, Logan is absolutely worth every minute of missed sleep.  But sometimes I just want to curl up in my bed and pull my blankets over my head!

At any rate, yesterday I posted that I quit counting calories.  As you can see, I titled this post “numero uno” because today is number one… day number one of NOT counting calories in years, except for scattered days like holidays and days that I’d given up hope.  It was strange to me to pour my coffee with almond milk and eat my English muffin with peanut butter and not quickly pull out my cell phone to log my food into myfitnesspal app.  Weird… but exhilarating.  So, my focus now is on the quality of my food rather than the quantity of my calories.  Does it taste good?  Yes?  It’s going in my mouth!  No more “light” and “fat free” crap – I’m eating the real thing and going to enjoy it.  That being said, incorporating more fruits and vegetables and doing more cooking is also a goal of mine.  My crock pot is my best friend, especially with Logan and today we’re making red beans with sausage over rice for dinner.  A specialty of mine – it’s a recipe I found on Pinterest but adapted to my own tastes.

On that note, time to prep dinner, get it in the crock pot, and head out into the beautiful morning.  It’s sunny, without a cloud in the sky and the temp is in the upper 60s.  It’s perfect walking weather for Logan and myself!

Introduction addendum

Newbie 😉 I’ve figured out how to post pictures from my cell phone.


Myself and Logan this evening at the beach.


Because I think my kid is adorable.


Myself with Brad on the 4th of July.


For motivational purposes, friends. I want to get back to this.


And last but not least… for further motivation.

Full disclosure: I do at times swear more than I should.

An introduction

I’m new to the world of blogging, so let me introduce myself.  I’m Krysti… I’m 28 years young, wife to Brad for 3 years, and mom to Logan for 3 months.  I’m an RN by degree but I lost my job a week before Logan’s due date… currently seeking employment, but I’m also using this time to seek new opportunities.

I live (in my humble opinion!) on the best place on earth… the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I’m a born and raised Yooper and proud of it!  I live 3 blocks from Lake Superior and yes, I swim in that cold lake every summer.  I actually enjoy our winters, even though negative degrees are a common occurrence.  I’m an avid snowboarder and love to snowshoe.  Not much is better than spending a day out in the cold, to come inside to a hot coffee, hot chocolate, or a pint of PBR or Pickaxe Blonde.  But the best thing about being a Yooper?  The summer.  I live for Yooper summers.  Hot days, cool nights, bonfires, camping, swimming, softball – unless you are here, you will never understand 🙂

I’ve been with Brad for 7 years and we’ve been married for almost 4.  We waited to have a baby for a few years because we knew that we wanted to have some “fun” before we took the plunge.  We traveled, spent more money than we should, drank too much, and altogether lived a full few years.  Now that Logan has arrived, our lives have turned a complete 360 degrees – but we could not be happier.

So, now that Logan HAS arrived, I’ve also realized that I have more than myself and Brad to live for.  I’ve repeatedly gained and lost the same 30ish pounds.  I’ve lost the baby weight fairly quickly but I want to do better.  I want to look good, not look good for “having a kid”.  I’ve been alternately a calorie counter then an overeater when I slip-up.  I’m also a cardio queen.  So, I’m no longer counting calories and I’m planning on lifting weights, in addition to the cardio.

As for my job – I spent 6 years as a floor nurse.  For 2 years, I loved my job.  The next 2 years, I tolerated my job.  The last 2 years, I dreaded the next shift as I was punching out for the day.  I made a change and left my high-stress job for a low-stress clinic job that I absolutely loved.  Unfortunately, the doctor I worked for relocated right before Logan was born.  Logan is now 12 weeks old… I would actually be returning to work tomorrow if I had a job to return to.  At this point, I’ve become stressed about my situation.  I know that I can never return to floor nursing, even if that means that I have to temporarily take a non-nursing job.  I’ve decided that my happiness is much more important than the money.

So, my first post is a mish-mash of things.  Eventually I will post pictures, when I figure this all out.  Tips?