Fall things and two tiny diet tweaks

by Kim on September 15, 2014

Hey there! First, thank you all for your sweet comments on my post Friday! I was blown away by your support and perspective—you’re awesome!

Funny story: after I tweeted that post out, like I do with all my posts, some guy tweeted back that this was the definition of #WhiteGirlProblems. In retrospect, I guess “why I might have to unfollow someone” does sound pretty dramatic, haha! But you knew what I meant…right?

Anyway! How was your weekend?

We had perfect fall weather—upper 50’s and sunny—so there was only one logical thing to do:


It was actually an apple orchard—we were surprised that they’d opened their pumpkin patch already too.


But who cares about the patch! It’s the getting there part that really matters. A hayride pulled by a TRACTOR—Mason was riveted.


(Another prime example of his happy face looking awfully similar to his totally indifferent face…)

He was obsessed with that one green pumpkin on the end.


Actually, I kinda was too…why would just one pumpkin not ripen?

The orchard was SUPER toddler friendly, with a sandbox, ride-on toys, and all these random little playhouses.


One of them was full of real kitties for the kids to pet (or “pet”…seems risky to leave them out there all alone and unsupervised…?), but who cares because another one HAD THIS:


Guess what happened when we very, very gently suggested exiting this place: A) Mason said “sure, parents!” and high-fived us. B) Epic meltdown.

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this framer:


We looked everywhere for him and finally found him deep in thought atop this ginormous haystack…

Either that or he climbed up there and requested this exact pic.

Unpictured are the apple crisp bar and pumpkin bar we left with. Mmmm fall…

On Sunday, we had friends over for an adult pizza party. In case you’re not familiar, since I just made that up, this involves individual grilled pizzas:


I only got a pic of a few par-grilled, pre-topping pizzas, since our house was OFF the CHAIN with kids running everywhere, and I was a little distracted. We had 6 kiddos under the age of 3 tearing through the house, and it was very much a “this is our life now” moment for the adults.

Here are the older ones hanging out on the deck:


You can imagine what the adults behind that camera had to be doing to get them all to look at the same time…

Going back to Friday’s post for a second: I’m going to start introducing some minor lifestyle changes, a few at a time, to help support my postpartum weight loss. Here are the first two:

–Eggs and coffee with coconut oil for breakfast every day (for now).

No more of my beloved cereal

I’m sure you know how awesome eggs are—they’re chock full of protein and vitamins, with barely any carbs. I find it really helpful to start the day off on an ultra healthy note, since I’m more likely to want to “stay good.”

–No sweets until after 7 PM.

What?? Don’t people usually try to stop eating by 7 PM?

Here’s my thinking: the evening is when my willpower for sweets is at its lowest point, so I’m owning that and cutting them out during the rest of the day, when it’s easier. (I’m not interested in cutting them out completely right now…I mean, at the beginning of apple crisp season?? That’s crazy.)

Also, we’re not talking about some massive binge here. “Sweets” for me usually = a handful of Trader Joe’s semisweet chocolate chips. Have you tried them?? Oh man…so alarmingly good.

Wish me luck!

Have a great week. Smile

What’s something you did over the weekend?

Extra points for fall stuff!

What’s a small lifestyle change you’d like to start implementing?

Join me!!



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Katie @ running4cupcakes September 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

awww I love this. . . going to an apple orchard is on my to-do list this fall!!
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Marielle September 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

Ahhh I’m so ready for Fall weather. It’s been so hot here in So Cal that it feels like the middle of summer. :( I did have a pumpkin spiced latte this past weekend, so I get points for that, ha!
I’m trying to incorporate more veges into my diet daily, that’s a tough one for me.
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char eats greens September 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

Looks like a great weekend!! No real fall stuff over here, unless you count a baseball game outside (which I did not partake in haha). There are definitely a few things I need to start practicing, like eating less, which I think I’m finally got a hold on…I think? I think the sweets after 7pm is something that would work for me too because I’m not really a binger either! So… let’s meet up for 7pm chocolate ;) haha
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Katie @ Live Half Full September 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I’ve implemented a lot of small changes lately, which I am posting about tomorrow. The biggest one is my timing- I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and then eat every 2 1/2-3 hours after that until dinner, have one piece of chocolate and then I’m done for the day. It’s working for me!
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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I like to do the same thing with sweets! Saving them for the end of the day makes them taste so much better, because I feel like I earned it!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Would ya mind sending some of that fall our way?! I’m ready for it, but the weather doesn’t seem to think so! I’m so excited for some fall activities!

I like the sounds of your lifestyle changes. My main one lately is to focus on real foods. It’s going pretty well … except desserts seem to be a problem at times. ;)
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Alysia @ Slim Sanity September 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I have eggs everyday for breakfast. I can’t start my day without them. Seriously – I’m completely out of whack if I don’t!!
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Julie @ Run Away Freckles September 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I love pumpkin patches! I can’t wait for our annual visit in a few weeks. I took a fall walk and checked out some changing leaves. I love this time of year!


Melissa September 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

What type of carrier are you using? Is that a moby? I have a 4 week old and I am still trying to figure out if I need a carrier and if so what type to buy… it looks so much easier than having to carry a car seat/stroller around!


Kim September 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I have a Baby K’Tan but it’s almost identical to the Moby. I love it for newborns! They sleep so great in carriers, and yes, much easier than the car seat/stroller!


Katie September 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Well I know what I’m buying at trader joes next time I stop!
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Giselle September 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

I’m so jealous of your jeans and boots! Can’t wait for cooler temps here. We were in the 100’s this past weekend :-(
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Heidi @ Idlehide September 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

I think there should be a season especially for apple crisp! Your post screamed fall:) I am so excited it’s here, can’t wait to do all things fall! You look great!
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