Monday, October 29, 2012

My mommy favorites - Filofax A5 Chameleon (red)

January or September marks the time when most people go out to get planners and calendars to keep note of important dates, appointments and lists of things to do.

I'm no different.  Every year,  mostly in January, but sometimes in September, I go out to find that little calendar or planner that will help me remember things and get things done.  This year is no different.  I needed a planner last September and went and got one.  It turns out, I finally found the right system for me.

I got myself a planner, a big one, with the binder system that you can replace the inserts yearly. I got myself a Filofax.  I'm in love with it!

It all started the day I got a Day-timer Mom-Planner at Walmart.  I fell in love with the format and started reseaching the planner to see how other people liked theirs and and used it.  I didn't really find any reviews or blog regarding the Day-Timer Mom-Planner, but what I found was a whole community of Filofax users and lovers.  I read a few blogs and watched a ton of You Tube videos and finally went on the FilofaxUSA website to check out their products.

I wasn't sure which model I was going to get but I knew I wanted an A5.  After a few days of watching reviews and comparing prices, I stopped on the Chameleon in the color red.  I am very happy with it.  It wasn't my first choice or the one I absolutely wanted to get.  However, it was one of the high ends and it was 50% off.  I am really happy I got it.

I most definitely did not expect my Filofax to come this morning. I purchased it from FilofaxUSA on the 19th of October. A birthday present to myself... The website said 12 to 21 days for shipping to Canada. Still, 10 days later, it was at my door step. No email confirmation of the shipping or anything. Great surprise this morning!  I've seen people on You Tube unboxing their Filofax, what a feeling indeed.  You do feel like a kid at Christmas time.

It came with the end of 2012 and all of 2013 diary (week on two pages column style).  It also came with a plastic business card holder, black ruler (I want to get a transparent one), a few to-do sheets, a few colored note paper and a few cream dividers (blank ones and A-Z ones) and a thick note pad.  Oh yeah, and there are finance sheets and address sheets which I don't think I will use.  I do online banking and get my statement also online and all my contacts are on my iPhone and gmail for safekeeping.  I'll probably use the sheets as more note paper when I run out.

I've already started personalizing my binder.  I'm using colored pens, stickers, post-its, etc.  I am actually rekindling my love for Scrapbooking, it seems.  I used to really enjoy making albums.  I stopped after I got married, but now I have three kids and I want to start again and make different album featuring them.  I didn't know I was scapbooking then, I was a teenager.  Still, I spent hours working on my projects.  I may come back and share pictures once I finish personalizing it.

For now, I love it.  I'm using it first because I don't have a 2012 diary in my mom-planner.  In January 2013, I plan on switching to the other planner and reserve my Filofax for when I go back to work.  It will be my work binder.  We will see if I'm too hooked and can't use the other planner because Filofax is too great.

In all fairness, the day-timer mom-planner is also great.  It's the reason I discovered the Filofax.  But, I knew I needed a different binder for work and that's why I got a second one.  Now, I'm thinking of getting a Personal and use it as a wallet.  I have a big wallet, always prefered them.  I saw that the Personal would be just a little smaller than my current wallet.  The Pocket is way too small for me and the Compact does not offer enough choices in models for me.  I'll be doing my research on Filofax blog and You Tube again.  We shall see what I get in the next few weeks.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Losing weight after baby - entry #1 (wish I was like Beyoncé)

I've had my baby almost 3 months ago and I am still losing the baby weight gained during pregnancy.  I must say, the weight is not coming off as fast as it did the first few weeks, but so far, I have lost about 30 lbs without much effort. I still have 15lbs to lose to be at my pre-pregnancy weight.  Then, the real work will begin.  I will have to work at losing the 30lbs I have gained between 23 and 29.

I keep telling my friends and family that having a baby is not the end of sexy.  Some believe me, some don't.

It's funny because while I was pregnant, a friend of mine posted a picture of BeyoncĂ© on her Facebook page. B was about one month after giving birth and she was saying how impossible it was to look this good after such a short amount of time.  I disagreed with her.

Getting pregnant when you are fit is truly the best way to go.  Your body is already at the right weight so gaining weight to carry the baby is not a big deal.  Plus, you will not gain that much weight and even if you do, it won't be detrimental to your overall health and fitness level because you were not overweight in the first place. And the best part, losing weight will be a cinch because you body wants to get back to how it was before and because you were already used to working out and should naturally get back to your routine as soon as you body has healed.

The difference for me is that I started already overweight for all three of my pregnancies. But... I can say that my pregnancies didn't really make me gain weight.  I always got back to the weight I was right before getting pregnant.  The weight I have gained over the years is a result of poor education on how to feed my body.  I've gained weight between 23 and 26, lost weight for my wedding (27) and gained again right after that until I got pregnant at 29.

After my first pregnancy, I reached my pre-pregnancy weight after about 7 months post-partum, then I got pregnant again.  After my second pregnancy, I lost all the weight again in about 9 months.

I gained weight again 3 years later and I was unable to blame my pregnancies. 

All these years of struggling with about 30lbs to lose have showed me one thing: it's mathematical. If you eat too much, you will gain weight.  No matter what the situation is, the only reason we gain weight is that we take in too many calories.

Education is key!  Knowing how many calories your body needs to survive is important.  Knowing how many calories you eat in a day, in a week, in a month is important in order for you to have a handle on your weight.

People who don't gain weight must have a natural gage.  They know what their body needs without the math.  People who gain weight need the math.

This is what I will do to get back to the healthy body I once had.  I will count calories and workout.