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Posted Mar 22 2013 7:00am

Hello friends! Just popping in to write a scatterbrained post!

I hope you are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend, we are definitely looking forward to spending some time together as a family! If you are popping in from Healthy Heddleston , Welcome! I just wrote a recap about my experience with Best Body Bootcamp (done at home without a lot of focus on cardio). BBB was a fantastic way for me to get in some solid workouts without having to go to the gym! Getting in a workout while the baby is napping makes me feel so ENERGIZED the rest of the day!

I thought I’d follow-up on my “Defeated” post. I’m really glad to say that things have been going much better around the Cooper household. One of the biggest things that has helped me feel less stressed and overwhelmed is prayer. We have a lot of friends and family praying with us, and I know the peace that I feel on some days is the hand of God resting upon my shoulder. I’m still struggling with finding a daily quiet time to read my Bible, but praying more does help me to feel more connected to Him.

wpid IMG 20130213 131844 300x300 Decaffeinated (I think I’ve used this picture in 3 posts. No shame)

I’ve also switched to drinking decaf coffee. I was drinking half-caf before, but around 11am I would get this annoying BUZZ. I *thought* switching to decaf would be hard but I didn’t notice ANY “withdraw” symptoms! I’ve also been trying to eat more balanced meals.
Raw Kale Salad 001 300x300 Decaffeinated
If I skimp on one of the main macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat), I find myself with a STRONG craving for junky foods. We don’t buy junk foods, but I can seriously pack away the dark chocolate or the peanut butter like the world was ending. I KNOW that breastfeeding takes extra calories, so I’m trying to be more mindful about getting in some solid nutrition at meal and snacks so that the sugar-hungry Holly-monster doesn’t come to visit around 3pm. I could eat that Kale Salad every day!
Let’s see… what else is going on… Oh! I read this post from Michelle at Crazy Running Legs about Breastfeeding and Pumping . This sweet mama is writing about how he won’t be able to get a breast pump covered by Insurance (unless the baby is premature or has a difficult time breastfeeding). Anyways, Michelle hits some good points about how limiting the reimbursement/distribution of pumps puts a LOT of stress on women! It’s a good read, and I totally think that women should be supported in ANY way they choose to feed their infants!
wpid IMG 20130321 074116 Decaffeinated Made by milk (and some bananas & sweet potatoes)

Anyways, just wanted to pop in and say HAPPY WEEKEND!
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