Meal Planning 101

Today marks 2 weeks since my abdominoplasty/excess skin removal surgery. These first 2 weeks have been all about easy when it comes to the meal department. We were blessed to be overwhelmed with amazing meals that people made for Read more

Tummy Tuck Recovery Update 10 Days Post Op

I know I keep saying it, but time has been flying by! I wrote about the actual surgery day and the first few days of recovery already. Last time I talked about tummy tuck recovery I was waiting to Read more

JD Sports Review

I was provided a pair of shoes in exchange for my honest opinions about the site and ordering process. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It is no secret that I love shoes. I mean, c'mon, what girl doesn't Read more

Meal Planning 101

Today marks 2 weeks since my abdominoplasty/excess skin removal surgery. These first 2 weeks have been all about easy when it comes to the meal department. We were blessed to be overwhelmed with amazing meals that people made for us most of the first week. The second week was all about convenience, whatever was easy for the hubs to make or me to throw together or pick up. I wasn’t stressing about the food, I was focused on rest. I’ve been feeling better and better and know that I need to get back to meal planning to make sure we have healthy meal options available. I want to make sure I get the best results and fuel my body to continue recovering well. So, it was back to meal planning!

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I absolutely credit meal planning with saving me time, money, and sanity. I just can’t live with that nagging 3pm question “What’s for dinner?” and the frantic dash to come up with something that everyone will eat and that is relatively healthy. Not to mention running to the store every day for the few ingredients that are missing for whatever dish you decide on adds up (because no one ever comes out of Target with just the one thing they went in for…)

Everyone has their own system for what works for them, I’m just going to share what works for me. I try my hardest to keep it simple. With life as busy as it is now I can’t spend hours slaving away in the kitchen each night. Planning ahead is the key. The two main tools I use for meal planning are Pinterest and EvernoteI have a few Pinterest boards that feature not only some repeat favorites for meals but also ideas of things I want to try.

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I’ll look it over for new ideas and make a meal plan for the week in Evernote. I love Evernote because it syncs across all my devices. I’ll make my meal plan on my laptop and have it on my phone and iPad when I need to refer back to it. It seriously is just stupid simple.


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I also just plan dinners. Lunch is usually something easy like a salad or sandwiches or leftovers and breakfast is always some kind of eggs. As I’m planning out the meals I add to my shopping list, which is just another note on Evernote. I use the little checkboxes because I love checking them off as I’m shopping.


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I do most of this Sunday morning before I go shopping. I also check out the weekly ad for Target and use the Cartwheel app to look for good deals. I sometimes look for coupons, but I always forget them so I don’t make too big of a deal about it. Keep it simple, remember?

I do most of our shopping at Target and then make a quick trip to the local grocery store, Dierburgs, for most Produce, Meats, and Specialty items. I would say we average around $150 a week or so in groceries.

I also remain flexible. Last night Bratwurst was on the meal plan but we were out of propane and exhausted… so we improvised… and ordered a Pizza. #realtalk


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So there you have it. Super simple meal planning. Like I almost feel silly writing a whole post about it because it’s so simple. Yes, you could use paper for your lists. But I love the little check boxes on evernote. I also paste the pins in evernote when trying a new recipe for quick reference. Since we typically are coaching until at least 7pm during the week, I try to cook dinner at lunch time so it is prepped when we get home. If I don’t have dinner ready there is an 89% chance I will pick up chickfila. And some nights that’s ok. I just try not to do that too often.

Do you meal plan?


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Tummy Tuck Recovery Update 10 Days Post Op


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I know I keep saying it, but time has been flying by! I wrote about the actual surgery day and the first few days of recovery already. Last time I talked about tummy tuck recovery I was waiting to have my drains out… That was a long 8 days!!

I went to my appointment on Tuesday with less than 20mL draining over a 24 hour period so Dr Mills took my drains out! I was SO SO SO nervous that it was going to hurt. Honestly, the most painful/annoying thing about the first week of recovery for me was the drains. So I took one last pain pill before going and lets just say I was feeling really relaxed once we got to the appointment. He snipped the stitches told me to take a deep breath and him and the nurse pulled both out at the same time. It felt weird, but it didn’t hurt.

Sidenote: Nothing good ever happens after a doctor/medical professional/anyone tells you to take a deep breath. #justsayin

Since I was already there and because I’ve been recovering so well he went ahead and took out the stitches in my belly button. That wasn’t painful at all either. He told me that I could wear spanx if I wanted to but had to keep some kind of garment on full time until my next appointment. He also said I could walk as much as I want, just no “power walking” or anything more intense. He warned me that I would get tired quickly and that I just needed to listen to my body.

When I got home I TOOK A SHOWER! Seriously the best shower ever. I felt human again. I also got my first peek at my tummy without the binder and drains.


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Unreal. I don’t even recognize that as MY stomach. It was a very emotional moment for me to be able to see just a glimpse of the stomach I have dreamt about. I know it is still swollen at just 8 days out but there is even a tad bit of ab definition! SERIOUSLY, IS THAT ME?!

When I first started on my health journey I had this as the after in my head. I would work out and eat right and in ___ Days/Months/Years this is what I would look like, no surgery needed. The truth about weight loss isn’t always pretty. I worked out twice as hard as people I watched get amazing results in half the time. I was meticulous about what I would eat. No, I wasn’t perfect. But I worked hard and left it all out there. There are a few things that come into play here… Genetics are huge. So is the amount of time you have spent being obese. I remember having that big hanging pouch of fat back in middle school. Of course it got bigger as I got bigger. and it deflated as I lost weight. But that skin was done, it wasn’t going back no matter how many wraps/creams/pills/heavy weights/”Just toning” or whatever amazing miracle remedy you have for me. I tried it all. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again… I did NOT have this surgery for weight loss purposes. This is a functional, elective, plastic surgery that I decided to do to make my life better. I worked hard and lost 70lbs on the scale and gained a crazy amount of muscle. I didn’t do this to be skinny. I will always be a thick, curvy girl. and I’m ok with that.

End Rant.

Back to talking about recovery…. I posted on instagram one day last week how not every day was a good day (PS- If you follow me on Instagram, @courtnorm, I update there a lot more often!) and that is true. I felt tired and worn out last Monday but it was because of a combination of the surgery and (TMI ALERT) that time of the month. Seriously, I couldn’t tell what was worse. It was just bad timing for that, for sure. But once that went away and the drains were out I started to feel better and better.

I even tried to put some “real” clothes on and felt good in them! I haven’t been brave enough to try on my jeans because I am still so swollen plus the part of my stomach from my belly button to my incision is still really numb and it feels really weird. Since I’m talking about swelling I noticed that, yes, my stomach is swollen but so are my upper legs… hips and thighs. I know they did lipo around the flanks and there is probably swelling/healing going on from that. I just didn’t expect my legs to feel this swollen. I also tried on some spanx, the high waisted shorts kind. HOLY SMOKES. How do people wear this every day? It was like alligator wrestling trying to get it on. and then it wasn’t even comfortable. The pair I had didn’t have a pee hole or anything so I’m convinced people who wear spanx like that have to be chronically dehydrated because going to the bathroom was a major life event. I wore them for maybe an hour and a half while washing my binder and went to the bathroom twice. All this spanx talk reminds me of the buzzfeed video of men trying on spanx for the first time. You’re welcome.

Day 8, the day I got my drains out, was my last day taking the pain pills (which means I can drive again, yay!) Now I only take tylenol maybe once a day if needed. I’ve been able to stand up straight since around day 5 or 6 so that helped me not be as sore because most of the pain was in my back from hunching over.

Overall, recovery has been uneventful for me. Which is great. and I will tell you that I believe 100% that the reason I have recovered so well is because I was in such good shape going into this. I’m not telling you that this surgery was a cakewalk, because it wasn’t. But I believe that CrossFit made me strong and fit which helped my recovery go so well. I’m used to a certain level of pain/soreness so this isn’t out of the ordinary. My body knows how to recover well.

I’m already missing my workouts, so instead of workout out I just dress like I’m going to work out. A little jedi mind trick.

 

Overall, I’m feeling really good. I love my results and would do it over in a heartbeat. Dr Mills is truly an artist. My scar is low and thin (you can see part of it in the before and after above). I know I’ve made it through the toughest part and recovery should be all downhill from now. It will only get better!

Thanks so much for all your kind words. You guys are the best. Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more regular updates. If you have any specific questions leave them in the comments and I’ll try to answer them all or do another Q&A post if I get a lot of the same.

Any recovery tips?
Have you ever worn spanx?! ((WHY?!))

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JD Sports Review

I was provided a pair of shoes in exchange for my honest opinions about the site and ordering process. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is no secret that I love shoes. I mean, c’mon, what girl doesn’t love shoes?! When it comes to the type of shoes I have in my closet… or strewn about my floor… there are 2 kinds: athletic shoes and flip flops. I’m not too much of a fancy shoe lover, I’m far more practical. While comfort and function come in ahead of fashion when choosing shoes that doesn’t mean my shoes are all drab. Recently the people at JD Sports offered to send me a pair of shoes. Who turns down a pair of shoes? Not this girl! I chose the Nike Free 5.0. They shipped quickly and arrived at my door in a bright yellow bag


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It is actually a reusable drawstring bag, which I thought was pretty cool. With JD Sports being a UK based company I thought shipping would take forever, but it actually didn’t take much longer than a normal online purchase!

It has been quite some time since I wore a dedicated running shoe, but I knew with my surgery that my recovery would likely include a lot of walking before I’m able to get back to weight lifting so these beauties will be perfect for that.


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They are light weight and comfortable. I chose to go with black because they will go with so many more outfits that way! They aren’t as wide in the toe box as I’ve had previously but for walking for recovery into jogging/running as I get back to normal workouts they will be perfect!


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New running shoes always make it more exciting to hit the pavement. I got clearance from the doctor today to walk as much as I want to so these little guys will see a little more than just my inside flooring! If you are looking for a new pair of shoes be sure to check out JD Sports, they have a wide variety of styles and sizes to meet your needs.

Do you pick bold or neutral shoe colors?



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