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New Moms Need Us........MOTHERGOOD

It's a miracle, a joy, total bliss, and it's freaking hard.
Welcome to our hood- Motherhood.
I look like a deer in the headlights in this picture. I was in so far over my head and still trying to keep it together. It was not our first baby but our fifth. So, first babies are scary. Fifth babies are scary. And everything in between.

There's too much pressure on the moms.
Juggling a new baby. 
Lack of sleep. 
Trying to look like we have it all together when it couldn't be more opposite.
Changing the diapers and boiling the bottles..(Although the bottle boiling will be short lived.)
Moms who have given birth are trying to heal physically and adoptive moms are just hoping to bond with baby.

It's a pressure cooker.
All of the cliché things are said. Beautiful baby comments are made. And we walk away.
But we're missing it. Truth talk. Support. No judgement love. They need us. Remember how it felt in the beginning? 
I barely did, until I came in contact with a struggling new mom this week. It opened my eyes to how much they need us to come alongside them. Tell them they are doing just fine. Maybe even share the tough parts of our story so they see they are not alone.
It will all even out and life will find a new groove, and until then we promise NOT to tell them how "you should cherish these moments because they go so fast."
It means getting out of our comfort zones. Maybe even meeting new people. It might be in the parking lot at Target, at church, or the gym. 
Maybe it turns into a Starbucks coffee while we soothe their colic baby so they can have a moment to speak freely.
Whatever it looks like. It is a win.
I'm in. Ready and willing to show some love.
Like a mom gang- coming in hot to help out new mommas.
Let's do this.
Big Love,

You heard it first...From no other than, Mr. Mike Rust!

In the words of Mr. Mike Rust himself...

Ok, so I wanted to wait for ONE month after I finished my first round of ChiroThin to write a review.

Here goes.

Started because I have maintained a weight between 181 to 185 for 20 years.

I've never eaten bad. A little sugar, no dairy except cheese, a little bread now and then, processed food, a fair amount of wine...well maybe a lot on weekends!
I cook every night through the week. Usually fish, fresh vegetables and rice.
Usually have 2-3 cookies or graham crackers or 2-3 squares of dark 70% chocolate...great to finish the red wine with.
Eat out lunch everyday. Usually high protein and salad.
BGs sandwiches 2 times a week (turkey and a few fried chips)
Eat breakfast everyday at Huddle House on Tuesday and Thursday: 2 sunny eggs, 2 bacon, 2 pieces of wheat toast and a lot of tea. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I would have oatmeal, wheat toast and tea.

I do yoga on Monday and Wednesday.
Crossfit Tuesday and Thursday.

I've been the same pant and shirt size for 25 years. Except 2 years ago my neck size increased 1/2 inch from 15.5 to 16. Thanks to Crossfit.

Now ChiroThin.

First I'm very suspicious of diets that are supported by pills, drops, shakes, or whatever. Weight loss is math. Eat more calories than you burn=gain weight. Eat less=lose. Simple. My go to "drop a few pounds" diet, for those times I pushed 185 to 186, was high protein and a day or two fast. Usually could drop back to 182 or so and get back to "the range".

I decided after seeing friends of mine posting on Facebook about their weight loss to give ChiroThin a try. Why not. Only 42 days. Not a crazy diet change, I figured 10 pounds is worth it!

Went to see Dr. Becking.

After 42 days I dropped down to 167.5 lbs...my high school weight was 156. I have more muscle now than then. Well that's what I tell myself.




Dr. B: Do not read past this line

Ok here's the skinny,

I ate 2 sunny eggs at huddle house everyday for breakfast -- I really go to read the paper -- felt guilty sitting for 45 just ordering tea
Lunch out. Katy O'Ferrell's. Large salad with grilled salmon. 1 tablespoon of dressing. Tea. Yummo. Or un-breaded wings hot sauce, salad and tea.
Drank a ton of water in between...finally realized a catheter would be helpful so I could get some work done. Jeesh.
Night time still cooked. But dropped quantity and all carbs. I have killer ways to make cauliflower now. And if you haven't made zucchini pasta, double yuuummmo!!

Weekends. Celebrations or 36. Split salad and main course with my favorite GF 2 -3 glasses of wine each night. Our friends bring really great wine ...it would have been rude not to taste!! I was only caught once by Dr. B. Whew!

Now one month later.

Weighed 167.4 this morning
Was 165.8 Tuesday this week

My daily routine is pretty much the same. What is amazing to me is how my appetite for the quantity of food has really changed. We now split almost every meal when we eat out. And still it's hard to finish. My wine consumption is down. Probably because my food consumption is lower. Still very aware of carbs and sugar. And don't miss them.

The biggy for me wasn't the weight loss part, although that was great. My clothes do fit much better. But the greatest result of this diet is how it has affected my work outs...Wow. Running
(which I hate) is so much easier. My aches and pains have reduced. I doubled my one set pull ups, and I don't have the inflammation so bad in the morning. I guess dropping that 15 lb plate from my body really does help.

To sum up. I'm all in for this program. A little discipline and 42 days and you too will see amazing things happen that just might change your life. Thanks Dr. B!

Michael Rust

P.S- If this helped push you over the edge to do the program... Tell them Mike sent you. I get a gift card and then I'll by you lunch...uh and critic what you eat :)

As a Parent are You Resting? Yea right.

Rest...Any parents resting out there?
Me neither. 
Actually, scratch that. I'm probably getting more than I have in years. But it's still not much.
We could learn so much from our kids in this manner.
What if we fought going to bed? Laughable....Most nights, I can barely wait.
Brushing our teeth? That's for losers.
Teeth? Who needs them?
Teeth are totally overrated.
Bad breath? I've got that. So what.
Let me just draw out this teeth brushing experience as long as possible.... Right up until the edge mom is about to blow up in a puff of smoke.

Or how about the other before bed prep time. Who needs a drink of water? Raise your hand.
How thirsty can a kid possibly be?
I mean, we are not running a marathon here.
Oh, and she wants that special cup? Oh I'm happy to dig thru the chaos of unmatching sippy lids and bottoms to find that..
Okay, water finally in check. Now it's time for bed. Of course it's actually not, because that would be too easy.

Let's head upstairs and make this thing happen....
Who is having problems with their hearing?
I said, let's head upstairs and hit the hay....
It gets old.
Really fast.
Tempers flare.
Which is actually kind of funny because who cares really? In the scheme of life this is not life-changing. But there's no way we can possibly put it in perspective during the heat of the moment. That would just be way too logical.
For a moment, as a mom, the seconds go by like sands in the hourglass... So are the days of our lives.... That sounds familiar.
What's that you say? Little girls need a light on? Okay, done. Oh, wrong light...she didn't mean that light but another light? Sure fine.

Let's hug it out and get a prayer in and then I'm out of here....I wish.
Don't get me wrong, I love it when my kids pray. But they are strategic little creatures. They will each pray for every single possible thing they can to draw out the night routine. Including the lightbulbs, forks and knives in the silverware tray, the deer in the backyard (explaining as many as possible in clear detail so the Big Man is not confused), dad's hair gel....

Drama ensues. I have one escapee. Every night. She's out of the crib, scaling that thing in two seconds.
Rinse and repeat.
Here we go again.
We all have those nights where we want to chuck it all and watch TV. Meaningless TV. Guess what, it's okay. Because this is life. Our life. And actually, it's pretty amazing. But we all have moments we want to run out of the front door down the street screaming... Or is that just me?
Now where is that book on Zen I've been looking for the past six months?
That's right, the one I bought two years ago and have never read. I'll get right on that.
So we go back to our motto.
Love More.
Stress Less.
Or on some days,
Survive Today.
Get Back to Being a Rockstar Tomorrow.
We've got this moms.... We get to get up and do it again the next day... In the next day. So today, we cut ourselves some slack and just soak it in.
Big Love,