My not so resolute New Year’s ideas

Yeah, that’s what I’m calling it. You don’t like it, well how are your resolutions going? Hmmmmm? Still at it? Well I hope you are! Me? I never made it past the first week. I gave them up years ago.

So it’s the first week in January and I have some very definite ideas about what I’d like to accomplish this year. Goals, if you will. I’ll work hard towards them, but I will not name them resolutions. Nuh uh.

I’ve been spending some time with this be-atch the past couple of days…



I’ve also started eating the 4Hour Body way again. Which means my husband is all 4HB again. He’s grouchy ;-) Two years ago I had amazing results from 4HB and I really loved it. I made some modification and kept on with it. Then I started eating chips and bread again, and my tummy is back. Sigh.

I feel stronger already. I have more energy already. Why do I always forget how GOOD eating right and exercising make me feel. WHY?

Being healthier also makes me a more patient mother and wife. And a happier one.

Professionally, I’d like to build the blog more, Hence doing a course called 30 Days to Build a Better Blog. I started in in December but it fizzled out because I had the flu. In case you didn’t notice I was absent over the week around Christmas. Holy Hell was I sick. So I’m starting it again this week. We’re building here people!

I’d also like to do some more video work now that I have a new camera. Wooohoooo!

So there you have it some stuff I’d like to do.
What are you doing with the New Year?

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Aw, nuts.

I was sitting in our playspace eating a handful of peanuts waiting for a child, any child, to come play with me. My littlest came over. He’s 22 months old. He looked at the peanuts in my hand I looked at him. He looked at me. I nodded. That was it. An hour later we were at the ER.

My other two kids do not have nut allergies. I can remember my pediatrician saying to me when my oldest was about T’s age now. “If you’re that worried about peanuts just drive over here to the hospital parking lot and give him some peanut butter.” As I gave T that second peanut I remembered this sentence. I thought to myself, well we have nothing to do for the rest of the afternoon if something happens. It’ll be fine anyway. No one is allergic to nuts here.

He ate three more.

It started with some coughing. Trying to get the peanuts out of his mouth. He spit them up. Not vomited really, just spit them out. He started rubbing his mouth and tongue. A few minutes later I could see he had a slight rash on this chin. Was it from the rubbing? He’s coughing some more. Then he throws up. Was it from the coughing? He has a pretty sensitive gag reflex. The rash is worse now. Are they hives?

What the fuck is happening? Are you kidding me? Did I just give my kid peanuts and he’s ALLERGIC to them? O.M.G.

I call the pediatrician’s office and explain to them what happened. Can I give him Benadryl, will that help? Yes give him Benadryl. They tell me they’ll call back in 20 minutes. If he’s not better they want to see him. They tell me if he’s worse in one minute to call an ambulance. WHAT?? I have zero experience with food allergies, let alone a possible anaphylactic peanut allergy.

He’s coughing more and it’s turning into a wheeze. His nose is running. He keeps scratching his chin. Breathing gets better and then worse then better. I am 12 inches from his face staring at him. He’s just watching Mickey Mouse giving me sidelong glances like mommy is crazy.

I call the pediatrician again. The nurse says come in. I say do you really think that’s neccessary? (Please remember I have no clue what a peanut allergy can do and the state of health insurance in this country and our huge deductible makes me question every fucking health decision I make. Including this one apparently). She says she’ll talk to the doctor maybe they can just prescribe us some streiods for him. That soothes me for a moment. It’s not that bad. I hang up thinking to myself should I really be the one to make the decision as to whether or not I give my not yet 2 year old steroids?!

I call my mother. She’s a nurse. I ask her about allergic reaction to peanuts. She asks what I’m seeing. As I describe my baby to her I realize it’s just time to go to the doctor. Nothing is emergent but something is definitely and terribly wrong.

I gather the other two from upstairs, we get in to the car and head off to the Pedi. (For those of you judging my lack of action before now need to know I live literally 1 mile from one of the best Pedi ERs in the state. If his breathing had changed from a wheeze to something else I would have just called 911. I felt the need to defend my parenting for a moment.)

We are half way there and he vomits. A lot. He is strapped in at an incline and helpless to the vomit pooling in his mouth. I slam on the brakes pull to the side of the road and get him out of his seat and out of the car. I pull the phone out of my pocket and call my husband.”Please get in the car and bring me some towels. You need to take the other two I have to go.” He’s there in a flash. I clean T up and off we go.

It gets much less dramatic, but no less serious from here on out. We arrive at the Pedi’s and go right in they give him prednisone and tell me he has to go to the ER for observation. He is clearly having and acute allergic reaction and the second instance of vomit is indicating it’s escalting. I assure her I know the way to the ER.

A lovely doc looks at his throat says it’s swollen and they need to give him an Epinephrine shot. He tells me I’m sure you have all sorts of questions about this. He says it’s not so serious that we can’t have a discussion about the shot but he really needs to have it. Do I have questions? I say I’m good with that much discussion, please go get the shot. He leaves. I call my husband to tell him we’ll be there for 4-6 hours.


He goes to pick up the Epi Pen from the pharmacy so it’s there when we get home. We stay for 4 hours and watch Mickey Mouse on a continuous loop.

The next day comes and he doesn’t relapse or have any kind of escalation in symptoms. The ER calls to check in on us. I call the Pedi to schedule an appt, they had the name of an allergist ready for me.


So the takeaway here is this: if you have young kids and are unaware of their nut allergy status you should at least know what the symptoms are.

From the Mayo Clinic:
An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe. Peanut allergy symptoms can include:

  • Skin reactions such as hives, redness or swelling
  • Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
  • Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Do you see that? He had ALL those. None that needed a call to 911, but he definitely needed medical attention.

If your child has any signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis, severe dizziness, severe trouble breathing or loss of consciousness call 911 or your local emergency number.


Do you have kids with peanut allergies? How did you find out?

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Tim Ferriss – I want my boobs back.

I have been using the The 4-Hour Body way of eating for 8 weeks now and my body fat has gone down to an amazing 14.5%.  My husband and I have lost over 30 lbs and many inches. The fat loss is staggering really. I have also been using the workout recommendations from the book. I enjoy it so much that I expound on its benefits to anyone that will listen and have inspired others to take up this new way of eating.  Even wrote a little ditty for newbies to help them out.

I have expanded my horizons food wise. I have never eaten and loved so many beans in my life (yummy Taco Salad I’m looking at you). I have new recipes that I will continue to use after this experiment is finished. Love the new food I’ve discovered.

I have started running. I am amazed how much easier and enjoyable running is when I don’t have 20 extra pounds to bring along with me.

I have more energy to keep up with my kids. Three kids under five require quite a bit of it!

So all in all, I’m stoked about the whole thing. But last night I got kinda pissed at Tim Ferris and his stupid #4hb.

Nowhere in the book did it mention one particular side effect and I am wondering why. WHY? Before bed I was checking out my new look in the mirror. Maybe it’s my own fault, I have been focused on my backside quite a bit. With the whole perfect posterior exercises how could I not be? And it does look good! But how could I have missed this? It’s right there in front of me!

It is clear Tim has an affinity for women, the way we look and, um, pleasing us. How could he not tell us!

So there I am standing in front of the mirror wondering why he didn’t mention with all that fat loss that some of it might come from my BREASTS! My boobs are a shell of their former selves Tim Ferris, and I blame you.

So I don’t want my money back Tim, I just want my boobs back. Buyer beware.


And no, you pervs, I am not posting any other pictures.

Disclosure: Amazon Affiliate Link above.

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Carry your weight in your phone

I blur the numbers so you don’t focus on MY numbers. Focus on your own ;-)

I am carrying my weight in my phone now and NOT my hips :-)

Thanks to the Measurement Tracker.

I downloaded this little app the other day to keep track of my measurements and stats as I continue on this 4-Hour Body journey.

All you have to do is pick the date and input the stat. Do it a few more times. Press graph and there you have it. Visual affirmation of your downward progress! You can even back date, so you can take your initial scribbles and get them in here. The geek in me loves being able to see it on a graph with the swipe of a couple of buttons. I wish that the list function went from oldest to newest, because that’s how my brain works (but that’s just me, and what updates are for ;-)

I’m handing out some promo codes that Zach at They Used a Pencil kindly gave to me so you can get started tracking your stats. Just leave a comment here or like The Life of Reilly on Facebook and you’re name will be thrown into the virtual hat. That’s all.

Disclosure: They Used a Pencil gave me a promo code as well to try it out. Just so you know. I’ll stop taking names 3/25 at Midnight EST.

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Gratitude and Inspiration

I am so thankful for all the kind words and thoughts I received over the weekend regarding the death of my brother. Even though it was so long ago, it made a difficult weekend a bit easier. Knowing the love others had for him, and have for me, was such a gift.

I am especially thankful to my friend Lynnette. She reminded me of a story I told in one of our Masters degree classes about my brother. I found that story in my notes up in the attic and I will make it into a book for my children. A book about their Uncle Danny. I can’t wait to get started.

Lots of people and things inspire me. Words, pictures, films, gestures, nature, my children…  I am so tickled that I have become an inspiration to others. Little ole’ me!

Mamas from all parts of my life, a childhood friend, a high school cheer leading teammate, a college friend, and a new online friend I’ve haven’t even met yet. And there are countless others that follow me on twitter. We are a mutual admiration society of people giving each other virtual high fives.

It all has to do with the 4 Hour Body and the success I’ve had on it.

So just thanks everyone. It was an interesting weekend. Much love. Thanks.

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*Those* cravings

I have PMS. If talk of periods and PMS offends you, stop reading.

Ok, so who’s still here?  Let’s continue.

I get cravings for certain types of food while I have PMS and during my period. The usual suspects, anything salty or chocolate-y. These things aren’t really on the approved list of 4HB foods, are they?

Last night I wanted chocolate so bad. If I didn’t get some, heads were gonna roll. I gave in. Yes, that’s right I didn’t just write it down on my cheat day list. Are you kidding? Stop it.

This was urgent, serious, chocolate-y business. I have removed all sweets except for my kids cookies. So I had 3 Chocolate Joe Joe’s. For those of you that don’t know they are Trader Joe’s Oreos. And they are SO GOOD!

So now we can talk about it. Don’t be afraid, you are not alone in your time of the month cheats.While we are confessing, last month I ate at least a quarter of a bag of the M&M’s I was using for my daughter’s potty training. :-) Ahhhh, that felt good. Now you go.

What do you crave and how do you manage it? Do you give in or replace it with something else?

Also, is there a fucking 4HB candy bar? Because I would seriously pay BIG money for it right now.



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