Week 6 in Review

Well after Day 10 of our Eco-system experiment we had a couple losses. Our two original fish have died but the 3 babies are still living and the snail is still living. We studied a bit more on Ancient China and We are reading about Persia.

In art Angel has been working on still lifes and she seems to really be good at it. We are working on Algebra more, and the week after Fall break we will be adding in some craft type of stuff. So we can both have the opportunity to be creative.

In my personal life I have returned to the gym. I’m sore but it’s all good. I have also picked up some more sales through my Paparazzi business and praying about my other job. I feel like I’m working hard and I’m wearing myself thin with not much to show.

But I keep plugging away. My hubby has been so helpful and supportive and God has given him favor with those he works with. We try to squeeze in as much family time as possible anymore. Which I love. I enjoy being with my kids and my hubby. I know some people can’t say that but God has blessed me so much in the area of family.

My creative side is burning to be set free and I’ve not had much opportunity to do it. But I’m going to make some time. I think Angel will enjoy it just as much as I will.

This week is fall break for us so no official “school” stuff will be going on but I’m looking forward to some creative fun time.

Have a great week.

From Flab to Fab

Here we are in another month. April flew by and May is jam packed with stuff to do. Back in February my hubby decided he needed to make some lifestyle changes and I jumped right on board with him. He joined a gym and with his membership I get to go too. So for the past few months we’ve been working out 3 to 4 days a week. I totally see how easy it is to become a gym rat. I feel so good after working out. I don’t understand why we haven’t been doing this all along.

I’ve been able to put the Victoria Secret Workout clothes to use. I’ve lost several inches and have a goal to be a size 6 again. I’m down to an 8 now. I look good and feel good and for the first time in my life I have muscle tone. We’ve also been eating better and shopping for our food in better places.

No more boxed dinners and quick fixes. Hubby and I are both cooking together and the kids are even starting to eat better because of our new habits and routines. I am so thankful that I am in a season where we can really focus on our health and fitness rather than ignoring it and saying  “I’ll start exercising one day”.  Hubby and I have realized that we need to take care of ourselves well, before we are able to take care of others and do the jobs that God would have us do.

That means taking out time to exercise and eat healthier. I will admit I still have a sweet tooth but every now and then its okay.

I’m really enjoying the time I spend listening to good Christian music while working out. It’s very inspiring and helps me to push through the hard days of working out.  It’s important to take care of yourselves. If you will get into the habit of doing it while you are young and while your kids are young it will not only help you to create a healthy habit but it will also help your kids to do it too.

There are so many Youtube videos and blogs about getting fit from home that you don’t even have to join a gym. There are so many things you can do now and then one day maybe you can join a gym.

One of the things on my bucket list is to run a 5K and so a gym is a good thing for me right now because I can jump on the treadmill rain or shine. But its going to take some time. And I’m just beginning.

I’ll let you know how I’m doing over time so keep coming back if you want to follow my fitness journey from flab to fab.

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The Last Week Before School

Last weekend was super busy. Not a bad busy just busy. Last Friday night we went to a drive in with the kids and friends. It was a double feature and we got home after 2am. Needless to say we slept in on Saturday. Well, all of us except for hubby. He gets up early for work and once you start that habit its hard to stop it. So he got up and went to the grocery store so I wouldn’t have too. (That’s another reason why I love him, he knows it’s my least favorite kind of shopping to do.) While at the store he inadvertently locked the keys in the car. The good thing is he was only a mile from home. The bad thing. I had to walk there since we are sharing a car at the moment. Needless to say after that I took a nap. lol I had to work a longer shift Saturday at work and so I was gone from 2 until 9:30 that night.  Sunday morning I worked at church and thus had to be there early and needless to say I slept in on Monday. Why not it is our last week before school.

 

I have been letting the kids sleep until they wake on their own since next week school starts back and even though they don’t have to wake up at 6am like their public private school counterparts they will be getting up by 8am.  In fact I’ve realized that once a child turns 13 they tend to sleep until noon. I had to wake Princess up Thursday morning AT NOON so we could enjoy some alone time at the pool while all the other kids were in school. I do like people, I just don’t like being at the pool when its crowded and you can’t really enjoy yourself. Actually I am a bit of a recluse. I could be alone without having issues. Yes, eventually I do like to get out but I’m just as happy being at home and getting things done.

Put me in a cabin in the woods with nature all around me and I’m happy at least for a month. Once a month I would have to travel out to someplace and see the rest of the world. lol Actually put me in a cottage on the beach and you would never see me again. lol That’s just who I am and what I like.

We relaxed for a bit on Monday (other than I started the Couch to 5K) and then I had to work that night. Tuesday we enjoyed a day home and didn’t go anywhere. Wednesday (after running day 2 of the Couch to 5K) I had to work again and the kids decided to stay home from church (I know its bad when you let your kids decide, normally they would have said they wanted to go but I think they were all exhausted from the busy weekend). Thursday, I worked on more school planning and really started thinking about taking stock out on HP and Georgia Pacific with the amount of printing I was doing. That evening Andy and the girls helped to clean the kids area’s at church and I had choir practice and helped clean the choir room. Yes, I finally did it. I jumped in and joined the choir. It has been a long time in coming and I kind of felt like the new kid on the block. I was a bit nervous but everyone was so nice and the ones I did know just treated me like I was an old friend and those I just met welcomed me with open arms. It was great. At that point I felt very comfortable. That is one thing I love about this church. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and loving.

Friday night I had to work again and Geek Girl and Princess went to their annual youth camp out as a last hurrah of summer. Since it was just dad and boo left they decided to have a daddy/daughter date. Saturday we picked the older two up who have most likely been awake all night and have our annual complex pool party with games, prizes, music and great food.  Then off to work I go.  Monday morning (when this post will go live) we will be starting school and I will be starting week 2 of Couch to 5K. I’m excited and so are two of my three kids. The other one will come around eventually. lol

Couch to 5K

Have you ever wanted to do something and knew that it was going to take a HUGE effort on your part to do it. Well that is me. Our ladies group at church is doing a 5K in March of 2015 and I was just telling someone at work that one day I would love to be able to run a 5K one day. It’s on my “Life List” (kind of like a bucket list only, I’m not planning on leaving earth any time soon so I like to think of it as my life list).  Then on Sunday we got the list of things the women’s group will be doing in the upcoming months and that was on it. I talked to hubby and decided we would start training so we could both run one even though he won’t be running at this particular one. We decided to do Couch to 5K. I downloaded the app and Monday morning off I went. Forlightstock_138799_medium_user_1937556 thirty minutes I alternated between walking and running. I only missed ONE run time. I think for day one I did VERY well. As I was training, listening to music and praying (mainly that I would actually finish it without passing out); the Lord brought to mind that I need to start eating better and not drinking so much soda. Ya’ll have to understand that soda has been a hard thing for me to break but I am motivated to get in shape and do this thing.  I’m going to attempt to log my progress during this project of getting fit and healthy. So at the end of each week (since the schedule is 3 days a week and I’m making that Mon, Wed, and Fri) I will post how I’m doing and my improvement.

 

I’m creating a music exercise playlist. Music keeps me going and I don’t realize how long its been. So far I have Barlow Girl, Francesca Batistelli, TobyMac and Rebecca St. James on there. Any suggestions for others to add? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

 

Thanks for following this journey with me.

Physical Fitness

When I think of physical fitness and I think of those work out commercials that we see on TV. You know the ones. Where the size 3 ripped model is totally working out and telling you that you can look like her if you buy their dvd, equipment or whatever they are peddling. I want to say really? I’m going to look like you when I get done? I get to be a blonde hair, blue eyed, 5 ft. 6in tanned model? Where do I sign up. I am so totally in.

No matter how hard I diet, or hoGroup of young woman exercisingw much I work out I will never look like that. Do you know why? Well number one I am nowhere near 5’6” tall. In fact I am barely 5’2”. I can dye my hair blonde but my eyes will remain hazel because I hate the ideas of contacts and refuse to by them. Plus I don’t tan. At least not how many of my friends tan. I will remain white as snow and in the summer tan maybe a nice creamy off white. Smile 

My other problem is:  I like food. Food is good. God made food for us and our pleasure. No I am not eating all the time. I just like good food. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving for crying out loud and not for all the pies. I love the Turkey, stuffing, gravy and green bean casserole. Right now I am seriously craving crab rolls. For a whole week its been crab rolls. I don’t know why but it just has. Don’t you love those unexplained cravings? The ones that don’t go away until you get what you are craving.

I am active. I’m on my feet all day. I want to lose another 15 pounds and its been the hardest 15 pounds that I have tried to lose. I’m not a size 3. I was once. I was a size 3 on my wedding day. In fact I weighed a whole 97 lbs. Crazy, huh? I won’t ever be a size 3 again. These mommy hips just won’t let me. I’m not out of shape. I’m in pretty good shape considering I have had three children and have lost 25 pounds already.  So I am getting to where I want to be.

The one thing I wish those commercials would show is real people who are in good physical condition and not just show the paid actors/actresses who they tell us what we should look like.  They wonder why we have such a HUGE issue with our looks? Seriously, these commercials are not helping. I am totally for getting in good physical condition but I am so totally against people who say we should all look like these cookie cutter people. 90% of the population of this world does NOT nor will EVER look like the people they pick for these commercials.

Let’s see some REAL people with REAL bodies showing their REAL results please.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox now. Comments?

The Weight Loss thing

People keep asking me how I lost the 25 pounds that I have lost over the past year and 5 months. The first 20 pounds came off by just getting off of my butt and becoming more active. Then this past April I started taking TaeKwonDo with the rest of the family and I started burning fat and building muscle and I lost 3 pounds just from that. The last 2 pounds I lost over the past month by just cutting out soda’s.  I still have about 18 pounds to go to be where I want to be. However, I am on my way and I feel good doing it.

Sometimes its hard to do something good for yourself but its always worth it in the end. My clothes are getting loser and I’m toning up quite a bit. I feel great.

Here is a picture of me with my family in February 2012.

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Here is a pic of me from Mother’s Day 2013 with my girls. Smile 

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I don’t have a pic of me where you can see all of me but just looking at my face you can see I’ve lost quite a bit of weight.

“Anything Worth Doing…

…is going to be hard.” That is what I heard in my head the last few mornings when my alarm went off. You see I’ve been getting up early and walking. I’m also doing other exercises but I work up more of a sweat when I am walking. You see I am on a weight loss journey. It’s been hard because I’ve got a pretty good bunch of weight to lose. At least it seems that way to me. One of the reasons it seems like a lot to me is because I am “vertically challenged” lol. I’m just barely 5’2” and every pound looks like 10 when you live so close to the ground. Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This morning I laid in bed not wanting to get up when my alarm went off. But, that single statement encouraged me to get myself up and moving. You know what? That is true when it comes to pretty much anything in life that is worth doing. You are going to have to go through some hard times. However, if its something that you feel is worth doing then you are much more willing to actually get up and do it.

Once upon a time I was a teeny tiny girl. I wore a size 3 when I got married and even after my first two babies were born I lost the weight rather quickly. After my third baby I started to get lazy. I didn’t want to get up and do much of anything. It was my own fault. I didn’t eat right, nor did I exercise. I was so used to having a high metabolism that I ate anything I wanted and I can tell you I was a chocoholic. I also didn’t drink nearly as much water as I should have. I definitely wasn’t happy with myself.

Recently I decided that the only person who could change that is myself. So I cut out the caffeine and sodas. I do have a soda or a caramel mocha every now and then for a special treat, but, I don’t rely on it to get me through the day. I’m drinking WAY more water and eating less junk food and exercising tons more. I’ve so far lost 5 of the 43 pounds I need to lose to be my healthiest. Every time I lose a pound it encourages me to keep going. Clothes are getting looser on me and that just excites me. I know one day in the near future (this year) I will be down to a good healthy weight and size for me. I will feel better and be able to enjoy myself and keep up with my kids.

Do you have something you want to do but keep putting it off because it seems too hard?