Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spring Chick Challenge

Spring Chick Challenge

It's just what I need.  A challenge (which runs from Jan 2nd-March 19th).  I am a nerd and I loved homework when I was in school. I miss college! This challenge will be that "homework" that I need to stay on track! I'm pretty excited about it.  Enter the SPRING CHICK CHALLENGE hosted by The Big Butt Theory.

Homework session #1- Share focus points

So here are the focus points for this challenge:
  1. Commit to a NSV (non scale victory) to be assessed at the start and the conclusion of the challenge.  
    • Log 122 workout sessions by March 19th.  That is 2 workouts per day with one day of rest per week.  I will log into the WOWY Supergym to track and also keep tally on the blog.
  2. Commit to a set of nutrition parameters and track via MyFitnessPal or Sparkpeople or WW. Whatever tracking works for you. IF you are on maintenance and do not really track. What nutrition goals do your have?
    • How many calories daily or weekly? - 1400 calories daily with one day that I can go slightly over (but not by much!) tracked on Myfitnesspal
    • How much water will you drink daily?  64 oz per day tracked on Waterlogged
    • What items, if any, will you limit? I will continue to not eat fast food at all and will limit fried foods to once every 2 weeks (if that).
  3. Commit to a set of exercise parameters. These can be as loose or as flexible as you feel work for your personality, schedule, etc.
    • I will be joining my friend Janelle to do Zumba 1-2 times a week.
    • I am currently on week 5 of Turbofire and will do the 20 week program.
    • I am going to also start Brazil Butt Lift (but I have to order it still!)
    • I will do core/ab workouts 3 times a week
    • I will jog 1-2 times per week.
  4. Commit to blogging at least twice weekly and 1 of those times must be you check in with a complete up date on your progress. All other blogs could include new insights, results of weekly challenges, or just letting others know how you are doing.  Will do!!!
  5. Commit to support... both giving and receiving. Check others blogs and comment as you feel motivated to do. Not a problem!
2011 starting weight at end of pregnancy - 190 lbs
Current weight - 133 lbs
Target goal- 120 lbs

And here is my info as well:

Name: Stephanie
Blog URL:
Age: 26

Location: West Texas

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weighing in with Him

It's been awhile since I have posted a weigh in post.  I am really going to get back in the habit of posting that weigh in because it keeps me accountable.  I have been weighing in, just not taking the time to post.  I'm sorry   :(

It's the holidays. And that means that I am running around like a crazy person, trying to stay sane.  And let's just say...I don't feel like I am doing a good job of staying all....AHHHHHH!  So much to do and no time!! A friend reminded me today that Christmas is in less than 2 weeks....initiate freak out mode. Ya.

Weigh in!!

Last week: 132.8 lbs
Today's weigh in: 133.0 lbs

Ok so I am pretty much the same. Maintaining.  Like I have been for pretty much the past 3 weeks.  That's good. Except for the fact that I wanna be in the 120's by Christmas! I got alot of work to do.  I don't know if I can get rid of those 3 lbs by Christmas or not...but I sure as heck am gonna try!

While I was in St Louis for Thanksgiving, I did some Black Friday shopping, which included shopping for myself as well.  I seriously had no winter clothes that fit!  I have added some items to my wardrobe that actually were size Large, instead of Extra large! Whoohooo! I also FINALLY found some jeans at American Eagle that fit me in the booty! I have been on a month long jean adventure and sometimes it just wasn't pretty.  I will post about that this week ;)  The booty post. Look for it later this week. ;)

I did measurements this week as well and here were the changes.

Right arm- 11 1/4" (same)
left arm- 11" (down 1/4")

Chest- 38 1/2" (down 1/2")

Waist- 36 1/2" (FINALLY got away from that pesky 37" --> down 1/2")

hips- 36" (down 1 1/2"!!!!!  I had bought some yoga pants a couple weeks ago that fit wonderfully and are now falling off. No wonder!!)

So there is still progress! Also check out last weeks work outs I completed:

Monday- Christmas tree up and Christmas decorations up.  Ya. I am going to consider that a work out...lots of lifting, squatting, and reaching!

Tuesday- Fire 45, 20 min extreme abs, and Chalean Extreme Push 1

Wednesday- Fire 30, Zumba 20

Thursday- Fire 30, 20 min abs, Zumba 20 and Chalean Extreme Push 2

Friday- no work out :( I was feeling awful as my monthly visitor appeared.

Now time for the hubbys weigh in!

Last weeks weight: 158 lbs
This weeks: 154 lbs

He had two big changes in his measurements:

Waist- 45 1/2" (down 1/2")

Hips- 45" (down 1"!!!)

Way to go hubby!!!

Non scale Victories for the week

1) I tracked on myfitnesspal all week...then I didn't track over the weekend! Dang it! Well, 5 days is better than 0!
2) I drink my 68 oz of water for 6 days of 7.  So close!
3) I did my 3 out of 4 planned Turbofire workouts.
4) I did Chalean Extreme twice last week.  This week, I am aiming for 3!
5) I did abs 3 times last week :)
6) I drink my Shakeology 4 times last week for breakfast.
7) Had coffee with a dear friend and chatted about 5k training, cross training and making a plan to get fit together! And we plan to start running together in the new year!!!

This week's plan

1) We have Christmas parties on 5 days out of the 7 days of this week! Holy cow! Now to avoid porking out on those tasty Christmas goodies that will be found at each party.  MODERATION!
2) Continue drinking my h20 and logging it into waterlogged.  Hubby and I started our water challenge again!
3) Drink shakeology 4-5 times this week.
4) Track on Myfitnesspal
5) Blog 3 times.

And I already have my workout schedule planned for the week.  Check it out!

Monday- Fire 30, Chalean Extreme Push 1, Zumba

Tuesday- Hiit 15, Zumba and 20 min Extreme Abs

Wednesday- Fire 30, Chalean Extreme Push 2, Zumba

Thursday- Fire 55, 20 min Extreme abs

Friday- Fire 30 and Chalean Extreme Push 3

What's your plan for the week? :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Goodbye November...Hello December!

That sad (but adorable) little puppy looks how I feel right now... (in the sad way, not the adorable way).

At the beginning of November, I had created a blogpost with very specific goals to rock the socks off of November. Cue Pac man's little getting-eaten-by-the-ghost soundbyte .... EPIC FAIL.

Let's review those goals:
  1. Track on MyFitnessPal EVERYDAY on my iphone ----FAIL. Although, I seriously watched my portions and I am still not eating fast food (since June!)
  2. Drink 68 oz of water EVERYDAY and track with WaterLogged on my iphone - FAIL. I was sick with some nasty cold/sinus infection/chest cold and I didn't feel like drinking much.
  3. Make a calander for workouts so I have a visual and so it is planned out ahead of time! FAIL. I just plain didn't do this.
  4. Do Turbofire workouts 4 times a week- HALF FAIL (or should I be more positive and call it a HALF SUCCESS?)- I did this for 2 weeks of November until I got sick.
  5. Do Chalean extreme 1-2 times a week.- NOPE. Didn't do this either...when you are sick, you really don't feel like exercising.
  6. Jog 1.5 or more miles on each jog 3 times a week. - FAIL- Hard to run when you can hardly breath because you are so congested and your lungs fill like they could burst!
  7. Do ab work outs 3 times a week with either Tony Horton's extreme abs or Turbojam/turbofire's ab workout - ONCE AGAIN- FAIL
  8. Make a weekly meal plan on Sunday night. HALF SUCCESS- I did alot of crock pot meals this month.
  9. walk 1-2 times a week, depending on the weather- HALF SUCCESS. I did walk a few times with Little E, but often it was just to cold to take him out.
  10. Drink shakeology 4-5 times a week. - HALF SUCCESS- I drink it about twice a week.
  11. Commit to 3 blogposts a week. EPIC EPIC EPIC FAIL
Not to make excuses, but I was genuinely sick. And pretty much felt like a zombie...The Walking Dead (I could have been a zombie cast member this past month). And while the old me would look at all those "epic fails" and get extremely discouraged, I am looking at it as a challenge to do better this month. And although I had many epic fails this past month, I have also had successes.
  1. Before I left for Thanksgiving vacation to visit my family for a week and a half, I was 133.6. So I have maintained all month. We shall see what I am when I return home to Texas this weekend.
  2. I started to feel more human again shortly after arriving to visit my family. While I have been here in the past week, my hubby and I did our very own Turkey Trot, completing 3.5 miles in 50 minutes and battling some massive hills. And we also ran 2.77 miles (hills again!) on Monday. Now I am dying from shin splints again...I really must do some more research on how to alleviate this problem.
  3. Thanksgiving---what a day for temptation. But I did so good! I successfully "sampled" everything and did not go back for seconds. My plate was 10X less full than it had been during past Thanksgivings ;)
  4. The most important success of this month: My MOPS presentation went beautifully (by the Grace of God!)...The Crafty Christmas Gifts presentation I gave was super fun but more importantly, the body image presentation was a success! Even though I cried nearly the whole time I spoke (for about 45 mins!) on negative body image, my battle with it and how to overcome it. I'm pretty sure some of my audience was in tears too ;) And it was a touching experience to have the girls come up to me afterwards and relate to my stories and say "I really needed to hear that. thank you." Oh that gives me goosebumps!
So what's on the agenda for December? All the same goals I had for November. Except this time, I am really going to strive to meet those goals. I am so close to my goal of 125 lbs (9ish lbs away). I honestly don't expect to get to that by Christmas but I really am aiming to get out of the 130s. I am also very much considering doing a video blog on my fb page and sharing what I shared at my MOPS presentation. I really think that sounds fun (not to mention very vulnerable but that's ok---I would so do that for you lovely readers!

So while I started as that super sad, but adorable puppy, I choose to be this puppy. Yes, that's MY puppy. That is Cali and that is her exact personality in a picture. I choose to not look back at the month of November and see only epic fails. I choose to look back (briefly!) on November and see that I also had successes and I will move forward and make December a great SUCCESS!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November's goals: Change Ahead!

That's right folks! Change ahead! Big change! This is the month I push myself!! I am 10 lbs away from my goal weight and I want to reach that by the end of the year. For the past month, I have been working out 3-4 times a week, and it has mainly consisted of jogging and walking. But now its time to PUSH and DO MORE. So here is how I am going to do it. My November goals are huge (to me), but I am going to make it happen!

  1. Track on MyFitnessPal EVERYDAY on my iphone
  2. Drink 68 oz of water EVERYDAY and track with WaterLogged on my iphone
  3. Make a calander for workouts so I have a visual and so it is planned out ahead of time!
  4. Do Turbofire workouts 4 times a week
  5. Do Chalean extreme 1-2 times a week.
  6. Jog 1.5 or more miles on each jog 3 times a week.
  7. Do ab work outs 3 times a week with either Tony Horton's extreme abs or Turbojam/turbofire's ab workout
  8. walk 1-2 times a week, depending on the weather
  9. Drink shakeology 4-5 times a week.
  10. Make a weekly meal plan on Sunday night.
  11. Commit to 3 blogposts a week.
I am quickly running out of clothes that fit me because of my weight loss and my body shape changing! What a terrible problem to have, right?I need a new wardrobe but I refuse to buy a completely new wardrobe until I reach that goal weight. So if I want to be looking good by Christmas in my new wardrobe, I have alot of work to do!

What are your goals for November? Set them and stick to them!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Weighing in with Him

Weighing in!

Weight at last weigh in: 133.4 lbs
Yesterday's weigh in: 135.4 lbs (Ack! GAIN!)

I am not pleased with the increase, but I am also not depressed about it. I am STILL 10 lbs lighter than before I had Little E. This is the kick in the rear I needed to get myself to start really PUSHING myself. So I will take those 2 lbs with a "forced smile" lol and get to work!

On the positive side, despite the 2 lb weight gain, I did my measurements again, with the last measurements being done on Sept 14th. Everything remained the same except the following:

Upper right thigh- 20 1/2" --> down 1 inch
Lower right thigh- 17" -->down 2 inches
Upper left thigh- 20" --> down 2 inches
lower left thigh- 17 3/4" --> down 1 inch

Chest- 37" --> down 1 1/2" inches

So that means I have lost a total of 6 inches in my legs! 3 inches on each leg. My legs are starting to look so much better. And a total NSV here, (but also frustrating), I have no pants that fit! My waist and legs are smaller and I can hardly keep pants up on my bum, even with a belt! I have been trying to wait til I hit my target goal to go shopping but I am pretty sure no one wants to witness my pants falling off... Although I may not be burning a zillion calories with jogging, it is certainly changing my body's shape and for that, I am thankful! My chest is down also. I can tell my cup size has changed because my H cup size bra is to big now. And I no longer have to go on the loosest link on the back. I have to use the tightest! I have retired those larger bras and I am fitting into my "skinnier" bras that have been sitting in my closet for a year now. Oh I love being able to feel the changes in my clothes!

Now on to the husbands details:

Last weigh in: 250 lbs
Current weight: 253 lbs

He admits that he has been working out less the past 2 weeks because of a deadline at work that was requiring late nights at the lab. But that deadline is over and he will be getting back in the game this week.

His measurements remained the same except for the following:

Waist- 46" --> down 1 inch
hips 46" --> down 2 inches
chest 43" --> down 2 inches

Way to go hubby!

Non scale victories
  • Biggest NSV of the week --> I finally caved and bought a pair of jeans because for the past 2 months, my closet full of clothes is beginning to be to big. I used to be a size 15/16 in jeans and this new pair of jeans I bought.... size 9/10!!!!!!! Sweet victory!!!
  • I have been wearing compression leggings when I run which has made such a difference. I don't feel like my shins are going to snap in half so I have been able to increase my distance without stopping. I am sooo happy about that!
I will post my goals on the next blogpost because its gonna be a whopper!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I might be an idiot, but I'm a FIT idiot!

Remember how I ran 1.5 miles a couple weeks ago without stopping in 16 minutes. Yeah. That was awesome. Well, I've continued running despite terrible shin splints (compression leggings work wonders.) Tuesday night, I tried to see how far I could run again and see if I could beat my 1.5 miles and more importantly, beat my husband's farthest distance of 2 miles without stopping. Success! I ran 2.25 miles in 25 minutes without stopping! And I felt pretty darn good and had a very quick recovery time. So I decided after that run that on Thursday I was going to hit the 3.2 mile trail here in town while Eli was at school and see how much of it I could run. Little E and I have started wogging this trail on Mondays and Fridays with my friend and her baby. It's a great trail. So Thursday is here. I'm ready to go running....and it's snowing. It's 34 degrees with 15-20 mph winds. That should have been my sign to choose zumba or turbofire. But No...I'm a FIT idiot!

So I got dressed in what I thought would be great pants to run in cuz they are warm athletic pants. Put on my socks and running shoes...sports bra, workout top, long sleeve shirt and my WT jacket and let's not forget the beanie and gloves. I get to the trail and I am excited to run. So is my running partner, Cali (a husky who lives for the cold weather). We get about 1/2 mile into it and the snow has picked up feet are wet. My toes are tingling...I'm a FIT idiot.

We keep running and a little over a mile into our run, we come across this.

Umm, as you know, Texas has been in a drought so to see water "flooding" my trail was actually quite a shock. It did rain last night and snow this morning, but still, enuf to flood my trail? Ok so see that mud to the left? Ya, Cali and I climbed that mud hill to cross the highway. I'm a FIT idiot. That didn't work out so well. We came sliding back down the hill and decided to turn around and not fight going across the highway. My toes are numb. I'm a FIT idiot.

I was so stinking the windy 34 degrees. Ya. Here is my jacket, soaked. I'm a FIT idiot. And on a side note: fit idiots don't wear waterproof mascara in the snow nor do they wear face masks when running into 34 degree winds and snow....just so you know.

At least my dog still loves me.

It sure was pretty and I really enjoyed my run. In fact, for some reason, running in the freezing arctic death was AWESOME for me cardiowise. I felt like I could have ran forever. I am not sure why, but I really never felt out of breath at all. It was incredible.
Although I may have been a soaking wet FIT idiot, I found this bench to be quite inspiring and perfect for my little outing today.

So Cali and I ran 2.13 miles in the arctic death weather and we may both have frostbite, but we rocked it ;) And I'm proud to be a FIT idiot!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Weighing in with Him...Snoopy dances again!

Check it out! Snoopy is dancing once again!

First, I must apologize for being mostly absent for the past 2 weeks. I was visiting my family who lives 900 miles away and I wanted to squeeze in every last moment I could with them. I did work out while I was on vaca and if you remember, I didn't weigh in at all while I was gone. I weighed in this morning though....and that's why snoopy is dancing ;)

my pre-vacation weight on Sept 19 : 137 lbs
my weight on October 18 : 133.4 lbs!
Loss of 3.6 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am ecstatic =)

But it gets better :)

Hubbys weight as of October 4 : 254 lbs
Hubbys weight as of October 18 : 250 lbs
loss of 4 lbs!!!
He has officially reached a 30 lb loss! And boy can you see a difference. He looks like a new man! I will post pictures later this week :)

Non scale victories
  • I am 8.4 lbs from my goal weight of 125 lbs!!!! That means NEW WARDROBE in the near future. I am quickly running out of clothes that fit me. I am looking forward to a whole new wardrobe...that's my prize. But I really don't have a choice in that right?! ;) A 125 lb girl can't wear a 150 lb girls clothes no more!
  • Drinking that shakeology....yum!
  • I started my 5k training up again and this was my main go-to exercise while on vacation. I am officially able to run 1.5 miles WITHOUT stopping and I did it in 16 mins! And the best part is I didn't feel like death afterwards. In fact, I walked 5 minutes and then ran another 1/2 mile without stopping!! There was a time that 30 seconds of running without stopping killed me. And now I'm nearly halfway to a 5k ;)
Epic Fails
  • I was unable to bike with my uncle. He had started a new job and I had to much going with my family so we are planning to do it on the next trip up there.
  • I have fallen off the bandwagon for my own challenge: the plankathon. I'm gonna make it a goal to do it next month, a whole new challenge that WILL be completed. I have been doing different ab workouts. Instead of doing the plank 5 times a week, I think I will be doing it 3 times a week along with my other ab workouts.
  • ummm....super epic fail...I didn't blog at all last week. I was active on the fb page but didn't post any blogs. So sorry about that. From here on out, I am going to make myself a goal of 2 blogposts a week: the weigh in blogpost and a body clutter chapter. And anything extra is just awesomeness :) You will have to follow along on facebook for the rest of the fun :)
  • When I should have been creating my "about me" page, I got to excited about my craft blog and made an ADORABLE halloween decoration that is proudly displayed on my piano right now...I will be writing my about me page for this new blog and then posting a fun tutorial for my ADORABLE halloween decor. Can't wait to get it up!!! I will share it with yall :)

Weekly goals

I am going to take it easy on the workouts this week because my whole family, including myself, is recovering from an awful virus that we were attacked with this weekend. All 3 of us were terribly sick this weekend. I even blacked out and konked my head on the bathroom floor while hugging the toilet :( HEADACHE! I only puked once so I am not attributing much weight loss to this virus! But it was pretty bad! And now, Aunt Flo has decided to set up camp and I have become cramp-zilla. But there are still goals!
  1. Take 2 mega walks this week with Little E and the dogs.
  2. Drink shakeology for breakfast 4 times this week. (1 of 4 completed!)
  3. do ab work outs 4 times this week.
  4. Bike ride 10-20 miles on Thursday while Eli is at mothers day out
  5. Stay at or below calorie goal for the week and track on myfitnesspal
  6. finally get the craft blog debuted ;)
I am so happy Snoopy could dance again today :) I hope that Snoopy gets to dance again next week too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weighing in with Him and the Hubby

Check it out! Snoopy is dancing again!

That's because the hubby has met a huge goal!

Hubbys weight last week: 256 lbs

This weeks weight: 254 lbs

That means he has officially passed the 25 lb mark! He was an overachiever and hit a total of 26 lbs lost! I am so stinking proud of him =) And as for me, well, we still must wait til Oct 12 to find out.

Non Scale Victories
  • I completed the 30/40/50 challenge and added it to my badge room! WHOOHOO!
  • I clocked nearly 10 miles in walking last week. My goal is to walk between 10-15 miles a week so goal achieved!
  • My muscles were so sore this past week. I worked in my parents garage for nearly 20 hours through out the week!
Goals for the week
  • I was unable to bike ride last week so I am hoping to be able to bike at least once this week.
  • Do 2 mega walks (5-6 miles each walk) this week
  • Complete week 3 of C25K. Yes, I have started it back up. I started last night and it was awesome. It was actually a piece of cake. I would love to jump ahead to where I had gotten the first time, but I want to take it slow so I hopefully don't get tendonitis again.
  • Drink Shakeology 4 times this week for breakfast.
  • Complete Fat Chick Fed Up's Junk Challenge each day.
  • Complete my very own Plankathon daily challenge.
  • Blog 2-3 times this week. My goal last week was 3 and I got in 2 blogposts so that was progress! I have been pretty active on my facebook page, but I would like to update the blog at least 3 times a week.
  • Write my "About me" page for my craft blog and debut it. I have the facebook page set up. I have the blog mostly designed (enuf to get it started, I can always change it later). And I hope to get it debuted by the end of the week!

So what do you have planned for the week?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Body Clutter: Chapter 7: Building your Routines

In order to incorporate healthy eating into your life, it needs to be a part of your ROUTINE. -Leanne

A babystep is choosing one new thing to become a habit. A routine is adding those habitual babysteps together. -FlyLady

When babysteps are incorporated into a routine, big things happen: You have a greater inner resolve to go forward, you can see your way to a new goal or two, and you start to feel almost invincible! -Leanne

To date, I have lost 53 lbs since the birth of my son. Granted, about 25 of that fell off in the first couple weeks, but still. That's still 23 lbs that I have had to work really hard to shed. It wasn't easy emotionally and sometime's its still not easy. As you may recall, in March of this year, I was a mess, convinced I could do nothing to change the way I looked. I felt fat and ugly. I in no way felt good about myself. I loved my new baby with all my heart, but I didn't love myself. I was so confused as to why I had put so much of my self worth into the way I looked. It wasn't until I finally made the decision to actually do something that a transformation of both mind and body started to happen. It started with babysteps and incorporating those babysteps into my routines. I can honestly say that as the past 6 months have gone by, those babysteps have turned into routines and I feel EMPOWERED by that and I am finally FLYing (finally loving my (your)self!!)

So why don't we take those babysteps and turn them into routines?

1. We have ourselves convinced from previous failures that there is no way that something simple can work for us. It has to be diffuclt and complex to work, right? No pain, no gain, right? WRONG! -Leanne

2. We think of exercising as something that takes up so much time that we just can't find a place for it in our busy lives, or we go into it overkill and push ourselves so far so fast that we inevitably burn out and quit...AGAIN! -Leanne

3. Another thing that often stands in the way of reaching one's goals is procrastination. If you put off planning, you won't have anything to work with. -Leanne

So how do we turn those babysteps into routine?

You start NOW!

You don't wait.

You make a plan.

You move forward.

You can do this!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Weighing in with Him- Vacation style!

Yesterday WOULD have been weigh-in day, but I am in St. Louis and my scale is back in West Texas!

Therefore, I shall be scale free until October 12. Yep, I am here for 2 1/2 weeks. Yes, my parents have a scale, but it's not my scale and according to my mom, her scale is truly possessed. And we know how I feel about possessed scales! So I will just weigh in when I get back home on October 12 ;)

You may ask "how can you be away from your husband for so long!?" Well, we live an hour away from the university (in Lubbock) where he is getting his phD and he has really been wanting to put in long hours so he can knock this dissertation out, but often he comes home around 6 pm so we can have family time (no complaints there!) With me being gone for a couple weeks, he will be staying in town with his buddies and putting in long hours at work. And I get to visit with my family and Little E gets to hang out with his grandparents (which makes my parents EXTREMELY happy!) So I miss him terribly when I am gone, but the goal is to get that phd done so we can move closer to family!!

Hubby called me with his weigh-in results so at least someone is weighing in!

Hubbys weight last week: 258.4

This weeks weight: 256.0

Total week loss: 2.4 lbs! YAY!!!! I am so proud of him!

Non Scale Victories

  • I visited my family 6 weeks ago and I was 144 lbs. Currently I am 137 lbs. The first comment from my mom and grandma was “oh you look so much smaller!” Amazing how much a difference 7 lbs can make. But it is so encouraging to know my family can SEE the difference.
  • Still going strong on 30/40/50 challenge. I intend to make myself a “badge room” on my page for the challenges that I complete!

Goals for the week while on vaca

  • Bike at least 20 miles (on an actual road bike!) 1-2 times a week
  • Walk 3-5 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with ankle weights and Little E
  • Drink Shakeology for breakfast 5 mornings (YUM!)
  • Help parents clean out garage which requires some intense lifting and bending so that’s gotta burn some calories!
  • Blog at least 3 times this week. With as busy as I have been, I have been only able to blog once a week. I HAVE to fix this. I have several chapters of Body Clutter that I need to post!!!
  • Get the craft blog up and running!

What are your goals for the week? Make small changes and those small changes will become habits!

PS: my font is looking crazy on my end. Is it for you?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weighing in with Him: the WHOOHOO version!


That pretty much sums up how I am feeling right now ;) Let me show you why!

As you know, I have been doing my "mega walks" 2-3 times a week with Little E. Well, he goes to Mothers Day Out on Thursdays so hubby and I broke out the bikes 2 weeks ago. Here we are out on our bikes for the first time in a LONG time! We used to mountain bike several times a week when we lived in Missouri. It felt SOOOOOO good to go riding! My legs were screaming but it was a good scream!

We did about 12 miles on the dirt roads averaging about 10-12 mph.

Last Thursday, I went out biking solo and was pretty sure I was going to die on 3 separate occasions. I biked to church to get my keys from the diaper bag that happened to be with Little E at Mothers Day Out. That was 4 miles. Then I decided to bike an additional 13 miles.

Death Trap #1- I somehow ended up in the "ghetto" of Pville and was definately not in the best of neighborhoods. That was scary! Plainview is a nice town, but don't go east of the railroad tracks. Its rough over there!
Death Trap #2- I was riding out on the country roads and a rottweiler came snarling at me and I didn't realize he was chained up at first. I started pedaling super fast. I was convinced I was going to lose a leg before I saw that chain!
Death Trap #3- Picture above. Intense fog. I was sure someone was going to run over me as I was biking on the outer road of the interstate (I was NOT on the interstate lol).

Luckily, I survived.

And look! It rained enough in West Texas that the mud actually stuck to my tire!!

Last Saturday was RACE DAY! Here is hubby with his victory stance =)

And here is me doing my victory pose! 21 miles complete in 2 hours on mountain bikes! We were biking right into strong winds for the first 10 miles so we could only average 10-12 mph at first. Those last 11 miles were AWESOME as we were averaging 16-22 mph!!! ZOOOM!

So now for today's weigh in!

Last weeks weight: 138.6 lb
Todays weight: 137 lbs!
Total loss from last week: 1.6 lbs!!!!!

Hubbys weight last week: 260 lbs
Hubbys weight today: 258.4
Total loss from last week: 1.6 lbs


Non Scale Victories
  • I biked a total of 38 miles this past week! And it felt awesome!
  • 21 miles of that was on Race Day for Cowboy Days in Plainview Texas and we finished it in 2 hours!
  • Still going strong on the 30/40/50 challenge!
  • I walked a total of 5.24 miles with ankle weights, the dogs and Little E.
  • I tracked on MFP and stayed very close to my calorie goal.
  • Completely unrelated to fitness, but remember my Craft Blog I am working on? Well, I have designed it. Its up and just nearly ready to make its debut. If you are interested in crafting, I will be sharing my new facebook page and craft blog in the near future!
  • I finally tried a new recipe and it turned out fabulous. Check out this tasty recipe for CrockPot Turkey Lasagna! YUM!
And now I shall sign off with one last:


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Weighing in with Him: /happy dance!

I realize that I weighed on Monday and I am just now blogging on Wednesday. I hope you still love me. It's just been a busy week! And we are only 1/2way through it!

Update on my mom- She is having tests done on the 19th so hopefully we will know something around that time. Praying, praying, praying they will figure out whats going on and that it is something that can be easily reversed.

Update on Little E- Although he still has his cranky moments, I think we are over the worst of it...until another pearly white bears its pointy little head.

Alright, lets get on with it, shall we?

Last weeks weight- 140.6
This weeks weight- 138.6 (WHOOHOOOO! )

Insert happy dance here.

Current Measurements:

Left arm- 11" - down 1/4"
right arm- 11 1/4" -no change

Chest- 38 1/2" - down 1/2"!!!

Waist - 36 3/4" - down 1/4"! Every little bit counts!

Hips- 37" - 1/2" inch GONE!

Right thigh- upper - 21 1/2" (new measurements--decided to do both parts of my thighs)
Right thigh- lower- 19" no change

Left thigh- upper- 22"
Left thigh- lower- 18 3/4" - down 1/4"

Get this. Since April of this year, I have lost a total of 18.25 inches!!! And yes, I am most definitely bragging!


Hubbys weight last week- 260 lbs
Hubbys current weight- 260 lbs .... maintained! That's still a victory!

I hadn't shared hub's measurements yet, but I am about to. The original measurements were taken in April. And we finally measured him today. Prepare to be amazed.

Chest- In April- 47.5"
Chest- today- 45" Total- 2.5"

Right arm- In April- 15"
Right arm- today- 14.5" Total- 1/2"

Left arm- In April- 14.5"
Left arm- today- 14" Total- 1/2"

Waist- in April- 50"
Waist- today- 47" Total- 3"

Hips- In April- 51"
Hips- today- 48" Total- 3"

Right thigh- in April- 28.5"
Right thing- today- 22 1/4" Total- 6 1/4"!!!!

Left thigh- in April- 28"
Left thigh- today- 21 1/2" Total- 6 1/2"!!!!!!!!

For a grand total of 20lbs and 22 1/4" inches lost in 5 months!

I am so proud of us! /insert another happy dance here!!!

Nonscale victories
  • I stayed hydrated 6 out of 7 days. Although I didn't win a 20 min back massage, I still see it as a victory because I was fully hydrated more days than not. I had one day where I was just not feeling well and if I drink or ate much, I was nauseaus. :(
  • I completed a 12 mile bike ride on dirt roads in preparation of my 21 mile bike ride this weekend!
  • I am continuing strong on my 30/40/50 challenge :)
  • Hubby has a few workout buddies now at work and they have started to hit the gym together so soon, the hubs will be sporting some strong muscles!
  • Completely unrelated, but I am really making progress on the planning part of my new crafting blog. I am planning on getting it up and running sometime within the next week or so!
Alright, I am out. I am going to be late to playgroup with Little E! It's a busy day. One of my girlfriends is coming over for a scrapbooking/playdate for the boys this afternoon and then we got choir tonite! Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Body Clutter: Chapter 6: Babysteps

While we all want instant gratification, we must be patient with ourselves. Just as a baby learns to walk little by little, step by step, we apply this principle of gradual change to our Body Clutter -FlyLady

My little E is now 8 months old. Over the past 8 months, I have watched him grow and learn. Everyday he learns something new and it just amazes me. What if he was to grow instantly into a young man? What if I didn't get to watch him make these gradual changes? I want to enjoy his journey and see him grow. His journey is what makes him who he is. I want him to take babysteps. I expect him to take babysteps. I should expect the same thing for myself.

So often, when we decide it is time to shed some clutter, we want it to happen not now, right now. It is just human to want instant gratification. We set huge goals and want them to be met quickly and when that doesn't happen, we tell ourselves we have failed.

We have set the bar so high that we can't ever meet our own expectations, and once again we fail. -FlyLady

We do this to ourselves over and over until we finally realize that babysteps is what is going to bring us success. We may have a huge "ultimate goal." For me, I want to lose a total of 70 lbs since the birth of my son. Rather than see that huge number, I have been focusing on 6-8 lbs a month. I feel so much more successful when I meet this small goals, and I know I will eventually reach that ultimate goal. I believe deadlines are great. In fact, I plan to lose my last 15 lbs by December. I would really love to lose those 15 lbs NOW but that's not realistic. I must lower that bar, make small goals, and that will lead me to my final goal. I have to admit, I struggled with this concept. I fell into the pit of "negative body image" because I wanted my body back after pregnancy "immediately." But now, I have come to realize that God didn't want that for me. He wants me to have to work towards that goal. He wants me to take babysteps. He wants to teach me patience. He wants me to know that He loves me regardless of my size. He wants to me to FLY (Finally love your(my)self). He wants me to trust in Him in all things. All these things he is teaching me through my weight loss journey. And I am thankful for this journey I am on.

Is there a babystep you can take to change your eating habits? Maybe its replacing one unhealthy snack a day with a piece of fruit. Maybe its dropping your daily soda to an every-other-day soda. Maybe its portion control. Maybe its tracking your calories (check out myfitnesspal app-its great!). Maybe its actually eating a snack to increase your metabolism.

Is there a babystep you can take to change your attitude? Maybe its finally deciding what motivates you and utilizing whatever that is (for me, its my blog!) Maybe its reading a certain book that changes your perspective. Maybe its telling yourself an affirmation everyday!

Is there a babystep you can take to change your exercise habits? Maybe its taking a short walk a few times a week with your family or dog. Maybe its wrestling with your children or playing outdoors. Maybe its going on a run or a bike ride twice a week. Maybe its hitting the gym with a friend. Maybe its having an accountability partner to babystep with you!

If each new week, we incorporate one new babystep into our lives, the journey won't look so scary or so daunting. Babysteps will set you up for success. You will find with each new babystep, you will begin to feel more confident. And with confidence, you can FLY (finally love yourself) and shed some body clutter!

So....what babysteps are you going to take?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weighing in with Him

Oh man. My stress factor is high today! I would like to just scream at the top of my lungs but the baby is sleeping (finally!) so I better refrain from that.

Do you ever feel like your bopping along, happy as a songbird and then everything (even little things) starts to be overwhelming? That's kind of where I am right now!

The 2 main things (that aren't so much little things!) heavy on my heart right now are:

1) my mom - Here blood counts (hematrcrit and hemoglobin and iron) are 1/2 of what a normal healthy person should have. She is close to needing a blood transfusion. And we don't know why. She will be having tests this week or next. She has had a history of an ulcer so I am praying its just a recurrent ulcer because that is a relatively easy fix. But being a nurse, I tend to think of the worst case scenerio (cuz I have seen the worst scenarios in the hospitals) and my mind starts racing about what could be going on. Then my mind wanders off thinking "what if it is bad? what would I do without my mom, my best friend?" Oh gosh, it just makes me sick. My husband tells me I could write the "final destination" movies because I always can come up with worst case scenario...why I do that? I have no clue. Can't help what races thru your mind sometimes. The what ifs? I LOVE being a nurse, but sometimes ignorance is bliss and as a nurse, I don't get that option sometimes! I am using this situation to help me rely on the Lord, pray when my mind starts racing and just TRUST in Him. If you have a second, would you please say a quick prayer for my mom?

2) Little E is teething. And making me loco. He is usually a VERY happy baby with a pretty predictable schedule. Not lately. It is difficult to get him to nap. If I set him down to play, he cries. If I hold him, he wants down. As soon as he's down, he wants held. Its a vicious cycle. There are periods where he will non-stop fuss. I feel so bad for him. He is snotty as all get out and had a few blow out diapers. Does he have a cold or does that go with teething? I've heard both. He doesn't have a fever; his lungs are clear. I just don't feel like I can do anything for him. Tylenol, teethers, cuddling, loving on him. I am trying everything, but I feel like I can't do anything to make him feel better and it breaks my heart. Teething is exhausting for us right now!

Alright, let's move on to Weighing In.

Last weeks weight: 140.6
This weeks weight: 140.6 (well, at least I didn't gain)

I didn't lose any poundages. However, I did my measurements and my long distance walking is paying off!

Chest- 39" - down 1/2 inch from last week! Maybe thats those 30 push ups a day at work!

both arms- 11 1/4" - no change

Waist- 37" no change

hips- 37 1/2" - down an 1 1/2 inches from last week! I could totally tell because all my pants were falling off this past week!

Right thigh- 19" - down 1/4 inch!

left thing- 19" - down 1 1/4 inches! Those long walks and ankle weights are really working. My leg muscles are becoming more defined as well!

The hubby forgot to weigh himself yesterday so we will find out what he weighs next week.

Non Scale Victories
  • Both hubby and I completed the hydration challenge again which means we both have earned another 20 min back massage!
  • I went to the Farmers Market (for the first time!) and came back with about 6 cucumbers, 6 ears of corn and a bag of onions for $6 bucks total. I am so going to go to the farmers market on a weekly basis!
  • On Monday, I walked 4.5 miles; Wednesday- 5.5 miles, Friday-5.33 miles. All walked with ankle weights, a stroller with an 18 lb baby, and two 60 lb dogs!
Check out my walking buddies and the pretty (pretty dry!) landscape!
  • I tracked on MFP and stayed under my calorie goal all week.
  • I have been faithfully been participating in the 30/40/50 challenge
  • I completed my 100 push ups for 100 likes!
  • I got called "skinny" twice at church on Sunday!! Friends at church are telling me they can tell that I am losing weight. My goal isn't to be SKINNY, but the fact that people can see a difference makes me SOOO happy!
My fail for the week was that I only blogged once :( Sorry about that. It was a very busy week and this one will be equally busy!!! But I promise to be better about blogging!

So what do you use to cope with stressful times in your life? Are you a worrier? I know I am not the only one who has the "what ifs" running through thier head. How do you cope when there is something of the "unknown" (like my mom's mystery blood levels)? Help a sister out! And if you have a moment, a little prayer would be so appreciated!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weighing in with Him...and a demon possessed scale

Bet that title got your attention!! Ok, so yesterday I weighed in with Him and... then discovered that I may possibly be weighing in with a demon instead. You see, I am pretty sure my scale is possessed.

I stepped on to the scale praying the scale would go down but I had a feeling it would go up because its "that time of the month." I know, I know...TMI! But some women tend to gain anywhere from 1-5 lbs during that time...and I am one of those women :( Talk about bloat. Bleh.

Anyway, I step on the scale and it says 144. Yep, just what I expected. Not to worried about it knowing next week will probably be better. But I step off and zero it out, and step back on. I always do it twice to make sure I get the same "poundages." I am not kidding you, but in about 15 seconds, I lost nearly 4 lbs. This time the scale says 140.6 (which would be a gain of 0.4 from last week) which to me is basically maintaining. Say what???

If only I could lose 4 lbs every 15 seconds, I would reach my target weight in exactly 75 seconds!!!!!

So I get out an ancient scale that Moses himself probably used (ya, its THAT old) and step on it. 146 lbs! Oh my gosh, that took about 30 seconds so I gained 6 lbs in 30 seconds! Step back on my main scale and I am 140.6 again. I step on and off, on and off, on and off several times and I kept getting 140.6. So certainly thats what I weigh, right? Well, that's what I am going with, but I still hold to the idea that my scale is possessed.

Last week's weight: 140.2
This weeks weight: 140.6(ya, I am going with that one)

Measurements that actually changed:
Chest: 39 1/2 " - down 1/2 inch
hips : 39 " - down an inch!

Hubbys weight last week: 261.2
This weeks weight: 260

Non-scale Victories
  • I completed the hydration challenge with my husband and I have earned a 20 minute back massage. He earned one too so this week we both get 20 min back massages! I drank 72 oz every day and he drank 130 oz each day!
  • I have been asked by our Mops group (mothers of preschoolers) to speak about Healthy Living at the November Mops meeting!! I am so looking forward to this because I get to share my story, share recipes/whats worked for me on my journey to fit and I plan to talk about body image, and "loving yourself" because every woman is a beautiful creation! And how we can live healthy for HIM ! I am also presenting some "crafty,cutesy and inexpensive gift ideas" that day too! I get to share about both my passions: Living healthy for HIM and crafts!!!
  • My ankle is healing well so I am slowly being able to add in my workouts

This weeks goals
  • Walk 4 miles each on Monday (check!), Wednesday and Friday wearing ankle weights and pushing Little E in stroller
  • Continue hydration challenge with Hubby
  • Track calories on myfitnesspal and stay slightly under calorie goal
  • Participate in the 30/40/50 Challenge on the page of Eclipsed: Escaping the Shadow of Obesity
  • Complete my 100 push ups for the 100 likes (I am 60 push ups into it!)
  • Research ways to improve my blog
  • Blog 3-4 times this week
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Go to Farmers Market! (For the first time ever, I am so excited!)
  • Organize my thoughts: One of my favoritest hobbies is being creative and making something out of nothing, turning junk or trash into treasures! Using everyday things (like baby jars) and turning them into something useful and cute and decorative! I would LOVE to start a blog on my creative creations but its a work in progress. Right now its just in the planning phase. I love everything crafty from scrapbooking to jewelry to creating random creations. I would eventually like to combine all of these things into a fun website. Like I said, all in the beginning planning phases.
So to conclude, I am going to give my scale one last chance and if it acts as crazy as it did yesterday, I will be calling in a priest for an exorcism. What kind of scale do you use? I may need a new one that tends to be more accurate. Let me know what you use!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Body Clutter: Chapter 5: Forgiveness

"A grudge is just a bitter pill we take that destroys our soul and doesn't even hurt the person who we are not forgiving. When are we going to learn that the cure for this bitter disease is that we must first forgive ourselves for our past and quit punishing ourselves for every little mistake?" -FlyLady

I was 125 lbs when I got married. Within the first 3 years of marriage, I had gained 20 lbs. How did that happen!? I have forgiven myself for letting that happen, rather than dwelling on it. I have dwelt on it in the past and that wasn't a pleasant place to be. You must forgive yourself, accept that what happened happened and use your past as fuel to be better. Consider it a stepping stone. I have learned that no matter how hard you are on yourself doesn't change the fact that there is accumulated body clutter. Today, you forgive and step forward! And begin your journey to declutter!

"The power to forgive and accept forgiveness is the key to releasing one's internal bondage."

"We lock ourselves into prisons of self-doubt, self-hatred and loathing. We blame ourselves for a myriad of circumstances in our lives, with alot of them being stuff that was beyond our control...That we consequently made poor decisions shouldn't be off the forgiveness radar screen. It is when we understand the power to forgive and accept forgiveness (yes, even when it's from ourselves) that we can be released in ways we never imagined or dreamed of." -Leanne

Those two quotes right there are by far my favorite quotes so far. If you have ventured into past blogposts, you will have found Emo-Stephanie. Emo-Stephanie busts out when I am not willing to forgive myself. That poor attitude towards myself leads to that prison Leanne talks about and it's somewhere I do not want to be! Since forgiving myself and moving on, I cannot begin to express how much happier I feel!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Body Clutter: Chapter 4: Excuses, excuses!

There are a bazillion and one excuses out there for not taking care of your body clutter. I've used most of them and so have you. The minute I got serious about my body clutter, I recognized those excuses for what they were: character flaws that exposed a serious deficit in my own personal integrity. That revelation was completely devastating. But do you know what? We are the biggest decievers on the planet when it comes to ourselves. -Leanne from Body Clutter

Welcome to chapter 4 and the world of excuses. I've made them.

Excuse 1- I remember about 5 months ago calling my mom and saying "So many thyroid problems run in our family. I need to get my thryoid checked out cuz I just can't lose weight." Excuse. I thought I was watching what I ate, and sure I was. I was watching it go right into my mouth! I wasn't counting calories. I wasn't researching what I was putting into my body. Not like I am now. 5 months ago, I was making an excuse.

Excuse 2- I had a baby in January. I had a c-section. I was pre-eclamptic causing me to gain an extra 20 lbs of water weight on top of the 30 I had gained from the pregnancy itself. All those things must make it more difficult to lose weight, right? Excuses!!! Things I told myself to make myself feel better. Like Leanne says, we are the biggest deceivers to ourselves.

Excuse 3- I have a slow metabolism. Excuse! Eat well and eat often to boost that metabolism!

Excuse 4- I can't afford diet food/health food. Do I want to pay a little extra for healthy foods now or massive doctor bills later?

Excuse 5- I plan on having more babies so why lose the weight if I am just going to gain it back? Ack! I can't believe at one point I really thought this. But I did. Lose that weight to be healthy for those babies!!

We need to stop deceiving ourselves and realize "that paying attention to your fuel and movement isn't just so that you can wear a smaller size, but it is critical for doing more of the work that God had called us to do. It isn't just vanity, but it is a whole new life that God wanted to reveal to us." When we realize that, our attitude changes immensely and we are no longer deceivers to ourselves.

You must accept yourself first as you are today before you can work on your body clutter.

There is alot of pain associated with honesty, but there is also tremendous freedom that comes the moment the lights go on.

Ahh. Freedom. I feel that now, but that is because I am FLYing-finally loving my(your)self .

It is painful to say that I had such a bad attitude about my weight that I was deceiving myself into believing I was not beautiful; deceiving myself into believing I could never change; deceiving myself into believing that my outward appearance is what mattered more than anything.

BUT! Once I accepted myself as I was, I finally saw the light. I saw that I am beautiful. I can change. And my outward appearance is NOT what matters most. It is ultimately my walk with Christ. If I am not FLYing, I am more "stumbling" than walking with Christ and I don't want to be stumbling!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weighing in With Him

Fear. Anxiousness. Hesitation.

Those are all things I felt today as I was about to do my weigh in. Well, that's typical. I almost always feel like that before I step on the scale. But today was different.

I have peroneal tendonitis :(
FYI, I wear a size 7 even though my foot looks like it belongs to a giant amazon woman. You might not be able to tell, but my usually-prominent-ankle bone is no longer prominent. I have a cankle. Lovely. This is what I spent my last week doing (mostly): frozen veggie ice pack, heat, stretch and elevation.
It was week 2 of rest and I finally decided to go see a doctor. I got tired of limping around and watching my cankle slowly grow outwards. Not to mention tendonitis HURTS! Went to see my friend/doctor and he confirmed it was tendonitis (which is what I thought it was after some research-as a nurse, you always tend to self diagnose!). I ended up with a steroid shot IN the ankle (OUCH!) and instructions to continue rest for 1 week (1 week will be this weekend), and to keep an ace wrap on tight to help decrease inflammation.

Despite my inability to run, the Hubby continues on without me! About to hit Start on the C25K app! Cali was built for running so she loves 5k training!

So here it is!

Last weeks weight: 141.8
Todays weight: 140.2
loss: 1.6 lbs

Hubbys last week weight: 263
Todays weight: 261.2
loss: 1.8

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have finally hit a 50 lb loss since the birth of my son! And my husband is just nearly to a total of 20 lb loss! I am so glad we are in on this together!!! It's so encouraging !!

NSV (non scale victories) for last week!

  • I have to say my attitude about my weight has been dramatically changing in the past few weeks. I am really focusing on calling on the Lord anytime I get down about my weight and praying He will help me maintain a positive attitude. So far, so good! When my ankle began to hurt, I thought to myself, "please don't get a running injury. You have some BIG plans for August which includes losing 6-8 lbs this month!" Then week 2 of August comes around and the whole ankle fiasco starts. There was a brief moment that I became discouraged, espeically when I decided to take a week of rest and then especially when the tendonitis was confirmed. I thought to myself, "how will I ever lose that 6-8 lbs?" Well, I hopped right into prayer and asked the Lord to help me stay positive and help me to rest (I am not good at sitting still!). The Lord answers prayers because I already reached a 6 lb loss for the month (146 at the beginning of August! 6 lbs so far!) THANK YOU LORD!

  • After much research about the importance of water in weight loss, I made a commitment to drink my required H20 (72 oz) each day. I was successful 5 out of the 7 days! I track it on the Waterlogged app. :)

  • Hubby and I also downloaded the Myfitnesspal app. I love that my iphone 4 can scan the barcodes and input whatever I am eating right into the calorie tracker! So easy!!

Goals for this week
  • Hubby and I have decided to have a waterlogged competition. Each day you drink your required H20, you get a point and whoever has the most points at the end of the week, Wins! We haven't decided on a prize yet, but I am thinking it should be a really great back massage!
  • Stay just slightly under my calorie goal and track everyday on myfitnesspal.
  • Incorporate 1-2 light snacks into my day. I want to eat 4-5 times a day to increase metabolism. I have myfitnesspal set up to remind me!
  • Because of my ankle, I cannot do intense cardio or much that involves lots of leg movement. So I am going to do ab work outs at least 4 times this week and arms at least 3 times this week.
  • Blog 3-4 times. I have some Bodyclutter chapters that need to be posted!! I am also in the process of researching how to improve my blog and add a recipes link of recipes I am currently trying !
  • Lastly, I really hope to reach 100 likes this week! I have decided I will do 100 push ups (over a week!) when I hit that big milestone!