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march resolution update

So here we are… 2 and (almost) a half months into 2012 and I am (sort of) sticking to my resolutions.

Here is an update:

As of last Friday I have lost about 15 pounds.  These are real pounds- not just water weight.  I am going with last Friday’s official weigh in from our biggest loser competition because I did not like today’s unofficial number.  I ate Chinese take out for dinner on Saturday and have gained 7 pounds since Friday!!!!  I feel like a water balloon that is about to pop.  I have been drinking a ton of water and eating produce like there is no tomorrow.  (this is providing great entertainment and conversation for Bubba and Dude (see here for more about that) but not so great on the air freshener budget if you know what i mean…).  Anyone have a great “get rid of water weight fast without doing long-term damage” tips?  Please post them in the comments below.

I continue to track every penny that goes in and out of our bank account and as a result we are starting to build up our emergency fund, are seeing the snowball start to grown as we pay down some debt and we are even starting to save up to replace the windows in our house.  We have not been eating out in 2012 like we have in years past and I really don’t miss it too much.  Especially after Saturday’s (our first take out in over a month!) Chinese food bloat.

I am failing miserably at my resolution to keep our house clean.  I suck at cleaning.  I am keeping the kitchen clean and not letting the laundry pile up but our tiny (800 sq ft) house is super cluttered so it always looks a mess.

I am most proud of the fact that I have read about 3/4 of the New Testament so far.  I am keeping up with my resolution to read the New Testament in 90 days.  Only 24 days left and I am on track to finish on time.  Thanks to this site and this site for letting me follow along.  My Lenten discipline has been to read the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idelman.  It is a challenging book that is making me think and reflect on who I am as a Christian.  Check out the book’s website here.

I am off to drink some lemon water.  Hope to not be so puffy in the morning.

How are you doing with your resolutions?

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progress

so it has been 15 days since i made my resolutions and i have not blogged anything.  i feel like such a slacker.  well not really.  i have been busy keeping up with my resolutions.  i am happy to report that i am doing pretty good.

here’s a recap of my progress:

I have lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks.  yes, i know most of it is probably water weight but i have been making really good choices in the last 2 weeks. i have been staying away from the yummy cookies the lunch ladies make for the teachers.  i have stopped getting donuts in the morning and i have switched from soda to tea. i am sort of starving right now but it is the price i have to pay since  i have not been to the y nearly as much as i would like. the hubs has been sick and he is my motivator.  but hey, 10 pounds is 10 pounds and i am on track to lose more.

my goal to track every penny is working out great.  hubs is on board and in the last 2 weeks we have had some great conversations about our goals and what it will take to get there.  we are both working hard to keep our spending in check and track where everything is going.  we are even on our way to a real budget.  i feel pretty grown up about it.

i am not doing so hot at the housekeeping thing.  hey give me a break though, i am starving over hear (see above). i have gotten back into the habit of making my bed everyday. it is amazing how much better our room looks when the bed is made.  i am also trying to get into the habit of putting the dishes away after they are washed rather than letting them sit in the drainer on the counter (remember we don’t have a dishwasher,boo).  the kitchen looks a lot better when the counters are clear.  i do need to recognize the hubs now because he does a pretty good job of whole house cleaning on saturdays while i am working at the shoe store.  maybe i made the housekeeping resolution for him.

I feel the most successful in my goal of reading the bible daily.  i am on it.  i have started following a blog about reading the new testament in 90 days.  it has really helped me to stay on track and has some great explanations for things i get stuck on.  if you want to start up, it isn’t too late.  you can join up now.

so there you have it.  my first update.  i need to get back on track with a regular blogging schedule but i am cleaning (sort of) and reading and starving myself right now so there isn’t a lot of time left over.

how are you doing with your resolutions?

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i resolve to…

It is that time of year again.  You know, where we all make promises to ourselves and each other about losing weight, being healthy, accomplishing some major goals.  By February, though, most of us have forgotten about those promises.

I have started writing things a notebook of things I want to do/remember/think of/don’t want to forget/can’t keep track of on my phone. I modified the idea a post that sort of sucker punched me in the gut from a great blog I follow called The Simple Dollar. Anyway, I started writing down my new years resolutions for 2012 in this notebook and it quickly got out of hand.  My list was growing longer by the minute.  Here are a few of the items:
-lose weight
-keep the house clean
-save money
-pay off debt
-be a better blogger
-be a better wife
-be a better mom
-be a better leader

I was planning on blogging my list in hopes that publicly stating them would help to hold me accountable but after reading my friend Greta’s blog I realized it need to rethink.  She mention’s SMART goals in her post.  Oh how I how I used to dread SMART goals (specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, and time-bound) were the bane of many professional development days when I taught at Ritenour. A little maturity and time, however, helps me to see that this is, in fact, a pretty good system for goal setting. I also stumbled on to this blog that put the same thought in different words to reemphasize my need to edit my resolutions.

So here is my revised list of resolutions and my plan for getting there (divided into categories):

Weight/Health (isn’t this at the top of everyone’s list?)
I have struggled with my weight forever but now it is impacting my health in multiple ways.  I will lose 36 pounds by Christmas 2012.  That is 3 pounds a month.  Of course I would like to lose about 60 pounds but I need to be realistic.  I will lose the weight by joining a the T/R aerobics class at the Y and lifting weights with the Hubs on Mondays.  I will also walk the dog on a daily basis.  I am going to stop drinking soda and reduce my junk food intake.  I will pack my lunch daily with healthy options.  By joining the biggest loser competition at school I will be doing weekly weigh ins to track my progress.

Money
We have money problems… we have debt, spend too much, and don’t save enough.  I am terrible about tracking where it goes.  I will start writing down what we spend.  I will keep the check book balanced on a daily basis.  I will cut up my credit card.  My car will be paid off this spring and I will roll that payment into a credit card payment.  I will think about what I am buying (and whether I really need it) before going to the register.  I will continue working at the shoe store as well as pimp my Pampered Chef wares in addition to teaching middle school.  I would really like to start couponing but I won’t start that until the summer.  I need to get other things organized first.

Home
Sometimes I am not a great housekeeper.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I am terrible housekeeper.  It bugs my husband. It bugs me, too. I will make my bed everyday (I am on day 4 now!).  I will put things away when I am done with them.  The boys and I will do a 10 minute “sweep” everyday to pick up- we will make it a game. I will do a “chore” everyday (bathroom on Monday, floors on Tuesday and Thursday, etc.)  By doing this, I will feel better and the Hubs won’t be so annoyed.  Also, our tiny house feels so much bigger when things are cleaned up.

Faith
Prayer is easy for me.  I find myself praying constantly.  Reading the Bible everyday, though, is not easy for me. My goal is to follow through with one of the hundreds of daily reading plans I have started.  Hubs and I also lead Alpha in our church and want to be more organized in my planning and leadership.  I have set aside specific times for planning and administrative things that go with leading this group.

I have decided to stop there.  I think these are super lofty goals for me and  I want to be successful this year.  My plan is to blog regularly with updates (I have reminders programmed into my phone). I have also posted these goals so I can see them frequently. To my friends and family that see me or talk to me on a regular basis I ask for you to hold me accountable.

What are your resolutions?

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scenes from the gym part 1

In an effort to get skinny (Bubba says my butt is huge and Dude says my stomach is squishy) Hubs and I have been going to the YMCA pretty frequently this school year.  I love our Y.  It is simple.  I don’t worry about looking like a fool there like I did when we lived in the Lou.  Like almost everything else in Nevada, I feel like I fit in there.

Even though I am still a fatty, I feel really good working out.  This is an amazing statement considering until recently (okay- currently, too) I claimed that exercise caused me to have an allergic reaction- I break out into a sweat and get clammy, my breathing is affected, I turn red and have muscle pain and fatigue.  (Come on you all know that those are classic signs of an allergic reaction)

Another thing I love about going to the gym is people watching.  I often Tweet from the treadmill or elliptical things that I see while sweating it out.   Yes, I am one of those people playing on my phone at the gym (whatever it takes to get me through the torture).

I have decided to start blogging my observations rather than constantly facebooking and getting sweat all over my phone (ewww!)  Your tweet stream and news feed will thank me.  I want to hear your stories as well.  You can comment here or email me and I will add them (with your permission) on those days I skip the gym don’t see anything interesting.

Heres what I pondered today:

Why do people where jeans to work out?  I mean really, I love my jeans days and often wear them on the weekends but to the gym.  Today there were 3 guys learning the ropes to the weight equipment wearing jeans and their wife beater shirts.  I work out in a pair of shorts that I pray doesn’t pull too tight across my rear and a t-shirt that is embarrassingly ratty so I guess I don’t have much room to talk about gym fashion.

Whats in your water bottle?  Mine has (wait for it)… water.  There is a lady that works out on a similar schedule to me that always has a large styrofoam cup.  Sometimes it is a gas station cup and sometimes it is a Sonic cup.  I am dying to know what she drinks while she sweats.  Is she replacing her electrolytes (that’s me trying to sound sporty) with a sports drink or is she counteracting her efforts with a Coca-Cola.

My questions for you today:  What do you work out in and whats in your water bottle?

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peaches

Some of my greatest memories of my Ninamom and Papa are of going to Eckert’s to pick fruit… peaches, apples, pumpkins.  We would go out on the wagons, fill our buckets, take it home and eat our fruit until we were sick to our stomachs.

So when I saw in the Nevada Daily Mail that the peaches were ready to be picked I got really excited to take Dude and Bubba picking.  We made a date with Hubs and headed out.  To our disappointment, the orchard we visited (and apparently many others) don’t let you go out and pick your own.  We have a lack of personal responsibility, lawyers, and insurance companies to thank for that… but I digress.

“Oh well, it is too hot to be outside anyway,” says Bubba.
“Yah! Too hot,” agrees Dude.
I love my boys and when we are out in public they really know how to look on the bright side of any situation.

The peaches we "picked"

the peaches we "picked"

 

I did a poll on Twitter and Facebook on what I should make with my peaches.  The responses were what I expected: pie, cobbler, and crisp.  (I also got a suggestion for wine but that is a little out of my skill set I didn’t go any further than trying to find a recipe.) 
I got out my cookbooks to see which one I had the ingredients for and settled on a recipe for peach crisp from “The Joy of Cooking.”

The Joy of Cooking

aka my cooking bible

So I peeled and chunked the peaches into my Pampered Chef Deep Dish Pie Stone (yes, I just did a product placement plug).

I made a topping out of flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.  Then I popped in the oven and was tortured by the wonderful smells for more than an hour. 

the finished crisp looks oh so good

I love summer time fruit.  So delicious.  So many possibilities.

But the best part of this peach crisp: Dude and Bubba think it is disgusting and now I don’t have to share.

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diet pills don’t work

Diet pills don’t work.  I know this.  I get so mad at the tv and radio commercials that say “take this pill, eat whatever you want and still lose weight.”  I hate the pictures in magazines that show before and after.  These are either photo-shopped or a lot more has been done that just taking the pills.  I know it is not that simple.

I get it.  To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you take in.  plain and simple.  There are lots of ways to get there but diet pills are not the answer.

Yet, yesterday, I lost my mind and decided I was done being fat and I wanted a quick fix.  I decided I didn’t have to work for it if I just took two pills 15 minutes before each meal.  My thought was, I won’t be hungry and I will have a lot of energy to keep up with the boys and I will be skinny by the end of the summer and when I go home everyone will think I look amazing and I will just smile and say I don’t know how I did it and I will be popular and people will flock to me because I am skinny and beautiful and… and… and…

See, I told you yesterday this staying at home thing is making me lose my mind!  And if it hasn’t yet, the diet pills did.  OH! MY! GOD!!!  I thought I was going to die!!!  I was shaking, nauseous, thirsty.  You name a bad feeling and I probably felt it yesterday.  It was awful.  How do people do this all of the time?? Is this what it feels like to be on drugs?  (because I have never done an illegal drug in my life and I am pretty proud of that fact!)  WHAT WAS I THINKING???

Soooooo here are my thoughts on my own weight loss process: 
*I have a lot to lose (50 lbs or more). 
*I know how to do it. 
*I need accountability.  (Because Bubba and Dude are not making sure I don’t eat the bad stuff).

Here are some of my physical health accomplishments:
*after each of my 3 pregnancies I have dropped EVERY SINGLE pound of baby weight within a couple of weeks with doing little more than losing sleep.  (Please don’t shoot me… I know that is not normal and believe me, it doesn’t stay off)
* I have been very successful on many different diet plans where I get to eat what I want and not prepackaged foods.  (think Weight Watchers and the now out of business, LA Weight Loss)
*I don’t like working out but would be totally buff if I had someone pushing me- you know in the last 5 years I have run 4 half marathons (that’s 13.1 miles times 4, folks) and 1 Warrior Dash (a 5K with 12 crazy obstacles and a lot of mud) and I have NOT TRAINED FOR ANY OF THEM!!!  I pretty sure that qualifies me as a freak.  Can you imagine how H.O.T. I would be if I actually worked it?

So what is my problem??  I am lazy.  I have said it before.  I tried to take diet pills yesterday because I wanted the E-Z way to being skinny.  The problem is IT IS NOT EASY!!  If I want to look good, I have to work for it.  It is pretty simple.

So…
Who wants to come to the middle of nowhere (well not really but there is not a ton around here) a be my personal trainer?  For free, of course.  I will be a great “case study” for you.  You can take pictures of my fat gut and then put them next to “smokin’ hot bod” pictures of me in your portfolio. 

Seriously, what keeps you motivated?  Who holds you accountable?

And, I am dying to know… have you ever done anything “stupid” or crazy in your quest for beauty?  I want to hear all the ridiculous things you have tried to get skinny or look good.  I will probably laugh out loud but I promise I won’t hold it against you.

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i am what i have eaten

As I sit on my planning time munching on a piece of chocolate, I realize I have eaten almost a whole bag of Hershey’s miniatures since Monday.  That is in addition to all the other crap I have consumed in my post MAP testing – buying a house – living 400 miles from my husband with two crazy sons week. 

I AM AN EMOTIONAL EATER!! 
There.  I said it.  You know my weakness right up front.

In the last 9 months I have done even worse.  I weigh more today than I did the days I gave birth to Sarah, Bubba, or Dude (not all combined but it could come close!).  My clothes don’t fit.  My skin is not great.  I don’t feel attractive enough for Hubs.  I have become fat and I jiggleEverything hurts – my back, my knees, my pride, my gut from my waistband being too tight. I don’t like being this way.

Since Hubs left for Nevada (said Nuh vA (long a) duh) in July I have put on a ton of weight (about 30 lbs to give you a ball park figure).  I have used the excuse that I have been stressed (YES I AM STRESSED!!) but really I’m just lazy.  I drive through when I could slice and dice.  I grab candy off the counter when there is fresh (and clean) fruit in the fridge.  I sit on the couch watch TV with an elliptical machine looking over my shoulder.

I am lonely.  I need accountability.  I need to say know when my kids ask for junk instead of being glad that they want McDonald’s for dinner.  I need to get motivated.

I have a goal weight. (ideal is 135. reasonable is 150. realistic is 165.  OMG! I am telling the world what I want to weigh which means you all can figure out how far I have really let myself go!)  I have decided on my rewards (shoes, clothes, another tattoo. a nose ring).   I know what to do, I know how to get there, I know why I should.  Yet I can’t seem to get started.

WHY??? 

Do you struggle with this?  How have you gotten going with a healthy lifestyle.  Who holds you accountable?

Will you help me?

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