Embrace

If you’ve not watched the documentary on Netflix called Embrace, do yourself a favor & go watch it. NOW. Especially if you’re a woman. I just finished it & wow – I already want to watch it again!!

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16 for 2016

I suck at consistency, obviously. Not just with this but with SO many things in life especially as far as my goals which is really sad because it just means I don’t want them bad enough yet. I’m not giving up though. This is going to be my year! We are in the process of buying a house right now – thank the Lord! So far everything is great we are just waiting on the appraisal which shouldn’t be a problem.

There are so many benefits that this new house can bring & I can’t wait for it! It has so much more room which means easier organization though we will still be purging before the move. With 3 bedrooms it also means that I can do my workouts in the bedroom while Paul is downstairs & baby girl has her own room which means I will be more likely to do them. Plus it’s in a nice area so I can run in the evenings when it’s not freezing after Paul gets home & it’s not on the main road.

Inspired by my IDWTBAT girls I made a list of goals for this year. Us moving will affect a lot of them so it’ll still be a bit before I can really get progress going on them, but it’s going to happen!

 

  1. Cleaner house
  2. Budget
  3. Family night
  4. Date night about once a month
  5. Exercise at least 3X week
  6. Walk 4X week
  7. Menu plan & meal prep
  8. Lose weight – even if it’s 20 lbs
  9. Purge a lot of stuff
  10. Get things organized & keep it that way
  11. More family time – his & mine
  12. Keep dogs brushed
  13. Get better with makeup
  14. Dress more fashionable – not sure if that’s the right word I want lol
  15. Look decent/good in leggings — yes that’s a real goal for me
  16. Be more consistent with everything

I know these are some serious goals but I have every intention of working on all of them & this new house gives me so much opportunity for SO much! I can’t wait. Our original closing date which was just from the date we made the offer is 2/17 but I’m hoping the appraisal & everything will get done so it can happen before then.

Here’s to goals, consistency & more updates!

Done

Done. I am just absolutely completely done. Anytime I see myself in a mirror I try to avoid it because I’m just disgusted at where I’m at right now. I’m glad I took before pictures in the changing room at the gym a couple weeks ago because I hope they encourage me to keep working towards the after photos. This time last year I was 26 lbs lighter & feeling great because I was getting in shape. Then a few weeks later I found out I was pregnant & it was pretty much down hill. I made excuses – I was sick, I was tired, etc. Which granted some days I did feel awful & just wanted to sleep all day but I could’ve & should’ve done so much more. I like looking at pictures from last year because it lets me know I can get back there & I remember how proud I was & how great I felt.

Starting today:

– only water except maybe once in a while which means no more than once a week. Typically diet coke is my weakness but I can manage without it.

– healthier food options 99% of the time. I would say 100% & hell even 99% is probably pushing it but that’s my goal. I know I’m going to have to cave on some small things but only in small amounts & only once in awhile. Not daily and not every meal.

– exercise at least 3 times a week. I’d love to even more but we are a busy family. That’s not an excuse though & I’ll definitely try to get in even more.

– start Yoga on the WiiFit again. I loved it before & even though it’s slow & steady you really work up a sweat.

– focus on dropping BMI/Body fat percentage more than lbs. I could care less what I weigh to be honest except to be in a healthier range. I ordered a scale that should be here in a few days that gives you body fat % & BMI. Once I have those I’ll post more specific goals.

I’m hoping that by posting it here it’ll keep more more accountable & remind me that I can do this & how bad I want it & how much it will be worth it in the end!

Knocked Up isn’t just a Seth Rogen movie anymore

I’m still alive lol It’s funny the last time I posted was also the day my life changed! I had a dr’s appointment at 1 that afternoon for a checkup at by OBGYN – no biggie. That morning around 10:45 or so my friend sends me a text message & says she had a dream I was pregnant with twins which made me crack up & then stop suddenly when I realized I was several days late (sorry to the fellas reading this post). I decide it’s probably nothing & could the fact that I’ve been working out more & maybe it had just changed my cycle some. But the longer I sit & wait the more I can’t take it so I run to Rite Aid for a test. Within 10 seconds that second line appeared & I was in shock. I absolutely could not believe it. I went to my appointment & told them about the test & they had me do another one & took some blood work. Two days later I got a call that I was definitely pregnant & my levels were awesome. While this was not planned or expected at all, we are very excited! At this point I’m 3 months ago & next week we get to find out what our precious bundle of joy is! We’re rooting for a boy, but as long as the baby is healthy we’re happy!

Due to the unexpected news a lot of things have changed. We’ve started really looking for a bigger house & figuring out some other plans. So far nothing has been what we wanted & now we’re debating buying land & going from there but we’re keeping all our options open. Also wouldn’t you know it when I actually get into running & start getting fit, I get knocked up lol Which I’ve always heard the better shape you’re in, the better chance of it happening lol I haven’t been to the gym at all these past few months thanks to the sickness. I refuse to call it morning sickness because that crap lasts all day long. Thankfully now it only happens a couple brief times a week usually where before it was an everyday almost all day thing. Now I can actually enjoy it most days.

The budget hasn’t made much progress, but I’m planning to buckle down on that more. With Paul’s income added onto it things will be much smoother but I don’t think we’re actually joining accounts until later, but it still helps knowing I have that backup. & thank goodness he’s a wonderful man & financially smart which makes him that much more attractive! Even when our accounts our combined I’m going to run a budget for bills & my part of the stuff. Whether he decides to follow along is up to him.

The house organizing hasn’t really happened yet though some decluttering process has happened. I gave a friend of mine 2 large bags full & a huge box full of stuff I’d decided didn’t belong in my house anymore. I’m not finished yet, but there’s definitely been progress made. Also both Paul & I have been working on cleaning & discussing a cleaning schedule to keep the house more maintained. Especially if we might be here for a while after the baby is born & having people come visit. My good friend Jennie tackled my kitchen & dishes – she’s a God send. I despise dishes with everything in me. Paul says he’ll do the dishes since I hate them but we’ll see how that goes. He has good intentions but I think he hates them just as much as I do.

Overall things are absolutely amazing & there’s still plenty of changes to come but I can’t complain a bit!

Success

Well, I’ve been a slacker, again but I am back with good progresss!

As of last week I’ve lost 4 lbs (which I don’t really care too much about because I’m more focused on toning & losing body fat as opposed to BMI because 1 lb of muscle is still 1 lb on the scale) BUT I’ve lost 17 inches overall!! Which felt absolutely amazing to hear! I had no idea my inches lost would be much at all & I really feel like I’m accomplishing something here. Also my trainer commented that I have a small waist which cracked me up because no one has ever told me that anything on my body was small except my forehead & we all know that doesn’t count for shit except it’s why I look dumb with bangs haha I’m more motivated now in the gym at least. I have to confess eating healthy & staying on track is super hard for me. I know that’s part of the journey & I’ve got to buckle down. I suck at self control when it comes to food & I’m only hurting myself. I’m trying to make some major changes in my diet in the weeks coming & really buckle down on my food intake because our annual girls beach trip is in May & as always who doesn’t want to look good naked for your man? I’m going to try to cook ahead & plan it out & track my food as best as I can. I haven’t found an app or spreadsheet that really sticks out to me yet as far as to help me stay motivated but I’m going to so some more searching as soon as I finish this post.

I don’t know about y’all’s weather but here in ole WV, Mother Nature doesn’t know if it’s Winter, Spring or Summer or all 3 in one week. I’ve been enjoying the cool sunny days though – Spring & Fall are my favorite seasons. Plus in this awesome weather I can get so many more miles in because I hate the dreadmill & struggle to stick it out for even a mile. So here’s to looking good & eating right!

Happy New Year – 2014

I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve – I did. It was filled with way too many bad food that tasted wayy too good but I did get to ring it in with a few of my favorite people so that’s always a plus. It’s funny because I made a list on the 1st of goals for the year & didn’t even realized I called them goals. Later on IG I saw a post where someone had the definition for goals & resolutions & I realized what I’d done – but I like the thought of goals better & somehow they don’t seem so dreadful even if it’s all in my head.

I’ll go ahead & share them since that helps keep me accountable:
-Eat healthier
-Pay down debt
-Cleaner house
-More organized

Yes there’s only goals 4 & I may add more to it later but for now I’m happy with them. I know the pay down debt goal will happen thanks to my debt consolidation program because I already see a great progress with it & I’m so happy I took that step. I just hope finances/budgeting works so I can pay it off sooner since 2017 seems SO far away. Speaking of budgeting I finally did it. I won’t start it until my first paycheck in January which will be next Friday but I made up my own Excel type format in Gmail of a budget so here’s to hoping I can stick to it & figure it out to make it work for me. I also found a printout that helped something click in my mind. I’ll find it & link to it but it was basically a daily expense tracker but there were 2 columns I’d never seen on one before & they were “want” & “need” columns. Wow! Talk about a wake up call. For awhile now I’d written down each purchase I make daily to balance my account but I’d never thought to really look at them & classify them as a want or a need. I think that will really help me to not make some purchases since I want to get out of debt more than I “want” that splurge I don’t really need. Oh Dave Ramsey, we’re going to have a love/hate relationship for awhile but I’m sure I will thank you later.

Speaking of splurges I did make one last splurge of 2013 on T25 – the workout program. I love TurboFire but sometimes I just can’t finish the videos because I feel like it takes up a lot of time. As if I’m so important & have somewhere else to be? Yeah right lol I think I saw a picture that said 25 minutes is 2% of your day so what’s your excuse? I hope that’s right anyway – I’m terrible at math! Anyways I thought 25 minutes isn’t bad at all & as long as it’s fun it can usually keep my interest – I loved Zumba, I just can’t afford the classes right now. So here’s to hoping T25 is as fun as the previews look & can keep my interest. I’m sure it’ll be hard at first since I’m so out’ve shape but if it’s fun I usually get pumped up on endorphins after a few minutes of sweating so let’s hope Sean T is the man to help make it happen. I’m going to try to eat healthier too. I know it will be gradual & take time & Lord help me because I’m terrible at having patience but I follow a lot of healthy IG’s & I’m hoping to stay inspired from them. This is something I really want & I love reaching goals plus like I’ve said before – who doesn’t want to look good naked? If you say you don’t, I’m sorry but you’re a liar. That’s another thing – I saw on an IG of Kelly’s (which I’ll link to it later) where she had some things listed that might make you want to get healthier/workout & one of them was something about being confident with the lights on. Amen, preach it girl! I think that’s what pushed me to order the T25 because that spoke straight to my heart because I’ve had an issue with that for the past several months & while I’ve gotten better at having some light on (men are very visual after all) I think I’d still be perfectly happy with it being entirely dark which is what I was used to before but what’s the fun in that?

So here’s to hoping for a healthier & even happier 2014, let’s do this!

Christmas 2013 update

I wasn’t sure how to word this & I’m still not so bear with me. We lost my wonderful mawmaw Geraldine on December 21st. She’d been sick with cancer & hadn’t felt good for months & she’s a Christian woman who was more than ready to go meet the Lord. While it was still hard on us here it helped a great deal that she was so ready & willing to go – it was almost like we could be happy for her because it’s what she wanted & had sort’ve lived her whole life for. She was our last grandparent which is really sad but we were blessed to have amazing grandparents even for a short while & I know now Heaven has some wonderful angels!

Well I managed to survive Christmas without using credit cards (not that I had a choice since they’re in a debt consolidation program, but still). The desire & dependency was still there even after all these months without using them. I think it’s because patience is something I’m terrible with & since I didn’t plan ahead I didn’t want to wait until I got paid to buy some gifts. But I had to because I didn’t have credit cards to fall back on. I still have my oldest sister & brother in law to buy for but luckily they aren’t coming in until next week & I get paid Friday so thankfully that worked out really well. The ones I already bought for still came out pretty good even with my budget way down, I just hope I can budget to up it a little once my credit cards are paid off.

I got some wonderful gifts – much more than I deserved as all. My favorite was a personal appearance from Paul Bunyan rocking some Santa wear. He wouldn’t let me take a picture, but I’ll never forget it. That’s an inside joke so I’m sure many of you won’t understand but I wanted it written down for a memory hopefully years from now because I would love for Paul to hang around that long.

I got a new set of cooking pans which is awesome because I’ve really been needing them since the ex moved out years ago. I’m not one to so much splurge on myself as I am to buy gifts for others that make me think of them. Even though that would’ve been a useful gift I didn’t have the spare money & never got around to it. Hopefully this will help with my budget so I can meal prep more & plan ahead for the weeks to come & eat healthier in the meantime. Rob is wanting to drop some weight too so hopefully we can figure out some healthy meals for dinner. My aunt who always buys the best gifts ever also bought me this ear warmers that have headphones attached inside (see what I mean!) & it’s perfect because I’d recently been thinking how badly I need to get back on track with walking/jogging. I felt so good when I was doing it before & cold weather shouldn’t be stopping me for as little time as I was out there doing it. Plus I’d mentioned before how NOT sexy it is when your man’s hand lands on a fat roll when you’re spooning, right? Yeah well it’s also not sexy at all when he’s caressing you during adult activities & grabs a fat roll. This shit has got to go! The fitness ladies I follow on IG have been a big motivation to get my butt in gear besides I feel so much better when I exercise & plus who doesn’t want to feel good/sexy when you’re naked. That’s what it’s all about right? I’m kidding … maybe.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & is gearing up for the new year!