Things I Loved Today
1. My oldest girl asked me to pick her up today and while I was holding her she kissed my face all over...and told me she loved me. I'm so glad school is almost out for the summer! I can't wait to spend more time with her.
2. At the grocery store today, Hannah told me that she liked me a lot. And that she always wanted to stay with me. I like that little girl a lot too. I hope she always stays as sweet as she is right now.
3. Makayla came up while I was getting Bella and Hannah ready to do a painting project and hugged my leg and kissed it.
I'm so thankful for my baby girls. I love on them all the time and tell them I love them, so it's nice to have them do the same!
4. I made homemade pizza today. I made BBQ chicken pizza and used this recipe for the crust http://chefkey.com/recipes/quick-and-easy-pizza-crust/
My only advice with this recipe is to not over do it on the cornmeal. I made two crusts and they were good..thin and crispy.
I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. And I didn't stop my 21 day Challenge, I am just dealing with a dead computer and no camera at the moment..BOO to both of those things! Yesterday was a flop, but I'll do an update tomorrow. Fingers crossed that Pierre can work some magic on my computer!
What a crazy weekend! I've almost started dreading the weekend because it gets me out of my workout/healthy eating routine. I never thought I would say that:) During the week I have a routine and therefore, I have fewer decisions to make..I know that I'll either go to Candy or Kyle's class, elliptical, have 1 egg with 1/4 avocado on top for breakfast, green smoothie, or salad for lunch, etc. I have childcare at the Y and I don't feel guilty because I'm blessed to get to spend the rest of my day with my babies. On the weekend, however, I have used up all my child care time at the Y, need to run errands, usually we go out to eat once or twice and we don't have a routine that we have to stick to.
I say this because I need to get it together on the weekend! I think I made good decisions about eating 50% of the time this weekend. I didn't work out even 1 time though:( I didn't feel as good either..my body was missing working out. It's such a great stress reliever!
I'm back on track today! We had a GREAT workout with Candy this morning and I've eaten the way I know fuels my body and helps me lose weight.
I drank a lot,lot,lot of water.
I have taken Life Long Vitality twice.
I had a salad from Subway for dinner (in the car on my way to paint at my house...Someone please buy it!!!)
I worked out 1 hour today, did a ton of yard work, and painted a room.
I didn't have a Green Smoothie today but will make sure and have one tomorrow!
I hope that everyone did better than me with their choices this weekend! Here's to a great week!!!
Meet my friend Jennie. She is mommy to Matthew, the little cutie in the top picture. I have known Jennie since we used to work together in the jewelry department..12 years ago! She recently had an awesome accomplishment..
She has lost 100 pounds!!! I am so proud of her and she looks great! She offered to answer any questions that I may have, so I sent her a list. What she sent back to me made me cry. So in her words here is her story..
I think my biggest inspiration was and is Matthew. I had tried since I was 12 to lose weight and I finally stuck with it. I've been pretty lucky to not have any health problems associated with obesity (yet) but having a child was a wake up call. I joined WW once again in Sept of 2011 and then I joined Absolute Fitness in Nov of the same year. What kept me going was my gym family. I have met some of my best friends ever there over the last year. And anytime I get discouraged or want to quit they are pushing me to keep goig. I hurt my ankle in Oct 2012 and basically gave up but they didn't give up on me, and welcomed me back with open arms. Thankfully I didn't gain too much weight then. I love the classes that the gym offers. I do Zumba 4 days a week. Abs 2 times and Bootcamp 2 times. Along with other cardio and strengthining exercises. One my biggest inspirations is my friend Shannon. She has been the 350 pound girl too and has lost 140 plus pounds and I look up to her. She keeps me going and always has something positive to say. She knows how it feels to be 350 and then not to be. Losing this weight has made me happier with myself and healthier for sure. I can wear clothes that I wouldn't ever even have tried on before. I still have at least 75 more I want to lose, but this first 100 is almost unreal. I still go to bigger sizes and sometimes refuse to try on a smaller size because I think it won't fit. It's very easy to get discouraged, but looking at how far I've come, Im doing my 6th 5k on saturday, and before I would never even think I'd make it down the street. Its been a long journey thats not over, but I'm looking foward to the next chapter!
Jennie, thank you so much for sharing this with me and letting me share your story! You are such an inspiration. I'm proud of you and can't wait to see your next chapter.
As I was driving home today, Hannah said very sweetly.."Mommy I want you to take care of Bella". I said I do take care of Bella, don't I? She said "I want you to take care of her...I want you to spank her". I couldn't help it, I just busted out laughing. Where did she get this? We joke that she was raised by the mob...she even has an accent sometimes.
Hannah and Makayla went with my parents to visit my grandpa at the nursing home while I took Bella to dance. My dad told me that while they were there, Hannah told him that she "needed to go to the watering hole". I do not know anyone who uses the term "watering hole". She was wanting to go to the water fountain! I love this girl so much and she makes me laugh every day.
Days 10 and 11
I'm excited to be halfway there in my 21 day Wellness Challenge! I have stuck with almost all of my goals every day for the last 11 days. This hard work paid off today when I ran a 8 minute mile!! I know that this wouldn't have been possible a few months ago, so that really shows me that all the Boot Camp, Strength Class, Ellipticalling(I don't think that's a word..lol) is worth it!
I knew that when I took Bella to dance tonight that I wanted to run. I want to run the Housetops 4 Haiti 4 mile run in 40 minutes and I know that I need more conditioning. I started running the first mile and I think the stars were just aligned. The weather was awesome..there was a nice cool breeze, I had eaten a light dinner earlier so I had energy but wasn't full, I was hydrated, and I was able to regulate my breathing. Halfway through the first mile I looked down and my phone said 4 minutes had passed, but I had a big hill coming up so I just hoped for a 10 minute mile ( which I haven't done since high school). I kept my pace up through that hill and I don't know if anyone could have stopped me when I got to the top. As soon as I hit the one mile mark I looked down and it said 8 minutes!!!! I really wanted to break down and cry right then. Had anyone been with me I probably would have. I was just so stinkin happy! I started walking because I had to share my joy:) So I posted on Facebook and called a couple of people while I walked the next mile. It sounds crazy that I did that now:) I then did a 10 minute mile and walked the 4th mile. When I was done it had taken me a little over 40 minutes.
I wanted to write this out so that when I get discouraged I can always look back at today..a day of triumph! And I want others to know that they can achieve their goals too. By looking at me most people would never think that I could run at all but it's possible when you work hard.
The camera lens that I normally use is getting repaired and my other camera needs repairs and I have a crappy cell phone camera but when I get my lens back I hope to share with you some of the healthy recipes I have been using and I'll post the PB2 smoothie recipe! And I have a FUN post coming up very soon:)
Makayla and I spent a lot of time outside today. She sat just like this for about an hour just watching the cars go by. I love this warm weather! It encourages me to move! Today has been pretty easy as far as diet and exercise go and really just meeting my goals. I know that some days are easy and some are really hard, so I'm really thankful for today!
I took my Life Long Vitality pack twice today. The picture above shows half the pills you take in one day. I think they secretly sneak some kind of drug in there because they give me a crazy amount of energy.
I also had this salad today. It was sooo good. Especially after working out this morning.It had plenty of protein and the whole thing was around 350 calories. The little black things are Chia seeds and they add extra protein and fiber.
I did the elliptical this morning before Strength class. I think I sweated more in this class than I ever had before. I hope that was fat burning off:) I also walked 30 minutes today.
I drank a TON of water!!! Way over 64 oz.
I also had 20 oz of Green Smoothie this morning. This is the recipe that I base mine off of. http://greensmoothiegirl.com/2009/12/01/heres-the-green-smoothie-recipe-i-almost-always-use/
A Day in the Life
Bella had her first visit at the dentist today.
She did great! She sat still and did everything that she was asked to do. I'm relieved that Dr. Hasten said everything looks perfect...especially after all the candy she had gotten Easter egg hunting.
When we got home we went outside to play. Makayla LOVES these little puppies. The girls have a little girl and boy Beagle pup.
She love to hug and kiss them. They are very patient with her, but I try to stay close by because she gets a little too rough. In this picture she is hugging the puppy's neck so tight and saying "uh..uh..uh..uh". She has been hugging my neck like that a lot lately and saying the same thing. I love getting those hugs!
The girls each have their own little cozy coupe and Hannah cracked me up in hers..
This reminds me of The Flinstones. She was having so much fun and even with the blurry cell phone picture you can see her huge smile!
I love being outside with the girls and I'm glad that they would rather be outside than anywhere else.
Candy says this during boot camp all the time and it really motivates me! I think your internal dialogue has to change in order to have success when it comes to weight loss. You have to say I CAN instead of I CAN'T! I WILL instead of this is a little uncomfortable, so I'm going to stop, or slow down. I was so excited and proud of Lolita today.. as we were running up a big ol hard hill she said I CAN DO THIS and guess what SHE DID IT!
I stuck with my goals today.
I need to drink about 20 more ounces and I'll have all my water drank.
I have taken my Life Long Vitality twice today.
I had a big salad for lunch.
I drank my Green Smoothie for breakfast. I think from now on I'll save it for after my work out.
I did boot camp and walked 30 minutes tonight. I wish that I could have gotten on the elliptical this morning. Tomorrow I will make sure to get there earlier!
I'm ready to work hard this week and I'm going to post some of my healthier meals to
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom thou have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I kept thinking about this verse today. I was listening to Pastor Brian speak today and then my mind would wonder to this verse and then back to his message. I feel like God gives very clear instructions on how to care for our bodies. We are told not to be gluttonous and not be lazy along with other commands. I know that I haven't honored God with the care of my body in the past. I also know that WITH God it is possible! I know that my success last week was only through God. I lost a little over 2 pounds last week!!! Today wasn't my best day but I'm looking forward to Monday and the start of a new week. Here's the rundown of my goals today:
I drank about 40ish oz of water today. We ate out and I had unsweet tea.
I had one of my Life Long Vitality pack today.
I had a salad for lunch and ate some of it. It had way to much balsamic vinegar..it was basically swimming in it.
No green smoothie today. I can tell I've had poor nutrition today because I'm not feeling that great. The great news is I only have to wait until my next meal to get back on track.
No exercise today!!! Between driving to Hixson and the rain I didn't exercise. I can't wait to get to exercise tomorrow!!
The Bible tells me that the Lord has plans for me, plans to prosper and not harm me, and plans to give me hope and a future. I am praying for God's guidance this week and for all my friends that are on this journey with me!
What a beautiful day! I hope that everyone got to be outside today and soak up some sun. My day started at 5:00 this morning (Thanks Makayla) and I usually would have been extremely tired all day after being up multiple times last night, but I actually felt pretty good, once I actually got my eyelids to completely open. I took Bella to dance class and then we went grocery shopping. I loaded up on fresh fruits and vegetables! I did great on my goals today!
I drank over 64 oz of water today. I also drank some unsweet tea. It surprised me that I liked it with no sugar.
I took my Life Long Vitality pack twice. I took one this morning before I left and then took the other with me and had them after lunch.
I walked one hour while Bella was in dance today.
I had a Green Smoothie this morning before leaving home.
And I had two salads today..one for lunch and one for supper! The salad at supper was soo good because I had gotten thi_s dressing today. I'm looking forward to trying new salads with it.
I think today was successful for me because I planned. I knew I would be out of the house so I packed my vitamins, took extra water, had a smoothie before I left home, and knew ahead of time what I would eat when I went out. I also had a nice reward...I tried on a pair of SHORTS today! Shorts!!!! I haven't worn shorts in public since I had Hannah! And the pair I tried on were a little big. So exciting!!!