Friday, April 6, 2012

30 Day Shred

At the beginning of this year I decided it was time to focus and actually do something about my weight. It's no secret that I have a little bit of a weight problem...:)  I have been consistently going to the gym for a long time but I didnt really do a good job with eating right.  Apparently just because you work out doesnt mean you can eat whatever you want ?!?  I gained about 20 lbs with in the last few months of 2011.  (I'm afraid to think how much I would have gained had I not been exercising!) 
To start things off Scott and I joined a "Biggest Loser" competition at the beginning of the year. (THANKS TAMMY!!)  I was committed and wanted to see things change.    Things were going good and had lost 20 lbs by the end of February, but I needed to do something more.  It was time to set some short term goals.  In March my goal was to really focus on exercise.   That's where my new friend Jillian Michaels came in.    I have had her 30 day shred DVD for a few years now.   I think I tried it once and was so exhausted that I never wanted to do it again.   This time it was different.  I was committed and I had 30 days in March to focus on this before our contest was over.    It was only 20 minutes a day, I can do it.....right.    The DVD is broken down into three levels and typically you do each level for 10 days.    Im not going to say it was easy, cause it WAS NOT!   My body hurt pretty much every day and somedays I just wanted to turn it off.   Some days I watched it without sound because I couldnt stand Jillians voice any longer (It didnt help that the one girl in the video who shows the "harder" moves was a Natalie and it frustrated me when Jillian would say "look at Natalie go" and I was struggling with the "harder" exercises)  Some days I did it early in the morning and sometimes I procrastinated so long that I had to do it at 10pm at night.   But I DID IT.   30 days in a row (including Saturdays and Sundays)  and GUESS WHAT....... IT TOTALLY WORKED!!!

Here's My Results!

My only regret is that I didnt take measurements before.   I did loose 9 lbs in March and the most noticeable difference is in my stomach area.  I feel great and I am so  happy with the results.    Im so proud of myself and that I actually achieved this goal.  I did this for 30 days which for me, Is amazing (I dont have the greatest track record with these kind of goals). 
I ended up coming in 4th for our Biggest Loser Competition and won $100.  My weight loss journey is not over.  I have a long way to go, but I am proud of where I am and wanted to share.    My next goal is to train for our Young Women 5k fundraiser on May 12.   My goal is to run the 5k in less than 40 minutes.
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Little Miss M

I will probably say this every year but I cant believe that my little girl is 4 years old today!   It seems like just yesterday we received the call that she had been born and we had a whirlwind weekend to get ready to bring her home.   That was and will always be the weekend that made my life complete.    Little Miss M is such a joy to have in our family.    She is sweet & kind but also fiesty with a little spunk mixed in.    She is the best thing in my life!   I couldnt let this day go by without recognizing M's amazing Birth Mother for this wonderful blessing.  Even 4 years later I marvel at her strength and courage.   
We had a quick little photo shoot today before her birthday lunch at Spaghetti Factory.  She was very specific about  how long she would give me to take pictures.  Thankfully we got some great shots!  

This afternoon I asked M to list a few a her favorite things.   It was so cute to hear her sweet innocent answers
  1. What is your favorite color :   PINK (She loves anything and everything pink... She is definately all girl!)
  2. What is for favorite Toy:  Strawberry Shortcake
  3. What is your favorite fruit:  Apples (She truely loves apples.   She will grab a large apple and bite away at it until it's all gone)
  4. What is your favorite TV show: Wow Wow Wubzy (we love Nick Jr. at our house)
  5. What do you like to eat for lunch:  Cereal (This is so her.  She loves cereal and likes to eat it whenever she can)
  6. What is your favorite snack: Goldfish
  7. What is your favorite animal: Giraffe (This shocked me, I had never heard her say that before)
  8. What is your favorite song:  Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam
  9. What is your favorite book:  Tangled (She loves the book we have that follows the story of the movie)
  10. Who is your best friend: Chloe & Ally (Her cousins)
  11. What is your favorite thing to do outside:  Play in the snow 
  12. What is your favorite drink: Diet Coke ( this one is totally my fault.   She asked for it all the time.. Too bad I have been off the stuff since the first of the year)
  13. What is your favorite Holiday: Christmas
  14. What do you like to take to bed with you @ night:  Lumpy (her purple elephant she has had since she was a baby)
  15. What do you like to eat for breakfast:  Cereal (no suprise there)
  16. Where do you like to go to dinner:  Spaghetti Factory
  17. What do you want to be when you grow up: A Princess
Here are a few more things about Miss M.
  • She is quiet.  Dont get me wrong she can make noise with the best of them, but for the most part she speaks softly and is very mild mannered.  
  • She's a little shy.   It takes her a little bit to warm up to new people or new situations.  
  • She LOVES to draw.  If she has a notepad in her hand she is happy!  She especially loves to make lists but she also likes to draw people, like mommy and daddy.
  • She has to grab pamphlets from anywhere we go.  If there is a free pamphlet, note or business card, she has to have it and bring it home.   
  • She loves lip gloss and thanks to her Aunt Tricia she has a purse full of them.   M.'s Aunt Tricia always has a new lip gloss for her everytime she sees her. (We currently have about 20)
  • She is a night owl.    No matter how hard we try she does not fall asleep until 10pm or later.  (The plus side is that she doesnt get up until 9am or later)
  • She has a stubborn streak!   She likes things her way.  She chooses who will buckle her in the car or who will help her do something and she will NOT allow anyone else to do it.
  • She is a story teller.   She loves to make up stories and tell them to you.   She also is very animated and uses her hands to tell the stories.
  • She thinks the words poop, fart and butt are hilarious.
  • She loves Disneyland.  At least once a day she asks me when we are going to Disneyland.
  • She is very computer literate.   (She likes to watch Nick Jr on my computer and she can get on and find the bookmark with out any help from me)
  • She asks WHY for EVERYTHING.   I swear I hear "Why Mommy"  400 zillion times a day and she will continue to ask you "Why" until you give her an answer she is satisfied with.
  • She is a friend to everyone.   It is so cute to watch her at school.  She is very good at making sure everyone is involved and happy.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!    I am so lucky to be your Mom!!