Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Well, I knew it would happen eventaully.  I let my weight loss get derailed and now I'm back to where I started.  I didn't weigh in on Monday, it was  holiday after all, but I did this morning and the scale told me what I already knew.  In the course of a week, really probably the weekend alone, I'd gained back the almost 4 pounds that I'd lost in the last 3 weeks!  FANTASTIC!!!  I'm not gonna lie I'm discouraged.  But really I brought it on myself. I didn't need to eat four bowls of yummy trifle at my sister-in-law's cookout and I didn't have to have dessert at dinner on Saturday when we celebrated that same sister-in-law's birthday, but I did and so here I am.  Last week was also hard in the exercise department because I haven't been able to get out and walk with the Bean since I have my sister's two younger boys right after work now.  This means by the time they get picked up it's time to start dinner and then get the Bean ready for bed and then it's 8 and I don't want to walk by myself so I just exercise in the basement which is great but boring when I have to do it EVERY day!  I have to figure something out though because now I'm back to where I was and that is NO bueno!

I'm not even bothering with stats because I don't want to see my failure in numbers. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thankful on Thursday

I've been quite the slacker in blogging this week but in my defense I've been so busy at work that I haven't had time, yes I blog at work my life is too crazy at home during the week to try and blog at home.  But since I currently can't seem to find my motivation, not good since I have a to-do list a mile long but I'm trying to focus really I am, I decided I'd do my Thankful on Thursday.

Monday is Memorial Day which means this weekend will be full of BBQ, friends, family and Rolling Thunder.  While all of this is sure to be a good time I think it's important for us to remember what Monday is really about.  It's about remembering those men and women that gave the ultimate sacrafice in defending our country.  And giving thanks for those that choose to continue the good fight. So this weekend go ahead and enjoy your friends, family and good food but make sure to take a minute or two and show thanks for those that have made or make it possible. 

To my friends and family that have served or continue to serve I thank you.  This thank you should also be extended to their families because while they're not doing the dangerous work that sometimes comes with being a Solider they're still doing a hard job in keeping things running at home and supporting their loved ones so that they can continue doing what they love.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The jouney continues ... week 3

I wasn't going to even mention my weigh in this week.  Partially because I was home sick yesterday with a wicked migraine and didn't weigh-in until this morning and partially because my weight loss was a measly .1 lb!  What the hell is that?!  For two weeks I lose almost 4 lbs then this week I don't even manage a pound, REALLY!!  Then a friend on MFP (My Fitness Pal) and the hubz reminded me that while I'm losing weight I could also be gaining muscle.  Okay I'll take that but what really hit home was when I put on a pair of work pants that has two buttons that hadn't both been buttoned since WAY before I got knocked up with the Bean.  I didn't initally button both when I first got dressed seeing as last week when I wore said pants they still didn't fit.  But on my first trip to the bathroom I wasn't really paying attention and I buttoned both and then I stopped and realized holy hell I'm losing weight!!!  So I'll take that measly .1 lb for this week but next week that scale better come up with something better.

So here we are:

Starting weight: 156.7
Today's weight: 153
Weekly loss: -.1
Total loss: -3.7
First goal: 150 - (reward - massage)
Final goal: 130 (reward - COACH bag)

I'm 3 pounds from that massage.  Oh wouldn't that be a great way to start the summer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful on Thursday

Super busy at work today but just needed to take a moment to remember the things I'm thankful for:

Destiny (baby sister) & Lisa (sister from another mother)

While I am of course super thankful for my baby sister, and my other sister too, this weekend I am especially thankful and proud of my sister from another mother, Lisa.  She'll graduate from George Mason University this weekend and I couldn't be more proud of her.  I've watched this beautiful young woman grow from an awkward little girl with CRAZY red hair (I'll have to see if I can find a vintage Lisa picture) into an amazing, CRAZY self-assured young woman.  I'm thankful for her because of the unconditional love she has shown my baby sister in the many, many years they've been friends.  They can go without talking for months and still pick-up right where they left off, that is the sign of a true friendship.  Every girl should have a friendship like these two, I know I do, it helps keep us grounded.

So to Lisa Lou, I love ya girl and I'm so proud of your accomplishment and so very thankful that God gifted Destiny, and my family, with your presence in our lives.  Congrats GRAD, you did it!  Now enjoy a nice glass of bubbly for all your hard work!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wanna Know a Secret...

I'm ready for another baby.  Okay well not financially or relationship wise, hubz and I are still working that out, but to be a Momma to another wee babe for sure. Hubz and I have always said we don't want more than about two years between our kiddos and that we wanted be done with baby having by the time we're 35ish.  Well be both turn 30 this year so we gotta get moving.  Plus, the Bean is the light of my life and I can't wait to have another little baby to watch grow and to watch Bean interact with.  But right now just isn't a good time.  We're slowly but surely digging ourselves out of debt and will have both cars paid of the beginning of next year, when we start trying for baby #2!  However, just because it's not the right time doesn't mean I don't day dream about growing another little bundle, while praying to God that I'm not as sick as last time.  I now it'll be hard having two little ones but I can't wait.  Until then I'm enjoying this time I have with my sweet, precious boy and look forward to the day when he's a big brother and enjoying the company of a little brother/sister.



My Sisters and I at the Baby Sister's Bridal Shower

Monday, May 16, 2011

Again ...

I lost more weight in the last week I'm down almost two more pounds, 1.9 to be exact.  I can't believe how well I'm doing and I know it can't be like this forever but for now I'll take it! I've really been trying to be aware of what I'm putting in my mouth, especially since I'm a mindless eater, and it's really helping.

This week was pretty easy to stay on track.  Only one big road block and that was  a suprise party for a good friend.  Luckily since I was her distratction to get her out of the house we went to lunch so I didn't eat much at the actual party.

So now it's a new week and I'm determined to get at least 20 minutes of exercise in every day this week.  Monday and Thursday are easy because those are my Zumba days and I don't have anything else competing for my time.  It's Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday that are the issues, but I'm determined to lose this weight so I'll just have to figure it out.  Also, I'm trying to stop the late eating, lately I'm lucky if I get dinner before 8 because of being a weekday single mom but I'm going to try and stop eating every by 8, so that's 2 hours before bed, not sure if that's gonna make difference but we'll see.

So here's the stats:

Starting weight: 156.7
Today's weight: 153.1
Weekly loss: -1.9
Total loss: -3.6
First goal: 150 - (reward - massage)
Final goal: 130 (reward - COACH bag)

Monday, May 9, 2011

I Lost...

Weight that is!  Since last Monday I've lost 1.7 lbs!!!  I'm only 5 lbs away from my first goal and hopefully in time for my littlest sisters wedding next month.  I'm acutally suprised that I lost so much considering all the eating and no exercising I did this weekend but I'll take it.  Today I'm getting back on track with the exercising and food listing.  Keeping track of my food is what really helps me.  I'm a grazer and snacker and eater even when I'm not hungry.  If I'm writing on everything that I'm eating I'm able to stay more aware of what I'm putting in my mouth.  It's suppose to be beautiful all week so I see lots of walking in mine and Bean's future, I can't wait since Bean always seems to sleep so much better when he gets some fresh air. 

Well, here's where I'm at:

Starting weight: 156.7
Today's weight: 155
Weight loss: -1.7
First goal: 150 - (reward - massage)
Final goal: 130 (reward - COACH bag)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

HAPPY MOTHER's DAY!  I've kind of been celebrating this day for 4 years, ever since I became a step-Momma, but there's something different about this day when the baby celebrating you is your own.  Sure the Bean doesn't really realize what today is but I firmly believe in leading by example, or at least trying to, which is why I always spend Mother's Day celebrating the Momma's in my life who have helped make me the Momma that I am and hope to be come --- my two sisters and my Momma.  This year we, really me, decided that since Hubz' Mom is now in VA it would be easier for everyone involved if we had all the Momma's, mine and both of his, over all at once.  This also leaves time for the newer Momma's -- me, sisters and sister-in-law -- to celebrate with our families later in the day, if that's what our husbands decide to do.  So we're having a brunch at our house on Sunday.  It's not often that we do something with just the family so it should be nice.

This time last year I was about half-way through my pregnancy with the Bean and close to having my all-day sickness just being continuous sea-sickness (that's the best way to describe how I felt from about 6-months on).  Since I was so sick and food made me sick hubz didn't know what to do for me so we went to a movie and it just so happened that the COACH outlet got a GIANT shipment of diaper bags in that week so we got my diaper bag for waaaaay less than I had planned.  All in all a good day.  I can't wait to see what this year has to hold.  While I don't expect presents, they're always nice, there are a few things that would be nice to have like a new bathrobe and slippers or:

Nikon d5000 - it's a little pricey so highly unlikely but what about for my birthday? I'm gonna be 30 afterall.

Corner rounder for scrapbooking

Cricut cartridge for scrapbooking

Just another veiw of  my biggest want.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Sir Trip
I have a million nicknames for you.  I'll probably have to settle on one eventually, so that you're not confused, but for now I just use them all until I find the one I love the most. 

I can't believe you're 8 months already!  I feel like we were just finding out about you and now you're one month closer to 1! This month was pretty slow in the realm of things but still monumental to Momma.  I'm watching you change every day and it makes me sad, happy and excited.  It's the circle of life really to watch you grow and change!  You celebrated your first Easter and are attemepting to start crawling but you're not really getting anywhere, and I think you're starting to get a little frustrated, but no worries you're still a mover.  You STILL have no teeth and at this rate I wonder if you'll have teeth to eat cake at your first birthday.  We bought your convertible car seat, even though you're not ready for it, and I can't believe that pretty soon you'll be sitting up like a big boy looking around and not lying in the bucket, where has the time gone.

Speaking of your first birthday....plans are already underway, sure it's still four months away but you and brother both have birthdays in September so Momma has to be on her game if she wants you both to have fantastic parties ... which really goes without saying. 

Sweet baby boy I couldn't be prouder to be your Momma you make me laugh, cry and stand in awe every day.  I know that these feelings will forever be a part of my life and I can't wait to see where the next month takes us.

Happy 8 months Bean! Momma loves you!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thankful on Thursday

It's Thursday, but for me it's really Friday since I'm off tomorrow!  With Mother's Day this weekend I thought it'd be nice to be reminded of the reason(s) I get to celebrate on Sunday.

My step-son celebrateed me as  a Step-Momma

This year I'm celebrating as a "real" Momma because of the little guy.

I wouldn't get celebrate at all if it weren't for the good looking guy that helped make it all possible.

My little Bean ... he makes it all worthwhile.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Here Comes the Bride ... with a much skinnier Bridesmaid

 This time last year I was revelling in the excitement of my little sister getting married.  I was her Matron of Honor and I was five months pregnant.  And to be quite honest considering how I spent most days, over the toilet, I looked pretty good.  Well, it's that time again!  My baby sister, the last of the us, is getting married in a 38 days!  I weigh more now, not pregnant, than I did last year when I was ... WHAT THE HELL!  It's my own fault really so I'm doing something about it.  I'm getting my lazy hind end out of bed, since that's where I plop once I'm doing getting things undid and redid for the work day, and getting moving.  I've renewed myself to get the weight off.  For me it's not about the number on the scale but more about how I feel and right now I feel like a big pile of crap, probably because that's all I've been eating.

I started using My Fitness Pal to track my calories and exercise.  I always do better when I can see what I'm putting in.  I'm thinking about talking my sister-in-law in to a weight loss/exercise challenge, she's trying to get healthy again too (plus she reads this blog so if I put in writing it holds us both accountable). My goal is to lose 6 lbs by my sister's wedding in June.  It's pretty doable since her wedding is in a little less than 6 weeks and I should be losing 1 lb a week.  My big goal is 20 lbs by the Bean's first birthday which is 16 weeks away which at 1lb a week would bring me just shy of my 20 lb goal so we shall see.  Once I reach my final goal it'll be all about maintaing. 

So here it is I'm putting it all in writing. 

Current weight (as of today): 156.7
1st goal weight (by 11 June): 150
Final goal weight (by 7 Sep): 130

Less crap and more exercise should do it this I know.  My problem always comes in the excution.  I'm always too tired or the baby's too tired or did I mention I'm too tired?  But this isn't going to work anymore.  I'm not happy with how I look or feel so I'm doing something about it ... or at least I'm going to try.

In Case You Hadn't Heard....

Osama Bin Laden is DEAD ... yes D-E-A-D!!!  Almost 10 years after 9/11 the mastermind behind one of the most devestating days in American history is no more and I say GOOD RIDDENS.  There's a special place in HELL waiting for you!

I'm a "retired" Army brat and many of my closes friends and family have served or are serving our great Nation, this place I call home ... the good ol' U-S-A.  To them and their families I thank you! For the sacrafices that you've all made during the last 10 years.  To the families that I may never meet I thank you as well.  And to those whose love ones have made the ultimate sacrafice my prayers and most hearfelt thank you!

Today as we all cheer and thank God for what I truely see as a blessing may we also keep in mind all that has been lost.  My brother-in-law posted the following on Facebook and I just had to share.

Now I lay me down to sleep...one less terrorist the world to keep...with all my heart I give my thanks...to those in uniform regardless of ranks...you serve our country and serve it well...with humble hearts your stories tell...so as I rest my weary eyes...while freedom rings our flag still flies...you give your all, do what you must...with God we live and God we trust....Amen


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