Random Thoughts Monday v8.0

Happy Halloween!!  I hope you all get a good scare today and a treat too.  Below you’ll find several workout related thoughts, one about my winning team and a release day.

  • Do you have skinny mirrors in your house, you know the ones that make you look no bigger than you actually are?  I only have skinny mirrors in my house.  The full length mirror in my bed room: skinny mirror. The large mirrors in my workout space: ALL skinny mirrors.  Last night I got to experience my first ever LIVE Nia class.  I had the best time dancing last night, so much fun.  If you have not tried Nia yet, find yourself a class here and go have yourself a real good time!!  Only problem last night was the room had fat mirrors, urggg.  I dislike fat mirrors, but here is the test of what a good time I had.  I made an ugly face as soon as I saw my big thighs and arms reflecting back at me, but then I forgot all about it and danced my heart out- Nia, love it completely!!
  • These days my yoga mat gets a lot of use and sweat which equal a slippery stinkin mess.  One of the best little investments I’ve made is yoga mat spray.  With a fresh scent my mat gets cleaned and ready for its next use.  This is the spray I use, which I love, I’m sure there are lots of other great options.  Do you use something to clean your mat?
  • Black is not always better.  Black is one of my favorite colors and not just because I feel thinner wearing black.  I remember in high school I stuck to black and dark khaki green, how boring.  Color can do a lot to not only flatter your skin but to lighten your mood.  Does your closet have a variety of color or do you have your favorites?
  • 45 Lions – 10 Broncos as my oldest would say Cachowwwwww!!
  • Speaking of Cachow did you know Cars 2 comes out on DVD/Blue Ray tomorrow.  Well we’ve been counting down the days in my house, happy day, is’s just one day away!!

Have a good week everyone.  Trick or Treat smell my feet give me something good to eat!!

What we can learn from moms

How many ways are there to do the same thing? A gazillion? Are there any two kids in the world that are the same?  Sure we can learn from each other and there are a lot of moms out there with wonderful advice, but in the end we need to do what is best for us and our family.

Living day to day, mom or not, can be hard, that’s the obvious.  My family, friends, blogging and tweeting has certainly helped me coop with life’s ups and downs.  But every once in a while I remember the best advice I ever got.  I was about six-months pregnant with my first son and I was at my baby shower.  A very wise mom, wish so much I could remember who, told me to listen to all the advice and then do what ever I think is right.  This wise woman gave me the key to so many of life’s challenges.  I only took it to heart in reference to my soon to be mommyhood, but recently I’ve realized how poignant her advice was to many of the trials in life.

Families look different and function different, which is amazing.  What works for me and my family situation may or may not work for you.  Why there are folks out there who feel they can judge anyone is beyond my comprehension.  I know many moms who would change their situation if they could, i.e. work more, work less.  I also know many moms who wouldn’t change a thing, of course it is ok to want/need to get out of the house, I don’t have to tell you that, you already know.  I love a lot of things about my situation but it’s not perfect either.

Which brings me to the first reason for my post.  Moms know one thing for certain: our kids are not perfect, but there is absolutely NO reason why they should not love themselves completely and unconditionaly, after all, we do.  I’ve known this little fact so clearly for the last 5 years, but haven’t taken the time to realize one other fact, my mom feels the same way about me.  Hmm…I’m hard on myself, yes I am, I beat myself up over the littlest things.  No, I’m not perfect and it was only recently that I realized that I’m glad I am not.  How else would I learn anything.  One of my all time favorite quotes:

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more
intelligently.  -Henry Ford

This past Sunday a new show started on ABC: Once Upon A Time and I loved it, no surprise there.  Here is a little spoiler from the first episode.  A woman (Emma) who has given her son up for adoption 10-years ago is found by that son (Henry).  Henry has been adopted by a woman in Storybrooke (Regina).  Henry think Regina is the evil Queen from Fairy Tale Land and he begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke.  Regina sounds like most moms when her son goes missing and she is very protective of her son when Emma brings him back.  As Emma turns to leave she asks Regina, “Do you love him?,” I can only imagine that if Regina responds with a convincing yes Emma would feel that Henry is where he belongs and everything would be OK.  Isn’t that just it, the one thing we all MUST give our kids is our love.  A child who feels love can do anything, can dream the big dreams and be happy.  Kids know when they are loved, we parents are pretty transparent on that point.  I of course don’t pass up an opportunity to tell my kids I love them.  Regina spat out her answer, “Of course I love him.” I don’t have to tell you that Emma decides to stay in Storybrooke, but what is more interesting is why Emma asked her question and the question itself.

Many of us can still learn a thing or two from our moms and or the moms around us.  We should love ourselves and embrace any flaws we perceive, those flaws give you a chance to learn.  We know when we are doing the right thing for us and if we are or not we should love ourselves anyways, learn from the result, move forward more intelligently and everything will be OK.

Scale Day v17.0

The past 7 days have been a trial on many levels, not just on my healthy journey, but also with work and my passion with writing.  I started several new responsibilities this week for one of my clients and it has stressed me out to say the least.  More tasks, means more billable hours, means more cash flow for the family and that is worth it in the end.  When I start something new it always stress me out, does that happen to you too?  It’s past time to take a breath and relax.  But I’m also working on a new blog to represent my writing, that part isn’t stressful, it’s the knowing I’m that much closer to my first reality check.  The more I think about it the more I am embracing it, I want my writing to get better, I want a chance to one day be published.  Until now my writing has been for me, kind of like another child and I need to let that feeling go and embrace positive progress forward.  All of these thoughts are what I need to take into this next week in my Healthy Journey.

This past week has been a very busy one for me, which was a test for me and my goals. I sort of past.  I did get just over 300 355 minutes in of exercise (just realized I short changed myself on the minutes), but I didn’t even average 7 16-oz glasses of water (my goal is 8) and I went over my calorie limit twice.  On a good note I didn’t totally go crazy on calories, just 100-200 calories over, but when you are trying to make a 3500 calorie deficit in a week that is just not OK!!  Ok, one more confession, but there is a happy side.  Last Saturday, which has become my sleep in day and workout in the afternoon, I had a breakthrough on my book.  Instead of working out I kept writing, I wrote over a 1,000 words that day and finished the scenes I’d been having troubles with.  On another good note I had my highest workout minutes the very next day, but I can only cheer so far because those extra minutes just made up for the minutes I neglected the day before.  In addition with all the busyness I didn’t get in my all of my intended minutes for the week, I had wanted 400, boo.

So ya I was looking forward to scale day, actually I really was, it’s just what I needed to kick me in the pants and start fresh on a new week.  I’m happy to report I didn’t gain this week, which the old me totally would have, I didn’t lose much, but I’ll take it, .3 pounds.  I like round numbers and who doesn’t, I have now lost a total of 19 pounds and my current goal isn’t totally out of reach.  Three weeks ago I stated I wanted to lose 5 more pounds before I started my Nia White Belt training.  I have two weeks to go and 1.8 more pounds to go.  Oh boy, these next two weeks are going to be serious business!!  I AM up to the challenge!!

What challenges have you set for yourself lately?  Are you making them work?  What could you change to help ensure you’ll meet your challenge?

Random Thoughts Monday v7.0

One week until Halloween.  I can imagine a lot of folks will be enjoying scary movies and haunted houses this week, will I be one of them?  I’m pretty much a scaredy cat but I love Halloween.  I’m sad to say that my Halloween decorations are not even out, we don’t even have our pumpkins yet.  Well today I’m getting on the ball.  I’m going to finish my work asap and when my youngest goes down for his nap in a few I’m getting the decorations out!!!  I will.

  • My youngest is 2 and loves Yo Gabba Gabba, I found him a costume with his favorite character.  I tried a few times in the last week to get him to try it on and each time he has run from me.  Last night was my last shot (b/c if I return today I’ll get a full refund).  I pulled the costume out and I wish I had my video camera on.  He ran from me like a cartoon character, a couple steps straight ahead and then a few to the right and then the left and finally another two forward and he was out of the room.  He was not screaming, but the expression on his face was priceless: oh no, I know what you are trying to do to me and it aint going to happen lady.  My husband is returning the costume today and I hope to get my youngest to wear at least a hat next monday, we’ll see, I’ll let you know.
  • Tomorrow we are going to visit Gene the pumpkin man, he is supposedly a 5th generation pumpkin farmer and he’s a hoot.  Everything around his farm is accented orange.  His place is out in the country and I always get some of the best pictures of my boys.  I wonder what colors I’ll see on the leaves tomorrow?  Pumpkin pickin is a lot of fun at Gene’s place and it always ends with donuts and cider, well not for me this year, but it will still be a lot of fun!!
  • My Lions have now lost two in a row, but they are NOT done yet.  Calvin Johnson had another great game, but it wasn’t enough again yesterday.  To make matters worse our QB limped off the field near the end of the 4th quarter.  It sounds like he will be fine, but I’m going to be worried until I see him on the field doing his thing next Sunday.
  • Gardners, hello you still out there?  Don’t put your gardening gloves away just yet.  Now is the perfect time to move things around in your garden!!  Do you have perennials that are getting a little too big or not in the right place?  Did you plant any veggies this year?
    • Perennial Movin: take a big shovel make a big hole in your new spot (just a little bigger than what you plan to dig up) > dig up all or the part of the perennial that you want to move (make sure to dig deep, most roots will go down 6-12″, get as much as you can) > place your plant in the new hole, cover and pack in with dirt and that is it.
    • Veggie Feed: don’t dig up and pitch spent veggie plants, they are the perfect thing to feed your soil.  Chop your spent plants into less than 6″ pieces and bury them in your garden, leaves, branches, roots and all.  Come spring you will have nice rich soil.

That’s all for this week folks.  My baby is sleepin and it’s time to get out those Halloween decorations.  Have a good one and Stafford: rest up and lets kick some Bronco butt on Sunday, ROAR!!

Scale Day v16.0

Another week behind me and I feel I did pretty good on my goals.  Not shiny fantastic but pretty good.  There were again areas for improvement and one day I blew my calorie limit and that day wasn’t even the two days spent at birthday parties.

I really wanted to know what the scale had to say today.  I was of course hoping for a loss, but 1/2 expecting nothing or even a gain, but NOT because of missing workouts.  I did workout everyday, two mornings I opted for more sleep and worked out in the afternoon and I got in two extra workouts for a total of just over 400 minutes!!  Wahoo!!  I did great with food choices all week, except for Monday night.  I attended two birthday parties over the weekend and didn’t blow my calorie limit either day.  Monday night we ordered in Chinese food and I have yet to change from my typical order, which includes fried pieces of chicken.  WHY??!!??  I didn’t eat as much as I normally do, not even a 1/2 order, mostly because I was mentally ticking off all the calories and fat I was consuming and because I was not enjoying it at all.  If I’m going to blow my calorie limit I want to at least enjoy what I’m eating!!  One good thing came out of that blown dinner, next time I will change what I order, so the blowing wont be happening again the next time we order Chinese.

With all the goals I did meet and the blown dinner I was worried about the scale but I wanted to know, so up I got this morning…1.2 pounds lost! Wow, to say I was pleased is an understatement.  I’m glad one bad move didn’t blow all my efforts for the week!!

I have 3 weeks until my Nia training begins and two weeks ago I set a goal to lose 5 more pounds before training begins.  I’m happy to report that I only have 2.1 more pounds before I reach my goal!!  I’ve lost a grand total of 18.7 pounds, I have 16.4 to go until I reach my final goal and I’ve lost 4.8 pounds in the last 4 weeks.  It was also a measurement week for me.  Most of my measurements stayed the same or went down slightly, but my hips.  I lost another inch on my hips, for a grand total of 3 1/2″ down!!  I do think it’s strange that only my hips really lost big this month, maybe it’s my genetics and how the body sheds weight…hmmm…maybe I’ll look into that this week.

I’ve been having nightmares recently where I wake up thinking I’ve regained all the weight I’ve lost.  The dreams are horrible to say the least, sure I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to keep moving forward but I don’t like the discomfort left by my dream!!  In truth, my weight loss is fantastic, but I’m even more pleased by my added confidence, energy and ability to move again.

This week I plan on getting another 400 minutes of workout in and all my other goals as well.  I’m going to place some extra attention on my water in take.  I’ve been consistently getting in 7 or 8 16-oz glasses of water, but I would like to see 8 glasses consistency.  I’m finding if I can get in 4 glasses by the time I’m done with lunch then I’m not having a problem getting another 4 in during the rest of the day.  Goal 1 this week: get in 8 16-oz glasses of water in everyday.  I’ve been slacking on my stretching goals and my body feels the neglect.  Goal 2 this week: stretch daily!

Have a good week everyone!!

Random Thoughts Monday v6.0

When it feels like 39 degrees on a Monday morning it’s hard not to go right back to bed!  I however am feeling pretty energized today.  I know pretty surprising, amazing what the right amount of sleep and a fun weekend can do to energize you for the week ahead.  Hope your Monday is off on the right foot, even if it’s going to be a crazy busy week.

  • If no one is in the forest does the tree still make a sound when it falls, I believe that it does.  When you zone out on your workout do you still work your body well?  I’m not so sure about this one.  Sometimes it can be hard to keep my mind on my workout.  When I come back around I am usually still moving right with my videos, but I have to admit my heart rate has usually slowed.  Does this ever happen to you?  Does it only happen to those of us who workout at home to the same videos/DVDs or does it happen to those of you at gyms as well.  I do think it could happen to me anywhere, I’m just juggling so much these days, but I’m certainly going to change things up, I need a challenge.  I’m going to be thinking about my next challenge, hopefully I’ll have more for you on Wednesday.
  • It may be mid October but two new shows are starting in the next week Grimm (Friday, NBC 9/8c) and Once Upon a Time (Sunday, ABC, 8/7c).  Luckily I’ve made significant cuts in the shows I’m still watching so I have room for these two new shows. I’m pretty excited about both.
  • It was bound to happy sooner or later, my Tigers lost and my Lions lost this weekend, BOO!!! Even WMU and UofM lost, but alas MSU won (thank goodness they were playing a Michigan team, so we could have at least one football win this week) and the Red Wings won too.  Big thanks to the Tigers, what a great year, hold your heads high men and look to next year, I for one can not wait!!!  As for the Lions, 5-1 is the start of a great year, don’t let your momentum slow.  Maybe San Fran gave you your first challenge, maybe it was just an off week, regardless, watch those tapes and get right back at it next Sunday.  I’ll be watching.

My in-laws should arrive within the next hour, time to put the finishing touches on the house.  Have a great week everyone.  Remember to push through each challenge and get ready to face the next, they tend to come quickly even if you are not looking.

Scale Day v15.0

This past week wasn’t one of the hardest on this journey but it was up there at the top.  I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, after a couple of obstacles I was struggling, straining and praying to make it through the week with some sort of loss.  I was also fighting against the pattern that has appeared over the last six weeks, one week lose over a pound and the next less than a pound, repeat, repeat, I did NOT want the pattern to report for a fourth time!!  Head games were certainly a part of my problem this week.  I continued to workout everyday, which is really working for me.  I had a busy weekend with being out-of-town, a wedding and a date night in which I struggled to stay on top of my water intake and my calorie count.  By this morning I was preparing myself for less than a pound loss, which was extremely hard to take after the real strong push I gave it the last two days.

No one was more shocked than me when I saw not 149, not 148, but 147.6, the pattern has been broken!! I had a 1.7 pound loss this week.  My four-week loss is 5.4 pounds!!  Even more important as of today I am exactly 1/2 way through this journey!!!!  I also stated a new goal last week: to lose 5 pounds before I start my Nia White Belt training.  I have 4 more weeks to go and now I have 3.3 more pounds to lose before I knock off that goal.

I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself and I’m going to crack unless I can relax a little, ok a lot.

Last week I worked out over 400 minutes and this past week I worked out 30 minutes less.  Why did I work out less?  Well for one I wasn’t home to get two afternoon workouts in.  Maybe more importantly I knew I wasn’t going to get those extra workouts in.  I could have prepared better and gotten an extra workout in before the weekend.  Planning for the workout week, area #1 for improvement.  I’m doing better on getting at least 7 1/2 hours of sleep and I’m feeling a ton better for it as well.  I’ve begun drinking 32 oz more of water a day, bringing my daily total to 128 oz or 3.8 liters or 8-16 oz glasses of water.  Lets just say my body is enjoying the extra water, I’m keeping headaches away and #2 is coming more regularly. I do have one other area for improvement and that is ensuring I don’t go too long between eating during the day.  I’ve gotten pretty good at making sure I don’t go over my calorie limit for the day, but sometimes that can mean a large stretch in the afternoon of no eating, NOT good, I don’t enjoy it and my body hates having to wait too long to eat.  Planning out my food so that I have room for an afternoon snack, area #2 for improvement.  I’ve added these items to my Weight Loss Journey Goals tab, love that tab!!

So how did I survive this weekend of a wedding, my dad’s big sunday breakfast and restaurant eating?  First off horderves at the wedding were killer, my favorite things to eat.  Fruit, cheese cubes, guacamole and chips.  Did I eat only fruit, of course not, that would be against everything I believe in, but the key was moderation.  After filling 1/2 my little plate with fruit I was faced with the cheese plate.  I know how quickly cheese cubes can add up the calories, but I took two.  Since guacamole is the good fat I took some, but I knew there would only be a few chips so I only took a little glob.  After counting out chips over the last several months I know how quickly those large chips get you over 150 calories, so I took only a couple chips.  Next up was salad and I forgot to order my dressing on the side, big mistake.  I skipped eating the croutons and only ate half of the dressing drenched salad :(.  Then on to the main course.  I ordered up grilled tilapia, which was wonderful.  I had only two small bites of rice and ate a good bit of the grilled veggies.  I was very full by the end and drank nothing but water.  Although I could have done better it could have been so much worse.  The following morning my dad had to make his pancakes, bacon and sausage breakfast.  I survived with two pancakes (about 3′ or 4′  in diameter), just a little bit of syrup and two pieces of bacon, short glass of OJ and a ton of water.  That night I found myself eating out at Applebees.  Thankfully they have several dishes listing WW points and calories, but of course I didn’t want any of those.  I picked a salad with grilled chicken, ordered the cheese AND dressing on the side, plus I was able to request just a 1/2 order.  I have no idea how many calories I eat, but with just a small pinch of cheese and 1/3 of the dressing I think I did pretty good.  All in all there were things I could have done better but it must not have been that bad, because I still lost this week.  It is very reassuring to know that my schedule can change and I can still pull through a loss.  My routines are so ingrained that I didn’t completely fall apart when faced with a few obstacles.  I need to let my routine give me strength and trust my instincts when things start to change.

So I’m half way through this journey, well half way through the weight.  I’m 15 weeks in and I’m hoping in another 18 weeks to be to my goal weight where I can really say I am not overweight, oh gosh I can’t wait to be able to say that!!!

Rewards, yes I think I deserve a reward.  I decided just last week that I’d get myself two t-shirts that I’ve been putting off buying once I reached my 1/2 way point.  I’m a book lover as hopefully you know and my two of my favorite series are Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series.  The hero of the Fever series is Barrons, holy cow, my goodness what a great character!!!  I found a long sleeve t-shirt in pink (b/c I love pink and that is the heroine’s favorite color). The heroine from the Chicagoland series is Merit and her position in her house is Sentinel, I found this Organic Women’s Fitted T-Shirt I’ve ordered them both and I cant wait to wear them proudly!!

I’m trusting the process, are you trusting yours?