Monday, June 17, 2013

It can only go up from here..right?

Things are so different now.

Our lives revolve around medicine and therapy and prosthetics. 

It's been a long few months. We didn't know when he would walk, when he'd be able to take a leg home to use, or how long it would take for him to comfortably walk.

There's a reason I call him Superman.

Two weeks since he took his first steps, Mark is blowing all of us away. He's walking more and more, he's getting used to it, and he has made so much progress.  This past Friday was the Extremity Games. It's the X Games, but all of the competitors have amputations. A group from the CFI went to watch, and Mark got to go WAKEBOARDING. 

If it weren't for the fact that he's in a chair often, you would honestly never know he's an amputee. I swear.

We went to see Man of Steel yesterday, and watching Mark walk all day (we got ice cream and went shopping after), I was inspired to buy my Superman a t-shirt. He's decided when he gets a new socket, he's going to get the S on it, blue background, red logo. I can't think of anything more fitting for him. He has become such an inspiration to so many people, both in the military and civilian. Thursday was the 2 month mark since his accident. Two months later, he's walking, wakeboarding, and starting to live life to the fullest again. We still have so much progress to make, but its hard to believe that it's only been two months, given all the progress he's made since then. 

Team Johnson is heading to bed, hoping to find out about the LOD tomorrow, and we have a Wounded Warrior event to attend. Your support has been incredible, and I will post tomorrow after we find out, IF we find out.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Each day is a gift, not a right.

A lot can happen in a day.

Even in just an hour or two.

On April 13, 2013, my husband and one of his best friends went to go ride their motorcycles, and I went to go pick up some plants for my garden. I finished planting everything, and I had just walked inside when my phone rang, and it was his friend. I assumed Mark's phone had died, or he had broken it somehow.

Scott told me there had been an accident. Mark has been in one before,  didn't break a thing, barely had any injuries at all. I asked Scott if anything was broken, and all he would tell me was yes, and that I needed to get to the hospital, and that he would take care of notifying the chain of command. As I drove, I started to get a knot in my stomach. Why wouldn't he tell me anything? Had he broken a leg or his arm? Or even worse, his back?

I waited for HOURS in the ER, with Sgt. Means, his supervisor, before the hospital chaplain came. It took so long to come get me because they had been stabilizing him, and his wallet was missing, all they had was his military ID from his reflective vest. She got some more info, went to enter it in, then finally took me back to talk to the doctor.

Nothing, I mean, nothing, could have prepared me for the words I was about to hear.

"His leg was amputated from the middle of the knee down."

It was a miracle I didn't pass out. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think, all I could do was scream and cry. Sgt. Means was a champ, he got really pale, but managed to keep cool, which I was very grateful for. I finally got a grip on myself so they could take me to see him before they took him to surgery to clean up his leg. 

I wanted to vomit when I went in. There was blood on the floor, bandages, I was horrified. Icouldnt stop shaking. All Mark kept saying was that he thought he was going to die, and that Scott and God saved him. I was trying so hard not to just snap. 

I managed to call my mom and dad so they could come down, but I was too hysterical to call Marks parents. I just couldn't say the words again. Sgt. Means called them for me, and called the commanders and people who needed to know. I got to go to the pre-op room with him, and Scott finally came in before they took him back, he had been dealing with the police report and finding marks wallet, boot, etc. Mark and Scott talked for a second, then Mark went back. Scott gave me a huge hug for forever and we just cried. 

Words cannot describe how much I owe Scott. He used a tourniquet to keep Mark alive, he called 9-1-1, he handled everything, if he hasn't been there, Mark would not be here today. I will never be able to repay him for what he did. Scott is very much my hero.

My parents and my middle brother came, some officers came, and they all stayed with me until Mark was out of surgery. The accident was around 7, he got to the ER around 8, (he was way back in the trees so it took a while to get him out), and they took him back around 8:45. The surgery lasted until 3, and we went to a room around 4.  

In the end, they had to take the rest of his knee joint. His leg is about the same length as the other leg, from the hip to the knee. His arm, which was broken, has a plate and nine screws in it. He's able to use it again, just can't put weight on it just yet.

The military has sent us down to the Center for the Intrepid, in San Antonio, to fit him with a set of prosthetics, and to rehabilitate him. He desperately wants to stay active duty, but we won't know where that will go for several months. 
This last month has been excruciating. Nothing is more terrible than not being able to help your loved one when they're in pain. We have pulled through so far, though. It's hard, and it will get harder, but we are making it. His squadron has been just wonderful since the accident, and we are being well taken care of.

I'm posting this because I needed to. I am still struggling deeply with what's happened. It's been hard for me to come to terms with the fact that he may not be able to stay active duty. There is a lot of pain and a lot of heartbreak left to deal with, and I will be returning to blogging as part of my own personal therapy.

Hug your loved ones a little closer, and be grateful they're healthy and safe. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ahh, spring..

Spring is definitely here.

People seem to be having babies left and right.

Bradford Pear trees are blooming. (My grandparents have one in their backyard, one of my favorite trees,)

And people are thinking about spring break and summer jobs and vacations.

While I'm not thinking about spring break, I'm tickled to announce that I have been offered a lifeguard position. Those of you who know me know that I was a lifeguard in high school, and loved it, and I've been wanting to get back into it. After deciding against selling It Works, I wasn't sure if I wanted to find a job or focus on school, but after deciding to apply at the pool on base, I applied at the YMCA off base, and got called this morning. My certificate is obviously expired, but I'm hopefully going to get in the class I found at the end of the month, so I can start early April. I will be working the early shift, so I can work, then swim, then still have my whole day ahead of me.

I'm very excited. I was in great shape when I was a lifeguard, I swam every day after I got off work, so it will only help my fitness goals, which is good, because I'm determined to meet my goals by the cruise in November.

Speaking of, plane tickets are ridiculously expensive. I spent two days straight trying to find the perfect tickets. We're getting there the night before the ship leaves so we can look around Miami a little before the ship leaves, plus, I loathe feeling rushed on vacation, so now we can take our time and really enjoy ourselves.

Have any of you cruised? Who did you sail with? Was it amazing?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Another month down

Well, it's March.

This year seems to be flying by, especially compared to last year, when I was dealing with Mark's deployment. I was miserable, for sure.

Things are looking up this year for sure. Mark's home, our families are healthy, our sweet dog is healthy, and we're actually going to be able to celebrate our anniversary together! I'm very excited!

Also, my work outs have been going well. I slacked a little this week, didn't push myself like I should have, indulged more than I should have, but I'm still seeing progress, so I won't beat myself up over it. In fact, my wedding ring is now too big, and because of the design, it can't be resized without the possibility of messing we decided for my anniversary gift, we'd look into getting a new ring, and boy, did Mark deliver.

I got my new ring set today, and it's just unbelievable. I adore it. My original ring is very very valuable to me, and my dominant right hand has always been larger than my left, so I'm hoping I can wear it still as a right hand ring.

Tomorrow would have been my off day, but I took yesterday off instead, so back to business tomorrow!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Work hard, play hard, workout even harder

I'll be honest.

I had one of the best workouts ever today. I was at the gym for TWO. HOURS. I just wanted to keep going; I legitimately ENJOYED my workout today. I spent forty minutes going as fast as I could on the elliptical,  spent about fifteen minutes on the bike at a high intensity,  did about fifteen on the treadmill, then another thirty on the elliptical.  My friend Andrea and her fiance came while I was there, and she and I did a little lifting before they left.

That inspired me. Tomorrow,  I'm going to do my hour of cardio, then I'm going to spend the rest of my time on weights.  I'm starting at the lighter end, until I get better at my form, but I'm really looking forward to the challenge. Maybe I can get my hubby to come with me, he's been trying to get into better shape too.

I'm usually a Pilates kind of girl, so I will probably still do that as well, but I would love to really get into weights. So I'm altering my workout plan for two weeks to see how it goes. I'm stikl working the same areas on the same days, just lifting weights instead of Pilates to see if I get better results! I'll post a before and after when my two weeks are up!

Stay healthy!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Power of Positive

There's a basic rule, in my opinion,  that you have to follow in order to live a happy life.

You have to surround yourself with positive people. People who will build you up, not make snide comments at you, people who will challenge you to be a better person, not make you feel like you have to be better than everyone around you to be a better person. People who will honestly be happy for your achievements,  not trying to make theirs sound greater, and yours lesser.

Earlier this week, after a lot of drama on Facebook (I won't go into it now, maybe another post), I realized that someone I had considered a good friend, and trusted, was not what I needed in my life. It made the sadness at what happened hurt a little less, because I realized how much negativity this person brought into my life, how they were always making everything a competition,  and how much they had brought me down from the person I should be.

I realized that I haven't been putting everything I have into my workouts,  or things around the house,  because I was so worried about what people would think about me. I realized that I am a  moron. And finally getting that made me both happy and sad, because I have wasted so much time.

Today marks the beginning of a journey for me. Not only in regards to my health,  but in my life.  I'm going to try to be a better friend, daughter, sister,  wife,  person. The more positive you put into the world,  the more you will get back.

I'd like to take a second and say thank you to my husband, Mark. He has put up with so much during our marriage so far, and he knows I'm far from perfect, but supports and loves me the way I am.

My final thought:
The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What drives you?

Whatever your goals are, whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or just be healthy, you need something that drives you, that pushes you, and inspires you to reach your goals.

It could be something as simple as wanting to lose a size or two, or to fit into that new dress for your class reunion, or that new bikini you bought for a vacation this summer.

Maybe you're trying to start a family, and want to make sure you're healthy for your future children, or the ones you already have, or your parents, or your spouse.

Something a lot of people don't consider, is when you make a commitment to get healthy, lose weight, and/or get in shape, you have to do it for yourself.

You have to want it more than anyone.

People have asked what my motivation to lose weight is, what drives me.

I want to do it for myself. I want to do it for my husband and my family. I want to be an inspiration to my mom and my dad and my entire family, I want to have confidence in what my body can do, and I want to be the best version of myself that I can be,

I want to wear my new bikini on our cruise in November. I want to feel confident in shorts and tank tops this summer, in that little black dress I bought to wear for our anniversary, in my own skin, no matter where I am or who I'm with. I want to live a long, healthy, full life.

What do you want? What drives you to do what you do?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hard work equals big changes

Since my copy of Insanity is still messing up, I've kind of moved on from it in order to keep progress going.

Last night, I sat for an hour and a half going through workout after workout from Blogilates and a few other places trying to devise the perfect workout routine for me; I needed something challenging, enjoyable, with lots of stretching in the end.

What I came up with is a little bit frightening to me, but I think the results are going to be fantastic!

A lot of you have been asking for a workout schedule. Let me just start by saying that I am no fitness expert. I don't have a degree, I don't even have a boatload of experience like a lot of the popular bloggers do. But I love to learn and research like you wouldn't believe, and this is the plan that I think I can get the best results from, because its going to genuinely push me to the limit. This is what I think will work for ME. It may be too tough for you or not challenging enough.

I've incorporated straight cardio, Pilates, Jillian Michael's 30 D.S., and my favorite, yoga. Here's the schedule.

MONDAY- 1 hr. run, 30 d.s., 50 min total body from blogilates, yoga.
Tuesday- 30 d.s., 50 min upper body/arms/back from blogilates, yoga.
Wednesday- 1 hr. run, 30 d.s.,50 minutes abs from blogilates, yoga.
Thursday- 30 d.s., 50 min lower body from blogilates, yoga
Friday- 1 hr run, 30 d.s., 50 min total body from blogilates, yoga
Saturday- 1 hr run, 30 d.s., yoga
Sunday- yoga

I chose to do yoga on Sunday instead of just resting because we usually go for a walk together that day and some stretching after would be very relaxing for me.

In addition to this, I will be dog Blogilate's 90 day meal plan challenge, with a few adjustments here and there, and I have a few cheat days scheduled, like Valentine's Day and our anniversary. Mark was deployed last year so we didn't get to really celebrate, so I'm not missing out on anything this year!

Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to hear feedback!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here's to a healthy lifestyle!

Hey y'all!

I've gotten quite a few questions the last few days and decided to address them. Most of them were along these lines:

How can I easily lose weight? How strict does my diet have to be? How can I lose a lot of weight fast? When will I see results from working out? How long do I have to work out to lose weight?

I've come to realized that our culture is into putting in the least amount of effort possible in order to achieve their goals.

In my journey to become a healthier, physically fit woman, I've drawn the following conclusions:

1. Weight loss is not entirely based on the gym and your workouts. 70% of your physique comes from your DIET, the other 30% from your physical activity. You can't eat whatever you want and expect to lose weight, no matter how much you workout, which leads me to my next point.

2. When it comes to counting calories, not all calories are created equal. It's not completely based on how much you eat, but also on WHAT you eat. 300 calories of lean protein and some veggies is much better for you than 300 calories of French fries from McDonald's. You are what you eat, and I'd rather be a lean mean machine than a fried potato.

3. If you count every single calorie every day for the rest of your life, you will probably lose your mind. It is ok to enjoy a piece of cake every once in a while. And when I say that, I do not mean every weekend. Be healthy, don't overindulge constantly, but don't become so strict that you can't or won't enjoy some dessert on your birthday or a piece of chocolate on Valentine's Day from your sweetie.

4. Don't give yourself an easy out. Don't stop working out for a week just because your abs hurt or your legs are sore from squats! Please please take care of yourself if you are sick or injured, but don't stop because it hurts. It's supposed to, to a point. My philosophy: if you're not puking, fainting, or dying, don't stop.

5. It will not always be fun. You will be sore, you will not want to get up and workout, you will want that piece of cake at the office party, and you will probably say you're giving up more than once. But don't. Be frustrated, cry if you have to, and move on. If you want results, you have to work for them, and have to put in the effort. Don't give yourself excuses, give yourself results that you've worked hard for.

You are worth it. I know that, now go prove it to yourself!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A new Start

I'm finally not sick.
After two straight weeks of feverish chills and aches and just plain feeling cruddy,
I woke up this morning with no stuffy nose, no sore throat, nothing!
I barely worked out while I was sick, I was active but I didn't push myself.
No more.
I woke up this morning, had a glass of water, made myself a quick meal-replacement shake,
put my shoes on, and then I remembered.
Our copy of Insanity is messed up.
So I decided to do 30 Day Shred twice to make up for it.
Um. I'd forgotten that it's actually a pretty intense workout, especially when you've done
nothing really for two weeks.
I'm hooked again. It sucks that we haven't been able to finish Insanity, but until we get another copy,
I think I'm going to stick to 30 Day Shred, cause it worked great for me last time.
I think I'm going to include more cardio, though.
Which is why I'm so excited to say I got my bike all fixed up! Just need to air up the back tire and fi the brake line that popped out the front part, and I'm golden!
I'm also starting to do some of +Blogilates  workouts again. They're an awesome kind of
pick-me-up workout when I don't have a ton of time but need to do SOMETHING.
So when I was going through and making a list of my favorite workouts so I can bookmark them,
I re-discovered her 90 day Challenge.
It's a really intense meal plan and workout schedule. The meal plan is
EXTREMELY strict, but I think that's just what I need. So whenever we go grocery shopping, I'm getting the things I need and I'm going to start it! If you've never heard of the 90 Day Challenge, head over to and check it out.
I will be starting it Feb. 15th.
And depending on the results, I may extend it out past 90 days, because I need some big results, because..
We are going on a cruise!
I'm so excited! Mark's aunt and cousin are celebrating their birthdays in November with a cruise,
and since he hasn't seen them in ages, we decided to go! I'm very excited, as this will be my first
time leaving the country, and I'm dying to go to the Caribbean. My plan is as follows:
to spend the entire week in a bikini, with a fruity-drink filled cocounut with crazy straws and umbrellas in my hand, not doing ANYTHING but relaxing and enjoying time with Mark and the family.
I'm determined to be swimsuit-ready by summer, and then anything after that is just the cherry on top.
I'm also going to be investing in a new pair of running shoes soon. What are your favorites? I'm a big Nike fan, but if there's a better shoe out there, I want to know!
Email me or comment with your suggestions and questions!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The beauty of being you

This morning, I did what I usually do every morning. I woke up, I brushed my teeth, washed my face, and just look at the reflection in the mirror. As usual, I didn't like what I was seeing staring back.

We're flooded every day with images of what perfection is like. For women, it's teeny tiny waists, a gap between your thighs, tiny arms, and long flowing hair. For the men, it's a set of abs that are most likely airbrushed, perfectly gelled hair, muscular arms, and a perfect 5 o'clock shadow.

If I just described you, congratulations! You fit into society's standard of being an attractive person!

For the rest of us, it's less fun.

I have had self esteem problems since my later years of high school. Not because I was bullied; I wasn't. I actually enjoyed my high school years. I had great friends, an amazing family (still do!), and I was pretty successful! However, the more I grew up, the more I realized how much I didn't fit in with how everyone else looked. I wasn't overly tall, I wasn't skinny, I didn't wear skinny jeans with uggs or straighten my hair perfectly every day. And while no one ever made fun of me for how I looked, I began to doubt myself. And doubt can be a dangerous thing to a teenage mind.

Even now, happily married to a husband who adores me and thinks I'm beautiful (he had to marry me for some reason, right? ;) ), I am very, very self conscious, and I know it bothers him as much as it does me.

So, I've decided to change how I look at myself. I am going to try my hardest not to compare myself to someone else, because we're completely different. I am beautiful, and I don't need to change; I need to IMPROVE myself.

I will never be a size two. I will probably always be a little 'fluffier' than most of my female friends. I will likely always have a big butt, too. So, to society, I will never be perfect, and I will never fit in. And that's ok. All I want is to be the best version of myself that I can be. I want to be HEALTHY, not just skinny, and my healthy will never be the same as someone else's. To my other friends and family struggling with their weight, and self esteem issues, remember this: you are not fat. You HAVE fat. There is a difference, and it does not define you.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week one -INSANITY

So my first week of Insanity has actually been pretty insane.

Hubs hurt his wrist when he dropped his motorcycle, so he couldn't do it for a few days to let it heal up, but I've managed to push through the first week.

I'm sore pretty much every day. Only the first few days were so bad I had to stretch thorough every time I stood up so I could walk comfortably, but I feel good! I'm ready to bring down the next week.

I've decided to take my measurements every Monday, though I won't be sharing them with you until I finish Insanity, just so I can keep the mystery going. ;)

Today will be a tough day, we both woke up feeling pretty cruddy, so finding the motivation to work out, at least with Insanity, will be tough, but I'm sure I'll manage!

Have you pushed yourself this week? Doesn't have to be fitness related!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Starting the year off right!

Hey everyone!

So far, 2013 has been pretty fantastic! Unfortunately, we did get our BOP turned down, but since we finally heard, Mark can go ahead and re-enlist, and we can start shopping for new furniture again! Woohoo!

Also, we started INSANITY yesterday.

Oh. My. Gosh.

This is only the second day and I'm DYING. I'm going to be so sore, but it's so worth it. We have big plans for our second anniversary (since he was gone last year), and I'm determined to look completely different by then. (I also have an eye on a dress hanging in my closet that I want to have to take in).

Also, I wanted to share something that I think is just beyond AWESOME. Mark's stepmom gave me this thing called the BodyMedia armband. It's a little armband that has sensors on it that, when touching your skin, track your calories burned, steps taken, how well and how long you sleep, and when you enter your food, tells you exactly what your calorie consumed/calories burned ratio is. I've only been wearing it consistently for about a week, and I can't imagine my weight loss journey without it now. Seriously, it's great. If you can, I can't recommend it enough.

On another note...

THANK YOU ALL! Slowly, but surely, the Facebook page I started to go alone with my blog is starting to take off, and I'm getting more emails weekly now. I can't thank you all enough for your support! I've gotten so many supportive emails, and just as many with people asking questions about something I posted. If you have any comments, questions, or anything you want to share, comment or email!

<3 KJ