Monday, June 17, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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
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
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!
Saturday, February 16, 2013
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
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
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
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!