Saturday, January 18, 2014

10000 Steps

Holy wow!  My legs are tired!  But today I walked over 10,000 steps!  Can you believe it!  I almost can't!  I use my Wii U fit meter to keep track of my steps everyday.  I love it and the kids love checking to see how many I've gotten in too.  The steps are listed on the bottom and calories burned on top.




I also drank 100oz of water everyday for the last 7 days! That's two more goals taken care of.  I really need to get moving on the other ones that I set for myself.

So, let me tell you how I keep track of how much water I drink.  I found an awesome free app in the itunes store called Waterlogged.



Every time I drink a bottle of water I just click the button and it's recorded.  I would have such a hard time keeping track if it wasn't for this app.  It has also helped me stay motivated to get it in each and everyday.  If you have a hard time getting your water in I suggest that you use this too.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Better Day

What a better day I've had today.

Even though yesterday was not going my way I got my butt on that treadmill and I did my time.  I was slow and didn't get as far as I was liked but I did it.

This morning I woke up sore but in a much better mood.  My body aches but it's ok.  It will pass.

Today I got on the treadmill to get a quick run in while Anya was taking her nap.  And I ran 2 minutes without stopping.  There is another goal completed.  That's another step toward being healthier.

And running that two minutes was exactly what I needed.  After the awful mood I was in yesterday I needed to do something better.

And it was hard.  And my legs ached through the whole thing.  But I got my two minutes in and beat my half mile time by 2 seconds.  It's not a lot but it's improvement!

I'm going to continue to keep going everyday.  That's the only way to get better.  That's the only way to see progress.

I'm on my way to 5 minutes!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hard Days

Today is the kind of day that could start the downward spiral to crushing my work on my goals.

I woke up this morning really, really unmotivated.  I am tired.  Yesterday was a very long day and it has caught up with me this morning.

I did not really want to get up.  I did not want to do anything.  I just wanted to lay in bed and watch House.

I didn't help that when I got on the scale this morning it went up by two pounds.  TWO freaking pounds!  I have been eating better.  I have been working out.  I've been drinking water.  Actually, other than one cup a coffee a day, for the last four days all I've had was water.  100oz each day.  I'm trying to get my 7 days in a row.

And up goes the scale.  I've lost 4 pounds and have now gained two back.  That is half my progress in one day.

I've gotten on the treadmill everyday for the last four days.  I was so excited yesterday.  I ran for a minute and thirty seconds without stopping.  I also ran intervals of a minute each with some walking in between.  I increased my distance of my work out from a half a mile to three quarters.  I have been trying so hard.

This morning, my legs ache from the effort.  I'm feeling the soreness that comes with tiredness sometimes.

I know that today is going to be a fight.

I'm going to have to fight to get back on the treadmill tonight.

I'm going to have to fight to drink 100oz of water today. (especially since I haven't had a single drop yet.)

I'm going to have to fight the desire to just sit around and do nothing.

I have to fight letting being tired be an excuse.

If I can do four days in a row on the treadmill, why can't I do five?  or 10?  or 100?

I can.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Some Goals Completed

Woo-hoo!  I've started to make some progress on my goals.  I have not completed one but TWO of my goals for the year.  It feels so good to be able to cross some things off of my list.

I think making small goals first is really going to keep me motivated for the year.

The first one I completed was I ran for a whole minute without stopping!  This is super exciting for me.  I HATE running so much.

I got on my treadmill last night because I knew I could do this. I really just needed to make the effort.  I know that so much of it is a mental game.  I can't watch the time while I run because it makes it feel like it's so much longer than it is.

So, I walked a little to warm up and then looked at the time.  When I started running I covered the time so I wouldn't be watching the seconds tick.  It makes it so hard when I do that.  I figured the best way to go was to not really know.  And when I stopped... I was 3 seconds short of a minute.

Can you believe that?!  Three seconds.  I almost wanted to lie and say that I did it.  What does 3 seconds really matter?

Well, it matters A LOT to me.  I would know that I didn't really do it.  And that wouldn't get me any closer to my other running goals.  So I sucked it up and ran again.  And this time I went 1 minute and 8 seconds.

I was proud.  I ran for a whole minute without stopping!  Now it motivates me to get working on two minutes!

I also drank 100oz of water yesterday!  Yes!  Way to go me.

You can follow my goals here.

And just a little something to leave you with.  This was my breakfast this morning!  It was amazing!


Over easy egg, a slice of toast and half an avocado.  It was delicious and around 300 calories.

Anya did steal some of my avocado.  She's lucky I love her.  I don't usually share when it comes to avocado yumminess.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Five Minute Friday: See

Five Minute Friday


Sometimes I have trouble with the things that I see...

Let me explain.  It starts first thing in the morning and I start noticing things.  I see the laundry that needs to get done.  The dishes in the sink.  The tub that needs to be scrubbed.  The trash that needs to be taken out.  The legos that litter the floor.  One thing after another. That's what I see.

 And it can drive me crazy.

  I'll start getting into a mind set of all the things that need to be done.  I think that my focus should be on getting the cleaning and the cooking done.

But.... that's not what happens.

When my family starts to wake up my sight changes.

I see Anya smile when she sees me for the first time in the morning.  She is so excited to SEE me.  Just because I am her mama.

I see MJ climb into our bed as he does every morning.  Because when he firsts wakes up the only place he wants to be is with us.

I see Sidda join us when she rolls out of bed.  She rubs her eyes, smiles and waves.

I see Michael play with our kids in our bed each morning.

Our family gathers naturally together to begin our day.

The chores can wait until later in the day.  They will always be there. My family will only be like this for so long.  These are the mornings that I want.  This is how I want to wake up to greet the world.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Goals

I've been thinking long and hard about some goals that I want for myself for this year and I've come up with a list of 31 long and short term goals for myself.

Why 31?  Well, that's how old I am.  I figured 31 goals for my 31st year would be a good starting off point.

I'm pretty excited about them.  Some of them can't be done without first doing others.  I think that I haven't gone too crazy with them and they are not completely out of reach.  I'm even going incorporate some rewards for some of the goals to keep me motivated to complete them before the end of the year.

So here they are:


  1. Lose 10 lbs.
  2. Lose 25 lbs.
  3. Lose 50 lbs.
  4. Run for 1 minute without stopping.
  5. Run for 2 minutes.
  6. Run for 5 minutes
  7. Run 1/2 without stopping
  8. Run 1 mile without stopping
  9. Complete a 5k.
  10. Read 10 books
  11. Read 20 books
  12. Do 30 Day Shred level 1 without stopping.
  13. Do 30 Day Shred level 2.
  14. Do 30 Day Shred level 3.
  15. Drink 100 oz of water in one day.
  16. 100oz of water a day for 7 days in a row.
  17. Write a poem
  18. Write a short story
  19. Knit a blanket
  20. Make a quilt for Sidda
  21. Make a quilt for MJ
  22. Make a quilt for Anya
  23. Make 5 aprons
  24. Make 10 aprons
  25. Try 1 new recipe
  26. Try 10 new recipes
  27. Do P90X at least once.
  28. Memorize 10 Bible verses
  29. Complete 52 week savings challenge.
  30. Walk 5000 steps in one day.
  31. Walk 10,000 steps in one day.
So there they are... 31 goals.  Now for my reasoning behind my goals and my rewards for myself (with hopefully the participation of Michael, since I haven't talked about this with him yet.).

Lose the weight.  This one is for obvious reasons.  Let's get the weight off.  50 lbs for the big goal for the year is reasonable I think.  Of course I would love it to be more but let start with the 10 and move on from there.  When I reach the 50 lbs lost mark I will get to buy myself a new outfit.  Since I'm always the last one to get new clothes in the house, this is a pretty big deal to me.  It's always nice to feel pretty in something new.

Running goals.... I have no endurance anymore.  I'm surprised at this point that I ever did.  But I've never, ever, ever have had endurance when it comes to running.  I've always hated it, but it is so good for you.  There is a pretty good chance that I can already run 1 minute without stopping.  When I get on the treadmill I usually run 30-45 seconds.  I could push myself in to running for that extra 15 seconds.  I just gotta get out of my own head.  When I can run 5 minutes without stopping I'm going to get 2 hours of kid free time.  To just be alone and do whatever I want.  When I can run 1 mile I get a coffee date with Michael, kid free.  We will need to find a babysitter for a couple of hours.

Read!  I love to read but I just haven't been making it happen for about the year or so.  Basically since I was pregnant with Anya I lost all concentration and focus.  I want it back.  I will read!  It's going to happen.  When I read 20 books, I get to buy a new one.  I mainly use the library so I rarely buy myself new books anymore.

For each level of 30 Day Shred that I can do without stopping I will get to get a new nail polish.  Mine are super old and I need new ones.

Drink 100 oz of water!  This is huge because there are days that I swear I don't drink a single drop of liquid, only to sit down at night to guzzle down tons of water.  This is not cool.  I'm sure that I'm super dehydrated.  If I can do it for 7 days in a row I will get a cool water bottle to encourage me to keep it up!

Write...  I used to love writing stories and poems and feel like it has just ran away from me.  I don't really have a reward for this but I would love to still do it.

Make stuff... I have some craftiness in me but it has been put to the side with all these kids running around.  I want to get back to it.  Also, I have made stuff for just about everyone in our family except for my kids.  That is just rude of me.  I want to make quilts for my kids this year.  Every quilt I finish will come with a parent child date night.  One for each kid, one date for each kid.  That will be fun!

Let's cook!  I love to cook, but some days it can be exhausting!  I will try 10 new recipes and then Michael can cook dinner for a night! (Come on, Michael!)

Complete the 52 week savings challenge.  This one will be fun!  I think the savings is prize for itself.

When I walk 10,000 steps in 1 day I will get a pedicure.  Perfect!

So, there you go.  And here I go!  You can keep up with my goals and progress here.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: The Walking Dead- Compendium One

Michael finally got me to start watching The Walking Dead with him.  The show is interesting and dramatic.  It has you hooked the minute you begin watching.

Well, since we've been watching it I decided to get Michael the comic for Christmas.  But instead of buying each one individually I went ahead and got The Walking Dead: Compendium One. It has issues 1-48 of the comic in it.

Michael sped through it and almost didn't put it down.  I can't remember the last time he read something so fast.  So I thought that I would give it a read.....

And let me tell you.....
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I couldn't put it down either.  It just sucks you in.  There are some parts that I absolutely HATED seeing.  There are somethings I could have gone my whole life without ever thinking about.  But at the same time it was just fascinating.

Personally, I like the TV show better.  It's way mild in comparison to the comic.  Much more my speed.  But if you enjoy the show and want to get a taste of the original, pick it up and give it a shot.

Be warned, it is GRAPHIC and INTENSE.  And do not bother getting attached to anyone.  No one is safe.  Even if you've seen the show.... even if you think you know... don't get to like ANYONE.  You'll thank me for it.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sidda turned 8!

I swear as my kids get older the years fly by faster.  How on earth is Sidda now 8 years old?

She is my wonderfully beautiful oldest child.  I can't believe how fast these last 8 years have flown by.  She is in full kid status and soon to be a tween before entering the dreaded teen years.

How nice would it be for time to slow down and let me spend more time with Sidda before she really grows up?

Sidda's Favorites:

Color: Yellow
Food: Macaroni and Cheese
TV Show: Jackie Chan Adventures
Movie: Frozen
Board Game: Chess
Video Game: Mario
Book: Bible