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Monday, January 26, 2015

Back in the saddle...

Well, not exactly the saddle. There are no horses involved here, but there is a whole lotta motion goin on! Today, on a Monday no less, with my head pounding and my neck aching, I think I crossed a milestone.

For anyone that knows me, I hate gyms. You read that right. I HATE GYMS!!!!!

I hate working out on apparatai. CLEANING would almost be preferable to working out in a gym. Give me a toilet to scrub any day, but don't ask me to go to the gym!

But for a long time now I've known that I just needed to start working out consistently. As a stay home mom with 3 young children, I move a lot chasing after kids, but it's never really intense heart rate raising motion. I've been to the gym a few times with someone else, but never dared to go myself.

In October 2014  I started going regularly with a workout partner. It was good! We usually made it at least twice a week, sometimes 3 times a week!

Then at the end of November she and her husband left the country for 3 months! I am so happy for them and this opportunity, but for my workout situation it was brutal! So I quit. There is no other way to say it. I quit going. For over 2 months I came up with excuses why I couldn't go.

I was sick.
My tires were flat (that one actually was legitimate more often than you might think).
The kids kept me up all night.
I have a boo boo...

You get the idea.

But this morning I did something that I never thought I would be capable of doing.

I went to the gym alone.

That might not seem like a big deal to some. You go to the gym alone all the time. You go alone several times a week! But for me this is huge!

Put me up in front of a crowd with a dramatic monologue to recite and I'm fine. Give me a room full of 5 year olds and ask me to watch them for a couple hours I'd say GREAT! But put me on an elliptical with a bunch of fit people around, and my knees start knocking!

So when I woke up at 4:45 this morning to head out to the gym all by my lonesome, my stomach was twisting in knots. I promised myself a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee as a reward if I made it through the full hour. I was so nervous! But we got it done! And let me tell you...

Coffee without sweetener never tasted so sweet :-)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vacation in Maine

Let me just say, I LOVE June.

Maine in June is amazing. It could compare to anywhere on earth. The coast, the flowers, the subtle scent of salt on the air...*sigh.... 

But Maine in winter is...just....COLD. Freezing cold. Just look at all that snow! I could take it for a day, and then I'd miss my beautiful NC 50 degree weather with brown grass and leafless trees. 

My husband and I spent the first Christmas after we were married in Maine, and we decided that we would never go there in winter EVER AGAIN! Since then, it is Summer/Autumn only vacations in Maine. And we love it!  This year we spent a week in Maine with my family and best friend. It was a wonderful vacation.

(including the 20 hour drive both ways with 3 young children and a teenager in the car!) 

We stayed the first part of the week with my sister and her lovely family. 

 The kids had a LOT of fun swimming, playing, and visiting the sea shore with their cousins. 

Then we went and stayed with my best friend from high school. We always have a blast at her house! Well, at least I do, and I'm pretty sure MeMe did....hehe. Here she is having her shoes tied by Kristy's youngest daughter. Can we say future diva? 

We spent a LOT of time outside. At the park......

And, of course, at the shore side...

The younger girls all got a long really well, when Harmy wasn't tearing into everyone's toys...

That would be my husband, photo bombing an otherwise adorable picture!

These two got along so well. Made my heart sing to see them playing like old friends!

Little Man didn't care much for the water, but he LOVED the rocks! 

What? Huh? Who snuck that one in there?!!! hehehehe. Hubby and I were supposed to get a date night for our anniversary but it didn't work out. So we settled for some smooching on the beach while the kids played. 

The above picture is a sad story. Just a few moments later, my unofficial adopted daughter, Mina (in the green shorts) fell in the water and drowned her smart phone. I wasn't that shaken up about it. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

And what better way to end a day of fun in the sun, but with the HUSBANDS getting supper ready and doing the dishes! WOOOHOO! Every wife's fantasy!

It was really a great trip, as always. Here I am with one of my best friends in the whole world. 

I love visiting my family and friends who have known me since I was a girl. But it was really nice to get home to what is familiar and comfortable. In the end, my favorite place is with the people I love most :-)  \

Coming soon: 
Little Man's first Birthday
Mom's Night Out!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Weigh in

Well hello all you Beauties! Well, any Beauties that still stroll through this empty hall. I know, I know...I am a horrible blogger! But, really, life is more than blogging, and we have been living a LOT lately.

But I had a weigh in today, and wanted to update on how things are going.

Little Man in June 2013

LittleMan is about to turn 1, and I can't believe this year has gone by so fast!

BabyDoll is now a three year old, blond-headed whirlwind! She is my little drama queen. My diva! She loves to sing and dance to any tune that comes within her hearing!

MuffinHead did K-4 at home this year. She is now 5 and her creativity is in full swing! She inherited mommy's melancholy personality (sorry love), and revels in the drama of sadness! She is my deep thinker, my artistic thoughtful fairy. She worries a lot about things, but we try to help her work through it all.

We also had another addition to our family. She is a beautiful teenager who came to live with us last July. She just finished her first year of homeschooling. It was tough, but she pressed on and persevered. We are so proud of her! This is our MinaGirl!

this photo courtesy of Christian Coley Photography 

And then there is this fella! In about a week Hubby and I will celbrate our 11th anniversary! We have had so much life together, I truly feel like we have become two parts of a whole.

This is my life, and I love it! We are always busy, but it is a good busy. Lately it seems like our routine has been put through the ringer! And it's only going to get more crazy next week. We are planning a trip to visit my family in Maine. I'm excited, but a 2 day trip with 4 kids? Intimidating!

Weight Loss: This week I only lost 1/2 a pound. Not really enough to record. I'm thankful though. Every loss is a small step in the right direction.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A journey

Sometimes I feel guilty because I am fat. Don't crucify me for using the F-word. I am exceedingly obese, and I will admit that. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels guilty, but because of my faith I feel like I should somehow be able to overcome this more easily. But if being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, right?

I truly believe that gluttony is a sin. Overindulgence in any area of your life shows a lack of control and order, and that is not Christ-like.

But recently a friend of mine reached the point of -100 pounds. Her maxim is this, "This is a journey." She says it all the time.

This is a journey. Many people, including many Christians, think that believers should be perfect. Newsflash, NO ONE IS PERFECT! Like the journey back to physical health, the journey to spiritual health is life long and the two go hand in hand for me. When I am feeling down on myself because of all my imperfections, I think back over the last 10 years. Through God's help I have learned to control many of my shortcomings. (I do not say overcome, because you never really overcome your vices, you learn methods and steps to control them) Addiction to pornography, a tendency to lie about EVERYTHING, explosive anger issues...all these are mountains that I have climbed with God's help.

Losing weight is another mountain. It is by far the biggest. Giving up pornography and learning to be honest were easy compared to this. And because it is my greatest struggle, it makes sense that it will take the longest to learn to control.

This is just my journey, and I'm still walking it. I don't have to be perfect, just keep on getting better.

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