Monday, September 30, 2013

Weight Loss ~ Week 1

I'll keep this short and sweet. My first week was a little off and on. I didn't track every day, but it turns out tracking is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was really stressing myself out for nothing. After one week, I'm down a little over 3 pounds to 168.9. So, we'll keep trucking and I'll keep you updated.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Weight Loss Journey!!!!!!!

 Ok, time for a brutally honest post about my weight. I'm a little on the heavy side. (I know, I know, that's not the whole truth, but it sounds a lot better than just saying "I'm FAT") So it's time to quit talking and nip this problem in the butt. (Sorry about the language again, I've developed a real potty mouth) When I got pregnant with my first child I weighed a "whopping total" of 103 pounds, and wore a size 4. I am 5 feet tall, so that was a pretty good weight for me.
 
Now I have 5 children, and with each one I put on a little more weight. Until now I weigh 172.3. Yep, you read that right. I have gained 70 pounds in the last 6 years. That's not a fun thing to think about. I used to run track and cross country in high school, and was in pretty good shape. Now, it takes me 14 minutes to run a mile. That's pretty pathetic, seeing as a mile can be walked (at a brisk pace) in 15 minutes.
 
So, bottom line, I joined weight watchers last week. I have spent this entire week looking at recipes, and just trying to figure out how the whole points thing is supposed to work. (nutrition does not come easily for me...it was my hard subject) So it's time to get down to the nitty gritty, and start loosin some weight. I took my measurements to track on the site, and took a couple of before pictures of myself (well, hubby took them for me) so that I could share them on this blog. I figured it would give me a little more accountability or incentive if I posted these things on here.
 
Now the embarrassing part... posting my measurements.
Height: 5 feet
Weight: 172.3 inches
Waist: 41 inches
Hips: 45 inches
Arms: 13.5 inches
Dress Size: 16
Bust: 42 inches
Thighs: 24.5 inches
 
Hopefully it won't take long to start seeing some results. Honestly, I don't care if I ever see a size 4 again. Really I would just be happy with an 8-12 size frame, as long as it included some serious toning. And in the pictures below, sorry about no makeup. I wanted to wait and take pics after I had put a little makeup on, but it never happened. ( I rarely wear makeup, though I probably should)
 
 

 
So, there it is folks. The beginning of my (hopefully successful) journey. Maybe ya'll could say a little prayer that God gives me the grace and strength to stick to my goals. And it's not just about the pounds, I really just want to be healthy, and have the energy to take care of my 5 rambunctious kiddos. I love to run, I want to be able to run. I want to get in shape. (other than round... VERY round)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Baby Girl Baptism!

 
I just realized I never posted about Addie's baptism! Adlai was baptized on May 26, 2013. Just 1 week and some odd days after she was born. If you would like to read about our views on infant baptism you can read them here.
(sorry about the sloppy pic)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Let's Party!

So, it's been...ummm...THREE months since I posted. That's quite a while. I had several ''posts" on a list that I wanted to write about, but just never could seem to find the time to blog. I know, I know, everyone has the same 24 hours a day. At least, that's what my grandfather-in-law says. And, while that may be true, it is also true that some of us have more to do in our 24 hours than others. Yep, that's me, I stay pretty busy around here with my little kiddos. I'll have to do a strictly kiddo post soon, they have grown so much. Especially Addie.. babies grow SO fast!

And, speaking of growing fast, we just celebrated 3 birthdays the other day. My 3 oldest birthday's are relatively close, so we just combined them into one party and celebrated them together. They're still young enough that they don't mind, and it probably makes it easier that they all get their presents at the same time. I'll admit though, their party was pretty chaotic this year. We held it at our church fellowship hall. While I feel like our house is plenty big, we have a relatively big family. That said it's a little crowded at our house. We only invite "immediate" family (grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles, 1st cousins) that still ends up being like 30 people more or less. So, this year I didn't plan anything "special". Just cake, ice cream, and gifts. While that seems simple enough, 3 kids opening gifts at one time, while other people are trying to help hand them the gifts means mom has no idea what's going on. I tried to keep them kind of "sorted" as to who got what gift, but that was easier said than done. I have almost no idea who gave which gift. But they had fun, and I guess that was the point.

I made each of them their own cake (to share with everyone else of coarse). Levi's "theme" was Superman, so I put the Superman symbol on his cake, bought him a Superman sweat outfit, and made a little "tag" that says "SuperLevi turns 6",  Lydia had Hello Kitty cookie cake, Hello Kitty outfit, and "Hello Tippy" turns 5" (her nickname is Tippy), and Ephraim had a Lightning McQueen cake, outfit, and "Lightning McEphraim turns 3".  It was simple but sweet.

Levi always has a new special smile to try
Lydia fixed her own hair for the occasion
Ephraim says "cheeseburger" before every picture
They all blow out the candles!

And, while we're on the subject, let's talk about Amos' first birthday that happened way back in February. I had a post all written out and the pictures selected that I wanted to post, but at the time my computer was being poopy (pardon the language) and I could not get my pictures to upload on my blog. So it kept getting put off and put off until he's 19 months old and I'm just doing a brief overview of his birthday. We did a Curious George theme. There was a Curious George banner, Curious George cups, Curious George invitations, and a stuffed Curious George holding the banana bowl on the "make your own sundae bar". We served homemade pizza, and let everyone make their own sundae. We had TONS of toppings... different syrups, fresh fruit, candy, graham crackers... it was like Orange leaf at home. (with ice cream instead of frozen yogurt) And Amos wore a monkey shirt. (which was actually coincidental, it was not Curious George, but fit into the theme nonetheless. Well, here are a few pictures of his party... enjoy!