Jan 30, 2013

I'm a Runner, HOLLA!

You know what I realized tonight?
I'm a runner.
No, I'm not fast.
No, I can't run far yet.
But I AM a runner.
Want to know why?
Because my legs hurt...and instead of appreciating this break from sweating, it is killing me.
Straight up KILLING me.
I need to sweat.
I need to burn.
I need to run.
Don't get my wrong,
I love to be lazy.
And I'm lazy pretty often.
I've been sick for 3 days.
I can't breath through my nose
{disgusting, I know}
but all I can think about is WHEN CAN I RUN?
Who am I??
I'm not even sure anymore...but I know that I love running.
I love how I can be having the worst day ever and then when I go pound some pavement, it makes me feel better.
Listening to music, thinking about goals, analyzing how I am going to accomplish those goals, motivating myself, imagining how I am going to post a fast pace on IG, and just having time to think.
Running is my jam.
I've always loved sports.
I mean LOVED sports.
In high school, I played volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis.
I even cheered once or twice but only so I could ride the bus to football games.
I was always active, it was like breathing to me.
Then came college.
I still played sports, I was still active.....
but after college, I lost myself.
I became a Mom, a wife, a student again, and I lost myself.
It wasn't about me. Ever.
I'm still a mom and a wife and now a career woman....and it's SO EASY as a mom to lose yourself.
To not make time for yourself.
To do that load of laundry or those dishes instead of going for a run.
To sweep the floor instead of making it to that class at the gym.
For one rest day to turn into months.
If making you happy leaves a few dishes in the sink, who cares?
I'm teaching my kids that it's good to be active.
My kids may not have a mom that fits into a size 4 jeans, but they know that Mom runs and goes to the gym and pays attention to calories.
They are learning from me.
And when I run, I'm happier.
Which makes me a better mom.
Isn't that what we all want to be anyways?
I have my first 10K next Saturday.
I should be scared.
I should be worried about not finishing....
but instead, all I can think about is making sure I can breath through my nose by then so that I can run.
I don't need a pair of high heels to make me feel like a woman, my running shoes make me feel like Superwoman and I don't even have to remove my cape when I get home to do the Mom gig.
Are you a runner?
Do you even realize it yet?
Or are you just starting out?
I read an interesting blog post here that some of you might enjoy reading...just thought I would share.
Here's to hoping I am back to rockstar status and can run soon!

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Just Call Me Ferris

Bueller, that is.
Cause yesterday I called in sick.
Unlike Ferris, I was actually sick though.
Which is no fun.
I hate using my sick days on actually being sick.
Ferris had a much better plan.

And today, I'm back at work.
And still feeling crappy.

Sorry new followers, I swear I'm not this lame all the time.
I swear, I am normally happy and chipper, but not today.
Or yesterday.
Maybe tomorrow??

I didn't even weigh myself this morning, which is sad because I like to participate in Weigh In Wednesday.
But I can go ahead and tell you right now that I haven't been doing good.
I haven't been doing awful either, even though whenever I wasn't sleeping yesterday, I wanted to be stuffing my face.
Sitting at home trapped in the house is not good for a diet.
I have got to get back on the MFP wagon.
I haven't fallen off, I just haven't been strictly staying on.

I know I mentioned this on IG, but who is doing the new diet bet this go around?
I want to...but I lost last time so I'm not sure if I should.
I hate to be left out though.....we all know how I feel about bandwagons.

That's all I got for today.
Told you I was feeling lame. Sorry about that.

PS If you were part of the giveaway, and I didn't contact you about where to send your gift yet, please email me, or just leave me a comment below. I'm not sure if it is me feeling like a$$ or me just being an idiot, but I haven't been able to find everyone's email addresses.

Happy Hump Day Everybody...it is hump day today, right?
This Nyquil really has my days running together. :)
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Jan 28, 2013

This Post Contains Naked Pics

Did you get excited about my title?
                                                               Obviously it's a lie.
Naked pics of me might scare all my new readers away.....
or make me more popular.

Let's be honest though.
No one is actually going to read this post.
I know you all just want to know who gets all the free stuff!!
But I just have to say hello to my new readers.

Please leave me a comment and tell me hello!

I tried to respond to all my comments regarding the giveaway but then I realized that I had to actually work {I hate when my real job interrupts my blogging life}
So, please, hang around for a while...I love new stalkers /friends!
And don't hate me if you don't win...since I'm almost to 400 followers,

I'm sure I will be doing another giveaway before long.
Okay, now, wasn't there something important I was suppose to be doing?

Oh yeah, the giveaway.

Ummm, y'all should know that I tried to be all fancy and put the officially winner on here, so y'all could verify that I didn't cheat, but I'm a moron and couldn't get it to copy & paste....so you get an iPhone pic.

Why are you even still talking Lora? No one is reading..they skipped ahead.

I had 61 entries.....
and the winner is lucky #7!

And lucky #7 just happens to be Leigh Anne.
Leigh Anne is strictly a blog stalker, not a blogger.....and I actually know her IRL.
Before I did the random number generator, I was all "I bet someone I know wins..."
and then this happened.
But you see the proof up above,
this gal won fair and square!!!
So, make sure you email me your address Leigh Anne so we can all mail you your stuff!
And all you others, once I reach 400 followers, I'll make sure I do another giveaway!
Happy Crappy Monday Y'all...well, except for Leigh Anne, I'm pretty sure her Monday is more like a Friday now!

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Jan 25, 2013

Errrrrrrrrrbody loves Giveaways

It's Friday!!!!
It's totally not because I am writing this post on Thursday, but totally not the point.
TGIF y'all!

What's better on a Friday than a giveaway?!
Nothing. At. All.

I planned on doing a giveaway when I reached 300 followers and then it took me FOR-EV-VA to get it together so you are seeing it now.

{feel free to pin this great pic so more people enter} 
In order to enter, you must follow all of the blogs listed below (including mine).
Once you have followed them on GFC,
leave a comment below telling me how awesome I am  telling me that you are following everybody.
Please only leave ONE COMMENT.

I will use a random number generator once I figure out how to determine the winner.
One winner takes all.
Yep, somebody is getting a nice little jackpot!

First up, we have this girl.
Janessa is my IRL (in real life) BFF and if it weren't for her and her google skills, I would be lost.
She blogs about everyday life, her cool kid, and I'm almost positive she is gonna have some GREAT before/after pics for us of her new house!
Follow her blog here.
She's giving away a custom made button for the winner.
You tell her what you want and she will make it happen.
She makes all my buttons and they are awesome!!

You know that friend we all have, the one that motivates us to work out harder and runs just right in front of us while running together?
That's Laura.

I'm always trying to catch her when we run together.
She has an AMAZING fashion blog and has TONS of giveaways.
Oh, and her blog is so hot and racy that my work blocked me from her. I'm still a little bummed about that, but I'm keeping up with her still via my phone.
Follow her blog here.
She is giving away a $10 Target Giftcard.

Next is Lindsey at A Plane Doctor, His Nurse & 3 Little Passengers.
Lindsey has the cutest three kids ever and blogs all about her life as a SAHM during the week and a nurse during the weekend.
Lindsey is giving away a $25 giftcard to Banana Republic.
Follow her blog here.
Next is Alex from The Skinny Jean Pilgrimage.
She blogs about her life as a newly single mom and the ups and downs of weight loss. She has lost a ton of weight and is still going strong.
 You can follow her blog here.
Alex is giving away an Alex & Ani Bangle like this one.

Next on the list we have Meredith, who blogs over at Is This Thing On?
Meredith blogs about being a stay at home Mom to two precious little girls....along with a side of working out/being awesome.
You can follow her blog here.
She is giving away a $15 Starbucks giftcard.
After Meredith, we have Steph from Life According to Steph.
This girl keeps me laughing every day by blogging about life with her husband and the other two loves of her life, her pugs.

You can follow her blog here.
Steph is giving away a $10 Target giftcard.

Next up is K at Keeping up with K.
K blogs about her Operation Red Bikini like most of us do and she makes me feel like I need to travel more...check out her travel page here. 
Keeping Up With K
K is giving away a $10 Starbucks giftcard and a Lulemon headband.
Be sure to go here to follow her blog.
Write this Down Amy is my next blogger.
Amy blogs about her everyday life...and she is a running machine. She, like me, has a handsome bald husband named Michael...that right there is enough of a reason for you to go check her out.
You can follow Amy's blog here.
She is giving away a $20 Sephora giftcard.
The incredibly talented Laura at Serrano Style is next.
Laura has a great Etsy shop that you can check out here.
She blogs about her weight loss story and is one of my My Fitness Pals.
Be sure to go follow her blog here and check out her Etsy shop because she will be giving away one of her cosmetic bags.

And one of my favorite blog titles ever belongs to Natalie over at My Fabulous Life of Woodchucks and Sippy Cups. {Isn't that the cutest blog title ever?}
Natalie actually went to school with me and as an adult moved away...she blogs about her precious daughters, one of which is named Harper.
In case you didn't know, my future unborn/unmade baby will share the same name.

You can go here to follow Natalie's blog.
She is giving away this adorable set of stationary.

 Man, this is a long post!!
I hope you are still with me.....I know you probably are though since free stuff is up for grabs!

Next is Becca from Four Buggers.
Just look at these precious kids!!

It just doesn't get much cuter than that!!
Becca is working on her MILF status and is sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of her weight loss journey.
You can go follow her blog here.
Becca is giving away a $20 Target giftcard.

And last but not least, we have Amanda at My Very Own Modern Family.
The beginning of Amanda's About Me Page just makes me tired...it says "working mom of 5 beautiful girls"...and I can barely manage my two!
I'm hoping to hang out with this gal when I go to St Louis to run my half in April.
Be sure to go here to follow her blog.
Amanda is giving away a $20 Target giftcard.
And that's all folks!
Man, are we sure that I can't enter to win?!
There's lots of good new blogs here for you to follow and lots of great stuff to win.
In case you were keeping count, that means one lucky winner
will get
$60 worth of Target giftcards
$25 Starbucks giftcards
$25 Banana Republic giftcard
$20 Sephora giftcard
a Bracelet
A Cosmetics Bag
A Free Button
A Lulemon Headband
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Remember, please leave only one comment below once you have followed ALL of the blogs above.
I will choose a winner on Monday.

Side note to all bloggers who participated:
this was my first time to do a giveaway...if anything looks wrong, please let me know!
Also, if you participated, please make sure you put a link on your blog and blow it up on social media!
I tried my best to keep track of everything and everyone but that's hard work! {Which is why I may never have sponsors...}
If you wanted to participate in this giveaway but somehow I missed you, PLEASE email me so we can fix that!!

Good luck y'all!!

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Jan 24, 2013

Crappy Craptastic Day

Today, I'm just not feeling it.
I should go back home and get in bed.
I'm pretty sure this is what my mom would refer to as "waking up on the wrong side of the bed"
Whatever it is, blah!

I wanted to say hello to all my favorite peeps though.
Even if my day is craptastic I hope that y'all are having a good day.

I also just wanted to say that I will hopefully be posting my giveaway tomorrow. I'm really excited about it and I wish I could just win myself.
Make sure you stop back by tomorrow for a chance to win some cool stuff and follow some new, super fun blogs.

Cheers to a better freaking afternoon than I've had morning.

And bring on Friday!!!!
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Jan 23, 2013

Why Doesn't the Toothfairy have PayPal?

So, this happened last night.
You know, because if I forgot I would get the mom of the year award.
And I'm not gonna say it's never happened.
There was this one time at band camp when one of the girls came running in my room to tell me that the toothfairy didn't come.
Luckily, I had a $1 right beside my bed so I wouldn't forget. FAIL.
So I slipped that bad boy under my pillow real slick-like and pulled it out and said "Oh look, that silly toothfairy put it in here. Must be because you come get in my bed sometimes."
She totally bought it.
Mission accomplished.
Luckily she was like 5 then.
The girls haven't lost a tooth in a LONG time so I knew I might forget.
I didn't though....thanks to my alarm.

That dang tooth fairy. Gets all the credit.
Just like Santa.
Do you know how lucky it was that I actually had a dollar?!
Who carries cash nowadays?
And then, the tooth fairy didn't even get any credit.....Alex said "it was raining dolla bills and one landed on my pillow"
Cause it's normal for a 9 year old to say "dolla" right?

at least she learned at a young age that you should never let anyone take a pic of you when you first roll outta bed

Wanna know what else happened yesterday?
Let's pretend like the answer is yes.
This happened:
I registered for my first 10K.
And I'm really scared.
I can appreciate the fact that it says "run/walk" so I won't feel so bad when I have to walk some.
I'm also super excited about it.....except for the fact that it is in Feb, like the beginning of Feb.
What was I thinking?!
This happened yesterday too:

half marathon training y'all!!

I haven't gotten very fast yet, I'm still working on that part.
But I have gotten where I can run farther without stopping and where I'm not DYING when I get done.
So, that's something.

Also, today is 3 weeks straight of me working out every day.
Now, before you jump on me and tell me I need a rest day...you should know that I have had rest days. Or at least my version of them.
I don't run every day. I don't do anything every day. I switch it up.
I have to, or else I get really bored.
I've even found myself not loving the elliptical lately....which is just crazy. So I'm trying to keep it interesting and do different things.
And on rest days, I just walk. Slow and easy but enough to still burn calories...I never knew burning calories was like a drug.
Now, I have to do it every day or I feel lost.

And now......what you have been waiting for......probably not, but let's pretend.
Weigh In Wednesday.
***can I get a drum roll please??**
No, you cannot get a drum roll....1 lb does not deserve a drum roll.
Kidding. Kind of.
So, I only lost 1 lb this week...but at least it's a lb in the right direction.
I could have done better. I could have skipped a few food items and not eaten them JUST BECAUSE I had the calories left.
I think I am most bummed about this because I was down 2 lbs on like Sunday and somehow I managed to gain 1 of those back.
Such is life.
I'm still excited that I am sticking with my program...I mean, really, 3 weeks! I have never stuck to any kind of weight loss program that long. For that, I am proud.

Can't wait to read how everyone else is doing....follow the button to read more stories!

Happy Wednesday Y'all.
And in case you were wondering, NO, I haven't figured out the internet at my house yet. Slice my eyeball open with a rusty butterknife. It's really starting to make me mad.
Today, I'm gonna have K&A look at it and see if they can figure it out.

See y'all tomorrow....or again later today if I get bored. :)
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Jan 22, 2013

You Know those Back Rolls You Have......

Let me tell y'all about how I am co-hosting Tell Me About It Tuesday with Helene and Emily....I'm really excited about this!

I have watched this linkup grow SOOO quickly and it's always fun to join in on.

Helene in Between
First up, let me tell you about how I was suppose to post this blog last night but I couldn't get my internet working. Yep, I was gettin' all fancy and finally getting the world wide web at my house. Try not to laugh at how behind I am. And then, the guy finished and left, and I tried to get on my laptop and nothing happened.
I mean, you would think a guy dressed so professionally would have been more helpful, wouldn't you??
Don't act like you are shocked that I took a pic....I am a blogger after all.
Next, let me tell you about how I did a little a ton of shopping this weekend. I'm really proud of myself because not once BUT TWICE I had a pair of new jeans in my hands and I put them back....because let's be honest, I'm shrinking and I don't need to buy any new jeans right now. Not to mention I have at least 400 pairs of all sizes at my house. I, instead, bought lots of workout-related stuff.
And speaking of workout-related stuff, y'all I cannot move today. I did this video:

on Sunday.....and today is Tuesday and I'm still walking like a pregnant lady. I didn't think it was that tough while I was doing it.....but waking up the next morning and rolling out of bed was a HUGE challenge. HUGE!!! I have to run today and it is going to be a challenge....but I'll manage. Hopefully.

Last, but not least, let me tell you about my husband.
Y'all I laughed so hard that I cried with this one.
So, we all know I love my husband dearly.
Like for real, he is the greatest man I know.
And unless you are new here, you know that I have been working hard on my fitness.
Well, FH is always the first to tell me if he can tell that I am looking thinner. He sees how hard I am working and is my #1 fan.
He is extrememly supportive....but God bless him, it's really hard to tell a woman that she looks skinnier.
You know what I mean?
Us women, God bless us, we love compliments...but you know at the back of your head when someone tells you that you look good, you are wondering what the crap you looked like before?!
It's a natural thing for a girl....to critique compliments and see bad in them.
Well, the other night, FH came running into the bedroom. He was grinning real big and had his phone in his hand.
Like me, FH follows a lot of workout people/pages on his phone.
Of course he mainly looks at how dudes get beefed up and I mainly look at how chicks slim down, but still.....
So, he showed me this before/after pic of a young boy who completed this 24 day challenge......the pic was of the boy from the back.
It said he had lost 13 lbs or something like that.....I was impressed but kinda wondering....okay, who cares?! I'm not gonna do this 24 hour challenge, I'm sticking with MFP, but thanks for showing me.
Then, it happens.
Word vomit.
I should mention that FH had had a beer or two, that makes it funnier.
You know how we all have word vomit after we get liquid courage?

FH said, {please note, I can't remember the exact words, so FH don't be mad if I put words into your mouth, I just remember around about what you said} "so you see those back rolls that he had?"
Me: "ummm, yeah"
FH: "well, umm, I notice lately that yours aren't as bad as they use to be. since you are getting thinner."
Me: {laughing}
FH: "this is why I kept my mouth shut because there's no good way to tell you this compliment, but you know, those rolls, there aren't as many as there were before....."

this convo continues several minutes as he tries to explain himself and I try to stop laughing. I laugh so I don't cry.

Bless his heart. That's what we say in the south when we really want to cuss someone.
I can appreciate the fact that he was complimenting me.
But honestly, now I'm wondering just how many fat rolls I have back there behind me.....and how many did I have before?
Should it be a weight loss measuring tool to count those?

Oh, I'm just grossing myself out now.
Maybe I should have warned you skinny people that you wouldn't find this funny.....oh well.
That's what you get for being skinny....life is tough.

And now, I'll continue to work on that back fat that I didn't even realize I had and hopefully I'll get another amazing compliment soon.

How was your weekend? Did you work on your fitness? Did you go shopping? Were you one of the unfortunate ones that had to work yesterday??

Also, if you haven't emailed me yet to tell me what you are providing for my giveaway, make sure you do so! I am a little behind on putting this together, {you can thank the guy above in camo} but seriously, so far I have lots of people joining in so this should be a fun giveaway if I can ever get it together.

Happy Tuesday Y'all!!!

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Jan 18, 2013

MFP Y'all

Okay so today's is the two week mark.
I know I said I would do the linkup on Jan 16, but that wasn't exactly two weeks after I announced the challenge so I changed it to today.
If you noticed, high five for paying attention.
If you didn't, good job.

I can honestly say that I stuck to MFP every single day.
I'm not saying that I ate amazingly well.
Or that I never went over my calorie budget.
Some times I had no idea what the calorie count on my dinner was so I would just guestimate.
But I still feel like I succeeded.

Because I worked out every single day.
Seriously, haven't even missed the weekends.
Going on almost 3 weeks now.
I know everyone says that you should have a rest day, but I listen to my body and right now, I'm doing just fine.

I also paid attention to everything, I mean everything that I ate.
No matter what.
I stalked websites before going out to eat to get calories counted.
I did math with a pencial and sheet of paper to add up calories when making recipes.
I logged everything.

I honestly believe having friends on MFP makes a WORLD of difference. So if you don't have any on there, or aren't sure how to do it, let me know and I'll help.
I should totally be getting paid for promoting this app. But I'm not.

Instagram helps me too.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
I never meant to be "that girl" who posted her workouts every time she went to the gym. But I am.
You see, I have my phone on me at all times.
And when I'm on the elliptical and I get a notification of an IG comment, it really makes me push myself harder.
It makes me feel like I'm doing something.

And when I'm running, I try my best not to look at my Garmin, but the whole time I'm thinking about how if I run faster than normal then I can post it on IG. And get lots of love.

It's lame.
I know.
But I love my IG family and they keep me REALLY motivated.
Whatever freaking works.
I'm gonna be laughing all the way to the freaking store to buy skinnier clothes so I'll take it.

So all in all, I think this challenge was a success for me.
I only lost 7 lbs.
Which isn't a ton.
And it's no where near where I want to be.
But having my husband say "You look thin." this morning made it totally worth it. I'll count calories all day long if I keep hearing that.

If you are MFP, you know that each day when you finish your diary for the day, it tells you that if you continue on this pace, you will weigh whatever amount in 5 weeks.
So my goal is to get to that 5 weeks.
That's 3 more weeks y'all!
So I'll be doing another linkup on Feb 8.
Hopefully I will have more to report then.
Either way, it takes 21 days to build a habit so I am well on my way.

How did you do on the challenge?
Did anyone actually join me or am I all alone??
Link up below, tell me how you did.
Be sure to follow me on GFC and put my button on your post.

And I'll see you on MFP!!
PS if you have any trouble with the linky tool, please let me know. this is my first time using this type so I'm not really sure what I'm doing.....

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Jan 17, 2013

Housekeeping: You Want Towel? You Need Pillow?

Today is for blog housekeeping.
Cause I have lots of random things I need to mention and I'm just gonna combine it all up in herrrreaah.
{Up in here, up in here}

First up.
MFP Linkup.
Tomorrow I will be blogging my results from my MFP challenge.
Of course, you kind of already know all about what I've been doing since I blog like everyday....but this way we can look into other people's MFP success too!
If you haven't succeeded, please still come link up.
Tell me why you failed and what you are going to do to keep it from happening again. Tell me how you rocked it out and did awesome.
Tell me how you wanted to join MFP but just haven't gotten to it yet....so I can blast all of your excuses. Just link up, all the cool people are doing it.
In order to link up, just make sure you are following my blog on GFC and put this button in your post.
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I swear that just by copying that button into your blog, your waist will magically shrink to the size of hers. I also swear that I am completely lying.

Next up, a giveaway.
I planned on doing a giveaway once I reached 300 followers and thanks to all you lovely ladies and gentlemen, I have surpassed that!
This makes me super happy!
I have several people that have emailed me and want to participate...if you haven't emailed me already but you'd like to participate, please let me know. Giveaways bring all the girls to the yard.
I am going to start putting this together on Monday so please let me know if you want in. You can just comment below.

Gosh, I really thought I had a lot to catch up on, but apparently I don't as I am having trouble thinking of the rest....hate when that happens.

Oh yeah.....

Question and Answer Post.
I have been wanting to do a question and answer post for a long time but I was afraid that no one would have any questions for me!!! Oh well, I'll give it a try....if you have any questions that you want answered, please leave them for me in the comments below. I will do my best to answer all 3 of them in a question and answer post.
And if I don't get any questions then we'll just pretend like this never happened. MMMMkay?!

Finally, guess what?
I'm a freaking .com now. Or I will be. I registered for it this morning...and paid my whopping $10. So if I did it right and I get everything set up, then forget about the .blogspot at the end of my name.
This makes me an official blogger, right?

Speaking of being an official blogger, I'm getting internet at my house next week. Welcome to 2013, Lora! {Please note, I first wrote welcome to 2012 and then realized I'm an idiot. I'll be doing that for about 4 more months before I get use to it!}
I'm just cheap and haven't had internet at my house yet....so expect to hear more from me! Totally kidding, this girl still won't be blogging on the weekends. Or I don't plan on it.

But what I would like to do is more guest posts.
And by more, I mean I want to actually start doing them.
So if you plan on being too busy to blog or just don't feel like it one day, hit me up and I'll do my best to put together a decent blog post for you. Cause I really just want to blog more and posting more than once per day on my own blog would be lame, doncha know....

Okay, I think that's it for today.
Does anyone know what movie my title came from?
No, really, this is an actual question cause I can't remember!

Hope everyone has a great day! I am going to try not to watch the minutes until Friday gets here.....Happy Thursday!!

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Jan 16, 2013

I'm Still Workin' on my Fitness....Y'all my Witness

Bad news (bears).
I only lost 1 lb this week.
That's tiny compared to last week.
But guess what? I ain't even mad at ya scale.
Let's review my past week and take notes on why I'm not mad.

Doughnut holes. Threw them in the trash this morning. Yes, I had a couple of them and they were delicious. But after that, I threw them in the trash so I wouldn't polish them off. Often times K&A think they are hungrier than they really are {don't we all} and guess who gets handed their leftovers? FH. But when he is not around, they come to me. I will no longer be their human garbage disposal.

The elliptical. Last night, I did 90 minutes on the elliptical. On level 12. If you follow me on Instagram (@MrsLoYoung) then you obviously already know this, because I like to brag about my workouts. But seriously, 90 minutes y'all. That's a long time. For some reason, I got it in my head that I wasn't quitting until I hit that goal and I stuck with it. This was a proud moment. I love how many calories I burn on that machine!

Counting calories. Today was my 15th day in a row to log into MFP. I absolutely LOVE that the app updates your status telling all your friends that. I can't wait until it tells everyone that I logged in like 200 days in a row.

Half marathon training. I just started this on Sunday. Unfortunately it starts out pretty slow so I'm just trying to run my miles as fast as possible. I know it will increase and will be kicking my butt before I know it. I'm excited to push myself and finally get where I can run far without feeling like I am dying.

Laundry. I know I am doing great because I have tons of laundry. Working out every single day creates tons of laundry. But that's laundry that I'm happy to do.

As you can see I am doing awesome....I'm not normally one to toot their own horn but TOOT TOOT Y'ALL!!! I am proud of how good I am being. I am proud that maybe I only lost 1 lb this week, but I FEEL AMAZING!!!!

Be sure to follow the links to read more great motivating workout posts!!

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Jan 15, 2013

Hey, Hey You!

Heeeeeeyyyyyy you guuuuuuuys.
Where do you live?
Yes, I'm talking to each of you. So make sure you answer.
I live in Memphis.
And here, when it rains and it's cold/when bad weather is expected/when there is 1 cm of snow, schools close.
With a quickness.

Luckily, my work does too.
{Knock on wood.}
Yesterday we got sleet.
And schools closed 1 hour early.
And work closed around 2:30.
I move lightning fast when I get an email that says "Due to inclement weather....." cause I know the streets will be insane.
I work on the naval base which was awesome when I was single so everyone scambles to get off the base at the same time.
And this chick moves fast and doesn't like to wait in lines.

This morning, schools were closed.
And work wasn't.
Womp, womp.

Luckily, I work a flexible schedule.
So, instead of getting here at 6:30 like normal, I got here at 8:45.
And I'll be leaving around noon.
It's like a little game of chance...if I leave before they dismiss us, I have to use my own vacation time. If I hold out until they dismiss us, I get paid without using vacation time. Which is ideal. Obvs.

When it sleets/snows/there's any kind of warning, there is a MAD dash to the grocery store.
It's like we are shopping like it's 1999 and the end of the world is near.
I was so freaking freaked out in 1999, what would we do without the internet??? Am I the only one that was scared?

But, this girl has groceries for days in her house.
Which is both a blessing and a curse.
Snowed in the house = eating like a horse. All. Dang. Day.
But not me, I'm not going down like that.

I have been faithful to MFP for almost 2 weeks now.
Follow me on there @MrsLoYoung.
And my challenge ends on Friday.
I have never stuck to anything in my life this long, y'all.
Workout wise, I mean.

And I've gotten obsessed with working out.
For real, when I heard there was ice, my first thought was "Would it be dumb to rain in sleet?"
Cause my half marathon training requires running, in case you didn't know. And I am following it to a tee.
Also, I can't miss out on the elliptical.
I think I'm addicted to it.
Yesterday, I reached 60 minutes and restarted the thing to get to 90 minutes...but alas, I had to go home to cook dinner so I didn't make it.
But I wanted to....that's what's crazy!!!
I love seeing that calorie burn on there and I love getting the "Way to go girl!" remarks on MFP/IG/my blog.

It's like a drug that I can't stop.
I've also decided that even if I get knocked up {say a little prayer that I do please and thank you}, I'll still be getting my butt and my bun (in the oven) up on that elliptical.

I'll be back tomorrow with my weigh in post....
I can already tell you that unless I start working out now and don't eat until tomorrow morning {totally not happening, don't worry} then I won't have a huge loss to report like I did last week.
But my head is still held high because hard work and not giving up is the combination that WILL eventually bring big results.

Happy Tuesday Y'all!
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Jan 14, 2013

Well Ya See What Happened Was.....

It's Monday.
Get excited.
I was going to do my normal weekend update this morning.
But then I realized that I can't really even remember what we did Friday night. It seems like it was a long time ago.
So, instead, I'm going to tell you about a problem that I have.
I know I told myself I wouldn't get TOO PERSONAL on this blog....
but well, sometimes it happens.
If you aren't ready to read about my personal problems, then you should probably just skip this post.

Okay, are you ready?
{Should I be worried about the sanity of you people wanting to read about my problems?? Probably not, I'm nosy too....}

I have....wait for it....this problem.
It's difficult to deal with and I have to figure out ways around it EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND.
It's not something to be taken lightly, y'all.
Unless you have been there, you won't understand.

Some of you might have heard of similar stories....
but at my house, living with me on a daily basis, I have
a husband that wants to eat out every single meal of every single weekend.
I kid you not.

For real.

We wake up and he's all "Where you want to eat breakfast?"
Even if I've already been at the gym for 2 hours working out that morning while he was snoozing.
Then, while we are mid-breakfast-stuffing-face, he will say "So, where can we eat lunch?"
He plans dinners out during the week.
I know he does.
He googles high calorie restraunts and will plant cravings in my mind.
Then he acts all sweet and helps me figure out what low cal food I can order so I can stay under my goal.
He's even gone so far as to say "Come on, you can run around the block when we get home to gain more calories."

sauce boss

Last night, we went to the grocery.
Got tons of great food, spent lots of money.
As we were unloading the groceries, he said "So, you want to go eat Mexican?"
I told y'all it was a problem.

He claims that we eat "from our kitchen" all week so we shouldn't during the weekend.

He is right about that part.
I don't go anywhere during the week.
For real, my Mom hammered it into my mind so well when I was younger that even when the girls aren't home, I'll be like "No, we can't do that, it's a school night."
Please don't ever ask me to go anywhere with you during the week {unless it's the gym} because 9.5 times out of 10, I'm not going to come.

So, we eat out all weekend.
There is a bright side to this story though, I finally got him to quit making cookies every single night, and the people at the yogurt place don't know our names anymore.
Baby steps.

I dream of the day that we can eat our own food during the weekend.
Maybe, just maybe, one day this will happen.

Please note, FH does actually work around my "lifestyle change" of eating and is very helpful and supportive. No husbands were harmed in the making of this blog.

In other news, I got my new watch!!!
And I love it!
Totally worth the money.
Not to mention, I spent half the weekend in the gym.
So that's like 50% gym, 50% random restraunts.

There's your weekend update.

Hope everybody had a happy weekend! Happy Monday!!
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Jan 11, 2013

How Did I End Up Here?

I'm gonna be honest.
I wasn't going to blog today.
I just wasn't feeling it and I didn't want to just babble about nothing which is actually what I normally do anyways.
I was going to catch up on reading other blogs.
Every once in awhile I go into major stalker mode and read millions of new blogs. You never know who you will meet or how they will affect your life. So, that was my plan for today. Oh and working too, obviously.

But then came this post.
I'm not an emotional person.
I never have been.
I'm not a hugger. I'm not gushy except with FH. And I'm def not a crier (and I don't even know how to spell it....).
But that post took me back.

Back to the day when I had to move out of my home.
The home I had known for 5 years.
The home that I had raised my kids in.
The home I spent COUNTLESS nights alone in.
The home that I thought was mine.
And moved into my dad's house log cabin up in the woods.

I was scared.
I wasn't even close to my dad.
I had my sister call my dad to ask her if the girls and I could move in.
Cause I was too chicken.
And too embarassed.
How's that for being a grownup?
Oh, and his driveway was straight up hill and gravel so I was scared to drive on it. And I'm DEATHLY afraid of mice. And log cabins in the woods have mice, y'all.
But I figured that living with country mice had to be better than living with a husband rat.
So I did it.
And my ex? He helped me move by throwing ALL of my clothes into the front yard. Wasn't that helpful?

The point of this post isn't to tell you how hard I had it.
I don't think I had it hard.
I had no idea how miserable I was until I found out what a real marriage was like. What it felt like to be loved back. What it felt like to not walk on egg shells just so you don't end up in a huge fight.
Now I know. Now I know what potential life has.
But I wouldn't know had I not gone through all that.
I wouldn't appreciate FH for simple tiny things.
Like stopping by the store at 5AM just to buy me a Red Bull.
Or telling me not to worry about the dishes, that he'll do them while I'm at the gym.
I wouldn't realize how good I have it now, and I would take him for granted.

The point of this post is actually me, just thinking out loud.
That's why the thoughts are so scattered. Sorry.
How did I end up here?
When did I become so flippin' happy?
What did I do in my "first life" as a desperate housewife to deserve this amazing life I have today?
Did karma really just hand me a slice of heaven because of all I went through?

I think you have to make big decisions for yourself.
You have to take action to make yourself happy.
When I was living at my Dad's house, I took that opportunity to go BACK to school and get a second degree.
I switched jobs so I could be closer to home.
And that meant a pay cut. A substantial one. But it had good potential.
Sometimes you have to make sacrifices now to benefit later.
{Best decision I ever made. besides marrying FH of course}
Did I want to change everything and go back to school? No. But I knew I could support my kids if I did.
And honestly, I needed to be busy to distract myself.
Then came school and a job and single parenthood.
And tears.
Cause waking up at 5 to do homework isn't fun.
And it isn't easy.

I had a blog back in the day that absolutely no one read.
This post goes to show that life wasn't easy.
Just simple things that I had to do on my own.

I met FH and fell in love.
He was too good to be true.
He still is.
I hung out with my friends. I enjoyed my kids.
I got closer to God.
I enjoyed life.

And slowly, but surely, I moved on.
I even developed a better life.
I love my job now.
I bought my own house.
I still can't believe that.
I honestly wanted to put a sign up on my front porch that said SCREW YOU, MY HOUSE IS BIGGER AND NICER AND I DID IT ALL ON MY OWN.
You know, just because I can.
But the funny thing is, once I got to that point.
The point in life where I was able to throw up a middle finger at my past...I didn't care to.
They say that love and hate are both strong emotions. Both mean you at least care.
I never thought I would get to a point where I didn't care at all.
But the opposite of love and hate are indifference.
And that's what I am towards that life now, indifferent.
I couldn't care less about anything but my present.

Some days little things will remind me of that life.
I won't every forget it cause I'm still Jenny from the block.
Every time that I don't have to scrape ice off my car because it's in the garage, I appreciate it.
Every time that I drive down my nice, paved, flat driveway, I appreciate it.
Every time that I see my kids running around in our backyard, I appreciate it.
Every time that I get a kiss from my husband, a helping hand, a motivational conversation, I appreciate it.
And I always will.

The past truly makes you the person that you are now.
Live it. Learn from it. And don't dwell on it. And then, do what you can to make the future exactly what you want it to be.

I'm no expert, just a girl that's been there but still managed to find love and happiness. It's never to late to find your "happily ever after".

Happy Friday y'all! I promise to be back with my normal nonsense on Monday since this was a little deep. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Jan 10, 2013

Nobody Wants to be the Bad Guy

Yesterday, after the gym, all I wanted to do was go home and do this:
Face plant on the couch and not get up until morning.

But in case you haven't heard, I'm a mom so this isn't possible.
So even if I get home from the gym at 6ish, I still have to rush to make dinner and do homework, baths, etc.
I swear I really freaking wonder how some moms have time to go to the gym for more than an hour a night and still get everything done.....

Luckily I have a husband who helps with everything or I would go nuts. BUT K&A seriously think they should eat dinner at like 4:30.

What time do most people eat dinner?
I feel like I get off work way earlier than most people (I get off at 3 normally, but only because I get to work at 6:30) so other people must be cooking dinner later for their families than we do.
But even if the girls have a snack after school, they continue to whine until dinner. Drives me nuts.

Speaking of whining....
Lately I feel like all I do is put on my Mean Mom Pants and I hate those dang pants! Granted, since the girls were away for about 2 weeks, they are still detoxing. Seriously, I understand how teachers feel when kids get back from Christmas break and forgot every single thing their teacher taught them.

It's like they forgot what yes ma'am and yes sir was.
If I hear one more "YEAH" I'm gonna have some grounded kids.

Please and Thank You are not automatic AND THEY TOTALLY SHOULD BE.

Making their bed every morning, making sure their room is clean, and BRUSHING THEIR FREAKING TEETH is something I have to remind them to do now. When I had them perfectly trained on routine before vacation.

It's like all that parenting went down the drain.

Oh, and when they got home, Alex wanted me to help her wash her hair. And do everything else to "help" her.
I asked her who helped her when she was out of town? And if she whined when she was out of town....she told me "No, because I didn't have anybody to whine to...."

Thanks child. I appreciate you holding all your whining in for me.
You shouldn't have. No but really.

The other battle that goes down in our house.
You see, in order for me to get to work so early, I walk out the door like right after the girls wake up. FH is there so no, they aren't all alone.
The girls hate this.
They hate carpool but only in the morning.
They love it in the afternoon when they get to have their BFF over for about 3 hours to play.
But they hate the mornings.
It probably has something to do with the fact that I hurry them up to get ready in the morning and then they still have almost an hour before they are picked up.
And poor Janessa.
If she is one minute late of her normal time, the girls are calling me thinking that she forgot them.
Like this morning, I missed a phone call and had a message that said this:

"Mom, Miss Janessa usually gets here at 7:20 and it's 7:24 now. Thanks, Love you, Bye"

So yeah, they notice if she is 4 minutes late. Even though that's not even late because they don't have to be at school until 7:50.

I hate leaving the girls in the morning when they are whining.
Which is at least every other day.
Are you starting to see a trend here?
I've got some whiny kids....but they get it honest.
My brother and sister nicknamed me "whiney hiney" when I was little.
aka WH.
I would cry for hours when they called me this.

When the girls are whining and I leave, I feel like the worst mom ever.
I also feel like the worst wife ever becuase FH has to try to go to sleep while they are whining. And he is tired y'all. Especially after working all night in the rain, like he did last night.

This makes me feel like a bad guy.
And I don't want to be the bad guy.
I want to tell my kids that yes, they can eat 100 Oreos even though dinner is almost ready.
I want to let them ride their electric scooter out in the rain.
I want to say it's okay if they don't want to go to school, they can stay home. Or they don't have to wear their school uniform. Or that yes, they can have every single super expensive new gadget that you ask for. And no, you don't have to brush your teeth, or take a bath.
I want to hug them instead of spank them.
I want them to watch whatever they want on TV.

But I can't.
Because I'm their mom.
Not their BFF.
And I'm not here to let them do whatever they want.
I'm here to teach them right from wrong.
And sometimes I have to be the bad guy.
One day they will appreciate it. They better.
I know I appreciate my "bad" Mom a million times over now that I'm a grownup.

And for days when I feel like the bad guy, I always have this guy to make it better:

And that text, my friends, is worth more than gold.

"The days are long but the years are short."
No better words have ever been spoken about parenthood.

Happy Thursday Y'all!!!

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Jan 9, 2013

I'm a Freaking Snowman Y'all

Today is Weigh In Wednesday.
And guess what y'all?
It's been one week since I started using My Fitness Pal.
To say I'm in love would be an understatement.

And........wait for it.....I've lost 6 lbs in one week!
{Scream and shout!!!}
Now I have a LONG WAY TO GO STILL but I'm super excited that this first week has been so successful.
I have gotten into a routine with working out every day because I want to put it into the app.
The friends that I follow on there are so supportive and it really helps me and motivates me to do more.

I honestly think that I have found a plan that works for me.
And now all this fat is just gonna melt it's way off of me.

Don't forget about my two week challenge...I decided that the linkup will be on Friday, Jan 18. That is exactly two weeks from when I first mentioned the challenge on Jan 11. So get to logging those calories, killing the workouts, and being awesome in general.

Janessa is working on a button for the link up....so head on over to her blog and tell her to hurry the crap up that you can't wait to see the button. :)

Also, I'm pretty sure I'm about to invest in a Garmin...so if you have one, please tell me which one you have, if you love it, and what I should get!

Happy Hump Day Y'all!


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Jan 8, 2013

That's Just my Baby (Step) Daddy

It's Tell Me About It Tuesday.
So let me tell you about my baby (step) daddy....

Helene in Between

Let's be real.
Dating as a single mom is non existant.
And scary.
You have to find a man that will love you and who will love your kids.
Who accepts you as a package.
Who can deal with seeing you only every other weekend until he meets your kids.

When I was single, I didn't date much.
I took the opportunity to do one million and one girls' nights.
Sure, we were interested in guys and that's pretty much all we talked about....but I knew what it was like to be married. And I knew the main thing I missed during that time was hanging with girlfriends.
And honestly, hanging out with friends was what I was interested in most.
I was SO LUCKY that almost 85% of my friends were single at the time I was. Boy did we have fun.

When I met FH, I knew he was the one.
I named him FH on about our second date.
{FH=Future Husband}
But our schedules were crazy busy.
I was a single mom, worked basically a full time job, and I was in school. So yeah, there was no time.
Oh, and he had two jobs, one of which was at night.
We would see each other every other weekend since I didn't want to introduce him to the girls right away.
And it was hard.
We missed each other.
But we fell in love this way, and it's so easy to get to know one another, like inside and out, when all you can do is talk.
I bet we sent millions of texts the first couple of months.
Long texts.
And had long phone calls.

I was SO NERVOUS when I introduced FH to K&A.
Let's be honest, I knew I was introducing them to their future stepdad.
And he was the first guy that I ever introduced them to.
They were young and I had no idea how they would take it.

The first time I told them I had a boyfriend was because there were a dozen roses that I had to explain.
They soon asked me if he was Chinese.
I had no idea why....but later found out it was because he slept during the day and worked at night, and they know that "China people" had daytime during our nighttime....pretty smart thinking actually.

Needless to say, the girls grew to love him as much as I loved him.
And FH, well, he knocked it out of the ballpark.
When I say this man is amazing, the word just doesn't do him justice.
He has patience with the girls when I want to pull my hair out.
He helps them with homework when I would rather just do the homework myself.
He is EVERYTHING that I could have asked for in a man, a husband, and a stepdad.

He teaches the girls things that they wouldn't know if they were just living with their dear ole Mom.

Like how to grill...

Thank goodness they can cook for me now.

And how to cut the grass...

How to sit down and cuddle.....

How to fish....

And how to just have fun in general....

He introduced Alex to sushi...and that NEVER would have happened if it were up to me...

He has patience to say yes when they want to help, even if it makes the task take a lot longer with their "help"....

He taught them to shoot guns and celebrated when they killed a can dead. Taught them about gun safety and stood in the freezing weather with them so I could take pictures from inside....

FH is definately the best step dad that I could have EVER asked for my kids to have.
The best husband, the best friend.
I don't know what I would do without this man.

And I hope I never have to find out.

PS Alex loves her stepdad so much that last night, in Walgreens, I spotted her checking out the Rogaine. She told me "let me look at this stuff, Michael could use it!"

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