Friday, September 27, 2013

In a funk Friday

This week has sucked.  I'll give you one good guess why....YUP!  Sometimes being a girl really sucks.  I started Monday and Tuesday off strong.  I woke up and did my morning cardio, ate very healthy at work, came home and killed my workouts.  I was proud of myself.  Wednesday started off right.  Did my AM cardio then I got a headache...then I got a craving....then my monthly visitor arrived.  OMG.  The last 48 hours have been a blur of white bread, tortillas, mexican rice and breakfast burritos.  Am I the only one that loses all carb control when Aunt Flo comes to town?  I can't be right?  

I know two days isn't going to cause me to gain back the 30 pounds I lost....but it's so hard to start up again once you stop.  Trust me I've started and stopped enough to know.  I just wish my will power was stronger.  I wish my damn uterus would stop trying to work it's way our of my body.  I wish I didn't ball my eyes out watching Grey's Anatomy.  I wish I didn't get so irritated with people during this time.  Actually I wish I wouldn't get fired for slapping people at work during these 5-7 days.  I wish skinny peole wouldn't say "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"  REALLY??  Apparently you've never had my mom's cooking!! Just sayin'.  

Tomorrow is my full body work out day.  I bust my arse Saturday mornings while B is practicing.  I'm praying for the strength to actually get out of bed and put on workout clothes.  Hope your weekend is FAB! Until next time...


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hump Day Happies....

Two posts in one week!?!! I'm on a roll!!  Today's edition of Hump Day Happies is based on my new "lifestyle change" which is what everyone is calling diets these days. ;o)  I need to come up with something the "I finally get it" or the "answer that has been there all along if I just would have listened in the first place".  I'll think about it some more. 

This week I hit a total of 30 pounds lost since started on my weightloss journey.  It took a lot of hard work, lots of sweaty workouts, and some tears.  This is a big deal for me.  HUGE.  I am still hoping to lose another 50 pounds or so but seeing the results I've gotten in 3 short months is a huge motivator for me. 

I posted this photo on my instagram yesterday. 
The jeans are different but the black top and grey sweater are te same in both pictures.  crazy right??

I was so embarrassed to do it, but I did.  I honestly don't know how or when I let myself get that big.  It's scary.  My friends were all so surprised and left me nice encouraging comments.  I had people text me and ask how I did it and if I could help them.  It felt great!

I've lost all the weight by working out doing cardio and weight lifting.  I HATE cardio and LOVE lifting so I tend to do that more.  I do at least 30 minutes a day on my elliptical, before we found it on Craig's List I used to just jog/walk with B everynight.   

I started the year at 214 pounds.  I can't believe I just put that in writing on the internets for goodness sakes!  I stopped and started working out about 3 different times throughout the first half of the year.  On June 4th I finally started and stuck with it.  

I was to the point that I was completely unhappy with the way I looked....despite what I would tell others.  I have always looked for the "easy" to lose weight.  I've tried just about every fad diet...twice!  I even went so far as to contact my insurance to see if I was a candidate for weight loss surgery.  Unfortunately I I made an appointment to start the process.  Then I looked at my daughter.  Who like me stuggles with her weight.  We don't have "skinny genes" and please don't start with the "no one does, everyone has to work at it and blah blah blah" because trust me I have the friends that eat like crap and are still rail thin.  Just sayin'.  Any who as I was saying....I looked at my daughter and thought "what message am I sending her if I have this surgery?"  Will she grow up and think the only way for her to lose weight is if she has surgery too?  I'm not knocking anyone who has had surgery to help....I just realized it isn't for me.  It's not the lesson that I want to teach B who is 13 and struggles with her body image. 

My B who was born with her mother's big booty and thick thighs.  My daughter who is more fit than a lot of grown men I know and can do squats with her 214 pound mother on her back.  My beautiful little girl who can lift a 90 pound girl in the air, on her own.  She spends 4 hours in the cheer gym practicing 3 days a week (off-season) and countless hours practicing during competition season.  But has to hear at every doctors visit that her "weight" is higher than it should be.  Last time I checked the scale didn't account for muscle mass but I digress.  So I started this journey to show my baby girl that we may not have the "skinny gene" but we damn sure have the "kick ass gene".  

Until next time.....ADIOS!!     

Monday, September 16, 2013

When instagram takes over your life

7 Months?  Wow!! I can't believe it's been 7 whole months since I wrote a blog.  I'm gonna go ahead and blame instagram.  I think it's the lazy mans blog.  You can post updates quite quickly and only have to come up with 2 or 3 witty hashtags.  Easy!  :)  Follow me on Insta if you want to search me up because for the life of me I can't link to it. :(  my user name is alice_shenanigans. 

Life has been SUPER FUN lately!!  We are now just about debt free.  No more credit cards, just the car payment but we decided not to rush to pay that one off.  

In June I started a health kick.  I've been eating right and working my tail off...literally. I still enjoy my favorite foods just in moderation.  I'm down 4 sizes and 30 pounds and it feels soooo good!  I look back at old pictures and can't believe I ever let myself get to that point.  NEVER again.  

We are about 80% certain that we won't be going to Hawaii this year after all.  It makes me pretty sad....but we worked so hard to get out of debt.  We need to build a bigger cushion before taking any fancy trips.  

That's it for now....I can't promise I'll be back regularly, but I'll do my best.  Please be prepared though because a lot of my posts will now be about my healthy lifestyle as I've found posting about it keeps me motivated! 

Until next time....


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hump Day Happies (life update)....

I'm coming back I promise.  I mean I gotta keep my one reader (Hi friend!) happy! :)  Also, how will I get spam comments if I'm not adding new posts? 

Here is a quick update on my life:

Still at the "new"'s been 6 months and I'm still not happy.  I love what I do and the company I do it for....I am just not enjoying who I have to do it with. ya know? 

My kids are keeping me busy with their sports and I love it.  They are both kicking a$$ at school too.  They are so easy.  please don't ask about the oldest....we'll get to that next time.    

My husband is awesome.  He has been working his tail off so we can pay our debt off quickly.  By July we should be credit card free.  HOLLA!!  We've been going on dates regularly too.  I freaking love that man!

We're also planning a trip to Hawaii in December (without credit cards!).  I'm so excited!  This will be hubby and my two little ones first trip to hawaii....hubbs first time on a plane!! seriously. poor guy.  My mom is coming with...her first trip to hawaii too.  We're gonna have so much fun! 

I am thinking about writing a book.  if Brandi Glanville can do it so can i! :)  I'm going to look into taking a writing class.

I honestly think peoples lives would be easier if they just listened to me when I give them advice.  I have two "little brothers" (hubbs brothers) who I want to shake. HARD.  Maybe my book will be about them and called "stupid is as stupid does" hahaha!! Or I should thank them for proving to my husband that he made an AWESOME choice in his wife. :) 

Have I mentioned I hate proof reading?  yeah. sorry that I'm not sorry.

Until next.....Adios!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thankful Thursday (My Mini Me)

I was a young mom.  I know I don't do everything right, I think that's impossible...I think that what is right for one kid, might not be right for the next.  We're all different and that's great. It's what makes the world interesting.  Sometimes though I sit here and think "I really hope I'm not screwing my kids up for life."  That's normal right? 

I saw this e-card on Facebook and laughed out loud. Yes, I LOL’d. This is my life. There are times where I’ll reprimand my daughter for something and she’ll say “what would you have done?” Then I stand there with a dumb look on my face. Touché.

I have what many of our friends and family call a “mini-me” but she is so much more than that. She is the very best parts of me….all the good and…well, yes some of the bad too. She has my temper and although it’s been known to get me in trouble sometimes she is much better at controlling it then I have ever been. She is strong willed but not to a fault. I don’t ever have to worry about her getting taken advantage of. She has her own voice and she knows how to use it. She will stand up for herself and others if she needs to. She has my sense of humor, that not everyone gets. She works hard for what she wants. She understands, even at 13, that the best things in life are earned. She’s not always nice, but she isn’t ever hurtful. She may never be Homecoming Queen but Miss Congeniality…maybe. :)

My B turned 13 last Friday.  I still can't believe I have a teenager.  I am so very thankful for this little girl who came into our lives at the most perfect moment. This precious gift who, during the worst time in my life, gave me something to hold on to.  I love you B!

Until next time.....ADIOS!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hey, It's Okay!!

Hey, It's okay to join in on the fun and do it's a Hey, It's okay post! :)
Thanks to the Whispering Writer for the idea!

To still not have a regualr posting schedule.  My time management is still a work in progress.  I'll get there!
To have quit my part time job.  I was only there for 3 months but with my extended hours here at my day job and all the kids activities I was a grouch from lack of sleep.  I would leave the house at 7am and wouldn't get home until 11:30pm most nights.  No bueno.  The money wasn't that good!
To have let my 18 year old move out.  It's been a week and she's already hinting that she would like to come back.  Tough love is hard on everyone but I think it's important. 
To have pinned a million Thanksgiving center piece ideas and know that I'll complete about ZERO of them.  I just love Thanksgiving!!!  I'm more excited about that then Christmas!
To be beyond excited that this week at work is the only full work week of the month.  After this week I get two 3-DAY work weeks in a row then a 4 day work week.  I love this new job!!! :)
Until next time..........

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thankful Thursday - Being Busy....

I hear it all the time "you are so busy!" or "doesn't all the running around drive you crazy?" 

I am thankful for being busy.  Thankful that I squeeze everything I can into my days so that I get the most out of them. 

I am thankful that I don't miss a thing in my kids lives.  That I've found the balance between being a mommy and working on my career. 

I am thankful that I am busy LIVING my life. 

So yes, I am busy...all the time.  No, it doesn't drive me crazy.  I enjoy my busy life and I couldn't be more thankful!   

Until next time....