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Biggest Loser Challenge- 2010

Same weight, different year. The Biggest Loser Challenge that I was involved in last year was the best thing for me. It gave me the motivation and the confidence to lose weight. I learned about portion control and eating more healthy. I learned to believe that I had the power to change the way I ate and the way I looked.

I don’t regret getting pregnant in the least bit. I am mad that I didn’t follow through on my vow to eat healthy, not eat junk and continue to work out during my entire pregnancy. That went out the window when I was told I had to restrict my activity due to complications early on. When the restrictions were lifted, I did not return back to the gym. I just ate what I pleased and figured I would deal with the consequences later. Bad, bad, bad.

So, in a nutshell, I am back to the point I was last year when starting the challenge. Trying to look at the positive, at least I started my pregnancy 20 pounds lighter so the weight I did gain just brought me back to where I was in the first place. This brings me to this year’s Biggest Loser’s Challenge. A group of girlfriends and I have decided that the time is NOW to lose weight and we need a little kick in the tush to get moving. A friendly competition  it is then!

The challenge began on July 6 and ends on August 31. I am hoping that I can lose between 15-20 pounds. I know that sounds like a lot, especially considering the challenge with exercise. It’s a lot harder to work out with 2 than with 1!!! Zachary hasn’t been to the gym yet as I am nervous about taking him. And it’s hard to work out during his morning nap because Emily gets bored and I start to feel guilty about not giving her one-on-one time. That leaves the afternoon when and if they both nap. Time that would normally be spent cleaning and trying to get some relaxation in. We’ll see how it goes. I would like to try out the gym again. It’s just tricky trying to fit it in between nap time and eating with Zachary. The kid just sleeps so much!

Also during the challenge, Stephen and I will be celebrating our anniversary. We are staying overnight in Herman. Yummy food and wineries…..Yikes! Plus, the week before the final weigh in is vacation. Double yikes!!!! It will definitely take some discipline so we’ll see how I manage. If I don’t win, I will still be a winner because I WILL lose weight and I will be making healthy habits a priority and hopefully turning them into a habit.

I think with the support of my friends, husband and trusty iPhone application to count my calories some serious damage can be achieved. Damage in a good way.

Wish me luck!!!!

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Monkey-ing around

Last week we met my sister, brother-in-law and their two children at Monkey Joes for a morning of fun. My sister is on her summer break from teaching so we thought it would be fun to get the kids together and let the girls have a blast.

Emily and Chloe are almost exactly a year apart. Cole and Zachary are about 7 weeks or so apart. It is so sweet to see the kids together. They don’t get to visit as much as I would like but when they do, they always have a great time.

This was definitely something we will have to do over Christmas break. The girls wore themselves out!!!

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4th of July

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”
Theodore Roosevelt

The Fourth of July is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, and more. We celebrate the freedom of our country and those who died protecting it.

We celebrated this day by watching the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest after we returned for church. It wouldn’t be the fourth without watching people shoving dogs and buns into their bellies until they puked. After the kids took a nap, we went to Grandma and Papa’s for a bbq and visit. Later that evening, we would partake in the festivities.

Honestly, I am not sure why we thought taking Zachary to watch the fireworks would be a good idea. I pretty much suspected that they would not be well received, especially since my snoozer is usually sleeping by 6 pm. Call it mommy instinct but I was right. He did really well while waiting for them to start. He was enjoying the nice evening air. Dark? What is darkness? He’s doesn’t usually experience that. He even sat for the first few minutes of the fireworks. And then he lost it. We completely berserk. I got him calm and asleep for a few minutes and then he totally blew his stack. Needless to say, the fireworks were at my back while I was hauling butt back to the car. Not only was he tired and crying but it was sprinkling. Good times. Not. Lesson of the day was to listen to your instincts and when something doesn’t seem right, don’t do it.

On a positive note, Emily really enjoyed the fireworks. She thought they were pretty awesome. The look of awe on her face almost made it worthwhile. Next time I think I’ll stay home with Zachary and let Stephen and Emily enjoy themselves.

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