Friday, March 26, 2010

Birthday :-)

Monday is my birthday... I work all day though, so we're celebrating all weekend :-) Tonight Jon's mom and my dad and stepmom came over. I got 2 charms for my Pandora bracelet from my mother in law, and a purse from my dad. Jon and the boys got me a gift certificate for a 90 minute facial (woo hoo!) and 2 charms. My bracelet is starting to fill up!

Weighed in at Weight Watchers today, lost 3 lbs, so I'm officially down 9 lbs! I have 5 more lbs to go to get to my 10% goal. I did the stair mill for 45 minutes today at the gym after weight watchers, it was so hard... I started to feel a bit nauseous at the end, not sure if it's cause I was working out closer to lunch time than I'm used to. I usually go right after I eat breakfast, today I went after weight watchers. It was a good workout though. I think that tomorrow I'm going to either run on the treadmill or do the elliptical, then I'd like to try the Yoga class. I've never done it there, just at home from dvds.

We're having friends over for pizza tomorrow for lunch. I'm going to make a salad too and just eat 1 piece of pizza! I don't want to blow a bunch of points on pizza! I have a ton of homework to do before next Thursday, hoping to fit it in this weekend, too! We were going to see a movie on Sunday, but I think we're going to wait until next Friday so I have some time to finish some homework...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Long day!

Today I went to Kickboxing at the Y for the first time in months. It was great, my hips will be feeling the band work that we did! Afterwards, I had to go to a 4 hour computer class for work on an upgrade that starts this weekend.... Looks like more charting, booo.... Then I went to school for 4 hours. I cannot wait to be done with school, unfortunately, I do not finish until next July. Argh! Nothing like wishing a year away... So I'm trying to focus on the positives, which is becoming increasingly hard since my job description will not change at all once I get my BSN.

Diet wise, had a great day. I weighed in at home this morning, and I'm down 2 lbs, so 9 lbs total. I go to Weight Watchers in the morning for my "official" weigh in, but since my normal day is Thursdays and I didn't go cause I wanted to go to kickboxing, I decided to sneak a peak at the scale at home :-). Hopefully the WW scale is just as friendly in the morning! LOL. I'm trying to decide if I need to invest in a trainer to make a program for me at the Y, or if I can make one for myself from my Oxygen magazines... We're trying to save money right now, so I might have to do it by myself for a bit...

I have a very busy day planned for tomorrow: weight watchers, Y center, groceries, cleaning, homework... I have 7 chapters and a 3-5 page paper to write for school before next Thurs. We're also going to celebrate my birthday this weekend since I work on the actual day (Monday). We're having friends over on Saturday, and then on Sunday going to church, lunch and a movie. Adam is wanting to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid, so I think we'll see that. My pastor said it's so funny, so I agreed even though it wasn't "my pick."

Well, that's about it for now... Headed to bed, my brain is fried from 8 hours in a class rooms all day!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


So, it's been forever since I've done anything with this site... Here's some quick updates:

Last month, I went to Heart Quest through Fellowship of the Sword. It was a life changing experience! I had to prepare for 1 month for it, then the actual event was 6 days, with 30 days of post-work. It was an opportunity to become closer to God without any distractions (no cell phones, email, etc!) I am so glad that I went, even though I didn't know anyone else that was going. Mine was in Texas, but they also have them in MI and SC. I met some awesome women who are also on fire for God!

Weight wise, I had gained before I went to Heart Quest. While I was there, I ate A LOT of foods that I would not have chosen here. Higher fat and bigger portions... Also, in my month of prep work I had been so exhausted that I had not worked out at all... I really think that it was an attack from the enemy trying to get me to not go to Heart Quest. I'm glad that I went anyways! So, when I was got home and weighed myself, I was upset, but not all that surprised. I rejoined Weight Watchers 3 weeks ago, and have already lost at least 6 lbs. I weigh in again on Fri, so I'm sure it's more by now. I was working out at home a lot, today was my first day back to the gym in months. I need to come up with lifting program, since I know that it will help me a lot! It felt good to be back in the gym, although I do love my Turbo Jam and Biggest Loser workouts at home as well....

We had to find a new home for our dog Emily.... She was becoming very aggresive, trying to be the alpha-dog, and I was worried that she was going to hurt the dogs. She also kept chewing on Monte's legs, and would push him down whenever he tried to get close to use. So, we found a home for her. The people that adopted her do not have kids or other pets, so she'll be much happier being #1 in their family. The kids were a little sad at first, but they're fine now. Monte is loving the extra attention!

School is going well.... All "A's" so far.... I'm so ready for it to be done though and have my life back! Next July, Woo Hoo!!

Jon was training for a marathon for this April, but his training got cut short a few weeks ago when he hurt his knee... He was so discouraged. He is hoping to do one in the fall instead. He starts Physical Therapy today, so we're praying that they are able to give him some exercises to help his knee heal!

Time to run to the store and pick up a few groceries. One thing that I'm doing different this time with Weight Watchers if chosing "filling foods" and really trying to stay away from processed-junk. Just cause it's "low-p0int" doesn't mean it's good for me! And they don't satisfy for long. I'm also focusing on increasing my water intake. I only have to lose 1 more pound to reach my 5% goal, so I'm excited for that!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One day off

Today is going to be a busy day! I worked the past 3 days (12-hour shifts), have today off, then back to work tomorrow. So it's going to feel jam-packed today. I have a ton of reading to finish for school, a 2 page paper to write (not hard, just gotta get it done), laundry, working out, groceries, a quick trip to Kohl's to use my Kohl's cash, conferences tonight and Biggest Loser. My husband offered to get the groceries, but I don't have the whole list made out yet and sometimes it's easier for me just to run through and get the things that I know we need. Plus, I'm a little controlling about the shopping. Sometimes when he goes, he spends all the money for the week, and there was still stuff that we needed. I think this is one of the "learning" moments that I'm supposed to let him do it so I can get stuff done today other than that, but the whole control issue keeps coming back :-(.

I ran my longest distance at the gym the other day. 5 miles. Woo hoo! I know it doesn't sound that long to some people, but it's long for me! I'm not sure what I'm going to do for a workout today. Probably something at home since it'll be a busy day. Either treadmill or dvd. I've been counting points for weight watchers the past 2 weeks, I've lost 4 pounds. Three the first week, just 1 this week. I was a little bummed cause I was hoping for 2, but a loss is a loss. I'm trying to decide what weights program to do. I would like to focus on running, so I don't think that I want to do heavy weights right now. I was doing New Rules of Lifting for Women, which was a great program, but it's a lot of heavy lifting, and it doesn't work real well with running. I've read that I should be doing lighter weights for my legs since they're already "bulky" and I don't want to bulk them up anymore, they need to thin out!

My husband is still really leaning towards doing a marathon this spring. I'm proud of him. I think it's great to have a goal. I'm looking to do a 10K this summer. With working and school, I don't have time to train for a marathon w/ him, plus he said he needs me to drive him back home. He's looking into the St. Louis one in April.

Well, time to get the kids to school, then start my homework for the day.... Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My life right now...

Life has been very busy lately! I started back to school for my BSN through Spring Arbor University. I only have one more week of my first class, it's going by quickly! Not sure what I'll do with my bachelor degree, but it could come in handy some time down the road. I'm meeting lots of new people in class, we have about 24 students. The biggest struggle has been trying to balance school work, working, and family time! I try to do all of my homework while the kids are at school. Because of that, I've been doing most of my workouts at home instead of the gym. (No drive time, easier to get other stuff done around the house at the same time, like having the washing machine going while I'm working out at home). I was very worried about gaining weight while doing school, since priorities change. So I've started counting points again to make sure I stay on track, and working out at least 4 days a week. On days I work, I've been trying to go the gym afterwards (except on weekends). I'm enjoying the balance of working out at home and the gym, less boredom since I'm mixing it up. I've been doing a lot of Turbo Jam, Biggest Loser dvds, and walking on the treadmill at a high incline. I need to start running more again. I really want to do some more 5K's this coming spring/summer and beat my old times! Jon is thinking of doing a marathon! I'm definately not to that point (especially with doing school) but I would try a 10K if I can find one close by on a day that I'm off work.

I can't believe that it's almost Christmas! I have a few things bought, but feel very behind! I just got a crown today, and Jon got one last week, so money is very tight right now. Hopefully I'll have some more spending money to finish our shopping by early December. It's hard because I have a 30% off coupon for Kohl's for right now, and they're doing Kohl's cash (you get $10 for every $50 that you spend) so I could get tons of shopping done, but it would have to all go on a credit card so it wouldn't really be a "saving." The one time I get a 30%! LOL.

The boys are doing good in school this year. We have their conferences on Tues. Josh is already reading chapter books! He's in 1st grade. He LOVES to write stories, too! Adam is still really enjoying reading as well. Writing... not so much. Good thing for computers, he'll be typing a lot when he's older to avoid writing. LOL.

The dogs are both doing well. They get very excited and jump when people first come over, but then calm down and act like their lovable selves again. Emily is still in the chewing stage, so we're having to remind the boys to keep their toys picked up. She loves raw hide bones :-)

Well, that's all for now. Hadn't updated this in forever.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Haven't been on here much lately... I've been doing some blogs on my site, but that is all fitness-related stuff...

We got a new dog! Her name is Emily. She's about a year old, boxer mix (just like Monte), we've had her for a week. She was a stray in Bellevue, we got her at the downtown animal shelter. She is the sweetest dog, I just love her :-). The boys and Monte also adore her! Like Monte, she DOES NOT bark! I'm totally amazed, she's definately an answer to prayers! We've been wanting a female boxer for quite some time now...

Our trip to Disney was great, seems like so long ago now. Not sure where our next vacation will be to... I have vacation the week before the 4th of July, but Jon can't get the same week off. It was the only week I could take at work. I plan to do something fun with the kids, and I might run in the 5K at Binder Park Zoo.

The boys are doing a running class at the Y Center. They love it! They go twice a week for an hour and learn about nutrition and do some games and running. They will be running a 1 mile race on June 13th. They're very excited!

I've been back at the Y Center working out again for a little over a month, it's going great! I'm doing the New Rules of Lifting for Women program. The book is by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. Diet wise I'm just trying to make sure I get enough protein and eat good carbs. No more 100 calorie packs! LOL!! Well, that's all for now ;-) Have a great night!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Work went ok today, even though I had a busy group. My patients were all so nice and it was one of those days when I was able to feel like I was actually making a difference in patients lives. Some days it gets so hectic that it feels like I'm only doing the bare-minimum because we're so overworked. Our charge nurses at work have been telling us all that we're going to be working a TON of overtime this summer, not looking forward to that... We're short nurses and we have to cover vacations...
After work I wanted to run. Didn't go as well as I wanted it to. My left knee was aching and I was hungry. I ended up doing about 20 minutes and called it good for the night. Tomorrow is a new day, plan to run outside with my dog (2 year old boxer named Monte). Hopefully he is in a running mood and not wanting to pee on all the mailboxes instead, lol!
I'm hoping to find a new Bible study to do. I was doing a Beth Moore one called John, but it wasn't what I had planned... I should just stick it out and do it, but would love to hear any recommendations anyone has.
Two days off of work. Woo hoo! I have to get laundry caught up and pack for our trip to Florida! I work the weekend, then we leave on Monday for a week. The boys are sooo excited! I'm hoping to not gain weight while we go, since everytime we go I do. I feel like I'm getting to the age that weight is so much harder to take off.