A New Challenge

As you know Lindsey and I were so happy with the results from our first challenge.  This is why we decided to start another! This time we have invited others to join us for a Spring Bikini Body Showdown, because who doesn’t need to get ready for beach season!  Right now there are 4, by the end of the week there should be 5 of us all together.  This time we are doing a the biggest percentage of weight lost wins!  So far I’ve lost about 1.5%  I’m not in the lead 😦  But, that’s ok, I’ll keep at it slow and steady wins the race!

I missed you last week, I had so much reading to do for my classes I completely lost track of the days as they became filled with reading, question answering and some research.  But I’m back.

At the end of our last competition we decided to take a week off  then start the next competition.  Well I gained back two pounds so was up to 159 on 2/6.  Which was the start date for our new compeition.  My goal is to loose about 25 more lbs.  Which leads me to my question for you all.  I have been doing a lot of research on Ideal weights, BMIs etc.  For women it seems our ideal BMI for health is around 22, for attractiveness is somewhere between 19-22.  My goal weight has been to get to between 135-140lbs which is about 5-10lbs more than I weighed in highschool.  In my research I have found to get to the Ideal BMI of 22 I need to weigh somewhere around 135-137.  Which luckily is about the goal I have in mind.

After talking to some people, I have realized that when I start to get closer to a healthy weight I am going to stop paying attention to the scale  and BMIs.  I will still be weighing myself to stay on track, even once I get to an ideal point.  I think large weight gain happens because we do not pay enough attention to weekly fluctuations.  I know that’s what happened to me, I didn’t weigh myself and all of the sudden I looked in the mirror and couldn’t figure out how I got here.   Once I get to a healthy BMI/Weight to see what is IDEAL for me I plan to simply look in the mirror, at pictures and the size of my clothes to decided where I want to be.  What do you all think?  How have you figured out your ideal weight?

Starting Weight:  177
Last Weigh In: 157

Today: 156

Just so you know, last week I lost the two pounds I had gained back on our week off and from here on out would like to continue loosing around 2lbs a week.  So, the goal for next Monday is 155!  Lots of workouts planned and still loving my Body By Vi shakes.

See you next week.

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The RIGHT Number of Babies

Dreams:
How many babies is the right number?  This is the question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, and I mean A LOT!  For as long as I can remember I have wanted to have 4 children.  Yes, I have many times been looked at like (and  even told) I was crazy.

About 7 Months Pregnant with Dominic

Now, once I got married is when I really started to think about it.  I knew from seeing other pregnant women that I would not be one to enjoy pregnancy.  So, I hoped to reach my goal of 4 children I would have twins.  If I expressed this wish out loud I got even more “you must be crazy” looks and comments.

I know what you’re thinking, what about what Vince wants.  Well, when we had discussions about it he always said 2, so we decided we could compromise at 3.  Me secretly hoping for my two sets of twins 😉

The Reality:
Now that I have been pregnant twice I can tell you with extreme certainty that I do not enjoy it.  I don’t like/need others to lift things for me or give me their opinion of every thing I do.  I was uncomfortable, hot, swollen and FAT.  Yes, blah blah blah my baby was growing inside me, I was very well aware, thank you.  I think other women do not look fat when they are pregnant, infact, I know a number of women who took to pregnancy very well and were actually stunning.   But I FELT FAT.

My only enjoyable moments came in hearing my babies’ heart beat, seeing them on the monitor during an ultra sound or feeling them kick.  Those moments are  short lived.  It wasn’t until I had my baby in my arms that I forgot all my discomfort.

Fallyn was such a good big sister right away!

Decisions:
When we were dating people asked when are you going to get engaged?  Once we were engaged, it was when’s the date?  Once our date was set we heard, when are you going to have kids?  When I was pregnant with Fallyn, can you guess?  People asked when I would be having another.  Give me a chance to enjoy each thing as it happens for goodness sake!

Which brings us to the questions I get now.  You have a boy and a girl, aren’t you done?  Well, to be honest I don’t know!  We are very torn, to be very honest the world was made for people with two children.  Not to mention the expense for having multiple children.  I want to be able to save money for my kids’ first cars, their education, sports, dance, art, etc.  And even if I have an amazing job and make good money well less children means less division of those resources, so they will just get more, which in my opinion doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Of course, there are also other things to consider.  If God forbid something happened to Vince and I someone would have to take on the responsibility of raising our children,  and let’s be honest, the more children we have the harder the responsibility becomes.

I have also consider how undeniably LUCKY we have been.  I was able to get pregnant easily, during pregnancy the biggest issue I had was high blood pressure in the last few weeks, my children are happy and healthy.  Not everyone has been blessed the way we have been.  I am thankful every minute of every day.  Vince surprisingly is just as torn as I am, for all the same reasons.  Because we get the question all the time we’ve had countless discussions on the subject.  He always said 2 but now he doesn’t know!

Our "Perfect" Family

Baby Conti #3
Will there be a baby Conti #3?  Maybe, right now I can’t say for sure.  We are enjoying our babies right now as they are, what God and the Universe have in store for us, well who can really say.  I’ll continue to stay thankful for what I have been given.  And we’ll see where this road takes us!

The End of Challenge #1

Yesterday marked the end of the weight loss challenge Lindsey and I started on October 31st.  The challenge was to lose 35lbs in three months.  An extremely difficult goal at anytime, but this one was made significantly harder considering we chose to start the challenge on Halloween (we both had a child that would be going trick or treating), then it ran through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Which brings us to today, one day after the end of the challenge.  While neither of us lost the full 35lbs, we both achieved significant weight loss.  How much weight did I loose?  Well, in this last week I worked out really hard and was very careful with my eating and lost a total of 22lbs!!!

Beginning Weight:  177
Last Week:  160

Today:  157 🙂

FINALLY, under 160!  I’m so excited, remember when I started the challenge with Lindsey I had gained two lbs since I had started weighing in with you.

Yesterday, Lindsey and I decided to start another challenge.  I still have 22 more lbs to loose and she has about 20.  We started talking and we decided to get more people involved in our challenge!  We have been so successful loosing weight through this challenge and being there for each other we wanted others to benefit too!   We have asked a few people to join us in our challenge.  If you are interested let me know, through email or Facebook message and I can give you more details.

Even though its a little horrifying looking back at how I started, I wanted to share with you some before and after pictures.  Please don’t look too hard at my face or kitchen in the background of the after pictures!  Both are a mess, I was cleaning the kitchen and have no makeup on, but had to grab Vince this morning before he went to sleep to take my after pictures 😉

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Not Much to Report This Weigh In

Sadly, I do not have much to report to you this weigh in.  I am getting frustrated as you will see when I reveal my minimal weight loss over the past two weeks.  I did not weigh in last week because we spent the week at my dad’s house because my sister was in town.

Starting Weight: 177
Last Weigh In: 161

This Week:  160 😦

I’ve only lost one pound, I’m pretty sure I’ve hit a dreaded plateau.  So ridiculous.  No wonder people have a hard time losing weight.  You’re going along eating better, cutting out some of your favorite foods, you’re sore from working out and all of the sudden the scale stops moving!!!

OK, I’m done complaining.  I’m going to stick with the Body By Vi shakes.  Besides helping me stay on track honestly its very convenient for me to drink a shake for two meals rather than try to make myself something healthy.  I still like the Biggest Loser Challenge game for the Wii, I think I’m going to increase my workout times or do one of the extra workouts.  The only thing that is a little annoying that I thought I should share with you in case you plan to purchase the biggest loser game is that throughout the workout you are switching the remote from hand to hand, or putting it in your pocket and moving the balance board in or out of place.  I don’t mind it but when I was reading others’ reviews it was something people complained about often.

Only 6more days of my weight loss competition!  I have lots of work to do, Lindsey has lost about 21lbs.  I started at 179 so I’m down 19.  Its pretty close, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch up especially if she looses anymore weight.  Overall, I’m happy that I have been able to lose this weight and plan to keep going I’ll figure out a way to get past the 20lb mark and keep you posted on how I do it.  Its hard to stay positive, but I’m going to do my best.

Next week’s weigh in I’ll post before and after pictures, maybe that will make me feel better too 😉

How I Got My Babies to Sleep Through the Night

I am not suggesting I am any kind of expert on the subject but this is the method I used with both my children, who had EXTREMELY different personalities from birth 😉 What I did may or may not work with your baby, its not an easy thing to do and all babies are different.  But if you give it a week or so depending on how old your baby is maybe it will work and you’ll start getting more sleep!  I picked up these techniques from a great book, Moms on Call Guide to Basic Baby Care, then adapted them a little to work best for me.

The Hardest Part!
These next couple things will be the hardest so I put them first, that way if you decide this will not work for you, it will be early on in this post.  I truly believe everything I’m telling you, so don’t just dismiss it, at least try for a week.  You may be surprised.

Fallyn Loving the Swaddle

First, and this was REALLY hard.  If your baby falls asleep while you’re holding them, put them down!  I know, its horrible.  They are so sweet when they are sleeping you just want to snuggle and squeeze them.  Snuggle with them and squeeze them to your heart’s content when they are awake!!  Use the time when they are sleeping as limited as it may seem to take a shower, watch a tv show, read a magazine/book, put on makeup, paint your nails something for yourself.  Or something that you probably should be doing like folding the laundry, loading the dishwasher etc. 🙂  The point of this being you don’t want your baby to only sleep well if someone is holding them.
This is especially important if you are going to be going back to work.  If your child is at daycare or a sitter, they will not be able to hold your baby all the time.  Be honest with yourself, your child will suffer if you do not let them learn to be comfortable sleeping without being held.  As much as anyone wants to be able to hold your baby in a setting where there are multiple children to take care of it is not realistic to think they can.  I only have my two children at home and sadly one has been crying because I’m having to tend to the needs of the other.  And, don’t think its not sad for the person taking care of your child, no one wants for a baby to cry whether that baby is their’s or not.
Here is the next hardest thing, put your baby in their crib while they are still AWAKE, tired but awake.  You shouldn’t rock your baby to sleep, or as I was guilty of with Fallyn, rock the bassinet.  Here is the problem with rocking your baby to sleep, EVERYONE wakes up during the night, you just roll over and let yourself fall back asleep.  If you do not give your baby a chance to learn how to put themselves to sleep they will need you to do it everytime they wake up.  They will cry during the night not just because they are hungry but because they truly need you to put them back to sleep, since they do not know how to do it themselves.

Routine & Swaddling
Babies are incredibly adaptable and learn routines very easily.  Our night time routine now is very simple bath, story, good night hugs and kisses then bed.  Its gotten to be where I’ve  tried  to let Fallyn stay up later for one reason or another and at a certain time she starts asking to go bed.  Both my babies loved to be swaddled, in fact, I still swaddle Dominic and he is almost 5months old.   Not only did swaddling comfort my babies but as I’ll suggest later helped them learn the difference between night and day.

Helping My Babies Learn the Difference Between Night and Day
Ok, so I don’t know about you but I HATE when people say keep you baby awake during the day.  Has anyone actually been successful at this?  When a baby wants to sleep there isn’t much you can do about it, that being said I figured out a couple of things to help along the learning process.

Dominic Swaddled

First of all like I said I think its ridiculous to try to keep your baby awake!  But, you do not have to let them sleep as long as they want either.  I would only let my babies sleep uninterrupted during the day for two hours, when the two hour mark hit I would pick them up, change their diaper, talk to them.  Even if they only stirred for a moment I believe it helps them work out during the day its time to be awake.  At night I would leave them sleeping for as long as they wanted.  Another little trick I had was to only swaddle them at bedtime.  This was something I figured out along the way I swaddled Fallyn during the day too at first, but realized it may help her learn the difference between night and day if I only did it at night.

Putting it all together

Nap Time!

 At about 8 each night, we have bath time, pjs are put on, a story is read and maybe if there is time some TV(for Fallyn, she didn’t start watching TV until she was over 1).  Then off to bed.  Here comes the hardest part.  Honestly, I didn’t start with Fallyn until 3weeks.  Until then I was rocking the bassinet until she fell asleep and then would rock it after I fed her in the middle of the night.  Around this time, I had finished reading the Moms on Call book and decided to put their suggestions to work.  I did it and I think you should too!
Put them to bed when they are tired but still awake and if they cry, you have to let them cry for a designated amount of time.   Because Fallyn was only a few weeks I would only let her cry 2minutes straight.  A real two minutes is A LOT longer than you think.  It seemed like hours when my baby was crying.  And in the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that I did sit in the living room and cry too.  I don’t want you to think I’m heartless and it didn’t concern me my infant was crying.  I hated it!  After the two minutes I would go in, check her, reswaddle if needed and give her a pacifier and leave.  You cannot take them back out of the crib once you’ve put them to bed.  The crying will last longer if you do.
Here’s the good news, the longest she ever cried was the full two minutes, one check and another minute after that.  By the 5th day she didn’t cry anymore at all. Now, I’ll tell you the amazing thing, I think because I did all the things I recommended above right away with Dominic he never cried when I put him down for bed.

Middle of the Night Feedings

This is after they are two weeks, before this point feed on demand as soon as they need it.  After they are two weeks, when they wake up in the middle of the night to eat , wait until they cry(really cry), don’t immediately jump up because they are stirring.  When you pick them up, have the bottle ready, keep the lights as low as possible, don’t talk to them.  Feed, change, reswaddle and back to bed.  The middle of the night is not time to play, if they are hungry then of course they should eat but you don’t want your baby to get too stimulated in the middle of the night.
By the way, I have also read that by 8weeks babies no longer NEED to eat during the night.  They can get all the food they need during the day.  This is how I knew when to start offering my kids more at each feeding, if they started waking up during the night again then I would offer them a little more formula in each bottle during the day and they would sleep through the night again.
Another sidenote, I have NEVER put cereal in my babies bottles, they got no food until 4months and it was always fed to them with a spoon.  I am not a fan of the cereal in the bottle technique, as I’;m sure MANY people will not be fans of my technique, to each his own.  I do not judge, but I will tell you honestly I don’t like it.  I worry about their little tummy’s not being ready to digest the food.

Why I think these things work
The most convincing proof I have is I have NEVER had to let Dominic cry himself to sleep.  I swaddle him, put him in his crib and he goes to sleep.  By the time Fallyn was 4-5weeks she slept from 9-3 then back to sleep until 7-8.  At 6weeks she was sleeping through the night from 9-6.  With Dominic all of this happened even faster.  By 2-3weeks Dominic slept 9-3 and by 4 weeks from 9-6.  Then Fallyn started sleeping from 9-9 around 10-12 weeks; Dominic started sleeping from 10-8 around 10-12 weeks.
Again, I read and adapted the techniques suggested in the Moms on Call book to fit for my babies.  Maybe you can find a way to make this work for your baby.  Its not easy, but if you stick it out and give it a REAL chance I’d have to bet you would get more sleep.

My Kids are Happy, Healthy AND Sleep through the Night!

NOTES ADDED 1/09/14….I had my third baby December of 2012!  Just like the other two I used these steps and she too slept through the night at an early age.  My children continue to be decent sleepers.  Dominic turned two in September, sometimes he does cry that it’s bed time but once in bed and covered is happy.  Fallyn wakes in the middle of the night some nights and wants to sleep the rest of the night with us.  We let her, she’s 3 and won’t be little forever.  Sooner than we would like we will be embaressing, she won’t want to hold our hands or snuggle.  I’m taking advantage.  And our little Alexa turned is about to be 13months, she lights up our life and is the sweetest, happiest baby.  People are always noticing her beautiful smile.

Our beautiful Lexi!

Our beautiful Lexi!

***I also want to add that none of my babies had colic or other health issues.  Overall, I had extremely good babies.  Again, I am not pretending to be an expert.  I had three babies and this worked for me, I simply want to share my experiences in hopes that maybe it will help another mom get a bit more sleep***

Weighing After a Week Back on Track

I’ve spent the past week getting back on track after a week of regressing back to my old bad habbits of not exercising and eating horribly!  I did a cleanse started the Body by Vi diet, and exercised using Just Dance 3 and The Biggest Loser Challenge for Wii.

All in all its been a rough week, to be honest I was hungry sore and disappointed that I let myself go back (even if it was just for a week) to my old ways.  But by Monday I was feeling back a healthy normal.  I didn’t feel as hungry all the time I wasn’t craving sugar and chips anymore, and I my motivation to workout has been much easier to find again.

Beginning Weight: 177
Last Week: 164

Today: 161 🙂

I’ve lost the weight I gained over Christmas plus an extra pound!  For my weight loss challenge I have 17lbs still to loose by the 31st.  I am not sure its going to happen I know 35lbs in 3months was a big goal especially when the three month span started on Halloween and went through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  In the two and a half weeks I have left I do plan to loose at least half of the 17lbs I have left.  After this competition is over I’m hoping Lindsey will want to do another with me.  Because, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have gotten this far without someone who has a similar goal.  This would be my best advice for anyone trying to loose weight and get healthier.  Find someone with a similar goal as you start a competition,  or set a partial goal together and hold each other accountable.

I wanted to tell you more about the two Wii games and the Body by Vi diet and what has been working for me.


Just Dance 3
For Just Dance 3, I’ve set weekly goals to get 7000 sweat points.  You get sweat points as the remote moves, if I play for 30min-an hour like 5 times a week its easy to meet this goal.  The time goes by really quickly as its fun and Fallyn loves seeing me dance around like a fool and she even dances too 😉  If you need some fun cardio I definitely recommend this as it doesn’t feel like you are working out, but you sure do end up in a sweat!  You can also have a higher or lower sweat point goals, 3,500 or 21,000.  Since I’m doing other workouts I stuck with the 7000.  If you are going to use Just Dance as your main workout then the 21,000 sweat point goal would be better.  Overall, I’m loving it!  Now you can cheat and just wave your arms around but that’s definitely not as fun  and obiviously, you would be cheating yourself and not getting a workout.

The Biggest Loser Challenge for Wii
Next, I’ve started the Biggest Loser Challenge game.  I really like that one too I may be biased as I am a fan of The Biggest Loser, but its still a good workout.  You start by doing a fitness challenge, weigh in and take your measurements.  It then asks your weight goal and gives you recommendations on your workouts such as main goal, focus etc. this is based on your fitness test scores.  You can opt to skip the test and just pick your own but I’m glad I did it, it has started me off on the challenging level, where I may have thought my appropriate level was lower.  Also, before your first workout you tell it how long you want your workouts to be after you can adjust the time if it was too easy or too hard.  I chose 20min which you total workout time with a good stretching section at the end is about 25-28min.  There are also extra workouts such as yoga, they have fitness tips and recipes  available as well.

Body by Vi:
Then I’ve started the Body by Vi diet.  This is a shake diet where you have a shake for breakfast one for lunch, a healthy dinner and healthy snacks.  I’m liking this so far too.  What I’ve figured out in the week I’ve started is that you need to look up recipes to make different shakes so you don’t get bored, and I would recommend staying away from fruit as your healthy snack just because the shakes are already sweet so I feel like fruit would be too much sweet stuff all day and you wouldn’t be able to keep it up.  So far my favorite shake recipes are 6-8oz of fat free milk, two scoops of powder 6-8frozen strawberries and a couple ice cubes all blended in a blender and I LOVE 6oz of fat free milk, two scoops of powder, 1tbsp of peanut butter and 1tbsp of unsweetend cocoa powder and some ice cubes again blended.  The recipe actually called for reduced fat peanut butter which would be better but we have so much regular stuff from Vince’s couponing, so I use a little less that a full tablespoon of each (peanut butter and cocoa).  As snacks I’ve gotten reduced fat cheese I’ll have about an ounce of that, hard boiled eggs and some of the veggie soups that have about 100 calories a serving.  If I do a serving of soup than that’s the only snack I have for the day but I’ve found it really helps me stay with it since sometimes I’ve found it hard to eat things that are cold all day; sometimes you just want something hot.  My dinners I’ve been keeping to 400-600 calories.  I’ll keep you updated  so far after a week on the diet this is what I’ve found works best for me.  If you are considering this diet I hope these tips help you too.

Posts to look forward to, how I got my babies to sleep through the night and a Buffalo Chicken dip recipe!

 

Adventures in Potty Training

*Disclaimer:  Don’t read if you are easily GROSSED OUT*

The day after Christmas I decided I would start potty training Fallyn.  She had been telling me when her diaper was wet and sometimes would tell me before she pooped and went on the potty.  But she wasn’t the magic age of two yet, so I wasn’t sure if she would really be ready.  Weighing everything I decided that I would try with her for a good week and if she didn’t seem to be getting it we’d wait another month and try again.

I have heard many methods that worked for different people and lots of advice.  Taking all this into account I decided the best method for Fallyn would be naked from the waist down for several days taking her to the toilet every 15-30minutes.  I knew this was going to be messy but our living room is all tile so I wasn’t too worried.

Day one went as expected pee on the floor several time and poop on the floor once.  But she also went in the toilet several times and was very excited with all the cheering I was doing when she did make it.  Also, when she pooped on the floor and saw it was totally offended and tried to run and get away from it (I found it hilarious, until I had to clean it up).  By day two she only had 2 pee accidents.  Day three it got kind of cold down here so we went to wearing pj pants.  This kind of set her back and she peed in them a few times.  By the weekend she was telling me when she had to go, and I just constantly reminded her she wasn’t wearing a diaper and to tell me if she had to go.

My Big Girl Fallyn

Now she is wearing panties at home all the time except during naps and bed time.  I ask her every once in a while if she need to go to the bathroom and if she says no (which she usually does) I tell her “don’t pee in you pants” and typicall not right away but soon after she is telling me she has to go.  Each day she is staying more dry through her sleep times and peeing a lot once she wakes up.  And I still am not  brave enough to let her go out with no diaper although the past several days when we’ve gone out she has either held it until we got home or told me and I took her to the toilet.

On a side note though, poor thing, if she spills water out of her cup she thinks its pee.  Which is really funny, because she’ll say “OH NO! pee pee, pee pee”.  She’s fine once I tell her its just water but at first sometimes she got a little upset.

Overall, I’m very impressed with how well she’s doing.  Again, she’s not two yet.  I guess this is another benefit of staying home with her.  I can work with her and praise her one on one.  At a day care most of the time they cannot start working on potty training until 2 because there isn’t a toilet in the 1year old room.  There is no point in even starting because if they can’t work with the child during the day what you can accomplish in a weekend would totaly be undone by the next weekend.

I’m Back

Hello!  I’ve missed writing to you all.  It’s been a hectic holiday and I’m a bit ashamed to say that I did not follow my diet and exercise program through Christmas and New Years.  But it’s a new year and I’m ready to get back on track especially since my horrid eating habits have left me feeling tired and bloated and just GROSS!  I know I felt terrible and kept eating, why do we do these things to ourselves.

Oh well, we can’t go back only forward so yesterday I started a 3 day shake cleanse.  You drink 3 shakes, recommended is shakeology but I had Body By Vi shakes so I’m using those.  I mix them with water not milk.  You also drink two cups of green tea and for dinner a salad with lots of veggies, 4oz of protein and a little lite dressing.  You can also have two pieces of fruit.  While I did feel hungry yesterday today I feel better overall.  So I’m going to stick with it for two more days.  Although I may do a veggie soup for dinner or something hot because that was my problem yesterday I wanted to eat something warm.

So, now to be accountable for the damage I’ve done not exercising and eating any and everything I could get in my mouth.

Beginning Weight: 177
Last Weigh In: 162

Today:  164

Honestly, I thought this would be WAY worse, so I can’t be too disappointed.  I am overall disappointed in myself, that I didn’t hold on to all the will power I’ve built up.  I’m not sure why I gave in either.   Maybe because everybody else was doing it, damn that peer pressure.

Well we had a nice Christmas but now time to get serious again I still have 20lbs to loose to meet my goal for the weight loss challenge, which ends on the 31st.  Lindsey only has about 16, while I don’t think I’ll be able to loose all 20, I don’t want to not reach the goal by that much!  I also challenged my sister to an exercise competition, who can workout on the most days before she gets here for vacation.  I’m DEFINITELY going to WIN that one 😀

By the way yesterday I tried the Wii fit free fun and “ran” for ten minutes.  Does anyone know how accurate the milage is?  I know it’s a lot easier to run in place then to accutally go for a run but I did run in place for about 15minutes which I was kind of surprised I was able to do that.  I have no cardio endurance to speak of, so while I know it’s not much I’m still happy with it.  If anything it’s motivated me to try tomorrow to try to actually run outside.  With a goal to run for 5minute intervals then walk two.  Again let me know if that’s reasonable, I’m thinking if I can easily run in place for 15 minutes I should be able to run outside for 5??  I’ll find out and let you know 😉

Here are some of our holiday pictures, at least I was having a good time with my family while making all those BAD choices!

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Stick with it: Watch your wording – New Year’s Resolutions: Change Your Life and Achieve Your Goals – Shape Magazine

Stick with it: Watch your wording – New Year’s Resolutions: Change Your Life and Achieve Your Goals – Shape Magazine.

With the New Year quickly approaching.  I have seen lots of excitement in people about things they plan to do differently in the upcoming year.  This article has 5 great tips to help you achieve your goals in the New Year.

I know it is Wednesday again, which is when I weigh in with you and I missed last week.  It has been crazy busy with Christmas and family.  We also got a new Wii and haven’t hooked it up yet, and since I have been using Wii Fit for my weigh ins I’ll update you as soon as we are set up.  I did buy Just Dance 3 and The Biggest Loser games for Wii for more workout variety.

I do have to say Christmas weekend KILLED me!!  I did not stick to my healthy eating plans, and didn’t exercise so I am not looking forward to weighing in 😦  I also have to say not only do I feel emotionally terrible with guilt for my poor eating and fitness choices but physically I’ve felt AWFUL.  My head hurts, I’m not sleeping and I’m exhausted all day.  I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.  How did your holidays go?