We are EXTREMELY Blessed!

I’m BACK….

Have you missed me?  Well, I’ve missed you!  Life got away from me and all of the sudden I realized its been months since I’ve written.  I have plenty of updates for you.  As you know I was in the home stretch of my weight loss goals with the help of Shakeology and Brazil Butt Lift’s Slim and Lift program.  Well God or the universe had something else in mind for me and I discovered I was pregnant in April!

With News, News and more News….

Fallyn at Disney for her 2nd Birthday!

We are in store for round three and couldn’t be happier, while we had been on the fence about our third child (The Right Number of Babies) and to tell you the truth my husband was considering having a vasectomy, our family couldn’t be happier than we are.  Again God and the universe must have known our family wouldn’t be complete with out a third child!  We will be expecting baby number3 around December 10th.

By the way, guess when graduation for my MBA is….December 15th, meaning finals will happen December 8th.  I will go out of my MBA the same way I came in pregnant/just having delivered a baby.  It is a little stressful but I got through it once I can certainly do it again 🙂

Other news, I have been working on a weight gain goal of 20-25lbs, this number is based on my beginning weight as being on the high end of healthy, as well as myself knowing in my last two deliveries 3 weeks after having the baby I lost 20lbs, which tells me that was the extra weight I was supposed to have gained.

While I have continued working out, this summer we’ve taken many vacations, so I’m having trouble moving out of vacation mode back into normal!  Well summer is almost over so I have plans!!

20 Weeks Pregnant

After I have the baby reaching my fitness goals will take priority again.  I already have my plans in place.  As soon as I feel good again after delivering I’ll start walking, then 6wks later after my postpardum check up as long as I’m good I’ll start one of the Beachbody Programs!  I’m thinking a round of Brazil Butt Lift followed by either Insanity or Les Mills Pump.  I really want Pump, the results I’ve seen from others are AMAZING!!  But so are the Insanity results so I’m still torn but I have time to decide.

Baby #3 Gender Reveal at Siesta Key…IT’S A GIRL!

And more updates…Fallyn turned 2 and Dominic will be 1 in about a month.  Time FLIES!!!  I have maintained a 4.0 GPA in my MBA which I’m extremely excited about.  My summer class is almost over so hoping to keep that 4.0 and move into my last semester starting at the end of the month.

In the near future…..

Some of the posts I have planned coming up will include, trying to stay on track when you feel as hungry as a trucker, working on your marriage, trying to keep your house in at least a decent condition when you have two children and two dogs bent on causing its destruction, the importance/myths of lifting weights, dealing with inconsiderate comments or unwanted opinions, teaching your children and more recipes.

Christmas Happenings and A Weigh In

I have finished my first semester of grad school with A’s in all three of my classes.  I’m pretty pleased with myself right about now, I’m having fun with my kids, loosing weight and kicking ass in my MBA.

Now that my first semester is over and I have 4 weeks completely to myself I still have a lot to tackle.  The Warrior Dash is a definite, so the goal is to become at least a jogger in the next few weeks.  Luckily, I have enlisted a couple people to help me work on that.  I also am going to hit potty training with Fallyn hard, she’s still a little younger than average to start but I think she’s ready.  She knows when her diaper is wet and has told me a few times she has to go #2 and made it to the potty.  I know that part is so gross to share for people who don’t have kids SORRY!!  And biggest thing of all is I have done VERY LITTLE Christmas shopping 😦  Hopefully I get some inspiration  on what to get and Vince and I can get some of it done tomorrow.  I know mostly I’m going to be making lemon poppy seed bread and some type of chocolate cookies for everyone but also trying to get people small gifts UGH!

Sunday we went to Universal and Islands of Adventure for our VERY FIRST child free day since Fallyn was born.  It was so much fun, I am a fan of Harry Potter and the area dedicated to the books in Islands of Adventure is amazing.  It is so detailed, I loved it.  We also got to see the Grinch and some Who’s in Dr. Suess’ Landing which was also beautiful and very fun.  Friday we are all headed to Mickey’s Very Merry Christamas Party.  I’m pretty excited because Fallyn can ride most of the rides at the Magic Kingdom Park.  Other exciting news I have been asked to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friends’ wedding this June!!!  I’m so excited she is going with a romantic/glamour theme and things look beautiful.

Now on to the most important item for Wednesday my weigh in.  I have been doing really good with my low carb eating, but have been working out less.  Soon workouts will not be an option!  If I want to be able to make it through the Warrior Dash there’s no choice I have to fit them in.

Starting Weight:  177
Last Week:  165

Today:  162 🙂

Goal, I would like to be under 160 by Christmas!   I am also going to be actually doing a walk/run 4x a week starting next week.  I’ll still keep eating well,  at the end of the week I’ll be adding fruit and whole grains back into my diet but still not more than 3 servings a day for these complex carbs.  By the way I’ve found that once you make the decision that you want to be a healthier happier you and really want to loose weight making better eating choices isn’t that hard.  It’s not always the easiest for example when you are at a theme park and need a snack there are NO low carb options so you just have to be hungry until your husband feels sorry for you and buys you an $8 hot dog since it’s the only thing you can find that’s low carb.  For Disney I’m going prepared, with a small lunch bag for cheese sticks and fruit to share with Fallyn.  I also attribute the fact it’s far easier this time to stay on track to my very public weighing, and to joining Lindsey in the weight loss competition.

Just so you can get an idea how far I’ve come I included some pictures.  When I was pregnant with Dominic I got up to 198lbs.    When I started this blog I weighed 177, in mid October but at the end of the month I had gained two lbs and weighed 179 when I started the competition with Lindsey.  Even though in the 3 months since I’ve had Dominic I have lost 36lbs unfortunately I was not at an ideal weight when I got pregnant.  I still have about 25lbs I’d like to loose and quite a ways to go.  I’ll be back here with you every Wednesday to weigh in, and Lindsey and I are planning to start another competition when this one is over to get the rest of our weight off!

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Weighing in After a Bad Day

Here we are back at Wednesday.  I was disappointed on Monday when I weighed in to my weight loss challenge and had only lost 2lbs.  Then yesterday I had a bad eating day, while it wasn’t terrible but I did take my daughter to McDonald’s.  Here we have $1.99 Happy Meals on Tuesdays & Thursdays so we both had a Happy Meal.  And when she didn’t eat all of hers I ate the rest 😦  For dinner yesterday I did do better, but if  I want to lose 3lbs a week I have to stay on track all the time!  It is hard with Fallyn and Vince eating whatever they want,  moving, and Thanksgiving coming up.  I haven’t decided what to do on Thanksgiving day, I’m thinking of keeping my portions very small and even then only eating the things I absolutely love.  I’d love some recommendations of how to get through the holidays and keep losing weight!

Starting Weight: 177
Last Week’s Weight:   173

Today: 172

So luckily today’s weight is still the same from Monday, so my bad choices yesterday did not have too bad an effect on my overall goal.  But I still would like to be down to 168 by Monday.  Since I only lost two last week, I’ve added the extra to my goal for this week!  Hopefully carrying lots of boxes over the weekend will burn plenty of calories!!

An update from last week as well we have found a house and will be moving in this weekend.  We are again so thankful to the great friends and family we have.  I am sad to be leaving my first house but so relieved to start over.  We are moving closer to my family who I have missed in the time I have lived an hour+ away from all of them.  We will also be closer to Vince’s work which will be nice.  The only concern is that now I will be an hour and 15 minutes from my school.  Since I only have class on Saturday we decided this was a sacrifice that we could deal with.

What a crazy year we’ve had!!!!  The one up ahead is going to be just as exciting.  Fallyn will be two, Dominic will turn one and I will have an MBA!  Wish us luck!!

Group Work in Grad School

http://www.beyondintractability.org/user_guides/students/?nid=6577

This article is a conflict resolution guide for students working in groups it also outlines how to efficiently accomplish a task.  I think all graduate programs should assign some kind of reading like this before assigning any kind of group work!  While I think most people enjoy working in groups it is not an easy thing to do and as the group gets larger the harder it becomes.  In theory work is divided amongst the members equally, each person completes their tasks then everything comes together harmoniously.  Emphasis on IN THEORY!  We all know that there will most likely be someone who is doing more work than us (and we love that person for it) and someone who is doing less than us (which may drive us crazy depending on how much less and other circumstances).  There will be strong personalities and group members who just do not get along.

We’d think as adults we could easily find solutions to these conflicts but in reality this is often not the case.  In my opinion group work in a school setting for adults becomes even harder.  In high school and even in our undergraduate classes group work is much more easily managed.  Because most do not have much of a “life” beyond school, and more than likely group members live within short distances of each other.  As graduate students everyone is working full time, some have husbands, boyfriends, wives and girlfriends, maybe children and do not necessarily live in the same area.  Scheduling becomes a HUGE factor, how can a time be coordinated when all group members can meet.  Then of course as we become older the more set in our ways we become, while some have a take charge kind of attitude, others have to be guided.  There are all kinds of conflicts that can arise when people work in groups, this article covers some of them and give a nice step by step process that can be followed to help solve these problems.

Now, I don’t mean that this articles advice should be followed exactly because most of the steps in the process happen naturally.  It does open your mind to as to how to make group work more efficient, things that should be discussed and worked out right away while there are other items that can be left to work out later.  Most important I think most people need a brush up on their conflict resolution and problem solving skills.

While all this may seem like common sense, I can tell you from recent projects that it is not!    My recommendation would be if you are looking for a graduate school enter a program that will be a cohort where you will complete all your classes with the same group of people.  I am starting to discover that the better you get to know people it does make things a bit easier, because you understand that person better and something about them that may have driven you crazy in the beginning you now find not only tolerable but endearing.  Getting to that point can be quite a journey.