My Journey

Thursday, December 29, 2011

10 Things Thursday Utah Style

1. Still in Utah, but leave tomorrow. (sad face)

2. As I was flying out to Utah last week a tooth I have been needing to get repaired, totally flaired (sp?) up leaving my whole left side of my face swollen and me in A LOT of pain. I almost had to go to the ER to get antibiotics through IV, but found some killer antibiotics Jake's uncle had and he let me use em up. Not the ideal way to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but I am feel a lot better now. Root canal and abscess draining on Monday. Yay!

3. I have been bad and good on my diet. I have made time to go workout and haven't been eating too unhealthy for meals,but my snacking really sucks! I have maintained though this week and I am pretty happy about it!

4. I know you guys are dying for Skinny Santa results, but I am still waiting for one or two...i think. If I don't get anymore weigh in's then I will just post with what I got and we will be sad some people didn't hold up their end of the bargain. Look for a post Saturday or Sunday!

5. Jake and I went for an overnighter in Salt Lake and stayed at this cool hotel. They had a goldfish delivered to your room! And funky leopard print bath robes! lol. Only $100/night on expedia!

6. I got to spend time shopping with Zoey yesterday. We stopped for ice cream after she saw the shop with the big ice cream cone and yelled "ike weem own!!!!"

7. I'm doing nothing for new years and contemplating "missing my flight" so I could stay an extra day.

8. I love this boy and his Christmas jammies!!

9. I really like I got my sis in law and my mom on board. I am if anyone wants to friend me on

10.  Date night with Jake tonight. Korean food. Not my favorite, but he is my favorite and it's his favorite food so it all works out!

Monday, December 26, 2011


I am hunting down a few more final weights so I can post the winner of the challenge! Don't be a wuss. Email me. No one will point and laugh if you didn't lose a million pounds, or even one, or gained!

I will try to get everything wrapped up by Friday. I am busy with my babies and hubby this week, but will make time to announce the winner.

Hope Christmas was grand for everyone (who says grand....really?!) Mine was perfect and will post about it soon.

Time for girlie movies with my 17 year old sister in law! (we went to Zumba today and she is addicted to now too) She of course is skinny, drop dead gorgeous captain of varsity cheer squad and doesn't need to loose a pound but loves fitness and eating well. We both got scales for Christmas and sat in the hallway for an hour reading manuals on them and weighing ourselves in various flooring around the house! lol. She wants to go to Zumba everyday this week! (and make sugar cookies sometime) lol. Love her!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

6 Month Bandiversary

Thought I would take a quick second to post on my 6 month anniversary from my surgery. I'm sitting at the airport and it's not as crazy as I thought it was going to be on Christmas Eve. I managed to check my bag and get through security in 30 min. Everyone is being friendly ( except for the ladies working at McDonald's...they are all sorts of frazzled by the demand of egg mcmuffin's and hash browns on Christmas Eve morning. They keep yelling at people where the lines starts and that they only have "one person doing drinks".... pretty much the slowest teenage boy in Baltimore) Everyone else is in a pretty good mood.

I am feeling festive myself, sporting my red flats, black leggings, mini skirt, red shirt and jingle bell necklace! I am basically the ONLY one in Christmas colors. Weird.

Yesterday I let myself have a few cookies. 3 of them. They were worth it. I still managed only 1399 calories and found time to get to the gym! This morning I had a muscle milk on me and they took it away at Security. I almost cried!  But I got scrambled eggs at McDonald's, so I feel like it's a decent start to the Holiday eating.

I saw a 162.8 this morning....for a nano second. The other 5 times I got on the scale were 163, 164. Well.... today I am going with the 162.8 cause it's Christmas Eve and my 6 month Bandiversary and cause I want to Damn it! That is just about 50 pounds and I am thrilled with that!

Starting weight: 212
Today's weight: 162.8

Well off to find my flight and get to my hubby and babies!
Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 26 & FINAL Skinny Santa Weigh In

Weight: 163.2    Loss 2.2 lbs

Ah... not .2 lbs, but 2.2 lbs! Much better. I was getting so sick of the numbers 165! It's been weeks since I've lost anything significant. I have to laugh though cause I ended up eating 2 cookies and not working out yesterday (even though I was moving boxes up and down stairs for hours) and saw the biggest loss I have had in weeks overnight. Ironic.
I feel so skinny and pretty today! Yay! I also feel sick. Been pushing myself so much lately to get stuff packed and painted around the house. My body pretty much wants me to stay in bed all day today. mmmmm.... not gonna happen though.

As for Skinny Santa.... here are my stats.

Starting weight: 168.4 lbs
Ending Weight: 163.2 lbs
Loss: 5.2 lbs
% loss: 3.09 %

I used this calculator to figure it out.  Check out the  % weight loss calculator I will be using to see who won the challenge! Thanks all you girls who tried really hard during this challenge. It helped me keep my game face on!

Will post the winner soon so stay tuned!

Merry Christmas Friends! And lay off the cookies!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

10 Things Thursday

1. I went to another spin class taught by Cutie Pie fitness instructor. When I walked in, he exclaimed " Stacey is back!". I blushed.

2. My butt was not ready for round 2 of cycling. It wasn't until I sat down on the bike that I almost leaped up in pain. OWWW. But I have to brave through it cause I couldn't just leave. Oh man. It was a long 30 min!

3. Went to a friend's dance class. In her email she said it was an advanced dance class. So I show up in my Uggs cause I plan to dance bare foot, just to find out it was a dance aerobics class. I was the dumb face without sneakers doing the class in her bare feet. People were confused!!

4. Found the Lose It website and app. It's and I am sure some of you guys use it to food and exercise, but I just discovered it and REALLY like it. I like that I can use it with my phone and computer and they sync pretty quickly. They advertise for a WIFI scale that will send your weight right to the computer. Fancy.

5. I have been doing an experiment this week.....tracking all my food, eating 1000 calories, and working out to see what the scale does. When I get back from my trip to Utah I will do another experiment, tracking all my food, eating a bit more and working out 3 times a week. Just wondering if I would get the same result without being so anal.

6. Christmas should be called Cookiemas, because I swear there are cookies everywhere I go! Everyone is baking! This is my first Christmas EVER not making Christmas cookies for "friends and family" (and then eating them all myself) and it feels pretty good. I am losing weight the week before Christmas. I don't think I have ever done that either!

7. I am a packing/cleaning/painting/throwingmyhusbandsjunkaway queen. I am so proud of myself for getting this house together myself. I lift heavy things, paint, do lawn work, take out the trash, move things from my basement to the car and to the storage unit (like rugs and cribs etc..) all by myself. I got married so someone could do this all for me but here I am doing it myself. I am woman...hear me roar!!

8. My worst behave student that I kick out of class on a weekly basis, and pretty much hated me a few weeks ago has now announced to the class that "I'm his girl" and "is going to marry" and "would I go with him to senior week" so he could "buy me a seafood dinner?". lol. Oh teenagers.

9. I leave for Utah on Saturday. Haven't ever traveled on Christmas Eve. Flight leaves at 8:50am. What should I expect? Maddness that early? Get there 2 hours early?

10. Skinny Santa ends tomorrow. Didn't do as well as I wanted, but still managed to lose a few pounds! Can't wait to see how everyone else did!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Andrea was my Secret Bandit!!

Thank you Andrea for all my fun stuff through the Secret Bandit months! Love the last package. Here is a pic of what I got! The bag is too cute.

Thanks again! This was fun!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

McDreamy makes me more McSweaty

Today I wanted to workout, but I didn't wanna "workout" in really put forth THAT much effort! I got a groupon for 10 fitness classes at a gym 5 min from my house, and figured I would go to the cycling class.

I strategically went at 7:10 knowing the class was supposed to start at 7:00 so I wouldn't have to do 1 hour. Like I said, I was feeling lazy. But I got there and they hadn't even started. I walked up to the door and going out of the door was this gorgeous blonde. Our eyes connected. He smiled. Cute.

I start getting the bike out (I literally had to drag it across the room and find a spot on the floor for it). It's kind of a ghetto gym, but whatever...sweating is sweating right?! I decide I am going to pee, so I find my way to the bathroom.

I get back.....cute boy is standing there smiling at me and introduced himself....aka my cycling instructor!

Crap. Now I am going to actually have to put forth effort, cause I can't be lazy chubby butt in front of the McDreamy instructor...especially with 5 other people in the room. And why did I pick today to wear my baggy fat pants and ugly t-shirt to work out? I could have at least looked like I have stepped into a gym once in my life instead of "I just woke up from a nap, the quickly painted the basement for 30 min and then was forced at gun point to workout" which is totally the truth...well the 1st half.

The class gets started and I get on my bike and can barely reach the peddles. I get off and try to adjust the thingey ma-bob. It doesn't budge. Try new luck. So I am standing there like a dingle-bat forcing all my weight into the dumb seat. McDreamy appears and ends up wheeling me a whole new bike. Geez.

He manages to stare at me the whole class (either because he is horrified by my appearance, or because he thinks I might break this bike or because I was who he saw when he looked straight, or he's not at all cause I'm not wearing my glasses.) I of course am SWEATING my cellulite off cause I am trying to be the best spinner in the class, while looking like this is totally effortless. Neither were true. He did manage to call out "Stacey, move your hands to this part of the handle". Doh!!

In the end the class was great. I got an awesome workout, and the instructor (I need to go look up his name) even chatted with me after class telling me I should come on Wednesday to his other spin class and that I should call ahead to reserve a bike. Flirting? Or nice guy? I will pretend flirting cause I need a self esteem booster!!

Wish I could take all your ladies to the class with me and gossip about it afterward, but this will have to do!

This is the last week for SKINNY SANTA! Final weigh in need to be posted on FRIDAY please! If everyone gets them in on Friday then I can post it Fri night!

Ok. Past my bedtime!! Night Girls

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 25 & Skinny Santa

Weight: 165.4     Loss: .2 lbs

Can I vent? I just erased 3 sentences that I started typing, cause I don't even know what I am feeling, but it's not warm fuzzies. Last weekend I worked a high school conference where they fed us 3 square meals a big meals. I ate all 3 meals (smaller than normal of course) but I had pancakes and syrup at breakfast, and 2 pieces of quiche and a piece of fried chicken at lunch, beef stew for dinner with curly fries, some soda, starburst, chips, a few pieces of candy all in a days work. I ate like this for 2 1/2 days and didn't work out once during those 2 days and when I got on the scale at 4pm in the afternoon when I returned (not first thing in the morning on an empty stomach) I had gained NO WEIGHT! Awesome! But..... not awesome cause when I am eating 1000-1400 calories a day AND working out this week, I loose .2lbs (point-2-pounds.... not 2 pounds, cause that would be cooler!)!

What is going on here?! I know there are no real answers, but it's just frustrating, putting forth real effort, recording your food, taking time to exercise and to see almost the same results as not giving a crap.

Yesterday I had a muscle milk, 3/4 tuna sandwich, 1 small dove choc, 1 serving TGIF skillet meal, glass of milk and worked out. This has been about the same all week. I went to dinner with my girlfriends on Tuesday night. I got a kids grilled chicken with broccoil and side of angel hair with alfredo and only ate half of that (pretty sure they think I have an eating disorder now since I took 40 min just to eat 1/2 kids meal!), along with my muscle milk in the morning and 1/2 lean cuisine for lunch and 1 cookie.

Anyhoo.. I'm just annoyed. My band is pretty tight. I eat SOO slow, and have super small meals (aka 1/2 lean cuisine). I never feel hungry either. Any thought anyone? I'm not throwing anything up cause I am being super cautious, but feel like it's bound to happen. Skinny Santa is our last weigh in before our FINAL WEIGH IN next week! Can't wait to see who I am sending my gift card too. (Did I just admit defeat?!) sad.

I can say this.... if it wasn't for my weekly weigh ins and challenges and goals and my lab band, I would be eating myself through entire packages of cookies "cause" it's Christmas". There haven't been many years where I have been able to say that I maintained and even lost a few pounds during the Holiday season, so in that aspect..... Good for Me!

Happy Last Shopping Weekend Before Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday Madness (Literally) and Tuesday Just Sucks

made one similar to this!

Soooo grumpy!
It all started yesterday when my favorite class were a bunch of jerk faces that wouldn't stop talking! So I gave them a pop quiz, and then even then they wouldn't shut up, so I had to change seats. One kid was like "are you in a bad mood today?" Uh...well now I am!! I hate being the mean teacher. "Hate hate hate. Hate hate hate. Loathe Entirely!" (name that movie!)

Then..... I worked all day on these desserts for a faculty meeting. Brownie pops, chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, magic bars and a christmas fruit tree. Because I was so busy baking, my breakfast and lunch were a taste of cookie dough here, half a cookie there....repeat, repeat, repeat. So, I was already dehydrated and malnurished and grumpy going into the faculty meeting, but then no one said thank you. I know I shouldn't have expected it but I could have really used it at the moment!

The faculty meeting ran over (by 6 min, but dude..... those are MY 6 minutes) and I just went and burried myself under my blankets the second I got home! I did wake up in a bit of panic, and rushed myself out the door to Zumba, but trust me, I considered staying in bed all night!

Today just sucks too. My students are freaking annoying me!! Only 1 month to go and I can be with my little ones in Utah. And where is the snow December?! I need some serious snow days or delays right about now. This time 2 years ago we had like 10 days off consecutively from bad weather! Oh that was glorious!

My scale isn't moving either. I haven't been really concentrating on my food, and my exercise was minimal last week. I haven't been circling the drive thru, but I also haven't been counting calories, water, protein, or sugar. Some days I might barely have 1000 calories (like yesterday even though I snacked on some baked goods) and some days I am closer to 1800 calories. My weight loss up until the last 10 pounds has been really easy, not having to think about it and seeing good numbers on the scale. Now it seems like I have reached a point to where I have to pay attention, can't cheat AT ALL and need to work out daily. Boo.

My size 13 stretch skinny jeans are pretty big on me now, and I tried on an 11 last time at Target and fit into them fairly easily (great in legs, a bit tight around my stomach). I wouldn't say I'm an 11, but I am getting there.

I still have such a long way to go... 15 lbs to my 1st goal, and 35 lbs to my final goal. I got to know a chaperone over the weekend, who became my instant bussom buddy! We haven't stopped texting yet! She is a size 4(I guessed she was an 8 and I think she was slightly insulted!) . She looks really healthy though, and I would never is soooo thin. My sister on the other hand is a size 4 and looks unhealthy skinny. They are both about the same height. Weird how different bodies carry weight differently. I wonder how I would look as a size 4? Healthy or unhealthy?

If I can loose an average of 1.5 lbs a week (6 lbs a month), I can be at 130 by 1 year bandiversary!

Well, hoping I can have a better day today. Going to workout and then out to dinner with some girlfriend and then maybe hit the mall and do some painting? A bit much for an evening? Oh well. Gotta get it all in before I am stuck home again with little ones! Did I mention I spent 3 hours at Target the other night?!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Trip 1 to Utah!

My weekend trip to Utah was perfect last weekend! The flights were on time (early even) and I even managed the whole row to myself on one of the flights! Dream come true except I was too excited to sleep.

Seeing Jake was wonderful!!!! I love my husband. He is addicting to be around. We sped off to the hotel in a speedy but legal like fashion. He had flowers, candles, sparkling cider, strawberries, carmel, chocolate sauce and whipped cream there when I walked in. lol. He even put together a mix of songs to get our groove on to! Needless to say, we had a fun night (and we might have even run out mid night for a burrito at our fav mexican place)! The strawberries and whipped cream made for good breakfast, but that's it my friends!!

I was so giddy to see the kids the next morning! I just hugged and kissed them to death.  I couldn't believe how grown up Logan looked! He took a second to warm up to me, Zoey too. It was like they didn't believe I was REALLY there. We had so much fun though, playing and celebrating Logan's birthday.

The only bad thing is being with Jake I just eat like crap!! Why is that? Popcorn and soda at the movies, a soft taco inbetween lunch a dinner. I would even think of doing it in Baltimore. I have to figure out where those choices are coming from and get a hold on it before I move out there.

Here are some pics from the weekend. For the first time in a long time I didn't shy away from taking pics with Jake or the kids! ..... 2 weeks before we are reunited again!!

love this little blonde boy!

only pictures of zoey we got were ones in action....typical

playing at kangeroo zoo

my cute hubby, oh and me

Hurry and distract him before he realize what a lame crown he is wearing!!

Logan loves ice cream comes.... hence the cake i made

Jake and I had fun making the rainbow cake!

Tomorrow I will do my weigh in. I have been working at a High School Middle School Multicultural Conference all weekend. If it weren't for my super tight band (and the catwheels me and the chaperones were doing at the dance last night),the scale would have been scarier. Hoping in the morning to have a more accurate number. Between being in Utah last thurs-mon and at my conference thurs to late afternoon today.... it's not gonna be pretty. Oh well. It's been a great 2 weekends! So thankful my band keeps me in check while I am mentally worlds away from it all!!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Final Secret Bandit Info

This month in the final Secret Bandit Info!!! Try to get your gifts out early! Make them awesome! And don't forget to reveal who you are to your girl!

This was fun ladies!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekly Weigh: Week 23 (early) & Skinny Santa & 10 Things Thurs

Weight: 165.5  Loss: 2 lbs

1. Yay! I lost 2 pounds and it's not even Friday! This is me this morning.... not a morning person, but today I am.... cause....

2. I am flying to Utah today to see Jake and the kids!!!!!!!! If I can't just get through 3rd period today (cocky SOB senior boys!) I will be smooth sailing

3. Went for a spray tan yesterday. OMG. Crazy experience. The place had this machine which I think they put together with duct tape and some sheet metal. The thing sprayed me like a squirt gun in like 2 places (back of my neck and my boobs). And it wasn't brown or clear tanning was green!! And apparently I had to rub it in myself and when I did it made me look GREY! Seriously!! I was freaking out. The girl was like "I wonder why it's green!" What do you mean you wonder why it's green!?! I basically wiped it all off and now I am my nice pastey white for my trip. Oh well.

4. Having a great hair day! Thank goodness!!

5. I successfully made 80 cupcakes without totally blowing my diet!!! I had students help me and I just stayed really focused. It was a true victory!

6. To rent out my house or sell my house? That is question! To rent a house in Utah or buy a house in Utah? That is the other question!

7. I asked Jake what he would do if my flight was delayed or I missed my connecting flight.... his answer "I would kill myself". Sweet but disturbing!

8. Went to a group fitness class called "Stepalicious" thinking it was a step aerobics class, but it was a dance aerobics meets bootcamp type thing. Kicked my butt!! The instructor was insane and I got to booty shake and she really pushed me to my top limits. It was awesome!

9. I think some of my students are crushing on me. That hasn't happened in years!

10. I'm 15 pounds away from my 1st goal of 150! Hopefully by my 6 month mark?! I am really worried about my belly fat. I have so much of it. I still have 35 pounds to go before I am in the healthy weight land. I am really hoping my stomach will tighten up!  If not, then after my 3rd baby I will save for a tummy tuck!

Have a great weekend!! Will post pics when I get back!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I Get To Have Sex Soon!!!!

This is what I think all day long! Like a horny teenage boy, I swear!

I am flying to Utah on Thursday night. Time could not go fast enough, except for the fact that I would love to drop another pound or two before Jake and I reunite! (que music. we see each other. I drop my bags, he drop the roses in his hands for me, slow motion running through the airport into each other's arms, he picks me up and spins me around and everyone stops to applaud our love for each other...)

Pretty sure Jake will just drive the car up to the arrivals and I will get in and off  (those words sound so dirty lol) we will be out of there in 20 sec tops! lol. "What a jerk you are thinking!" Oh no... this is how we planned waste no time getting to the hotel. I asked him if it were possible to get to the hotel in 2 min exactly. He said, "maybe if we drive 140 miles per hour".'s possible??

I have been trying on all sorts of "things". I feel so much better about my body! I don't want to just hide behind hu-mongo sweat pants. I don't want to just get things over with either. I want to have fun and enjoy my marriage and my husband! Yippeeee!!! I am in such a good place with my body image. I am excited to get dressed and happy with who I see in the mirror.

Friday (while Jake works) I will get to just be with my babies. I just wanna sit and stare at them and play with them and kiss them and hug them and sing all the cheesy mommy songs!! Logan is turning 1 next week, so I wanna make him a big birthday cake and see him shove his fingers into it and smear it all over his face!

I am doing a few days of mostly protein shakes and small healthy meals. Trying to really cut out the crap that I have gotten back into the habit of eating. Dessert every night?! I don't think so Stacey. I am supposed to get a fill on Wednesday, but I feel I am in a happy green place and will just cancel it.

Oh crap. Time to go. So much to do before Thursday! Last few for Nov Secret Bandits! Did anyone not get anything yet this month? If you are gonna combine gifts for Nov and Dec maybe just send a card so they know something is coming.

Love ya ladies!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 22 & Skinny Santa

Weight: 167.5 lbs    Loss: 2 lbs kinda

Last week I had a 1 pound gain and was on my period, so I managed to lose that plus another pound. Seeing that I weighed in the morning after thanksgiving, I feel at least happy to see an overall loss. 

I have been really doing so great working out (280 min last week and about that this week) and so it's disappointing not to see more weight loss, especially when you are really trying. My eating isn't perfect but it really isn't bad either. In the past 5 months I haven't had to be super strict in my dieting to see a loss. It seems as though now I will have to be.  I am not even close to the goals I had for myself this month and as a goal oriented person, I am frustrated. 

Anywhooo. I am in NY with my family. It's been weird to not be stressing over the kids and to just enjoy being in my hometown. Drove up Tues night in TERRIBLE rain and got in about 2am. Slept in Wed, then hit the mall for who knows what, then we went to the city. I don't always love going to the city, cause I've been a zillion times and it's cold and expensive and requires a lot of walking! lol. But, I went cause the girl living with me wanted to go (I made her come with me for Thanksgiving cause I didn't want her alone with her eating disorder. I knew she needed the support) Becca, my mom and I drove some of the way and hopped onto a train for the last little 20 min stretch to the city after seeing a sign that said "manhattan - gridlock- take mass transit". You didn't have to ask me twice!!

We did a ton of walking. I don't even know how many stairs we went up and down the subways. At least 200. We walked prob 3 miles easy. How do those NYer's do it EVERYDAY! Amazing!! 

We hit time square, and Becca got a pic with the Naked Cowboy! We each got a hot dog (a must in NYC)! We took a subway up to Central Park to see the balloons blown up and ready for the  Macy's Day Parade. Apparently my mom and dad came before they were married and there was like no one. Well... I guess word got out cause you could barely move forward there were so many people. Not my kind of thing. 

We went down to  Union Square to Max Brenner (The BEST dessert place in the world people!) We got a dessert to share (The dessert was called SHARING in case any of you ever go). It comes with a little hibatchi to toast marshmallows on, and fresh fruit and fondue, and little pieces of choc sponge cake, this glorified rice krispie treat, a portion of a beligan waffle sundae, fried bananas. We found a huge blonde hair on our plate. Gross you might think, but oh no my friends! It was like finding the golden ticket! They gave us a new dessert, and the manager apologized profusely, and took care of the whole ticket and the server offered us whatever we wanted. But we were stuffed, so we just got some hot chocolate to go. Gourmet AMAZINGNESS in a cup Hot Chocolate!! 

Thanks giving at my Aunt and Uncle's was really nice. My band did it's job and helped me so much! Thank you lap band! I got to have a little of everything I wanted, but didn't overstuff myself on 10 dinner rolls like I have in the past!!  I even went on a nice bike ride with my dad earlier in the  day! It was nice to be with my dad. He sure is a character!

Last night we hit up Wal-Mart black friday craziness. We got in line outside of Wal-mart about 11 and got in pretty quickly and then waited in line for the TV's till midnight, got our TVS and a bunch of $1.96 DVD's and other junk, then waiting on line to pay till 1am. It was insane!!!!!! But we had fun!

Today we have been L-A-Z-Y! I am gonna head to Zumba soon, then figure out something fun to do tonight. Tomorrow we head back to Baltimore, but not before I hit the mall (groupon today: $10 for $20 gift card at oldnavy!) 

Hope you ladies had great weekends! Can't wait to read all about them! Don't forget Secret Bandits and Skinny Santa if you are participating!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 21 & Skinny Santa

Weight: 169.4  Gain: 1lb

Pretty sure I didn't even wanna post, but as the host of Skinny Santa I felt I should. Plus I am sure I am making everyone feel better about themselves as they see my awesome gain! How am I doing it you ask in anticipation? Well... that would be by exercising, eating right and having your period (and my period forced me to make choc cookies last night and eat a bunch of the dough). I have done better on my diet and exercise this week then I have in I am pretty grumpy right now. 

Congrats to all the ladies killing it in the Skinny Santa Challenge!!! Keep it up!! Next week I will coming back strong, so look out!

In other news.... I have a job interview for a teaching job in Utah on Mon (via phone of course) Yes... I did make a long sad post about being sad to end of teaching career to stay home with the kids, but I came across the job and just applied not thinking much would come from it. It feels nice to be "wanted"... that they even did most of their interviewing but extended the deadline so they can interview me. Jake and I talked about how if I worked 1 more year we can get out of most of our debt before we plan for our last baby. I have always had faith to trust in God that he has a plan for me and my family. Me and Jake being able to bring in money to pay off our debt might be a real blessing, but if I don't get the job and am home with the babies, I am excited to do that as well. 

I have been a house cleaning machine lately, spending hours packing stuff up to donate, throw away and keep. It is hard doing it all alone (lifting, moving boxes up stairs, down stairs, moving furniture), but am proud of myself for being able to do it at all...that I am not the lazy woman I was last year. 

Ok. Time to hit the gym before they close....ya know cause working out has been so beneficial to me this week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


My scale is lame-o. I knew that the weeks when I wasn't focusing at all on my diet and still losing weight that it would turn around to bite me in the butt!

Well I have been working out a ton, like going to group fitness then coming home and raking leaves for 2 hours, and working out and then cleaning the house, and I have been trying to get so much done that I have been not eating a ton...maybe 1300 calories max, and of course the scale is up to 170 today. Darn it all!

so... funny story.... Background info... My normal Zumba instructor who I love is an amazing booty shaker. I have become SO good at inappropriately moving my body I could probably get a job as a cage dancer! Yesterday I went to a Zumba class I hadn't been to before and the instructor pulled me up to do one of the numbers with her so everyone could see how I moved my body.It was both exciting and terrifying! Keep in mind I grew up dancing and teaching hip hop, so I kinda felt like I cheated, but it felt really good to know I still got it in me! Maybe I will give Jake that lap dance he has been begging me for since we got married!! Ok, so this wasn't a funny story at all. I lead a boring life.

In other interesting things..... my feet have shrunk!This is exciting because after having Zoey I was a 8.5, 9 and now I am more 7.5, 8. I finally can fit into my shoes! And I might have bought 4 pairs of shoes on Saturday in celebration! (oh gosh....please don't be reading this Jake! In my defense one pair was $3- cute red ballet flats)

Anyway. I'm just blabbing today. I secretly am hoping I am getting my period. I has been exactly a month since I got mine, but that means nothing to my body. I want it so I can not hate the scale so much and I want it now so I won't have it on me and Jake's overnighter when I flight out to Utah in a few weeks!!!

Ok... Don't forget to send those Secret Bandit gifts earlier this month ladies!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekly Weigh in: Week 20 & Skinny Santa 1st Post!

Weight: 168.4 lbs      Loss:  2.6 lbs

If I am counting the loss from my gain last week than it would be 4.2 lbs which is pretty darn good if I don't say so myself! My students have been really excited to see me reach my smaller goals and teachers all wanna know "how I'm doing it!" A girl I don't even know that rang me up at Wal-Mart the other day said " are so much smaller". That pretty much made my day!

I went into this week buy a ton of groceries so that I could go low carb......well...that pretty much tanked when I had to demo making yeast breads for all of my classes and made cinnamon sugar pretzels for them. They were little pretzel bites and so warm and soft and sweet and yummy! How many pretzel bites equal a large prezel? 250? sounds right I think.

It has been pretty strange having the house without my hubby and kiddies. I have been skyping every night. They are growing before my eyes and I can't do anything about it! I really miss them, so I booked another trip to see them the 1st weekend in Dec. On the otherhand, I have time to workout, and think about dinner and workout and of course start packing up the house. Guess how many bags of clothes I bagged up yesterday for Goodwill.....4... and I'm just getting started. I just had to face that I shouldn't be wearing my "college clothes" anymore regardless of how skinny I get. 

I do have a white old navy pea coat in XL that has never been worn. Anyone want it? If you pay shipping it's yours.


I am really excited I have some of you to really help motivate me through the Holidays! I would really love to see the 150's. Oh my gosh... thinking about it makes me giddy!!

And if I win this thing, the following are some places I LOVE to shop!

~ Target ... 5 min from my house and I go there just to browse several times a week! I go try on the stuff in the store, and then go and buy it on when they are doing BOGO. Genius!
~ Black House White MArket.... love their clothes, but have never had the money to shop there.
~ .... cause you really can't go wrong with that!
~ Kohl's
~ Restaurant Gift Cards..... cause I love going on dates with my hubby

Can't wait to see all your favorite places to shop too and just get to know you all better!
Good luck everyone!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skinny Santa Challenge Starts Tomorrow!!!!

Yeah for all my ladies who joined on for Skinny Santa Challenge! Look at who is participating. Anyone else that wants to be added to the list let me know ASAP!

Here is the low down for the next 6 weeks:

  • Tomorrow you will post your 1st Skinny Santa Weigh In. Include in the post your current weight, any thoughts or personal goals you might have, and also list 5 places you love to shop, so if you win we know where you send your gift card too.
  • Every Fri until Dec 23rd, post your new weigh in. I will keep track of it all for you!
  • I will announce the winner as soon as I get all of the weigh ins!
  • The winner will make a WINNER POST and remind us of all the places they love to shop and then I will send out an email to everyone with the winner's address and we will all send our gift card to them!
  • All gift cards should be sent before end of Jan ( cause you know if you don't do it right away you will forget!!) (ok...maybe that's just me!!)
Way To Go Santa!
And..... does anyone know how to make a button?? On the right of my blog is my sad attempt at a button. So ametuer I know, so if someone knows the ways of the computer better that what I did in 2 seconds....please help me make a button!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Over Eater Amongst The Under Eaters

I have a house-mate. She suffers from an eating disorder. She is sweet and lovely, but her eating disorder really takes up a lot of her time, since she has to be in a program to deal with it. Tonight she asked if I would go to her family night at her support group. I was more than happy to go as her support system.

They served dinner 1st. I guess I figured I would just eat my small little portion and be on my way. Um... not the case!! The dietician basically implied to me that if I didn't finish everything on my plate, then I shouldn't ever come back again and I would make all the people there with eating disorders uncomfortable. (OH geez. What did I get myself into!!) And it's not like they eat as they please.... they have to EAT A LOT. I HAD to have a soda or juice loaded with sugar and calories. No diet soda or water allowed. I HAD to have roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, dinner roll with butter, veggies, chocolate milk AND ICE CREAM! Then the workers sit there and watch everyone eat! All the students in the program ate all their food no problem and then there I was...... taking the ENTIRE hour to eat the food on my plate. Man. It was hard to eat all that and not get stuck or too full. It was also hard mentally to eat that much. I have gotten so used to my small meals. I felt so guilty eating that much which is what most of these girls must feel as well.

After the hour, they come around and make sure everything on the plate is eaten. I tried to hide my uneaten ice cream, but of course they call me out!! lol. So weird to be getting in trouble for not eating all my dessert!!

It was weird to be in such an opposite place with my relationship with food. It is like we are taught not to drink with our meals, not to have carbs (they need 2 servings of carbs at each meal), no desserts for us, they have to have desserts at both lunch and dinner, they have to have snacks, the more food the better.

Regardless we are the same in where food has gotten us to a place where we needed to be medically treated. They talked about their issues with Thanksgiving coming up. All are terrified to be surrounded by so much food all day, but then again..... aren't we all a little nervous about Thanksgiving coming up?

Anyway. It was quite the experience. I am glad Becca looks to me for support. I hope that the both of us can live out our lives having a healthy relationship with food.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Last Call for Skinny Santa Challenge

Hey Guys....just wanted to see if I can rally up a few more to participate in the Skinny Santa Challenge.

Think About It.... Get Back to Me by Thurs! If I can get 3 more we will do it!!

See post below!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Skinny Santa Challenge?

Maybe there is already something like this going around, but I thought of it when I was church (I wasn't chasing my little ones around and actually had time to sit and listen and think). I really really want to kick my butt into gear and get gorgeous-ed up for the holidays! I know a challenge would help keep me motivated especially through that darn Thanksgiving week that is always so tricky for a girl who loves to eat!!

I know we have lots of things going on.... Secret Santa's, secret bandits, work stuff, family stuff, but hear me out and  see what you think.
Here is how it would go down:

- We would start the competition this Friday.
- You would post your Skinny Santa Weigh In. Include your goal too for good measure!
- Every Friday until Dec 23rd (6 weeks to lose weight) you would post and email me your Current Weight and
- On December 23rd everyone would email me their starting weight and ending weight and I will calculate % loss
- Whoever has the best change % loss will win!

And what will the winner get? 

Everyone who participates will send the winner a $10 gift card to the winner's fav place(s) to shop. Week 1, everyone will include 5 places they love to shop on their post, and then we will have the winner write a winner's post reminding us what places they love to shop!

If we can get 10 people to participate, we will do email me at or leave a comment.

I could certainly go for $100 worth of gift cards!!!! Anyone else???

Please post this on your blogs since many of you have much bigger fan clubs than lil ol me!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 19

Weight: 172. 6  Boo.    Gain: 1.6 lbs

Well.... there it is. The gain. I knew it was unavoidable with how I have been eating the last week. My parent's were in town, Halloween, Jake's dad flew in and they worked 3 days straight on repairs around the house. I took half days at work all week and was consumed in watching the kids, loving on them and packing. My eating was pretty sad. I would skip meals and then feast on pb m&m's cause they were there. Stupid stuff like that. I haven't worked out in so long. The gain is well deserved. I am not too upset about it.

The goodbye's to Jake and the kids really sucked. I cried. Of course. There weren't enough kisses in the world to say goodbye to them. I got to Skype with them a bit last night. Zoey kept kissing the computer. I miss them. I miss Jake. I didn't really get to spend any time with him. Zoey slept in our bed the last night and Jake was up till 2am scrambling to get things done. I barely got to say 10 words to him in the past week. I miss my husband so much. Plus....the garbage was just staring at me when I woke up this morning, and then I really missed him!!

My best friend flew in last night! It was good to have a distaction. I love her!! We got Sonic (took 45 min to get our food! Serves us right eating crap so late at night) and then went home and watched Burlesque on my bed. One of my favorite movies! Today we are venturing to DC and maybe some shopping and then our friend's play and then "fancy black tie formal" which I still have nothing to wear!

Next week I become the perfect lapband patient who eats the right foods and works out like crazy! I want to loose AT LEAST 10 lbs before I see Jake in Dec!

Happy Friday Ladies!!! And.... Secret Bandit!! I love you and thank you for my starbuck gift card!!!! I heard they sell cake pops there! Cool!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Secret Bandit Update

Hi Secret Bandit Friends!
Looks like some of us are running behind on Oct, so if you haven't received your gift hang tight and you will get rewarded with two gifts for November.

If you have yet to get your Oct gift feel free to shoot my hubby an email and we will figure out what's up!

If you haven't sent your Oct gift yet, you don't have to go crazy. Just a motivating card or something simple goes a long way!

To my Secret Bandit friend who send me a gift via my hubby's seems to have disappeared, but then again he is "delete" happy.  He is working on locating it, but I will have him email you if he is having trouble! Thanks for thinking of me!! I feel loved!!!

It is def the season for giving, so have fun with the last two months!

Monday, October 31, 2011


I am 1/2 way to my goal weight of 130!! 41 pounds lost.....41 to go!

So.... my best friend is coming into town this weekend (which is good cause she is coming the same day my babies and Jake fly out!), and we are going to DC to see one of our closest friend's in a play. Sarah, the friend in DC, invited us to a "fancy black tie formal" (this is what she texted me) party after the show. Yikes!! I don't do fancy late night parties anymore! I am a boring mommy of two that thinks a fancy Fri night is finding a babysitter and going to Target with hubby kid- free! Needless to say I am kinda dreading having to wear heels all night. 4 years ago this would have been my thing. Oh, how times change!

Now that I have lost all this weight, I of course have NOTHING to wear, and I don't want to have to buy something for my half way to goal body.  I browsed TJ MAXX for a bit, and found a dress I loved! Sadly it only came in a small.... but I thought.... I am going to try this on.... and it was really tight, but I did get it over my body (yay me!) and it actually didn't look all that bad. I wouldn't have been able to sit, but if I had to stand all night, I might have to been able to pull it off. I will see what else I could find.

I certainly do love being able to see something I like and instead of saying "that would look great on my sister" (size 2) I can say "I bet that would look great on me!" (size 12/14)

I am getting pretty excited to reach my next goal of 150lbs! Thanks to all of you for all the support along the way. You guys are really my go to when I need some advice, whether is be weight loss land, or reality! It's nice. I like you. a. lot.

Jovani Long Sleeve Sequin...
the dress I wanted, but in black! Love that it's modest AND sexy!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 18 ( usual)

Weight: 171.8   Loss:  1.2 lbs

Well after drinking hardly enough water, no veggies, maybe 2 servings of fruit, lots of frosting and cake from all my cupcake making, carbs galore, goin to zumba once,  I CAN NOT BELIEVE my scale. How in the world am I losing weight? I knew I was putting my diet aside for a few weeks with everything going on at the moment and have been prepared to see a weight gain. I might just be losing all the muscle I had been building for my slacking in exercise. Maybe I am seriously dehydrated.

I have been crazy stressed out, and skipping meals here and there without even realizing, so maybe that is why too. I deliver my last big order of cupcakes this afternoon....I can't wait!! The cupcake all turned out great though. Below are pics for one of my orders.

mummy cake pops

cat cake pops

I was excited to reach my 40lb goal and got a new watch! It fits great and isn't as huge as the other manly one I have been sporting!

Well.... woke up to snow this morning. Besides having to deliver cupcakes early this morning, I am enjoying being back in my sweat pants and hoodie (both way too big now). Our kids sleep in now (till 9am at least which is just maical!) Jake made us french toast, Logan is napping now, and Zoey is glued to Nick Jr. So happy to be with all my fav people this morning. I feel relaxed and good. Just going to enjoy our last Sat together in Balt.

ok. Jake is selling the pick up truck. Gotta help him make an invoice!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Losing My Mind, Losing Myself?

I shouldn't have taken all the cupcakes orders and cake pop orders that I did this week. I have 7 days to get Jake and the kids on a plane to Utah, I have 2 days before my family comes, I have 3 days before Jake's dad comes, and only 1 more day to have my family to myself in our home for the last time. This is the place I brought my newborns home. I darn near cried yesterday as someone came to buy our couch. Our first couch that we got as an excited married couple to be. We lived on that couch in our first 1 bedroom apartment...dinner, movie watching, crafting, cuddling... It was hard to see it go.

I wish I could just enjoy this next day, but I busied myself up. Big Mistake! I can't even wrap my head around everything I need to do. I should be wrapping myself around my kids and my husband.

Instead, Jake and I got into an arguement last night. I was upset. I wasn't really mad at him. I am just scared of everything that is changing around me. He wants me to be a stay at home and to be satisfied with that as my life calling. I also want to stay at home with my kids, but I don't want to give up everything else that fufills me. Yes.... I think being a mother is my #1 job. I want to raise my kids and teach them about God, about good, about choices. But, I don't know if it's the New Yorker or the type A personality, or the bit of italian blood in me, but last night it sounded like Jake was forbiding me to find a teaching job out in Utah, and I was freaking out about it. I felt like I was losing myself. I have worked my whole life, and not only just worked, but consumed my time in multiple things. I LOVE working because it fufills me. I love being around my students, around other adult, accomplishing tasks, and using my mind on a daily basis. I am so scared I am going to be unhappy and miserable making peanut butter and jelly everyday and humming Barney songs.  Here in Baltimore I am a mom, a teacher, a wedding planner, cupcake maker, event coordinator for my church. I feel like I am so respected on so many levels. I will lose most of that when I move.

I know I will love being with my kids. I love those little buggers. But what will I do for myself? I know I will figure it out, but right now I am just emotional about it. All of it. Losing my kids and husband for 3 months, then losing my job and my friends.

Uhhh. I just need a good cry and to write this out and then I need to move on with it........

Monday, October 24, 2011

4 Month Bandiversary!

I wanted sooo bad to have lost 40lbs at my 4 month mark but this morning it showed I was shy 1 lb. Bummer.... but then again.... Holy Amazing 4 months!

I feel so great. I am not dragging my feet to get changed in the morning, or immediately ripping off my clothes after work to get into sweats.

I even notice guys flirting with me even.  Trust me....they got nothing on my hubby!

I have been so absent to the blogland lately. The cupcake orders have been flooding in.....prob not the best timing with Jake and the babies leaving next Thurs. The wedding consumed my life for a good week and now I am just trying to recover while still being insanely busy! My parents are coming in this week, and Jake's dad flies in this Sunday. We are trying to sell a lot of things, trying to get some renters in for a few months to help with moving costs. It's CRAZY over here people!!

me tonight
This morning I woke up in a complete panic to find out it was 7:45am. I am supposed to be at school at 7:30am, and I live 30 min away. And so was the start of my day! Life is nuts, but things with my kids and hubby are great.... except for the coxsackie virus Zoey got while we were in NY. A nice high fever of 103 that meant being super grumpy for days. Zoey was pretty grumpy too. :o) She would get up 5 or 6 times a night and would need to be rocked back to sleep. Ug! Killer for sure! But gosh I love my little family and the little life we have built here.

Oh, I still have yet to exercise, and I haven't really been paying much attention to my food. Last time I went grocery shopping was over a month ago. We are living off our entertainment book lately, which means lots of fast food. Not proud of it, but I realize these last few weeks and these next few weeks will be so rare. I will have lots of time to re-focus once I am a lonely lady. I keep losing weight. I guess I never stop moving, and my band won't let me eat a lot. Thank goodness because it might have gotten ugly with such restriction!

I really hope you guys are doing great. I think of you guys. I am always wondering how you are. I will get caught up soon.

Off to watch Castle with Jake and hoping to get some.......

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 17 (Wedding Week)

Weight: 173.0 lbs     Loss 2lbs

Wow! What a week! I just woke up to say a quick hi. I had my big wedding I was planning yesterday. It was a perfect day. The Bride was so happy with everything, and I had a blast. I will post more soon. 

Can't believe I managed to lose some weight this week. I haven't exercised in so long. I miss it a lot.

My band is pretty tight, and haven't been able to eat much of anything. I had ONE bite of chicken last night at the wedding, and then I was standing over the bushes for 15 min trying to throw it up (as the toasts were going on......people....the toasts took AN HOUR!) It never came up but after some good burps and a some fun sliming I could at least get on with my life.

I am so looking forward to spending some time with my babies and hubby today! Pumpkin picking!!! Two more week before they leave. I can't even wrap my head around it!

Hope you all are doing great!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 16

                                                                     Weight: 175.0     Loss: .6lbs

 The scale read 173.6, 174.2, 175.0 in a 10 min period. So, I just took the highest. It was too early to really figure it out. On my period, so this loss is GREAT cause I know it will continue to drop in the next few days!!


You know you like it!

And done.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ten Things Thursday

1. Got up early for once and decided to stop by Wal-mart on the way to school. I am the person that always has the road rage on the way to school because I constantly am running 5-8 min late! So I am super proud of myself for not only being on time, but early enough that I can stop by Wal-Mart AND be on time. Nope. Get out to my car, and the door won't open. Left my keys in the car. The door is unlocked but handle won't work and of course all the other doors are locked. So, I was really late to school cause by the time I got a hold of someone at the school, the hall monitor had to come and pick me up! Dumb!!

2. It was raining during this fiasco and my nicely straightened hair turned into poodle hair.

3. Finally got me's been like 2 months. Prob will have a gain for tomorrow but whatev...I am kinda happy to have my period. I always liked the idea of my body getting rid of crap it doesn't need, so it is a few days of yucky I can handle. Hubby on the other hand prob would sleep on couch if he could. Creeps him out.

4. My size 16 jeggings I bought in Aug are WAY TO BIG now. I went and bought a new pair in size 13. Sweet!

5. Zoey turns 2 this weekend! Can't wait to celebrate her bday with my family up in NY. It will be the last time they see my kiddies for a while :o(

6. My fill appointment went much better yesterday. For those that don't know, my surgeon's office has a bunch of grumpy pants working there. No "Way to go!" or anything even close during my 1st two appts. I wrote an email with a complaint, but didn't leave my name. I was curious to how it was going to go yesterday. The grumpy pants nurse weighed me and I swear gave me the most forced robotic, "wow. you. lost. 12. pounds. since. your. last. appointment. that. is. great. Haha. You could tell it's not easy for him. I wanted to laugh. At least he tried.

7. I haven't been so hot with the working out. I've got so much going on with work, cupcakes and my big wedding next week...oh and the move..... that working out will have to take a back seat until after the wedding. It's easy to fall out of the habit of working out. That bugs me.

8. I like muscle milk.

9. I would love to donate some of my things that don't fit me anymore to you girls, but couldn't afford all the shipping. Can you all just come to my house? That would be cool.

10. I am so thankful for the lapband for helping make the steps to become a person I enjoy seeing in the mirror again! I feel amazing!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Big Secret

.... we haven't even told some of our closest friends, so feel special ladies! doesn't really effect any of you, well maybe except Robin who I was hoping would come and visit me in Baltimore and go to Fleming's together....


Last Wed Jake accepted a job offer in Utah. He starts in 3ish weeks. (I know, not that exciting for the blog world)

So..... this is a big deal. I mean its over 2,000 miles away. We have little kids, a  4 bedroom house to pack and  sell, 3 cars, and my career will switch from teacher to full time mommy (at the moment).

(Did I mention I also have 4 cupcake orders and my huge wedding I'm planning, a trip to NY, Zoey's bday and my parents coming down all in the next 3 weeks as well?)

I'm a bit.....overwhelmed, but it honestly feels so right.

I really feel good about letting it be Jake's time to take the lead and provide for his family. He has really be struggling to find a job out here and this bank in Utah loves him and have offered him the job multiple times. This time we just realized that our savings account is vanishing quickly with our ever increasing mortgage and utility bills, my school district prob wouldn't be giving teachers raises for a long time, and if we ever wanted baby #3 we are going to need some family around to help us (Jake's fam is all out there). So, it just clicked and we are taking a leap of faith.

I actually will be finishing out the semester here in Baltimore and will be in charge of packing, cleaning, selling the house and cars. Jake and the babies will go and live with his parents until I can wrap things up out here. I will be making trips back and forth to see my babies, skyping DAILY and crying my eyes out most night...but in the end I feel like this is going to be great for our family.

More to come I'm sure as we figure it out! But off to finish some cake pops and then drop into bed after a killer Zumba class by the awesome-est guy Zumba instructor tonight! It was intense!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Miss Monroe: Something refreshing!

" Hmmmm...this controversial issue is a hot topic these days, but back in the fifties it was about being fit and healthy and happy. About being a better person, NOT about striving to be a size double zero 00! Some say that she was a size 12, some say 16! Let me show you some evidence which might reveal what size Marilyn really was. Enjoy lovlies!
Star Her measurements were recorded by her dressmaker as 36-23-37 and sometimes fluctuated between that and 36-24-37. If you think about that it's not a size 0! But, that is a waist size that is genetically tiny, especially with those curves! "
If you want to read more, I found this info at the website below!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Anniversary Inn: A fun overnighter!

Check out the awesome room we stayed in at Anniversary Inn when we were visiting Logan, UT. They really know how to make their guest feel special. I thought the price ($199) was great for the room, but then we got all these awesome things. They even delivered us the tastiest hot dogs, freshly popped popcorn, and our choice of candy whenever we wanted it. (true drive in fashion). We got to pick a few movies to watch of the projector screen. We watched Pelican Brief (neither of us had seen it) and the Terminal. Breakfast was delivered to our room the next morning and was DIVINE!
Yes, that IS a truck in our room! In fact, that is our bed! The whole room was based around a Drive In theme, which something that we love.

Cheesecake and Water!

Flamless candles (we got to exchange for a real candle at check out), plus a bath fizz

Biggest, best jetted tub! You can't see the TV in the corner. Wish I could of taken a pic of Jake in the bath watching the Raven's game drinking sparkling cider. He was in heaven.

Sparkling cider because apparently no one would drink champagne!

Sodas chillin in an ice filled Coke Tub!

Amazing ortho-gel bed in the bed of the truck!

Our own private concession stand!!

The walls painted like a sunset

Weekly Weigh In: Week 15

                                               Weight: 175.6     Loss: 2.8 lbs

I knowwwwwwww! I am an terrible blogger and comments and blog reader. My life has been a bit of a whirlwind since going and coming back from our trip out west, getting a trillion cupcake orders, getting ready for my big wedding in a few weeks and a huge gigantic thing I can't talk about.....yet. Somehow I still managed to loose weight.

I was pretty sure I was going to be coming back from our trip with my tail between my legs cause let's just put it out there, it was a rare moment when my hand was not stuffing my face with all my favorite restaurants I don't get to eat I ate at ALL of them. Bad Bad Bad. But I didn't even gain a single pound. Now how does that make sense?! It doesn't. Smaller portions...yes.... but it still isn't fair. Yes it worked in my favor, but you know when I am eating like a perfect lapbander and working out 5 days a week to barely loose a pound I will prob go crazy over this!

From what I read it seems like you all had an amazing time at BOOBS. You all looked gorgeous in your pictures! I hope next year to join the fun.

This weekend I will try to post some pictures from the trip, plus pics of the room Jake and I stayed in for our surprise overnighter! Big vintage pick up truck, jetted tub, hotdogs, projector screen are words to describe our amazing night!

Tonight I will sit my butt down in front of my computers and comment comment comment because I miss you guys and I need to let you know it!

Happy Friday! (Today everyone at work is supposed to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. Guess what super girly girly doesn't have an ounce of pink in her closet!? I'm lame!)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Weekly Weigh In: Week 14 - A little late (Cute Pics!)

                                                        Weight: 178.4 lbs    Loss: .2 lbs

I was so busy out of my mind that 1 only worked out once last week. It was one of those weeks where I had to choose between seeing my kids that day and working out. Working out will just never be as important as being with my kids! Not working out paired with not focusing on my eating equals not much weight loss. I didn't over eat, but I wasn't counting calories either.

Well you are all partying it up at Boobs I am in Utah visiting the In Laws. I know. Sounds like torture right, but I have lovely in laws thank goodness. Not that I could ever stay longer than 5 days, or live in the house next door to them (my issues, not theirs). I was seriously dreading this trip though. Flying 5 hours on the plane with my 2 super active kidos is enough is send me into cardiac arrest just thinking about it. I was sure I wasn't going to be alive by the time we touched town in Salt Lake City, or them for that matter. The flight was full. Jake and I couldn't even sit in the same row because they have regulation against 2 lap babies in 1 row. So..we sat closest to the window and he sat directly behind me. I had Logan, he had Zoey. I packed 2 beautifully done diaper bags filled with snacks, lunch and bottles and binkies and books and toys and diapers, wipes and changes of clothes, dvd players, movies... Well... they did a great job on the plane. I got Logan to sleep by holding him so tight so he couldn't move and just had to give in to sleep. Same with Zoey. Jake and I traded the kids back and forth. A little crying, a little pee incident on Jake's shirt, but overall a B+. I guess we will keep them!

We have been having a really nice time here. I got up at 6am and went for a walk on Fri and this morning I went to Zumba. I walked out of the class at first cause it wasn't even close to the high intensity Zumba I was used to and was bored and the instructor was pretty obnoxious. I found a tread mill, ran/walked 10 min and realized I sure didn't wanna be doing that either, so I went  back into Zumba and it ended up being a pretty good workout regardless of the overly happy bouncy boob instructor. 

I have been eating at all my fav restaurants here (there are too many to count)  but have been eating small portions and I've been doing a muscle milk for breakfast. I weighed myself at the gym and it was 179 and I was happy with that. I haven't denied myself any treats (candy corn, homemade cinn rolls, sweet pork at Coasta Vida, gourmet burger at JCW's.) I don't feel guilty. I know I will get back to get into gear and continue kicking that scales butt!!

Tomorrow we head up to Logan where I lived 5 years that I went to Utah State Unversity. I am giddy with excitement to step on campus and be flooded with the wonderful memories I made there! There are like 5 restaurants there I LOVE and having to choose only 1 is gonna suck! are some family photo's we took yesterday. There are more to come.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lookey Lookey

I got my Secret Bandit Gift this weekend! Check it out...

MyoTape Measuring Tape! It's awesome! You can bet I was walking around the house measuring whatever I could find. It was good times!

Would you believe me if I said that was me?! ha!

I also got this doo dab...

A Body Fat % reader. Took me a min to figure this one out!

I am pretty sure several months ago both of these would have been in box in the basement, but now they live in a cute black and white fabric bin next to my bed....along with my camera charger, mommy journal, condoms, lotion (for my legs!)... You know...all the essentials!!

Thank you Secret Bandit!

If you haven't sent you gift.....DO IT!