Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What Faith Can Do

I can't believe Christmas is over. Whew, what a whirlwind of activity and family and all the stuff that goes in between. With 2009 winding down, and 2010 literally like a day a way, it is that time of the year to make our New Year's Resolutions. I don't know about you, but I am not the best at keeping them. I can make resolutions like a champ, but I can't necessarily keep them. That is until this year! What is it about this year that makes it different from all the other years, really, I have no idea. Maybe it is because I was at Church early on Christmas morning and had 45 minutes to clear my head and listen to God, and actually hear what he had to say. That was the most peace I have had in my life in a long long time. My resolution this year isn't to go to the gym every day, because with working 5 days a week, I do need to rest. My resolution for this year is to be healthier Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually. See, in my time by myself Christmas morning, I made God aware of my New Year's resolution, and it seems the good Lord really was talking to me and he really does answer prayers. Monday I had a voicemail on the house phone from a Lady at NDB Church asking if I was still interested in teaching

classes at said Church. It would only be 45 minutes a week, and it will be first graders. I remember how much fun I had doing it in AZ, but I told her I needed to talk it over with hubby and pray about it. Well, Tuesday I was able to accept the position as First Grade PREP teacher, and I start next Wednesday! I am excited and nervous all at once.

So, I ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers and that you

2010 is going to be a great year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

All the Little Children

This is my first time trying this, but here is a video of my little children out in the snow. I hope this work. Sorry about the poor quality, I was using my phone. Yes, I took the dogs out while I had my phone on me, just in case.

Enjoy! Happy Monday!

December 20th and only 5 days to go

Sorry I have been absent, life has had some unexpected turns lately. We are all fine at the igloo, just doing a lot of soul searching. We both are looking forward to Christmas, and we learned a valuable lesson this year. Do not wait until the week before Christmas to buy a Christmas tree stand, you won't find one. Penguin put up our artificial tree and it is pathetic. It is only 3 feet high, but when I wake up today we will decorate it. It might get lost amongst the presents, so we are trying to find a way to make it taller. As all of you most likely know, we received snow that started at like 10am Saturday, and as I write this at 0123 Sunday morning it is still coming down. I will try to take some snow pictures in the morning, but lately after work all I want to do is sleep. Speaking of which, I haven't done the 30day shred in a long time. It's not that I don't want too, but all I want to do is sleep and lately I have been sleeping until the last possible minute that I can get up. Looks like being 31 hasn't changed anything. Penguin starts classes the end of Jan, and since the government is paying, I am looking forward to him going back to classes. I was going to take a class, but with our money being a little tight, I am going to withdraw from the class and just wait until July to hear if I got into grad school. In the mean time, I got a per diem job at Hospital C and start there in Jan. Hopefully, I will be able to bring home some more money to start building our nest egg. My plan is still for us to try to get a house at the end of next year, and who knows have a New Years party there. Hope everyone is doing well. I am going to try to keep up with this, everyone needs an outlet right. Until then, bundle up and enjoy the snow :P

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Shred Day 5

Today is Day 5 of Shred. But, before I get to that, let me just say how excited I was to wake up to SNOW!!! I took the dogs out at noon, and there was nothing on the ground, but while I was out there I got hit in the face with a snow flake. Needless to say I woke up to snow!
OK, now back to Shred...
5 Days in a row...for me this is a huge accomplishment because I have worked everyday since Wed, so making sure that I have made time for myself, even if it was just the 27:36 that it takes from warm up to cool down, I am still making time for myself. So, what have I noticed...
1- No changes physically yet, although I am hoping to start seeing changes soon
2- This is not a workout that I should do in front of hubs; while I was exercising here is what I had to listen too : Hubs "push it ladies, I want you to feel the burn, burn this skinny b*tch." (Jealous much?)
3- While I haven't noticed a huge change in my endurance, I have noticed that I only had to stop once because my arm weights are really too heavy. Oh, and I HATE, no wait, loathe, jumping jacks. Being a girl with really large tatas, even with the specialized sports bra, they are still uncomfortable, although getting more tolerable.
4- I actually feel hungry sometimes, and for me that is huge. I know that I am an emotional eater, so I am fighting hard to only eat if I am really hungry
5- (this part is gross, so readers beware) I have now remembered how gaseous I am. I am so glad that this is a workout I do at home. Hopefully this will get better..otherwise, maybe I need been-o or gas ex.
6- Hopefully I will be in at least a little better shape by the spring so that I can run and not feel like a tub a lub

Shred Days 3 and 4

This is going to be a short post, because 1 I am at work and because 2 this is going to be day 5. Yep, 5 days in a row. What have I noticed different...umm I sweat more, I am actually hungry when I wake up and exercising = better sleep. Working out as soon as I come home from work DOES NOT keep me from sleeping. If anything, it allows me to work out my stresses from work so that when I go to bed I can forget about work, even if it is only for that short period. Today will be day 5, Sunday Day 6 and then finally on Monday my next day off will be Day 7. In the video Jillian talks a lot about the endurance on people who are at days 6, 7, and 8...let me be the judge of that. Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend. I will be leaving work here in like 3.5 hours, going to let the dogs out, work out and then hit the hay so my day can continue. Hope all is well!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

30 Day Shred Day 2

Today was day 2 of the 30 Day Shred, or well day 3 if you count the day I did before Thanksgiving. Anyway, I wasn't as sore today as I was last week, nor was I as tired today as when I did the exercises yesterday. No, I am not saying that I am in shape, but I am a shape and I guess from the research I am pear shaped. Today, I took pictures before my workout, which I will keep to myself. In a week, I will take pictures again wearing the same clothes as today to see if there is a difference. I am also thinking about supplementing the 30 Day Shred with WW although I have to do some more research about my job helps pay for that. Anyway, I am looking forward to this daily taking care of myself business, and the next 5 days will be a challenge because I work every one. Well, hope everyone is having a great day. Later alligator!

Flu Season

With flu season upon us it is important that we all do what we can to prevent the spread of illness. For me, it is making sure I have the vaccinations (yes, I have flu and H1N1) and I also increase the Vitamin C in my daily intake. It is also meticulous hand washing that helps prevent the spread of infection. For me, I also believe that exercising also helps ward off the evil illness germs. I think the increase in endorphins helps make you feel good, and if you feel good, I believe you can also ward off illness. But, what do you do if you have children? Do you wash their hands a gazillion times a day, or do you lysol everything? Well, Alice at is offering a boogie wipe giveaway. Go over to her blog and enter your chance to win!

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is my dearest middle sister's birthday. So, I am taking the time to wish her a happy birthday!


Sorry I can't be there with you on your birthday! May you find happiness today, and may your wee one give you more hugs and kisses than you can handle. May you have your cake and eat it too, and may you know that I am thinking of you today, tomorrow and always. Hope you have a great day! See you in 21 days!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Typical Car Convo

This is what happens when Hubs and I drive together...

Hubs: "singing Beetlejuice"
Hubs: what do you think of the name Wynona?
Me: As in Judd?
Hubs: No Rider
Me : Rider H?
Hubs: I don't have the sense of humor as Rider Strong's parents
Me: ROFL, OMG I never thought of that
Hubs: Wow, I married a blonde... cheerleader giggle

30 Day Shred Part deux

So, if you have been reading my blog then you know that the day before Thanksgiving I posted this blog. Well, with the holidays and all we had a house guest, and while I don't normally mind having a house guest, it felt awkward to me to be working out in the living room while she was trying to sleep on the couch. Yes, Penguin and I are thinking about a 2 bedroom, but then again it is just the 2 of us, so maybe more year of the 1 bedroom and then we will either upgrade or hopefully by a house. ANYWAY, today I restarted my promise to myself and restarted the 30 Day Shred. Today I even feel like I dressed more the part, meaning I had my hair pulled back and even wore sneakers. I went into it thinking it would be a wee bit easier...boy was I wrong. It might as well have been my first day ever looking at it. I knew I was out of shape, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine letting myself get this way. Man. My motivation is that I want to be healthier. I also want to be able to buy normal size clothes and be able to dress like I belong into today's day and age and not like I am always wearing a burlap sack. I also thinking about going away with the hubs to celebrate our honeymoon. I think my family is going camping here although some talked about going here. I on the other hand wouldn't mind having the best of both worlds of camping and the beach by going where the wild horses are. But either way, I will need to be in a bathing suit, and in the current state I am in...I think even those who have a loss of sight would need to put glasses on.
In the meantime, I am really going to try to do this this time. Even if we have company I need to do this for me. I need to feel better about myself. I think I am even going to join ww again, this time through work so it is paid for and see if that can help me get on my goals. I will take a picture of myself today, then hopefully in weekly increments so that maybe I will see a difference. In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and enjoy the new month!