Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Well, Duh

I've been stalled out with my progress for a while. I guess it took a "duh" moment for me to realize what's going on. 

Since Ryan started eating clean with me, I lost a little. At first I was like, "Yay me!" 

And then it stalled out again. 

So I was left scratching my head. I thought, "I'll just keep going because I know this works. I'm doing everything just like when I was losing...."

No, seriously.... I wasn't. 

In August, I went from working out twice a week for two hours at a time to maybe two to three hours total a week. I decided to give up my Monday night workouts to pursue a teaching job on Tuesday nights. Unfortunately I wasn't pushing myself as hard on Tuesday nights. Since it was a start up class, there were a couple of weeks I had no one. So I just didn't work out and went on....

One of the things I enjoy most about Zumba® is the different styles each instructor brings. One of my regular instructors teaches on Monday nights so I hardly got to see her. Her style of teaching challenged me in different ways and worked different muscle groups. 

Guess what happened? 

When I didn't dance with her, I lost that toning, calorie burn, and overall fitness level. 

Last night I went back to a Monday night class and it totally kicked my booty! I struggled because my body was out of the habit of working out. It's one thing teaching a class with songs you're physically comfortable with. It's totally different being challenged by some that you aren't familiar with. 

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I never imagined I had lost so much physical fitness in that time. But then I was all like, "Well, duh...."

I woke up sore, but fabulously happy! 

I finally feel like I figured out why I was going backwards. It was the simplest thing...something I should have noticed sooner. I think I've been so wrapped up in being busy that I overlooked it. Now it's time to get back on track! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Duck, Duck, Yuck....

This week has been super rough! On Wednesday, Caleb got really sick. The office was so busy we couldn't see our regular pediatrician. We were sent home with a strep combined with hand, foot, and mouth disease diagnosis. Caleb spent days cooped up in the house and we thought he was finally better by Saturday. His rash had healed, there was no fever, and he had been on antibiotics for three days. 

We decided to go to the county fair just to get him out of the house for a bit. 

My boys love horses. We are addicted to the show Heartland and enjoy watching it as a family. The downside? Both of them now want a horse... 

I'd actually be happy with just a baby duck. Unfortunately, they don't stay babies! 

The highlight of his day was riding a horse. The lady who walked him around said he was the only child who wanted to go fast. I tell ya.... we've been watching too much Heartland!

Ryan was most interested in the tractors. I think Ryan and Caleb were made to be farmers. I'm pretty sure they'd be perfectly happy in life raising chickens, growing a garden, and plowing the land. 

I have side by side pics from our county fair visit two years ago and this weekend. I am a lot smaller and Caleb looks less like a baby. Actually Caleb looks like he's slimmed up a little more too! He's outgrowing his little chubby baby/toddler phase and is looking more and more like a little boy every day.

Even though we had a nice time Saturday, it didn't last long. At 4:30 Sunday morning, Caleb woke up very sick. We were back at the doctor as soon as the doors opened to find out he had been misdiagnosed. He in fact did not have strep or hand, foot, and mouth. Another doctor in the practice diagnosed him with a viral infection which has to simply run its course. Fortunately he's able to keep down some liquids this afternoon and we don't have to take the antibiotic now. I'm actually on board with this diagnosis much more than the earlier one. Caleb just didn't have the right symptoms or a positive strep test. Sometimes you've just gotta go with your gut feeling.... 

It has been such a rough weekend all the way around so Ryan and I are ready to get some much needed rest! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The More Important Things....

I got an email this week asking more about my every day life with my family. This person mentioned how rare it is to see a family do so much together. 

That's actually pretty sad. 

I was raised by parents who believed in doing things as a family the majority of the time. It wasn't until I was a teen that I really did much without my whole family. Even then, we still spent a lot of time together. 

When Ryan and I had Caleb, it was pretty much a given that we would do the same. 

Ryan and I chose to have Caleb. It's our job to raise him, love him, provide for him, and teach him. 

It's so frustrating to see parents not parenting. I'm tired of seeing parents living for themselves....putting their wants ahead of their child's.....not spending quality time with them. 

Ryan and I may give up every Saturday morning, two nights a week for practice, and hundreds of dollars for Caleb to play football. But it is worth every single moment. That child is making friends, learning that sometimes you get ahead by working as a team, and that physical activity makes you stronger and healthier. We slow down to eat dinner together. We play together and we pray together. We may go without sometimes so that he can have better. We work hard so that he can have all he needs. 

I'm the mom who wants to host sleepovers, can't wait to wake up to a house full of crazy kids, and cook them all a huge breakfast. I'm the mom who loves cheering her son on even when he's running the wrong way! I'm the mom who'd rather spend a Friday night snuggled up on the couch with her family.

God comes first, our marriage, then Caleb. Every single time. No exceptions. 

I can rest at night knowing my family is cared for. 

I know sometimes I mess up. I don't get everything just right. But I know that I try my best for him. 

He makes me a better person and I will forever be thankful for that. 

I understand so many of us get wrapped up in our weight loss or fitness journeys. Or we get so consumed with work or just surviving every day life. Life is hard at times and we're doing the best we can. 

I challenge you to examine your life from time to time. Make sure you've not let your pursuits completely overwhelm the most important things in your life. It is so very easy to do. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Progress and Motivation

There are days that not seeing huge progress kinda gets you down. It feels like you work so hard to move that number and it just won't budge. Week in, week out.... It gets to you. Sure, there are days I just want to stomp my feet and pout. 

A lot of my friends do the #TBT (Throwback Thursday). This Thursday just so happened to land on my brother and sister-in-law's fourth wedding anniversary. I have tons of pics from their wedding so I thought I would post some and wish them a happy anniversary. 

Um, wow....

And then I remember how hard I've fought.....how far I've come.....how every single step has been worth it.....and I am never going back. 

I'm towards the end of my weight loss journey and things are just so tough. I've been working at this for almost three years. My body wants to just maintain right now and my mind tells me I want to push just a little bit more. It's an every day battle right now. When I step back from that, I am honestly very happy with my progress. I know I've come a long way, but the perfectionist part of me wants to just get to my goal. I'm hanging in here! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Date Night and Garth Brooks

I'm country through and through. Talk to me two minutes and you know exactly how Southern I am! There was a time in my life I tried to deny it, but now I just choose to embrace it! I've loved country music my entire life. So many of my childhood memories have amazing country songs woven throughout. My all time favorite artist is the one and only Garth Brooks. I'm pretty sure I know every word to every song he sings. All through his retirement, I swore up and down I'd go see him if I ever had the chance.

When I heard the announcement that Garth would be touring again, I knew I had to have tickets! I waited an hour and twenty minutes, sat through two sold out shows, and finally got tickets to his third Atlanta show. I ended up with great seats and I was beyond excited!

This sweet man made sure I was going to see Garth Brooks! He told me to do whatever I had to do to get us tickets and he would take me.

I was honestly excited about just having a date night with my husband all to myself. We've had so much going on lately that we haven't even had a chance to have a date. We stopped by Cabela's on the way and had plenty of time to ourselves.

We had an awesome buffalo chicken salad at Hudson Grille before the concert.

It had grilled chicken covered in buffalo sauce, crumbled blue cheese, and celery. I'd love to make a version of this at home. It had tons of flavor, but I think I'd cut back on the hot sauce just a little!

The concert didn't start until 10:30 pm, so we had some time to kill. Ryan took me on a carriage ride through downtown Atlanta. The horse was absolutely beautiful. 

I'm so fortunate to be married to such an amazing man. I know so many people think they have the best husband in the world, but I know without a doubt Ryan's the best thing in the world to me. I know he's absolutely perfect for me.

We finally got seated and Garth started playing a little after 11:30. He played so many of his old songs and he put on an amazing show!

We headed back to our car around 1:30 am and got out of Atlanta as quickly as possible! We finally made it home by 3:30 am. We got about three and a half hours of sleep before getting up and taking Caleb to his football game!

Nothing looked better at 8:00 in the morning than these two cups of coffee! We were absolutely exhausted!

This cutie went back to his Nana and Pa's for some playtime so we could grab some more sleep. Thank goodness for grandparents!


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