Weigh-In Wednesday Week #2

So here we are Weigh-in Wednesday week #2 of my year-long journey to weight loss and healthy living.

(Here is the week one post ( http://dancingwithdragonflies.com/weigh-in-wednesday/ ))

Weigh-In Wednesday Week #2 UPDATE: I weighed myself today and I am at 159.6. I have lost almost 3 pounds this week.

Since the beginning of the year, I have walked 10,000+ steps every day. I get most of that done by doing laps around my office on my breaks and lunch (I work at a desk and can eat my lunch at any time). When I get home my oldest daughter loves to dance so we sometimes have dance parties. Especially now that she has discovered Disney Descendents she absolutely loves those movies. So all those little things help me a lot in getting my steps in.

Another thing I did was I went to a Zumba class at our local YMCA. If you have a YMCA locally I recommend you go and check it out because they have so much to offer. I have to say the class was extremely fun but also challenging as well I kept tripping over my own two feet. The music was upbeat and kept the energy going. I was just about drenched in sweat afterward. I am hoping to start making it a weekly thing to help with this weightloss journey.

https://www.zumba.com/en-US/

Food-wise I have drunk more water and eaten fewer snacks, which is hard when you work at a desk and get the boredom munchies. Everyone knows the boredom munchies, where you think you are hungry but in actuality, you are just bored and need something to do, happens to me every day. But I have been really good this past week and not snacking as much as I usually do.

Goals for this week: Well this week I obviously hope to lose a few more pounds. I know It is slow going but I am excited to see the scale start to go down. I am also hoping to learn some office exercises to work on in my cubical just to help some more. If you have any ideas leave a comment below.

Weigh-In Wednesday – Week #1

So one of my goals for the year is to lose weight. So I figured the best way to hold my self accountable is to post about it weekly. It kind of helped that the year started on a Wednesday so Weigh-in Wednesday sounds great.

Yes I know today is Thursday but yesterday was a holiday and I was spending time with family.

Even though I was spending time with my family I still managed to do 2 things. I did weigh myself and I did get to 10,000 Steps.

So this year my goal is to get down to around 120-125lbs as of yesterday I weigh 162.2lbs. I really hate posting this number. Before I had kids the most I ever weighed was 120 which was pushing it. I am looking to get close to that at least.

My steps to reach that goal is as followed:
1. Walk 10,000 steps a day
2. Drink lots of water
3. Exercise more

How I Plan On Getting There.

So walking 10,000 steps require some kind of step counter correct? Currently, I have a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier ( which you can see here https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearables/smartwatches/samsung-gear-s3-frontier-sm-r760ndaaxar/ ).
I would Like to get a new Samsung Galaxy Active Watch 2. (Seen here https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearables/galaxy-watch-active-2/ ). My current watch is glitching out and isn’t measuring as well as it should. I am looking at the FitBits also because I have heard great things about it. Though wearing 2 different devices can be silly looking 😉

Next is to drink lots of water. I purchased this bad boy here on Amazon. A link to something similar is in the description. Usually, I just fill it up to 80 ounces because that is half my body weight in ounces. At least that is what I have seen being recommended. I did start last year with drinking more water which you can see here ( http://dancingwithdragonflies.com/new-years-resolution-so-far/ )

https://www.amazon.com/Venture-Pal-Motivational-Leakproof-Sports-Pink/dp/B07Q42RRRL/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=1-1-Z2FsbG9uIHdhdGVyIGJvdHRsZQ%3D%3D-ac_d_rm&crid=2N87GMJRALI3E&cv_ct_cx=1+gallon+water+bottle&keywords=1+gallon+water+bottle&pd_rd_i=B07Q42RRRL&pd_rd_r=e9cb5e26-1ae2-42d7-9f8a-1425b5db244c&pd_rd_w=n55tG&pd_rd_wg=KHUcu&pf_rd_p=6d29ef56-fc35-411a-8a8e-7114f01518f7&pf_rd_r=Z7BEPDT3GFH16VF3VNES&psc=1&qid=1577984051&sprefix=1+gallon%2Caps%2C145

Exercising more maybe a little bit harder. Our Family has a gym membership but finding time to go is hard. I work a full-time job and then want to spend time with my girls. I may start going once a week and slowly build up to going more. There is only so much I can do at home.

Why I Am Determined.

What I look like right now.

This is a current profile picture of me. I know its close up so hard to fully see but I don’t have a full-length mirror. So it is the best I could do. I am not sure how many times I get asked if I am expecting. Which side note NEVER ASK A WOMAN IF SHE IS EXPECTING!!! Honestly, it makes me feel crappier than I already do. Besides wanting to look better I also want to feel better. Currently, 3 doctors think I have something called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which basically means I am exhausted beyond normal everyday tiredness. Which is another reason why working out is hard for me. After only a few minutes of doing anything I feel ready for a nap, but being a mom of 2 active girls and working full-time naps are not always easy.

So this year I am determined not to let the excessive exhaustion get me down and I am really wanting to feel better overall. So this year is my year and I plan on doing better for myself

New Year New Me… A New Years Resolution Post

I know everyone says it right? So here is your New Year New Me… A New Years Resolution Post.

Well, I have to say I feel very proud of myself. Last year I had a few resolutions I figured the more I had I would at least get one done. Well, I did I stopped drinking pop (Soda) and did not drink any the whole year. Another resolution I had was to wish everyone on my Facebook friends list a happy birthday and I am proud to say I did that too. Something that I wanted to do but did not was, lose some weight and be more persistent in my blog writing.

You can see my resolution post from last year here :
http://dancingwithdragonflies.com/new-years-resolution-so-far/

New Year New Me… Goals 1, 2, 3

New Year New Me… A New Years Resolution Post
The mapping calendar

So this year I have it all mapped out I am starting an accountability thread where every Wednesday I write a post about my weekly fitness triumphs and failures and post how much I weigh. That in itself is scary for me as I am very self-conscious about my weight since having my girls. So I am hoping that I can motivate myself into losing weight. My goal is to lose enough to look good when the summer rolls around so that I can go to the beach with my girls and not feel gross.

Another goal of mine is to walk 10,000 steps a day. Now this one is going to be hard for me I feel because I tire very easily some days it was hard to make my 5,000 (which I did every day for 6 months so far) but I really want to push myself and make it work. They say walking this much helps you lose weight so maybe it will go well with goal number one.

Goal number three is to read more. Not only do I want to read the bible in a year (which if you don’t have it go download The Bible App from Youvision ( https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/ ) it has different reading plans to go at whatever pace you want.) I also want to do the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge well half of it. The challenge is 339 books so if I get through half of them I will be happy. I am thinking of maybe doing an online book club for anyone who wants to do it. Either on Facebook or Goodreads ( https://www.goodreads.com/ ) so if you would like to join the challenge comment on here which would be better.

Goals 4,5,6

Goal four, five and six is to do more things I enjoy. Which is basically writing more between blog and book ideas. So at my job, I have a desk calendar that I have written different blog post ideas that I want to do 3 days a week (maybe more) and I also have a word count that I want to work on and possibly get my short story finished or make it longer into a novel. Goal 4 is to do more crafting I started crafting and selling things and it is very fun to do. Goal 5 is to relaunch my photography. My husband got me a really nice camera last year and I really want to work on my photography more I miss it

This Is My Year

I am hoping and praying that this year works out. The end of last year made the rest of the year not matter as much so I am determined to make this whole year a good year. What are some of your goals this year? Any big plans? Well, whatever you do make it a good year too. The old saying is you only live once well that isn’t true you live every day you only die once so make every day count and live life to the fullest.

New Years’ Resolution…So far

Okay so it is a little over halfway through the year and I think its time to reflect on my new years’ resolution.

No Pop/More Water

So this year I decided I was going to give up pop (soda) and drink more water. Well, I am proud to say I have not drunk one all year so far (Yay me). Unfortunately, the water intake is still on the low side. I definitely drink more then I had in the past but it still isn’t where I need to be.

Aint this the truth…

I plan on ordering one of those timed bottles that say ‘Hey drink this much before this time and you are all set” The one I want is like $ 20 dollars on Amazon.com it’s the QuiFit Gallon Portable Daily Water Bottle with Drinking Straw and Motivational Time Marked My favorite is the teal and black color. I want the 128 oz so then I can fill it up at home and not worry about leaving my desk the rest of the day (unless I need ice but I can get that on my lunch break).

Another thing I have been doing to kick the craving for Pop (soda) is I have been drinking these drinks called Body Armor. They are flavored coconut water and it is delicious. My favorite flavor is the watermelon strawberry. It kinda tastes like a melted ring pop which brings up some fun childhood memories.

Weight loss is so stressful

Another New Years’ Resolution I am trying to do is lose the baby weight that I haven’t been able to lose since my youngest. Whom was born 14 months ago. Another reason I dropped the pop (soda). I have been walking more and watching what I eat and such. But unfortunately, I have not lost anything as of yet. If anything I have gained 🙁 . So my husband and I are trying a new thing. For every pound, we lose we put 10 dollars in a jar. When we reach our goal weight we will do something special for ourselves.

We are starting today and hopefully, we can make it happen. Also thankfully we are starting today…my husband has lost 12 pounds since the last time he weighed himself. So go him but I don’t have 120 to put in a jar right now hehe.

So here is to the 2nd half of the year and hope things get better.

Hiatus is Ending…I Hope

Hiatus is Ending….I Hope

Hey guys I apologize for being away for the last few months, and I am hoping this Hiatus is ending now.  It has been a busy couple of months and before I knew it, it was November already…Well in the last few months Ella has started school at Headstart and has been sick a lot (I have heard its normal for the 1st year of school) She has so far missed probably 10+ days of school in 2 months yay…not. I also started working as a teaching aide at a local school so that is exciting. I just hope that I don’t get sick because hey I have some news 🙂

I’m Pregnant 🙂

Yep, we found out in August and currently I am 15 weeks. We did have the harmony test done due to Ella having Down Syndrome. Test results came back that this little one has only a 1 in 10,000 chance of having any chromosomal abnormalities, and this little one is also a GIRL 🙂  We announced on Halloween cause hey why not lol.

A day after we got the confirmation about the pregnancy, I was in a car accident and put enough damage on the truck that we couldn’t afford to fix it. I was fine and baby was fine, we were just without a 2nd vehicle for a while.  I ended up breaking down and getting a mini van….told myself I would never get a mini van but here I am. It is a very nice vehicle and was really nice when we traveled to Missouri a couple of weeks ago. We went to drop of some furniture and visit my sister in law

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Well that is all for now I have lots to do today and not a lot of time to do it. Talk to y’all soon

The Loss Of A Parent.

The Loss of a parent.

Last week my husband suffered the loss of a parent. On Thursday August 3rd 2017 at 8:28pm my father in law took his last breath after fighting a long time with congestive heart failure. It wasn’t sudden as he had been on hospice since right after Easter, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I am not one to handle death well, never had been. And I tried so hard to be strong for my husband but it felt impossible. I had just gotten dropped off from spending the day with my mom when we got the news. Gave her a call and told her to turn around as we needed someone to watch Ella while we went to the nursing home to see Dad one last time.

I didn’t know what to do. I tried to put up a front, so I could comfort Johnny but it wasn’t working. I’m an emotional person so the emotions come out whenever. It doesn’t help that at the moment I was between medicine for my depression so my moods were all out of wack. Close family came before the funeral home came and picked him up. I’ve never been in this situation seeing someone after they passed like this. I mean Ive been to many viewings never really able to go up and see as I always broke down. Dad just looked like he was sleeping and would wake up at any second to crack a joke or yell at everyone for crying.

Ella and Papa

I am glad my daughter is so young. I couldn’t have told her her papa was gone and wouldn’t be coming home. She grew up with him around till he went to the nursing home. They ate cheetos together and cheese puff balls and other things they would spend a lot of mornings together munching on different foods.  Ella was papas favorite little girl. She even knew who it was when we would visit. She would want to get out of her stroller and crawl into the hospital bed with him.

I remember when he was in the one nursing home where they had tvs for each bed she would crawl up and cuddle with him. He would turn it to cartoons even if the news was on. He would sneak cookies he wasn’t allowed to have. Just so he would have something to give her when she came and visited. They were best buds. I think I may ask my family to write little stories of Ella and papas time together. Just so she has something to remember him.

 

This is the last photo we have of them together.

He was a wonderful grandfather to Ella, and he will be missed. Rest in peace Dad hope you are having fun being couch buddies with Brit

Update on Life Ella’s surgery

Update on life: Ella’s surgery

Okay so Update on Life Ella’s Surgery. On July 25th Ella and I spent the night at my moms as she was going to be having dental surgery the next day. I slept on an old pull out in my old bedroom while mom stayed with Ella so that I could get some sleep. I didn’t sleep as the mattress was thin and uncomfortable. Also my pups (who had training that night so she was with us) thought it was time to play.

Next morning we got up super early to take my two sisters to work as my step dad had their van. We then headed down to CHP. As most of you know whom have had surgery you cannot eat after midnight, well try telling a 3 yr old that, the whole drive down Ella was cranky and signing eat. To top it off her surgery wasn’t until 1…Lovely. Well we get down there earlier then our appointment but they took us back anyways. We sat in a room with a hangry Ella and nothing we did seem to help.

Then they told us that they needed to put drops in her eyes as she was having an eye exam too since she never sits still during the actual ones. What I mean by drops are super strong dilation drops, 2 in each eye 3 times 10 min apart…. That did not help with the hangry Ella let me tell you.  So then they came in with a sedative to help calm her down before taking her back, and finally she started to calm down. Then they took her back to start the hour and a half surgery/eye exam.

After surgery.

My mom and I went to get lunch then came back and waited till the doctors came to see us. Eye doctor said that she did need new glasses which didn’t surprise us. Then the dental surgeon came out and said they ended up taking 2 more teeth then planned as they were broke beyond repair. They also put silver caps on 4 of her teeth. 15 min or so after doctors came and updated us we were able to go back and see her in recovery. She looked miserable. Her mouth was all bloody she was sleeping but restless.

They told us we had to get her to wake up and drink 4 oz before we could leave, she wasn’t having it. I think it took 4 hours before we could get her to take anything and it wasn’t even a drink. We got her to eat a pudding cause they said at this point anything we can get into her stomach the better. After that we took a very upset little girl down to the car to take her home. From the time we left recovery to the time we got her in the car she was screaming no matter what we did. When we got in the car we were hoping she would go back to sleep, but she didn’t and she screamed for 3 hours straight.

Car Ride

I was an emotional wreck. My mom cannot drive long distances so I drove, and I had to pull over multiple times to get out and take a breather. It was so hard to drive with my eyes full of tears. I know other moms can understand this. I could not stand to see my baby in pain and it was killing me inside, to the point where I told my husband to drive down and meet us at my moms cause there was no way I could drive without someone with me. Between Shadow and a screaming Ella I knew I wasn’t going to make it home especially on what little sleep I have had.

Home

When we got home finally we still couldn’t get her to drink even her pain meds. Thankfully her main nurse was working that night and was able to get her to take some. I think I was asleep before the nurse even got there all I know is I just wanted to forget that day ever happened. Also I had to work all day the next day. It took her a few days to finally fully drink anything but I am just glad she was eating the soft stuff.

Today

Today she is finally back to eating her favorite foods again and seems to have healed nicely. I am just glad its over

Please Don’t Take It For Granted

Please don’t take it for granted, and by it I mean a normal life.

I will say it again, please don’t take it for granted. As it is summer time I see a lot of posts about vacation or kids spending the night with family. I will say this I am happy for y’all but I am also a little jealous. We don’t get the opportunity to have family getaways or let Ella go spend time with family.

Last year we were invited to go on a week long vacation with my dad. Unfortunately we had to decline because we couldn’t take a nurse with us. We would’ve loved to gone but we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy our vacation we would’ve been sleep deprived.

Last night my brother in law was talking about having Ella having a slumber party at his place when he gets his own place with his fiance. Unfortunately that cant happen since she needs all her machines and it isn’t the easiest thing if you don’t know how to work them.

Our family loves the outdoors and we would love to take Ella to go camping under the stars. She would absolutely love it, but she needs her machines to sleep, and you don’t have electricity in the middle of nowhere.

Do Not Take This Wrong, Please

Please don’t get me wrong I WOULD NOT CHANGE ELLA FOR ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD!!! I just wish we could do things and take her places,is that wrong? I want to take her on a vacation at some point to who knows Disney or something like that. But we will probably have to wait till she gets older to go anywhere so that she understands she needs her machines. And maybe we will be able to lessen the load (have less machines, or at least more compact)

For The Love Of Laundry And All That Is Dirty

For the Love of Laundry and All That is Dirty…

I hate laundry mats….

For the love of laundry and all that is dirty…I Hate Laundry Mats. Okay well that is partially true as I hate having to drive to do laundry. Since our dryer kicked the bucket we have been spending a lot of time at the laundry mat. Mostly, like right now, at 10 o’clock at night. But hey whatever usually at this time its peaceful and quiet and I can sit and read a book or something but man this laundry mat is busier then usual. Oh hey guess what Spin Cycle WOOOHOOO…not…

Anyways I doubt you want to hear about my times spent at the laundry mat I mean how boring is that haha.

Excited Mama Post

So who wants to hear some EXCITING news??? ELLA GOT ACCEPTED TO HEADSTART!!!!! This mama is super proud of her little girl she will be starting full time this fall while still going her 2 half days of her center based classroom, which awesomely enough is right down the hall from headstart.

Besides that she had her pre op appointment today. Next week she goes under again this time for her teeth. Which lets face it are not the greatest, between her sensory issues and having brittle teeth she has at least 3 broken ones up front alone. She wont leaver her moth open enough for anyone to see the back ones but that’s what this surgery will help with too. I have a feeling she is gonna be miserable. I mean when my husband got his done he was. Oh and how in the world are we gonna be able to take care of them if brushing her teeth can sometimes be  problem in itself. All I know is next week is gonna be FUN…pray for t ohis mama :/

Whelp time to switch over laundry bye y’all

Thirty Things To Do Before…

Thirty Things to do Before I’m Thirty

When I was 20 years old I thought why wait to make up a bucket list for when you are dying. So I decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I am 30. I also plan to make a a 40 and a 50 and so on. I have only gotten through 16 and I am already 27 I am thinking of switching to 20 things to do in my 20s but anyways here is my list (also note this list has changed throughout the years as life has changed)

Done 16 out of 30 SOOO MANY TO DO IN 3 YEARS

1. Get a passport (Done (Card))

I got my passport when my husband and I were gonna go to Canada (we didn’t end up going but used it when we went  on our cruise)

2. Go to 15 of the 50 states

I am at 13 so far 🙂

3. Go to Ireland

I have dreamt of going to Ireland since I was a little kid. My grandmother (my Dads mom)  use to sing a song called Molly Malone. My Moms family is Irish and My Dads family is Scottish and German. The full dream is to go to every country we are from, as I have always loved learning about our ancestry.

4. Stand on the state line

Okay so we live not even 20 miles from the state line and we have driven over it many times but I haven’t gotten to stand on it lol.  Maybe later on I can go stand on the 4 corners.

5. Move out of my parents house. (Done)

I moved out of my parents house back in 2012 when I moved into my then boyfriends (now husbands) families house so I could go to school for one semester near them to finish my degree.

6. Start my own Photography business (Done)

I started this back in 2008ish but definitely have more work to do.

7. Be successful in said business

This may take longer then 3 years but I have faith in God and myself that I can make this happen.

8. Learn to play piano

I know the basics but it will take me awhile to get it down. I have an issue (that runs on my moms side) where it is hard for my 2 hands to do 2 different things at once so when I try to do a chord on one hand and play the melody with my right hand it doesn’t always work out.

9. Learn to play guitar

Same as above the issue makes strumming hard.

10. Start a non-profit. ( I was apart of a start up so Done)

Last year I was blessed to be apart of the start of LEADS which is a non profit for families with members whom have disabilities.

11. Learn to swim

Okay so I know how to swim its the wading in the water that is hard for me.

12. Do something Important (Done)

I may be biased but I think that raising Ella is important 🙂

13. Do something worth remembering (Done)

I think going through a major surgery to save my daughters life is worth remembering.

14. Be an advocate for my daughter (Done)

I will always be an advocate for my daughter. Feel free to follow her Facebook page, A little Dragonflys journey with down syndrome – Ellas story

15. Go on a missions trip

I may not be able to go on one far away but maybe a local one I could do, because I would love too.

16. Write something that gets published (Done)

My blog post “What the Doctors never told me” got published on The Mighty 🙂

17. Finish one of my stories

I love to write non-fiction stories….was told in college that I should be a writer (One of my professors read the beginning of one of my stories and told me I need to finish it and get it published cause she couldnt put it down)

18. Get a picture published (Done)

I did get a picture published in my college newspaper.

19. Take a picture for an art gallery

I am not sure why, but I always wanted to get a picture put into an art gallery, I think that would be such an honor.

20. Finish College (Done)

WOOOHOOO and man let me tell you it took forever. It then took 2 years after I graduated to get my diploma.

21. Visit NYC

One day I would love to go to a broadway musical and then visit Times Square.

22. Get a better camera

The one I have is fine for small things, but with what I want to do in the future of my photography I definitely need a new one.

23. Build up enough endurance to be able to run without my asthma kicking in

I have really bad endurance asthma, so it makes it really hard to run exercise and things like that. I am really hoping I can get it under control so I can one day do a 5k.

24. Get student loans out of collections (Done)

I was able to get that done this year and I also got it fixed so I can actually afford payments.

25. Pay off 2 of the 4 other debts I have

My 2 smaller ones shouldn’t be that hard….should it? Then I will work on the larger ones. That will be for the next 10 years.

26. Get my license (Done)

Okay so I may have been 25 when I got it, but that doesn’t make it any less done.

27. Get a car (Done)

I am thankful my dad gifted me his old one when he got a new one.

28. Fall in love (with someone who is worthy of me) (Done)

Sometimes ya gotta be silly 🙂

This one took a long time, through a lot of heartache and pain till I finally found someone who cares for me, through all my flaws and anxiety and depression he still loves me for who I am.

29. Get Married (Done)

I am so excited to say that we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary this September. 🙂

30. Start a family. (Done)

This photo is 2 years old but I still love it

It might not have been in the most traditional way, like getting married first, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing.