Monday, November 29, 2010

Lace up the Running Shoes

So what that I only ran a mile.  It's the first mile I've ran in over a month.  Yep, a whole month.  I've fought a low back injury in October that has left me scared to run because once I thought I was better it would act up again, then last week I came down with a sore throat/ear infection and didn't workout at all.  But, today was the day.  I got back to the gym and it felt good.  I'd done 45 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes of arms/abs and I knew I had more in me... so I got on the treadmill and let my feet go.  It felt good.  I can tell I've had some time off... but the point is that I am back.  I love the way running makes me feel.  Maybe it's because I never thought I could call myself a runner, or I never thought I could do it.  Maybe it's just because I love the way I feel when my heart gets to pounding and I know I'm burnin' calories:)  Whatever it is, I don't care... I just love it.  And I'm going to do it again tomorrow.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So Much to be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to my blog friends!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to share with you what I am thankful for this year.  
  1. Running my first race!  I still cannot believe I ran in 4 races this year (3- 5k's & 1 mile race).  Last November I was 240 lbs... the thought of running was not even on my radar!
  2. Starting this blog.  It's been such a rewarding experience to share my journey with you!
  3. Accepting Jesus in my life.  We joined a non-denominational church in January of this year and it has been the most rewarding experience in our marriage.  We've grown closer by accepting God into our marriage and trusting His path, instead of our own.  
  4. I am singing again!  I got the courage to audition for the Worship Team at our church in February and have been so blessed to serve with the amazing people on the Team.  The people I get to sing with are so talented and amazing.  I have a greater passion for God and music in my life because of this ministry.
  5. I am 50 pounds thinner this Holiday season than last year... and even though I'm not at my goal weight it still feels pretty amazing to be maintaining a 50 lb weight loss.  I'll get there... I'm not giving up... I promise!
  6. Becoming an Aunt:)  My sister in law just had her baby boy last week so I have a new nephew to spend Thanksgiving with!  My sister will be having her baby girl before Christmas so I'll have a new niece to spend Christmas with too.  I'm so grateful for babies I get to love!
  7. Our California Vacation!  We had a blast, and I loved California.  I cannot wait to go back someday!
  8. Finding my own strength.  I've had a few circumstances this year that have really forced me to dig deep within myself and trust.  Even though it has been hard sometimes I am learning as I go that life is much more tolerable when you TRUST God.  I've learned to quit relying on "people" to live up to the expectations I have for them and start trusting God instead.  We shouldn't have expectations of people, because we'll always be let down. (A good friend told me that, best advice he's ever shared w/ me)
  9. My Friends.  My life is blessed beyond measure because of the people I call friends.  Thank you for standing by me during my roller coaster of a year.  I hope you all know that I am only a phone call away and want to be the friend to you that you've been to me.
  10. Family.  All of them.  Immediate & In-Laws.  My husband and dogs.  (yes, my dogs are my family too)  I thank you all for forgiveness, love, support, laughter and the memories we made this year. 
I hope you take time today to think about your blessings.  Thank God for what He has given you.  He deserves it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Changes- They are a Comin'

I can't believe I've been blogging for almost a year.  It's crazy to me how what started out as something fun has turned into something I LOVE.  Blogging for me is therapeutic & freeing.  It has allowed me to get things off my chest by writing it out and sharing it.  I had no idea how much better writing could make me feel!  The responses I've gotten have been so amazing, and I've even made some pretty awesome friends in the blog world.  Sharing my journey has had its ups and downs.  Some people understand why I share my life, others don't.... & I've had my fair share of critics.  But, I love the doors it's opened for me in regards to helping others with their weight issues and being an example that the weight on the scale doesn't have to define who we are.  Opening up about my journey has shown me that God had a plan when he took me down this path... and I plan to follow it even when it gets kinda scary:)
I live in Kansas.  So I'm used to 4 seasons.  Seasons of change.  My closet is full of jeans, capris, tanks, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, flip flops, boots... you get the point.  I don't like to do the same thing for a long time, I usually welcome change as a way to "refresh" my life.  Well, Lite & Fit is going through some changes.  In the year (almost) I've been blogging I've found that I blog about lots of different topics, not just health, wellness & my weight loss journey.  So, I want my blog to reflect that.  I'm currently working on my new blog and getting this blog transferred over to the new one.  I am having Lauren at Blue Lux Studio design my background (told you I've met some awesome friends in the blog world!).  {Lauren also has Life with a Lab which I LOVE}
Once the design is done I'll let you all know the new blog address so you will hopefully Follow Me over there!  Oh, I'm keeping the name a secret for a little while... just for fun. Stay tuned! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm an Aunt!

Last Thursday, November 18th, Kevin's sister had their sweet little boy... so I am officially an Aunt!  I have lots of friends who kindly refer to me as "Aunt Amy", but this is "for real" now!
Braden Timothy is Kev & I's first nephew... and we were so excited to meet him.   We got to spend Saturday with his family and had lots of snuggle time with Braden.
I already love this little boy so much!

Uncle Kevin can't wait to teach him to play basketball!

He is so precious!  Don't you love the onesie I bought for him?

We can't wait for Thanksgiving to see the little guy again.  We have so much to be thankful for, and a healthy new nephew is on the top of the list this year!
Mommy & Braden
Now we are waiting for my niece to arrive in December!  And my dear friend is due this coming Saturday so I am praying hard for a healthy baby and smooth delivery for her as well!
It's such a blessing to have new little people to love:)

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I can't help it, this lady totally cracks me up.  I know she annoys some people, but she just makes me laugh.

How are you preparing for the Holidays?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Out of MY Hands... it was from the start.

Some people hear God talking to them all the time.  I'm not one of those people.  But, today I heard Him.  Loud & clear.
I was up all night.  Insomnia took over, anxiety got the best of me.  My husband started his new job today and as I laid my head down last night I couldn't stop my mind, literally couldn't stop it.  If you've ever felt your heart pound so hard it feels like it's literally beating out of your chest, that's what my mind felt like when I attempted to shut my eyes.  I laid down and my mind was racing.  I could feel my eyes fluttering, there was no way I was sleeping.  I had a million things on my mind about moving, his job, our future, my job, when will we move, when will our house sell, will we find a house we love?  Where are we going to live?  Will we make friends?  For some reason last night was the night my mind chose to wrestle with these worries.  It was the first time I've gone an entire night with no sleep.  Not a wink.  I got up and caught up on 4 episodes of Grey's Anatomy & 2 episodes of Private Practice... I wasn't exaggerating, I seriously didn't sleep a wink.
So, today has been a tough day for me.  I haven't been able to turn off the anxiety I felt last night.  I was talking to a friend on the way back to work from lunch and telling her how I feel so out of control, nothing is in my control right now, my whole life is turned upside down.  I was complaining.  I stopped trusting the ONLY one in control.  GOD.
When I got off the phone I turned on the CD that was in the player.  I immediately knew God was with me, in that moment of utter weakness where I just wanted to turn the car around, drive back home & crawl under the covers...  He reminded me that my life isn't in MY hands, my life is in HIS hands... and I've got to TRUST Him with it.  I'm so grateful to have a loving Father who forgives me when I doubt His unfailing love, His path, His truth. Thank you Lord for making your ways known to me today, Thank you for this amazing opportunity in my husband's career, Thank you for reminding me of your love when I was doubting Your will.

I wasted the rescue,
Abandoned the mission.
I've failed by my own hand
And watched it all go wrong

You said You could save me
That I couldn't save myself
you said that You loved me
No matter what I've done

When the light is gone
And life is just a dare we take
Still the fight goes on
To give my heart away

And It's out of my hands
It was from the start
In light of what You've done for me
In light of what You've done for me

You lifted my head
Set me apart
In light of what You've done for me
This is what You've done for me
It's out of my hands

You grow where the light is
Like trees in the highlands
We're bent by our own plans
To keep us in the dark

And I act like an orphan
Forget that You found me
But you came like a whisper
And saved me with a spark

When the light is gone
And life is just a dare we take
Still the fight goes on and on
To give my heart away

And it's out of my hands
It was from the start
In light of what You've done for me
In light of what You've done for me

You lifted my head
Set me apart
In light of what You've done for me
This is what You've done for me
It's out of my hands
It's out of my hands

There's nothing in the world that I can offer
Nothing in the world that I can stand apart
Apart from You, apart from You

There's nothing in my life,
Nothing in my life that You haven't given to me

It's out of my hands
It was from the start
In light of what You've done
In light of what You've done

You lifted my head
You set me apart
In light of what You've done
In light of what You've done for me

Ohhh It's out of my hand
It's out of my hand
In light of what You've done for me
In light of what You've done for me

You lifted my head,
Set me apart
In light of what You've done for me
This is what You've done for me

It's out of my hands
It's out of my hands
Everything I have, Lord
Everything I gave
It's out of my hands
It's out of my hands
Oh, it's out of my hands

Jars of Clay: Out of My Hands

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Moving Comfort Giveaway!

I love Giveaways.  I've actually even WON once!  I was so excited... so it gave me the courage to enter myself into almost every giveaway on every blog I follow.... or at least the giveaways I know of:)
SO, Tricia @ Endurance Isn't Only Physical is hosting a giveaway for Moving Comfort.  I'll be honest... I  hadn't heard of Moving Comfort before this post but now that I have I SO want to win one of their sports bras!  The Fiona is the one I think I want to try, but I didn't have lots of time to look so there may be others. {I'm sure there are!}  If you'd like to try to win head on over to Tricia's blog and enter the giveaway.

Have you tried anything from Moving Comfort?  If so, please share!

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

Join me in the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge on Amanda's Blog RunToTheFinish!

The Challenge is from November 20th- January 7th & there are awesome prizes to win!  Plus, it'll keep us motivated to stay active during the holidays... and right now, I'm needing some major motivation.
How do you stick with your routine over the holidays?  What advice do you have to share with us on having a Holiday Season of Success?! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 30- A Picture

Day!  I wish I would have done better at this blog challenge, but I posted every topic (except day 26, and I'm still waiting on the picture).  I've had lots of fun doing this, and I've even gotten some new followers so that is always fun and exciting for me!

The picture I'm sharing was taken last weekend.  I hope my sister doesn't hate me for sharing it but I think it's pretty amazing.  We were trying to hear her baby's heartbeat (if you haven't bought one of these devices, don't...they don't work) in the picture.  Watching my little sister throughout her pregnancy has been a blessing, and some day's it's been a curse to be honest!  But it's an amazing miracle that is going on inside her body.  Feeling her baby kick, or seeing her tummy move is so awesome.  I cannot wait to hold this little girl in December! 
Babies have a way of making people see what is really important in life.  It's not what kind of car you drive, the house you live in, the job you have, the size you wear.  It's the compassion, unconditional love and support of the ones you love that make life complete.  My sister and I may hate each other on any given day, and we may be as different as different can be...but, she's my sister, and I love her no matter what.  She's my only sister.  And she's having a baby.  This baby is so loved and she hasn't even come into this crazy world yet.  She has already taught me how to love a little harder, even when it feels impossible. 
We may not of heard her little heartbeat that night, but I think she's just stubborn like her mama:)  I can't wait to be an Aunt, can't wait to watch my beautiful sister become a Mother, and my parents become Grandparents.  It's going to be so awesome.  And maybe someday I'll be able to give this special little girl a cousin... or two... or three. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 29- Wishes

If there was a genie in a bottle here right now he'd allow me "3 Wishes".  God knows I have more than that, but I don't want to seem greedy so I'll just share 3:)
  1. I wish for our home to sell.  Soon.  I'd love to be in my new home before Christmas.  Yes, I know this may seem like I'm expecting too much but a girl can dream right  And interest rates are at approx.!  We'd LOVE to buy a home in this market...but ours must sell first! 
  2. I wish to see the scale under 200 again.  I spent a short time there a few months back, but it seems like I left the 190's as fast as I got there.  Now I've just been stuck between about a 5 lb. range for what seems like decades.
  3. I wish my sister, sister-in-law, and amazing friend healthy babies in the next few weeks!  My sister-in-law is due 2 weeks from today, my friend is due November 27th & my little sister is due on December 15th.  This will be all of their first born children... so I'm hoping that they have easy labor & healthy babies!  I can't wait to see their babies, and watch the transformation of these wonderful ladies into Mommy's!
My sister and I at her shower last weekend.  Isn't she cute?!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 28- Something that Stresses Me Out

I've been stressed lately.  We are selling our home.  Moving to a new city.  Leaving my hometown.  Leaving my family.  Leaving my job.  Leaving everything familiar... and trusting God and His plan for us.
I'm really trying to TRUST right now and not stress.  But, for the sake of this post... I'll let myself vent a bit about things I'm stressing about right now!
  • Our house is on the market- so of course in this economy I'm a little stressed about it selling.  Or, not selling....
  • Deciding which town we are going to live in.  
  • Finding a home in the town we choose to live in.
  • Kevin commuting to work... & not knowing how long he'll have to.
  • I've not been working out.  I haven't in 2 weeks... do you know how long it's been since I've gone 2 weeks??  I can't even remember.  My back has hurt terribly, then getting my home ready to sell, looking for homes, having a baby shower for my sister, etc.  (excuses, excuses I know)
  • Where am I going to work when we move?
Okay, I'm stopping myself there.  I don't want to get all worked up about this.  I am choosing to TRUST God instead.  Trust that He is going to bring a buyer to our home, Trust that we'll find the town we want to live in & a home in that city, Trust that He will keep Kevin safe as he commutes to work, Trust that I will find a job, Trust that He will help me return to my routine in the meantime.  I am letting go of the control... and it's not easy, but I'm going to try really hard!

Day 27- Pets

*I skipped Day 26... It's on My Family... & I'm waiting for a recent picture of us to do the post!

SO, Day 27 is about Pets.  I think I have 2 of the cutest dogs ever.  
Lucy is our oldest, she's a 6.5  year old Lhasa Apso that I had before Kev and I were together.  She is very loyal to me, and is a Mama's girl:)  She is the Alpha dog and her "big-little" sister knows that she rules the house!
Riley is our 3 year old Lab.  I had begged Kevin for a long time for a "sister" for Lucy.  He finally gave in when my Aunt B's lab had puppies.  He came over to see them & it was love at first sight!  He is goo-goo over her still & it's actually quite hilarious.  She loves her Daddy too:)  She is so energetic and is the happiest dog I've ever known. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 25- iPod Shuffle

I was so excited to do this post!!!  Here it goes...

  1. Sky- Joshua Radin
  2. I Told You So- Alana Grace
  3. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman- Britney Spears
  4. Waitin' On a Woman- Brad Paisley
  5. Detroit Waves- Matt Nathanson
  6. Quiet my Heart- Brooke Barrettsmith
  7. Apologies- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  8. Your Call- Secondhand Serenade
  9. Outside Looking In- Nick Lachey 
  10. Came to My Rescue- Hillsong United
Well, that's totally random!  As you can see I listen to a little bit of everything.  I couldn't live without my iPod... Music is my therapy!

Day 24- Something You've Learned

As Nora Walker on Brothers & Sisters said...
Sometimes you have to give up the life you planned to find the life that's waiting for you.

I've given up the life I had planned more than once, and every time I've been blessed beyond measure.  Once again I am at that crossroad, and if I've learned anything.... I know that there is more waiting for us than we could imagine!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 22- Favorite City & Day 23- Favorite Vacation

I thought these posts kinda went together so I thought I'd combine them so I can catch up on this 30 Day Challenge!  I've been a total slacker on my blog.  Getting our house ready to sell, finding a home, etc. is taking up every waking moment right now!

Day 22- Favorite City & Day 23 Favorite Vacation
I have only lived in my hometown & an even smaller town where I went to college.  So, I don't really think I can say what my favorite city is that I've LIVED in... cause I know I haven't loved either city I've lived.
I did LOVE visiting New York City though.  One of my best friends and I went out to visit our sorority sister a few years ago in NY.  She moved there with her husband after college so he could do his residency & we missed Meg terribly so we asked to come visit and see "the city" with her!
We got to see the NY Stock Exchange- here we are with Warren Buffet's stockbroker.
My first ride on the subway (one word: stinky!)
We went to BEAUTIFUL wineries on Long Island!

On the beach!

We drove to Montauk, this was the view from the top of the lighthouse.
Erin & I with NYC in the background
Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back!  This was my favorite vacation because we got to do a little bit of everything.  We saw a Broadway show {Wicked!}, shopped in NYC, went to wineries on Long Island, NY Stock Exchange, sightseeing in NY, East Hampton Beach.  It was such a fun girls trip!  I love my college girlfriends, I miss them dearly but I'm glad that even though we are getting old & all live in different we still make time for each other. 

Day 21- Picture of Myself

I think this post is kinda cheesy... but that's ok:)  Cheesy it is!
This was the first picture I gave to Kevin, so he could "show his family what his new girlfriend looked like" :)
On our Honeymoon!
At my sister in law's wedding, obviously something is funny, & I'm sure it had NOTHING to do with the beer in my hand either.
My Wedding Day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge- Days 18, 19, 20

Day 18- Something you Regret
I honestly try very hard not to regret anything.  There have been circumstance in my life that I wish would have never happened, but looking back if it wouldn't of happened I wouldn't of learned what I needed to about love, forgiveness, relationships, life, faith.  SO, I guess I can't say I regret it...
What I do regret are times I've been quick to anger, saying things I don't really mean, or saying things I might mean but shouldn't say.  Words can never be taken back.  I regret the times I've hurt those I love by the words I've said... we've all been there, we've all done it. 

Day 19- Something I Miss
Living in my sorority house
Seeing my friends everyday
Life before a mortgage
The days of drinking more than a beer & not being hungover!
 Dressing up for recruitment, or Homecoming.

 Hanging out with the girls, having a total blast, and loving every minute.
 Life seemed so complicated then.  But, looking back... it wasn't.  I loved college.

I'd do it all again.

Day 20- Nicknames
Am, Amers, AJ, Famous Amos, Wife (yep, that's Kevin's "pet name" for me)
I have a hard name for a nickname so this isn't a fun post for me:(

Day 17- Something You are Looking Forward To

I haven't posted on this yet because I couldn't.... because what I'm looking forward to wasn't public knowledge until today!  It's been a LONG 5 days.

Something I'm looking forward to is moving to a new city!  My husband accepted a job last week with a company in KC.  So, we're moving.  This is a very bittersweet decision.  My sister just moved 2 streets over from me, my parents live in this town, many of my longtime friends are here as well.  I live in my hometown, so it's "familiar", it's what I've alwasy known except for the 4 years I was away at college.  So, as hard as change may be I know that we made the right decision by accepting this job offer.
My husband was offered a job with this company this summer, but we turned it down.  It wasn't the right time, the offer wasn't enough for us to leave, and we didn't want it to prevent us from starting a family.  Well, last week when they called to propose another position we couldn't help but listen because our situation is different now.  We are waiting to start a family, which allows us to be able to move now.  Everything fell into place pretty much and we both felt that God was really pushing us to take on this adventure, step out of our comfort zone and take a leap of faith.  So we are following Him & not turning back!
We've had a whirlwind of a week.  We are attempting to sell it by owner for a little while but are working with a Realtor to list it as well.  With the winter months coming up we don't have a lot of time to work with and Kevin starts his new job on November 15th.  So, can I ask for some prayers?  Prayers for patience, trust and compassion.  I pray that whoever needs our home will find it, and I pray that we find a home in a great location in KC.  Trusting God's plan is sometimes hard, and we can't always understand it but we aren't asking questions.  We know that this move is in God's plan, so we also know that good things are to come!