Friday, January 28, 2011

Texting... It Can Wait

I dare you to take 10 minutes and watch this video. I dare you to let it change your life and I dare you to love yourself enough to quit texting while you are driving.

SchoolTube - AT&T The Last Text Documentary


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I Like to Move It, Move It

We are moving in one week!  I am excited for the future and what lies ahead, but I'm also a little sad to leave our home now.  There's going to be lots of change- we are moving from a ranch style home to a California split, moving to a new town, I'm leaving my current job to pursue my Arbonne business full time, etc. 
Lots of change... exciting change.

I can't wait to UNpack and live like a normal person again!
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Awarded

My friend Jessie gave me a blogger award!
I don't know how "stylish" I am but I'll take it!  Jessie and I went to college together & are sorority sisters.  She has a great blog Journey to Fit & Fabulous so please go check it out!

Along with this award comes some responsibilities......
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!
7 Things About Me
  1. I am moving in less than 3 weeks! Yikes!
  2. I have sold Arbonne for over 5 years.
  3. I love spinning!
  4. I used to teach yoga.
  5. I discovered Angry Birds this weekend... now I'm addicted.
  6. I love photography.
  7. I've already read 4 books this year!

Here are the 15 Bloggers I'm awarding that I've recently discovered!
  1. Lacey @ Bugs & Kisses
  2. Young House Love
  3. Tori @ FiTori
  4. Shawna @ styleberry BLOG
  5. The Book Vixen
  6. Jess @ Running Between the Lines
  7. Keeping Up with Katie
  8. Watch my Butt Shrink
  9. Aly @ Analyze This
  10. Funky Junk Interiors
  11. The Best of Both Worlds
  12. Kitchen Betty
  13. Fitting Back In
  14. Booking Mama
  15. House of Smiths

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2011 Reading Challenge

I am so glad I've started taking more and more time to read.  I love finishing an awesome book, sharing it with a friend, then talking about what we loved, hated, didn't understand, etc.  I discovered a Reading Challenge today & got totally excited to participate!  As I try to create more balance in my life, I want to make sure to carve out time for me.  Time I enjoy, and I really enjoy reading.  So, if you'd like to join along in the challenge visit the Book Vixen's blog & sign up.  Or, if you just want to see what I'm reading go to the "Books I Love" at the top of the page and you can keep tabs on the books I'm reading in 2011.  
Happy Reading!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Balance

Sometimes you just have to let go.  I've had to do that the last few weeks.  And it's so hard for me.  I function at 110 mph, I always have a full schedule, and there is never enough time in my day.  Sadly, my husband is usually the one who gets to see me breakdown because I just can't go anymore.  I'm tired of being that kind of person, I need balance.
As a woman I think many of us think we can do it all.  We want to be needed, it's how we feel loved.  Then we break down though, stressed & upset that we've given our all to everyone else and not left much for ourselves.  I've watched my own Mom do this for so many years and I've learned an important lesson in watching her give, give give.  It's ok to give, we should be givers, but we can't do it all.  We have to learn to let go of things.  Clear the schedule.  Take time to relax.
We move in less than 3 weeks.  I am doing the KC Weight Loss Challenge and I have watched the other contestants workout 2x a day, and I've just had to give that "dream" up.  My life is so busy right now with moving that it's all I can do to get to the gym once a day!  I've had to remind myself that this is my journey, and as long as the scale is going down I'm not going to judge the number by how much I'm losing... cause a loss is a loss.  I've had to give up some things that I love doing to focus on our move and this challenge... and it's been hard.  Saying no is near impossible for me.  But, it's a learning process.  I believe I can do anything I really put my mind to... but no, I can't do everything. 
Have you had to prioritize your life?  How do you find balance? 


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day Workout

It snowed like crazy here today!  It's STILL snowing!
 My Pups love the snow:)
Because of the snow my workout plans got changed so I wasn't able to make it to the gym today.  Instead, I worked out with Bob Harper! {I would love to tell you he was actually here, but he wasn't... just his DVD}
I shouldn't say I just settled because this workout totally kicked my butt!! Like seriously whooped me!  I did the  Bob Harper: Cardio Conditioning DVD from his Inside Out Method series.  This morning I did the 25 minute workout, tonight I did the 60 minute workout on this DVD.  All I can say is WOW.  I was gasping for breath within the first 10 minutes tonight, but I pushed through for the entire 60 minutes.... and I was so thankful I was in the privacy of my own home and not at the gym!  For a sneak peek of this workout you can watch the video below.

Because of the weather our first weigh in for the KC Weight Loss Challenge is canceled tomorrow morning so we won't be meeting until next Tuesday, which is also when eliminations start! Yikes!  I've ate well, got in good exercise and drank much more water than I had been so hopefully I'll have positive results next week.  No matter what the scale says I know I'm giving this 110% and doing all I can to get results... that's all I can do!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

What is the KC Weight Loss Challenge?

I'm in my first week of the KC Weight Loss Challenge hosted by the Kansas City Fitness Magazine.  I've had a few people ask me what the challenge entails so I thought I'd share with you a little more about the 12 week journey I've just begun. 
There are 13 contestants, and all of us were voted in on Facebook by our friends after sharing our story and why we want to be a part of the challenge.  It started on January 4th and ends March 29th.  Our weigh-ins are on Tuesday mornings in KC.  After the weigh in we will be interviewed about the week- the progress we've made, any challenges we are faced with, our motivation, etc.  You'll be able to follow our weight loss journey and see our video blogs on the KC Fitness Magazine website.  Some of the contestants have trainers, I don't, but since my degree is Health Promotion I thankfully know what I'm doing:)  When I move to KC in February I will probably get a trainer since they are more accessible there for the Challenge.
There is no special diet or fitness program that we are on- everyone is on their individual journey.  We are being monitored by an M.D. so we will know how our overall health has improved after the 12 weeks, not just our weight.  At the end of the challenge our journey will be in the KC Fitness Magazine along with our before and after pictures.

What does this Challenge mean to me?
I've been on a journey to lose 105 lbs since September 2009.  As of September 2010 my weight loss was 50 lbs... but I've gained back a little since then:(. 
September 2009 {254.7} to September 2010 {204.6}
 That is why I am doing this Challenge.  I need the accountability, support and encouragement to continue on this journey instead of giving up after a little setback.  I've been a yo-yo dieter since 4th grade, and 2 years ago I swore I'd never diet again after learning I had Binge Eating Disorder... and even though I'm in this challenge I am staying true to that.  I'll never forget the first time I heard "diets cause disorders", I finally understood my struggle!  It IS possible to lose weight and not deprive yourself.  It's called a LIFESTYLE CHANGE.  I am not going to do anything during this challenge that I can't continue to do after March 29th.  SO, you won't hear me going on an all liquid diet, cutting out all carbs, exercising 6 hours a day, etc.  It's not realistic for me to live that lifestyle & I know that if I let myself fall into the "diet trap" I'll end up suffering again with my eating disorder.  It's not worth it and I've come to far to end up back there again.

First weigh in for KC Weight Loss Challenge {217}
My goals
Goal setting is so important!  My goals might be different than the other contestants, in fact I'm sure we are all driven by different goals... that's what makes this so much fun!
I want to stay focused on HEALTH.  It's very easy to get wrapped up in the number on the scale, and I do not want to get obsessive about it.  I am using Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism as a guide for my eating... BUT, in NO WAY am I considering it a diet.  I have learned to listen to my body, and if I'm hungry (which means PHYSICAL hunger, so my tummy is growling) then I'm going to eat.  Diets don't allow you to do that, and I lived like that way too long... and after every "diet" the weight piled back on.  If I deprive myself too long I'll just end up bingeing and I'll find myself in the binge cycle all over again. {no thank you!}
I want to focus on FITNESS.  I love to workout, thank goodness!  I hate to miss my workouts and feel so much better after a good sweatfest!  I am going to kick my workouts up a notch and do a minimum of 300 minutes of cardio per week.  I need to add more strength training to my fitness routine, for some reason I really struggle getting that in and it's just as important (if not more) as cardio.
I want to INSPIRE.  There is no point in having this blog if I can't help one person off the couch.  That is why I blog.  That is why I wanted to be a part of this Challenge.  I could have kept my entire journey to myself, held it all in & never shared with anyone why I gained 100 lbs and the struggles I've had... but how does that help anyone?  After all I've been through I'd at least like to help prevent someone else from going through it!  It has felt SO GOOD to share my story and encourage others to take charge of their health.

SO, what are you waiting for?  Why don't you join me during this Challenge?  Don't let another year pass you by that you wished you would have started to run, gotten off the baby weight, the Freshman 15, fill in the blank.  Whatever it is you want, you can have.  Just take it one day at a time and before you know it you'll be in your skinny jeans. 
I'll be posting about my journey and I'd love to see where the next 12 weeks could take you! 

I also want to say thank you for all of the encouraging messages, emails & texts I've gotten about my weight loss journey.  Your kindess motivates me, it keeps me working towards my goals and I cannot thank you enough for being a part of this journey with me. 

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Today is Friday.  Can you hear me screaming TGIF @ the top of my lungs?  Cause I am.
I don't have tons of time or energy for a post today so I'm letting myself off easy and joining Lauren for Fill in the Blank Friday.
The questions are pretty ironic since the weather in Kansas is going to get all weird this weekend... especially since it's sunny & windy here now... don't worry, we'll have 3-6 inches of snow here by Sunday! (at least that's the forecast, but once again, we are in KS... no telling what can change in the next 48 hours)
1.  Winter is not my favorite time of year.  I don't mind a little chill.  But, when the wind is blowing 40 mph and the wind chill is below zero it's pretty tough for me to put a smile on my face.  I do love wearing jeans & hoodies though.  And, this is the first winter I've had UGGS so I must say that my feet are thankful for this upgrade in footwear!

2.  Summer is always busy.  The older I get the less I LOVE summer.  I love fall & spring when it's mid 70's.   I do enjoy summer though because we spend time at the Lake of the Ozarks and I love it there.  I love sitting on the screened in porch in the morning with my dogs @ my parents lake house, venturing out on the lake on a nice summer day, visiting Spa Shiki (oh yes, it's amazing), going to dinner on the water.  Lake life is much more simple.  If I were my parents I wouldn't spend another day working here... I'd be living on the lake all year!  It's the most peaceful place I know.

3.  If it were summer instead of winter right now I'd be excited to exercise outside after work instead of in the gym.

4.  My favorite thing to do in winter is get home from work, put on my sweats and cuddle up on the couch with my family and watch shows on my DVR or read a book.

5.  My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the Lake of the Ozarks.  Visit friends.  Go on vacation somewhere new.  BBQ outside with my hubby.  Take the dogs on walks on Saturday mornings before it gets hot.  Wear flip flops every day!

6.  The ideal outfit on a sunny summer day is capri's with a tank top and flip flops.  I don't wear shorts.  Ever.

7.  The ideal outfit for a frigid winter day is sweatpants, UGGS & a hooded sweatshirt with a layer underneath accompanied by a Peppermint White Mocha from Starbucks to warm me on the inside:)

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Losing for Baby

I am 28 years old.  I've been married for 5+ years to a man I adore.  {We have our marriage squabbles like any other couple, so I won't claim that we're 'perfect' but I DO love him SO much.} 
We have an "Emergency Fund".  We own a home (and are about to move into a new one).  My husband has gotten his MBA so school is out of the way.  We don't have debt.  You might be asking why am I "gloating" or "bragging".  First off, that's not the intent of this post whatsoever so quit judging me.
I tell you these things because on the outside it seems like we have it all together.  What more could we ask for?  And the BIG question...Why in the world are we not parents yet?  I get asked this all the time.  Life is not about what everyone else sees.  It's about what's on the inside.  What makes us tick.  What drives us, motivates us, inspires us.
Even though we have so many great things going for us, we are missing (in my opinion) a HUGE piece of the puzzle.  ME & HEALTHY.  Yes, I workout.  Yes, I TRY to eat healthy.  But, I struggle.  Like seriously struggle.  In fact, I've gained 15 lbs. back in the last few months.  I have always been a yo-yo dieter, but a few years ago I came to terms with the fact I have Binge Eating Disorder.  Me and about 4 million Americans struggle with this E.D. daily.  I will always be in recovery.  It will never go away.  I will always have to stay focused and motivated and I'm ok with that... but it's not going to own me anymore.
Last August I took a leap of faith, and we actually got pregnant the first month.  I was so scared, excited, overwhelmed, anxious.  I was still overweight but I trusted that God was calling us to be parents.  Three days after finding out I was pregnant, I had a miscarriage.  I was devastated. heartbroken. angry. sad. lost.  What do we do now?  We were told different things by my OB, the ER Dr., my PCP.  I got so frustrated by all the different "advice" that I finally decided to say "It's up to me what we do.  And we are waiting".  I will never know why we miscarried.  I was an early 5 weeks, but it was still a baby, and I still felt a loss just like a Mom who loses a baby at 10/20/30 weeks.  I made the commitment to myself that I would do everything I could to prevent this from happening again by becoming as healthy as I can. (I don't know if my weight caused it, I will never know what did) That's what I'm doing now.
It's not enough for me to have our finances look good on paper, or a nice home to bring a baby into.  It's so much more important to be a healthy role model for our babies & to have a healthy body to carry a LIFE inside of me for 9 months.  Plus, the healthier that I am when I get pregnant means I have a head start after the delivery.  That is worth the wait.  I read a post today on styleberry Blog that made me feel so good about the choice I've made for us.  Waiting is hard.  Especially when everyone around you is pregnant, or has kids. Especially looking at my husband and knowing that the one thing he wants most is to be a Dad.  I know he will.  Someday.  And I'll be a Mom.  Someday.
The point of this post is to bring awareness to the fact that just because someone might be older, married & financially secure doesn't mean they don't want a baby {and some people have all of these things and DON'T want kids... and that's totally okay too}.  Maybe they are working on getting there physically, emotionally, mentally.  Or, maybe they ARE trying to have a baby and don't want to share the struggle with everyone.  Whatever the reason, it's personal.  It's their choice.  Give us a break... we'll become Mommy's in GOD's time.  And even though that might not be the same as our time I'm confident with God lighting the path that everything will work out just the way it was intended to.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

KC Weight Loss Challenge Website

The KC Weight Loss Challenge began yesterday!  If you want to follow my journey you can go to the Kansas City Fitness Magazine's website.  My video is officially up this afternoon! 
Just click on my picture when you get to the website {it's the 2nd one from the left} and you'll get to hear a "little" about my story.  The video they are using is from when I first got into the Challenge back in August... so it says I've lost 55lbs which isn't correct anymore since I've gained some weight back.  IT'S OK though... I'm back on track and I'll get that weight off again plus more!
So far week one is going good!  I've had a great healthy eating day today and am headed to they gym after work to get this sweatfest started!!!!

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I am Second

These videos are SO powerful. There are no words to even describe them.




This little girl is amazing!!


To view more videos visit I Am Second
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Second Chance.... I'm in the Weight Loss Challenge!!!

If you've followed my blog for a while you know that last August I auditioned for Kansas City Fitness Magazine's Weight Loss Challenge.  I got voted in {thanks to lots of votes from friends/family/strangers on Facebook}!  I ended up not being able to participate- you can read why here.  When I backed out of the challenge they told me they'd hold my spot for Round 5, so I've known I'd be participating, I just had to keep it a secret for a LONG time!
This morning my journey started with the other 12 contestants.  I know this is going to be an exciting 12 weeks for all of us and I hope we can be there to encourage, support and motivate one another.  The challenge is set up like the Biggest Loser this round, so people will get voted off!  That adds a little more pressure, but I think it's a "good" kind of pressure to keep us all on track.  I am needing some major motivation so I'm really looking forward to this opportunity!
Starting weight- 217 lbs
When I was getting ready to leave this morning another contestant walked up to me and said "Amy, do I look familiar to you?"  She did in fact, I recognized her from the moment I walked in but couldn't place where I may have known her from.  Well, she remembered.  She said "Did you audition for the Biggest Loser a few years ago?"  I knew right away that was exactly where I knew her from!  We both got called back for 2nd interviews in Oklahoma City and I met her in the hotel foyer while waiting for our interviews with the casting directors!  I couldn't believe it was her!!  I remember her being SO nice and thinking to myself "She's SO IN this season"... she told me she'd thought the same thing about me!  How ironic!  She made it much farther than me but didn't make it on the show.  {She SO should have}  This morning I told her "If Biggest Loser didn't want us lets show them what we're made of then!"  I think participating in this challenge together is going to be so awesome!  Isn't it funny how God places people in your life and then brings them back full circle?  I knew right then that even though I'm so busy right now and overwhelmed with life in general that God intended for me to be a part of THIS Round.  Round 5 was the round I was meant to do.  I'm going to give it my all and get under 200 lbs... once and for all!



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