Ugh.

On the eating right and exercising front, this week has been a complete bust. I ate like the calories didn’t matter and then I pulled my right hamstring so I haven’t done either challenge for two days. I feel better today but I wanted to give my leg the proper time before testing it. On the eating front, it is incredibly hard for me to eat right while on a budget while feeding three other people who don’t need to lose weight. I guess I need to stop making excuses and start finding solutions.

I want to be real about my failure here. I don’t want to hide it because I’m hoping this will motivate me. I’m tired of being this big. I’m tired of not feeling attractive and uncomfortable in my own skin. I’ve done this before so I’m not sure why it’s so hard this go round. Right before I got pregnant with Justin I lost almost 30 lbs in a 6 month period. I then got lazy, pregnant, and gained every bit of it back. I know I can do this. I just have to actually do it!

On the plus side, I got new shoes! And not the Wal-Mart special either. I also bought a 5 lb. kettle bell. I found some exercises on Pinterest (my favorite thing ever) and thought I’d give it a try. When I get comfortable with 5 lbs. I plan to move up to 10 lbs.

So, while this week may have been a total failure, it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up. Just pushing forward.

 

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Challenges and Goals

If you’ve read my blog for any certain amount of time you know how much I love Crystal Paine, a.k.a. The Money Saving Mom. She is doing a year-long challenge, 12 Months to a Healthier You. It is just like Crystal to break things down into one goal a month instead of going whole hog and doing everything at once. This is one reason why I love her. The goal for the first month is to focus on the habit of exercising more. This is perfect since I am trying to lose weight this year. Keep reading to find out how I’m establishing good exercise habits.

I’m sure that you have seen one or two of those fitness challenges floating around Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook by now. I follow a number of fitness sites so I see them all of the time. To go along with my goal of losing weight (still avoiding the term “Resolution”) I decided to do two. One dedicated to arms and the other is a boot camp type. This basically means lots and lots of push ups. And squats. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate squats?

Here is the arms challenge from Fat to Fit Chick.

Here is the boot camp challenge from Shrinking Jeans.

I’m also doing the Shrinking Jeans 6 week boot camp. Today is Week 1 Day 2 and I’m not looking forward to it. It kicked my but two days ago on day one (rest day between each day). I am trying to not leave the house to work out so I’ve been running in the yard for the sprints. My drive way is on an incline… Yeah. I just like to think I’m kicking it up a notch!

What I’m excited about is that I’m actually sticking to these challenges and the boot camp. (I know it’s only been a week. Give me a break here!)

I’m also trying to work on my eating habits. It’s so amazing to me how fast and easy it is to get of track. “Oh, this one piece of pizza won’t hurt me.” Probably not, unless I’ve already had two. I see my husband eat whatever he wants and I get a little jealous. Then I remember that he works his weight off two weeks at a time, while I’m at home. Mostly stationary. Which is changing this month!

I will be updating weekly with my progress and any links I find helpful. For the time being, check out my Pinterest boards for tons of recipes and other info. I’ve been quite the pinning fool lately. After a month of working on this habit, it will be easier to continue these healthy habits for the rest of the year.

Have a great week, y’all!

 

Here Comes 2014!

Ahh…It’s almost 2014.

It’s that time of year when everyone looks back on the last year and either talks about how great or horrible it was.

For me 2013 was OK. It flew by fast, but that’s what hitch living does to you.

The best part? Watching my babies grow and actually being home to do it.

Like everyone else I’ve been thinking about the year ahead and what I want it to bring. No, this isn’t a post about resolutions; this is a post about goals.

I’m still implementing the great things I learned from “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”, by Crystal Paine, into my life and I know that they will have a role in accomplishing my goals.

So, in no particular order, here are my goals for 2014:

1) Get a job. Yes, I love being home with the kids. No, I never planned to do it forever. I love the feeling of success at a job that I love as well as the feeling of contributing to our family financial situation. I just keep praying that God will open the right doors for me at the right time so that I am placed in a job that I love and that allows me to help people.

2) Work on getting out of debt. Notice I didn’t say “become debt free by the end of the year.” Yeah, because that is unrealistic. JR and I have a plan and we have to find the discipline to stick with it.

3) Reach my goal weight. No, I will not share my current weight or my goal weight. Some of you are actually good with math and can put the numbers together. Just know that I am giving myself an entire year to reach a very reasonable goal.

4) Become a morning person. Well, at least a person who actually rolls out of bed within the first two times her alarm goes off.

5) Learn and successfully cook 10 new recipes. I’m sure Pinterest will be my muse on this one.

6) Read the Bible, in its entirety, by Christmas 2014.

7) Write at least one blog post a week. Seriously. I need to get on that.

That’s it. I don’t want to create an obnoxiously long list that I’ll end up ignoring due to it’s length so I’ll stop here.

What are your goals? How do you intend to reach them? Share in the comments or send me a tweet