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Expanding our family

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We've been working on getting everything in order for a while now.
We
*graduated from undergrad
*went to grad school
*got married
*I graduated from grad school
*moved home
*got big kid jobs
*bought a house

all in the past 4 years. Now we're looking forward to expanding our family. We already have two awesome kitties, and are looking at getting a puppy this summer. We had originally set a date to start trying for babies in November, after my next appointment, but my sister informed us she is pregnant and due in Oct. We had already talked about wanting to have cousins close in age, and this seemed pretty perfect.

I went off my birth control (there were other factors here), and started keeping track of things. I'm not really into charting, but we needed to have an idea of when I'd be late, at least. We made dental appointments, just to be sure I didn't need any dental work done (and I did!), so we're waiting until after I have a cavity filled. It is nice to know that everything else is in good shape.

We found an awesome organic farmers market in our area that's already open. I've been spoiled to fresh local strawberries and broccoli so far. We have all the greens we can manage, so we haven't been indulging in the farmers market ones. We've started a real garden out back, now that we own a house. This year, we're trying whatever sounds good. Next year, we're going to expand and try to grow all of the summer fruits and veggies our little family eats. Whatever we don't grow will come from the farmers markets in the area or a csa. What I was trying to say, is that we've stopped counting calories and are counting fruits and veggies instead. The more, the better, really. We've even seen some improvements in the scale thanks to the yard work and the local food.

I've become happy with my body. I do wish I was thinner, but I've realized that I'm never going to be "skinny." I just have too much muscle for that. I love my muscles, and have decided that instead of trying to lose weight (I apparently don't have so much left lose, anyway, like 30 pounds), I'm going to get fit. My mile has gone from 20 minutes minimum to about 17. I can run at a 6 or 7 for short bursts, and can jog at a 4 for a 1/4 mile or so. I need a heavier kettlebell, and I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy one this weekend. I've outgrown the lighter ones, and I need to invest in my fitness.

I intend to keep up with my walks/jogs and kettlebells over the next month and make sure I can continue them through a good chunk of pregnancy.

I'm done with weight loss for a while. I know I have about 30 pounds to go, but it looks like that's just going to have to wait a while. I know I want kids. We want kids, and we know we need to start while we're both young and healthy, before things get more difficult.

We're sooo excited!

  
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REDHEADNEWMAMA 5/23/2014 9:04PM

  I am so excited for you! Trying to have a baby is one of the hardest journey's that I have been on (6 long years and 50lbs gained), but now I have a 3 month old, and it just changes your world. I wish you luck, and if you start getting frustrated if it takes a while message me, and I would love to give you the names of some terrific resources. Enjoy your lovely garden!!

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MELODYTARYN 5/22/2014 1:34PM

    Good luck Rebecca

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DAS92687 5/22/2014 1:20PM

    emoticon news !!
Very excited for you :-)

Looking forward to seeing pics of the puppy, and the baby!!

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BRAINBENTT 5/22/2014 12:21PM

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NOTGVGUP83 5/22/2014 12:09PM

    this is great news! We also are trying for a baby. This will be our second baby; our son is almost 17 months old...we'll see when it happens for us! I think I will start charting lol I didn't have to with my son it happened as soon as I got off the pill. I agree you can't wait to be the perfect weight or what not to have a baby or anything else for that matter. Just take the steps to get healthier and give it all you got! Good luck to you!!!!!

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6 Week review

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

After a great loss 2 weeks ago that put me in the top 100 for the week, I maintained last week (expected after a big loss like that), and gained this week. I kind of really fell off the wagon. I apparently decided that since I was doing so awesome, I didn't need to track my food and could eat whatever I wanted. I ate everything offered (including valentines day chocolate), and bought cookie dough, and ate it all. Monday night, I made an apple pie (which was awesome, still pretty tart). I was good with serving sizes on the pie, but I like to put ice cream on top.

Last week's goals were a total bust. I didn't track my food. I didn't try to get to 7000 steps daily, and I didn't do the 30DS. Of course, I gained .7 pounds this week.

Starting today, I have new plans:
*7000 steps a day, no matter what.
*30DS every day, even if I have to do it at 10 at night.
*Track everything. I've even left space in my notebook for it.

Nutrition wise, I'm working on increasing my protein and increasing my fruits and veggies.

I did manage to get in 2 30DS sessions last week (wed and tues). I need to power through and finish this session so I can move on to some more of her DVDs (Like 1 week shred).

I have a couple of reasons for losing the weight.
1) Dragoncon in September. I want to look awesome and enjoy the weekend, even if there will be tons of walking. It'll be a lot easier if I don't weigh as much and don't take up as much room.
2) DH and I want kids. He wants them soon. I keep saying that I need to be healthy first. Even though I'm very low risk for most everything, I want to be a normal weight first, in the interest of the baby's health.
3) I have also never been a normal weight, always at the top of the charts in both height and weight as a kid. I went to college, immediately caught mono, and lost 10 pounds in a week. After recovering from mono, I proceeded to pack on the extra weight. Two summers later, I lost a lot, dropping to my pre-college weight. Work stress and injuries, along with roommate stresses later, brought all the weight back with friends this time. I hit my heaviest right after college (236). In grad school, I did a lot more walking with a lot less stress and lost about 30 pounds. Of course 20 of that came back. Now, I'm struggling to get the rest off. I'm going to start pushing myself harder and farther, and hope that it'll be enough.

Also, we're planning on getting a puppy. We've found a couple breeders, and one litter box trains them. That would make life so much easier for us on the days we're gone at work all day long. We would probably still work out a schedule so that the puppy wouldn't have to be inside all day, anyway. I can't wait until we have a dog that can take walks with me and encourage me. We also have a huge yard (for the city) that it can play in. Can you tell i'm excited?

  
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RR1_RR1 2/28/2014 1:12PM

    Dragoncon sounds fun..Im aware of Comiccon and Santacon. Must be similar lol. My dog used to be trained to go in a box but I stopped it when she got older. Wish I hadn't because now as an adult dog of 13, she refuses to go in the box. We recently tried to retrain her. Just a warning if your pondering a Jack Russell. They are a handful! emoticon

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GOLFINMOMMA 2/26/2014 12:23PM

    The seven went on really quickly so hopefully they will leave just as quick. emoticon On not giving up. Enjoy your new puppy.

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Time for an update

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Well, we managed to close on our house on the 31st. We started moving things that evening, and cleaned most of our stuff out of my mom's house the next day. We kept moving things from the apartment in our cars all the following week. This past weekend, DH's parents and his sister and her girlfriend came over to help us and check out the house. We managed to successfully move everything but a car load to the house. We'll be cleaning the apartment this weekend, though. We are in the house and loving it. My step counts are higher every day. I simply have to do more walking to get anywhere. We're even eating meals at the table again.

Earlier last month, I decided that I would start the 30 Day Shred when we moved into the house. We were officially in the house Saturday, but I didn't get the chance to start until last night. I really like the fact that there are different rooms I can work out in. In the apartment, I had to clean out a space to work in before I could actually work out. Here, there is space already.

Cooking is so much easier in this house. There's counter space everywhere, so I can prep without having to prioritize on what gets counter space and what doesn't.

All this extra movement has me down about 3 pounds in a little over a week. That's an awesome number, especially considering the fact that I ate what was available for a couple days. I've also come to the conclusion that I simply need to eat more. Apparently, 1200 calories simply isn't enough. 1600-2200 is where I need to aim, but I also need to increase my movement. That shouldn't be a problem, considering we'll have 60 degree weather this weekend (after snow and ice the past few days), and it should be dry and sunny.

  
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DEBSZOO74 2/14/2014 12:29AM

    Congratulations! You're doing great! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 2/13/2014 5:37PM

    This is so terrific on your new house and lots of room. And great on the weightloss. Keep up the great work.

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DAS92687 2/13/2014 3:23PM

    So excited for you about all the extra room (and the extra steps!)
Congrats on the loss !!

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C8TSON 2/13/2014 2:29PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work! Great job on the loss!

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ELSAT137 2/13/2014 1:55PM

    Awesome! Keep working hard and moving lots. Interesting on eating more and losing. I need to keep my eye on that for myself. emoticon

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NSV in the middle of uncertainty

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On Saturday, we were supposed to be closing today. By Monday, that had been moved to tomorrow. However, since we chose a bank that was based in the South, and their mortgage centers have been closed for 2 days due to the massive storm that just came through, we don't know if we'll be closing tomorrow at all. We're just waiting to hear whether or not they're going to be able to work some magic to get us in our house this weekend.

In the midst of all that, I decided I wanted to wear tennis shoes to work today (either that or ballet flats), so I looked for something other than jeans. I pulled out my khakis, which had been too small the last time I tried them on, and tried them. I was thinking that it couldn't hurt. If they didn't fit, I could stick them into a box to move to the new house. Amazingly, they weren't embarrassingly tight, and the cottage cheese effect on the backs of my legs wasn't really visible. Those squats and kettlebell swings really did pay off. I guess I should keep them up. So, even though my weight hasn't changed, and my measurements haven't exactly gone down, my pants are fitting better. I have also shrunken out of my Lane Bryant 4's from years ago. I'm actually down to being able to wear pretty much anything in my closet. IT also means that shopping for pants (namely khakis) won't be nearly as trying.

So excited! Now, I just have to keep on track and keep swinging that kettlebell. By the way, I need a bigger one at some point...

  
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ZENRYAKU 2/2/2014 1:26AM

    emoticon Well done, and new clothes without going shopping!

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C8TSON 2/1/2014 6:35PM

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MUDGE4 1/30/2014 8:42PM

    That's great! emoticon

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DAS92687 1/30/2014 12:02PM

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How encouraging that is !!

Hoping you have just as much success with getting in the house this weekend !!

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/30/2014 11:19AM

    WooHoo! I find NSVs to be much more reliable and rewarding that that fickle scale. emoticon

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ELSAT137 1/30/2014 11:16AM

    Awesome!! So glad you see progress outside of the scale! Way to go and keep pushing!!! emoticon


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Week 3 focus

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Week 2's goals were:
~Do GOYB and GOYBAD on the day scheduled (7/7!)
~Stay in fitbit range 6 out of 7 days this week. (7/7, accounting for being over by 50-ish calories)
~5 workout days (out of 7) (Exactly 5)
~5 Servings of freggies daily (This didn't happen as well, but I did manage freggies every day of the week)
~Kettlebells at least 3 days (2, but that's ok)
~5,000 steps daily (5/7)

Reward: Harry Potter 1

Even though I lost no weight last week, I'm calling last week a success.

Week 3's goals will be:
~6,000 steps per day
~Stay in fitbit range 6 out of 7 days
~5 workout days

Reward: Harry Potter 2

I'm cutting myself a bit of slack here because we're moving this weekend! I'm just looking to stay on track, and I'll get there when I get there. Unless I've been holding a LOT of water, it looks like I'm not going to be making my January goal. If that's the case, I'll just adjust my February goal to be 4 pounds from Jan 31. I'll also be able to go for walks a lot easier in the new house because it's in a neighborhood with sidewalks. Our apartment complex is in the county with no sidewalks outside the gate. I just don't feel comfortable walking on the road.

  
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C8TSON 1/29/2014 3:57PM

    Success isn't always about the scale...it's about feeling and seeing a difference in yourself overall! Remember to look for NSV, and emoticon on not beating yourself up during your time of stress. One day at a time! emoticon

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MELODYTARYN 1/29/2014 3:33PM

    Just keeping up with your routine during a busy time is progress

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SHIDAHB 1/29/2014 3:19PM

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You keep at it as long as you're trying! I think you've made great progress!
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CHALLENGER15 1/29/2014 2:15PM

    Progress, not perfection! You are doing great!

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DAS92687 1/29/2014 2:00PM

    emoticon Rebecca !!
Very nice that you'll be able to do more walking at the new house !!

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