Sunday, October 20, 2013

Life's LIttle Hiccups and Gratitude

I took a hiatus for the last week. The reason for this was because my son was sick and in the hospital. He had to have IV antibiotics and surgery. It was tremendously scary and something I wish to never have to do again. He was in the hospital for a week and now you would never know it. He is back to his normal, happy, little self. We only have a few more day of antibiotics and then he is done. During all of this chaos and stress, I didn't work out. I didn't eat as healthy as I have been. I didn't eat completely horrible, but it wasn't great either. I know I could have done better, but nope, I didn't. I don't feel completely bad about it. I just know that I need to get back to what I was doing before. I gained about 1 pound back. Not as much as I expected, but I know it will come off once I am back to my healthy routine. I took a hiatus and now I am back and ready to go. During all of this, I learned that I am grateful for so many things. I thankful most of all, my son and husband. They are amazing and I would be so lost if I didn't have them. I am also thankful for my faith and belief in a God that loves us and helps us through the tough spots in life. I am so grateful for the power of prayer. I know it works and I know that we had so many people praying for us, people we don't even know. I can tell you that I felt those prayers and they helped lift me up in a way I could have never been able to do by myself. Lastly, I am thankful for modern medicine and technology. We went to the hospital because we thought my son had a very serious, potentially life threatening illness, but with a quick CT scan and some blood work, we found out that it was not life threatening or as serious as we had originally thought. I am so grateful for the amazing children's hospital that we live by is so great at what they do. I guess the whole point of this goes back to my original post and point of getting healthy. I love my son and I want to be around as long as I can for him. Sorry for all the rambling and incoherent thoughts, but that is what is in my heart right now.
Here we are his last night in the hospital. We are both so happy because they told us we would get to go home in the morning. I just love him so much!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Small Goals and Yummy Food

I have been doing my Turbofire challenge for 6 weeks now. That means I am halfway done. I am now starting to think about what my next step will be. I have to think about the fact that my friend's wedding is in February. I am a bridesmaid and it scares me. I love my friend and I am so excited to be her bridesmaid and help her on her special day. But, the dress is a one sleeve dress and everybody will get to see my flabby nasty arms in all their glory. My plan for my next step in my fitness journey is do some fat burning and toning of my core and arms. I want to look fabulous in her wedding pictures! As far as my overall goals, I semi reached one of them this week. My goal was to be able to shop at regular stores and not have to go to fat girl stores. We went to Sam's Club and for household stuff and I noticed they had some really cute workout clothes. The clothes were all super stretchy and I still thought I wouldn't be able to fit in them. My dear hubby, being the great guy he is, encouraged me to buy them. I bought them and to my surprise they fit. It was probably one the happiest moments of my life! I know that I still can't buy the majority of my clothes in regular sizes, but I am on my way.
This week I haven't lost any weight, but I did lose 1 more inch in my waist. Also this week I have been concentrating on cooking healthy dinners for my family. Being a full time working Mom is a hard job so I love things with very little prep or that can be done when I get home. Therefore, one of my favorite kitchen appliances is my crockpot. I made this yummy dinner for my family and I felt great about it.
It was so yummy that I had it for lunch the next day. I'll be nice and give you the recipe. 4 lean pork chops or small pork tenderloin, 2 chopped sweet potatoes, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, dash of cinnamon, 2 cups chicken stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Place all the ingredients in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until done.