Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Making Changes for Myself

I haven't updated about myself (weightloss, nutrition, exercise, etc) in quite a while.  This is mainly because I haven't made good choices for myself in the past almost 2 years.  January (2014), I had lost 93lbs from my highest weight.  By the time I found out I was pregnant with Maddox (end of Feb), I had gained about 10lbs or so because I became complacent and had stopped running/working out.  I gained a decent amount of weight with my pregnancy because I just didn't make good choices and I never exercised because I was exhausted all the time.  After having Maddox, I dropped a little of the pregnancy weight but then stalled out about 45-50lbs from my original goal (and 30lbs from pre-pregnancy weight). 

Instead of getting a plan in place and going back to the basics that I knew I should have, I just lived it up and ate whatever I wanted and didn't work out.  On top of that, I am very much a stress eater, anxiety eater, bored eater, etc.  I've had a lot of stress going on in my life and even on days where Maddox was super fussy, I just felt like I could eat anything and everything.  Not a good feeling to not have control over your cravings and food choices.  I've literally sat on the couch eating cookies or some other nonsense and thought to myself (while I was eating).... "why am I even eating this?"  Food addiction is an angry beast (or maybe hangry? lol). But for real... it's not to be taken lightly.  I consider it an eating disorder for sure.  Most of it really goes back to a mental issue though.

I had started back on c25k a few of months ago but then a very busy October happened, I broke my pinky toe and I've literally been sick for over 3 weeks.  Needless to say, I haven't been running or exercising at all.  I want very much to get back in there and find a routine for myself.  I started in a new department at work and my schedule will be set (still part-time.... thank the Lord) so I really have no excuses (although I'm sure I'll make plenty).

Fast-forward to the present.  I made the decision 3.5 weeks ago to cut out most sugar and all grains.  When I say "most sugar", I mean the bad sugar.  I'm still eating fruit and such.  I do feel much better, although I haven't been able to enjoy the benefits yet because, like I said, I've been sick for 3 weeks!  I finally took my stubborn self to the doctor and got an antibiotic (blah) for my sinus infection and upper respiratory infection that I diagnosed myself with before I went to the doctor (it's a semi-annual occurance).  So, here's to healthy eating and hopefully some running very soon.

Since I made the changes, I've lost 9lbs.  This is a huge feat for me because even though I had surgery 2.5 years ago, it's still very difficult for me to lose weight.  While the weightloss is a great thing, I'm not focusing on that as much this time.  Keyword being "as much" there lol I still check it because I have goals in place.  I'm focusing on my health in general and how I feel.  My brain was so foggy and I had no energy or motivation.  I want to make sure I'm in the best health I can be for Maddox.  I have quite a ways to go for this because he is becoming really mobile (walking) and it's tiring.

Anyways... that's the gist of what's going on in that part of my world.  Sorry for the really long post! I really write for myself anyway lol I am going to try to start doing my progress pictures and such again.  It's such a great help to see how far I've come.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Maddox's First Birthday Party

I admit I waited until the last minute to actually start the LONG list of projects and such for Maddox's 1st Birthday Party.  Since we were having the party at our house, I also had to paint a couple of rooms and hang pictures and curtains and all that jazz.  All the painting, decorating, project making was exhausting but... it all came together in the end. 

I decided to hire a photographer to take pictures so I could actually enjoy the party and not worry about that part.  Best decision ever.  I highly recommend doing the same (hint hint... I shoot birthday parties lol).  I hired a fellow local photographer, Katlyn Marie Photography.  She did a great job and I'm so thankful for all the pictures.  Everything was a bit of a whirlwind and it went so fast.  There are several pictures that I wish I could have gotten but oh well! :)

We, of course, went with a baseball theme... duh.  I think everything turned out great :)  Although it looks like Pinterest threw up a little lol  I tried my best to keep the cost of the party down so I made quite a bit of the decorations myself.  My mother in law made the yummy strawberry cakes (thanks Joy!) and I decorated them (definitely don't count that as one of my talents lol).

I'm so grateful for family and friends that took time out of their busy weekend to come celebrate my sweet boy.  He is indeed blessed to have so many people love him.  We missed those that couldn't make it for various reasons.

So here are lots of pictures.... (like I said.. these are all by Katlyn Marie Photography.  I didn't pick up the camera).

I'm thinking about hanging this in his room.  I just don't think I can part with it :)

Thanks for the idea Theryne :)

Maddox loves Tanner :)

Maddox's little buddies...

This pretty much sums up his thoughts on cake lol I was shocked he didn't like it but I'm totally cool with that because I know it will change very soon.

Looks like Maddox got a handful of Uncle Mike's beard hehe :)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Maddox {ONE Year Old!}

Twelve Month's Weight: 29lbs 1.5oz
Height: 30in
Size: 18-24 months clothes.  Size 4 diapers. 

~8 teeth (4 on top and 4 on bottom)
~Super strong jaws.... trust me... he's bitten me lol
~Cruises around everywhere
~Jabbers a lot and sounds like he's having a conversation with you
~He has the sweetest demeanor
~Takes a few minutes to warm up to new people but then he'll flash his smile at you
~When he's done with his bottle at nap or bedtime he rolls over on me and lays his head on my chest to snuggle with me {sigh...}
~When he sees his giraffe (Ginger), he says "gin gin gin"
~When he hears or sees a dog, he says "dah"
~He's doing so well in nursery even when only going once or twice a week for a few hours.  They love him there.  He's ridden around on the Bye Bye Buggy past me a few times and he just grins and maybe waves.
~If we are at home, he still takes 2 naps
~He's the size of an average 2 year old lol
~Likes pretty much everything he's eaten.
~He tries to shove a ton of food in his mouth at once so we can't just give him a plate of food or he'll choke himself.
~Finally found a sippy cup that works and he does really great at drinking water
~No more formula! Woohoo! He digs the whole milk cold out of the fridge.
~He loves yogurt.
~First vacation- St. Augustine area in Florida
~First bite of ice cream- He liked it (October 6)
~First time traveling further than an hour and a half.  That was a learning experience for all of us lol
~First time in the pool. (October 4)
~First time at the beach. (October 4)
~First Haircut on September 30.
~He is in the Gerber Baby Photo Contest for 2016!  Here is the link... you can vote everyday through November 24! His number is 313666 or you can put in Maddox and Indian Trail and it will bring him up.

Here are some pictures.  I didn't get a chance to do his last sticker picture.  My bad... there just isn't enough time and energy in the day.  Maybe I can do it in the next couple of days.  It will be close enough.  I'll post pictures from our trip to Florida and his first birthday party in separate posts and hopefully soon :)

September 25, 25, 28

September 28, 28, 29

September 29, 30, 30
1) 90% of what my iphone pictures look like because he's so fast
2 & 3) First haircut- He looks super sad but really he's just sizing the place up.

October 1, 1, 2
October 2, 2, 3
His first trip... anywhere.

October 3, 4, 4

October 5, 5, 5
First time in the pool.  We had access to one all summer but we had that stupid helmet and then naptime was right during the best times to go heat wise.  It is what it is.

October 6, 6, 8

October 10, 12, 12

October 14, 14, 18

October 19, 20, 20
He's seriously like a puppy dog begging for food if either one of us is eating on the couch.  The second picture is one Darren sent me while I was at work.  Is that not just pitiful?!

October 20, 22, 22
1) He loves books!
2) My puppy dog. Angry because I wasn't sharing. (spoiled much? I promise he's not malnourished)

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