Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Song of the Day: Zedd - Clarity ft Foxes

So I started Jillian Michaels DietBet this week!  It started Monday and ends October 22.  My friend did a dietbet last month and ended up winning $17!  Not a ton of money, but her pot was also only $26,000.  The pot for the Jillian Michaels one is $214,440!  To win you have to lose 4% of your body weight in four weeks.  (You have to take pictures and they have people that look and verify everything)  If you do that, you automatically get part of the pot.  If you lose more, that's great, but that doesn't mean that you get more money.  In fact, you can't lose more that 12% of your body weight or you get disqualified (they don't want people using extreme measures).  Say that everyone actually does lose 4%, then you get your $30 back.  So at worst, you break even, and lose 4% of your body weigh... well, I guess at worst you don't lose anything and you don't break even, lol.  It's definitely motivating!  Technically I've already lost 3.6lbs!  But that's also my flux weight.  I weighed in Monday afternoon at 203.8, but had I weighed in Monday morning I would have weighted in at 206.4.  Yeah, by eating breakfast and drinking coffee I "lost" 2.6 lbs.  Really, what happened is I had tacos for dinner on Sunday, and any little bit of salt makes me retain water like crazy, so I was losing water weight.  Whatever, it still looks like I'm 44% closer to my goal!  And even better, I'm SO CLOSE to being back under 200 lbs!  

School is going okay.  I have my first exam tomorrow, and it's with a new (to me) professor, so I'm not sure if I'm preparing correctly.  I also am not as far along as I would like to be on my capstone paper.  GRE studying has also kind of taken a back seat to assignments, papers, and lots and lots of reading.  Good news is that the kids are loving school and drop offs are super easy now.  There's even a little girl who totally has a crush on Elliot.  It was super obvious to her mom and I, but Elliot is completely oblivious.  It's absolutely adorable :)  Elliot really likes hanging out with Eli and Mason, but really likes running around outside on the playground.  The kids wear helmets whenever they're on the bikes, but Elliot likes to wear his helmet all the time outside.  Probably a good thing, hahaha.  Caroline has a new best friend named Kate, and this morning she was getting dropped off at the same time as us and they were so excited to see each other!  It's so cool to see her making friends, and her teacher sends me video of them all dancing and playing together.  I love it :)  Originally we were going to keep them at home over my off spring semester, but I think they're really going to miss school.  But finding a job for only five months isn't exactly easy... Ugh, we'll see.

I'm super excited for Oktoberfest!  I love being able to see my high school friends!  We've been blessed to see each other a lot lately since Dana's wedding was seven weeks ago, and the shower was a few weeks before that!  A lot of us are running either the 5k or 5 mile race that morning, so it should be interesting to see how late we make it on Saturday, lol.  Hopefully this week goes by faster :) 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Seriously, what gives?  I've been stuck at this weight for a few weeks now!  I'm eating really well about 80% of the time, and working out intermittently.  I even ran 10 miles last weekend, and nothing!  Ahhh!  It just sucks to be back in the 200's, but I have no one to blame but myself.  And honestly, this is a lot less than it was a few weeks ago!  So, I guess I'm back at it, and my biggest struggles are eating well on the weekends, and working out during the week.  

In good news, I had a PR of 5 miles in 59:50 on Sunday!  My dad and I are running the Maple Leaf 5 mile on September 28th, so I'm trying to train for it.  I went on a 5 mile run on Saturday too, and it was terrible!  My time was 1:02, but it was a mix of running and fast walking, and I felt terrible the whole way through.  Sunday's run, I ran the whole time, and paced myself a lot better.  I also felt a lot better overall and like I could have kept going after I hit the 5 miles.  I didn't though, because I had planned my run in a loop, and I was home and ready for a shower and food.  I think part of that was the weather.  It was a lot cooler on Sunday, so hopefully it's nice and cool for the run.  I need to run during the week, or at least take the kids on walks, so I'm not so stiff on the weekends.  My current excuse for not doing it yet, is that it's so freaking hot when we get home!  It was a real feel of 101 the last two days when we got home.  GROSS.  Not happening.  I was planning on using the treadmill after the kids go down, but I have been ready for bed then too.     

School is going really well!  I'm really liking my classes, and don't feel too overwhelmed yet!  I've also found time to study for the GRE and found that my practice test scores are good enough to get into the programs I'm looking at.  I'm still going to study my butt off because I want to get the best score I can, but it's good to know that the pressure is a little less.  

It looks like starting tomorrow the weather is back into the 60's/70's for the next week!  That's what I prefer :)  We have two weddings on Saturday, so hopefully it stays nice for them!  I also got a new dress for the day and I love it!  I'm planning on wearing heels with it, but I didn't make it the whole day in heels at the last wedding we were at, so I'm making no promises how long they'll stay on.  Thankfully my heels are not as high as the other ones I wore, so maybe that will help.  Either way, I'm looking forward to a night out :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back from Summer Hiatus

Song of the Day:  Katy Perry - Roar

I took a break in writing over the summer, not that I didn't have an amazing summer to write about, I just never had the time to sit down and write!  But now that school has started again, the kids are back in childcare, and I am living in the library, I have plenty of uninterrupted time to write!

Looking back on this summer, it was pretty awesome :)  I took a class in June, Kyle and I went to Aruba in July (AMAZING), we went to du Nord as a family in July, then in August I had another class.  With all the vacationing my weight has gone up, and then down, then floated around a number higher than I want to admit :/  But I'm getting back at it this week, and will start weighing in weekly starting Wednesday. 

I'm really looking forward to this semester, not just because it's my last semester in undergrad, but because I'm actually enjoying my classes.  I'm taking psychological tests and measurements, cognitive psych, health communication and social support, and my independent study.  For my independent study I'm doing an in-depth literature review on early literacy interventions.  I could get a lot more specific, but I won't :)  I'm super excited!  And I graduate in 3 months and 8 days!!  I'm really looking forward to closure on this chapter in my life, but I'll write more about that come December 14th :)