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Happy First Birthday, Galen!

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I know I just made a weight loss post, but there is other exciting news today! One year ago I gave birth to my handsome little man, Galen. We really can’t imagine life without him. He is so full of personality and energy. He goes 100 mph from the second he wakes up in the morning. He’s a very demanding little monster, he doesn’t wait for anyone. If Galen wants something, he wants it 2 seconds before he knew he wanted it. If he weren’t so darn cute we might have sold him a long time ago.

But, Galen completes our family, he ties us all together and we all love him so much. I’ve never known a little boy that was showered with as many kisses as he is…mostly from his sister. She loves him and says that he’s her BFF. There really isn’t anything more beautiful in the world than seeing your children love each other.

So, without further ado, Galen, the Birthday Boy!

Galen, 1 year old.

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So, the Verdict is In: Week 1 Weigh In

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I’ve been busting my ass for a week. I’ve been burning 800-1000 calories doing cardio per workout plus weights. I admit, even with as hard as I’ve been pushing I’ve been skeptical that I would lose weight given my recent history with working hard only to lose nothing for weeks on end. I woke up this morning, walked into the bathroom, used the toilet, stepped on the scale and closed my eyes. My heart was seriously pounding, if I didn’t lose any more than what I had seen on Sunday I was going to jump right into the shower and cry. But, I couldn’t just stand there naked on the scale all morning so I looked and there it was, 167.0 lbs! Another 2.8 lb weight lose this week for a grand total of 4.4 lbs in one week!

I woke my husband up right away because I was so happy, I’m finally doing it. For once since I put this weight on with my first pregnancy, I feel like my goal is attainable! I was on my elliptical and I could see myself at 120 lbs which just helped me to push harder. I want this so bad! I haven’t been 120 lbs since high school and I would love to see it again before I hit 30 in a year and a half. I can do this, I will do this! All the sore muscles and sweat are worth it!

Starting Weight: 171.4 lbs

Week 1: 167.0 lbs

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My Passion.

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I’ve loved photography since I was a little girl. I get it from my dad. I grew up with my dad taking pictures of my siblings and I all the time on black and white film. We had a dark room at our house and I would go in there and develop the film with him. We would make hot cocoa and he would teach me how to enlarge the negatives onto photo paper, what each bath was for and about how much time to let the prints develop. I loved it. I loved taking my own pictures as well and would borrow my dad’s old 35mm Nikon whenever he would let me. As I got older and my dad got involved into his new career as a math teacher there wasn’t a lot of time for developing film and it fell to the wayside. After I had my first child, Roxy, I got back into taking pictures, but I just used a cheap digital camera. It helped me to rediscover my passion for photography.

I’ve come a long way in just 4 years. I’m proud of where I am in my photography.

My dad had bought a DSLR and in 2008 I started to borrow it and joined a group on Cafemom and taught myself how to shoot in manual and started to develop a personal style. I also got really into doing self portraits. I wanted to be creative and didn’t have any models except for Roxy and she wasn’t always a willing participant in my quest for photographic awesomeness. Here I am 4 years later and I can say that I am happy with how far I have come in my photography. I still have a lot I want to learn and I try to take every opportunity I can to keep trying to perfect my art. Not everyone likes what I do, especially with my self portraits, but I love it and that is all that matters.

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My Weight Loss Journey.

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I started trying to lose weight after my son was born August 2011. I gave my body time to rest and heal from the pregnancy and labor and started my journey January  2012. I lost about 20 lbs. fairly quickly then it stopped. And I realized that I needed to get serious. I started tracking calories and logging my exercise. I lost 16 lbs this way after a few months then got frustrated when weight loss stopped. I tried changing my routine up, eating less, eating more. Nothing! So I gave up for the last couple of months. Now I’m back and more determined than ever to lose this weight. In March 2012 I weighed 182 lbs, as of Sunday, July 29th, 2012 I weight in at 169 lbs. My goal is 120-130 lbs. I’m 5’2″ so this is a reasonable goal for me. I’m not happy with how my body looks. I get frustrated about buying clothing and the things that I like don’t look nice on me. But that is all going to change! I’ve been working out hard with the help of a prescription from my Doctor called Phentermine. I’m only on it for 3 months and I started on Thursday, July 27th. I feel amazing. So much energy! I’m able to get my workouts in, clean house and play with my kids. I’m still hungry, but not starving, which makes it easy to stay within my calorie limit. Some might say that I’m taking the easy way, but I don’t feel that way. This is helping me to put in the hard work. I can easily exercise for 1+ hours and still take care of my other responsibilities. My hope is that with the weight loss while I’m taking this medication, I will gain this energy on my own because I’ve been using it as a tool.

Thursday, when I started the Phentermine I weighted in at 171.4. I was only going to weight in every Thursday, but I got excited. Sunday I weighed in at 169.8! Amazing! But, from here on out I only plan to step on the scale on Thursdays. I’m scared and excited to see what the scale says in 2 days. When I look in the mirror I can see small changes already. I feel that my stomach looks flatter.

Well, I guess that is all for now for my weight loss journey! I plan on blogging about much more than just my weight, lol!

My weight as of Sunday is 169.8. I am 5’2″.