Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday - Week ONE is DONE and Lent

The first week of Summer Slim-down is behind me! I was really worried about weighing-in because, although I started out great, the little prince's birthday festivities were this weekend. That means cupcakes on Friday, cake on Saturday, and even more cake on Sunday for my neice's birthday. After all that birthday cake, I just knew I didn't lose any weight.

Turns out I lost 1.3 lbs!!! Now I realize that I'll have to do better than that to reach my goal of 25 lbs in 12 weeks, but I was happy to have lost anything!

In other news, I'm participating in Lent again this year. Like last year, I've given up Coke. Unlike last year, I've also given up Coke Zero and Diet Coke as well. I'm really hoping to use this time of sacrifice (as silly as it is to consider giving up Coke a "sacrifice") to grow spiritually.

P.S. Pics from the little prince's birthday coming soon!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Summer Slim-down

My "Summer Slim-down" weighloss challenge starts today! I'm so blessed that so many people have joined the group and that we can do it together! So far, at day 1, here's where I am:

  • I'm not going to reveal my weight/measurements. At this point, I'm too embarrassed by those numbers. I'm tracking my weight and bmi using wii fit.
  • I bought a journal to track my progress. I'm going to write down my daily food intake and exercise, and also weekly weight/measurements.
  • As far as exercise, for right now I'm going to be doing a mix of walking, wii fit, and 30 day shred.
  • As far as diet, I'm not a diet-y person. I don't like feeling too restricted about what I can eat (meaning that I end up "cheating" and then feeling guilty, etc). So instead I've just made an overall goal to eat healthier - less processed foods and more aware of calories (that means not drinking my calories! something I'm very guilty of!). I think my journal will help with this.

My "BIG" goal is to lose around 65 lbs and make a lifestyle change to be healthier. My 12-week goal is to lose 25 lbs. I hope it's not too unrealistic...

What about you?

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Adoption Orientation

So last night, the hubs and I went to an "Adoption Orientation." It went well; we learned a lot about the process of adopting children in our state's DHR system, through a non-profit group.

Basically there are 2 steps:
1. Take a 10 week class (30 hours total)
2. Complete a home study

I have mixed feelings about everything so far. There are so many things to consider. Please pray for us as we sort through our options and decide what is right for our family.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just popping in to wish all the mockingbirds a Happy Valentine's Day. Hope everyone is feeling loved!
(image courtesy of the graphics fairy)

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Goals part 2

Yesterday's post was a hit! I'm taking suggestions for a name for our group. My awesome sis-in-law found this list of team names for ideas. We have 10 days before our "challenge" begins, so I'd like to start the group in the next few days. That way it'll give people plenty of time to join.

*Disclaimer: I know this isn't really a weight loss blog. But it's definitely something I need to do, and I've talked to so many other women (and men) who feel the same way. Also, I'm embarrassed to admit this, but when the little prince was born I didn't do the mother/newborn portraits that so many women do now because I wasn't happy about the way I looked (I actually weighed less than I do now, but I was really puffy and swollen because - even though we didn't know at the time - I was very sick). Anyway, when we adopt this baby - hopefully soon! - I want to be able to do those portraits. That may seem a little silly - and it's not the only reason - but it is a motivator.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

weightloss wednesday - new goals!

Yes, I realize today is Thursday. I meant to post this last night, but got some new ideas today.

So I haven't done a Weightloss Wednesday in a while. Mostly because I haven't lost any weight :(
But I'm gonna try again. And this time I'm inviting my friends to do it with me! I think I'll make facebook group or something so we can track our progress.

Here's how it'll work:

We'll begin on Feb. 20. (I chose this day because it'll give me 12 full weeks before my 30th birthday). Sometime on before that day, weigh and take measurements (bonus points if you take before/after photos too). Each person will make her own plan and goal (again you don't have to share if you don't want to).

Right now, my plan is to walk every day plus to Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred (under $10 at Walmart and free on youtube) 6 days a week. I'll also be drinking lots of water and trying to eat healthier (I think I'm allergic to the word "diet." I've never been able to stick with one). And my goal is to lose 25 pounds in those 12 weeks. I know that will be tough to do, but I'm at least going to try.

I'll post more info before we begin!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Well, I'm not sure if I'm 100% happy with the blog design, but this is how it's gonna stay for a little while (with some minor tweaks of course).

Here's a quick run-down of what's going on in the Mockingbird home:

I've been subbing a lot. And I really like it! The hours are amazing and I just love all the sweet kids! I'm also working on my 3rd Beth Moore Bible study. This time we're doing "James: Mercy rimphs" and so far it's amazing! Oh, and I recently gave blood for the 2nd time. Go me!

Hubby is coaching JV baseball and they'll have their first game this month.
Go Tigers! He also just purchased his dream vehicle - a 1978 Jeep! He's wanted one for a really long time and he finally found one that we could afford ;) He's excited to "fix it up" and I'm excited for him. I love seeing my boys happy!

The little prince just signed up for Little League baseball. This will be his 2nd year. He's doing great in school and has already finished his AWANA handbook AND review at church! He's really into video games lately, something mama isn't as excited about. Also, this month he will turn SIX! Can you believe it? My baby will need 2 hands to show his age!

In baby news, the hubs and I will be attending a pre-adoption conference this month. I'm not quite sure what to expect, but I'm really looking forward to it.