Friday, March 30, 2012

This morning I am feeling.......

Hungry and depressed at how far I have to go! I DO NOT FEEL LIKE DOING THE SHRED EITHER!

What I would like to do is kick back,do no work today,make some hot chocolate and cookies and NOT exercise!

Don't worry,I am not tempted to quit or anything.I am just disgusted at how much fat I have on my body! Taking a bath this morning didn't help much.I had too good of a view of my belly and thighs.*sigh*

Today is cleaning day and tonight is family night.I want to be able to relax when Scott gets home and then be able to have hm pizza and a dessert tonight without feeling guilty about it.

I will go make my juice.(Even though I would love to eat oats with brown sugar and butter.)
I will start cleaning.(Even though I would love to sit around or go back to bed.)
I will do the SHRED.(Even though I DREAD THE THOUGHT.)
I will make sure I drink plenty of water today.(Even though I am not feeling motivated right now.)
I will drink my green tea.(I REALLY want to do better at tea.)
I will try to think positively and think of how far I've come.

How is everyone else?

Thursday, March 29, 2012


30 Day Shred-Level 2-Day 2

I thought I might die.Anyhow,I kept it up and I am so glad! For those of you who know anything about the shred,those things where you get in the plank position and jump forward? I do those one leg at a time.They KILL me.I jump forward SOME but then I switch to one leg.I can't say that I CAN'T do them but I am choosing not to for now.The plank position jumping jacks absolutely kill me too.What is the other one that kills me??? The ones that are kind of like the dumbell rows in level 1? But you pull the weights out instead? KILLER!!!!! It was torture.......The 5 lb weights I am using make it alot harder I am sure.

Anyhow.......So glad to be done.Tonight we will be hauling firewood again too so that will be more of a workout.

Weigh in today...........I am DOWN!

215! That is officially 15 lbs lost.I am so happy!!! I sure had to work my tail off for it but it is WORTH IT!! Imagine if I had NOT done the work? I would be 6 months postpartum and still 15 lbs heavier and MUCH MORE out of shape.Most importantly I would be feeling MISERABLE,wanting to get into shape so bad/lose weight etc.

I feel GREAT! I know I am doing a great job.Practicing self control,praying to the Lord for strength.I am getting stronger,more fit and the weight is coming off........Even though it is coming off slowly.

I would rather lose it slower and get FIT while I lose then lose fast and be skinny/frail with saggy skin.

My dh does not like frail women.He likes me FIT and strong.

Well,I am off to check up on all of you!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The SHRED-Day 11-Level 2

Killer killer killer..........It is DONE though!!!!!!!

I've been doing great.I can't wait until tomorrow's weigh in.I have been working out so much though that I am preparing myself to see the scales stay the same.I KNOW I am gaining muscle and getting in shape,even if the scales stay the same now and then.

I am juicing again.I plan on doing it for a couple of weeks.Nothing but juice and water until noon.

hmmmmmmmm I am trying to think of something else to say lol.Maybe the fact that it sounds like a circus in here is what is keeping me from being able to think.10 people in a house is just LOUD.Even if each individual person is talking in a normal voice.

I have a bit of arguing going on between my tow oldest and I think I will stop and go bang some head together.:) Ok,I am teasing.......:):) I joke around with them and tell them that sometimes lol.Just between you and I though........I do feel like doing it now and then :):):).

Well I am off.......I hope everyone is doing just GREAT!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Just popping in quick.......

I am doing GREAT! I just had a couple of fun things to report.

Last night dh hugged me and stepped back and said "Wow Mamma,are you sucking it in?" lol I wasn't.He said that he could tell a HUGE difference!! Yippee!!

THEN......Attention TINA!!!

Remember the skirt I bought from you? The purple one? Well,I decided to try it on today.

I GOT IT ON!!! It is a size 14 and I got it zipped up!! It was too tight and I won't be wearing it but STILL!!!! I am SOOO excited!!!

I am back to juicing for the first 1/2 of my days these next 2 weeks.Excited about that.....

Well off for now.I hope to catch up with everyone soon! I hope you are all having a great weekend! I sure am!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Starting numbers~
Weight 230
Left arm -13 1/4
Waist (under bra)-35 1/4
Waist (belly button)- 49
Waist/hips (3 inches below belly button)-52
Rear- 49
Right upper thigh-28
Left calf-16
Bust- 42 1/2
Feet together/both upper thighs together-49
Left knee-17 3/4

FEB 16
Left arm -13
Waist (under bra)-35 1/4

Waist (belly button)-45
Waist/hips (3 inches below belly button)-48 1/2
Rear-48 1/2
Right upper thigh-28
Left calf-15 3/4
Bust- 42 1/2
Feet together/both upper thighs together-45
Left knee-16 3/4

Left arm -13
Waist (under bra)-35 1/4
Waist (belly button)-45
Hips-(3 inches below bb)-48 1/2
Right upper thigh-28
Left calf-15 3/4
Feet together/both upper thighs together-45
Left knee-16 3/4
Chest (under armpits)-40
Under breasts-35
Forearm-11 1/2

There is not a whole lot of difference since the time I last measured which is a bummer.Oh well.My weight is different and that is good.It is only 6 lbs but thats still 6 lbs.There was 1.5 inches in my rear gone and thats always a good thing lol.I am really hoping to be able to report BIG differences next measure time!! (Probably in about a month....I want to measure about 1x a month.)

I also added in some new measuring spots.

From the beginning I have lost:

14 lbs and 9 inches


My food log from yesterday

Breakfast-1 piece of hm cheese
Lunch-1 small bowl of beans w/ pork
Snack-1 healthy pb ball
Supper-1 cup rice with sausage
Dessert-1 Watchamacallit and a couple handfuls of Dorritos.Oh and a couple drinks of pop.

It was Vashti's night last night which is why we got the candybars and chips etc.

I got my exercise in! Did great on water too.......

How is everyone else????? IS there anyone else???????? lol I hope everyone didn't quit!!!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday off with a bang!

Eating great and I just finished day SIX of the 30 day shred........

That doesn't seem like very much lol but it FEELS like allot! lol

It is HARD!!! It feels SO good to be done with it when I am done! Just the accomplishment!!

I have been doing kegels faithfully and I already tell a difference! I haven't squatted yet lol but I plan on doing some today.I am going to aim for 3x a day......I have no idea how long I will be able to hold the squat position but we shall see! lol

I got my skin brush and I am excited to try it out tonight! I know that I am *supposed* to do it in the AM but that won't work out for me.Dh and I shower together most nights and I am definitely NOT taking 2 showers a day.So evenings it will have to be! :)

I am also changing my weigh in day to Thursday.Not many of my blogging buddies are weighing in on Mondays and I am doing the biggest loser thing with the MOMYS and we weigh in on THURSDAYS.

Two weigh in days are too much lol.SO Thursdays  it is for me at least until July! lol

Sometimes when I look in the mirror or see a good view of myself etc. I feel like I have SOOOO far to go and that can be discouraging BUT if I look on the bright side......Imagine how I could encourage others to go from THIS to the shape I want to be in? It is so encouraging to ME to see someone who has done it.....

Well,bye for now!!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hello ladies!! (SUNDAY)

How ARE all of you?????

I have been wanting and WANTING to update but I have so much to say that I just don't get it done because I can't do it in 5 minutes..........

Anyhow,I am doing wonderful! I continue to be so motivated.It's funny that even when my weight goes up,it does not discourage me.In times past it would.....Big time! I think it must be that this time I KNOW this is going to take time.I neglected and neglected my body for so long(years and many babies) and it got further and further out of shape.Now I am turning things around and well,it's going to take time.I am not out JUST for thin.I am out for fit,toned and strong.I am out to get rid of my saggy skin.I just want to be in tip top shape!!

The first news that I have is that we are done with the GAPS diet.That didn't last long did it? The good news is that we didn't stop because of self control issues (It was actually really easy!).We stopped because of $$$ lol.With no garden yet and having to buy so many things for the farm we decided to stop and just keep concentrating on eating healthy.Maybe if my dh started having gut issues again (Nothing major,just heartburn stuff that he never had before.) we would do GAPS in the future.For now though,it seems to have stopped.It stopped before we even started GAPS.

I am going to be going back to juicing this week! When I stopped juicing it didn't make any difference it Titus.I had wondered if he was getting belly aches with it because of a grunting type noise he was making when he was tired.Well,it seems that it is just a new noise he figured out lol.He doesn't seem uncomfortable or anything.....So,back to juicing I go again!! :) I am excited about that!

I am also going to start trying to do better at food journaling.It really helps me stay motivated! I enjoy coming here and being able to enter in that I ate really wonderful food etc. I also very much DISLIKE having to report that I ate bad food! lol

This last week I did not get in as much official exercise as I would like.Only 2 days of the 30 day shred.BUT I did do alot more outside stuff....Gathering sap and this weekend (yesterday) I spent 2 hours cutting wood with Scott and the children! It was such a workout! I carried tons of heavy wood/branches etc. and I even used the chainsaw lol.My right bicep is sore today! That chainsaw is heavy! Anyhow,I was exhausted! I drank so much water....It felt wonderful!!

A few things I am adding into my things to remember lol.

1.I want to do better at remembering my 5 minutes of ab work 2x a day.I just don't remember to do it! I think it will really make a difference!

2.I am trying to remember to such my abs in all throughout the day when I think of it.

3.KEGELS and deep squats.After talking to many other MOMYS they have convinced me that this is very important and I am excited to FINALLY stick with keeping myself in shape in this area.

4.SKIN BRUSHING......Google it. Again,my other MOMY friends have done this and KNOW that it WORKS.I am very hopeful that I CAN get this belly flat and firm! I am excited about that goal!!!

5.Incorporate more fermented veggies/kefir and yogurt into our diet!! We have PLENTY of fresh,raw milk!

Of course I am keeping up my 30 day shred.My goal is to actually do it every day this week.That will be it for workout one then.I have done 5 days so far.It is getting easier! I am using 5 lb weights.....

Well,I think that's all. I hope to do better at updating this!!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I know I know.......

I change my blogs ALL the time! lol

I do NOT like the same thing for long.Anyone who knows me knows that lol.

Schedules,clothes,music,meals,workouts,home decorations,perfume etc. etc. lol

I am the queen of trying new things lol.

Anyhow..........I am DOWN again!!

I have reached my first goal!!!!!!

I did not reach it on time but if you remember,it took me weeks and WEEKS to actually start dropping weight so I am very happy!

Here were my original goals copied and pasted......

Goal #1-217 (Titus's weight GONE) By Feb 12
Goal #2-204 (Isaac's weight GONE) By Mar 18
Goal #3-191 (Ezekiel's weight GONE!) By April 22
Goal #4-178 (Tobias' weight GONE!) By May 27
Goal #5-165 (Patience's weight GONE!) By July 1
Goal #6-152 (Vashti's weight GONE!) By Aug 5
Goal #7-140 (Silas' weight GONE!) By Sept 25

As you can see I was a month late in reaching my first goal but I am not too worried about that! I DID reach it!! :) Something ALSO tells me that I won't reach goal #2 by March 18 ! lol

This morning I was 216.8 !

I also did day #4 of the 30 Day Shred today!! Killer! lol

I am going to revise my goals a little to make them more practical since I don't think I can lose 12 lbs this week :).

Goal #1-217 (Titus's weight GONE) GONE
Goal #2-204 (Isaac's weight GONE) By April 9
Goal #3-191 (Ezekiel's weight GONE!) By May 7
Goal #4-178 (Tobias' weight GONE!) By June 4
Goal #5-165 (Patience's weight GONE!) By July 2
Goal #6-152 (Vashti's weight GONE!) By July 30
Goal #7-140 (Silas' weight GONE!)
By Aug 27

Maybe I won't be able to lose it that fast and I can kepe revising if I have to but I have a pretty good feeling that I am going to drop alot of weight now that we will be doing GAPS for a while AND all of the working out I am going to be doing/have been doing.

In addition to the scheduled exercise and I getting quite a bit more even by hiking up and down hills gathering sap!! Thats nice!!

If I could be at 140 or even CLOSE to it by our anniversary, (Aug 20) that would be SUCH a JOY! lol I know that regardless of the numbers,by then I will be down ALOT and be feeling great.I already feel great.I don't mean HEALTH.........Even at my highest weight I have never felt bad.When I say GREAT I mean that I feel like I look so much better and I can feel more confident afa how I look to my dh :). I would love to be able to dance for him like I used to but right now....? No way......I am getting there though!! :):)

Of course that is NOT the main reason I want to lose weight but looking great for him is a HUGE reason.He never complains and tells me that I look beautiful and sexy all the time but he would also love it if I got back in shape and the great thing is that this time I know I am not quitting.........I am so excited about being able to get outside and workout AND work in my garden/around our property etc!!!

Oh!! Something else!! We are trading some land with out neighbor.Giving him more yard in exchange for a huge barn.My dh's shop in our basement will be transferred to the barn and guess what ? The room downstairs that he is using now we will be changed into a workout/wrestling (dh wrestled all through school and was a coach etc.) room.! I will have my boxing bag down there too.......I am SO excited about that!!! lol

Well,off to get myself ready! I wanted to get fixed up today before Scott gets home......Well,bye for now!! :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

GAPS meal plan!

I just did day 3 of the 30 day shred! I am so sore....It feels great!!! A big accomplishment!!! I am getting better at pushups!! Horray!

Now for my GAPS menu!!

I have 7 meals planned for each breakfast,lunch and supper.After a week we will just repeat them.I also want to add here that there are 2 things so far that we will not be sticking with.

1.Maple syrup
2.Cocoa powder

Both things are on the "should not have" list but we are having them anyhow.......(We make our own syrup and I will not give up healthy chocolate.I don't believe it is bad for me! )

Daily stuff

We will all be drinking 1 cup of kefir a day and bone broth all throughout the day.
We have unlimited hm yogurt that we will be eating every day.
We will be trying to eat fermented vegies all meals.
Sour cream is hm.
Butter will be hm within a couple of weeks.


I'm back!!!!!

I know that you didn't even know I was gone! lol Anyhow I am back from shopping and utterly exhausted!!!! I had SUCH a productive day today!!!


Did the shred.
Cleaned my room/general house pickup.
Finished boiling down my sap (10.5 quarts of beautiful Maple Syrup!!!!)
Took care of a constipated/screaming toddler.(He is fine now.)
Nursed a baby a dozen
Went shopping for 2 weeks.
Tended my dh because he wrenched his back BAD today.He can barely move.
Cleaned kitchen spotless.
Strained milk/got kefir going.
Cleaned out my fridge.
Beans soaking.
Almonds soaking.
Chicken stock going.
Made 8 quarts of hm yogurt.

My counter has so much wonderful food on it! lol 10 jars of Maple Syrup,fermenting saur kraut,soaking almonds and nuts...Stock going.....It smells great in here!!!

Now before I fall asleep........(Which I am starting to do right here at the keyboard.)


Eggs/Muenster cheese
Sausage and fermented vegies.
Eggs/chicken/saslas/cheese etc.
Green smoothies.
Nut pancakes with bananas and whipped cream.
Yogurt with apples/coconut/nuts etc.
Steak and eggs.


Russian salad.
Regular salad 2X.
Bean soup.
Cabbage and hamburger.


Chilli/cheese/sour cream
Pork roast with mashed turnips.
Chicken alfredo over steamed brolly.
Baked beans with sausage.(baked the proper way!)
Pizza with nut crust.
Chicken soup.
Meatball soup.


Banana ice cream with chocolate sauce.
PB fudge.
date balls

lol I have to tell you this.......I just fell asleep and instead of writing what I was going to say which was "Baked Apples with whipped cream and nuts." I typed "Oats around oats." WHAT? lol

Coconut sweets.
HM ice cream.

Well I think I better go...........I am really falling asleep! lol

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 2 of the 30 Day Shred

Yesterday AFTER the workout......Several hours into the evening......I was thinking that the 30 day shred wasn't that hard lol.I mean,it was hard but not as hard as I expected......

I changed my mind DURING the workout today lol.It is easier looking back into the workout AFTER you are done lol.You forget the burn! I mean,2 minutes of cardio? Big deal! lol

I am excited about this workout combined with the GAPS diet! WOW what a difference that HAS to make!!!

We are doing great.We weren't able to do GAPS all the way because I need more groceries.I might go shopping tonight but *atleast* by SAT.I have saurkraut fermenting,fresh kefir made from raw milk every day,hm yogurt and soon I will have hm butter......I am planning on making a huge pot of stock 2x a week.I also plan on making the ginger carrots out of NT.

How is everyone?

Last night we had REGULAR cookies....Chocolate chip cookies (Hey,we had to finish the rest of the chocolate chips.) I am amazed at how much less of a sweet tooth I have.Scott too.....We still enjoy our sweets but don't have near the cravings since we cut back so much in the last few months.

I have made SUCH progress on sugar and exercise!!!! I am so proud of myself for keeping this up! :):):) I am also even MORE thankful to the Lord for his help.He really convicted me after Titus's birth and I have not turned back since.That gives me confidence that this IS for real and for keeps!

Well,off to have fun planning my GAPS meals!!! Oh and we are tapping trees! We will have our first gallon (atleast) of syrup tonight! I am boiling down now!

Talk to you all later!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hello fellow weight loss buddies!!!!

I am doing great!

We started the GAPS diet yesterday and that is going great.....I did not start my 30 day shred yesterday.I was so busy cleaning the house after company that I decided it would be ok to wait to start until today.Now everyone is getting sick here (not me) but I am still planning on exercising.

Other things on my agenda today are making saurkraut,kefir,straining my yogurt that I made yesterday (4 gallons).Cleaning my kitchen better.......Cleaning my fridge.......Laundry.......Something good for supper......Shower and fix myself up for dh getting home tonight from work AND reading/cuddling 4 little boys.

How is everyone???????

Friday, March 2, 2012

Checking in.....

NAK so this won't be long lol.

I just wanted to check in and say that although my weight was up a little today it was still in the teens! Yippee....I expect it to go up and down.......It always does.......As long as the down numbers keep getting lower! lol

I also wanted to say that I probable won't be checking in this weekend because my brother and his family will be here!Don't worry though! I won't be forgetting my plan just because of company.I will be more liberal for sure but not THAT liberal.:)

I am looking forward to starting the 30 day shred on Monday!!!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I can't believe I have not updated!! I have been doing wonderful!! I have written down what I have eaten too but I am not going to post it because I don'thave time! lol I have REALLY been eating great though AND exercising!!!

Last night,my belly just seemed smaller.......I was SOOOOO excited to step on the scales this morning REALLY hoping that I was in the teens......Monday I was 222 but yesterday I was 220.8.I ate GREAT yesterday too sooooo I was just HOPING this morning to be at 219........


I couldn't believe my eyes!!!!! I steped off and stepped back on again and it still read the same!! 218.6!!!

Isn't that WONDERFUL?????? That puts me at 12lbs gone so far.ONE MORE POUND until I reach my first goal!!! Titus's weight will be GONE! lol

I know my weight will go up and down and I am NOT going to count this weight as TRUE until I weigh in Monday but regardless I am so exicited because my "low" numbers keep getting lower and lower !!!!

I can't tell you how HAPPY I was this morning! lol

I am also joining the biggest loser challenge on MOMYS and that starts today.I thought it would be fitting to get the Biggest Loser 30 day shred! It looks HARD and I am semi afraid to make the commitment because I know I am gonna hate it lol.BUT if I say I am gonna do it I AM GOING TO DO IT! So,I am announcing here that I am starting MONDAY.I am getting my dvd today hopefully.I watched a preview on Youtube and I was quite disgusted.....absolutley disgusted at the way Jillian talks but Grace says I can turn her voice off so that will work.I would never use it otherwise.

So I think thats it.My brother and his wife are going to be here tomorrow morning ,only for a couple of days AND I somehow hurt my leg.....My upper thigh.Not BAD but it is bugging me so I am taking today and tomorrow off exercising.(I already take the weekends off) This will give me time to clean today,a fun weekend with my brother/sil/nieces AND time for my leg to heal hopefully.I will start MONDAY fast and furious!!!

Well,gotta run and clean carpets!!!!