Monday, November 9, 2015

Another little update tonight.........

It isn't going quite as planned. My dh got a phone call that could not be put on hold so I ended up starting to fall asleep and get REALLY hungry while my ds and I were waiting for him to get off the phone. SO we ate some Nutella! I had three BIG spoonfulls! Not good, but trust me that I could have eaten a lot more and normally WOULD have!

I ended up having my salad and I am going to SKIP the pizza to sort of make up for the extra Nutella! I am happy with that.

I had 2 squares of chocolate with coffee also.

So, that's all I plan to eat tonight!

Monday......A BRAND new week!

I love Mondays!

And boy did I get a great start.

I will say right away that I am changing my goal of staying off of the scale except for Fridays. I LIKE how I am not always worried about numbers, but I do NOT like that I can be totally surprised by several more pounds without realizing. So back I go to weighing everyday. It is what I ALWAYS go back to every time I decide to try not weighing very often. BUT I am still going to "officially" weigh in every Friday, and record that weight. I am also going to try and not freak out so much at what the scales say.

SO Goal #1- No thinking about the past! I am doing fabulous! I am just not letting myself GO there. It is what it is and I have 16 weeks starting TODAY left in this pregnancy! I can do lots lots in 6 weeks! :)

Goal #2 - Only give so much attention to what the scales say! If I know I have been doing great, ignore those numbers! But if I know that I am not working very hard and giving into extra snacking and unhealthy foods, PAY ATTENTION!

Goal #3- Be happy with myself. I'm doing great. My new clothes help SO much. I can't stress enough that if your clothes are NOT fitting you right, get clothes that DO!  It makes SUCH a difference IN HOW YOU FEEL! I got a manicure and that makes me feel really pretty. When my hands look nice, it gives me such a boost! And it lasts for 3 weeks! You can't beat that!

Goal #4 Priorities! Doing wonderful. We starter our boot camp today. We started last week, but only little parts. Today is the official starting date, but we have sick ones so we will be a little behind. That's ok though! I am calling it the CHARITY bootcamp because I am basing everything off of what 1 Corinthians 13 says about Charity. It makes some great household guidelines!  I have been keeping up my bible reading and that is wonderful too.

Goal #5 Eating, drinking,sleeping and exercising! I have decided that I want to food journal for these 3 weeks too. I really need that accountability with my food.


BREAKFAST today was a kale/blueberry/banana/apple salad and steel cut oats with nuts, lots of butter and a LITTLE brown sugar.

It was a CROSSOVER, but that's ok with me! And yes, I still put brown sugar on my oats. I just can't give that up. I eat SO much less than I used to though. Like 1 -2 TB max. The butter is necessary to make it delicious without all of the sugar. I can't tell you how much I love my oats this way!

LUNCH-  A head of romaine topped with sauteed mushrooms, chicken and green peppers. I also tossed it with a little cottage cheese, 1/2 an avacado, olive oil and Bragggs aminos......Oh and cayenne. I can't tell you how good it was! (S!)

AFTERNOON SNACK- 1/2 protein bar and a cup of organic fresh tomato soup from my local co-op. Oh and the tiny piece of sour dough bread with fresh butter that it comes with. Oh and I had butter in my soup too. That soup is some of the best in the world.

SUPPER will be a big salad with maple vinegarette dressing (HM). The salad will be romaine, mushrooms, peppers, cauliflower, pecans,a sprinkling of cheese and who knows what else. It is Monday night, which means a child's special night. Child __________ tonight chose a pizza from the co-op and chips for their night. I will have a SMALL piece of pizza with my salad and a SMALL piece of whatever dessert we make. And coffee.....But I will just have a shot of Redi-Whip in my coffee.

And that's it for food!

WATER- I had a good amount of water today and a cup of tea with Integral Collagen in it. I am going to go after getting off of here and make some strawberry GGMS.


EXERCISE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am thrilled to announce that I got it done today! 20 min ab work, 20 min pregnancy Barre (KILLER) and 20 min pregnancy cardio. (You tube video) I am SO tickled!

Well, I better run!

Thursday, November 5, 2015



I hope you are all fabulous!

Tomorrow is weigh in day! Last week I was 208. I am REALLY hoping that I am SAME tomorrow. Being DOWN would be a plus, but just not being UP would be great.

HOWEVER, I am prepared to be UP. Meaning, if my weight is up, I won't be upset or discouraged. This week has not been the greatest.....Tuesday, WED and today have been GREAT, but the weekend and Monday were NOT. SO.....I need to be prepared. It takes more than a few days of eating right to get results! And I have not started my exercise routine yet. I've been busy (as always) and fell into the "Well, it's already WED.....I will start Monday." :) That's ok though! I will be 24 weeks on Monday and READY to get back to exercise! I still have 16 weeks left in this pregnancy and what I do or not do will make a HUGE difference!

Goal #1 No thinking about the past! Horray! I've been doing GREAT! I am keeping my eyes on what I can STILL accomplish during this pregnancy, rather than how much I have messed up. Another neat way I am thinking about it is:

Our anniversary is AUG 20.  It will be TWENTY years for us! My husband is very close to getting his pilots license and we want to plan a weekend away with just the (new) baby! A first EVER for us! I would LOVE to be in as good of shape as I POSSIBLY can be by then. I will have approx 6 months after my baby is born! But imagine if I just eat junk and don't exercise etc. until I have the baby? In comparison to eating great and getting back to my exercise NOW? It would be an incredible difference! For the baby's health AND my own!

Goal #2 No scales! I've stayed OFF the scales and it feels great! I am looking forward to tomorrow though!

Goal #3 Be happy with myself! ahhhh I didn't do very good with this yesterday. I am really running out of clothes that fit me well and it leaves me feeling very fat and ugly! I was feeling ready to cry and told Scott how I felt....He said " How can the most beautiful woman in the world feel fat and ugly?" He then told me to go shopping and get lots of clothes! I went with my oldest daughter and 3 littlest. It was a blast and I now have new maternity skirts/shirts/cardigans/belly bands and camis!! It feels sooooooooo amazing! Nothing like making you feel terrible when your clothes are all tight!

Goal #4 Priorities - I have not been able to start my little boot camp this week.......MONDAY! lol Life was just too busy for me to get it all organized, but I am getting there! The children were laughing the other night about the "worse punishments EVER" and talking about WHAT they were. My ears perked up....Apparently, they can't stand putting their noses against the wall OR against each other! LOL I thanked them for reminding me of that great consequence! :) They groaned (with smiles!)

But one of the things we will be concentrating on is treating each other with the respect we would treat a new friend. We have become way to grouchy with each other and I don't like it!

Goal #5 My eating and drinking have been WONDERFUL. I had a little bit of soft pretzel with fake cheese dip when out shopping yesterday. I was STARVING and..........oh well. BUT trust me, it was still a success compared to how I NORMALLY cave when I am out and about and starving!

I had started to get a little heart burn at nights for the last week when I was eating bad. That was a red light! I ONLY get that in pregnancy and ONLY when I am eating junk! That is GONE the last few nights! Horray! I am feeling great!

Exercise.......I already talked about that.

Sleep........OK......Spending too much time with hubby! :) (Hey, priorities!)

Overall, feeling FABULOUS! I hope everyone else is doing FABULOUS too!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


I haven't written for a few days!

I'll just say that the weekend was BAD, but not terrible AFA eating goes........Oh and yesterday too!

But I did NOT weigh myself and I did ok with not beating myself up. Water/fluid was just OK, nothing to brag about. Exercise NONE. Priorities......Good! I have been doing good in that area! I have had my Bible readings, I have been nice, I've spent plenty of time with the family etc.

BUT............After thinking over it to death, I decided that I am cutting out ALL junk food until JAN 1. What I mean by that is no Twinkies/frozen pizzas/processed foods etc. And I DO have some exceptions that I will list later. I am also still doing THM, but with more natural sweeteners added. Scott hates stevia and any other of the THM sweeteners. We have SO much junk food for him and the children, that it makes it really hard for me. PLUS, I need to think about EVERYONES health, not just mine. (Not that I ever thought about just mine, but this just needs to be made as simple as possible for me.)

Scott loves healthy foods/sweets made with sweeteners like honey/ maple syrup/coconut sugar. I want to concentrate on making more of those. Cut out the processed sugars and white flours etc. and STORE BOUGHT JUNK!  In the end, I might be eating dessert now and then with small amount of sweeteners in it, but I would be having WAY less JUNK JUNK food. Definitely a good exchange if you ask me.  SCOTT is not doing  this 100% with me, but he IS on board for eating healthier. So I am excited!

I will still be following THM, but just with the addition of the sweeteners listed above.

The other thing is that we are getting a membership to a local gym. Scott and the boys can play basketball while I workout! It will be a fun change of scenery and the whole family is excited!


This does not count chocolate. I am not giving up my dark chocolate, even though it is sweetened with sugar. I want to try to keep it to above 70% though, and eat it sparingly.

I am going to OK small amounts of sugar if I am out and about. For instance,my local co-op is a fantastic place to eat while out. They have local and organic food.........ALWAYS tons of healthy choices, but sometimes it will have small amounts of sugar, and that's ok. It's NOT McDonalds.

If Scott and I want to go out for dessert for date night, I am going to allow a resturaunt that is like my co-op. They have local /organic WONDERFULLY healthy food. We can go there now and then, instead of going to another of our favorite restaurants and getting the junk sugar pie.......We are NOT going to stop going out for the next 2 months, but this will be a great choice when we do! And we do not go that often anyway.

If we go to someone's house to eat, we eat what they have, PERIOD.

We will be having a few holiday treats too. But I am going to have fun making healthy holiday treats! It does not all need to be trash for the next 2 months!

And I am not positive how we will do date nights.

This is a bunch of rambling........I am not even going to try and organize it.

Bye for now! More tomorrow!

Saturday, October 31, 2015


I cheated a lot today while out to eat with DH and then to the mall.......Not only did I cheat, but I had a big pity party at the mall seeing all of the fit people.

Date night tonight..........Feeling better now.

Friday, October 30, 2015

I am changing my weigh in day..........

Tracy is weighing in on Friday's.......So I am joining her! It's fun weighing in on the same day with someone else! I KNOW I said Mondays.....But I changed my mind! :)

Goal #1 Not thinking of past mistakes (fitness wise.)

Doing great! I did NOT do so good last night food wise when I ate several NON THM lemon bars. I was tempted to let it get me down and kick myself and dwell on it etc. But I did NOT. I just got back up and kept going. I NEED to be able to do this. It would prevent SO many bad foods from entering my body! I tend to either have good DAYS or bad DAYS. And if a bad day is on a FRIDAY or SATURDAY.....I tend to have bad WEEKENDS! :)

SO, I am happy with myself in SPITE of the lemon bars!

Goal #2 NO SCALES except for FRIDAY weigh ins.

Good! OH! My weight was the SAME as the last time I weighed several days ago. That's really great because it stopped going UP!!!!!! ACH! That was terrible when it kept rising so much! AND it was after the lemon bar binge. SO I was happy!

What can I expect ? A quote that I have written on my wall where I can see it.

" Stop complaining about the results you didn't get because of the work you didn't do!"

Goal #3 Be happy with myself!

I have been doing great with this! I have been thinking about how GOOD my body has been to me. (Of course, GOD is to thank!) I have fantastic pregnancies and even more fantastic births. I have been told by both of my midwives that I am made to have babies. They are always amazed at how my births go. My body may love to grab ahold and store EVERY.SINGLE.CARB that comes it's way in pregnancy, but it sure makes good babies! And breastfeeding.......I've never had a problem one. So that is definitely something to be thankful for!

Goal #4  Priorities

I am extremely happy here! I had some wonderful Bible reading this morning and made a DELICIOUS menu. I got all of my groceries today and stayed in budget. My bootcamp for the family is going to get made this weekend . I am very happy!

Goal #5 Drink, eat, exercise and sleep.

Drink- OK....NOt real good because I was in town a lot of the day again! My wonderful water bottle got broken. I NEED to be more prepared when going to town. PART of it is that I need to NOT go to town as much! DH is the biggest reason I go too much though :). He loves me to bring him coffee/treats at work and VISIT him for a while.

Eat.....Did good. I had several helpings of nuts with some chocolate chips......But NOT many chocolate chips. Mostly nuts. I had more servings than I WANTED to. The problem was that I was getting hungry for lunch and was busy and had nothing FOR lunch. So that could have been prevented.

Supper tonight was not healthy. We had corn dogs. I got some chicken strips for me though and ate those with an avacado and just a LITTLE HM sauce. It was not on plan, but it wasn't frozen pizza either! I also did not eat very much.

Sleep.....Good! I've been getting pretty good sleep!!!! I am happy with that! And tomorrow I can sleep in! Yay!

Exercise.......None.......AGAIN. I am really hoping to be back to a better exercise schedule next week. That's my goal!

Well, good night!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

This is a "I love my babies so much" kind of day.

Don't you just love those moments when you look at your little ones and they are *so so so so so so so so so * CUTE and your heart just bursts? Yeah, it's that kind of day!

And you know what? ALL of this work to keep fit because of having 8 (working on 9) babies is WORTH IT! Not that I ever thought it WASN'T worth it, but you know........Sometimes you can have a pity party with yourself. Like when I think of ALL the weight I have had to lose over the years because of these little guys :). I hope I don't sound ungrateful! It's mostly when I compare myself to girls like Sophie Guidolin. Yeah, you probably don't know who she is, just like I didn't until a few days ago.

She's a body builder.
She has 4 children.
The last two were twins.
She looked like she never had a baby at 6 weeks.

Google her at your own risk because she loves to post pictures of herself in string bikinis. 

Anyway, I know it's STUPID to compare myself to her. We OBVIOUSLY have different priorities in life, and I wouldn't trade my life for hers for ANYTHING. But you know how you can beat yourself up in those personal pity parties. :)

Goal #1 Not thinking of past mistakes.

Doing great! I will tell you a little more about WHY I am so worried about not thinking about mistakes of the past.  What I am prone to doing is getting into the mode of "OK, now I need to make up for lost ground." I make these silly plans like "Nothing but green smoothies until 12:00 everyday , only veggies after that and NO sugar until I am down 10 LBS." or " Drink a green smoothie before EVERY meal and exercise 2 hours every day for 2 week."

THEN the plan is so miserable that I fail and eat a bunch of junk food while I think about how much I hate food and food issues. :)

THAT's what I am NOT letting myself do this time! :)

Goal #2  NO SCALES!

It's rough ladies! ROUGH! :)

Goal #3 Be happy with myself.

I go into my food co-op today to get Scott and I a healthy lunch. I was feeling all good about myself. :) Then I saw her......The gorgeous lady that looks just like January Jones. The one that I think is sooooo pretty and fit and I usually BEAT MYSELF UP and think "That's IT! I am not cheating or touching a DROP of sugar for 2 years and I am exercising 30 minutes after EVERY MEAL!"

But it was even WORSE today.........Why? Because she had a little TODDLER with her! She has a little one and she STILL looks that good! :) 

BUUUUUUUT today I didn't do it! I still think she's super pretty and she does motivate me. But I made myself think about what I am happy with about MYSELF, instead of think of my mistakes and what I don't have.

Goal #4 Priorities

Good.......I don't have anything exciting to say except that I am working on a bootcamp to make better habits for everyone in the house. Even me! :) (NOT my dh! lol) The children are sooooo excited! hahahahaha

Goal #5 Drink, eat, exercise, sleep.

Drink...Not so good because I was away from home unprepared. I am going to keep drinking tonight though and even make myself some tea.

Eat....OK. I did not eat on plan but I ate everything in moderation. I am very happy with the amounts I ate AND I ate mostly good food. VEry little junk. NO gorging at ALL.


Sleep.....Great! 7 HOURS! 

hMMMMM I was supposed to be reporting for yesterday! oops

Yesterday I DID exercise for 20 minutes! I did pilates! 

Well, that's all for now!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday !

Good afternoon!

Goal #1 Not concentrating on past mistakes........

Doing fabulous! I am feeling so much better than I was a few days ago. Letting past mistakes drag you down is one of the worse mistakes you can make. It can paralyze you and make you not able to advance at ALL! It holds you right in the same place, making the same mistakes.

Goal #2  No scales until MONDAYS!

Doing great! I resisted the temptation to step on the scales today. I decided on Mondays being my weigh in /measure days because it is also the day I turn the next WEEK in my pregnancy.

Plus it's MONDAY and that just EVEN and it makes me happy:().

Goal #3 Be HAPPY with myself!

The thing I am thankful for today......

I am still shapely. Even though I weigh more than I want to weigh, I am not blobby. I still have muscle and that is what I will concentrate on today

Goal #4 Priorities

I didn't exercise yesterday and I didn't feel terrible about it. I DO plan on exercising today! I cuddled babies for an extra long time today and that makes me happy :).

Goal #5 Eat right, drink right, exercise and sleep.

I ate great yesterday except for a piece of NON THM banana cake that I ate in the MIDDLE of the NIGHT! I NEVER do that. I was hungry and I even had the THM banana cake that I made sitting RIGHT beside it  , but I chose the sugar kind. Oh well! Like I said, I ate wonderful the rest of the day. I ate SO much nutritious food. So I am happy.

I had lots of water but no tea.

I stayed up late, but I DID go back to bed this morning after DH left, so that's good!

No exercise........

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

*Big breath*

I am back for a while! :)

I am making no promises for how long, but I am excited to be back for not. I very much enjoy blogging and talking about health. It's motivating and I REALLY need the motivation right now! :)

Where I am at right now........

I am 22 weeks pregnant with baby #9.

We are thrilled!

But because of my cheating problem, I have gained 24 LBS already.

I am determined to stop the bad habits and begin making much better choices.

My goals:

1. Don't think about the mistakes (junk food) I made. Concentrate on from here on out.

2, Pay little attention to the scales. Weigh and measure ONCE A WEEK.

3. Be HAPPY with myself. Stop thinking about what I DON'T have and be thankful for what I DO.

4. Keep working on my life priorities, making sure that first things come first. DOING WHAT NEEDS DONE and not what the flesh wants to do. If I am doing this, I needn't worry when something does NOT get done, because apparently something ELSE needed done more.

How does this apply to fitness? Well, if I don't get exercise done because I was reading to my little ones, that's OK! But if I don't get it done because I couldn't get my lazy rear off FB, that's NOT ok!

5. Eat right (THM for the MOST part), drink right, exercise and SLEEP!

So, in SHORT terms:

1. Look ahead, not back.

2.Weigh and measure once weekly.

3.Be happy with myself.

4. Prioritize.

5. Food, water, exercise, sleep.

I would love to blog daily, updating in each category!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Juice fast DAY 4

DIDN'T happen!

Atleast not for me!:)

Yep, I caved. I was SO MISERABLE and was just so sick of it. 

Dh is still going strong! (HE is so awesome and determined.)

Weight- 192

Milk supply- My baby is nursing and nursing so much through the night and I FEEL like their is less milk there. But I could be wrong. She is doing lots of gulping and her wet diapers are plenty so......

I ate normal food but did NOT pig out and didn't eat sugar/junk!

So the plan is for me to PARTIAL juice the rest of the week (MON-FRI) and then I will do 2 more days this weekend. That will be a total of 5 full juice days and 5 partial days. I am happy with that!

The partial fast

I will eat breakfast, lunch and my afternoon snack and that's it. The rest of the night I will have only juice with my dh.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Juice fast DAY THREE

Yuck yuck yuck.

Weight- 195 (no loss)

Milk supply- fine

I feel great. I felt a *tiny* bit weak and shaky when I woke up this morning, but not for long.

I even did some cardio and lifted weights today! I felt perfectly fine.

I felt SUPER motivated this morning. But then totally crashed this afternoon.

I DEFINITELY would have quit  if dh wanted to. So technically, you could say I quit. Because I wanted to, but he didn't, so I didn't. :)

I just want to EAT. I am so sick of not eating!  I am SUCH a bad fasting person!

Food and chewing sound so unbelievably good. Like, even plain and boring food. I take eating so forgranted!

Day three is *almost* over.

hmmmmm trying to think if there is anything else to report, but I can't think of anything.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day TWO of our 10 DAY juice fast!


Milk supply- Great!


I am trying to not let my mind mope and whine. Just ignoring the food smells and trying not to dream about food all of the time. EVERYTHING looks delicious. Even just a plain piece of bread.

Well, ALMOST everything.

Juice most definitely does NOT sound delicious! :)

I chug it down, and it isn't that hard. (Although I do not enjoy it.)

We are doing about 80% non starchy veggies and 20% fruit/carrots.

My stomach feels SO empty.

But I still have plenty of energy! I have no detox symptoms whatsoever. NO dizziness, no headaches, no ACHES, nothing negative whatsoever.

Just plain old hungry!

I am so thankful for my one enjoyment. COFFEE.

I am also thrilled to have a nice drop in weight right away.

I feel SO FAT. It just feels absolutely horrible to feel chubby again because of gaining back that weight. Every time I put my hands on my hips, or see my self in the mirror, I CAN SEE IT/FEEL IT!

Why oh WHY do I undo my efforts like I do?

I will be ecstatic if I am just back down to 184 by the end of this fast.

And over the MOON if I see 183 or less! :)

10 Day Juice Fast


Because I want a nice cleans to start the new year. I have always wanted to do a 10 day juice fast, but because of nursing and pregnancies, never get to it. (I won't mention that I HAVE tried a few times, and quit.:) )

My baby is old enough now to do this! My husband and I and a few of our older children are doing it together!So I hope it will be FUN!


Weight- 199

(I am SO depressed to have GAINED weight over the holidays. I am up 15 LBS from my lowest weight since having Gracie. I can't even describe how that disgusts/depresses me,but I am trying to forget about that and just go forward. I am pretty sure that some is water weight from overdoing it on carbs, but STILL!)

I am doing fine. I have gotten hungry several times and had a slight depression that it would be SO long before I ate again! :) But I am NOT going to quit this, so I just try to put it out of my head.

My energy is perfectly fine/normal.

I am drinking about 50-70 oz juice, plus gobs of water.

I should also say that we agreed ahead of time that we are still having our coffee. 1-3 cups a day. We are all having coffee our REGULAR way. My husband is NOT willing to give that up and I am just thankful we are juicing at ALL, even though the coffee is a "cheat" because of the sugar/redi-whip/cream.

I don't have sugar in mine, but I do have a small amount of Red-Whip and coconut oil.
My dh has sugar in his. Oh well! :)

Here we go! :)