2014 Review and Update #1

Wow, it has been a LONG time since I posted. One of my goals in the new year is to be more regular in updating this blog. It is a good way to keep connected with others both near and far, but it also serves as a record of the changes my family is going through. When I look back at posts from a year ago it reminds me that we are always growing and learning. So this post will be a pretty random update about everything that has happened since the last post and I will work on getting more regular with updates.

  • My Momcation: In the middle of December I took a vacation, just me. It was weird and awesome. I first flew out to DC to visit with a friend for a couple of days before taking the train to NYC to meet up with my mom and my sister for a girls week there. We had planned a girls week to celebrate my sister getting back from the Peace Corps, where she was gone for 2+ years. I saw them over thanksgiving, but it is really hard to catch up and hang out when you have 3 littles to take care of. The trip was AMAZING! It filled up my soul with the patience and grace that had been missing in my interactions with my kids the past month (I was feeling burnt out). I was really worried about how to kids would behave while I was gone. I’m home with them 24/7 so it was a big change. We planned it so the kids could stay home and our amazing PCA wold come to get them ready for school and pick them up and Joel would take over the evenings and weekends. I prepared them A LOT (maybe too much) for me leaving. I got the girls each a necklace and gave a stuffed animal to Preston for him to take care of for me while I was gone. We also made flat stanley versions of each of them for me to take and I regularly sent home pictures of their flats doing different things. The week went fast but I was ready to come home! I am so a small town girl, the big cities were fun but intense. I couldn’t help but wondering how parents of kids with special needs raise them in NYC. It is so big and so chaotic and intense and crowded. My kids need their space and calmness.
  • Christmas: Oh we had such a fun Christmas this year and really surprised the kids! A little backstory, we don’t do Santa here. We talk about how Santa was a real person a long time ago (St. Nick) and how other families like to pretend that he is still around giving presents but moms and dads are Santa. The reason we do this is simple. In building trust with our kids we told them we would never lie to them. There are times when I say, “I can’t tell you”, or “That’s adult business”, but we don’t outright tell the kids things that are not true. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing that, just with my kids it is more important that they trust me than have that childlike wonder at this point in their lives. ANYWAY….this year we got some small toys and clothes for the kids but their big present was turning the basement into a gym. Now we have 2 trampolines, a balance beam, a punching bag, a spinner, and 2 gymnastics mats along with huge building blocks. We kept it a surprise until Christmas eve when Skye woke up when Joel and I were setting up the gym. She did a GREAT job of keeping it a secret until AFTER we opened all the presents upstairs. We told Cayla and Preston to grab some toys and we would play with them downstairs where we had more room. They were all so surprised! We have been using it a TON (until the next thing happened)
  • Epic Flu Epidemic of 2014/2015: In the week between Christmas and New Years our house got influenza. Well, not the actual house like the walls and stuff, but the people in it. ¬†Skye was spending some time with an awesome friend who called and said her temp was 103 so we went to pick her up. The next day Preston was sick too so we went to the doctor who confirmed that it was influenza. Then Cayla has a weird 10 minute fever and Joel and I got a little sick. It was the first time all three kids had been sick at the same time and it was intense to say the least. On the bright side, the kids were great patients and mostly slept and vegged out. Skye even let me take care of her! The first night she was sick I was checking her temp really late at night and she said “I’m glad you adopted me, you know how to take care of sick kids”. My heart just melted. Since she has gotten better things have been a bit weird and she has been acting distant. I think it was hard for her to let me take care of her.

I can’t think of anything else, but I labeled this Update #1 in case a remember more to update on. Here’s to a great 2015!

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Healthy Living Journey!

This blog was originally started to track my progress on two important journeys. The journey my husband and I began to add children to our family through adoption as well as my journey to a healthy lifestyle. A quick scan through past posts will make it clear which journey took precedent. As my last post talked about, it is so easy to put yourself on the back burner and focus all of your energy and strength to pouring into my kids and spouse. About when school started I was feeling burnt out with no energy or motivation. I was tired and crabby and not happy with pretty much anything. I knew I needed to make a change, but I wasn’t sure what I could do. I knew I wanted to go back to working out.

So in September I went back to the gym regularly. I followed the Couch to 5K plan as well as a weight training plan a trainer made for me a LONG time ago (like last December). I did that for a while and saw minimal change in energy and weight. Then I connected with a friend who does Advocare and asked about that. I decided to start that a see how it goes (although I was sure it wouldn’t work). It was on the expensive side so when I started the 24 day challenge I decided to do it all the way. My (not very positive) thinking at the time was that I didn’t want to waste my money twice so I would follow it to a T this time so I could be sure it wouldn’t work. Well, I don’t know why I doubted it because the science behind it makes sense.

Anyway 2 months into my decision to change my lifestyle to a more healthy and I’m down 17 pounds, can fit into clothes I haven’t in a while, and have MUCH more energy. Some nights I don’t even go right to bed when the kids do!

I will continue to update about how things are going! If you have any questions about Advocare or are interested in it, comment here or on my comment page and I will get in touch with you!

5K

So today I was supposed to be running my first 5K of the season, but that is not happening. I am skipping it for a couple of reasons. First off this is 5K that has the strictest time limit (max of 15 mins/mile) and I have not met it in my runs. Secondly, I have been lax on my training. I was doing so awesome for a while and now I haven’t been to the gym in 2 weeks. Here’s hoping I can go today. I have just found that if I don’t make it a priority than I find many other things that need to be done (shocking, huh?)

Slowly Getting Faster

So here I am, at the end of january and still going strong on the fitness routine. No more weight lost, but still tracking food (even when I eat horribly) on my weight watchers app and working out. My “workouts” consist of doing the couch to 5K program. It is awesome and mixes jogging and walking with a walk up and a cool down. Each workout I have been trying to go faster so up the speed on the treadmill. I am now up to running 3 mins at a 16:40 minute/mile. Goal is an under 15 minute mile. So far the fastest I have gotten is 19:22 minutes.

I have signed up for 2 5K’s. One in my town and one on April 19th. I am so excited for the April 19th race as it is a chocolate themed race that gives you hot chocolate and fondue when you finish! It is also on one of the hardest days of the year for me. A day a loved one passed away. The anniversary is always hard and I figure what better way to commemorate this year than to work on getting healthy!

Getting Back into Fitness

So there hasn’t been an entry in the “Fitness” category in QUITE SOME TIME! With the stress of children and becoming a stay at home mom, this area of my life has been rejuvenated. I recently joined a gym and started working out. I have been about 2-3 times but man do I feel better after. I have started over on the Couch to 5K training with the goal of running a 5k next summer. My new gym has FREE CHILDCARE while you work out AND a hot tub for after working out. I think this is definitely going to work, if for no other reason than to give me a break from the kids! I hope to be posting about it soon!

Small Victories!

I don’t have much time as I have a TON of paperwork for my job to do (gotta love being a therapist!), however I wanted to update you on two seemingly small victories this past week. One for adoption and one for fitness/dieting!

Adoption: One of my doctors never faxed my records to the adoption worker so I called to figure out the reason and called my worker back to giver her the correct fax number which was the source of the problem. As you know if you have been reading this or talking to me, I have been having a hard time waiting patiently for her to write the home study report according to her schedule. Anyway, you would be so proud to know that not once on that phone conversation did I ask how much she has done regarding our home study, how far she was, or if she had scheduled any time to work on it. I am try my best to leave it in God’s hands and not asking was no small feat for me! I was so excited! I even told her I understood how much paperwork she has as I am currently behind as well (when she brought up the fact that she hadn’t started, I must have been a crazy b**** on the phone in past conversations). I am trying to be understanding of her as she is just trying to do her job, though I would do things differently.

Fitness/Dieting: Last night Joel and I had some celebrating to do for something that happened with work so we went to Pizza Ranch. Earlier in the day I had eaten a small Dairy Queen Blizzard with a client as she had earned that as a reward so I did not have the Weight Watchers Points with the awesome food at Pizza Ranch, but I didn’t want to take away the celebrating just because I wanted to stay within my points. We went to Pizza Ranch and my plan was to just eat from the salad bar. (Keep in mind that this had been my plan before and it had NOT turned out well) This time I did it! I had a plate full of salad and ranch and veggies, some soup and nothing else. No pizza, no cheese sticks, no dessert pizza! I was able to stick to my allotted points even while watching Joel eat my favorite thing ever: Mac n Cheese! This was something that I was never able to do before so this is a big victory for me!