Friday, May 29, 2015
The first month I did the Medifast 5-1 program to jump start myself and teach myself portion control. I couldn't justify the cost for more than a month so I made the most of it and lost around 8 lbs the first month. I continued to lose, but a slower pace from there- even hitting plateaus as I started to gain muscle from my daily morning workouts. I found the Daily Burn program and alternating them with my treadmill runs. I had my ups and downs- cheating days and perfect ones, but I kept my goal in sight.
Almost five months later and I am down 21 lbs and four pant sizes- I'm wearing a size that I have NEVER worn before! I eat better- not just better- I am no longer controlled by my appetite or cravings. I make things like zucchini boats and cauliflower pizza (both delicious). I went to an activity with the girls the other night and totally ignored the dessert platters. I get up a 6:15am, 6 days a week and work out- something I couldn't imagine a year ago. And it feels great.
So here is the proof in the pictures. My health journey :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Violet's Finished Room
Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Water Fun
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Jokes By Liliana
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To die and go to heaven.
(shaking my head)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Do All Things Come in Threes?
Because if they do, we're waiting for one more injury.
#1- Yesterday Luca got a head cut glued after Daddy didn't check for cealing clearance before happily throwing the boy in the air when he arrived home from work. (He still feels awful.)
#2- Violet fell (jumped?) off the couch into the glass front of the curio cabinet. Just a few cuts, but the sound was awful. (I'm not upset about the cabinet - it was a hand me down that was getting pretty worn, and didn't fit with my new furniture. Great excuse to get rid of it, actually. )
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
How to Stop a Grumpy, Continually Moving Hurricane??
Friday, May 8, 2015
End of the Year Field Trips
I got to ride the bus with Moira (and left the kids with a sitter) which was fun- the PTO actually got us charter buses, which I figured made sense with a bunch of kindergartners who might need to use the bathroom on a 1.5 hr ride. The museum itself was great with tons of hands-on exhibits. We might make a trip up there during the summer.
It's nice to do more of these things now that Luca is older. Imagine what I'll be doing when he goes to school! :O
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Think Before You Promise Money
Won't happen again, but at least they worked hard!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
In the Newspaper!
Moira's teachers very kindly sent home this paper with Moira on the front page planting flowers on the school grounds. Pretty neat!
Bedtime to Violet is when the other kids go to bed so that she can do what she wants until Mom and Dad come upstairs.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
My Dogwood Tree
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Luca the Destroyer
Don't get me wrong, my girls got into trouble, and lots of it. But when they got caught getting into said trouble, they had the decency to stop and look at least slightly ashamed.
Not Luca. When he gets caught doing something he shouldn't be (which is about every 15 minutes) he rushes furiously to finish what he started. And then he throws it, if possible. For example, this morning he was playing with someone's cup of water they left on the table (both of which are strictly forbidden) and I walked around the corner. He saw me and frantically started spreading the water as much as he could, laughing as he did. Or, how about when I found him pre-dinner trying to eat from a glass bowl on the table. Luckily I caught the bowl before it hit the ground. I didn't make it in time for the dinner plate the night before- it shattered into many smaller pieces. The dog food is thrown at least once a day, as well as phones, pens, controllers, and his sister's toys. I often have to change his pants mid morning due to him being wet from a water adventures in the dog's bowl. And he's never sorry; not one bit. Unless you count the trouble he's sorry he didn't get to finish.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean up a board game he just dumped as I wrote this.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
When is This Phase Over?
That is syrup. There's more on the chair and table, as well.
Nothing is safe. Especially my sanity.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Exploring the Yard
At least for most of them it was. For Violet and Luca this is all they will know. It will be so natural to them. And that makes me so happy- makes me happy that we made the decision to move away from the "big city" and raise our kids here.
So here's a picture of the two littles discovering one of our big rocks. I'm so lucky.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
It's Time (Out)
I haven't done time-outs with the girls for so long I almost forgot about it. We're trying to curb some violent tendencies in the boy, and this seems to work, for now.
Still, so dang cute, even when he's in trouble!
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Mom's Weekend Away
I love my nieces and nephews. I never expected it to be like that with my siblings kids, but it is- total unconditional love. They fought over who would give me the first hug. They told me all about their friends and classes, and I loved it. We went to the Phoenix Zoo, which someone I had never visited before, right from the airport.
Then things got exciting when we went to lunch and Emma fell and split her forehead open. The poor people at Chick Fil A probably thought we were gonna sue them. We cleaned her up and had to take her for stitches. No temple visit, but I got to eat some pizza with the other kids.
It's interesting how playful I get when I don't have anything to do- the kids got me to jump on the trampoline quite a bit (great exercise). Of course I also got to spend time with my sister and we had the boys over at various times on Saturday. Quite relaxing.
Before I left on Sunday Ang took me to see Mom's grave for the first time since the funeral. The grass is coming in nicely and she's gotten some neighbors recently- one of them a friend who also lost a fight to cancer. I should have taken the picture closer, but I forgot till we got back to the truck.
Course poor Kaylon got stuck with a weekend of vomit- I guess no good deed goes unpunished, right? But that also meant he got lots of snuggles from the little dude. I'm grateful he is willing to do things like this for me.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Degrees of Safety
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Forgive the Deluge
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Nothing Can Stop Him!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Then there is Moira.
I've always known that she was smart. Too smart for her own good. But then she started adding numbers faster than Liliana, and listening to Grace practice multiplication. It didn't take her long to understand the concept behind it ("it's just a faster way of adding, mommy"). She is constantly asking us math questions using infinity, googliplexion, and other various big numbers.
And she's in kindergarten.
Today Kaylon printed off the multiplication tables to 12 and pi to the 50th decimal. She's loving it.
Good thing her mom and dad both graduated college...
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Well Played Mother Nature
That said, my backyard is gorgeous.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
It Had to Happen Eventually...
Nothing is safe. Sigh...
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Surprise! We brought home twins today!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Apples to Apples
No seriously. You should come visit now just to fulfill this on your bucket list.
Watching Liliana defend her choice is hilarious. It's hard not to give her the win every time
Monday, February 9, 2015
Ever See "Ant Bully"?
I don't know if my house will survive him.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
McInelly Fashion. Coming to a Store Near You
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
When Parenting Tactics Don't Work
Liliana: Mom, there is more to life than electronics.
Well played, my dear, well played...