Chayton and Jackson

Chayton and Jackson

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Ahhhhh...Today i am feeling good. I am HAPPY and HUNGRY (ha...will get to that in a minute). I slept fabulous last night and usually do not sleep well. And it is a-mazing how much better you feel when you sleep. Now if i could just get my exercising incorporated into my schedule, i would be even more happy. And i am going to! 
The diet...yes, i am trying some other crazy weight loss plan that is called the "liver shrinking diet." This is a diet plan that bariatric surgeons give their patients 2 weeks before they are scheduled for gastric bypass or banding surgery. It is a diet that involves drinking protein drinks for breakfast and lunch (can add a small salad of lettuce with dallop of fat free dressing), 2 snacks (either a serving of fruit, carrots or 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese) and a healthy/low calorie dinner. The dinner consists of either 4oz lean protein with 1 cup raw/cooked green vegetables or you can have a healthy microwave meal (Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones) that is between 250-325 calories roundabout. I thought this was going to be a breeze because i enjoy the protein drinks and i like the microwave meals for the most part BUT it is much harder than it sounds. The protein drink if perfect for breakfast on the go. And the microwave meal is a perfect size for lunch. I am starving! I did better last night than i thought i was going to. I was so tempted to just give in and go get Wendy's a little while after having my meal. But, i didn't. And i am doing it today as well. We will see how later goes. They saw that you can lose 10-20 lbs in 2 weeks!! And that is a crazy amount but would be a good jumpstart. This is definitely NOT something anyone could do long term. I enjoy eating healthy foods that are good for you (lean protein, veggies, salads) and these meals are just not the best idea of a healthy dinner for me. I am definitely using will power here because it is not an easy thing to do.
I have also been wanting one of the fitness devices that they have out now that tracks your movement, eating habits, sleeping habits and motivates you to get up and move. There are several and the one that i was really wanting was LarkLife. Here is what it looks like...
Did my research on it and it was fair. 2.5 stars out of 5 was not convincing enough for me to pay $150 for. And the only color option at the time is blue! Don't get me wrong, i like blue but it is not stylish enough for me to wear it with nearly everything and on a daily basis. So i read more reviews and stumbled upon the UP by Jawbone. It basically does the same thing as the one above but the reviews were 4 stars out of 5 and most everything was positive with the comfort of the band, uploading the data, etc. So, i ordered it! And i get it today. There were several color options and i could not decide between light gray or black. But i ended up going with black. And here it is...
These were the only 2 that i could find that also monitored sleeping patterns. And i was really interested in that feature as well. Can't wait to have my package delivered and get it up and running. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

* To Begin *

Well, isn't that the truth?? The only way to finish is to begin. What is wrong with me?? Why can't i just BEGIN? I think that is just like the saying...if you can just get that one foot out the door. And it is the honest truth. Just beginning something is most likely the hardest part.


 verb \bi-ˈgin, bē-\
be·gan  be·gun  be·gin·ning

Definition of BEGIN

intransitive verb
: to do the first part of an action : go into the first part of a process : start
a : to come into existence : arise
b : to have a starting point
: to do or succeed in the least degree <I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am>
transitive verb
: to set about the activity of : start
a : to bring into being : found
b : originateinvent
— to begin with
: as the first thing to be considered

I have been trying to "begin" for months now. I did it back in October and was doing really well. And then Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around and i have been trying to get started back ever since. But, i am PROMISING that i am going to begin tomorrow! I am going to do it. I am going to get things together today so i can start a journal of my meals and workouts. I used to do that and it totally holds you accountable for what goes into your mouth and what you do to work it off. It works! I cannot-NOT begin any longer!! (i know a double negative- but it explains what i mean perfectly)

(i posted this on this blog because i ended up deleting the other one today...cannot keep up with 2)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

~ Striving 2 Be Skinny ~

For some CRAZY reason, i have decided to have a separate blog dedicated to getting skinny again. I cannot really keep up with this blog so i am not sure how i think that i can keep up with two. But, i am going to try. I am trying to have a place that i can document workouts, motivational things and healthy eating to hold myself accountable for what i am trying to do. I wanted this blog to be about my 2 boys and family life and not the other stuff. I really hope that i can make it work. Here is the blog if you want to follow along...

The other thing that i am trying to decide about is whether or not i want to try to make things to sell. Yes, another CRAZY idea that i have come up with. I cannot keep up with doing things for Chayton and gifts that i have done to give people much less think that i can make a big production out of it. But, i may see if i can handle it. I REALLY would love to work less at work and try to work more at home! I have created a shop on Etsy that is called The Preppy Paisley and created a Facebook page dedicated to that so i would have the same name. There is nothing listed on either site right now but we will see what happens with that. That is all for now. Guess i need to go figure out something else to add to my plate :o)