Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey There...

It's been a while, so I thought I'd recycle some Instagram pictures and ramble.


Life
We're all sick with colds/sinus issues, so I've been doing a lot of shots...of NyQuil. I've got about 20 minutes in me after taking it before I'm falling asleep sitting up. Thanks, NyQuil...no, really.

B has been the least affected by it and I'm getting lots of extra baby snuggles :)
This shirt from Three Little Numbers is so him! I got 4 shirts from there for the babies to share, and this one has been designated for Little Man. I put it on Sissy one morning and I almost changed her before we left the house. Not that she's not awesome, because she is...she just...well...drama. I need to get THIS one for her. So appropriate!

I needed to run a drive-through errand yesterday, so we took our sick selves out in our pjs. I did put a bra on (in case of emergency), so at least there's that.
Sass!

Love
My cousins and I have a tradition of going to Creed concerts/Scott Stapp concerts (when Creed is broken up). My cousin, Allison, is obsessed while her sister, April, and I are only semi-obsessed...though I'm pretty sure the obsession grows with each show. I can't explain it. You have to see him live to get it. We went to Atlanta last Wednesday to see Scott Stapp and had the best time!
This picture cracks me up!

















The concert was at 8 and we stopped for Waffle House afterward like any good concert-goers should. We made it home at like 3am maybe? Totally worth it.


The kids had school the next day, so I was out of the door by 7:15 to drop them off and then met the BFFs for a walk and lunch. I could have stayed home to nap, but friends and fresh air are good for the soul. I could (and did) sleep later!

My mom watched the babies on Friday night so that B and I could meet one of the BFFs and her husband for outside live music, food, and drinks at a local arts & entertainment center. They host "concerts on the dock" during the Spring and Fall. This was our first time going and, while we spent most of the time waiting in line for food, we loved the atmosphere and will probably be taking the babies (and our own food) this week if the weather cooperates.


Health
My scale is still in hiding, and will be for the foreseeable future, and I haven't counted calories in quite some time. I don't know how it's affecting my weight, but my heart is happier. I feel like I'm staying pretty steady size-wise and I'm ok with that for now. Even though I'm sickly, I made it to the gym last night for RPM Xpress, BodyPump, and CXWORX and it felt great!
I'll probably be lazy today, or I may do a naptime workout, but I hope to make it to the gym for a repeat calorie burn tomorrow night!

I hope y'all are well and have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

100 Happy Days...


Have y'all seen the hashtag #100happydays floating around on Instagram? I have and I got the gist of it, but I didn't know where it came from or how to start.

Yesterday, Val (@fabchickgetsfit) posted that she and a few of her blog buddies (one of them being my little New England love, Candra {@camonlipstick}) were going to start their #100happydays today and invited us all to join in, so I am. She gives the details in her blog post HERE.

Here's the breakdown: Go HERE to register (or don't, whatever) and see the details of the movement. Share a picture of something, anything that makes you happy everyday for 100 days. Make sure to hashtag #100happydays and, since we're joining in with this fun-loving crew, add the hashtag #blogwives100happydays. That's it! I would definitely suggest you put the day that you're on in your caption if you think you'll get lost like me!

Since my big goal for 28 is contentment, the timing of this is too perfect to pass up!

Come join me as I join Valerie, Candra, Alicia, and Aubrey Leigh to find the warm and fuzzy in everyday!



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Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy...


...Birthday to me yesterday!


First, thank y'all so much for all of your sweet comments on my post on Wednesday. I will be replying to every single comment in the next few days. If you don't get a reply from me, it's because you're set up as no-reply blogger, meaning your e-mail isn't connected to your comment. You can fix that by following the instructions HERE so that I (and all your other favorite bloggers) will be able to reply to you in the future! Thanks for sharing that link, Holly, so that I could pass it along!



Yesterday was my 28th birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better day! I took the kids to school and came back home to spend my morning drinking coffee while watching Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey. I met one of my best friends for lunch before heading to pick up the kids and we even squeezed in a Target trip.

B wanted to get the family together for a birthday dinner, so we all met up for Mexican. There were about 18 of us and we had the best time. I love an excuse to get the whole family together and eat! They put us out on the patio, which was perfect because the 5 kids could run around some without annoying everyone in the restaurant.

Apparently my cousin slipped the news that it was my birthday at some point because this happened...

I love, love, love my family and there's no better way I could have spent my birthday!
With my brother, my cousin, and her husband's hand...I think.
My Grandmother wasn't able to join us for dinner, so a few of us headed over to hang out with her after dinner. Her birthday is the day before mine, so she needed some birthday love too :) Everyone headed home and Grandmother and I sat at the kitchen table watching The Big Bang Theory and talking until almost midnight!

I made it home just in time to catch my birthday cake on my Polar HRM and then headed to bed.

It was a very special day filled with very special people.

Thank you, B, for filling my day with love!

Typical family photo attempt



This morning I enjoyed a piece of my birthday pound cake from B (the man knows what I like) with my coffee and it was amazing.

My goal for 28 is contentment with lots of time with family and friends...the important stuff!



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pieces to Our Puzzle...


Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. Wear something blue!

When I first decided to write this post, statistics showed that an estimated 1 in 88 children have Autism. Just last week, the CDC released a new report that now shows that 1 in 68 children have Autism. 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is almost 5 times more likely in boys than girls.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.


You can read more facts about ASD here or here.


I wasn't sure when, if ever, I would write this post. Y'all know I'm very protective of my kids; I share little tidbits of their lives here and there, but they are not the main focus of my blog. The internet is a big scary place, even for me sometimes.

With that said, I thought I would let y'all in a little. While today is World Autism Awareness Day, everyday is Autism Awareness Day around here. Little Man and Sissy are both very likely "on the spectrum". They have not officially been diagnosed, but we know they are.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant with a boy, I feared Autism. I did not speak of it, but the fear was there. While most people might not know someone on the spectrum, one of my very best friends has a younger brother who has Autism. I grew up watching him and learning a little about the very special world of Autism. The older I got, the more I heard about it. New statistics, a new cause everyday; vaccinate, don't vaccinate, eat organic, hormones, etc. The list is endless, y'all, because no one knows exactly what causes it. Anyway, when the babies were about 18 months old, we knew they were behind. We had them evaluated for Early Intervention for their speech delay and when they gave us the results of the evaluation, they saw "red flags" in both children for Autism. I always had that nagging feeling about Little Man, but not Sissy...not both of my babies. It can't be.

This was a very difficult time in my life. I was desperate for answers, answers that no one could give me because they were "too young". For the first time in my life, I was clinically depressed. I was in mourning. I mourned the loss of the children I planned for. The football games, the dance recitals, the trips to the amusement park, the proms, their friends, their first loves, weddings, grandchildren...all of those things. We fought so hard to have these babies; it's just not fair. It was all coming down on me at once and I could hardly function. I knew my kids needed me, but I could do little more than lie on the floor and cry. Their physical needs were met, but not much more. I held them and cried, I sat on their bedroom floor and cried while watching them sleep...I was a mess. I was sad, I was mad, and I was scared. B handled the news much better than I did, but that's him. He's just great and can deal with life as it comes. He does not have expectations for things he can not control. We are very different in this way. As time passed, I started learning to take one precious day at a time. When I could do this, I could see my amazing children for who they are and the many possibilities in front of them. Though I had no control over my feelings, they were selfish. My babies were happy and healthy; they didn't need to be fixed...I did. 
Autism love your child


Skip ahead to today and I have two adorable 3 year olds who have grown so much...physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sissy now has lots of words, though we're still working on spontaneous communication (she knows a lot and repeats lots of things, but does not yet talk to you). Little Man is still non-verbal, but he has a handful of signs and is a pro at his PECS binder! I am so thankful for their time in Early Intervention and for the therapists who helped them and loved them so much. They aged out of Early Intervention at 3 years (February of this year) and are now in Special Education Preschool through the school system. They are growing so much and I'm amazed by them everyday.

It's easy to talk about the challenges we face in the world of Autism, but that's not what I want this post to be about. I just wanted to do my part for World Autism Awareness Day and to share a few more pieces to our puzzle. You see, I have a very special job...I'm not only their mommy, I'm their voice. It's not always easy, and I don't always feel qualified, but it's a job that I take on with my heart and soul!
"Live Loud for Autism" shirt from Sevenly.org

Every individual with Autism is unique. The stereotypes and "symptoms" you hear about are not true for every person. Not every person with Autism is sensitive to light and sound, flaps, avoids eye-contact, and doesn't like to be touched (do those sound familiar?); though those things can be true for some.

Even my two, twins, are so very different.


Little Man:
Non-verbal, noise maker, spinner, wanderer, jumps/flaps when excited, master of pajama escape, crib climber. Loves books, legos, bubbles, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Happy, sensitive, big time cuddler, easy going (like his daddy), sweet as can be!



Sissy:
Few words, hummer, throws the occasional (big) tantrum, crib jumper, toy thief, bow puller, organizer/collector of similar items. Loves books, dolls, bubbles, and Peg + Cat. Sassy, hilarious, excellent eater, stubborn (like her momma), and so much fun!

Now you know a bit more about us. Please, use today to learn a bit about Autism (and any other "different ability" for that matter) and open your heart to everyone around you. Teach your children love and compassion for all and do your best to lead by example :)
I'm thankful for my babies, for exactly who they are; I'm thankful for my husband, that we're on this journey hand in hand; and I'm thankful for my family and my friends who love my babies with open hearts, eyes, and arms. Sometimes this life is hard, but this life is beautiful!

 photo signature_zpsc4baca91.png, B, Little Man, and Sissy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Life Without the Scale...

...is actually pretty freeing. It's been about 3 weeks since I asked B to hide it from me and I'm finally at peace without it.


I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I'm obsessed with the scale. I step on it everyday, multiple times a day; it stays in my bathroom and I step on it without thinking about it. I weigh when I wake up (after I pee, of course), in the middle of the day if I happen to be around it, after a shower, after a workout, and at night before I go to sleep to get an idea of what I'll weigh when I wake up in the morning and do it all over again. That can't be healthy, right?

Not long after my low-carb experiment, I asked B to hide my scale. I had fallen off the wagon a bit and I didn't want to see what the scale might have to say about it. That's not the first time I've done that.

Now that I'm back on track, I'm curious to know my weight, but I honestly feel like I'm healthier not knowing...right now. I told y'all that I'm trying to "make good choices" and shift my thinking from losing weight to being healthy. With that, I've decided to keep the scale away. I'm not exactly where I want to be size-wise (my AE 10's are fitting well these days), but I'm semi-comfortable. I'm at a place where I feel like I can make that mental shift to health instead of weight, so I'm running with it.

I've let go of my obsessive weighing (thanks only to my scale being out of sight) and I'm also letting go of my obsessive logging on MFP. In this almost 3 years of losing weight, I've never felt like I could do ok without pre-planning my day. I plan everything and I literally set times of the day when I'll eat what I have planned. It worked well for my weight-loss, but my entire day revolves around food when I do things the way I have been and I think I'm ready to work on my mental health along with my physical health. I struggle with emotional eating, the occasional binge, and being obsessed with my weight. I'd like to break free of that, and I think this is the path (for me) to doing so. I won't lie though, I'm nervous. I do still want to lose a significant amount of weight. I'm scared of not counting every single bite of food that goes in my mouth. Can I really do it? I know I won't likely lose as quickly, but I'm ok with that. I don't want to gain though, so I'll have to reevaluate if I sense that I'm losing control.

MFP and counting calories will always be there...I can always go back if I need to. I will still be logging into MFP everyday because I want to keep my streak of logging in, I will still be logging my workouts on MFP to keep a record of them, and you might see an occasional day of food logged here and there just so I can keep tabs on myself.

I'm really excited, and a little nervous, to be doing things a bit differently.

Healthy motivation



How is your relationship with the scale? Healthy? Or are you obsessed like me?


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Five on Friday 3/28...

Happy Friday, y'all!




FIRST!
I recently got a package from the gorgeous girls over at Pink Slate Boutique and I am in love with my Good hYOUman sweatshirt! I wore it to dinner with a girlfriend on Tuesday and I've hardly taken it off since then. It's SO comfortable and I adore the message on it. It's generously sized (I'm in the small), so make sure to check out the sizing chart when you order. Don't forget to use the code CRAFTYHEALTHYMOMMY for 20% off of any order as well. My gorgeous necklace is also from Pink Slate and can be found HERE.
























Second...
B and I started watching House of Cards a few weeks ago and can not get enough. We just started the second season a few nights ago and, holy crap! If you watch it, you know what I mean. If you don't watch it, start!



Third...
I will risk blowing my car speakers and my eardrums for Katy Perry's Dark Horse. I can pretty much only listen to it when the babies aren't with me because I have to have the bass maxed out and the volume way up!




Fourth...
Speaking of the babies, I'm dying over the cuteness of their little coordinating running shoes from Target! I swore I wouldn't be that mom who dressed her twins alike, but come on!


Fifth...
New adorable coffee mugs from Ross for $3. Yes, please! I'm going to need some kind of special coffee cup storage soon.


I hope y'all have a great weekend. I had a bit of trouble "making good choices" at dinner last night, but I'm determined to do well over the weekend!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

NSVs and Some TBT...

Today I'm going to linkup with KTJ and Samantha for some NSVs.

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I made B hide my scale a couple of weeks ago, so it's time to celebrate some NSVs.

My NSV for this week is sticking to my plan to "make good choices". As I try to shift my thinking from "losing weight" to "being healthy" I'm finding that it's easier for me to do well...so far.


  • I've been leaving cheese off of my lunch salads and I don't even miss it that much.




  • I asked B if he wanted me to pick up dinner on my way home from the gym last night and he said a burger would be good. I was going to drive through McDonald's for him and eat some of his fries on the way home figure out something for myself at home. I couldn't think of what I would eat once I got home so I decided to call him back and ask if Subway was ok. He was fine with it, so Subway it was. I ordered a footlong sweet onion teriyaki chicken on honey oat instead of my go-to Italian Herbs and Cheese and a bowl of soup. I ate my soup and did what I haven't often done...I only ate half of my sandwich and saved the rest for today. Now, soup and a 6 inch sub is enough food for nearly anyone, but that doesn't usually stop me from finishing off the whole thing. Total NSV for me!



  • My snacks and dessert have been much smarter this week



  • Wednesday's are BodyPump days, but I was still feeling so sore from Monday's BodyPump that I had talked myself out of going. Then I asked my cousin if she might want to join me for RPM (cycle class) on Thursday instead. She said she wouldn't be able to, and I really didn't want to go alone, so I talked myself back into going to BodyPump...sore or not. Since B got home early, I even had enough time to make it for RPM Xpress beforehand. I was dreading it all, but I knew I'd feel good after. I survived RPM Xpress, moved on to BodyPump, and then my gym buddy, Susanne, talked me into staying for CXWORX even though I really just wanted to go home. I walked out of there burning just over 1000 calories and feeling so tired, but accomplished. It's so easy for me to sit and be lazy, but it feels so good when I'm active...why have I taken the lazy route so often lately? No more, self!


And just for shits and giggles and some motivation for myself...let's add a little Throwback Thursday in here.

These are from last summer when I was at my smallest. I was a comfortable 8, but more importantly, I felt so good! I want to be back there and I'm happy to finally be back in the right mindset to get there.



Have a good day, y'all, and I'll be back for Five on Friday tomorrow!


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