Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Weeks & 11 Pounds.

Well I can't believe it, but it has been 10 weeks since I changed my eating and fitness habits. I am happy to say that it really has become a habit and something that I just do. Working out has become just another part of my daily routine. On my rest day I feel so lazy and have to fight the urge to throw on my running shoes and go for a quick jog. It's funny that a few months ago I was saying things like, "I hate working out!! I like junk food WAY too much to eat healthy!" I'm SO happy I found something that works for me. That really is the key to making changes that are going to stick. Do what works for YOU.

So far I've lost eleven pounds and 11 inches! I know that might not seem like much, but I am short so eleven pounds is a bigger deal. I honestly don't think anyone can see a difference, but I definitely can. And I FEEL so much better! I have so much more energy and rarely take naps anymore (I used to have one almost every day!) I rarely get headaches anymore (I also used to have one almost every day!) I just feel happier and healthier. My resting heart rate has gone down significantly! It is so nice to know that what I am doing is not only making changes on the outside, but changes on the inside for my health! My resting used to be around 85 and now it is 64! My poor heart was working way too hard.
I can see the difference in my face too.
It has been so easy for me to stick to my 1300-1500 daily calorie plan that I'm actually worried it will be hard to eat more calories once I'm down to my goal weight! I snack on fruits and veggies during the day, instead of empty carbs and I eat a big bowl of broccoli every night before dinner. Other than that, I eat pretty "normal" food. I've definitely tried to cut down on processed foods (Mac and Cheese once every other week instead of three times a week, no more white rice, etc.), I've cut way back on my sweets, added more protein, and learned the power of portion control. I don't have any restrictions (like no treats), because there's no way I would be able to keep that up and I'm trying to establish a life change. This is not just a "diet"--I hate that word!

I just can't live without ice cream...It's all about portion sizes!
A typical dinner--brown rice (such a hard transition from yummy white), broccoli, and tilapia (I eat fish now! What?!)
I've started to include running into my workouts. I've never been a fast runner, but I've always liked it. I used to run every day until I really hurt my hip. For years it hurt to even walk long distances and I had to do physical therapy. So, I'm trying to take it easy and only run every other day, and for short distances (2-3 miles). But, on Saturday I was really dumb and I ran really fast (8:35 mile!) for 3 miles and now I have shin splints. So I'll be taking a break from running for a little while and hopefully be able to start again in a few weeks. I really need to learn my lesson... my body just doesn't handle running well so I have to take it EASY.

this was the day I broke my ten minute mile average. I do interval training, so jog for a few minutes and then sprint for 30 seconds. It has really helped me to get faster.
In between my running days, I'm still doing Jillian Michaels workouts. I don't look toned or have those 6-pack abs she promised, but I can tell that I've built more muscle. Not much, but I feel stronger. But maybe it's all in my head because I've challenged Landon to an arm wrestle and I still lose just as fast :)

I thought I would've lost more weight at this point, and sometimes it is frustrating when the number on the scale doesn't budge for a week or two, but I have to remember that it's not all about the number. My pants are getting so loose that I can easily pull them down without unbuttoning them (time to go shopping!) and shirts that used to be tight on me are starting to get loose. So changes are happening and I just need to be patient :)

this before and after will have to do... my real "before" picture is in my sports bra
I still have about 6 pounds to go until I reach my pre-marriage weight, but I don't think I'm going to stop there. I guess we will see. All I know is that I'm really motivated to be at healthy weight before I get pregnant. So when that does happen, I will be able to keep working out (you can't start working out once you get pregnant, but you CAN continue to workout if you're already exercising before) and I will already be in the habit of eating healthy for me and for the baby.

But don't get too excited, because it's not happening yet...but I'm a planner and I like to be prepared ;) 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Government Island.

It's weekends like this that make me feel alive. There's just something about spending a weekend away on our boat, enjoying this beautiful world with my little family that fills my soul. I am one lucky (and sunburned!) girl.

Before we bought Viking, we were part of a sailing club and met a lot of really awesome people. Even though we aren't in the club anymore, they still invite us along to events. So this weekend they organized a sailing cruise to Government Island. It is one of our favorite places to go because the docks are really nice, there's a potty, and a pretty beach.

Can you spot Henry? They basically disappeared in the tall grass and gave their mama a heart attack once or twice.

We left on Saturday, and even though there was basically no wind, it is still my favorite thing to be out on the water. (Get ready for a million pictures of the boys. I'm sorry but they are just way too cute in their life jackets. Holy moly!)

Henry's tongue is pretty much the cutest thing in the world.

Their life jackets have handles so you can grab them easily if they fall in the water. It's also fun to just carry them around :)

see? :)

We slowly, but surely made our way up the river to the island and of course as soon as we docked the wind picked up. We're just lucky like that ;)

There were four other boats that came and we spent the evening chilling on the docks. It was really fun to give people a "tour" of our boat. Plus, we love the people from the club so it was really nice to catch up and just relax. Our boys were also a big hit with everyone!

The sunset was unbelievable--Landon and I went on a long walk along the beach which was pretty romantical ;)

We stayed up late talking around a fire on the beach and then hunkered down for the night on our boat. Landon and I both slept like babies--we are getting more and more comfortable with our boat I think. The rest of the day was spent sitting on the docks just eating, chatting, and soaking up the sunshine.

On the way back to our dock we actually got to sail because there was WIND. It couldn't have been a more perfect or relaxing weekend. We sure love our boat and the quality time we spend together on her. Life is good!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Suzette and Jason's Visit.

Oh man, where to even start? We had SO much fun with Landon's mom and her husband Jason. The week definitely went by WAY too fast. The only bad thing about their visit was having to say bye. It is always so overwhelming and awful.

On Saturday we took them to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the beach. Landon and Suzette are both obsessed with chocolate and cheese, in that order (I'm the exact opposite, cheese first and then chocolate) so the cheese factory was basically heaven!

We went through the sample line three times! Mmm! All four of us liked the extra sharp aged white cheddar the best. Holy moly. Sooo good! 

And of course, we got some Tillamook ice-cream. It is the creamiest, yummiest ice-cream in existence. I swear. 

After gorging ourselves, we headed to the beach (Oceanside to be exact). I am always amazed at how beautiful the Oregon coast is, it literally takes my breath away! The forest and cliffs and huge rocks in the water... Sooo beautiful! 

It was really windy, but we weren't as cold as the pictures make it seem. The waves were crazy huge--I could have sat there all day just watching.

We went through this tunnel/cave thing to cross to the other side of the beach and sat on a log throwing rocks into the water. Suzette even found a heart shaped rock!

On Sunday we woke up to a lot of RAIN, which was a huge bummer because it was our sailing day. But in Oregon, you can't let the rain stop off to the boat we went! 

It was Suzette and Jason's first time sailing and they both LOVED it. Yay! We love taking people sailing, especially when they appreciate how amazing it is!

Suzette loves her kids so much, so as we were sitting up front on the bow of the boat she started talking about how proud she was of Landon and of course started crying. Her love for Landon is just so sweet! 

We got SO lucky with the weather. Because it was a rainy/stormy day, we had AWESOME wind and plowed through the river. It was amazing! And guess what? It didn't rain on us as we sailed up the river to our anchoring spot. It was a real-life miracle. Pretty much as soon as we anchored the rain came down in buckets! So we cozied down inside the boat and had some yummy Costco hot dogs for lunch :)

On the way back to our dock, it started raining a little bit, but nothing too crazy. We seriously couldn't believe how lucky we got with the rain. It isn't a big deal for Landon and I to sail in the rain because we have the clothes for it, but we didn't want Suzette and Jason to get soaked and be freezing and miserable. We wanted their first experience with sailing to be perfect, and it really was! They even got to feel some pretty intense healing (when the boat tips over!) 

After sailing we went to Kalama, WA and spent time with Landon's uncle Rob (Suzette's brother) and his family. We love them!

During the week, Suzette Jason went to Kennewick, WA to visit Suzette's mom. We really missed them! On Wednesday night we took them to downtown Portland for some fun people watching (there are so many interesting people in Portland!!) and a walk along the waterfront. Our cute boys came too :)

Speaking of the boys, they love their Nini (Suzette)! She is NOT a dog person. At all! But holy cow, she loves our dogs! She let them climb all over her, cuddle on her lap, and they got spoiled rotten! They came for a car ride with us and got a little warm, so they were panting. Next thing I know Suzette is pouring water into her hand and letting the dogs lap it up! I couldn't stop laughing! If you know Suzette, then you probably don't even believe me but it really happened! They sure love Nini!!! 

Thursday was our last day with them, so I came down with Enzo and we spent the morning together. We picked Landon up from work and went to Panera for lunch. I was so happy I got to spend some time with them during the day! After work we had dinner and celebrated Suzette's birthday eve! We played Scattegories and had some Tillamook ice-cream (our freezer is stocked!!)

We seriously had the best time and love Suzette and Jason so much! Thank you SOOOO much for coming to visit and please come back soon (preferably for GOOD! No more goodbyes please.)

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUZETTE!!! (Today is her actual birthday :) Yay!

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