Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday-Getting Into Gear!!!

Hello everyone, Happy Monday! Hope you all had a blessed Easter! We really enjoyed the time with our family as well as seeing the Passion Drama at a new church we checked out! Lance & Adam really enjoyed the service and kept asking us questions. It's so nice to see them involved and wanting to learn about our Savior!

Anyways, today is a new day for me because I'm starting my running training for a run I'm doing in August. I have an injury that doesn't allow for me to run, but I received a new brace on Friday from the VA in hopes that I can run again! Started my training with the brace today and it felt good, so hoping that it works out for me!

Also, today starts my new weight loss challenge
at Krave in Osakis, MN which focus's on Nutritional Health using Herbalife Products. The program goes 6 weeks, takes before and after measurements and helps you keep on track to meet your goal. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I succeed because I was not happy with the info I was given!!! It said I had a body of a 48 year old at age 30...YIKES! So needless to say, I'm going to do it, I'm going to stick to it, I'm going to embaress myself so I reach my goal and I'm sharing with whomever reads this blog so that I have more accountablitiy than just myself and my Herbalife gal...Keeping the fingers crossed that this is not in vain! LOL

So here are my before pictures and starting information:
Age: 30 Height: 5'2"
Starting Weight: 147.6 lbs
Body Fat: 36.7 {YIKES}
Metabolic Age: 48
Waiste: 32"
Hips: 39"

My goal is to get my body fat down to 27% and my metabolic age down to 30...hoping I get there at the end of my transformation process!!! Then I can brag about how healthy I am and how good I look! LOL...Wish me luck everyone!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Organization: Entry Unit

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday!

This past Sunday, I had pent up energy and went to cleaning. I am in the process of turning my spare room from a stamp
catastrophe to a guest bedroom/craft room. I spaced taking a before picture {trust me when I say it was HORRIBLE!}...but did manage to take a picture about an hour into the cleaning process...Will post later in time to give the full effect...but for now, wanted to share my latest accomplishment for spring cleaning!

So Sunday, I was fed up with our PILE of coats, boots, shoes, mittens, hats, pants, sweatshirts, etc. in our entry room from the garage. The room is 26x26' and really isn't used for anything except kids toys and a pool table. No one sees this room except us. So for the past 5 years, we've been laying our stuff in one big pile. No rhyme or reason to the
madness. And with 3 boys, it was getting very difficult to find matching shoes or mittens!!!
So I set off to organize the chaos that was the entry...Here is a midway through pictures, because again, I forgot to take the before because I was in such a flurry!!! And also, here is the after. I took an old metal shelving unit that was in my stamp room and moved it to be my new entryway organizer!!! Very frugal in my opinion because I'm reusing a system I didn't need anymore, also reused 3 wicker baskets! So total cost is $0! LOL...Organized 72 pair of shoes, sandals, boots and slippers; 12 hoodies; 14 winter jackets; 4 snowpants/suites; 11 hats, 4 scarves, 13 pairs of mittens, and a partridge in a pair tree! LOL...

Hope you find it useful...if not, thanks for letting me think you do! Woot woot!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Family Time: Spring Mini Vacation

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!
Wow, what a fun and busy weekend! Our weekend was 4 days long. Took a trip with the family to stay at a Hotel/Waterpark in Brainerd, MN. BEAUTIFUL Country up there. Only about an hour from here, but enough vacation when traveling with 3 young boys. We weren't able to get outside at all because it rained the entire time we were there, but we did enjoy lots of games and activities. We were comped 80 tokens to play in the arcade. Lance & I tried our best to win tickets for some small prizes to take home while Adam & Daddy didn't do anything but ride the Thomas ride! Needless to say, Adam was in "Heaven"!We spent a lot of time shopping and eating as well as a lot of time enjoying the waterpark itself. Out of the 3 Waterpark Hotels in the Brainerd/Baxter area, the Holiday Inn is by far the best when traveling with children. Especially children under 42". Lance was able to ride the slides with an adult, swim the canals and the big pool and run around on the children's park. This is also best for smaller children because it is 0" all around so you don't have to worry about not watching them in case of "accidents"...The slide is also perfect for smaller children and every 30 minutes, they have a bucket that dumps all over the waiting bystanders on the ground...

Adam after going down the slide with daddy!
Adam waiting for daddy & Lance to come down the waterslide!
Lance waiting for daddy & Adam to come down the waterslide!
GIANT water bucket that would spill onto the waiting crowd below every 30 minutes. A warning bell goes off for 5 minutes so you can stop whatever you are doing and make it over to the bucket dumping! So fun!
Lance after the dumping of the water!
Baby Jack does not enjoy water like his older brothers. He just hung out in the stroller, mostly trying not to get wet and trying to take a snooze...
Lance putting his swimming lessons to the test in the deap waters of the "big boy" pool! {On a side note, Lance past 6 levels of swim lessons in only 3 months! What a fabulous accomplishment! Mom & Dad are so proud!}
I'm not a walking spokesperson, I just really enjoy mini vacations with my family, and since we enjoy outdoors as well as waterparks, we most likely end up in Brainerd sooner or later so have come to favor the Holiday Inn.
But, by the time we got home, all the kiddos and adults needed to catch up on some sleep and get things put back in order. Good thing we came home Saturday so we had some time to recoup before back to the work week!

Anyways, hope you all have a wonderful day!

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