Pounds lost since 10/15/09!!

Having technical issues...stay tunned! 55 lbs lost so far

Tami's progress...

coming soon

ashley's progress...

Friday, September 17, 2010

under construction...again

Yikes! Stupid PHOTOBUCKET has thrown off my entire groove. 
 They have erased, deleted, added, messed up and completely ruined my very limited html knowlege.
I am working on the cite and am going to get it up and running again, now that summer is over, school is back in session (HELLO ROUTINE!).
Bear with me, I'll be here and there but as soon as I get stupid photobucket OUT OF MY BLOG AND LIFE FOREVER!!!!
(a little dramatic, but they're making me crazy)
Hope you're all well.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

rantings of a walking zombie

I'm worn out from a long day's work.  The kids are in bed and the house picked up.  I put the dishes away and wipe down the counters.  My feet are tired and I'm feeling like I'm ready to fall over.
I go upstairs and do the whole ready-for-bed routine.  I wearily crawl into bed, kiss Ryan and lie my head down on the pillow.  I sigh a very long and dramatic sigh. 
And then it starts. 
The never-ending list of things I should have done or that I now have to do in the morning.  The fact that I forgot to do the last 3 minutes on my exercise video haunts me.  I look at the clock.  I think, "If I fall asleep NOW I'll still get 7 hours of sleep." And then my mind starts racing.  I wrote some down for your enjoyment:
Wedding shower ideas (I'm throwing on May 1st for Ryan's sister), how to get more piano students, how much I REALLY HATE the feel of cottonballs, where in the world is my MP3 player?, did I lock the van?, is there more than one mouse living in our garage, is mice poop deadly to children, I wonder where the rest of Carter's 3T clothes are in the garage, how can I organize the garage better?, I wonder what quote is on Brenda's chain tonight, I wonder how chinese class is going to be for my mom, I wonder how Aimee's Josh is doing, how are Donny's classes going, is Ashley going to need help moving and why hasn't our landlord cashed the rent check yet?, I can't wait for Girls' Camp because I love my Mia Maids so much, but how can I do it with only one car and if we take that time off work, how in the world is Ryan giong to make up the hours and his firm...and on...and on...and on!
This is HONESTLY what I think about. In any given minute.
I look at the clock again.  I'm already tossing and turning.  I'm waking Ryan up and already had to put Carter back in his bed.
I get up to take Dawson to the bathroom.  I crawl back into bed.  I've only killed an hour.  I need to get to sleep! "If I fell asleep NOW I'd still get 6 hours of sleep." I think to myself. 
This will go on for the next few hours.  Sometimes I get up and take a bath.  I'll nod off in the tub and then get back into bed and...BING!  Wide awake.
I've been like this for a year.  Official diagnosed as an Insomniac.  I know it's normal to have periods of stress and not be able to sleep.  But I'm different.
That's great.  Add that to the list of problems with my body. It's like my body is saying, "I DARE you to loose your weight!"

It's now 3 am.  I get three hours of sleep.  I step on the scale and my heart drops.  BLAH!!
I'm stuck! I am not trying to excuse my weight for going up 8 pounds over the last 5 weeks, but the combination of medication I'm on and not sleeping makes me HUNGRY.  Not hungry...starving.  I'm like a puzzle trying to fit the pieces together.  I'll get it together.  (thankfully some of that is water weight!)
I'm NOT stressed.  That's the funny thing.  This is life.  Balancing being a wife, mom, cook, blah blah blah.  I'm just trying to figure it out. 

I do deep breathing, hot bubble baths, yoga, stretching, no caffeine past lunchtime, self soothing and even self-hypnosis for helping me relax.  I write down all my thoughts before bed to make them get OUT of my head so I can sleep! I'm doing the right stuff!

Stay tuned for more rantings of a walking zombie!

Thanks for letting me vent.

Monday, April 12, 2010

holy stress, batman!

Boy, I've been STRESSED! You can't lose weight when you're stressed.  I'm not sleeping well either. My insomnia gets bad when I'm stressed.   That's a double-whamy...talk about my world imploding!

These are my reasons for slacking:
-Sick kids (what's new!)
-Company from out of town (always welcome!)
-Road trips out of state (I like Cache Valley, Utah)
-Meetings and church responsibilities (YW is sure fun, but BUSY!)
-Several trips to the doctor (Dawson has strep, I can't sleep)
-Ryanna's surgery (tonsills/adenoids)
-Spring Break with absolutely, postively NO structure and routine
-Ryanna's birthday (she turned 8)
-Ryanna's baptism and party
-Planning a Bridal Shower for my sister-in-law
-Helping with a GIGANTIC Mia Maid/Teacher activity this week....AHHHHHHH!

I haven't lost a pound.  I have been working out though.  That's my OUTLET.  How I'm able to cope.  I admit that I have been eating more off-program than ON-program. 

But I'm back on track and looking forward to my trip to Northern Idaho in 2 months, 3 weeks and 6 days.  But who is counting? This week I'll get the pictures on the sidebar uploaded and updated.  I'm hitting this month HARD and I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Once again, thanks for your support.  Love to you all!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

welcome ashley!

I'm elated to introduce you to the newest member of TEAM SKINNY JEANS!

It's my beautiful sister ASHLEY!

Welcome to our team.  I'm so excited for you and we all look forward to seeing your success!!

Here are the BEFORE pictures:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

new team member!

There's a new member of TEAM SKINNY JEANS! I'm so excited for you all to meet her, she's amazing and brilliant and she's just darling. 
I'll reveal her next week when her food arrives and she begins her very first day!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

pretty much sums it up

The man who wants a garden fair,
Or small or very big,
With flowers growing here and there,
Must bend his back and dig.

The things are mighty few on earth
That wishes can attain.
Whate'er we want of any worth
We've got to work to gain.

It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.

by Edgar A. Guest

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

chocolate craving

Yesterday afternoon I bought a chocolate bar from a gal in our neighborhood.  She was raising money for her soccer team.  I remember this chocolate from high school, how delicious it was. 

I tore open the wrapper, took one whiff and distributed it amongst the children; which they devoured it quickly. 

NO regrets about choosing NOT to eat it! But it was torture to pass it by.  I just turned off my brain so I wasn't reminded about what I was MISSING.  Grrrrrgh.

Monday, February 22, 2010

woot woot

GUESS what? I needed something PINK for New Beginnings coming this Wednesday, which is a good excuse to go shopping.

Went to Kohl's the other day.  I found a shirt for $7.99 in a size smaller than what I wear.  I tried it on anyway, thinking that I'd buy it and hang onto it until I could fit into it.  (I LOVE CLEARANCE!!!!!)

It FIT.  Not only did it FIT, I looked darn cute.

Can I get a woot woot?

Friday, February 19, 2010

month 4 pictures

Trying HARD not to break into a HUGE smile!

Me being goofy!

Doesn't really look like much difference in the picture from last month. 
 I'll kick it up a notch for this month!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

coming soon!

My Month 4 pictures are on their way! They're stuck inside my camera and are taking too long to upload. 

BLOGGER is so frustrating sometimes!

I promise, check back TOMORROW and you'll see them.  Thanks for your continued support!

Friday, February 12, 2010

what does 50 pounds look like?

I wanted to HOLD 50 pounds.  I dragged my Mom to the baking aisle of Walmart and I wanted to get a picture of me holding 50 pounds of something.  I did flour first, and it was H-E-A-V-Y! I couldn't actually lift the bags at the same time! Two bags of 25-lb flour is unreal.  UNREAL to think that I actually hauled this around with me everywhere.  NO WONDER I was always out of breath!

I wanted to see smaller increments and I held 10 bags of sugar!

This is my favorite! Not only because it's one of my most favorite THINGS in this world (I adore chocolate), but I am holding 42 BAGS of CHOCOLATE CHIPS!!! That's how much 50 pounds is.

Friday, January 29, 2010


Sound familiar? I know it's ME this week! I've M-A-D-E myself do it and I've lost 5 lbs since Sunday morning.  WAHOO!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

new measurements

I finally found my measuring tape and took some measurements and this is what I found:

- 1 inch off arms
- 2 inches off hips (is that all? I am doing a million squats...come ON!)
- 2 1/2 inches of waist

TOTAL lost is 5 INCHES in the last month! Just in the last month! My weight has just kinda lingered around the same area for the last couple weeks, I need to get back in the SERIOUS grove again.  I need to hit ketosis and STAY THERE!

My total inches lost since 11/1/09 is around 15 inches.  That's OVER A FOOT!

Hey whadda ya know? I shrunk by a foot.

Friday, January 15, 2010

month 3 pictures

Here are the highly-anticipated MONTH THREE PICTURES!! Okay, and I mean highly-anticipated because I couldn't wait to post them and compare the day one picture with this one.  Wahoo!
I've only lost 9 pounds since last time I took pictures, but I have lost inches.  I'll share that in another post coming soon! I guess those darn squats are actually helping me!

Yikes! Ryan said, "SMILE!" right before he took it and THIS IS WHAT CAME OUT? I should shower and get dressed for the day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

oh yeah, doin' that thing you do!

The challenge:
NOT NIBBLING or sneaking a single bite of delicious-smelling deep fried corndogs and Pringle Chips that the kids had for lunch. (I know, really healthy, right?)

The cure:
DISTRACTING MYSELF by singing a song and the only song that popped into my head was "That Thing You Do!" and I proceeded to sing it while I served lunch.

It totally worked.  My mind was elsewhere and I didn't take a bite!

But if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch the movie now.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Whoops.  Totally blew today with stupid sugar cookies.  They didn't even taste that good!

Back on the program tomorrow! I'm going to have a GREAT week.

Ohhh! Month 3 pictures are coming on FRIDAY!!! I am so excited to see the difference...stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

oreo tauntings never are fun

I'm stressed.  My boys are fighting over the same Spiderman car and screaming.  My phone is ringing off the hook.  The garbage disposal is making that funky noise again.  And WHERE is that awful smell coming from?

My hair isn't done, my make-up not applied, my contacts aren't even in.  I barely made it until breakfast and I dash about the house getting Ryanna ready for school and hope she's not late for the bus.  I want to EAT.  Something chocolatey.  Something fattening. 

I restrain myself...but I still have the inkling.  The hankerin' for something yummy.  Who cares that it's only 8:42 in the morning?!!! My poor neck muscles are very tense and I'm starting to feel myself shake from the stress.  Most days I can handle it, but for whatever reason, I'm really NOT coping well.  I usually would turn to food as a coping mechanism, but that's exactly the BAD HABIT I'm trying to break! WHICH EVEN ANGERS ME MORE!!!!! I WANT that stinkin' little Oreo cookie.  Or the entire bag. 

This is usually what can trigger one of my migraines, and I'm REALLY not in the mood.  I need to be anxiously engaged in my to-do list and not down on the couch with some headache.

I try something.  I take away that stupid Spiderman car.  I turn the t.v. onto Nick Jr. and sit the boys down in front of it.  (I don't do it THAT often!) I go upstairs and sit on my bed.

I close my eyes entering a "no-thought-zone" and inhale deeply.  My mind is FLOODED with thoughts about what's on my to-do list, who I need to call back, the thank you notes that I still have to write.....and on and on and on.  I accept each thought, and remind myself that I have it all written down on the to-do list.....HENCE THE TO-DO LIST!!

I calmly remind myself that I have a goal.  To achieve my weight-loss goal I need to keep up the will-power.  It's a mind over matter.  My brain is telling me that I want that Oreo, not my stomach.  My brain is saying that I'm stressed and I'll find resolution with those 70 calories.  NOT! I'll feel WORSE after I eat it.  And enter awful CYCLE that I got into years ago.  Exactly what I'm NOT going to let happen.  I want the long-term and not the short-term satisfaction.

I imagine myself in Kohl's searching the clearance racks for that new shirt that's a size that I haven't fit into since I got married.  Or going bathing suit shopping (also at Kohl's...duh!) for when I go to Hawaii this fall and how I want to knock Hubby's socks off.  I say to myself...  "If you can believe in it, you can believe it. And if you can believe it, you can make it happen!"  I imagine myself in a real-life setting and I can nearly SMELL the store.  That's exactly what I WILL have happen. 

I love that saying.  At this point, commercials have plagued the boys' program downstairs on Nick Jr., and I hear them starting to need my attention again.  I take another couple quick cleansing breaths and open my eyes.  I smile and get off my bed.  I feel suddenly refreshed, my body is no longer shaking, I don't want that stupid Oreo and it's no longer taunting me!!

I think that I'll be able to survive this day.  Those stupid Oreos did NOT get the better of me.

Monday, January 4, 2010

burn, baby, burn!

Did you have a wonderful Holiday Season? I sure did.  I allowed myself to indulge a little and I ate chocolate! It was delicious and had a couple nibbles of this and that was so NOT on the program.

The scale did up a little, not much, but enough to light that fire of newfound committment! I can do it!

I bought myself a little present the other night.  I wanted a new DVD of Turbo Jam, but since they're kinda hard to find them (you can buy them directly from Beach Body but it's expensive and I'm too impatient to wait for ebay) so I ran to Hastings and bought myself a new workout DVD.  I love The Firm.  (not as much as Turbo Jam, but it's a close second)

I realized the other day that exercising is a mind over matter for me.  I love to sweat and I surprise myself how strong my body actually is becoming.  It's amazing to me after a workout session, I feel excellent! I love to sweat and look forward to it daily.  The weirdest realization I've had though? I LOVE lower body exercises.  I LOVE squats! I normally HATE it and don't do them, but the stronger I get the more I enjoy them.  I can actually push myself harder without killing myself off.  Oh, I love it!!


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