Friday, August 17, 2012

The Time is Now

My healthy stuff isn't going so well.  I'm eating way too much.  Not feeling motivated to workout. And the muscles in my legs are killing me.  Mostly the ones on my heels.  They are so tight I can't hardly walk when I get up from sitting or laying down.

So we're starting with some Yoga.  Starting tonight.  I know it's 2am, but I'm up with a sick little boy so I might as well. Maybe it will help me sleep well enough to get up on time.

I will do 10 minutes of Yoga stretching.  I love downward facing dog.  It feels great on my hamstrings and calves.  But I love how Yoga transitions from one pose to another and keeps you moving.

So, enough writing and now for doing.  The time is now.

P.S.  I'm going to update and call my health related updates AudBod 2012 for this year.  :D  I like naming things. LOL

Friday, August 10, 2012

Enjoyin' the Little Moments

Today, I had a day off and it was a dang good thing I did.  In this heat I cannot sleep.
At.  All.
 Last night I was literally awake the whole night.  

But that's not the point of this post.  The point of this post was that today, we enjoyed a lot of little moments to the fullest.  

#1 - Went to Ridley's today.  I totally basked in the friendly customer service there.  At least 3 of the employees greeted me, talked to the kids, or asked if I was finding everything alright and that was all just walking from the entrance through the deli and produce sections to the dairy section.  

Spent $73.01 on groceries.  Saved $79.60!!  I love getting good deals and I especially love saving more than I spent.  I'm pretty sure I did a little victory dance booty shake out to the car for that awesome savings.

#2 - During the thunderstorm today we laid on my bed and watched and listened to the wind whip through the trees, saw amazing lightening, felt some big cracks of thunder, and cuddled as a family (- Erick because he had to work :( )

#3- After the lightening was done, we went out in the rainstorm and played and cooled off.  I actually sat in a chair and just leaned my head back and let the rain fall on my face.  Very refreshing to a tired body.

#4 - Ate Pace Bar Popsicles with the kiddos.  I love these popsicles thanks to Grandma Bolander who introduced me to them first.  I had a Tiger's Blood one today. Delish!  (Also one of the things I bought on sale at Ridley's today.   

#5 - Mom, Dad, McKay, and Nicole came by after being at the Farmer's Market at Kreibel's Barn and gave us each one of these yummy things.

Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

The kids loved showing them their clean and newly rearranged rooms. I enjoyed the fact that at least a part of my house was clean when visitors came over.  Too bad it wasn't the kitchen and living room. :)

#6 - After dinner the kids played outside with bubbles and rode their bikes while I sat in my chair and enjoyed some cool fresh air.  Plus a beautiful sunset.  Too bad I didn't think to take a picture.

Just a few of the little moments we enjoyed today (one of the last days during the summer to do such things for us).

Healthy Goals Update:

I've gone 2 whole days without pop!  Plus I'm drinking all the water I need to.

Went and got a flu shot today.  First one I've ever gotten.  Not too bad.  We'll see if I'm achy tomorrow like they say you sometimes get.

My goal for the next 2 days is to do Yoga stretching for 5 minutes morning and night.  I'll let you know how it goes.  I know I'm not nearly as flexible as I was last year at this time.  

Ya'll have a great night!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Birthday List

So my birthday is coming up.  It's on Sunday in fact.  The older I get the harder it is for me to think of things I'd like, but people (my Hubby) keep bugging me for a birthday list, so this is what I've come up with (a few of my favorites anyway).

Irideon Silhouette Hoodie

I love this hoodie and I desperately want one. 

Women's Marlee Boot - Golden Condor
These boots are way cute!
PaperMate Profile Ballpoint Pens
These are by far my favorite pens for my planner, waiting tables, or anything. 
Healthy Goals:

So my first day of no pop was a failure.  I had a sore throat and the ice cold pop was calling my name.  You know, I'd be able to eat better if food quit talking to me. Here is to day #2 of no pop and it will be a success!

My other goal today is to drink 64oz of water or more, depending on how thirsty I am.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Time to Start Blogging Again

I figure now that my computer is fixed it's time to start blogging again.  Life is going to get crazy and I figure if I take a few minutes to post about what's going on it'll be like my journal.  

A quick update on what's been going on in the last year:

School, work, track, throwing camps, family reunion, and more work. Oh yeah, and who can forget watching the Olympics.
Sadly, I've gained back all but 10 pounds of what I lost last year.  I'll be working on that and posting results on here.

What's Coming Up:

Life is going to get crazy.  Financially we are not in a very good position so we have decided that I'll go back to work at Sportsman's Warehouse.  (Thanks to Nicole who hired me back and thanks to Virginia for working with my now crazy schedule.)  I'll still be working at Homestead a few shifts a week and then I start school on August 27.  

Erick is starting online classes this fall also.  He's working on a bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration.  He's still working at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician.  Check out his woodworking stuff on Facebook at  Woodshed Designs page.

Myelle starts kindergarten this year.  We'll get to go register her on the 21st.  We're all very excited for her.  She's so excited she just can't quite hold still. LOL  She turns 6 this month.  She loves princesses and purple is her favorite color.  She really wants to do dance or gymnastics or swimming.  We just have to come up with the money to do it.  Perhaps soon.

Ben is 3 and all boy except his favorite color is pink. LOL  He loves sports and is always throwing something like a shotput or discus.  He likes to come watch me play volleyball on Tuesday nights, but that will have to end once school starts.  It's time to get back into our routine.  Ben really wants to be a cowboy. He told me the other day "Mom, I wish I could ride a horse or a cow or a sheep or...or something!"  Too funny.

Weight Loss:

I was going to weigh in and let you know where I was starting at, but the kids flooded the bathroom while taking a bath the other day and my scale was a victim.  So until I get another one I'll just let you know what I'll be doing to lose weight.  Starting with right now and I am going to cut out pop.  I get really bad when we go on vacation and I start drinking pop and then it's hard to stop again.  So from here on pop.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Little Late....Weight Loss Goal #4 Down

Well, yesterday was my weigh in day.  After we got back from camping I weighed 209 lbs.  {feeling sheepish}  I ate way too much, but I did only have 1 1/2 pops/day.  The food was soo good. Although I can tell I've been eating a different diet because junk food just didn't set well with me at all. LOL 

But I weighed in yesterday at 205.2 lbs!  I am officially down 25 lbs.  I already celebrated with my reward.  A soak in Mom & Dad's hot tub.  Boy did it feel good. 

Now Goal #5:

200 lbs by August 15.  {I have not weighed 200 lbs since October 2008}. 

I figure it's about time I buy a new pair of jeans.  Not a very expensive pair since I've got a lot more to lose, but I only have 1 pair of long jeans and they're getting too loose and have a hole in the seam of the leg.  

How I'm gonna get there:

We're going to start walking again.  Tonight we're going to do one time around the lake at Jensen's Grove just to get back in the swing of things.  
I'm also back to watching calories.  1500-1600 calories/day.  

When I reach that goal. I'm going to take an updated pic.  Lots of people have noticed I've lost weight. Funny thing is I don't see it. LOL I guess that's the way it is.  It is very flattering though and it motivates me to keep going.  

I am making a difference in my life.  Not just in the way I look {that's just a nice bonus}, but in my health too.  I've doing lots better at taking my meds. Only missed a couple days last month.  I just keep telling myself I need to do this or I won't be around to watch my kids grow up to be adults. I let it get too far and that will not happen again.  

200 lbs....Here I come!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Camping We Will Go

We're packing up and heading out tomorrow to go to Island Park for a week! McKinnon Family Reunion time. I'm excited to spend some time with my brothers and sisters and mom and dad.  The kids are excited to spend time with cousins and aunts and uncles.  Even Grandma and Grandpa Wood are coming up for a time.

Sadly, my camera has given up. Hopefully it's just the battery, but I have to send it in to be repaired so I won't get to take it with us.  Everyone else will just have to extra pics so I can post some.

I have some weight loss goals.  My main goal right now is to be 205 on July 31.  With all the yummy food up camping I'm going to need to be really good and watch portion sizes.  I'm not going to not eat anything, but have just one of everything. :)  I'm also limiting myself to 1 pop per day.  This morning I weighed 203.4lbs so if I'm good I should only gain a little bit and come in at where I need to be for the 31st.  

We're going to have a great time!  I'll see you all when I get back.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Soon I will post some stuff from the 4th of July and that.  I've been so busy with everything, I'm lucky if I get my weightloss goal posts put up.  I feel those are important for me to keep accountable so I've been focusing on those.  

Right now I want to talk about Ironwood.  It was a great camp again this year!  I have to say this year's kids were the politest I've ever worked with.  Met up with old friends, made new ones, and had a freakin' good time!

Backstory:  Ironwood is a throwing development camp that was founded back in 1989 by some Idaho throwing coaches.  One of the coaches that's been there since the beginning is my coach from my senior year of high school.  At the state meet my junior year Coach Johnson gave me the info on Ironwood, but for some reason I didn't go.  However, I did go between my senior year of high school and freshmen year of college.  I learned how to throw the hammer there.  {I LOVE the hammer BTW}  My two brothers went 2 times each after that.  They learned so much and became the throwers they are today because of Ironwood.

Fast forward to my first year as a throws coach {2007}, I wanted to go to Ironwood to help coach.  I talked to Bart the camp director and volunteered my first year.  Took my sister Keeley and another girl from a local school with me.  I loved coaching up there and the reaction of the throwers when something clicked for them.  I was addicted.  Well, I went again the next year as an official staff coach.  I missed camp in 2009 because Bentley was born.  Back at it in 2010 and again this year.  I am completely in love with Ironwood.  I wouldn't miss it unless absolutely necessary.  I can't even describe the feeling I get while coaching up there.  Ironwood is my throwing family.  I love the people that I meet there and the incredible people I get to coach and associate with.  I look forward to seeing them every year even if it is only for a week.

Until next year Ironwood. I will miss you.

Side note:  I gain about 5 pounds every year at Ironwood.  Since I'm working on my weight loss goals, I set another small one in addition to my other ones.  My goal was to not gain weight this year.  I didn't expect to lose, but I wasn't going to gain. {Little bit hard to do BTW since it is a 10 drive up and a 10 hour drive back.  The traveling itself usually makes me gain weight.}  So Monday morning before I left I weighed 211.4lbs.  Weighed this morning now that I'm back.  I weighed.......
I'm stoked!! I can't believe I lost weight, much less 3 lbs, while I was at Ironwood!  Big accomplishment for me!