My life as a woman, wife and mother.

90 Days! 158.8#

Let’s recap the month. I’m down .6# for the month. That would have been a lot more, but yesterday was a disaster food-wise. Well, not a disaster, but not great. I even considered not stepping on the scale, but I really wanted a total for the month regardless if it was a gain.

I’ve set up a page for my 30 Day Shred challenge. I’m just going to mark done when I’ve completed the DVD for the day. I’m also going to track my weight again this month and my measurements from 11/1 and 11/30.

This morning I slept in AGAIN until almost 7am! Unbelievable. Obviously I needed the sleep, as did the entire family. I did earn 3 APs this morning and even had the girls join me for part of my workout.

My week is shaping up like this….

  • Monday – volunteer, walk levee?
  • Tuesday – nothing, DH has PT
  • Wednesday – Zumba!
  • Thursday – volunteer
  • Friday – Zumba? Early release from school

Nothing earth shattering going on here. 🙂 I also need to deliver my letters to Kwik Trip and Pierce’s asking them for donations for the Thanksgiving Feast at school.

As for today, I’m getting laundry done now since the girls need their black pants for their halloween costumes tonight. We’ll probably trick or treat earlier rather than later. The kids do have school tomorrow and I’d like them to shower before bed tonight. Trick or treating always makes things a little chaotic, supper is late, they want to sort and organize their candy and they find it hard to settle down. It should make for an interesting evening and an even more interesting morning tomorrow!

Have a Happy Halloween!

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91 Days! #?

Morning all! Our computer is slowly getting back to normal, so today will be brief.

L’s party was great. Nice kids, fun games and she had a blast which is the most important part.

I did okay eating and did have a lovely large piece of birthday cake! Yummo!

This morning I got in 3 APs between the elliptical and ab work.

Soon we’ll be heading to the library for new books and then having a leisurely day at home.

Monday I start my 30 Day Shred Challenge and am all ready to go for that. I can either do it in the morning or for my afternoon workout. Each day will dictate when I do it as will my mood. 🙂

Have a great Saturday!

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92 Days! 159.4#

My computer is junk. I’ll post more later.

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93 Days! 158.6#

So the scale came back down a bit since mother nature is settling down a bit. 🙂

This morning I tried to sleep in, but L came into our room at 5:30am. Oh well, I got up and headed downstairs for my workout. I did 15 min. on the elliptical, 17 min. of abs and arms and then 30 min. on the treadmill. 3.5 APs is pretty good considering I’m taking a Zumba class tonight. It’ll be about 1 1/2 hours so I should get a good burn going on! I’m trying to decide if I’ll have a workout on Friday morning or not because that would be my only time to get one in that day. I have kids all day and my daughter’s bday party in the afternoon.

The kids don’t have school today or tomorrow so today we are just going to veg at home. L is playing with her new pixos that she got for her bday and they are watching some bizarre cartoons. The only thing on the agenda for today is to get the treat bags ready for her party. I’ll bake the cake tomorrow morning and I’m just going to make a thin homemade icing to put on top of the cake. The strawberry low fat ice cream is in the freezer and I have all the other things like bowls and napkins ready to go.

Oh, yesterday I went through all of our home videos of the kids. Man, I was rolling laughing at some of the stuff! It’s so easy to forget how things used to be since I’m so caught up in the NOW of things. We are looking into getting the VCR tapes dubbed onto DVDs. It’s pretty spendy to do, but with technology today it’s almost necessary if we ever want to watch them again. I told DH that we have to do it no matter the cost, it’s just priceless to see the girls so little.

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94 Days! 159.8#

It seems mother nature is affecting my weight today. Hrmpph…it’s okay, it’s temporary.

This morning was a slightly easy workout since I’ll be going to Zumba soon. I got in 2.5 APs between the elliptical and some ab work. I like being able to feel my oblique muscles! 🙂

Today my oldest daughter turns 8! I woke her up by singing VERY LOUDLY to her! I told her if she didn’t get up I’d keep singing! LOL We let her open her gifts this morning since one item was a new backpack. She was all over that since she wanted one before school started, but we didn’t want to spend the money then. This one has a lot more zippers and pockets and is more fun to put things in.

Today my youngest gets to have her class Halloween party. She was very excited to wear her costume to school and we had zero issues this morning. Clothes were already picked out and we knew what we were doing with her hair. She did not eat breakfast but I know I packed her a good lunch and they are having snacks today for their party. Again, my blood pressure remained normal.

As soon as the kiddos were outside waiting for the bus I started carpet cleaning the living room and hallway area. I’ve been procrastinating on it big time and today was the day. I hope those spots all come out! I even cleaned the sofas. We have microfiber so it really only takes getting them wet and wiping them down to spruce them up. The trouble is now there is no where to sit in the living room since we have 2 fans blowing full speed ahead and everything is wet.

Challenge Alert!

For the month of November I am going to attempt to do the 30 Day Shred for 30 days. It seems perfect since November has 30 days already. 😛 I’m going to take my measurements on November 1 and compare then to November 30 and see what happens. Anyone is welcome to join me in this endeavor.


Well, that’s all I got for now. I have Zumba soon and then I’m making a stop at the library. I finally rounded up all the kids books and I’m going to get them a few newer ones to read since they’ll have 4 days off from school.

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95 Days! 158.4#

First off, will I ever see 157.something on the scale? Yes I will! 🙂

This morning was pretty good. I opted for some light cardio for a warmup and then did some ab/arm/leg work. Then I was daring and did a program on my treadmill. It was only 20 minutes, but every 30 seconds it changed incline and speed. The fasted I was going was 7.0 mph. It was just right for today.

I managed to get all the box tops counted last night. If my calculations are correct our school made over $1500 this year! Last year it was just under $1000, so we improved greatly! I’ll be driving the boxes to school later on this morning before the hurricane winds really get rolling.

I also need to stop at a couple of stores to get the final touches for L’s birthday party. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow she’ll be 8 years old! So many things have changed in those 8 years and she’s turned into a bright and wonderful daughter!

Oh, I should update you on how C behaved this morning since she’s been such a pill lately. Well, she was warned yesterday that there will be NO trick or treating if this morning behavior keeps up. So last night we picked out her clothes for today, which she put on without a fuss this morning. She then wanted to do her hair! Boy oh boy, this is where a problem could start. I kept my cool, she didn’t shed any tears and we got her out the door with an acceptable hair-do. She did NOT eat breakfast, but I wasn’t going to push the issue since we were having a decent morning. So, she has another morning left of school this week and she’ll be going trick or treating if she can make it through. It was wonderful to have a morning without my blood pressure skyrocketing!

What else? Oh, DH took the van in for an estimate. It turns out our deductible is only $250 not $500! Woohoo on saving money. They can get it in next Monday and it’ll take 2-3 days. The good news is I can get a loaner car. While I don’t necessarily need a car, it’ll be nice to have the option.

That’s all that’s happening in my world. I have absolutely nothing on my agenda for today that has to get done. It’s nice and it’s boring. 🙂

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96 Days! 159.6#

Morning all!

Well, let’s start with 2 photos from the pumpkin patch last week.

I did have some other photos, but I’m just not that great of a photographer! 🙂 It was a fun time nonetheless.

Let’s recap this morning so far. I got in 3.5APs and I’m hoping for a walk this afternoon since it’ll be around 70 degrees! I’m going to take it while I can. This morning C was having ‘issues’ again. That child is very close to losing trick or treating privileges. Again, this phase of her life MUST END SOON!

Here’s how this week is looking so far….

  • Volunteer at L’s school
  • Pick up sale items at Pierce’s
  • Get tablecloth for L’s birthday party
  • Count box tops
  • Help L decorate dipped pretzels to take to school for bday
  • Zumba! 2 times this week!
  • L’s birthday on Wednesday
  • Pick up last minute things for L’s party
  • L’s birthday PARTY on Friday
  • No school Thursday & Friday

I’m sure there are things I’m missing, but that’s the main points of my to-do list for the week.


Marathon Recap!

The marathon was wonderful. I left the house at 6am to head to the Dells to get there in plenty of time. I hate driving in the dark and it was rainy and a bit foggy too! Well, wouldn’t you know it my greatest fear came true! I hit a MONSTER BUCK with my van! Surprisingly I was fairly calm through the whole ordeal and only realized my hands were shaking when I phoned DH to tell him what happened. He obliterated my passenger side front lights and made a few minor dents. DH will take it in for an estimate today which I’m sure will be thousands of dollars. Thank goodness our deductible is only $500.

I got to the Sports Center to and picked up my t-shirt and directions to my water station. The instructions were very lacking as to what I was actually going to be doing, but we did have a veteran at our station who knew exactly what to do. We prepped hundreds of cups of water and gatorade and waited for the race to begin. It started at 8am and we were at 1.5 miles from the start, so around 10 after or so the first runners were making their way to us. It was a mad rush of people asking for water and gatorade and they were super polite saying thank you and thanks for volunteering to help out! By 8:40 or so everyone had made it past us, including several walkers. So we refilled our station and waited until about 9:30 or so before the first 1/2 marathoner was making his way back to the finish line. The return trip was a lot less chaotic and we got to chat up the runners a bit more. Again, they were super nice and thanked us for helping out. One lady even stopped running to pull out her camera to take our picture! LOL

I didn’t see anyone pass out or anything, but one girl was on the verge of tears as she passed by. I can’t imagine running over 26 miles and I have a feeling she was questioning it herself! LOL I did see a few men with bloody nipples and I felt awful for them. Other than that most people looked pretty good and were asking for beer or vodka by the end of the race! 🙂

The people I worked with were really great too and they made the time fly by. We talked running, races, children, families, vacations, etc. It was a nice day even though it was drizzling most of the time. Finally I got to leave and I realized as I drove home that was the first time I sat down since 7am and it was 2pm! When I got home and stepped out of the van I was feeling pain in my legs from standing so long.

It was a great experience and I’d even like to try my legs out on a half marathon next year. I’m going to keep that in the back of my mind! 🙂


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97 Days! 159.2#

It’s Marathon time! Woohoo! I’m excited, it’s in the upper 50’s right now and just drizzly out. I do have on long undies and 2 shirts since I’ll be sitting around most of the day. Oh yeah, no exercise for me this morning. Instead I’m going to live vicariously through all the runners today! LOL

I’m hoping to get some pics to share and I still have some from the pumpkin patch to get on here, but there just isn’t enough time in the day. Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll be able to catch up once the girls are on the bus. I don’t have to help out in C’s class in the morning since her teacher will be doing testing with the kids, so I’ll be home until 11ish when I leave for L’s class.

I ate pretty well yesterday, no binge eating at least! I did have to eat SILs homemade tuna casserole for lunch, but I did pretty well on portions and rounded it out with baby carrots. Today starts a new WW week for me and my goal for the rest of the month is to keep my eating under control, sneak a few afternoon walks if I can, and stay under that 160# mark on the scale. I think I’m on my way.


Have a great Sunday! I’m off to eat some breakfast!

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98 Days! 158.2#

Morning all! It’s a rainy one here today in Wisconsin. We haven’t had measurable rain for a long time, several weeks I believe.

This morning I slept in until 6ish and then got in a pretty decent workout. 3 APs total, bringing my weekly total to 30! Not too shabby!

This morning we are going to my SIL’s house and then possibly to Subway for lunch. Then this afternoon I have to deliver some cookie dough and do some quick shopping. I also have to squeeze in counting a ton of Box Tops! Good thing I have two kiddos that like to help out a little. They bore of it faster than I do. LOL

Tomorrow is the marathon and I’m super excited about it, even though it’s going to be rainy. I guess I’ll just have to go prepared for the weather.

Well, I have to run and get ready to leave. It’s been a busy morning around here already!

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99 Days! 159.6#

Morning all! Yesterday was an entire day of rest and it was glorious! 🙂

This morning I did some cardio and some ab work for 3 APs. That’ll probably be it for today since the rest of my day is jam-packed.

We are leaving around 8:30 to meet the kids at the pumpkin patch in a neighboring town. They’ll be there for a few hours taking a wagon ride out to pick their pumpkins. We’ll be eating our picnic lunch their and then they’ll head back to school. After that DH and I will head to school to help unload the fundraiser goods! It’s hard to believe we sold $21,000 worth of goods! The kids did a terrific job!

Tomorrow we head to SIL house in the morning and then I’ll be spending my afternoon counting box tops for the school. I’ve done it the last two years and I hope we beat out what we made last year. I think it was a tad over $900.

Sunday is Marathon day! I finally got the email on what my duties are. Myself and 4 guys will be working mile marker 1.5 water station. Thank goodness each station has a portapotty! LOL I’m thinking I’ll be there for the long haul since our water station is also one they’ll hit on their way to the finish line! I’m very excited about the whole thing and feel nervous like I’ll be racing too! LOL I have to be in the Dells by 7am so I’m going to leave shortly after 6am to give myself plenty of time to get there. I hate driving in the dark anyway and it’s still dark then unfortunately.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m off to get ready to pick pumpkins!

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