Sterling – 7!

This is my favorite photo of him to date. Thanks again, Olive.

My son and I

One that brings tears to my eyes the second I see it. I can hear that laugh just looking at it. I meant to post this the evening of his birthday, but I’m glad I waited. I had more time to soak in the memory when this photo was taken this summer during our Virginia Beach trip. One I hope not to forget for a long time.

Sterling (actually, both kids) was on cloud nine, traveling across many states (always asking how many we had left), seeing the ocean, meeting my family in person beats FaceTime every time, spending time with cousins, hot summer days, boardwalk walks at night, sand everywhere, being in a pool where he couldn’t touch, but could bravely navigate the waters by himself. My kids have been drawn to water since they were infants. I’m the same way. I can’t get enough of it.

I hope when he looks back on his life and thinks about how things could and should be, he sees photos like this one and knows all I ever want for him is that. I want him to know I’ve got him. To not only come to me when he’s sad, but to come laugh with me too.

He’s the sweetest boy, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his mom. He really is. He’s thoughtful, caring, empathetic, and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Always wants to be in charge of the younger ones, always teaching and helping. He loves snuggles, especially if you ask him first. He loves being outside. He loves hunting. He loves Imagine Dragons (I really want to surprise him with a concert ticket sometime!). He loves our disco lights and our dance parties. He loves dinosaurs.

Sterling, we love you so much. We couldn’t imagine life without you by our side. You can make us laugh any time. Your imagination is amazing. You love reading (something I’m so grateful for) and you love math. You’re our bb and you are a ray of sunshine.

Love you bubba.

Harper – 5!

This little girl turned 5 yesterday.

I’m going to sound like a total mom, but time is going so fast. It’s very bittersweet to see these two get older, but so cool to see the humans they’re turning into.

She’s our sweetheart, always giving loves (hugs/kisses). She’s rambunctious and this past year has really developed her own little attitude. She is not shy to tell you what she wants.

She is not particularly fond of attention (ex: watching her while opening presents). She loves alone time and is always requesting if she can go to her room and play by herself.

She loves her calves and baby animals of any kind. She loves watching Spirit, a show about a girl and her horse. She loves the outdoors no matter the weather. This last year she has really turned to all things Barbie, Shopkins, and LOL Sisters.

She started her first day of school Wednesday and loves Kindergarten so far!

 

Ashley Horner’s Transform You Challenge – Weeks 1 & 2

Dustin bought me Becoming Extraordinary for Christmas. I follow Ashley on Instagram and saw her post about a Transform You challenge. It’s 10 weeks long and I figured I could totally do it, since the trainer is 12 weeks. My local gym, Ignite, was starting a 21 Day Detox the same day the challenge was starting (Mon. Jan 8th) and I was hoping I wasn’t getting myself into too many things. After talking with Dustin, the meal plan on Ashley’s trainer was sort of similar to the detox, so I went ahead and started it as well.

Can’t wait to look back on these posts at the end of Week 12.

To be honest, this is for me. If it helps motivate or inspire you and if it helps you feel like you can do the same, then heck yes!!

HUGE DISCLAIMER: I do NOT live by the scale or measurements. At all. I am overweight. I completely understand that I could potentially stay the same weight or gain more weight but in the form of muscle. I just want to be healthy and fit. For me, that’s being strong, whether I just feel it, or I look it. With that said, I have weighed myself to add it to my measurements because I can look at it and not feel discouraged if it doesn’t move much or at all. It’s all about how I feel. If you’re one to look at the scale and it’s gone up 5 pounds and you easily get discouraged, then this way isn’t for you. But it works for me.

Week 1: Where It All Began & I Told Myself To Shut Up

Summary:

  • The first day was the TOUGHEST day for me. Took me 2 hours and 20 mins to finish and I didn’t get through the whole workout.
  • Getting used to whole foods again.
  • By the end of week 1, I noticed a change in my attitude, my skin was clearer (not 100%), and I felt like a beast.
  • Paid attention to my goal planner (Lara Casey’s Powersheets) every single morning. Stuck to my guns with my daily workouts, water intake, vitamins, and bible study!
  • I attempted every workout, didn’t complete a few workouts, missed one day during the week, and made up for it on my rest day.
  • I went to the gym in the morning (5am) and the evening (5pm).
  • Never been so sore, but it felt SO good!!
  • At the end of week 1, I was completely regulated. If you don’t understand that, it has something to so with the restroom. *ew*
  • Meal prep was a HUGE key in not falling off the wagon. And they are completely right when they say it takes no time in comparison to how much time you think it takes.
  • Mental battle was RIDICULOUS. I literally had to tell myself (internally) to “shut the **** up” because fear would sit there and say “I don’t know if I can do this”, “oh no, my muscles are shaking”. I got through it though and cried afterward. HUGE accomplishment.

Measurements (taken Sun Jan 7 at 8pm):

  • Weight: 235
  • Neck: 15
  • Arm: 15
  • Chest: 43
  • Stomach: 48
  • Waist: 45
  • Thigh: 28
  • Calf: 17.5

Week 2: Where I Had To Deal With Conflicts & Gained Confidence

Summary:

  • I blew Day 1 away the next Monday, I completed the entire workout and had 30 mins to spare at the gym.
  • Meal prep again, killed it! Love having meals already planned. Hate making decisions because I get anxious. The less decisions, the better. Meal prep helps this!
  • Had work conflicts Thursday, didn’t get a workout in. Used my 5am workout Friday to bust through half of Thursdays workout.
  • Tailored a few of my 2018 goals and set myself a couple non-food rewards if I accomplish them. Dustin and I agreed if we stick to this not only for 12 weeks, but for the year, we’d go to an NF concert in 2019. So stoked to see him live.
  • Excited to start muscle groups on Monday. First 2 weeks are an all over workout and will probably be my go-to if I ever need a workout routine because they rock.
  • Noticed lots of improvement.
  • Participated in the private Facebook group, even have a few women who wanted to do a group text to send motivation throughout the weeks. Love having this community!
  • Ashley posted asking for volunteers for her Unbroken Foundation. Would love to help out with that here in the midwest. Going to answer her questions and send them off.
  • Skin is on point, though I’m pretty sure I have cystic acne. It’s not terrible, but they’re deep, and often red and sore. It never seems to go away. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Herbivore. Will treat myself to their skin/facial care items once the 12 weeks is over. Figure by then all the crap in my body should be long gone and what a way to reward myself for completing!
  • Love Lat Pull Downs, Row Machine, Shoulder Press, Tricep Extension, and Hack Squats

Measurements (taken Sun Jan 21 at 11:27am):

  • Weight: 223
  • Neck: 14.5
  • Arm: 14
  • Chest: 43.5
  • Stomach: 47.5
  • Waist: 44
  • Thigh: 27
  • Calf: 17.5

Gained half an inch on my chest, I assume because my time of the month is right upon me, idk. Still have to get to the gym today (like now!) and tomorrow starts week 3!

Peace, love, and sunshine!
– C