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Danielle - Bonnie
We are mothers and we love: losing weight, working out, and being healthy.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hello one and all. Danielle here. I'm still sitting in a messy office. It's a bit more put together this week. Curtains are hung, painting is pretty much completed. There are few spots that need to be touched up. Some furniture that needs to be moved around...small piddly stuff. You know that stuff that winds up taking a couple of years to complete....I hope not!

As far as last week went with my diet/exercise - I would say I should get a B. It was Valentine's and I didn't over indulge on candy. In fact I hardly ate any. The destruction that was candy wrappers that I later found in the trashcan wasn't from me this time. That makes me proud to say! Though sometimes,  I don't think that I am eating enough. I decided that I would stop logging my food but I would still log my exercise. That means that I don't know how close to goals I am. I have been mentally trying to keep track. I'm 97% sure that I am eating enough protein. I have been drinking my water (maybe not as much as I should). Taking my vitamins, eating fruits and veggies and trying to stay away from "bad carbs". And I am so happy to say that I now have a work out buddy. That is really going to help me. Knowing that I am accountable to someone else, is good. We are planning on working out together Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I'm bummed that I didn't make it to the gym last night. I wasn't feeling very good and decided that it made more sense to stay home. I plan on trying to go tonight, though.

As far as new recipes go...I'm slackin' on the cooking thing. I just don't really the drive or desire to cook right now. Though I am trying new things! I tried some spicy udon noddles with shrimp at this really yummy Japanese restaurant that we found. My husband also decided to buy some ground buffalo (all natural fed, no hormone or antibiotics used). He paid $10 for a pound (YIKES!). He cooked that up and we had tacos...they were pretty stinkin' tasty. That was the first time that I had meat in almost a year. I really didn't have any issues with eating it. I did though have to do some thorough research about the company before I even considered eating any.

About my riding...my butt hasn't been on a bike seat in a while :( If I don't make it to the gym tonight (I do have a meeting) then I am going for a ride. The rain has finally seemed to slack off. But I think it will be back by Thursday, so I need to take advantage and now!

My challenge for the week:
Spend 20 minutes a day on my yoga mat working on my gluts/legs/abs. (I did it last night for 20mins)

What are you going to challenge yourself with? It doesn't matter where you start, you just need to start somewhere. Making small changes here and there...choosing whole wheat instead of white. Choosing water over a soda. Choosing a side salad instead of fries. Remember that you ARE worth it and that you CAN do it!

P.S. I ordered my swimsuit!! I'm so excited and nervous. I'm afraid that it won't fit...I'm afraid that it will be too tight and that I will look like a stuffed sausage. And this is the one that I picked... monokini It is on back order, so I'm not too sure when I will get it. Estimated around mid March. I can't wait to see how it fits :D
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What a day!

Oh wow, today has just been an accumulation of suck! One very blah and drained Danielle here. You would think that the day after "Love" day that things would be normal at the least. Well today has totally kicked my butt.

First of all my daughter decided to play hide and seek, hardcore style. Like it didn't matter that mommy was running through the house crying, begging, and pleading for her to please come here. Like the lady that was hysterically running around looking in every nook and cranny is what mommy is supposed to look like. I'm just thankful that my husband showed up quickly. It took him 3 minutes to get home, it normally takes closer to 10...you know, if you hit a red light or 2. I don't know how he got home so quickly, I'm just glad that he made it here safely. I'm thankful that Ben found her before I was finished with the police officer on the phone. They were making their way to our home. It's pretty evident, she won this round...but I now know to look under the desk chair and by the toy boxes. I truly hope that she doesn't decide to do this again. I would think that the fact that both mommy and daddy were bawling their eyes out would help her to understand that it wasn't a joke or a game.  I was a freaking wreck. It was scary.

And the most recent incident involves my daughter again....she decided to have a peaceful slumber in my bed. And then she puked all over it. -Sigh!-

Seriously, this tiny little sassy girl is just doing my head in. She can be such a sweet girl, so loving and so sweet and then there are moments like this:

Fade in- I'm standing in the kitchen by the sink. In she walks
Her- "Mommy, I'm thirsty. Sippy please?!"
Me- "OK, let's get a drink. What do you want?"
Her- "Ummmm.......Ummmmm.....JUICE!!"
Me- "Ok <insert an endearing term here>. Here you go."
Her- "Thank you!"
Me- "You are welcome."
Her- "I'M COLD!!!"
Me- I  wrap her blanket around her.
Her- "Thank you mommy, I'm so warm now."
Me- "You are very welcome. I love when you are so sweet and you use your manners."
Her- "Hiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssssssssssss!!"

Yes, she hissed at me...she hissed at me a few more times and then walked away with her sippy and blanket in-tow. Oi vey

Alright so now to the "good" stuff! As far as diet. I sorta hopped back on that wagon, but I'm kinda draggin. I'm really trying to watch what I eat. But I'm sorta at that point where I am in maintain mode. I guess I am seeing what I can eat and how little exercise I can do before I start to see a big difference on the scale. And no...I am NOT giving up. I still have my goals and my plans and I still want to accomplish them. The weather has not been cooperating at all when it comes to riding. It's been raining off and on for a quite a few days now. I'm really starting to wish that it would stop all ready. Or at least give me a few days to get a couple good rides in.

The office is coming along nicely. There are still a few things that have to be done. The baseboards have to be sanded and painted. Some touching up here and there. I need to finish the art work. I need to sand and repaint all the picture frames. I need to finally decide on the color that I want them to be. I need to find fabric and then upholster my chair. I also need to sand and paint it. So, yeah....just a few things. ;)

It's been a bit difficult trying to figure out how many calories I have burned lately...I really would like to have a heart rate monitor. I will add that to my want list... There hasn't been any gym time for like a week and a half, if not more (bad me....bad me!). But I have been busy at home. Sanding and painting is a good arm work-out. I am planning on heading to the gym tonight...I hope. As of just a few minutes ago my daughter has then thrown up again, the couch was the lucky piece of furniture this time though. *facepalm*

If I don't make it to the gym...then I'm going for a ride come rain or clear sky. Alright, I have a few things to go and take care of. I need to remember that I CAN do it and that I am WORTH it...you remember that as well! Arrivederci.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Not so Awesomeness.

Hi everyone, Danielle here. I'm a bit late with my blog this week. Sorry about that. I have a lot going on right now. My son had a birthday yesterday, my husband's is today. He has had some serious issues arise with his driver's license and some past stupid mistakes. So he, or we, are now paying for that...and dearly. I decided that I am going to write a book. And then I decided to gut the front room and turn it into an office for the hubster and I. I am sitting at my desk surrounded by disaster. I do not thrive well in a mess. It's making me crazy! I really need to get it finished but I'm having a lot of mixed thoughts and huge lack of motivation. I had a whole plan in my head...and what I see in reality isn't matching up. And so now I have lost all want to continue it. I really need to just stop pouting and get it done. I know that it will look good, it may not be exactly what I wanted but it will be nice!

Ok, so I figured that I would share about the sucky part of losing weight. <insert your shock and horror here> Yes, it's true. There are some sucky parts to getting healthy and losing weight. Let me list a  few of mine:

  • I only have three pairs of jeans that fit now.
  • None of my underwear fit any more.
  • My bras are all way too big. :(
  • My boobs are now like rocks in socks. Imagine it...a long tube sock with the end full of rocks. Got the mental picture....Yup just like that. :( x10
  • I have loose skin in places that I really don't want it. 
  • I have this weird belly fat pouch thing going on. It's looks like it's the place where cottage cheese goes to retire. I don't know but I really don't like it.
  • It's a lot more expensive to eat better quality food...That leaves less money for new things like clothes, bras and/or underwear. That means that I still get to wear the stuff that is much too big. 
  • I miss just going to a restaurant and eating. Now I have to do research and see how the food is prepared. I have to be sure they have something pescatarian friendly. I have to check calories and nutritional info.

So, with all that said, it's still worth it. Still totally and completely worth it. I feel pretty stinkin' good. I feel more active. I feel strong. I feel confident. Though I would like to have more clothes in my wardrobe that fit. But I am slowly gathering things here and there. I can make do with what I have...for now ;)

I know that for us when we decided to eat healthier, our grocery budget was a major concern. We are on a very tight budget, there isn't much wiggle room at all. That just means that we have to be more frugal. We buy store brand items a lot and in fact there are many things that we prefer the "generic" brand to the real one. I also do a lot of clearance shopping. Most, if not all, of our clothes are bought on clearance. I do a lot of resale shopping. We make it work. It's not always easy, it's not always fun...but we have everything that we need. I know who does that for us, and I am very thankful to Him. 

Alright, as far as the shrimp stir fry...it was very good! It will become a staple my husband said. I think that we will use our own veggies though, instead of the stores packaged stir fry veggies. We aren't too keen on all peppers and mushrooms. Though we all did give them a try. That is a rule in our house...you have to try it at least once before you can say you don't like it. If the kiddos don't like something I am not going to force them to eat it. I hated when my mom and dad forced me to eat the over cooked and soggy vegetables my mom used to prepare.

Alright, since it's already mid-day Wednesday, there will be no challenge for this week. There is no way, I just can't do it. In fact I have taken a break from logging my food. I haven't fallen off the wagon...I'm just taking a sabbatical before I hop back on ;) I plan on shredding again, and that starts on Monday (13th). I think that I will just continue with how things are going for now and then hop right back up on that bad boy like nothing had happened. The hubster is going to be shredding as well, that should make it easier on us both. I hope!

So, I guess that that is all for the day! I am about to take my desk outside; sand it down, and paint it a bright gloss red. It's gonna look awesome! I hope that you have an amazing day. Remember you CAN do it and you ARE worth it. Adios!