Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Patrick!!!

Happy 36th Birthday to the head of our house!  We are so thankful you were born!
If he's going to do something, he's going to do it to the best of his ability.  There is no eyeballing anything for him.  When things break he loves figuring out what is broken and how he can fix it.  I'm convinced he can fix anything.   He works so hard at two jobs so we have everything we need and most things we want.  He is my biggest cheerleader and for that I am so thankful.  I love sharing this beautiful life we've built together.  He makes me laugh.  A lot.  In fact, I can never stay mad at him because he always makes me laugh and its so hard to be mad at someone when you're laughing.

I love watching him be a dad.  He loves his babies with every thing he has.  They think he hung the moon.  When they hear the garage door every afternoon they both just squeal with glee.  It is the sweetest part of the day.  AveryAnn says "Daddy" about a thousand times a day.  (One day she'll say Mama)

Barrett wants to be just like him.  He loves going to work like his Daddy.  (even though he has no idea what his Dad really does and that our work is nothing like what his dad does).  I asked him tonight who he loved more me or Daddy and he of course said Daddy.  But then said "don't worry, I still love you too."

Happy Birthday Patrick!  We hope you have the best day ever!  We love you so much!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Bucket List: We did it!

We had the best time this summer checking things off our Summer Bucket List.  It was the perfect amount of things to do to keep us looking forward to something without being overwhelming!  I think this will definitely be a tradition in the Horton House.  Here's a little recap!

We hit the Gardendale splash pad at the beginning of the summer and the one at the Zoo to close things out.  We enjoyed them both! 

We saw SING! at Black Creek Park and it was so much fun!  We had plans to go to a few more outdoor movies but the weather never cooperated.  We also went to the Alabama Theatre to watch the Little Mermaid.  The Alabama Theatre really made an impact on Barrett and he talks about it often.  I'm hoping we can take him back to see a Christmas movie in December.

This was one of my favorite things we did this summer.  Barrett enjoyed it and AveryAnn loved disrupting the whole place every week.  He worked hard and earned a fidget spinner.  It was a highlight for both of us!

We had an awesome weekend at the beach with Tony and Carla!   I loved getting to watch the kids play in the sand and water.  We even saw some dolphins and some of the air show!

This was a fun one.  Barrett was so surprised when we stopped one afternoon for sno cones after school!  Now everyday when we pass it he says "Mama there's the sno cone place, look at all those people getting sno cones!"

We hadn't been to the trampoline place since it opened and we were itching to go.  I'm not sure who had more fun me or Barrett.  Plus we left sister at home so he was happy to not have to share his mama! 

Well, it was the night we tried to go to a Barons game.  We got there and they were sold out.  So we didn't get to mark that one off!

We invited all the Barrett's friends and their families over for a Back to School Shrimp Boil.  Grampy let us borrow his slide and everyone had a great time.  We're thinking that this should be a tradition and next year we're renting a big slide that the adults can play on too!

We spent the entire day at the zoo with our friends one day.  Barrett wore his Chase costume all day long and we all got the biggest kick out of it.  It was a nice day to end the Summer!

So that's a wrap on our 2017 Summer Bucket List.  I decided last night that I would write on the back of the list a little note to Barrett about the summer and how much fun I had making memories with him.  I hope to do this each summer.  I'm going to put it in his baby book for him to have (and probably throw away one day)  Hopefully he'll appreciate it. 

The only things we didn't get checked off were a weekend at the lake and the movie Cars 3! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 9

It's week 9!  I can't believe it's already been 9 weeks.  Those first few days I never thought I'd be here.  But I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and had the courage to start.  It hasn't always been easy but it has definitely been worth it.  I'm so proud of how far I've come.  Eating is getting easier.  I've got a pretty good grasp on what is good and what is not.  I'm getting so much stronger, I can tell a huge difference when I go to HIIT.  I'm still really enjoying the class. Making time to go to the gym for a class is a lot of work and most nights the last thing I want to do after I've gotten everyone fed is run out the door and exercise but I feel so great that I don't want to miss.   Patrick has been so great to get the kids bathed and ready for bed while I'm gone.  I know that's the last thing he wants to do after working in the heat all day but I'm so thankful for him.  He's been so supportive and it means a lot to me.  I didn't mean to get off on that tangent.
This week Brittany and I went to have a body analysis and it was so helpful.  She measured our body fat percentages as well has hydration level, blood pressure, resting heart rate, fat stores and our measurements.  My plan is to do this once a month to measure progress.  Right now I'm at 34.8% body fat which is far from ideal.  I have an excess fat store of 27.8lbs which is right around the number I have left to lose.  It was good to see that my goals are realistic and will put me in a healthy range. 
Today I'm 169lbs.  That's -1lb from last week.  I was hoping for more but I'm not complaining.

I'm going to use the measurements from today.  Her numbers were a little different than mine but I'm going to use them and then only worry about measurements monthly.

I adjusted my totals to reflect her measurements. 

I'm so proud of my progress and I can't wait to see where I am in another 9 weeks! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

First day of 4K!

Today was Barrett's first day of 4K!  He was excited but also a little confused because he moved to his new class last week so it was really his 3rd day. 
We love his new teacher Ms. Amie!  He was a little upset none of his friends are in his class but he thrived this summer when he had to step out and make new friends so I think he'll be just fine. 

I made his sign last night and he insisted he needed to color it with chalk too.  I love this age so much.  I told him this weekend that I hope he stays 4 forever.  He's just so sweet but can do a lot of things for himself.  I've loved it so much.

These pictures crack me up.  The sun was in his eyes.   

He did great at drop off.  I was a little worried because toward the end of the summer he started crying some.  But he did great.  We got there at the same time as Jessica and Jackson and the boys were so excited to show each other their new shoes.  Then they had to give each other a hug before they went to their different classrooms.
Here's today and last year's first day.  His sweet baby face from last year is almost too much for me to handle.  It's like he was a baby for so long and then over night he's become a big boy and I don't think I was ready for it. 
He had a good day.  They accidentally sent him up for car line and then no one picked him up (because he's never been in car line before) and he missed lunch but they got him fed and he went right down for nap.  He was upset when he was telling me but they said he did fine.  I'm sad that he thought I forgot to pick him up in car line so he had to go take a nap.  I had to explain that I didn't forget it was just a mix-up.  It should be smooth sailing from here.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 8

I'm back on track this week and feeling accomplished.  The scale and my clothes are starting to reflect the work I've been putting in and it feels good.  I cleaned out my closet this week and found some clothes that had been tried on and didn't fit so they were thrown in the floor months ago.  Now they fit!  It's like getting a whole new wardrobe.  This week marks 4 weeks of working out 3 times a week.  I really am feeling so much stronger.  I'd forgotten how good it feels to sweat!  I'm excited for school to start next week and get back into a good routine.  (Even though I'm not sure we ever got into the routine I was hoping last year, I've got high hopes for this year).

-4.6lbs this week!  After gaining weight last week, I'm so proud of this! 
The inches are slowing down drastically, which is weird because my clothes are fitting better.  I'm probably not measuring correctly. I'm thinking about going and doing a body analysis next week and then go every 4 weeks to check my progress.
Waist- 35.5" (-.5")
Chest- 42"
Hips- 39"
Not much change but every little bit helps!

Thought I would add a little comparison too.  The first photo was the week before I started the diet.  Middle picture was 4 weeks in on the diet before I started working out.  The last picture is after 8 weeks of Keto and 4 weeks of working out.  I'm down at least one size in pants and 2 sizes in some shirts.
I'm down a total of 33lbs since March.  I've still got 35 to lose.  Slow and steady is the way to go, and I know that but it doesn't mean it's easy.  I'm so proud of how far I've come but I can't wait to see how far I can go!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Four Year Well Check

I finally got around to taking Barrett for his 4 year old check up.  Yes, he turned 4 in December.  Better late than never right?  He did so good.  I was so proud of him. 
Last year he cried because they made him stand on the scale.  This year he did everything he was asked to do without and fuss.  He answered every question the nurses and Dr. Farr asked. 
He weighs 40lbs and is 41 inches tall.  Right at 50-75th percentile for both.  Then he had to get 4 shots!  He took them like a champ! 

He's getting ready to start K-4 next week and he seems excited.  All of his friends are in different classes so he's going to get to make a lot of new friends.  He has come out of his shell so much this summer and I think a lot of that is due to the fact he didn't know any kids in his class this summer and he's had to step out of his comfort zone and make all new friends.  He still loves his bear but it doesn't always go with us now.  He's very much into transformers, power rangers, and super heroes.  He still likes Mickey Mouse and I hope that never changes.  He is very much a cuddler and it is the sweetest.  He'll crawl up in my lap and watch tv.  I love this.  Some nights after AveryAnn goes to bed he'll say "Mama can we watch a movie in your room and snuggle?"  always.  I'll never say no to this.

After his shots I told him he could choose a treat at lunch.  He chose a cookie as big as his face. 

We also got to go to Urban Air last week.  We had not been and it was so much fun!  We had a blast!  I can't believe that this time next year we'll be getting ready to send our boy to Kindergarten!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 7

Well friends, it turns out that calories (and macros) do in fact count on your birthday.  I guess there was no way I was going to make it through this whole journey without any setbacks.  It is so easy to get discouraged when you don't see exactly what you want to see on the scale but I'm so proud of how far I come and any negative feelings I feel go away when I look in the mirror.  I'm finally not embarrassed of the person I see looking back at me.  Now, don't get me wrong, she's still got a ways to go but she's come so far already that I can't help but smile.  And honestly, I don't regret one thing I ate for my cheat meal (okay it was more like a cheat day).  I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday all weekend long and finally got fully back on track Sunday. Thursday, I ate keto all day until that evening when the girls took me out to Mexican for my birthday.  I had a Margarita, chips and queso and half of a cupcake.  (The scale would have been fine if this was all I'd eaten probably).  Friday, we started with donuts.  I just had a kolache.  For lunch I wanted French fries so I ate French fries.  For dinner Patrick and I were going to go out but he ended up having to work late so we had a little pizza party at home.  I ran by the bakery and picked up some cupcakes to celebrate with my little family.  (This was probably where I went the most wrong.)  I ended up eating half of the cupcakes over Friday and Saturday.  Saturday I went to the pool without my kids.  I did back flips and played chicken fights.  I felt way more active in the water than I have in a long time. (I also got way more sunburn than I have in a really long time.) I got back on track Sunday and hit ketosis Tuesday.  I went to HIIT on Sunday and Tuesday night.  My goal is 3 times a week and I've hit that every week since I started.  It feels so good to sweat again.  Another thing that has been a huge motivation this week is people are starting to really notice the weight loss.  Which sounds so vain but you all know that it feels good when someone notices.  It feels good to have people compliment your hard work. 
Here's the scale this week.
Not exactly what I wanted to see.
But I'm back on track and more determined than ever to stay focused.
 There was no change in my measurements. 

I'm not going to lie, it was hard to post this today.  I was feeling very discouraged when I stepped on the scale.  But I got to thinking, how many people face this at least once when trying to lose a large chunk of weight.  I'm guessing everyone.  It's so easy to just want to show our success and pretend like the struggle didn't happen.  I'm hoping that this little setback can be an encouragement to someone that maybe isn't seeing what they want to see when they step on the scale.