Making 2013 MY year!

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having a great start to their New Year, I know I am!

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, I’ll be honest, I have been crazy busy! Let me share some new things with you guys!

 

First! I am an official Stay-at-home-mom! I couldn’t be happier. While, I really miss the gym, and my gym family, I am So happy to be able to spend all my time with my little one before she starts school in the fall. I have been able to get her set on a schedule, I know I know..she is 4, she should have been on one, but she wasn’t so…there..lol! I’ve *almost* got her where she isn’t so scared of the potty! This is a HUGE accomplishment for the both of us, she is SO smart, the fact that she couldn’t get this potty thing down was really driving me nuts!

 

Lets talk now about my weight loss! I have officially made it to a loss of OVER 50 POUNDS!!  It’s really amazing! I never would have thought I could do that in 4 months! I’m still a long way from my goal, but I now KNOW  I can get there! I WON the Santa Slim Down contest at my weight loss clinic! 

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I also got to be in a COMMERCIAL for  Achieve Medical Weight Loss! I got that roll because I had lost the most weight in the whole place!  I was SO terrified but it was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had, and I’m glad I got to be apart of it! 

If you want, you can check out my commerical!! (Just click the link!)

Hmm..let see what else can I share with you guys? Oh! How about this good luck streak I’ve been on!? I am a huge fan of reading other blogs, and my favorite kind of blogs are deal blogs, because sister is trying to save some money if you know what I’m saying! 

I enter quite a few giveaways that they have on my favorite blogs, and I’m pretty good at winning them! during the holiday season I won a $400 amazon gift card, a box of clothes for Jaiden, a $20 amazon giftcard, a $50 gas card, an ipad case, and nail polish!! Not to bad eh?

I would also love to share a new business adventure I have just gotten into! It’s called It Works! I had wanted to try their body wraps forever, and I finally got a chance to try them and WOW, I am impressed! Let me show you what I mean:

wrapWhy yes….I love this product so much, that I put up a picture of my own stomach to prove to you how awesome these wraps really are!!

I think I could do great things in the company, and I am determined to make sure that I do well for myself in 2013. Want to learn more? Want to join me in my journey? the just click HERE  to check out my website! Once there you can learn all about what got me excited to be apart of this company, and what I can offer you!!

 

Now that I’m done with the shameless plugging, I would like to talk about something else exciting that could be happening in my life soon!

I am a TOP 5 FINALIST competing to get a PAID INTERNSHIP with one of the top deal bloggers out there!! I have followed this blog for about a year, and she is VERY inspiring, and I can’t believe that I may have the chance to learn from her! Sure the money is nice, but the knowledge I will gain from her is worth way more then any amount of money! So I am sitting anxiously awaiting her to contact me for our interview! I hope I can impress her, and let her know how much this would change my life!

So that is what’s been going on in my life, It’s going to be a great year..I can feel it!!

 

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Love, weightloss, and heartache

Today I would like to talk about 3 things, I will start with the good stuff first:

 

 

Yesterday was my 2 year wedding anniversary. 🙂 I worked really hard to get and keep my husband, so my wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life. (As it should be lol) 

My husband is not a romantic person, never has been, but on our wedding day, he chose to wrote his own vows, it was the cutest thing ever! Yesterday he pulled another one on me. He works nights, so we don’t usually get to spend holidays (unless he is off work) or birthdays together. Yesterday, like any other day he got ready to go to work, and left. About 15 mins later he walks back through the door with a dozen roses and says “Oh I forgot, I’m not going to work today, I took the day off weeks ago” How cute is that!? I love that man despite all of our differences, and trust me, there are plenty! We have different religious beliefs, political beliefs, music and movie tastes, and I wouldn’t have him any other way ❤

 

For our anniversary Brandon told me that I could have $100 extra to spend on Black Friday as long as I spent it on myself. Let me tell you…he could not have picked a better present. I am a HUGE Black Friday shopper. Oh yes, I am one of “those people” that will knock you over to get to that last tickle me elmo. I have an App on my phone that will alert me when ads get leaked, I print out maps, get together a team of helpers (which include my mother, bestfriend, and mother in law) and I plan out my trip a week in advance. I shop from usually 6 pm thanksgiving night until about 9 am Black Friday. 

With my new weightloss adventure I figure I can pretty much eat what I want on Thanksgiving because I will easily work it off that night/next morning. So that’s a plus right!?

 

Speaking of weightloss, I’ve hit another milestone! I’ve officially lost  30 lbs! 30 lbs since September! I didn’t think it was possible lol. I feel SO much better, I don’t get winded walking up the stairs, I can walk around the mall without having to take a break! All my clothes are falling off of me! Which is a blessing and a curse, it’s a great feeling, until I’m walking around work pulling up my pants every 3 mins lol! I don’t want to buy more clothes while I’m still losing weight, seems like a waste of money. Thankfully my mother-in-law is my weightloss partner and started out a bit smaller then me, so she’s given me some of her jeans that don’t fit anymore, but even those are falling off! 

 

Well, now that we have talked about the good things in my life, lets move on to the bad ones 😦

 

My daughter is extremely smart. She is 4 1/2 years old and can read! (She actually just looked over my shoulder and asked who I was telling she can read LOL) 

 But there is 1 thing that really bothers me. She flat refuses to poop in the potty. I mean, REFUSES. She has no problem peeing in the potty, and has been doing that for a year. 

I know people are like “oh she will go when she is ready, don’t push her” I don’t see how other parents deal with it. I don’t see how she can read, but won’t poop in the toilet.  And let me tell you, we have tried EVERYTHING. and I mean that. we did the potty chart, the rewards, praise, taking away pull ups. We even went as far as to making her sit on the toilet until she had to go. That worked for awhile, but for the last 2 weeks, not even that has worked. She sat on the toilet for 3 HOURS last week, and just wouldn’t do it. I know she needed to, she had done so in her underwear. She sat in that bathroom and cried, screamed, begged, and said really mean things like she didn’t want me to be her mommy anymore and wanted to move out.

 

I’m worried about her health, it’s been a week since she has had a full movement. We have tried miralax, mineral oil, and a strait laxative, nothing yet. we have taken her to a doctor who just said she had constipation, and eventually she will go. When!? Am I overreacting on this? 

 

I am at the end of my rope with this, last Friday we bought some pull ups and put her in them (because we assumed the medicine would make her have to go) and she hasn’t. Last night my husband noticed she had gone in her pull up a bit and asked her to TRY to go to the bathroom and she through a FIT and refused to do it, so he just tried to wipe her off and put a new pull up on and she ran from him and cried and screamed again.  We had to discipline her and put her to bed. I don’t know what else to do..I’m so worried about not getting this under control and they won’t let her into school, or worse she ends up in the hosp. with something wrong with her intestines or something..

 

My final idea is to simply ignore the subject all together. No praise if she does go to the bathroom, no punishment if she doesn’t Maybe if I make it seem like it isn’t a big deal, just part of life she will just give up and do it. I’ll let you know how that goes..

 

-Rachelle 

So close to 20 ponds!!

I’ve lost 18 pounds in a month!! A month!! That’s crazy to me! Only 2 more little pounds and I’ll be down 20 pounds, and then 30, 60 even! It’s so exciting :).

Moving on to something different, I love my job, I really do. But there is one aspect of my job that makes me want to pull my hair out. And that’s dealing with bratty ass kids that don’t listen. I don’t know why parents let kids act like they live here. (I work at an MMA gym) Some of the students feel like its their right to have me babysit for them while they are in class. Let me assure you this was NOT play with me, but I love my job, so I deal with it.

I have a handful of kids that I have to get onto everytime they come to the gym. Every freaking time. For stupid shit. Like don’t jump on the couch, stop paying in the water, stop hitting people. It’s insane. I will tolerate a little more from the little kids, like 5 and under. The funny thing is, I only have to tell them a few times to stop, it’s the kids that are like 7-12 are the ones I have to bitch at the most.

I’m not one for confrontation but today I had had enough, I waited for the 2 parents of the kids that had not listened to me all day to come out and I pulled them aside and let them have it. I told them if their kids didn’t straiten up, that I would no longer let them stay up in the front anymore. I love the fact that I can make the decision to say that without having to ask anyone for permission, my boss trusts me with everything, so that’s cool 🙂

Now, I know a few people will probably think I’m being a little harsh on the kids and they would be right. *But* this is a business. Even though we are all laid back, and like a family, someone has to be the bad guy, and if that’s me, then so be it. I’m looking at the perspective of a potential student. If I came in do take my tour, and saw all these kids jumping around and hollering I think I would turn myself around and go find me a professional gym to go to. I love my boss, his wife and kids. This is their livelihood, and I want to help them any way I can.

Well, now that I feel like I have complained enough, I’m done lol!

-Rachelle

I have the cutest kid EVER

 

I mean..look at that face! Such a doll. Oh, and the outfit she has on, is the best outfit EVER. It’s got Alice in Wonderland characters all over it, and you know how much we love Alice around here.

 

Here is the full outfit. Isn’t it great!? and you can see my cat Juno in the background. that would be 1 of 4 cats in the house. She’s the baby. Then we have Adolf, who is HUGE, like 15 pounds or so, then Dede, which is Brandons baby (although she is 11 years old and also huge) and then we have Cowboy, our gimp. His front paws face inward, making it appear like he’s walking like he just got off of a horse lol.

 

I just got back from the doctor, and as I suspected, the ancient scale at my gyns office was wrong, I’ve lost 5 more pounds this week!! Bringing my grand total for 2 weeks to 11 pounds! woot woot! I’m super thrilled.

My in laws are coming into town today, and they want to wreck my diet! Not on purpose of course lol, we are just going to have dinner at Chuy’s tonight. Which is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant. I looked everywhere for the nutrition information there, and could only find bits and pieces, because they haven’t released it. None of the info I did find was good :(. So i’m just going to get a few tacos and no sides. and then go home and work out lol. Hopefully I’ll be alright.

 

Now I will be signing off, and getting some xbox time in before I have to go be an awesome daughter-in-law lol.

-Rachelle 

Doctor office drama

I just love to people watch. I’m at my “lady doctor” who also happens to be an OB. His name is Dr. Hamburger (oh yes, hamburger) he delivered Jaiden, and Brandon ran around the hospital yelling for “Dr. hamburger and Nurse Shake!! It was SO funny, but it hurt to laugh so it made me kind of mad lol!
but anyways, back to today, the waiting room is pretty full, because people like to have babies around here, when a nurse comes out and says “Dr.Hamburger just got called into the OR, so it might be a bit” wtf does that mean!? Is he delivering a baby or what? If I wasn’t so concerned with this stupid Mirena (IUD) I would just leave. So around me in the waiting room I have a “gangster” who is “here with his dawgs ole lady cause he was at work”, I have a woman with twin 4 year olds that really don’t want to be here, and a teen couple that keep fighting with each other, they are my favorite. She’s been on the phone for about 30 mins. Talking to her grandmother, about how her dad is a drug addict and steals all her money, and she wants to move in with her boyfriend but her mom won’t let her. (How do I know all this? She had the phone on the highest volume setting and was sitting right next to me) Now, the gangster and the teen couple just found out they know each other, so they have been talking about “how them thangs” have been going, and when he “got out of the joint” (he means juvi lol) While listening to all this, it makes me wonder, did I talk/act like this when I was a teenager!? The answer is probably yes. People never realize how stupid they sound until years later, then you realize your parents were right lol!

I am Soooo not looking forward to this appt. I do love my Mirena, but to be honest. It’s kind of a bitch to deal with. For the first year I had it, I had terrible mood swigs, cramps, and weight gain, but I didn’t have a period! And haven’t had one since…October 2008. So I will take the trade off. But now, I think something is wrong with it, so I get to find out today. Fun way to spend my Friday huh? Better safe then sorry though, I have 1 perfect little girl, and I don’t want anymore.

I get a lot of comments from the peanut gallery regarding only having/wanting kids. I get “when are you going to give Jaiden a little brother/sister??” Um, never. And then that opens a whole new can of worms. “How are you going to deny Jaiden of the bond a sibling can bring?” “Don’t you want Jaiden to have a playmate?” “Don’t you think it’s kind of selfish to only have 1 kid?” No, no, and..no. Lol. I was an only child growing up, as was my husband, do I just do not have that need to have another child I guess. I never had that sibling bond, and I turned out just fine!

I finally got a room! Got weighed, I’ve lost another 2 lbs!! Not as great as last week but hey what can you do? And who knows if that scale is right? It’s ancient. So I’m not banking on it to much, I go see my weight loss doctor tomorrow, I’ll see what she says 🙂 but if it turns out it is just 2 lbs that just fine! As long as in losing, I’m happy!

Well, I think I have rambled on enough, so ill be signing off for now!
Rachelle

Princess Jaiden has Spoken!

She has decided that she will be the “Nice Alice” for Halloween, and I can be the “mean Alice”. Don’t know the difference? Here ya go:

 

 

 

This is “Nice” Alice

 

and this is “Mean” Alice lol.

 

I did buy Jaidens costume, but I plan to make mine. I got this awesome white dress, and some blue fabric dye, so hopefully I can achieve the “alice” blue. We shall see!!

Working out is becoming a little easier, I don’t enjoy it, but it’s getting better. I bought “Dance Central” for Kinect, and that’s alot of fun, and it has a calorie counter on it, so I know how many calories I burn while dancing to Soldja Boy lmao!

Eating right, has probably been the easiest thing in this “journey” so far. I haven’t had a coke/tea/coffee in 9 days. I haven’t been without a coke in 9 days ever. EVER. The weirdest thing is, I don’t really miss them. Now that the caffeine withdraw headaches are gone, I’m golden. It’s amazing. 

I’ve started reading a book called “eat thing! not that!’ and let me tell you, it is fascinating.  Just knowing the amount of CRAP I was eating before, I’m amazed that I’m only as big as I am. I found out that it’s not Americans fault (per say) that we are all fat, it’s the food company’s  They are all liars and cheats! I will have a full review of the book coming up in the near future. 

This weekend is going to be a fun one. Me, my mom, and my mother-in-law will be taking Jaiden to see Disney on Ice!! She is SO excited, and to be perfect honest, I am too! Of course I will be a nervous wreck that day, because Brandon (the hubs) will be going Sky diving with his dad. He has been over 150 times, but never since we’ve been together. It scares the shit out of me. If something happened to that man I do not know what I would do. He tells me not to worry, and goes on and on about the statistics “oh the chances of anything happening are like, the chances of being struck by lightning” blah blah. doesn’t matter! lol. But he just doesn’t get it, and he won’t, so I just try not to talk about it lol. 

 I work at an MMA gym. and let me tell you how weird it is to be an overweight person trying to tell people about gym memberships. At first, it didn’t bother me so much, but then one of the students there (that happens to be the owners nephew) was at the gym one day, complaining about his girlfriend needing to get back in shape after having their baby and that she was making the gym look bad “being so out of shape when she is part of a gym family” Let me tell you, this girl has a 6 month old, and is probably…a size 8. Oh yes. If he thinks she’s overweight, then good God what does he think of me!? So that was a big eye opener for me. I do resent him for his statement, and probably always will. Being skinny doesn’t make you healthy!! 

As I step off my soap box, I will be signing off for now, until next time ❤

-Rachelle

I’ve lost 6 POUNDS!!!

Woohoo! 6 lbs in a WEEK!! 

That means, what I’m doing must be working! I left my doctors office yesterday feeling like a whole new person. I’m doing something right! It was such a shock. 

The news has renewed my spirit. Makes me know that missing cokes and other foods are SO worth it. At this point I don’t think anything I eat could taste as good as how  I feel. Even though it’s only been a week, I can tell a HUGE difference in my body. 

It’s Sunday, I got up and did some Yoga, and then 50 crunches.  The yoga was nice and relaxing, wish I could say the same for the crunches but hey, not everything can be enjoyable lol. 

I’m excited to start next week, and hope this feeling continues. It’s not about the weightloss for me, it’s about being Healthy, so if I keep this mindset, the weight will come off, naturally. 

The rest of the day should be fun! I’m going to go with my Best friend Sarah on a tour of the Labor and Delivery floor at our local hospital, because she is due in a month! I’m so excited to see my little “nephew” be born! But to be honest, I am a little nervous about watching the whole thing happen, The only other baby I’ve seen being born was my own, and I was at the other end LOL.

I’m also taking my little one to pick out her Halloween costume! She has her heart set on being the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, so I hope I can find it! Alice in Wonderland is kind of a constant  thing in our household. My bridal shower/wedding were Alice in Wonderland themed, also Jaidens 4th birthday was Alice as well. Oh, and I also have a lower arm piece that is Alice themed too lol! So once Jaiden heard me and her daddy were going as Alice and the Mad Hatter for Halloween she just had to get in on the theme!

Another fun thing we are doing tonight is making our Glow Jars! I will have the instructions up soon 🙂

-Rachelle

 

I’m so Hungry!!!

Today is the first day since this whole process started, that I am just really hungry. I have been eating about 1,000 calories a day, I know I can have more, but I really need to get used to eating smaller portions, so I’m starting out with a bang. 

But i’m still really hungry. I was so concerned with getting healthy meals when I went to the grocery store, that I forgot to get some snacks, just to have around. I would kill for some Hummus right now. LOL!

I took a walk around the neighborhood today with my little one, It was fun to be able to get up and do something with her, and she had so much fun! My thighs are burning now though haha.

On another note, I will be taking Jaiden to pick out her Halloween costume tomorrow! Halloween and fall in general is a big deal at the Jones house. We are Holiday people. This weekend I will be posting some DIY fall crafts, so look out for them 😉

 

-Rachelle 

Rap Music is the BEST work out music…

Plus more tips and tricks I’ve Learned so far:

  • While walking on a tradmill, pretend it’s a runway and put on Ru Pauls “Covergirl”  Trust me..it will be a magical experience.
  • Pick songs you know the words too, and sing while walking, It will put your mind into a different place, esp. if you really get into it!
  • If you need to take a break from walking, then do so! What I do if my legs start feeling like Jello, is I put both feet on the sides of the treadmill and I do some hip swings, that way, it’s giving your legs a break, but you are still moving!
  • Youtube is your fitness friend! They have TONS of work outs for all body types, for free! I did “Booty yoga hip hop ballet” this morning!!
  • Drink LOTS of water!! (Duh, I know lol!)
  • Having a partner makes working out easier and more fun! Even if you just do it at home, get your child involved! My 4 year old loved doing her own versions of the moves, and it was great motivation trying to keep up with her!

These are the tips I’ve learned so far 🙂 I’ve only been actively working out for 4 days now, but I feel GREAT!! I’m sleeping better, more calm and relaxed, and over all just fell better.

This is also day number 4 with no caffeine. This has been more challenging, I miss COKES! and TEA! I have a headache like crazy from the caffeine withdraw.  It’s this feeling that keeps me from grabbing one..My body shouldn’t be going into withdraws from a drink..that creeps me out, and makes me not want one anyways.

If anyone reading has anymore tips and tricks for working out, please share them! I love learning new things!!

-Rachelle

This is Day 1

Of the rest of my life!!

I am NOT a small girl. I never have been, and honestly, I am ok with that. What I am not ok with, is letting myself go on any longer, being as unhealthy as I have been.

I’ve always wondered if I have the opposite of  Body Dismorphic Disorder. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see an obese, unhealthy person. I never have. I have never had a self esteem problem, and I was never picked on for my weight. Why? I’m not sure, maybe my confidence was enough to get me through the cruel years of highschool. (Plus, I had black hair, piercings, and wore funny clothes, I wouldn’t pick on me either LOL) 

Last week, everything changed, I looked in the mirror as I was preparing for bed, and the person staring back at me, wasn’t the girl I had been seeing all my life. This person was fat. and looked so tired. Who is this!? It was me. I broke down. I was angry. Why had no one told me???? I have no idea what caused this revelation  but now, I’m glad it happened.  I broke down to my husband, and asked him why he never told me how out of control my weight had gotten.  This is what he told me ” I think you are perfect, and I love you for everything you are, but if you are not happy, then we need to do something”.

That was exactly what I needed to hear, and I knew I was ready to make a change. After that conversation, the universe opened up, and showed me that I was right, it was time. 

 

Today is Wednesday. I’ve walked 3 miles this week on my treadmill. 3 MILES! For me, this is HUGE. I’ve been so inactive for so long that I can’t believe I have done so well these last few days. This is also day number 3 with NO caffeine, which has been the hardest part of all! 

 

The leaves are changing, and I am too, and I am so excited for this part of my life, I can’t wait to see what the future holds ❤

Rachelle