Monday, May 16, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

Well all my good intentions having been derailed by a sick toddler.  Who kept me up until 3, snotted and hung on my leg all day and is definitely going to be doing the same tonight and tomorrow.  I'll be back when we are healthy!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jump on the Bandwagon: My Fitness Pal

Do you remember when I did this series before?  It's been FOREVER.  My 30 days of blogging is the perfect time to share with you a few of my favorite things!  Let's start with!

I mentioned in my post a few days ago that I was using MFP as a way to track all my food and exercise.  I was turned onto this site by my pal Becky.  And thank goodness!  I love it!  It is such an easy way to track what you are doing.  The data base for food is so extensive it is very rare that I search for anything that I don't find.

My favorite feature about MFP is on your home page, right at the top it shows you exactly what your calories are.  What you have used and what is left.  I also really like the fact that it just adds my exercise calories right in so I can really see how many I should be eating for each day.  And the community is AMAZING.  When I first started I spent so much time on the community boards getting encouragement and questions answered.  I don't spent quite as much time there now but I still love to go and look at others success stories.

They also have features for printing out reports , figuring out your BMI and BMR and even allows you to create badges (take a gander right down there on the right!)  There are apps for Andriod, Iphone and Blackberry which for me makes keeping track of everything all the easier.

By far this has been a huge factor in helping me get on track and figure out what I need to do!  And it is ALL FREE.  I know.  I can't believe it either.  I would recommend this website and app to anyone who is trying to lose, gain or maintain their weight.  Since I have started using it I have turned at least 4 other people on to using it too!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today's Motto

Taken from West Willow Etsy Shop.

I think I will.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Musical Love

I love music.  I feel like its in me.  Flowing through my veins.  I'm a crappy singer but music for me is the ultimate way to feel.  It moves me, shakes me, inspires me.  Here's a few of my favorites right now.

Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
I realize that this song is kind of depressing to some people but I LOVE it.  I don't see it that way.  I think it is empowering.  Every time it comes on my IPod I play it over and over.  Her voice haunts me.  Christina Perri just came out with a CD on Tuesday and I'm getting it ASAP.  Also, can have her amazingly awesome hair?  Think I could rock it?

Firework by Katy Perry
When I first heard this song I cried.  I needed it at the exact moment I heard it.  And it has stuck with me.  It's on my workout playlist, it is the ringtone on my phone.  Even the Boy knows it now.  Everytime he hears this song he runs to my phone.  BOOM! BOOM! EVEN BRIGHTER THAN THE MOON!  It's always been inside of you!  Just listening to now makes me want to get up and dance and scream it out at the top of my lungs.

Perfect by Pink
Okay so there is a curse word in that one, but I'm ignoring it.  You're so mean when you talk about yourself, you are wrong.  Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead.  AGH!  How can you NOT love a song that says that?  I think about the Boy too and I think, PLEASE, PLEASE know how special and amazing you are!  LOVE this song.

Coming Home by Diddy featuring Skylar Gray
Oh COME ON.  You know you've got a little Diddy in your rotation.  Look, I have no excuse.  I just like it.

Rolling in the Deep by Adele
This girl can wail.  She sings with such force it amazes me.  I fell in love with her back with Chasing Pavements and the love affair just continues.  Her new album is UH-MAZ-ING.  You need it now.  I'm not kidding.  Her voice is so raspy and has such an old quality to it.  Love, love, love.

So there's a few of my current favorites!  What are you listening to these days?

Incredible Shrinking Bree

I've talked about weight a few times on this blog.  It's something I have struggled with my entire life.  I have always had to work at keeping it in a healthy range.  I made a choice at the end of last year that I needed to make 2011 the year of Bree.  The time to work not only my physical self, but my emotional and mental self too.  And I've done it.  I've really focused on what I need to do for myself since January.

The biggest part of this has been the physical part.  I started in January with a Biggest Loser challenge.  It was 12 weeks long.  The first week I lost 6 pounds.  Which as exciting as that was just really showed me how truly crappy I was eating and how I wasn't moving at all!  It was a great way to start this off.  It really helped me get focused.  I began tracking all my food and exercise on MyFitnessPal (aka BEST website ever).  I also started with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  When I started it I thought I might die.  It was so hard.  But by the end of that 30 days I was flying through the workouts, doing double workout days and ENJOYING it.  I lost 20 pounds in 12 weeks which brought me right through the month of March.

I lost an additional 6 pounds in April.  I was working out (30 Day Slimdown which uses Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and No More Trouble Zones-Yes, I'm a bit in love with her.) and still watching what I was eating.  I had all my MFP friends cheering me on and two of my best girlfriends working at it with me.  The support from my friends and family has been absolutely amazing.  I couldn't have even got started without them.  Especially Becky and Shari.  They kept me accountable and kept me going.

I don't know what has actually made it stick this time other than I was just really, really tired of me.  I was tired of being tired.  Tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin.  I hated the way I looked, hated the clothes I wore (and there were very, very few) and I never, ever looked in the mirror if I could avoid it.  I just felt like a big blog of yuck and I knew that I had to make a change.  I also knew that I wanted to keep up with the Boy and that kid has more energy than a barrel of monkeys.  I couldn't keep up with him in the state that I was.  I had to make a change.  So I did.

This hasn't been an easy journey but honestly it hasn't been as hard as I thought.  And I don't know if that is because I just haven't given myself any other options then to just do it or what.  Or maybe I was really ready for it.  But everyday I wake up and plan my day from the workout on.  And everything I eat is accounted for. And I feel good.  I feel GREAT.

I went to a family wedding 2 weeks ago.  Most of the family hadn't seen me since the beginning of March.  That weekend I felt like a rockstar.  Everyone had something sweet and encouraging to say.  I think nearly every single person said when they saw me, "You look amazing!"  I was flying high.  And I FELT amazing.  It was the first time since January that I took some pictures and just stepped back from them and really saw what I had done.

I still have a ways to go.  My journey isn't over.  But this is a lifestyle for me now.  I can't imagine being any other way.  Food is fuel and while I enjoy it I don't ever want to use it as a crutch again.  And moving my body and stretching it is a must.  I want to stay strong and youthful as long as I can and this is the way to do it!

I have some really embarrassing photos I'm taking along the way that I'm not quite ready to share with you but here is just a sneak peak of what 28 lighter looks like from the waist up (Forgive the crappy phone photos!)  Hello SINGLE chin!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I really have the cutest kid.  No really.  

I mean look at that face?!  ADORABLE.

This one is my favorite.  He looks like an old school mobster.  We should call him Jacky the Knife or something.

His little neck SLAYS me.  What is it about the little neck?  I want to nom on it.

Yup, definitely the cutest kid ever.

Monday, May 9, 2011

101 in 1001 Update!

Back in January I wrote my 101 in 1001 list.  I even added it as a page so you guys can keep tabs on how I am doing.  Not so great so far.  BUT  I'm about to jump on a couple of these things so we are going to get moving!

So far I have completed:
-Don't eat out for two weeks.
-Complete the Biggest Loser Program (Lost 20 pounds in 12 weeks!  I'm going to tell you guys all about my journey I'm on soon!)
-Drink 8 glasses of water a day for 3 weeks. (I actually drink 10 glasses a day now!)
-No fast food for 2 months. (I'm actually in the midst of another challenge right now that is no fast food for a month!)

What I'm currently working on:
-Make 5 homemade gifts and send them to friends (Three down, two to go!  And I have finally figured out what they are going to be!)
-Make 50 new recipes (20 out of 50 so far.  This is actually really easy for me because I love to cook and I love to try new recipes).
-Attend church 3 times a week (My hubby works every Sunday so this has been a hard one.  But I think we have finally figured it out.  Since his work is 5 minutes from my parents church he actually meets me there on his lunch hour!)
-Workout 6 days a week for one month (This one has been hard because I'll get to that 4th week and then I will have to go out of town or something!  But I'm starting Insanity [SO SCARED!] today so that is a 60 day program for 6 days a week and I WILL DO IT.)
-Create my ideal body within 12 months (I want to change this to HEALTH instead of body.  Now that I'm on this journey I find that while I DO care about the way my body looks I'm much more concerned with my health.  Which has vastly improved.)
-Blog everyday for a month (Day 7!)
-Leave Jackson overnight 3 times (HARD.  One, because I miss him and two, this requires us to spend money we don't really have.  Must work on this one harder though.)
-Have dinner once a month with family (I want to change this one too.  I want it to be have family OVER for dinner once a month.  We are pretty good about having dinner with our families but not so good about inviting people over.)
-Buy flowers once a month for my house (I love this one.  Fresh flowers are such a day brightener.)

So I haven't TOUCHED my Photography, The Boy, Life Necessities, Giving, Pampered Chef, or Organization categories.  My goal is to get at least one going in each area by the end of June.  I would like to complete at least one goal a month, but I'm going to have to be more diligent about it if I want to do that.  Which goals do you think I should start working on next?  How are your goals for this year going?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.  
They have clung to me all my life.  
Abraham Lincoln

Happy Mother's day to best mother ever.  The one who inspires me to be a better wife, mother and friend daily.  I love you!  

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Why Ya Gotta Be So Mean

Have you heard Taylor Swift's new song Mean?  You haven't?  Take a gander at the video.  I'll wait.

Okay, back?  I love this song.  Adore it.  I mean who hasn't had someone in their life that is just MEAN.  "Pointing out my flaws like I don't already see them."  Someone who wants to go on and on and on about the bad parts of your personality but never willing to acknowledge they might just be little off too.  And aren't there some people you just want to say this to?

The last few months I've become very clear on a few things.  I'm trying very hard to look inward this year and make myself better.  I've found myself in a few situations that have had me questioning myself, the way I present myself and the way I treat others.  I've definitely been to blame in part or whole in some of the situations.  In others, I have not.  And I'm learning to stand up for myself in a much different way.

I've come to realize that being me and standing up for who I am doesn't need to be a huge production.  It doesn't need to be a loud demonstration.  Well, sometimes it does, but most of the time it doesn't.  Sometimes it is very simply removing yourself from a situation or changing the way you deal with the situation.  Sometimes it is be honest and frank about how the person has hurt you.  And sometimes it is just being quiet and walking away.

But I've also found that sometimes that mean person just needs a little grace.  I don't know their day.  Maybe I came along at just the wrong time.  So learning to stretch myself and forgive a hurt might help us both.  That's the hard lesson.  Learning to forgive the one's you expect to treat you the best.  Because don't we all do it?  Go after our nearest and dearest with our worst behavior sometimes?  If I'm not the perfect friend how can I expect others to be?  I've been forgiven my bad behaviors and sharp tongue, so shouldn't I extend the same?

The lesson for me is learning to apply this all.  Learning to stand up for myself without teaching others that it is okay to treat me badly.  Without being a bully about it.  I think this is so important because I want my son to grow up and see me lead by example.  I want him to see me deal with the mean in a way that inspires him.  I want him to stand up for himself, but know that sometimes that mean person might just need a little grace.

You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me,
You, have knocked me off my feet again,
Got me feeling like I’m nothing.
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard
Calling me out when I’m wounded.
You, pickin’ on the weaker man.

Well you can take me down,
With just one single blow.
But you don’t know, what you don’t know,

Someday, I’ll be living in a big old city,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so mean?

You, with your switching sides,
And your walk by lies and your humiliation
You, have pointed out my flaws again,
As if I don’t already see them.
I walk with my head down,
Trying to block you out cause I’ll never impress you
I just wanna feel okay again.

I bet you got pushed around,
Somebody made you cold,
But the cycle ends right now,
You can’t lead me down that road,
You don’t know, what you don’t know

Someday, I’ll be, living in a big old city,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so mean?

And I can see you years from now in a bar,
Talking over a football game,
With that same big loud opinion but,
Nobody’s listening,
Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things,
Drunk and grumbling on about how I can’t sing.

But all you are is mean,
All you are is mean.
And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life,
And mean, and mean, and mean, and mean

But someday, I’ll be, living in a big old city,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean. Yeah,
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so ?
Someday, I’ll be, living in a big old city,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean. Yeah,
Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so mean?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fairytale Town

Earlier this week me and some of the mommies took our kiddos to a local attraction, Fairytale Town.  Which will forever now be known as GREATEST IDEA EVER.

My kid has a lot of energy.  And by a lot I mean A TON.  Like wear me down and make me want to take a nap.  We spent 2 and a half hours at Fairytale Town and my kid was in his stroller maybe 20 minutes.

The kids had such a fun time.  They ran here, there and everywhere.  Up the stairs, down the slide, on the grass, around the train.  And there was the mommies huffing along behind them!

I'm so grateful that the Boy has these friends.  He has so much fun with them.  And they help wear him out with is great for mommy.

Especially this one, his BFF.  These two slay me.  Their favorite thing to do is to get in a corner together and just laugh and laugh and laugh.  Who knows what they are laughing at but they think each other is the funniest person they have ever met.

We all had such a great day.  And the Boy was completely worn out.  Slept like a rock that night!  Thanks mommies for the good time!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

34 Things I Know to be True

When going through my reader tonight I came across a post by one of my favorite new bloggers and was totally inspired.  So here is my list.  34 things that I have learned in the last 34 years.

1.  I'm only as pretty as I think I am.
2.  My dad is the kindest, gentlest soul I know.
3.  My mom will always tell me the truth, be my biggest cheerleader and fight anyone who is mean to me.
4.  Sometimes you have to walk away from people.
5.  You can't be friends with everyone.  All you can hope for is to be adult when you are around them.
6.  People will hurt you.  People you never thought would.  And it will hurt bad.  But they are human too.  And you have hurt them.  So forgive them.
7.  You teach people how to treat you.  Accepting their humanness (see #6) is one thing, allowing them to be mean to you to make themselves feel better is unacceptable.
8.  You will not be the perfect mom.  Ever.  But you will do the best you can.
9.  I love food.  And I refuse to not enjoy it.
10.  Being patient is hard.  It is a life-long lesson.  Deal with it.
11.  Don't be afraid to get crazy with your hair.  You can always dye it brown.
12.  Family matter.  Always.
13.  Always pack 2 extra pairs of underwear and socks.  Trust me, you will use them.
14.  Never change for someone else.  But learn when it is time to take a look at yourself and see if you might need some tweaking.
15.  Take a lot of pictures.  You will be grateful for them later.
16.  Life is 90% awesome.  Yes, sometimes it is hard but that makes the awesome times all the more awesome.
17.  I'm a better mom than I thought I would be.
18.  I'm a better wife than I thought I would be.
19.  Working out is an escape.  It's the one thing I do for myself.  Never thought I would say that.
20.  Money isn't everything.  But be smart with it or it will make life even harder.
21.  Mom's meatloaf will always be the best.
22.  Books are still your friends.  Don't forget to lose yourself in one.
23.  Sometimes you just need to give in to the ugly cry.
24.  Go after your dreams.  No one is going to hand them to you.
25.  It's hard to be mad when your kid grins at you.
26.  Date night is not just important, it is essential.
27.  Invest in your friends.  The good one's will give it back to you ten-fold.
28.  Sometimes wine and chocolate really do solve all your problems.
29.  Hearing your kid laugh will change your world.
30.  Take your vitamins.
31.  The only person that cares about how dirty your house is is you.  Let it go.
32.  The hardest part about motherhood is the monotony.  You do the same things at least 5 times a day.
33.  Don't neglect you relationship with your husband after your kid.  Your kid will leave and then what will you be left with?
34.  Get more sleep.  You need it.

What would you put on your list?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rewind: The Boy's 1st Birthday

So I am MONTHS behind but you want to see this right?  Here we go!

Of course we did the theme in Dr. Suess.  It was fun and easy.  We had all the stuff from my baby shower and from the Boy's room to use.  Free is my favorite!  Isn't that wreath adorable?  You can make one too!

We had cupcakes and strawberries and cakeballs, oh my!  Of course there were ham sandwiches and green eggs too.  The Boy was a little overwhelmed by it all.

Isn't his shirt adorable?  Check out AlphaChic run by my good friend Shari!  She did such a cute job with this shirt and I loved it.

 These were some of my favorite decorations.  I got them FOR FREE from The Giving Madam.  She is awesome enough to design these and GIVE THEM AWAY.  Like I said, I love free!

Look at how cute me and my boys are.  I love them.  They just make me so happy.  The Boy got himself a nice little nap before the party and woke up about 20 minutes before the fun began so he was in a great mood.  Which made mommy very happy!

At first my Boy wasn't so sure about all this cake stuff.  And then he tasted it and fell in love with sugar.  He.  Was.  Covered.  Just as every one year old should be.  

He got tons of fun gifts from his friends and family but by far the winners were the recliner from Nina and Papi.  How stinkin' cute is that chair?

All in all such a great day.  We had so much fun celebrating this first year.  We all made it!  Check out the slideshow for more pictures!