Monday, November 21, 2011
Yesterday at work at the cafe, I DEFINITELY felt like my dress pants were looser than they were a few weeks ago! YIPPY!!! I have decided to focus extra hard on my "Watch Me Shrink" challenge. Time to get busy. I am putting aside other things for a week or 2, and gonna ROCK THIS!
Here are some focal points for me:
1. DRINK more H2O!! I must admit, I have not been drinking enough. To the point where I really think I am on the verge of dehydration. I usually only drink water (and coffee), so kicking soda or other drinks isn't a problem, but I NEED to drink more water. Shootin' for 2-3 Liters a day.
2. TRACK THAT FOOD!! And be honest & accurate. Once I am into a routine tracking, it's no big deal, but I have totally dropped the ball the last few months. Time to get back on that.
3. Cut out the sweet treats. I have been pretty good, but I have delved into some things here and there, and it needs to stop... at least for now, until I really get on a roll with this SHRINKING thing. Then I might deserve a treat here or there.... =)
4. Make healthier food choices... Add more veggies back in. I have been kind of scrounging lately. Been so busy, I haven't been planning out my meals as much. Our meals haven't been quite as healthy as I usually cook, so I need to look out for that and try harder. More salads and veggies, please!!
So, those are my goals this week. I will put aside my sewing projects this week to really focus on getting back on track!! Plus I need to focus on some housework and pre-move organization.... YEAH! This is going to be a HUGE cleansing process!!!
Spark on, Friends!! Hope all my fellow Shrinkers are doing AWESOME!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
So, I know I keep telling you all that I have been busy... I really have been. On top of being a mom of 4 (twins and a special needs child in that mix), I have decided to take a leap and try doing something I love... I will get to that.
First, I would like to update on DH's new job.
Ummmmm..... It's good, but not a long term thing. He likes the work, gets along with everyone great, has a great handle on the work itself already... But right off that bat, his first day in fact, his boss started saying how horrible the business was doing, and painting a dooms-day picture for everyone. Not exactly a great way to start out at a new job. We are not sure how true it all is, if the business is really doing as poorly as he says, but it just doesn't seem to be something we want to stay in forever..... He is super happy he is out of the family business though!! I cannot emphasize that enough!
But what this all means, is that we are back to plan A - moving back to the States ASAP. We had already started the immigration process for him, and we are ready for the final step (getting the paperwork together, and getting an interview with an Immigration Officer in Frankfurt). We will be putting our house up for sale again as soon as possible. We are certain this is the right decision. We thought a new job would change things, but it has only made us MORE certain that we need to leave. We are ready to come HOME!! (We will most likely be heading to Florida at this point.)
I am not allowed to say anything about this on Facebook, so I am going to be venting all my excitement, fears, trials, and whatever goes along with this crazy move on HERE!
So, my big secret project!!
I have discovered I love sewing!! And that I am quite good at it! So, I have invested in some really great fabrics, and have started making and selling handbags. I feel like I am crazy, like "who would wanna buy my stuff???" But I just gotta try. I can't help it, I am a DREAMER!! If you all would like to check out my Facebook page that I created, here it is:
So, here is what I have made so far!
Dresses for my girls:
Bags (In order in which I have made them):
And my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!
So That is what I have been up to!! Please stop by and see me on Facebook, and add me as a friend if you would like!
Spark on, Friends!!
Friday, November 04, 2011
WARNING: This blog is only for the strong of stomach, as these photos are quite disgusting... Well maybe more to me than others, but you will definitely get to see my work that is cut out for me!!
I have been super, super busy lately, and although I have wanted to get on this challenge, I simply have had too many other things to do. October was so busy, it just seemed to vaporize. (If you're wondering what I have been up to, you can read my other blogs.)
But I am READY to get STARTED!!!
I know this full well. So no more staring and wishing and drooling, and thinking it will come easy. Time to get back on my game.
Last Christmas, I took this photo, which is also on my profile.
But now, I can barely fit into these same jeans. Taken today:
Shall we say..... MAD MUFFIN TOP!! It's so frustrating that I have let myself go so much....
But time to get down and dirty! Here is my program:
My goal is to lose 10-13 lbs, and get back down under 125 lbs.
Current weight: 134.2 (I weighed at the beginning of the week and was at 136, so it's already moving!!)
I know some people don't like the scale, but I am a big scale-user. I have found when I track accurately, eat right, and exercise (burn more than I eat), the weight comes down, and when the weight comes down, it shows in the photos. I hate measuring.... sorry.
*Eat a clean diet, as free from packaged and highly-processed foods as possible.
*Seldom eating out.
*Kick the white flour/white sugar, and eat the even healthier sweets on a bare minimum.
*TRACK FOOD EVERY DAY!!
I already pretty much do these things, except the tracking at the moment. I have let that slide BIG TIME. And I have been allowing more sweets lately.
Run 4-5 days per week @ least 30 min/run
Strength Train 2-3 Xs per week (Usually in the form of BodyPump class, but also P90X here and there)
So, that is my plan! Come on, Shrinkers!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
All I gotta say is, WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!
October was a complete blur, and for those of you who might be wondering where I have been hiding... here's the low-down.
I have been going to school for a year and a half here in Germany to study Home Economics. Sounds boring, I know. Never thought I would want to study that. LOL But here in Germany, it is much more in depth than what I remember from Home Ec class in school in the States. We learned everything from how to do every-day house work, to caring for appliances, to decorating and flower arrangements, to party planning and proper food prep (my REAL reason for taking that entire course.)
We took our written exam back in May. It was the most brutal exam I have ever faced - all long-answer, in German to top it off. An exam with 3 sections, spanning over about 5 hours. I felt like I was writing, and writing, and writing endlessly, and had no idea if it was even making sense, since German is NOT my first language... LOL
Well, I feared I had failed the exam. No seriously, really that I failed. I tried to count up my points for each segment to kind of get an idea as to where I might be, and that last section, I was sure I did NOT pass. But they made us wait until we finished our practical exams to tell us.... the practical exams being held during the second half of OCTOBER! That's right - that is what I have been "up to", and that is how long I have had to wait to see if I passed my exam in May!! 5 LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG months!!
So we had our practical exams during the past 2 weeks. My mom flew over here to Germany on October 7th, so she could watch my marathon, but also to take care of the kids for me during my exams. I knew I would be SUPER busy, and with hubby being new at his job, we did NOT want to ask for time off.
The practical exams consisted of 2 assignments, one of which we received and had to immediately plan out - recipes, time plan of the work, everything - then turn it in, and carry it out 2 days later in front of our exam judges (we were each assigned 2 judges). Then we received the second assignment, which we had a week to plan for, but was much more involved. My assignment was to be a party planner, and plan a Halloween Party for a 16-year-old girl and her 7 friends.... FUN!! But a TON OF WORK!! (BTW, that is the ONLY reason I even BOUGHT Halloween candy, because normally, I do not really do anything for Halloween.)
The first project was a complete flop. It was so bad, I cried uncontrollably at the end. And I NEVER CRY in public... LOL I picked some recipes that were new to me, and frankly, too much work. And the entire thing was just a fiasco.
But last Thursday was the big day for the second and last project. I carried out my exam project for my exam judges (complete strangers, btw), and I was BLESSED to have a couple of super nice ladies who went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, which was a huge help. I didn't do everything perfectly, and I didn't quite get everything dished up like I had planned (the dishing up part is VERY IMPORTANT to Germans!!), but I knew I had done pretty well.
But that written exam was still hanging over my head.... Did I pass or not? Quite honestly, I was expecting to have to retake it.
So at the end, we were all sitting in the room waiting for all of the judges to come in, when the lady who was head of the program came in and told us, unfortunately, 2 ladies out of our 8 would have to come with her, as they did NOT pass the exams. I was fully expecting her to say my name....
But she didn't.
Instead, I got a diploma that evening. I have NO IDEA how I passed everything, but those other 2 ladies (native Germans, btw) did not. I sat there completely stunned!!!
I really have no idea how I would have made it through with out my mother here. The past few weeks have been so extremely stressful, words cannot even describe. BUT I MADE IT!! And I PASSED!!!
I am now a "Hauswirtschafterin" here in Germany.
Now I need to catch a li'l Spark FEVAH, and work off the 10-13 lbs I have gained since last Christmas!!!! I am already getting back into a regular, though mileage-reduced running routine, and back into my BodyPump classes. I am ready to hit it HARDCORE, and get back into my skinny jeans!! Cheer me on, Spark Friends!! I will be posting a "Watch Me Shrink" blog very soon...... Stay tuned!!
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