May 31, 2012

Weighing In.....

I grew up bean pole skinny. I have never been one to worry about my weight, even during the fun puberty years. I grew a few curves, but never worried about "weight". 

I got married a few months after I graduated High School. I was pregnant a few months after that. (we were newlyweds, what can we say?) After I gave birth, I went right back to my pre-pregnancy weight and shape. 17 months later, I gave birth to my daughter. Again, skinny. 

It wasn't until we moved to Oklahoma that I started to notice the change in my weight. Not significant, but noticeable. That was 9 years ago. In the last night years, I have managed to gain 30lbs, lose 30lbs, and gain it all again. It's frustrating.

For the past 9 months, I have been conscious about exercising regularly. I started the Couch to 5k program and saw myself progress over the weeks. My husband was traveling quite a bit and the season was turning from Fall to Winter, so I stopped that program. For Christmas, we bought a treadmill and that allowed me to do some running while avoiding the wintery weather. When Winter turned to Spring, we were in pretty good shape and we ran our 2nd (ever) 5k. I was proud of my accomplishment and results.

My weakness is food. I tolerate working out, because I always feel good afterwards, but food is GLORIOUS! We purchased Insanity a few months ago and have been fairly committed to the workouts. We've had to miss workouts here or there, because life happens and there's not a lot you can do about that, but we have worked out more than we missed.

I can't help but get frustrated when I know I work really hard during the workouts, but don't see a lot of results on the scale. I have heard  read that I need to eat more to accommodate the high intensity workouts. It's just weird to me that when I don't workout, I lose more weight then when I do workout. I thought it was "calories in, calories out"?!?!?!?  

I'm trying to keep the faith and know I'm doing it the right way. "Slow and steady wins the race". I'm losing inches and it's noticeable, but I would be super ecstatic to lose a couple of pounds. Just a few pounds to keep me motivated and help my sanity....


May 30, 2012

What I am Loving Wednesday!

I'm loving: that it's already Wednesday, so that means only 2 more days until the weekend! (I love my job, I really do).
I'm loving: that it rained enough last night to save our grass from dying! (more on the way tonight!)
I'm loving: that the hubs and I will get some much needed time alone next week, while the kids travel out of state. 
I'm loving: that 2 of the fur-babies got groomed yesterday. They look so much better!
I'm loving: that my good friend, Tiasha, is getting married this weekend! I'm so happy for her and Austin!
I'm loving: that the scale didn't change much from Friday to Tuesday, even though I ate like a buffalo most of those days. ;0)
I'm loving: that I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow. It is looking NNNNAAAAASSSSTTTTYY!!!


May 29, 2012

MoNdAy FuNdAy!

We took advantage of a 50% savings per person and spent Memorial Day at Celebration Station. It was a blast!

We also spent a lot of time on the go-karts, which is why I don't have any pictures of them! ;0) We had such a fun day, but we got zapped by the sun and were pretty exhausted when we got home. Makes it rough to come back to work, after having such a fun day yesterday. 


May 28, 2012

Another Pool Post

I promise I won't bore you with another long story about the pool! Instead, I will bore you with a short story about the pool! :0)

We went outside yesterday morning, only to discover the pool wasn't leaking anymore! What?!?!? (I think this pool is possessed, but that's a story for another day.) Besides wasting most of our Saturday,  I'm okay with this natural fix. 

We have always had issues with grass growing through the bottom of our pool. Through the sand underneath and through the thick liner. How it does that, I don't know. We hope we found a solution:

We even found a new friend....


May 27, 2012

The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Remember this fun little story from grade school? We lived it yesterday. 

I will say our day didn't start off bad. It started out pretty good, actually! I made coffee for Scott and I. We have both recently quit drinking coffee (2 days prior), but there is something about a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning when you don't have a schedule to follow. I was looking forward to a hot cup of deliciousness. It wasn't as good as I anticipated, but it was still good. 

I enjoyed my cup of coffee while tackling my chore of the day...CLEANING MY BATHROOM. I don't know how I can destroy such a small space, but lemme tell ya. I can. I typically use Bare Minerals make-up. If you are familiar with that brand, you know that it gets EVERYWHERE! It was nice to throw away so much crap and get everything neatly organized in the drawers and cabinets. 

Okay, Okay....back to the point of this post. Do you recall me saying Saturday was supposed to be our Fun Day

After I completed my one task of the day, I was ready to move on to the "fun" part of the day! The kids got to choose what we did (within reason). Guess how well that went? 3 kids....3 different answers. After several hours of researching online and throwing out options that we could all possibly agree on, we were still sitting at the house...doing nothing. (I was okay with this. I am just as happy at home this weekend, as I am anywhere else). 

After more wasted time and no solution, I go and check on the pool. (Still filling from Friday). I discover we do in fact have a leak. (We were pretty sure we did, but hoping for the best.) I immediately start searching (thank you YouTube) for ways to repair the leak, since our pool does have some water in it. We have a plan in place, all we need to do is to purchase a pool repair kit and we will be good to go. 

The video we found on YouTube suggested Home Depot. There's a Lowe's 10 miles away, so we headed there. Sold Out. Holding our breath, we made the short drive across the street to the incompetent pool store. (we have had many unsuccessful dealings with this pool store. I seriously would rather poke a needle in my eye then have to deal with them. It's THAT bad.) Sold out. (I may or may not have said a few hateful things in that store before we left). We tried Target. Sold Out. Wal-mart. Sold Out. Big Lots. Sold Out. Called Home Depot, which was another 10 miles down the road. We were told we can order them online. Really?!?! Online?!?! That's convenient....NOT!

Frustrated and tired, we head back home and decide we can make do with some old inflatables we have in our pool shed. As luck would have it, I found an unopened, lounge chair that we bought last season at Dollar General. It is clear on top and could possibly assist in repairing our leak(s).  (I did call another pool store in OKC and they have authentic repair kits, just in case. Thank the Lord!)

Getting everything ready to drain the water out of the pool, we soon discover that our pool pump is locked up. No Bueno. We have to have this, in order to drain the water from the pool. 

I immediately get on the phone and start calling different pool stores to see if they have the pump we need. In the meantime, my husband is diligently disassembling the pump to figure out why the motor is locked up. I found several places that have a pump that would work, but their prices are $300-$400. I give in and call the pool store in which we purchased our pool from (not the same store mentioned above). They do have the exact pump we need. Same brand as our current one and a little cheaper then the other places I called. They lady told me they close at 7pm, (it is nearly 6pm at this point), and they are closed on Sundays. 

We pack up the kids and the motor and we drive to North OKC. It's about 30-35 minute drive, so we didn't have much time to waste. We made it to the store with time to spare, only to find them closed. WTF?!?!? Another trip wasted. We were bummed. 

Since we were already out, and we were already on the North end of OKC, Tyler suggested we eat at Pop's. It's a fun little diner in Arcadia, Oklahoma on Historic Route 66. I had suggested the other day that we go there to eat at some point this weekend. We were practically there, so why make the trip again another time? You can read about Pop's here. The kids love it because, they can pick out a six pack of bottled soda. With so many choices, it's a challenge to get only 6. 

Here's our selection: 

As soon as we got home, my diligent husband continued tearing the pump apart. He was able to discover the problem (it just needed a good cleaning and W-D 40). He got it all put back together, and it runs perfectly! Ah! What a relief! I'm so glad it was an easy fix and I'm so glad we didn't waste nearly $300 (or more) on a new one. 

The craptastic day ended well! Here's to hoping today will be better than yesterday and we can get this stupid, money-draining pool repaired and filled! 


May 26, 2012

Let the weekend begin......

I love getting off of work early on Holiday weekends. My company was nice enough to let us out at noon. I met the hubs at home and we tackled a few chores, so we could save the fun for Saturday! 

My chore: weed pulling. :(

I was very excited to plant flowers in our front garden this year. The problem is that the weeds are growing better/faster than the flowers. (boo!)

Hubby's chore: Cleaning the pool.

We are terrible about covering our pool during the winter. (If you want to call it was the mildest one I can remember.)

We have good intentions every fall, but something ALWAYS comes up, to keep us from closing down the pool properly. He cleaned out most of the garb and we started filling the pool with fresh water. Fingers crossed, we will have an opportunity to at least float around tomorrow or Monday! 

Meet Bentley. Isn't he cute?

Hope everyone has a safe Holiday weekend!


May 25, 2012

Friday's Letters


  • Dear Friday: I'm so glad you are here!
  • Dear Work: We need a break from each other...Hurry up 12:00!! 
  • Dear Kids: Please be kind to your parents. Your dad and I are a little hostile that we don't get a summer break, so ease up on the plans with friends. K? 
  • Dear Summer Vacation: You are getting closer by the day! I'm so ready for a week at Table Rock! 
  • Dear Shaun T./Insanity: You are becoming my friend, even though I curse you daily. No offense.