Happy New Year!

Austin FireworksDo you have any New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? I will be honest and admit that I haven’t made any this year. But, in thinking about it for about 15 whole seconds now, I think I should continue to work at breaking my addiction to my phone. Also known as My Precious. I’ve always loved my smartphones, but since getting a Samsung Galaxy Note II at the beginning of 2013, I’ve taken the love of my phone to a whole new level.

1) Once we are all home for the night, I will retire my phone to the bedroom for the night, so I’m showing them that they are my priority and that I value my time spent with them more than face time with my phone.

2) When we are out to dinner at a restaurant, my phone will remain in my purse.

3) When we are driving together in the car and I’m in the passenger seat, my phone will not be my focus, my husband will.

If these were the only three changes I made for the year, I think it would be a successful year! I fully believe in and love technology, but I also believe it’s starting to rule our lives in excess. My phone is a great tool for many things, but it doesn’t help me spend quality time with my family!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and I wish y’all a great 2014!

Almost a Year, Huh?

So… yeah. Hi there. It’s certainly been awhile, huh?  

How have you been?

I’m doing well, but I am definitely to the point of being overwhelmed thinking about what to write, because it’s been so long. The longer it got, the more overwhelming it became, and so on and so on…

Anyway, since I don’t want this post to take you the year I’ve been gone to read, I’ll try to do a fairly quick recap/update.

I’m hanging in there weight-wise, about 20 lbs above my lowest weight on SlimGenics, and about 12 lbs about where I was when we moved to Austin two years ago, where I was pretty comfortable. Actually, I’m pretty close to comfortable now, just not quite.

That being said, this spring I started a walking routine, walking about 3 miles a day 4-5 days a week. It’s certainly helped and I’ve been enjoying it, especially since I live in such a gorgeous area with immediate access to extremely extensive wooded walking trails, parks & lakes. It really doesn’t get much better than that and kicks the tar out of getting on exercise equipment and staring at the TV!

The only other weight/diet-related thing I want to touch on is loose/excess skin. Boy, does it suck! I have had it ever since losing all the weight with SlimGenics, and it’s especially pronounced on my abdomen because of having a C-Section. Now, don’t get me wrong, if I had to choose between the fat and the skin, I’ll take the skin EVERY TIME! But, that doesn’t mean I’m a whole lot happier with my body now than when I was really heavy, it’s just a different kind of unhappiness.

Has anyone heard of the It Works! wraps? I’ve been hearing a lot about them lately and I have to admit I’m fairly curious. Generally speaking, I’m not a big believer of things like this and “miracle” fixes for anything, but there are a lot of positive reviews online about these. Of course, there’s a lot of reviews going the other way, as well.

I figure it’s probably worth $20 to give one a try, right? I mean, that’s less than a typical dinner out to eat! Just curious if anyone else has any personal experience with them or knows someone who does.

Other updates over the past year? Let’s see.. I can’t believe my baby boy is going to be starting Kindergarten already this fall, we’re putting down roots here in Austin and are here to stay, as we’re in the final stages of building a house here (so excited!), we’ve truly found home at Northpoint Church and we’re basically just blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine!

Speaking of being blessed, I also have had it on my heart over the last 6 months or so to start using this blog for more than just weight loss topics, since I just don’t really have a lot to say in that area anymore. After all, when I started it, it was never meant to be solely for weight loss, that just happened to be my major focus at the time and it just took over. But living intentionally should be the focus of my life in general, not just when it comes to eating and dieting. I especially believe it’s important when it comes to my marriage, parenting and my walk with Christ. So, I plan to (at least try) to start blogging more about other things, too.

That’s not to say I’m going to abandon weight loss issues, as it’s not like I’m magically going to become one of those people who never needs to worry about what I eat ever again and have a perfect body! Ha!

I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying summer! I certainly am loving the warm weather and beautiful green that comes with this time of year!

Help Is On the Way!

NOT dieting seems to agree with me, at least for now. I don’t know if it’s all the extra water weight I may have been carrying or what, but I am down 6 lbs since starting to “not diet”.😀

I got in my two Zumba sessions this week and a little mild swimming. Yay!

However, I still feel like I am not active enough on a regular basis, and I’m not talking about scheduled exercise. I’m talking about just moving, in general. I feel like I’m either sitting on my butt on my computer (a bit unavoidable since I work from home on the computer…) or exercising. Sedentary, or regimented exercise.

So, I want to approach this the same way I do food: be more aware of my general activity level, just like I’m now more aware of the food I’m putting into my mouth via Lose It! (which I’m loving, by the way)! Being as I’m a huge tech geek and I love to compete with myself, I think I might have found the perfect solution for me, and it’s on the way right now!

I ordered the Fitbit Ultra! I’m so excited! 

One of the neat features is that it will wireless sync my activity/steps to Lose It!

It’s very small and can be (should be!) worn all day and all night (it tracks sleep patterns!). Additionally, not only does it track steps, but it also has an altimeter so it can track stairs/floors climbed.

Just like a lot of popular social apps (that have nothing to do with exercise), it also taps into our competitive nature and has badges and such that you can earn when you hit different levels. Fun!

My first day wearing it, I am going to try and just go about my normal day as I would now, so I can get a good baseline of how active (or, as I suspect, not active) I am right now. Then, I can challenge myself to increase that activity daily, even if it’s just getting up from my desk every once in awhile and taking a walk up the stairs, around my house, and back to my desk again.

Maybe I’ll start walking to get the mail (which is actually a good distance) and parking farther away from entrances (especially as our cooler Texas temps start to arrive in the next month or so).

It’s scheduled to be delivered next Tuesday (happy birthday to me!), so I’m planning on next Wednesday being my first “Fitbit” day. Oh, and a special thanks to Julie/Towards Healthy Life for my discovery of the Fitbit.🙂