Sunday, July 29, 2012

1st Photos in 2.5 months...

Let's get right to it, shall we...

Yes, I've gained 1.8 pounds in the past 7 weeks... however...

September 5, 2011
199.8 pounds
Almost a year later...
198.8 pounds
In the past year, I haven't lost any numbers... except INCHES!  You can see it in my belly... in my back... and I can feel it in my arms!  I started "Boot Camp Weight Training" in a small group, which includes TRX, cardio weights, boot camp... in the past 4 months I have been training with Paula, I haven't been through the same workout twice!  I've hit the point where the numbers on the scale, although still important, are not the main story.  With the weight training, I'm losing inches, fitting in my clothes and looking much better.  My goal now is to get into - and be comfortable - in a size 9.  I've already gone from size 20 to 12... I'm getting closer and closer!!!  Here are the changes in my inches in the past year...

Right upper arm...     13.25" to 13.00"
Left upper arm...        13.00" to 12.00"
Bust...                         44.75" to 44.00"
Chest...                       38.00" to 38.00"
                                       Waist...                        38.50" to 39.25" (huh?)                            
Hips...                         43.75" to 44.00"
Right Thigh...             22.50" to 22.25"
Left Thigh...               22.25" to 21.50"
Right Calf...               16.00" to 15.75"
Left Calf...                 16.00" to 15.50"

The overall journey takes time.  I hope that sharing my journey shows that.  Keep working.  Follow your journey.  And you will reach your goals!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer catch up...

As you may know, my daily schedule since going back to work consists of... up at 4:45AM to the gym to train... go to work... eat and sleep... 6 days a week... and try to fit in everything else on Saturdays.  I will be posting new weight photos on Sunday and will share what has happened in the past 2 months at that time.   I've already shared the San Diego International Triathlon and our visit to "Wicked..."  For now, I wanted to share some of the down time that we have enjoyed since the end of the school year...

There are a few perks to being PTA President, and hosting Charger #29, Mr.
Shareece Wright, who volunteered his time to support our jog-a-thon, our
school and our 5th graders on promotion day was TOTALLY one of them! 
And I have to say, he is AWESOME... dedicated to helping his community
and specifically troubled teens.  What a pleasure to chat with him!!!
Anna's 8th "Monster High" Birthday party and sleepover.  Costumes,
scavenger hunt and the skull pinata were just a bit of the fun!
Jeff and Jessica fighing over some of the
pinata candy...
Ice cream pies for desert... devilishly delicious...
Campland on the Bay - Mission Bay, San Diego!  A family
camping vacation destination for the past 20 years.  Jeff and Anna
with Uncle John and cousin Sarah.
My sister, Mary and her family... Matthew, Sarah and John. Love you!!!
That is Anna floating in the "Charger Baby" on the left...
... and Daddy is about to CANNONBALL!  And, no...
Jeff is not a farmer... ;-)
Our favorite campsite (F9)... right on the bay...
24 hours of vacation bliss!
 No matter how busy you are, you must make your family and your husband THE priority.  I admit, I'm struggling to make that happen these days... who ever thought "making time" for fun would be so hard...?  See you on Sunday with new photos...

Monday, July 9, 2012

"Wicked" Afternoon...

Our sweet bug... and her darling Daddy!
We finally enjoyed a fun afternoon... I only had to work in the morning and the early evening, but the middle of the day was AWESOME! :-)  Anna is TOTALLY into musicals at the moment.  "Phantom of the Opera" is her favorite show and she can recited almost every line and sing every song.  So... for her birthday a few weeks ago, we found out that "Wicked" was playing at the Civic Center in San Diego and decided we had to take her to see her first big production.  We took her to see the Russian Ballet perform "The Nutcracker" a few years ago and, even at that young age, she loved it.

In the lobby after the show.
Of course, the performance was amazing!  Although it was a Sunday matinĂ©e, we still made a big deal about dressing up... we pre-ordered our intermission drinks and snacks and arrived to find a table reserved for "J. Locher..." with our treats perfectly laid out for us... and were giggling to ourselves as Anna chatted away in the backseat on the way home about her favorite scenes, songs, and details of the show.

We "Couldn't be Happier" to enjoy this "Popular" show with our little bug that "Dances Through Life" by "Defying Gravity" and lifts our spirits every day, "For Good!" :-)  (sorry... I couldn't resist!)