Wednesday, October 30, 2019



I reached my weight-loss goal for October!!!

I weighed in at 224.7 lbs this morning.


Not only did I reach my goal of getting down to 225 lbs. on the scale, by doing so, I reached a couple different milestones in my weight-loss journey.

First -- this means I am at the lowest weight I have been in 10 years. A full decade has passed since I have been at this weight, and I am back! 
Second -- this officially means I have lost a total of 45 lbs. in my journey to lose 100 pounds!!!

The small goals I set for myself this month in order to reach my weight-loss goal were quite simple, and they were things I've practiced throughout my entire weight-loss journey. The only thing different really is that I began scheduling in more time for self care. Could something so simple really have been the missing ingredient in my weight-loss journey? I think this breakthrough in my weight-loss journey really can be attributed to many different things but, I am definitely not overlooking to importance self-care has played into this month!

October's Weekly Goals:
  • 120 oz. water daily
  • 1400-1800 calories daily with 1 rest day/week
  • 10,000 steps or 30 min. activity 3 days/week
  • Schedule self-care weekly

I am taking a deep breath, now. I am so proud of myself for maintaining a healthy balance this month. During the week, I stayed on track and, over the weekend I would have a rest day (or two). I went out to eat with my family. I had chocolate every day. I made it to the gym a handful of times. I didn't deprive myself, but I did stick within moderation. You guys, I did it!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Fall Family Photos 2019

Hey, readers! Today I am sharing a quick blog post with photos from last week's fall family photo session. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have already seen these photos there.

We were so happy with how these photos turned out! I am planning on printing and framing a few of them, for sure.

We are in such a blessed season of our lives! I never want to forget this stage of life we're in, and these pictures help capture it perfectly. We are happy. We are blessed. I am so thankful for my family!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vlog: Hocking Hills Anniversary Trip

Last month, my husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary with a weekend trip to Hocking Hills and Columbus, Ohio. Today, I am sharing the vlog from that trip!

I hope you enjoyed watching!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Busy Week Recap

Whew! It's Monday, again. Wow! Last week really flew on by for us. Here's a little recap from last week!

I worked a long day on Tuesday, 9:30 - 8:30 pm. On Wednesday evening, we had Life Group. Thursday was another long day at work, but not quite as long. Nick had worship practice that night and so as soon as I got off work, I grabbed a couple pumpkin chai lattes and visited him at practice just in time to hear them finish up the last song. Despite being so busy, I did really well with my eating all last week. Then, the weekend hit.

Friday was field trip day with Piper's class. We went to a pumpkin patch!

Later that evening, we did the pumpkin walk at the high school. They had face painting, pumpkin painting, hayrides and a wooded trail filled with pumpkins carved by the students/teachers throughout the school! We had a fun family evening on Friday night!

Saturday was a much slower day. We went to the YMCA in the morning, where Nick and I got to work out together while Piper played with other kids in childwatch. Then, we went grocery shopping and later we got together with my mom, step-dad and little brother for a family photo session! After the photo session was done, the photographer let all of her dogs out of the house and we all made sure they got some petting.

After getting family photos done, we carved pumpkins at my moms house!

Sunday was very busy, as usual. We had church all morning and then went to a gender reveal party in the afternoon. I made sure to get a walk in whenever we all got home that evening. I've been trying to fit in some time for self-care, especially when the days are busy. It's hard to do sometimes but it has been really helping to fill my bucket when I feel drained.

This morning I am up on the scale but, it's not a surprise. Instead of having one "rest day" from tracking calories, I took the entire weekend off. I weighed in at 230.1 lbs. this morning. I am hoping that by jumping up a bit on the scale, I can drop down below my plateau weight of 228 lbs. by next week!

Monday, October 7, 2019

For The Sake of Balance

Hello, and Happy Monday!

Truth be told, I didn't really feel like blogging today but, I am making myself sit down and type something out because I am hoping it will help keep me on track with my weight-loss goal for October!

As for why I'm not feeling much like blogging, I think it's because I've been having a few down days lately. It all started on Friday when I realized that I would have been going into my second trimester this month with the pregnancy I had recently lost. Some days are better than others and these past few have just been plain hard, and that's okay.

Today, I weighed in at 228.8 lbs. Exactly the same weight as last week, on the dot. That almost never happens! While I would have loved to have seen a loss on the scale, I am okay with it. We had a really good splurge meal this weekend (bang bang wings from a local tavern) and, I'm happy to see that didn't cause any gain on the scale!

For the sake of balance, here's a photo of tonight's dinner.

I did complete my goal of tracking/staying within calories for 6 days last week! I do need to improve on my water intake and, my activity level, though. I think if I bring those two things more into focus this week, I will see a loss on the scale next time!

This weight that I'm at currently is a tricky one for me because I have never been able to get lower than 227 lbs. throughout my entire weight-loss journey. I am on the brink of a milestone here, and I am so determined to make it happen! All while maintaining my values of "losing weight while living life".

Friday, October 4, 2019

Vlog: Piper's First Soccer Game + First Day of Preschool

Hello, and happy Friday! Today, I am sharing a vlog that I recorded back at the end of August and just now got around to editing.

I can't help but smile when I watch this vlog. I love this season of life that we're in. Being Piper's mom is so much fun! I can't believe that tomorrow will be Piper's last soccer game of the season. Time can slow down anytime, now!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Goals 2019

I have one big goal for the month of October! I want to see the number 225 on the scale. I am so, so close and this is the month that it is finally going to happen!

In order to reach that weight goal, I plan to track my nutrition daily each week, with one day set aside for no tracking at all. I am not going to call that day off from tracking a "cheat day", though. I think I'll call that a "rest day".

Yesterday, on October 1st, I weighed in at 228.8 lbs. I have been teetering between 236-229 lbs. for months now. I'm going to make this the month where I break through my lowest weight of my entire weight-loss journey, once and for all! 

225 lbs, I'm coming for you!

Weekly Goals:
  • 120 oz. water daily
  • 1400-1800 calories daily with 1 rest day/week
  • 10,000 steps or 30 min. activity 3 days/week
  • Schedule self-care weekly
The last goal on my list is something new that I'll be trying to focus on this month. Today, while Piper was at preschool, I used a gift certificate I had for a massage, followed by a couple hours of shopping. It was absolutely wonderful! 

I look forward to seeing the rewards that come from scheduling more time for self-care. I can tell you that today, already, I feel like I have more of myself to give to others because I spent some time filling up my bucket this morning. I also know that when I feel good, it is easier for me to make good choices!