Living Outside the Stacks

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We Love Workouts!

I found this cute meme on Making Over Me and thought I’d participate.  Normally, today would be a gym day for me but my kids disrupted my schedule ~ overslept and missed the bus, so I had to modify today’s plans.  I briefly considered going for a run but then I remembered the snow/sleet/hail/slush/wth that we got yesterday afternoon and decided, instead, to take today as a rest day.

In the mean time, I am wearing my pedometer and my Therashoes, so even though today is not an “active” workout day, I’m still making sure I get in some fitness.  I’m also keeping up with my water intake and watching what I eat.

So what are your workout plans for today?  If you’d like to share, simply write a post or snap a picture of yourself working out and then go here and leave a link to your post.  Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love….


Weigh~In Wednesday

Now that my vision has returned, I am in the process of moving back into my normal routine.  Yay!  Yesterday I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 50 minutes.  Omg, did it feel good!  For a few minutes it felt like my heart was gonna pop through my chest but I pushed past it and managed to burn 352 calories and walk 3.64 miles.  I’m taking things slowly but I’m pretty happy with yesterday’s workout.

Honestly, though, I wasn’t expecting much by way of weight loss but I’m thrilled to report that the scale is on the downward slide!

Bust ~ 37 3/4 in
Arm ~ 12 1/2 in
Waist ~ 31 1/4 in
Abdomen ~ 37 in
Hips ~ 41 1/4 in
Thigh ~ 24 in

Weight ~ 157.9 lbs  (~1.9 lbs)

Go Team Off the Oreos!


I Can See!

I am so happy to report that my vision has returned! Let me tell you, being able to see out of one eye is a bear. I want to thank everyone for their constant prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement. Your support has been invaluable. I’d also like to thank God because without Him this wouldn’t have been possible.


We Need to Protect Our Children

I don’t know if you’ve been watching the news, but it seems like there has been a surge in the abduction, rape and murder of children.  Or maybe it’s just getting reported more often, I don’t know…  But whatever the reason, this has to stop.  Just today a man in our area was sentenced for videotaping himself as he raped several children.  His youngest victim was six months old.  Six months old!

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My heart is broken.  Even now, it’s all I can do to contain the rage, anger, hurt and disbelief that I feel.  How does someone do something so evil to a child?  And where is the public outrage?  Why aren’t more parents demanding that these individuals be put away for life without the chance for parole?

Isn’t it time that the rights of accused and convicted pedophiles be set aside for the protection of those who cannot protect themselves?  At what point do we say enough is enough?  Obviously, our current method of punishment isn’t working.  These people are getting out of prison and going on to commit even more heinous crimes.  Think about how much grief and sorrow could be prevented if these individuals were incarcerated for life.  Why do they get a second chance?

I’m asking for the complete revocation of all rights for pedophiles/child murderers.  Once they harm a child, they give up all signs of humanity so why should they be allowed to get out of prison in 5 years so they can repeat their offenses?  The correct punishment should be complete and irrevocable incarceration for life.  No second chances.  Aren’t our children worth this and so much more?

When my children were little, there were three steps that I took to ensure their safety and I want to share those tips with you right now:

1.   Teach your children that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone ~ no one has the right to touch them

2.  Let your child use his or her voice ~ they have the right to say “no” to an adult when it comes to their bodies

3.  Never, ever force them to hug or kiss an adult (even a relative) ~ it may seem rude, but children should never have to submit to affection through force

For more tips on how you can protect your child, go to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children or to the Polly Klass Foundation.


Mamavation Monday

I feel like I’m starting this weight loss journey from the beginning…  This is not a good place to be considering how much progress I had made since I first started this lifestyle change in January.  I’m on medication right now that is affecting my weight, so the numbers are steadily going up while my energy levels are going down.  I know this is just a temporary set back so I’m trying not to get too upset about it but it’s difficult watching all of my progress disappear over night.

I will go into this week with the simple goal of not really trying to lose weight but simply trying to be active.  The good thing about knowing where I’ve been and where I can go is that I know what works for me.  I will continue going to the gym and walking a minimum of 3 miles on the treadmill.  I will also add weight training to my routine.  A few weeks back, during one of our Mamavation Monday chats, we talked to Amy Dixon and she talked about how important it is to mix things up with some weight training ~ not to bulk up but to shape up and enhance weight loss.  I just received Give Me Ten, her new exercise DVD, so I can’t wait to give that a try.

I’ve also slacked off on my water and fruit and veggie consumption, so I’m gonna have to adjust that too.  My goal will be 80 oz of water per day and a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and/or veggies per day.

As I’ve started transitioning from a sedentary to an active lifestyle, I’ve also started to consider the importance of what I put on my feet ~ those things carry a lot of weight over the course of a day (and over the course of a lifetime), so supportive footwear is vital.  Now, I have to admit I am not a running shoes kinda chick so unless I’m working out, they simply aren’t an option for me.  However, I do love myself some comfy cozy slippers!  So I proudly wear my Earth Footwear slippers around the house, that way I’m toning my calves, thighs and butt even when I’m not working out.  Earth Footwear will be celebrating their 40th anniversary on Thursday, 22 April (which also happens to be Earth Day) and to help celebrate they are giving away free pairs of Earth Footwear shoes through Mamavation.   For more information, go here.

To all the ladies who are applying to become the next Mamavation Moms, I just wanna say “good luck” and you have my support.  No matter how far you get in the campaign, I encourage you to join the sistahood.  We are here for you and having a support system helps out a lot.  Trust me.

So from the top…

Starting Weight ~ 159.8 lbs

Goal Weight ~ 140 lbs

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This post is my entry into the Mamavation Blogging Carnival that is being sponsored by Earth Footwear.

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