Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Meme

I have an awesome cousin who tagged me in a meme. Since it has been so long since I have posted anything, I thought this would be so perfect! So without further adieu:

1. What app do you love above all others? Not an app person? What about website?

    I love IMDB and Pandora. I use both every single day.  I love pop culture trivia and IMDB is the perfect place to come up with "Did you know......" And Pandora. Do I need to explain any further?

2. Describe your dream profession (sky is the limit).

   I often joke and sarcastically say to people "oh, I'm just living the dream!" In reality I really do feel like I am living the dream. Sometimes being a stay at home mom is hard. Really hard. But I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. This is where I love to be.

3. Appetizers or dessert?

    Ummm, I am so divided. I love savory. But you must end a meal/day with a little something sweet too.

4. If you could be BFF with any fictional character, who would you choose?

    Bridgette Jones for sure.

5. I say BLUE. What immediately comes to mind?

    Ellie's eyes.

6. Favorite song to blast and sing in your car with the windows down?

    Ever heard of The Format? Yup.

7. What fashion fad makes you hang your head in shame?

    Jeggings. Or skinny jeans on men. Ick.

8. What are your thoughts on 80s Hair Bands--specifically Monster Ballads?

    Well, I think they are funny. But my high school boyfriend and I had "a song". It was Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse. Please don't judge.

9. What is a book you wanted to throw across the room? What is one you wanted to hug?

   I really despised A Million Little Pieces by James Frye. But I literally did hug The Help. And Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

10. Imagine you are an aerobics instructor--what song must be on your playlist?
   My cousin (Rebecca) actually made this suggestion and I love it. Lady Gaga on Pandora. I am not usually a Lady Gaga fan, but it is a great station to listen to when you need to be pumped up.

11. What's for dinner tonight?

    Have you ever heard of Navajo Taco's? So yummy! Great comfort food for a snowy day.

Bonus: What's your favorite go-to lipstick (including color)

  ummmm...... Cherry Chapstick? I am not really a lipstick kind of person. I would love to wear it but I feel so uncomfortable with it on. Can someone help me pick out the perfect shade of red?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Confessional

"Today you are You, that's truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
                                            -Dr. Suess

Every week I want to be accountable for the goals I have set for myself. I want this to be a place I can be completely honest. I want to succeed in this goal. I don't want my weight loss to be one of those things that I lose sight of.  I want to do this for real. I can do this for real.

This last week was really motivating. I lost 4 lbs. Not too shabby. I am under no impression that I will lose all my weight that fast. I don't want to lose it that fast. My husband made the comment that "if losing weight was that easy, no one would keep the weight off. Once you lose a lot of weight with a lot of effort, you want to keep it off." Perhaps that is one reason why fad diets don't work.

So far:
-I have started the Couch to 5K plan.
-I have started counting my calories. Calories In and Calorie Out.
-I am trying to eat at least 20g of fiber a day. I would like to increase that to 35 eventually, but want to increase slowly for obvious reasons :)

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain:  -4
Total Weight Loss/Gain: -4

I want to stay positive and motivated. Your comments and encouragement do help a lot. So thank you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lets Get Real

I had a terrible weekend.

Actually, my weekend wasn't too bad. I turned 30 on Saturday. I love that I am 30. For me, thirty is good. I am content with who I am. I know what I want from life. I am secure with my inner self. What I am not okay with is my weight.

I am overweight by a lot. I said earlier that I wanted to lose about 35 pounds. I really need to lose at least 50 to be considered a "healthy weight". According to my BMI, I am obese.

Obese. What an ugly word. What an ugly feeling.

I don't "see" myself as obese, but that is the reality.

A reality that is scary. I went shopping for some non maternity pants. I am on the cusp of needing to shop in the plus size section. The section that sells elastic waisted pants. I don't want to be there. I never thought I would be. I don't "feel" plus sized. Perhaps that is the scary part.

Whats worse is, I know better. My major in college was nutrition, and fitness education.  It is embarrassing to tell people that. One would never guess. I know all the problems my body can face. Diabetes, hypertension, and heart attack to name a few.  I have three good reasons to take care of my health. They are 3, 2, and 2 months old.

They deserve a healthy mother. They deserve a healthy life themselves.

So here I am, ready for this journey. I am under no illusion that this is going to be easy. It is going to be hard. I will have to work at it every day. I can and will succeed at this. I have to. My life depends on it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Bit Rambley

Some Updates:

Actual conversation that happened today:

Emmory: Mother (yes, she calls me mother), when you went to the hospital, did the dr rip open your tummy to get Ens out?
Me: what?!
Emmory: Did the dr use scissors and rip your tummy when you went to the hospital?
Me: ummm... you are too young to be analyzing this scenario. You are three and I am creeped out right now. We will talk about this in a couple years, okay?
Emmory: okay!

This little peanut is turning two next week. Two! It feels like she just joined our little bunch. I was thinking about doing a cookies and milk party for her. Any ideas for cookie flavors? Recipes?

This little one is a dream. She is such a good baby. She sleeps really well, and I have transitioned from two to three kids pretty well. I believe it had to do with my anticipation level. I was really nervous, because going from one to two kids was really tough for me. However, so far so good.

Now for the Rambles:

-We haven't been out of the house much, so I am getting a little stir crazy. I am still not sure about taking three kids 3 and under out and about. Especially with Emmory and her contrary attitude.

-I haven't really made too many resolutions for the year. For some reason, it still feels like I still have time to make them. The three that I have set in stone are:
       1. Lose 35 pounds.
       2. Face one of my fears (heights) maybe a zip line or hot air balloon. 
       3. Read 20 novels this year.
That's it. Easy enough huh?

-I would love to take a family vacation. Disneyland? My kids would go crazy. If I can manage to stay un-pregnant (I will!) this fall would be a perfect time.

-Back to losing weight, confession time. Losing weight is super hard. I find myself making so many excuses. But it needs to come off. This is really hard to admit, but food is my comfort. I find myself eating my feelings too often. How to find the will power? I thought I would try to do a very raw and honest blogging of my journey, but I don't know if I dare to open up that much. This is something that I am very insecure about, and I usually fail at all attempts. Anything that helps y'all would be so welcome here. What do you think?

-Sorry, but I have to say it... I am thrilled the Broncos are in the playoffs. I usually hate (!) football, but this season has been a fun season to watch.

-I can't wait to watch Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It opens this weekend here in Denver, plus its my birthday this weekend too. 

-I am turning 30! I am so proud of who I have become from 10+ years ago, that I am embracing my thirties as the best time of my life.

-Something added to my bucket list. Go on a game show. I don't care what one. Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Who's Still Standing (have you seen that one?).

-Hopefully I will starting posting more frequently than once every couple of months.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

There is a Christmas song in my heart today

I figure today is a great day to update the happenings in Casa del Owens. We had a beautiful day of 80 degree weather on Monday, and woke up today with 5 inches of snow. I love Colorado. Its so bi-polar and we get to enjoy all of the seasons in one week!
We are all doing well in these parts, anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby (girl) #3. We (I) am looking forward to not being pregnant. Currently I am 35 weeks and some change, but according to the Dr. am measuring about 2 weeks ahead. I have never gone early, late in fact, but here's to hoping and delusional thinking/wishing! Anyone want to make bets on arrival date?

To say I love these girls does not do my soul justice. They are my life. I feel as though I have not been doing all I can for them. As a person in the family way, I am not as kind, warm, and nurturing as I should be. The snuggles are not as often as they could be. The house is not as clean as it would be. I only hope they forgive my shortcomings. They are amazing little people. With amazing lessons for me to learn how to become a better person. 

And just for fun:

You're Welcome.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Random Thoughts and Happenings in the Owens Home

-It has been almost two months since I last posted. A lot has been happening and yet it seems that everything is staying the same all at once. Does that ever happen to anyone else?

-I am in my third trimester with my third child. I am exhausted. I am so over being pregnant.

-Emmory is doing okay in school. She is really showing her three year old personality. Who ever coined the phrase "terrible twos" was incorrect. My two year old Emmory was so much more pleasant than this three year old independent, spirited, stubborn (tenacious?) diva. What a challenge she has become, and I am too tired to fight it.

-Ellie is as delicious as ever. Her personality is really starting to shine. She is sweet and sensitive. I love watching her and Em bond together as sisters. It is a great bond that I am glad they will have forever.

-I guess that's really it around here. I wish the weather would cool down a bit. I can't wait to drive through the mountains and see the trees and colors. My favorite time of year is Autumn.

-Hopefully this all doesn't sound so negative. I am just so ready to have this baby already. We did come up with a name, now just to meet her... I still have two months. Gah!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is this when the Mental Breakdown Begins?

We just signed Emmory up for preschool.

At the risk of sounding totally cliche, I just don't know that I am ready. I know I need to be though. She needs it. I need it. We need it for each other. Here is where I struggle. Will she make friends? Will she be happy there? Will she feel comfortable? I hope so. I want nothing but happiness for my children. I know she will have times of struggle, but as of now, I have always been right there to comfort her tears. When she is away, she will have to learn how to do it on her own. A piece of my heart hurts knowing that. So I wonder; is this the time when parenting gets really hard?