P90X Day ONE, Chest and Back!

Today is Day 1 of P90X. I got my resistance bands ready to go this time so will be doing this work out withe the bands and NOT with the pull up bar. I may invest in a pull up bar sometime soon but they say you can get great results with the resistant bands so here we go. I bought these $9.99 bands and they are tough!Picture of Day ONE, ugh it pains me to post this but here you go! OK, no I need to be positive, this is a 40 pound plus loss pic, it was much worse before!I will update pictures every 2 weeks or so and I WILL do this the full 90 days! here goes nothing, well not nothing, here goes muscle gain, weight loss, and a summer swim suit body! WHIHOO!

Day ONE measurements
Bust: 41 inches
Under bust: 36 inches
Waist: 41 inches
C-section scar: 42 inches
Hips: 44 3/4 inches
Thighs (1): 24 3/4 inches
Arm: 12 inches

You can purchase P90X here P90X: Tony Horton's 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program

Quitting the pacifier cold turkey!

Today is the day. It is the day I force my son to quit the pacifier aka “binky” cold turkey.

His last tooth (besides his 2 year molars) has come through this week so his teething days are pretty much over.  Now he just uses the binky as pure addiction and I am sick and tired of chasing it around the house.

I have put all the binkies up and he has been crying all day for one.  I feel bad but will feel worse if I have increased dental work and bill sin the future because he sucked on it too long.  I refuse to be one of those parents that has a toddler walking around with a huge binky in his mouth.  He will be 16 months in a few eeks and he has his teeth so now he can be off the binky well before 2 years old.

I will have to put up with a fussy baby for a few days but it would not take long to break the habit.  It may just take a few sleepless nights, but for those that have read my blog in the past, what’s the difference, he is not a good sleeper anyway, so I am out nothing!

I will keep you updated on the status and how many days it takes him to not “crave” the binky! For my husband and I, getting rid of them will be wonderful! They are a pain in the butt!

This face will be no more

This is the face I want to see,  binky free, it is so cute!

Helping others find their abundance too!

I got the most awesome comment the other day and I am so excited about it.

I started this blog for many reasons.  The biggest reason is for myself and my family. I need to be a happier and more positive person to be more to myself and to my family.  If you have been following you have noticed that I have been making changes and this positive law of attraction has been working.

I may struggle from time to time as this is a slow process but the fact is that I am in the process and that is the main point.

I opened up my blogger dashboard and saw I had a few comments to moderate and started doing that like I normally do every day.  Today was the day, I got that one comment that shot me onto cloud 9 and made my whole day and made me realize that I CAN and DO make a difference and when I don’t even know it.

A lovely reader has started her own blog and because of me!  She was inclined to watch The Secret movie and this got her pumped up and now she is also blogging her journey and I am so excited for her and to share that with you. Her blog is My Secret to Prosperity I have to confess that I like her title a lot better than mine but those are the breaks.

I hope you will head on over to her blog as well and start reading her journey from the beginning, as I will be too, and maybe this will help others get motivated to push to positive as well.

Have a lovely day! I am having an awesome one!
Thanks Angie!

Tradition is not always the best excuse!

I have found that there have been many times in my past and present that I use the excuse of “tradition” to dictate my daily life.  This is something that I am desperately trying to change while entering in to my life of positive attraction.

Have you found yourself using this excuse?  It can be over the simplest thing, to the more complex things in our life.  Here are some of my examples that I have used.

Food:  This is such a simple thing but we as humans tend to get into a “rut” and we don’t feel empowered to change our food situation until it is apparent that our current situation may be actually killing us.  For me it was simple things like, garlic bead with pasta.  Think about it…you have carbohydrates in the pasta, and if it is white pasts than that is the only essential nutrient it has besides fat.  Then we have the sauce and we fill like we “have” to have bread to soak up the extra sauce.  Garlic bread or just buttered bread, it is 90% of the time white starchy, not good for you carbohydrates.  In this meal you probably eat your daily calories. I mean that, typically this ONE meal can literally equal your entire day of calories and we eat it, late in the day, and sit on the couch and let it turn into fat afterward. 

So why did I always, in the past, make bread with pasta?  Well, no good excuse at all except for…tradition!  I always did this so in my mind that is just what you did.  I don’t do this anymore.  I don’t even buy white bread anymore.  My kids only get white bread when they go to someone else’s house that has it and my daughter does not even like to eat it.  I have not got my kids used to eating bread with pasta, so hopefully they will not fall into this rut.

This may seem silly to post on this blog, and maybe a better fit for my weight loss blog, but I so totally see the fit here. Why?  Well, as humans our whole life becomes a rut sometimes and it is so hard to get ourselves into new and improved “traditions.”

Daily life:  This is a big one too.  I have found myself saying “well this is what I always do.”  It did not even really matter if I wanted to change, it was just what happened every day.  “This is just my personality, this is what I have done since as long as I can remember.”  All to familiar sayings for me and I hear them from others all the time.

Why is it that we feel like we should be in these ruts?  It is like being “tapped” in a job or a way of life.  We can’t see a way to get out and when and if we do finally see one we talk ourselves out of it out of pure FEAR!  Why are we fearful to better ourselves?  Why do we have to feel like we don’t deserve things and we HAVE to be content in our current negative situation.

My challenge to you, as I am taking the challenge myself, is to quit saying “tradition” and say “I deserve to change for the better!” Our kids will learn from us and how we are.  If we cannot face life head on and make our own decisions and change them up when they need to be, and be open minded enough to do it, then we can’t expect our kids to stand on their own two feet either.  I want my kids to see life as a huge opportunity for success and that they are able to control their destiny!  My personal feeling is that this starts, today, at home, with their role models.  For my kids this is me!

Weekend Blog Hop!

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Facing the new 2011 year with a positive attitude!

This post has been in “draft” for a few weeks and I totally forgot about it.  I think I found it this week because I needed to read it again to pump myself up so posting it now!

I learned a lot in 2010 about myself, others, and what the law of attraction can do for me.  It has been a slow process but it least it has been a process!  I have seen many times over, how my attitude change from negative to positive is bringing me more and helping with all aspects in my life, especially my relationships.

It has been hard to friend weed and get rid of the negative influences in my life, at first, but after I did it, I felt no regrets!

I a in live with love and feeling good and that is my resolution for NOT the new year, but for the rest of my life!  I made this resolution months ago and have continued on the positive path. 

I need to remember on those days that I still struggle “it’s OK this is just a bump, get over it and move on!”  Sometimes frustrations can steer us off the path we are meant to be on and it is how we handle it and move back on the path we are suppose to be on.

Happy New Year to all in my life!  Thank you to my wonderful followers.  I love to hear your stories, concerns, opinions etc.  I hope that life brings you joy and happiness and that we get to share, love and be friends forever!

Thank you to the universe for bringing me to Joe Vitale who was the one that really got me excited to make this life change.  Joe if you ever find yourself attracted to my blog thanks!

Update on my vision poster: I had to hang it myself because you know how long it takes husbands to do something, right? Anyway, a few times this week I have been frustrated and turned the corner and BAM that poster is right in my face! i immediately stop and read it and tell myself to “chill out.” and it does really make me feel better!

Attached it again just in case you missed the last post. Best thing I have done in a while, it’s really helping!

InterStim update, 50 days out!

It has been 50 days since my stage 2 InterStim surgery and today something really weird happened. Not bad but weird.

I have turned it up quite a bit over the past 50 days and it has been at a consistent 4.0 for about 2 weeks now.  I could feel it a bit but it did not hurt so I went with it. My doctor put me on a low dose of meds to try and help control the OAB even better but the meds did not help.  I am totally happy with the InterStim as I am about 70% better then I was before the surgery but of course I am looking for 100%.

I got out of the shower and had this annoying urge to have a bowel movement. It was weird, it was a pressure that was a little uncomfortable and I thought it was weird because I had had a couple already today. It did not feel right when I tried and I could feel the pulsating of the InterStim more than usual and I just felt like I needed to turn it off while I tried to use the restroom. I turned it off and after about 30 seconds the sensation went away. I turned it back on and the sensation to have a BM came back and so did the pulsating so I turned it off again.

I called my doctor and they lead me to the Medtronic rep who had me turn my InterStim down from 4.0 to 1.0. He said that it was most likely up to high and it was making my nerves go all funky. He told me that one of 3 things would happen.  I would have the same outcome as I did no 4.0 or it would be worse, or it will be better….duh! Isn’t there always 3 options, seriously!

Well anyway, it has been about 5 hours since I turned it down and I have been pretty much the same as I was earlier today minus the uncomfortable feeling.  The rep told me that if I need to turn it up .5 to wait it least 48 hours to do so to give my body a break.  He also talked me through the 4 different programs that are on my InterStim remote so if this program does not work before 4.0 I can switch to any other program and check it out til I find the perfect one for me.

Interstim Therapy for Urinary Control : Educational Video for Patients (Dvd)
I am still happy with my interStim as it is working great but can’t wait to see if it can work AWESOME!

Jogging, stairs, and plank today!

Today’s work out consisted of 20 minutes of jogging in place, 6 times running up and down the stairs to the basement and my updated plank position 3 times. I had some issues with my InsterStim a few hours later with some muscle cramping and am now wondering if I maybe over did it a bit. I felt so good when I was working out, I did not want to stop, but sometimes forget that I still need to take it a bit easy!

I did some measurements this morning and I have gone down a 1/2 inch on my thigh and a 1/2 inch on my hips but the stomach went up a 1/2 inch. Then I realized that I should be on my period today and that was a stupid day to measure! I keep forgetting as I had an endometrial ablation done last year and I forget when I am suppose to be menstruating sometimes and seem to measure a lot on those days! I still go through PMS and bloat a bit but am so happy the worst part is VO”ID!

Anyway, I will keep doing what I am doing and measure again next week!

BTW: I posted about wanting to star P90X in Feb and I needed there bands and I found some for CHEAP on Amazon that are getting great reviews. I am ordering these this week and hoping to be dong P90X by next week, yay!

The band I just ordered, TODAY are now linked to this post.  The reviews are awesome so I could not resist the price.  I will let you know if I like them.  If I do, and if you decide to order them, I hope you will click on this image to do so:) lol. I can’t wait, I am excited to get started! 3-5 days for shipping and then I am on it! They came to be around $15 with shipping. Great price!

Working out instead of snacking between meals!

I don’t agree with only 3 meals per day, as you already know.  I am a big fan of 4-6 small meals a day.  It all depends on your situation.  I can eat about 6 small meals a day because I am a stay at home Mom.  If someone has a job all day long then 4 meals may be better geared for them.

I have always said, and still believe, that the best way that I know to make you small meals is to simply divide up what you would normally eat in 3 larger meals into smaller meals so you are not eating 6 huge meals per day.  Of course if you are overeating your 3 meals you may need to lessen the amount first before you decide how to divide them up into smaller meals.

Because I am eating more frequently during the days, there is really no need for the extra snacks during the day but like everyone else in the world, some days I just seem to crave more.  I have found that if I can keep my mind busy during these cravings they pass.  How I keep my mind busy?  Well the best way is to exercise.  If I can say, “hmmm, feeling like I want something extra, I need to run up and down the stairs 15 times.”  This really does help me forget I want to eat.

I am good at this about 40-50% of the time and I need to be good at is 100% of the time.  Since it is Monday my goal for this week is to be good at this 100% of the time.

When I get hungry for extra food, I will either run the stairs, do some push-ups, jump up and down on the floor 100 times or put the radio on and dance with the kids for a few minutes.

Keeping my mind busy should result in faster weight loss!