Thursday, October 8, 2015

My blurb about MY Crazy Healthy Life

I originally started this blog for the sole reason to document life as a mom with 2 kids 2 and under. Then a few weeks after that, we received our daughter's heart diagnosis and I used the blog to update family and friends on her progress/surgery/recovery. 
That was almost 8 years ago.

I still post randomly on the blog to update those who still follow our life...and to share about heart checkups, etc. 

 Our Christmas pic 2012
Our Christmas pic 2014

Today, I'm posting about me. Is that allowed? I'm not a fan of putting the attention on myself...I always feel like it sets me up for a fall. But here goes.....

It's been 19 months (a little over a year and a half) since I started the journey to get healthy. I seriously can't believe I've stuck with it this long. Usually I can jump on the bandwagon for 3 months and I'm hanging on for dear life at 2 months. But this time, something clicked. I saw progress. It became a "healthy" addiction. Am I overly confident to say that "I am proud of myself"?! I love the progress that I am seeing. I feel better...I look better. I can keep up with the kiddos (on most days) and my husband jumped on board with me as well. Having a STRONG support team has made the difference in this journey. 
And yes, it's been 19 months of going to the gym at least 4 days a week. I love to take classes but I really love to just push myself and better my walking time/pace. I love to add just 5 more lbs to the strength machine and finish strong. It's crazy how your mindset changes when the progress is positive.

I love my gym. I go at the same times each day, so I tend to see the same people, same smiling faces. It's encouraging. Why? because they're there, too. They are on the same "get healthy" journey as I am. We come in all shapes and sizes. There are some wiser (meaning older) gentlemen that can walk/run faster than I can. That's motivating to me!! And the wiser ladies keeping a fast walking pace or pedaling the recumbent bike. Yes, motivating. We are all doing this ....together. Though we don't even know each other except for the occasional nod or smile. 
And my Zumba friends!!! they are THE BEST!!! I love dancing with them. I'm part of the awesome back row crew...knee brace and all. I love seeing their smiling faces. 
It helps me to keep the consistency of working out to know that I have friends there working right along with me. 
And not to forget the fabulous instructors who push you to be a better YOU. Yes! I love it!! 

My husband and I recently started the 21 day Fix by Beachbody. It's actually pretty easy to pick up on. I was so overwhelmed by reading up on it. I was thinking of all the things that I couldn't eat/drink while I was on it. But the exciting part is ALL the things you get to eat/drink. We are day 4 and I feel great! The scale is staying on the lower numbers that I LOVE to see. But it's not just about the's about learning portion control and proper food choices. My clothes are fitting not so snug.  
Now...if I could just figure out the key to getting a jump on seasonal allergies...ALL would be GREAT!! 

So...that's my "all about ME" post. If you're ever thinking about going to the gym or joining, or even just taking the step to just be healthy, I challenge YOU to DO IT!! You won't be sorry. 

Until the next something OUT of your Comfort Zone...and as always...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Life gets in the way, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Life totally gets in the way of this blog. Well, that and my computer always wanting to run a virus scan when I need to use it. Resulting in a very slow computer session that ends in my just walking away from the computer. My patience expires quickly when it comes to technology. 

As for life getting in the way....yes! that's happening, too. We've had a wedding since the last update. My hubby's cousin got married. It was a beautiful ceremony. I wish her and husband the best life ever. 
Leia was a flower girl in this wedding and she LOVED every moment of it. The getting all pretty including having her hair curled. She felt like a princess. 

Leia's the blonde ♥

This weekend is Leia's birthday as well. It seems that when October arrives, life gets incredibly busy. And this year, I foresee a busy schedule. Lots to do. Birthdays to celebrate and it's the start of the holiday season....Yamboree, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Lily's Birthday, Christmas, Hubby's birthday, and then Dakota's birthday. Not to mention all the birthdays and happenings in our extended families.

Oh..I will gladly allow life to get in the way.

If you've read this far of the posting, continue reading this next little blurb. It's about my friend's son, Zane. During all the jovial festivities of this weekend, my friend received news I'd never wish on anyone. Her son has Leukemia. He's 4 years old. A vivacious active little boy. He has a long road ahead of him with testings and treatments, but he's still smiling. The strength of my friend is encouraging. I've never been in the situation of receiving a cancer diagnosis. But I remember the day we found out my daughter's heart diagnosis. You kinda feel as if you're watching a tv show and thinking this isn't about my child. But it is. And then to hand over your child to doctors, surgeons, anethesiologists....praying that all will be okay. Knowing you are doing this to help your child. It literally takes everything in you to be strong for your child and others around you. 
Please pray for Zane and his family. Here is a link to their Facebook community page if you'd like to stay up to date on the journey of fighting Leukemia.
pic credit to Zane's mom

Until the next post.... #prayforZane

Monday, September 14, 2015

Soccer has started!!

School has started here in the Smith household. Actually, they are starting week 4 of school....the big kids, that is.
They are loving their teachers and really enjoying making friends with their classmates. Lily (the middle child) is excited about getting to eat a snack in class each day...haha!! Oh, the fun of being a 2nd grader. That's what she thinks 2nd grade is all about. Really, it's because her class has an early lunch time, so they need that "snack time" to get through the day. :) Yes, I'm the practical thinker. Dakota has a friend from last soccer season in his class..and a friend from church (who also rides home with us each day...yay!!).
Leia is loving the big kids being at school all day. She's getting mommy to herself. She also LOVES going to her "class". It's the time at the gym daycare while I get my exercising completed. Woot! She's made lots of friends, too. My little social butterfly.
In addition to school starting, the Fall Soccer season has started. I'm loving the team this year. We have a full team and a great coach...not to mention the cute assistant coach ;) (don't worry, it's my husband..haha) The first game was on Saturday and They WON!!! Dakota was super excited about was I.

The season is starting to slowly change. We are getting little teases of favorite season.

Kids are doing great in far, it's all reviewing. So no bumps in the road.....yet.

I thought the blog needed a little update. I always have so many thoughts of things to share...when I'm not near the computer. (isn't that how it usually goes?!) Now, I'm here and my thoughts/ideas have gone to that part of my brain to be thought about probably around midnight tonight when I need to be sleeping. That's how the Mommy brain works.

Until we meet again...