November Goals Report (week 1)Β 

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Well week one for November has almost flown by! Just three weeks and three days left! Crazy! I am getting excited about possibly moving into our new (to us) trailer this month sometime (we hope!). I may even have a room dedicated for my exercises/craft/photography studio/future nursery! We found out that its a three bedroom, two bath as a opposed to the two bedroom my hubby thought it was! I am excited! I’m excited about having a dishwasher!! Yes, I have been washing dishes by hand for 3 years straight! But no more! Or not as much! A bigger kitchen and living room!! Ah yes.  And having a bigger bedroom and bathroom will be nice and Hubby will get to have one of those bedrooms for his gunsmithing and ammo building. So I’m glad for him there. And we may actually have room to hang up all my clothes and all of his clothes! With room to spare! Closets are some of the best things in this life! And we wont have to trip over the washer and dryer in our bathroom cause there is a special place for them! I’m not wild about having two front doors and no back door but I guess we shall get more exercise! πŸ˜‚

   
Lots of great things to look forward to in our future. I am rather excited! When you’ve lived in a shoebox for 3 years anything will seem bigger and better to you! And everything might actually have a place to go too. And the house will seem bigger even then since it will have less clutter! With all the rooms all my crafting/jewelry making/painting stuff will have a whole room to call its own! Yes! I am looking forward to a world with less clutter! 

  
Anyhoo! As far as this week goes. Monday I started doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred and switching out doing her 6week 6pack as well. Both are exceptional dvd’s. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with JM, I love her workouts. They are intense and they make my muscles sore. The 6pack one left me in a bit of pain but it was the best kind of pain, that burning pain. My fat was crying real bad on Tuesday. πŸ˜‚ Yesterday, was the only day I didn’t exercise a ton. A smaller amount but I did some. Today will be better. About to go get my walking in. And then get some circuit training in. Hopefully get all that done before lunch. 

  
Hoping I can share another recipe with you all tomorrow!

What kinds of stuff are yall doing lately? Exercise-wise? Would love to hear about them! 

Thanks for reading, 

Katie

November Goals. (2015)

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I still cant believe tomorrow is the first day of November! What a wonderful day to start a new month, especially a month of Thanksgiving! 

    
That’s right folks I have a new list of goals! If you want to follow my Instagram account request a follow from The_Homestead_Artist, so you can follow my everyday postings with the hashtag #thethankfulchallenge day 1-30. This is a challenge to think of at least 5 things I am thankful for that day and have a cordinating picture to go with it. Let’s face it, the world would be better place if we were a more grateful people, God has given us so much, we just have to look around us and see what he has done for us! You can join me on this challenge if you wish, just use the hashtag above and lets see if we can’t find some things to be thankful for in our everyday lives this month (and beyond).

  
Since the Trim Healthy Mama isn’t an option for me this month either I have a very simple 14 day eating plan of clean eating, no processed or boxed foods of any kind in this meal. Sounded pretty simple and easy so I will be starting that on Monday. (I may like it so much that I may continue to eat that way the rest of the month). 

  
Along with my eating plan I will be doing at least 40min of working out everyday just like before. And will be using My Fitness Pal to keep track like last month. Sundays like always are my rest days. But there are 6 other days I will do lots of working out. And at least 3 days a week of walking three miles with or without weights. 

  
I hope to share everything on Fridays or Saturdays like before but at least once extra a week I will share my favorite recipes or foods I’m eating that are simple to fix. And all of them seem pretty simple. Some you can even make the night before so you can get extra sleep. 😊 

  
So I am looking forward to tomorrow and Monday with great anticipation!! My throat is doing a lil better but no more rest times for me. I’m through with laying in bed all day. Its time to get back on my feet and work off some of this flab that is hanging off the bed!

   

“I wonder how many calories I burn running away from commitment?”  –Anonymous 

How about you? What are your goals this month? Do you have any to add to the list?

Thanks for reading,

Katie

  

A chance to love. A chance to heal.Β 

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I have been so blessed lately. I really do feel blessed, now that I have finally gotten off of Facebook. Technically you could say I am “still on” but I never get on except to see if people have tried to contact me through my Photography/blog or jewelry pages. All three are still up and running just not as active as they were when I was “on”. I have a new fb account but I dont choose to have friends, at least not at present. I am kinda over Facebook for many reasons. But for one, it has given me a chance to love people again, and two, it has given me a chance to heal from our recent circumstances.

  

1). A chance to love again! 

Facebook as you may have already gathered brings out the very worst in a lot of people. It really does. I have seen a mean part of me, I never wanted anyone to see. It has ruined my chances for me to many people to be considered a respectable, kind and considerate kind of person. I really have been ashamed and wonder how anyone could love me or want to be my friend after seeing my bad side. Trust me, if you haven’t seen it, yet, you don’t want too. But I have seen other people’s bad sides too, because the affect Facebook can have on certain people. Especially us, who are very passionate about what we believe are true and real in this life. We tend to show all of our sides pretty regularly on FB, the place we feel at home pouring out our hearts to. But like the Bible says our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked who can know it?! So pouring out our hearts isn’t always the best thing on FB. 

  

 
Now that I am off of this form of social media, can I just tell you, how free I feel? I feel like FB had me under a sort of spell, an enchantment, if you will, and now that I’m off, I feel so much more free! Like a bird escaped from the ensnared cage. I tell my God all my sorrows, joys, hopes and irritating moments that beset me from time to time. I’m no longer talking to a wall but talking to my Father. And isn’t that better or how it should be? 

  

 
I have been given the chance to love people again, truly love them and being with them, talking to them face to face and not screen to screen. Even voice to voice, when phone call is more convenient. I can love them like we were meant too. And I’m sure Facebook can be used for good too. I have used it for good, even when people misjudged me for using it for bad. But oh well. No matter. Its over and done with. Facebook is just not for everyone. 

  
2). A chance to heal! 

After much prayer and thought and when I finally disconnected myself and hit the delete button, after time, I have finally begun to heal.

  

 
 It wasnt an easy choice, I did have withdrawals and wondered what people were up to, but lately, if I wanted to know, I simply shot an email or a text or left a message on their phone, what they are up to? 

  

 
I found friends for accountability for exercising and more joined in wanting the same. I got back on My Fitness Pal and began getting serious about taking care of my health and body. Worked out consistently for two weeks the longest and most Ive ever taken interest in at one time. This past week I got sick…. And feeling better again. Can’t wait to get back to my daily exercise regimen. 

  
So many things to keep me busy, so many things to keep my mind occupied, to keep me keeping busy, not being idle, but keeping me busy to stay focused on the true and real. I have a photoshoot today where I hope to meet new people and a painting class tonight again, where I can meet new people. Facebook as you can see isn’t the only place to meet new people. Face to face, handshake to handshake, tangible people. I am so blessed! So very blessed! So thankful! God is so good! 

   

 
My healing is so much more easier, so much easier to bear. The everyday burdens are lighter, the grief not so deep as it was before. My hope is in my Lord who made me and formed me in my mothers womb. I have no reason to be fearful of the future, its planted in the palms of His hands. 

  
When I had a Facebook I was not given a chance to heal my broken heart. I was daily bombarded with thoughts and wishes that were crushed on a day to day basis, I was constantly reminded of my little ones who were no longer in my womb, no more to be wrapped in my aching arms, no more kisses from mama and daddy. Forever in my heart, forever wet, on my cheeks. I couldn’t get on without seeing something or someone talking about babies and their mamas and daddies, announcements and boy or girl this or that, baby camo, overalls, cowboy boots and hats, John Deere tractors, guns and hunting, black bear teddy bears, diapers and burp cloths galore. Things we will never get to do with our boys, places we’ll never get to take them, things we’ll never get to see them do… So many things that I couldn’t get away from, people I couldn’t stop talking too, I didn’t want to be bitter or rude. I was so happy for them, truly, but how do you tell people you’re happy for them when you’re choking back tears that are running down your face?

  

  
How can you say you’re happy for them when in reality you wish you could die a thousand deaths just so you could have a chance to hold and kiss your baby one last time? When they have it so easy, they can pick up their baby and cuddle them whenever they wish? 

  
You cant heal properly when you’re bombarded with all of this daily. It goes too deep, too hard to bear and still try to muster up a smile for them? It was too hard for me. I’m too weak. I have too big of a heart for my boys. They were part of my whole world! 

  
Finally, now that my Facebook account ceases to exist, no longer to be looked at or saught after. Finally my aching Mama heart is healing. I don’t daily have to be  bombarded with questions from people that have to know everything that is going on. I’m not bombarded with baby stuff day in and day out. Just on occasion seeing the little ones at church. Or the occasional photo I look forward to seeing of my neices and nephews on Instagram or those I keep in contact with. I don’t want to be cut off completely just not so heavily like FB has become. Instagram you can only share so much, Facebook is like a blog of ones entire daily life. 

   

 

I haven’t healed completely, but I cry less and less. And I rarely ever hold back tears. I try not too, but sometimes you don’t want to make a scene, ya know? I try not too. But sometimes its hard. 

  

 I’m thankful God gave me the courage to delete my FB. I am so thankful I am off. I only miss my workout accountability groups. They were something I got on for, everyday. But My Fitness Pal does a good job with that. And I have friends on there that are encouraging and hope I can be that for them as well.  

  
There are many more reasons I could share with you why I am off, but these are the main reasons, I am so thankful its working. 

   
Like, Smike, in his contentment (from Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby), “I can finally say it. I am happy!”

Thank you for reading and God bless you, 

Katie

 

 

October Goals Report (week 3)!

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Well this was a fun week (not!). Totally being sarcastic. πŸ˜‹ as the boy on National Velvet would say “I was sick all night!” Or rather all week! It started with a scratchy throat on Sunday but I felt better in the afternoon and that night I was rolling in misery and pain. Monday was worse! But I still managed to do my exercises and wasn’t gonna let it beat me. Tuesday my exercise was at night, cause I was weak as a kitten all morning and afternoon. And then Wednesday it beat me, so I rested the rest of the week through today, (Friday).

  

I’m feeling like it’s almost over though, I think if I make myself rest and sleep I will most likely be over this by Sunday or Monday. So no exercise until Monday! Do you realize how hard it has been not to exercise for me? I had been exercising consistently for two weeks straight and then two days and then nothing! I am in agony and hurting to exercise so bad!! Yesterday I managed to burn 81 colories (81!!!!) walking about all over the house. Our house is not very big. Seriously. Its the tiniest trailer you can buy. You cant find this size on the market anymore cause they dont make them this small anymore. We couldn’t get insurance on our house because its so old. Yeah. So it doesn’t take a lot of effort to walk about the house. 

  
Anyway, sadly my goals were not met this week, due to sickness but I’ve done so well so far! I even checked the last time I measured myself was, back in August, and according to what I measure now, I have lost 9 1/2 inches!! Woohoo!! So thats pretty awesome!! 
  
So next week will be better and more active. I assure you!  I have missed it every single day! Its so hard for me to sit still and be constrained. But I dont want a relapse and have to lay in bed even longer. So sometimes you just have to take the bitter pill and do the not so fun stuff in life. Its never a bad thing to get extra sleep when you really need it. And hubby has been very understanding through it all. I haven’t cooked since Tuesday night and he hasn’t complained once about it! So I’m glad! πŸ˜…

Well that about wraps up my germ filled week! Did you meet your goals this week? Tell me about them in the comments! 

Laters, 

Katie

October Goals Report (week 2)!

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Oh my word!! Haha!! What a GREAT week!! I am seriously so pumped and looking forward to next week with SO much anticipation!! Why am I just now finding out I have such a great love for working out?? This is the first time I have ever looked forward to something like this in my whole weightloss journey which is going on for four years!! Yeah, long time to be doing something and constantly failing at it or getting “pumped” for a day or two an smack dab falling on my face about it and giving up!! Or looking for a “quick fix”. Which who wouldnt want to use a fat eraser if there was one you could use or drink? The thing is, just like Hubby always tells me, there isnt a “quick fix” they’re just fads and they only promise to last for a lil while but once you get off of them the weight comes back. He is so right, cause I am living proof! As long as you eat healthy and workout consistantly everyday then the weight will come off. So far this is day 12 and I have lost a total of 10lbs!! (Yeah I cheated and weighed in on Thursday, I knew I had lost some and sure enough I had lost 3 more lbs from last weeks 7!! So a total of 10!! Can I tell you that boost my energy all the more when I saw those numbers?!! It definitely did!!

  

I am not an athlete or an aspiring one, I dont plan to run a Marathon or be a runner. I only have a few small goals. To be healthy, cause my  temple, (my body) belongs to God and I want a baby!! πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ or two. Or three…πŸ˜‚
So with all that said, this week, was awesome! It really was!! Everyday except for Monday I burned over a 1,000 calories and I think I found my “true love” in the exercise world. I was going to walk three days a week but I found myself doing it everyday and I kept getting better at it and getting stronger even added a lil sprinting, I dont do sprints well but today I could tell my muscles are building stronger cause I could run a lot longer and faster! πŸ˜€ Thats pretty huge for me! Like I said, I’m not a runner by any means Im usually too clumsy for it, my ankles roll too much. But considering all that, I did alright. But I enjoy walking cause I have time to see God’s creation more, when I try to run I miss it all and am too busy focusing on my breathing and my time. Like today I noticed the last bit of Queen Anne’s lace in the field in front of our trailer, I would have missed it if I had been running. {it’s the little things, ya know?} 

  

Ok so this week, Monday through Wednesday I did a standing Pilates workout, (like the Dvd I showed you last week) it was fun for the first two days but by the third day I kinda dreaded it mainly cause I was in so much pain, my muscles were extremely sore, but I got it done anyway. Wednesday afternoon I went to the Library to take back some dvds I borrowed and noticed the workout Dvd section, and the last time I had checked it, it was very skimpy and had very little to choose from but I went over to look at them, then and seriously there are a bunch of different series to choose from. I felt like a kid in a candy store and drooled over which one I wanted to choose, first. That boost my energy levels as I skimmed through all the ones I wanted to do. Too bad you can only rent three at a time, otherwise my arms would’ve been full. 

  
 

{I’m not too wild about how people dress in their workout attire like in public or on these DVD’s otherwise I would show you the pictures. You have to look them up at your own discretion}.


 
I’ve enjoyed doing Jillian Michaels in the past but I hate the way she dresses. And her voice drives me nuts. Then this week I started doing Turbo Jam, (Created by Beachbody workouts) and Chalene, the trainer reminds me so much of JM, her workouts and everything, but her voice is fun and energetic! I just wish they had more of her workouts cause she makes them fun. I only saw two of her DVDs at the library. 😐 Oh well. 
So Thursday through Saturday I did the Turbo Jam. I only recommend this one if you can handle the dress and the loud music. I like having a beat to my workouts but this kind of music isn’t what I normally listen too. But if you look at it in a fun workout way it makes it more enjoyable. 

  

Food was pretty good this week, my workout was better though. And it looks as though I will have to wait until after Christmas to start on the THM diet cause I haven’t been able to get the original cookbook from my friend cause her copy is packed away somewhere since they are in the process of moving. So I will just have to wait till after Christmas, that is if I end up getting it like my mom said she would. So we shall see. πŸ˜€ I have a feeling something or someone doesn’t want me to try this lifestyle. πŸ˜†

Oh well, I’ve waited this long I can wait a lil longer. My weightloss journey isnt ending simply because I cant do the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. No sire-ree. I will just keep doing what I’ve been doing and push on through til I reach a new goal! Just ten more pounds to lose this year and I would have reached that new goal! πŸ˜…

  

So I’m excited to see what God will do for me before the end of this year! So thankful to see what He has done and is doing now! He is good, y’all! Until next weekend! 

Have a great day! Have you reached any new goals lately? Would love to read them in the comments! πŸ˜„ 

Cordially, 
Katie

October Goals Report (week 1).Β 

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Hello everyone! I am a couple days late from reporting back to describe my first full week of goals and how I did. My apologies. It ended up being a great week for my main goals, like food and exercise, I managed to exercise every single day except yesterday, Sundays are just too hard for me to exercise. I stay pretty busy on these days getting ready for a new week, I s’pose. 

I wasn’t able to start the Trim Healthy Mama book yet, but hopefully this week sometime I will be able to start it. A friend of mine told me I could borrow her copy until I (Lord willing) get one for Christmas. Obviously, I haven’t received it yet, otherwise I would be starting it today. I don’t quite understand the concept completely just read some of the recipes and really liked what I read. However they will be slightly modified on sugar sweetners. I had bought lots of coconut sugar awhile back just for baking when it was on sale and I plan on using it instead of the Stevia, plus the Stevia gives me migraines and I’m not that anxious about using it. Not sure about the Stevia blend or the stuff they use that starts with an X? Never tried it but maybe one of these days. I really like the coconut sugar, its not real sweet, it actually reminds me of crushed graham crackers. But its pretty healthy for you than regular sugar, as much as sugar can be healthy. 😜 

  
{The Valerie Bertinelli video “Losing it and keeping fit” is a nice beginner to intermediate workout system. I highly recommend this DVD if you are new to the whole workout DVD home gym, thing. It has a beginner 20min. Workout as well as an intermediate level 40min workout system. They also have bonus ab exercises. The everyday abs is 30 sections of crunch exercises of 5 each and The ab challenge is 30 sections of crunch exercises of 10 each. Its a fun lil workout. I actually do it everyday for extra ab challenge. The ab challenge that is (10 each). }

I have now graduated to the standing Pilates Exercise. More about her next week. 

Ok so my week basically consisted of the same exercise video of 43 minutes of strength, cardio and ab intervals. I really like that concept but now I must move to a more intense level because I feel I’m not hurting the next day or sore anymore, I don’t sweat as much, so that usually means I have graduated from that level and need to move up. Plus, I’ve been trying to walk at least three days a week to add to my daily routine of at least 40 minutes, which where I walk (with three hills) it comes to about 2-3miles including walking to our mail box and up and down our .25 of a mile driveway (one way, .50 miles both ways). It helps to get that 3miles in by running up one of the hills. I like to sprint some of those hills to get my heart rate up and it adds a good challenge to my workout. I need to start adding weights to my walking which I haven’t done yet. Below is a photo of our loooong driveway. 

  

As far as eating goes, I enjoy using My Fitness Pal app on my phone, its all right there in front of me, how many calories I’m burning and how much food, calories, carbs and fats I’m putting in my body. Which I am thankful it tells me, “you went over your carb intake today…” Which keeps me on my toes to look and be consistent. Like Saturday and Sunday, especially Saturday, I ate WAY too many carbs, but I still managed to lose 7lbs this week, how that happened, I have no clue? But I am always willing for that to happen! πŸ˜„ All that working out is really paying off as well as staying away from sugar and white breads! My goal is to lose 20 more lbs by January 1st 2016. So its been a challenge in of itself to stay the weight Ive been at for so long. But would love to see the numbers I saw on the scale before I got pregnant with John Spencer, (my first). And next year lose the additional 20-30lbs to get down to pre-wedding weight, so I can fit into all my clothes again.  That’s my goal before I get pregnant again. Since we have to wait a whole year to try again (which we can start trying again, Lord willing, in May), I want to be in the best health I can possibly be for our next baby, especially since it looks like I’m going to have to have some kind of sugery for that. Pregnancy sounds a lil more scary for me, this time around and I want to be at the peak of health as I can possibly be. I know I can get there, its just going to take a lot of patience (encouragement from family and friends) and strength and endurence to persevere. πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺ🏻

And then every Monday morning before eating and drinking and after using the ladies room, I weigh and measure myself to see how much I’ve lost. So far Ive lost 7lbs, as you already know. πŸ˜ƒ 

I am very pleased with this week. But I am going to do better about drinking a gallon of water a day. I was doing so well with that and kind of fell away, but this week will be better.

And that’s a wrap! Do you have any fitness goals this month? Any pesky pounds you’ve been meaning to lose? Tell me about them in the comments, would love to hear your weight-loss plan. πŸ˜€

Sincerely, 

Katie

October Goals

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I can’t believe October is finally upon us!! It seems like yesterday September was here and our familes, Spencer and I were gathered around celebrating seven or eight birthdays at Hubby’s grandparents house. Including our precious first born, John Spencer. πŸ˜€

I am actually excited about this month. I have a few goals I would like to share with you! 

1. I am excited to finally buckle down hard on my weight loss journey. Its been a constant battle for 2 years! But I am sick of myself and tired of my clothes not fitting and so, no more excuses. Just so it actually happens I will “report” my progress each week on Friday or Saturday of this month, to tell you how I did, food and exercise wise.  What recipes that stood out to me, and which ones I enjoyed better, etc. I am hoping to cook my way through the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, from now on. I am using Pinterest until I can get the book (maybe for Christmas)! But Pinterest has a ton of the recipes thanks to bloggers for sharing their favorites! πŸ˜ƒ

2. Find more reasons to be Thankful! I have always struggled with this and I need to work on it, and stop whinning and complaining about how hard life is. I want to have a happier lifestyle, one my hubby can enjoy being around. There is something so unnerving about a complaining spirit, and something so Beautiful about a thankful, one. 🌺 

3. Pray for my husband, more. I do pray for him, but not like I used too, when we first got married. I really want to pray hard for him, and pray hard for me, that I would be better wife to him. I know I need to work on this so much! So these are big desires of my heart. πŸ™πŸΌ

4. Spend more time talking to God in general. Before I got married, I used to talk to God like a best friend, I would say, “Thank you, Lord!” Everytime something great happened or prayed loudly often. People often looked at me strangly, but I desire to be like that again. To stop being stagnet and draw closer to my Father. He can help me.

5. Start writing my cookbook. Yeah, this has been a goal/dream of mine for a long time, ever since I started cooking on a serious level. When I worked at a resturant called Curry’s or Johntson Street Cafe’, reading their “secret” recipes, I wanted to come up with my very own set of recipes, which later turned into a desire to write a cookbook. But it won’t just be cooking, it will also be other things as well. Mostly cooking though. And some survival tips. πŸ˜€ with a name like the Homestead artist, gotta have a lil bit of everything…will it be published? Ha! We will see what the bank account says. πŸ˜‰ (which is one reason my children’s book never got published…too much $$$ Maybe some day, though)! 

6. Along with doing THM, this month I won’t be allowed any sugar. You know, the no in-between bit in one of my lasts posts, that applies for this kinda situation as well. I am either gonna allow myself sweets or not. What I mean is, if I do, all that hard work will go down the drain, so its either sweets or no sweets, its either start the lifestyle or don’t. I can’t eat just one piece of dark chocolate, I will eat the whole thing. So no sugar this month! Next month may be different, I may allow myself a lil here and there if I do a good job this month. πŸ’ͺ🏻✊🏻

I think those are simple enough goals! I hope I succede!

Do you have any big or small goals you want to achieve this month? What are they? Would love to hear about them! πŸ˜€ 

Thanks for reading,

Katie