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Top 10 Free iPhone Apps to Lose Weight March 9, 2013

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Top 10 Free iPhone Apps to Lose Weight.


wow, some of these apps are awesome and i need to check into downloading them into my iPhone! with rachel coming soon, i need to save this list so i can get my head back in the game and start losing baby weight after she arrives. i will NOT be one of those women who claims 3 years later that she *just* had a kid and that’s why she’s still fat. nope, nope, nope! i vow that that will not be me!


2013 is here! January 1, 2013

A new year has begun. Many are so afraid to set resolutions for fear of failure. Not me. I love setting goals for myself, even if I don’t reach all of them. Here is what I’m looking forward to this year:

  • I’m going to be a mommy! This is probably the biggest and most important thing that will happen to me in 2013. This opens a huge door for all kinds of resolutions, but for the most part, I want to just learn how to take care of my baby and juggle the responsibilities of family and work. Since I’ll be having Rachel at the end of the Spring semester, I’ll get all summer to spend time with her and get adjusted to being a mommy before going back to work in the fall. I know the time will fly by, but I hope to make the most of it. Which leads me to my next resolution…
  • I want to focus on spending my time wisely. I am the Queen of Time Wasting. Brother Don gave a sermon about time wasting just this Sunday, and it really hit home. Satan steals our time with needless anxiety by overloading us with unnecessary commitments, possessions, work, and information. The other major source of anxiety (and time-wasting) is regret. We have only 8,760 hours in a year. Why spend it dwelling on what has already happened and can’t be changed? Instead of wasting time on the above robbers of time, I want to focus my attention to the following: drawing closer to God, spending time with family and friends, doing all I can to raise Rachel as well as I am able, taking care of my health (exercise and nutrition).

Those are the things I’m setting my sights on in 2013. My spiritual life is very important to me, so I plan on devoting more time to Bible study and prayer. I plan on working through the entire Bible in a year (one of those plans for weekly study), but even if I am unable to always keep up, reading even half or a third on my own will be better than just opening it only when I’m in church.

I feel like I am constantly struggling to give more attention to my family and friends, who honestly deserve it. I know I can do better in this area. I have resolved to work on this issue in the past, and I believe that it has gotten much better recently. There is always room for improvement, though!

I am already focusing a lot of attention on how I want to raise Rachel. I am reading some books that I think might be helpful. I am getting my registry in order, buying some clothes and other items along the way, and learning about cloth diapering. I’m taking birthing and breastfeeding classes this month to prepare for her arrival.

As I always strive to do, I plan on focusing on my health. During the time I was trying to conceive, I let a lot of this go to the wayside. I stopped teaching Zumba when I had my first miscarriage in March. Zumba had been my most favorite type of working out, and suddenly, it was gone. So was that 2-3 hours of calorie burn every week that I was suddenly missing. I wasn’t eating all that well and rarely exercised. Running wasn’t giving me the solace it had in the past. Much of it was from apathy/light depression. Some of it was from fear that exercise might cause another miscarriage. So I became complacent about my health. Now, I am struggling because I am gaining a good bit of weight with this pregnancy. I know that I can make more time for weekly exercise (I have become very lazy about exercise and have really lost the habit), and my nutrition has been atrocious. I’d really gotten into the mindset of ‘I’m pregnant, so I can eat whatever I want!’ I know better, so I’m going to start eating better. Will you never see me with a big scoop of Coldstone? No, I won’t go that far. :) But I can doing better on a day-to-day basis. Part of making health a priority is to maintain focus, which I do through my Facebook page, which is a source of self-motivation, and Dailymile.com, where I keep up with my yearly walking and running miles.

It’s always a little overwhelming looking at what you want to accomplish in a year, but we are amazing in our ability to adapt to new things. Make your 2013 a wonderful year.


End of Year Update December 21, 2012

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I am finally out for Christmas break! Yay! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve updated this blog. This year has been such a crazy one. After two miscarriages, Jamie and I are patiently expecting a sweet little baby girl next spring that we’ve already named Rachel Annaliese. We are slowly getting things together for her arrival. I love buying cute little girly clothes to put on her. Jamie and I are about to head out to look for her a wardrobe that we can store all these sweet little finds in. I am 21 weeks, 1 day today. My tummy is huge, and everyone swears that it’s twins and that i’ll never last until May. I figure she will come early myself, but I hope not too early! i want her to have lots of time to get ready for the world while protected in Mama’s belly. I definitely am not rushing things. i am still learning tons of things about babies and will be taking birthing and breastfeeding classes in January. There is so much to do before she arrives, and I am sure the next four months will fly buy.


We’re Having a Baby! February 26, 2012

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I am just over 4 weeks pregnant and due November 1, 2012. I haven’t posted in a while, because I didn’t really trust myself not to say anything on here, even though I have been keeping a daily journal of all the goings-on since  February 8th. I just got a positive test result a few days ago, but I have known for a few weeks that something was definitely going on with my body. I seemed to have almost every pregnancy symptom in the book! I even bought a few baby things over a week ago at a gift shop. That’s how confident I was that a baby was on the way!

I know it seems early to be shouting this from the mountaintops. That’s something that I’ve actually struggled with a good bit since realizing what was going on with my body. I finally decided that no matter what happens, I want the support and prayers of my family and friends. Just as I expect to share in my joys with them, I am not afraid to suffer sorrows with them. Besides, I couldn’t spend the next month in fear and silence. This is a time for celebration, after all!

The first we told was my parents. I had a really rough time trying to get them to come over. My dad was tired from work and didn’t want to do any traveling. I finally persuaded them by telling them that I had a gift that I’d found the day before and wanted to give them, but I had to give it to them both or it’d just have to wait. So they came, and I handed them a little yellow gift bag with this inside:

My mom jumped up and down and hugged us after the she read the bib aloud to my dad, and I think you could have knocked my dad over with a feather. It was a sweet surprise for them. I messed up the surprise to Jamie, so I wanted to surprise someone! *lol* I had gotten two negative tests last weekend, which had really bummed me out, even though I knew it was too early to be testing. The morning I took the pregnancy test, I had planned to hand him this cute little rattle I’d bought and then the pregnancy test when it dawned on him. Well, I was so surprised to see the line that I came into the living room and asked him if he saw it, too! We still had a very sweet moment together, standing there in the kitchen looking at the test and hugging. Our lives are really about to change!


Babies July 6, 2011

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With all our friends having babies here lately, Jamie and I have definitely had babies on our mind. We’ve been putting off having a family for a while because we wanted a nice, spacious house and to be settled and doing well financially,  and I wanted him to be closer to retiring from the military before having any little ones. After spending a few hours with a couple of my nieces this past weekend at the Collins Family Reunion, I am really conflicted about whether I want to have girls or boys if I get pregnant. I was sure having a little boy would be the best. Other than breaking bones or partying too much with friends as teenagers, they don’t get into near the trouble that girls can. I was a wild child in my teen years and know all too well the precarious situations I put myself into over and over again. I was one of the more level-headed ones, too! I honestly was very lucky, because I could have ruined my life in several different ways had things gone just a little differently in some of those situations. So the idea of having a girl terrifies me. But my nieces Kira and Emily were so adorable and well-mannered little girls. It may be odd for an adult to say, but hanging out with those little girls actually made the family reunion more enjoyable for me. It’s so much easier to talk to children, I think. I could definitely see having a little girl now, even though I know I’d worry over her 10 times as much as I would a little boy. Of course, it’s God’s decision to decide what I’d have if I got pregnant. I think that either would be great. Of course, I’ve always said I’d rather have twins and just have a big family all at once (and one less pregnancy to go through!), so maybe I could have one of each! :o)