Friday, January 23, 2015

Matthew's Turn

It occurred to me the other day, this blog is supposed to be about both mine and Matthew's fitness journey. Yet Matthew has not written a single post. I have update you all on him, and posted pictures. But you haven't heard from him directly. So, today he is going to write his very first blog post :)

Hey, um.. I'm not this Toni person you know. I am her son, Matthew. This little exercising thing me and mom have been doing has helped me a lot. Well, I think it has. I never really liked exercising, well, I really REALLY don't like it. But, I have been sad about my weight, so I don't really have the right to complain. Literally. I don't have the right to complain. But still, I'm giving it my all, trying my best, and... well, gym class is over, so that means I have to... DUN DUN DUUUUNNNN! Exercise daily. I'm not looking forward to it at all. But I still have to do it. Speaking of gym, there was this long and complicated obstacle course, and... Lets say I felt like puking after the third time doing it. I really did wish I still had gym class this semester so that and zumba would be all the exercise I would get all week. But now I have computers. So, I can't really complain. Again. But, my life is going well, I have some good interests (cough Five Nights At Freddy's cough), and playing some good and cool games.

I've learned about eating until I'm full. Mom told me when I'm full, even if there's food on my plate, stop eating. I tried this trick where I drink a full glass of water without stopping(well, Mom gave me a glass of water and told me to drink it without stopping), and I didn't finish my plate! Probably because I could only taste 60% tap water. Speaking about food, we don't do diets. We still have junk food sometimes, and fast-food, and restaurant food, but she doesn't force me to eat tofu or vegetables everyday. We still do eat healthy though!

We took a body test on the Wii Fit today, and BOY OH BOY THAT was fun for me! I mean, why wouldn't I want to see I gained 20 pounds since last time?! Just kidding. Last time I went to the doctors, I was 160 lbs. WHOA! And now I'm 154! But the last time I went on the Wii Fit, was way before that. So I was thinking to myself, Well, this is bull!!!. I was crying pretty upset about it. But I was saved by my mother when she said all the stuff I mentioned about the doctors.(Man, that McDonald's Pizza looks AMAZING! I really want to eat that!) So I felt better, and resumed my training on the Wii Fit. No seriously, I really wanna eat McDonald's. This is Matthew, signing out!!!

That's the Wii Fit trainer, In case you didn't know. This picture is 100% true.


Also 100% true. NOW Matthew is signing off!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year, New Goals

What a difference a year makes!! Wow. It's been a whole year since I started this blog. Hard to believe. Matthew and I have not reached our full goals yet. Matthew is actually more than ten pounds heavier than he was a year ago. However, he is also taller. And 14 lbs less than he was at his last doctor's appointment, so that is awesome. He is really struggling, and I'm having trouble keeping him motivated. He is at 146 lbs, with 26 left to lose. I am down to 132, with 22 lost, and 22 left to lose. Making me halfway there!! So, we have not reached our final goals, however, we are closer now than we were a year ago ;)

Seriously. Look at our one year progress picture up there ^^^!! Now, I am the first to admit that we have really been slacking off lately. Between having an entire extra family here, to my health issues and dental work, it has been craziness. But, the kids go back to school tomorrow, my mouth is feeling much better, my tremor is here to stay, and my extra family is gone for good. So, it is time for a fresh start! I have the Beach Babes DVD with Karina and Katrina from Tone It Up. I also have 4 free hours Monday-Thursday. So, tomorrow I will be popping the DVD in, and checking it out. I still need to figure something out for Matthew. He has a lot more homework this year, but he NEEDS to be exercising as well. Gym class just isn't enough.

Now, last year my goal was to improve my health. And, in that aspect, I was definitely successful. I had a full blood panel done, a CT scan, and an MRI, because of my head tremor. But, the best part is, I am FINALLY after many, many years, getting my teeth fixed. It was very, VERY much needed. It has actually not been too bad. Even my recovery from my wisdom teeth surgery hasn't been THAT bad. And in the end, it is all going to be SO worth it! I am nearly done with all of the dental work, thank goodness. Not all health issues are about weight. I took care of several non weight related things this year, along with learning to eat better and make exercise a priority. So, even without reaching my goal weight, I'm gonna call the last year a success ;)

       Here's to another successful year!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Zumba!!!

I know, I know. I'm a little late on this. Sorry, there was Christmas, then I had surgery to have my wisdom teeth out, I have a family, etc. I don't think that I mentioned it, but back in September I suddenly developed a head tremor. I went to see my doctor, and he sent me for several tests, CT scan, blood work, then had me follow up with a neurologist. She then did MORE tests, and sent me for an MRI. Finally, in December, I got my official diagnosis. Benign Essential Tremor There is a link, if you want to read about it. But it basically boils down to, I shake. I will most likely always shake, and if it gets too bad, I can take medication. It's lifelong, but more or less harmless.

Christmas went well. We had fun, food, and gifts. Santa brought my husband and I a Ninja blender. It is fantastic. Now I can make delicious smoothies. Which is great timing, since yesterday I had my wisdom teeth removed. So, for now, chewing, or really opening my moth much, is out of the question. We have also gotten my youngest, Lucas, addicted to smoothies. They are healthy though, so I can't complain!

Before our Christmas celebration, however, we had Christmas Zumba!! I love everything about Christmas. The lights, the decorations, the music, all of it. So, of course, Christmas Zumba is my favorite! Matthew and I were the only ones to show up, but that's okay. We had tons of fun. Jess gave us all Christmas gifts, and of course, we gave her one too. Then we danced our booties off :)


I have two great videos from Christmas Zumba, but this darn blog isn't letting me upload them :( Hopefully the links work!

I will update again in a few days with our one year stats! Happy New year everyone!!                       

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My wedding ring is too big...

And I am NOT sad about this!! This time last year, it was so small that I could not even wear it. Add my fingers swelling from the cold (I'm allergic), and my wedding ring sat on my microwave the entire year. This year, it not only fits, but is actually too big now. Yay :)

                                                    (Not my actual ring/hand ^^^)

Thanksgiving was hectic, but fun. My sister, Heidi and her boyfriend Nick, came up from Ohio on Wednesday. My sister Tracy came here for the night, and my sister Heather was already living here. Just missing the baby, Holly :( That was also my nephew Tyler's 4th birthday. So we had a birthday party, played Trivial Pursuit, and then put the kids to bed and broke out the Cards Against Humanity. That game is so very wrong, but also SO hilarious and fun! We stayed up way too late, but it was tons of fun.

Thursday we cooked, argued, ate and had some more fun. You know, typical Thanksgiving ;) I got Holly on Skype, and we took a "Sister Selfie". A few, actually. Which is good, because I was cut in half for some, haha. Hopefully next year we can have her here for real!!

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I am now in full Christmas mode! Christmas is my favorite!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Time For a New Challenge!

So, my son and I are L.A.Z.Y. Lazy, lazy, lazy. We have been slacking off so much, that we have become ultra super lazy. Not just about exercise. My house has been TRASHED, because I don't feel like cleaning up after dinner, or I pile papers up on the counter. Fold the laundry, but don't put it away, etc. It has been ridiculous.

However, we had a talk about it, and Matthew and I decided to give ourselves a challenge. We absolutely MUST do at least 30 minutes of exercise, every single day. No matter what!! We are going to add to that as time goes on. When we were exercising regularly, we felt SO much better. We have Comcast, and On Demand has a ton a free, short exercise videos. We are going to pick a few to do each day. Except Thursdays, because Zumba.

Yesterday, I bought a bathing suit. It's November, in Michigan, but I bought a bathing suit anyway. A Kmart near us is going out of business. The bathing suit was like $3. It is way too small. That was not an accident. It is now my "goal outfit". I have until my family goes to Disney World this spring to fit into that thing. Wish me luck!

Today, I got sick of the laziness, and my messy house. So, I put in my ear buds, turned on my calorie counter, and got to work. I cleaned for 3 hours and 55 minutes, and according to my calorie counting app, burned 1053 calories!!! That's one thousand calories. Cleaning. Wow. I'm guessing that the bulk of that is from going up and down the stairs so much. All of my folded laundry was down in the basement, on my "folding table". Then I brought it all up to the bedrooms, up on the second floor. Now, I wouldn't recommend letting your house get trashed, haha. But remember, cleaning is pretty good exercise too ;)