Wake Up!

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Why is it that sometimes (ok most the time) your kids just know how to pull at your heartstrings….
Viv is on Spring Break and yesterday she spent the day with me at work aka Grandma’s house. She had been playing on the swing set and asked me to come watch her new trick. I said just give me a minute.  She responds with “Mom you are always busy. Why can’t you spend more time with us? Can’t you come out and play with us?”

MY. HEART. SANK.

I know that she is just a kid and that she doesn’t understand all the grown up stuff … like money doesn’t just appear in your piggy bank and the clothes don’t wash themselves, but she is right. After she called me out she went over the ways that I could be home earlier at night to play with them… Can’t you go to work before I get on the bus? But who will watch you and brother? We can go over to Grandma’s house. Or why don’t you and brother leave for daycare right after I get on the bus? Yup, that would work…
But that would mean I would have to Wake Up Early!!

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I am not a morning person! Like many others, I so foolishly thought that once you became an adult or parent you magically became a morning person, in reality its just the opposite. And I know that I really should get up earlier and that it would probably make my life easier, but who wants to crawl out of that nice, warm, comfy bed to be an adult! Fine kid you win, I will try and be a morning person. This morning was a test run, I was up early and out the door (yeah!) Except there was no school and dad was home to get the kids ready, next week is the real deal. But today, today I promised a little girl a bike ride and dinner at the park. So I’m leaving with plenty of daylight and sunshine left to spend some time with my kids.

Love Always … Tam

Just Keep Moving Forward…

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So it has been a few months since I was on here, New Year’s resolutions are still in the works…. my pop consumption has been cut in half, I did not complete my 200 miles in January- only got 3/4 of the way there- but I am still on the move to ONEderland. I’m actually losing weight! Which is what I want to talk about today, those pesky numbers on the scale. I know that the numbers on the scale don’t always matter, I get that, but when you have as much weight to lose as me- they have to move down.

Last year I adapted the motto of “If you just keep moving forward, you will amaze yourself” and it is something I try and tell myself everyday. Oh you ate an entire sleeve of cookies…just keep moving forward, you haven’t been on the treadmill for a week, just keep moving forward….and that is what I have been doing and guess what, I have been amazed! I have been documenting my weight and measurements oh for about 14 years (I just found an old tablet that I used to write them down in, eek!) Last March I saw the highest number ever on the scale (one day I will include that number here) now I’m not sure if that was my highest weight ever because I stopped stepping on the scale for quite sometime, but I wrote that number down.

I wish that I could tell you what all happened in the next few months but I really don’t remember.  I do remember I started using my Fitbit more, I paid attention to my steps and tried to reach 10,000 steps a day. I would make a point to park a little further away, not to sit in front of the TV as early and even just get up from my desk and walk in place for a min or two-just to get in some steps and quite frankly so I didn’t have to work out to get them. I started stepping on the scale again and kept writing my numbers down. Towards the end of the summer I noticed my pants were loose, but I just figured that they had worn out their stretch and it was time for a new pair. Not that I had actually lost weight because all I had lost was a pound or two here and there. Funny thing is, is when I looked back to that number I had written down back in March those pounds added up to 20 pounds lost! What!? I lost 20lbs and didn’t gain it…this was a new concept to me.

So here we are a year from when I recorded my highest weight of all times and the scale didn’t scare me when I stepped on it. Even though that number is high I can see that a year ago I weighed 39lbs more then I do now and I am ok with the number I see today because I know that number is me moving towards ONEderland!

I always had the mind set that to really lose weight I had to do it in a year, why I’m not sure and before I would look at a 39lb loss in a year as a failure because I could’ve lost so much more. Now I look at that number, give it a nod and just keep moving forward.

 

Love Always … Tam

Happy New Year!

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Ahhhh we are already 3 days into the new year and I can say that I have stuck with two of my resolutions!! I think that is the longest I have made it 🙂 What are those two resolutions you ask, you didn’t but just play along with me….

#1 Give up Drinking Pop!
For a long time I didn’t consider my self a pop drinker, I rarely bought a 12 pack to keep at the house and usually only drank it when I went out to eat. But then slowly I started drinking more and more and then I would stop at the gas station almost every morning to buy a bottle (or two if we are being honest) and it just got out of control. So to better my body & my wallet I have resolved to give up drinking pop in 2017. I asked a group that I am part of what they suggested to kick my habit and there were lots of good suggestions. I have decided to try an alternative “fizzy” drink, teas and just more water.

#2 Get to ONEderland!
Onederland is the magical place of being in the 100’s on the scale. It has been some time, about 7 years, since I have been there and I can’t wait to be back. For the month of January I have decided to try and get in 200 miles, tracking with my Fitbit I figured I need to do about 13, 000 steps a day (2000 steps = 1 Mile). I recently upgraded to the Fitbit Alta and love it, my favorite feature is that it displays text messages & phone calls. To help me track my miles I have this paper hanging in my office to mark off my miles every day. You can print off one for your home too, just click 200-miles-january

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I am a visual person, so I finally created a vision board. So far I have on there my 200 miles tracker, my spirit animal Skinny Meg and some drawings from my daughter. If you haven’t heard of Skinny Meg I recommend checking her out and ready some of her old blog post, I have been reading her blog for a few years and truly is an inspiration for weight loss, healthy eating and just all around a good person.

I do have a few other New Year’s resolutions and to keep me on track for the year I have assembled the dream team my Vision Planner, Daily Planner & Goal Book, like I said I am a visual person. This is my second year using the Bloom Vision Planner it is like a normal planner with your monthly calendars and weekly views but then they have Monthly Vision Boards. The Daily Planner I use a few times a week, sometimes I just keep a running grocery list on it, but I find that when I just need to write things out and put them into perspective for the day this really helps. And last I have this little Goal Book that I picked up at Michaels, this one is new to me so I will see how it works out pretty much it has a place for your top 10 goals, weekly goal planning and goal motivation. I’ll let you know how helpful this is later on.

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Here is to the New Year and making 2017 one to remember!

Love Always … Tam

Non-Scale Goals: A Sweatshirt, Jeans and The Doctor

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I don’t know about you but most of the time I judge myself on having a successful or bad week based off the number on the scale. I tend to not pay attention to the other things that are improving with my body like having more energy or not waking up and feeling all bloated. This is why I have decided to dedicate the next 4 weeks to a couple non-scale goals.

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For the past two years I have gone with my friend Debbie to see her son play football at Northern Illinois University. Last year I purchased the sweatshirt above, this year it is fitting a little tight. On October 24th we will be on our way to NIU for our annual trip, I would like wear this sweatshirt again and to have it fitting comfortably. I also dug out a pair of jeans from my closet that I haven’t had on in a while, they were a bit tight. My goal for the jeans is that when I wear them they don’t dig into my belly! So, deep breath, here is my before picture of my NIU outfit….

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To accomplish my goals I will be starting with a 3-Day Refresh on Wednesday (as long as it comes in the mail by then). Then I will follow that up with a round of 21-Day Fix and Shakeology. To track my progress I will be weighing myself and taking measurements on the first day of the 3-Day Refresh and the first 21 Day Fix. I will not re-weigh or measure until the day following, the last day of the 21 Day Fix. This will be hard for me, I will probably have to remove the scale from my house, but I don’t want the scale to define my progress. To hold myself accountable I will be giving day by day updates on my Facebook page. And if you really want to follow along I plan to overshare with pictures and quite possibly videos of my food and workouts on my Snapchat account @tamcam10. If I know that you are out there following along (and I’m hopefully inspiring you) it holds me accountable to do as I say.

My other non-scale goal has to do with that lovely yearly exam at the doctors. For the last 5 years the doctors has said to me “well it looks like you have put on some weight” My goal is to not hear that statement at my visit. I would like to hear “you have lost some weight” but I am good with being the same as last year.

So here is to goals and not letting the scale define them!

Love Always … Tam 
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