Monday, May 31, 2010

Common Sense... not so Common

It is enlightening how one person's idiocy can continue to surprise me time and time again.  I am referring to my girls' dad.  This was his scheduled weekend to spend time with them.  He showed up Friday at 6:00pm just like he is supposed to.  However, he did not get the child safety seat he was supposed to.  I had reminded him (for the nth time) our youngest daughter was not heavy enough to be safely and legally in a booster seat and that he needed to get a 5 point child safety seat.  Then, when I refused to let her go with him, he was irate.  And apparently it never occurred to him to go down the street to my local large unnamed store to pick one up so he could come back to get her as it is now Monday morning of a holiday weekend and he has not.  I honestly half expected, half hoped, he would forget that he is allowed the extra day when his visit falls on a holiday weekend and bring my oldest back last night.  No such luck.  Although, she called me last night because she missed us and just wanted to talk to me.  I was heartbroken to hear how sad she was.  My youngest daughter didn't sleep well last night and I'm wondering if it is because she misses her big sister.  She has been quite upset in the past when she had to go to bed earlier than her big sis because she didn't want to go to bed alone.

On a school note, I have a research paper and a couple of other assignments to finish today.  Plus this week I have some major studying to do for my final exams next week.  I am so thankful God brought AdvoCare into my life!  It has been such a savior.  I honestly don't know how I would have stayed awake without it.

Until next time! :D

P.s.  I exercised the other day for nearly an hour.  Wow, I forgot how good it feels. :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God is good!

I had a phone interview Friday morning for a customer service position with Netflix.  The lady I interviewed with said I would hear back from her either way by the end of this week.  I am praying I get the position because #1, I really need a job, and #2, it pays really well (compared to any of the hourly salaries I've EVER received from working, and I've been working for 13 years now).  The downside to taking the job:  I would have to move out closer to Tanasbourne (there's no way I'm busing/driving all the way out there 5 days a week); I would also have to refigure how I'm going to get my degrees (I can't see myself driving out to Troutdale to go to school); and, I would have to start filing for state assistance with a new county.  That doesn't include finding a new daycare (an in-home daycare, a daycare setting I have grown to almost despise).  I'm not really worried about finding a daycare because that has been fairly easy in the past.  Finding one close to either work or home is the challenge.

Good news for the week: my unemployment claim got approved!  I just got my first check!  A small relief.  It won't pay the rent though so I have to figure out how I'm going to do that by the end of this week since rent will be due next Tuesday.

And for school... only two full weeks of class left until finals week.  Yikes!  I have mucho studying to do!  So on that note, until next time.  Let's hope I've exercised again before I post next!

~ Stephanie
P.S. I took my A-Supreme yesterday around 6pm for a little extra kick of energy (I hadn't had a Spark all day so I was nearly falling asleep).  I didn't have a sweet tooth last night, and on the bonus side... I had extra patience with my kids too! :D  It was a breeze keeping my cool, didn't have to make any effort at all, it just came natural!  Bedtime is typically rough around here, lol.  My kids are like me, never want to go to bed and end the day because there is always so much to do!  But then on the flip side, we don't want to get up either because it feels so nice to sleep in a warm comfy bed! lol

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunshine in a Cloudy Life

The sun may just be starting to decide to peek it's beautiful face around the edge of the clouds that have recently smothered my life recently.  Prospect of a job that pays well, a little financial help for the next few months, and my kids are all healthy.  Could big changes be on the way?  Full speed ahead!

I cheated with the scale today.  I decided a few months ago that I would only weigh in on the first Saturday of each month.  My curiosity got the best of me today though.  I am happy to say another pound has flown off. :)

I also exercised this morning for the first time in forever!  I feel good today, but tomorrow I may be a little sore.  I definitely used muscles this morning that I don't typically use.  My exercise goal is to work through a video twice per week.  When that becomes easy, then I will add a day until I am working through a video every day of the week (regardless of length as long as I make it from start to finish).

Well, time for more homework.  Maybe the distance learning site will be back up and I can upload my homework assignment.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Still Searching

And the job search continues.  I've been looking for a job since the 3rd and haven't even had a nibble yet.  I have no idea how I'm going to pay my rent next month, or any of my other bills for that matter.  I have enough money left in my bank account to make my car payment on Friday.  I have three children I have to support!  What am I going to do?!

I guess I could go apply at a burger joint just so I have SOME sort of income.  How embarrassing, 29 years old and working fast food again?  I can't imagine the average age of the kids who'd be working with me.  16 - 20?  High school and young college students?  Can we say DRAMA?  Ugh...that's exactly why I dropped out of HS and got my GED.  I can't stand DRAMA!  It's called life little children, get used to it!  And please GET OVER YOURSELF, you'll be doing us ALL a favor.

Oh well, something is better than nothing I guess.  I can't ask for the $12/hr I need to attempt to support my family, so what's the going rate anyways for the average fast food employee?  I have a little research to do.

Sad face :(

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Helpful Nutrition Article

My assignment for my online health class this week was to research the internet for valid and reliable information on any health topic we wanted.  I use an online weight loss site called SparkPeople.com and they usually have a lot of helpful articles available at any given time so I decided to start there.  I lucked out.  The first article I opened up caught my interest enough I wanted to share.

SparkPeople Article

Who knew simple "I" statements could make a difference.  I am going to put this article to the test this week and we'll see how I fare. :)

Busy birthday week

It is simply amazing how busy life can be.  I have to admit that I haven't been taking my vitamins as I should be.  It has been almost a week since I last took my vitamins.  I feel much more alert and awake today than I have over the last week.

I decided to join in on the Biggest Loser's promotion of Pound for Pound challenge.  You pick a number of pounds you are going to pledge to lose.  For each pound you lose (up to your pledge amount I think), they will donate one pound of food to your local Food Bank!  NO COST TO YOU!  I think it's a fabulous idea.  I lose the weight I need to, and for each pound I lose, the food bank gets one pound of food to give to a hungry family in my area. Make your pledge for free!

I am sitting home today working on homework while my son plays with his toys and my boyfriend plays on the computer.  My girls have been with their dad this weekend so it has been pretty quiet around here.  The three of us hiked up near Multnomah Falls yesterday.  My boyfriend carried my son in the infant carrier backpack and I carried the backpack with our snacks, waters, and sweaters.  His back is sore and his legs are tired today, yet I am fine. :)  I stretched during our walk (after my muscles had time to warm up) and I stretched after we got home (after my muscles had time to cool down).  I'm not sure if he is sore because he had the extra 25 pounds on his back (my son) or if it is because he didn't stretch before/during/after.  Maybe I will convince him to stretch next time and we will find out.

Anyways, this week is destined to be pretty busy towards the end.  My oldest is going on a picnic with her daycare's kindergarten class as an end of the year treat.  Since they are going the day before her birthday I offered to have her bring cupcakes for snack.  Then she will be bringing cupcakes the next day to her school kindergarten class.  Two days later will be her birthday party.  We are having her party at OMSI this year.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Busy Weekend

Wow, what a wonderful weekend!  My son's first birthday party on Saturday, then Mother's Day at home and dinner at mom's house.  I am so lucky.  I got to spend the whole weekend with family and friends!

Yesterday was pretty uneventful.  We ended up staying home yesterday because my oldest was complaining about her stomach for the third day in a row.  Then my mom came over at two and we spent just over six hours studying for the accounting exam we have tomorrow night.  Yes, my mom and I are both working towards our accounting degrees at the same time.  We are cool! :) 

Actually, it's pretty cool taking classes with my mom.  She and I have become pretty good friends over the last few years since I became a mother myself.  She still takes the mom role, ALL the time, lol.  And it isn't so fun explaining why I am not going to be in class to my mother.  She cares, my instructors don't.  For example, I have a migraine today (that started last night) and I just text her to ask her to take good notes for me since I'm not going to our Leadership class.  I try to stay holed up when I have them to give my head as much rest from noise and light as possible or they just get worse.

So with that note, I'm actually going to lay back down and try to get rid of this stupid headache.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hard Day

Well, today was an emotional day.  My son is officially one today.  I don't know why today was so hard for me.  It should be a happy day.  Tomorrow is his birthday party so I have a busy day tomorrow.  This is going to be it for today's post unfortunately.  I am pooped and tomorrow is going to be long.  Sunday will be as well.  Mother's day with my kids in the AM, then church, and then dinner at my mom's house.

I'm off to bed :)  Have a bloggerific night.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Taken by Surprise

So much for thinking I am just uber out of shape.  Looks like I was already feeling the effects of the slight case of the flu I am coming down with.  I am taking a break from my vitamins today (my stomach is yelling at me about all the water I have to drink with them).  It was all I could do to take my migraine prescription and some ibuprofen last night before bed.  I was so exhausted and body sore when 9:00 rolled around last night, even after I drank a Spark at 4:00pm.  I am glad we got out from accounting class last night at 7:00pm instead of 8:50pm.  Typically, a 4pm Spark will keep me up until 11pm perfectly awake.  Not yesterday.  I am feeling better today (after more than 8 hours of sleep), but I'm still not 100%.

Come to find out yesterday (the reason I ended my post **to be continued**), Desi was actually cleaning her room yesterday.  She was so proud of her accomplishment she wanted me to come take a look.  After praising her for her clean room, I finished vacuuming in there (the main reason she was told to pick up her toys).

I spent the next few hours working on homework until the boyfriend came over so I could leave to pick up my oldest, then swing by the bank on my way to drop her off at home so I could go to class last night.

I have one amazing boyfriend.  Poor guy is sick and is still willing to come over and watch my kids for me (remember, ages 1, 4, and 6) so I can go to class for 3 hours.

Well, time for more homework.  Until next post.  Maybe I will have exercised by the time I post again.  A habit I desperately need to get back into.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I am so out of shape! Yikes.... (part one)

It is housecleaning day with my two youngest in tow. I just put my son (Eli, turns one on Friday) down for a nap and my three year old (Desi, will turn four a month from Friday) is supposed to be picking up her toys but I can tell she is really playing with them instead. I have spent the last two hours cleaning and rearranging my living room, it is time to sit down for a break.

I sat down with my laptop intending to do some homework but I decided to post a blog instead.
Today is day two of my shared journey with you, day eight on MNS vitamins. What is MNS you ask?

"The Metabolic Nutrition System (MNS) is an advanced approach to better weight management and healthy living.* MNS Max Energy includes five key components to help you reach your peak level of health.* This convenient and complete system addresses your energy levels, core nutrition and appetite control, based on scientific research.* A sustained boost in energy enhances mood and sense of well-being, and it also supports the body's ability to burn more calories.* MNS Max Energy features a proprietary blend of botanical extracts and nutrients designed to "rev up" metabolism.* It reflects years of research and development at AdvoCare, whose Scientific & Medical Advisory Board has searched the world for the safest and most effective energy boosters.* One of these discoveries, oolong tea, is an important reason behind the efficacy of MNS Max Energy. But most importantly, it is the synergistic blends and scientifically proportional amounts of ingredients used in MNS Max Energy that make it an exceptional solution for weight management.*"

***To be continued***

* These statements have not been evaluated by the food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My 1st Blog

So this will be a first for me, a public record of my weight loss journey with AdvoCare. I have been on product off and on for a year and a half and have seen the off and on weight loss. I have experienced how amazing I feel while on product and the phenomenal energy I tap into as well. AdvoCare is rapidly becoming a household name so I thought I would start sharing the experiences I have with this amazing company.

I am not going to back track my successes with AdvoCare, instead I will start from scratch as if today were day one for me. Well, maybe a little back track since step one is the herbal cleanse that I've already completed. This was my first cleanse with AdvoCare since I was pregnant when I first started on product. The cleanse itself (and a few selected products) are not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing.

My 1st experience with the AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse was not an unpleasant one. Most expect a harsh experience during a body cleanse because either a) they've had a nasty experience, or b) they've been told about a nasty experience. I followed the supplement plan to the letter and had no complications. I made a few extra trips to the bathroom the first couple of days but it wasn't necessary for me to run to the bathroom for those extra trips.

My first day back on product I was amazed at how much I had missed being on product. The overall great feeling and the energy while taking my vitamins were definitely missed. I also noticed a significant increase in the "great feeling" and the energy.

So I am currently on day seven of the MNS Max E packets. I am also taking Catalyst in the mornings. And of course, I take my morning vitamins with a Spark. :) Spark is my favorite part of the morning! Before the cleanse, I noticed I would need Thermo in the mornings as well and then another Spark and Thermo in the afternoon so I didn't fall asleep on my drive home from work or fall asleep in class.

I won't go into detail on my life or circumstances in this post, but little by little you will get to know me :)

I am off to class now. Have a Spark-a-rific day!