Finally loosing weight!

YOU GUYS!! I’m doing it! I’m finally loosing weight! Recently I posted about all my struggles, and falling short of my goals. Well, I have overcome my challenges! The trick? Diet. And no, I do not mean “going on a diet”. Fad diets do not work. Healthy eating works. My overall daily diet has changed dramatically. I finally have put my self in control of what I’m eating.

Breakfast includes: Fresh fruit, egg whites mixed with veggies, one slice of whole wheat toast and a glass of fat free milk.

Lunch: Fresh fruit, Steamed Chicken and veggies. Water to drink.

Dinners: Chicken, veggies and fruit. Water to drink.

Snacks (2 a day): Depending on my mood, I eat some low fat, 100 calorie yogurt with fruit and granola, string cheese, veggies, fruits. Any of those options work well for me. Water to drink.

My secret to saving money on produce and getting a good variety? By only produce that is on sale. The same produce options are not on sale every week. It changes all the time. Get a good variety and save money by buying what’s on sale!

I’ve been really trying to focus on this since January 6th. That is when my friend and I decided to exercise together 3 times a week. It has been 2 weeks of clean eating, and consistent exercise. I have lost 8 pounds! 🙂 It has been a long time since I was in the 160’s! I’m currently 167! I weighed 164 when I got pregnant with my daughter. That was the last time I was this small.

Rock it out. (Happy dance).

I’m very proud of my discipline and hard work. I’m starting to see the benefits. I cannot wait to share the before and after pictures with you! 🙂

 

Thanks for reading!

-Amanda.

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Sick little ones

Oh man. My poor little girl has been so sick this week. It aches me to see her so miserable.

On Wednesday, I was ready to go to work, all I had to do was wake Chae up and take her to daycare. Pffft. Like that happened. I walked into her room and WHAMO I got hit in the face with the most awful smell in my entire life. I turned the light on and saw my poor baby girl sleeping in the most nasty bed ever. She had diarrhea that had leaked through her diaper. It was all over her bed! Oh and did I mention the vomit? I have to admit, she’s pretty smart. there was one section of her bed that she did not dirty up. She was sleeping there. That made me feel a little better. But poor thing, I seriously had no idea how long her bed had been like that. She didn’t wake up at all the night before and went to bed with out any fight. I still felt like the worst mom in the entire world. I immediately picked her up, stripped her down and put her in the tub like I was a pro throw up/diarrhea cleaner upper.

My sweet girl is so gentle natured though. She didn’t cry or complain, she just said “Hi Momma” and very happily got in the tub. I’m a lucky mom. Here that, I’m lucky and I spent the day cleaning up vomit and diarrhea. LUCKY! 🙂 I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The rest the day was spent snuggling and aiding to her needs. No work for me. She seemed to progress through out the day. She was running and playing and by mid-day no more vomit or diarrhea. I consulted our baby sitter and she said she was good to come by on Thursday.

To my surprise, I had a phone call from my sitter on Thursday around 10. Chae had been coughing and she seemed to be having a hard time breathing. I met my husband over at her house and we decided it wasn’t too concerning, she just sounded congested. My husband took her home.

Later that night, it was a bit more concerning to me. We took her to the after hours clinic that our pediatrician partners with. Chae has croup.

One. thing. after. another.

Man oh man. We took her to the Dr. on Thursday. They gave her a breathing treatment and some steroids and sent us on our way after all questions were answered.

She’s on the mend now. We are grateful it was just  few days of sickness. Hopefully that will be it for the rest of the winter season. I’d like to hope for the year, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Measure your weight loss goals – BIGGEST LOSER STYLE!

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I don’t have new years resolutions. I have goals. I always have goals. It’s a constant thing I’m doing. Since I have so many goals, I could bore you for hours how I plan to address each one. So for now, I’m going to address how I plan to lose weight. 🙂 Like all other Americans, this is a goal that is focused on very intensely in January and sometimes into February. Unfortunately it wears off before we are even 1/4 of the way through the year.

While I am always trying to set goals, I will admit that I have more focus in the month of January. It’s in the air. So lets address it.

Goals are specific and measurable. The first step to losing weight is healthy eating. Set yourself a calorie budget for each day. According to the Biggest Loser book that I’m reading, “Simple Swaps”, your calorie budget should be your current weight times 7.

Example:

I currently weigh 175.

175 x 7 = 1225 total calories to eat in one day.

In this book, they also address when you should eat how many calories. I eat 3 small meals with 2 snacks in between. Biggest Loser suggests that you take your total calorie budget and divide it by 4. In my case, that is 306.25. 1/4 of my calorie budget goes to each of my meals and 1/8 of my calorie budget (153.13) goes to each of my snacks. I’m going to bag the decimals. Too hard to keep track with all of that. I’ll round it down.

To break it out, let me show you the plan:

Breakfast – 306 calories allowed

Snack – 153 calories allowed

Lunch – 306 calories allowed

Snack – 153 Calories allowed

Dinner – 306 Calories allowed

Total calories – 1224

Lately I’ve had some really yummy and healthy snacks and meals! 🙂 I rented the Biggest Loser Family Cookbook and the Biggest loser quick and easy cook book from the library! There are some great recipes in there and they are very low in calories! 🙂 The books also teach you what foods contain what nutrient sources. Very helpful! 🙂

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Second step to weight loss is exercise.

My friend made my day when she told me her resolution was to get on a work out plan with ME. Out of all her friends she distinctly said ME. 🙂 That made me feel good. So we started. We will get together Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to exercise. Monday, we did Pilates and some cardio (Just dance 4) 🙂 Last night, my husband and I worked out too. He had the genius idea to do 15 seconds of pushups. Rest. 15 seconds of sit ups. Rest. 15 seconds of Mountain climbers. Rest. Then move all exercises to 30 seconds. Then 45. Then one minute. Then we went backwards. One minute. 45 seconds. 30 Seconds. 15 seconds.  Boy it wasn’t fun during, and my arms are killing me, but it was so worth it! I also jogged in place for 5 minutes on my lunch break today. I got some weird reactions by the boys in the break room, but I don’t care. I do what I want. 🙂

Julie said we should set realistic mini goals to achieve the overall big goal. My overall weight loss goal is 125 lbs by the time we get stationed with the Air Force (estimating beginning of August) – 50 lbs in 7-8 months! Our mini goal is 5% of our weight by Feb 3. I have to lose 8.75lbs to achieve the mini goal. I think that is more than doable in one month! I plan to smoke that goal! 🙂 If I lose 5% a month until we move, I will be at 122! Perfect healthy weight to start trying for another baby! 😉

It’s amazing what putting a written plan in place will do for your motivation! Get moving. Eat healthy. Set goals.

Do SOMETHING!!

be the best version of you

 

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New posting Schedule for Motivated Decor

For the last 3 months, I have been waking up at 3 am every day to update my blog and run my business. Then go to my day job from 7 am to 4 pm. I even work on more of my business stuff on my lunch break too.  After 3 months of it, I am starting to burn my self out. I’ve been so tired when I get home from work that I don’t want to do anything. At all. I would so much rather just sit and watch TV with some fast food. That’s lame and honestly pathetic.

I started this business and blog because I want to inspire people to GET OFF THE COUCH and DO SOMETHING with their lives. How can I provide motivation in the “physical” area of life if I’m sitting on my butt eating Pizza every night? Gross Amanda, you can’t. Same goes with all the other areas of life. I feel like the only area that I’m strong in right now is career. I need to focus more on my family and my health. I need to read more and spend more time with friends.

Overall, I need to feel more balance. My blog posts are only half way done. My house is a MESS. I keep forgetting to pay bills (even though we budgeted for them. DOH!). My cute family needs more attention and my social life sucks because we are in bed by 8pm (sometimes 7:30!) every night. So I’m gonna fix this mess!

I told you that I’m reevaluating the way I run things. Here is my new schedule for 2014.

–    Blog posts will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This will ensure that my posts are higher quality. This will also allow me time to prepare my subject  matter appropriately (instead of just winging it when I start a post). I will still try to cover the 7 areas of life in each post, but it won’t be a strict schedule like it was in the past.

–   Instead of taking all my energy trying to come up with a blog post every day, I will be making a new design everyday. So every post, you will see two new products. If you follow me on Facebook and on my Etsy page, you can see my new products before they are posted on my blog.

–   Every month, I am going to offer 2 free product downloads. You can expect these on the last Friday of every month. I will make a tab on my menu bar so you can access them any time you like.

–   Every three months, I am going to participate in a give-a-way with another blog or business. I might even try to host one. 🙂

–   I will add tutorials once a month so you can see how I do different crafts and designs.

 

I have a feeling that I will love what I’m doing so much more with this new approach. I hope to regain my energy, determination and spit fire personality.

Thanks for reading! See you Friday!

-Amanda

We aren’t doing Santa Claus!

My friend posted this and I love it! It is a great post! However, I have different opinions. I commented the following on her post.

“We are doing Santa Claus. I loved the magic of Santa as a kid. There are ways that we will keep Christ in Christmas with out taking the imagination and magic away from our kids. Brett’s cousin says “Santa only brings 3 presents because that’s how many gifts Jesus got”. I heard about that after we bought Chae’s presents, but we intend to do that next year. You can also teach them the power of giving with out taking Santa away. One year, my sisters and I got really greedy. My mom said “NO MORE” after that, she made it a point to teach us what Christmas is all about. She’d talk with us about choosing a charity. She’d take us out and let us pick stuff out for the people we were helping. We were actively involved EVERY step of the way! Those are the Christmases that I remember most. The problem with greedy kids is not Santa. It’s all about what parents do with the rest of the holiday season. If kids aren’t shown the magic and power of the REAL Christmas season, they will be greedy. Santa is just a reflection of the parents, it can be done right without taking the magic out of Christmas morning that Santa brings to your home. I’m excited to see what you guys come up with as your family grows. Different traditions are what make each family so special. :)”

What is your view on Santa? Do you maybe go a little overboard? Could your Christmas be toned down a little next year? Curious to hear what others think. 🙂

Thanks for visiting.
-Amanda

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Alright I can hear some of you saying… “Well how are you going to do that?” or ” That’s going to be hard!”

I’ll tell you why. These are my reasons.

1. Christmas isn’t about Santa or getting presents because you’re good. There are TOO MANY kids these days in the mind set “I want this! I want that!” They forget what’s important. In addition the parents also get lost. I’m sorry, but for those who don’t believe in Jesus, He’s the reason we celebrate. Sorry to break it to you…. 😉

2. I don’t want my kids to be so disappointed like I was when I found out Santa wasn’t real! I’m afraid that they will lose trust in me because I lied to them to get them to be good.

How are you going to go about those who do believe in Santa, you ask? I’ll tell you.

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Things smart people do!

Have you ever searched the term “smart ideas” in the pinterest search bar? I did.

Here are some of my favorites! (if there is no direct link, Pinterest didn’t have one)

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You should check out this lady’s etsy shop! She’s pretty clever! I love her stuff!)

 

I could always drink WAY more water!

 

A little redneck, but very VERY clever! Will keep your paper towels and your hands clean! 🙂

 

I’ve wanted to build something like this for a VERY long time. My friend Julie did and I’m a little jealous.

 

Genius!

 

 

Ive tried this before and it does not work! It actually made me more mad. haha

 

 

My husband’s lunch gets eaten out of the fridge at work from time to time. Next time, I’ll send him to work with this.

 

Do you have any other smart ideas? Maybe some pinterest fails?

I want to hear about them! 🙂

 

-Amanda

Detox your Finances

Have you seen this blog? I dig. A Lot!!

What an inspiration! We are very very anxious to be debt free! It will happen soon! We are very passionately pushing for summer/early fall of 2014. It’s crazy to think about, but we are so close! I love hearing other peoples financial success.

This story was exactly what I wanted to hear right now! 🙂

This is proof that you can overcome the impossible. You can do anything you set your mind to.

Reach for the stars. Aim for  the clouds. You will be so happy you did!

Thanks for reading!

-Amanda

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Creating Change 360

This is the last of the entries in the “detox” series.  I kind of saved the best for last because to me, THIS is the most important.

Of course it is, you say?  It’s what you do, you say?  Well, yes that is true.

But its more than that.

Because at this time last year, my business and this blog was still a work in progress.  I had only had the idea to start my own business in November of 2012.  Yes, that’s right, I had an idea in November, worked on developing, planning and how to market my business as well as building a website and writing business and financial plans during the month of December, 2012.

But the story doesn’t start there.  No, the story starts in December of 2009.

We were the typical American family – living in a mortgaged home with two car payments, 2…

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Busy busy

This is going to be short and sweet today. I move into quilted bear in 6 days! So I’ve got a lot going on. But I still take time for me. Read a book. Take a nice long shower. Take a walk. Craft. Whatever it is that you enjoy, do it for you and your sanity.

Thanks for stopping by.

-Amanda