Saturday, November 15, 2008

A little bit for ME...

I've hesitated posting the following for a few reasons. I don't want people to think I am 'moving on' before Hadley is even 'gone' and secondly I don't want to look like a failure if I don't achieve my goals/timeline. But, I'm going to put those things aside and post and hope for some accountability and encouragement.

My #1 goal is to lose 80lbs. Yes, I DO have 80lbs to lose. For now, I'm going to focus on the first 40. I start to hyperventilate when I think about taking on the whole 80. I've had a lot of people tell me that I shouldn't worry about this right now. I have more important things going on etc. While that is true I honestly believe I will be better equipped to care for and deal with all of this if I'm in better shape. PERIOD. So, on November 3rd I joined the gym up the street from our house. My friend Mollie is a member there as well. We have been keeping each other motivated and accountable. It's great having a workout partner again. =) Thank you Mollie. Along with this I have been focusing on cutting out a lot of the junk I was eating out. I've been using a high protein/high fiber diet and drinking lots of water. So far I feel a lot better. =)

My second goal is to start classes again on January 5th. My first course will be a biology course at Portland Community College, anatomy to be specific. I have a few classes to take to get into the Associates in Applied Sciences program at PCC. My plan is to use that degree to get into a nursing program. Which nursing school I choose will depend on when/where Brandon's career takes us next. I'd like to avoid staying behind to finish school while Brandon goes to his next duty I'll have that in mind after I finish the associates program and am applying to nursing schools.

So...there's my plan. Thanks for 'listening', thanks for the love and support. =)



Amber said...

uThat is fantastic! Good for you, Angela!

I'm glad you have a workout buddy. That makes all the difference in the world to me. I'm really proud of you for taking care of you.


...and if anyone gives you a hard time about taking care of you, I happen to know a few ninjas that can rough 'em up. You just let me know.

The Coatney's said...

Yay! You can do it! It feels so good to set, work towards and achieve goals. plus what a good example to your kids. Love you!

annb said...

I think it's awesome that you will also be taking care of yourself! How can you be the best at caring for others if you're not at your best! I continue to pray for Hadley and your family and will pray that you are able to "get rid of" (I've been told that "losing" weight means you may find it again! :) what you feel is "extra" for you.
In His Love and Blessing,

Dawnette said...

Angela, I love the healthy living site, It has a way to track what you are eating, it suggests what to eat, and even gives you a goal for calories burned. It has really been helpful, as well as being another source of accountability. Hey if you sign up, which it is free, give me the credit at dawnettect. All I get is points towards my online trophy. Healthy living has been my goal for the last 2 1/2 months, and I haven't felt this good for awhile. Best of wishes and accountability my friend.

Anonymous said...

Based on how you looked this afternoon, you are off to a GREAT START!! I need to drop pounds too, I'm going to go to the Gym daily and walk on the treadmill. Keep me accountable!!

Kathy said...

BTW, it always cracks me up that you've got Yellow Ledbetter playing when I come here.

Angela, if you don't take care of yourself you can't be there for your kids, and you've got three of them.

Taking care of yourself makes you a better mother, and there's a difference between taking care of yourself and being selfish.

Hang in there.

FoxFamilyFive said...

Thanks everyone. =)

Dawnette, I joined sparkpeople about a year ago. I loved it as well but, fell off the wagon when life got crazy. I'll have to log back in and get back in the habit of using it. =)

Kathy, that's really funny that Yellow Ledbetter is always playing when you come here. The player is set to randomize. I always do a 'double take' when it's playing when I log in because it's Brandon's ring tone on my cell. Ha ha.

Love you all. =)

Zach and Beth said...

Angela, you aren't going to get any flack from ME! I think it's great that you are going to take some time out of your day to focus on you. Great job on making the decision to be healthy.

I'm on sparkpeople too. I'm KodiakMomma. Let me know if you join again!

J.A.B. Davis said...

Hey Angela
I have been trying to figure out a way to get back to you and this comment post is all I could come up with. THANK YOU for even taking the time to read our blog and pray for Asher. Your family is in our constant thoughts and prayers.

liz said...

way to go angela!

shauna Wagner said...

I can see you next halloween dressed up like that pin up girl. not only will you be healthy but you will be working on the nursing degree. I am sooooo proud of you! 80lbs. is a lot but if you do it every day and don't stop it will happen. Take each ounce you lose as a success and i can't wait to see you happy and healthy. i love you friend- i am doing this with you.

Sue said...

I am rooting for you. I never really believed taking care of me was that important. Mid July I took that on and I haven't done all that much except watch what goes in my mouth, cut most of the fat out of our diet, and walk and walk and walk, Since July I have lost 24 pounds and although slow it is well worth it. I feel alot better as a person. I'm not going through what you are but I have learned you have to feel good to make others feel good and I am a better person now. One big change we made is anything I use to make with ground beef I now make with ground turkey and our 17 year old daughter can't tell the difference. I have made all the way from sloppy joe to lasagna and I have even made your Taco Soup with ground turkey.
Now that I have ranted on diets let me say I being employed at Walla Walla Community College for 26 years I believe in education for all. I have seen moms come back to school and be successful. You go girl!

Nissa said...

Empire State College (NY State) has a online degree B.A for Nursing if it helps. Proud of you babe!

Mary H. said...

So proud of you. If you need any on-line tutoring, I'm your go-to girl.