Friday, February 28, 2014

Finish The Sentence Linkup

Seems like a fun linkup to do, so here goes my Finish The Sentence...

1.  I always pick...Sleep over exercise.  Seriously.  I chase a three year old who wakes up at 6:30 am bright eyed and ready to go.  Exercise can wait until later.

2.  Look at the size of those...tatas!  I swear one day I'm going to get these bitches reduced.  They are ridiculous and cause me more pain than pleasure ;)

3.  I recently learned...that I love a good Cobb Salad.  Bacon, blue cheese, and egg?!  What's not to love.  I've been making my own at home just about every day for lunch.  But don't get the one from Chick-Fil-A.  It's terrible.

4.  Only when no one is I sing out loud.  I'm not terrible, but I'm not great either.  Let's just say American Idol, I'm not.

5.  I lost's keyless entry that happened to be on my key ring with my car key and all my other keys.  That was almost three years ago and my husband still makes fun of me for it.  Still haven't found them!

6.  I was certain I'd be...a skinny bitch by now!   This weight loss thing takes for. ev. er.

7.  There is not enough liquor in the world for me to...ride a roller coaster.  No way.  Not ever. 

8.  I just finished...wiping my kid's butt.  Hey, it's the last thing I did. You asked!

9.  Why does everyone have to mean online?  It's almost entertaining  to see how low people will sink to insult total strangers that they don't even know!

10.  It's very rare when I...spend time at the beach.  I live at the beach and I didn't even go last year.  I used to be a beach bum...times have changed.

11.  If I were a dog...I'd do absolutely nothing all day.  Like my dog.

12.  I don't believe...I'll do laundry today.  It's Friday, I need a day off!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Introvert Alert!

I read this article yesterday that was going around Facebook called '10 Confessions From An Introvert' and it was perfect!  I know over there -------> in my sidebar about me I claim myself as an introvert in real life.  I find that a lot of people think that introverts are weird, quiet, socially awkward, antisocial people who never leave their bedrooms, and that is simply not true.  I encourage you to read it if you are an introverted person, or even if you just think you may know one.  It may enlighten you on the subject!

In other news, as a brand new blogger, I obviously don't have any kind of following - that's not what I'm looking for in the long run.  If readers come, so be it.  I want this to be a place that I can look back on and see what was happening in my life and with my family.  I've never been big on paper journals.  I always forget to write in them and they take up space and gather dust, so this seems like a great alternative.

On the other hand, I do appreciate the input and opinions of others.  I like to know what's worked for others trying to lose weight, or parenting tips from moms and dads who have dealt with the dreaded Three-nager (He is alive and well and wreaking havoc in my house!).  So feel free to chime in anytime!  I truly would love to hear from you!

I don't know how to add all the fancy side bar things just yet, so if you'd like to find me elsewhere I'm on Instagram and Facebook too.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Infertility Made Me Fat

I'm pretty sure it's taken me a good 10-11 years to actually admit that.  Even though I was never the "skinny girl", I wasn't always overweight either.

That's me dead center in front.  This was my senior year in high school.  Yes, I thought I was fat back then.  I wish I was that "fat" now!  Have you ever heard that saying "youth is wasted on the young."?  In my case, it's totally true.  I spent my youth "battling" my weight and I wasn't even considered overweight back then.

Fast forward three years.  I married my husband in 2000 at the tender age of 20.  I immediately threw out the birth control because my whole life, all I ever wanted was to have a huge family.  This is us on our honeymoon in March, 2000.  My how things have changed!

The next years in our reproductive history were a blur.  I found out I was pregnant in the summer of 2001 - I guess it should've been a clue to me that it took so long for me to get pregnant.  The very next day I miscarried our first child.  I don't even remember for sure the dates of the following two miscarriages, but I'll never forget the fourth.  September 2005, the doctor put me on Clomid.  I got pregnant immediately that first month.  About a week after finding out, I started having intense pain and after a few trips to the doctor on the same day, there in his office my fallopian tube burst from an ectopic pregnancy and I almost bled out right there.  Thank God I was at his office and not at home.  I was rushed to the hospital and there they removed not only the burst tube, but the other as well.  Seems one of my previous miscarriages had happened in the other tube and it was worthless.  For the next five years we pretty much did nothing but save money because IVF was our plan and that is expensive.  We never did that, but I'll share that story later.

This is us in 2006.  I NEVER wanted my full body to be photographed. As you can see my weight was out of control.  I'd gained about 30-35 pounds over the course of the year since my surgery.  I was eating my grief over the loss of my fertility.  While, I never gained much more than that, I have battled that weight for the last 7 or 8 years.  I am a yo-yo diet queen, losing and gaining it back like it's my job.  Only recently did I realize the deep rooted causes of my weight gain.  I hope that realizing the 'why' will help me to lose weight and keep it off this time.  I hope that I can address the bad eating behavior and stop it for good.  I struggle some days not to eat everything in sight.  I fight the strongest cravings sometimes, but now I know WHY I'm struggling.  I can start to step back and say "NO, you don't have to eat to find comfort!"

Here we are May 2013.  We have our boy (I'll talk about his story later, too!) and life is more great than not.  I'm working on bettering myself everyday.  Maybe writing it all out here will give me another way to combat the struggle I have with food.  I'm glad to have an outlet to vent and share what I'm feeling.  I promise every blog won't be so heavy!  

Hope your day is great!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hi, I'm Brooke!

Hello everyone!  My name is Brooke.  I just wanted to take a minute to tell you a little bit about myself.  I'm a mom to an energetic, hilarious, entertaining three year old.  My husband J and I waited what feels like a life time to start our family.  After fighting infertility for years, we adopted H six months after our 10 year anniversary.  He is the second best thing we've ever done.  I love adoption and hope to adopt again someday!

I'm a stay at home mom and I love it!  H keeps me busy and we have lots of fun hanging out together.  We're looking into homeschooling for him when he reaches school age.  Our area has a kick-ass homeschooling co-op and I think it'll be a positive experience for us.

I'm also working on losing a little weight that I've been carrying around for far too long, so I may some days discuss fitness and nutrition.  You want stats?  I'm 5'2" and I started at my heaviest I was about 172 lbs.  At my lightest (in the past few years at least) I was 143.  I'm somewhere in the middle of that right now.   My ultimate goal is to hit about 130, or whatever is comfortable for me.  I've never really been what people would call "skinny" as an adult so I'm not sure what a good number is for me.  I just want to be healthy and fit and strong so I can continue to keep up with my little firecracker boy.

So, that's pretty much me in a nutshell.  I don't claim to be anything more than you see!  I'd love to get to know some other mom/fitness/life bloggers.  Ask me anything and I'll be more than happy to talk :)