Friday, June 15, 2012

A. Age: 17 and 3/4 years
B. Bed size: Twin because I have no need for a bigger on quite yet
C. Chore that you hate: my room? It's not a specific chore, just a specific room that I hate.
D. Dogs: I like big dogs...I kind of DESPISE yappy, small dogs though. 
E. Essential start to your day: Brushing my teeth, drinking a cup of coffee
F. Favorite color: RED!
G. Gold or Silver: Probably silver 
H. Height: 5’4
I. Instruments you play: Piano and organ. I can semi-play the drums...very, VERY basic :)
J. Job title: Student, novice Ebay seller
K. Kids: ARE ADORABLE!! And I don't have any yet.
L. Live: Northwestern PA, soon moving to Midwestern, PA
M. Mother’s name: Josanne (isn't it lovely???)
N. Nicknames: Hun (pretty much all family members) Amberello (kid at school), Pin-head (another kid at school) Heather, (Don't ask why!!!) and Jamal.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Never, thankfully!
P. Pet peeves: Biggest pet peeve is people who make pretty much ANY noise while they're eating. Any repetitive noises. Teenagers that feel entitled to be treated a certain way
Q. Quote from a movie: but I have quotes that I say all the time and I don't know exactly where I picked them up. The first is when someone is slightly hyper I'll say "Alright, you need to calm down, sir. You're gettin a little outta-hand." There other is when someone makes a statement I don't agree with or generally says anything I'll say "LIES!"
R. Right or left handed: Normal-handed?? Just kidding! ;-) Right.
S. Siblings: Older sister, Elissa, younger brother, Dakota.
U. Underwear: Are good to wear!! Especially clean ones in case you get in an accident ;-)
V. Vegetable you hate: Not a fan of pickles. Which are technically a vegetable, but are considered a condiment in this crazy, modern day society. 
W. What makes you run late: Being ready to leave but waiting on my parents to leave because I can't drive without one of them yet.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth and lungs. They thought I had pneumonia. 
Y. Yummy food that you make: I make lots of yummy foods!! :) Apple crisp, apple pie, coffee cheesecake squares, homemade chocolate cake, mashed potatoes....the list goes on :)
Z. Zoo animal: Polar bears, penguinos and sea lions!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weight loss encouragement

Hello world! Hello! Just a little quick update on life before I write what this post is about. Some of you knew, and I don't remember if I posted or not, that my father was starting a church in Butler. That is the area God has called us to, and we were just waiting on God's timing to get a building etc. Well, April 14th, 2012, the first service at Power of God Pentecostal Church was held. God has blessed us so much in the past month! We've had over 50, I believe almost 60, folks from the Butler area visit church. We've had quite a few that are return visitors and we can't count on them being in service. The Lord has blessed the work so much! We will be moving down there this summer and beginning the school year in the Butler district. God is good! :)

Well now to what this post is really about. I've always struggled with my weight. I've never had a problem with obesity or being extremely overweight, but exercise and healthy eating just don't really get along well with me AT ALL! I know that I am not "fat" as some people say, but I also know that my body is a temple of the Holy Ghost and that I could be a lot better. So, if you hear me talking about losing weight or exercising, it is not because I feel overweight. It's because I know I could be so much better, and it's laziness that is keeping me from achieving my goals.

As of late there are a couple of things that have inspired me to lose weight. So I finally decided that this summer is going to be the summer I do it. I'm going to stop making excuses, get out in the great weather and work towards a better body. Pinterest (Lord we thank you for the inventors!!!) has been a source of great inspiration. Little says and quick workouts that burn a lot of calories have caught my attention. So I decided that I would use Pinterest as my motivation and make myself a 21 day "calendar" of sorts to use to exercise. I've seen that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I did this little system for that many days. I'm going to post pictures to help as a "walk through."

This is the front of the card. As you can see, there's a countdown with the days completed and days to go. I then added an encouraging saying. I didn't add the date until after I exercised. 

This is the back of the first card. I wrote the "Goals for workout" on the back of all the cards and filled it in, and wrote the "Workout done:" but left it blank. After I completed my workout I filled in the bottom section. 

The front of the second card. Notice there isn't a date because I haven't completed it yet.

The back of the second card, which isn't filled out yet because this is only day one.

And the last step :-) I filled out the card for day one, but I'm obviously not posting it because I don't want the world to see my weight, measurements, or what I ate today! But anyways. Again, I add the date when I'm actually filling it out. Just a quick note...I'm also doing picture documentation to see the difference in what I look like after I'm done. In the picture section I write what I was wearing so when I go back through the pictures I'll be able to tell when each one was taken. 

If you can't tell from the pictures above, I hole punched all of the cards and put them on a key ring. I hope this might be helpful to someone! Good luck in all your weight loss journeys! :)