Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Back to Reality

After having an amazing time on vacation, it's finally time to get back into the groove of things. Although before we left for vacation, I was already getting off track with my eating right and exercise regime.

Lately,  I haven't been doing anything to help me lose these last 20-30 pounds except maybe hit the gym once or twice a week. That's not helping me get to my goal one bit. I have to kick my own ass into gear cause nobody helped me lose 55 lbs, and no one sure as hell will try to stop me from gaining them back. I know that for the past month or so I have been doing a lot of talking about getting back into it. I'm not gonna lie... it's been hard. This is what I was afraid of. Once you take a short break, it's twice as hard to get back into it. Today though, I'm working on making it my routine again. Here's some of the stuff I want to commit myself to:

• Start counting calories again. (I use MyFitnessPal app for that)
• Work out at least 3 times a week. (I was working out 4 to 6 times a week when I was taking it seeiously)
• Eat healthier foods.
• Track my progress.

It's not to say that I won't have a slice of pizza or some Margaritas here and there. It has never been about being perfect and not messing up because I am only human and I accept the fact that I will fail. Sometimes willingly.  It's about hustling. Sucess and failure.  And failing cause I succeeded. But I will say that I will give it my all. Sure, I'll let Fat Claudia visit every now and then. That's why it's worked so far for me. Because I don't deprive myself fron what I want. If a burger and fries makes me happy at the time, you're damn straight I'm gonna get me a burger and fries. Even if it means calling some of my body parts "Tina the Talking Tummy" or "Backfat Betty" for the next few hours.

For now though, I'm very ready to get back to working out and making better food choices for myself. And between my readers and I, I miss posting pics at the gym and tagging with ridiculous hashtags (#gymflow, #gettingmysexyback). That being said, if you don't already follow my Instagram, the username is @sweatpants2skinnyjeans. Follow that shit.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Favorite Vacation Link Up

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Today's link up  with Holly couldn't have come at a better time! I just got back from the best vacation I have ever experienced.

Cancun, Mx.

Think white sandy beaches, beautiful blue waters, all inclusive resort, perfect tans, room service, fun activities and anything you can think of that makes an awesome vacation....that was pretty much my perfect getaway. My brother's wedding at the resort was definitely a  plus. It was a gorgeous ceremony and the views were absolutely breathtaking. Though I cant comment too much on the reception because by eight, I had to be rolled away in a wheelchair because of my lack of judgement on alcoholic consumption.

We stayed at the Gran Caribe Real resort.
The remainder of the days there were filled with  relaxation, excavations, parasailing, fine dining, drinking and dancing. The entire staff at the resort was very nice and helpful.

I'll let the pictures do the talking, though some don't do the scenery justice.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wedding Details Link Up

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Linking up with Melanie & Holly today to go over my Wedding Day deets.

Let me set the stage. I was 17 and stupid. Do I regret it? No because we are still together and very much in love after almost 6 years. Do I think we could have waited. Sure. At that moment though, waiting another minute to get married was absolutely unnecessary. We knew exactly what we wanted, dammit! 
Hispanic culture (or at least my family) sees getting married at a young age as normal behavior. It's typical to be invited to a relative's wedding just months after her quinceaƱera. Keep in mind most of the decisions for decor, food, etc., were made by little old 17 year old,  naive me. Looking back if I could describe my wedding day in one phrase: Ghetto Fabulous

Theme color:
Nothing shouts "Mexican Fiesta" than a loud color scheme. Turquoise and white.
Bouquet toss: As if we weren't already encouraging marriage before puberty, lets get the kids involved in the bouquet toss. And lets not forget the altercation between two married women as to who touched the bouquet first.

Alcohol: What could be more classy than underage drinking and wedding theme colored Boone's Farm all captured in the same picture?

The kiss: the most awkward wedding kiss
in the history of ever. He wanted tounge, I wanted a peck. Lack of planning and practice.

Nonetheless, almost 6 years strong. However, David Tutera, if you are reading this, I would like a wedding do over. 

Baby Talk, Weight Gain and Vacation

With Adryan being three years old, people are starting to ask me if and when I'll be popping another one out. I also get a lot of people ask me if I'm afraid of gaining all the weight I've lost recently if I were to get pregnant again.

The answer to the first question:
I'm not planning on having another baby anytime soon because I feel I have my hands full with Adryan. As of now, all the attention I could possibly give a child is going towards my son and I don't think I really want to change that FOR NOW. Does that mean I won't change my mind here in the next few months?  Absolutely not! My husband and I are very spontaneous. We could decide one thing today and do the complete opposite tomorrow.  As I'm writing this post though,  no plans for Baby numero dos. One reason why I've waited so long to make up my mind is because our house is currently under construction (It has been for the last 3 years), and we only have one bedroom for now. Which means Adryan has been sleeping with us since birth and I just can't imagine adding another kid into the mix just yet. 

The answer to the second question:

I am by no means afraid of a little weight gain during pregnancy. I guess it's because I have learned how to properly maintain and lose weight. If I've lost 50 plus pounds on my own, surely I can handle some post pregnancy weight. I can still do some light exercise during pregnancy, which I plan on doing if/when the time comes. Besides, I would be selfish and vain if pregnancy weight gain was reason enough to shut down the baby factory for good. I guess it all just boils down to the right timing, or just me simply forgetting to take my birth control pills.
On to vacation talk. 

I took my brother and my very soon to be sister in law to the airport this morning. They have to leave a couple of days earlier than us to meet up with the wedding planner and make sure everything is ready for their big day on Saturday. Also, their bachelor/bachelorette parties are tomorrow night. We won't be able to attend cause of some job related issues with my husband and all around lack of planning on my part. We leave Friday at noon and I'm starting to get a little nervous. This will be my first time ever to get on a plane so my anxiety level is at about an 8 out of 10. I'm scared, but nonetheless,  very excited. I can't wait to see my little brother get hitched!
Our resort is an all inclusive package which means all you can eat and drink so here's my forewarning. I do not plan on keeping track of my eating and exercise while im there. I  fully expect to gain some weight, but I'm okay with that because it's not every day you get that type of luxury. I do, however, plan to get back to my routine once we get back. This time I want to start counting calories again (which I haven't done in months), exercise more, and set mini goals each month. Enough of being at a plateau. 
That being said...
It's time I try and fit all my crap into a few pieces of luggage without hitting the 50 lb weight limit on any of them. Challenge accepted.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Letter to my Daddy

In honor of Father's Day having been this past weekend, and today being my dad's birthday, I'm writing him a letter.

First of all I want to wish you a happy birthday and may we have you around for many more years to come.
Thank you for all you've done and continue to do. You have taught me to be a generous person and to lend a hand where it's needed. You are one of the most selfless and giving persons I know.  You are always helping without asking for anything in return. I look up to you for that and for many other traits that you show.
I want to thank you for an amazing childhood. Providing for your family has always been your top priority. Thanks to you and Mom, there was always a hot meal waiting for us when we got home. We always had clothes on our backs, even if it was from secondhand stores.
There's not a stranger you haven't met. I admire your small talk skills and you can make a friend with just about anyone.
Many people are fortunate enough to call you their friend, coworker, brother, uncle, etc. , but I'm blessed to call you Dad.
Forever your princess,

Friday, June 14, 2013

You're Gonna Miss This

Summer is here and although I have Adryan at home all year round, he is getting to the age we can do more things together in public places. He is just getting easier to handle. No more diaper bag to carry around, no more fifteen strap carseats to deal get the idea.
So yesterday we decided we would go to the library. On our way over there, we drove by a monster truck. He was so excited about it, I decided to make a u-turn so he could see it up close. We got off and took a couple of pictures with it and we even got free snowcones from a nearby sponsor tent. We were there a good ten minutes before I decided it was too hot. We got back in the car and headed to the library. We returned some books and got some new ones. Adryan played with some puzzles and colored at an activity table in the kid's section. He even made a couple of friends. And I felt so proud of him cause he drew eyebrows on a picture and the librarian said he was a very observant and bright little three year old. My pride was at a 12 out of 10. The afternoon was pure bliss. We even got home and he cooperated for his nap. I had to do a double take and make sure I had brought the right kid back from the library. No fuss. I even started to think he was over his Terrible Threes stage. Of course I was too quick to think my boy could possible be turning into a well behaved young man because once he woke from his nap it all went downhill. I cleaned up two JuicyJuice messes. One on the kitchen floor and one off the carpet in the living room, he wanted to borrow my phone to play a game and cried until he got his way, then this happened...
Hhe ate one of my birth control pills. I  was freaking OUT! My first instinct was to call Poison Control but I didn't have the number on hand so I just called his pediatrician's office. I spoke to the nurse and she reassured me that it was harmless especially because it was an inactive pill (the white ones). I sighed in relief and used that exact moment to vent about my active day with him. She chuckled and said 'Enjoy him while he's young cause when he grows up you're gonna wish you could go back in time.' This really hit me after I hung up. She was right. Sometimes we get so caught up in the now that we forget the little things in life. These are the things we're gonna look back and laugh at for years to come. So just breath it in and enjoy the moment. Even when you want to pull your hair out.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

If I Could Write A Letter To Me

Linking up for the first time ever today with Holly and Jake. Let's hope I'm doing this right. Writing a letter to my 21 year old self. Even if it was just two years ago. But 2011 was a tough year for me.

Hey there hot momma. I want to just say I'm glad you didn't get the house you were hoping to buy. I know right now you feel a little disappointed and firmly believe the world is out to get you. You feel that nothing ever goes the way you want it. And sometimes you even wonder why other people that dont work as hard for their stuff always seem to get what they want. Just know that a couple of years down the road everything will smooth out. The hubbs will get a much better job and you will finally start seeing that youre able to make bigger improvements on your little fixer upper. Don't try to compete with anyone else. Just focus on your own path to success. Also, I want to bring up Baby #2. Although you feel like you may be ready, God works in mysterious ways. Get ready. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for what's to come in the next month or so. Things happen for a reason...maybe it's just not time yet. Please allow yourself plenty of time after this miscarriage to think things through before you decide you want to try again. Adryan should be your major concern for a while longer. I want to talk about Tio (uncle) Gizmo. I know you know he has been very sick these days and that he has been in and out of the hospital. You should have spent more time with him. His days are numbered and you need to be strong. His passing will be the first time you take anybody's death to heart. You have to learn to let things be and understand God's ways. As for now, hug him tight, cherish every moment that he calls you 'Beautiful' while he is still around. As for your health. I wish you would take action about your weight now and not wait till almost a year later to start making changes. I know that right now you are not even aware that you are in the top percentile of obesity. I know this with all my heart because even now when I look back I can't think of a time you were majorly concerned with getting into shape. You kind of just thought the weight would eventually 'magically disappear. Fortunately, in about a year, you will come to your senses and find out that theres no better way to shed weight than the old fashioned way. Sweat your ass off, eat healthy and don't give up. The saying 'Good things come to those who wait' is total BS. The saying people use now is 'Good things come to those who work their asses off.' I cant wait till you are introduced to health and well being and realize that you have to care for yourself no matter how old you are. I won't spoil it all, just know you are one hot MILF. I know you don't recognize the self esteem but I promise you'll get there. ;) P.S. Too late now, but I wish you would have never been introduced to the Housewives series or Pinterest cause you are hooked, girl! P.S.S Here's a before and after just so you get an idea of how far you have come. You rock my face off! See ya in the mirror, Me

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Slow progress is better than no progress.

Last night I started to think about how long it took me to get where I am. I thought about the struggles I faced, the smartee choices I was getting used to, the sacrifices I had to make and generally how much happier I am now than what I was 2 years ago. I began thinking about how lately I've slacked on giving it my 110%. I realize we are only human but I also realize that because we're human, we are capable of making better choices. I told myself I woukd get up at 4 in the morning and go to the gym just like I used to when I was so dedicated.
This morning rolls around and I told myself a hundred reasons as to why I shouldn't go. It's too early, I cant find my workout clothes, it's too far, etc. Then something happened. I had a small confrontation with myself, pushed all the negative thoughts out of the way and just went. On the way in, the negative thoughts lingered in my head again. This time I drowned them out with my earbuds, blasting a fast paced song on Pandora. I had a great workout. Got my sweat on and drove home in satisfaction. If I had listened to all the excuses I made up for myself, I wouldnt have gone and I would have been upset with myself.
One simple positive thought changed my whole day. Tomorrow is another day. I double dog dare myself to go again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm back.

Finding the time to keep up with a blog has been a little more challenging than I thought, but I commited myself to it so I have to be more consistent with it.
Anywho, lately it's been pretty crazy around here. We are getting ready to go on vacation to Cancun next Friday so I've been putting off a lot more than just the blog.
Weight wise,  I'm still at the 180 range that I've been stuck in for months now. Not that I don't know why, more like I don't want to fix 'why'. Ive been eating shitty foods and working out is no longer my top priority like it used to be. It's really hard when you are stuck in a rut to wiggle yourself out and start all over again.
I promised myself that once I get back from Cancun, I'm getting rid of the excuses and going at it again.
Lately, I go to the gym 2 to 3 times a week! When I used to go 4 to 5 times I felt so good and it was really becoming second nature ti get up and go. Slowly, its been climbing down my daily activities schedule and my mission is to get it back up there in my top priorites.
On another topic, I'm entering TimBob's and HubbyJack's lips syncing contest! I'm just now about to send off my my video to be judged by the nonjudgemental duo. Hope they think it's as funny as I thought it was. Then it will be worth the 2 minutes of humiliation.
Well gals, that's all I've got for now.