Monday, October 29, 2012

Our weekend get away

Last weekend my hero and I went away. We did something we have not done in years. We went to Busch Gardens. We rode roller coasters, we ate funnel cakes, we saw shows, we laughed. We dipped candles. You see on our honeymoon we went to Busch Gardens. The plan was to go to Williamsburg but only had the money for one day at Busch Gardens. So on that one day 17 years ago we dipped candles. So when we went back we had to dip candles. Pamela

Saturday, October 27, 2012


I am so glad my husband is home, I am so glad my dog has someone else to play with. Abby is a year old now but is still jumping on people. We have been working with her and walking her more. I can see the change already. Pamela

Friday, October 26, 2012

My baby girl

Just a little update on my baby girl who is now 7 years old. I just cannot believe it. She is all the sudden getting so big. She has her own personality. She is beyond sensitive and refuses to speak up when she is upset. She just cries. Something we are working on. She loves to play outside with Hope but loves playing with Jason. I think playing with Jason makes her feel like a little momma and he eats it up. Pamela

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weighty Wednesday

All of my phone pictures have come out blurry recently. I need to clean it. Anyways my friend told me the other day that I have lost an entire person. I know I said I was struggling with not loosing but this helped. Putting these two on me and walking around made me wonder how I ever carried that much weight with me. So this week while I camp with my kids and husband I am going to eat smores and relax a little and enjoy the week. This picture shows me carrying 79 more pounds, and this is me not carrying 79 pounds (although I wish I had a smaller shirt on). As of today I weighed 169.8 but considering that on Saturday and Sunday I had 2000 calories each day I am thrilled. Pamela

Monday, October 22, 2012

Gun Safety

Have I told you I am taking a gun class in a few weeks. I am kind of excited. It is actually gun safety and carry and conceal class. I do not plan on carrying every where I go but it would be nice when I walk alone. So my hero took my daughter and I to practice shoot. She shot a total of 3 shots before she was done and played on my phone. I on the other hand shot cases of ammo. I definitly need to go back a couple of times before the class. I am so nervous I will look stupid at the class. After shooting Faith decided where we should eat. She chose Pizza Hut because of the salad bar. Pamela

Miscellany Monday

What a wonderful week, didn't I say that last week. Life is pretty wonderful when my hero is home. Crazy busy but wonderful. This week we had 2 dental appointments for 5 kids. They love going to the dentist. I asked Jason what the dentist said and he replied "hold my hands down here (by his side), hold my hands under me under his back). It was so cute. I could hear him talking the entire check-up. All the kids pased but sadly one needs to see the orthodontist. Then at the end of the week my hero and I went away by ourselves. 2 nights ALONE, 2 showers without someone knocking on the door, 6 meals with noone asking for a bite, 48 hours of talking and giggling. I would like to say mornings filled with sleeping in. But sadly I do not sleep well in hotel rooms. This week is going to be even crazier. Let me just give you a look into today. I get to pick up my wedding rings (they have not fit in months), go grocery shopping, pack for a 8 day trip. Not just any trip but we are camping with 6 kids. which means clothes and toys and pots and pans and food. It is so worth it because we need time as a family. Oh and I think the best part of the week was going to lunch with my beautiful daughter and husband. She is getting so big. Pamela miscellany monday at lowercase letters

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our weekend get away

Please tell me that if you were on a romantic get away with your spouse. You know the kind that never happens. You would not wake up at 4am and not go back to sleep. And you definitely would not be caught in the hotel gym by 5 am.
Seriously, I am not fun to vacation with because I do not sleep well and I forget to bring a fan so the outside noise bothers me. Then by mid day I am exhausted. Maybe the adrenaline from the roller coasters will keep me up. Yes, that is what we do on a weekend away we ride roller coasters.
I am telling myself maybe the work out will help me forget about the amount of junk I am consuming today And not worry about the corn bread muffin I ate last night.
Okay we'll typing on my phone while on a exercise bike is not working out.
I hope you are having a great weekend.
P.S. this is honestly relaxing since it is quiet and the equipment is nice and I can take a shower when I am done with no little fingers under the door asking for something.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. If only _time was slower__ then _I would have longer time to spend alone with my hero this weekend__ 2. When I was little I _wanted to be nun or a school teacher. __ 3. I think _dieting__ is for _setting you up for failures, it should be a lifestyle change___ 4. I feel happiest when__I am wrapping my arms around a child or my husband has his arms wrapped around me___ Pamela

5 Question Friday

1. Where do you hide junk when people come over? One time my landlord (next door neighbor) said she was on her way over. I hid all the dirty dishes in the oven. That was until we turned the oven on that night and they melted. 2. Do political ads help you decide who you are going to vote for? Really they do not; I have a hard time believing them. I want to see the facts, see what they supported and did before the ad. 3. What's your favorite holiday party to host? Thanksgiving, all the cooking and then setting for hours around a table and just enjoying each other. Oh man can every day be Thanksgiving. 4. You go to an island with your husband and can only take one personal item. What is it? My diva cup, it is good for 5 years and I cannot imagine what it would be like if I did not have it. YUCKO! 5. If you found out your spouse was a Dexter style serial killer (only kills people to save others) would you rat? First I would buy lots of life insurance and then whisper to a friend to turn him in. Okay, seriously I do not have time to look up a Dexter killer so I cannot answer this question. And tonight I would not turn him in because while I am typing this he is mopping the kitchen floor. Pamela

Super Undies

First I want to apologize. I was given this wonderful review months ago. I could not wait to try it out. The problem was life got busy. We have had a few wonderful things happen like my amazing husband coming home. Let me be honest and say I have never used a cloth diaper before and was not totally convinced that they would be as easy as they said. That was until the package arrived with our very own Super Undies. Not only were they easy to put on but they were not super bulky. I know the pictures show a unhappy boy but they were too cute not to post. I love that they are made like a pull up. Only this one can be re used. Have you seen the prices of the disposable pull ups. Take a minute and look at all of there products. They have a awesome waterproof toilet rug. This is a definite need in a house with 3 boys. I do have to say my brain is one that has to be taught how to use a product. I know it is a pull up just pull it up (don't laugh). But for me I needed to know how to install the insert. I wanted to make sure I used it properly. I was amazed when I clicked on the video section of there page and found the perfect video. You can watch it right here. If you have ever thought about using a cloth diaper this would be the one I would chose. Please take a moment to look at there site with your child. They have really made it fun for the little ones.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Miscellany Monday

This was a great week. Not as great as this week is going to be but great. First it was my daughters seventh birthday. My precious baby girl who fought so hard to come into this world. Part of her birthday was spent watching mommy get my ears pierced. Yes, I had them pierced multiple times years ago but they had healed up years ago. I had been debating getting them re pierced. I finally decided a simple pair of earrings would help any outfit. What else happened? Let me think, my husband took a 10 hour gun class so he can legally carry his gun. I am just a little jealous that he got his before I got mine. Pamela miscellany monday at lowercase letters

Friday, October 12, 2012

5 Question Fridays

1. Did you have any homecoming traditions? No, I did not. I do remember wearing sticker bra’s. I called them peel and stick bras. When I was trying on formal dresses this week the lady suggested I use duct tape. OUCH, is all I could say. 2. Do you ask your spouse before spending money? Ask is a weird word, I would say I do ask. Or at least I tell him. 3. If you could be famous for something what would it be? Hmm, well I really tell the manager at Chick fil A that I need to be there Jared (as in the subway Jared). Because, I have lost a lot of my weight by switching from McDonalds to Chick fil A nuggets and Diet Lemonade. 4. Have you ever seriously thought you were going crazy? Have you met my son, the most manipulative person you have met. Can you make you think you have lost your mind in a minute. 5. How do you eat your steak? Burger? (as in, well done, medium, still moo-ing...) well done, not black but well done. Okay, really I do not like steak no matter how it is cooked. I know I am weird. I have found they make this pre cut up steak for salads. I am in love with it (can you be in love with steak). I eat it all the time. Pamela

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Feeling Beachie

1. Given the choice of _ear piercing__ or _sunburn__ for _charity__ I’d pick _neither, I am afraid of pain.__ 2. If you told me _I could have lost 79 pounds a year ago,___ I would never have believed you 3. The last time I cooked_salmon______it came out__fishy and I do not like fishy_____. 4. My favorite color is _sage green with accents of purple __ Pamela

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weight loss Wednesday

I would like to tell you that I have lost a ton more weight. Sadly I have not. My weight this morning was 169.4. The day after my husband came home I was 169.8. Him and I decided that we would weigh together on Fridays. Our first weigh in was last Friday. I had lost 2.6 pounds since he came home and he had lost 3. I am sure you are asking how that makes sense. The day before he came home I weighed 170.8. All of this to say I am maintaining right now. This has been a long time at the same point. I think it is time to hit the elliptical harder. I am so close to that 167 that I can taste it. 167 means I am not over weight any longer. So what are my goals? First, to get my weight loss started again. I honestly think part of it has to do with my allergies. I have not gone a day without a head ache. My next goal is to start toning up. I start light weights yesterday. I should have been doing it a long time ago but no guilt I start today. I found out yesterday that our military formal is in 5 weeks. I think I better get my act together. I will be honest and say it is hard to not get discouraged. If you are using myfitnesspal you can find me as Trooppetrie. Please just let me know who you are. Pamela

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weigh Loss August

So today is really September 2. I am so excited to be writing this because by the time you read it my hero will be home and the surprise will have happened. I wanted to update you on my August weight. T his has been a tough month. It seems like this weight is sticking around longer. The last time I wrote was August 5 and I weighed 184. Today is September 2nd and I weigh 175.8. That is 9 pounds in a month. I mean that is not bad when I think about it by the month. It is really hard when you have a week with no weight loss. I am determined to get better about exercise. Friday night I had friends over and I ate more in one meal than I have in months. Then Saturday morning after a trip to the zoo I went to Zaxby’s. I came home and did the elliptical for 60 minutes. It was not bad at all. After 20 minutes I thought okay I will do 30 and then I just kept going on and on by 5 minutes. Normally I do not exercise on Sundays but I decided to today. I only did 30 minutes. I had not lost weight all week but woke up this morning and had lost a pound. I constantly have to remind myself it is the end game and not the day to day. It is funny but this is the first month I have not had my daughter take pictures. That is because I bought new clothes and had my son take pictures. I bought a pair of pants and four shirts. I am trying to decide what to wear when my hero comes home. Originally I thought I would wear my long black skirt but really I think the blue jeans show my weight loss. I bought a pair of size 11/12 dress blue jeans that are nice and I like them. They are probably what I will wear. I also have a pair of size 10, yes you heard that right a pair of size TEN jeans and I might wear those. They are not as fancy but show the weight loss. I am in a weird spot. I am wearing makeup and loving my jeans and really enjoying tank tops. All things that are not normally me. I mean I do not want to wear the tank tops in public unless I am walking the track. It does worry me. I want to make sure that I am not losing who I am while losing weight. I hope that makes sense. Pamela

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mil Spouse Friday fill in

1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed? This month has been pretty awesome. I would say I wish I could change the fact that I maced my husband the first day he came home. Probably not the best homecoming day. 2. What was your favorite thing that happened in September? My hero came home and I was able to surprise him with my hair and weight loss 3. Sometimes I like to sit on my couch and eat _ice cream_____ from a __kids bowl____ with a __kids spoon so I feel like I am getting more than I am_______. - Courtesy of Just Another Snarky Navy Wife This one was hard. 4. What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume? - Courtesy of Random Army Wife We don’t celebrate Halloween anymore but many years ago I dressed up like a cow. I know it sounds crazy but I have always wanted to be the chick fil a cow. 5. What are you looking forward to in October? Oh man this is a great month, we have 3 birthdays and my hero is home for them, my hero and I are going away for a couple of nights, and our family is going camping for several days. So excited for the time together. Pamela

5 Question Friday

1. What album/cd/download are you embarrassed to admit you having? Michael Bolton, although several months ago I downloaded Madonna Like a Virgin. I don’t know what made me do it, I tried to listen to it and for the first 10 seconds I was right back in middle school. Then the guilt got me and I deleted it. 2. What's the one thing your spouse does better than you? Everything, honestly there are few things I can do better than him and it drives me batty. He can grill better than me, clean way better than me. When he is deployed I hire someone to come in and clean my floors and bathrooms because that is the chore he does at home. 3. When do you start buying Halloween Candy? We don’t celebrate Halloween so normally the day after Halloween so I can use it with baking. But this year is different. I found pumpkin Hershey kisses and WOW, I may go broke if I find anymore because they are amazing. 4. Family closets - Yay or nay? Oh man, we use our coat closet as a Childs closet; we have clothes everywhere because this house has horrible closets. So if I had a room for kid’s clothes I would definitely use it. 5. Which home/cleaning chore do you hate the most? Why? Putting away laundry. Did you know that we have horrible closets? Well, our dressers are even worse. The drawers break and fall out. Every year we say we are going buy new dressers and then I see the prices of the good ones. I want drawers that are unbreakable. Did you know that dresser drawers are only made to handle 10-15 pounds of clothes and that is if they are the big drawers? I have done research because I want new dressers. Pamela

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. I am very _controlling, I work on it daily but it seems like every time I give up control nothing gets done (which could be a good thing)__ 2. I am most comfy _under a million blankets in a ice cold house with a fan blowing on me__ 3. You will never believe what I saw on my way _to the store, a man pulling his baby in a stroller on the back of four-wheeler. It took everything I had not to go in there yard and pitch a fit.__________. 4. My mornings don’t start until _the first child wakes, I enjoy every minute of quiet I can get.__ Pamela

Thursday, October 4, 2012

weight loss-August

this was really written on August 5, 2012. Can I say how much I dislike not being able to post pictures. As of today i weigh 184.4, that is 62.6 pounds down. I started at size 22 and today I went to cato's and bought a medium and large shirt and a size 14 and size 12 capri's. The down side is I lost my anniversary ring. I am hoping in the house. i knew my rings were big, I could wear them on my middle finger. But honestly I do not have great confidence that I will keep the weight off so I do not want to have them sized yet. I put my engagement ring and wedding band in my jewelry box. I bought a generic ring today so at least my finger does not feel naked. Pamela The pictures are from 247 pounds and 184 pounds and my new ring.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Thank you Kristin for the amazing pictures. I cannot wait to have you take my family pictures next week.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weight Loss part 4

249 at Christmas June 15- July 15 Okay, time for some better pictures. People are really starting to notice now which is really encouraging. I have gone from a size 22 to a 16 and it is AWESOME, although I have no idea where to buy clothes at. The competition is over. I lost a total of 15.78% weight. That is 35.4 pounds total loss. I did not win, my friend won. Tough to lose, even tougher to lose by a pound. Not a total loss when I say I lost 35 pounds in 13 weeks. I lost 9 pounds this month. Here are some of my blog posts from Traveling and weight loss July 4 Good morning, I just wanted to check in. I am not updating my weight this week. I am in a biggest loser contest and this is the last week. My friend and I are really close to each other in the competition so she asked that I not post this week. I so get it. Although I would really love to see how she is doing. It is going to be close. I have been working harder over the last couple of weeks. I walk with a friend and she is trying to get in shape before a trip so we are using it to motivate each other for the next 3 weeks before she leaves. This weekend I went home. Not easy, drove 13 hours + in two days. I knew I had to eat at my favorite biscuit place twice. No way can I go home without eating there. My mother in law is amazing and always makes sure everyone has their favorite foods. So hard to try stick to any kind of diet while traveling. Then I went out with a friend. I only ate less than half a brownie and stuck with water but man oh man it was so hard. I was really worried about the driving part and not snacking. I did chew a lot of gum and drink a lot of water. Biggest Loser competition July 9 This is what I wrote on my weight loss competition page. Good morning, weight turned in. Now I want to share a bit of my story. I was anorexic in high school and as a young adult. After I got married I wanted a baby and was told continually that I needed to gain weight. And boy did I. After my first sons birth I was told again I had lost too much weight. So I started packing on the weight. Great at the time. But they did not mean go up to 245 pounds. I could no longer play with my kids, cleaning the house made my back burn. I ate to be happy, I ate to make other people happy, I ate to hide when I was upset. I ate to eat when I was born. In February my hero (husband deployed). Right before he left we were up late talking and he nicely said we both could stand to lose a few pounds. Something he had said. He left and a friend invited me to join myfitnesspal. I ignored her, another friend invited me, I ignored her. Finally one of them called and said you can say no but do not ignore us. I almost cried because what they did not know is I had already given up my beloved mountain dew. I agreed and on March 1 i started my fitness pal. Then soon after that my friend Becky Nicholas Smith asked me to join this competition. I said yes. After the first week I thought it was a mistake. I was already down over 20 pounds and everyone was losing that early easy weight. Within a few weeks I realized that win or lose it was great motivation and so worth it. Becky and Jen and I have encouraged one another we have talked and talked and talked. So today I can say I have lost 35.4 pounds since starting this competition. So win or lose I have won. I have motivation to keep going. And on a brighter note this is all going to be a surprise to my husband. He has no idea I have lost weight. I cannot wait for him to come home in September/October and show him. I do not have a number I am trying to get to. I do want to be able to chase my 6 kids; I do want to not cringe when I get on a roller coaster. I want to be able to do a zip line with my husband and not be told I am too heavy. I want my children to know that food is fun and healthy. Not just food. My son has lost 20 pounds since February. I think part of it is just growing but a big part of it is our new life style. I rarely eat out (because not much I want to waste calories on). I no longer keep a bunch of junk around. So how have I lost weight. I started on myfitnesspal (trooppetrie) with 1800 calories and am now down to 1200 calories. I walk several times a week. I walk with the kids in places they can hang out at. I walk around the playground while they play. I am trying to use my elliptical but have not gotten past 10 minutes at a time. I am not stopping today. I am going to take it slower this week. But next week the next competition is starting and i am going to hit it hard. I have 2 months (more or less) before my hero comes home and I want to see how much I can lose before then. Grocery Shopping July 9 I am allowing myself to splurge this week, just a little bit. Funny what splurge means now? I ate chicken with the skin yesterday. Thought about eating the whole meal and it just did not seem worth it. I did have half a candy bar. I wanted to try the new Girl Scout cookie candy bar. So I got one last night and split it with my son. Funny it was still less than 100 calories. I have all these recipes I want to make but do not even have ingredients anymore. I am making a yummy goodness for church tonight. Counting down until I can have it. Although I think I will take chicken for dinner. This morning for breakfast I am making pumpkin oatmeal. As i am making it I am realizing this could be a everyday food. No oil, 2 eggs but that is about it. Skim milk, oatmeal and pumpkin. Okay, I am off to eat a yummy food. Dr. Phil and weight loss July 13 I am up before the kids and watching Dr. Phil. It is about people wanting to lose weight. I had to giggle because this lady said she cannot afford to lose weight. I almost laughed because I keep saying when (not if) I change my life and keep this weight off then I am going to write a book on how to lose weight without spending money. Do not get me wrong I would not mind a membership to a gym so I could walk on the treadmill in air conditioning. I am a people watcher and would enjoy exercising while watching people. But reality is i still would not have childcare and a gym membership is not in our budget. So how do I lose weight without spending money? 1. First find a friend to encourage you 2. I have found a couple of places to walk that is safe, the first is a track on post, not close enough to a street and the kids can run in the center on the grass or even play in the sand box. I know you are thinking sandbox at a walking track. Yep, really it is the long jump but the kids do not know. The baby stays in the stroller and walks with me. He loves it because I have special toys and of course snacks. 3. Take those rare moments to exercise. Sometimes we go to the playground. I walk laps around the playground. It is great because I can see everything they are doing but instead of setting on a bench I am moving. 4. When we go to the playground I look for ways to exercise. Our favorite playground has a piece of equipment that encourages the kids to be able to stay balanced. I did it for 5 minutes one day and the next day my ribs were killing me. Pushing children on the swings really works your arms. How do you stay on task without spending a ton of money? 195 pounds I will bring you the next update soon. Only 2 more months until my hero comes home. I am getting nervous about him seeing me. Getting nervous about how I will keep up with it once he is home. Pamela
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