Friday, April 10, 2015

I was the type of kid who...

+ My brother, who is 3 years younger than me, and I grew up having my Grandma and Grandpa Spiker (Mom's parents) as our babysitters. They lived in the the nicest little neighborhood full of other kids our age. We literally ran that neighborhood like no one's business. Harper Drive had about 15 houses on it, with a turn around at the other end which also ran to the big pond at the end of the road. Grandma always stocked the freezer in the garage with bomb pops, orange push ups and any kind of strawberry snack you could think of and she graciously let us and all our friends have free roam of that little fridge. Grandpa always made sure the sandbox was full and he maintained the little red tree house down by woods and the crick that ran through their property. The neighbor kids always wanted to play at our house and I was the oldest so I was the one who called the shots and decided what we were doing.

+ I was also the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family. My Uncles spoiled me like crazy as did my parents and pretty much anyone who had anything to do with me. I was the kind of kid who joined my Uncles on their dates in high school and no one dared even question it.

+ I was a die hard Britney Spears fan. To the point that I tried changing the spelling of my name on my school papers in the fourth grade and acting like nothing even happened. I also took the little picture book out of the front of Britney's Baby One More Time and tried to copy cat her little white tee that she was wearing. It just so happened that it was Easter morning and our house was full of people visiting. I stood in the bathroom looking at myself in the mirror with a black permanent marker wearing my brother's Hane's white tshirt and I drew a 'b/s' initials to copy what she was wearing in her picture. I walked proudly down the hall, my Dad asked me what I wrote on my shirt and I demanded that I didn't do this that it just came like this. We still laugh to this day because the initials were wrote backwards due to the mirrored image and it was very obvious that my 13 year old self wrote on that shirt. I am pretty sure my Dad saved the tshirt and it's in the filing cabinet at their house.

+ I was the kind of kid who was traumatized by my mischievous and ornery little brother. When I was maybe 6 years old and he would have been 3 we were on a family vacation at Myrtle Beach. My Dad's uncle had died in Kansas so mid week he flew to Kansas to attend the funeral leaving my Mom with both of us at the hotel. Mom gave us strict orders to not open the door for anyone and just play in the room while she jumped in the shower real quick. Jonathan was playing with this really heavy metal fire truck on our balcony (8th floor overlooking the swimming pool) and threw the truck right off the balcony and on to the pool deck below where the pool boy was cleaning the pool. Mom spazzed when she got out of the shower and took us down to retrieve the truck and apologize. On the same trip he got his fingers stuck in the elevator shaft and we had to hold the elevator open and get ice to remove his hands. To this day I am still worried about the trouble he is going to get us into wherever we go.

The Daily Tay

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekend Recap

Aside from celebrating Easter on Sunday we also had an eventful weekend.
Friday night we met some of our friends at Adornetto's for salads and pizzas and then Anthony and I joined my Mom and Dad at Rooster's for drinks.
(I didn't take any pictures Friday night and I kicked myself later for not doing so!)
Saturday morning I woke up extremely motivated to get some major housework done. We have been so behind on getting laundry done and my goal is to have all of it done and put away before we leave at the end of the week for our trip along with having the house completely spotless. I ended up busting out 6 loads (!!!) of laundry and then my Mom called me and wanted me to meet her and my Grandma at the mall for a little girls day. We ended up getting pedicures and grabbing a bite to eat at Garfield's. It was my Mom's first time getting a pedicure and she loved it! I think we have her hooked which I will not complain about because getting a pedicure every three months or so would be lots of fun to do with my Mom. Grandma talked my Grandpa into going and picking up my Dad and tricking him into getting a pedicure too! He was not too thrilled about it but he said it was very relaxing and felt good. After we left the mall I went home and Anthony and I just hung out until 5:30. We had to be at Grandma's for our annual Easter egg coloring at 6:30 but I wanted to swing into Kohl's to try to find some jean shorts for our cruise. I had the hardest time finding some and I am not completely sure I am completely satisfied with what I got so I am going to check out some other stores this week. Egg coloring was fun but unfortunately there are only 3 little kids that are still getting into it and the excitement isn't as big as it used to be but it was still fun for all of us (except Maddy, she had to work) to hangout at Grandma and Dave's.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter 2015

Happy Belated Easter Everyone!
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday that was spent with my side of the Family. The weather could not have been more perfect and we were able to spend the majority of the day outside. 
Everyone was kind of in and out and there was not a time that the whole family was there so unfortunately we did not get a big family picture like we had all wanted to. I actually didn't have my camera out the whole time like I have in the past and we don't have a whole whole bunch of pictures because I was trying to focus on enjoying the day with everyone and having fun. 
All in all it was a fairly decent day and now the count down is on for our Cruise!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Hello, Goodbye

Hello April, Goodbye March, you flew by anyways so I guess we won't be missing you too much!
Hello Spring temperatures, Goodbye random snow flurries all the time (fingers crossed!)
Hello more hiking, Goodbye big blue chair in our living room that my tush has been plopped into almost every night for the last I don't even know how many months!
Hello Carnival Cruise, Goodbye planning for our first Cruise.
Hello Easter, Goodbye Fish on Fridays.
Hello Cotterman's Campground, Goodbye camping supplies totes hogging up my laundry room!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weekend Recap

I had a wonderful weekend that was kicked off with a shopping day with my Mom and Grandma Kuhn in Columbus. We first met with my Dad and Grandpa at this antique place to check out some old doors to be used for a headboard and my parent's want to replace a couple of the doors in their house with some more solid and full of character doors. We were amazed at how much this guy had at his place. I am definitely going to be making a trip back. After that the guys headed home with our finds from Loendick's in the truck and us ladies made our way to Columbus. We wanted to check out Burlington Coat Factory because they always have a ton of dresses. I found two dresses and a big hat for our cruise and I also found this really nice light weight, waterproof jacket for when we go hiking and for this Spring weather that is finally moving into Ohio. After that we went to BD's Mongolian BBQ for lunch and then check out Pier One. I had never been to Pier One and I loved it. They seriously have so much cute stuff! One last stop on the way home was to Buckeye Winery to get some wine because what girls day is complete without some wine. We bought a couple bottles to take home because we are allowed to have one bottle of wine each on the cruise and we knew just what we wanted to bring along! Sunday was spent doing little things around the house because it was fairly chilly outside and then we met Anthony's family at Cracker Barrel for lunch for his Grandma's birthday. All in all it was a wonderful weekend and we are all getting very excited to be leaving for our cruise in just a handful of days!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Exploring: Blue Rock State Park

On Sunday the sun was shining and it wasn't bitter cold outside so we woke up and made promises to each other that when we were done with the little things we wanted to get done we would do something fun outside. Anthony worked on his new fishing kayak and cleaned up the kitchen while I hit up the gym and did a load of laundry. Around 1:30 we started tossing around the idea of going hiking. I checked to see if Aubrey and Lauren and their families wanted to join us on a hiking adventure with the dogs but they had other plans already so we just decided to go somewhere close to home and just the four of us. Last Fall Tyson and I enjoyed an afternoon of walking around at one of the local State Parks and it was literally empty that day so he got to run around with no leash on and really have an adventure. There were a good bit more people at Blue Rock on Sunday but they were all fishing or shooting their bows at the target practice area so the boys had to stay on their leashes but we really had a great time. Since Blue Rock is less than 40 minutes from our house I told Anthony that we should consider going back and making a little weekend out of it and camping, and hiking and fishing. Hopefully we will actually do it this Summer but here are some pictures from our little day trip on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weigh In

I have really been pushing myself to do my best at making it to gym on a more consistent schedule of 5-6 days per week for over a month now. I was going to the gym 3 days a week starting at the beginning of the year but then I slacked off. About 3 weeks ago I went to the gym and decided to take the dreaded steps onto the scales in the women's locker room only to be totally shocked (and not in a good way). I have always known that the saying abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym was true. But I had never realized how totally true this really was until now. I had not been paying any attention to what I was eating. As much as I would like to say that had only been going on for a short while deep down I knew that it had pretty much started all the way back in September. Looking back at pictures I can actually watch the weight pack onto my body. 
After seeing those numbers earlier in the last month I knew that a change had to be made. Now that I have consistently stuck with making these changes become habits and actually sticking to them I know that I can hold myself accountable and I want to share my weight loss journey with you. How long this journey will last? I do not know, but I know full well that most likely I am bound to have to maintain a healthier lifestyle for the rest of my life just because looking at the way weight has effected certain members of my family on both sides. This particular journey may last a couple months but I can guarantee you that after this one has ended I am not jumping off the train I will just be switching tracks, setting new goals, and trying new workouts and types of fitness. So let me share with you what I am currently doing and how well it is working. 

In the kitchen::
-I cut out pop to only having one glass per week (and that is if I even feel like it) this week was the first sip I have had in three weeks & to be honest it really did not taste that great!
-Cutting back on breads. I am the biggest bread fan ever and between breads and pastas I can tell you that is 75% of where this extra weight has come from.
-No more shakes from the Health Club located next door to my office. (I will share more about this later)
-eating breakfast (oatmeal or fresh fruit and yogurt) no more chocolate milk and powdered sugar donuts.
-Water. Water. Water. I have literally know what camels feel like now. 

At the gym::
+working out a minimum of an hour Monday-Friday after work.
+Lots of cardio (treadmill, elliptical & bike)
+Start my workout with running a 12 minute mile followed by walking (pace of 3.5-4) for 20 minutes and then switching to the bike.
+Added the rowing machine and stair stepper into my routine 1 week ago.

+significant difference in my endurance running that mile.
+still sweating like crazy!
+increased endurance on rowing machine from 5 minutes to 10 minutes 
+easier to exceed my recommended amount of water intake on a daily basis.
+Down four pounds overall in 2.5 weeks.

Weigh In::
March 2, 2015 -- 178 lbs
March 18, 2015 -- 174 lbs

+Improve my 12 minute mile (currently I slow down to almost walking for a solid minute 2 or 3 times during that 12 minutes, gotta keep up the pace and I know I can knock some time off)
+Cook actual dinners for us in the evenings
+Yoga in the evening before going to bed (just gotta find an app that can possibly guide me through a yoga routine since it has been 4 years since I last took a yoga class)
+Sleep more.