Monday, September 10, 2012

Honest is the best policy!

Last week, I saw an ad online for a sectional couch.  The ad stated that it was brand new 6 months ago and he just needed something smaller.  I asked if he could hold it until the weekend and John and I set out to pick up this couch.

Get the couch home and it was beautiful.  No wear and tear and the seller's claim to be new 6 months ago seemed to be accurate, it truly was a beautiful couch.  The kids loved the couch, the cushions were like a bean bag on top and they would find their cozy spot and watch tv.

The next day, the house smelled like cigarette smoke.  With Connor's allergies and John's asthma issues, I knew that this couch was going to be an issue.  I scoured all over Google to find a solution to get cigarette smoke out of upholstery.   Found a commercial grade odor remover at Lowe's and sprayed the couch.  Lysol'd the house, Febreeze'd the carpets...and it still stunk.

I was sick to my stomach that we were just out this money, knowing that nobody would want to buy it once they smelled the stink.

This morning, I thought, Honesty is the best policy.  I posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a smoker who is looking for a couch.  In about 3 minutes, my phone was ringing and a lady really wanted to buy it.  She called back and said she has rented a truck and will be over to pick it up.

I was able to re-coup the money that was put out for this couch.  I really wish that the original seller would have been up-front and stated that he was a smoker on his ad- he surely would have been able to sell it.  Instead he sprayed Febreeze all over it hoping that I wouldn't notice the stink.

Here is my beauty that I have to give up...
Be honest!  Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Training for a 5K

I am following an app called Couch25K.  It is a 9 week program that can take a couch potato like me and turn me into a runner.  Ha ha.  It started out walk 5 minutes, jog 1 minute, walk 3 minutes, jog 1 minute, etc. Now, I am on week 5 and this has proven to be the toughest for me.  I have run for 5 minute intervals and then this morning 8 minute intervals.  The next one is to jog for an entire 20 minutes.  It has me nervous only because I have runners ADD or any exercise for that matter.  Even with music on my i pod and the tv at the gym, I find it hard to focus and catch myself counting the minutes.  

Anyway, there is a 5K by my house in November that I really want to run.  We'll see how it goes...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm back.....

I have been guest blogging over on Rosalie's blog and realized that it has been a really long time since I've posted on my own blog.  This year I have been focusing on losing weight and getting healthy.  My 7 year old challenged me to a race at the beginning of the year and oviously, he is a boy with lots of energy, but I was winded and didn't really go very far.  He won.  I was at my all time highest weight and disgusted with myself.  Following The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise I have been able to lose 42 pounds as of yesterday's weigh in.  My body has changed dramatically, not just physically but mentally and emotionally also.  Before It was really hard to wake up in the morning, I had to set my alarm clock an hour fast because I'd hit snooze 5-6 times before I actually got out of bed.  Now, I can wake up on my own before my alarm clock even goes off- that is a miracle in and of itself. 

Here are my before and after pictures: 
My highest weight of 210lbs. on Janurary 28th 2012

It honestly felt like I was pregnant when I had to bend over and tie my shoes :)

And here is me a couple of days ago:

169 lbs on August 23rd 2012

Feeling much better.

I lost the weight of a small child.  Kayla is 41 pounds- I can't even phathom that I used to carry around that much extra weight.  Amazing. 

If you are struggling with anything, I want you to know that you can make the choice by yourself to change.  You might be able to find some support in your family and friends, but ultimatley, the choice is up to you.  I have found the most help and support in people I have never met, complete strangers.  People I have found online and through Facebook sharing their struggles and successes have helped me in ways that they will never know.

Today's the day!  Make the change!