The Start of Halloween and a Friendly Challenge

Happy Halloween!!!

We kicked off our Halloween weekend of fun last night.  I'm not sure why, but I'm extra excited about Halloween this year...not sure if it's because my son is SO into it, or maybe my Christmas crazy is spreading to other holidays? 

Last night we met up with my sister and her family to Trick or Treat in their town, and it was so fun!  I decided to dress up a little bit this year, and I'm so glad I did!  I will be dressing up every year from now on until my son is old enough to think it's embarassing.  :)  My husband was a good sport and wore a mullet wig that we had in our Halloween tub.  He looked very handsome.

The boys were Spiderman, Batman, and a different Batman.  

I found spiderweb earrings at Wal-Mart, and a scarf with skulls on it (found on Amazon).  I also gave red lipstick a try which isn't my thing for everyday, but was fun to try out.

We had a good time Trick or Treating and the kids got plenty of candy. son was supposed to spend the night with my sister, and he was so bent out of shape about wanting to go back home with me that he couldn't concentrate on Trick or Treating!  Like cried real tears and whined almost the entire time instead of just having fun.  It makes no sense because my sister is a big part of his life and he loves playing with his cousins...not to mention he has stayed there before.  When I asked him if he wanted to stay earlier in the week he was so excited but then was suddenly so upset about wanting to go home with me,  Lately he has even been freaking out about not wanting to stay the night at Grandma's house, where he has stayed at least weekly since birth almost.  He just wants to be home I think...I guess it's just an age thing?  At any rate, he ended up going back home with us.  That feeling of being homesick is the absolute worst and unless it is completely necessary for some reason, I'm not going to force it.

So for the challenge part - my friend/coworked and I really want to get our fitness back on track, so we have challenged each other for the month of November.  Whoever works out more times from November 1-20th is the winner...and the loser has to buy the winner Chipotle for lunch on Friday, November 21st (the Friday before Thanksgiving).  A workout consists of anything a half hour or more - so a half hour walk, a half hour of lifting weights, a workout DVD, etc.  I think it's a fun way to hold ourselves accountable and have a little motivation.  I am also starting a Zumba class tomorrow at my gym, so it just seems like good timing all the way around.  

Aside from that, I am just excited to get back on track and feel good again.  I really want to give November my all, and report back here how much progress can be made in 3 weeks time after this challenge.  I am so looking forward to our fun Halloween plans tonight, but even more than that, just getting started getting my fitness back on track.

I hope you all have a safe, happy Halloween!!

Weekend Recap When It's Almost The Weekend Again

Well maybe not ALMOST the weekend again, more life halfway there, but a girl can hope, right?

My little heart is so happy this week because it's Halloween week and we have so much fun stuff planned.  We kicked it off last weekend and I'm ready for more.

One of the reasons that I'm so excited for Halloween is because after Halloween I feel like I can let my Christmas-obsessed freak-flag fly.  I have already been working on some Christmas projects...I made the wreath below for my BFF and I'm obsessed with it, I'm going to have to make one for myself too I think.  I was going to keep it a surprise but...I was too excited to keep quiet about it.

The lady on the YouTube tutorial said it should take 10 minutes to do the burlap part.  Ha.  Hahahahahaha.  More like 3 nights.

I did well with my eating and workouts last week, even on Friday, but then slipped up on Saturday/Sunday.  Must stop this cycle.

Friday night we took my son to a local Haunted Woods for little ones that isn't scary - it's nightime walk through the woods and it's mostly learning about nighttime animals.  Or so I thought we were doing that, I was sure it was Friday and Saturday night, but when we got there it was actually Saturday/Sunday, so I had a devastated three year old.  Boo.  It was late and I was getting hungry and bitchy so we ate at Ruby Tuesday.

I had chicken, grilled zucchini, and went to bed that night feeling good about my choices.

On Saturday I had some errands to do so I paid one of my older sons in McDonalds to watch the 3 year old while I did boring errands then stopped by the mall (after all, I was would have been a waste not to stop...).  I actually felt kind of cute after weeks of feeling...not cute.

I picked up several things for Christmas and got a couple of things at Maurices.  I got some gray boots which are NOT wide-calf, just regular and actually fit me which absolutely made my weekend.

I also got this shirt, which I wore over the weekend with the gray boots and leggings.  I liked it in the store but after seeing some pictures of myself in it over the weekend, I'm not so sure it's flattering.  Hmmm.

Saturday night we got together with cousins which involved getting stuck in the mud in the woods, an unplanned walk in the woods without the appropriate footwear but getting to see a gorgeous sunset as a result, pasta, and way. too. much. wine.  Good times were had by all.

Sunday was a great family day, our entire family plus my oldest stepson's girlfriend went to church and we went out to lunch after, which we almost never do.  It was really great.  Sunday was also trick or treat day, my little Batman got a lot of candy.  I was pleasantly surprised that the older boys wanted to tag along for Trick or Treat.  We ended the day at the Haunted Woods that we didn't get to do on Friday, and it was just a really awesome day.  

Food choices on Sunday were not great.  I was stressed about some work stuff going on this week, I tend to stress that aren't even worth stressing about to the max, and I ate my feelings and stress.  I had chips and salsa, stuck my hand in the trick or treat bucket about 10 too many times, and had a McDonald's ice cream cone on the way home from the Haunted Woods.  NOT GOOD.  As a result I felt like shit on Monday which never makes anything better.  I am committed to getting this bus back on track before it's too far gone.  What is wrong with me and why can't I stay on track????  I don't know.  But I DO know that it's not going to get any easier the rest of the year with the holidays approaching and I don't want to spend the rest of this year feeling like crap.  I have to get my ass in gear, NOW.

So...after Friday (Halloween...costumes...mucho fun celebrating) I am giving up wine until Thanksgiving.  I didn't even realize I liked wine until about a year ago but I fell in love and it's something I enjoy and look forward to on the weekend.  But, I know that the calories and sugar in wine are NOT helping me get to where I want to be.  We need to break up for awhile.  I also mentioned to my husband on Sunday that I think we really need to cut back on eating out until Christmas.  We have been doing way too much of that lately and it's not good for out wallets or waistlines.  Along with this I will be detoxing from sugar yet again, and doing strict low-carb until Thanksgiving, only having one diet coke per day, drinking at least 60 ounces of water, and doing some type of workout at LEAST 4 times a week.  I don't plan to go crazy and eat my face off over Thanksgiving, but my best friend will be in town and I do plan on drinking then and having some traditional Thanksgiving moderation, without making myself miserable.  So.  With that to look forward to, I am going to be strict and be a good little girl for the rest of this week and in November.

So...that's the plan.  I can do this.  We all can!

Positive Things

I have been more focused again lately and I feel like my motivation is starting to come back.  I have done some type of workout every day this week and plan to keep it going for the rest of the week to try to get six days in a row.  Last night I did 3 miles, the first two alternating laps of walking and running, and the third mile was just a brisk walk.  Pandora was playing exactly the songs I wanted to hear, and I felt GREAT.  I haven't taken nearly as many gym selfies since I quit Instagram, but I took one last night and I don't look nearly as huge as I've been imagining myself lately.  Get over yourself, brain.

My mother in law picked my son up from the sitter yesterday to go pick pears and ended up keeping him overnight (she takes him to school on Thursday anyway) so when I walked out of work I practically danced out of there at the thought of an evening with no cartoons on TV and not cooking dinner (leftover night = the best).  It was the first time in forever I went to the gym in the evening, and not only that, but I enjoyed it.  After that I went home and planted myself on the couch with home-popped popcorn and a glass of wine to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and true to form, I made it through maybe the first 40 minutes and was out.

Earlier in the week I did workout DVDs, I am a big fan of Leslie Sansone Walk Away the pounds, they are easier than say, a Jillian Michaels DVD, but you can still work up a sweat, especially with the more advanced DVDs.

In my sons room because the boys were watching TV in the living room.  No excuse to not move my ass.

On Monday I was off work to go on a preschool field trip with my son to a local farm.  

It's a really cool place, they have a lot to do there and also lots of yummy goodies there.  They have doughnuts there that are absolutely heavenly.  I bought a half dozen to take home to the boys.  That morning, we were slow getting started and I made the rookie mistake of not eating breakfast.  I had one bite of a doughnut and then I realized what I was doing and stopped myself.  

Best doughnuts ever.  I'm proud of myself for not eating 3 of them like I wanted to.

We also carved pumpkins this week which was fun times as always.

My husband stopped on his way home to get candles and brought home a bunch of Halloween candy.  It took all my willpower but I didn't touch it.

I just feel good, better than I have in awhile.  I feel like I'm out of my funk or whatever and taking positive steps to get to where I want to go.  

I will leave you with this thought...the snail is how I've been feeling but I won't let that stop me:

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