Monday, August 10, 2015

Booth manor updates part 1

It looks as if I like to wait a month between posts. We are officially moved in to our new home and it has been quite overwhelming. The previous tenants (the owners ex daughter in law) left the place a hot mess. I am talking 30+ bags of trash in the garage, trash and shoe boxes galore in all the closets, smatterings of food and grease in the kitchen and I don't want to talk about the smell of old animal stains.

The first thing we did was have the old popcorn ceiling texture removed. That is the only thing Mike was cool with contracting out. It took a 4 person crew 4 days to remove the popcorn because of the age of the popcorn and then to smooth out the imperfections and repaint. It is one of those things that you may not notice but it makes a big difference. When I came to check on the progress I was completely caught off guard because the entire house was tarped off in sections to try and manage the dust oh and in the middle of summer with no ac. ( the night before we closed and we did our final walk through we came to notice that one of the 4 ac units had been stolen. so needless to say it was replaced however it was not up and running at the time of the contractors being here for the first 2 days FUN TIMES). I ate frozen yogurt that day with peanut butter, not on the Fighter Diet but it did ease my anxiety for the moment.

While the workers were busy on the inside, mike was busy on the outside cleaning up the badly neglected yard. Whilst pruning and cutting back bushes and limbs he managed to get into some wicked poison ivy which spread like crazy and the poor guy had to endure the pain for 5+days.

Next up was to remove and replace the carpet from the kids rooms and the basement. As previously mentioned there were multiple animals and pet stains living here. We are going to hardwood the floors again but I wanted to get the kids carpet this time so they would play in their room and feel comfy. We chose a textured Berber because if I have to see carpet lines from the vacuum cleaner I might as well just call it a day in the land of coo coo things that will drive me insane. The carpet folks removed and installed 1400 sq ft of carpet and I am in heaven with how it turned out.

Multiple other small things have been done. New fans and lights in the kids room and guest room. Mike has braved the crawl space and secured it from other animals and their feces. Blinds have been removed and my old draped installed, although that is a for the moment fix as I have new ideas and color scheme brewing for the living room. We also have plans to remove a wall between the kitchen and main room which will open everything up and require new seating and area rug in my mind. Additional cabinets have been installed in the laundry room. I HAVE A REAL LAUNDRY ROOM and its possibly my favorite things about the house. And in between opening the boxes and finding space for items Lily had her first fever ever for 4 days, Levi is teething and Matthew had an abscess tooth removed and he starts a new school next week. I have eaten entire jars of peanut butter but I have also continued to make it to the gym, missing only one day. Finding a new gym closer to the house is proving to be difficult, 2 of the gyms didn't have squat racks, can you even consider yourself a gym without one?

I plan to capture the updates as they occur with the house and share them here hoping for inspiration and patience. Thats all for now!

no more push mower for us

yea thats a hole in the floor

Pet stain anyone?

out of the 80s blinds


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's been a hot minute since my last post. We are still fighter dieting over here and making progress. I get discouraged when I see my photos from behind but it will eventually tighten up I hope.

A lot has been going on, we sold and bought a house and will be moving from 2200sq ft to over 5200 Sq ft on an acre of land, to say I am excited and nervous is an understatement.

There is a lot of work and updating to be done on the new place which I love to do but hate how long the process takes, I am not the queen of patience.

I will be sharing before and after photos of the new abode here as well. So transformations all around.

Hope you all have a wonderful remainder of your summer as back to school is right around the corner topped with hobby lobby and their pumpkin display.

8 months pp

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Serenity Now

This has been a very trying week to say the least. I can say the one thing that kept me sane through it was having the routine of my diet and exercise. I did not miss one day at the gym and kept my diet on point. The scale is finally catching up and I am at my goal weight! I am planning to go a little bit further and also do my best to gain some more muscle, especially in the back, legs and glutes. Fighter Diet has helped me to stay sane and get these results at 6 months postpartum. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Dance

So this is the start of week 5 of my Fighter Diet challenge and while yesterday I as feeling a bit down today I am feeling stoked. I had my body fat measured today and am down 4% since the start of the challenge putting my at 16.8% Bf which is an awesome accomplishment for me! The fighter diet is pretty easy to follow and the challenge girls are great for motivation. I would recommend it to any of my girls looking to get inspired to lose weight and gain muscle.

I am still a work in progress and will be for the long haul but I am finally able to see results in myself.

I am particularly happy with myself because I have been able to eat healthy and continue to nurse Levi, who just turned 6 months over the weekend. I am tooting my own horn a little bit yes, sometimes I think we need to. I am very thankful for Mike for suggesting I join him this past January for the original challenge, having a supportive partner helps for sure. I will continue to post my journey here and am happy to answer any questions about Fighter Diet that I can. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No April Fools

Whoa its April already! It has been 12 weeks since I started a healthier journey and I fell off the wagon pretty hard these last few weeks, not necessarily in the types of foods I was eating but more the amount of food. Today I start a new challenge called the Fighter Diet. I have been toying with it for a few weeks because the amount of vegetables you are to consume throughout the day is insane. Talking 5lbs of veggies! So at least I won't be hungry but my problem isn't fighting hunger pangs it is fighting the sugar cravings and that will be doubly hard come Sunday when sugary filled treats will be strewn throughout the house in plastic eggs.

SO back to the initial challenge. Mike and I agreed to enter the BodyBuilding 200K transformation at the beginning of the year as a kick start for us both to eat better foods. Mike of course has been super successful as he has will power like nothing I have ever seen, plus he has been lifting heavy for 10+ years which doesn't hurt. I have lost 8lbs and am a lot stronger than I was at the beginning but I am no where close to where I want to be physically. I met a figure competitor at the gym and she told me about Fighter Diet and based on her physique I would say it works pretty damn well. I looked into it and they were having this challenge and I decided that it was right up my alley. I will be focusing more on weights than cardio and am going to do my best to be 100% laser focused on my diet. I know I can do this but again plan to use you all to keep me honest.

Here are my before and after pictures from initial challenge, and the after will now become my before for my current challenge.

Yes it is embarrassing to share but I know that at my before I was 8 weeks postpartum

Almost 5 months postpartum

Happy April Ya'll

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I have not missed a day at the gym since I tweaked my back, likely a total of 3 days missed since January. Tomorrow I start a new challenge and I am stoked to start this new journey and see some serious results. I will post more about the challenge and stats soon. Happy Spring Ya'll!

Monday, March 2, 2015

March Resolution... the struggle is real

As I was on the elliptical the other night I was having a fight with myself, you ever get those feelings that you are not good enough? Even though I am a mother of 3 having had 3 c-sections, that 3 months after having Levi I am allowing myself to be crippled because of 7 or 8 lbs. Because I don't have abs yet, because I am not chiseled and cannot fit into my clothes the way I used to. I do button my pants up but the fit is different, its not like I haven't brought life into this world and solely nursed him, that is not where my mind goes, it goes directly to you are a fat ass who has bull dog arms a jiggly middle and a wobbly butt. It goes to the dark circles under my eyes from lack of restful sleep. It goes to the condition of my hair since I have not seen a scissor or color since October. It goes to not feeling adequate enough being a Stay at home mom to 3 kids of various ages and needs, feeling the need to earn an income even though my dream for the last 3 years has been to stay home with the kids. My internal struggle to be fit without obsessing over it is hard.  It wasn't until after I spoke to an unbiased 3rd party and told him of my woes that I felt a smidgen better. He reminded me that I have a beautiful family and home and that raising kids is hard, that I have made my marriage work for 10 years, that we have no debt other than our mortgage, that I am right where I need to be to make my next move for myself to be happy. It's an odd feeling to recognize that perhaps I am adequate and my journey is right on path. I am going to struggle but I am not giving up the fight to get where I want to be. I was reading the Power Path and really liked the message for March and as a mini resolution I am vowing to edit and delete all the negative self talk I do on the daily and focus on the positive. Its really a hard thing to do sometimes but I am grateful for all I have and where I am so I want to be open to what is around the corner to surprise me once again.