November 23, 2011


My last pie is in the oven as I am typing this and I am so ready for bed! I am Sooo excited for tomorrow! Thanksgiving! My Favorite Holiday! Its the best! :)

 I am so grateful for family traditions! every thanksgiving my Family runs in the Mesa Turkey Trot! :) Tomorrow morning I am waking up and even though I am 1000 miles away I am running my own Turkey Trot! :) I'm pretty excited but wish I could be there with my family!! :( but Its all good.

Thanksgiving always makes me think of the things I am grateful for. which in turn make me think of the things and people I love!! I am so grateful to have been raised by my parents! They are such amazing people and wonderful examples! I am so grateful for all the triathlons I got to run with my Dad growing up and looking back now I wish I would have made a bigger deal out of it and actually trained with my Dad ect... but I loved that he would sign me up with him before asking me if I wanted to :) especially cause I probably would have sad no lol But I am grateful for the time my Mom gave us kids growing up and her hardwork to keep our house functioning and our home a place where I felt peace and Love. and for her yummy meals! ( I Miss her dinners! lol)

My Sisters! I have such Great Sisters including in-laws! I consider all my Sister " In Laws" My own sisters! They seriously are the Greatest! I miss them A LOT!! I miss talking To Alli all the time about anything and everything and living just down the street from her. That was so much FUN! I have come to realize that I really want to live within walking distance to a family members house. My Sisters are the best lol! I was the youngest and they always included me in Everything even when I was the bratty younger sister who got on everyone's nerve.

My Brother and Brother In Law's for growing up with only one brother ( 11 years difference) I am sooo grateful that we are as close as we are! Maybe its the California Blood but We just get eachother. I love him tons and am soo honored to be his Sister. My sisters have married such wonderful men as well and I am so glad they are apart of my family! I also married into wonderful brothers! they are the best! so much fun to be around! I miss them all soo much!! Who Dat!! ;)

My wonderful Mom and Dad McGee who I don't consider my in laws because they have truely made me feel like one of their own. When I talk about them I forget to clearify that they are my in law's so people get confused lol It was sooo easy to call them Mom and Dad and I am soooooooo grateful to them for the people they are and the man they raised. They have raised such great kids! They are so sweet and kind! My Mom can make anything! she has such a wonderful talent and someday when we live closer to them I am gonna learn how to do some of her amaziness stuff! lol . My Dad is so fun and so funny to be around. He makes everything better and I am so grateful for the great example he has been to his son. especially since they are like twins! lol  I just love them so much!

My Dear friends who I have no idea what I would do if I didn't have them in my life! Moores, Ellis, Coopers, Fanny, Hallows, Ashlee, Martins, Wendi, Kiara, Deborah, Las, Cha Chi, Lindsays, Bowmans, Stefanie, Hummers.... For all of you who have kept us in your prayers during our infertility issues and hard times I appreciate it soo much! and Have felt your prayers especially during the last hard time in Aug.  You kind words and support mean more than you will ever know. I feel so blessed to have brushed shoulders with you.

saving the best for last....

Lance  My sweet amazing handsome kind considerate funny happy smart hott wonderful caring loving (this list can literly go on forever) Husband! I can't even put into words how to describe just how grateful I am know him let alone be his companion forever. In our hardest times he has never lost the faith and and has always remained so strong and hopeful! So accepting and thoughtful of me and all my woman issues. He is such a great man and I am so blessed to have him in my life and I am so grateful I went to EAC a semester early and so grateful he Elbowed my roommate in the head playing volleyball. I am so grateful that he didn't take his full ride to U of A and instead listened to the spirt and went to EA one more year! Marrying Lance was the smartest most wonderful greatest decisions  I have ever made in my life. I love him so much.

Happy Thanksgiving y'all :)

November 20, 2011

7 Weeks and 19 pounds later

Win Lose or Blog  is over. Today was the Final weigh in! Next tuesday the results and then Thursday or Friday we find out the prizes and rankings or something not sure.... but I Have truely Enjoyed every part of this experience and Would encourage anyone who needs a little more/ extra motitvation to look at being a contestant for any future seasons! The Team over  there is AWESOME! just reading their blog post's help motivate me to be better! I still got more to lose but I am soo excited! Lance and I are doing a 5k in January called the Hot Chocolate 5K here in Addison! :) and April I am running a Marathon here in Dallas with My Dad!! :) Lance and my mom are running the half marathon! :) I am excited! I have always wanted to run a marathon and I am so happy I get to run my first Marathon with my Dad! :) He and I have ran many triathlons together out of all his kids him and I have ran the most together! :) I loved doing these races with my Dad and am so grateful I have a Dad that is 57 and still healthy and inshape that he can Run many triathlons,An Ironman, the AZ Ironman ( today) and marathons! I am really grateful to have WLB be able to help add motivation on my journey to get back to my Healthy size and hopefully have a healthy pregnancy in the future. :) So here is my Before and After Picture of when I first started WLB.
I got this Dallas Texas shirt in 2006 in El Paso when we flew out to Kristy and Adams ( my sister and her hubby) Open House in Oklahoma. I haven't been able to Fit into it since 2008. I have kept it because I love it I like Texas and I love shirts that have a story. So I packed this because I knew I wanted to be able to wear it Here in Dallas at some point. Well I wore it Friday night for mine and Lance's Date night :) so excited that it fit! :)  I'm a woman with PCOS and I've lost 11.16% of my body weight since September. and 9.05% while a contestant on  Win Lose or Blog....My goal is to get back dow nto 140! that would be 34.88% lose of body weight..I got a long ways to go but It's totally worth it!!

November 17, 2011

A Lot Happens ...

 In A Year.

A year ago I never pictured ourselves where we are now. A lot has happened. I got my first positive pregnancy test, I got to wear my "Baby" shirt finally, I got to be pregnant at the same time with one of my best friends, I got the worse ER visit ever, and had my heart shattered and my world turned upside down with my first pregnancy loss, I got to go to Italy and visit Venice! Lance applied to Chiro School, Lance got accepted into Chiro School, I got my second positive pregnancy test and got to be pregnant at the same time as my sister and a few of my close friends, and yet again got my heart broken by the fact that I miscarried again, We moved to Texas, started Chiro School, and got a job at Dollar Tree, I also got accepted to be on season 6 Win Lose or Blog, lost over 22 pounds, and  I am Still madly in Love with my Husband...
  A lot happens in a year. A lot has happened that I wish didn't happen but because it did Lance and I have grown so much more closer and I have a deeper respect for him that words can never describe. I am grateful I have a Father In Heaven who knows me and who has not forgotten me. I know there are good things to come... even when the road may be extremly painful and hard. There is Beauty that can still be found.  Thank Goodness I have an amazing spouse to walk hand and hand with on that road even though a lot of the times I feel like he is carrying me.  So like I have many times before Mothers please hold your littles ones just a little longer tonight. Kiss them one more time before they go to bed and Hugg them just a little tighter for Me and for all the Mothers who have yet to hold their little ones. Thank You.

November 16, 2011

39 days till.......

 CHRISTMAS!!! I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan and Proud of it! :) Enjoy a little Swift Christmas  Cheer!

November 12, 2011

5K= Success!

So today was the 5k! 2:00pm came and I got my number and shirt and I was super nervous!! I drank over a half of a Gallon of water before the 5k I wanted to be hydrated for the Race! so after a couple of stops in the ladies room and talking with Lance and I knew I wanted to do it under 40 mintues! so 3:15 came and we all started getting in line and then 3:30pm the horn went off and I was off! I started warming up by speed walking for about 2 or 3 minutes and then I started jogging! It was sooooo windy and more hills then I was expecting! and the hills were going against the wind! it was pretty tough! but I kept moving! I had no idea how far I had gone there was no signs so i started getting worried that I still hadn't hit mile 1 and I was feeling like I was when I hit 2 miles...low and behold a few feet away the 2 mile marker!! another hill and wind to fight against and I just ran up the hill...bad choice don't do that just keep with the pace you are going cause after that my legs were ON FIRE! I started to speed walk for the first time since the warm up! but only for a minute max and then back to my pace and then I saw it! The most beautiful thing to see in a Race...The Finish line balloons!!! and I was off! I started picking up my pace I was getting to close to the 40 min marker so I started to run! and then I Saw My sweet Hubby! and I looked at the clock 36 min and I ran through the finish line! Lance then told me it was 36:12 to be exact!! I was soooo HAPPY!!! I did it! and I finished under the time I wanted!! It felt AMAZING!!! I am very proud of myself! I really wish my friend Amber could have ran it with me since this was her idea but I am sooo glad I did it and that on Sept 27th I started the C25K!! Lance said he would do a 5K with me in January too!! I need to keep these things going to keep me active and focus on a goal! I want to do a 5k a 10K and a Triathlon and maybe even a half marathon next year! 2012 here I COME!! I feel very grateful too WLB too because I know I wouldn't be this far in my weight loss journey had it not been for this competion either! I AM SOOO HAPPY right now!! :) thank you also to all of you who have left comments of encouragement to me too! It helps and helped a lot today!! gosh I LOVE RUNNING!!

Before the Race I was feeling very nervous!

After I finished!! So happy it was under 40 min!!! YAY!!!

November 9, 2011

PCOS and Weight Loss

So I found an article From LIVE STRONG about weight loss and PCOS here

 This is from the Article

" Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, causes women to have an increased level of insulin, which may lead to difficulty in losing weight. According to Women's Health, 50 to 60 percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are considered obese. Being overweight with PCOS can cause several medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Although weight loss may be difficult for women with this condition, it is not impossible.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome is caused by an over-secretion of the luteinizing hormone, which in turn causes an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. This causes abnormal menstrual cycles, hair thinning, hirsutism and a lack of ovulation. The imbalance in these sex hormones also causes the ovaries to produce multiple cysts, giving them a pearl necklace appearance.

 Benefits of Losing Weight

Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can have a significant effect on the amount of symptoms you experience with this condition, according to Women's Health. Losing weight can help regulate your menstrual cycle, restore ovulation, reduce facial and body hair, balance hormone levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. "

so Since September 27th I've lost 10.23% of my body weight. I still have a lot to lose as you can see by my ticker on the right >

I feel super proud about how far I have come! I have 2 weeks left of WLB This Saturday is my 5k! I'm thinking I need to get another 5k or 10k set up for January so that I have that extra motivation to keep focus and working out regularly. I  think having a Goal where I have get fit or stay fit helps me and I think its because I'm a little competitive :) So with a race It will help me. Plus I'm hoping I can get Lance on Board to do a 5k with me next year! :) cross your fingers he says yes!! :) He better after all he did sign up for an Ironman last year so a 5k is a piece of cake compared to that! :)

PCOS is frustrating to have and I often used it as an excuse as to why I was not losing weight but in reality looking back I never really exercised on a regulary basis. I thought I would see results after 1 or 2 work outs...yeah thats not the case!  Be consistant :) So to all of you who are trying to get on the Healthy Train or Work Out Train or what ever it is that you want to do. Start today! because a year from now you'd wish you had.

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November 6, 2011

Baby Fix

Today I am super grateful for all the mothers who allow women like me the chanve to hold their little ones at Church:)

Today I got to watch a little girl (bishopric's baby) I think she is like 4 months old ..she is soooo super cute and was sleeping when I got her. Her mom is in nursery so I got her all to myself in Relief Society and I loved it! I got my baby fix! :) Lance and I sit on the same bench with a family who has 6 kiddos and daddy's in the bishopric so we help out with the kids and I love it!!  Their kids are great and sooo cute! We love it! It makes me feel like we have family in the ward cause we have our own bench that we sit at every week! I love it! :) So thank you to all the mothers who have let me hold their little ones I love it and I also love that it gives you a break cause lets face it...being a Mom 24/7 is  A VERY TOUGH JOB! and I love being the person who gets to watch these little ones while their parents can breath and enjoy the lesson or just not have to worry about their little ones for a little bit.  I really needed a baby fix today too! to those who are wondering what the heck a baby fix is...well let me explain for me a baby fix is when I ( a woman who doens't have her little ones to hold yet) yearn to hold a little one in my arms and look at their tiny hands and feet and look into their eyes and think wow they were just with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in Heaven! I also wonder what they are thinking when they see me make silly faces and what not. I've got Baby Fever thats for sure! lol

I am grateful for Babies and Children and parents who let me watch and/or hold their's. :)

November 4, 2011

Raw Food Update

as you can see by the clicker on the right..I have 2 weeks and 4 days left of the raw food Challenge :) So far I am loving this whole raw foods thing and I know already that I will make raw crackers A LOT MORE even after the 30days is up :) even Lance says they taste good. hardest part of this challenge is that Lance isn't doing it with me so making two meals and having to smell the goodness of his yummy turkey burger or chicken or mashed potatoes and hot dogs ( he made those) I am so wishing I had the veggie super links! they are so yummy! no they aren't raw but my goodness they are yummy vegetarian hot dogs..they don't taste anything like a meat hot dog but so yummy!

Yesterday Lance said he over heard some students in his tri talking about how they are eating raw foods too and how they are starving...okay first off I already know they aren't eating enough fruits and veggies. Why I say this is because I have not once felt starving on raw foods...I also snack during meals with nuts and fruits or an avocado cause I love those :) or i eat some raw crackers plus when i make a salad its not just lettuce its spinach, tomatoes cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, avocado, I think those people who are starving need to increase veggies and fruits and get some raw nuts in there too! :) here is a picture of a snack I like to eat so yummy!

those are my raw crackers with avocado, cayanne peper, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and broth, with alfalfa sprouts( i love!!) and Spinach! sooo yummy!!!

Now being on Raw foods it changes your taste buds for sure!  I have noticed I can really taste the spinach flavor and lettuce and the veggies taste different in a really good way its hard to explain but stuff taste different so i'm not sure if all the stuff i've made really does taste good or if its just me ;)  i love food but i'm not very picky with my taste buds... but these are yummy! I am so happy for Thanksgiving and glad the 30 day challenge is over before that wonderful magical holiday! :)  its sooo cold here and feels like fall and I can't wait to eat some stuffing and pumpkin pie! :) yum! my house smells like fall today too with my yummy candles!

November 3, 2011

Mr. McGee...

I'm extremly grateful for this wonderful Man!!! I have no idea what I would do with out him or who I would be! He is my Best Friend! We tell eachother everything and I feel like kids again everytime we end up talking/laughing our heads off  till the early morn! This guy is seriously so funny! and so cute and so thoughtful! I got so lucky and sooo blessed to have him in my life and as my husband! He makes my life so much more enjoyable! so he has this amazing personality and a very very nice body! I get the best of both worlds! :) yes i'm cheesy but so is mr mcgee! and thats the  way we like it :)

November 1, 2011

My Hallmark Theory

  I know in most cases people don't like to talk about their m/c and I think that its probably because people don't know what to say and so most of the time they say something I can see why people don't talk about it. Thats why I have this Theory. its called the Hallmark Theory...

What cards can you not find at the on ..divorce, suicide, infertility, and miscarriages and i think birthmothers/adoption..... these are all things that hallmark doesn't have a card too I haven't seen any at least and it seems like these are the topics that people tend to not know what to say and end up saying something..STUPID. like for an example " At least you know you can get pregnant. I know someone who adopted a child and 3 months later was pregnant. Maybe its not your time. or Maybe its God's way of saying your not ready to be a mom. (ps i didn't just make these up these are all things i've been told nurerous times by people and many more other things that just make me want to scream...)
Now stop and think about putting that in a hallmark card...would you give your friend a card that says " At least you know you can get pregnant" after they lost a child? NO! of course not so Here is some advice if you don't know what to say think about putting what you are about to say in a hallmark card and see if it sounds good or if you buy a card that says that. if you wouldn't buy the card or if it sounds terrible in a hallmark card and you would never find a hallmark card that says that DON'T SAY IT!  simple as that. so next time you are in a sticky situation and your not sure what to say Hallmark it first! if it doens't pass the Hallmark test keep your mouth shut....often times we don't tell friends these things so that you can find the silver lining or make it better cause you can't so don't try too... just cry with us. I still remember my co-worker who found out i had miscarried the first time and she just cried and gave me a hug and said she was so sorry to hear that i felt like she understood some amount of the pain i was going through and I appreciate her compassion towards me.  So there you have it My Hallmark Theory.