Thursday, August 21, 2014

And the winner is...

Well, I am stuck trying to pick a winner and I need your help!!!

I have narrowed it down to 7 people!!! These 7 people have touched my heart and their stories really spoke to me. I wish I could afford to give them each a 21 day fix, but I cant. SORRY!!!

Read their stories below, comment on my blog or on my Facebook post (pinned to the top of my page and tell me who you think should win!!! The person with the most votes by tomorrow at 5:29 pm (Texas time... my time of birth lol) will be the winner!!!

As for the other 6 entries... you wont walk away empty handed. I have a special little something something for you!!!

The entries -

Megan Gallagher Honestly, I have a hard time trying to express since you posted the challenge on why I should win or am more deserving than others. That is something I do always put others needs/wants/wished before me, but I feel we are all deserving too. That being said- I would beyond grateful to be chosen to simply put-LOVE myself again and be happy. Battling auto-immune issues, chronic anxiety and depression I just want to LOVE myself wholly again. I know full well how this carries over with my family- 18 month old daughter and hubby as well and work and friends. I lost over 100lbs myself, got prego gained a lot of weight back and I am having a hard time losing the weight the 2nd time around. Losing in your 30s post pregnancy is way different than your 20s. I know I can do it and I BELIEVE in this program and BeachBody and I want to BELIEVE in myself again and find my self worth and happiness again. xoxo HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIT by Jordan

Michael Marie ZachJacob I want to start this program because 3 years ago I tore my acl in my knee and had to have surgery I gained a lot of weight from that injury and I was motivated to lose it once I got the ok to exercise . Then I got prego right when I got the on and I went up to almost 200 lbs. after baby I got kidney stones and post partum hypothyroidism and I Couldn't lose weight no matter how hard I tried well fast forward a year and a half and I'm finally healthy and I want to get back to a healthy weight!

Mayra Salas I would loooove to win this and try the 21 day fix program. I am at a point in my life where I need to do something for myself. I am a proud mommy of a 3 year old girl who I adore, sadly from that pregnancy I kept 20 lbs which I could never get rid of. I had a miscarriage last year  it was the saddest and darkest moments I have endured in my life. My body kept thinking it was pregnant and I put on weight and even more weight after experiencing symptoms of depression and ofcourse looking for confort in food. I am ready to move past all this and loose weight, be healthy and get the strength to try and conceive another baby. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

Lindsey Dickson Bowen I'm tired of yoyoing with my diet and losing motivation. A couple months ago I had an early miscarriage and ever since I can't seem to get back on track. I want to get back into eating healthy and working out so that when I get pregnant again I can have the healthiest pregnancy I've ever had!

Denise Prody White I will be come a grandma for the 1st time in March of 2015. I have lost weight before an have gained it back. I want to be healthy for when my grandchild arrives to be able to keep up with him or her. I have health issues that make it hard for me to exercise while being over weight. I need to learn to eat better an especially watch the portion sizes that I eat. I have heard nothin but great results from this program. So hoping that you pick me so I can become a healthy active grandma in 2015.

Sarah Bauer I want to change my life for my two daughters, they're at the ages that they want to be going places and having fun outdoors and out in public...with ME! I know at their ages of 7 & 9 this won't last forever, they'll get to the point where they won't want to be seen in public with me! But here's the thing...I've gained about 80lbs in the past 2 years, I'm at my heaviest currently and it stinks being seen out in public, not to mention being on my feet for too long causing my feet and legs to swell from the weight. I hate to admit this but it's gotten to the point that I talk my kids out of wanting to go do things like going amusement parks, swimming, or playing at the park, just so that I don't have to be seen out in public, or I don't have to be uncomfortable...I've realized my weight isn't only holding me back it's hold them back, and hurts to know that I'm making them miss out on being kids! That's why I want to change my life, yes it would benefit me but I feel like it would truly benefit my daughters more!

Casey Smith I have really been wanting to try the 21 day fix! Finances are tight right now because I'm getting married in March! I want to lose 30 pounds before I get married so that I can start that new chapter of my life as healthy as I can be for me and for my future family. Jordan I watched as you went through your transformation prior to your wedding and you are my inspiration in every way! I hope and pray I can stay as dedicated as you have been! Please help me as I prepare to be the best and healthiest wife/mother I can be!


Monday, August 18, 2014

I hate my knee

Seriously, I hate my knee! It is one of the parts of my body I would change if I had a magic genie!!

I was born with a bad knee, cheered on a bad knee, had surgery on my bad knee, gained weight on a bad knee, ran on a bad knee, had another surgery on my bad knee, gained weight again on my bad knee, lifted weights on my bad knee, and have gained some weight again on my bad knee...

Lets just say, my knee has been through a lot.

The last surgery I had was a reconstructive surgery. The doctor told me the next surgery for me is a replacement!!! I have always thought a replacement was for someone old enough to retire... but here I am hearing the word "replacement" and I am not even 30 years old yet!

Right now in my life I am not ready for a replacement. If I had a replacement right now, I would have to push back getting pregnant by at least 6 months and that is not something I am wanting to do right now. We are ready for a baby now so we are going to put off the replacement until after we deliver... hopefully sooner than later!

It has been 2 + years since my last surgery and my knee has been doing great. It aches from time to time but it isn't anything to worry about. Well, that all changed last Tuesday. I was walking to check my mail (on a hill of a drive way, wearing a long maxi skirt and some flip flops while talking on the phone) and I fell. My knee popped and I ended up scraping it pretty bad. Thank goodness for my neighbors being outside because they were able to help carry me in the house!

It was pretty swollen and the scrape was not pretty. It has taken almost a week for me to start walking normal again... now just waiting for the scrape to heal so I can have more flexibility in my knee. Every time I bend my knee the scrape seems to pop open and it hurts. That's not even the gross part... the gross part is (stop reading if you get grossed out easily) last night I took an Epsom salt bath and let my knee soak. After the bath, I was sitting on the couch and my scrape started to ooze! Seriously it was so gross but after the oozing, it felt so much better!!! I am ready for another Epsom salt bath.

My knee injury hasn't helped my depression I have been trying to fight off since the miscarriage. I am an emotional eater and I am really trying to not be anymore. Easier said than done! I have been trying to focus on 21 Day Fix but it has been hard this past week with my knee being jacked up.

I am going to the gym today on my lunch and just going to ride the bike for 30-45 minutes. Nothing intense but I figure something is better than nothing. I know I am no where near where I want to be in my weight loss journey right now BUT I am still here kicking and fighting... that counts for something! This summer has been one of the hardest times in my life and for me to be fighting to go forward instead of falling into depression, that is a HUGE thing!!!

Here is to NOT giving up, not matter what!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the person who HATES Facebook

Yep, can you believe it there are actually people who HATE Facebook?! I have had enough and I am here to defend it and the amount of post I make...

1. If you hate Facebook so much, here is an idea... delete your dang profile!!! Easy as pie.

2. Facebook is a GREAT way to meet new people and start new friendships. Heck, one of my BEST friends lives in Utah and we would have never met if it wasn't for a site just like Facebook 7 years ago. Wow Jamie, we have been friends for 7 years!!!

3. If you are annoyed about how much I post and you are a friend of mine, you can delete me or hide my profile. I promise it will not hurt my feelings.

4. If you are annoyed about how much I post and you are NOT a friend of mine, stop snooping and get off my dang page Gina!

5. Hey #4 people, I will post as much as I want to post... I live my life as an open book because I am using my experiences to help minister in the life's of other people. I have struggles and I feel that if God can change one persons heart through my experience, why not let Him? If you don't like it, I really don't care because I know I am pleasing God.

6. Hey #4 again, guess what... It is just life, ain't nobody getting out alive!!!

7. Like I said, I am an open book... about 90% of my life. There is that 10% of intimate things that I keep to myself and my husband, like God intended.

8. Caleb is a freaking cute kid and I don't want to deprive the world (my family who doesn't live close or see him on a regular bases) of his cute cute cute face... So yep, I will continue to post pictures of him and post the funny things he says!

9. If you are a Facebook hater in anyway, get a life... seriously, there are more important things to worry about than how many times I post about whatever it is I am posting about.

And last but certainly not least...

10. Have you NEVER bought or sold anything from a Community Page?! Like seriously, it is the best bargains out there and I love a good bargain!!! 

Facebook lovers, go on and keep posting away... Facebook haters, keep on hating because we all know that is what you will keep doing no matter what we/I say!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rock, meet hard place

I am currently sitting on a plane flying to Pittsburgh for business and I can't stop thinking about a conversation Casey and I had on the way to the airport. This morning started very early for me and a lot of decisions were put on the table for discussion in a matter of hours... Know I have 4 days of Jordan time before going home to my husband to give him my decision! 

Casey is an amazing husband, so supportive and almost always goes along with all my plans. There are times he stands his ground and my plans change, but more times then not he goes along with what I decide. I think this happens for 2 reasons. 

1. Casey is a fly by the seat kind of person. He hardly ever makes any plans and he is okay with that. He is so easy going and will wake up and just do. Well, I am the exact opposite. They say opposites attract and for us it is true. I am very much a type A personality. I like to plan. Ok that's a lie... I LOVE to plan! I plan everything and anything and I do it weeks/months/years in advance! 

2. Casey loves me and wants to give me the world... He does that in going along with my plan. He has told me before that when he does something I like to do that he doesn't, he finds joy in it just by seeing me smile. Hello true love!! 

Back to this morning and the decisions... Of course there was what to eat for breakfast, which vehicle to drive, which highway to take, etc. But on the way to drop me off at the airport a very important topic came up and we needed to make a decision because it is one that would affect our family. 

After our miscarriage Casey and I both decided we wanted a baby ASAP! The doctor told me after my 1st cycle we could get pregnant again, this was GREAT news to both of us! She told us that my cycle wouldn't come until the end of August or early September. That would mean that we would probably get pregnant in Disney World and I would be able to enjoy myself and ride all the rides with my birthday boy Caleb. 

It was a perfect plan! We wanted a baby ASAP and the timing with Disney was awesome.

Well, that is until my cycle decided to start this past weekend. With it starting we were left with a decision to make. We could try this month and if we were successful we would be about 8 weeks pregnant at Disney. OR we could wait another cycle and get pregnant late September like the doctor first initially thought would happen. 

Why did my cycle start a month earlier then expected? My only answer is God has other plans then my doctor did! And now we are faced with a decision to try or not to try this month...

I know most of you would just say, well wait then, what's the big deal? 

The big deal is that for the past month, Casey and I have been praying for a baby. Like praying so hard... Remember when you were a kid and you prayed, wished and begged for that new toy? That's the kind of praying we have been doing for a baby. Now that we have lost one, we both want one more than ever! And now we have been given this wonderful miracle of me starting my cycle a month earlier then the doctor said... Was this a gift from God? Or is this a test God is giving us? 

Casey left the decision to me... To try this month or wait until September and honestly this is a very hard decision for me. I want a baby so badly, but I also want to enjoy Disney... But I was already planning on being pregnant in Disney before I had the miscarriage... 

Rock, meet hard place! 

My final decision... I don't know! I want to leave it in God's hands. Only He knows when we will receive a blessing and only he knows what the future holds. Me being a planner, this is way easier said than done! 

So, I am curious... What would you do? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

21 Day Fix - Day 3

As you know, Casey and I started the 21 day fix over the weekend. I am using it more as a help to restart my weight loss instead of focusing solely on 21 days...

We ate on plan this past weekend and used the little containers for every meal we ate. I felt like we were constantly eating and our plates were always full... that is what happens when you are eating the right foods, you can eat more! Below is a sample of what our menu looked like yesterday.

Breakfast - 2 eggs, 1 whole grain waffle, 1 piece of fruit
Snack - Grapes
Lunch - Salad with spinach leafs, cherry tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, almonds, chicken and dressing with a piece of whole wheat bread
Snack - Grapes & Chicken
Dinner - 2 eggs omelet with spinach leafs, cheery tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, avocado and a whole grain waffle
Bedtime - 2 TBSP Almond Butter

To be honest, we have not done the workouts yet. On Friday, I started my 1st period after my miscarriage and I was in some pain this weekend and did not feel like working out. I have my workout planned for tonight though.

Bump in the road - tomorrow I leave for West Virginia for business and will not return until late Friday afternoon. My meals are going to be off track BUT I am going to take the DVDs and my laptop and do the workouts in my hotel room. While I am gone, I am leaving prepared foods for Casey in the fridge so that he isn't eating out the whole time. He wont have the DVDs but he gets a great workout in with his job as a security guard riding a bike around downtown Fort Worth.

Good news - I weighed on Friday and I weighed again this morning... I am down 2 pounds already! It is 80% eating and 20% working out. I am excited to see what the scale (and my clothes) say when I put both the workouts and the meal plan together.

I plan to post my before and after photos on my 29th birthday (August 22nd).. but I plan to continue the 21 day fix way past that day. It is just such a great program (and I haven't even done the workouts out). I just love the little containers that come with the program, they are worth every penny and I wish I could have a second set. They really help in meal prep!!


Friday, August 1, 2014

July is FINALLY over

July was one of the LONGEST months of my entire life... seriously!

And now, I am SO very thankful that it is FINALLY O-V-E-R!!!!

For the past couple days I have been telling Casey that "come August 1st, I am going to have a fresh start." Then a girlfriend on IG used the hashtag #freshstartfriday... I love it!

Today is my fresh start Friday. My fresh start month. My fresh start... period!!!

Not just with my weight loss, but with everything in my life. I have struggled majorly bad with my weight the past couple months due to my pregnancy and now with my miscarriage. I am waiting for my body to get back on track and I am starting to feel like myself again. My cravings for sweets are all gone and I am able to eat chicken and veggies again without wanting to throw up.

Casey and I bought the 21 day fix and it was delivered today... what a coincidence! We are both very excited to both get back on track and start eating healthier again. I have never been an at home workout kind of person but I think until I am comfortable with my body again, at home workouts are going to be perfect for me. I feel so embarrassed when I go to the gym now, my clothes that were baggy and falling off are now tight and uncomfortable. I will get back to where I was, just will take time. I am looking forward to the 21 day fix... have you ever done the program?

I have been dealing some with depression the past couple weeks, which is very common after a miscarriage. I have taken steps and have been talking with people. I have dealt with depression before and I do not want to struggle with that again. I am a stronger person this time around and I will not let it consume me.  If you deal with depression, I encourage you to seek help. If you can't afford help, turn to your church. Many Pastor's will talk to you free of charge and can even point you in the perfect direction for you. That is where I started this time around...

Oh a good note, my miscarriage appointments are over and my body no longer thinks that it is pregnant (my HCG levels are back down to 0). The doctor said everything looks great and that after my body decides to have a cycle (could be another 4-6 weeks) that we could start trying to have another baby then. That would mean the earliest we would know if we are pregnant again would probably be October. Casey and I both decided (for now) to delete all the tracking apps from my phone and to just let God be in control. We both want a baby and we know God will bless us in his time.

Thank you all for your love and support, it means the world to me!! I can't wait to start the 21 day fix and show you all my results!  I am taking my "before" photos and measurements tonight and starting the program tomorrow... that means that I will finish the last day of the 21 days on my 29th birthday (August 22nd)... Here is to giving it hell and losing that 10 pounds I wanted to lose before my birthday.

August is my fresh start!!!