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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge

September 1st. That's today and this month has 30 days.. Perfect amount of days to do a 30 day challenge. Since I've lost 20+ pounds I'm in need of a serious toning challenge. Something to kick me into gear and allow me to do more than walk and run.. I found this wonderful challenge on I've done a few of their challenges in the past..

I'm excited about doing another challenge. This time I want to work two areas that I want to see some results.. Abs and Legs... I really want to tone up my back part of my legs more that running and walking isn't taking care of and to really work on targeting my ab muscles.. Who knows, maybe even work on seeing a six pack for the future.. who knows... This one below was calling to me..

30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge...

Starting TODAY I will be taking this physical challenge.. I plan to take a before picture and post it with my after picture on September 30th... Who's with me??

Let's get into shape together!!!! One plank and burpee at a time.... #30dayfitness

Bible in 90 Days Begins Today!

Today is the day.... Day ONE of our 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge... I hope you are ready to join me on this journey for the next three months.

This is my third time reading the Bible in 90 Days and I'm so excited to share my experiences on my blog as well as through a local homeschool mom's group that I've gathered together here at my home starting next week.

I will be posting every Tuesday here on my blog with some friendly reminders of what to read in the coming week and also discuss the previous reading from the week before.

I hope to add some questions for you to interact with me if you are willing by leaving comments below or by joining me on my Facebook page HERE

So let's get started.. Below is the reading list for the entire 90 Days. You can copy and print or you can look each week on my posts which I will include the reading for the coming week..

This week's reading:

DAY 1- Tuesday September 1: Genesis 1:1- Genesis 16:16
DAY 2- Wednesday September 2: Genesis 17:1- Genesis 28:19
DAY 3- Thursday September 3: Genesis 28:20- Genesis 40:11
DAY 4- Friday September 4: Genesis 40:12- Genesis 50:26
DAY 5- Saturday September 5: Exodus 1:1- Exodus 15:18
DAY 6- Sunday September 6: Exodus 15:19- Exodus 28:43
DAY 7- Monday September 7: Exodus 29:1- Exodus 40:38

Some questions to think about and if you are willing can answer by commenting or joining on my Facebook page HERE

  1. Have you tried to read the entire Bible before? Why or why not?
  2. If you have tried to read the Bible in its entirety, what challenges did you face in fulfilling your desire? Where did you start? How far did you get?
  3. What have you found to be difficult and what have you found to be rewarding in your attempts to read the Bible regularly?
  4. What most excites you about the prospect of reading the entire Bible in 90 Days?
  5. What do you expect to discover in terms of practical living, spiritual growth or other areas?

Looking forward to reading alongside you and interacting with your through this journey.. Thanks for stopping by and I will post again next Tuesday.. See you then....

Monday, August 31, 2015

Weightloss Update 20 Pounds and Counting...

This past year I've added 15 pounds from the weight I lost back in 2012. Sneaking up one pound at a time not really noticing since my clothes size never changed until one day I put on a pair of my shorts and realized everything was much tighter than it should be. I knew I was at a turning point. Lose the weight or buy the next size up..

I refused to buy the next size up because I worked too hard to go back to the way I was so it was time to do some changes. I was ready.

Started journaling my food intake again. Bite by bite, I wrote it down and then started eliminating some of the foods that I knew I shouldn't be eating. At every meal I would eat slowly and enjoy each bite to where I ate less per sit down (meal) and my portion sizes got smaller and I was fuller quicker.

Exercising, I was pretty much doing the same since I never stopped running, walking and working out.

I started this on June 1st and as of today... August 31st, I am down 20.6 lbs. 5.6lbs more than I needed to lose to get down to my pre-weight gain weight.

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The photo above right was taken back on the 26th. Today I am under 140 pounds which I have not been for MANY years. I'm thinking since before my boys were born.. In 1997 when I married my husband I weighed 130 lbs. When I got pregnant with my son in 1998 (DS16) I weighed 135 lbs. Long time ago for sure...

When I shed my weight back in 2011-12, I started at 174lbs which you can see my size from the photo abovewhich was taken Valentine's Day 2010..

I went down to 144 lbs with a total weight loss of 30 lbs. This year I gained to 159 lbs which you can see in my before picture on the left. I'm now 139.6 lbs which I am over the moon excited about.

From the get go, my goal has always to get myself down to 130 lbs so I am going to keep going and see how long it will take to lose 8 1/2 more pounds.. 1 pound at a time....

I just turned 41 on the 7th of August so I am working hard to get physically fit and down to a healthy weight because I'm not a Spring chicken anymore and it's important to be active and to be at a healthy weight as I age..

I'm excited about sharing some fitness challenges coming up in September to get myself moving in different directions and not to solely focus on running and walking but more on weight training since I'm so close to my weight loss goal I would like to look more into toning my muscles and to make sure my arms don't keep waving after I stopped if you know what I mean.. wink wink.....

If you are looking to get more physical and to work out more using weights and your body to help tone down... stay tuned... Would love for you to join me...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to Homeschool for 2015-16

My babies are getting so big.. They really aren't babies but they are to me.. We started homeschooling my daughter for Kindergarten back in the Fall of 1999 for one year until she went to live with her father. We then started officially homeschooling in the Fall of 2004 when my oldest son started Kindergarten.  For the past 11+ years that has been our life and we love it.

We started officially for the 2015-16 school year on Monday the 24th.
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As you can see above I'm down to two.. or should I say up to two since my oldest son was in public school for two years. We've decided to bring him home and allow him to finish up his high school career in the Spring since he will have enough credits to graduate. He is over the moon excited about being able to graduate a year early.. The joys of homeschooling....

My youngest is finishing up his very last year of Middle School.. His high school years are just around the corner.. WOW!

Curriculum for 2015-16

12th Grade:

Exploring America
This includes Bible, History & English

Alpha Omega Publications: Lifepacs:
Consumer Math

Alpha Omega Publications: Lifepacs:

Culinary Arts:
I will be teaching him in the kitchen how to prep food, measuring, cooking, baking and shopping for food and ingredients

Guitar Lessons:
He will have a personal tutor locally each week as well as performing with the youth band at church each week with a practice lesson one day and performing another.

8th Grade:

Saxon Math:

Mystery of History:

Queen Homeschool:

Queen Homeschool:
(I have him working through this to help him with his spelling)

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Physical Science:

Excellence in Writing: Student Writing Intensive:
Continuation Course Level B

He will have a personal tutor locally each week

This is our year and so far we are off to a great start! Now it's graduation planning in our future again. Feels like yesterday we graduated my daughter back in 2013... Now she is off signing up for the Air Force being an adult.. I'm old!!!