My Hero… My Dad

My Daddy!

My Daddy!

I have always been very close with my dad and to this day I am still his little princess.  I will always be a daddy’s girl, and I am thankful for that.  My dad is the type of guy everyone knows and respects.  I grew up in a small town and my dad was always supporting my brothers and I at our sporting events, school activities and whatever else we came up with.  I became best friends with my parents at an age were most kids don’t.  In high school I competed in High School Rodeo which meant my parents were hauling me, my horses and often a friend and their horses all over the state every weekend, spring and summer.  My dad also practiced with me a couple times a week.  He is an excellent horseman.  This is when I learned my parents are my best friends.

My dad is the type of guy who would drop everything for his kids or grandchildren.  He is an amazing husband to my mother and a stand up guy.  He is truly my hero!  As a single mother I am so thankful my dad has been there so much for my kids.  He will drop everything to play ball with the boys and is a great teacher.  My boys love to help their “Papa” work and have learned so much from him.

I really wish everybody could have a dad as wonderful as mine.  He thinks I am fabulous and that is all I need!

I love you Dad!  XOXO

Angie, daddy’s little princess

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Happy Father’s Day

1 dadWell here we are at Father’s Day.  So it is only fitting to do a post about my Dad.  I am the oldest and the only daughter and when I was younger my Dad let me go everywhere with him.  I loved it, he would get me treats every time we went somewhere.  Come to think of it I believe he is the reason I am such a junk food junkie.  Thanks Dad!  For years he has threatened me, that when he gets old he will live with me and I will have to take care of him.  After working for him I think I am safe.  He swears there is no way in hell he would live with me and allow me to micro manage his life.  I personally don’t know what he means by that. LOL  Seriously he is a great guy.  He works way to hard and has a big heart.  I miss working for him and seeing him everyday.  All though he has realized I am the best person he ever had working for him.  Without me there I know he eats way to much candy, hits his head more often and can’t find a single thing!  My ultra controlling ways kept him in check, so there is an upside to the ONLY annoying thing about me  😉

Dad your awesome and I love you to pieces!  You have always been there for me when I have needed you most.  Your a great Dad and a fantastic Grandpa!  I am so blessed to have the time I have had working with you.  Thanks for all that you do and if you need to know how to spend your Father’s Day just give me a call I will plan it out for you 😉   Have a Great Father’s Day!

XO Shannon

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

– Unknown

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It takes 21 days to break a habit.

 

good%20habits%20bad%20habitsI have heard that it takes 21 days to break a habit.  It has come to my attention that this may be true!  We have been on this journey 2 full months now and I have noticed many things that have changed.  Not only have I lost weight I have lost 7.5 inches from my fatness, quit eating Hershey’s and quit drinking soda.  That is all HUGE in the big picture of it all.  It has gotten to the point that I do not even crave Hershey’s or soda any longer.  I prefer water over soda and I have found other more healthy ways to curb my sweet tooth.  As many of you already know one of our favorites is fat free frozen yogurt.  YUM!   By the way the coolest place ever just opened up nearby so we will be doing a post about it soon.

I guess if you just hang in there you can over come anything.  That is pretty empowering to know.  By over coming the few things it has put me on track for bigger and better things.  If you would have asked me 4 months ago if I would do a 5k.  I would have laughed at you and thought never in a million years I can’t do that!  Well, I am starting my 3rd week of c25k training today!  Not only that my original plan is to run a 5k by my birthday in September and now we are going to try one at the end of July.  We are planning a run/walk version in July, but we are doing it.  This is exciting and scary at the same time.  The best thing about it all is that I know I can do it if I want to!

When you start doing something good and making positive changes it creates a chain reaction.  We have so many people who are joining us in this journey and planning on doing the 5k with us.  That is very cool!  21 days to break a habit…Right now I am working on cutting bad carbs out I only have 15 days to go and I am very excited to get there.  When you put together no Hershey’s, no soda, exercise and no bad carbs.  You have a recipe for a healthy, happy, fabulous fattie!

XO From a happy healthy Shannon

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3 + 9.5 = Stoked!

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The pounds have been coming off somewhat slow for me and since I am the type of girl who is all about instant gratification.  Seriously… give me results now or get out of my way!  I have said this before and this is why I keep getting fat and not losing.  The scale doesn’t move fast enough and drinking soda and eating what I want is an instant reward.  I have wanted to quit approximately 986 times, but Shannon wouldn’t let me, my boss won’t let me cheat, my mom makes me feel guilty if I do and all the fabulous people I have met through this journey inspire me to trudge forward.

Today I got a little bit of pay off!  I was picking my kids up from the babysitter and she says “have you been working out?  You are losing weight, I can tell.”  Sweeeet!  That felt great to hear.  Also, notice she said “have you been working out”.  That was great, I liked it even better than have you skipped a few Twinkies!  Then at the baseball field a friend I haven’t seen in a while saw me and the first thing she said was “You are looking good”.  At this point I am feeling pretty good, but it gets better… I run into another friend who has been following Shannon and my little journey tells me how proud she is of me and how I look so good and she can really tell a difference.  Really?!  I am so touched by this… I guess patience and hard work (maybe just average rather than hard work) pays off!

So 3 compliments in one day!  WooHoo!  Shannon and I decided to hit the local high school track and realized the treadmill and outdoor running/walking is two totally different things.  Good to know, we will be doing more outdoor training to prepare for the 5Ks we will be running.  By the end of the day I was feeling good about myself and motivated to work harder. 

images[1] (3)Shannon and I realized we haven’t taken our measurements in a month.  Honestly, I was a little nervous knowing I could have done better this past month, saying that I haven’t been bad per say I have just left some room for improvement and the scale is only ticking down very slowly.  Shannon did hers first and I was impressed at her improvement and even more nervous to do mine.  As she was writing my numbers down she kept getting this surprised look, but wouldn’t tell me results and even had me measure my waist twice.  Yikes… then she totaled the inches lost and… I have lost 9.5 inches in the past 2 months!  I am stoked and motivated to continue on and try to do better!

I get my life is blessed with amazing people, endless possibilities and beauty all around… I get that, but to be able to see that I am tackling this life long struggle and something many people will never dare take on is freakin’ amazing to me.  I don’t believe taking on your health and weight is an easy thing to do necessarily, but I don’t know too many things that can change your life for the better in so many ways by just making some adjustments and changes.

So yes, tomorrow morning I am going to water aerobics again even though I told Shannon I didn’t love it and thought it was for old people and fat people (yes I know I am fat so I qualify!).  I guess it is also for people who like a variety of fitness options and enjoy exercise.

So yes, 3 (compliments) + 9.5 (inches lost) = Stoked!  Do you realize if I keep this up I will be looking pretty HOT by Christmas?!  What about next summer?  Watch out MsFitUniverse… I am going to give you a run for your title!  LOL

Angie – I am just happy to be here!

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Bad Economy..Good for Weight Loss

 

 

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Well finally I get to post!  I am excited, with the challenge and all we haven’t been able to post as much.  I guess it is good to get a little break, right?  I have to admit something that I am sure many of you have been dealing with as well.  The economy has taken it’s toll on me and my entire family.  I was in real estate doing fairly well a year and a half ago and as you all know it pretty much has tanked.  Along with that my entire extended family and most all of my friends who own their own businesses have dealt with the same thing.  It has created a very negative vibe in this little world we all live in, just in case you hadn’t already noticed…lol.  I am not trying to sit here and boo hoo poor me.  I am telling you all of this for a reason.

I make it a point to see the upside in things no matter how crappy it all really is.  There is always a bright side isn’t there?  Well this past week I have had more than I can take.  Many people I love and care about have really been hit hard and it is very obvious.  There have been about 3 days in a row that I just felt like giving up.  Nothing is more disheartening than working your tail end off and still being behind week after week.  Not to mention all though I have a great job, I am not a desk person I love to be out and about making things happen.  So the 9-4 job I have is kind of like cutting off a birds wings.  If my boss or his wife read this don’t worry I am a loyal wingless bird I won’t be going anywhere…lol 😉

Okay now to my point.  What I have noticed is that I take my stress out in exercise.  Holy crap I cannot believe I do that!  All I have needed all of this time is a real bad economy to get off my fat A**.  For me exercise is just what I have been looking for.  It makes me HAPPY 🙂  I feel better, things seem like they are possible and it takes my mind off of  all of the negative that is going on.  WHO FREAKIN’ KNEW?!

I have decided to compile a list of what to do if you are in a similar situation.  Keep the glass is half full attitude, do your daily exercise and talk the opportunity to burn more calories whenever possible: 

1.  When bill collectors call….Put the phone on the treadmill and turn it on high.  If they are still there after that then try kickboxing the damn phone!

2.  When bills that you can’t pay come in the mail….Just don’t pick them up!  Let them stay in the mailbox until they cannot fit anymore in it and then maybe the mailman will stop bringing them!  If all else fails just wait until there are 5o+ pounds of mail in the box and get your weight lifting done sorting through it all.

3.  When the power man shows up with your disconnect notice….Chase him out of your driveway running as fast as you can swearing if need be and waving the notice in the air.  This is certain to burn at least 100 calories!

4.  Make sure you lock yourself in the your car when the repo man shows up.  With it being summer and all you are sure to sweat off 1-2 pounds!

5.  Run, run as fast as you can when anyone shows up to collect money for fundraisers, donations and any other form of genorosity.  If you are running you cannot carry a check book so they will never know that you are just flat A** broke.  You may want to do the same thing if you get an invite to a lia sophia party, pampered chef or tupperware party. 

Now please know that these are just suggestions you do not have to do any of them.  Of course I have not tried them but I think I may when necessary.  Please feel free to add to the list and keep smiling because when you smile through adversity you burn even more calories!

Heading out to lock myself in the car and drink my 1/2 glass of water.  XO Shannon

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Fabulous Fattie Challenge #2 WINNERS!

WOO HOO It's Over!

WOO HOO It's Over!

Well our challenge #2 has come to a close.  It has been so much fun getting to know everyone and you have all been so motivating not only to us but to each other.  It has been so exciting to watch the support and new friendships transpire throughout this challenge.  We could have never guessed that this little challenge would do what it has.  All in all we hope you feel better about yourselves, smile more often and meet new friends.  That is what it is all about to us 🙂 

First place was an easy decision because it was based on most points. 2nd place was SO HARD to choose!  Can we just say that all of you had great little stories and did so much, choosing a winner was almost impossible!  We put our top 10 into a drawing to choose the 2nd place winner or you all would be waiting another 2 weeks for results because it really was that hard to decide.

We want to give a HUGE shout out to Debra Mazda, she gave us some of the prizes for the challenge and they are great!  If you have not tried her workouts go to her site RIGHT NOW and get a video because they are wonderful!

So here are our winners!

1st Place Susan A.K.A. @Foodiemcbody on Twitter

She had the most points earning a whopping: 1798

Our Fabulous 1st place winner Susan’s take on the challenge

The Challenge
The points are in, the chart filled up
Time for final judgment. The bad?  Water.
Could not gulp those 64 ounces, not one day.
The good? Exercise, fruits and veggies.
The beautiful? Good deeds: smiles add endorphins.
Weight? A pound lost, overall. But worth a pound of gold.
Thanks, fabulosas!

Visit Susan’s site here.

2nd Place Jen A.K.A. @bwjen on Twitter

She did a blog post that was great and you can check it out here on her site.

Congratulations to Susan and Jen!  

All of you really are our friends and we could not do this without you!  Thank you so much for doing this with us and we look forward to doing another in about a month.  Any suggestions or ideas are always welcome!

XO Shannon & Angie 

 

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The End of Challenge #2

Challenge #2 has ended and we have been enjoying reading all of the challengers amazing success stories.  The stories are great and so many of you have put so much into this challenge we are truly touched!  Because we recieved so many great responses we will not be posting our winners until tomorrow night when we have time to really review them.

Thank you to all who participated and supported us though this challenge!  We have learned so much from all of you and feel we are better people because of the contacts and friendships we have made!

Love,

The Fab Fatties

XOXO

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