Tell All Tuesday #2

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Today’s confession isn’t nearly as scandalous as last week’s. I mean, come on, I did a brief stint in culinary school, I am the main cook in the house, and I am married to a chef! You would think I would know how or have made hard boiled eggs!! Ok, enough of that.

Today, I am going to confess my secret love of putting together stuff. I realized the other day that usually if something needs hung or furniture is needing to be put together, as long as I can do it all myself, I do. Brian is handy himself, but I do the majority of it. The only thing I can think of that I didn’t put together all by myself is Charity’s bed. It required more than one person.

Another reason why I do most of the hanging: Brian likes to just put things on the wall with no rhyme or reason, just to get it up there! I am not saying I am perfect at it, just better. (Sorry, Brian!!)

Who does most of the handy work at your house? We got a light recently and I couldn’t put it up because we were screwing things into the ceiling. Do you enjoy putting things together? Do tell!

XOXO
Jes

Happy Father’s Day!! 2014

I am lucky. I have the kind of Dad people dream of. Yes, we have had some rough patches, mostly from my teenage years and after, but he has always been there for me.

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He and I don’t always see eye to eye, but I know he loves me. He taught me how to be a good parent to my own child. I still catch myself saying things he used to say to me, but I am saying them to my own daughter. He taught me what to look for in a father for my own daughter.

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I chose well. Brian has been a great dad to Charity. His dad has taught him well. I am grateful for this. Charity did lack in the dad department for many years, but Brian has more than made up for that. A conversation with my own dad can tell him that if Charity is anything like her mom, she will hit those strong-willed teenage years and what Brian has to look forward to. Poor guy.

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I just want to say thank you to my own dad, for teaching me what I needed to look for in a husband and father to my child. Thank you to my husband for being a wonderful dad to our daughter and a wonderful husband. Also, thank you to his dad, my father-in-law for being a great dad to Brian and showing him how to be a great father and being a great father-in-law.

Happy Father’s Day!

XOXO
Jes

Trying to Get Fit!

Hello all!! I am sharing something personal today! Sorry about your luck! Brian may not like me putting it out there, but I am considered “obese”. I turn 30 this year and I really want to start my 30s off healthier than I have lived my 20s. I want to feel better about me.

My teen years, I struggled with anorexia. I was thin and I was completely unhealthy about it. I have struggles with it sometimes still. I don’t want to teach Charity that it is ok. It isn’t. It is very dangerous and can do permanent damage. When I got pregnant with her, I had to force myself to eat. I gained 50 pounds. I was a high risk pregnancy due to my age (18) and my weight (119 pounds at the beginning). I don’t want Charity to have unhealthy ideas about weight.

I spent the majority of my 20s overweight or obese. There was a period of time (22-23) where I was more “normal” but I was back to more of anorexic than a healthy eater. I was active, but not eating enough.

I got pregnant twice in one year. I was 26. Since then, I have been obese. I am only 5’6 and I weigh 215 pounds. My goal is 140 pounds. I started on Monday.

I will be trying to check in weekly with how I did and how it is going for me. I am using two different apps on my iPhone to track this. The Nexercise app and MyFitnessPal. I use them both for two different things. The Nexercise app I use to track how far I walk/how long and use it to punch into my “main” app for achieving my goal: MyFitnessPal (MFP). I use MFP to track my calorie intake and my exercise to burn calories.

So far, I had a lunch that was 1,230 calories! I thought I was going to die. I felt disgusting when I realized how many calories I ate at once. Gross. Don’t ask where we ate, or do and I will tell! I was able to reign it in though. We went grocery shopping and now will be eating at home.

I will leave you with a picture of me after my mile long walk with my workout buddy, Lucky. He is pooped by the way and is snoozing on the couch.

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