Dec 24, 2014

W.I.W. April v2.1.4

Weigh In Wednesday
I'm thinking of keeping the generic post titles for this linkup, it may help keep me going as in the MFP (Aprilelayne) streaks that I typically fall off after 22days.
Let's see if it helps!

Just going to rip the bandaid off quick here and get it out there:
Weighing In
Height: 5'6"
SW: 164.6
Last Week: 165.2 (12/17)
This week:164.4
Total Loss: 0.2

Finally! A loss! Its only taken four weeks to get below my starting weight? what the hell is up with that?  But you know what, I'll take it.  That if precisely the four weeks starting the week before Thanksgiving until today, the day before Christmas.  The most decadent and indulgent month of the entire year.  
 Yep, I did it. I baked and baked, and then gave it all away. Muhahaha.

I will say that this weigh-in is a reminder to be patient and to try and keep my emotional eating under control.  Well that and I'm going through some serious gum chewing and water chugging!

I don't know about anyone else, but with Mockingjay coming out, my son and I have rewatched the first two films (he read the series) and it reminded me of why Jennifer Lawrence is the new 'IT' girl.
Perfection, not only physically but mentally.

Have a great holiday!!! 
lets kick this into high gear now that all these family and food festivities are behind us (after tomorrow.)

Dec 17, 2014

W.I.W. - April.v2.1.3

Weigh In Wednesday

We are hitting the spot where I'm starting to frustrated for no movement, no reaction, no results to all of this.  I have given it my all with better food choices, not snacking at all, and pushing myself physically again.  I'm sore and hungry.  But my headaches are managed, I'm sleeping slightly more and my gut is feeling pretty good.  I'm doing what they all say are the things to do.

This is my 3rd weigh-in since my renewed mojo. My focus and determination is stronger than it has been for almost all of 2014 (which is now labeled a "complete bust" officially...feel free to refer to yours as well.)  If not, then kudos to anyone who had a great year! Keep stopping by and pushing me, because after this morning's disappointment I need it.

Weighing In
Height: 5'6"
SW: 164.6
Last Week: 165.2 (12/3)
This week:165.4
Total Loss: 0.00 - up 0.6

Double Sigh.

Want some irony to make it more difficult to understand?

I am wearing pants today that I haven't worn in two months due to ill-fitting aka 'too tight for public.'
Say what??  
Wait a second here Mr.TightPants, Ms.StupidScale just told me I'm failing at this game.  
Its like having two best friends, one of them is a frenemy and you can't tell who is who.

Yet, we keep the friendship going.  
I do it out of fear that I won't figure out who the frenemy is until its too late and I'm either as big as a April 1.0 and given up or April 2.0 and unhealthy again.

Dec 16, 2014

My, aren't we nosey?

I'm sure everyone (all 11.2 of you) was anxiously waiting my recap yesterday of how bad/good I did over the weekend, right?
Did April really get her miles in?
Did April fall off the wagon (again) and splurge on holiday baking?
I didn't get a run in. Not going to sugarcoat it, but people have to realize that the weekends are the only functional hours to shop, cook, clean, etc and it is December and only two weeks away from Christmas? Saturday was spent doing the Christmas thing with a RSVP with jolly St. Nick himself and a very enamored 3yr old.

Wagon falling?
Nope. Didn't do it.
I tried my best to make the right choices with nominal carbs and extra water.  I didn't get my baking started so that may have helped, but I did good.

It is rather obvious when I'm not feeling 100% (figuratively and physically) when I get to see my activity from my Polar Loop.  Tuesday through Thursday were rough, a lot of basic walking while drowning in hot tea and Dayquil.

IG Randomness?
When you lack the skills for selfies and don't post kidlets? yeah, randomness ensues.

Back to the more important issues:
Here we are now halfway through December and while the scale isn't moving quite yet, I am still making better choices and giving more effort to my workouts and activity.

Week3 of my found mojo and now I need to get back to work.
Have a great day!

Dec 11, 2014


If you aren't a parent of a young one, or live near the area you may not recognize this week as important or recall what transpired.

If you a parent of a young one, the date may not be etched in your memory like it is for some, but this Sunday will mark the second anniversary of the day innocence was lost to a disturbed young man.  It wasn't the first time, nor will it be the last.  But 12/14 was the day that we gasped that it could happen to such young souls and it shocked us as parents to realize it can happen to our 'babies,' not just other people's kids, but OUR kids.

Friday, December 14th, 2012
Newtown, Connecticut 
6 adults 
20 children
Sandy Hook Elementary School

Now that I've said the name, it is likely flashing back to you.

I personally was not affected, I do not share this under that premise.
I have never once been to Connecticut nor physically met anyone from the area.  But as we all know, the internet and social communities unite us and we make friends around the world without ever meeting.  My connection is simply that of an online friend of a family whom I've never met, but have grown to love in the last 8 years.  A friendship with a mother. A mother whose son is mere months older than mine. A mother who commiserated and compared and shared parenting tips with a fellow first time mother between Connecticut and Texas.  I have not met her or her family.  But I cried that day for her family. I cry when I see my 10yr old son who shares so much in common with her son and what he experienced that day. And still tear up on this day as my friend's family continues to struggle despite surviving that day.  Her children were Sandy Hook students.  Her children are survivors and will always be prayed for.

This post is not about them.
This post and message is about a dear friend of theirs that did not walk away that day.  
Their loved friend, neighbor, and classmate, "Joey."

Today would have been Josephine Grace Gay's 9th birthday.
"Joey" was a beacon of smiles and was loved by all, 
she was a special soul that hid behind autism that kept her silenced. 
 A special soul that many did not get to experience due to her short time with us.

Please take a moment to think of those children this weekend, and especially December 11th as Joey's birthday.  

You can see the impact she had across the country by searching #CelebrateJoey
 and our hope to turn the internet purple on 12/11.

Please visit "Joey's Fund" to learn more about Joey's impact on everyone who met and loved her.

In the last two years, many other incidents have occurred.  Gun control was debated, argued and silenced.  Instead of dwelling on the 'shoulda, woulda, couldas', members of Newtown are teaching us as parents and community members.  has been created to help parents, educators, and communities across the country improve the safety in our schools. You can find toolkits and opportunities to learn more about the safety of your community and schools. 

*This post is not sponsored and I hope I gave credit to all sources, I have no affiliation with any of the programs, websites, or foundations referenced.  This is simply April spreading Joey's smile and message to never forget what happened in Newtown and hope and pray to find solutions to keep our children safe.*

Dec 10, 2014

W.I.W - The 'Non-Weigh-In'

Weigh In Wednesday

First things first, I don't have a magical number to share today. 
I didn't get on the scale. 
 I honestly was going to skip today's post because of it, 
but then realized that is the first slippery step to backtracking on this mission.
and I refuse to undo this regained momentum already.

This week isn't a full bust, in fact Monday was a killer day!
A run in the morning AND a lunchtime cardio class of cursing Jillian again!
Plus a blog post and the work-work? 

 I was raring to go all day, badabing badaboom

But then, as if karma came around to say:
 'Hold the phone April!
 you've used all your awesomeness up today and you aren't worthy of a single minute more.'
At approximately 8:32pm Monday night, 
the wonders of Austin Texas hit me and I've been down for the count since. 
 Allergies, sinus crud, death by ear and sinus pressure.
But I posted to not skip out on the weigh-in post due to a bad weigh-in, but a non-weigh-in and why.
I am trying my best to not eat away the pain,
but rather drown it in hot tea and coffee.

Dec 9, 2014

On The Table: Supernatural Amaretto "ProCream"

People, I promise you this is the bestest, most fantublous protein ice cream I've made.
Like Supernatural level heavenly goodness!
 I don't know how I, nor anyone else, can top it flavor wise!
No sweetie, don't doubt me! 
I know I said before with the thin mint creamer, but this??
blew it out of the water!

I had randomly picked up a new coffee creamer for Hubs, he loves almond flavor stuff and I am trying to branch him out and figured I'll drink the stuff if he doesn't like it.
 But now?  
This stuff is MINE.
100% all MINE.
No worries...I will always share anything with you Jensen!

I swear I knew this was going to be full of flavor the second I opened this coffee creamer.
 It quite literally smells like heaven with unicorn giggles and Jensen smiles all mixed together.

I've prepared a batch for tonight's dessert without banana, although I do allow myself those carbs for the sake my muscle recovery for my miles, bananas are a good thing!

Jensen and I send our love of protein and ice cream to you.

Have a great Tuesday!

Dec 8, 2014

Weekend, good it was....

Happy Monday!
Or what I need to start calling, "DoubleUpDay"
 because its almost becoming a routine (almost) for me to hit double-workouts on Mondays! 
"No, you are wrong Master Yoda.  I'm not failing this time.  
I'm doing this legit, healthy and the right way."

Last week I have to admit ended up right on track despite my lack of the planned 4miler.  I struggle with pulling myself away from the kids, spouse, and house duties to selfishly give myself an hour to workout and shower and what not.  I know I know, I am entitled to give this time to myself and that I am a priority. But when a working momma only gets xx amount of time with her kids that isn't the frantic Monday through Friday chaos of daycare pickups, dinner cooked and negotiated into less than eager children's mouths, baths and bedtime routines all within 2 hours? Yeah, I haven't figured out to avoid the guilt of that lost hour or two when it is the only free moments in life that I can actually sit, enjoy, play, or whatnot with my kids.
"Yes Master, I'm trying"

To summarize the weekend's activity (since my phone is misbehaving) looked something like this:

Monday - 185%
Tuesday - 163%
Wednesday - 101%
Thursday - 137%
Friday - 80%
Saturday - 119%
Sunday - 114%
Average activity for the week? 128%
(100% currently = 11500 steps)
(my miles don't get added since I keep my right hand on the treadmill for balance)

"No! I'm not powerful yet Master Yoda!"
This is just the beginning, I'm still learning how to balance this all out without injury or guilt.

I just want to share in the goodness that I've done thus marks a new week.
Can we just enjoy the success of week one and keep riding the wave?

I mean, its Monday and I did my #4amclub run (2.5miles) and I hit a Jillian kickboxing video at lunch.  
 "Thanks Yoda, I appreciate that kind of enthusiasm for the new week!"

Did anyone fall hard this weekend?
Is your week starting off the right way?

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