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Oh Hey, April Fool!

Hey y’all… so, it’s April and that is always a good thing in my book… even if it rains 24/7. BoBo was here this past weekend and we sloshed through the mud on the canal bank like we were farmers with a purpose. Then, BoBo caked up his new shoes with 6 inches of mud and the party was over before it began. It’s always a party until someone gets muddy said the uptight OCD chick. He met our 3-year-old neighbor, Thomas, and they had a grand ole time loading up dump trucks with mud and dirt… until they started fighting over the bulldozer truck… and then it was like Jerry Springer with babies… except not at all like that and mostly crying crocodile tears until they got their way. Good friends.

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In other news, I ordered some prepackaged meals from a place called BistroMD last week. The purpose of it was to get me into a better routine of eating 3 square meals a day with more protein and veggies and less carbs. Let’s start with the pros… when you’re a single person cooking for a single person, in order to avoid wasting ingredients and food you basically have to eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all week… or at least I haven’t found a better way. With these flash frozen “gourmet” meals I ate a different thing every meal and every day. It was like I was like Oprah or something… except not at all like that because I had to feed myself… and I was not eating off of golden plates with platinum silverware. The meals all ranged from 200 to 400 calories and a day’s worth of food, including 2 small snacks came out to between 1200 and 1300 calories per day. Each meal was also 50% to 60% protein. There were some excellent entrees that I enjoyed and would totally eat again, case in point, this whole wheat bagel egg white and turkey sausage sandwich at around 320 calories.

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There were also some entrees that I had to gag down… and I mean literally gag down… like this concoction titled Broccoli Chicken casserole… which looked really delicious as a picture on the website with actual chunks of chicken and broccoli… instead, this is what I got:

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Some sort of pureed babyfood-like chicken and broccoli that made me feel like I forgot to put my dentures in before dinner. There is not a chicken chunk or broccoli chunk in sight, y’all!

There was also beef and pork… I have a hard time with meat… sue me. I’m okay usually with chicken and turkey on occasion (depending on the form it takes), but beef and pork are a different beast in the texture and taste department. So, while my goal was to eat more protein, I did not enjoy all of the proteins.

To sum it up… it was a good experience and I did order some more ala carte meals that I’m going to disperse into my days the next few weeks, but by the end of the week I went to Subway and ordered me an egg white and veggie sub instead of beef bourgenese or whatever you call it. That’s my kind of gourmet, yo… and they don’t puree it!

Exercise this past week was pretty good… I did 3 or 4 days of walking even when it was cold and windy and rainy and 2 more days of purposefully moving a lot more chasing BoBo around.

I need some updates on you all? How are things going over your ways? What goals are you going to set for this upcoming week?

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Lindsay must have gone into early blogging retirement. Like, I haven’t seen her send me an update in 2 weeks. I hope she got a great severence package from her blogging boss. Lindsay… Beuhler!?

I call this following montage, Baby cheesers… every time you say cheese or hold up a camera, BoBo practices his cheeser smile…

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Saturday, we had a surprise sendoff party for my nephew, Christian. After months of trying to get his leukemia in check after being sent home from his mission, he’s finally able to go back out and serve full time and will be leaving on Tuesday. He has to stay close to home so that he can be within a short distance of Huntsman Cancer Institute, but he’s super stoked to be going to Orem, Utah Spanish Speaking mission! This guy is a stellar dude for sure and we could all learn something from him about having a positive attitude in the face of adversity! Go, Christian, Go! In the above picture, I was videoing Christian opening the gift he was given and BoBo thought the camera was for him. Oh BoBo!

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He’s also learned a new trick called stick your finger up your nose to get attention! Oh BoBo!

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The Definition Of Hope…

Sometimes I get into a mood where I woe is me way more than my tiny violin can handle. Woing is only helpful if you have someone who doesn’t mind listening to the woing, and since that’s not a thing in anyone’s world and definitely not mine, let’s move on past the woing and onto the doing! I got into one of those moods last night… I blame it on near-midlife crisis or at least that’s what the tiny violin I sat on suggested. I’ve been thinking since (DANGER!!) about why I get up every day and I guess I came to the conclusion that I must have hope that one day something will go my way. I determined that has to be the definition of hope, starting over every day hoping to stumble into that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. I guess hope also comes with the desire to work towards the things you want to be better or else the hopeful feeling would be squashed pretty fast.

I’m a rambler… kind of like Kenny Rogers, except he was a gambler… so basically not at all the same except that me and Kenny rhyme… and if you have no clue what I’m talking about you should be ashamed of yourself and need to immediately buy Kenny Rogers’ greatest hits and get yourself schooled, yo!

To sum it up… get up everyday, start over, work hard, and have hope. I guess if we have that in our lives, we’re pretty much set to do anything.

I needed a swift kick in the butt in the eating department this past week (exercising went well, but you cannot outrun a bad diet), so I found a coupon and I’m going to try a weight loss meal delivery service for a week or two. I cannot afford more than that, but I figure a few weeks would give me a good jump start into better habits and 3 square meals plus 2 snacks per day instead of my usual preference of turning into Bessie the Grazing Cow Family. Y’all stay tuned… I will blog about my experience as soon as my first week gets here in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, how is everyone else doing? Successes? Things to improve upon? Happy First day of spring y’all! If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what will!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hello long lost friends! We took a week off. We are back!

Update: I am down 13 pounds and I am 5 pounds away from my goal. Then I will set a new goal for myself. How are you guys doing on yours?

This week I am taking on a 5-day workout challenge that one of those following the blog, Chelsea shared with me. It is on Youtube. The workout is on FitneseBlender and it is the 5 Day Challenge. It is 5 days of workouts that last about 1 hour. I am excited to mix up my workouts. I am getting bored of P90X3. So it is time to have something else to look forward to in the workout arena. It will be challenging and is only 5 days!

SO this week, I would challenge each of you to mix something up in your daily routine for 5 days! Whether it is decrease your carbs, increase protein, add weight lifting whatever it is and give it a shot!

Good luck!

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BoBo found some “dear” friends of his. Get it… deer/dear!? Oh stahp!! BoBo has also been really sick with some yucky stomach bug so send him positive vibes y’all!

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Plateaus and Willpower…

Hey y’all… nothing new over here… just snowing another foot as usual… same snow, different day. Laws almighty, Noah’s going to have to build me an ark before this winter is over. Y’all if anyone has Noah’s number, hit a gal up. I also would not like more than one animal on the ark and preferrably not something slithery or slimy, so forget this 2 by 2 crap right now!

I finally got back into the exercise groove at the end of this past week. I had to get an antibiotic on Monday after 14 days of crud accumulation that wasn’t moving anywhere. The doctor said it had turned bacterial, so I took a Z-Pak this past week. The sore throat is gone (hallelujah and knock on wood) but the crud still lingers… stubborn bugger anyway! Onward and upward. It felt nice to get back into moving and this week my goal is to focus more on tightening up my eating. More veggies and protein… less random crap.

How did everyone else do this week? Are we read for some Bermuda time? I think so. If anyone knows how to buy a free ticket, let me know… right after you get me Noah’s number.

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

This is my theme…..I am learning a lot about myself, positive and negative through the journey…This week has been a week of exploration of talking with close friends, relatives, fitness experts and family about their thoughts and advice on how to overcome weight loss plateaus and make progress. I learned a lot. It’s great to go out and gather the information and then take from it what you know can work in your life and lifestyle and how to apply it.

Our bodies are amazing. I have been obsessed with watching documentaries for a long time and last night as I was doing the dreaded search on Netflix for something to watch (which usually ends on me falling asleep). Last night I decided to click on the first one that sounded interesting and watch it in it’s entirety. So I watched, “The Barkley Marathons.” It is INSANE! People’s bodies are incredible! But what I took away from it was not just how incredible the body is but most of all how incredible THE MIND is! If you’ve ever watched this show I am sure you know what I mean by my question of: “How on earth did you not get in your own head and just GIVE UP?” There were so many times where the path they had was too scary, it was dark, it was excruciatingly long, there was no sight in end, everyone else gave up, there were only 3 left that registered for the marathon that didn’t give up, they suffered incredible pain, hallucinations, dehydration and I am sure many other physical and mental anguish not discussed.

So at the end I stared at the 3 that completed it. Completed almost 60 hours of running on no sleep and averaging 150 miles. And I wondered what do they have that the others didn’t? I wondered what do they do differently in their lives that gave them the ability to complete something that is so so so unattainable to most people?

We all have our own circumstances, challenges, races, mental pain, physical pains whatever it is. But why not you be the one to finish? Why everyone else but you? Why not me? So as you go through your week with whatever your facing, remind yourself not to give up! If you give up what will the road look like? As I ask myself that question my answer is, the road ahead may be harder but the outlook will be much better! So keep in mind to be happy on the journey and be happy you are moving FORWARD and be HAPPY that you are that person that has NOT given up! Keep going!

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PS from Whitney – If anyone who’s of the praying variety wants to send out some prayers and good vibes for my sweet BoBo he would appreciate it. He isn’t feeling very well after he had to go to the hospital from having jammed the end of a towel rod into the wall while it was in his mouth last night. Poor baby… don’t run with sharp things my buddy!


Lookit errybody… I went to this giant germ pit with my big bros!


There you go again, Baby… doing dangerous things!


Lookit… I riding in my wagon!


Nekked baby cheeses!

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Mucus Head…

Hey y’all… coming to you from the space that is my gigantic head bucket of mucus. I caught the cruditis this week, starting with a super sore throat on Tuesday and then migrating to a super congestionified head space with a super sore throat and cough. Y’all… thanks to whomever passed that along. Best! Present! Ever! If you need me I’ll be living inside a humidifier… preferrably somewhere warm like Hawaii or the Hell fires, whichever is closest and least expensive to travel.

In other news, BoBo and Lindsay came to visit Wednesday through Saturday morning since Shayne was on a business trip out of town! Oh BoBo… you so sweet… and busy! We tried to do a daily shindig so BoBo could get his energy out, so I went to places I’d never been before… like that germ bucket that is now inhabiting the old Hastings building, a bounce house… and that other germified place called the Jump Zone. Three hails to Whitney for bringing her cruditis germs in with the other people’s cruditis germs! We taught BoBo how to say some new words like George the feral cat (or more like Ohrd) and bird as in flipping the bird to the lady who cut us off in the parking lot. JOSHING… GOSH… we kept it kid friendly. I then tried to get BoBo to do my homework for me… HTML/CSS language web site talk… laws, it’s like speaking swahili to a bunch of geeks.

As for my exercising and eating… the weekday eating went off pretty dang well. My routine was off and I was sick, so there were some days I adjusted my menu, but I stayed within my calories during the week. Saturday continues to be a struggle bug… get with the Saturday program, Whitmeister! I also only exercised Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and skipped out the rest of the week due to the aforementioned cruditis. Onto this next week. No use dwelling on the past when there’s a future to be had… countdown to March… 1 more week!

Lindsay Rae Howell did not send me her update… excuse you Lindsay Rae Howell… so maybe she will update y’all on her week in the comments. I do know that one night she made this concoction that included turkey bacon, chicken, and squash noodles. I’m sorry I had to miss that meal! I also know she is really stepping up her fashionable choices wearing around a Hello Kitty Onesie that I bought at Wal-Mart on clearance. The more you know… and no, Lindsay, I won’t post the picture of you wearing them… it’s better this way!

How was y’alls weeks? Did you have some successes? How about things to improve on? How would you rate yourself this week?


My lunch for this week was mighty tasty… that’s cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella with a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, and basil. 232 calories per serving! YUM!!


Hey errybody… I at the germy bouncy houses!


So, Auntie Whitty… if I grab this giant Lego dude and you hold the door open, we’ll get out of here real fast like.


BoBo is part ape! He was really good at swinging on this rope without anyone holding onto him… video below!


CHEEEEEESSSEEEEE!!!

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Week 4…

I’m feeling non-creative this morning. Like so non-creative that I just titled this blog post “week 4” like I’m writing this from the depths of some rain forest whilst competing on the newest season of Survivor… they wish! I can picture me now… insisting I save my drinking water to shower and wash my hands with and dying of thirst by day 2. That would probably be more preferrable than having to eat the flesh of a rotting snake carcass… so there you have it… my strategy if I ever get cast on Survivor… die by day 2!

Now that we have those pleasantries out of the way… week 3 last week was much better than week 2. I exercised 5 days… which is a feat for me in the winter. My exercise of choice is outdoor woggercizing and it’s impossible right now unless I suddenly grow some cajones for cold weather and icy conditions. Ain’t happening… the emergency rooms thank me! So, instead I pulled out my country heat dance DVDs that I bought back when I was employed and never did. I somehow know that I can kiss my scholarship to Dancing With The Stars University goodbye, but them’s are the ropes y’all! The cat is a great judge and critiquer… she meows loudly every time I step on her tail. The nerve!

My goal for last week was to structure my weekend eating better. I improved over last weekend for sure, but I can still definitely use some more tightening up there. One step at a time. I’m also vowing not to weigh regularly for the first little while. Weighing too much and being disappointed was my hang up the last several times I’ve attempted to reboot my health, so I’m giving it a few weeks and continuing on the path of “ignorance is bliss”!

I hope y’all are doing okay and if you’ve dropped the goal, aim for a living room dance session one time this next week! Show me up for certain!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hi Whitney’s blog readers and our accountability readers! This week proved to be the first week that I really felt a struggle. I have been on a role and haven’t felt deprived or frustrated. I have just been plugging along happy with my results. Last week I lost 2 pounds. This week I only lost one pound. So a total of 7 pounds down in 3 weeks!!! I SHOULD BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT! That was my goal in the first place, one pound a week. Well, there were a few days where I didn’t PLAN! We were away from home longer than I planned and meals were missed and by the time I came home I was FAMISHED and I made not so great choices. It shows in the weight loss with only a pound. I have found safety in having my meals every 2.5-3 hours and I NEVER get starving to the point I make not so great choices! So this weekend was harder than others.

That being said, I have enjoyed a few meals and thought I would share them with you for this weeks Blog:

Breakfast: Whole egg, 2 egg whites with mushrooms and peppers. I also have a english muffin with 1 TBSP of peanut butter. I have also experimented with some
GREAT protein pancakes that I love! I use Walden Farms ZERO Calorie syrup! It’s great!

SNACK: I always have a spinach shake with 3 strawberries, a handful of blueberries, flaxseed, ice, water, 1 cutie orange, about 2 cups of spinach and a Strawberry crystal light energy. I look forward to this it is very sweet and YUMMY

LUNCH: Usually turkey wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with a side of guacamole and sprouts and cucumbers inside of it. Sometimes I add a light Babybel cheese.

SNACK: Questbar or Premier protein shake. Sometimes I miss this snack depending on the calories for that upcoming evenings dinner.

DINNER: I have had lots of great ones. Last night was a super yummy chicken, potato, carrot curry with lite coconut milk. Saturday night I made Jalapeño chicken
sausage over a bed of zucchini noodles with reduced fat cheese it was very satisfying. I try and use less carbs for dinner and use a vegetable instead.

These are some common things I have each week and I am enjoying them. Each week I have a cheat meal with a dessert because I don’t have dessert during the week. What are your go to meals that you look forward to and don’t feel deprived???

Thanks for reading! We love to hear your comments and suggestions so don’t be shy!

-LINDZ


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Hey errybody… I gots a new Blippi garbage truck!!


Sleighing!

Happy week 4 y’all! Would love to hear your ideas for quick healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners!

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Fairy-Spittled Spinach Salad…

I will tell y’all up front right this minute, I have the taste buds of a 10 year old. I inched up from 5-year-old taste buds after I turned 30, so I guess progress? Maybe by the time I’m 50, it’ll be 15. I just have problems eating some foods… the texture, the taste, the way it feels like a squid vomited inside my mouth hole… I just can’t with some foods… and they’re usually all of the really healthy variety types of food. I can’t ever remember being like… nope, I hate the texture of Twinkie dough and that Snickers bar is hell on Earth.

This past Friday we jaunted up to visit Lindsay and BoBo, and because we’re all on this healthy living kick, we decided to pick a lunch spot that was known for its healthy food. You know the type, organic fairies water the lettuce with pots of rainbow water whilst holding hands and recycling their spittle. It’s all too much for Whitney to take in. I won’t post the name of the joint here so as to not offend anyone who may come across this blog in the future and be all like, oh, well she sucks… stupid 5-year-old taste bud chick!

So, we get there and the menu is like a walking organic garden… there is nothing on there with french before it and nothing with fries after it. They are also probably the only joint in Utah who does not carry fry sauce! THE NERVE!!!!!!!! Lindsay had the audacity to ask for a diet Coke after which the chick behind the counter about had a stroke! No, we do not have Coke, but we do have a grand variety of organic fairy spittle flavored by the roots of a rutabega. My mother ordered a cauliflower sandwich… a CAULIFLOWER SANDWICH! I ordered some sandwich with carrot aioli on it… and I’ll just tell you that carrot aioli is added to the list of foods my taste buds do not enjoy. It was a trial to eat 2 bites. You don’t get to weigh as much as I do by eating carrot aioli on the regular! Instead they dropped me off at Subway in the ghetto neighborhood where Lindsay gave money to a drug dealer on accident, and I ordered the Subway kind of “healthy” food instead.

My week 2 update started out stellarly. I did well during the actual week when I had a menu all planned out, but then the weekend came and I had no menu and I did not do as well, so my goal for week 3… make a weekend menu or at least make a breakfast and lunch menu and then see how many calories remain for my dinners, Saturdays are usually go out to eat nights and Sundays are usually family dinner nights. I always go back to that saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” I really truly know that is the truth for me.

Moving on to week 3… I hope y’all had some successes in week 2 and if not are ready to start week 3 with a new resolve. Please share what was good and not so good about your weeks! We’d love to hear them!

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LINDSAY’S UPDATE:

Hello Again Whit’s readers! How are you guys enjoying your new year? What are your successes? What are you looking forward to? What goals have you been working on and what difference have you noticed in your life by sticking to them?

I weighed in last Monday and in 1 week of my dieting I lost 4 pounds. I was TOTALLY SURPRISED! That has never happened to me! EVER! But I can’t say I didn’t work for it. I was super diligent and determined to make this weight one off! I realize not to expect that every week. The second week which was last week I was on point with me eating again! This makes the most difference. I still have 1 cheat meal a week and usually save it for the weekend when it seems we eat out more.

I am feeling full each day, I don’t feel hungry which is why I choose to eat higher protein. One thing Whit and I have both talked about is being prepared. Each week I plan the meals I will be having and I do not leave it to chance, if I do I will end up eating whatever is convenient and that is not the best choice! Having my daily spiritual time MAKES ALL the difference in the world. I am grateful for you guys being a source of accountability! Thank you for going on this journey with us and let us know where you guys are at!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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Lindsay would also like to share this video of her weighing in one week last year and cussing out her scale… 😛


Baby BoBo’s like… look, I got a new horsie!


Here I am kissing a snwoman!

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