Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Scandinavian Festival 2013

Our family lives in Ephraim, which has a rich Scandinavian heritage. So, every year on Memorial Day Weekend they hold a festival to honor and remember their ancestors.  This year we participated a lot in the festivities. 

Sam and Sarah practiced for a few weeks and performed Scandinavian children dances both Friday and Saturday.

 On Saturday I got up early and ran in my first 10k. My entire family was a sleep so there are no pictures of me in my floresent green shirt with a running viking on it!! (so sad!)

Then we go ready and went to the parade. This crew is anxiously awaiting the parade... and the candy everyone throws!
 Can you see Jess marching with the band!?
 Roy spotted her!

 Sarah and Sam got to ride in the parade too!

We had a great day full of face painting, yummy food, bounce houses (all traditional of course!), and fun with friends and family.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fathers Day Monkeys!

This year we sent out cards to a few of the dad's in our life with these pictures and a caption that said...

Weight loss? A journey.

Lately I have noticed many people I know posting on Facebook their personal success and failures with weight loss and physical health. I often go to post things that I too am struggling with and or succeeding with and for some reason I always back out at the last minute.

Weight loss for me has been an ongoing battle for... well, as long as I can remember. Last summer was the breaking point for me. I got home from a fabulous vacation in NH and I could hardly bear to look at the photos of myself. This is what I saw...

In my horror I started to loose and did fairly well. I would take some off and put some back on. My continued failure was wearing on me. I felt like I was trapped in the body of someone else.  Then 10 weeks ago I did an 8 week weight loss challenge. I also did a two week triathlon (you complete an Iornman triathlon but you have two weeks to complete it all), a 5k, a sprint triathlon, and a 10k. I exercised about three hours a day and ate better than I have ever before. I lost 42lbs in those 8 weeks (and 19 inches)!!! I am also stronger and feel better than I have in a LONG time. I am hooked now too, I LOVE triathlons. I have already signed up for one this month (an olympic leangth!) I am actually down just over 60 lbs from the above photo!

I mostly want to express that I know with hard work and determination many things are possible. I also feel that my journey to better health was strengthened when I prayed. With His help, all things are possible!

This all being said, I still struggle, a lot! Some days are good and others bad, but it is worth the effort to feel better and to have more energy for my family. Now I have about 25 more pounds to go, my goal is to have it gone by the end of the summer.

*I obviously have a hard time sharing this... It has taken me two weeks to actually post this on my blog!!