Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tis The Fall Season

Tis the season of Fall! My entries have been far few and in-between. As I've mentioned before life's extremely busy in this household,single
Momma and 4 kids. There's never a dull moment for sure. Then to put icing on the cake were moving! Yes that's right, moving right smack in the middle of the year. It was a wonderful opportunity that I could not resist. More space,save on money, and closer to reality!

Currently were residing in a small town to what seems to be "the other side of the world." But that my friends soon will be a thing of the past. My girls will get to spread out in bedroom sharing-which they so desperately need as they grow bigger. Most importantly we'll be so much more close to my family. My family has done so much for me I can not even begin to express my gratitude in words. However being closer to all of them is the best part about this move. Life is just too short and I need my family right now as they need me. Finally
I will be close and able to be apart of a more regular routine visiting and so fourth.

As for the fitness front. Life's been pretty hectic with moving and along that a very big change. Cleaning through, packing, and organizing an entire life I had built here with my ex. A lot to sift through, throw out, and pack away. This has allowed me to really decide what's worth keeping and what worth donating or trash. I will feel a million times more organized once my kids and I say good bye to this house we used to call home and hello to being home again with my kids in our new house! A fresh new start and it's been much needed over this last year now!

I continue to work my booty off at the gym as I've kept a regular routine but fallin behind in my regular cooking. This will all be much more under control once were settled in the new house. Along with all this has accompanied stress amongst other things/people that add to that unnecessarily! I've finally reached a point I put my hands up and say I'm DONE! Either your on board some how or your off! Time to pick I can only do so much as one person!

Provided I had less stress working against me I could be a farther along but I think I'm holding it together fairly well... Here's a photo snapped a few days ago:

-Meredith



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Risk Everything

To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. -unknown

Over the last half of a year so so much has happened and so so much has changed. I've hit the lowest I've ever hit and it seems I've blindly found my way up from the mud and the muck...  Life is different and life has changed. Change is good most of the time. I'm digging deep for the faith I need in knowing everything will be ok... God doesn't bring people into our lives or present us with possibilities unless there's a purpose for it. I know it's hard for us to find purpose in many things in life. I've been working on that faith in knowing there is a purpose for everything whether I understand it now or not..

One thing I am certain there are some beautiful changes on the horizon. All that can be done now is to wait and see that what's meant to be is everything one can hope for in this life... Happiness peace and love!

~Meredith

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy 2014


Happy New Year! It's 2014 a new year with an open road to new possibilities! Reflecting back over 2013 it was defiantly a year of change in many ways and self discovery. There were good times and very dark times.  December was an extremely difficult month in my life.  But I got through...somehow and here we are January, month ONE of this year!  

The last month mostly I have felt like giving up on my dieting and exercising. The quote above stood out to me because I picked myself up when I thought I couldn't do it anymore and took myself to the gym.  An endorphin high is the BEST thing one can do for themselves, mind, body, and soul! 

About two weeks ago I decided to try and lose 10 more pounds. The motivation on a daily basis just hasn't been there.  So many things happening around me I just didn't stick to it. I can feel myself slowing coming up above the surface back to where my motivation lies. 

One of the things I've contemplated is change in my surroundings.  I need new surroundings so that it represents the new in my life and the new me that is here. I canceled my membership at the Y and opened a membership at the 10-Gym.  It's cheaper, the hours 24/5 (much more flexible), they offer tanning and various classes I'm excited to try out!  Most of all it's the change of my surroundings. 

Today I have an appointment with a personal trainer to have an hour session.  See where I stand and talk about a fitness plan that I need for my fitness goals.  I made the weight-loss happen and I've got the structure I need to continue forward in my fitness goals.  I just need a little help on toning and sculpting so my final body and health goals can be met this year!  2013 Was a huge success and 2014 will be just as amazing!  

~Meredith

Sunday, December 8, 2013

How Long Has It Been????

It's been nearly a month since I last posted.  I've been adjusting to life with all it's changes I've experienced lately.  Mostly these days I am constantly wrapped up with my babies or family now that the holidays have arrived! 

Due to my extremely busy life these day my entire work out schedule has been thrown off. BUT that is perfectly okay!  I wouldn't have it any other way; I absolutely love my children!!!!  We all made a journey through the ice this last Saturday to the gym.  My kids got to play and do some activities there at the Y and I got to get an amazing work out in!  It was a win/win!  I've been weighing but not recording.  My weight has fluctuated from the 159 mark up to 165 and gone up and down between that range.

I always seem to find something outside around my house to do that replaces my gym work out.  This last week we got some major snow and ice.  There was about a centimeter of ice laid perfectly under the 4-6 or more inches of powder snow on top! So I played with out kids outside on Friday after the sun came out then shoveled on side of my drive way.  Bear in mind I do not have a snow shovel I used a good heavy dirt shovel because it's all I had to work with at the house.  I am pretty sure I strained my back muscles on the right side of my back. I can feel every muscle in my back no matter how I move it HURTS, my shoulders, booty, and legs are the same way, Booty and Back are the worst!  So using an extremely heavy shovel and working for over an hour doing that I got a pretty good sweat on despite the freezing cold!  Saturday was a normal work out and today I have SLEPT and done nothing but lye around!  The only perk to have one day a weekend my kids are with their dad! I still miss them like crazy and looking forward to getting home to them but the rest was needed! 

Clothes sizes are all the same,toning hasn't really been worked on due to being SO busy! I think once we get through the up and down of the weather and the holidays things will smooth out. This time of year everyone's schedules are thrown off!  The one consistent part of my challenge is sticking to my Visalus Shakes!  They are a LIFE savor!  I would really be in a bad position if I didn't have my shakes everyday to keep my nutrition up and my healthy diet on track!  

I can't stress enough how amazing these shakes are when you have goals for health and nutrition whether to maintain, lose weight, or become fit. I'm no longer losing and they are absolutely perfect for maintaining! The new year is around the corner and everyone's already started thinking about their 2014 New Years Resolution Goals.  One popular goal is weight-loss and health if this is your goal Visalus is worth a shot!  It has a 90 day money back guarantee! After a complete transformation over this year myself I strongly encourage you to take the challenge and see how Visalus can transform your life; health and body!

~Meredith

Saturday, November 23, 2013

There Comes a Time...


We can dream, hope, and plan all we want for the way we want our lives to go.  But it doesn't always mean you'll get it; and if you do there's usually some price to pay either positively or negatively.  We all make sacrifices in life for the greater good of our lives.  Especially being a parent who loves their children and puts them first always make life decisions based on what is truly Best for them.  

In society people see only one way to live most of the time.  The reality is we are all individuals who live all separate lives and each of our lives are different from each other.  That is perfectly fine because that's how it should be..

Yesterday the subject of death came up with my almost 8 year old daughter.  It started with explaining why her great grandmother wasn't living in her house.  Of course in conversation that has come up with my kids in the past I explain purely and simply "They left to go to heaven and live with Jesus."  Yesterday the question of "where do our bodies go?" came up.  How on earth do you explain this to an 8 year old with out totally scaring them?  I did the best I could never having been asked this question by any of my children yet.  I simply explained our bodies die and the people we are inside of us leave our bodies and we go to heaven; our bodies stay here.  Her reply was "mommy I'm afraid to die!"  So with that comes my POINT!

 I said to her: "Don't be afraid to die because you will be with Jesus when your time comes a long long long lonnnng ways away.  Your life is fresh and brand new you are JUST starting out your life.  This life we live was only temporarily given to us and while we are here on earth we must do our very best to be the best person we can be because that's what God put us here to do.  You have a long long long happy life ahead of you. Once you finish school and graduate college you will make your place in this world. You'll create your own legacy and make your mark on the world in the most positive way you can.  We want to make the very best of our lives while we are here.  To be happy to do good and to do good by others around us. That is ALL you need to think about right now and when our times all come a long long long long ways away we will all be together in heaven when this life is over." 

Of course she may have not comprehended all of that. She seemed to not feel so scared about our death conversation. The whole point of my response was for her to hear how we should live our lives; as she gets older she can better understand what "mommy said a long time ago" about life.  I want my kids to know they can create their own lives and to live them as happily and freely as possible.  To know they don't have to chose to live any less.  Their legacy is what they want to focus on creating and leaving behind for their children/families.  In life we all have to CHOOSE to be happy and to create the kind of life that will make our short time here on earth the very best it can be; there are no second chances!

"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book."

On the fitness front: I have not been to the gym in TWO weeks!  A lot has occurred over the last two weeks 3 days of which I had a stomach bug that I thought would never go away.  It's been more difficult finding time to go to the gym living the single mom life between work, kids schools, homework, and evening time routines.  BUT I have been contemplating a plan to squeeze at least 30 minutes in a day.  If I go straight after work I'll have exactly 30 minutes to work out then get to daycare before they close.  SOO provided the weather doesn't come in like they say it will Sunday and Monday then I'll plan to start there.  It'll cut down to one trip into the city (going into work) and one trip back home (going home from the gym) since work and the gym are a mile away. I've come SO far physically and I feel SOOO much more energized now I can really keep up with my 4 beautiful blessings like I should be able to!  I am not going to let a little thing called "time" hinder maintaining myself for my children's benefit! They deserve only the very BEST of me mentally, physically, and emotionally! They require A LOT of each!

As for my Progress:
Weight is the same: 159.2 #'s
Weight Lost Last 2 Weeks: 0 #'s
Total Weight Loss to date: -77.8 #'s
Dress clothes all the same:
Top Medium (I think some styles a small would fit)
Dress Pants Size 8
Toning Same (Haven't had a lot of time to work on this)
Visalus Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge ended November 18th!


Today I am submitting my timeline to enter to win and get my Vi Champ Bracelet!  Woo Hoo!!!
I'm still loving my shakes and don't know how I would function with out them!  They are soooooo easy being a busy mom on the run between kids and work!  I am bringing 2013 to a close looking and FEELING 2000% better than I did this time last year! 2014 is just around the corner and this could be YOU by the end of next year; a stronger healthier YOU!!! What in YOUR life would be your "Why?"  for becoming healthier???  For more information go to:

www.meredithgarrett.bodybyvi.com

~Meredith

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Never Be Afraid to Start Over



Life lately has been full of so many changes.  Personal life changes that have really shown a new light on my life. One of the moto's I stand by "Everything happens for a reason!" I've had a lot of guidance and support that has been truly amazing. 

I am in awe by the way life works out sometimes.  It seems like we can be drug through some of the worst times in our life and finally find that the light at the end of the tunnel. True happiness does exist and I know that now and I do have faith for the future!

On the fitness front I've cut down to working out 3 times a week and once on the weekend or twice if I have time.  I'm working on toning still which feels very good to become stronger. My stats are still all the same except for weight... I am down -3.6 more pounds since my last post.  I'm really NOT trying to lose weight anymore but with the strength training I'm toning up but with toning comes slow fat burning as the muscle builds.  I know during this process my weight will fluctuate up and down as my body sculpts up. My total weight loss to date is now: -77.8 and I finally broke the 150's!  My last weigh in I weighed 159.2!!!  I's never been this small or this fit in my entire adult life and I love it!!!  Visalus is the most life changing amazing lifestyle in the world!  I will stand by this life style for the rest of my life!!!!

For more info on Visalus Body by Vi go to:

www.meredithgarrett.bodybyvi.com

Watch the video and send in your request for more information.

~Meredith

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Inner Voice

This whole year of weight-loss has been so much more than weight-loss for me.  It's been a mind, body, and soul transformation.  One of the biggest things I have taken from this year is to be true to who you are, stand up for what you believe it, and follow your heart.  Only we know what we can live with and with out. I do not have the quote reference for the icon above but this stands out to me so much: "Don't Shush Your Inner Voice It's Who You Really Are."

It's been two weeks since I updated last.  This last week was an extremely difficult week for me and steered off the normal routine of Health and Fitness. The week before last was a good health and fitness week and the weight started just falling off faster than it has in a long time.  This week I also took my final before and after photo for weight-loss. My final final body result photo will come once all the defining and toning is complete.





Weekly Update Stats:
Last Two Week Weight loss: -4.4 #'s
Total Weight loss: -74.2 #'s
Current Weight:162.8
Current Dress Pant Size: 8
Current Top Size: Medium
Previous Shoe Size 9 Woman's
Current Shoe Size 8 Women's
**Yes My feet shrunk too!**
Chest: 34 Inches
Waste: 28 Inches
Hips: 40.5 Inches
BMI: 23.2 *Normal and Healthy*
Toning coming along nicely
Current Challenge Day: 67
23 Days left before Submitting for Body By Vi Challenge Champion

For information on Visalus Body by Vi go to:
www.meredithgarrett.bodybyvi.com

Watch the Video and submit your request for further information.

~Meredith