Monday, September 13, 2010

back to blogging

 The ladies over at SITS are hosting a back to blogging event this week. Read what it's all about here. The prompt for today is to re-post your first blog post in order to capture why you started blogging. My first blog post (on this blog but not my first ever) was posted on 
February 17, 2008. It is titled: Life Changes.

No, I don't mean menopause...I'm way too young for that. I mean that my life has been on this amazing rollercoaster for the past few years, & it doesn't seem like it will ever stop. I met my now husband, Big A, in 2004 at college. He was a junior and had really incredible blue eyes. 9 months later, we were engaged at Yellowstone by a waterfall (yes, it was romantic). A little over a year later on August 5, 2006, we were married at my home church in front of God, our parents, family, and friends. 3 months later...we got pregnant.
Moose was born on July 1, 2007. It doesn't seem like that was nearly 8 months ago - maybe 8 days ago. But here I am, a full-time student and full-time mommy and wife. It's a lot harder than I ever imagined this to be. I changed my career goals and major for my little guy - English teaching to English non-teaching. It's been so amazing to watch him go from a cute little blob to a cute little wiggle worm!
Now, with graduation barely over 8 weeks away, I don't know what's next. Big A has been awesome these past 2 years working at a job that he only likes without benefits just to support our family and me as I finish school. We made a group decision that it was best for me not to student teach this semester (for me, it was I didn't want to leave Moose at daycare 5 days a week all day -- for Big A, it was we could be a little less poor if I didn't s.t.). It's just so weird that I'm not going to be a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher in 4th grade. Now, I'm a mommy and I'm planning on being just a mommy for however long I can be.
I don't regret my decision, but with Moose at this age, it's just that I don't really know what to do during the day. I let him roll around on the floor, I play with him, he gets in his saucer, I rock him, he naps, I do homework. But with this weather, it's too cold for walks yet and our town is too small for anything to do outside of our home. It gets lonely with a 7-month-old who only talks to Bob....get it? He says "bob bob bob bob." Okay, I thought it was cleaver. I just wish there was more for us to do together besides watched Charmed and Law & Order all day. I welcome all ideas!
And then there's the pregnancy weight. Why is it that some women can lose the baby weight like *snap* that, yet I can work my tail off working out, eating healthier & small portions....and I lose 5 pounds? I wish I could do Jenny Craig or Slim Fast without paying out the woohoo or go on Biggest Loser or Fat March without begin away from my family for 6 weeks. I run, I do mountain climbers, I lift a little, a do my Dancing with the Stars workout video, I run more, I do sit-ups. What more can I do? I just am getting to that point where I want to get pregnant again, but I know that at my weight that's not a healthy decision because of where I would end up on the scales. It would put me at high risk for gestational diabetes and all sorts of unhealthiness. But I miss that round belly with little kicks from the inside.

Is it insane how little (and how much) life has changed in the past 2 1/2 years?! Life has become no less of a rollercoaster with moving 3 (soon to be 4) times, having another child, and training for a half-marathon. Sometimes I still don't know if I want to teach (other than homeschool). I still don't know what to do with my kids during the day sometimes. Although my tv has changed from watching Charmed and Law & Order to Blue's Clues and Little Bear, I still get my fix in during nap time. 
The thing that has changed most in my life since I started blogging here is my weight. I lost a little after Moose was born (10 pounds), gained another 40 with Squirt's pregnancy, and now I've lost 40 pounds. I weigh what I weighed in high school, I can fit into my junior and senior prom dresses, and I will be participating in two races in the next two weeks. 
Last year at this time, I started this running journey by walking in the Applejack Festival 5 mile walk/run (with Squirt). This year, I will be running those 5 miles. The following week, I will be running 13.1 miles with my husband in our first half-marathon. 
last year: my first "race" - 5 mile walk
My blogging journey may have changed some, but so has my life. I am a mama of 2, a daughter of a King, a wife of a wonderful husband, and a runner. If I had to start my blog over, I would include pictures in more of my posts and share more small stories about Moose. I would also tell why I chose to blog (and chose Blogger). And better titles (I'm still not good on those).

Thanks to Standards of Excellence, Westar Kitchen and Bath, and Florida Builder Appliances and SITS for sponsoring and hosting this event.


Theresa said...

Wow, great job with the weight loss and running!

Mariposa said...

I've been wanted to train for a 5k, so I am in awe of you doing a half-marathon! Blessings on your day, SITS-er! :)

Joyce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I really enjoyed reading this...I only started my blogging this past February, but it is crazy how much has changed! I am really glad that I have begun, and only wish I had begun sooner...congrats on the runs!!

Jen said...

It is so much fun going back look at those old posts. :)

Mandi Miller said...

I feel like you did back then! Since having my daughter my metabolism is SO SLOW I am just NOT losing weight. I actually found out I wasn't eating enough and that was keeping me from losing the weight. So now I have to make SURE I eat 1200 calories a day and no less. But I want to run. How did you do it? How long did it take you?

And that was a fantastic first post!!

Muthering Heights said...

How FUN to look back, and see how far you've come!

Tricia said...

Wow, over two years blogging, thats awesome!

I'm not very good at titles either.

In response to your comment:

Yes! My *almost* 3 year old is one smart cookie. Full sentences,knows all letters by sight,knows most letter sounds,(can sound out short words) can spell his own name, etc.

hehe...sorry about the bragging, proud momma here. :)

happy followers