Thursday, April 10, 2014

NYNM: Week 16

I'm down 2.4 pounds this week bringing me to a total of 29.4 pounds lost so far.

So close but yet so far away! :)

I will get 30 next week if it kills me!

Until then, I'm easing up on the training for a couple days.

My body hurts, everywhere, and I need a couple days to let it recover before I hit it hard again.

I see some long walks outside enjoying this lovely spring weather in my future!

Then it's back in the gym.

I've got a birthday in T-22 days that is making me feel rather old.

But there are 3 more weigh-ins before that day, and there is a magic number I'd like to see on the scale which would make me not so depressed about welcoming my 27th year of life! ;)

Have a great weekend, friends!

Get outside and MOVE!!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

NYNM: Week 15

Let me just start off by saying these posts are so much more fun to write when I weigh in and the scale goes down.

But I've committed to writing these posts, bad or good, so here it goes...

I gained .8 pounds this week.

Which is annoying.

My trainer looked through my journal of food and exercise after I got off the scale, he tells me I did everything right then says, "Next week will be better."

I think that made it even more annoying.

But such is life.

So until I weigh in again, I'm choosing to focus on the positives.

Some of my pants are starting to get to the point of embarassingly baggy and borderline falling off of me. (That means I can go shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I feel fantastic and have so much more energy than I once did. (This is going to come in handy when I do all that shopping, am I right??!?!)

The last few days I've caught myself staring at the reflection in the mirror, weather it be in the gym or getting ready in the morning, and thinking "Wow, you look good girl! Your chin is shrinking. Are you getting abs?! Look at my pipes!!!!" (I realize this is totally self absorbed of me, but its amazing when you can see your own body changing and you don't just hear it from other people.)

And I just looked at and its 50% off. Halejuiah, Jesus loves me! :)

Moral of the story?

I'm right where I need to be.

Things are happening even if the scale doesn't say they are.

And I'm going to keep on keepin' on.

Happy Friday, friends.

Make it a great week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Calving Season

Calving season is in full swing at the Euken Ranch.

It should be noted that calving season is one of my favorites.

It's like Christmas, but better.

Way better.

Especially when there is no mud, and the weather is nice.

We have one of the two happening this year, so I'll take it.

Here are some sights from the pasture this past Sunday morning with my Dad!

There is green grass under all that brown, I swear it.

Her name is Yonce. She was born like this. Flawless. (You might have to listen to the song to get it.)

New babies get tagged and treated with calf booster to keep them healthy and strong!
My favorite little brunette called when we were checking the cows - to say she was excited about doing chores with us through the phone would be an understatement!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NYNM: Week 14

This past weekend I went on a little road trip to visit a few of my favorite people.

Aren't they adorable?

And I get to be related to them.

Lucky me, right? :)

In the past, road trips/vacations were a licence for me to eat poorly and not exercise.

Basically, they were an excuse for me to fall off the healthy train.

But not this time.

I remember thanking my cousin when I left for helping me to be the healthiest I've ever been on vacation.

And a I truly meant it.

I feel amazing - and I want to keep it that way!

I weighed in this morning with a certain degree of anxiety.

Getting to -20 pounds took forever.

It was up and down and up again and down a little and it was annoying.

And I thought of the boredom eating I did on the trip home, and how I didn't work out as much has I would have liked last week, and I was less than excited to step on that scale this morning.

But because a big black man made me, I stepped on the scale.

Then the scale blinked the magic number.

I opened one eye.

Then the other.

I lost another 2 pounds this week!!!

I wanted to do this, but then I remembered there was no trampoline under me.
Thank god my brain was firing on a few cylinders at 5 am!
I was ecstatic.
I'm down a total of 27.8 pounds!!!!
And it feels so so soooooooo good!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NYNM: Week 13

I'm going on vacation this weekend.

It's going to be like a 3 day vacation, but it's still a vacation and after the last few months I'm pretty excited about that thought.

I'm going on said vacation with two of my besties, who I happen to be related to as well.

We've got that whole, "you're my cousin and kinda my best friend, too" thing happening.

It's really quite awesome.

Anyway, I thought to myself when I started planning this trip that it would be so fun if I could lose 25 pounds before I left.

Well guess what?

I did it!

25.8 to be exact.

I know. I'm such an overachiever, right? :)

Anyways, I'm proud to say I'm leaving for "spring break" if you will, 25.8 pounds lighter and 20 inches smaller.

Yes, you read that right, 20 INCHES!!!!!


Good things are happening, and I couldn't be more excited.

Happy first day of spring, friends.

I hope you make it wonderful!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

NYNM: Week 12

Have you guys heard the new Pharrell song Happy?

I feel like it's the only thing that can describe my mood in words right now.

I'm happy.

I want to clap my hands.

And dance like no one is watching.

Maybe it's all these endorphins.

Or maybe it's because I'm down another 2.6 pounds this week.

Or maybe it's because its 73 degrees outside today and spring is in the air.

Or maybe it's because I'm wearing a skirt and cowboy boots which makes me feel like a sassy strong woman.

Or MAYBE it's because my trainer said the words, "Keep up the good work" when I was done with him this morning. And he NEVER says good job. I mean, I've known the man 3 months and he's only said those words to me once.

Whatever it may be, I'm down a total of 23.4 pounds as of this morning and I'm happy.

I hope you find your happy today, too.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I've had a toilet that constantly runs after each flush if I don't take the lid off the tank part and readjust the flapper every time I flush it for months now.

To be more specific, it has been a problem since before Thanksgiving.

I remember this because I tried to convince my uncle he needed a new grain trailer at Thanksgiving so he could pop on over to my house and fix my toilet while he was in town purchasing said trailer.

Didn't work.

So, this toilet?

It's annoying.

But paying someone $100+ to come fix it for me is more annoying, so I've just been dealing with it.

I'm a farm girl after all.

Sticking my hand down the tank of a toilet is nothing.

I mean, lets be honest, my hand has inevitably been in worse places.

I don't know what got into me, but I finally decided yesterday I was going to fix it.

It may have been my co-worker, who I might add may have a future in motivational speaking, because she pumped me up so much telling me I could fix it on my own I went straight to Lowe's to get the part.

The whole time I'm telling myself I'm so awesome because I need no man in my life to fix things around my house.

I mean, I've made it three years as a single girl owning this house of mine.

And I'm an educated woman who can follow directions so there is no reason I can't complete this task on my own, right?

I pick up the part I need and look carefully at the directions to make sure they don't look too ridiculously complicated.

It should be noted that the packaging on the front of this package said it was universal and worked with all toilets.

8 steps.

I can do this!

I rush home excited about the sense of accomplishment I will soon feel.

I rip open the package and start with step number one: turning the water off.

I repeat to myself the infamous saying I learned at a young age, "Lefty Lucy, Righty Tighty."

I turn the valve to the right until I can't possibly budge it any further. 

I flush the toilet and water comes flowing back into the tank.

You're kidding me.

I repeat this at least three more times, water flowing back into the tank each time.

I'm annoyed at this point.

And my hand hurts.

So I call my friend Kyle.

He laughs hysterically at my misfortune and then decides that he can help me.

Pretty soon I'm taking pictures of my toilet and texting them to him while he is looking at his toilet and telling me what to do where.

I soon hear his toilet flushing in the background.

We have entered a whole new level of friendship, don't you think?

But I'm still on step one, and can't get my water to turn off.

There was a lot of grunting and perhaps a few curse words that ensued at this point because Kyle was doubting my ability to tell my right from left.

He may be remembering the time in Drivers Education where my instructor had to write an R on my right hand and L on my left hand because I kept turning left when he told me to make a right turn.


At this point Kyle is convinced my valve is broken.

Do you see how mangled that thing is?

I mean its all sorts of bent outta shape.

He concludes he can't help me so I hang up the phone with him but refuse to give up just yet.

I go get the pliers.

You know, the ones my Dad gave me when I bought my house.

The farmer man pliers that mean business.

I was going to show this stupid valve who is boss.

Then my friend Steve calls me.

He asks what I'm doing and I tell him that I'm trying to fix my toilet.

He wants to help me figure it out, so he tells me that I'm totally capable of completing this task and he will talk me through it.

Like an idiot, I believe him and start this whole process all over again.

I try to turn the valve to the right, it will won't budge, which means I still can't get my water to shut off.

He reminds me that if I continue to use pliers I may have a bigger problem than I started with (aka water spewing everywhere) and that I should put them away and never get them out for a plumbing project again.

Valid point.

I'm so glad I have smart men in my life.

Then, he wants me to send him a picture of what I'm looking at, so I do.

He tries to convince me that I can complete this task with water still in the tank.

A few more picture messages are sent back and forth, 20 minutes of friendly debating happens, and it is decided that I have the wrong part.

Universal my ass.

And this my friends, is why I will never be a plumb-her, and why I may, in fact, need a man in my life.

There, I said it.

Yes, that was somewhat painful.

However, the silver lining?

My dishwasher has leaked on and off for about a year.

I just so happen to be one of those red necks that has been putting a bowl under the dishwasher when I run it to catch the water.

Sorry, Mom. I know you're embarrassed.

Again, while the problem is annoying, the big bill that will show up in my mailbox when I called someone to fix it is more annoying.

If there is one thing I have learned since owning a home it is that plumbing issues are expensive. And if there is a work-around, it should be exercised.

So, the actual plumber is coming Tuesday.

And the annoying plumbing bill will soon follow.

But, I will no longer have a toilet that constantly runs and I will have a dishwasher that doesn't leak either.