Monday, January 14, 2013

This is the Last Time

This is me. In all of my glorious post baby weight fat-ness. I'd post the picture of me in my sports bra, but I don't want to scare you guys!

This is the last time I ever want to see my gut look like this. This HAS to be the last picture of me taken where I look like I'm still pregnant. If ONE MORE person asks me if I'm pregnant, they might get punched in the face. Seriously.

About a week ago, I ordered Turbofire. Haven't heard of it? It's kind of like P90X or Insanity. It's made by the same company except this one is supposed to be more "girly" in my opinion. lol. Today, it arrived in the mail! I'm excited to give it a shot and see if it really will transform my body in 12 weeks.

12 weeks from today, I want to post a picture on this blog of me, just like this one, where I don't look like this anymore. That's my goal. I don't care if I lose 5 pounds or 25, I just want to look and feel better and I want to be able to show off my success story with you all. They say telling all your friends what you're doing is the best way to stay on track...I hope they're right!

Wish me luck! :)

Until next time,
♥ Taber

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Attack of the Gym Zombies

So, this morning I walk into the gym with my little ones in tow to see a gym PACKED full of people. No treadmills were open, no ellipticals, or bikes - people are basically in line waiting to lift weights. It was totally ridiculous. Thanks new years resolution-ers for hogging my gym! I knew it would happen, as we all did, but it was just crazier than I thought it would be.

I almost think of all the new gym members as zombies.
Yes, zombies.
They sluggishly stroll around the gym, find a machine [like the treadmill] they sort of know how to use, then mindlessly use it at a comfortable speed as they zone out to Pandora or watch T.V. for a solid 15 minutes. Then they're bored, so they figure out how to get off of said machine and watch the other gym members out of the corner of their eye while acting like they're "checking their phone" in attempt to figure out what their next move should be. This takes around 5 min. After they're done stalking, they zombie walk over to something they don't really know how to use and within a few minutes, they hurt themselves a little bit [which was probably just their muscles reacting to it actually being slightly strained]. So it's off to the floor they go to stretch - because that's the one thing they know how to do - and they're really good at. This entire process takes about 30-45 minutes and gives them bragging rights to tell their friends, "I totally worked out today." when in all reality, they just did a lot of people watching and barely broke a sweat.

Looking around at all the zombies, I was annoyed [as you can tell with my description above, lol]. Once I put my boys into the daycare area and got a chance to grab a treadmill, I thought about how in a few weeks they'll all be gone and then things will be back to normal. If you think about it though, how incredibly sad is that?! There are so many people that go into the new year saying, "I'm going to lose weight!" or whatever else they want to do, and most of them give up within a few weeks. I wish there was a way for me to help them stay motivated - a way to turn the zombies into actual human beings...but me being the new girl in town I don't really exactly know who's new and who isn't. This year I'll just have to stay focused on myself I guess. So best of luck to all you zombies out there! OH and by the way...If you think the above description is you, you might want to ask someone to help you come up with a solid workout plan ;)

Anyway, one of my goals last year was to lose weight as well, which I did accomplish with dedication and hard work. I lost 40 pounds...BUT I still have at least 20 more to go AND I really need to tone up. Some of you who know me well are probably thinking "Oh Taber, shut up! You're so skinny already!" To an extent, you're right. I'm smaller than I was a year ago that's for sure....but you have to understand that I:
A] Have a very irrational fear of being fat and out of shape
B] I'm somewhat of a perfectionist
C] I don't take compliments very well

So I don't care how many times someone tells me that they think I look great, I appreciate the compliment but I won't believe you until I look in the mirror and see what I want. Which means I need to work my butt off - literally! Well...maybe not. I kind of like my butt. I'll go with belly....I need to work my belly off! Just wait for it, that phrase is gonna be everywhere before you know it! haha

Today my friend Marissa inspired me to look up fitness classes in the Milwaukee area. My routine at my gym is....boring. Intervals on the treadmill for 25-45 minutes, then lift some weights or use some of the other weight machines depending on what I'm focusing on that day. I mean it's not a horrible routine and I try to switch things up but I need something else. There are a few different options for things I can do to help boost my weight loss and to get more toned again - I just need to decide what I want to do! There's a "jazzercise" place not too far away, and there's even a pole dancing workout place a few suburbs over from me. Hmm...decisions, decisions...

Well anyway, I need to do some editing and place a few orders for photos today - so I should probably get going!

I'll talk to you all sooner than later I'm sure :)

♥ Taber Lacie

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It's Been A While!

Hey there blog readers!

Before you bite my head off, yes I know, it's been quite some time since I've actually posted anything. Life got extremely busy. Since my last post [which was in MARCH!] a LOT has happened!

I got married in May. The wedding was pretty good, everyone told me they had fun. There were only a few little hiccups but they were mostly manageable. I enjoyed spending time with my mom while we were both drinking after the wedding - lol.

I photographed two weddings and did TONS of sessions last year. My business really boomed in September and I was extremely busy. I loved it though. My photography also improved a TON. I booked 3 weddings for 2013, all of which are in June in Peoria, lol. In the photography department, I'm pretty proud of myself :)

Corvin and Zander are both walking, talking, running, and destroying everything. They're my favorite little adorable trouble makers. I've loved watching Corvin learn his A, B, C's among many, many other things. Watching Zander's transformation from baby to toddler has also been absolutely amazing. I love being a mama - it's probably the best thing about my life and always will be.

I also lost 40 pounds or so last year. Go me! It took a lot of calorie counting and working out, but it was totally worth it. I still want to lose 20 more though...then I'll be happy with my size. least hopefully I will be. lol. Only time will tell, right?

Oh, and we moved away from Peoria, Illinois and now live in Wisconsin again! Not La Crosse, but South Milwaukee. It's not bad here, but I still miss my hometown area! Since we moved here though, I did decide to go back to school at MATC to get my EMT certification as somewhat of a back up plan in case anything were to happen. I'm good at photography and I make a small amount of money off of it, but it's not enough to pay all the bills. So back to school I go...better to be safe than sorry in my opinion!

On the sour side of things, my marriage took a turn for the worse. Long story short, Allyn made some very stupid decisions in October that cost him more than he imagined. We're going to try and work on things and we'll see how it goes. Marriage counseling may be in the near future in all honesty. It's unfortunate things had to turn out this way, but I'll dig myself out of this hole [just like I've always done in the past] and find a way back to happiness again sooner than later. Just need to figure out where that is first!

Stay tuned to see how my life unravels this year. I would really like to be able to blog a few times at a minimum. Writing makes me feel so much....lighter. It's my own little stress reliever so it might help me through the stressful, confusing, crazy, exciting, new, wild adventures I'm bound to have in 2013.

Wish me luck! Or say a prayer! I'll take either :)

♥ Taber Lacie