Thursday, October 30, 2008

I have decided that intense exercise is the BEST!!! I started an exercise group in my ward in April, and it's still going strong. We decided that we needed to take it up a notch and it has been awesome! The kids play in the gym behind us while we sweat, breathe, and burn our muscles into submission in the front. I have lost 8 lbs. since we have taken it to a more intense level, and I am actually beginning to see some definition YAY!!!!! I am feeling more and more like my old self. One of the women in the group has lost 30 lbs. Can you believe that, 30LBS!!!! I could not be more proud of her. She is thrilled to be going in the right direction. There is something about working out with others that makes it so fun. Not to mention it's a great distraction for the kids. They love playing together, and for the most part, let us do our thing. I have been able to work out 6 days a week, and I am in a constant state of soreness, but I love every second of it.

I feel more energized, and happy, and strong. Who knew that working so hard could give you so much energy. I can do a pull-up again. I know it's only one but back in the day I could only do two, and now I am one pull-up away from my goal. Of course, I plan on surpassing that goal. My new goal is 5.

The best part about all of this is how amazing I feel. I didn't realize how tired and weak I had become. My mood has changed dramatically. I'm nicer and more upbeat. I feel like the person I used to be. I realize now that I had been depriving myself of my passion. I am a naturally athletic person, but after high school, sports just kind of ended for me. That was always my outlet. Anything that frustrated me during the day could be released into whatever sport I was playing at the time. When I didn't have that outlet anymore I became different, angry. I had no place to put my bad moods, well I did, and my kids got the brunt of it. Now it's not like a miracle where I am completely angelic with my kids now, believe me I still yell, but I am more composed. I get control quicker.

The point of all this is I'm HAPPY! I look in the mirror and I am proud of my accomplishments. I am scuplting and shaping myself and it's a challenge. I thrive on competition, and I am my competition now. There are others who find their joy in scrapbooking, music, drawing, writing, the list goes on. I find my joy in testing my physical limits. I love sweat dripping from my nose, the burn of lifting weights and pushing myself to do just one more rep. I love jumping higher, running faster, hitting harder. I love being so exhausted by the end of the day that just hitting the pillow makes me fall asleep in seconds. I love getting to start all over the next day to do it all over again. I love having a husband that wants to do it with me. And I love that my kids can't wait to go to exercise day! They want to do it too, and it makes me proud.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I really want to get better at this blogging thing, but honestly, it feels impossible. Can someone tell me when the insanity of motherhood slows down? Three kids still feels very new, okay so it is new since Kody is only 3 months old (almost), but seriously I am going crazy trying to figure everything out. Just when I thought I was finding a rythymn, someone (Keira) has to go and get sick. She decided it would be a great idea to drink bath water out of one of her squirt toys, only to find that it's incased in mold. I know ewwwwe right? Anyway I've been meaning to throw them out, but of course it's landed on the bottom of my to do list, which means it never gets done. So that evening she gets a fever so of course the doctor is in order. Let me tell you lugging three children to the doctor is no picnic. She has Strep throat at least it's treatable. Ah yes, then we come to the next day Tanner suddenly has a fever and yes he gets strep throat too, as if I wasn't lacking sleep already. No worries though the doctor (who is wonderful) told me at Keira's appointment that if anyone gets a fever, call the office and he'll call the medication into the pharmacy. He has 5 children so he understands. Thank heavens I don't think I could take another doctor's visit. So again does the insanity of motherhood ever slow down? It all sounds so comical when I put it in writing, but in the moment I swear I'm gonna lose it. Oh and as a side note the gross bath toys have moved to the top of my list and are gone. Why can't I listen the first time when I have the impression? Oh well, live and learn right?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Blogger Virgin

This is my first try at blogging so here it goes. My mom (Patti) has been telling me to do it so I thought today would be a good day to start, especially since Kody is sleeping. I thought for my first blog I would introduce my family. Most of you who will be reading my blog already know my family, but for those of you I have not talked to for a while here it is. Kelcey is my husband of 5 years and my college sweetheart. We met at SUU and became fast friends. We dated for about a year and a half and got married on Jan. 2, 2003. He is the head baseball coach at Brighton Highschool. He teaches PE and Health, and enjoys his job, but of course the pay could be better. This summer was the first summer he got to spend enjoying himself. He was able to golf and most importantly help me with our new arrival Kody. He was able to umpire for extra money and it was awesome to have him at my bec and call. Tanner is my first born son, born 9 months after we were married. Yes he was a honeymoon baby and a wake-up call for me. He is turning 5 in September, and is my big helper. He loves baseball and golf, just like Daddy, and has become a whiz at the Wii. He is extremely smart and very inquisitive. Keira is 2 and very spunky and stubborn. She is such a joy and has a very infectious laugh. She loves to swing and is definitely a Daddy's Girl. She is very into princesses, singing, and dressing up. On occasion she'll even put on a performance for me and end it with a superb "TA DAH!" Kody is our newest edition at 8 weeks. As tough as adding a third has become, he is the child every mom dreams about. He only cries when he's hungry, and loves to snuggle. He loves his brother and sister and shows it with a huge grin. We are so glad he is here safe and sound, and can't wait to see his personality come shining through. Also a side note, he is blue eyed and fair skinned. I actually got a child that has taken on some of my characteristics. Sorry about the fair skin Kody. And then there is me Lyenna (Lena) for those who can't pronounce the real spelling. I am turning 26 next week. Time has flown by. I am a mom for my profession, and believe me it deserves a round of applause. It is the toughest job I've ever had, but also the most rewarding (at times, once you get past all the tantrums, crying, and lack of sleep). The best part is I get front row seats to all the action. I just recently finished my Associates Degree! It felt awesome to have it completed. I plan on going back to school in a few years to get my Bachelors in Exercise Science. Lately I have become an exercise and nutrition fanatic. I have found my passion and am running with it (no pun intended). I love the way it makes me feel, and it brings back a little of my highschool sports days. So there you have it. My family, my first blog, and my life in a nutshell. I hope I made you proud Mom. Honestly though, this is actually fun like you said it would be.