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Through the ups and downs of life, the scale, and emotions, we share our stories as a form of therapy for us, and as a way to help remove stigmas associated with trying to live up to social expectations of being perfect. We will not ever promise to be perfect, but we will promise to share candidly our journeys of learning how to be healthy in an unhealthy world, sugar coating not included.


Weigh In Week 54

Another week, another weigh in.  Does the monotony of these posts drive you nuts or do you look forward to seeing what I’ve done with my week?  For the most part I love my weigh in days – not because I always do well but it is always a reset button – new points, a new chance at a good week.

The walked the fine line this week of too much food.  I ate all my weekly points in one fabulous night out with the family, but then I used a few activity points and just in general pushed it with my portions.  My estimating was sloppy.  And last night I finally went over on points after having a crabby day and simply not caring enough to be strict on my portions.

As a result:

+.4 Pounds

94.0 lbs lost on WW to date

All gains are annoying but in the scheme of things this is salt and a bad night on Tuesday more than a failed week. Today was a better day and I was able to make good decisions all day long.  Sometimes the greatest gift I can give myself is the ability to shrug off a ho hum week and start again.

It is hard to remember on hard days but there really is always a new chance to start over.  A bad decision yesterday doesn’t mean I need to make one today.

So despite a slight gain I am doing fine.  I am awash in non-scale victories – TWO pairs of size 18 pants fit me now, I am getting good comments from people I know, I am staying on top of things at work and feeling confident, my light is helping, my kids are currently well.  Oh, and the most exciting of all – I get to lead a small group discussion at Fitbloggin’ this year!  Woohoo!

Sometimes our progress is not about the scale after all.

Review: Jump Sport iBounce Kid’s Trampoline

A week or two ago I was contacted by JumpSport who was looking for bloggers with children 2-5 to review a kid’s trampoline: the iBounce Kid’s Trampoline  I remembered JumpSport from my first FitBloggin (2013), but had been bummed that I was too pregnant to feel comfortable jumping in their exercise class.

I was excited to review and indoor toy that could keep E1 moving during the winter.  It was also an exciting opportunity because E1 has loved “Toy review videos” on Youtube lately and he was over the moon with a chance to star in his own review video.   Plus, since it has a giveaway to it too it was extra fun.

So we assembled it this weekend and he has been bouncing all weekend long.  It came with 3 DVDs that have bouncing ideas and games, but he prefers to just free bounce.  Even E2 wanted to get in on the action though her gross motor skills require lots of supervision still.


I really like the trampoline, the bungees are covered so that kids won’t get caught in them.  It isn’t too high off the ground but it still has a good bounce to it.  E1 can get some serious air.


The handlebars are sturdy and make it safer for the kids.  I do think E1 might be on the cusp of being TOO big for it, it is designed for 2-5 yr olds.  Still I can see E1 and E2 getting a lot of use out of this.  And if E1 is bouncing during the occasional netflix video even better.  There is even an iPad holder you can attack and an app to give additional bouncing games for the kids.

I could go on, but I think the smiles on E1’s face and his enthusiasm speak volumes.  (Please note, he is sometimes tempted to show off and forgot the handlebars at one point.  We are working on that, lol.)

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That seems to be my motto right now.  Keep trying.

Work, family, home, extras, weight loss – just keep trying.  Keep the goals in front of you and focus on those – family, husband, health, finances, laundry.

Do, do, do.  Try, try, try.

On the one hand, I am making progress.  Trying works – I am tracking and more or less on track for the week ( a family “date’ took up most of my weeklies but it was an amazing splurge).  Work is strong and I feel confident in my abilities.  Family is good and I feel in tune with the kids especially right now.  I wish my house were cleaner but I’m really never very good at that aspect of life.

So life is pretty good.  And tiring.

There is a push to keep improving that is driving most of what I do right now, but that same push keeps me up a bit later than necessary (blogging at midnight…hmmm), and it still keeps me a bit closer to some anxiety.  I am working hard on recognizing this and I wonder where is the middle ground.  What can I do to both keep trying and moving forward and still have times of rest, relaxation and calm.

So this week I am going to make an effort, for the rest of the week I am going to go to bed when Mr. Goat does. (With the exception of book club on Friday night as I don’t know when that will wrap up).  No more late nights, but one week of working hard and then letting myself really rest.  It might mean dishes get left undone, or I wait to send out a note or write a blog, but it will be an experiment in trusting myself and my ability to do what I can and prioritize rest as well as growth.

It will be interesting and may require more willpower than tracking does for me.  Because there is ALWAYS something else that needs doing.  This week my challenge: to let go a bit more and find more rest.  I’ll let you know how it goes!