Thursday, January 31, 2013

NSV Linkup #2 on my new blog!

Hey everyone,
I decided to create a new blog that would be specific to my weight loss so that I can focus on that. I'll keep this blog around for military related stuff (care packages, deployment updates, etc.) as well as some ramblings from time to time.

But I wanted you all to check out my new Non-Scale Victory post (if weight loss blogs are your thing.)

Check it out, ya'll!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Non-Scale Victory Link Up

This week -- has been nuts.

I have been trying to post a blog since Wednesday, but it just hasn't happened! I am very thankful for my sisters at church for keeping me busy, don't get me wrong, but I'm glad to have this morning free so that I can catch up. :)

So here's what's been going on this week

Monday: Spent the day relaxing and playing way too much Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with Brent. It was nice to just spend some time forgetting about deployment.

Tuesday: Rushed around all day getting ready for Brent to leave. He was being pulled around in every direction that day and we both felt kind of jipped. The day started coming to a close and I had to say "see ya, later" to my best friend. It's always hard to see him go.. I've realized it won't ever get easier..

Wednesday: I cleaned a little, worked out a little, and then finished my day at church midweek service. I realized how lonely I felt not having Brent by my side. But I love my brothers and sisters and how they try to keep my mind off of him. I definitely cried a bit at different random points at the service. I just missed him.. but I was glad to hear the message that night and thankful I didn't stay cooped up in my house.

Thursday: I started the day off with two of my favorite people (Stephanie and Nicole) and we did some Rockin' Body! Oh man, what a fun workout. We only did the first 15 minute workout together because it was their first time, but we got a nice little sweat going.

It's always more fun to workout with friends, right? I definitely had a blast! We have decided to make it a 3 times a week kind of thing. :)
Later that evening, I met up with another one of my favorites, Anna, to have a nice healthy dinner at her house. Then we went and walked around target and shared a lot of laughs. Thursday was a really good day and I was thankful to get out of the house and also get active.

Friday: Well I woke up for a weigh in, and was pretty disappointed to see that the scale didn't move at all. I was definitely disappointed because I thought that I had done pretty good about eating, drinking tons of water, and staying active. But this week just wasn't my week.. so I had to just smile and promise to work harder this week.
I then spent the day babysitting and pretty much sitting on my butt reading a book until that evening. Then I got to drive in snow for the first time! lol Soooo Friday probably wasn't my favorite day of the week.

But all in all, I'm glad I stayed busy this week. I was determined to get out and not let deployment crush me. And it definitely hasn't. :)

Okay, so on to the NSVs! One of my favorite new (to me) bloggers Katie (KTJ) is co-hosting a new link up every Thursday. It's one that I was definitely looking forward to and was bummed that I didn't have a chance to post up a blog on Thursday. So I just decided to post it a few days late. :) Katie says it best in her blog when she says:
"Too many of us base our success just on the number we see on the scale, but there is so much more to it! All the little changes we make are helping us make a healthier lifestyle. Whether you lost weight this week or not, let's celebrate your non-scale victories! So whether you said no to that birthday cake in the office, ran a 5k, or tracked your food every day this week. . . it is time to celebrate!"
I know that sometimes I definitely get caught up in the numbers and not the lifestyle changes. This week, for example, I was really discouraged to see I hadn't lost anything, but there are 2 things that stick out in my mind that I DID do this week and I feel very proud about those. So here is my contribution to the NSV Link Up:


  1. I didn't binge. - Every time Brent leaves, I eat my feelings. It's a serious problem.. I don't know that I'd go so far as to say I have Binge Eating Disorder, but I definitely binge at least that first week that I'm alone. This week I made the conscious decision to really watch what I was eating and not fill my body with junk. And I'm happy to say the McDonald's drive thru didn't get any of my business!
  2. I packed a lunch. - Usually when I babysit, it's at home. So for me to spend the entire day Friday away from home, away from my own food, away from a comfort zone, I was definitely nervous. It wasn't that I was afraid I would eat my friend out of house and home or anything. I was actually worried I wouldn't eat at all. I didn't want to spend the entire day not eating and by the time I left be so starving that I stopped at a drive thru. So I packed a lunch :)
 It was actually my morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. I was very proud that I woke up early enough to pack my lunch AND eat breakfast before going.

These are the kind of small victories that you can't see on the scale. These are the small victories that will add up and show when people take a look at your life. I am very thankful for this journey that I am on and I can't wait to share more NSVs with you!

So tell me, when was the last time you packed a lunch?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Busy Bee

I promise I haven't forgotten about my blog again. I tend to make a habit of updating for a week and then forgetting for a few months.

Not this time, I swear.

I am fully aware of how many days have passed since my last post, but I have just been SOOO busy lately that I haven't had a chance to sit down and write a proper post. This is one of those "Don't-hate-me, I-promise-I'll-post-soon" posts. As most of you know Brent is deploying VERY soon, so every spare moment I have is being spent with him. :)

But here are a few things you have to look forward to:
  • Recent eats (including some gnarly looking, but rather DELICIOUS smoothies.)
  • A couple new recipes.
  • Beginning a BeachBody workout program.
  • Favorite new bloggers.
  • Deployment posts and care package pictures.
  • Mindless babble and pictures.
So I hope you're all having a wonderful week and staying warm!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 Resolutions

Happy New Year! I know that it's already January 3rd, but in true Quinn fashion- I'm behind. I was so busy reading everyone else's New Year and resolution posts that I totally neglected my own blog. *sigh* Better late than never I suppose.

Well to start things off, I need it to be known that I am officially in love with this new blog! Emily, from Fit and Free with Emily, is a REAL and honest blogger who isn't afraid to let her readers in on the ups and downs of her own journey in health and fitness. It is absolutely refreshing to read her blog. Anyway, I was reading through some of her posts and really enjoyed reading her New Year's resolution posts from the past few years. What I like so much about them is instead of picking a few cliche resolutions, she picks a theme for the year. For 2013 she picked Simplify :) She then listed a few things she will do in an effort to simplify her life! Cool, right? What an awesome way to make sure your year is productive and you stick to "resolutions." So also in true Quinn fashion- I'm going to steal her idea. ;) Hope you don't mind, Emily!

My theme for the year 2013 is simple: HEALTH.
As much as I'd love to be skinny, I think it's important that I address my need to get healthy! For me it's more than just wanting to look good or fit in smaller clothes. My family has a serious history of obesity related health problems. Diabetes, kidney failure, high blood pressure, etc. Also, I am battling PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which is something I need to get a handle in order for Brent and I to conceive in the next few years. Also important is my mental health! I have struggled with clinical depression almost half of my life now. It's something that still affects my day to day life and needs to be addressed. So many things that stem from this excess weight and just general lifestyle that I'm leading. So yeah, I'd love to wear cute clothes, but first priority needs to be my health.

So what am I going to do?
  • Drink enough water! Those of you who know me know that I am a big advocate for water! I have done my research, I know how much I need to drink, I understand what happens to my body when I don't. But does that mean I always drink my water? Heck no. I struggle with it just like everyone else.
  • Eat clean. It's scary how much of the food I eat on a daily basis is heavily processed. Even scarier is what those chemicals and additives can do to your body! I am going to clean up my diet and get back to giving my body what it was made to digest.
  • Do things for me. I have a habit of making sure everyone else is taken care of before I stop to make sure that my basic needs have been met. I need to make sure I am taking care of my mental health as well as finding my happiness. I've realized in the past month or so that I've given up so many of the things that used to bring me a lot of joy. I used to love to write. I used to love to take pictures. I don't really do any either of those anymore. This year I am going to make more time for the things I love.
  • And lastly, seek professional advice. Am I the only one who still has an irrational fear of the doctor? I don't know what it is.. I feel like an ostrich putting my head in the sand. If I ignore the problem long enough, it won't exist. Ha. If only it truly worked that way. I know that I need help from a trained physician before embarking on this journey of mine.. Mental and physical health shouldn't be taken lightly. Who knows, I might benefit from someone who knows what they're talking about. But there's just something about doctors.. *shifty eyes* .. I don't trust them.
So that's it! My plan for 2013. I really think this year is going to be a good one. Despite Brent being away the majority of the year, I see a lot of good things coming my way. With faith, friends, and family I know that I will make this a wonderful year of change. 

So tell me: What are your 2013 resolutions?

** A quick P.S.: I will most likely be moving to a different blogging platform soon. Blogger has just become a little insane to navigate..