Feel Great in 8

9/30/2014

Exactly a year ago, I signed up for the Feel Great in 8 challenge. I loved it (I did lose weight). With the Holiday seasons quickly approaching, I know it will help me keep things in moderation. I tend to go a little crazy during this time of year  :) The other thing I liked about the program was that it pushed me to be better in different aspects other than just eating/exercise. I have decided to sign up again, and I do so much better when I’m held accountable with people I know! (My mom joined in last time, hopefully she’ll do it again). So who’s with me? I’m extending an invited to all of you!

Here are the details.

Feel great in 8

Feel Great in 8
The October group will run from October 6th – November 30th. (8 weeks) I know what you are thinking, but don’t worry, Halloween and Thanksgiving are both free days. This makes it doable.

For eight weeks you gain and/or lose points based on healthy or unhealthy choices. Points are reported online at www.feelgreatin8.com. Each participant contributes $20. $10 to the prize money “pot” and $10 for website creation/upkeep and to pay the host. At the end of the eight weeks, the competitors with the most points will get a share of the prize money! There are also weekly motivational prizes.

Tiffany has been hosting challenges for over 7 years now. In the past, winners have gotten as much as $350, and the greatest 8 week weight loss so far was 36 pounds! Take a look at her blog as well, she shares some great healthy recipes.

So who’s in?
Go here to register.

If you sign up, add me on MyFitnessPal under Ajsullenger!

Here’s to getting healthy and hopefully earning a little prize money just in time for Christmas!

Primary Children’s Radiothon

9/24/2014

Primary Children's Radiothon

For the past couple of years my dad (who owns 3 Wendy’s restaurants) has donated money to the annual Primary Children’s Radiothon in our area. This year, he invited me to take donations over the phone with him, while my mom watched the boys.

It didn’t take long for my dad to tell the lady in charge that I had experienced Primary’s for myself, and before I knew it, I was telling our story on four different radio stations. (I only cried during 3 of the interviews). We love Primary Children’s, and everyone who worked with us there. It was neat to go with my dad, for one hour, he matched any donation that came in. It was crazy to see 10 people answering ringing phones and see the increase of donations given after I shared my story on each station. There were also other families sharing their experiences at Primary’s. It was a neat experience, and talking to so many who had a connection to the hospital themselves. I asked to come back next year :)

You can watch one of the interviews {here}.The radio station recorded it.

Thank you to all who donated, and there is still time donate!
(Today is the last day) Call (208)529-1057.

Or visit https://primarychildrens.thankyou4caring.org/richbroadcasting/radiothon

Grief - It still hurts

9/17/2014

One thing I’ve learned about grief is it doesn’t go away by ignoring it. Grief tends to stay close, and without warning pounds on the door wanting to be let in. The longer it is made to wait, the angrier it becomes, and usually becomes harder to get rid of—reminding me that we have a life long relationship, just in case I forgot.

But I’ve learned if I’m the one to invite grief in, take it by surprise, and do so before it has time to build up, the visits tend to be shorter, and not nearly as exhausting. 

Grief

For whatever reason this fourth year has been hard. I’ve been an emotional wreck since July.

It’s thrown me off. In a way, I’ve felt like I’ve regressed,
and after some major thought I realized why grief has taken control.

Year three, I didn’t let grief in.
I started the year off with a bang by having two babies, and that entire year (which is now a blur) was left with no time to grieve.
Back in July I finally cracked the door open when I opened those clothes bins to sort through Preslee’s clothes, and without warning, grief slipped in and returned with a vengeance.
There was a lot of time to make up for.

To be honest, its been overwhelming.
I’m back to crying when I’m alone, usually in the car or the shower, similar to how it was just after the funeral.

It’s been frustrating, but I know it’s a process.

It’s just been surprising. I would have never guessed people would experience and be forced to process so many emotions FOUR years after losing someone.

Grief

The past couple of months I found myself retracting.
I hid from the world for a little while.
I quit writing as frequently on the blog.
I avoided phone calls and rarely returned any. (Sorry!)
I turned most friends down when they wanted to have play dates.
It became too much.

So I guess this is a major reason why I continue to write.
To help people understand grief.
I didn’t understand any of this before I was thrown into it.

If you know someone who has lost someone close to them, understand four years later it still hurts.
The pain can still be debilitating, and acts of kindness are still appreciated.

Like the friend who dropped off breakfast the day Preslee should have started Kindergarten.
Something so small to many, was huge to me.
Or the friend who gave us the amazing drawing up above right before the year mark. It was drawn by another Angel Mom, who she sent the most amazing/understanding card along with it. {Find her work here}

Now that I finally feel like I have a hold on grief, that its been pushed to the back of the house, and is about to be thrown out, I’ll continue to remind myself that I can do hard things.
Or that grief will not always win,
because with help from Christ, all things are possible.

Sending Love

9/13/2014

My heart broke today when I read two stories that were sent to me.

After losing Preslee, I told Pat I hope we will be well off in the future, because I want to be able to do things for others that have been done for us.

I want to be able to afford to fly a family three hours away so they can be waiting at the hospital when their daughter arrives after being life-flighted. I want to be able to send money to a family staying at PCMC so they can afford to eat in the cafeteria and stay close to their loved one. I want to be able to help a family pay for their child’s headstone. I want to be able to send a family who finds themselves buried in grief a gift card to Texas Roadhouse with a sweet card telling them to have a fun night out.

Though we’re not at the point in life, we still try to give when we can.

Anyway, he
re are the two stories I read today. Even a dollar helps.

The first, a family from my own town, Rigby ID. I cannot imagine losing all three of my children to a genetically inherited disorder.

{The Lear Family}

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The second, a mom to five kids, was diagnosed with cancer while 26 weeks pregnant with her sixth child. She was recently told she had days, maybe weeks left to live.

{The Taylor Family}

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Here’s to hoping we can change these two family’s lives the way so many of you did ours.

Out and About with Twins

9/09/2014

After braving the F2TF 5K, we realized we run most errands when the boys are asleep. The boys don’t get out much, and we decided we need to change that. (You should have seen them at a restaurant…)  In UT we stopped at Target, placed the twins in a double cart, and realized they had only sat in a shopping cart once (Well Cannon had, Cruiz was strapped to my chest in my moby wrap) The twins went nuts, it was like the most exciting thing they had ever done, screaming with delight, leaning over the sides, and pulling things off shelves. Pat was so embarrassed, he kept saying, “We’re that family…” haha

Yes Pat, we’re definitely that family.

twins

We are trying to introduce our boys to life outside our house (and Grandma’s house) so braved a trip to Red Robin.

twins

To the Eastern Idaho Fair.
The twins were loved the tiger’s ear as much as I did.

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Family Home Evening at the Idaho Falls Temple Visitors Center.

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What have I learned?

  • Online shopping is the way to go :)
  • More stores need to invest in double carts.
  • People love to tell me I have my hands full.
  • And I should make Pat go more places with us, the way he reacts is hilarious.
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