Monday, April 29, 2013

Crossfit Pax.

55 pounds. This is how much weight my sister Randi has lost since joining CrossFit Pax in January simply by eating properly and CrossFitting. She is inspiring me and all others at the Bunker. While her husband Andy is deployed to Afghanistan, she is setting and smashing her fitness goals. If you see her around the box tell her congratulations, and let her work inspire you to achieve your goals as well. We love you Randi, and we couldn't do this without you.
-- JD Dunivant

Sweet huh?? I am 28 years old and my brother still makes me cry.... this time in a good way ;)

Here's my story...

I came to JD and Jades house December 15th 2012... a day after I put my husband on a bus to deploy to Afghanistan. I've gone through quite a few tragic events in my short little life... but sending my husband to war was by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and brought so many tears. So many tears in fact, that I didn't arrive to Maryland (where my brother and sister in law live) until the day after my husband left because I had to get a hotel in North Carolina because I couldn't quit crying and could barely see the road.... but that's besides the point. I'm just painting the picture for you.

I got to Pax River, Maryland in the late afternoon and since my brother, SIL and nephew were at the gym for a coaches meeting I went there first. I was blown away. I had seen pictures.... but never in a million years did I think their gym was going to look that amazing. I was scared, overwhelmed, excited and just shocked that my brother... MY brother owned this big amazing place! (along with his awesome wife of course!) .

Right away I jumped into Jade and JD's lifestyle of eating Paleo and just constantly focusing on what I put in my mouth. After all, I had come to Maryland to lose weight and help with my sweet nephew Jackson. Andy and I want kids, but I was not about to try and get pregnant weighing almost 300 pounds! And by almost, I mean 299.5. Might as well have been 300 pounds! I didn't start Crossfit right away, I wanted to get the eating under control. I went through the "carb flu" like nobody's business because quite frankly, I ate like crap and my body was in shock. One day I was talking to Jennifer (one of the trainers at the gym) and we decided to go on a walk. Well... the gym is at the bottom of a hill... not a bad hill, just a hill.... but walking up that hill, I thought I was going to die! I was having a hard time breathing, I could have easily stopped and went back but I was not about to tell Jennifer that... after all, remember what I came here for. Jennifer then told me she had a weight problem as well (you would NEVER guess it... ) and encouraged me that it was possible. My goal was to lose 100 pounds before Andy got home... I don't set many goals in my life, but this one... I knew I wanted to overcome. We decided Jennifer would do my personal fundamentals and by the time I was done with that I would be able to attend classes. Umm.... excuse me? Classes? You mean... me? yup. She did mean me, and she was right... I finished my fundamentals and started my first class. There was NO way I would attend the 4:30 or 5:30 classes because those people were way too advanced and I could never keep up. Well, I'm here to tell you... that's not true. First of all, they don't give a crap about you. Not to sound mean, but really it's true. Everyone is there to work on themselves... they are the most amazing athletes but they are your cheerleaders too! I've had a few times where people have ran with me when I'm finishing a run, they've cheered me on when I'm trying to get a pull up, they burpee right along with me... Crossfit Pax has been AMAZING! Everyone loves everyone and it's really one big crossfit family! .... and I'm not just saying that because my brother runs the place. Ask anyone that goes there... it's how a gym should be. It's how our country should be!

I am constantly learning more and more about myself... I'm learning that I was an emotional eater. I'm a woman, that's just how we roll.... but one muffin is not worth it anymore. I find myself wanting some "bad food" sometimes, so I just sit down and say a prayer. Most of the time it's "Lord, please help me focus on you instead of this temporary fix... and if you REALLY want me to have this muffin, let me know". He doesn't. He wants me to be healthy and He will find a way to distract me. I'm actually believing my husband when he says he loves me for me... cuz let's face it, I might have had a pretty smile and nice eyes but that's about it! He really does (and did) think I was the most beautiful person. I'm so thankful for him and his encouragement all the way from "the sandbox". And I'm really starting to love myself again. I hated the way I looked, and life is just hard when you are always down on yourself. I'm humbled when I put on a smaller pair of jeans and really can't believe it sometimes... but being overweight made me who I was, and that I won't be upset about. I was never the popular person, but I was known for being nice. I was never voted "most beautiful" but I was voted "kindest"... I wish I would have taken care of myself and put myself first... but I was always so concerned about everyone else, because I just didn't think I was good enough. And that is ok, because that made me who I am. Size 24 or size 10... I always have, and always will strive to be that person that you want for a friend. It's just who I am.

So.. here's to halfway. 55 pounds down, 55 more to go.

Thank you to all my friends and family at Crossfit Pax.
Thank you to Jennifer, Darren, JD, Jade, Gibb and Stan... each of you have coached me, pushed me, encouraged me, and expected me to be great! I appreciate you more than you will ever know and can't wait to celebrate with you when I reach my goal!! :)
Thank you to the sweet members of CFP who always ask how Andy is doing, and always cheer me on! :)
Go visit Crossfit Pax and "like" them on Facebook! ;)
Welcome To CrossFit PAX

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Decorations part two.

So.. this post is mainly for Andy, because the other day when I blogged he informed me that the ottoman that I picked out looked like a Hawaiian flower... ha ha! Which, after looking at it again he was totally right! (so thank you love) .... It threw me off a little because normally he doesn't care what or how I decorate... he always tells me "it looks beautiful no matter what sweetheart".... smart man right?? but since this is a pretty big purchase, I want to have his opinion on things and it seems the blog is the perfect place to put it. ha ha! So, I guess that just means y'all get to see it too!

I really like the leather/microfiber sectionals but I just don't love them in black... not any that I've seen at least. So, here's what I've come up with....

tv stand: Threshold™ Windham Accent Cabinet one or two little end tables: Accent Table - Circular Cream Quick Information   a cute little accent chair Avington Upholstered Slipper Chair - Blue Quick Information                                                           

I'm not sure about curtains but I do like these pillows
Threshold™ Paisley Toss Pillow (20x20Fieldcrest® Luxury Rouched Decorative Pillow - Blue Quick Information

what do you think? I'm still not sure....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


If you know me... you know I LOVE to decorate! I love it so much I'm doing it again in our new hope this fall! I'm changing things up and changing some colors...  if you also know me, you know I won't pay full price. If I'm meant to have it, it will be on a sale! Or clearance ;)

So... Here's what I found for our bedroom while shopping at target last week... LOVE this cream and deep purple set. It will look so good on our sleigh bed!

Flocked Scroll 8-Piece Bedding Set Quick Information

(Clearance at Target!)

For our living room, I'd like to find a cream color couch with this ottoman... (also at Target)

Gerber Round Ottoman - Cherry Quick Information
and something like this

Threshold™ Carson End Table - Ebony Quick Information
or this for the end table

Threshold™ Avington Side Table - Black Quick Information

If I find a furniture set that comes with an ottoman, I want to get something like this for our tv stand
Threshold™ Windham Accent Cabinet Quick Information

with an accent chair...

Hayden Armless Chair - Charcoal Quick Information or Hudson Upholstered Accent Chair - Damask Indigo Quick Information

I'm really loving charcoal, reds, and creams...

What are your decorating ideas? What are your must haves??

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday friends! I had a busy day today babysitting in the morning, then got a work out in then hung out with my sweet nephew while my sister was at the gym... I'm trying to savor all these moments I have with Jackson since I will be leaving in 4 months. It's totally bitter sweet... I adore this little guy so much, as I do all our nephews and I really hope Andy and I can be half the parents our siblings are! We've had great examples along the way so that's a plus! ;)

Daisy continues to drive me crazy and make me adore her all at the same time. Sweet thing really is a trooper tho... she's been through a lot in her 2 short years! I just need to remind myself to be consistent and be patient with her. I've spent a lot more one on one time with her so that's been helping. We found a dog park that we LOVE! :)

As I write this, she's drinking  Jackson's bath water while he bathes. Quite the duo those two. He just says "too-sty (thirsty) Deeeezy (Daisy)" .

Andy is doing well... he is safe, so that's all that matters in my book. Keep praying, we covet all your prayers and thoughts! I want to write a blog series with the two of us once he comes home. Honey, you up for it? The do's and don'ts on a deployment.  ha ha!

Oh, good news on the weight loss journey.... I ran a mile today (well more like walked/jogged it) and it only took me 11:28 vs the 17 something it did last time. Lemme tell you, running and I do NOT get along.... but it's all in your attitude. And my little secret... I ran like Andy was at the stop sign (where we turn around) and then ran like he was at the gym. It worked.

Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement on coming back to blog land. I really cherish the friends I've made through this and want you all to know that!

I've got to go get a little monkey out of the bath and read a book then bedtime so I'm out for now!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Confessional Friday!

Hi lovelies! It's Thursday night... or Friday morning for some of you, so I'm linking up with Leslie for a confession session! :)

I have lots on my mind tonight... and actually had the time (and desire) to blog! Here we go....

1.) I know I say this a lot, but I REALLY need to get back to blogging... I miss it and actually have some things to blog about... and it's a way for me to write how I feel. So, hold me to it... mmmkay??

2.) I'm obsessed with this new nail polish Essie has out...

It's called "go Ginza"... and I'm sayin "go get it!" You'll love it! Wish I had found it before Easter!

3.) We are almost half way through deployment... almost. So far so good. Except I have been really moody/emotional last week and part of this week and even took it out on my precious Andy and that was not a fun way to spend the day... anyways, thankful I'm married to a man who knows my in's and outs and loves me even when I'm a jerk. God really knew what He was doing when He made me wait on my Andy. He's perfect. (love you babe!)

4.) I'm really loving these new green pants I got from Old Navy last week...

and my green Tom's...

5.) I'm loving even more than I can wear those green skinnies and green Tom's (not together, that's too much St Patty's Day for me)... because when I was 50 lbs heavier I tried on some Toms and couldn't even squeeze my feet in them... guess my feet lost a little too? And those skinnies... ON didn't even carry my size y'all!

6.) I might start selling Mary Kay... Thoughts??

7.) I confess I rented Sparkle... and turned it off 25 minutes into it. B-O-R-I-N-G. Couldn't take it. Sorry Whitney, RIP!

I think that's all for now... have a great day/weekend... miss y'all!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Social networks....

Who's on twitter? Find me.... Randi_Rodriguez ... How about Facebook?? Find me! Randi Rodriguez. How about Instagram?? Find me! randirod

I will be able to keep in better contact with you lovely people while I'm on the once a month blogging cycle.

Why?? Because I miss you!



So I guess I average about once a month blogging during this whole deployment... which is funny because I thought I'd have WAY more time... but I guess I was wrong. That or I don't have a job that I can blog from. Well I do, but not a desk job like before. ha ha!

Anyways.... HI BLOGGERS and friends! How are you?  I must tell you... even tho I don't blog daily, I still am a faithful reader! And I don't comment because commenting with an iPad is not easy and I lost the charger cord to the keyboard... so, there you have it. I am loving seeing all the pregnant ladies, and husbands coming home from deployments, and all the happy stuff going on in y'alls life! Makes me miss blogging daily... and I will get back. Eventually.

So... here's what's been going on in my life lately... (nothing too exciting...)

I went away to Northern PA for a little weekend get-away with my SIL's parents and I had a blast! I drove a snow machine thing and took a few rides in it as well. Their lodge is GORGEOUS and SO relaxing! And the cell service isn't great, so you HAVE to just relax! Loved it!

Beautiful, huh??
This was fun!

I went to a thirty-one party and got a few bags... I really love this tote, and if you ever have a chance to snag one up, do it! And I love that it says our name on it :)

Doesn't this just scream BEACH?! I'm so excited for this to be a beach/pool bag this summer!

Our sweet Daisy girl turned TWO on Sunday! Seems like we were just driving home with her for the very first time. She's been a trooper through all of this change, but I know she can't wait to have her daddy back! She will hear his voice when we are face-timing and her ears perk up and she goes straight to the window. I'm going to have to make sure I video her reaction when Andy walks in the door so I can show y'all :)
I've been living here 5 days a week :) well really just an hour, but it's the longest hour of my day! ha ha! I'm in the green top bending down :) I'm down 45 pounds and feel pretty good. Lately my knee has been hurting, but I'm hoping that goes away soon.

Daisy had a birthday cake/play date yesterday with her new friend Lucy. They had a bunch of fun and both slept like babies the rest of the day :)

This might be the most exciting thing of my Sunday... The countdown says 4 months!! I have a long way to go and a lot I'd like to accomplish (as far as weight loss), but I'm SO excited to see that number 4. We are almost half way. Almost.

Sweet girl has been extra good yesterday and today. Maybe it's because she turned that magic number two. :)

I love my time with my adorable nephew Jackson... as excited as I am to have my husband home, it's going to be so hard to leave this little guy. I love him so much and this time with him, my brother and sister in law has been so special.
And... last but not least... I'm going to be an Auntie again!!! Sweet Jackson is going to have a baby sister or baby brother coming along... my SIL is due September 11th (her birthday) and about two weeks after I leave. I will have to make a trip down so I can see that sweet baby.
Have a great day everyone! miss you!