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Time to Grow Up…

A couple of years ago I read a book by the very hilarious and snarky, Jen Lancaster. The book was called, “Such a Pretty Fat” and it chronicled the author’s journey through dieting, personal trainers, and getting healthy. At the end of the book she summarizes the things she’s learned and says– It was time for me to grow the hell up and realize that I can’t do whatever I want, eat whatever I want and still be healthy.

I’m there. It’s time for me to grow up. I’ve lived my whole life without really making the connections between my actions and the results. I’ve somehow tricked myself into believing that some people are just thin & healthy, and others… well… aren’t. It must be in my DNA. Right?

That’s just a big lie I’ve been telling myself my whole life. The things I put into my body and the things I do (or don’t do) with my body are directly tied to what I look and feel like. I know– you are probably thinking– DUH! We learned that in like 2nd grade health class.  Well, I learned it to. I have lots of  head knowledge about nutrition, exercise and general wellness. I have friends who are great examples of wellness. I just keep making excuses for myself, as if I were the exception to the rule. And OBVIOUSLY… I’m not.

I’ve always known the right answers. I know what it takes to maintain a healthy weight… but I’ve never actually put things into practice. I’m sure I’ve thought that I was just too far beyond repair. I’m no longer willing to buy into that. I’ve got to take steps toward a healthy life– that work for me. I’m not going to subscribe to another program or count every crumb that I eat. I am not going to trade points just so that I can cheat and go back to my old ways.

I am actually going to employ my own common sense. I have the knowledge… I just need to stop playing the game and change my attitude. I need to stop the game of justifying, bending rules, and cheating a system. I am finding that changing attitude is a lot harder than I thought. For me, it’s even harder than changing behavior. I can change my behavior… for a while… but since my attitude is still that of a 9-year-old who just wants ONE MORE COOKIE, it never sticks.

It’s time to grow up. It’s time to take responsibility. It’s time to invest in my own health & wellness. So… my first steps?

1. I joined an online gym. I actually enjoy the workouts (gasp!) and it’s something that fits into my life.

2. I am eating waaaay more fruits and veggies. Trying to get in 8-10 servings a day. I am not there yet, but on my way.

3. Trying to eliminate sugar. This might prove to be difficult. I am an addict.

4. Keeping up on my spiritual life. I want to be a better steward of this life and body that God has given me. I don’t want to lose sight of that.

We’ll see what else happens as this new chapter unfolds.

Also… for all of you who don’t know… baby #2 is expected to arrive September 3rd! Great motivation!


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The Fairbanks Funny Fest was incredible! I had so much fun! I am recruiting for next year. It was a great experience.   🙂

PS… the worst part about being on video is … “Do I really look and sound like that?!”


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Psyching myself up

I just finished telling jokes to my dog. Elliot is sleeping and I am standing in my kitchen pretending to hold a microphone, running through my “routine” for tonight. What a dork. I’m pretty sure this is not what Lisa Landry does.

I think I’m ready. It has been a great week. I made a new friend. She did her set last night, so Andy and I went to see all the Funny Fest participants. She was great! People were cracking up at her stories. It was good. I was also advantageous for me to see how the show works before I’m on tonight. I’m the last Funny Fest comic before the Pro goes on.  I was told that being the “closer” is good. The guy who closed last night was REALLY good… I am certain I can’t reach that level, but I’ll do what I can do.

I feel so spoiled, a babysitter two nights in a row. Fancy. Did I tell you that I was “on the list”? I didn’t have to pay for the show because my name was “on the list”. This is one advantage of doing something like this in Fairbanks, you feel a little bit celebritized because of the small town. It was so nice to go out to the show with Andy last night. Because of the workshops this week it’s like we’ve hardly seen each other. He’s pretty excited to see my bit. We’ll see how it goes…

The Blue Loon is a pretty cool location. It’s set up like a theater (they have great movie deals on Tuesdays) and you can eat and drink while you watch the show. Nice. I’m hoping there are lots of  friends in the audience tonight so I can at least get some pity laughs.

***Andy says he wants to take video. If it makes it past my approval I might post it tomorrow.

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He’s here!

So after much waiting he finally arrived!

Elliot James Pugh was born on August 22nd at 12:29am

He was 9lbs 3oz (holy crap) and 21 inches (holy crap)

When I first saw him it was like I was in a movie watching someone else have a baby– and I could only think “Man, that is one BIG baby.” And then I quickly realized that he, in fact, was MY baby… and came out of MY body. Eeeeesh.

Overall labor was good. I’m not saying I’d do it every weekend… but it wasn’t too bad. I am a convert to epidurals. God must have divinely inspired the creators of epidurals. Thank you Jesus.

Since then we spent 2 1/2 days in the hospital and one night at home. Elliot has had some trouble eating and has lost over a pound. I wasn’t too worried, but his doctor is a little concerned. We gave him his first bottle today and he has been doing really well.

Andy has been learning all about what it means to be a dad. He’s doing a really great job. He is a self professed “baby whisperer”. He’s convinced that he has the ability to calm babies (at least Elliot) under any circumstance. So far he’s been pretty successful.

He loves to snuggle. We are thinking he will be a content little guy. He makes some great little noises that make us think that he’s really thinking hard about things that are going on. Usually we find out that he’s just pooping. 🙂


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Drumroll Please…

We had our big 20 week ultrasound today… and it’s a BOY!

It was a very cool experience– except I had to drink 32oz. of water and wait over an hour! It was agony! And then this ultrasound tech starts pushing this machine all over my belly. UGHH!!!

It was fun. It looks like he is healthy and everything looks good so far. He was kicking and flipping around a lot. It’s good to know he’s moving because I can’t quite feel him yet. The little guy was hiding down in a corner and so some of the pictures are weird, but they gave us lots– so here they are!


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This is the biggest news I have ever posted about. Ever.

Whoa. We just found out last Saturday. I’ve been to see the nurse. She was wonderful and answered all of our questions.

It looks like the baby will come around August 15th. This was a complete surprise. Andy is VERY excited. I didn’t expect him to be so extraordinarily mature. As I was hyperventilating over a home pregnancy test, Andy was sitting back smiling calmly. And he put me to shame with his words of wisdom, “If God wants us to have a baby, we’re going to have a baby.”

I know. I know. I just didn’t PLAN on it, yet. I suppose this is God’s way of reminding us (I mean me) that He’s in control.

Got it.

Well we are SO excited. We’re already reading books and starting to plan. So much to plan. Thank goodness there are 9 months to figure it out. It looks like baby is about 9 weeks along. This is what it might look like… can you believe it?!


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Black Friday

Yes. I admit it. Andy and I love to get up before the sun to go people watching and do a little shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. I know, it’s crazy. But we like it.

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