Fit Fire Wife

I am so excited about this new phase of my life I am in! A friend of mine introduced me to an amazing opportunity only a little over a month ago and it is already changing our lives. I know that is an extreme statement but it is the truth. Each day I wake up and learn more and share more I get more and more excited about what is ahead!do what you loveI know many of my readers are family and friends and some know and some don’t know about our new venture and there are many readers out there that don’t know me at all so let me share what has happened and why I am so excited about the month of May for the Firefighter Wife community.

Back in January my friend asked me if I had ever heard of AdvoCare. I told her I had heard about it many years ago but I didn’t really know what it was all about. She told me she was thinking about getting involved in it and that she was starting a 24 Day Challenge with her husband. I just listened and then kind of stood back, watched and waited to see what happened. Well each time I saw them at church I noticed very quickly that they were losing weight and even more they were smiling. I kept watching and they were transforming before my eyes. Their bodies were healing themselves from aches, pains, reflux, stomach problems and they were excited and passionate about sharing it with others. I am so thankful they didn’t give up on inviting me to hear about it. I finally went to a “mixer” and learned that this is my new passion too. I hadn’t even tried the products yet but after hearing the testimonials of real everyday people, learning the principles that the company is based on as well as the fact that all of the products are backed by the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board to ensure they are safe and effective I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

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So Matt and I started the 24 Day Challenge together on March 13th. Within 5 days I stopped drinking coffee and all the sugary creamers completely. This was huge because it was literally my favorite part of the day. We stuck to the plan and after 24 days I was in a pair of jeans I had ordered online that never fit (now they are almost too big). I had lost 4 pounds which doesn’t sound like that much but I lost 12 inches which was insane and Matt lost 11 pounds. At the same time another friend of mine was also on the Challenge and lost 29 pounds!!! We have continued with the maintanence products and I have broken a plateau that I was stuck at for over a year and I now weigh less than I did in high school and wear sizes I never thought I would wear. I have also started doing Crossfit with all my spare energy! Matt is down 17 pounds so far, has energy out the roof even with his busy Firefighter schedule and is loving the Performance Elite line of products which is taking his workouts to the next level so that he can stay in excellent shape to do his job to the best of his ability.

I don’t say all this by any means to brag about my weight loss. I say it because I have always struggled with my weight (My Weight Loss Journey) and have always beat myself up wishing and hoping I could get the weight off. After a long journey of trying many different diets and fads I am finally reaching my goals and AdvoCare is playing a huge role in it. I feel great, I have energy and I know I am healthier than I have ever been. Now my mission is to HELP others who are struggling. I have been there and I feel like I have conquered it and now I want to help because it feels amazing to not have that “I need to lose weight” feeling at the forefront of your mind.

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May 1st begins Fit Fire Wife on http://firefighterwife.com/fitfirewife/ and I am so excited to be one of the leaders to help and encourage other Fire Wives as they achieve their weight loss goals. If you are a Fire Wife and want to join in you can sign up here.

If you are ready for a change and are interested in learning more about AdvoCare and the 24 day Challenge visit my website at https://www.advocare.com/130314283/24DayChallenge/Default.aspx

or my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spark-The-Fire-Within/595651870481423

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#FireStrong Faith

Praising God tonight that the five Gwinnett County Firefighters are safe and sound at home with their families.

FirefighterWife.com has a challenge right now to encourage and empower women to be #FireStrong. To stop negative thinking. To smile. To get rid of things (and people) that hold you back. To be mentally and emotionally healthy. Life is short and we aren’t guaranteed another day…or even another minute. Just like those Gwinnett firefighters who answered a routine call for help. They had no idea that what was behind the door of that house was their worst nightmare.

A question was asked tonight following the hostage situation by WifeOnFire to all the fire wives about what they will do in order to not add yet another worry to their list while their firefighters are on shift. Most responses did have something to do with praying or trusting that God is in control. And He is. All the time. My favorite response to the question would have to be to have “#FireStrong Faith“. This type of faith can be summarized with Joshua 1:9.

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What a refreshing feeling to know there is no reason to fear or to be discouraged. He is with us EVERYWHERE we go. All the time. He has commanded us to be #FireStrong.

Year One and Counting

So…it has been a while since my last post for various reasons…mostly lack of time to sit and think. But boy do I have lots of ideas and posts to write!

Today I finally logged into my blog and guess what it said … Happy One Year Anniversary! My Blog is ONE YEAR old!

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This also means that one year ago today was Matt’s first day at the Atlanta Fire Academy. It has been an exciting journey so far and I look forward to many more years of supporting my husband as he continues this career that he absolutely LOVES. We were just talking the other day about how he wishes he would have done this a LONG time ago but God has a purpose and a plan for everything…which leads me to my next update about ME…

My last post which you can read here was immediately after we enjoyed a wonderful family vacation at the beach and Disney World followed by a horrible ATV accident where my daughter Hope was injured and in the hospital for a full week. Going back to my previous statement above about God having a plan and purpose for everything…on December 1, 2012 I became a Stay-At-Home-Mom (or Homemaker or whatever you choose to call it)! And I must say I love it, love it, LOVE IT! And I thank God for this blessing in my life.

Now for those moms reading this that work outside the home trust me I know how difficult it is and how probably annoying it might be to read this post. I myself would have been annoyed before I got to this point. Everyday isn’t easy especially when Matt isn’t home for 60 hours straight but I have worked outside the home since I was 15 years old and never had the opportunity to stay home and raise my children. From the moment my babies were 6 weeks old they were in daycare…all day long…7:00am-6:30pm every day and then when I got home at 7:00pm I began all the laundry, cooking, cleaning, homework etc… It was difficult and most of the time I was grumpy and angry. Now my oldest is 15 and my youngest is 4 and I get to enjoy simple things like making breakfast for them, picking them up from school or practice, taking day trips to the Aquarium, attending the class parties…and the list goes on. And I thank God.

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I am also now available to help others when needed whether it is helping someone or something going on at the church or in an emergency situation like we had with my mom last month. She needed to go to the emergency room and I was able to be there to help her. Matt and I both were able to help that day…I stayed with her and Matt came in the ambulance to transport her. What a blessing. And I thank God.

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I am also finding that I have time to cook and bake more and the house is regularly cleaned instead of once every two months. This probably sounds boring to some but it is a nice change of pace for me at this phase in my life. The best part about it is that with Matt’s schedule he is home on random days of the week so sometimes our “weekend” is on a Tuesday and we might just enjoy a movie or mid-day family walk.

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Of course none of this would be possible without my hard working husband who works every third day at the Fire Department, works 2 shifts a week as an EMT and is also taking Paramedic classes once a week. I love him. I love being able to spend my time with my children and take care of our household. I love being a Firefighter’s wife. And I thank God.

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Warning! What a difference a week can make!

The week before last we were able to enjoy a family vacation away just the five of us. We haven’t had a family vacation in a couple years (just us…away from home) and were counting down the days until we left literally on the white board in the kitchen. Matt was able to schedule time off from the fire department and the ambulance service and we were on our way to the beach and then Disney World.

I wish I would have taken some pictures of all the different fire stations we saw along the way from Atlanta to Panama City. It’s amazing how many we saw and how different each of them looked. We did stop at a couple at Disney World I’ll show you in a moment.

We had a wonderful time full of fun, food and relaxation together. The weather in Panama City Beach was perfect. Warm enough to lay and play on the beach and pools all day and cool nights to remind us it was fall. The hotel was so nice and one of my favorite parts was sitting on the balcony overlooking the ocean watching the stingrays with my morning coffee. The sun rose behind us so it wasn’t shining on the balcony until sunset which meant every night we could watch the sunset from our room as well.

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After a few days at the beach we headed to Orlando to Disney World. That same day was when the predictions for Hurricane Sandy were going to bring heavy rain and wind to Orlando for the two days we were going to be in the parks. I was upset but determined we would still enjoy our time there as best as we could. We stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside which I highly recommend to anyone staying at Disney. Our room was the perfect size with fun Disney decor. The resort had beautiful paths to the pools and main lobby and restaurants with trees covered in moss and bridges over the river that flows through the resort.

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We spent the first night checking out the resort and swimming and then had dinner with Cinderella. The second day was breakfast with Mickey at the Animal Kingdom and then Downtown Disney for dinner. Everything was decorated for Fall and Halloween.

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The last full day we were there was spent at the Magic Kingdom. Again, completely decorated for Halloween. The kids had so much fun riding the rides, meeting all the Disney characters and eating tons of food (we got the Disney dining plan for free which I highly recommend as well because you don’t have to worry about spending money on food at every meal).

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Inside the Magic Kingdom is Engine Co. 71. This is a fake fire station when you walk in the park on the left. There is memorabilia inside and I believe it used to be a store but now they use it for a Disney volunteer recruiting Center.

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We also visited two fire stations on the Disney property. Reedy Creek Fire has four stations that “protect the magic”.

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It was the perfect vacation and the weather ended up cooperating for us. It only rained once when we were already in our room anyways and it was nice and breezy the rest of the time we were there. The lines weren’t bad either although there were plenty of people there but not as many as the summer months.

Fast forward one week…teenagers. Why do they have to learn the hard way? My 15 year old, Hope, seen above in all the fun Disney photos decided this past Friday afternoon to get on a 4 wheeler with a friend in the neighborhood. No supervision, no helmets, no good decisions. The 4 wheeler flipped and they fell off and it landed on her. So one week after spending the day with Mickey we were spending the evening in the ER wondering if she was broke.

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Catscans were done on the head, neck and back and after they came back clear they did the bottom half of her. Nothing was broke but it was only by the grace of God that it wasn’t worse than it was. Her entire right leg is hurt and in an immobilizer and apparently when she landed her back hit the curb so she has a huge hematoma on her back like nothing I’ve ever seen. Although she is in a lot of pain and needs help pretty much doing everything we thank God for protecting her. We are also thankful for family and friends and the prayers, calls, visits and get well gifts.

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Our first visit to Station 4

Last Saturday I took the kids down to Atlanta to visit daddy at the fire station. We made no-bake cookies and headed downtown.

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Ben was a little hesitant because I warned him that he might hear loud noises (which he hates) but we were all excited to finally see where Matt lives every 3rd day.

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The station is located on Edgewood Avenue which I must say is a little sketchy but does have some interesting murals…

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When we arrived Matt introduced us to everyone and showed us around the station. The kids loved seeing everything and Ben was talking a mile a minute and asking so many questions. Here are a few pictures of where they store their gear and where he sleeps:

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After the tour Ben got to ride with daddy as they pulled the engine out so the kids could try out the hoses.

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Then he showed the kids everything about Engine 6.

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And of course we took the opportunity to get a family photo with the engine.

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Just as we were leaving they got a call and jumped in the engine and were on their way!

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Slapped

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Have you ever been slapped across the face? I mean a full-force-make-your-head-spin kind of slap right across the cheek. I don’t recall ever getting physically slapped like that (or I just blocked it out of my mind) but I have been mentally and emotionally slapped. It’s not a good feeling but it definitely wakes you up! Over the past 3 months I think I’ve been slapped almost every time Matt is on shift.

You see sometimes it’s challenging being the mom that handles it all while daddy is “on the fire truck” and “driving the ambulance” (as Ben says) and I don’t see him for 2 days and then when I do finally see him he’s sleeping. I’m not going to go on and on with details because there are plenty of wives who have been living this fire life for years supporting their firefighter as well as military wives who say goodbye to their husbands for months or years at a time and handle the home front themselves BUT when I’ve reached my limit of teenage attitude or potty training gone wrong I just may send my brave firefighter a brief little text of my frustration…and then it happens… SMACK!!

…after a delayed response to whatever petty problem I felt the urge to share complain to him about I get a text back that usually goes something like this:

“I just got back from a call. A kid fell off a skateboard and was knocked unconscious. His mom was panicking. I hope he will be alright.”

OR “I just did CPR on a guy in a nursing home who was only in his 40’s and he didn’t make it.”

OR “I just helped a guy in Publix who was going into diabetic coma.”

OR what I heard this past weekend, “I had a horrible call. Everyone said it was one of the worst calls they’ve had in a long time.”

THE SLAP. My perspective of what I’m dealing with is immediately changed. I realize how minute my problem is and what a horrible nightmare someone else is living at that moment. Like the families of the young couple that were hit by the speeding car Saturday morning at 2:00am. Matt was one of the first responders to the scene. After the “slap across the face” my first thoughts were for the families of these people, the phone calls they probably received and the shock they are now living in.

I take these slaps across the face as wake up calls. They tell me to examine my “problems” a little bit further. Pick my battles a little better. Live for God and enjoy each and every minute with your loved ones here on earth because no one knows how long God has planned for any of us to be here.

Fireproofing

I recently took an online home safety audit. It tests you on how safe your home is from hazards including fires. Of course fires can start many different ways that we cannot control but there are a lot of things that can be done to prevent them. Well….we failed the test. So guess what we are doing this weekend? Fireproofing! We are going to be getting new fire extinguishers, new batteries for all of the smoke detectors, redoing locks, checking for overloaded electric outlets, and making and practicing an escape plan. We also need to get numbers for our mailbox so the fire department can find us…although the pizza man doesn’t seem to have a problem.

To take the home safety audit yourself click here.

Speaking of fireproofing, many of you have probably heard about or have seen the movie, Fireproof, about one man’s story to save his marriage. It is a powerful story worth seeing (although you might have to overlook some of the acting). In the movie the lead character, Kirk Cameron, realizes that his marriage is on the brink of divorce. He is challenged by his father to take part in a 40 day Love Dare Challenge. Reluctantly he agrees, and the movie tells his story.

Side note: My favorite prime time show growing up…Growing Pains!! And I may have had some several posters of Kirk in my bedroom.

Anyways, I found the 40 Love Dare Challenges online so I thought I would share.  This can be done by the husband for the wife, as in the movie, or by the wife towards the husband. Either way it is sure to help your marriage grow, maybe even in areas you didn’t realize needed strengthening.

Have Fun!

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Day 1:

Resolve to say nothing negative about your spouse today.
Ephesians 4:2 “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,”

Day 2:

Do at least one unexpected gesture to your spouse as an act of kindness.
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Day 3:

Buy your spouse something that says, “I was thinking about you today.”
Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Day 4:

Contact your spouse sometime during the day and ask how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them.
Psalm 139: 17-18 “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.”

Day 5:

Ask your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them.
Proverbs 27:14 “Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.”

Day 6:

Choose to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation.
Proverbs 16:32 “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

Day 7:

On a sheet of paper, write out positive things about your spouse. At some point during the day, pick a positive attribute from the list and thank your spouse for having the characteristic.
I Corinthians 13:7 “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Day 8:

Share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he or she recently enjoyed.
Song of Solomon 8:6 “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.”

Day 9:

Think of a way to greet your spouse today to reflect your love for them, and then do it with a smile and enthusiasm.
I Peter 5:14 “Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.”

Day 10:

Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse.
Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Day 11:

What need does your spouse have that you could meet today? Example: Choose a gesture that says “I love you” and do it with a smile.
Ephesians 5:28 “In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

Day 12:

Demonstrate love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and your spouse.
Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Day 13:

Talk with your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement and resolve to abide by them when the next disagreement occurs.
Mark 3:25 “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

Day 14:

Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 “Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.”

Day 15:

Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine.
I Peter 3:7 “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”

Day 16:

Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.
3 John 2 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

Day 17:

Determine to guard your mate’s secrets and pray for them.
Proverbs 17:9 “Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

Day 18:

Prepare a special dinner at home and focus this time on getting to know your spouse better.
Proverbs 3:13 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,”

Day 19:

Ask God to show you where you stand with him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination.
I John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Day 20:

Dare to take God at his word and trust Jesus Christ for salvation.
Romans 5:6 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Day 21:

Make time to pray and read your bible today.
Isaiah 58:11 “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

Day 22:

Choose to be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it.
Hosea 2:20 “I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.”

Day 23:

Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse.
I Corinthians 13:7 “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Day 24:

Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it.
I John 2:17 “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

Day 25:

If there is anything you haven’t forgiven in your spouse, forgive it today.
2 Corinthians 2:10 “Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ…”

Day 26:

Ask for God’s forgiveness for your areas of wrongdoing, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse.
Romans 2:1 “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”

Day 27:

Think of one area where your spouse has told you you’re expecting too much, and tell them you’re sorry for being so hard on them about it.
Psalm 25:20 “Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.”

Day 28:

Purpose to do what you can to meet the greatest need in your spouse’s life right now.
I John 3:16 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

Day 29:

Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs.
Ephesians 6:7 “rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man…”

Day 30:

Ask the Lord to reveal anything in your own heart that is threatening oneness with your spouse and, if appropriate, discuss it openly and seek God for unity.
John 17:11 “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”

Day 31:

Commit to God and your spouse to make your marriage the top priority over every other human relationship.
Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Day 32:

If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your spouse today (in a way that honors them).
I Corinthians 7:3 “The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.”

Day 33:

Tell your spouse that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions, and that you need their perspective and counsel.
Ecclesiastes 4:11 “Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?”

Day 34:

Verbally commend your spouse about a recent time when they demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way.
I Corinthians 13:6 “[love] …it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”

Day 35:

Find a Christian marriage mentor. Ask God to direct your decisions and discernment.
Proverbs 15:22 “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Day 36:

Commit to reading the bible every day. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to reading with you.
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Day 37:

Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together.
Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Day 38:

Ask yourself what your spouse would want if it was obtainable, then map out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires.
Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Day 39:

Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Leave it in a place where your mate will find it.
I Corinthians 13:8 “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”

Day 40:

Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home.

Ruth 1:16 “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Fires, Prevention and Harrison Ford!?

Let me start by saying (or shouting) THIS WEEK WAS SO EXCITING!! Let’s start with the end of last week and the first fire scene Matt was called to. It was the old club Inferno (ironic lol). His engine wasn’t first on the scene but he helped with the hoses and then went in after it was out to pull down drywall and make sure everything was under control.

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On Tuesday Matt picked up his shield I had made for him for a combo Father’s Day/Birthday gift. One of the Firefighters at Station 28 custom makes shields for the helmets.

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Thursday while I was taking all my kids to the dentist…Matt was hanging out with Harrison Ford. His Engine got a call for a fire alarm going off so they suited up and went to the scene and it ended up being the movie set for a movie called “42” about baseball great Jackie Robinson.

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After that exciting event Matt had a car fire that he helped put out. The car was melted and completely destroyed.

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And then they were called to another house fire where they stood by as RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) in case a firefighter went down. After it was under control he went in to pull drywall and climbed in the attic and put out some embers that were still lit.

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After the fire was out a camera crew was on the scene taking photos of them while they hydrated. He said they were doing a story on Firefighters and the heat, which by the way for those not in Georgia we are in a major heat wave. This was what my van said yesterday and today is going to be even hotter!

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Here is the article. I thought that was Matt in the picture but I guess it’s not. Maybe a long lost twin…Click here to read the article.

And last but not least I found out this week that the August issue of Prevention Magazine wasn’t coming out until next Tuesday but one of the ladies that was in the photo shoot with me found it in a store up north and scanned me a copy! Look who is on the cover and to the left of him in bold text is my article topic!

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And here is one of the photos we took at the photo shoot while jumping on the orange couch in the middle of the park in Brooklyn.

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More on the photo shoot here. I’ll post more on the article when I get my hands on a copy next week! Have a good weekend and stay cool!

My New Mission

This week the August issue of Prevention Magazine will probably hit the news stands. I can’t wait to see how the article and the photos turned out. I have stayed in touch with the other two ladies that are also featured in the article via facebook and email and we are all anxious to see it. Check out more about the article and photo shoot here. That being said I’m at a point where I have to come up with a new goal to get back on track and stay motivated to continue my weight loss/fitness journey. So after much thought (and laziness)…I have decided to do a P90X/Running Hybrid for the next 90 days.

Why am I telling you this? So that you can keep me accountable. It is so much easier for me to stay motivated when I have a set schedule and when I have people watching and asking me about my progress. Maybe it will also motivate someone reading this as well. If so, let me know! We can hold each other accountable.

If you have never heard of P90X then you have never watched infomercials. The infomercial is always on day and night. Find it and watch. It is real and these people really do get the results you see.  How do I know? Well, I bought Matt the DVD set several years ago after getting tired of watching him watch the infomercial all the time. The DVD’s sat on a shelf for a couple years until Matt came across this guy 2 years ago right after he had completed his first 90 days and the results were insane. His name is Coach Wayne. He is a great inspiration and gives all the credit to Jesus Christ which is another reason we like him. Check out his story and results on his website www.teamripped.com.  Matt has actually spoke to him on the phone and has followed his blog since the beginning.

Matt and I both have done P90X a few times through but I will admit I didn’t give it my all and usually by the 3rd month I was sick of watching the DVD’s and hearing the same lame jokes. However, the program works and this time I’m going to do it. If you want to know more about what P90X is click here.

Along with following the P90X schedule I also plan on continuing to run 3 times a week and I will be following a clean eating program (more on that later). It’s only 90 days. I can do this. I will keep you posted along the way and if anyone wants to join me let me know! I’m going to sign up for a race at the end of these 90 days for the grand finale. Not sure which one yet but I will keep you posted.

Here are a few results photos for you. Enjoy!

So Much To Learn

Now that Matt has 5 shifts behind him we are starting to figure out this new routine. It is a little crazy at times but fortunately right now the kids are on summer break so there is no homework, projects or after school activities to throw in the mix just yet. After Matt’s first shift he started back at his other part time job at Magnolia Ambulance Service.

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So on one of his two off days he works at Magnolia for a 10-12 hour shift…with the exception of this week when he will leave from the fire station to go straight to Magnolia to drive a patient all the way to Virginia and back. Am I concerned? Why yes I am. Thanks for asking.:)

Some things I’m learning and adjusting to already in my Fire Wife role are as follows:

1.) Holidays will be very different this year.

This past Sunday Matt was off for Father’s Day which was nice because he will have to work on all of the remaining major holidays this year including July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve. So he came home that morning from working all night and we enjoyed breakfast together and then the kids gave him their gifts they made.

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My gift to him was a set of twin bed sheets for his bed at the fire station. Exciting I know. I already know several gifts I am getting him for his birthday and Christmas…all of course have something to do with the fire life. What I really should have gotten him was a huge container of laundry detergent which brings me to #2.

2.) Laundry Detergent must be stock piled.

When Matt is home between shifts he is constantly doing laundry. Yes, HE. He prefers to do his own laundry. Ok by me. There are always uniforms to be washed. Whenever I don’t know where he is I look in the laundry room.

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3.) Matt can finally enjoy some decent Home Cookin’.

I don’t have the skills for this so I’m glad he can enjoy it at the Firehouse. In moderation of course.

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4.) EMS call details should probably be spared.

After hearing about some of the things Matt has experienced on the EMS calls already, one call in particular, I have decided that ignorance is bliss. It took several hours for me to allow him to tell me about this particular call and now my mind is scarred thinking about it and I wasn’t even there.

5.) Comcast Infinity app for the iPhone is very handy.

When he has an exciting call such as the one today that is news worthy I can go to my app and record the news from wherever I am. Today’s news story involved a suspicious package and this contraption:

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6.) There is no point in trying to listen to the radio scanner while he is on his shift.

I can’t understand a word any of those people are saying. Period.

7.) There is no point in worrying about him.

After all, worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. Besides, chances are he is just doing laundry or eating fried chicken or something.

And last but not least…

8.) The sweetest kisses are the ones right before he leaves for 24 hours and the ones when he returns home safe.

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That is all for now. Still waiting on that first fire!!