Join Me For Another 10 Weeks! This is the first week of ten weeks starting October 22, 2012

Hi folks! I'm at it again. I'm going for another 20 pound loss in ten weeks. I've recently had another baby, a little girl, she is now five months old and I'm ready to drop some weight.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Have Something Else To Confess...

So, by now you all know that we have five children. Pictured to the right are our four younger ones.

When I first started this blog over eight months ago, I wanted to prove to myself and everyone else that a mother could have five kids and still look spectacular.

When I began, I wanted to show you all how to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks. I knew I could do it because I had done it before. I wanted to share with you all how I went about doing it. I will admit that I was getting a little nervous towards the end. It got down to the wire, and I didn't lose that 20th pound until the day before my ten week deadline.

Along the way I made friends with and became encouraged by and inspired by many wonderful bloggers. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy having a diet blog where I could post all my fitness, and food related diet stuff. I didn't realize how much it would speak to my personality to be able to share like that. I didn't realize how much it would motivate me to press beyond the boundaries that I had set for myself, and achieve more than I thought was possible.

In this latest goal, I am even more surprised and awed at myself. I didn't realize that dropping out all the processed foods, sugar and white flour would have that kind of an effect on my body. I also didn't realize the insane grip that processed foods have on my body, and how eating it strips me of my self control and makes me want more of it.

Through this journey, I have learned that I shouldn't set limits on myself just because I've never done it before.

I've learned that our bodies are like vehicles. If you want to "drive" like a Porsche, you need to put in the premium fuel that a sports car like that needs.

I want to thank you for all of your excitement and encouraging words about yesterday's post. It IS pretty exciting to be training for a figure competition. It IS exciting to watch my body transform before my very eyes as more body fat drops away to reveal hard, toned muscles.

In fact, any day now the gal who is designing my suit said my fabric samples should arrive in the mail to begin the process of tailoring a suit just for me.

But through this whole process, there is something else that has happened. I feel like I'm more "on top" of things at home and in the world around me. Maybe because I have more energy and because I'm eating healthier and carrying less weight around.

But, the other confession is this... Even while I am dropping this weight and beginning to look like a million bucks, even while I am making plans to race 5Ks in the summer, even while I am making plans to compete in a body building show with my husband in October, even while I am enjoying my new slender wardrobe and my board flat belly...

Even while all that is going on...I feel a little sad.

Because I have been struggling with wanting to have more children versus dealing with the challenge of the children that we already have. My mind says...five is hard enough...keep this beautiful body you've worked so hard to get...but my heart wants more children and doesn't care about how my body looks.


I'm here to confess, that my heart won out.

We are so, so happy to share with you all that we are expecting baby number six.

*big smile*

So, yes, Sunshine Mama is officially pregnant. This picture was taken in the lobby of the hospital where I took the kids with me to await the results of the pregnancy test.

I'm five weeks along with no signs of morning sickness, but with a real or perhaps imagined slight pregnancy bump. The baby is due during the last week of October.

I guess the only question now is, do you all still want those bikini pictures? Ha, ha!!

We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. I hope your week is going well.

Sunshine Mama


  1. Congratulations on your newest blessing!

  2. Congratulations, your heart is very big and very brave;o)I had four in under five year's I know what hard work it is, but the joys outweigh everything else.

  3. (Picking jaw up from floor..) I am going to have to start sitting down to read your blog. I mean I almost just tipped over this time! Let me start by saying CONGRATULATIONS SUNSHINE FAMILY!!! You have such a big heart inside of you and I think your decision is just wonderful. Will it be easy? Not everyday, but if there is one thing I have learned from following your blogs, it is this:


    5 children, a pregnancy, then 6 children, and getting back is shape. It's no match for you. Just imagine a few years from now when you are competing in that figureS competition telling judges you "have 6 CHILDREN!"

    I will pray for your babies health and your strength. I will pray for your family for the next 9 months until we meet the new member!

    Have I mentioned I am just so happy for you?!? I immediately started thinking of girl flower names and boy flower names = )

  4. Congratulations! Six! I have four...that's enough for me....but then mine are all older now!

  5. Now that is a decision that you will NEVER regret, my friend! Never never never!! Congratulations, and a HUGE HUG!!! I am so excited for you!! Won't it be neat to go through THIS pregnancy knowing all that you know now, exercising and working out, feeling so healthy and so good! I bet it will be a pregnancy like no other you have had!

    Woo hoo!!! So so happy happy for you and your hub! Hugs.. Amy

  6. WOW!!! I am so very happy for you (and a tiny bit jealous too) ;-) That is such happy news!!! Ok, I just have to ask; are the names you call the kiddos on your blog pet names or their given names? I'm assuming it's just a code name for your blog, since you go by Sunshine Mama and DH goes by Daddy Rainmaker, etc... Just curious. =)

    I am super duper excited for you; are you going to post monthly pictures like Jen? PLEASE!?

    You're going to bounce back from this pregnancy faster than ever because you're in such great shape!


  7. CONGRATS! I am so excited for you and excited for me, cuz it is fun to be pregnant with others you "know" :)
    SO, so fun.

  8. CONGRATS!!!! Wow, I wasn't expecting this, especially with all of the plans for the body building, bikini, hottie competitions!

    Don't leave us in weight loss land. We'll cheer you on as you gain through a healthy pregnancy, feeding your precious one wholesome foods. You've got to post pictures.

    You have been such a major support on my journey. I can't thank you enough for your humour, for being serious at the right it possible to have a "friend" you've never met. I love you like a real friend Sunshine Mama...possible or not.

    Now you need a blog name for the growing bambino!

  9. OMGeesh!!!! Congrats!!! Wow- well I guess your weight loss journey is far from over! lol :) Congrats again! :)

  10. OMG! Congratulations! I have been so sick this week that I haven't read any blogs since Monday. I don't know why, but something told me to come ready yours tonight before I went to bed and now I know why. You are a heck of a woman! I feel like I have my hands full with 2! LOL!

  11. WHAT!?!?!? this is crazy awesome!! wow 6 kids. you are going to have a plateful! it will be interesting to see if there are any differences with #6 vs 1-5 with your healthy, pure diet. like if they are less-prone to any colds, etc. that would be pretty cool!

    CONGRATSSSS! so excited and happy for you guys!

  12. Congrats SM! How very exciting. :)

    I wish you & your family the very best.
    Here is hoping you have a super easy pregnancy!

    Best wishes,

  13. Congrats on the news! And no morning awesome!

    Wait, 6 kids and I can barely take care of me. Okay, I'm totally impressed and am thankful you're their mom and not me.

    It'll be interesting to see if you crave any foods while pregnant and how you feel with the new regime.