Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Day Jillian Challenge

So, I joined a 31 day fitness challenge which consists of doing any of Jillian Michael's videos every single day in the month of October.

I had serious doubts that I could do this, but I joined around 1,000 other women on facebook last week anyway.

I have found words of encouragement, funny posts, pictures, and realized that I have a ton in common with the ladies in this group. Having people to communicate with that are going through the same struggles is so important.

I have to be honest, I had a million reasons to NOT start on day 1 of this challenge. I can name a few at the top of the list: 1. hubby has stomach bug 2. all 3 kids are cranky 3. house is a mess 4. course work that needs to be done 5. tired as hell


I knew that if I worked out, it would turn my bad/sad mood around...and it did! I completed 20 minutes of routine 1 on the 30 Day Shred DVD. It was not easy, and I yelled a lot and almost cried once, but I did it. Even though I had a 3 and 5 year old right beside me, a pug under my feet, I did it.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Well, hello there!

It has been ages since I have posted.

2012 has been good to me!

I have lost 36 lbs. since January. I miss my blog, so here I am! It feels great to be back.

I decided I will keep the same blog as before even though 2011 is long gone. Since then, I feel like I have learned so much about the importance of not only eating healthy, but doing it at a reasonable pace. This has worked well for me to take it slow, one day at a time. It has been nice to not beat myself up everytime I slip up and eat crap food. I am totally fine with the fact that I will not always be able to say no to that kind of stuff. The key is to always get back on track and have the majority of the foods I eat to be great ones. The food that makes you feel good inside and out. The food our bodies were meant to have.

I hope you all are doing fabulous, and if you are not, just know that you have the strength and the power to be everything you want to be and more. Taking good care of ourselves is a great first step! Even if it is baby steps...

Now, let me introduce you to my world--

This pic was taken today-- me, my man, my 3 amazing kids, and my precious pug Bella. As you can see, I am far from my goal weight of 160, but I have had progress not perfection in 2012. I am tickled pink about that. This is actually the longest I have ever maintained a loss. There are many reasons why I have had success and I will be sure to share those later along with tips, tricks, recipes, pics, great workout music, and anything else that helps keep me inspired to keep going. I want to share that stuff with you too. I believe that we all deserve to feel great about ourselves, and eating the right foods plays such an important role with that.

:) Smile!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tough Weekend

Seems like all my 3 girls (Kaitlin-11, Audra- 4, and Evie- 2) wanted to do this weekend was FIGHT! They yell, they fight, and sad but true: momma wants to eat to make it go away! It never works, but for some strange reason food tricks me into believing it will.

Weigh in is tomorrow to mark the end of week 4 and I expect to either stay the same or have a slight gain. I look forward to a fresh week and a new beginning. GONNA KICK WEEK 5 IN THE ASS.

I am adding ZUMBA to my work out regimen--and I am so super hype about it! I love.. love.. love to dance, so this should bea great way to get in a lot of cardio that I actually enjoy.

Hope you all are taking good care of yourselves & are having a better weekend than me!!  ;)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Not Funny at the time...but hilarious now

In the past 4 weeks I have lost 12 lbs. I credit this to low calorie counts, eating many fresh fruits/veggies, lots of water, and last but not least, I have actually been working out! (go me) ;)

I am mixing it up so that I do not get bored, since I tend to get tired of the same thing over and over.

So, I joined a $10 per month gym that is only 3 minutes from my house. I really enjoy it so far. We also have a lot of work out equipment at home so I take advantage of that too.

My mother-in-law has a pool next door so swimming has been a great and easy way to get my body moving. My sister Rachel also has a pool, so now for the funny part.

On Thursday, Rachel invited me over for a swim and lunch date at her place. I felt totally spoiled. She made me the yummiest hamburger on whole wheat flat bread. She also whipped up a batch of biggest loser texas caviar which included corn, black beans, cilantro, tomatoes among other ingredients. It was delicious with baked chips. For dessert we enjoyed a fresh bowl of mixed fruit.

Before lunch we swam, and after we hung out I decided to sneak in a work out while she was cooking lunch. She suggested that I run circles around the pool as fast as I can, then go back against the water in the opposite direction. So I took off, fast as lightening. It felt great! I could tell that it was working....a great workout with no sweat and no pain! This is awesome I remember thinking!!! That is....until.....


I cried, twisted and turned, yelled for help, no help. Rachel was inside cooking. Why wont this stupid thing go away???? They usually go away really quick. Finally after I yelled her name several times, my sister came to my rescue. She stretched my muscle back, and I finally gained some relief. BUT everytime I tried to climb out of the pool, it would LOCK up again. It did this a total of 5 times before I could get out. My poor little claf feels like a boxer has used it as their punching bag. Even today, it is sooooo sore.

Lesson learned: STRETCH before going balls to the wall in a pool work out extravaganza! AND, gradually work into it in the first place.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Battle That I Plan on Winning


I have not posted since May. I have been eating every single bite of the things I wanted....definately not what my body needed. AND, laying around feeling sorry for myself, getting no physical activity. So, basically I have been feeling like a turd. The mirror has not been my friend, and I have been wearing my "fat" clothes, and they were beginning to get tight......I gained all of my weight back PLUS some since the January loss....

That is...until 4 weeks ago!  YAY

I am back! I wanted to make sure that I was really "for real" this time before I  post on my blog. This is for real. I can just feel it!

Here is a quick list to show you what I have been up to in the last 4 weeks:

-began a daily food/work-out journal (that i have kept up with religiously)
-working out side my side with my husband--sweating!
-shopping for the freshest produce/making super yummy & healthy meals in the correct portions
-smiling...a lot
-eating between 1200-1600 calories per day
-playing with my 3 girls more
-getting a tan, doing quite a bit of swimming
-getting our house organized/lots of cleaning

These all sound great, but it was NOT easy in the beginning. I was a little whiny brat on week 1 and week 2! I missed the comfort of eating tons of sweets after a big meal and washing it all down with a mt. dew. When stressed, there were no cheese dip and chips to take my mind off of the current crappy thing that was happening to me: whiny/crying kids, unexpected bill in the mail, appliances breaking down left and right, massive amounts of school work piling up, etc...

BUT I whined and moaned and groaned my way through it. And it is so worth it. I have ditched the self-sabotaging crap that makes me miserable...and fat...and lethargic....all of the things that make me feel worthless and stupid. Without them I feel so free. It seems like it should be as easy as the past couple of weeks, but it never is. This will be a constant battle. The battle that I plan on winning.


Wow, I thought I was the stuff back then. LOL... Nice back drop.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

What is the food that your body craves the most the first week of cutting back?

Every single time, without a doubt, I want to nibble PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY sandwiches. Not healthy ones, but ones that have probably 3-4 servings of peanut butter and jelly in between fresh white Wonder bread.

During my most successful weight loss adventure allllllllllllll the way back in 2001, I ate pb&j's all of the time. They were much more controlled and disciplined, and not quite as tasty, but they worked....2 slices of 100% wheat bread with one small scoop of reduced fat pb with 1 small scoop of no sugar strawberry preserves.

Well, I am back and still going strong. First week of being back in control, and being focused on staying this way. It has been WAY to easy to go astray lately, so I am working on a list of goals and reasons WHY I am here.