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!