Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Silly Little Alarm

I have been slacking so bad when it comes to fitness. I started a full time data entry job about 9 weeks ago, and after working and having to come home and take care of business here...well I'll make my excuse now...I'm too tired to workout. Been eating's my next excuse...because I haven't made the time to plan well balanced meals.

Tonight after looking at myself with disgust, I have set my alarm. I am going to get up at 6:30am every morning and go for a walk/jog. The kids will be asleep so I can't use them as an excuse, and starting the day off on a healthy note will help me be more conscious of my food decisions.

I'm excited to get back into the groove of things, and sad I have been putting it off so long.

So say a prayer I don't hit snooze on that silly little alarm.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling: Kendra Thornton

I was approached by the awesome Kendra Thornton about doing a guest post on my blog since this month is Fit Family Lifestyles Month! I am thrilled to be so honored as well as in love with her piece. It is so important to maintain our healthy lifestyle especially when traveling, with all the yucky fast food options that make eating on the go easy, as well as limited physical activity. Hope you enjoy her advice as well as I did!

Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling

Stay fit, stay healthy, and you’ll look and feel amazing! It’s a work in-progress motto, but it’s been something that I’ve been believing in since I became a mother of three very active kids. That’s why I’m always trying to consciously keep myself fit whether I’m on the road or at home. To honor Fit Family Lifestyles month, I put together a few helpful tips and tricks that I live by to stay healthy and energized while traveling and on vacation.

Be Clean and Germ Free!
As a mother with three energetic kids, who love to run around and touch everything, having a hygiene back is a must when my family and I travel. It makes cleaning up much easier when the places we go to don’t provide any soap or water for washing up. The hygiene kit I pack up always includes: face masks (just in case the family and I are at a place with people who are ill), lots of hand sanitizers, and anti-bacterial wipes for wiping down possible germ infected areas – like tables, chairs, door handles, etc. I try and keep the products in my kits travel size, that way I can put some in my purse and leave the hygiene bag at the hotel.

Have A Little Fun Before Resting Your Mind and Body!
While we are traveling I usually try to get in the whole “fruits and veggies”, “clean and germ free”, “please play nice with your siblings”, and “scheduled bedtime” routine. It’s an everyday thing when we are at home, but when we are on vacation I tend to let things slide a little, especially their bedtimes. You’re on vacation! Let the kids stay up a little later so they can see fireworks (if there are any), give them a few more sweets, and let them enjoy themselves. I just make sure at the end of the day that my family and I wind down and get a good night’s rest.

Get That Nutrition In!
When we are traveling or on vacation, my family and I try to avoid fast-food restaurants as much as possible. It’s a good way to keep myself and my family eating healthy. Sit-down restaurants is the places where we try to get our big meals when we’re out. It might be a little bit pricier, but each member of my family can customize their order to our liking and take in lower calories, sodium, and sugars. I want us to have fun, but I also want us to stay healthy.

Ensure Your Family’s Safety!
Before I book the flights or choose the hotel, I always do an extensive research on the places that my family could possibly be staying at. I make sure that each hotel or resort that we stay at is family-friendly to the dot. I have to make sure that they provide a good safe and secure place when my family and I stay. Some of the things I look for are: good concierge service, some sort of security personnel, hospitality. You can get as picky as you want, after all you want to keep your family safe as well as yourself from harm.

A Little Extra Advice!
Anytime my family and I are visiting theme park destinations, I always make sure that we eat a substantial amount of a healthy breakfast. It saves us money because we enter the park full and it helps steer my kids away from eating too much junk food and sweets. Many hotels and resorts, including some of the more famous ones like the Walt Disney World property hotels in Orlando, offer healthy breakfasts that are included with your booked room.

I don’t have to worry about staying active with my family - but I do always try and maintain a healthy mind frame when traveling with them! Let your kids splurge in certain areas, but make it a point to explore...walk, hike, climb, RUN on vacation. I hope these tips can be of benefit to you in the future and get out there and get active in honor of this month!


Go show Kendra some love on Twitter @KendraThornton!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Vega One Review and #OneChange

Every year on the New Year, millions of people make a weight loss resolution, or the resolution to become healthier. Only 10% of those millions will actually see it through.

Very sad statistics.

So Vega One started a new revolution, #OneChange. Make #OneChange instead of overwhelming yourself with a big ol' resolution!

A little info on Vega One and what they are/do. Vega One makes nutritional shakes and bars for a athletes that are Olympic busy, or just stay at home mom busy. From their site Vega One Shakes are:

Good for your body and the planet, Vega One Nutritional Shake is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy, active lifestyle—without compromise. Made from natural, whole food ingredients, Vega One is a convenient, all-in-one supplement, packed with:
  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens
And their Vega One Bars:
All-in-one. On-the-go.
Everything you love about Vega One Nutritional Shake—now in the first ever, all-in-one nutrition bar. Vega One Nutrition Bar redefines what you’ve come to expect from a standard bar into a powerhouse of clean, plant-based nutrition. Featuring 15 grams of complete protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of Omega-3, Vega One Bar helps cover your key nutrient bases with a unique, balanced combination of essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, a full serving of greens, plus 1 billion dairy-free probiotics per bar.

That being said...I am a Number Cruncher! And super excited to try their Shakes and make that #OneChange to make myself less of a Number Cruncher!

I count calories to the point of obsessive. I measure, weigh, and calculate everything I eat. If I can't get an accurate count it drives me nuts. I do my best to guesstimate but its never perfect.

From Vega One I received a 10 day pack of Chocolate Shake. They knew how to sway me in their favor from the get go. I love me some chocolate, and I was ready to taste that #OneChange!
The first day I was in a hurry so I just chucked my Vega One in my shaker cup with 12 ounces of 8th Continent Soy Milk, and I wasn't sure about the product. It was a little chalky, which I am not a big fan of, but the taste was great. And it filled me up. To the point I had to make myself eat the rest of the day.

So I decided to take my time with it the next day. And I made up a yummy recipe for my Vega One Shake:

1 pouch Chocolate Vega One
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
12 ounces Soy Milk
1/2 banana
2 packs Stevia in the Raw

Told you I love me some sweets! And it was awesome!!! Totally loving this #OneChange Campaign!
That being said I am stuck on my recipe...I couldn't brave trying any new ones. I still have a few packs left so I am going to scour their recipes and see if there isn't anything that peaks my interest.
I definitely recommend giving them a try, their products are good, and we all know I am an honest blogger.

*Disclaimer-MommyWeighLess is responsible for this content, is libel for the opinions above, is not libel for comments made by others, and is expressing personal views. Thanks! MommyWeighLess was not compensated for this review, but was provided product for free for review.

Fitness Is Their Second Nature

As you may know I have two very beautiful and perfect reasons for getting healthy and changing my life. I do it not only for myself but for them, and Dustin, so that I am around to see all their great milestones and achievements in life.

When I began this journey, I was the only one involved. I made myself separate meals, worked out alone, and didn't push to make it a family change. Then I began to realize that it was making it ten times harder for me. All the bad food laying around tempting me. Seeing them soak into the tv and couch. I knew if I didn't make this a family thing, Scarlett would be like me in 20 years. Overweight and trying to figure it all out via Google.

I started slowly weeding junk out of their diets. We never allowed her soda or much candy anyways, so thankfully I didn't have to kick those bad habits. I started cooking more healthy meals with lots of veggies. Introduced her to quinoa...which she loves. Included her in the cooking process. And poor Dustin he just coped and was supportive because he too realized that even though he is tall and slim he has high blood pressure and cholesterol. And I don't. And I have 30 pounds on him.

This started almost a year and a half ago. Now eating healthy and exercise issue second nature to Scarlett. Dustin still won't exercise, but he does have a very physically demanding job as a diesel mechanic, but he doesn't complain about the lack of junk food anymore. Scarlett will eat a green bell pepper over a chocolate bar any day, and her favorite meal is anything I'm eating. She's always stealing my protein shakes.

Evan is still too young to eat, but I do strap him on and include him in our walks. Starting him earlier than I did Scarlett. When I watch her now, I don't have that fear she will be overweight and underactive anymore. I know this is her lifestyle because I have made it so, and it is second nature to her.

No more fretting mommy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

He's Gone To Bed!

So my blog isn't just about my weight loss journey, as roller coaster as its been lately, but life as a mommy in general.

I crib trained Evan!


It was easy. I was just being dramatic. With Scarlett we lived in a smaller house. Her bedroom was right next to ours. I could hear her through the wall.

This house is much bigger and they're rooms are on the other side.  I was so nervous about having my babies so far away. Especially since Evan is so tiny. He's only 3 months old.

Its flown by.

My mom kept saying he needed to be in his room...daddy agreed...and I caved.

I worried he wouldn't be comfy in such a big open space, but I laid him down and he went right to sleep.

Score for mommy!

Such a big boy already...where is the time going?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Return to Onederland...

I am ashamed and disgusted with myself.

I have lost the love I once had found for my body...and I don't know how or when. It been over the past nine weeks. And it saddens me. I worked so hard before Evan was born to not only lose weight, but to learn how to love myself, and I now find myself back at square one. I'm ashamed. But determined none the less. I will fix this. So instead of a New Years Resolution...I'm making a Decmeber 28, 2013 resolution.

Starting today I am going to make myself accountable for myself. I will start tracking my food, working out daily, and do what I need to do to be the best me for me...and my family. I won't make excuses for my gain. I am to blame. I haven't been eating well, counting calories, or exercising.

I have gained close to 10 pounds over the course of nine weeks. I am now 204.0 pounds.

I have 44 pounds to lose to make my goal weight. I want to reach my goal by the end of May. Not a totally unrealistic goal but I won't be discouraged should it take longer. My daily intake will be 1500 calories or less, not including exercise calories. I will workout daily. I am starting with Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I will complete all 3 phases. I will drink 8 (8oz) glasses of water everyday.

Today I tracked all my food and water. My calorie intake was 1407 and I met my water goal. I will do my workout after the kids go to bed, I should burn around 200-250 I can have a snack before bed.

Here's my food log:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here's My Excuse Maria!

So a while back there was a mother of three young boys that posted a picture of herself, a very fit self, and captioned "What's your excuse?" And it has stirred up a heck of a lot of dust.

I was watching Access Hollywood and they had her on there, this Maria, and another woman that owns a plus size lingerie boutique (she is plus size) and her name is Crystal. Crystal launched a campaign against Maria for plus size and real women to post pictures of themselves in lingerie to demonstrate what real, unphotoshopped women look like. And to help women embrace their beauty at any size. They were debating or discussing each others message. Crystal calling Maria a fat shamer and bully, and Maria repeatedly bringing up the obesity epidemic and essentially telling these women that shared their photos they are fat.

At first I didn't see anything wrong with the message Maria was originally trying to convey, but now that I've heard her speak on the issue....I have changed my mind. She is a bully. Plain and simple. Yes..she lost some weight (approximately 15 pounds) and I congratulate her...and has had 3 children one after the other...but she has never been extremely over weight or obese (which she pointedly reminded Crystal that she was). So she has no idea the work, both mental and physical that comes with losing massive amounts of weight and the after effects that comes with that loss either.

So who is she to tell other people they're making excuses? Is she the fat police? Did I miss that memo that gives her that right? That's my scales job, not hers.

If I could train multiple hours a day, had a nanny, and a lot more money...I'd be in much better shape too. But I don't. So Maria here is my excuse...

1) I eat healthy...when I have 5 minutes to do so and when my toddler doesn't  demand I share.
2) I love to run and love to hit the weights, but I love extra snuggles in the morning with my loves more.
3) I have Photoshop but my man tells me how beautiful I I never use it. My camera is used to snap memories of my family.
4) I still have baby weight to lose...but my son is only 7 weeks old. I don't want to miss any milestones while cramming a 3 hour gym sesh.
5) I could go around being ashamed that I am a little over weight, and Lord knows there are plenty of people like you reminding me, but I love myself. I love the extra pudge on my belly and thighs I got from carrying my two biggest accomplishments. I love the stretch marks I earned from them as well. I'm okay with the fact that I can't afford a boob  job and my tits hang a little lower from feeding those precious beings. I can live with myself not having six pack abs...I've lived my whole life without them. I enjoy being pale, spray tans are too expensive. And if I can't afford that...I darn sure can't afford that personal training program you want me to buy. And if you don't like the way we look...then don't look at us.

Yes I agree with her, there is an obesity crisis and we do not need to accept its okay. But making people feel bad about themselves won't fix it either. Helping people love themselves will. We have to stop judging people by their size. I'm chunky, but I'm plenty active. Being overweight shouldn't be associated with laziness. Its not always the case. We have to stop labeling one another and instead encourage each other to be the best us.  We see enough pictures of perfectly fit photoshopped  models everyday on tv, in magazines, on bill boards...we don't need to be bombarded by these pictures with  a belittling message plastered on it as well.

Women come in all shapes and sizes...and its no ones business but their own if they want to change the way they look. Don't push your lifestyle on others.

So Maria, you can criticise me for making excuses and having a few extra pounds to lose until you're blue in the face but I love who I am, and I'm going to go enjoy a cookie with my kids.