Saturday, December 29, 2012

My year in pictures!

This is my year...well the last several months at least. The progress is slow but steady.
Picture 1: June -221 pounds
Picture 2: July -210 pounds
Picture 3: August -198 pounds
Picture 4: September -190 pounds
Picture 5: October - 187 pounds
Picture 6: November -186 pounds
Picture 7: December -182 pounds
Just goes to show how much your body can and will change!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Year Resolutions

The New Year is Upon Us Again!

I am still in shock with how quickly this year has flown by, and how much I have changed this year. When 2012 started I was 231 pounds, eating whatever I wanted, never exercising, very insecure, and really down on myself. When I went for my annual visit in January  my doctor told me I was obese. I started 2012 with the resolution to lose weight. Just a general thought, lose weight, but no real goals or anything. Just one of those many resolutions that millions of people make each year but never stick to.

This time I stuck to it..well eventually!

The first six months or so I just kind of played with my diet changes, and did not exercise at all.

And then in June, while on vacation I saw this picture of myself. Up until then I had completely avoided having my picture taken.

In this picture I was 221 pounds, so in six months I lost 10 pounds.

This picture, and the doctor telling me I was obese, was my defining moment, that moment when you look at yourself and realize things have to change! I knew that if I wanted to enjoy my Scarlett for as long as possible I needed to get healthy. I knew that if I wanted to enjoy the rest of my life without health complications, I needed to get healthy. 

My life took a dramatic turn in June. 

I finally decided to take my resolution serious. I guess that makes it a not so New Year Resolution..but hey..whatever.

As of now I eat clean, exercise daily, and love myself completely. Even the parts that I don't like I love!

This is me as of  December 2012!

I am 38 pounds lighter in this picture. That was done in 6 months. Total loss of 48 pounds!

Here is a side by side of the two...

Now to the whole point in this horribly schematic set up...stick to your goals.

It doesn't have to be a New Year's Resolution, make it a December 29, 2012 resolution. Start tomorrow. Shoot...Start right now. But whenever you start, keep at it. It has been one of the most demanding, aggravating, challenging, emotionally draining, physically enabling years in my life...but dang has it been worth it! 

I still have a ways to go, and I update my goals everyday. But I am so freaking proud of how far I have come! I have made a New Years Resolution. Want to know what that is?

My Resolution for 2013 is....

Be the Best Me I Can Be!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Holidays Are Upon Us!


Just had to let that little yelp out!

It is that wonderful time of the year that we all love so much. Everything is green, red, and sparkly! The weather is nice a cool (I'm in such thing as cold)! The Christmas lights are all gleaming...and the yummy food is baking!

Wait! The baking! The food! The sweets! The...oh no I ate TOO much feeling!

This is a difficult time of year for those of us trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet. There is so much pressure put on you to join in on the family eating festivities, and guilt tripping when you don't. It is hard to refuse sweets and such most days of the week, when there is no holiday, and the holiday only makes it about a hundred times worse.

I have a huge sweet tooth. HUGE! I love all the yummy sugar cookies, gingerbread men, cakes, pies...if it has sugar in it, I dig in. Well I used to anyways. I have worked really hard on my self control. Fighting that little devil over my shoulder that eggs me on to eat it...and letting the angel that has my health interests in mind whoop his ass! In a sense I have been kicking my own butt in order to stay out of sweets. I allow myself some every now and again to ensure I don't binge. Everything in moderation.

My family makes some killer of the reasons we are all over weight. Well this year I am in charge of desserts, and I am going to make them healthy. And what they don't know will not hurt them! I saw a wonderful Pin on Pinterest  for a fruit dessert Christmas tree and I am so stoked to try it! I am also looking at healthier brownie recipes to make an alternative for those that are not really fruit fiends.

The whole point I am trying to make with this is just because the holidays seem like a good reason to stray from your diet/healthy eating...ITS NOT! Don't use it as an excuse. Instead use it as an incentive to try new things..I know I am!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SpiderTech Tape Review

Oh the joys pains of  running!

While the mental aspect of running is amazing, the physical can be a bit disabling sometimes.

A few weeks ago I shared a picture on Twitter of my poor ankle wrapped in an ace bandage. After a super leg session at the gym, and finishing that off with a couple miles run, I thought I was going to die from a pain shooting down into my ankle from my calf. I thought maybe it was sprained or strained and just babied it some.

Then on Saturday I went for a 3 mile run. I was about 200 feet from my driveway when my calf turned to putty. Completely obliterated. I pulled it. Ouch. Thankfully I was close to home. It dawned on me that the pain in my ankle was actually pain ascending from my calf. Make sure you listen to your body. It will let you know when something is not right.

I hobbled the rest of the way home, sat on the front porch, and thought about crying.

While I sat there it dawned on me that SpiderTech Inc. had sent me a sample of KT tape, which is kinesiology tape that you use to tape muscles to prevent injuries, wear during sports for support, or wear after an injury to aid in recovery. The sample I had was two of the X Spiders and I was anxious to try them out, more or less anxious to relieve some pain. I pulled out the samples that came with a diagram of how to apply the tape to your affected area. They also have how to videos on their website. I watched the video...followed the steps...and felt almost instant relief!

I cannot stress enough how great this tape works. I still have pain, which is to be expected with such a harsh injury. No matter what you do you are using your calf muscle. It is a central muscle. A bad one to injure! I had 3 days of relief and the tape was still rolling or lifting. Even my one year old had taken a couple shots at it. I looked into ordering more and the prices were unbelievably affordable. I picked up some KT Tape($9.95) from the local pharmacy to replace what I had peeled off, while I wait to order from SpiderTech. 

They have Pre-Cuts for specific muscle groups, the X Spider which can be used anywhere alone or with Pre-Cuts, and they also carry a Gentle brand for those with sensitive skin. As far as removal I just pulled at the top and it peeled right off. If you have sensitive skin I recommend using baby oil. It did not hurt but I have sun worn skin and no sensitivity.

So all in all this is a wonderful product if you have an injury, want to prevent an injury, or need a little support for a certain muscle group when you work it out!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Pound Prayer

I am going to share something with you that I am a little ashamed of sharing, but I know I am not the only one that has done it.

Right before I step on the scale once a week, I pray for a two pound loss. I deem it my 'Two Pound Prayer'!

As silly as that sounds I did this for a really long time. I would take a deep breath, close my eyes, step on the scale and pray there was a loss. Finally the stress of that got to me. Weight fluctuates daily, and it can jump up to 5 pounds depending on where you are in your cycles (if female) or how much water you are retaining. I was driving myself nuts watching that number. I was obsessing over it. I stepped on that darn thing every time I walked by it.

Then Dustin made the comment that it had become a permanent fixture to my feet and  I realized I had formed an unhealthy relationship with the scale. I decided to put it away and join the local SAA...Scale Addicts Anonymous.

I hopped on MyFitnessPal and started trolling the forums for things related to my problem. The more I read the more it began to sink in that I was not the only one with this problem, and that there was a better way to track my weight that is way more accurate and one that is a whole lot more healthy for you mentally! Want to know what that is...

Take weekly measurements with a measuring tape!

You should measure around your neck, chest, upper arm, forearm, wrist, waist (at navel and narrowest point), hips (at widest point), thighs, and finally the calf. Even though the scale is moving SUPER SLOW, the inches are melting off, which means that I am losing body fat! I have lost 50% of the body fat I need to lose in order to be in a healthy body fat range. That is a lot especially when you compare that to the measley 40 pounds I have lost (still proud of that though).

Either way the take away from this is to stop obsessing over the scale and pull out that tape measure. Hold that darn thing accountable for your success...because that scale is an evil sucker that will lie to you every time!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Starting P90X

I have looked into the Beachbody P90X fitness and nutrition program for a while now, and always felt that it was too pricey for our budget. I also felt I needed to be in better physical condition. I have been working so hard for nine months and I finally feel that I am at the level needed to take on such a challenging program. Well a girlfriend of mine loaned me her set and I cannot wait!

I am so excited to take on this challenge!

I have no idea what to expect other than a killer workout. I have no idea what kind of results I will get. I have no idea how sore I will be. I have no idea what kind of challenge lies ahead of me. What I do know is that I am 100% ready to accept whatever Tony Horton can throw at me, and use it to improve my body!

I will start my 90 day challenge on Monday, December 17, 2012.

I planned to start today but realized I need a yoga mat, heavier dumbbells, and  a pull up bar. I will pick those things up this weekend (used and cheap at Play It Again Sports)! I cannot do a pull up yet and I hope that I will be able to do at least one by the end of my 90 days. I can partially pull myself up but not completely. That is a goal I have set for myself.

So Sunday evening I will take my before pictures, then take them again at 30 days, 60 days, and then my final results. I will share my first day experience and I will also share my start pictures and every 30 days progress with you. If there are any readers who would like to do the P90X with me, please feel free to email me at or message me on my facebook page!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stop Dieting

I cannot express enough how important proper diet is when it comes to weight loss and healthy living.

Sure you can ingest a couple of drops of a "hormone" and eat 500 calories and lose a ton of weight...but who wants to starve? Like it or not FAD diets DO NOT work. Nine times out of ten all the weight you lose, and then some, on a fad diet will return.

Every day I am bombarded with emails from companies that have the next great weight loss tip or tool or whatever crafty word they use to describe their fad. And when people are desperate they will try anything and everything. These companies know this. They take advantage of our desperation. And rob us blind.

You do not need a pill, shake, wrap, surgery, hormone, expensive program, or anything else of that nature to lose weight. All you need is good quality foods, proper portions, and exercise. I have said it before, weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. You cannot exercise away a bad diet. Your body needs good wholesome carbs, fats (yes I said fats), and protein. I also believe that every now and then you should treat yourself to something yummy, but do not over indulge.

I have lost 40 pounds, slowly, but healthily. I did not use anything other than good food and exercise. 

I practice what I preach.

One thing you must remember is that you did not put on all that excess weight in one month, and you will not lose it in one month. This is a slow process. It takes time and patience. You will not get instant results.

No. Wait. That is a lie.

You do get instant results.

You will instantly feel better about yourself if you make the choice to eat healthy and move more.

I  get so tired of people asking me how I do this..what is my secret. I am sharing it with you now. Eat right and exercise. I think I have said that about 100 times now. I am also tired of people asking for my help but making excuses for why they cannot do it. If you are not going to take my advice and utilize it do not waste my time. I hate to be so blunt but I cannot do this for have to want it. Until you want it you will not change.

Back on topic. Stop looking for the next best thing, or the easiest fix. Put on your big person undies and do it the hard way, the nitty gritty way, and get your hands dirty so to speak. Do not rely on some corporation making millions of dollars by telling people they are fat, to help you change your life.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Victories: In My Head At Least

So yesterday I painted my own toenails...why is this news you ask?

Before I would have someone else do it because I couldn't bend over like that or breathe when I did it. But yesterday I did it and never lost my breath and bent like a pretzel with no discomfort.

This is what is called a Non Scale Victory or NSV for short...or a weight loss victory not related to the numbers on the scale or tape measure. I decided I would share a few of my NSVs, things other people might not think are important, that have been huge milestones for me.

I have a BMI of 28.1!
Yes that means I am still overweight according to national standards but considering my BMI started at 37.4 less than a year ago...I think that is amazing! My doctor no longer tells me I am obese and I need to lose weight but instead encourages my new 'category' and weightloss. I like her more now!

My body fat is 29.2%!
Once again this means I am still overweight but I started at 51% body fat...I have lost almost half of my body fat. My ultimate body fat percent is 25%. Body fat percent is a better measure of your success than numbers on the scale. I still weigh 185, over weight for my height of 5'7", but my body fat is almost right on.

I ran my first 5k race!
I watched people run on the treadmill or around town and always felt a tinge of jealousy. I loved running in high school but hadn't braved it since gaining weight. I decided to change that. I started slow...running for a few seconds and walking a few minutes. Then I pushed myself to compete a mile under 13 minutes. Then two miles...and finally 3.1. Then I signed up for my first race and finished in 38 minutes. One of my highest accomplishments yet.

I put on a size 10!
Most women strive to be a I just wanted to fit in the clothes I wore before Scarlett was born. A 10 Jeans and medium top. I started out in an 18 and 2XL! A couple of weeks ago I put on my 10 and medium without any struggle or snugness..I felt amazing!

My collar bone shows now!
Weird right?! But it was one of my goals. I wanted to be able to see my collar bone. I think a slight show of the collar bone is super sexy and I worked hard to get mine out from under all that fat.

My calf muscles are defined!
All my running, and recent weight lifting, have paid off. I have defined calves. Another one of those goals I see my calf muscles. Before I had fat legs with cankles, now I have sexy legs with calves and ankles.

Double more!
I avoided every camera because I hated my double chin (and my body). I felt I was too young to have a double chin. We went and did a family portrait last weekend and I smiled confidently without the fear of my double chin making an unwanted appearance.

I have my sexy back!
I lost my sexy after my weight gain. I wore baggy clothes to hide my shame and avoided places where I might run into people I knew beforehand. Now I feel sexy in my own skin again, and I'm not afraid to flaunt it. Dustin has ultimately felt the wham! of my returning sexy and he loves it!

We are ready for Moore #2!
Dustin and I want a second baby, but I wanted to wait until I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight from Scarlett (a healthy weight). I am! We have been trying to get pregnant for a while but no we will just keep practicing until we reach perfect. In reality I would be okay if it didn't happen I reached my goal weight!

And last but not least and needs no explanation ......

I love myself again!

After reading this I hope you will stop looking at your weight loss as just numbers and reevaluate it in terms of NSV moments. Even though you might insignificant I assure you it is is a stepping stone towards a healthier you!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

Thought I would share a little about myself...too be more personable. These are a few quirky things about myself you may not know. 

1) I am a 23 year old stay at home mom, in a very happily committed 5 year relationship with Dustin.

2) I have a 4 year old yorkie/chihuhua mix named Indica (yes after the pot flower..not my choosing).

3) I went to school to be a cosmetologist, plan on finishing after the babies go to school.

4) We are trying for Moore number 2 (no such luck...I am not ovulating because of my weight loss)...but I would really like to reach my goal weight first. Hoping for a boy!

5) I am allergic to raspberries.

6) I hate wearing tennis shoes...I am a Florida girl and I love my flip flops!

7) My daughter Scarlett Rose..has red hair..and we named her before we knew what she looked like.

8) I am in love with Kenny Chesney and Tim Tebow...and Dustin knows this.

9) I have a fear of bed sheets...they make me feel claustrophobic. We do not have any on our bed.

10) My favorite joke is as follows:
          There are two muffins in the oven.
          One muffin turns to the other and say, "Man it is hot in here!"
          The second muffin exclaims, "Holy Sh*t a talking muffin!"

Would love to learn more about you all. Please feel free to share on my page!