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 calories...so 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 am...so 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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Who Is My Son?

Every set of parents spends nine months arguing over names. That is a fact. 

As a child I had this list of crazy names I would name my children should I ever have one, and needless to say...those were not the names we chose. Instead we went very traditional. Scarlett was named by her father. Scarlett Rose...who is a bright red head...no joke. And no, we did not name her for her hair color, that is purely coincidental. She was named before her birth. Daddy just came home with it one day. I wanted an Evelyn. But that is another story for another day.

Our son on the other hand...we could not agree on anything.

Back story...

       We tried for several months to get pregnant before it finally happened. The very day I saw those double lines, a dear friend of my parents, Eva, passed away unexpectedly. She was a beautiful person and the world is a lesser place without her. I knew that God called her home to be a guardian angel for my unborn baby. I fought within myself over that a lot. I thought it was selfish to think that, but knew it was true as well.

Shortly after her my Granny Jean passed away, after a long battle with cancer. She was not my biological grandmother, but was the woman I knew as grandma. And my Mammy, Virginia May...well there is no grandma like her. No one has a Mammy like mine. And in reality she is Mammy to everyone.

These three women had such a profound impact on my life that I wanted to name the baby, should it be a girl after them. Her name would be Eva May Jean. Only Eva wasn't a girl, and we had no idea what to name a boy......

So my best friend, and God Mom to the kids suggested Evan. She knew what Eva meant to me and the baby. I loved it...Dustin...not so much. But he knew what it meant to me as well, and I got what I wanted. So there. We have a first name. Evan.

Now we needed a middle name. I always said if I had a boy his middle name would be Wayne, just like my father's. Dustin was on board with that, but that was before he agreed to Evan. So now I have the names I want and he is pouting. So I decided I would give up Wayne to keep Evan, and he pick a middle name.
He wanted to name him for the man he called Dad, his step-dad Alan.

Then it hit me. I could have my granola and eat it too.

What about Evan Alan Wayne...?

Dustin agreed. Everyone loved it. And I think we have a future doctor with a strong name like that. He will have to be someone important in order to justify such a priceless name.

So while Scarlett doesn't have some glorified story for her name like Evan, she is just as loved, and totally rotten. My children have beautiful classic names...that don't have a bagillion silent letters, apostrophes, or weird meanings.

But then again my son is named after a woman...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Gone Baby Gone

Well I had my post partum 2 week check up today, and my wonderful OB cleared me of post partum depression. He said I was doing too well to be suffering anything more than baby blues. And I agree. I feel better...much better. No more weepy pitiful mommy.

I'm baaaccckkk!

Well pretty much. I walked well over 2 miles last night while trick or treating with Scarlett and it felt good. My body didn't hurt and no post partum symptoms emerged. The doctor cleared me for exercise and I can't wait to get moving!

Even though I am not suffering from depression, there may be a mommy out there that is and if you feel you are or suspect you are...please seek medical help. Do not be ashamed. And if you suspect a mommy of suffering from depression please offer help. A 15 minute break can make a mom's day.

My biggest take away...be compassionate. Not only to moms...but to everyone. You never know what someone is going through. And your friendly feature may change their life.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Weekly Weigh-In

So it's Thursday...the day I have designated for my weigh in. Now I am not an advocate for the scale, because the scale does not always tell the truth. Non scale victories are far more important than any number on a scale. Don't let that number define you and all your hard work.

My NSV (non scale victory) this week was fitting back into my size 12 jeans! Woohoo! They're a little snug but anything is better than maternity pants!

But I also had a scale victory this week. Last week I weighed in at 196.8. This morning I actually weighed in at 194.8, a 2 pound loss, but I didn't photograph the scale until after breakfast, so I won't count it. Instead I'll count the after breakfast shot which was 195.4...*sigh lol*

Either way it's nice to see it move down after watching it go up for 9 months!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Labor, Delivery, and The Work Left To Do

Well, I have been MIA for a while. And I greatly apologize to anyone that follows me. I have been super busy preparing for baby, and now taking care of baby. Its amazing the difference between my two deliveries and I solely lay blame to my fitness and dietary changes.

My pregnancy this time around was easy peasy lemon squeezy! And labor and delivery...a breeze...

8 hours compared to 18.
4 pushes compared to a million.
No tearing compared to multiple stitches.
On my feet in less than 20 minutes.
Uterus completely retracted in 24 hours.
No weight gain whatsoever.

Those are just a few of the differences. And I owe it all to a new lifestyle. When they tell you remaining active during pregnancy makes for an easier delivery, they weren't kidding. Now... If only it prevented baby blues. I battled them with Scarlett, and it seems I am again. This time a little more severe, and a lot of that has to do with my very temperamental toddler. I worry I am teetering between baby blues and post partum depression or PPD. I have decided to be very open about this because...well I need and outlet...and there is no shame in needing help. Mental illness, should that be what's going on, is no laughing matter and it's not something that should be kept hidden. I will openly share if things progress or get better. Who knows, there may be someone out there that needs to know they aren't alone or crazy now that they have a new baby.

Whoever says being a mom is easy...they lied. This has been the most difficult week of my life. I have cried...a lot. I feel like all I do is fuss  at poor Scarlett because she's either running around screaming, tearing something apart, bugging Evan (Evan Alan Wayne Moore is little man's name by the way), or just being a terrible two year old. The guilt eats me alive. If it wasn't for my mom helping out so much, I'd probably go crazy. Dustin works mid shift which is 2pm-2am and it is hard. I sooooo look forward to his days off.

Besides crying and irritability, I have no appetite, am super fatigued, moody-ish, feel guilty and anxious that I'm being a bad mom when I send Scarlett to Grammy's house, feel overwhelmed by the amount of house work that's falling behind, and just overall kind of crappy.  My OB says he won't be too concerned with my feelings until I've reached the two weeks mark. If my feelings haven't subsided by then, there is a good chance of PPD which can be corrected in a number of ways. Either way, I will do whatever is necessary to be healthy.

Mental health is just as important as physical.

As far as physical health. Mine is great. My blood pressure and blood work are perfect. Now to get back to reaching my goal weight. And body. I took Scarlett to the playground for half an hour today while Evan slept and running around breathing in the fresh air felt amazing. So did spending quality time with my baby girl. I think we may be doing more outside while the weather is so amazing, since it did us both so much good. Its a great way to reintroduce myself to physical activity.  Small doses each day until I feel ready to take on more.

I have added a picture of my 10 day post partum body and weight. This is my starting point.

My goal weight is 155. I have 41.8 pounds to lose.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Oral IV Review

A little while ago I was sent an interesting new product to sample and review called Oral IV. Being pregnant I double checked with my OB to make sure it is safe to use during pregnancy, and he saw no issue with it. So after a long awaited review here we go.

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

I am known for my honestly when it comes to reviews. If I don't like something...I will gladly let y'all know. And the maker as well. But Oral IV gets an A+ in my book.

Credit For Photo: OralIv.com


Taken directly from their website here is a great explanation of the product...better than I could ever give anyways...

     "ORAL I.V. is a revolutionary hydration aid product based on a proprietary formula of crystalloid electrolytes and purified water. ORAL I.V. does not contain any sugars, caffeine or stimulants, additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients. It can be consumed directly or added to water. Individuals can use ORAL I.V. as an addition to their existing hydration methods and to support dehydration prevention."

I haven't been... what you would say, overly physical while pregnant, but I have been active nonetheless. The important thing to remember as well is that I am PREGNANT and live in FLORIDA. Both of which means I dehydrate a lot more quickly than the average Joe does during physical activity. And hydration is VERY VERY VERY important when you are pregnant.

So when did I put Oral IV to good use you ask? And how did is help me recover?

Excellent questions. I shall answer them both.

I decided to go for a walk. Only a couple miles. Nothing too strenuous. But it was hottttt! So I fixed myself a big ol' glass of water, and headed out the door. Then I saw that white package on the counter. And I thought that with as hot as it was, as pregnant as I was, it might not hurt to grab a little pack of Oral IV. 
*One of the great things about Oral IV is that is it small and very convenient to pack along. 
About a mile into my walk I got that overheated, and almost overwhelmed feeling and ripped open my pack, threw it back, and stopped to take a breather. Within a few minutes I already began to feel better. My color returned and I was able to complete my two mile walk. When I got home I waited several hours, and had some more Oral IV mixed into my tea with dinner.
*Its wonderful during activity and after for recovery.

I slept like a baby that night.

I also plan to pack the couple of remaining packs I have in my hospital bag to take during and after delivery. Yes I will be hooked up to a regular IV, but labor and delivery take a major toll on your reserves, and I think that Oral IV and I will be long lasting friends.

It is perfect for a small time fitness gal like me, or even someone as physical as a marathon runner!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Holy Heartburn!

If I could breathe flames, I would, and I am fairly certain I am very close to doing so!

Being pregnant just stinks sometimes. I had a beautiful and yummy salad with romaine, mushrooms, tomatoes,  carrots, bell peppers, turkey, some shredded cheese, pickles, and a couple tablespoons of ranch. It was heavenly *imagine angelic hums here*! I ate the heck outta that salad. And my little man did flips and flops, so apparently he enjoyed it too. 

I think I shall have one everyday for lunch this week.

As yummy as it is, I must be a glutton for punishment because I have heartburn that would scare the devil himself! And I will definitely do it again tomorrow. It is so horrible. It is like a combination of all the veggies and the dressing. It is bad. 

Like I said...being pregnant sucks sometimes.

Oh and to top that off I made some homemade salsa last night, and ate about a half a cup for snack. Yeah that tomato based delicous-ness with jalapeno chopped up in it. Ouch! But oh so good...



But it will be worth it. He will be healthy. I am healthy. And even though we are paying for it now, it was so worth it. 

Every. Single. Horribly. Daunting. Heartburn. Ridden. Bite.


Friday, August 16, 2013

I Need A Run

So I haven't been running much during my pregnancy, simply because I get too hot...Florida Summers Suck For Us Pregnant Ladies...and because my heart rate gets way too high, which can be dangerous for little baby boy.

And it is killing me!

I want. No need. I need to go for a run. I hate that I am limited with my fitness now. I wasn't in the early stages which was wonderful, but now that I want to run...I can't.

It Sucks!

I shouldn't be so whiny. I have a very healthy baby. I have gained minimal weight. I am perfectly healthy. I only have nine more weeks to go. But that does not curb my need to run. Poo.

I keep reminding myself that as much as it stinks it is for such an amazing and greater purpose. And one day I will be taking my handsome little man running with me. Shoot. As bad as I want to run...maybe he will be a track star or something?

Olympics here we come. Move over Bolt. Little Man Moore is hot on your heels.

Okay. I might be exaggerating a little. But who knows right?

Happy 31 Weeks To Us!


Monday, August 5, 2013

ProCompression Review: Marathon Socks and Paracord Bracelet Giveaway

A few weeks ago ProCompression sent me a pair of Marathon Socks to review, and I have to admit I have been blown away. These socks are amazing and stylish.

Being pregnant comes with a lot of unpleasant side effects...one being water retention and swelling in the feet and ankles. After a workout or a busy day on my feet I have had issues with swelling. I have read a ton of reviews (mostly positive) about compression socks. Granted marathon socks are really meant for athletes, they are great relief for just everyday discomfort and swelling. In all honesty ProCompression should market to pregnant women. They could make a killing.

These socks are top of the line as well. Made with nylon and poly materials...they give that tight squeeze for relief that you wish you could get from regular socks. And not only are the materials wonderful and snug but they are made here in the United States! How cool is that highlighting?!

Anyways. Back on topic!

I cannot give a more positive review. I have noticed significantly better circulation and reduced swelling in my legs, as well as the ability to stand and walk for longer periods of time. I even packed them on vacation with me because I feel I couldn't go a week without them at this point in my pregnancy. I am really anxious to see what they are capable of when I can get back into running long distances again. Maybe I will be able to complete my goal of running a half by next summer!

So since Procompression is totally awesome they are giving me the wonderful gift of giving a pair of marathon socks away to one lucky reader. How awesome is that??? But to sweeten the deal I have a surprise!

Should you not be the lucky winner of the socks..you can still use a special promo code they gave me that is good for 40% off suggested retail and free shipping! SAY WHAT?
Code: PCBLG

I also have a really beautiful and stylish paracord bracelet I am giving away too! Made here is the USA!



So enter for your chance to win below. Good Luck!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Pre-Giveaway Jitters

OMG!
We made it to the OBX last night after a beautiful drive! My baby girl rode so well considering it was 12 hours in the car! She watched her movies, ate, played with daddy...and here we are!
And as promised...I have a giveaway to share...
But just to draw it out even longer I'm not posting it until midnight tonight...sorry!
But it will be a wonderful giveaway with ProCompression Marthon Socks and my surprise item! I'll share another teaser picture around noon east coast time!
Are you excited yet...I sure am...gonna share a little vacation happiness!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vacation and My Giveaway Surprise!

Man I have been super duper busy lately.

I have been busy with painting and decorating, regular stay at home mom stuff, working out when I can, doctor's appointments, and prepping for VACATION!

WOOT WOOT!

We only have 10 DAYS until we head out to The Outer Banks or OBX in North Carolina. One of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the East Coast...and we are Floridians. So that is saying a lot.

After the passing of my Grandma Rita a couple of years ago, we decided we would do a week long vacation once a year on or around her birthday. Giving our family the chance to get together, not only to remember her, but to enjoy each others company.

Grandma Rita Jane Taylor

Now this isn't my family in the sense that we are blood related.

Grandma Rita was my Ex-Step Grandmother. Confusing I know. Her daughter Anna, was one of my Grandfathers several wives. Only she is one of two I maintained a relationship with. As tragic as it is I do not have a great relationship with my maternal Grandmother. But that's a skeleton for another time. Anna however has been a very active and important person in my entire life. I owe her so much. She is my kids Meme!

Well her mother Rita, my Grandma Rita, passed away in May of 2011 from a rare form of Leukemia. She was one of those amazing women that was an angel on earth and never had ill words to speak of anyone. We loved her dearly, and still do. While she was ill, I got to know her family well. I had met her other children on occasion but did not KNOW them. Last summer was the first summer we spent a week in the OBX, and I never once felt like anything other than family.

There is not a more welcoming or amazing family. So needless to say I am stoked to do it again this year.

But not only seeing them has me stoked about vacation. So does the idea of the beach...sun...a week with my man and princess...and...

DUN DUN DUNNNNN

A totally awesome giveaway!

I will be reviewing and giving away a pair of ProCompression Marathon Socks! Also included will be a surprise item. I am not sharing what it is...but trust me...it is one of a kind, pink, awesome, and I am so jealous I can't enter my own giveaway! 

So be sure to keep your eyes open for what will be a great and rockin' vacation! I thought I would use my vacation and feel good time to share a little light with y'all!

Friday, July 19, 2013

ProCompression: Huge Summer Sale!

Wow...got to love a good summertime sale!

Nothing is better than low prices for super quality products! I am still reviewing a pair of ProCompression socks...but I have nothing negative to say yet! So I am letting all of you wonderful readers in on a great deal that they have running right now...



Huge Summer Savings from PRO Compression

Get 40% off ALL merchandise at procompression.com, including their brand NEW Neon Calf Sleeves and Team PC Gear such as hats and running visors! 

Simply enter coupon code JULY at checkout. You'll save 40% and get free US shipping. Click here to stock up today: 

http://www.procompression.com/products/

Hurry, coupon code JULY expires August 4, 2013!


Happy Shopping!
Happy Savings!

So stop on over at ProCompression and let them know that Liz at MommyWeighLess sent ya!

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Chobani, Bondi Bands, Allergies ...Oh My!

So recently I have had the amazing privilege and joy of trying out a couple of awesome products. I cannot wait to share either!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

I received a case of Chobani Flips to review...and as we all know yogurt is a staple in most healthy diets...especially mine. I have been a Chobani nut for over a year now. It is one of my favorite and most filling snacks, not to mention the protein! It is a quick and easy breakfast if needed, or an awesome post-workout snack. And now that it is summertime it is super refreshing on a hot summer day!

There were so many yummy types to try...and I could not wait to dig in! There were two of each, so 12 in total! They are fair in calories, low in sugar, and taste great.


The day I got the case I did a little jig, and then hunted down a spoon. The first flip I sampled was the Almond Coco Loco...
                          IT WAS DIVINE!!!...and my favorite!



Second to that was the Key Lime Crumble! I have eaten all of them but the Raspberry Choco Fix thanks to a wonderful allergy to raspberries. As much as I longed to taste test a swollen tongue and duck lips are not fun, amazes me that people do the duck face photo intentionally. Have it from allergies and trust me, you won't think its so cute anymore. 

Anyways, back on topic!

Dustin ate the raspberry flip and he loved it! He is not a huge fan of Greek yogurt but he loved it this way. Who wouldn't though? It has chocolate in it for crying out loud! 

So what is even more amazing than these wonderful treats themselves you ask?! Well...
          Chobani has graciously given me the opportunity to give a case away to a lucky reader!!!
But that is not all you can win in this totally awesome giveaway!

The lovely ladies at Naturally Fit Sisters also sent me a few Bondi Bands! They were supposed to be a part of my last giveaway but I didn't receive them in time (sad face). So I decided I would make this giveaway even sweeter by including them here! Their bands are awesome. They don't slip. They fit wonderfully  They don't itch. They are easily washed. It keeps the sweat out of your eyes. And most important...They are stylish. Well in a nut shell...they just rock! I love mine...and Scarlett loves hers too!



Both of these products are great for those that want to spice up their healthy eats and exercise. And you can easily enter below! Good luck to all...cannot wait to see who the lucky winner will be! The lucky winner will receive a case of Chobani Flips, 3 Bondi Bands, and a pair of Sweat Pink shoelaces! The giveaway starts tonight at midnight and ends next Saturday at midnight...so you have plenty of time to get multiple entries!

I have not been paid by Chobani or Naturally Fit Sisters for these products! These are solely my honest opinions.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Obesity: A Disease?



This is a very sensitive and sore subject for a lot of people, and I am going to do my best not to offend anyone. I have very mixed feelings on the matter of the, AMA (American Medical Association), naming Obesity as a disease. While it has been deemed a disease by the AMA that does not make it a legal disease, it will just bring more attention to those affected by obesity, and open a door way to treatments.

I myself was obese according to BMI charts a little over a year ago. And as far as treatments go for the "disease", the best cure I found was proper diet and food portions, with a side of exercise. And for many that is also the answer. I understand that for some that is a difficult task, and they use more invasive things like surgery...which is okay too. I have no beef with people that elect to have weight loss surgery. I do not think its the easy way out. To me that seems harder than working out. I hate doctors and hospitals.

But to me if I was obese and a doctor told me I was "diseased" I would be highly offended. It just seems so...I don't know...demeaning to say it is a disease. It's not. It is self induced. It is caused from overeating and laziness. At least it was in my case. I'm not saying that's the same for everyone else. But in most cases it is. And as far as the "genetics" part people claim has to do with their obesity, I call BULL. Genes play a small part in weight gain or loss. But they are not to blame for being obese.

While I may not be totally for this whole Obesity is a disease thing, I am also not totally against it. I like that all this attention for obesity will open new doors for research, as well as bring attention to the epidemic of obesity that is sweeping the United States. Statistics show that 1 out of 3 Americans is obese! That is crazy...a third of the population is obese! But it's not hard to believe either. I also hope that better health care for those that are obese will come of this, and maybe more options for help with weight loss. Maybe there will be more access through health care for nutrition guidance, exercise opportunities, and even easier access to surgery for those that choose.

Like I said...this is a touchy subject and I was nervous about writing it. In the end the only way to help end obesity is to educate people about proper nutrition and exercise. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

SummerTime 300th Like Giveaway!

Woohoo...I have finally organized this giveaway! I am so excited...how about y'all???

So I have a ton of things I love to use during the summer, and I thought, "Why not share some of those things?" It is hot, and when working out hydration, proper nutrition, and sun protection are so important. And  most important STYLE!

It gets suuuuuper boring drinking just water. So I went on the hunt for a flavor pack for water. I tried so many different products and finally settled on one, Crystal Light Liquid. There are so many flavors and you can add a little or add a lot. And it is ZERO calories. Zip. Zilch. I like to add a couple of squeezes shake it up and walk out the door. My favorite is Strawberry Lemonade, so I am sharing one!



Not only do we need hydration in the summer, but we need protection. The suns dangerous UVA and UVB does so much damage to our skin that it is ultra important to use sunscreen. Most people never think about their face or lips...just the big areas that are exposed. So I am also sharing Banana Boat 50 SPF Face Balm and Chapstick!



So I have covered hydration and skin protection, but now there is a rumbling in my tummy. Being a full time pregnant mommy, I need to eat every couple of hours to keep blood sugar regulated. You should too, just to stave off overeating at meal time. One of my favorite snacks is...Clif Chocolate Chip Meal Bars! They are so yummy...I don't want to share. But I am...a 6 pack box!



The only part of the body that I haven't covered...our feet! Taking care of your feet is so vital, expecially when you are a runner. Everyone thinks that shoes are key to healthy feet, but so are socks. I love brightly colored socks, and I really love my Sweat Pink shoelaces. Makes my feet look fun. So I have also included a pack of Danskin Active Socks...they are hot pink and lime green! And a pair of our famous pink shoelaces!



But what is the point of having all these great products when you don't have anything to carry them in? Oh wait...I took care of that too. The winner will also receive a Sweat Pink Tote Bag. Yeah...I am that awesome! I want to win my own giveaway hehe!



So here is the complete prize pack! The giveaway will last 3 days! The winner will be selected at random. Good luck!




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Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Year In Retrospect

It is so bittersweet that I will be hosting a giveaway tomorrow for my fitness page and it marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY WEIGHTLOSS!

 I have been on the journey, heart and soul, for a year now. Complete dedication.

This time last year I was piddling around with my health. I would workout every now and then, eat right, but still eat wrong, and wondering why I had not lost much weight. After a family vacation photo and a rude awakening at the doctor's office...I realized I needed to take care of myself. I needed to take losing weight and getting healthy serious, not only for me but for the beautiful family I had started.

Vacation June 2012- 231 pounds


I come from a family of health issues and obesity. Every time I go to a doctor and we do the "Family History" part of the workup I swear I check yes on every box. Here is a sample of just some of the diseases I say yes to with my head a little low (most of which are preventable):

Diabetes
Heart Disease
Heart Attack
High Blood Pressure
Cancer
Stroke
Kidney Disease
Obesity

I am not trying to tear my family down. I have a good family that I love, I only wish they would take better care of themselves. This list has all of the top killers in men and women on it. This list is also 90% preventable with a healthy lifestyle. This list scares the heck out of me. I do not want my children to be sitting in a doctors office in 20 years checking those boxes. I want them saying things like..."My mom is 40+ and running marathons, do you think she has a bad heart?!" At least that's my goal for that time in my life.

This year has been trying, difficult, fun, and there were so many times I wanted to give up...but I didn't and I still haven't even though I am pregnant. While I am maintaining my weight...I will resume losing once Baby gets here. I still have goals. I am still overweight. I don't want to be like this for the rest of my life.

A New Year starts for me tomorrow...even if it is the middle of June! I am starting it 50 pounds lighter. A bun in the oven. Dreams of a healthy future. And most of all happy within myself.

 When we found out we were pregnant!





Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Glamour and Growing Babies

I text-ed myself the title of this blog last night in hopes of remembering what it was supposed to be about...and once again I have forgotten. I am sure it went something like this...

There is nothing glamorous about growing a child inside of you.

Don't get me wrong, it is amazing.

We as women are magnificent creatures. We are capable of so many tremendous things that men can't even begin to wrap their heads around, let alone their bodies. If men understood just how difficult making a baby was (more difficult than just their donation anyways) I think life as an expectant mother would be soooooo much easier!

I have created a list of the top 5 not so glamorous sides of having a baby...that all men should have to go through...

1) Super. Freaking. Sore. Nipples.!!!
For some reason the first few weeks of pregnancy are hectic on boobies, or more in particular...nipples. They hurt. They swell. They itch. They hurt. They swell. They itch. You get the point. But men do not. To them they are still "Fun Bags" to be pinched and tweaked at their delight.

2) Morning sickness and food aversion!
I hate morning sickness. I would rather have explosive diarrhea for a week than throw up once...call me crazy. And to wake up every morning sick and dizzy is like a living nightmare to me (thankfully now passed). But worse of all was thinking "Mmm I could go for some Mexican Chicken..." and cooking it, only to be repulsed by it once it was done. Then watching Dustin eat it all up.

3) The need to pee every 20 minutes!
Okay so maybe this is usual for me even when not pregnant, I drink a ton of water. But Dustin...I swear he goes all day and pees ONCE! And then picks on me for going all the time. I would love to see him making as many pit stops as I do because he has a little person using his bladder for a trampoline.

4) Trying to be discrete about your toxic fog farts!
I am not a gassy person, but when pregnant, all women can clear a room in 0.5 seconds with a fart. They are rancid and part of the norm unfortunately. I don't know what it is about babies that makes us so gassy...but it is horrid and embarrassing. While most men fart and don't care, even pregnant farts would make them think twice before letting one out in a crowded room.

5)And the one you've been waiting for...LABOR!
Every man should have to go through the painful, sticky, bloody part of pregnancy known as labor. They should have to endure hours of contractions, constant poking and prodding, and the lovely aftermath. The best part of labor is when it ends. Any woman that says it was easy breezy is lying. And we all know how nasty we feel for the few weeks after. That is a yuck you can't seem to wash away until it ends. And don't be ashamed to say so...we all feel that way. Men. Well, they don't. They will never know that pain or that unclean feeling. Side story:
             
       A few days after we brought our baby girl home in 2011 Dustin wanted to go see his family.          I did not feel like going any where. There is a underlying fear of leaving home, not only because of   baby, but because you are bleeding like someone ripped you open...oh wait...someone did. Anyways. I  said no. He kept pushing. Finally I very bluntly told him that I did not want to leave the comforts of my home when my va-jay-jay was sore, bleeding erratically, and more than comfy on my couch. He shut up and left well enough alone. (Sorry to blast ya babe!)

Men will NEVER...I repeat Never know what it takes to grow a baby. All they see is their beautiful wives or women at what is the most beautiful time in her life. They see a glow, blossoming breasts, a wider rear, and hopefully a vamped up sex drive. All we see is darkening spots, sore breasts, our clothes not fitting, and a bed with an open invitation all day.



All that said I love what my body is capable of. I love feeling my little man squirming off and on all day. I love knowing that I am bringing another beautiful person into this world. But most of all I love knowing that I can hold this over Dustin's head for the rest of our lives...because nothing he does will ever be so amazing!



Friday, June 7, 2013

Prenatal Visits: Fearing the Scale

WEIGHT GAIN...OMMGGGGG!!!



It is official...after 20 weeks the scale has finally moved up. And that scares to poo out of me even though I know it is a good sign. Weight gain during pregnancy signals a healthy and growing baby. But after a year of watching the scale go down...it is so hard to watch it move up.

Before we tried to conceive I decided I wanted to lose 50 pounds. I had already started my healthier lifestyle but losing 50 pounds put me under 180, which was a healthy weight for my height, and a healthy weight for pregnancy. We began to try in September and we were pregnant by February. I reached my weight loss goal of minus 50 in December!

As I have shared before my OB only wants me to gain 10-15 pounds so that I can resume losing weight after baby. I am 21 weeks and 3 days and I have gained my very first and official pound! I know that is not a lot and I should not worry about it...but the scale is going up...after a year of going down. DANGGIT!

At my prenatal visit yesterday my Blood Pressure was perfect, I had gained a pound, baby and I measure perfectly, and my OB says I am a star pupil when it comes to a healthy pregnancy. Now that doesn't mean I don't splurge every now and then. I enjoy my cravings when they come...especially pizza. Only thing is I know my limitations. I eat to be full...not satiated. Just because I am pregnant doesn't give me the GREEN LIGHT to eat for two. The only eating for two I am doing is eating healthy for two. I still count calories. I still measure portions. And I still exercise, however limited it has started to get.


Whole Wheat Brownie

This is the original recipe. Just a simple and sugary brownie recipe...but I took it and tweaked it to be healthier. I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family did. And it was totally TODDLER approved!

Easy Wheat Brownies: MommyWeighLess Style



Ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup wheat flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels(optional)

Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x9 baking pan.

2) In a medium bowl mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually mix into the egg mixture until well mixed. Add in chocolate morsels. Spread batter evenly into pan.

3) Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Brownies are done when the top is crispy and you can insert and remove a toothpick cleanly.

Nutrition Facts

141 Calories
6 Grams of Fat
15 Grams of Carbs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fit Pregnancy vs. Unfit Pregnancy

This pregnancy has been so different from my first. Partly to do with the fact that I am carrying a boy compares to a girl. My symptoms have been so different its kind of odd. The biggest difference is with baby boy I want MEAT...RED MEAT. And with Scarlett I didn't want any meat at all. I couldn't even stomach chicken...let alone red meat.

Besides the vast difference in symptoms  that come with normal pregnancy the major difference between my pregnancies has been my over diet and fitness levels.

With Scarlett I ate whatever I wanted and however much I wanted. I only gained 17 pounds, but that was because I stayed so sick, not because I was being healthy. I stayed sick because I neglected my health and thankfully she did not pay for it. She was and is a perfectly healthy and active toddler...one that stays busy. But I credit that a lot to our new healthy lifestyle. She hasn't been allowed a lot of junk or processed foods and will pick an apple over candy any day.

With this pregnancy I have caught fatigue endlessly, partly because of chasing a toddler all day...and that's a major difference with boys and girls. My OB says it isn't uncommon to be more easily exhausted with boys because of the hormonal differences. But as tired as I have been I have not been sick (knock on wood) and when I have energy...I HAVE ENERGY! Having gone into this pregnancy counting calories has also helped me to control my weight gain so I can continue losing after he gets here as well as making for an easier delivery. I will 20 weeks on Friday and I have not gained a single pound! My doctor only wants me to gain 10 or so and I am right on track.

Knowing what a healthy diet consists of will also aid me in breastfeeding. Nutrition and water are so important for producing milk...which I failed to do adequately with Scarlett. I only managed to breastfeed her for 4 months because I was losing weight too rapidly and not eating enough or drinking enough water...so I quit producing. She had to go on formula. I did not want that but she was hungry and not gaining enough weight.

I can't say enough to reinforce how important it is for us mommy's and mommy's to be to take care of ourselves during and after pregnancy. Our bodies go through so much and need to be taken care of. Now go give yours something healthy or take a walk. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stupid Cheez-Its

I have a serious love/hate relationship with cheez-it crackers. I love to eat them...but hate that I can't stop with a single serving! I'm sorry but only 28 of those yellow/orange amazing heavenly crackers isn't enough...even though it should be.

And today my cheez-it demon won the battle. I must have eaten half a bag before I realized it. GRRRR!  Part of me forgives myself and the other half is feeling so darn guilty.

Tomorrow is a new day...even if I over did it today. So I shall put the box in the pantry and forget it until the demon raises again lol!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Lost Accountability!

Oh my poor blog how I've neglected you! I am ashamed to say so! I lost my drive and my accountability to myself lately and I have slacked!

I haven't been logging food.
I haven't been working out.
I haven't been blogging.
I haven't been managing my pages.
I haven't gained any weight(thankfully).

I have been eating horribly.
I have been feeling like crap.
I have been lazy.
I have been neglecting my health.
I have been in denial.

I had a wake up call last night when I had a vivid dream that I had gained 50 pounds over night! SCARY. And this morning I woke up and vowed to stop. Stop self sabotaging and stop treating my body like a trash can. So here is what today looks like for me...

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake
Snack: 1 Plum and 1 Cup Cantaloupe
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on Whole Wheat, 1 Cup Cucumber, Romaine Salad
Snack: Veggie Straws
Dinner: Grilled Chicken Breast Strips in Buffalo Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms Peppers and Onion, Pasta Salad and 1 Cup Cantaloupe
Snack: Popcorn

Great start to the week. I will be blogging everyday. Even if it is a simple what I did for the day blog! Adios!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Consti-what-what?

TMI and reader discretion warning!

I just want to poop.

There I said it.

Those words no one (especially women) openly admits...ever. It is a sensitive subject and I feel it's time to open it up for discussion.

One of the lovely side effects of pregnancy is commonly constipation, and to me it is the worst side effect. Ever since I started eating healthy and drinking gobs of water I have been regular, 4 weeks into my pregnancy and my intestines put everything on hold...literally. Thanks to the lovely hormone progesterone produced during pregnancy, women's digestive tracts slow down vastly due to relaxed muscles. We don't break down and process food as quickly which leads to constipation as well as heartburn and indigestion.

There is no shame in it, its natural and painful and really, really needs to be talked about more openly. I was even ashamed to discuss it with my doctor, whom probably hears it daily. Why? I honestly don't know. Maybe because no one talks about bowel movements due to it stinky nature, perhaps it's just never brought up. But either way I hope that by sharing my experience some other mommy to be or lady in pain will gain some incite.

So after about 3 days of no movement...none but pushing with no luck...I called my OB. I was so backed up my stomach was sore to the touch and I was constantly nauseous. He recommended Miralax (safe during pregnancy) which is a stool softener, not a laxative. He said to take 3 doses a day until I had my first BM then just use it once daily or as I needed.

2 days later a miracle occurred!

I pooped!

I even texted Dustin to tell him I felt so wonderful!

Its amazing how we take simple things like going to the bathroom foregranted until we can't do it. I recommend Miralax to anyone fighting constipation. I also recommend talking to your doctor or a friend about it. Even if you are embarrassed. Chronic constipation can also be a sign of more serious problems and can lead to problems such a intestinal blockage or hemorrhoids.

Listen to your body...it knows best!
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Creamy Potato Ham Soup

I baked a delicious ham for a family dinner Sunday..and as usual had a ton left. I sent it to work for lunches with Dustin and I have been force feeding it to Scarlett. I was a little afraid for my life today, if I were to serve it again. Great family secret...use left over ham in our family recipe of potato soup.

At risk of being disowned, out cast, and potentially beaten I am going to share that recipe with you. Its too yummy not to!

Ingredients
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes
2 small yellow onions
4-6 ounces chopped and diced ham
2 stalks celery diced
3.5 cups water
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. In a large pot mix potatoes, onions, ham, celery and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat. Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are softened.

2. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium-low heat. Mix in flour whisking continuously for 1 minute. Will thicken quickly. Slowly pour in milk while continuing to whisk to prevent lumps. Add in salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes while mixture thickens.

3. Mix milk mixture into big pot with potatoes mixture and cook on medium for an additional 10 minutes. Stirring every now and then. Soup will become creamy.

Thes secret to my family recipe is its simplicity. We don't over complicated it with things like chicken stock which also makes its high in sodium(my mom has high blood pressure).

Makes 8 servings
153 calories
27 carbs
7 proteins

Hope you all enjoy! Another great tip...we add cheese! But that is added calories!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Caught In A Rut

Confession time...

And I am embarrassed to admit...

But I am in a fitness rut!

I am so tired all the time..and I know it will pass soon. The first trimester is the worst, but I feel I am neglecting my health.

I have worked out a few of times since finding out about the baby and it felt wonderful. But I have gotten to the point where the idea of working out just exhausts me. I shouldn't make excuses. Excuses are for the weak.

I am not weak.

I do have a plan though. I am going to discuss this with my OB because I feel it is more than just the pregnancy draining me. Low iron? Trouble aleeping? There are numerous things I feel are contributing and he will know what route to take to get me back on my game.

In the mean time I am eating as best I can and resting. The thought of meat grosses me out so I am looking for alternative protein sources. Will always take recommendations? As well as working hard on fiber intake. Oh the lovely side effects of pregnancy(constipation)...

Thursday, February 28, 2013

First Time Lifting While Pregnant

So today I finally made it to the gym after weeks of missing it. Life has been hectic and exhausting with the pregnancy, buying the house, and my girl friends wedding! It has calmed down and I took advantage.

One of my biggest concerns when I got pregnant was that my fit life would have to be put on hold....I could not have been more wrong! My OB recommends remaining active throughout my entire pregnancy so long as I feel up to it. But to be honest I was afraid to lift. He told me as far as cardio to keep a heart rate lower than 140 to burn fat and keep my blood flow safe for baby, but with weights I was told to keep it 45 pounds and under. He also says that losing a little weight in the first trimester (I am overweight..this is not recommended for women at normal or under weight stats) is okay so long as I am not eating at a huge deficit. I eat anywhere from 1800-2000 calories a day and I have lost 5 pounds this month without trying. He feels that at my weight I should aim to gain 15-20 pounds during my whole pregnancy and calorie counting will help me maintain my weight and kick start my loss after birth. Back to lifting...

Many women lift heavy way into their pregnancy which is great, but with my first pregnancy I threw my back out, and he says I don't need to press my luck. I completely agree. But he also feels I can benefit emensely from lifting.

Lifting weights while pregnant helps to maintain muscle mass, bone density, and strengthens your core for an easier delivery. It also helps with a much quicker post partum recovery and helps your body return to normal. But with the hormone changes your ligaments are loose and easily damaged and your center of balance is off, which can lead to falls...never a good thing when expecting! So as I said earlier...I went in this morning very nervous but determined!

(Stretched first) I started with a 30 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) session on the treadmill. When I was running I watched my heart rate and aimed to keep it under 150. I burned 235 calories in 30 minutes and never broke a sweat...but it was trying nonetheless. It was difficult having to keep such a watchful eye on my heart rate. (Stretched again) I then moved towards the weight machines. It is recommended that you use machines when pregnant if you are not an experienced lifter to prevent injury since machines help you maintain a fluid movement. Instead of high weights low rep my doctor said to do low weights(around 30-40 pounds) with high reps. (Stretched one last time) After a 30 minute session I felt just as sore as I would lifting normally, and I felt so accomplished. I am proud to admit that I am going to be one FIT MOMMA!

So for those of you ladies who are pregnant, working to get pregnant, or just nervous about lifting...just do it! Don't be intimidated or discouraged...if I can do it so can you!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glade Oil Diffuser Review



So as I have mentioned I am a BzzAgent, and as so I am sent free products while completing BzzCampaigns to test and review!

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a coupon to redeem a free The Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser . I am not the biggest fan of Glade products because I feel they are a little over marketed and over priced. I always buy the store brand and get just as good a product. I have to admit...after this campaign I have completely changed my opinion!...of their Oil Diffuser at least.

I picked up the Pineapple Mango diffuser and it smells heavenly. The smell wavers through out   MY ENTIRE HOUSE and everyone asks what that great smell is when they walk in! One of my best friends took some of the coupons I received and went the same day and picked up one for her house. I would very highly recommend them to everyone! And I do. It also has a very chic design and blends into my decor well! *ahhhh sings the angels*

Another great product that Glade sent me to campaign was the Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist . As great as this one smells it definitely is not my favorite as far as design. It is supposed to be sleek and blend in to your decorations, which it kind of does. But it is difficult to squeeze and a lot of the time sprays all over me...GRRRR! I got the Fuji Apple and Cardamom Spice, and it smells fantastic. If only they had that in the Oil Diffuser design...I would buy them out!  

Both are very cheap. Both run $2-4 dollars for the starter kits in most department stores (I shop primarily Wal-Mart). Very affordable...even for a tight wad like me!

All in all I give the Oil Diffuser a 10 out of 10 and the Mist an 8 out of 10. You should check them out!


I have not been paid by BzzAgent, or the Glade manufacturers to write this review. This is 100% how I feel about their products! You should try it!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Schick Hydro Silk Razor Review



I am a BzzAgent and as one we are assigned campaigns where we get to try and sample products for free. Recently I joined a campaign for the new Schick Hydro Silk Razor. I received the product in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit I was a little skeptical.

I was sent what is called the starter kit. In it is the razor handle, two cartridges  and a suction hanger to keep your razor up and out of reach. The first thing I immediately loved was the hanger it came with. I have a one year old and she just loves to act like mommy...so being able to hang my razor up out of her reach is a big plus in my book. The next thing...the long and shapely, almost sexy contour of the handle. It fits well in the palm of your hand, not to short, and not too long.

The actual cartridge has five blades! for a closer shave, which is fantastic. Normally I have to buy a men's razor to get more than three! On the package it explains that the cartridge has a hydrating water activated serum that leaves your skin feeling smooth, which is great, until its on your skin. This was the only thing I did not like about the razor. The serum was more like a sticky goo. That is not a pleasant feeling.

Even though I fought the goo...after I was finished shaving my legs were oh so smooth and sexy!

The honey most definitely appreciated the smoothness. 

The shave lasted 4 days before I started to feel stubble again...which is amazing. Normally I have to shave everyday.

The razor normally runs about $10 in most department stores, which is a wonderful price. The cartridges run about $15 for a 4 pack, which I think is reasonable considering I spend at least $20 a month on disposables.
This is definitely a razor I can see myself using permanently. Even if it feels a little gooey!


I have not been paid by BzzAgent, or the Schick Hydro Silk Razor manufacturers to write this review. This is 100% how I feel about the razor! You should try it!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Being Mom, Getting Fit, And Everything Healthy

The hardest job in the world is being a Stay at Home Mom...

There is no arguing with that.  Wait..there is something that is a lot harder, being a stay at home mom trying to overhaul an unhealthy lifestyle.

For those of you ladies just starting out, I will tell you now...This is one of the most difficult things I have done second to childbirth. Even then once they are out, they are out. However both raising a child and a healthy lifestyle are full time and life time jobs.

Priority numero uno in my life is raising my daughter to be an independent, smart, successful, healthy, happy, driven (the list could go on forever) woman. Then my priorities shift to the health of myself and my family. When I started this I was so unhealthy I could not run for 30 seconds...so how was I supposed to keep up with a child for the next 18 years?! 

There was no way I could have. Plain and simple.

When I had my epiphany and decided to get fit, for myself and my family, I did not realize just how poorly we exercised, how unfit I was, and what I had been doing to myself for the last 15 years. When I started cutting out sugars... I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE! I was so tired, and cranky, and miserable...

For the first couple of days.

After a couple of days I felt great. I still have a sweet from time to time, but I make them healthier sweets. And I make them myself so that I know how much sugar is in it, and I know it is not processed.

Then I began introducing more fruits and veggies. Just a TMI but holey crap...literally. I have never ever been so regular in my life. A now that I only drink one protein shake a day and water (nothing else) I pee every 15 minutes. The toilet and I are well acquainted.

And along comes protein. Your best friend when it comes to staying full and losing weight. Protein, Protein, Protein.  I cannot stress how important it is. And it should come from good quality sources like lean meats, beans, and dairy. Do not cut any food group out because you think it will speed up the process. This is a slow and steady process, not a race.

Do not be afraid to eat! EAT! There is no reason to be hungry, or eat low calorie. Eat enough to fuel your body, and eat even more to fuel your workouts! Here is a great website that explains why you need to eat more! Another great site to check out is MyFitnessPal, it a website that helps you track your food and exercise. And the final one I am going to pitch to you is Scoobys Calculator that will help you figure out what caloric intake you need based on your activity level.

Now that I am done pitching my all time favorite sites, I will get back to it.

I won't lie...I am not always on the ball. Life does get in the way. I have a toddler, we are trying to conceive, and things are always busy. That is life in general. I have days where I don't eat healthy...I sometimes go for days at a time where I can't get in a workout...or I am just too tired to do so. Do I absolutely hate that?..yes! But that is the way it goes. You have to dig through the bad to get to the good and beneficial.

I love being a mom more than anything. I love that I am now a healthy mom, and my daughter will not have to worry about taking care of me...I will always be there to take care of her. I love that my family will take a piece of fruit over a candy bar any day. I love our life, even when it gets hectic.








Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Goals


I didn't post my goals for January, it has been a crazy month, and I have neglected myself as well as my followers. I apologize!
Anyways, with February just around the corner, and knowing I have fallen behind already this year, I sat down and wrote out my goals as well as my workout plan.

1) Eat a net of at least 1700 calories.
2) Drink 90 oz of water a day.
3) Cut out processed sugars, use sugar in the raw.
4) Do facebook ab challenge.
5) Run 3 days a week.
6) Walk 2 days a week.
7) Lower body fat by 3%.
8) Monitor macros.
9) Lose at least 3 pounds.
10) Rest on Tuesdays.

My starting weight is 180 pounds.
Body fat %-27.2
Neck-13 inches
Waist-36 inches
Arm-14 inches
Hips- 43 inches

Here are my before pictures!



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fudgy Quinoa Brownies

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest but I tweaked it quite a bit for my own preference and lack of some of the required ingredients. However they turned out scrumptious! One of my best quinoa recipes yet! It's even toddler approved!

Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butter (I use I can't believe it's not butter)
3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
3 large eggs
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels(personal choice)

1) Start by greasing an 8x8 baking dish and preheating oven at 350°.
2) Mix salt and flour, set aside.
3) Melt butter and olive oil on low heat. When melted mix in cocoa powder. After that is well mixed, set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
4) While chocolate cooks whip together the eggs, sugars, extract until nice and creamy. Slowly mix in chocolate. Mix well.
5) In small patches mix in flour mixture until well blended. Repeat with the quinoa.
6) Add in chocolate morsels if you prefer.
Bake at 350° until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with milk and enjoy!

Makes 12 servings!
280 calories
27 g carbs
8g protein



Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Big Announcement!

My grandmother Jean has been battling cancer for a few years, and was placed in hospice this week. Heartbreak doesn't even begin to describe  what our family is enduring. This is one of the reasons I have not been very interactive lately. I ask for your continued prayers.

As you all know I mentioned a big thing I have planned for this year, to honor this amazing woman and the impact she had on my life. As well as all of my other beloved family that I have lost over the years. I live in the sunny state of Florida..and it is only 160-170 miles wide depending on where you cross. I have decided that in December of 2013, I am going to walk coast to coast. From Daytona Beach, the place where I saw her last, to Fort Island. The walk is approximately 117 miles.

My plan is still being tweaked but here is the main idea:

I will start on Monday December 16, 2013 and be finished by Sunday December 23, 2013.

I will walk 20-35 miles each day and complete the journey within 7 days. I will start at 6:00a.m. and be done walking for the day by 6:00p.m.

I will have rendezvous points at a hotel or motel to shower, eat, and sleep for the night. (going to see how many are willing to sponsor the over night)

I am going to try and get as many sponsors as possible that will donate so much per mile. My causes will be heart disease, cancer, leukemia, and Alzheimer disease..all diseases that have take precious beloved Grandparents from me.

My goal here isn't so much the money,although I would love to raise a ton, but a personal goal. I am doing this to remember and honor all those that helped to shape the woman  I have become. Now I realize to some this may seem crazy but to me it's not that big of a challenge. I usually walk around 10-20 miles a week. I am starting to work on longer distances just to get a feel of what I am looking at for 7 days.

What I am looking for from my readers is ideas for things like nutrition, water packs I should look into, clothes, and advice you can offer is warranted?

Also I would love to get more people involved so if anyone is interested in joining me that's wonderful, if not I will trooper on alone!

Look forward to hearing about what you all think!


Monday, January 7, 2013

My 2013 In Perspective

I haven't exactly started my New Year off as healthy as I would have liked to, but life has got in the way. While I have kept my eating in check..I have slacked off when it comes to working out. I know it isn't doing to kill me or hinder all my hard work...it heard irritates me that I haven't been allowing myself that outlet.

Exercise is my me time, and helps keep me from freaking out. Between a nasty head cold, my sister in law visiting from out of state, and my now very ill and ailing grandmother...some things take precedence.

Not only have I been neglecting my fitness but you all as well. You must forgive me. I am back in the groove of things and since it is a Monday...i am resetting my goals.

My biggest goal for this year is to do at least 3 miles a day, so that I reach a thousand miles by the end of the year. I am behind so I will be working double time to catch up.

My next goal is to complete a half Marathon. I am so stoked about this! I have maxed out on 6 miles as of now but I have plenty of time to get there. Any advice is greatly appreciated?

I will lose my last 35 pounds. Originally I only had about 20 until my ultimate goal of 160, but I have since changed my goal to 145-150. I think this has changed 3 times. so that I don't over burden myself, I have set up mini goals to help achieve my overall goal.

In reality these are the gist of my goals for the year. Not as many as last year thankfully. I am so proud of how far I have come and so excited about how far I will go. I am amazed everyday at my ability to over come and exceed my own expectations of myself.

I can if I can you can!