Friday, November 30, 2012

Meeting Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart

Several years ago there was a heart wrenching story in the news media about a 14 year old Utah girl who was abducted from her bedroom at knife point. Nine months later she was rescued from her captors by police. Her name is Elizabeth Smart...

Thursday I was honored to be in the presence of this amazing woman while she addressed a room full of detectives and shared her heart wrenching story. 

She walked us through her abduction and the torture her captors put her through for the 9 months she was under their control. The pain and suffering that was inflicted on her was unimaginable, but so was her strength. The strength she had to survive, to find her way back to her family, and to become the woman she is today. What amazed me the most is that at the end of her story, she actually thanked us (a room full of detectives that she doesn't even know) for the job we do. She was so humble and moving. Her story was the energy I needed to recharge my battery.

Her captors have both been convicted of their crimes and Elizabeth is now a senior in college, married, and runs a foundation that helps children. If you ever get the chance to read her story. Do it. It will help you to realize how precious life is and how life can change in the blink of an eye. There are currently books available for purchase that document Elizabeth Smart's abduction and recovery from various people's, including her parents and uncle, perspectives. It was recently announced that Elizabeth Smart is telling her story from her perspective and the account is being written by Chris Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah. Her story should never be forgotten...

Maybe in a future post I will share what I actually do...until then, be thankful for your precious life and remember you are amazing!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


~Short term goal #1- Fit into my pre-baby jeans/clothes~

When I started my weight loss journey on September 14th my short term goal was to fit back into my pre-baby clothes. Simple. Realistic. Achievable. For months I have been upset because I quite literally only had 2 pairs of jeans that 'fit' me. By 'fit' I mean I was able to pour my post baby butt into them and get them zipped..mostly! The reason this was so upsetting for me is that my baby is 9 months old. With my first son I was back in my pre-baby clothes in 3 weeks and with my second it took 5 months. Baby number 3 apparently put a whoopin' on this mama!!

So a few weeks ago I started getting complements from people other than the hubs!! (BTW I have the best, most supportive husband on the planet!!) The complements felt good!! I felt that I was finally getting somewhere. I had read a motivational quote when I started working out that I REALLY took to heart...

The part that really stuck with me was "12 weeks for the rest of the world. Give it 12 weeks. Don't quit."
A few weeks back I attempted to try on a pair of my pre-baby size 8 jeans. I felt that I was making progress and MAYBE they would fit...well they didn't. Back in the closet they went.
This weekend as my husband and I were getting ready to take the kids to the mall I realized that both pair of jeans that fit were in the washer. While my husband was out getting the boys ready to go, I bravely decided to give it again. So I went in my closet and pulled out the stack (10+ pairs) of jeans that didn't fit me anymore and just grabbed one and put them on!! Yes I just said PUT THEM ON!! They pulled up easily and zipped like they were made for me. No sucking in. No laying down on the bed to get them zipped. The went on smoothly. At this point I was literally jumping up and down I was so excited. I went out into the living room to find my hubs but my middle son told me he was outside. So me in my crazy excitement ran outside in my jeans and....bra (oops)!! To show my husband!! Of course I got a hug and he told me good job and then said, "um you realize you don't have a shirt on right?" At that point modesty kicked in and I ran into the house with him cackling behind me...I.Love.That.Man!
~Short term goal #2 is to hit the 150s~
I'm almost there...last Wednesday weigh-in (11/7/2012) the scale read:
~Long term goal #1 is to achieve a weight of 145lbs~
This is realistic for me. I have not achieved it in a long time but I feel that with hard work and sticking with my plan I will make it happen.
~Long term goal #2 is to look good in clothes Naked~
Once I achieve this goal I know that I will have succeeded in my fitness journey.
It has not been an easy journey but I can honestly say that it has been worth it. ML Fit Camp has definitely been my support system throughout this process!! It is a group of the most amazing 7,000+ ladies!! Because of this group I found out about Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred (which I completed in October) and the couch to 5K application for my iPhone. I have since moved on to Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 and am on week 8 of the C25K program. I am also doing Weight Watchers online and it has been instrumental in my journey.
I have been asked to post my pre and post JM 30DS pictures but I have been so nervous about doing it. I am thankful that my hubs encouraged me to take the pictures because late night when I was making the collage with the B&As I was shocked to see the difference (so was he)...WOW!! Jillian Michaels can continue to kick my butt any day...Keep in mind that I am wearing the same exact swimsuit in the B&As...Here they are:
It feels so good to see that I am crossing goals off my list!! All I know is that life is busy and some days down right suck, but you have to remember that YOU are important and YOU need to be healthy to take care of your family!! No matter what curve ball life throws at you....Just.Keep.Going!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fitness Unscripted: Your Three Words. // Jen J.

This blog is so inspiring! Check it out!! Send Jen YOUR 3 words!! Go to her blog to see what I'm talking about!!

Fitness Unscripted: Your Three Words. // Jen J.: Last week I declared November the month of gratitude and launched a photo project called, "My Three Words".  I put the call out for Fit ...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thanksgiving Thankfuls

November Brings 30 Days of Thanks

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cool (er) weather, Starbucks Pumpkins Spice Lattes, and the holidays. I especially enjoy the month of November because I enjoy sharing the things I am thankful for and reading all the things that my friends are thankful for via various social media outlets. It makes me happy. It's good for my soul. I also think it is important to share with your loved ones what you are thankful for. Many times life is so busy that we forget to tell our friends and family how important they are to us, but this one month of the year EVERYONE seems to open up and share. I have done this the past few years via Facebook. I didn't really think it mattered to anyone but me. I just enjoyed doing it. The cool thing is last year I had a coworker who never posts on Facebook come up to me at training and tell me that he really enjoys reading all the things I am thankful for during November. It was pretty cool.

This year I stuck with my tradition of posting my 'thankfuls' on Facebook. There has been an overwhelming number of my friends who are also participating. The coolest part is my hubs is even participating this year. This is his Day 1 'thankful':

"Is thankful for my beautiful wife and three strong healthy boys."

It is so nice to see so many people who normally thrive on negativity post about the good things in their life. I truly love it. 

But with the good comes those who scrooge right up and seem to find a negative way to spin things. One of my friends posted the following comment:

"Wondering why we can't be thankful the other 11 months of the year?"

She obviously missed the purpose of the whole thing. Just because we share our 'thankfuls' out loud in November doesn't mean that we aren't thankful the rest of the year. It is just a time for us to share those things with our loved ones.  Life is so busy that sometimes we forget to tell our kids, spouses, parents, etc that we appreciate them. 

Take the time this month to share with your friends and family. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Life is good. Share happiness with others. BE THANKFUL!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

~My November Exercise Plan~

October was a fabulous month for me!! I quite literally worked my ass off between Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and the C25K program. I did take a few days rest due to working late and a migraine but overall I rocked it!

So for November I decided to take it up a notch and start Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30! My plan is to workout with the RI30 at least 5 times per week (shooting for daily tho) and the C25K program 3-4 days per week! I also started Weight Watchers Online about a month ago and I plan to continue on with that program. I have seen great results so far.

What I have learned so far from my weight loss journey:

1. I need exercise like some people need medication. It's therapeutic.
2. I feel best when I workout daily. Skipping a day makes me feel guilty AND grumpy.
3. It's not a diet. It's a having a healthy lifestyle.
4. Drink water and drink a lot of it.
5. Think happy thoughts and smile at yourself in the mirror. You are beautiful.


Monday, October 29, 2012


                                                               ~Caleb the Pirate~


Sunday, October 28, 2012


I have to share my NSV from this weekend but before I do let me preface with my story. I am a happily married mother of 3 boys (ages 13, 10, and 9 months). Since having sweet boy #3 in January I have had a very difficult losing weight and being motivated to workout. I have literally been wearing the same 2 pairs of pants for months (mainly because I refuse to purchase a bigger size) and as far as shirts, ugh, I was still wearing my maternity shirts (boo). On September 14th (yes I know the exact date) I seriously started working my a$$ off. Like 2 times a day most days with only about 5 days of "rest". I recently completed the 30DS and am on week 6 of C25K. I started noticing results like 2-3 weeks in but nothing major. I mainly felt stronger and my jeans were a little more comfortable. Recently I've been told by a few different people (other than my hubs) that I "look" like I've lost weight (which I have but I didn't realize it was enough for others to notice). So today I decided to try on a pair of my old jeans just to see how much further I had to go to get back into my size 8 pre baby #3 jeans. Now these jeans I tried were not an 8 but a small size 10. I could not believe it when I put them on and they zipped up comfortably...whoa...they fit?!! <Insert me jumping up and down, high fiving my hubs!!> This group has been a large source of my motivation. I'm very grateful to be a part of ML Fit Camp! XOXO ♥ Remember ladies to Just.Keep.Going!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday weigh-in (10/17/2012 & 10/24/2012)

Getting caught up on my weigh-ins! I have seen amazing changes in the scale!! I decided to start Weight Watchers online again about 3 weeks ago and I think it has made all the difference!!

10/17/2012 weigh-in = 171.6

10/24/2012 weigh-in = 167

Measurements for this week:
Waist = 34.5
Hips = 41

Huge victory for me!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in (10/10/2012)

What a great weigh-in today!! I am down 2lbs from last Wednesday's weigh-in!! Finally!! I can see a difference and the scale is finally reflecting a difference!! I am so happy that I didn't get discouraged and quit.

I am determined to achieve my pre-pregnancy weight. 

Measurements for this week:

Waist = 35.5
Hips = 42

Down 1/2 inch in the waist...I'll take it!!

Next week starts the ML Fit Camp Challenge which I am totally stoked for!! Can't wait to work with my team!!

Thank goodness for a fabulous Wednesday weigh-in!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in (10/03/2012)

Not happy with the scale this morning. It reflects a 1.4 lb gain. Yes I know that muscle weighs more than fat but it still sux ass that the scale won't tip in my favor. I have been working hard and eating well.

On the bright side I have had some NSVs this week to include my measurements:

Waist = 36
Hips= 42

(Both reflecting a loss)

I just want to see the 160s soon. Please?!

I wish there wasn't so much emphasis put on how much you weigh...then maybe the NSVs would keep me from being down!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baby Intervention

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I was mean muggin' the scale thinking about tomorrow morning's weigh in. I have had several NSV like my clothing fitting better and going in 2 notches on my belt, but I just can't quite master the scale...While I was off in what I like to call post workout (yes I did my JM workout first thing) "lala land" mode my sweet baby Caleb crawled over to the scale and puked all over it!! I'm not talking a little spit up, I'm talking major puke fest that had to be cleaned up with a towel and bleach wipes!! "Bam...take that! And quit harrassing my mama" is what I picture Caleb saying to the scale in my mind....Made my whole damn day!!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Making healthy choices everyday is tough, but I'm getting better at it....

This weekend was a fabulous weekend overall. I managed to stay on target with eating healthy and working out. I even went to Dairy Queen and ordered a much healthier choice then normal. Don't get me wrong, I wanted the large Reese's Blizzard for 900+ calories, but I had a SMALL banana sundea for 230 calories!! Very proud moment. I also started week 2 day 1 of C25K yesterday. I felt like my muscles were on fire but, overall a fantastic workout.

~Today starts the 31 day Jillian Michaels challenge~

Overall, I am on day 16 of the 30 Day Shred (day 6 at level 2)!! I will finish my first 30 days on October 15th but plan to continue to alternate the Shred daily along with other daily workouts alternating between JM and C25K. I cannot wait to see my results at the end of October.

My hubs and I were talking about the difference between losing weight and exercising last night. He didn't seem to understand the difference. This should about sum it up....

I don't just want to look good in clothes. I want to look good Naked!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

09/26/2012~ 30 Day Shred UPDATE

On 09/15/2012 I started Day 1 Level 1 of JM's 30 Day Shred...for the first few days I ended the workout thinking I was dying...totally kicked my a$$....Last night I completed day 10 of level 1 and overall I could see a measurable difference in my endurance. I didn't feel like I needed to lay down and die at the end of the I did JM's Kickboxing too!! Any who...I start level 2 tonight and I am excited/nervous all wrapped up into 1. I know I will persist thru it because I am already seeing a difference in my body (ie I am wearing a pair of pants that were too snug the last time I put them on)!! So bring on LEVEL 2....
Keep Going.....


Wednesday Weigh-in (09/26/2012)

Super excited...lost 1lb this week!! Managed to stay on track with working out!! I was up BEFORE the alarm clock went off this morning to go do day 2 of the C25K!!! Tonight I start level 2 if JM 30DS!!!
Waist Measurement = 37.5
Hip Measurement = 42.5

Saturday, September 22, 2012


I have had a super successful week overall. I have stayed on track and motivated to workout. I did take a break on Friday but I can honestly say that I was still very active all day long. Today I completed day 7 of the 30 Day Shred...can you say Boo~yah!! I am very proud of that. In preparation for my October fitness plan (see post below), I purchased 3 more Jillian Michaels DVDs today. Thankfully my hubs is totally supportive of my fitness journey!! He told me today that he can see a difference in the way my legs look!! Either he was trying to earn brownie points or my hard work is paying off?! (PLEASE let it be the latter!!) I think that this week I am going to put together a Jillian Calendar for which workouts I'm going to do for October. I definitely want to complete all 30 days of the Shred, but I want to mix it up a bit...sooo...we will see!! Happy Saturday & nighty nite!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

OCTOBER W/O PLAN~Fitness Unscripted: 31 Days Of Jillian.

Check out the blog below...this is my fitness plan for October. I want to attack the start of the holiday seasons with a rigorous workout routine!! This plan is it!!

Fitness Unscripted: 31 Days Of Jillian.: Spooky - spooky!  Halloween is upon us and I can't think of anything more scarier than committing 31 days to that witch Jillian Michaels.  F...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

09/20/2012 I've had a great workout week!! I'm thinking my motivation has finally returned!! I am trying to back off of the self induced guilt for still being fat after the birth of sweet lil 'C'...BUT it's hard and I am constantly expressing myself negatively. This week I feel like I have turned over a new leaf and truly feel stronger. My goal weight is 145lbs and I am a ways away from it!! I have 29lbs to go. I just want to fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans again...I mean come on...I've done this a few #3 shouldn't be any different...BUT it is!!! Ahhhhh....motivation and self-control!! It has been very hard. I feel like I eat so healthy (90% of the time) and just don't get anywhere with my weight loss. Exercising has been a challenge since lil 'C' got here but I have committed to adding the exercises no matter what!! So far so good!! #fatsux #nevergiveup

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in (09/19/2012)

Somehow I gained .2 lbs!! Whatever!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday Weigh-in on Saturday (09/15/2012)

This is my starting weight. This also means that I have 29.2lbs to my goal weight of 145lbs.

Waist measurement = 38
Hip measurement = 42.5

September 14, 2012 (Day 1)

 This is day 1 of my commitment to get fit.

 I ate crappy for  breakfast and lunch but recovered nicely with a Funky Monkey ProFIT shake for dinner (

My sweet hubs went walking with me and kept me motivated thru all of my jogging intervals (thank God for him). I made it and did 2.53 miles in 38:03 mins which comes out to about a 15 min/mile (not so great). The positive thing is that I did it.

I look like shit, but I earned my red run face!! =)