Category Archives: Motivation

My quest to thrive.

Something has been weighing on my mind ever since I saw my daughter mimicking my actions.

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Our kids are watching. Everything.

Now, you may be thinking, “Well, duh, I know that.” Follow me here a second. Our kids are watching. They notice when we do good habits. They notice when we do our bad habits. They repeat our actions and our words. For this reason, it’s super important to do something:

Take care of ourselves.

As I’m sitting at Starbucks, listening to The Chalene Show, she began talking about how important it is for us to take care of ourselves first. She states,

“…if I want my kids to thrive, they have to see what it means to thrive. They need to see me exercise and they need to see me being happy. They need to see me in a committed, happy, loving relationship with their father. They need to see me enjoying time with my friends. They need to see me having peace when my work is done. They need to see by me role modeling that I am enough. They need to see peace so that they can have peace. They need to know that I value myself if they’re ever going to value themselves.”

This stopped me in my tracks. I asked myself immediately, “Does my daughter see me thriving?”

Sadly, the answer is no. She sees me stumbling. She sees me trying for a few days then giving up. She sees me overweight and unhappy. She sees me cry. These things are not thriving. They are the opposite, and I would never want that for her.

So here is my game plan. Here’s how I’m going to motivate myself to be someone she sees thriving.

  1. I am going to stop drinking. Period. For the foreseeable future. Drinking limits me in many ways and I’m really starting to hate the woman I am when I’ve been drinking. This is the key to the rest of the list. It’s also the hardest because my fiancé is a drinker. I am committing to following The 30 Day Solution.
  2. I will continue exercising every day. If it means getting up early, I will. I will just start daily. On those days I don’t want to, I’ll go 10 minutes and that’s it. But I will start.
  3. I will continue to follow my meal plan and prep. A healthy body helps me feel better mentally. I’ve done good in this area, minus the drinking.
  4. I will do something daily that is just for me. Read a book. Take 20 minutes to meditate. Something that is just for me and my mental health. Every single day.

This is in writing now. I can’t take it back. I believe if I do these four things, I will begin to thrive and my daughter will see her mother being a strong, passionate, thriving woman. And in time, that is what my daughter will become.

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21 Day Fix – Total Body Cardio Fix

I’m in the middle of my latest round of the 21 Day Fix. I’m determined to finish it, finish strong and successfully! I started on Friday, May 1, but today was the first day of the week so I did the Total Body Cardio Fix. It is no joke. Autumn works you hard. There is a round of Surrenders which I love to hate. I had to modify the second minute, but I was able to successfully complete the 1st minute with my weights. I worked up a sweat in a mere 30 minutes. My heart rate got up and I pushed myself. My daily goal is to finish. That sounds simple enough but that’s where most people quit! You have to keep going. That is the mantra I’m telling myself these days!

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The best thing about the 21 Day Fix is the meal plan. You eat so much, but it’s based of of portion control. When you purchase the 21 Day Fix, you get six containers and you have to add your own teaspoon. After figuring out your calorie allotment, you can pick and choose different foods and make very filling and delicious meals! This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change!

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Are you ready for a lifestyle change? Follow this blog series to see my own journey. While I don’t feel the worst I’ve ever felt, my 30s are getting to me. It’s time to start really focusing on being healthy because I have this adorable little girl that I want to watch grow up. This is just a part of my journey, but it’s the start of my fitness journey. I hope you follow me! I’m also helping others as a coach so if you want guidance and some motivation, please look me up on Facebook or on my website! I’d be happy to be your coach!

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Fell off the wagon, but getting back on!

As if I didn’t already learn my lesson by being fat!

I took a week off from my new lifestyle eating habits to celebrate with my bestie. I indulged in my favorites: fried seafood, Mexican food, pasta, and booze. (Note: This blog is nothing but candid reflection even though that last sentence depresses me!) The food was great but I am paying for it now! I am so sluggish and third. My heartburn returned. I’m bloated. I gained 4 lbs. I hate feeling like I do tonight! I must, must get back on track and to kick it off, I am doing a 21 day sugar fast again. Information for this program can be found here. The biggest lesson I learned this weekend is indulging a little bit doesn’t hurt; it’s going on a bender that makes your body feel like it has been hit by a Mack truck. I wasn’t miserable after day 1 or 2…it was after day 5 or 6 that I started hating the effects on my body.

Here is a positive picture though:

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On the left (the really fat girl) was taken in March of 2013. The one on the right was taken last week!

Ah-mazing!

Must keep this up!

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30 Day Results and More

I concluded my 30 days of no sugar and little yeast on August 1. I will let the pictures speak for results.

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These pictures reflect a 25 lb loss! That’s right! I lost 25 lbs. I failed to lose 30 but 25 is pretty damn good! Since August 1, I have lost another 2 lbs! It’s hard. I really want fried food or Tex Mex food, not to mention a margarita! But I am doing good. Keeping to clean foods and excising. I have figured out that is the only way to lose successfully! Here is to another 30 days of clean eating!

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Say so long, Fat Girl

I should have posted this last week but it was a holiday week and I just didn’t feel like it!

Okay, so I am 29.5 years old. That’s right. As of tomorrow, I am exactly 6 months away from the big 30. There was a lot I wanted to accomplish by this date, but I got sidetracked. However, there is one thing I can still do before I turn 30: Lose 60 lbs. That is two pounds per week, with two weeks allowed for gaining or no losing (hello, Christmas!). Tough? Yes. Impossible? No.

On July 1, I began a no sugar, no yeast cleanse. It is intended to break me of my sugar addiction and kick off weight loss. In addition to this, I am exercising 30 minutes every single day. No excuses. It’s rigorous and I’m dying for something sweet, but I have already seen results. Plus I’m feeling a lot better.

Okay beginning weight on July 1: 240

I will post my new weight each month. You can also follow my Twitter account for updates and more pictures. I try to post pictures of my meals.

Here is a scary picture of me today. Say so long, Fat Girl!

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Monday Motivation, June 17.

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This sleeping angel is who I live my life for – Little Miss Sleeping Monster 🙂

Rock Bottom

Ever had that moment where you hit rock bottom? It could be any number of things. For me, however, when it comes to my food addiction, it was this Sunday afternoon.

But it started Saturday night. Saturday night was a friend’s engagement over at The Flying Saucer. The Flying Saucer is a beer house with hundreds of rare and delicious beers on tap. Because I would be driving the majority of the evening, I limited myself to 1 flight (25 oz) and 1 pint of beer to be consumed over a few hours. I also consumed 8 Buffalo wings, bone-in, and some cheese fries topped with chives and bacon bits. Needless to say, when I left The Flying Saucer, I was full. And that’s when the heart palpitations started. For the next hour, I felt light fluttering across my chest. It was noticeable enough for me to wonder if I should go to the ER. I drank water the rest of the night, and I tried to keep my emotions and stress levels in check. I was worried, but this still was not rock bottom.

Father’s Day. Brooklyn’s dad had an issue come up so I took her to eat. Still craving Buffalo wings (why, I don’t know why), we went to Willie’s Ice House where I had an appetizer of fried pickles and mushrooms and Buffalo wings. No beer though. Straight iced tea, unsweet. But as I sat there, playing with Brooklyn, it occurred to me. If I continue to eat these kinds of food, I won’t live to see her 18th birthday. A girl I grew up with died this year of a heart attack. My own mortality is a reality. We all die, but now I have something I must do everything in my power to live for. As delicious as fried pickles are, and oh, how they are delicious, they are no comparison to the joy and love I have for my daughter.

So with that, I must eat healthy. I must find the motivation to break my own addiction. I’m addicted to food. Beer, Buffalo wings, fried pickles, pastas, candy, ice cream…it’s all so delicious. And all so deadly in mass quantities.

So back on the proverbial horse and I will do this. I will. I must!

Rock bottom is the foundation on which I built my life. – JK Rowling

Monday Motivation

This punk rock girl is my world,

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She is my motivation.

Monday Motivation

Peace begins with a smile.

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Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. – W.C. Fields

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