Getting My Groove Back

I have had an awful time of it lately.  I can’t seem to get motivated, and I’m not really sure why.  I think part of it is time.  I am so tired when I get home that I don’t feel like working out, stay up later than I should, and don’t want to get up in time to work out in the morning.  Something needs to change.  I really need to do something.  I hate looking at my body.  I really want to be in the pants I used to wear instead of back in my “fat pants”.

My first piece of motivation came this weekend when I received my Skinnytaste cookbook.  I have followed her blog for a long time, and I have never had a bad meal!  I was really excited for her cookbook, and this one did not disappoint.  I have made three weeks worth of meal plans with recipes with the cookbook, and I can make many more.  All of the recipes sound amazing!!  Also, I have already prepped the meals for the week.  (YAY ME!!).

In an effort to get my life back on track, here’s what I am going to do.

  1. Get my ass out of bed every morning to work out.
  2. Stick to my meal plan
  3. Track all of my food in Myfitnesspal
  4. Blog about it

I already created a menu for the week!!  I’ve also prepped everything to be sure to stay on track.  I usually either don’t plan anything or don’t prep ahead of time and am too tired to cook from beginning to end when I get home from work.

  • Sunday: Oven Roasted Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries
  • Monday: Black Bean Burgers with (leftover) sweet potato fries
  • Tuesday: Out (OMG, we are so busy this day, there’s no time)
  • Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  • Thursday: Leftovers
  • Friday: Turkey Panini with Avocado, Roasted Red Peppers, and Spinach
  • Saturday: Out with Mom

Since I have so many amazing recipes, I am going to continue with my “Foodie Friday” and put all of my food on that post.  However, that’s the only thing I am going to have “set,” because I think just blogging every day/night about whatever I want will be more productive.  There are product reviews, fitness things, and random thoughts to post.  I’ll also post the random recipe (like smoothies and stuff), but I just want to be free without it seeming like a chore.  But, I think I just need to get into a routine. I also (eventually) want to start reading again. It’s really about a routine as I don’t do well when I am “on my own.”. I think I’m off to a good start, now I just need to stay on my track and not derail.

Here’s the a new start!


January Goal Review

Here were my goals for the month of January.  I thought I would look back on them and see how I did.  This will give me a chance to reflect on my goals and make new ones for the month.

  • Make a grocery list every Friday. I haven’t necessarily been doing this on Friday, but I have been doing it.  I have a new grocery list for every week.
  • Prepare meals for the week every Sunday.  I’ve been doing this too!  it has been awesome.  We haven’t eaten out because I have been “too tired” to cook or “have had a bad day.”  I’ve been experimenting with different things, such as freezer crock pot meals and casseroles to put in the refrigerator.


  • Start Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution DONE!!  Two weeks in baby!  About to start on workouts three and four.
  • Use the Cto5K program three times per week (MWF) This one I haven’t done because it has been either f’in cold or snowy outside.  I don’t have a gym membership.  We were going to get one, but we are actively trying to decide what is best.  This may have to wait until late February or March.


  • Take 5 minutes after every meal to log food Been doing this too.  It’s been great.  Now if I could just see the weight loss I’m supposed to.
  • Log exercise right after my workout DONE and DONE!


  • Go to bed by 9pm on weeknights, be sleeping between 10-10:30pm So glad to say I’ve been doing this too.  When it gets late in the day (like 8 or so) I get tired, and sometimes I go to sleep before 10.
  • Find a new book to read Obviously I’ve found several.  And I have several more where those came from.
  • Write in my Shaun T journal Check!!  I LOVE my Shaun T journal.  It’s amazing, and I have been writing off every night.


  • Stretch every Sunday  Yeah, not so much.  I do need to do this though.
  • Find a good meditation book I don’t think I’m going to do this one.  I looked at meditation books, and I didn’t find anything I liked.  My Shaun T journal also gives me a weekly quote to think about, which seems to be meditation enough for me at the moment.
  • Blog three times per week  Nope 😦  This is something I need to do as well.  I really enjoy blogging, and I need to be better about writing and scheduling posts.

February’s goals to come!!

How are you doing on your goals so far?


January Week 1 Goals

I have my yearly goals.  Now, I am going to manage my monthly goals that will keep me on track.  I will review them weekly to determine whether I am on track or not.


  • Make a grocery list every Friday.
  • Prepare meals for the week every Sunday.  I recently received Rachel Ray’s Week in a Day cookbook.  I will be pulling a lot of my recipes from there to get a good start.


  • Start Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution
  • Use the Cto5K program three times per week (MWF)


  • Take 5 minutes after every meal to log food
  • Log exercise right after my workout


  • Go to bed by 9pm on weeknights, be sleeping between 10-10:30pm
  • Find a new book to read
  • Write in my Shaun T journal


  • Stretch every Sunday
  • Find a good meditation book
  • Blog three times per week

New Year’s Resolution

I was thinking about my new year’s fitness resolutions for 2014.  At the end of the year, I fell off the wagon.  Now, I want to get back on.  For Christmas, I got a fitbit, which I will feel much more comfortable wearing as opposed to the wristband.  I also got running pants to wear in the cold and new running shoes.  I read this article from My Fitness Pal blog and was even more inspired to do fitness resolutions, so here they are, categorized.


  • Take 1-2 minutes after every meal to log what I eat.  This becomes complicated when I cook because, obviously, there isn’t something already in the database.  Therefore, when I plan my meals I will log the recipes every Sunday so I can log my meals for the week.
  • Spend every Friday afternoon planning meals and writing a grocery list for the following week.
  • Spend every Sunday cooking for the week to save time and not “get tired” and fall back on fast food.
  • Make every Monday meatless Monday
  • Limit fast food to a minimum of once per week.
  • Go out to dinner at a restaurant once per week.


  • Workout with a friend twice per week
  • Plan my workouts in advance (weekly)
  • Run at least three times per week
  • Workout at least 5 times per week for 30 minutes


  • Log food and exercise five times per week
  • Take 5 minutes after every meal to log food
  • Log exercise right after my workout


  • Go to bed by 9pm on weeknights, be sleeping between 10-10:30pm
  • Read for at least 30 minutes per night
  • Write in my journal every night


  • Stretch every Sunday
  • Learn Italian
  • Walk the dog twice per week
  • Do a 5-10 minute meditation every morning
  • Blog three times per week

Those are my goals for the year, and this is how I am going to work on me.  If I do those, then I should be getting closer to where I want to be weight wise.  It’s learning to start making healthy choices and getting into healthy habits.  If I can get a routine where I am cooking more, relying on eating out less, tracking what is going in and out of my body, and exercising regularly….then I can get to where I want to be.

Here’s to a happy and health 2014!!!

Goals, Personal

Sunday Reflection

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post, and I am not really sure why.  I have been really busy with work and I have had a lot of personal stuff going on.  Well, the two kind of blend.  I am really close to my supervisor.  She is a fantastic person and a wonderful mentor.  I have learned a lot under her.  About the middle of June, she and I got into a big fight, which sent me into a huge tailspin.  And it just kept getting worse, and now it is finally looking a little bit better.  We had some large audits at work, and I had a significant part to play…I updated all of the privacy policies with the new HIPAA standards (sounds like boatloads of fun, huh?).  This was a big thing for my supervisor to ask me to do, and I think that is how we have started to mend our relationship.  She has since come over to my house to help us put on a storm door.  We were also invited to her Halloween party.  While I don’t think we are in the place we were before, I think we are getting there.  Hopefully…

Between the audits and everything going on personally, I just haven’t had the time or energy to blog, but I really miss it.  We passed all of our audits with flying colors!!  It was actually pretty cool to see.  My workout buddy and I also started the pure gamma portion of Focus T25.  We are moving on up.  It is glorious!!  It’s hard and you feel the burn, but it is a really awesome feeling to accomplish.

Also, I have started a couch to 5K program again.  This one is a little less intense than the couch to 10K, and I am determined to stick with it.  I hope the rain today lets up as I would like to go for a run later.  The new app I found has GPS so I can track how far I go and how fast I am running.  It’s pretty exciting, and I have enjoyed going on runs so far.  Now we just have to see if I can keep with it.

The other major thing that recently happened is my better half started having problems with her back.  A little over a year ago started a saga of foot surgeries (2) as the first one had some complications.  This resulted in her being in a walking boot for several months.  Fast forward 11 months since she was in a walking boot and she is in the living room balling.  Essentially, being in the walking boot resulted in an important joint being irritated, and then she must have slept wrong, which resulted in her being unable to move around for a day.  After seeing the doctor and the chiropractor, she is doing much better and can walk around unassisted.  In fact, she didn’t even take her medication yesterday.  I am so relieved.

I wish my better half would take better care of herself.  She is overweight as well, and will eat sweets and soda (and will sometimes encourage me to do the same).  My workout buddy has encouraged my better half to join her at the gym.  I am excited to see where this leads, because if she starts working out, she’s not going to want to put crap in her body.  I am hoping she will take this journey with us.

This week, I want to get my fitness ass into gear.  This means:

  1. Posting at least three blog posts.  At least one of them has to be more personal (no just talking about food and working out).
  2. Logging my food in myfitnesspal
  3. Wearing my bodymedia
  4. Doing gamma everyday
  5. Running three times per week

What are your goals for the week?


Sunday goals

This week has been a great workout week!!

First, it was our first week of Beta, and we NAILED IT!!  I’m going to go through all of the beta DVDs in my Wednesday post, but the workouts are fantastic.  My workout buddy and I say that we are going from beta babies to beta babes.  We brought 100% to all of the workouts this week, and we found them challenging but not impossible.

Second, I have started a couch to 10K program.  You run 3 days per week.  This week I jogged for 60 seconds then walked for 90 seconds for a total of 30 minutes.  This week, I managed to do it all three days!!  Even in the heat.  I got up and jogged/walked my ass for three days.  Running is something I have always wanted to do but have never started….until now.

My goals for this week are going to be to continue to do well.  This means…

  1. Logging all my foods (I’ve been doing this for the most part) and checking it on my bodymedia to ensure I am maintaing my calorie deficit of 1000 calories.
  2. Run 3 days this week (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning).  This will help me continue to follow my couch to 10k program.
  3. Complete all T 25 workouts.  I have done great so far, so I am not going to mess it up now!!!

What are your goals for the week?

Goals, Progress

STATurday and Sunday

Another week has come and gone.  Hard to imagine I have made it though WEEK 3 of Focus T25.  I will (obviously) be talking about my thoughts of week three on Wednesday, but I do have some exciting news to share, so I thought I would post my updated stats!  To know how far we have come, we have to remember where we have been…so here are last weeks stats

Last Week:

Weight: 252 pounds

Bust: 46.5 inches

Waist: 47.25 inches

Arm: 17.5 inches

Thigh: 27.25 inches

This Week:

Weight: 247 pounds

Bust: 45.75 inches

Waist: 46.5 inches

Arm: 16.5 inches

Thigh: 28.5 inches

Total Loss:

Weight: -5 pounds (HELL YEAH!!!)

Bust: -.75 inches

Waist: -.75 inches

Arm: -1 inch (goodbye wings!!)

Thigh: +.75 inches (I was told this has to be muscle….we will see)

I am SO PLEASED with the results from last week to this week.  I think it is definitely a testament to Shaun T and Beachbody.  My workout buddy also lost 5 inches total from the past three weeks, so this is definitely worth all of the hard work.  I am so blessed to have such a great friend to do this with as well.  She’s amazing and I definitely would not be doing as well if I did not have someone to come and push me to do workouts even when I don’t want to.  I am looking forward to see what I will continue to lose in the coming weeks on the program.

Today was such a great day.  As ya’ll may or may not know, I recently purchased a house in June (which was the contributor to some weight gain).  The house was beautiful when we purchased it, but we are slowly adding some things that we want to do.  I’ve noticed that since we bought the house, gotten the puppy, and I’ve started working out and taking care of me more, I have been so much more productive, which translates into also being more active.  I am glad my new life incorporates more activity.  Today we went to Home Depot and purchased a storm door for our front door so we can keep the windows open and have the option to let in some fresh air.  We have some amazing friends (one of which happens to be my supervisor) who are teaching us how to be handy around the house.  After we did that, I mowed the lawn.  Oddly, I find this relaxing.  I turn on my iPod, put my earbuds in, and go to town.  We have also neglected our flower bed out front, so I was able to work in that a little bit today.  My better half purchased some weed killer, and I trimmed two bushes that are in the front.  I wish I had taken before pictures, because the bushes were really bad.  They look better now.  It was my first time trimming bushes, so I will have to see what other people think in order to find out if I did a good job or not.

Onto my goals for the week…

I was reading someone else’s blog (sadly I do not remember the name of the blog), but they called their goals “target practice” as we always aim for the mark, but sometimes we miss (and that’s okay).  I really enjoy this mentality, especially because I am bad at making goals.  So, here is my “target practice” for the upcoming week.

  1. Wear my body media armband while working out.  Sound familiar?  That’s because I haven’t done it yet, but recognize I really need to.  When I am done writing this blog, I am going to get my device out of my nightstand and charge it.  Luckily, my computer is in the same room in which I work out, so I will see it tomorrow when I go to put my DVD in.  This way I cannot miss it.
  2. Log my foods.  Same story as above…something I recognize I need to do, but have not done it yet.  I am not sure why either.  I eat relatively healthy, so it is not that I am trying to avoid things.  I think it is a time thing, especially because I make my own food.  It is a pain to add everything up and such.  However, I know this will tell a lot about my weight loss success, and I need to do it.  It’s just something I have to do.
  3. Ride my bike at least 2 times this week.  Long story short, my better half had foot surgery a while ago, and it still hurts.  While we are not up to doing T35, my better half thought about riding a bike as a form of exercise.  So…we bought bikes.  They are really nice ones too!!  My better half has been out riding once (in the last week and a half) and I have been none.  This is something I really want to do though, and I need to make time to do it.  We have plans to go for a ride tomorrow, so fingers crossed!!

Here is to another amazing week!!  Be sure to let me know what an amazing week you have had!  I’m sure we have all had successes in one form or another, and ALL successes should be celebrated!!

Goals, Personal

Construction Zone





This is how I am feeling lately, like I am under construction.  I take a few steps forward and then several steps backward, but I am always thinking about how to better improve myself and am conscious of when I am undoing work I have already done.  This week I have given a lot of thought to the changes I want to make, and I thought I would share a few.

The first is the changes I want to make to the blog.  I think I do not post as often as I would like in order to be able to properly document my journey and hold myself accountable.  In order to do this, I think I am going to create more structure to my blog.  I am going to have a theme for most days of the week.  These themes will also cover everything I need to have a balanced, healthy life.  It is not just going to be about food and workouts.  I want to make sure I am healthy body,mind, and spirit.  Here is what I have so far:

  1. Motivation Monday: Here is where I will post things that motivate me to workout and eat healthy.  These can be quotes or items or whatever I can think of.
  2. Talkie Tuesday: This is where I will discuss my favorite things of that week or what I am reading….fun stuff that I enjoy that I want to share
  3. Workout Wednesday: Here is where I will discuss my workouts from the previous week.  Right now, it will be about Focus T25 and will expand to other things I find.
  4. Thoughtful Thursday: I always talk about how stress is the main thing that sabotages my progress on my journey to a better self.  Therefore, this will be a day to discuss (and sometimes vent about) what is going on that week in order to write it all down and log it rather than eating my feelings.
  5. Foodie Friday: On these days I will post fun, healthy recipes I have made throughout the week in order to share fun recipes and such.
  6. STATurday:  I have to admit, I got this one from Shaun T and Focus T25.  On this day I will post measurements and weight loss.  Occasionally I will also post pictures in order to document my progress.
  7. Haven’t thought of a fun title for Sunday, but I would like to reflect on my goals and create new ones for the week.

I am hoping this will keep me accountable.  I can always work on blog posts during my lunch hour at work.  Additionally, I can work on them at various times during the week and schedule them.  This will also allow me to write a little at a time, and it will just post on the appropriate day.  Gotta love modern technology.

I just said on Sunday I want to reflect on goals and create new ones for the week.  I didn’t really write goals, so there is nothing on which to reflect.  However, I am proud of myself for completing the week of T25, especially the double workout.  I will discuss this more in detail on Wednesday.

As far as goals for this week, I am going to keep the list short.  This way it is obtainable.  Here are the fantastic four:

  1. Make it through another week of T25.
  2. Log all of my foods in Jillian’s app
  3. Wear my bodymedia armband when I am working out.
  4. Make it through my week of blog posts.

Now, I am tired as it is late and I am in bed.  My puppy and better half are asleep….and I think I will join them.  Until tomorrow!!

Goals, Personal

Weekly Goals

This week has been nuts.  I feel like I have done pretty well, but for some reason I think that my head is spinning and I am getting no where.  Maybe it’s just that I have been cooped up inside for a while, but I just do not feel like myself.  I do not know what is wrong with me, because I know that I have done well this week.  I have done all of my workouts and I have tried a new class.  I decided to create a new weekly goal in order to help myself continue to move forward.

I have felt in a “slump” recently, and I am not sure why.  I am sleeping a lot.  However, I have not slept well at night this past week.  I slept Friday afternoon, half of the day on Saturday, and I took a little nap during a movie today.  I think between the napping and the sitting in my apartment I am feeling down and sluggish.  I am hoping the start of this coming week will be better.  On top of it, we have plans this weekend, and it is the super bowl.

I thought this week I would start with one goal.  I think I have been doing well with my eating; however, I am HORRIBLE at keeping track of my calories.  The moral of the story is, I do not really know what I am eating.  Therefore, my goal this week is to keep track of what I am eating in my Jillian Michaels program.  


2013 Goals


Here are my goals for the new year.  At the beginning of each month, I am going to try to set small, personal goals around things I am struggling with (food, weight loss, etc.).  This time, I decided to think about everything that I want to achieve, fitness related, this year in order to help me start the year off right.  This should keep me focused.  I want to reflect on each of my goals throughout the year in order to help keep me on track.  I am also thinking of creating a blog planner, so I can know exactly what I want to post.  I don’t want to commit to things I am not sure if I can accomplish though, so we will keep it simple for now.

  1. To weigh 130 pounds by the end of the year. (That’s about 110lbs.)
  2. To use my bodymedia band every day.
  3. To eat home cooked meals at least 5 days per week.
  4. Make sure each meal contains fruit and/or vegetable
  5. To feel comfortable wearing shorts in March (for my cruise)
  6. To stay within my calorie range on My Fitness Pal, except one day per week (which will be my cheat day).
  7. Blog about my weight loss journey at least 3 times per week
  8. To run a 5K (I have my sights set on The Color Run in August)
  9. Complete Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
  10. Complete the Insanity series
  11. Purchase more organic and natural food.
I wish everyone a happy and HEALTHY New Year!!