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Weight Loss Wednesday!

We did it!!

Danny and I both won the FitFluential DietBet! I’ll admit that I was a little worried there that we wouldn’t make it, but we made it by the skin of our teeth. :)

I ended this DietBet about two pounds higher than my lowest recent weight, which really isn’t much of a difference.

This is my before and after picture – where I am two pounds lighter. I will be taking new before and after pictures soon.

I think that the weight I am currently at is the weight that my body is comfortable with and a weight that I am happy with. It seems like anything below what I am now is too hard to maintain.

In a little bit over a year, I have lost approximately 32 pounds, and I am very happy with that. Danny has lost almost 25 pounds since January, and he’s doing great. I am proud of both of us.

My goal now is just to maintain my current weight, continue to eat healthy and workout, watch my weekend eating, and to be happy.

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 12 minutes
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • 2.4 miles, treadmill

This morning it was storming, cold, and windy outside. Jaden was happy because he got to use his umbrella.


But I had to complete my 15k training on the treadmill rather than outside today. Today’s part of the plan only called for two miles. I actually walked/ran the two miles because my legs were super sore today.

After my workout, I had a Clif Mojo bar.


I actually bought this bar because I had a coupon for it, and it ended up costing 50 cents, but I really liked it and would buy it again.

I also had a well-deserved small package of Cadbury mini eggs that I stole from my kids and hid until the DietBet was over.


Don’t worry – they got so much candy and chocolate for Easter that they didn’t even know these were missing. In fact, I could probably eat half their Easter candy and they wouldn’t even know it.

Have a great afternoon!

  • If you did the DietBet, how did you do?
  • What goals do you have for yourself?
  • Do you like storms?


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Happy New Year 2013

Happy 2013!!

Doesn’t that sound so weird to say?! 2013. When I was young, thinking about being an adult and the year 2013 was something that seemed so foreign and far away. Now here I am – 30 years old in the year 2013, married with two kids. Life really seems to speed up when you’re an adult. The years really seem like they’re flying by, as I get older and my kids grow up. That’s why I think it’s important to take time to appreciate the small things and try to live positively.

I hope that you all had a great and safe New Year’s Eve. I’ll recap our New Year’s Eve either later today or tomorrow. Today, I wanted to share some of the things that Danny and I plan on doing in 2013 to be healthier and more active.

1. We’ve decided to join a weight loss challenge through Sarah Fit’s Diet Bet. Sarah Fit is a YouTube fitness guru and blogger. She is hosting a weight loss challenge through the DietBet website. The concept is pretty easy: you pay $30 a person to join. Then, you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. (You photograph yourself on the scale with a special “word of the day” so DietBet know you’re being honest). After the 4 weeks is over, everyone who lost 4% of their body weight splits the pot. So, if you lose your 4%, you’re guaranteed to win back your $30, plus more if other people didn’t reach their goal.

I have done Sarah’s Diet Bet in the past, and I really liked it. Paying money really helps me work hard so that I don’t lose that money. I also like the challenge aspect of it. I feel like I can push myself harder in challenge than I can when I’m just doing it myself. Last time, I paid $25, lost exactly 4% of my body weight, and won $40!

The best part is that anyone can sign up! Danny and I both plan on signing up, and the challenge starts January 10th and ends February 6th. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, I would recommend joining. Come do it with us!

2. I am going to be trying out the Body Media Fit device. I was lucky enough to win this device via FunkyMonkey Snacks on Twitter.

From the BodyMedia website:

BodyMedia FIT Armbands automatically track the calories burned during your daily activities.  The armband works as a fitness monitor to measure the intensity of your workouts and also monitors the quality of your sleep, an important factor in weight loss. The information tracked can easily be managed with BodyMedia’s online Activity Manager. Just add in the easy-to-use food log and you have the right information to improve your weight loss.

So, basically it tracks your steps taken, calories burned, and sleep. You can input your food so that you can make sure you’re burning more calories then you consume in order to lose weight. I have never used a device like this before, so I am excited to try it out…as long as it’s not too complicated :)

3. I plan on using my Garmin 10 to help improve my running. You can set it to help you run at a certain pace, and it alerts you if you’re going too fast or too slow. In 2013, I would like to run my fastest 5k and 10k. I’ve only run one 10k in 2011, and I would like to beat that time.

4. Food journaling. I have been majorly slacking with my food journal since the holidays. I plan on tracking everything I eat again. Tracking my food and calories is 100% what helped me lose 30 pounds. I got this super cute notebook from Marlene that I plan on using as my food journal.

Danny is trying to lose a little bit of weight, and while I told him that he doesn’t have to keep a food journal, it helps a lot to see how much your actually eating. Even keeping a food journal for a week or two can be helpful.

5. Eating healthier. I have been slacking on healthy eating these past few weeks. Now that the holidays are over I feel like I can get back on track with making healthy choices with treats in moderation. I am going to try to stay away from processed foods, and eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, etc.

We stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a few things.

I do most of my grocery shopping at the regular grocery store, but there are a few things that I like from Whole Foods – the meat and fish, the produce, and the green tea drinks. I bought salmon from the fish department, grilled salmon from the prepared foods to put on salads, teriyaki chicken and chicken lunch meat for Danny, and some pineapple and salad.

6. Fantasy Fitness League – Danny and I are signed up for the newest fitness challenge at our gym, and we are going to have some competition!

I am really looking forward to the this challenge, and it will motivate Danny to get to the gym on a regular basis. I know it’s hard for him since he works full-time and has to deal with me and the kids :) I give a ton of credit to people who have jobs, a family, and workout out on a regular basis. It’s tough.

So, that’s the plan for 2013! I am looking forward to a great year!

What did you do yesterday? Any goals for 2013?


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Last week in nutrition class, the dietician talked about setting SMART goals for yourself. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevent, and Time Specific.

Specific – Pick an exact goal and how you’re going to achieve it. “Eat carrots with my sandwich instead of chips.”

Measurable - By measuring your goals, you’ll be able to see progress. Check back in with your goal after a certain amount of time to see your progress. “I will eat three servings of fruit every day this week.”

Achievable - Setting a few small goals in more achievable then setting one large goal and helps you to feel accomplished. “I will lose 1-2 pounds this week.” If your main goal is to eat less sugar, an achievable goal could be, “I will cut out one soda pop a day.”

Relevent – Your goals should relate to you. If you don’t like eating broccoli, then don’t make eating it your goal. Instead try a goal like, “I will try one new vegetable this week” or “I will take the dog out for a 30 minute walk when I get home from work.”

Time Specific – Set yourself a time for achieving your goals. Being healthy should be a long-term life goal, but changing habits can take a while, so give yourself a few weeks to accomplish each goal building up to the big picture.

Do you make goals for yourself?

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 3.22 miles treadmill – walk/run
  • Biggest Loser Workout – 60 minutes

Yesterday’s Biggest Loser workout was tough! We did a lot of sprinting, push-ups, squats, strength training, etc. A little mix of everything. I was so done by the end. We’re in the last few weeks of the Biggest Loser challenge, so the trainers are really pushing us hard.

The guy in first place has lost a total of 25 pounds so far. That is awesome! I am down 12 pounds total. My weight is pretty much at a stand still right now, but I’m still hoping to lose a few more pounds by the end.

Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts – 60 minutes

I really wasn’t in the mood to go to the gym this morning after yesterday’s workout, but it’s something that I’m so used to doing. I go to the gym every morning at 9 am, it’s kind of like a job. I wouldn’t skip going to my job, so I don’t skip the gym just because I’m feeling lazy. And of course, I never regret a workout :)

Today in Butts and Guts we did a lot of kickboxing moves – jabs, punches, kicks, etc. We also did some strength training and finished up with ab work.

After my workout, I had a thinkThin bar. I haven’t had one of these in a while, and it was good!

And of course, I have to share a picture of my new nephew because he’s so darn cute!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you working on any goals right now? Could be anything not just health goals. Maybe work goals or life goals?
  • Do you “schedule” workout time?
  • Any plans for today?


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There’s a Passion in my Yogurt

Good afternoon everyone! I’ve had quite the busy day up until now. I started with BodyPump this morning. We did an older release, which was a nice change from the new one that we’ve been doing. Sometimes, I get bored with doing the same routine twice a week for weeks, so it’s nice to change it up a bit sometimes.

After BodyPump, I had a Odwalla Vanilla Protein Monster drink. I love these things – I just wish they weren’t so expensive. But there was a coupon in this week’s paper for them,so that a plus. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Crystal, for giving her coupon to me!

I drink them for the good vibes:

After BodyPump, I came home and took a quick shower. I knew that I’d be out of the house at lunchtime, so I made a lunch to bring with, instead of stopping somewhere to eat when I was out. I packed carrots & pretzel sticks with hummus, an apple, and the new Chobani Passion Fruit Greek yogurt.

I packed it all into my awesome lunch bag.

Do I look dweeby with my lunchbag? Because I kind of think that I look cool.

I did not like the passion fruit yogurt at all. The flavor was good, but the seeds were not. I’ve never had a passion fruit before, so I didn’t know that the seeds were edible. They looked like little watermelon seeds and tasted like I was chewing on sticks.

I ate a few of them, and then spit all the rest out. Gross. Chobani did awesome with the blood orange and apple cinnamon flavors. The passion fruit – not so much.

I picked Jaden up from preschool and from there we went to pick up McCutie Princess Baby Face, or my niece, if you prefer. From there, we went to get Jaden an allergy shot. Hopefully, he’s getting close to going every month, rather than every week.

So, this morning I was cleaning out my nightstand drawer in order to be true to my new year’s goal of organizing my room. Okay, who are we kidding? I was actually looking for something that I misplaced, not cleaning. I came across a journal from the end of 2009 with my 2010 goals in it.

I completely forgot that I even wrote any down. And I obviously forgot about this journal, because I had only written on four pages of it.

And maybe I should be embarrassed that it’s Twilight journal, but I’m not. Team Edward. Deal with it.

Some of my goals for 2010 were:

  • To eat healthier – Yeah, this is my goal pretty much every year. And while I do eat fairly healthy, I am not one to turn down ice cream or cake. I can’t. It goes against my beliefs.
  • Included in eating healthier, was to keep a food journal – Nope, never happened. The longest I can go with tracking my food is about three days. Then I give up.
  • Spend time with kids and be a good mom – I like to work on this all the time. My kids are ages where they can play by themselves, without needing constant supervision. But it’s important to make an effort to play with your children and listen what they have to say.
  • More organized – Ha! I still haven’t cleaned and organized my room. I just have a lot of…stuff. I can’t help it.
  • Make the house nicer by getting rid of giant couch and buying a nice smaller one & paint. – This one we actually did! Our couch was way to big for our living room. We finally got rid of it and bought one that actually fit in the living room without taking up 3/4 of the room. And we painted. Well, Danny painted. I supervised. That’s what I’m best at.
  • Save more money – No, I don’t think this was accomplished.
  • I love this one – Be a good wife by doing more laundry so Danny will still love me – I think maybe I wrote that one as a joke. Why would I do more laundry when Danny loves it?! It be like taking candy away from a baby.
  • Get my master’s degree – I don’t even remember writing this. It must have been right after I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and felt all motivated.

And there is it. Proof that I never really accomplish my goals. Just kidding – I consider myself a work in progress.

Do you have goals or are they too much work? Do you write down your goals and save them? Most importantly – will you come clean my room? I can’t pay you because I am working on saving money.



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One Small Step a Day: Working Towards a Goal

As I mentioned earlier, I went to BodyPump today at the park district. Unfortunately, my own gym doesn’t offer classes. And since it’s Columbus Day, my two kiddos had to come with and play in the Kid’s Korner.

I’m sure that the Kid’s Korner employees were delighted to have a 10-year-old amongst the 15 babies and toddlers. It’s not my fault there’s no school.

Going to BodyPump:

And I should have found out the rates beforehand, because it cost me $10 for two kids for one hour. Jeesh, the class itself doesn’t even cost that much. That’s the last time I’ll be doing that.

BodyPump went good and I felt fine, not sick or wheezy at all. It’s definitely hard, but I can keep up. The hardest track is the lunges and squats. They make we want to die.

But I pushed through them and got them done. I also like that there is a track at the end for cooling down and stretching.

For a post-workout snack, I had a Horizon organic chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk is a great post work-out snack because it has carbs and protein in it. And sometimes I don’t always feel like eating right after working out, but I know that it’s best to have a snack within 45 minutes, so being able to drink my snack works out great.

After BodyPump, I stopped at Meijer to pick up some much-needed water and apples.

Then we headed home for lunch. Today’s lunch was a salad with carrots, peppers, and pecans. I also had carrots sticks, peppers, and pretzel sticks with hummus on the side.


Hummus spelled with an O. Hommus. Why? I don’t know. This brand was on sale at Meijer for $1.49, so I picked it up to try. It was good, but not as thick as I am used too. Hummus. Humus. Hommus.

One Small Step a Day

I was watching a ShayCarl video on YouTube today, and he recently lost 81 pounds. In his video, he mentioned something about taking one small step a day towards a goal that you’re working on.

This really got me thinking what a great idea that is. It’s so easy to wake up and say I’m going to start a diet and eat good all day or I’m going to work out five days this week.

But sometimes that sets you up for an overload which can often backfire. So, instead why not focus on making one small step a day towards your goal? Sounds good to me.

If you’re trying to lose weight, choose water over pop. Eat an apple instead of a candy bar. Skip the drive-thru.

If you’re working on exercising more, park far away in a parking lot and walk. And 1/2 mile or 1 mile to your running/walking route. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

This could work with any goal you are working towards – school, better productivity at work, exercise, diet.

These small steps add up and help you work toward your goal one day at a time, while still feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Today I had water instead of juice, and I skipped eating a caramel apple sucker.

What did you do today to work towards a goal or better productivity?

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