Day 22: Back to Normal

Can’t say that today was all the exciting, but definitely back on track.

Got my 7 hours of sleep.

Got my minimum consumption of water.

Got my morning exercise in.

Popped in on the Facebook group.

No sugary drinks.

Successful day!

Here’s today’s video! Thanks for watching!


Day 12-14: When Laziness Hit

Laziness. It’s the thing that keeps you on the couch, makes excuses, justifies your feelings, and I got caught in it again. I was so sore, so tired from this past week that my motivation just fizzled out. I didn’t completely lose my way, but I slacked on my commitments. Today was a struggle as I forced myself to get back on track.

Here are the videos from the past few days. I encourage you all, don’t let yourself slip like I did. It gets harder every time you let yourself slide just a little. It truly is a slippery slope. Catch yourself early, turn back around, and keep going!

Day 8: Live from Facebook!

Tonight I did a live video on Facebook, just to be real in the moment and change it up a bit.

After one week, I have lost 3lbs, slept 7 hours every night, drank over 100 oz of water, and exercised nearly every day in the past 2 weeks, missing only 2 days out of 14!

Here’s the recap! Enjoy! And if you’d like to follow me on Facebook, click here.

Day 7: Hiking with Hubby

We’ve had some crazy weather in TN lately. Last weekend, it was snowing. I mean, 2 inches near the city and 5 inches in the mountains. And this week, 60 degrees, sunny, and humid!

So my husband and I decided it was worth getting out of the house to avoid the typical cabin fever that tends to set in around this time of year and take our first hike of 2017.

Since the focus of my posts is weight management and fitness, I wanted to share some of the biggest things I noticed about today in doing something active on top of doing our regular morning workout.

  1. I felt initial burning soreness on the steepest parts of the trail. This made it hard to keep going as I feared I would injure myself. But as I payed closer attention, I realized I could feel that strength that I’ve been building ever so slightly in the past two weeks. As I pushed myself, the pain would fade and I’d soon find my stride.
  2. I’m feeling the difference, but its definitely still just internal right now. We of course took some pictures on our hike, and I felt myself slightly disappointed to see that I looked the same. But I remember it takes up to 3 weeks to start seeing a difference personally, and even longer for others to notice. I feel it though, and I know the changes are happening!

Bottom Line…………..KEEP GOING!

Here’s today’s video taken right at the heart of the falls! Enjoy! Oh and special guest appearance…my man!

Day 5: Rough Day

Two things to take away from today:

  1. One poor decision leads to greater difficulty making good decisions for the rest of the day.
  2. You are allowed to have bad days, but don’t let it be an excuse to give up

It was a rough day, oddly enough. I slept in and skipped my work out which made avoiding that cupcake that continues to taunt me at work even harder and nearly derailed me entirely. I managed to resist thankfully, but by the end of the day, my migraine prevented any other productive choices for the evening. I was missing my normal morning routine by the end of the day and vowed to return in the morning, even though I dreaded the workout. But I refuse to give up so easily and so early. I will continue!

Ground Zero of a Healthier Year

Today is the day! My husband and I are taking on some much needed healthier changes after letting ourselves go for over 8 months. We’ve been talking about it for ages, but finally sat down over the holiday weekend and made a plan.

Typical right? New year, resolutions and all that. Well this isn’t a resolution for us, its a goal. It’s an implementation of a lifestyle that we both know we need and we are taking the very first baby steps to get there.


Yup, this is me on Jan. 1 2017. Still absolutely beautiful, but definitely time to get fit.

Let me me back up a second and give you an idea of where I’ve been and where I am. About a year ago I did a diet that cut out foods I was sensitive to, with amazing results! I lost 20lbs in less than 6 weeks. Then the holidays came, then there was free pizza all the time as my husband took on a delivery job part time…and then free pastries and coffees at work weekly….and then and then and then….sigh. Now I am in a complete opposite state of where I was and weigh more than I ever have in my life so far. That’s rough. And it took its toll emotionally and of course physically.¬†But sometimes it takes hitting bottom, to really climb back up again. And I thank the Father and my super supportive husband for being¬†encouraging, loving, and patient with me until I made the decision to change.

Since my husband is also in a position where he feels unhealthy, we both decided to make the change together. We are starting small.The next 30 days we have committed to working out every morning together and cutting out the big causes of our belly fat.

That of course includes all sources of high level sugar…… chocolate, pastries, starbucks, sodas, you get the idea. Very hard for the sweet tooth we both have, especially me.

So what are we doing? Here’s the exercise routine we are following:


And then there’s our food rules:

  • No sugary drinks
  • No soy
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No white sugar
  • And personally for me no dairy and a lower intake of wheat

So yeah, 30 days of this seems very achievable for starting at the bottom. And after the first day of exercises, it burned but I didn’t die, which was encouraging. Though I discovered just how much jumping jacks can burn if you do enough of them. And let me tell you, I have a desk job and I lounge a lot. So to go from couch to 50 jumping jacks first thing in the morning……boy did I feel it!!

Then there was the sugar cravings. Strong for sure but I managed to curb them with peppermint essential oil and a honey stick I had brought home from vacation. I will be pursuing other ways too because I expect it to get worse before it gets better.

All this to basically say, today we started our journey, and I am going to share the process along the way. Every step. The good and the bad. Because this is real life and I want you to know that at the end of the day, it’s simple, but not easy. It takes commitment.

Last things. Here are my stats of where I am starting. I share this to hopefully encourage you and for you to know where I came from as this journey continues.

Feel free to ask me any questions and thanks for reading!