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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Certification!!

Weekly Update:  Weekly Update:  Up 1.4lbs this week (total loss 64.4lbs).  I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm also not terribly upset.  Last night I decided to go out to dinner last minute and going out to dinner always makes me retain fluid.  I can't be sure if the full 1.4lbs was from the sodium, but I FEEL great this week and I won't let a gain hold me from having a successful week ahead.

This photo is of my son who scraped his knees this weekend.  Did that stop him from walking? Running? Getting back up and tackling the day head first? Of course not! 

Sometimes you fall, it's the getting back up that matters.

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I love this quote, and it's something that has made me so successful these past few months.  In sharing my story - including my struggles, I am really able to do anything.   I find sharing the struggles more important than the successes most days.  Those struggles are what connect me with people and make me realize I'm not alone, and either are you.    So I ate 3 cadbury eggs, does that make me bad? No. It makes me human.  It also helps make me stronger as I learn ways to move on and not dwell in something like that.

In addition to when I struggle with food, another 'struggle' I have some days is to get my workout in.  Most days I look forward to the workout, but there are certainly days (like the one below from Friday), where the LAST thing I want to do is workout. The thing is, I know how great I feel after so no matter how many excuses I have I never skip my workout because it ALWAYS leaves me in a better mood.

Speaking of workouts, this weekend was a really exciting one. I decided to get certified in a program called Insanity.   I have several other certifications under my belt, but none of which have been since my weight gain last year.   This certification meant so much more to me then just getting another credential.   Being able to participate, jump around and do the moves without any limitations was so incredibly rewarding because just a few months ago I was struggling to get through any workout with out modifying.   I have never felt so proud of myself for achieving a fitness certification as I did this past weekend.

This weekend we also tested out a projector to run a 'Fit Club' at my house this summer - the thought is that we will invite people to come over and do a workout video (most likely the 21 Day Fix) with a group of people on the big screen.  I'm so excited to pick a date for this!

This photo is sort of silly, but I got a new tank top (usually I hate tank tops, I always struggle with my arms), but I absolutely love how comfy this one his.  

Some more fitness news, this is the awesome moms in my Couch to 5K program pushing hard during our core work at the end of the 20 minute run/walk.   We have a great group of moms and I'm really enjoying working with them!

In food news, I have gone back to measuring using my containers and it's actually pretty fun. I forget just how much food they fit!! This bowl is a GIANT pasta bowl (just to put it into perspective on how much food is here).

Another fun treat I made this week was home-made tortillas using Joseph's wraps and my toaster oven.  I got some fresh Pico de Gallo and made some pretty awesome 'chips and salsa' out of it and totally Fix friendly and satisfying!

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Weekly Update: This week I'm down .4lbs for a new total of 64.2lbs!  I'm learning I really need to anticipate hiccups before they happen.  This week I was doing well, and then the holiday weekend hit.  I was actually totally expecting to do well since we didn't have any plans.  Unfortunately, all the 'talking' about Easter foods somehow put me into a mental tailspin.  I devoured my son's Easter Candy and then we got grinders (no fancy dinner this year) and I ate a grinder that I'm pretty sure was 2 feet long.  That being said, I still lost which has shows me that my daily actions and half hour workouts ARE making an impact!

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I also had an 'Ah-Ha Moment' mid week - I have been struggling mainly with the 'late night munchies' and that has been giving me brain fog (poor choices).   Then it clicked - I have also been skipping my final Shakeology shake of the day! I KNOW from experience this always leads to munchies, yet this week I wasn't taking action.  I am committing to drinking it every night next week and I am positive I'll have a better week!

These photos are a reminder of how far I have come in the past 9 months. Check it my facial expressions!

I found this quote for one of my Challenge Groups, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it again.  I'm really learning to take my 'problems' and turn them into things that can help drive me forward. I'm also harnessing positive energy around my dreams to make them a reality.   This past summer I dreamed that I would be back at my pre-pregnancy weight, and 9 months in I'm so close!  

I also continue to focus on my Mommy & Me Pilates classes. I love the women I meet in these classes!  I captured this wonderful moment with a 4 month old watching her mommy, all smiles from the little one during class!

And then there is my little mad man - having fun playing before class!

One perk about Easter?  All the yummy & colorful sources of protein!   A perfect snack on the go. Two of them counts as one of my four protein servings a day which is extremely filling!

We went for a family bike ride Easter morning - I'm sporting the T-Shirt I got for free just for finishing T25 (my first ever at home program!)

In food news...I did some really smart things on Easter Sunday with my food PREP.  Here is my favorite dish - a pasta bake full of protein and veggies!

My other staple (and this one freezes REALLY well) - quinoa stuffed peppers with homemade veggie sauce.
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