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I am 31 years old and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 13 years now! We have two children, one boy (9) and one girl (7)! I was very athletic in High School and began modeling and working out right after high School. I had been a steady size 5 in high school and went down to a size 1 for modeling! I was so skinny! Anyways, after two complicated pregnancies on bed rest for months, I found myself 90 lbs heavier! I have struggled for 9 years now trying to get the weight off. I have finally gotten somewhere!!! :



Monday, July 16, 2012

Lets see if we can complete a week of challenges! I was sick at the end of last week and did not get to complete my challenges! 

This weeks Daily Challenges!

Challenge 1 - Complete minimum of 500 jumping jacks!
Challenge 2 - Complete 100 dynamic squats!
Challenge 3 - Complete 25 reps of 10 different ab exercises!
Challenge 4 - Complete 50 burpees! whew this one will be a challenge for sure! :)
Challenge 5 - Complete 200 Short bridges!

Good Luck!

Getting Ready for the BEACH!!!!

BEACH vacation here we come!!!! 

I have ONE week to bust my tail and get ready to rock that bikini!! :) I am not going to stress it. I just want to feel the best I can feel when it comes time to lay on the beach!!! :) I have goals to set and complete! I have lots to get done before we leave including cleaning the house and getting our clothes all caught up so that we can pack! I must get all the shopping done for the trip and of course - PACK! Football starts this week so I will be juggling that in there as well! I also need to find time to study for my CPT and WORKOUT! Every day we all struggle to get our workouts in! Some days or weeks will be much busier than others. Its finding a workout that works for us. Finding a workout that can conform to OUR schedules! Here are some things I do to ensure I get SOME type of workout in!
  • SHORT interval INTENSE workouts 10-20 minutes 
  • Do exercises at random times! Squat in the shower, jumping jack when no one is looking, do a burpee in a new location, drop down and do push ups when you have a few minutes to spare! These things wont take you long. They wont give you optimum cardio/calorie burn BUT they DO still help build your muscles. They DO help keep you motivated and moving and if you are constantly doing random things like that - Majority will WIN! 
  • Break your workouts up! Do a 10 minute workout in the morning and then another 10 minute workout in the evening! 
  • Do them DAILY! If you are only doing short interval workouts - do them EVERYDAY! Just change it up constantly. 

I mentioned that I needed to set goals for this week! Here are a few of my goals for getting ready for the beach!

  • Drop 5lbs by Saturday! 
  • Limit carbs to fruits and veggies mostly
  • No eating junk at night - EVEN popsicles
  • Up my water intake! 
  • Eat lots of soup and salad this week with plenty of protein! 
  •  Stick with chicken or Fish for meats this week. 
  • Make a protein smoothie EVERYDAY! 
 Fitness GOALS 

  • Lots of lower body workouts and Abs 
  • My workouts will be short interval workouts 12-20 mins. I want to complete lots of weighted leg and glute exercises while incorporating abs and some arms. I am NOT focusing on upper body this week! 
  • Everyday will include SOME cardio as well. Nothing crazy. 
  • Tuesday and Thursday - I may complete short runs, cardio blast via intervals, or who knows.....I may do a video of some sort - Zumba, Kick boxing, Insanity, Plyometrics, etc. 
  •  I will do random exercises ALL day long!  

What do YOU do to prepare YOURSELF for vacations? Do you prepare?  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Daily Challenges Week of 7/9 Through 7/15

Daily Challenges! 

Guy Push Ups - How many can you complete by the end of today? Try different variations of push ups! Don't know what those different variations are - See my examples in the video below!
Set a Goal and GO FOR IT!! 


 PLANKS! How many 30 sec planks can you complete today? Do as many variations as you would like just do them! :D 

 Above are a few examples (VERY hard to take pics of yourself doing planks!) lol



Food Log 7/9 through 7/15

I will be tracking my food all week this week! Sometimes when we get off track or we hit a plateau, all we need is to take a step back, regroup and get back on track! So keeping a food and workout log is PERFECT for getting us back on track!

* My eating goals - get back to eating 5-6xs a day! 

Monday -

Breakfast - Oatmeal with maple syrup and a little brown sugar

Snack - apple with natural peanut butter

Lunch - (took the kids to restaurant of choice b/c my daughter had to have blood drawn.) Maki Special at Koi Asian restuarant - Chicken broth, Salad with ginger dressing, TN roll,       Philadelphia roll, Crunch Crab roll

Snack - ice cream cone at DQ (also a rare treat with the kids)

Dinner - Chicken, rice, peppered pickles

Drinks - Coffee with 2 raw sugars, glass of red malbec wine, water, ginger ale

*****So I am hoping that Monday will be my CHEAT day! lol. I hope to not eat like that again this week! FINGERS CROSSED!*****

Tuesday -

Foods Calories Carbs Fat Protein

Coffee - Brewed from grounds, 1 cup (8 fl oz) 2 0g 0g 0g

Trader Joe's - Organic Brown Sugar, 1 Tsp 15 4g 0g 0g

Coffee Mate - Hazelnut Creamer Fat Free, 1 tbsp 25 5g 0g 0g

Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Gluten Free Rolled Oats - Oatmeal, 1/4 cup 90 32g 4g 7g

Pure Maple Syrup - Maple Syrup, 2 Tbsp 104 54g 0g 0g

Sugar In the Raw - Natural Cane Turbinado Sugar, 2 tsp (4g) 30 8g 0g 0g

Wolf Gang Puck - Organic Soup - Signature Tortilla , 1 container (2 cups ea.) 320 54g 7g 10g

Generic - Grape Tomatoes, 1.5 oz (85g approx 12 tomatoes) 13 3g 0g 0g

Pompeian - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp 120 0g 14g 0g

Grey Poupon - Dijon Mustard - Original, 1 tsp (5 g) 5 0g 0g 0g

Cheese - Feta, 1 oz 75 1g 6g 4g

Kroger - Red Wine Vinegar, 1 tbsp 3 0g 0g 0g

Fresh - Romaine Lettuce , 12 leaves (85g) 20 3g 0g 1g

Homemade - Chicken Breast Grilled Bbq , 3 oz 283 0g 8g 32g

Boiled Without Salt - Green Beans, 1 cup 35 8g 0g 2g

Red Bell Pepper - Red Bell Pepper, 1 cup, sliced (92.09) 29 6g 0g 1g

Generic - Malbec Wine, 10 oz 244 8g 0g 0g

TOTAL: 1413 Calories! 1,413 186g 39g 57g

Snack Ideas!

I came across a list of snack ideas recently and thought I would share them here! 

Apples and peanut butter
Chocolate dipped banana
whole grain bread toasted with laughing cow cheese and sliced strawberries
fruit/berries/raw veggies
hummus for veggie dipping
homemade trail mix (I LOVE sunflower seeds with vegan chocolate chips) Also, just mixed UNSALTED raw not roasted nuts mixed with things like chocolate, craisins, dried fruit, etc.
yogurt with berries
peanut butter toast
chocolated dipped strawberries
applesauce (homemade or all natural)
hard boiled eggs
protein smoothie
lowfat/fatfree cottage cheese with fruit
Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, and melon.
fruit salad (very yummy with honey)
ants on a log (celery, pb, raisins)
rice cakes with pb
air popped popcorn (no butter and salt)

1. Frozen Grapes
2. String Cheese
3. Banana
4. Frozen Banana (peel it first, stick in the freezer overnight- it's like a yummy popsicle)
5. Low-fat Yogurt
6. Sugar-free or fat-free pudding
7. Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans . . . so good!
)8. 100-calorie bag of popcorn
9. Applesauce
10. Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)
11. Almonds
12. Apple
13. Skinny S'more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate)
14. Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)
15. Chocolate Milk
16. Hard Boiled Egg
17. Sunflower Seeds
18. Cottage Cheese
19. Sliced Cantelope
20. Raisins
21. Pita Bread and Hummus
22. Rice Cakes
23. Sugar-free Jello
24. Dried Fruits
25. Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)
26. Air-Popped Popcorn
27. Pistachios
28. Clementines (we call them Cuties or Clemmies)
29. Fruit Smoothie
30. Handful of olives
31. Pickles
32. Handful of blueberries with 2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip
33. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
34. 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.
35. Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread
36. Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)
37. Orange Slices
38. Cherry Tomatoes
39. Graham Crackers
40. Small Green Salad with light dressing
41. Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)
42. Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)
43. Half of a  Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices
44. Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)
45. Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)
46. Animal Crackers
47. Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip
48. Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices
49. Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola)
50. Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries
51. Guacamole with veggies
52. Triscuit's Thin Crisps dipped in cottage cheese or hummus
53. Cashews
54. Pretzels
55. Sun Chips (portion control! Read the serving amount on the side!)
56. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes:  Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
57. Sugar Snap Peas
58. Steamed Veggies
59. Apricots
60. Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
61. Any 100 calorie pack
62. Snack/Granola bar (around 150 calories or less, like Kellogg's All-Bran, Kashi TLC Trail Mix, or Fiber one Bar)
63. Baked chips (about 7-10) with salsa
64. Soy Chips
65. Protein Bar
66. Sweet Potato Fries (one light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes)
67. Wrap (I like a slice of turkey, swiss cheese, baby spinach leaves, and cranberry relish wrapped up in a tortilla)
68. Pumpkin Seeds ( 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt on top)
69. Bean Salad
70. Broccoli Florets
71. Peaches and Cottage Cheese
72. Chopped Red Peppers
73. V8 Vegetable Juice
74. Tuna with Triscuit crackers
75. Cooked and Cubed Chicken Breast
76. Homemade Popsicles (puree watermelon, strawberries, mango, banana, etc and freeze in popsicle molds)
77. Dates with almond butter or rolled in coconut
78. Quesadilla (whole wheat (or corn) tortillas w/cheese (or not) melted in microwave - adding on tomatoes, beans, corn, olives, avocado or guacamole or whatever sounds good)
79. Watermelon
80. Cubed Apples and Cubed Cheese
81. Craisins (I love to eat these with almonds- it's a good combo)
82. Goldfish Crackers
83. Edamame
84. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus  (four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°)
85. Turkey Roll-Ups ( Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard)
86. Strawberry Salad ( 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic)
87. Oatmeal
88. Banana Smoothie ( ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)
89. Lime Sherbet (1/2 cup serving) with sliced kiwi
90. Apple Chips (dehydrated apples- they are so good!)
91. Black Beans (mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for an added twist!)
92. Lettuce wrap (try two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf)
93. Pecans (try five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
94. Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dip 5 strawberries in 2 squares of dark chocolate- that is still good for you, right?!)
95. Honeyed Yogurt (½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey)
96. Blackberries (so good mixed with plain yogurt)
97. Frozen Mangos
98. Tropical Juice Smoothie (¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice)
99. Healthier Banana Bread
100. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with fresh fruit

Monday, July 9, 2012

Punch It Out Workout!

So I took a week off of working out due to personal issues but I am back at it! WOO HOO!!! So today I wanted to go back to some basics. I needed to get back into the swing of things b/c our bodies QUICKLY get out of shape!

Today's Workout!
Today's Workout Challenge - PUSH HARD!

Circuit - set timer for 30 secs work, 5 rest, 24 Rounds

This should be 14 minutes! Good Luck!!!

Jog in place
mummy kicks
punches - JABS
push ups
punches - UPPER CUTS
dynamic WIDE squats
punches - CROSS OVER
Bridge (short bridges)
punches - HOOK
Donkey Kicks
Kick ups
Regular Squat with side leg lifts


Wanna see me in action doing the workout? 
Play the video then! lol

Saturday, June 30, 2012

UPDATE! New swimsuit and New shoes!

Its always exciting when we get to buy something NEW!!! 

So I have new running shoes and a couple new swimsuits! BUT I only have a pic of one of them. I took this pic to show my progress! I am super excited to be able to wear a two piece again!

Here are my new shoes found at a great price!! 

The are SUPER light weight and very comfortable! 

THIS is ONE of my new swimsuits! YAY!!

I just can not believe I can wear a 2 piece again! I am still trying to get used to being in one and still feel slightly uncomfortable in front of people with it on BUT....I am happy nonetheless!

What are YOUR favorite Shoes? Are you rockin a new swimsuit this year?

Its Hot! Still gotta workout though! - Burpee Torture Challenge!

This week has been way hotter than our usual! It makes working out tough! It got up to 110 yesterday. Whew!

I had started the P90X program and was really enjoying it but this week has made it VERY difficult to get in those very long workouts. Each workout is around 50-60 mins AND then you do the abs which is another 20 minutes. I do believe the program works and its a great program to try BUT....I just dont always have that much time to workout! As I am SURE many of you do not either.

So I decided to do a totally different workout yesterday than what my P90x program required! I had a busy day and was not able to workout in the house and it was getting late. I had to take my son to his BMX race and did not want to skip out on some sort of workout. The BMX track is located near a small park and a large lake. It is PERFECT for working out b/c there is plenty of space. :)

I decided to take my daughter to the little park and I did my workout right there in the park area. They have a rubber mat floor and it was great for getting down on the ground!

So my workout was short, sweet and to the point (so that I would not miss my son and husband race)! I got yesterdays workout inspiration from Zuzanalight!I LOVE her stuff (look her up on YouTube).

This is the video I got my inspiration from! She did it slightly different and did 2 full rounds. I simply did not have that much time! BUT I wanted to show you the video of my inspiration b/c she shows you the Yoga Burpees and Abs Splitters!

THIS was my workout!

VERY quick warm up!
30 jumping Jacks
30 butt kickers
30 high knees

On to my circuit-
5 Yoga Burpees (THANK you Zuzana!) -
 *This is basically a burpee incorporating YOGA moves. You drop down into cobra position, move to downward dog, do a dive bomber and then jump up to complete the burpee!
5 Ab Splitters (ALSO Thank you Zuzana!) -
*This is a combo move. First complete a V-Up, Then a star crunch, then a bent knee ankle tap

THEN I alternated like this:
10 Burpees WITH a full guy push up, jumps in and out not steps AND an explosive jump to finish
20 Power Jump Squats
10 Burpees WITH a full guy push up, jumps in and out not steps AND an explosive jump to finish
20 Power Jump Squats

10 Burpees WITH a full guy push up, jumps in and out not steps AND an explosive jump to finish
20 Power Jump Squats

10 Burpees WITH a full guy push up, jumps in and out not steps AND an explosive jump to finish
20 Power Jump Squats

10 Burpees WITH a full guy push up, jumps in and out not steps AND an explosive jump to finish
20 Power Jump Squats

Then I RAN back to the BMX track (which was not real far but was a PERFECT end to my workout.

I also made sure to stretch once I was done!

You know...working out in front of people at a park can feel slightly awkward BUT oh well. You are doing what is BEST for yourself, and your body! DON'T let a little bit of awkwardness stop you from doing your workout!

I will say that I am sore this morning. Not excruciatingly so but definitely feel as though I got a really good workout completed yesterday!

This morning, I am sipping my coffee (Bold Green Mountain coffee with 2 tsp raw sugar and a splash of creamer) and eating some yummy oatmeal (uncut oats cooked with 2tsp of brown sugar and 2 tsp of maple syrup! YUMMY. Sometimes I will add nuts or berries but not today! :)

So what is YOUR workout today? Do you have it planned already?!?!?!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Total Body Interval Workout

Total Body

30 sec jumping jacks
10 sec rest
30 secs push ups (as many as you can do)
10 sec rest
wall sit 15-30 sec
10 sec rest
30 sec high knees
10 sec rest
30 sec shoulder press
10 sec rest
30 sec plies (sumo squats with ONE dumbell between legs)
10 sec rest
30 sec invisible jump rope
10 sec rest
30 sec dips
10 sec rest
30 sec squats
10 sec rest
30 sec jumping jacks
10 sec rest
30 secs of side ways scissor legs
10 sec rest
30 sec crunch
10 sec rest
30 sec jog in place
10 sec rest
30 sec saxon side bends

Feeling really pumped - REPEAT!

Download the HITT Interval Trainer app to your phone! set this for 30 sec intervals with 10 sec rest with 14 rounds!

My YouTube Channel

So I wanted to post a link to my YouTube! I will be posting my workout examples and videos there! :)

My YouTube Channel - CLICK HERE!

I posted a new workout today. I completed 2 rounds of this workout in the 10 mins PLUS 8 more twisted push ups!

This workout consisted of:

10 Mins - Max rounds
5 - Twisted Push ups
10 - Squat Jumps
10 - Dynamic Squats
5 SETS - 10 kick ups with toe tap
10- Prisoner Get Ups

I am super excited to tell you all that I am FINALLY studying for my CPT certification! YAY!!! Wont be long now and I will be a pro. :)

I am going through NASM and I can not wait to be certified! I am currently helping a few of my friends and family and they all are having success! I will hopefully be able to post their testimonies in here. :)

I plan to update my blog with many of the workouts that I do! Almost ALL of my workouts are completed AT home!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Update and progress!

WOW its been a LONG time since I logged in to this blog! I have NOT been slacking though. :) 

I actually lost down to 125lbs and decided to let loose a little!

 I am at 142 today. I plan to drop 10lbs and thats IT! I wanted to share some pics with you! :) 

My journey continues! Since the last time I logged into this blog, I have gone mostly gluten free and lactose free. I started Insanity and accomplished 18 days before injuring my knees. BOO!!!! So I am just now starting my workouts once again. Its been 2 weeks. I plan to take it easy but still workout. I need to let my knees heal as much as possible!  

Below was my first workout of the day! I hope to get in some weight training later today. :) 

I did this as a circuit. Complete each exercise and then repeat 2 more times! 
******I completed the Calf Raises with 16lb weights, the russian twist with 8lb weight and the squats with 16lb weight*******

20 Jumping Jacks 
10 Crunches 
5 Push ups 
10 Calf Raises 
25 Russian Twist 
10 Squats 
20 High Knees 
10 Reverse Crunches 
30 sec Plank 
15 sec Side Plank (per side)

For Breakfast I ate: 

Either way I am super happy to be in the size that I am! A few more pics just for fun! :) 

I will try to keep you updated DAILY!