Never Give Up

Monday, December 10, 2012

Breakfast with Santa

We took the kids to eat breakfast with Santa on the first, it was so amazing. Miss A really enjoyed meeting Santa, finally. The first year she is actually going to remember him. She had a blast wearing her new dress that she picked out. This is defiantly going to be a family tradition.

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I'm Back

So after taking some time off of blogging and working out, I am back. We have gone through so much as a family these past two months. With all the stress I was under I wasn't making good choices and losing weight was very difficult. I ended up gaining back 20 pounds in a matter of weeks and then added some extra on. Its very hard knowing that I am back where I started but it is my own fault and I just have to suck it up and start again.

My husband is on the right track, he is going to all of his therapy appointments but things are really hard. I am not going to lie, PTSD sucks. What hurts me the most is knowing that my husbands dreams of becoming a police officer, just flew out the door. That was his 5 year goal, to buy a home and become a police officer. My heart breaks for him, he is struggling so hard to not push us further than he has. One of the things with PTSD is that they feel so alone and even though they have family from all directions supporting them, they push them further and further to be alone.

I ordered a book tonight, I read a review off of the website and I just knew I had to get it. I really hope this helps me understand PTSD without the doctors terminology. I need to understand everything that I possibly can to help him. I wish I could do more, its just so hard.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Motivational Monday

So I was sent an email the other day telling me that my husbands health is just as important as mine. This past month I have been so focused on my husband and just gave up on myself. I gained back majority of the weight that I worked so hard to get off. I do this to myself a lot, I will lose 10+ pounds and then end up back to where I started. I am so frustrated with myself for continuing this cycle. My husband is supporting me but I feel like I need to do more for him rather than myself. He is going through so much more than I am, I just don't know how to support him through this except to put myself on the back burner and put all my extra strength into him and my children. I have been emotionally and physically exhausted. When I workout I feel so much better, I have more energy and I think clearly...I know what I have to do.

Maybe my good mood will help me, help my husband?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Invisible Wounds.

So I have taken a break from blogging for a bit for personal reasons. After our move things started going down hill for our family of four. If you have read my blog or know our family personally you would know my husband was an Infantry Marine, he has been out for close to two years now. He served two combat tours, one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. Since he got back from his last deployment he hasn't been the same. He was not the guy that I fell in love with but I still loved him as much as the day I married him, even though he has been changed forever.   

*please if you know us personally, don't think of our family any differently. 
If you think you may, then stop reading. 

After he returned home from Afghanistan he was severely depressed. When he wasn't working he was sleeping. We never went anywhere and when we would, it turned into a huge argument on how many people were around and him not wanting to go inside. Nine times out of ten, he would shut down and leave me in the middle of the store alone...

"Broken by battle,
Wounded by war,
I love you forever,
To you this I swore:
I will quiet your silent screams,
Help heal your shattered soul
Until once again, my love, you are whole."
-Battling Bare
My husband was diagnosed with PTSD
and our lives have been forever changed.  

*I may write more about what has been going on but for now this is it. So I am sorry if I am absent for a few days to weeks at a time. I still haven't given up on my personal goals, my husbands health is just more important.   

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Friday, August 24, 2012


Well, we've moved and are almost settled. Just a few more boxes that we need to unpack. We don't have internet yet, we have to get it before the hubster goes to school in two weeks, but for now we are using our phones. Cell phone service isn't very good where we are so I can't write as much as I wish. I hate not having internet, all of my recipes are on pinterest and it takes 30 minutes to load a page...i think we will end up getting a new service provider. I can't bring myself to pay close to $140 bucks for phones we can't use!

Anyways, the McDonalds about a mile down the road has free WiFi so maybe I will walk over there to to post?

Here are a few things that has happened...
Little man has started full on crawling,  right in the middle of the move. He was crawling a little but he is speed crawling now!
Little Man has also gotten TWO teeth! I think he may be cutting another, he slept horribly last night. He was up every two or three hours. He is also spitting up a lot more than his normal so I think the doctor is going to need to adjust his medication. Poor thing.
Miss A knows her numbers and counts to five, she is also doing a really good job with her letters and is practicing writing (tracing) them.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Slap Myself in the Face Every Morning

  ...not literally, but here lately I have found myself obsessing over the numbers on the scale. I go on a binge some days because it just slaps me in the face, I am an emotional eater and I need to stop this. Sometimes I step on the scale multiple times per day like its going to change or something. So I am going to step on it only once a week. I could also be eating better and I know that I am not doing everything that I can do to lose weight, so its a double slap. I have so many meals planned for when we move. I can't wait to get my pots and pans out and cook an actual meal. The, "use whatever is in the house so we don't have to move it", is getting kinda disgusting. Which are things that we would have moved with us and they would be in the pantry so its better to get it all out in two weeks rather than eating it when I am doing really good...right?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Motivatonal Monday and a HOP

That is so true!

I am in my first ever blog hop today, yay! 

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
...and it's moving week, FINALLY. The garage is packed waiting to be loaded on the truck.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Do the Wubbzy Workout!

Today my little princess was a sick little princess so we did nothing but watch cartoons the whole day. On Pinterest I have seen some movie and TV series workouts. So I decided to make a workout for one of our most watched shows on our television, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!...

I have done this twice today and it was interesting. My daughter thought I was going crazy and kept telling me to sit down.

I am not the creator of Wubbzy, my daughter is just a huge fan of his. All credit for the Wubbzy goodness goes to Bob Boyle and Nick Jr.. I just simply put a workout to the cute sayings the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! producers created. Now go get your workout on, its that easy!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

We Found a Townhouse!

We have FINALLY found our home for the next two years, it's an amazing three bedroom townhouse with a large kitchen and living room. We hope to move in by the middle of the month. The hubby is starting school next month is it already August??, so we hope to be settled in by then. Our new place is located right off the start of a 14 mile bike trail, perfect for the training that I have to start do. The Color Run is coming up fast and I need to get this butt into gear!

Turbo Fire isn't going as well as I hoped it would, I think its a combination of all the stress and not eating as healthy as I would like. I haven't lost much weight, 6 pounds total, and I am not really happy with that. I love this program though, that is why I am saying its the stress. I feel it working but I am not seeing results like I hoped I would see by now. I am very disappointed in myself but I will keep pushing through to the end. Hopefully once we move things will get better and we can get back into a normal routine.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

I Found...


After having our stuff in storage for almost two years, you forget what you have. I have been finding so many things that I forgot my "skinny jeans". After this find, I can't wait to get on some trails once it gets a little cooler. Hopefully Miss A will be a big girl and walk, of course we would do easy hikes for her. She loves nature and I am sure she will enjoy it. I can't believe that these pictures were taken when she was six months old.

These pictures are from our hike to Maunawili Falls in Kailua, HI. The top right picture is of the base we lived at, I would do anything to be back there right now.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We're MOVING...

We are in the process of moving to a new place right now and if you've moved then you know how time consuming that is along with trying to find somewhere to live. I am doing Turbo Fire right now and loving it, I can't do it everyday but I do it as often as I can. Once we get settled I will start training for The Color Run, I am so excited!

We were able to get family pictures taken, here are a few. It was hot and Miss A was not feeling it. She slipped right after that last picture of her. I still cant believe that Mr. E is almost SEVEN months old. Where has time gone? 

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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Happiest 5K on the Planet

I'm 99% sure I am running a 5K in November...

 Just have to register and its a done deal. My sister, mom and a few friends...even my wonderful and amazing coach, Kristina said she may join us.


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I just made a 90 day commitment, my husband purchased TurboFire for me this evening. I am so excited to start a new program. I originally was going to do Insanity but my sister and her husband are moving next week, so I went with the program that a few others are starting in one of my support groups. I still want to do BBL and try shakeology, but right now I am going to have to stick with TF. Which I am perfectly fine with. I need something more challenging, dont get me wrong SI6 wasn't easy when I was starting off but it was just getting boring. I got the the third phase in a few weeks and I need to switch it up a little. I also need to get motivated again. Since we have been home, I havent been getting back into my old routine like I wish. I am not eating as healthy as I could and I am not really doing much working out. I want to I just have no motivation so hopefully this will change that. If I am still feeling the way I am now, then it has.

Have you finished TurboFire? I would love to see results, it helps my motivation.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

We're Home!

We are home from the beach, and we had a blast! Sorry I didnt post, we thought we would have cell phone service and internet. I wish we could go back. The house was amazing and Miss A had a blast in the pool and playing in the sand. I forgot my camera at home, how can you forget that...right? I am so upset. "/

I do have to admit, I gained eight pounds. I ate a lot of junk food and didn't get to workout, unless you consider chasing a two year old up and down six flights of stairs every 10 minutes a workout. We ate out majority of the time and most of it was not very healthy. I had every intention of eating right and working out but it felt good to be able to relax and not have to worry about anything.

Now back to reality and eating healthy.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday and Slim In 6 Results

Slim in 6 ended today. I am going to keep doing it until I start my next program which is either going to be Insanity or Brazilian Butt Lift. My beachbody coach is doing a challenge group starting July, BBL and Shakeology. I have been wanting to try a shakeo for a while, fingers crossed the hubby says yes!

My final weigh-in for SI6...

I think I could have done better but I am happy with the results. I will continue to lose weight with this program and eating healthy. I am going to be so happy when I get into the 170's, I CAN NOT WAIT! 

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The 'Eat Your Heart Out' Diet

I found this 7 day cleanse/diet on Pinterest, yes I am an addict. I have been wanting to do this for a month now and decided this is the week.

'Eat Your Heart Out' Diet 

Day one you eat as many fruits as you would like and drink your water. I would say this is the hardest day, maybe its just because I am on it? You cant do much with just fruits to make things more fulfilling.

Day two is vegetable day, eat as many vegetables as you would like. You also get to eat a baked potato this day. Try to stay away from the starchy veggies like peas, corn and beans. Dont forget to drink your water!

Day three is day one and two combined, just without the potato.

Day four is banana and milk day, eat up to 8 bananas and drink up to 8 glasses of skim milk. You can also substitute milk for weight watchers yogurt. Drink your water!

Day five you eat as much protein (chicken, fish, turkey, tofu) as you would like with 6 tomatoes. Drink a glass of water with each tomato!

Day six, almost done, eat your hearts content of protein (chicken, fish, turkey, tofu) and vegetables. NO potatoes.

Day seven you eat as much miracle soup as you please. 


2-3 large onions, chopped
1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
5-6 celery stocks, chopped
2 large cans of diced tomatoes
2 pkgs Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix

Slightly blend tomatoes in blender and all all the vegetables in a pan add 4-6 cups of water, barley cover the vegetables, cook for about 10 minutes. Stir in the soup mix and cook until vegetables are tender.

Its hard, so far. I cant wait to eat some chicken! Spaghetti squash is for dinner tomorrow night, with tomato and garlic sauce.  Yumm!

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

I'm busy...

So, I am not blogging as much as I wish. We have had a lot going on and now with just a week away from a two week vacation, planning is going into over haul. We are getting everything that we need together and have started packing already. I am in the last few days of SI6, but I am going to keep at it until we get back from vacation.

I have totally messed up Weigh-in Wednesday, so sorry! I promise to get on track once things settle down around here, probably after we get back. I do get pictures, I just don't get time to post them. I will post some comparison pictures on Wednesday though, just to show a before and after with Slim in 6.

Today I started the cleanse I have told you guys that I was going to do, I will do a whole post on that and  then try to update as it goes. I found it on pinterest and shared it with a friend, she did it and lost almost 10 pounds on it. So a friend *Hi Anna!* and I have decided to do it together.

For some reason my weight has gone up again, I am guessing its muscle? I have gotten better at those planks...haha Right now I am sitting at 188, still ten pounds down from where I started six weeks ago but it could be better. So total I could have lost 20 pounds because after gaining and losing those pounds again I am sitting at 19 pounds lost, when in actuality it is only about 10...kicking myself right now! I really wish I just made more time for working out and making myself eat healthier on those days that my kitchen wasn't available.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

He Loves Food

Mother's Day we started the little guy on baby food, some may say its early but the doctor recommended we do it. He has sever GERD and having something heavy in his stomach is helping him keep his food down. He sure does love it...

He loves squash
Big sister loves to help!

...and Miss A decorated cupcakes at Starbucks for Mother's Day, although she ate the cupcake. 

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Playing Catch-Up

My family has been so busy these past two weeks so I haven't gotten to post much. I missed "weigh- in Wednesday" this past week, but I was able to get some pictures. I will share them in the next few days. My weight loss was kinda put on the back burner. My son has GERD and started spitting up brown, which they think could have possibly been blood, so we have been going to a lot of doctors appointments. I was also in my friends wedding this past weekend and was out of town. I also had to do some things to prepare for that, such as getting my nails done...which was long over due!

I haven't really lost or gained anything, although I did gain two pounds and then sweated them off this weekend. BUT now I am back from the wedding and they changed little man's medication so hopefully things will get easier. I am going in full force again and decided to start working out twice a day like I was the first two weeks, so hopefully that will get me back on track to losing this weight. I am doing the 7-day cleanse starting this weekend (I promise I will share that), so hopefully that will kick start things. We leave for the beach in ELEVEN DAYS for two weeks, long trip but we can really use the relaxation after how hard these past six months have been. We brought in this year with a high risk pregnancy which resulted in getting induced at 36 weeks, E ended up in the NICU and now he has sever GERD. We could really use a break about now and the little dude needs to meet his grandparents.

So get ready for a lot of picture posts in the next few days!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day 1 to 21

I am so amazed that there is this much of a change in just TWENTY-ONE days!

I started Slim in 6 on the night of April 24th. 

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Weigh-In Wednesday

This week I didn't lose as much as the two previous weeks, but I am okay with that. I havent been eating as healthy as I should, somewhat keeping on the diet plan. I am in my friends wedding next Saturday and I have lost so much weight, my dress is pretty loose on me now.

This week I lost TWO POUNDS, bringing my weight to 187

Which means I have lost ELEVEN pounds
Not too bad considering. 


I am feeling a lot more healthier, I am so glad I made this decision and stopped saying TOMORROW.

Goal for March 23, 2012- 185
Goal for April 18, 2013- 130
Total lost- 11 pounds


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Monday, May 14, 2012

My Favorite Green Dress

I am in my best friends wedding on May 26th. The rehearsal is the evening before and I really was wanting to wear my favorite green dress to it. I still don't think I look good in it (I am kinda lumpy), but hubby says I do. Maybe if I get a brown short sleeve cardigan to go over it it will cover up my main problem areas? 

...either way, I am so happy tonight. This was one of my goals for the next three months! I'm thrilled and its only week THREE, well starting on Tuesday!

 I need a tan. Please ignore the wet hair and red face, I just got out of the shower after my workout!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Burn It Up!

The past few days I felt like I wasn't working out as hard as I could, so I stepped it up to phase three (Burn It Up!) tonight. It was amazing, I feel like it was probably one of the best/ hardest workouts that I have ever done. I really liked how it was a faster pace, the music was more upbeat and they really didn't give you a chance to stop, you just kept going and moving. My muscles were on FIRE. With Start It Up! and Ramp It Up!, you would stop and walk in place ever few moves. It would remind me of how much it burned and I would think about stopping, yes sometimes I would not walk or kick it out. When you keep moving and concentrate on the move, you don't have time to think about anything else...including the burn.  

I kinda enjoyed it...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday

So, where do I start...? 

Last Friday little miss decided she wanted to be an escape artist and climb out of her crib so I didn't get to work out that evening because we took my workout time to switch her to her toddler bed. She only cried for 15 minutes or so but that was still exhausting. Saturday night E wasn't feeling really well and stayed up until midnight, didn't get to work out that day either. Sunday evening my daughter got sick so we were snuggling with her for majority of the night, I was exhausted the next morning so no workout then either.

Not working out made me feel kinda depressed it was always in the back of my mind but I knew that my family needed me more, plus I was so exhausted from the lack of sleep. Monday evening I FINALLY got to spend time with Debbie, I felt more energetic Tuesday and I slept a whole lot better. I think it was good that I took a little break, I felt like I was able to workout harder and push through the pain. I wasn't as sore and things felt a little easier than they did Friday morning. Even though I took three days off, I still ended up losing weight and inches!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tuna Burgers

Earlier this week I made tuna burgers  for lunch, they were so easy and delicious! It's made out of things that I always have on hand, which is another plus! I found this recipe over at "Can You Stay For Dinner?" and just used what I had on hand. I love her site, she has a lot of supper yummy recipes and nutritional value listed for each. This tasty and filling burger is only 175 calories not including bun, sandwich thins are 110 calories.
Tuna Burgers 
makes four burgers
2, 6 oz cans tuna fish, drained and flaked 
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (we only had Italian, and it still tasted good)
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (omitted this since I used Italian bread crumbs)
2 cloves garlic, minced  (added a little extra, we really like garlic)
1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper 
juice of half a lemon (added a little extra juice)
3 tablespoons sour cream 
1 egg
4 English muffins (we thought sandwich thins were a lot better)
4 leaves romaine
1 small tomato, sliced (we didn't have tomato, but it was still tasty without it)

Combine tuna, bread crumbs, green onion, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, sour cream, and egg, and mix well with your hands. Form into 4 patties (they will be wet), place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Serve the burgers on toasted English muffins with romaine and sliced tomato. Spread additional sour cream on each burger, if desired. 

Next time I make this, I am going to add some red onion, tomato and maybe some dijon mustard. I am also going to get a better picture, this was just taken with my phone. It was too good of a burger to share.  we are going to add some red onion and maybe some dijon mustard.

*Tip for forming patties, use your jar lids and saran-warp. For meat that will shrink, use one that is a little larger than your bun. Place saran-wrap over lid and form patty, lift saran-wrap and place on tray.


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Four Months

Little E is FOUR months old today, I got out the camera this afternoon to get a few pictures of him and big sister. They have both gotten so big. E-man is rolling over (belly to back and back to belly) and he can sit up assisted. I think this one is going to skip crawling. 

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Weigh-in Wednesday

Each Wednesday I am going to post an update on my progress for the week, I saw it on another blog. But I thought I would add in pictures. So I can see the difference through out the weeks. Nothing noticeable yet, but I am already feeling so much better!

This week I lost four pounds, which brings me to 194

I also started phase two of Slim in 6 today! I did it once a few days ago but it was so difficult so I switched back to phase one, tonight it was still hard but I managed to complete it! I was also able to squeeze into my old jeans that are size 14. They were a little snug but I not super uncomfortable like the were the last time I squeezed into them. I'm still keeping on track with my eating. I did have half a waffle the other day for dinner. My parents made breakfast for dinner on Sunday night. I made up for it a little, that was the day I did phase two and almost died.

Goal for March 23, 2012- 185
Goal for April 18, 2013- 130
Total lost- 4 pounds

64 pounds to go

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Week One of SI6

Tuesday I completed week one of Slim in 6, over all I like the program. Sticking with the food guide hasn't been difficult. They don't tell you what to eat each day, just give you different categories and tell you to each a certain amount from each category a day. They do have a week cleanse to do, but I haven't done it yet. Mainly because of energy, I want to be able to work out to my full potential. With two kids you dont get much sleep at night, and my son still wakes up a few times at night to eat. 

I have been working out twice a day, when I was doing Start it Up! (phase one) I was doing that twice a day. I started incorporating the two bonus programs, Slim and 6-pack and Slim and Limber, a few days ago. Currently I am doing phase two, Ramp it Up!, in the morning and then Slim and 6-pack at night. I don't want to over work myself, my left forearm was very sore this morning. Its starting to feel better this evening but having a four month old who doesn't want to be put down, isn't making it feel much better. My moby wrap got a lot of use today, really good on those days when I am really sore.

My work out buddy in the mornings.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

SI6 Day Two

This morning I woke up feeling amazing, although I was sore. I really want to include working out in my morning and night time routine. So I got up this morning and started my day of with Debbie! This time I stopped twice, once was for water. (which I got in about 10 glasses today, go me!)

The whole day today I was pretty sore, but still feeling great! I kept thinking about working out and kept on track with my eating habits. My husband has been really good at supporting me, this evening I was going to have sweet tea (yeah I'm a southern girl) with my dinner. He asked me if I was sure, did I really want it. I didn't, so I passed. Another step to the new me, I have to remind myself I am not on a diet. This is my new lifestyle. I have started asking myself with each thing that I put into my mouth, 'am I hungry and is this healthy?'. That has really helped me these past few days. My cravings have been really strong.  

Tonight, I did round three of Slim in 6. This time it wasn't as hard but I am still sore. When I walk I feel the burn...the burn is nice. It reminds me about eating healthy foods and why I want to do this. I kinda like it.

Depending on how I am feeling in the morning, I am laying here and my body is screaming at me, I might do it again in the morning.

68 pounds to go

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To Be Continued...

Well, here are my before pictures. I am so embarrassed about how I look its worse than I thought. When I went to take these pictures I was looking for shorts that fit me and I couldn't find one pair. I still cant believe that I am posting these pictures for the world to see, but I know it will help me. Keep me accountable, I want to show off my after picture!

April 25, 2012
198 pounds 
Jean size: 16

Goal for March 23, 2012- 185
Goal for April 18, 2013- 130

68 pounds to go

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SI6 Day One

Tuesday evening, after the kids went to bed, I did my first workout. It wasn't easy since I am so out of shape, but it felt amazing. This morning I was very sore, but I wanted more. I really like Slim in 6, Debbie made it very easy to follow along with all the moves. She explains things very well and tells you that its okay if you can't do it all, just keep moving and do what you can. I only stopped once because my husband pressed rewind...but I decided to just do that minute over again.

Normally during a workout if it got tough or I got tired I would stop. I am glad I forced myself to pushed through.

I want this, I WILL do this! 

68 pounds to go...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's Here!

My Slim in 6 arrived! 
 This morning this was dropped off on our door step...

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

My Two-Year-Old and the ABC's

So my two year old is learning her letters, so far she has been doing really well! Today she learned two more, "O" and "S".


We have this Melissa and Doug talking alphabet puzzle. Miss A loves it and she knows which pieces go where.

Did I mention she just turned two in January?

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My sister and brother-in-law come over for Sunday dinner every week. Most of the time we have chicken, burgers on the grill, or pizza. Tonight the food of choice was pizza. I like pizza, its a favorite in almost every house. I was good and I had a salad instead. It felt so good to rise above my craving, with help from my husband! He knows how badly I want this and keeps me on track. Thank God for a supportive husband!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day Three

So far things have been going pretty well, I haven't had anything junk food related and have been keeping on the correct serving sizes. I am not really feeling hungry, so that is good. Right now I am just doing light stuff; jumping jacks, lunges and jump roping. My husband ordered Slim in 6 for me on my birthday, so that should be in by Wednesday. Even though I am not doing anything "hardcore" yet, I am still feeling pretty good about myself. I will post a before picture the day that I start SI6.

I WILL do this!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meet the Family

So my little family of four is pretty entertaining. I am sure you will enjoy getting to know us all. Due to creepers and my husbands career choice we will keep our names off the blog. You can know me as J. I enjoy crafts, sewing, gardening, couponing and cooking. I am the mother of two wonderful kids and the wife to a pretty awesome husband.

Here is our little princess, who will go by A. She just recently turned two years old and is such a daddy's girl who loves to run around the house in heels while pushing her baby stroller. Although she loves going outside to play, and water her flowers. She loves nature but hates to get her hands dirty. I will say she is a little OCD like her father. She cleans up after herself and has to have everything in its designated place. She also does the dishes after dinner, without being asked. We are so blessed to have her in our lives.

Then there is little man or as you guys will know him by E. He was born this January. He is our little warrior and had a hard start in life. He was born at 36 weeks and ended up in the NICU for nine days because his lungs were immature. He has forever changed our take on life. He loves his bumbo and bath time. He is mommies little cuddle buddy, I really hope he turns out to be a mommas boy.

Now there is my husband who will go by R. Due to his future job choice he would like to remain anonymous and not have his face posted on the internet. A little about us, I met him in 2008 fell high over heels for this amazing man and we were married in January 2009 on the beach, in Hawaii. He was a Marine back then but decided to get out and start the path of a new career. His career of choice would be a police officer and he is working on meeting that goal.

There you go, and welcome to our crazy corner of the world wide web!

*Photo credit goes to Becca Bond Photography.

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...and we're off

For my birthday this year I wanted to give myself and my family something that will, hopefully, last a lifetime. A "new" mother and wife. My goal is to lose sixty pounds by this day next year. I want my children to have healthy eating habits and a more active mother.

So get ready for a lot of weight loss updates, recipes and getting to know my family of four! 

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