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If you’re anything like me, you’re overwhelmed with all the news for various foods and the benefits and risks of consuming.  Eat this, drink that, lose weight, improve your heart, reduce your chances for disease….

I’ve got extremist friends on either side of the nutritional realms.  I’ve got some that say they’re going to enjoy life and eat and drink whatever they want, however much they want.  Then the others that have researched every single food out there and refuse to eat anything that has been touched by man (except to be picked out of the ground).  The majority of my friends though are like me… somewhere in the middle.  I do tend (and try) to lean closer to my more “holistic” friends, but I’ll still eat fast food, drink beer, and have cake at a birthday party.

That being said, I do get irritated when people question what I am, or not, eating.  I know what works for me.  I know what makes me feel yucky (dairy) and I know what things my belly can handle.  I know whether or not what I’m eating will help or hinder my health goals.  My choices.  My life.  I don’t want to research all the bad stuff.  If it were THAT bad it wouldn’t be on the market.  Are there better options?  Pretty positive there are, but I’ve made it this far so I’ll be okay.

I’m glad I’ve had a bit of a break.  I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a couple of fitness competitors, and know, with unwavering certainty, that is NOT for me.  I do have a body fat goal I’d like to meet, but it’s well outside of competition standards.  Watching my macros as meticulously as they need to… well that’s just a pain in the ass to be honest.  I’m not tracking my foods.  I am trying to keep things whole, with a bit of processed in there for convenience.  I do get a sense of satisfaction creating a meal that is wholesome that I made from scratch.

I am fortunate that I do not have any real dietary restrictions.  I can eat gluten and dairy.  I don’t have any food allergies.  My nutrition is for my overall health.  And I know what works for me.

–Have you added or cut anything from your daily diet in attempts to increase your nutritional health?


Hello out there!!  Sorry it’s been a while!  I’ve been using the past two weeks to move half way across the county, move into my new house, and show my cousins around the wonderful city of San Antonio!

In order to spare you some reading, I’ll just kinda bullet the things worth mentioning…

  • Since getting here, I’ve noticed a significant loss of “poofiness” in the lower belly area.  I attribute it to the lack of sweets and snacky foods at my house.
  • I haven’t been to the gym since the day before I moved and it’s driving me crazy!  I’m pretty sure I’ve found my next gym, but I won’t be able to start up with them until school starts because of day care issues.  I’ve already asked Nick for some ideas and I’m pretty sure I can use this time to find out if I love the stuff on Blogilates as much as I think I will.
  • I have pulled myself from the marathon in November.  Two reasons for this: (1) I don’t have the child care resources to get in the runs I need to train appropriately and (2) I don’t have the drive I once did to complete it.  I will still be running, and once I have the child care, my mileage is going to go up considerably, but I know I won’t be marathon ready.  It was a hard decision for me, but I know it’s best to hold off this year, and then kill it next year (hopefully).
  • Going grocery shopping in considerably easier to do when you have nothing to start with!  I can really set my nutritional goals and so far, it’s been working.  We’ve eaten out a few times, but not nearly as much as I could be lol
  • I am absolutely in love with my house!
  • My sleep schedule is all jacked up and has been causing issues for me during the latter half of the day (like concentration, focus, mood changes) so it’s something I’m working on.  I do think part of the problem though is that I haven’t been getting out the extra energy that my body had gotten used to producing for my trainings with Nick.

I think that covers the big things so far.  Leave your questions/comments below!  I know some of this is kinda vague, so just ask whatever’s on your mind, or just share some love!

–Being fit isn’t a goal, it’s a lifestyle.

Well I have a feeling the whole 30 days are going to start sounding very familiar considering I’m eating essentially the same thing for a week at a time.  I know that doing my food this way will work for me, but won’t be very entertaining for y’all reading this.

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

I finally had the curry I made and it was honestly delicious!  I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m very happy with what I got.  And more times than I can count I’ve found myself so happy that I have pre-made meals that just need to be nuked.  I finally took my progress pictures (found below) for my past month.  I am very happy with the results to be completely honest.  Yes I know I have further to go, but coming from where I’ve been, I’m happy!

Hmm, what else has occupied my past two days?  Oh!  A big a$$ spider!!  I don’t know how many people know this, but while I was in the Army I was bit 4 flipping times on the top of my thigh by a brown recluse.  It happened while I was sleeping and I guess he kept biting me probably because I kept moving.  Yes, a nasty creepy crawler was IN MY BED!!  Mind you, before this, I wasn’t scared of spiders at all.  I was that person who let them live in the nooks and crannies because they ate the more annoying bugs.


Anyway, it was graduation/family day and I saw the “bug” bites but didn’t think anything of them.  They progressively got worse, but I refused to let some stupid allergic reaction stop my family day.  But, by 10 o’clock that night, the bites were filled with puss, there was an area about the size of a large dinner plate that was turning purple, and from knee to hip crease, my leg was bright red and inflamed.  I finally went to the hospital, found out what actually bit me, got the antidote (which felt like FIRE), and considered myself very lucky.  Since then, the only spiders that live when I’m around are easily identifiable ones, and they have to be little, like your average wolf spider.  Tuesday morning I went to pick up my cat’s food plate and holy shiz!! There was a huge spider guarding my cat’s food!  I flipped out and ran upstairs to get my Mom so she could kill it.  I was absolutely terrified.  We sprayed it and had to trap it under a bowl because it was bouncing around.  Later on I actually got my brother to get a good picture of it…  IMG_2039

Needless to say, pest control is coming out!

I will have an update as to what kind of spider it actually was in the next post!  Please oh please don’t let it be a brown recluse….

And now onto the before and afters…. Horribly lead in I know, but I was getting the heeby jeebies again….

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profile (relaxed)

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back (flexed)

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glute/hamstring connection

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glute/hamstring connection (crossed)

Breakfast – red pepper, zucchini, and onion frittata with sides of strawberries and mashed sweet potato

red pepper, zucchini and onion fritatta


red pepper, zucchini and onion fritatta

Immediately Post workout – protein shake made with water and some watermelon or strawberries

Post workout meal (lunch) – tilapia (x2) with a splash of lemon, a spring mix salad with lots of cucumber, and a side of butternut squash

Mid day meal – handful of cashews and almonds

Dinner – coconut thai chicken curry with a side salad

before bed (if needed) – protein shake made with almond milk

IMG_2029I’m drinking at least 2 glasses of water as soon as I get up, and while I’m eating breakfast, if I need it I drink a small cup of coffee with 1/2 tbsp of liquid creamer (I know it’s not “on plan”).  I am working my way to black coffee since I honestly don’t drink coffee that often, maybe one a week or so.  I don’t drink any juice or soda, and I’m not adding any of the to-go packets into my waters.  I’m getting between 1/2-1 gal of water a day.

As for supplements I’m taking a multi-vitamin, fish oil, a blend of healthy aminos, calcium, probiotics, OxyElite, glutamine and BCAA’s.  If I’m training, I take two (pill) BCAA’s with that first glass of water in the morning and then while I’m working out I put a scoop of BCAA’s in my water to drink and refill as necessary.  If I’m not training, I just take the two in the morning.

If you have any questions about what I’m eating or have any ideas for me to try shoot them on over!!

Day 2

Posted on: June 3, 2013

breakfast with one of my future sewing projects

breakfast with one of my future sewing projects

I had some leftover red pepper and shredded zucchini from my omelet yesterday so I made another egg white omelet and added some super yummy strawberries to it to help round it out a bit more.

Today was yet again another day that didn’t go as planned, but that’s not to say I went off plan.  I fell back into my not-eating-at-the-right-times thing.  But everything I did eat was definitely on plan!  Yay!

For those of you who don’t know, I am living at my parent’s home while Link is playing in the sandbox.  So last night the family decided to go out instead of cooking dinner.  I knew the menu of the restaurant we were going to pretty well so I knew I’d be able to stick pretty close to plan there.  It’s our favorite Mexican restaurant, which used to mean lots of carbs and cheese and deliciousness!  I ordered an entrée that was chicken with a multitude of veggies on top with the typical sides.  I asked for the sauce on the side and to cook in minimal oil.  It was DELICIOUS!  IMG_2027

No one in my family had ever had that dish before and I couldn’t get over how excellent the chicken was so I started passing bites around.  We all agreed that it was amazing.  I devoured as much as I could have that, took maybe two forkfuls of the rice and was stuffed!  And yes I know rice isn’t on plan but I’m okay with the two forkfuls I did it.

To quickly clarify something:  I am not doing the Whole 30 Challenge as a cleanse.  I am doing this as a means to really appreciate the foods I’m putting into my body.  To savor the foods natural flavor and enjoy any seasonings I put on it as a compliment to the food, not to overpower the food.

Back to the day.  After dinner we got home and we got the girls in bed for the night.  Once I knew they were down for good I knew I had to prep more meals or this just wasn’t going to work.  I ended up making enough fish for at least two days, breakfast for the week, and dinner for the week.  The next post will be the intended meal plan for the week (each day being the same thing).  I am definitely excited now!


Day 1

Posted on: June 1, 2013

So here are my stats for the beginning of this challenge:

Weight – 152 lbs  Body Fat – 22-23%

Chest – 37″               Bicep – 11.25″            Hips – 40.25″

Waist – 30″              Thigh – 22″                Calves – 14.25″

Forearm – 10″      Shoulders – 40.25″       Neck – 12″

First thing this morning I went to weight watchers and stayed for the meeting about emotional eating. After that I went straight to our local farmers market and picked up some red bell peppers, zucchini, strawberries and a seedless watermelon. I went home a got to slicing! I love fresh produce and lucky for me, so do my kids!

Today wasn’t a well planned out day though lol Once I finally got around to breakfast (three egg white omelet with sautéed zucchini and red pepper) we went off to the grocery store.


slicing and dicing!

I brought some veggies to snack on, but I could definitely feel myself get hungry. Once I got home I had to rush off to a kid’s birthday party so I grabbed some cashews and almonds and headed out.  Once there I saw what was being prepared food wise and thought “oh no.”  It was typical BBQ foods, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, two different cakes, chips and dips, some Italian potatoes.  I felt like I was defeated before I had even begun.

I asked my cousin (the host of the party) what type of burgers they were.  He told me they were typical beef burgers.  I went ahead and asked if he’d mind grilling me one without the cheese, which of course he obliged.  I figured I had to at least try so I ate the burger sans buns, grabbed some fruits off the fruit tray and drank two bottles of water to make my stomach at least think there was more in there.

All in all the day wasn’t horrible, but I definitely wasn’t prepared like I thought I was.  I learned my lesson!


omelet from breakfast

It’s May 31st so that means my Whole30 challenge starts tomorrow.  If you read one of the last posts (click here) you know that these past few days I did some nutritional cleaning so that I’m not as shocked for what awaits me with this challenge.

Brain fart.  This isn’t a challenge!  It’s an opportunity!!

Back to what I was saying…  My diet consisted of A LOT of white fish and lean chicken for my protein sources and a ridiculous amount of broccoli, asparagus and spinach for my greens.  My traditional carb intake was next to nil, and in it’s place stood the wonderful sweet potato.

First off, I believe I am mentally ready for this.  While preparing myself for this, I have been reading the book “It Starts with Food” which goes hand in hand with the Whole30 Challenge.  I read the section about not including grains and I thought, “dang, not even quinoa?!  I just starting liking the stuff!!”

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Yesterday and today I had my blood sugar drop too low because I was training too hard without enough fuel in the tank.  This morning I needed a sugar hit fast because all the yuck was coming with a vengence.  I ate a bowl of almond milk and some honey bunches of oats (it’s what was in the house…).  Now, you’re probably asking yourself why I’m telling you this.  Because for the rest of the day I had bubble guts!

Sorry, it’s a wee bit gross, but I swear… one week off of “traditional” carbs and primarily processed foods and my stomach went into temper tantrums!  It’s over 12 hours later and I’m just now finally feeling some relief.  I had no idea it would effect me like that.  I had no idea that eating so clean would detox my system so quickly.

I am ready.  I know there will moments I will cave and in those moments I will have to endure the consequences.  Hopefully I remember how this feels.  Because this sucks.  I already know there are a few exceptions I’m making to my challenge and it’s simply because of the workload I pull during my trainings.  (1) I will have a protein shake (with just water) immediately following my training sessions and (2) I will have a second protein shake (with almond milk) directly before bed to help me sleep and hold me on through breakfast the next day.  I don’t honestly know how the Whole30 folks feel about supplements but I will still be taking my stash of those too.  The big cuts and adjustments I will have to learn to live with are virtually no “traditional” grainy carbs and absolutely NO refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.  My sugar will be severely limited and restricted to coming from plant sources.  I am also going to up the amount of veggies I am taking in and learn how to get really friendly with the spices 😉

These are all changes that need to happen.  My nutritional intake in completely under my control. I am excited and nervous about this.  I can’t promise I’ll update daily but I will be taking pictures of some of the food choices I’m making.  And for starters:

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If you’ve got any advice or suggestions shoot them my way!  Or even if you’ve got questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do the best I can to answer it 🙂

I’m not going to lie.  The term “health food” conjures up images of carrots and celery sticks, tofu mixed in everything, and bland foods in general.  Porridge.  Yes, porridge comes to mind.  I honestly have no idea what porridge looks or tastes like, but that’s what I am imagining.

I actually get a little testy when people say something along the lines of “You’re such a healthy eater now…  Don’t you miss the good stuff?”


Why do i have this negative idea of “healthy” foods?  I’ve got this ridiculous relationship with food.  I’ll eat a bowl of ice cream knowing it will turn my stomach into knots, simply because I like it’s taste.  I will devour a brownie because it’s just so rich and wonderful, but leaves a nasty aftertaste.  Mmmmm, thinking of a big fat juicy burger right now with Memorial Day right around the corner.  You know the kind I’m talking about… the kind that you can see the juice (otherwise known as FAT) dripping off the burger, with a thick slice of cheese and some veggies for appearance purposes only!  It will put me into a state of uncomfortable fullness, and I will have the damnedest time trying to stop myself from eating the whole thing.

Now put something fresh in front of me (I’m talking veggies/fruit here) and I’m so much more aware of my satiety levels.  I don’t have any “side effects.”  My cravings are taken care of and I don’t feel guilty afterwards.  Lean meats, particular white meats give me the protein I need to fuel my lifestyle without leaving me feeling like i’m full of EXTRA FAT (and we all know I don’t need any extra of that).  

I have to break up with my sweets.  I have to say au revoir to the fatty meats.  Adios to a nutritional lifestyle that is only holding me back from my goals of peak fitness and health.  To help me do this, I will be doing the Whole 30 Challenge.  It’s going to be crazy hard.  I am honestly very nervous about it.  I am worried I’ll fail.  I’ll cheat more times than I can count.  I’m worried that I just don’t have the will power to get through this divorce.  

I am starting the challenge June 1st.  I’ve got a week long trip to San Antonio and then family visiting at the end of the month with a trip a local amusement part.  I will be thoroughly challenged.  I am setting up plans of actions now.  I’m a visual person so I know in order to change I need constant reminders in my face.  Once I figure out exactly what type of reminders I need, I’m going to share it with all of you.

I’m curious though.  What is your relationship with food?  Do you eat as you wish? Clean? Paleo? Have you done this challenge?

I was going through some of my old weight watchers goodies and I realized something.  I have been working on improving myself has hit it’s one year anniversary.

Yes, I have been dealing with my weight for a number years now, but I’ve got actual documentation from weight watchers.  When I joined weight watchers it was May 12, 2012 and I weighed 188.8 pounds.  I was roughly 6 weeks post-partum and miserably tired.

I am 155 pounds (give or take depending on the day LOL) and I’m happy.  Honestly happy.  There was a time that I was so frustrated with my scale that I was honestly depressed I “couldn’t” lose weight anymore.  I am at my body’s comfort zone right now.  And I’m okay with that.  I am in a size 6 (I just found that out yesterday!!) and I’m the smallest and strongest I’ve ever been.  I’m toned.  I have confidence in myself.  So much so that I’ve signed up for a marathon of all things!!

I don’t count my points anymore, but I do watch my caloric intake, as well as watching my macro nutrients.  I drink anywhere between a half and whole gallon of water a day, and if I don’t, I’ve got a headache the whole next day.  My diet is roughly 70% clean and that works for me and my family.

In order to celebrate this “anniversary” here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

  • You can’t out-exercise a bad diet
  • Sometimes you need to give yourself a break, indulge and get back on the wagon
  • Food intake has been the absolute hardest part of changing my lifestyle
  • Forgive yourself, you are not perfect
  • Drink water.  Drink when you’re thirsty.  Drink when you’re hungry.  Drink when you THINK your hungry.  Just drink!
  • You will have set backs.  You will over indulge and love every single taste.  You’ll feel like crap shortly after.  You will be fine and you just need to put that in the memory bank for the next time you want to eat the whole batch of delicious cupcakes you make for you daughter’s birthday 😉
  • Lift weights and lift heavy!
  • push your limits
  • find yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually.  it makes a difference
  • You can’t plan out every single day and expect it to actually work every single day.  work with the challenges.  they make you stronger
  • a little retail therapy when you’ve lost your motivation can go a long way
  • planning = success
  • TAKE EVERY SINGLE COMPLIMENT YOU ARE GIVEN.  (and don’t be so stingy with them either)
  • You are more important than what the scale reads.  You will plateau on the scale but not in reality.
  • Take progress pictures!!

Okay I should probably stop.  Yes, I’ve learned a lot.  Some of them are more at the front of my brain than others, but they are in there regardless.

If you are on your own journey, I wish you all the best!

I had to take a week off!  From what?  Well, apparently everything!  I ate what I wanted.  I didn’t track any of it.  I cried from the loneliness.  I laughed with my kids.  I worked my butt off at the gym.  I sat on my butt at home.  I did whatever I felt like.  I didn’t blog any of it.  I didn’t crochet.  I did whatever the mood told me to do.  I stayed up until after midnight numerous nights.  When I was tired, I slept.  It was just a week off.

Link is gone, again.  Playing in the sandbox, so I’m back to missing him horribly.  I had a baby maker scare right as he was leaving, but yay, no buns in this oven!  (note – we do want more, just not yet…  The littlest one is only 14 months old!!)  I was literally finding every excuse in the book to justify what it was I was doing, be it for my own improvement, or more likely, when it wasn’t.

But the scare is over.  My training has picked up again.  Nick wants all my workouts to be super-secret spy stuff so we can shock the world with my massive improvements.  LOL  Not really, but we are keeping the workouts under wraps for the time being.  Just know, he’s quite literally working my booty off and up!  Even with this past week being crap as far as my diet was concerned, I am still really excited to take and post my progress pictures.  I think I’m supposed to do them again next weekend.  Since I don’t like the actual action of taking the pictures, I’m only doing them monthly.

I thought I would show a quick little progress picture.  My family took some pictures last July 2012 and we just took some more while Link was here.  I’m quite happy with how everyone has improved. 🙂Image       July 2012

Image      May 2013

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