Fit Family

I have been really trying to concentrate on getting my family on board with healthy and delicious eating…I feel like I have a really fit family.  My kids would rather spend time running outside or playing sports than anything else. I would say they get at least 90 minutes of movement in everyday if not more.  I also work out for about 90 minutes five days a week.  This does not include the running around I do with them on the regular.  I have become quite the football player in my forties!

But the food…oh the food.

My kids are addicted to junk. It is no surprise, really, since we have had a ton of junk in our house since Halloween…candy, cookies, chips, pop…you name it, we have it.  I have tried and tried and tried to restrict them and it just doesn’t work.

So I have taken control of my fridge and pantry.  Junk is no longer and option for them.

And you know what????
I have gone through grapes and bananas and carrots like a boss this week.  Megan has been asking for apples with peanut butter for a snack.  Tyler ate a whole grain bread and turkey sandwich the other afternoon.  Ryan is wanting grapes and grapes and bananas and grapes all the freakin time.

So, there you have it, if you offer it, they will come.


Home Workouts

I literally hate doing home workouts.

I am completely unmotivated, it seems like such a chore to walk down the basement stairs, and it is such an effort to press play.

I hate it.

I have been part of a Facebook group of moms who are doing the Beachbody Program. I love this group and am totally intrigued by Beachbody. However, I am shell shocked by the price to actually join it. Like, wowzers!!! Too much. But they workout hard for 30 minutes right in their basement and the workouts seems super intense and amazing. And they are motivated and have mantras and are all losing weight!

So that’s not going to happen.

I do very few home workouts because I just can’t get it together. Like, right now, I should be working out but I am blogging.

Procrastination at its finest! And I am the exact opposite of a procrastinator in every aspect of my life!

Also, Ryan is up which just makes it worse.

I’m looking forward to a couple of days off after today. I need it.

But, right now, I am going to press play!

On Becoming Who I Want to Be

It takes work to be the person you want to be. It doesn’t happen just because you want it to or wish it would happen or by osmosis even. Being the person you are most content with take a lot of patience, perseverance, and push.

I push myself everyday to be the person I was always intended to be.

We are at the 2 year mark of my journey. Two years ago this week I was sitting at this same desk miserable. I was previewing our family pictures with disgust. I looked horrible…fat, ugly, useless, undeserving, alone, stressed, depressed, anxious (my own opinion). And I knew I needed to do something drastic to change my outlook…to change who I was. I needed some sort of push to be better, to do better, to look better.

For me, personally, my weight defined who I was. I have written before about scoping a room only to realize I was the fattest person in there. I hated who I had become and it was evident in the size I was and the over-all unhealthy persona I was carrying around with me everyday.

You see, that heaviness wasn’t just measured in pounds. It was measured in missed appointments, saying “no” to social events, wishing and hoping I could someday be who I always had wanted to be.

When I look back two years ago I haven’t forgotten that girl. I wish I could, but she is always with me. The weight loss has changed the way I look, it has changed the way I feel, it has changed me as a wife and as a mother.

But I will never forget the feeling of utter hopelessness I had the day I picked up that phone and made the appointment with UC Health.

Because I never want to feel that way ever again.

That feeling fuels me to push a little harder in the gym, to say “no” to that extra helping of indulgent food. It reminds me that even though I have some so far my journey will never be over.

Because, at the end of the day becoming who you want to be is never-ending and always-evolving. I can’t help but smile when I sit here today, legs crossed in a size pant that I never could have imaged fitting my butt into…I can look back and be so grateful this Thanksgiving knowing that I did it. I made a huge, scary, extremely difficult change in my life and it actually wasn’t so bad. The journey has actually been fun.

I hope two years from now I can sit here and reminisce about all the changes that have happened again. Because I worked for them. It took a lot of patience, perseverance, and push.

Right of Passage

I lost a toe nail last night.


Seriously, I think it is a right of passage to lose a toe nail. I nailed it. Ha! Did you see that????

In other news, Tyler finished up his football season over the weekend. The kid played his heart out and left it all on the field.

I am so proud of him. Not because he had a great seasons and had stats for days; but because he became a leader. He was teachable and coachable. He respected his teammates and opponents. He listened to his coaches and made changes based on their recommendations. Even at age six kids looked up to him and coaches looked to him to lead by example. My boy grew up in this season of life and I couldn’t help but stand a little taller knowing that I am his mom. It had been a pleasure watching him and I can’t wait to see what it next for my little guy.

I am a little sad that it is over but happy to be moving on to basketball which neither Megan or Tyler have ever played. I know it is going to be enjoyable to watch them out on the court.

Feeing Accomplished and a Halloween Recap!

Well, friends, I was 6 for 6 this week on the workout front and gave about 90-100% effort each time. I am impressed with myself. Today I felt I was at 100% pretty much the whole time. I rocked heavier weights and kept right up with the repetitions in Muscle Max and during my pre-class walk I had an incline of 10 at a 4.2 pace. Not bad, not bad at all. And I was finished by 8:45, so there’s that.

It has been a stressful couple of weeks on the home front and at work. My anxiety has been through the roof but I have managed it and for that couldn’t be prouder.

Halloween was last week and it deserves a recap. Shawn and I went to a SNL Themed party and we channeled our inner Spartan Cheerleaders.

And the kids went as an Emoji (Megs), Football player (obvi, Ty), and Lego Captain America (Ry). They were cute.

We went around the neighborhood with the same friends we always do which was super fun. I love my tribe!

And then we ended up with about 40 pounds of candy.

And we donated half and still have a ton. All in all we had such a fun night. No major tantrums and I only ended up carrying Ryan’s box and mask and Tyler’s helmet for about 2 miles (ha!). I will take that as a win!

I did keep some candy in a stash for making gingerbread houses in December and I kept other candy for stocking stuffers and Valentines Day. I have turned into a major frugal mom!

Today is Tyler’s season final for football so we are heading out soon. And I think basketball starts for both M & T next week. The fun really never stops!!!

Have a great weekend!

November Goals

I set three mini-goals for myself at the end of October.  They were:

  1. Daily exercise (5 days/week) at at least 85% effort
  2. No senseless snacking and no eating after 7pm
  3. Hydrate

I am happy to report that I nailed all three of them.  It felt good to get back on track and actually gauge progress based on solidified goals.  Here is the breakdown:

  1. Daily exercise (5 days/week) at at least 85% effort
    I have been exercising regularly for the past two years (maybe even more) but I have really been “phoning in” my work-outs since school started back up in late August.  It felt good to really put some effort into my work-outs this last week.  I have pushed myself beyond where I thought I could and it really made a noticeable difference in my health. I will happily keep this up in the month of November.
  2. No senseless snacking and no eating after 7pm
    This might have been the hardest goal of the three.  It is crazy how much I put in my mouth without even thinking about it.  It was a constant monitoring each and every minute of the day.  And, I did it. I actually did it.
    I also spent a lot of time away from the kitchen in the evening.  This definitely helped after 7pm when night time snacking would have been an issue.
  3. Hydrate
    I have been focusing on water in the last week and let me tell you, something very surprising happened…my skin actually cleared up!  I have had a lot of cystic acne this fall and it all but disappeared when I was drinking extra water.  I also felt a burst of energy and it definitely helped with the snacking.

All in all, I felt really good about my choices and I am going to continue with these three goals for the month of November.  I am going to keep it simple because that is just how I like it.


Do you have any goals for November?