Confessions of a Former Fat Girl

I haven’t posted in a few days because my job finally started this week and I’m still adjusting to the added work hours. I’m serving part time at Savannah’s BBQ in Logan, Utah.  I really like my job and all the people I work with which is a big bonus!

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I currently smell like baby-back ribs since I’m still wearing my work shirt!

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I took Everett to his 15 month (we are a month and a half late!) check up a few days ago. He weighed in at 22.5 lbs. (15%) and got a clean bill of health. He only had to get 2 shots and I was shocked when he didn’t even cry! It probably had something to do with that sucker in his mouth.

So I have a confession to make. I sort of had a “former fat girl” relapse for the past 2 days. It all started with Everett’s doctor appointment. It was early in the morning right during my usual workout time. For some reason this REALLY threw me off. Rather than working out after the appointment, I just skipped it. Then for the rest of the day I was feeling guilty about my lack of exercise which caused me to make BAD eating choices. When I went to bed that night I vowed to do better the next day. Well that didn’t happen. I skipped another workout and had Lucky Charms for lunch and 2 bowls of ice cream for dinner. NOT GOOD.

I was really feeling bad and I couldn’t figure out why I was falling back into my old habits. I did just start a new job but I wasn’t feeling overly stressed about it. I realized that I am still getting used to my new healthy lifestyle even though it has been 6+ months. It is very easy for me to go back to my old sedentary ways and I need to be careful. I was starting to get comfortable and felt like I had everything figured out. I also think the diet that goes along with Jamie Eason’s program is too rigid for me. It was causing me to become obsessive about my food intake and I don’t want to be that way.

Luckily I got back on track today. I started the day with a 5 mile SLOW run. It was just what I needed to remind me why I swapped out my unhealthy habits. I LOVE having the ability to simply lace up my shoes and go for a 5 mile run. It is honestly something I never thought I could do. Now that I can, it is something I plan to do for the rest of my life. I never want to go back to being overweight again. I enjoy my endorphins and extra energy (not to mention my ‘skinny jeans’) too much to go back.

Today, rather than worrying about macro nutrients and time intervals between my meals, I focused on eating healthy WHOLE foods.

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I wasn’t too strict and had half a barbeque hamburger and a few sweet potato fries after my shift today. Smile I have a feeling exercising and eating right will be a lifelong battle for me. It is a battle I am willing to fight because my health and the health of my family is important. I’m not going to get down on myself for my slip up but I am going to be better in the future. Today is a new day.

If this is something you struggle with I encourage you to start your new (healthy) life now. Don’t wait till tomorrow or Monday or the New Year. Start now. Right now.

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I decided to throw this picture in at the end because I think it’s cute. Dax was SO excited when he saw this car that looks just like “Doc Hudson” from the movie Cars!

Days 1 and 2 of LiveFit

I have now completed the first 2 workouts of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit and I am SORE!!! I’m really loving the workouts since they are so different from my usual circuits and intervals.

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The first workout was for Chest and Triceps and the second was Back and Biceps. During this workout I wasn’t breathing particularly hard or sweating profusely like I do during my circuits. However, my arms were shaking like crazy and my muscles were fatigued to the max. You are supposed to lift to failure during all your sets. This means picking a weight heavy enough that by the time you get to 12 reps you physically cannot perform another rep. I know something is working with these workouts since I can barely lift my arms above my head with out screaming in pain! I’m hoping the soreness will fade with time but I like FEELING the effects of my workouts. I think this type of workout is just what my body needs right now. My body was becoming too accustomed to higher reps and lower weight and I’m hoping to see some great results from changing up my routine.

I have also been loosely following the meal plan that goes with LiveFit. The meal plan has me eating every 2-3 hours or 5-6 times a day. Every meal should include 50% carbohydrate and 50% protein with unlimited vegetables. If I am hungry for a 6th meal at night I am not supposed to eat carbs during that meal. I am also including 2-3 servings of healthy fats a day. I have actually really been enjoying eating this way. I am not used to eating so much protein but I have tons of energy and I haven’t been hungry at all. I LOVE that I don’t have to count calories and I can just eat when I get hungry. The food I’ve been eating doesn’t taste half bad either!

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My meals yesterday looked like this:

Meal 1: 5 egg whites cooked with 1/2 cup salsa and a slice of Ezekiel bread with 1/2 tbsp. almond butter

Meal 2: Pina Colada Protein Shake from my gym (this was immediately after my workout) and an apple

Meal 3: Oat coated chicken fingers, baked sweet potato wedges (coated with 1 tsp. olive oil), and celery sticks

Meal 4: 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon and a red bell pepper on the side

Meal 5: Lemon Curry Tilapia, 1/4 cup quinoa, and a big salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

I went to bed early last night so I skipped meal #6!

Thus far I’m feeling really great and I am excited to start seeing some results. Days 3 and 4 are supposed to be lower body workouts but tomorrow I’m going to do some running and then do the lower body workouts on days 4 and 5 instead. Day 6 will be another running day (if my legs are too sore!)

A Quick Tip

This is going to be a short post because we are rushing out the door to head to the airport. My mom is coming in to town and we are going to spend the day in Salt Lake shopping and eating delicious food!

I got up at 5 AM so I could get a workout in before the day’s festivities begin. I went to the 5:30 AM spin class at my gym and it was SO AWESOME.  I always forget how much I like spinning until I go to another class, then I think I need to go more often. I rushed home and made a protein shake. I kept my meal small because we are planning on going to breakfast once we get my mom from the airport.

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It was a bit weird to go to the gym in the dark…and then leave the gym STILL in the dark. I didn’t mind one bit since I had such a great workout. So here is my quick tip for today: Find a workout that you love and stick with it. I have found that I really enjoying running and spinning. Since I love these activities (and the way I feel when I’m DONE) I am willing to get up at the butt crack of dawn to do them! Try a ton of new things like Zumba, kickboxing, speed walking, spinning, interval training, elliptical, and step classes until you find your passion. I promise it will make a huge difference in your workouts if you actually enjoy them.


Have you found a workout you LOVE to do?

Finding Motivation to Workout

I haven’t exercised since I got back from Ragnar. I have been giving my body time to recover from running and from the flu bug I got. As of yesterday I feel back to 90% so I MUST stop making excuses and get back to my workout routine. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often have days when I just don’t want to lace up my shoes and go workout. In honor of my lack luster desire to go to the gym this morning, I’ve decided to compile a list of things that help me get my workout in when I really don’t want to.

1. If you workout in the morning, get up and immediately put on your gym clothes. I find that if I have my clothes on I am much less likely to skip a sweat session since I’m already dressed for it.

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2. Download some new music or a podcast to your MP3 player. I get really excited to listen to my favorite podcasts, but I only allow myself to listen to them while I’m working out. This motivates me to get to the gym or out for a run so I can listen!

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3. Make a goal. The goal needs to be very specific. I was much better about getting all my workouts in while I was training for my half marathon. My goal was to run (without walking) a half marathon on October 13, 2012. I was REALLY excited about my goal and don’t think I skipped a single workout during my training. If you have never done a race before, I highly suggest finding a local 5k and signing up. Races are tons of fun and a great way to get outside with others who care about their health and fitness.

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4. Workout with a friend. Working out with friends is not only fun but it holds you accountable to be there when you said you would.  You are much more likely to stick to a workout program if you have a partner to join you.

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5. Join in on a group class at the gym. This is usually my go-to tip when I don’t feel like exercising. Group classes are SO fun. Zumba, kickboxing, Bodypump, yoga, barre, spinning, etc. There are TONS of classes to chose from and they are great motivation to work a little harder since I generally don’t want to look like a chump in front of a bunch of people!

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6. Find an image that motivates you to stick to your goals and put it somewhere you will see it. I had an image of a woman crossing the finish line of a race on my bathroom mirror. I couldn’t dream of skipping a workout when I looked at that image. I REALLY wanted to be like the girl in the picture and the only way to get there was to tie up my shoe laces and go run.

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7. When all else fails and you STILL don’t feel like working out skip it do it anyway! Sometimes it is a matter of sheer willpower. In the words of Nike, “Just Do It!” Don’t think about it, just get out the door and do it. I would bet that once you get 15-20 minutes into your workout, you’ll be feeling good and working hard. The hardest part about exercise is starting. It’s all downhill from there. I have had many days when I didn’t want to run or go to the gym but I have NEVER once regretted a workout.

So what are you waiting for? Lace up those shoes and start sweating!

Relaxing Sunday and Workout Plans

We had a nice relaxing Sunday that started with waffles!  We had an extra hour from day light savings (and when you have kids you don’t get to sleep!) so we made waffles from scratch.

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We don’t go to church till 1:00 PM so we had plenty of time to lay around the house. Daddy and the boys spent their time reading!

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The boys both got tired and took naps around 10. In a very strange and unusual turn of events they both ended up sleeping for 3 hours! That NEVER happens. It was glorious but it meant we were late for church.

Everett was super stoked to carry his Cheerios and leave a trail everywhere he went. I swear I spent more time picking up Cherrios than I did listening to the lessons!  At least he was quiet. Smile

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I planned out my workouts for the week last night. I have 25 miles running planned this week plus a few weight training sessions, and 2 yoga classes. It’s going to be an awesome week for workouts!

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We’re starting the Christmas traditions early this year beginning with putting on some Christmas PJ’s and watching ELF!

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Notice there is a blanket stuffed into our TV stand? That is because last week one of the kids shoved a toy into the DVD slot of the Playstation. We were unable to get it out and had to surrender to the professionals. $40 later and we are trying to figure out a way to keep the kids from messing with it. The blanket seems to be working. Out of sight, out of mind.


Do you plan your workouts in advance?

  • Lately I’ve been planning my week of workouts on Sunday night. This has worked well for me.

The Holidays Are Upon Us

I was really happy to be able to get my workout in this morning. I wasn’t sure how it would work since I couldn’t go to the gym due to the kids being sick. I did a circuit workout from Shape Magazine that used just my body weight and a wall. It was a series of exercises like a plank but with my feet on the wall instead of feet on the ground. In between each exercise I did 1 minute of high intensity cardio like squat jumps and high knees. Using the wall to do basic exercises really upped the intensity and I was dripping in sweat at the end of 50 minutes.

I had a late breakfast so when lunch time rolled around I wasn’t very hungry. I had to work from 1-5 today so I knew I needed to eat something or I would not make it through my shift.

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I decided on a bell pepper dipped in hummus and a side of plain Greek yogurt with strawberries and granola.

I got through work and when I got home poor Dax was laying on the couch and he was burning up. Ibuprofen seems to help but he can only take the medicine every 6 hours; it’s during hour 5 that he seems to have a hard time. Also, I have completely lost my voice. I’m feeling much better but the vocal cords just aren’t working. Not being able to talk is REALLY annoying.

I can’t believe it’s November already. That means the Holiday Season is upon us (I can start listening to Christmas music) and I’m SO excited.  I love Thanksgiving and Christmas and I especially love living in a place where it snows for these holidays. There is something about snow that really puts me in a jolly mood!

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We are going to be spending Christmas at our house for the first time since getting married. We usually go to one of our parents houses but decided to spend Christmas in our own home, just the 4 of us. I am so excited to get a tree and decorate our house. It’s going to be a great season if we can just avoid getting sick. Last Christmas we weren’t so lucky.

Dax didn’t get the memo that we can’t start celebrating Christmas till November. He wore these PJ’s a week ago!

The Holidays can be quite unhealthy with all the treats and decadent foods being served. I have decided for the month of November I’m going to focus on getting my fruits and veggies. My goal for the month is to eat 2-3 fruits and 3-4 veggies everyday. I figure if I’m eating this many fruits and vegetables I can enjoy the occasional slice of pie and a nice serving of stuffing. Oh how I LOVE stuffing!


What is your favorite dish served at Thanksgiving dinner?

Big Waffles and Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!

We had a great morning with the kids. Everett woke up first and I brought him into bed with us. I always hear moms talk about cuddling with their kids in their beds. Well let me just tell you, my kids don’t want to cuddle in the morning. They are in attack mode. Everett was climbing all over us and doing lots of body slams! I got up and got all the ingredients out to make pumpkin pancakes in honor of Halloween. Dax woke up and didn’t want pumpkin pancakes but was BEGGING for “big waffles.” Big waffles are just homemade waffles instead of frozen. Since it is a holiday I decided to grant his request.

I substituted 1 cup of the white flour for whole wheat and used coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil in an attempt to make them healthier. I topped my waffle with peanut butter and maple syrup.

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These waffles were quite filling and I only ended up eating one with an orange on the side.

Dax got to dress up for preschool this morning and he was SO excited to put on his pirate costume!

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He even sat REALLY still so I could paint his face! He is becoming such a big boy.

I still don’t have a costume for Everett. I guess that means no mother of the year award for me!  I am planning on going to the Halloween store before I pickup Dax from preschool to find something for poor little Ev! He got neglected because he doesn’t care/know about Halloween yet!

Everett and I are going to attempt to go for a run. It has been 6 days since I’ve gone running and I’m starting to get anxious. I’m still pretty congested but I’m just going to take it easy and go super slow.  If it ends up being too much I will walk but I really NEED to get outside for some exercise and fresh air! Not to mention, I really miss those endorphins that come after a great run!


Even though I haven’t posted everything I ate today, I’m going to use this as my What I ate Wed. post hosted by Jenn from Peas and Crayons. Check back later and I’ll show you what else I eat today!

Sick-Day Workout

We got another round of sickness in our house.  This time it includes a heavy chest and a lot of coughing. I’m expecting a lot of illness this fall/winter since it’s Dax’s first year in school.  We all need to build up some immunity.

I set my alarm for 5:15AM this morning; I was planning on going to an early morning spin class. That did not happen.  My chest is so tight that I didn’t think it would be a good idea to do so much cardio.  Instead I stayed home and did an easy body-weight workout at home.

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This routine was much lower intensity that my typical circuits but I still felt like I got a workout in. Perfect for this sicky today! After my workout I made a hot bowl of chocolate oatmeal. I left out the whey powder today because I didn’t feel like I needed the extra protein since I will not be as active as normal today.

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The neighbor boys are spending the day at our house while their mommy is at the doctor. The boys are SO well behaved and they give me a break by entertaining my kids which allows me to do other things. I still need to get Everett a costume for tomorrow and make some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for Dax to bring to preschool tomorrow!

Pizza and Group-X

I can’t seem to keep my kitchen clean no matter how hard I try. When Kelly got home last night I had just finished cleaning up the mess from breakfast and lunch. The last thing I wanted to do was make another mess by cooking! Kelly suggested we grab a take-and-bake pizza to keep the mess to a minimum. Yes please. Plus, pizza was the perfect food item to have in honor of game 1 of the World Series. Go Giants!IMG_4921

I wanted to use up the last of our salad fixings since they were nearing eat-or-toss status. We each had a side salad followed by thin crust pizza with light cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms.  Kelly and the boys had olives as well but those things are gross and I don’t allow them near my food!

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Dax has a dairy allergy: it used to be quite severe but nowadays he can have a little dairy as long as its only once every 3-4 days. He LOVED his pizza and had 3 slices!!!

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Everett DID NOT like the pizza. He did end up eating the olives but I eventually gave in and let him have a pumpkin muffin. If you look closely on the bottom left of his mouth you can see his new molar popping through!

After we put the boys to bed, Kelly and I snuggled on the couch and watched Modern Family. We made sure to check on the Giants during the commercials! We finished off the night by watching the rest of the game/me falling asleep on the couch. It was really nice to be able to low key night and relax a bit.

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I got up early and went to another core board class this morning. It was awesome yet again and I’ve decided to make it a Thursday tradition for a while. I really love it because it works every muscle in the body plus it includes some HIIT (high intensity interval training) which makes my heart rate sky rocket. My neighbor and I are going to hit up a yoga class in a couple of hours as well. I usually workout by myself so I’m excited she’s going to keep me company and I won’t be such a loner!!


Are you a baseball fan? Giants or Tigers?

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Spinning and Painted Nails

When I first started training for my half marathon I went to a spin class once a week for cross training. Somewhere along the way I dropped spinning in favor of adding a 5th run to my weekly schedule. I’m not really sure why I did that but I was excited to get back into spinning today.

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(My iPhone broke a few weeks ago so I’ve had to resort to Google images for a lot of photos since I don’t want to lug my DSLR everywhere with me!)

I forgot how much I like taking spin classes.  I went to a class with a new-to-me instructor and she was fabulous. She helped me correct my seat height on the bike and gave us a great workout without going crazy! Since I have not been on a bike for quite some time my butt was hurting and was quite happy when the hour was up and it was time to get off. My sore backside is a good reason to keep going back to class to build up a tolerance again.

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Dax was so excited about the snow this morning he was begging Kelly to go outside to “move the snow!” He says “move the snow” instead of shovel the snow. They had a great time being outside in the snow and Dax cried when he had to come in. Smile

While watching the debate/Giants game last night I got the brilliant idea to paint my fingers and toes!  I haven’t had painted fingernails since I was a bridesmaid in a wedding nearly 6 months ago. All the running I’ve been doing has really done a number on my feet. I’ve given up on them and succumb to the fact that they are a lost cause. Gone are the days of pretty feet. I have huge callouses on nearly on my toes and one of my toenails is dead and completely black. I’m just waiting for it to fall off.  In the meantime I decided a nice coat of paint would do them good. It took 4 coats to cover my black toenail but I have to say, they do look much better with nail polish. If you were to look closely it would not be a pretty sight but from afar, they’re not half bad!

“Do you think she’s pretty?”
”No, she’s a full-on Monet.”
”What’s a Monet?”
”It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.”

(Name that 90’s classic movie!) HINT: Brittany Murphy is in it.

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I’ve been staring at my fingers all day because they look so pretty.  This got me thinking. Why don’t I do things like this more often? The simple act of painting my fingernails has made me feel so feminine and put together. Even while I was in my gym clothes with no makeup on I still felt good about myself because my nails looked pretty. It’s pretty silly when you think about it but it did change my attitude.

I have also noticed on the days when I take the time to do something special with my hair or wear eye shadow (I usually wear mascara only) I have more confidence. I also tend to be more productive throughout my day when I get ready and put on something other than gym clothes. I’ve been thinking a lot lately that this is something I need to work on. It can be easy to be lazy and rock that “I-just-came-from-the-beach” look but I want to try harder to put on real clothes and do my hair and makeup everyday.

I know so many healthy living bloggers out there work really hard to exercise and eat well. We need to celebrate that by taking care of our outer appearance too!

New Goal: I will get dressed and do some sort of hair and makeup everyday for 2 weeks!

Who’s with me?!?!