Thursday, May 18, 2017

What I've been up to

I'm back on the weight watchers wagon and I am actually loving it this time around!

About two weeks ago I made it my goal to start drinking way more water.  I know I was not getting enough.  A week ago today my Peloton came in and OMG I AM IN LOVE!!  I've taken 8 classes.  Yes, EIGHT.  In 6 days.  Yesterday I took a rest day because my body needed it so bad.  I started weight watchers Monday and I am feeling amazing.  I snuck on the scale this morning and I am 5.2 pounds since I got on the scale last Monday.  I'm kicking ass guys.  I've been posting a lot of meal ideas on Instagram lately with calories and weight watchers smart points listed if you're interested.  The smart points program has definitely steered more towards the way of clean eating.  Carbs cost more points.  Anything with processed sugar is tons of points.  Lean proteins are relatively low in points.  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.  I'm sure I'll be posting on here way more now that I am 6 months postpartum and feeling a little more adjusted to mommy life!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


You guys are going to think I'm a hippie.  I've started meditating.  I downloaded an app called Headspace.  Yes, there is an app for everything.  This app is like a personal trainer, but for your mind.  This is what meditation supposedly does for you:

I really have been enjoying this lately.  Whether you think it's bull or not, who couldn't use 10-15 quiet  minutes to themselves a day?  Try it out and let me know what you think.

Also, a quick list of my goals for the week:
Get 60k steps
Get 4 workouts in (I have 4 tennis matches this weekend so this one is kind of a cheat)
Get 4 meditation sessions in
Get 4 stretching sessions in
Treat myself to a face mask before a shower one time this week

I'm not crazy enough to think that the lofty weekly goals I had before I had Willa are obtainable.  I used to have goals like run 3 times, lift three times, tennis three times, 10k steps, and read a book.  In a week.  Yea right.  Those aren't the kind of goals you can meet when you have an infant at home.  (Is she still an infant?  What's next?  Is she a toddler next?  Is she an infant until she is a toddler?  These are the questions I ask myself.)  What kind of weekly goals do yall set for yourselves?

Monday, April 24, 2017

The time has come...

Hi guys!!

It's me again!  I've decided to come back to where it all started and start blogging here again.  I had switched over to a paid site, and although it was prettier, it cost me money.  And I'm not about that jazz.  I also started blogging about a whole lot of different things other than weight loss, because I was pregnant and couldn't be losing weight at that point.  In fact, I was waaaay too busy gaining weight to lose weight.  In fact, after the crazy amount of joy that came upon finding out that we were FINALLY pregnant, the second thought I had was, "Pizza...nachos...french fries..."  All that stuff i limited or didn't eat at all floated through my mind, and then floated through my mouth.

So let me get really really real with you guys.  Here is a timeline for my weight loss/gain journey:

May 2008:  Graduated from college at a weight I dare not mention and decided to start losing weight.
January 2010:  Met my husband.  Apple of my eye.  About 10lbs from goal weight.
April 2011:  Went to NYC with mom and I was at the lowest weight I had ever been at.
May 2012:  Got engaged!!  About 10lbs heavier than NYC.  But who can blame me.  I was happy.
March 2013:  Got married!  One of the best days ever.  About the same weight as when I got engaged.
2014:  Started our crazy journey to have a kid.
2015-2016: Clomid, trigger shots, depression, negative pregnancy test after negative pregnancy test.  And one of the only things that seemed to make me forget about all that shit for a second...FOOD. I continued to work out and play tennis a ton, but between fertility drugs and bad food choices I managed to gain.  Up 18lbs from when I got married.
March 2016:  Positve pregnacy test!!!!!!  At this point, I am up 30lbs from my lowest point, but I give zero shits about this because I am FINALLY pregnant.
Pregnancy....Gained weight.  A lot of weight.  A whole lot of weight.  Right around the 50lb mark.
November 2016:  Our sweet miracle girl, Willa Jo is born!  She is gorgeous :)
April 2017:  Down 32lbs from giving birth.  But if you go ahead and do the math, I'm still about 18lbs from what I was before I found out I was pregnant.  And a whopping 53lbs from my lowest weight.

It's not easy for me to share this.  It's tough.  I knew it would be.  I works SOOO hard to lose weight originally and now I'm pretty much right back where I started.  Silver lining is that I have the most perfect child in the world.  But, it's still hard.  I'm uncomfortable with my weight.  Tennis isn't as easy.  Running isn't as easy.  Finding time to exercise isn't easy.  Finding time to cook isn't easy.

But, I'm ready.  It took a little while longer than I had hoped to be ready, but I am.  Today is the first day of my journey back to health and happiness!  I've got my serious face on right now.  I'm not playing around.  My big goal is to be 3lbs under NYC weight by January 1, 2018.  I don't intend on letting anything get in my way.

I want my husband to be proud of me and I want my daughter to grow up in a house where she knows that eating healthy and exercise are not just for losing weight.  I want her to know that's how you fuel your body.  So, I'll hope you guys will follow along.  I'll be keeping you updated along the way.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for following along with my blog, but it's time to move on to bigger and better things!  I will no longer be writing here, however I have started a new blog.  I will continue to write about health and fitness,  however you will get so many more bonuses at the new blog.  Head on over to:

Don't forget to enter your email on the bottom right side so you don't miss any updates!

Thanks again!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Quick Update

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since May!!  I've been really busy making a baby though so give me a break.  A baby girl to be more specific.  That's right!!  Baby Mitchell is a little girl!  I'm 25 weeks down with only 15 weeks to go.  We are both so ready for this little girl to be here.  I'm hoping to start posting more in preparation for her.  I just recently started my list of things to do before she arrives and a big one on there is to prepare freezer meals.  I know I won't have that much time for cooking in those first weeks after her arrival.  Not only do I want to make freezer meals, I want to make healthy freezer meals.  Big momma is going to be ready for the baby weight to come off.

I was one of those people who thought that I would continue to eat healthy throughout her pregnancy. Wrong!!  In the first trimester I was extremely sick and carbs were my best friend.  I do ok now. Most days I have a pretty healthy breakfast and either a healthy lunch or dinner, but one meal a day is more than likely going to be a free for all.  Also, if you follow me on Instagram you know that I had to stop at the Taco Bell drive through on the way to the gym the other day.  #thestruggleisreal.  

I couldn't  be more happy about baby girl, but I'm not going to lie and say I don't miss my old body.  Who would have ever thought I would miss that old imperfect thing.  But I will say pregnancy puts things into perspective and my old imperfect body is not something I will take for granted ever again.  I miss being able to move how I want.  At a little over 6 months pregnant when I go to the gym now, half my workout is getting my shoes tied.  I know the worse is yet to come when it comes to this.

My advice for all the ladies out there who are not currently pregnant.  Don't take your body for granted.  For the love of Christ run up the stairs (how I miss running up the stairs at work) and dare I say even go for a run.  Your body won't always be as dependable as it is now whether you be pregnant, injured, or just plain getting older.  Making sure you are using up all its potential!

Be on the lookout for my freezer meal challenge in weeks to come as well as more updates and then hopefully how life changes when I have a baby and I'm still trying to workout and be healthy.  I have a feeling some things will need to be tweaked!

Monday, May 16, 2016

NEED to!

Well, as most (probably all) of you know, we are expecting baby Mitchell in November.  It's been tough keeping it a secret, and I am certainly happy for it to be out in the open now!  Oddly enough, this was sort of a surprise to us.  A very welcomed surprise, but a surprise nonetheless.  We were geared up for IVF come August or September.  We were actually just about to start the process of egg retrieval when we found out.  God works in weird ways sometimes.  I have no explanation for how this happened, but we sure are happy that it did!!

But, enough of that...on to what this blog is really about.  And it's not about what I've been doing the past 14 weeks.  Which has been completely STUFFING MY FACE and hitting the gym minimally.  Morning sickness is no joke.  It's a real thing.  I never threw up, but I was nauseated from about 6 in the morning until I went to bed.  Almost every damn day.  The only thing that slightly eased the nausea?  My best friend!!!  FOOD!   Not the good kind either.  For a whole week straight the only thing I could stomach was Chef Boyardee Ravioli.  Yea let that sink in for a second.  I haven't had that since I was a child.  It's disgusting.  I admit this.  But, it was the only thing that made it tolerable.  And trust me, you will eat ANYTHING to make it tolerable.  Some other favorites during the first trimester...Taco Bell, blueberry bagels with strawberry cream cheese, buttered noodles.  Seriously all things carbs and cheese and that is about it.  And the gym???  I had weeks when the doctor was ok with me going and weeks where he wasn't.  But one thing remained.  The overwhelming need to crawl onto the couch on my lunch breaks for a nap.  And after work for another.  Getting to the gym was tough and I was lucky if I went once a week.

Now that I've entered the blissful 2nd trimester, I'm able to eat a little better.  I've been craving (finally) lots of fruits and veggies.  However, a 14 week habit isn't an easy to break.  And although the nausea has subsided, the exhaustion is still here for now.  It's not as bad as it was, but I still want naps like crazy.  The nausea has been replaced with hunger.

I've always loved having this blog.  I felt like it kept me somewhat accountable.  I don't think it should be any different now that I'm pregnant.  I have gained 4 pounds in the 1st trimester.  It's not horrible, but I wasn't small to begin with so I'm really only supposed to gain around 15 pounds total.  I also was already at a heavier weight than I normally am because of fertility treatments so I was feeling plump before we even found out.  I'm hoping that starting to eat how I was before the pregnancy will help me to maintain a healthy weight throughout the pregnancy and help me to knock the pounds off after.  Being pregnant isn't an excuse to eat 5000 calories a day of unhealthy crap.  I gave myself a break in the beginning, because let's be honest, we all need a break every now and then.  But, it's time to woman up and start being healthier.  What's a better excuse to be healthy than a tiny human growing inside of you.  It's never too early to start setting an example.  So, here's to a happy and healthy 9 months!!  Oh, I mean 6!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Trash time

I have been feeling like a rock star lately.  I have been eating healthy foods consistently and rocking the gym at least 5 times a week since before the new year.  Like, even when I have legitimate excuses to not go to the gym, I do it anyway.  I can feel my body changing (ever so slightly), but the scale is NOT MOVING.  If the scale won't move, guess I will have to move the scale.  To the trash.  Let's face it, with the things that are coming up for me in the next few months, all that scale is going to do is giving me something else to stress about.

Instead of looking at the scale every day, I'm going to look in the mirror. And I'm going to like what I see.  And if I don't, I'm going to dress it up and put some makeup on it until I do.