Thursday, August 29, 2013


It's been a while.  I didn't write last Friday on weigh in day because there was not much to report.  I hadn't gained or lost anything.  I knew it was coming because it was period week and I seriously wanted to eat everything I saw.  EVERYTHING.  I didn't do too bad considering.  I had pizza wednesday night.  The rest of the week went great.  I did not gym it at all though.  I was grumpy and extremely tired.  I had run out of my MNS advocare packs.  No excuses, but you guys really didn't need to hear me bitch about not losing any weight because I know exactly why. 

So this week was tough.  I did amazeballs and then my sweet pup passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Things haven't gone too well since then.  I say no excuses most of the time, but this time it's a totally valid excuse.  I haven't had much of an appetite, but when I do decide Im hungry it's usually for comfort food.  I'm back on the wagon today though.  I'm down a pound from last week as of this morning (yes FINALLY hit that 5lb mark), but who knows...that may be up tomorrow morning.  I haven't given up hope and I am keeping consistent.  I know that's the key.  But how frustrating to be the only one who loses weight this slowly?  It may be slow, however it is consistent.  It's going down, not up.  Those 5lbs are NOT water weight.  They didn't come off because I was eating really bad and then started eating healthy.  They are 5 lbs LOST.  They are GONE.  There is no amount of fluctuation that is going to make the scale shoot back up 5lbs.  And hey, look at it this way.   I wanted to lose 25 lbs total.  I am 1/5 of the way there!!  That's something to celebrate!  It's tough to be losing so slow.  I'm probably averaging less than a lb a week at this point, but I do feel like there will be a breakthrough eventually.  I do FEEL smaller.  My pants are fitting looser finally. My point is, it doesn't really matter how fast I am losing it.  I am losing it.  If it takes me a freakin year to lsoe 25lbs then so be it.  As long as I stay consistent and keep doing what I know I need to do, I will be proud of myself.   Life definitely got in the way this week and made it hard to be consistent everyday, but that's going to happen.  You have to keep going if you want to see results.  I feel I need a jumpstart which brings me to my next point...

I get to start my second challenge (FINALLY!!!!) on September 9th.  I'm doing this one with some great girls and I am REALLY REALLY excited about it.  I am more excited about it than my first challenge.  I now know what to expect and the challenges I will face.  I plan on being even more diligent with this one.  I didn't really measure myself that good last time and didn't do as well as I would have liked days 11-24.  When it was over I went back to eating kind of crappy half the time.  I know if I get through the challenge this time and keep up my eating habits with one cheat day a week it will be amazing.  I know I can lose 10lbs on the challenge.  That is my goal.  It would be a HUGE jumpstart and I think it would help to break this plateau.  If I could reach that goal and keep things up I would have only 10 more lbs to lose to reach my goal.  I have never been so ready for something in my life. 

Stay tuned for Monday Sept 9.  I will be measuring and weighing myself to get ready.  I will try to blog everyday during the challenge.  I would love to have a record of what I am eating, as well as how my attitude/moods change.  I think it will be helpful for me as well as for anyone thinking about doing it. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You're doing great

I've been thinking a lot today.  For the most part this blog is about weight loss.  Plain and simple.  But, in the broader scope of things it is also about making changes.  I think, overall, I'm a pretty rad person.  But, like all people (I'm guessing) there are plenty of things I don't like about myself that I want to change. On the flip side, for every one thing I want to change about myself, there are at least two that I love.

I don't like that I struggle between wanting to be selfish forever and having children.  I want children.  I really do!  Like bad!  But, I wish we could all live 100 more years than we do.  I was so lucky to meet hubs, but I wish I could have met him sooner.  It's like a bad joke that God made it to where you HAVE to have kids by a certain age or bad things might happen.  I seriously need about 20 more years to enjoy my marriage, our dogs, and our money before kids. 

Since I am a woman all the things previously stated make me feel ridiculously guilty.  Then the thoughts start pouring in.  And panic insues.  What if I can't have kids?  There are people out there would die to get preggers!  Here I am being selfish.  I hope I don't curse myself forever. 

Am I the only one ladies?  It can't be just me who simultaneously celebrates getting her period quickly followed by feeling guilty for celebrating, because I want kids ONE day and I'm pushing thirty and tick tock tick tock.  Is this real life?  Is this what being an adult is like?

fleetwood said i can... so i can.

I like that I accept other people.  I like that I believe in what I believe in and that's never going to change.  I like that I can believe in God AND not hate other people (this seems to happen sometimes and I am just not sure how...)  I like what my beliefs are and am proud of them.  Thanks mom and dad (shoutout!) for molding these beliefs and teaching me right from wrong. 


I like how I feel about music.  I like that I have a deeper connection to some songs than I do to most people.  I like that music is what brought me and my husband together because he feels it to.  I hope to pass this love on to our children one day (you know if I didn't curse myself by celebrating my period).


I hate that I am "TOO BUSY."  I hate those words and I hate what is followed by them.  Too busy to laugh, too busy to love, too busy to listen.  I mean wtf?  Why do I let myself get overwhelmed by dumb things.  The equation is usually (something stupid and small and aggravating, and not fun) makes me too busy for (something or someone I love, something enjoyable, something meaningful).  STUPID STUPID STUPID.  And even with this knowledge and trying to change this about myself, I guarantee the words "too busy" will come out of my mouth at some point in the next week. 

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.

I like that I keep it real yo.  Nuff said.

True dat.

Oh man do I LOVE Jon.  I love that I met him.  I love that he chose me.  I love that we are married.  And I LOVE going home to that man every day. I know that no matter where I end up or what I face that as long as I am with him I am at home.
home - edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

I hate that sometimes when I try to do something big or feel like I want to impact more people that I roll my eyes at myself and move on.  There are so many things that I want to do with my life, but sometimes all those things just feel way too big to even attempt.  I want to work on being a little more fearless about my dreams and taking some chances even when I'm not 100% comfortable with them.
do it.

I love that I love to dance.  Sober or drunk.  Happy or sad.  Confused or content.  I love to dance.

no standing only dancing
I like that I am motivated to change the things I can.  I like that I am making better choices and losing the weight FINALLY and working on the things about myself that I want to change.
Brenda Della Casa is the Managing Editor of I Am Staggered USA, LLC, The Director of Online Content for Preston Bailey and the Author of Cinderella Was a Liar and Walking Barefoot

So when you are thinking about one thing you don't like about yourself whether it be your weight, or your amount of patience, or your lack of creativity try and at least think of TWO things that you do like about yourself and please remeber:

You totally are.  Take five, sweetness.

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Official

It's official everyone...I'm on a diet.  Anyone who has been on a diet before can relate I hope.  This is how I know.  I did wonderful last week.  Ate on target.  Got my workouts in.  Friday night I decided to have my cheat dinner.  Jon and I were at the mall.  Macy's was having an amazing sale.  Like so good that we ended up at the Macy's at Cortana after because I just had to look at the shoes there too.  Anywho, we decided on Pluckers.  OH CHICKEN WINGS.  I <3 you.  There is no other way to express how I feel about you.  I got the three boneless wing combo with fries and buffalo hot sauce.  It was SOO delicious.  I could only eat about one wing to be honest (those things are HUGE!).  This is progress in and of itself since usually I have no problem taking down all three.  My mouth was on fire, my nose was running, yet my heart was happy.  So we head straight to Cortana.  On the way home something happened.  My stomach!!!  Oh no!!!  My body is rejecting the loves of my life.  My wonderful chicken wings.  Yep.  That's how you know your body is officially in "diet mode."  When you cheat and your stomach turns on you because really you turned on your stomach.  Does this mean I'll never eat chicken wings again?  Absolutely not.  I will soon forget how I felt after my wing adventure and I'm sure in a few months on a cheat night I will be up for it again.

I am so looking forward to weight in Friday morning.  I HAVE to hit that damn five lb goal!!  I feel like the scale is mocking me.  I NEED to win.  I WILL beat you scale...don't you worry.  See you on Friday sucker!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Morning Weigh In!

Today is weight in!!  Woohoo!!!  I continued chugging my water yesterday like my life depended on it.  Let me tell you how my morning went.  I woke up excited to get on the scale to see if drinking all that water would get me to my -5.  Spoiler Alert:  It didn't.  So I went to get on the scale and I thought wait a second...I still have my glasses on.  I need to put my contacts in because contacts weigh less than glasses.  Yes, this was a legitimate thought that I had.  So, I step on and I am down 1.4!!  I may not have hit my 5lb goal, but I am down a total of 4.2lbs and the number I see on that scale is the smallest number I have seen since I got engaged in May 2012 so BAM!!  I am officially smaller than I was when Jon proposed.  You're supposed to get fatter when you get married right?!  So, I was pretty excited that I have actually LOST weight.

Somthing else I think I need to add.  I'm not sure if anyone is thinking this or not, but this morning I was thinking ok, I have been at this for three weeks now.  That's three weigh-ins and I have only lost 4.2lbs.  Well, that is 1.4 pounds a week which is a healthy amount.  Usually, that first week you have a BIG loss, but unfortunately I did not get that.  The reason I did not get that was because I wasn't eating horribly before.  It's easier to drop 3 or so lbs that first week if you have been drinking soda and eating fried chicken every day.  I wasn't doing that.  I also had the fleeting thought of, "I could have super restricted my calories for a week and dropped 4lbs."  This thought quickly disappeared.  Let me tell you why you should be happy with your victories no matter how small.  When you do some kind of fad cabbage cleanse diet, ONLY hot dogs for a week, or basically just starve yourself for a few days, you are accomplishing NOTHING.  Yes, you may get on the scale and see a better number, but get back on in a few days after you have started eating normally and let me know how that worked for you.  Doing these things aren't helping you LOSE weight.  You are simply misplacing weight for a few days.  I guarantee that shit is hiding under the bed.  Or maybe you accidentally left it at someone's house.  But, I promise you're going to find it...or rather it's going to find you!  Oh, and guess what it might even bring it's friends.  Because you see, you deprived yourself so badly for a week that you think you deserve a freakin congratulations for only eating hot dogs cookie cake or something.  Not cool. 

Keep doing what you are doing.  It's a marathon, not a race.  Be consistent and do something that is maintainable long term.  Restrict your calories for 6 days and then on the 7th have a delicious fatty dinner and some wine.  There IS a happy medium between starving yourself for what you think the perfect body is and eating everyday like it's going to be your last.  You only get one life, so be healthy, but make sure you enjoy that piece of cookie cake every now and then.  Just not everyday.  And just not the whole thing :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Big News...tomorrow

My weigh in is tomorrow.  I drank 6 bottles of water yesterday.  I DID sneak on the scale this morning.  It looks a lot better.  Really hoping for that 5lb goal to be hit tomorrow. Yall stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

H2O NO!!

So I got on the scale Monday morning...I KNOW Im not supposed to, but I did.  People say not to get obsessed with that number, but isn't that what losing weight is about?!  That number?!  I mean if you were running a 5k, people wouldn't say don't be obsessed with finishing.  That is the end game.  That is your goal.  It's tough, because I know in a sense they are right.  You want your clothes to fit better.  You want to be healthier and more fit.  But then again the number is my goal and I feel like, at least for now, that is what I need to concentrate on.  The number on Monday morning sucked.  It was the same number I saw last Thursday morning at weigh in.  Oh so frustrating.  I thought all day about what I am doing wrong.  Calories in...calories out...calories in...calories out.  Diet...Exercise...Diet....Exercise.  I'm doing it right.  This isn't adding up.  What the heck?!?!  So, I just told myself to keep being consistent.  Something is eventually going to click.  And then last night it did!!

You guys know Tuesday night is my Extreme makeover weight loss edition night.  I got home, and Jon and I played some tennis before the rain started.  He won the first set 6-3, but the second set was 2-4 in my favor when we had to leave because of the rain.  I maintain that I would have won that set.  Anywho, we are watching EWLME and at one point the guy is eating at a restaurant and the lady has to keep filling his water glass over and over and over and eureka there it is!!  I'm  not drinking enough water!!! 

Now, I have lost weight before.  I know what it takes.  And I am pretty sure I was resistant to drinking tons of water when I first started too.  It's not that I hate water or anything, I'm just NEVER thirsty so I kind of forget to do it.  I know this is bad.  I do drink water during the day people, just not near enough of it.  I don't know why I think I am so much better than water.  But I do.  There, I said it.  For some reason, I always think calories in vs calories out.  Screw water.  I'm doing this MY way!!  Nope.  Water disagrees.  The scale disagrees.  I can do this my way and keep staying the same weight or I can do this waters way.  Ok water, you win.  Let's do this.

So, I have moved weekly weigh in back to Fridays.  I think it will be all around better anyway.  I plan on drinking an OBSCENE amount of water today and tomorrow.  I am fairly confident this is the problem.  I am praying that this is the problem!  This problem is fixable.  Stay tuned for Friday because I will be letting you know my weight loss and hopefully proving to everyone once and for all that without water you aren't going to have any success.

On a side note:  I'm sure whoever reads this already knows that I am having an advocare mixer Saturday, August 24th at 11am.  I urge you to come!  You have absolutely nothing to lose and you get to come see my house and hang out with me so it is definitely a win/win situation.  Even, I'm having a plateau moment, after losing weight the first time I never knew it could be THIS easy to track my food and stay on target with my calories.  Advocare is the main reason I have stuck with this for 4 weeks after only seeing a 2.8lb loss total.  Most people wouldn't have done that, because let's face it, it's way easier to eat what we want.  However, with advocare helping me along I had no desire to quit.  I used to have food on my mind CONSTANTLY.  Especially when trying to lose weight.  Even when you are thinking about calories or ww points or whatever you may be thinking about, it's hard not to harp on food every hour of every day.  With the products I'm using they curb my appetite enough and give me enough energy to eat when I am supposed to eat and the portion that I am supposed to eat without thinking about it as much.  I am in love with these products guys.  They are worth every penny to me.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Before and...during

Not after!!  Because I am far from done!!!

Egg whites and a spark

Every now and then I look forward to Monday.  Don't get me wrong, I freakin love the weekend, but I like having a set schedule.  It's better for trying to lose weight.  It's so much easier for me to sit down at work when I get here and start checking emails while I eat my egg whites and drink my spark.  It starts my day off right and kind of sets me up for success right at the beginning of the week.  When I have a good Monday, a good week is sure to follow.

I didn't write last Thursday on weigh in day because I have been dealing with quite a bit of car troubles and seem to be running around like a crazy person trying to get that all straightened out.  I wrote last tuesday that I was up almost 2 lbs and frustrated with that.  Luckily, come Thursday it was only up .6lbs.  I attribute most of this to my muscles holding onto water because of how much working out and running I was doing.  I am excited for this Thursday coming up, as I am hoping for a big loss.  I'm thinking if I am still stuck come Thursday I may have to re-evaluate my plan!  My fingers are definitely crossed though!

Also, just to let everyone know...I am getting a group together to do the 24-day challenge! There are 27 days until the first LSU home football game and I thought it would be fun to get it done before then.  I have struggled with my weight and health for what seems like forever. After doing the 24 day challenge and seeing how my body changed and losing 9 pounds on it, it really has changed the way I see things. It has given me the motivation and power to start losing the rest of the weight that I have wanted to lose!

This website tells you all about if you are curious. If you have no interest, no worries, but please tell any friends you think might be interested! It's definitely more fun to do these things in a group and have that support!

Thanks for reading everyone!  I wouldn't post about these products if I hadn't tried and truly appreciated every one.  Losing weight is NEVER easy, but these products help to curb my appetite and make it so much easier than it has been in the past. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taco Bell?

I haven't posted that many posts on this blog so far, and yet here we are with a second post containing taco bell stories.  Seems to be a trend here.  I had taco bell today for lunch.  Now, before you judge me let me tell you the whole story.

It has been a bad week.  Like really bad.  Like life is totally shitting all over my head and then laughing at me.  However, today took the cake.  I won't go into details.  I'm not one to have a super duper pity party every day, but just know that TODAY HAS SUCKED.  If ever I was on the fence about whether or not I am an emotional eater, I now know the answer.  Yes...yes I am.  I was craving taco bell for lunch and since I was on my way back to work from the car dealership for the second time today and passing by I stopped.  I saw. I smelled.  I devoured.  But let me tell you what else I did.  I recorded.  I ate a soft taco fresco (190 calories) and an order of pintos and cheese (170 calories) and into myfitnesspal it went.  Everything in moderation people.  In my humble opinion it's ok to eat taco bell when you are having a bad day.  Just go easy on it.  Shit, the first time I ever lost a significant amount of weight I was a senior in high school.  All I ate was fast food.  I was doing weight watchers and at least 3 nights a week I would have wendy's chili (4 points) or mac and cheese (4 points) and mashed potatoes (3 points) from KFC or pintos and cheese (3 points).  Those are the old points by the way.  The ones they used from like 10 years ago, but my point was to show you that I still remembered.  Also, Im sure if you are reading this and you are really into your health and whanot you are totally grossing out that I heart taco bell.  To you I say shut your mouth before I shove a chalupa in it! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Things I want...

In a post that is totally not weight loss related...

I want:

1. A fitbit one (ok kind of weight loss related):

2. An Aria scale:

I also would not be mad if the number read 122.5.  Just saying

3. Long hair.  I miss mine and when it gets long I want to have some kind of funky colored ombre going on.

4. This purse:
Monogrammed Longchamp
or this one...

or this one...
Ralph Lauren Collection Tote-summer bag!
Oh God I have a problem don't I??!?!

5. This shirt:
hahaha love this
I have been wanting this for a LONG time.

6.  One of these watches.  Any one will do:
This is love

Complain Complain Complain

You should stop reading right now if you don't want to hear me complain for the duration of this post.  Just a warning.  As you know my goal was to get to my 5 lb loss by this Thursday.  So here is a little preview of how things have gone since last Thursday.  Thursday I recorded everything I ate via myfitnesspal and stayed within my calories.  I had some stomach issues that day and planned to run, but after cutting the grass in the front yard (which is a workout mind you) I didn't make it on the run.  Friday I did great again with calories.  I got home and guess what?!!?  We ate leftovers.  We didn't go out to dinner like we do EVERY SINGLE Friday  night.  It helped us save money and I stayed within my calories again.  I went to the movies by myself that night and did not get popcorn (my favorite).  These are victories for me guys!  Saturday morning Jon and I got up bright and early and went on a run.  We then did our fab ab august workout for the day.  I stayed on point with my calories until that night when I got to have my ONE cheat meal of the week.  We went to Lava Cantina and I had an obnoxious amount of chips and queso.  For my entree I did get veggie enchiladas on corn tortillas so I'm gonna claim it could have been worse.  I also had a margarita...ok it could have been better.  Sunday I ate like a champ again WOOHOO!!  We also had double header softball games at 2 and 3.  Do you know how hot it was?!  It was freakin hot.  I pitched both games which means I pretty much didn't get to stop moving the whole time.  Yesterday I did great again on calories and when I got home Jon and I ran again.  So this morning I decide to sneak on the scale.  I mean, with how well I've been doing all week surely I will see a loss of .5 or something right?!  WRONG!  I gained 2 lbs.

WTF WTF WTF!???!!!  Trust me when I say I almost flipped my shit right there in the middle of the bathroom.  Now, the rational side of me knows that:

1. You are only supposed to weigh yourself once a week.
2. Your weight fluctuates
3. Sometimes your weight can go up a little when you are working out hardcore at first.
4. I ate chicken and salad last night and although that is wonerful the chicken was abundantly seasoned, therefore I probably had a little too much sodium.

The other part of me was ready to throw the fucking scale out of the window, thaw out the top of our wedding cake from March, and have that for breakfast.  Poor Jon had a wife in tears, feeling all hopeless, and it wasn't even 7:30 yet.  Although, I told him there is nothing he could say to make it better.  I was just frustrated.  He did say something that made it better.  He said, "You are doing a great job and you know you have to be consistent for awhile for it to work correctly.  Just keep doing what you are doing and it will happen."  And guess what?  As hard as it is for us to admit it, he is right.  The scale isn't always going to do what you want it to do, even when you are being super diligent.  But what are your options here?  You can not workout and not eat right and be a lard ass.  Or you can work out and eat right and maybe be a lard ass, but probably start to lose a little weight eventually, and feel pretty damn good about yourself.

So I gave him a hug and tearfully gathered my gym clothes and my egg whites for breakfast and left for work, feeling a little better.  I figure I need to drink a ton of water and cleanse some of this sodium out of my body and maybe I will see a better number on Thursday when I am SUPPOSED to weigh myself.  I felt a load better.  Then I got all the way to work and realized I had my gym clothes, but no shoes.  Some days you just can't win :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Random Friday Stuff

Figured some people may want something to read as they finish off their week at their desk! 

Jon and I started awesome abs august last night.  I encourage you to join in if you would like!  Here is the scedule.  It was super easy last night, but then I looked at what I am supposed to be doing by the 31st and about pooped my pants!

I wanted to start running in the mornings before work.  Oh, how I wish this was easier.  I just decided this is what I wanted to do Wednesday so I am not too far in.  I said I wanted to try and get some two a days in so I'm working on making that happen.  I woke up 15 minutes earlier than normal on Thursday and 30 minutes earlier this morning.  I only need about 15-20 more minutes to get there.  I have an early appointment at the service department at the car dealership Monday morning, so I will have to get up early anyway.  I'm hoping for a run Tuesday morning!!

It's Friday and my weekend goal is ONE cheat meal.  I have done AMAZEBALLS today and I'm feeling good.  Going to eat some taco soup tonight for dinner and hopefully have something ridiculously fatty tomorrow night :)

Saw this on pinterest and I dug it.  Thought I would share...

This is so right.  If your "diet" is half-assed you can't complain about the results you are getting.

When I hit my goal weight, which won't take me that long.  I can totes do this in a couple of months!  I am buying some ridiculously straight up and down outfit with sky high heels and I am rocking the shit out of it.  I always say things like, "Oh, I can't wear that because of the way I am shaped."  No more excuses.  That is total bullshit.  I can't wear certain things because of my fatness.  I may not be a skinny chick yet, but I am fortunate enough to be shaped in a way that I have curves where they are supposed to be.  If I lost the weight...and I will, I will be able to rock whatever the hell I want and look amazing in it!


And lastly, before I go, I will leave you with this...

Jonathan Mitchell!!  If you are reading this, I REALLY REALLY NEED a fitbit one.  Love you!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday Weigh In and Tips!

Thursday weigh in day woop woop!!  I am going to start posting my progress every Thursday now.  I did my first weigh in two weeks ago on Thursday 7/18.  I used that as my starting weight.  I didn't do great that week as I wasnt super motivated.  My weigh in on 7/25 yielded a whopping loss of 1 pound!  Hey it was going in the right direction haha.  Today my loss was 2.4 lbs for a total of 3.4 lbs lost!!  I'll take it.  My first goal to meet was to lose 5lbs by next Thursday.  I think I am pretty well on track.  The number to see on the scale next Thursday is a loss of 1.6lbs.  I am going to work my ass off for that 1.6!  Stay tuned for next Thursday...

I also wanted to share some tips that I use to keep my eating habits under control.  I often browse through pinterest and the web looking for good tips to use and I come across things like, "eat smaller portions."  No shit right?  Can this even be called a weight loss tip?  I'm pretty sure that is common sense.  I need tips that help me to achieve that.  Another one I recently saw was, "skip deep fried foods."  Ya think?!  Are you telling me I can't eat deep fried foods and still lose weight?!  My mind has been sufficiently blown.  I did find one good tip on pinterest though:

Just a helpful weight loss tip

So here are some of my tips that I feel actually help me stay on track instead of just stating the obvious.

*I use my fitnesspal.  Therefore, I am counting calories.  At the end of the day after dinner, if I have calories left for a treat I will try and eat that treat right after dinner.  As soon as I have logged all my calories into myfitnesspal and I am OUT of calories for the day I brush my teeth.  Brushing my teeth signifies that nothing else is going in my mouth for the night. 

*For a long time I was in the habit of saying well if I blow it on Monday guess I have to wait until next Monday to start.  Or if I blow it at lunch the rest of the day is ruined.  FALSE.  If you mess up at lunch get right back to it.  It makes a big difference on the scale.

*Sometimes I feel like I am going to legit die if I don't eat.  I am actually just bored or thirsty.  If you get hungry drink some water and distract yourself.  My favorite way to distract myself is to look at the health and fitness section of pinterest or read a weight loss blog.  One of my favorites is Mama Laughlin.  Google her and read from the beginning.  She's been at if for a few years.  She has been through two pregnancies.  She is definitely a good inspiration.

*Bring your workout clothes to work.  Whether I am going straight to the gym or even running at home, I try to change at work before I leave.  When I am being a lazy lard butt and I go home and want to lay on the couch it is a lot harder to not feel like a loser when I have actual workout clothes on.  It is literally half the battle and works about 99% of the time.

* Hey you know that Nike saying, "Just Do It?"  Totally accurate.  Sometimes I am tired after work.  I just don't wanna do shit.  But, I don't think at all.  It's like you have to become a caveman and just give yourself very simple commands.  Put clothes on...get in lady...and then you are at the gym and you don't even remember how you got there or what happened in the last 30 minutes, but you're there so you might as well do something right?!

Total weight loss:  3.4lbs