• Get Active, Get Fit, Get Healthy

    The first month of the new year is almost over. The majority of us have made resolutions or goals to either lose weight, fit fitter, or maybe, like myself, both. How are you doing with that? Have you already forgotten what it is you wanted to do? Maybe you’ve even gone as far to saying that next year you’ll lose that weight. Remember it doesn’t have to be a special time to start fresh.

    Get Healthy - One Step at a Time

    Last year I saw that I can lose that weight and know just how great I can feel. But over the summer we got bad news and I fell back into the bad habit of eating crap. Which led to not wanting to workout.

    Now I’m getting back on track, and want you to join me.
    I’m eating healthy, cut down on the extra snacking and junk food. My freezer is full of healthy, vegetable filled meals ready to throw in the slow cooker, guaranteed to help keep me on track.
    So let’s dust off the treadmill and sneakers, and break out your weights. Find some workouts that speak to you, both in your ability and availability. You don’t want to start an advanced workout if you haven’t worked out for awhile. Similarity in that you don’t want to start an hour long workout if there is a chance your little one is going to wake up early and interrupt you, nothing annoyed me more than having a workout interrupted.
    My favorite workouts as a mom of three young ones are those on fitsugar.com The workouts range from 5 minutes to an hour plus.
    And by the way, thank you all for having me here! I hope that we can get and stay healthy together.
    Thank you Ashley for your awesome tips on how to get active, get fit and get healthy! Looking forward to what you have to say next time!   Don’t forget that you can follow Ashley over at Forgetful Mama!
  • What I learned from running 13.1 miles

    Last Spring when I decided that I was going to do a half marathon I had a plan. I planned to run several days a week, I planned to do HIIT workouts a couple days a week and have a nice day of rest each week. I had told my parents that I was going to do it and my mom was so proud of me. The morning she went into her surgery she was bragging to my aunts that her daughter was going to do a half marathon!
     
    And then my mom died and I actually spent most of my Summer sitting on the couch rather than training. I didn’t eat the greatest. I did very few HIIT workouts and I ran about 2-3 times per month. Since doing Bloomsday in May (which is 7.46 miles) my furthest run was 2.7 miles.
     
    I went from having a goal of doing it in 2 hours, to having a goal of crossing the finish line before they closed the course! I even thought about not doing it at all. I kept thinking about how many people would finish in front of me, about the people that would do better.
     
                       
     
    But then something changed inside of me. I reminded myself why I wanted to do this: Because it scared me and I wanted the challenge. I reminded myself about how proud my mom was that I was doing this. About how she would have been waiting for me at the finish line to cheer me on. I reminded myself that it doesn’t matter if I am the last person to cross the finish line but that I finish. That I take on this challenge and see it to the end. That I am my biggest competition.
     

    The first few miles were actually okay. I did have a couple of “what was I thinking?” moments along the way and I walked more than I planned. But I ran, I jogged, I walked my way through 13.1 miles.

    As I was somewhere between the 11-12 mile mark I was hurting. I was walking so slow that I think I saw a turtle pass me. I couldn’t wait to get to the finish line and see my husband, who had already finished. I couldn’t wait to get water and eat something {anything}. I couldn’t wait to sit down. And I couldn’t help but think, “I’ll never do this again”. 

    But somehow I mustered up the courage to start running again, which was actually easier than the terribly slow walking I was doing previously. I ran that last 1.1 mile to get across that finish line, to get my medal, see my husband and drink a glass of water!

    We sat down in the grass to talk about our accomplishment and I snapped a quick picture of us with our medals. Feeling so proud. I’m so glad I did it. And while I didn’t let myself think about it for 48 hours, I’m looking forward to next year!

  • Weigh in Wednesday

    Things haven’t gone quite like I’ve wanted this winter, but it really could have been so much worse.

    My current weight is177-which is pretty much the same as the last time I updated.

    Even though we didn’t have tons of snow around, we had a lot of bitter cold and I just wasn’t going to pack the kids outside. And I just ate too much and didn’t always make the healthy choice! Sometimes I feel like my old eating habits are trying to sneak their way back in but I’m not going to let them stay around! I’ve kept up with doing the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge (most of the time) and I know that has helped. The last several weeks I might not do her exact routine but I do something, whether it is being out running/walking, or doing sets of push ups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks and planks.

    Every year in Spokane, Washington where I live, there is Bloomsday. It is a 12k race that our family participates in as often as possible. Typically each year I walk because I am pushing a stroll or have been pregnant but this year we are doing it without the 2 littlest and I plan to jog at least HALF of it!

    So I’ve been using the RunKeeper app on my new phone to log my miles and make goals, and feels good to be outside running again!

    Plus at Zachary’s school they do a training clinic each Monday and Wednesday so I push the littles in the stroller and Zach walks, so we are going to be ready for this race!

    So what do you do to keep your portions down and what keeps you motivated?

    P.S. I’d love it if you’d hop on over HERE and enter this giveaway! The odds are looking good for you!
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  • Weigh in Wednesday

    It’s been almost a month since I’ve checked in, so here I am.

    I’m still going, but some days are slower than others. I hit a plateau and boy are those things discouraging, but I’m still going. And some days the thought of running in the cold morning is super discouraging, but I’m really trying to get out there, kids bundled up and all!

    I’ve lost 4 more pounds and that brings me to 28 pounds. I’m down another half inch at my bust and waist and my hips are the same. And with the gall bladder issues I’ve been having, eating a lot of fat just isn’t happening, though those foods are still around some, and hard to avoid, but I’m trying to just not eat a lot and keeping the fruits and veggies and good snacks around.

    As far as clothing goes, I’m basically living in leggings. None of my size 18 pants- that were tight at the time- fit anymore. Of course that’s a good thing! I recently pulled out a tote of old clothes that I saved and haven’t worn in years. Like, none of the clothes in the box have been worn since before my husband and I were even dating, almost 7 years ago! But I pulled out a pair of pants a while back, so I had one pair of jeans. And this past weekend I was able to pull out two more pairs, both of which are size 13/14 and fit great!  I still have no desire to buy new jeans, knowing I still have 34 pounds to go, so the old jeans and leggings will have to continue to work!

    So here was my progress before:

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    And here I am now- Basically 120 days out:

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    I guess I never expected to lose the weight quickly, so I’m just glad that it’s still coming off, plateau and all. I just have to push through and make myself continue to exercise and eat good. Once I get on my run, or start doing my exercises as home I am fine, but it’s that getting going that is always hard!

    As always, check out Weigh in Wednesday to see where I started.

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