Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Simplifying Your Success

I frequently get asked "how to you do it all"..... I am assuming what they want to know is how I juggle all aspects of my life... and to be honest sometimes I have no clue! hah! Periods of time pass where I feel like all of the days run together!! School has started back and another summer has come to a close. In the past I always hated having a new id picture made...but these days...new picture, yes please! I do not think I ever thought I would look younger as I aged! There are so many things to be thankful for! My health being one of them.

I always miss being able to be out in the sun by the pool however I desperately need structure! This post is geared to several things that have made my life easier while keeping me motivated! Back to school means back to meal prepping!!! This is my number one key to success. It is so much easier to go about your day without having to worry about what your going to eat. This week I made a Zucchini Lasagna (Thanks SkinnyMeg!!). It consist of Zucchini (instead of noodles), ground turkey, maranara, cheeses, and seasoning. It is so good and is perfect to prep for the week. I divided it up into six servings at 275kcal 19C/9F/29.5P.
I always prep my breakfast, lunches, and snacks for each day. The night before I log all of it in myfitness pal. That way the next day I know exactly what I am working with. Dinner is usually a little tricky. I try to just play with my numbers to make sure I am within my +5/-5 macro window. I always aim to reach my protein goal first. I continually remind myself: you can not outwork a bad diet!

Secondly, exercise is key to me. I don't look at it as a form of punishment. I actually really enjoy it! I have several half-marathons coming up so I am building my mileage up and this time I am not letting my weight lifting go! I set aside time 6 days a week for my workouts. The times may vary (which I am not a fan of)... however I always make sure I get them done. On my rest day I make sure I am still active! After re-evaluating my macro numbers and workouts I had a loss last week which was so refreshing! Sometimes you just need to reset your metabolism! 
My next piece of advice is to breath! Take time to enjoy the small things. The time is going to pass anyways. It is so important to make it worthwhile! 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

My Weight Loss Story, YEAR TWO!

It's hard to believe that my blog came to life over a year ago. I remember at the time I was so nervous to post anything about my journey for fear of being judged and what others would think. I honestly feel like I am so hesitant to post things sometimes because I don't know what others will think...hard to believe I know, it's like how much info do you really share? This past year has been an absolute whirlwind! I have tried things I never thought my body would have been capable of and to date I have lost around 152lbs since starting my weight loss journey in June of 2015. It's crazy for me to think that I have lost a whole person...I am almost to half of my starting body weight. I get asked all the time...how did you do it? What did you take? What did you have done? I can 100% tell you that all of it has come from hard work and dedication and that is something that I take pride in. I haven't used any fancy products shakes, or pills to achieve the weight that I currently am at. My advice to anyone would be monitor your food intake and simply move more. Because...we all know that couch or chair (in my case) isn't going to get you where you want to be. I thought it would be nice to take a blast back to the "chair" picture which is what triggered it all.

I am currently still counting macros and logging all of my foot in my fitness pal. I still struggle and I feel like I always will with wanting food that I do not need. I guess I would say I am more impulsive with it than anything else. However over time it does get easier. I am currently eating 1535 kcal a day still seeing a loss. It is so hard for me sometimes because the weight obviously is coming off a lot slower and ideally I really want to loose another 50lbs which would put me at 200lbs lost. This is an attainable goal however it will just take some time. I do hope to reach this goal within the next year..so by June 2018 pretty much. Aside from all of the weight loss I am still very thankful for...it is still easy for me to be critical about myself! I have extra skin and stretch marks like most everyone who has gained and lost a lot of weight. Skin removal surgery is something I will consider once I reach my goal weight. For now I am just blessed that I am able to do things I haven't done years. I feel free! I am free to live my life without restrictions and I can honestly say I have never been happier. I can jump with my little one, chase after him, and have him talk to me about wondering when he will be big enough to run with me! Setting an example for him has been the best thing that I could have given him!

This year I have also found a passion for running. It is a love/hate relationship but to me it is oh so rewarding lol. This year I have ran 5 half-marathons and I honestly have lost track of how many 5ks. I PR'd (personal record) my 5k time and have finally broken my 10 minute mile on several occasions. I have dropped my mileage some this summer because I just needed a break however I am stilling lifting and working out 6 days a week in the gym.
I do have to say that the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon has been my most favorite so far. The community support, course, all of it was fantastic! The next one I am signed up for is the Route 66 , I Half in November, I will have to start building my miles back up within the next month or so!

2016 went by with a flash and I can not wait to see what happens over the course of the next year, no matter the outcome...I have to remember my "whys". 
Why I started, Why am I doing this, Why is this important to me. 

My number one reason is: Because I'm Worth It!

It is ok to love yourself, and in turn take care of yourself. You are worth so much more!

You are worth it!









Friday, April 7, 2017

Face to Face Friday Y'all

Sometimes it just important to reflect on where you started...no matter the journey. It does not matter the catalyst that starts the reaction but please if your on the fence JUST DO IT! Start! Make small changes! For years I followed all of these awesome people on fitness journeys, healthy life style bloggers, you name it. By years I mean at least 4! You would think after following some of them that long I would actually jump on that bandwagon...yea no...I just observed...thinking I wish I could do this, there is no way, it is too hard, I have no one to watch my child, I am too tired...and the list goes on and on..ya feel me? Finally it took me being fed up with feeling like crap day in and day out. Sometimes I fell like I had to hit rock bottom to redeem myself, and by rock bottom...I mean bottom of the barrel. This little gem below is not even me at my heavest....but you know...you have to start somewhere?!?!?!

I am constantly creating new goals for myself in order to keep me motivated...I feel like that is one way to keep me in check and allows me to be able to accomplish my goals. About a year ago I ran my first 5k. I trained for 4 weeks and did not do anything the way I should have. The first time I had ran on the asphalt was race day. Needless to say now I can not stand the treadmill! It could be freezing or pouring rain and I would still rather run outside. I quickly found that running to me was an emotional task and one that I was eager to get better at. Almost all of my training has taken place with some of the best ladies around and that I am forever thankful for. I can't wait to see where another year of this journey takes me and how many miles I run.

The weather has been awesome lately and its race season! I am still obsessing over macros and thought this meme was accurate. Sometimes counting macros has me feeling like a mad scientist!



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weekend Recap!

  Weekends always seem to go by entirely too fast! This weekend felt just the same. First thing Saturday morning I had a 5k to run that was rescheduled due to bad weather. This is the first 5k I had ran since October. My time improved tremendously and I set a new PR...33:10..oddly enough I knew that I could have pushed myself harder...Nonetheless I placed 1st in my age group...so holla! Its nice to see hard work paying off..even if its when you least expect it.

After the race we went out of town to take Little B to see Paw Patrol Live, it was such a cute show and it is always nice to travel to the land of Starbucks and good shopping. We had pretty good seats and it was an awesome facility.  The story line was adorable and B loved it.
 In the past I would have gorged on every meal I thought I needed, then after starting a healthy lifestyle I probably would have panicked at fear of gaining weight...well fast forward a year and I am happily living my life and making healthy choices that I know will help me accomplish my goals. First up is my favorite macro friendly Starbucks drink: Iced Americano with soy and a sugar free syrup (cinnamon dulce).  My other go to favorite meal when we are away is a fuji apple chicken salad from Panera. I always ask for the dressing on the side, tons of great flavor. I pair it with that acai berry green tea (unsweet). Now don't get me wrong...I ate an amazing Red Robin hamburger for dinner Saturday night...but it was accounted for with my training throughout the week.

 After getting home late from being out of town I knew I had to do a little bit of meal prep to make it through the next couple of days.. especially breakfast. Which enters Lil Buff Bakery protein cake mixes! They are amazing, easy, and help me reach my daily macros like a champ. I made these into blueberry muffins and will be eating a serving for breakfast each day! Warm them up for a few seconds and money!



Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Fav's

Here are some of the things that I'm currently obsessed with some fitness related and others aren't, but I love them so much I thought I would share!
First off....The Polished Loft...obsessed! It's a local boutique that I love: stylish and affordable. This cardigan is the perfect transition piece to spring and is paired with a Ruby's Rubbish t-shirt. The fit and fabric of this tee is perfection! Both of these pieces are purchased from there. The owner is absolutely precious! You can also order online via her facebook group for any of you that are not local.
My underarmour gym bag is always riding shot gun! I love all the room. It even has a wet compartment so I can keep all of my other goodies dry (like my beloved lifting binder and gloves). It does not hurt that they have tons of funky patterns and colors. 


They were giving out dill pickle flavored cashews at the Route 66 half...I ate a package and I was hooked! So yummy, and I love the flavor. Of course cashews are a little high in fat but thanks to macros, I can totally make this little snack fit. I found these at target and I stocked up!



Advocare Spark is always a must have for me, I do not use it every day...but some days I just find myself dragging ya know? This little pick me up will do the trick every time. Pictured is the lime-aid flavor and its not my favorite but I am definitely not letting it go to waste. 

Light Hot Chocolate oh how I love you!!! Seriously curbs my sweet tooth and for those that know me well know that I have one! I may/may not have been drinking a cup of it every night for well over a week,lol! I bought these on amazon :).

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Good Life


Over the past couple of weeks I have been asked several times what has happened with my blog, I guess all I can say is life has happened...leading me to wonder if I was still completely sure if I wanted to share so much of my journey with you guys. You see with sharing things comes judgement, something that I like to stay away from because everyone's story is different, it will not unfold the same...so why harp on it? I am ok with constructive criticism however I am not ok with people doubting the progress or hard work that I put in. I promised I would be 100% real, and I have been. I mean jeez...I've said on several occasions that I have cried over CHEESE! So I will leave it with this, if you ask me a question about my lifestyle or progress the answer I give you will be the truth. 

Since deciding to do my first half marathon back in September I feel like I was so zoned in on that goal I let some other things slide. All I thought about were miles, miles, and more miles. I let go of some heavy weight lifting and went with cross training and building my mileage. I ran the Route 66 Half in Tulsa, OK in November. It was probably one of the hardest, most life changing things I have ever done for myself. Not to mention I had ran the distance before, but this was a whole different level of running to me. First off...the hills...OMG! Killer! Then I didn't factor in the weather, it was COLD. I had been running in tank tops and crops. I also worked myself up over following different pace groups. I did not finish in the time that I hoped, but thats ok...this was my first and definitely not my last.
I have the best group of friends and we all made it a goal to train together. We had the best weekend, spending time with our husbands and each other. These women....are everything. I have never been around so many ladies that would rather lift you up than tear you down. They are my lifeline, and sanity outside of my family. My tribe honestly is the best. Running across that finish line holding Tara's hand felt like I had a new lease on life. She has pushed me, molded me, and showed to me that I could love myself again...no matter at what weight or fitness level. She was/is just what I need...a little bit of strict with a whole lot of care and the fact that she listened to me sob at mile 10 means a lot, not because I was tired, or hurt, but because I was doing something I never dreamed imaginable for myself.

Since running my first half I have committed to running 3 more half-marathons in February and March. I am still wondering..do I have a full in me? I hope to complete that in April...we shall see :). 
I am really excited about the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Dallas, TX. I heard that it was an awesome one to run in..so here goes nothing.


I am still loving counting macros, over the holidays I only lost a few pounds and I ate what I wanted to within reason. It was nice to have a little bit of a mental break from weighing and tracking everything, but I am back to weighing and tracking. I need structure and I am down to the nitty gritty. I can not wait to get to where I can maintain and focus more on body fat percentage and physique. On one of my macro groups the ladies have been raving about this high protein, low carb,low fat angel food cake...and it was bomb! Super filling too...It was a nice little treat to curb my sweet tooth.


So here it is, 2017 and I am going to make it the best year yet. Its time to get stronger, and faster. With a new year comes a new set of goals...and pushing out of comfort zones. Bring it on!



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Race, New PR

 So much has been going on since the last time I posted, I keep telling myself that I will start posting weekly but man..days and weeks seem to fly by. One thing I am so thankful for is that it is finally FALL and the weather is finally cooling off. This means perfect running weather! I have been taking advantage of this every chance I can get. This past weekend was super busy as they all are. I ran in a 5k on Saturday, the race was new to me and the route was beautiful with hardly any incline....which means a perfect time to set a new PR. I try not to check my watch when I am running in a race because I tend to get a little crazy and want to run as fast as I can then I get tired...I'm slowly making progress and learning how to listen to my body. I'm so pumped that I came in 3rd in my age division. The picture below is the first 5k I ran on the left (April) and the one I ran in Saturday on the right! Probably about a 35lb difference which I credit to weightlifting and macros. I was wearing an XXL and now am comfortably wearing a L. Its always nice to be able to wear smaller clothes however sometimes its more motivating to take measurements instead..especially if you do not see the scale moving. In other news...I am all about holidays with Halloween and pumpkin spice season being no exception. I mean...can we talk about this Halloween tank from target!
Dogwood Days 5k/W.C. Lumberjack 5k
One of my goals has always been to be a better runner, and in order to do this I need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone; meaning running faster, and running longer distances. I am so lucky to have such a good group of friends that helps keep me motivated and always wanting to do more! About a month ago I decided I wanted to sign up for my first half marathon. I always said I was going to do one but when it came to committing my time and my money I was so nervous. So now we have an awesome training calendar thanks to Tara and I officially took the plunge and am running in the Route 66 Half in November. All of this added running means I need new gear for the fall/winter weather. In addition to keeping myself safe I also need to make sure I am warm enough. With the time changing I need things that are reflective since a lot of time when I/we run it is dark outside.
It is really important to keep up with your mileage on your running shoes. I thought my old faithfuls could get me through another race until I figured out I had ran over 350 miles in them..yea..they need to be replaced. I will forever and always talk about how I love Saucony and how they feel like your running on air. I always get excited over what color I am going to choose..and the winner is....
The rest of my weekend consisted of grocery shopping, meal prep, and cleaning. We are still loving our home chef subscription at my house however we still need some staples and things for lunch. If any of you are interested in Home Chef feel free to contact me and I have a code for $30 off your first order...which is a pretty sweet deal and they have amazing customer service. Not to mention the meals are tasty.
 For my lunches this week I found a macro friendly soup recipe on Pinterest. Something about cooler weather just makes me want soup. The macros on this serving are stellar coming in at 3f/10c/31p for a 2 cup serving. I pair it with some cheese or deli meat and omg! I keep telling myself its as good as chicken and dumplings lol.
 recipe

October is in full force and here are a few goals:
  •  Increase mileage without slowing pace
  • 1 1/2 gallons of water daily
  • Workout 6 out of 7 days a week
  • 10 lbs