Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mad Miles March

So I had plans to do some sweet leg workout for the month of March or the popular Mad Abs March. However, I realized this month that I need to do some cardio to actually get to those muscles so I can see change. (I did feel change with the half of Fab Ab February that I did.)

Here's my proposal:

At least 5 days a week,
at least
one extra purposeful mile
to your life.
Walk, bike, swim,...

Some clarification.
If you already walk a lot, good for you.
Add another mile and walk it with purpose.

That's about 2000 extra steps times five.
Or 20 minutes five days a week if you walk with Leslie.
Doable. Very doable.
And good prep for our 30-day shred that will kick our bottoms in April.

Who's with me?

There is a page just for March up on the tabs bar.

Believe in the turtle.

I'm sensing an upward trend. Unfortunately.

Slow and steady wins the race,
Hopefully, not slowly and steadily fatter.
Turn this around!
Take control!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WG Report

Well so far...

No Food After Dinner ... 2
64 ounces of water ... 1
<1500 calories ... 0

HOWEVER, my productivity level is through the roof. Washing, cleaning, taking down a crib, hopefully putting up a crib, crocheting, cooking, etc. 

So win-lose-lose-WIN?
I need to find time for water today. 
Problem is I just want to crochet...
(Love me a good rhyme.)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekly Goals Report

No Food After Dinner ... 6 days
64 ounces of  Water ... 5.5 days
Fab Ab February ... Caught up and quit :)

Not bad.

This week's goals:
  • No food after dinner
  • 64 ounces of water daily
  • Eat less than 1500 calories daily

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fab Ab February Fail

So it turns out crunches and leg raises produce incredible pain in my neck and back. 
Perhaps I'm doing them wrong? 
Anyway, I'm throwing in the towel. It was fun while it lasted. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in

Looks like a gain of almost half a pound. But when I was weighing in at *** and higher all weekend, I'll take it. Next week I hope to be back in the ***s, never to go above again. We'll see.

My weekly goals are going very well. I'm running to the bathroom a lot but feel good drinking all this water. Last night I really wanted to eat some nutter butters after dinner, BUT I DIDN'T! Victory! Keeping my eye on the prize. 
Any suggestions for a good shoe brand?

Feeling good,
Ready to face another week of weight loss.
Are you?!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A recommitment

In 1124 days, I will turn 30. As I say goodbye to my twenties, I want to say goodbye to ever being fat again. At the rate I'm going, that won't happen. 

A new week means a new opportunity to try afresh. What are your weekly goals this week?

Here are my goals for this week. If I'm successful, I get to... Buy new sneakers? (My husband will have to sign off on that. That has already been my birthday request but maybe I get them early?)
  • No eating after dinner. 
  • Drink 64 ounces of water a day.
  • Catch up on Fab Ab February and keep it up. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

That Better Day

After a full day of feeling awful about myself, I sat down to listen to some music. This song has touched me in the past many times, but nothing quite like tonight. It's poignant and true for whatever trial you are facing, whatever sin you are overcoming, whatever life moment you are living. With the permission of my friend who wrote it, here are the lyrics. 

However, you should all check the song out on iTunes.
Buy it. 
It will become a fast favorite.

That Better Day
Bryan Stephenson

Father, I know I'm your son. 
I feel alone, rejected, and done. 
There was a time when I could feel your grace.
It kept me safe and whole while in this place. 
Something has changed. 
I've-I've lost my way. I've messed up. 
What more can I say. 
I want to change, stand up and fight.
 I want to make these things turn out alright.

So on this night, please send your light. 
Shine on me down from above.
Send me the gift of your love.
Show me the way, guiding me just like a dove 
bringing the peace I dream of, 
back to that better day

Father, I'm far from the road. 
Please send some help to carry this load. 
I've tried on my own. I just seem to fail. 
I need your help or I will not prevail. 
Please rescue me.

I wish to go back, 
to never fall, never be off the track. 
I want to change, stand up and fight. 
I want to make these things turn out alright.

So on this night, please send your light. 
Shine on me down from above. 
Send me the gift of your love.
Show me the way, guiding me just like a dove 
bringing the peace I dream of, 
back to that better day

I know you sent your son. 
Brother, please let me in. 
I feel you here. 
It's crystal clear.

Savior, you showed me the way, 
how to live each day after day. 
You served the poor, gave sight unto the blind, 
how could I think that you'd leave me behind. 
You are my Lord. 

You came. 
You suffered for me,
so I could grow, learn what to be. 
You went through pain and death. 
You did not shrink. 
You are my great eternal saving link.
You're at my side.

I feel your light shining on me from above. 
I feel the warmth of your love.
You've shown the way, teaching that you will provide. 
You'll never leave my side. 
This is that better day
This is that better day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Oh, the horror

Feeling fat. Scale says I am. Life goal failed again. How unfortunate. 

But at least I'm moving more. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Checking in

30 minutes walking made all the more fun by the little lady joining me. She set up jumping stations for us to do along the way. I drew the line when she wanted to add crawling to the workout.

50 crunches

50 leg raises?!? Who decided jumping from 30 to 50 was a good idea? Hurt so bad but I did it! 

And a 38 second plank in which the little lady insisted I wear a green beanie. 

She wants to continue to jump. I told her no. She still gave me a gold star. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

I like to move it, move it.

Walk for 30 minutes ... Check
30 crunches ... Check
30 leg raises ... Check 
35s plank ... Check

Now sitting and enjoying some cold water. On my way to 64 ounces.

Not a bad way to start the week. 


I weigh the most I've weighed since having the baby. 

Probably shouldn't have eaten two bags of Peanut Butter M&Ms since Thursday.
My bad.
Lesson learned.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Newest Motto

Recently, I created a backdrop for my phone with the phrase, "Think Skinny." I see it all the time, maybe I'm on my phone too much. Anyway, my point is, it has made a difference in my eating habits and my commitment to exercise and being healthier. 

As a side, I think the word skinny has a bad rap. 
For me it is equivalent to healthy.
Because well, healthy is far more slender then I am now.
I'm not going to ever be skeletonal thin, 
nor would I want to be.
I hope you better understand my use of the word.

All that said, 
I have not lived my motto today.
But boy, were those treats delicious.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in

While this week looks like a gain... I'm okay with it. Last Friday I weighed in at *** so I am more than happy to be at *** today.

I didn't report it because I was so ashamed. In a day, I had blown my life goal to never weigh *** or more. But we are back on track and feeling good. 

Also, the 15 second plank nearly killed me today. Wow, no ab muscles whatsoever. Excited to change that! Go Fab Ab February!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fab Ab February - who's with me?!

We are starting a little late, get caught up by doing the first five days spread out today and tomorrow. Grateful I found this schedule, saw others but didn't like them as much as this one.

I've created a page with the schedule so you won't have to keep track of this post. 

Join me for 
Fabulous Ab February! 

  1. 5 crunches - 5 leg raises - 10s plank
  2. Rest for the Sabbath
  3. 8 crunches - 8 leg raises - 12s plank
  4. 10 crunches - 10 leg raises - 15s plank
  5. Rest
  6. 12 crunches - 12 leg raises- 20s plank
  7. 15 crunches - 15 leg raises - 25s plank
  8. 20 crunches - 20 leg raises - 30s plank
  9. Rest for the Sabbath
  10. 30 crunches - 30 leg raises - 35s plank
  11. 50 crunches - 50 leg raises - 38s plank
  12. 65 crunches - 33 leg raises - 42s plank
  13. Rest
  14. 75 crunches - 40 leg raises - 50s plank
  15. 85 crunches - 42 leg raises - 55s plank
  16. Rest for the Sabbath
  17. 90 crunches - 42 leg raises - 60s plank
  18. Rest
  19. 100 crunches - 45 leg raises - 65s plank
  20. 110 crunches - 48 leg raises - 70s plank
  21. 120 crunches - 50 leg raises - 75s plank
  22. Rest
  23. Rest for the Sabbath
  24. 130 crunches - 52 leg raises - 80s plank
  25. 140 crunches - 55 leg raises- 85s plank
  26. 150 crunches - 58 leg raises - 90s plank
  27. Rest
  28. Rest up for Mad Abs March or maybe a fun leg workout I found.


Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
2 Nephi 2:25

This same chapter in The Book of Mormon, discusses opposition and how there must be opposition in all things. I feel like my last 24 hours has been riddled with opposites, not to mention my life. And I really can't wait to experience what I currently see as the ideal opposite, slender and healthy. 

We are here to be joyful. Somedays that feels like a hard task, especially if you are like me and so good at beating yourself down. No matter what opposite you are experiencing, you need to find the joy in that moment. 

Here's to Adam. We owe him so much. 

Monday, February 3, 2014


I excercised. Have you? 

Weekly Goal Update

I made it 4 out of the last 8 evenings not eating after dinner. This week I hope to make it 5 or more.

In addition, I will be limiting my social media activity. Still need to decide the specifics. I wanted to give up Facebook all together for the month of February, but that won't be happening. Not now anyway. (Potential babysitting gets proposed via Facebook and I don't want to miss a chance for some me time.)