Sunday, September 27, 2015

Back to Where It All Began

I was looking for some motivation and a brilliant thought passed through my your blog. Genius! I went back to where this journey began and started reading. It's motivating and discouraging all at the same time if that's even possible.

I never dreamed I would be back to where I started again. I was so motivated in the beginning and so excited. Then life happened and I just gave up. I am going to be 30 next year and I want to be in a better place. I'm tired of living this way and pretending like I don't care. It's time to change. I'm not getting any younger and I need to be healthy now so that my future self will have a better life.

I've lost the weight before so there's no reason I can't lose it again and this time reach my goal. Let's start this journey from here and not look back.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Max :30 Day 1 & 2

Days 1 and 2 of Insanity Max :30 are complete! I am incredibly out of shape. Day 1 was the Cardio Challenge. Each day when you work out, you log the time that you first had to take a break. Day 1 was pretty sad. I didn't even make it through the warm up. Anyone who has ever done Insanity/Insanity Max knows that the warm up is insane itself. Even though I had to stop so early, I finished the work out and was so happy to have done it. 

Day 2 is Tabata Power. It's not as tiring, but it is a lot harder. It's more muscle work and you can definitely feel it when you get done. I maxed out at 7:08. 

The goal is to get better each time you do the workout. So next time I do the Cardio Challenge I will hopefully max out after 2:45 and after 7:08 for Tabata Power.

Tomorrow's workout is Sweat Intervals. The first time I started this program I stopped after Day 2 so I'm not sure what to expect of tomorrow's workout except for some sweat!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Tomorrow is a new beginning. I've been down for so long. It is time to move on. It is time to make a change. Since last Fall I've not wanted to do anything. I have had no motivation, no inspiration and I'm back to the same place I started. I've allowed myself to continue down this path for far too long.

This is the plan for tomorrow morning -

Insanity Max:30 will be done in the morning before work. I also signed up for a new Dietbet as a little extra motivation. The Fall Runathon is fast approaching and I may be in worse shape than I was this time last year so this should help. I need to start running again so that I will be ready. A combination of Insanity and running should be a winning one. 

Sometimes I feel like a broken record. I get so tired of the back and forth. On the right path, back to the beginning, on the right path and back to the beginning. I want to get on the right path and stay there, to have enough confidence that it can be done. I want to be a success story, not someone who keeps failing. To be successful in every aspect of life, mind, body and soul would be the ultimate goal realized and tomorrow is the beginning of that.

Last night Lucas and I went to see Shinedown. It's always a pleasure and motivating experience. There are some things in life that touch you in a way nothing else can and for me it's music and it comes in all types of music. I've written about it before and my feelings haven't changed. I thank God for music and for the way it reaches me and helps me to overcome my struggles. God creates passion within all of us and He knows what helps us and what we need to hear and that is truly a blessing. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Week 1 Weigh In

The first week of counting Weight Watchers points was successful! 2.8 pounds gone!

I consider it a miracle that this happened. Last weekend we ate so horribly, I really didn't think that I would lose any weight, but I stayed on plan the rest of the week and it paid off. 

It's been hard getting myself to run. I really enjoy it and I feel so much better afterwards, it's just a matter of taking the time to do it. I did run on the treadmill once last week. Once is better than none. And it was the treadmill so I feel like it should count as at least two runs. 

Last Saturday we went to our second Louisville City FC match. I never knew I would like soccer so much, but we've really enjoyed what we have watched so far. The environment at the matches is so much different than any other sport I have watched.

Monday we cooked the frozen ziti that I made in meal prep last week. It was amazing and so easy! This meal will definitely be made again in the future. 

This week I have been a little better when it comes to staying on track. The weekends are always the hardest and I tend to get a little off track. This week we planned what we are eating during the week based off of what is in the freezer. We had ziti yesterday and today. Tomorrow and Thursday we are having the pork chops. Then we are to the weekend again...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Freezer Meals

It's always nice to have a long weekend, but they're always so busy so it doesn't really feel like it's very long. Friday I worked on VBS things with Mom. Saturday morning was spent pulling weeds and cleaning the bathroom. Then we went to my little brother's for his birthday and finally we went to mass for Lucas' Grandfather. Sunday was the calmest day. We went to church and then relaxed a little and I made a freezer meal plan. Monday I made all the freezer meals and then we went to the in-law's for supper.

For the freezer meals I used meals from 2 different blogs that I found via Pinterest:

The total grocery bill for all of this and my weekly lunches/fruit was $155.72. That's insane! I was able to make 11 freezer meals. We will be able to make 20 meals out of it. When choosing recipes I used the Weight Watchers recipe builder to figure out the points and wrote this information as well as cooking information on each package. 

Here's the specific recipes that I used from the blogs I listed above.

Spicy Taco Chicken - Makes 12 Tacos - 4 WW points per taco
   1 c. Salsa
   2 T. Taco sauce
   1 Packet taco seasoning
   1 c. reduced fat shredded cheese
   1 can pinto beans, ground smooth
   4 chicken breasts
  1 /2 c. sour cream
   Taco Shells

   Mix spices, cheese, salsa, taco sauce and beans in a bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Shred chicken. Serve in shells with sour cream.

Alfredo Chicken - Makes 4 Servings - 13 WW points per serving (includes pasta)
   1 jar reduced fat alfredo sauce
   1 T. garlic
   1 c. green beans
   1/2 onion, chopped
   4 chicken breasts
   Whole grain pasta

   Combine sauce, garlic, green beans and onion in bag. Add chicken. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low. Serve over one serving of pasta.

Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops - Makes 4 servings - 4 WW points per serving
   1 c. applesauce
   3 T. cinnamon
   4 pork chops

   Mix applesauce and cinnamon in bag. Add pork chops. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Applesauce Barbecue Chicken - Makes 4 servings - 7 WW points per serving
   4 chicken breasts
   1/2 tsp. ground pepper
   2/3 c. chunky applesauce
   2/3 c. barbecue sauce
   2 T. brown sugar
   1 tsp. chili powder

   Combine all ingredients in bag. When ready to cook, cook in crock pot for 8 hours on low.

Ziti - 8 Servings (4 per pan) - 13 WW points per serving
   1 lb. whole grain ziti
   1 onion
   1 lb. lean ground beef
   2 jars reduced fat spaghetti sauce
   8 slices reduced fat provolone
   6 oz. reduced fat mozzarella shredded
   2 T. Parmesan
   1 1/2 c. sour cream

   Boil pasta, brown beef and onion. Add sauce to meat and simmer. Spray 2 8x8 pans with cooking spray. Layer in each pan: 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce, 4 slices cheese, 1/2 of sour cream, 1/4 ziti, 1/4 sauce and top with cheese. When ready to cook, thaw for 24 hours. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

Manicotti - Makes 8 servings (2 per pan - 4 pans) - 13 WW points per serving
   2 eggs lightly beaten
   3 c. shredded reduced fat mozzarella
   1 c. shredded reduced fat Parmesan
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1/2 tsp. pepper
   16 oz. manicotti shells, uncooked
   12 c. marinara

   Mix cheese, eggs, salt and pepper. Stuff shells with mixture. Spread 1/2 c. marinara in each 8x8 dish. Place 6-7 shells in each an cover with sauce. When ready to cook, bake at 350 for 60 minutes.

Post any links you have to other sites with freezer meals or any you've created on your own!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend & Weight Watchers

Last weekend we took a little escape to Columbus to Rock on the Range. It was the first time we have been and we really enjoyed ourselves. We saw a lot of great bands and some really interesting people. Saturday night our car was towed. It was 11:00 on a Saturday night. We were 3 and a half hours away from home and didn't know what we were going to do. Fortunately after a little panicking we found out that they just towed it to another parking lot so after a little wondering around we located our car and were on our way back to the hotel. 

I've been watching some videos on the Humana Vitality site and something caught my eye. It said that with some Humana plans you may be eligible for 6 months of Weight Watchers for free. Free?!?! So I clicked the link and it turns out that I am eligible. I went on my lunch break today and weighed in so now I have a new official starting weight. 

It feels good to be starting with a clean slate. I need to get a handle on life again and push forward to make progress and have a healthier, happier life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Little Motivation

Decided to redesign the blog this weekend. Hope you like the new look! This weekend was full of relaxation which I felt was desperately needed. It's so nice to not be taking classes right now. We went to a Derby party Saturday and then stayed to watch the big fight. It was nice to hang out and enjoy time with family. 

Sunday I had every intention of taking a nap in between church in the AM and church in the PM, but my body just would not cooperate. I ended up watching my latest addiction...

It has been my favorite show recently and lucky me, Hulu has lots of seasons to watch. 

Yesterday I finished Day 2 of Couch to 5k. It's mainly walking in the beginning. The first week is a 5 minute walking warm up, followed by alternating jogging for 1 minute and 1 1/2 minutes of walking until there's only 5 minutes left to cool down which is also a walk. The total workout is 30 minutes. I went almost 2 miles in the 30 minutes. 

As a little extra motivation I just signed up for the Fall Runathon. I ran it last fall and enjoyed the first two races, the last one was a challenge though! It is a 5K, 10K and a half marathon. It's not until September and October so I have plenty of time to train. I knew if I paid for it now I would have to run it which should motivate me to run consistently. I want to finish a half marathon and not feel like I'm about to die. Surely, I can accomplish that. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Starting Over

I've dreaded writing this post for the past 6 months. I thought if I didn't write about it long enough that I would bounce back and not have to write about it, but here we are 6 months later. I'm back to where I started in 2012 when I began writing this blog. I'm not back to the 230 that I was at during one point in my life, but I am back up to 214. 214?!?!?!?!?!?! How does this happen? I would like to say that it's not my fault, that I didn't know it was happening, but that would be a lie. I put my physical health on the back burner. I've made everything else in my life a priority except for my health. It's time to get back on the boat and to change for once and for all.

Here's the plan.....

I restarted Couch to 5K today. This program has you run 3 times a week. I am going to sign up for the Fall Runathon and get back into running. It's a great stress relief and it helped me lose weight in the past. On the off days I am going to do some other form of exercise such as the kettle bell or Insanity.

Instead of only focusing on calories, I am going to focus on Protein, Fat and Carbs. I am going to track this via My Fitness Pal.

It feels good to have a plan and to be on the right track again with a new determination.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


It seems that I am always making plans. There are plans to get healthy, plans to eat right, plans to exercise, plans to organize, etc. How many plans do I make that I never follow through with? How many plans do I make and then never even begin to follow them. I set myself up for failure all the time.

There is a plan for this week, well at least the first part of this week. There's an exercise plan and an eating plan. I am not going to fail... This week will be one of success.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Part 1

These past few months have been full of unexpected twists and turns. I often find myself asking "Why?" Why did my Grandma's health go so bad so quick? Why did Lucas' Grandpa pass away so suddenly? Why did Ms. Anita go through such a horrible thing and pass away? Why is Tom going through so much and is fighting so hard and is still not getting the results that everyone is hoping and praying for? Why did Bro. Hill pass away so young and so completely unexpectedly?

All of these events have caused me to take a look at my life. The unexpected is always a possibility. There are no guarantees for tomorrow. There are no guarantees for good health. There are no guarantees in life. So is what I am doing now enough? Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? Am I doing what I am called to do?

To be continued...