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I woke up this morning and saw this quote. Wow…how powerful! Take a moment and re-read this!

Why do we get so consumed with what others are doing?  Who cares. We are given one life and one body to live and take care of. If you’re not happy then change it. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I’ve been complaining for years about my weight but I didn’t know where to start or what to do! I guess I was never motivated enough to make a drastic change. I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m blessed to have had this come into my life.I’m beyond thankful to the University Dermatology Center of Muncie for sponsoring me to get fit, to get healthy, to change my life at The Onion Factory in Anderson. Some days are easier than others but this quote is so amazing because YOU are the only person that is in control of your happiness. If you’re not happy change it. YOU deserve to be happy and lead a wonderful life.  It make take awhile for you to get to that point…I’m still on my journey and have a very long road ahead of me but I refuse to give up or give in to my old ways.

Monday night was ABs night

I was a hot mess doing all of the ab workouts. I think the worst was the above picture. That is called Superman and Bananas and it’s very difficult. However no pain no gain right?! I love to hate the burning feeling and sweat dripping from my body…it intense but I know I’m getting something out of it. Tuesday I was fine but by 4am last night I woke up with intense pain in my abs..I giggled and went back to sleep because I realize it’s from working out so hard. Lisa, my personal trainer, sure knows how to push us to our limits. 3 sets of crunches and ab rollers etc. Today I’m having a hard time walking because the back of my thighs hurt and my abs are still in pain but I kinda love… it makes me realize I need to do my ab workouts EVERYDAY because I’m really out of shape. Do yourself a favor and try to do the above picture for 1 minute. Let me know if you could =) Oh and I was also ecstatic the last two days I’ve burned 451 calories and went just a bit over 2 miles in 30 min on the beast (aka elliptical). I’m excited to lift weights tonight and do my leg workouts…it’ll be interesting to see if I can move tomorrow. ;)

All this hard work is paying off. I can’t see any changes in myself but I get complimented alot. I do notice that I am stronger…yay lifting. So we are in week 8 and the last week of camp AHHHHHHHH but I have some exciting news.If you know me well you know I have a shopping problem…it’s been going on since I can remember. I love fashion, I love clothes, and I refuse to get rid of most things. I’m the girl that has clothes in her closet with the tags still on, I have clothes in all different sizes…you get the picture. It’s a problem but finally a good thing comes of it. Some peeps in my life mentioned that my pants are baggy and I noticed it too once they said something. So today I got in the back of my closet …where the smaller sizes live and thought this can go two ways I’m either going to be estatic or I’m going to be upset. I found a pair of jeans that are one size smaller than what I have been wearing and friends I can fit into them! I didn’t even have to lay down to get them button I just slid those suckers on…I think they are a little tight but I texted a pic to my friend who said they look great so away I went. I’m glad that it went this way because if not I would have probably been in tears.  You don’t understand how happy this made me. A year ago these suckers didn’t even go up over my thighs so the fact that I can put them on with no problem was really exciting to me! YAY! =) My bestie and parents always give me a hard time about my clothes obsession but now I can laugh in their face! ;) It’s a long road and I’m far from my goal but little by little I’m getting there.

Get up and move friends…it’s not easy. It’s a challenge both mentally and physically but if I CAN DO IT you definitely can.

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Dear Future Boyfriend,

Relationships aren’t easy…they take hard work, dedication, trust, and above all else love.I believe that love is worth fighting for and I’ll fight for you and I with all my being. We are going to have amazing times where we can’t stop laughing, staying up all night talking, and those special magical moments we will want to freeze in time. There will also be rough patches. I hope in those moments we can stop, listen, and understand one another instead of reacting in a negative way.  I’ll be Unreasonable at times, I’m quick to react and slow to think things through… I know in those moments you’ll give me a sly grin and shake it off…but if you know me well you’ll know that a hug goes a long way and together we can embrace and talk the silliest things out. I hope when the roles are reversed I can be as calm as you and find the humor. I will challenge you every step of the way…and I hope you’ll do the same for me. I want to bring out the best in you and hope that you bring out the best in me. I know our relationship can be great….you just have to deal with me, which is no easy task. Honestly if you can deal with my insecurities, my  flaws, and my public life baby boy I will be yours forever.

I’m really easy to have fun with, I’m just as happy going out as I am staying in, and if you call me beautiful and kiss my forehead I’ll melt in your arms! I love love…I love making others happy so I will constantly find ways to spoil you or make you smile from ear to ear. I’ll go above and beyond to make you feel like a prince as I hope you’ll treat my like a princess.  If you prove yourself to me I’ll give you anything I can, my love works that way. I love to hate surprises…so when you plan a surpirse I’ll be a brat and complain but secretly love it and wonder what you have up your sleeve. I’ll do anything and everything for you that I can. Prove to me that I’m the only one for you and I will give you the world. But you have to deal with me to, because like any girl I’m not perfect

I’m high maintenance, I’m goofy, dramatic, moody, and  I give people way to many chances and this will also get frustrating…you’ll be upset I keep getting hurt by people and giving them chances but I always want to see the best in others. I do not plan…I fly by the seat of my pants, I’m always running late or forgetting something and I change my mind, and most times can’t make up my mind…these things will be frustrating. If you can just go with the flow and enjoy the ride with me I know we’ll have a blast. 

I can also be a big baby, I tend to whine alot, and I can be a pain in the ass. I rather do things myself than wait for them to be done. I am also extremely honest to the ones I love. I can be harsh and even rude at times, but I’ll always tell you the truth. I will give it to you straight and although I will try to be careful with your feelings, I won’t ever lie to you. I also hate conflict so as I will be careful with your feelings be extra gently to mine because I wear my heart on my sleeve.

Nights with my friends are important to me and something I won’t sacrifice. I will want you to have guys nights or time with your friends…I promise I’ll never get mad at you for this.  I know that having your girlfriend hang around all these guys will make you insecure but you have nothing to worry about. I have more guy friends than girl friends only because girls are caddy, dramatic, and not worth the stress. I know down the road you’ll thank me for explaining this ;) I also need alone time, its how I distress. I need you to be ok with the fact that I won’t want to go out every night or see you 24/7. I need my time to relax and you need your time to do what you like to do.

When we do go out be ready for a good time. I’m not scared to have fun and meet new people.  I’ll be the life of the party and will probably push you out of your comfort zone…as I hope you do for me.  I will get recognized and instead of it making you uncomfortable or jealous (yes that’s happened before) I hope you’ll be proud. I’ll make an idiot out of myself…I’ll do the cupid shuffle or the latest dance craze and I will sing Karaoke.  I know what it feels like to sit in the corner and shy away from the spotlight but I’m sorry I won’t do that again. We can have fun and you can be the life of the party with me.

Another thing that is important to me is that I am a lady and you’ll need to treat me as such. I will not tolerate abuse, or cheating. I believe in commitment and loyalty in a relationship. I will expect you to open doors for me, and remain faithful. I’ll be honest,  I’m a bit of a prude I’m not your typical girl in 2014!  I think it’s important to be able to have an intellectual conversation with someone. I respect intelligence and personality and believe that you should like me for more than just my looks.

I know this seems like alot but I promise that I won’t be too hard on you. I love love and am patient, kind, giving and understanding…as long as you are willing to do the same for me we’ll be unstoppable. I’ll give you my whole heart if you are ready to give away yours. I will give you all the love you need and want. I will give you the world. All I ask is that you handle me with caution because I’m so sensitive and that you handle my heart very carefully because it’s been broken so many times before. Oh and don’t be to hard on Bella Boo…she means well. ;) Together we will be amazing <3 I can’t wait until the day we find each other.

Sincerely,

Waiting on Prince Charming.

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Times have changed! I spent my Friday night at the gym. I worked a long day and headed straight to the gym to get in my lifting, leg workouts, and 30 min of cardio. I was also really pumped  to not be working out alone. Recently a young lady joined The Onion Factory because of reading my blog! So we decided to workout together on the beast (elliptical) and let me tell you it went by so fast. I LOVE working out with someone!!! That was the fastest 30 min on the beast and it was just amazing to feel like you’re not alone in the fight.

Saturday was our Spring Expo for NASH FM 102.5. I met so many fans that came up to tell me that I’ve inspired them to get healthy or they are following my journey and are proud of me. That means the world because it’s not easy to completely change your life and to continue doing it day in and day out.  Which brings me to support. My co-workers have been supportive of me and my lifestyle change, the fans have even inspired me, my friends are there to keep me motivated or hear my complain, and my family is just amazing and go above and beyond to accommodate.

Yesterday was Easter and I LOVE chocolate and candy. In 29 years this was the first year I did not receive an Easter basket ( yes my parents still do that) they got my siblings candy but I got new flip flops…and I LOVE flip flops. How sweet though? My Grandma always fixes Easter Lunch and she knew I was sad I couldn’t have her rolls or deviled eggs so what does Grandma do!? She leaves me just some plain egg whites and she made a veggie tray too. It’s the little things that make you realize you couldn’t be doing what you’re doing with out the support of those in your life.

Today kicks off Week 8 and the last week of our boot camp at The Onion Factory. I can’t believe the camp is coming to an end….can we just continue it!?! ;)

Get up and move! If I can do it you can! <3

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Hey friends! Wow time is flying by. Well last week was a tough week and I was nervous to weigh in yesterday but happy to report I lost fat percentage and another 7lbs. I lost an inch here and there but nothing dramatic…I need to continue making sure I’m getting enough protein and that should help. My trainer is not disappointed I’m on a great track to lose 100 lbs in 9 months but she wished I was healthier (Don’t we all) getting sick twice put a hinder on my results. Thanks Indiana weather…these dramatic changes in temps has caused my sinuses to go crazy.

I’m down 21 pounds since I started the Camp at The Onion Factory in Anderson. WOAH!  Me and a group member in our first meeting said we were both going for the most weight loss in 8 weeks. Yesterday we found out that we are both down 21 pounds so the challenge is on for this last week and half to go even harder. I still don’t see the changes but others are noticing that my face is thinner. I can feel a difference I have more energy and not tired all the time. Also my clothes are fitting a little loser.

Yesterday was also my one-on-one workout with my trainer. I was pleased to know that a group member was joining me. It’s so much more fun if you’re not doing it alone. My partner was having a tough time with push-ups and I had to do extra but it’s only making me stronger and I also messed up to which made her have to do extra. We were a hot mess I’m sure but I will always choose working out with someone than alone. I’m also very energetic at the gym…ok ok I’m energetic everywhere but doing weights is not fun..it hurts, it burns, and you have to push yourself and I’m obnoxious at times. My trainer of course was pushing us to the extremes with weights, push-ups, and crunches….but we did it!!!! I was also estatic that she pushed me to go farther with my weights. I did 15 pound bicep curls! Holey moley that’s awesome! The weights we use at The Onion Factory in Anderson are 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15 pounds. And you may be thinking oh that’s not much I could do that….but could you? We do 2 sets of 15 and by the second time around it burns even more. I’m getting stronger and that’s all that matters to me! GET UP AND MOVE! If I can do it…so can you <3

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day and April is Stress Awareness Month. So let’s talk stress. First off Stress is normal and a part of everyday life. Stress can motivate us in many ways for example it pushes me to go that extra 10 min during my workout, or do a super speed house cleaning, or  to be better at my job.  However, if you don’t handle your stress it can have some long term effects both mentally and physically. More than half of us fight with the ones we are closest to because of stress, and more than 70% of Americans say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from it. Wow more than 70%!?!? So we all experience stress…but what are some ways we can reduce it?

The Huffington Post posted an article last year that I’ve kept bookmarked! 23 Scientifically-Backed Ways to reduce stress:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/reduce-stress-research_n_2884876.html

  1. Try Progressive Relaxation All the way from fingers to toes— tense and then release each muscle group in the body (lower arm, upper arm, chest, back and abdominal, etc.). Once the body is relaxed, the mind will be soon to follow!
  2. Try Some Light Yoga The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses makes this activity work to reduce stress, too.
  3. Meditate The “mental silence” that goes along with meditation may have positive effects on stress (especially work-related stress).
  4. Breathe Deep Taking a deep breath has been shown to lower cortisol levels, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Studies suggest deep breathing can also cause a temporary drop in blood pressure.
  5. Spark Some Scents Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress. Certain aromas (like lavender) have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels.
  6. Listen To Music Research points to multiple ways in which music can help relieve stress, from triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures.
  7. Laugh It Off Laughter can reduce the physical effects of stress (like fatigue) on the body.
  8. Drink Tea One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation.
  9. Exercise That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress.
  10. Try Guided Visualization Visualizing a calm or peaceful scene may help reduce stress and ease anxiety.
  11. Join A Religious Community Surveys have shown a major underlying reason people practice religion is for stress relief. One study even found that college students who practiced a religion were less stressed than their non-religious counterparts. And other research suggests religious people are less likely to experience stress-related mental illness.
  12. Chew Gum Studies suggest the act of chewing gum can reduce cortisol levels, helping to alleviate stress.
  13. Get A Massage Getting a good ol’ rub down may do more than alleviate physical pain. Studies suggest massage may also be beneficial for fighting stress. It may also help improve body image.
  14. Try Self-Hypnosis Research suggests hypnosis can help reduce anxiety. Plus, it’s a great self-mediated technique for stress-relief.
  15. Talk About Sex, Baby Studies have shown sex can actually decrease the physical symptoms of stress, like lowering blood pressure.
  16. Take A Nap Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief.
  17. Hug It Out. Hugging may actually reduce blood pressure and stress levels in adults.
  18. Hang With Your Pet Or, as we’ve put it before, just get a dog. Dog owners have been shown to be less stressed out — most likely thanks to having a buddy to cuddle.
  19. Do An Art Project Art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behavior and symptoms.
  20. Write It Out Keeping a journal may be one way to effectively relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects. A gratitude journal can really help us put things in perspective, so pick a time every day to write down a few things that make you happy.
  21. Take A Walk A quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief, especially when we step outdoors. Try not to rush, and take whatever pace feels most natural.
  22. Kiss Someone! Research suggests kissing releases chemicals that ease hormones associated with stress, like cortisol. Forming positive relationships is also a key way to help reduce stress and anxiety.

You have to find what works for you. I found getting on the elliptical is an amazing stress reliever, My mom is always reminding me to take a step back and deep breaths when I’m stressed, playing with my kitty Bella Boo always helps, and I really love #17 Hug it out and #22 KISSING! Don’t let stress control you…you control it. Hope it helps =) 

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Last week I wanted to give up. I gained 3 lbs, inches, and fat percentage and been working so hard. I had a meltdown…i wanted to thow in the towel. Then I remembered how many people I’m inspiring, that I want to do this for myself, that University Dermatology Center of Muncie is sponsoring me to get healthy at the Onion Factory in Anderson…that so many people are behind me I can’t just throw in the towel on one bad day. I brushed myself off thanks to my awesome support system and decided that this too shall pass and I’ll work even harder. Unfortunately with the bi-polar weather I was taken down by a nasty sinus infection AGAIN! I knew from my trainer my eating/nutrition was off so I focused on that. Yesterday she spot checked me and I lost a few lbs but still not fat so I’m working even harder this week and she told me I need more protein…I feel like that’s all I do is eat, drink protein shakes, eat egg whites, and repeat but hopefully this helps.Tomorrow we’ll see as I have my weekly weigh-in. EEEK!

Last night I was thrilled that in 30 min not only did I burn 400 calories but also went over 2 miles on the Elliptical. WHEWWW that’s a new record for me. I watch TV but also listen to music when I’m working out…I was struggling a bit when two of my group members walked in and jumped up on the elliptical’s next to me. When you have someone to talk to time flies by…we even were being to loud for the workout class going on. =) So grab a friend or make new ones and have an exercise buddy….you’ll be glad you did! Time flies by when you have someone to do it with.

Last night’s group meeting/workout was Gym Night. I was a bit intimidated because I hated gym as a girl…but this was fun. I actually jumped rope! I didn’t think I’d be able to since it’s been 20 years but I DID IT! The ladies joked about video-taping me doing it and I quickly shot down that idea. We did hula hoops and I still can’t get that thing going. We did jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups etc. It was a good time but wore me out. Then of course we lifted! Weights are fun the first time but by the second set my arms are burning and usually I have to drop down to a smaller size…I hate when that happens. But it hurts because you are breaking down that muscle so it can re-build.

I’ve been struggling with seeing any changes. People around me have noticed things like my face being thinner, or my clothes bagging a bit, or say YOU LOOK GREAT  but I just don’t see it….until a picture. I was over at my parents house looking through photos one was from May of last year and the other one from a few weeks ago. The change in my face was dramatic…so I can only imagine how 6 months or a year from now I will feel/look. Remember being healthy, changing your lifestyle, losing weight, getting fit, it’s physical but it’s also mental.

Get up and move my friends! IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN! <3

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Today is a dreary Monday but I’m smiling because I can’t believe 42 days ago I started on my healthy lifestyle journey thanks to University Dermatology Center of Muncie sponsoring me to get fit at The Onion Factory in Anderson. It’s not been an easy journey but one I know that will be worth it in the end. I had a rough week last week mentally when I saw I gained fat, pounds, and inches but the support I have around me held me up and made me realize I’m going to have weak moments when I want to give up but I can’t let those thoughts take over or make me…I’ve come to far to stop. Today marks the start of Week 7 which means I’ve been on this journey and lifestyle change for 42 days! 

I’ve not touched these things in 42 days: 

Caffeine. 

Diet Coke…and I was a Diet Coke Junkie. 

Alcohol. 

Bread.  I LOVE BREAD…I miss that the most.

Beef or really any meat. I only eat Ground Turkey or Turkey Sausage.

Chocolate.Oh maybe I miss this the most ;) 

Orange, Banana, Watermelon. Fruit I LOVE but it’s very high in sugar so skip that. 

Candy 

Chips

Orange Juice 

Bacon….oh how I miss Bacon. 

You get the point that yes I’ve given alot of things up but I’m gaining so much more in return. I’m getting healthy and gaining so much knowledge and confidence. GET UP AND MOVE! It can change your life…and IF I can do it…YOU CAN! <3 

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Nothing better than a Cat in a Phat. You know you love it.

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Nothing better than a Cat in a Phat. You know you love it.

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The day after Leg Day is miserable…and today is that day. If you can walk you really aren’t doing it correctly. It hurts to walk, to get up, to sit down, it just hurts. No Pain No Gain…right?

Last night was the closest I was to quitting….as our trainer said if I had done this to you guys the first week you would have left and I said No I would have ran. Mixing leg workouts with weights, squats, lunges, hula hoops etc is killer. My face has never been so red, I’ve never been so out of breath, and I’ve never just fell to the floor  as soon as the workout was over. WOOOO! I told Lisa,  I really think you’re trying to kill me and she said No, I’m saving you. Touche’. Honestly. I’m not looking forward to our one on one tomorrow where we will do the same leg/cardio routine but I know that the more I do it the easier it will get. GET UP AND MOVE!