Category: Healthier Me

{Workout Plans} : 10.10.16

In an effort to *try* to make myself more accountable to my plans, I am going to post them. Who knows if this will help, but it can’t hurt.

from Instagram

Lift – Chest and Back
Ladder Drills

HIIT workout
Run 3 miles

Lift – Legs
Hill Repeats

3 miles

Lift – Bi/Tri/Shoulders
Soccer Agility Drills
3 Miles


Run 4 miles

This is a basic idea of what I plan to do. Sometimes, I have to start with the basics and add the meat in later. There is only so much planning ahead I can do while homeschooling 4 kiddos.

You can follow along on my Instagram account during the week to see how well I’m following through with my plan. This is my account devoted to my getting healthy and fit journey.

“You are entirely up to you. Make your body. Make your life. Make yourself.”



{Weekly Goals} : 10.9.16

I can’t believe it is Sunday again. It seems like the weeks fly by and I am always scurrying to catch up.

So here were last weeks goals:
1. Complete all planned workouts. – Didn’t happen
2. No eating out for me.  – Completed!!!
3. Track all my meals. – Completed!!!

I still have no figured out how to get all my planned workouts in every day. Something about 4 kids, soccer practice, sleep, and everything else I just haven’t figured it all out yet.

14474121_1460514177297494_8434245699717038080_n1from Instagram this week

This weeks goals:
1. Track all my meals. – Right now this is a big part of my plan. It helps me see/remember how many calories something is. It allows me to make better decisions on what I eat, because I am more aware about what I am eating.

2. Complete all planned workouts – I’m going to keep trying to get it done.

3. Clean up my eating. – This past week my eating has sucked. I have been snacking on too many sweets. Not good. So this week I want to refocus on eating cleaner.

Hopefully I can be successful on all three goals this week.

“It’s not about having time, but making time.”


{Weekly Goal} : 8.15.16

Last week my goal was to keep the weight off that I lost while on vacation at the beach. I am super happy to say that I did it!


However, I will have to say that I am going to have to be careful. I was so tired by the end of the week that I made some poor food choices and I paid for it. Mainly physically. My stomach just can not handle the same stuff anymore.

This weeks goal is to get back to lifting. Over the past three weeks, between the boys soccer camp, being on vacation and adjusting to our new schedule I haven’t lifted and I miss it.

Cardio is my way to get away for a little bit from all the noise that is in my house. It give me time to think. Oddly, it relaxes me and help me to be ready to battle the day.

Lifting has made me feel stronger. Like I can handle more. It also has helped me with the many aches and pain disappear.

“Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow”

{Weekly Goal} : 8.8.16

While I have been known to set monthly goals, lately I have been setting one weekly goal. Something that will give me a focus for the week. One small thing that I want to accomplish.

While I was on vacation, I set a goal to maintain my weight for the week. It made me more conscious of what I was eating as well as making sure I got out and exercised. Over the week, I actually lost weight.

This week, as we return to reality, I have a simple goal of not gaining back the weight I lost over the break.

Our week will be a little bit crazier than normal as we adjust to having soccer practice every night of the week and I have to figure out how to get everyone fed. We also have to get back into our homeschooling routine. I am also still trying to get everything caught up from being on vacation. With all that stress, I know my goal needs to be simple.

Yes, I am running with that damn triple stroller again.


My running partners tonight at Thing 1’s practice. Tomorrow night I will just switch Thing 2 for Thing 1.

“Someone busier than you is running right now.”

Vacation Over

Last week I was on vacation. Yay! Before I left for vacation, I set a goal for the week. My goal was simple, don’t gain any weight.

One reason I love going to the beach each year is that I get to run on flat ground. There are no hills! So I try to run each morning. This year was no exception. Thing 4 and I hit the road every morning. I ended up running over 20 miles last week.

All that running, and being conscious of what I was eating, I actually managed to lose 3.5 pounds over the week. Score!


I know that to many people it sounds crazy, but I have noticed over the last few months that on the days I don’t get out and run/move in the morning, I am so much more tired during the day. I can’t really afford to be tired with 4 kids, especially when I am responsible for homeschooling them each day. Thankfully, I think the boys realize that too and have been pretty good about letting Thing 4 and I get out and get moving every morning.

“Your only one workout away from a good mood.”



If you have been reading this part of my blog for a long time, you know that I have a hypothyroidism. I have battled my weight forever. I had finally started to lose weight when I found out I was pregnant with Thing 4.


Despite being pregnant I managed to gain between 10-15 pounds. I felt great. I was super active. My delivery was easy, for it being childbirth.


Six weeks after delivery, I was at the weight I was when I became pregnant. It was awesome. I felt awesome.


However, as the hormones started to leave my body, it became really obvious that my thyroid medication dosage was waaaay off and still is a little off. Since giving birth I have gained 20 pounds. Oh, and I am breastfeeding and watching what I eat. I weigh more now that I did when I gave birth, 10 pounds more. Nothing is more defeating to a mom who is dealing with sleepless nights and crazy pregnancy hormones leaving the body. Seriously.

So, where does that leave me, besides a little depressed.

I have been active daily, except when I bruised my ribs, pinched a nerve in my back, and a few other really random issues . I’m still watching what I eat. I’m still exercising. I’m just not seeing any results.


I have been spending some of my breastfeeding time doing research. Lots of research. Starting the second week of August, I’m going to be making some changes to my diet and my exercise routine. It is time to shake things up.

I also want to start blogging again. I need to hold myself accountable. I need to motivate myself. I also want to share my experience.

So here is to getting it done.

Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods.

Progress : Halt

So last month I wrote about how much progress I had made since the beginning of the year.  I had lost almost 15 pounds and several inches from my body.  Everything was going great and I felt awesome.

Well, this month I was hoping to continue with another positive post about the amazing progress I was making.  However, that isn’t going to happen, at least for the next 9 months.  A day or so after I wrote that post, I found out that we are expecting a 4th child.  So there won’t be any losing of weight anytime soon.


Now, instead of focusing on losing weight and inches, I am going to be focusing on having a healthy pregnancy.

2015 Goals

I know I am a little late on the whole New Year’s Resolution thing, but what’s new.  I seem to always be late for a party lately.  Since we moved over a year ago, I have struggled to find a groove in almost everything, however one of the things that has suffered to most was my exercise habits.


Since we put our house in Texas on the market in October of 2013, my exercise has been hit or miss.  Yes, I completed and placed in 3 or 4 triathlons, but I did not train for them and they kicked my butt, especially the hills on the bike rides.  There were several times throughout the year I would get into a good exercise grove, but then one little thing would completely derail me.

I am most thankful that despite my terrible eating and my hit or miss exercise that since October of 2013, I have only gained 10 pounds.  This is probably an even bigger accomplishment because I have also been off my thyroid medicine completely the entire year, which mean my metabolism is running super slow.

In October, I finally found something that has kept me motivated for 3 months.  I started playing indoor soccer.  I grew up playing soccer since I was 8, all the way through college.  However, I had not played more than backyard soccer with my boys, for about 9 years.  So needless to say, hopping back on to the field was a shock to my body.

After the first two weeks, my body finally adjusted to the playing on the field again, something that is completely different from just running miles on the road.  I also had to adjust to playing the entire game, up and back, with lots of cutting and turning. Overall, it has been a great way to get my butt in shape, quickly, but more importantly it has motivated me to get into better shape.

My main goal for 2015, is to continue to stay active and motivated.  I am happier, I am a better mom, and I have more energy when I am active.  It is a win win for everyone.

Other things I would like to accomplish in 2015 are…
*Lose weight.  Ultimately I would like to lose 30 pounds, but I would be happy with 20 pounds.
*Get faster.  I am tired of being the slowest person on the soccer field.  I know losing weight will help with that too.
*Become more flexible.  As I get older, in order to stay active, I have to stay uninjured.
*Gain Strength.  I need to build up my upper body strength.

I have specific plans in place to achieve each of these goals, now it is just up to me to follow my plans and adjust when necessary.  Unlike years past, I haven’t set more specific goals, like race goals or so many exercises a month, because I realize that those are just not realistic for me.  I have 3 boys and a husband that travels every week, life happens.  I have my ultimate goals, but I set my plans one month at a time, and get detailed, one week at a time.  This allows me to still reach my goals, but adjust as necessary for life.

I would like to say that I will do a better job about blogging my progress this year, but I just don’t know if it will happen.  However, I have done better staying on track when I was blogging about my adventures.  So I guess we shall see.

What are you plans for the year?


{Weigh In} : 1.22.14

Well…let’s see.  As I remember my goal before we moved was to get through the holidays staying around 180.  Two months without working out AT. ALL.  A stressful move.  Throw in several 14 hour road trips, the holidays and cold weather, let’s just say that didn’t happen.  I have managed to let my weight creep up to 188.  Not great, but It is much better than where I was a year ago.

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It goes without saying, I have my work cut out for me in order to turn this train around.  However, I am struggling to get motivated.  I started running for the first time in almost two months last week.  Let me tell you, those first three days were terrible.  I remember asking myself why I ever stopped.  I know getting started again is always painful and something to be avoided at all cost, but no I didn’t listen and I stopped running, stopped doing all cardio exercise.  Why?

However after about the fourth day, things started looking up.  I am still slow, if not slower than I was.   My body does not understand running these things called hills that they have here in Georgia. I also am starting to realize that I don’t have the correct clothes to go running when it is below freezing outside in the mornings.  It just never got that cold that often in Texas, so I had no reason to have lots of cold weather running gear.

Over the next few weeks, as we start to get into a consistent daily rhythm, I am hoping to start lifting weights and get into a regular yoga practice.  It is time to get back on track, cause honestly I feel like crap and my clothes just aren’t fitting so great. No good.

As for my plans for the year, I don’t have any yet.  In Texas it was really easy to find several triathlons to compete in that were relatively close to our house almost every weekend.  I am struggling big time to find anything like that in Georgia.  So who knows what I will end up doing.  Right now, I am just trying to get our house and homeschooling in order.

How is your 2014 going?

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