Saturday, January 26, 2008


It looks like I will be getting to exercise with someone (walking outside w/ the stroller) a couple times during the week, and a few girls on Saturdays, so I am very excited! The rest of the days, I will try my best to do some Tae Bo. I tried to do Tae Bo yesterday, but 13 minutes and 10 seconds into it, Jackson decided he had enough of watching his mommy punch and kick the air! I weighed myself yesterday and there is good news and bad news. I gained two pounds in Florida, but lost one pound within this week. So, I'm on my way to that goal weight of 135lbs! I just have to keep pressing on!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Exercise Accountability

I must say that it is sooo hard to find time to exercise with the baby! That is no excuse, though! I recently signed up with a great website called that allows me to record everything I eat and it calculates all the nutrients for you. It also allows me to record my exercise. I've also sent out an email asking for girls to join me in the effort to exercise. Its good to have someone to do it with! I need accountability!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Exercise: A Priority and a Privilege

I got to exercise for a full thirty minutes today! I know that doesn't sound like much, but for a new mom, its a great start! Its a wonderful privilege just to do that much! Jackson went down for a nap this morning, so I hopped on the elliptical for 16 minutes and then he woke up crying. I had my heart rate up, so I wasn't going to stop there. I held him while marching around the house for 14 more minutes! You gotta do what you gotta do! Troy and I plan to take a walk up Mt. Rubidoux on Saturday. I want to do that on a regular basis!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Healthy Choices...even while traveling!

Once again, I was reminded that even when on vacation, the healthy choices can be easy to make. After a big, somewhat unhealthy lunch at Cracker Barrel, I decided I needed to eat a healthy dinner. We are in Miami right now, so we stopped by a Pollo Tropical, which is like a El Pollo Loco, but with a tropical flare. I ordered the boneless, skinless chicken breast meal with white rice and black beans. It was delicious and I felt good eating it! I thought back to my previous experience of weight loss and I remember how no matter where I ate, there was a healthy option most of the time. It can be easy to make those choices! I just have to do it! I must admit, though, we did stop to get Key Lime Pie when we drove down to the Florida Keys today...but who would pass up a Key Lime Pie when in the Keys???

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Weigh-In

I weighed myself this morning and I am at 173.6 lbs. That's a little less than I thought! I'm leaving for Miami tomorrow, so I will do my measurements in inches when I come back next week. I am just trying to make healthier choices right now. For example, I couldn't figure out why I was craving beef all the time. I thought of the reason last night...after giving birth, I became anemic due to some blood loss (all women do), however, I stopped taking iron a few weeks ago. A simple step to improve iron levels in my blood is to simply take my iron! I also need to drink more milk! I know I'm not getting enough calcium. After I get back from Miami, I will start to get active any way I can. (It's not always possible to schedule a work out when Jackson isn't on a schedule yet!) Well, here's to a healthier life!

Monday, January 7, 2008

What's in a Goal?

I've started this blog with the goal of being candid about my current fitness level and what I hope to improve concerning my nutrition and fitness. Back in high school, I was overweight. I wasn't required to take a Physical Education class the last two years of school, so I wasn't exercising. I also got a job at Del Taco and started eating more fast food and drink more soda than I ever had before. By high school graduation, I reached over 170 lbs. I had so many insecurities about my weight, but it took a while to get out of those unhealthy ruts I was in. Mainly, I had to get moving! I started with a walking class at RCC and then I changed my diet. I recorded everything I ate and all my daily exercises. Emotionally, it was a struggle because the weight wasn't coming off as fast as I hoped it would. Those ads on TV and in the magazines were constantly reminding me of how fast I could be loosing the weight with their products. However, I was determined to do it without their help. I did rely on my Creator's help, though. I meditated on the fact that He created me to glorify Him in ALL I do. As it says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." I knew that eating unhealthy and being sedentary were not glorifying to God. These thoughts kept me walking. I would even walk from RCC to my house after my classes (that is almost 3.5 miles.) To sum up the story, within a year a half, I lost 60 lbs and ended up at 117 lbs. I ended up working at a gym, so I worked out there 5 days a week for free. I felt so great and energetic! I desire to feel that way again. I don't like feeling like a slug! So, I hope I can use the means of this blog to journal my way through this journey of getting back in shape!

June 2006- at 126 lbs December 2007- at 185lbs

I gained extra weight during my first pregnancy. I'm sure most of you know that I gave birth to Jackson back in November of last year. I wasn't my thinnest to start out with when I found out I was pregnant. My weight was back up to 145-150. At my first pregnancy appointment, I weighed in at 149 lbs. After going up to 206 the day I went into labor, and was 190lbs a month after giving birth.  I am now down to 185 lbs. (I will do my official weigh-in tomorrow). We shall see if breastfeeding is helping me loose weight like other moms say!  Ha!  My goal, with the Lord's help, is to get down to 135 lbs. That is a total of 50 lbs. To do that, I have to look at what I must change. There are certain things wrong with what I consume. I know I eat too much sugar. I don't get enough calcium, and I don't eat enough produce. I've been drinking too many different kinds of sugary drinks, whether it be soda or juice. Next, I need to make a habit of exercise. So, with those goals set, I'm asking you all to pray for me! I will be a bit more difficult this time around!