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Tough Mudder

Carman’s First 90 Day Challenge Story :)

I LOVE that the Body by Vi 90 day Challenge now has added a Fitness and an Active category along with Weight Loss!

Carman – 34 (at the time of event) :) 

Which challenge kit did you use? 
Fit Kit

What is your favorite recipe? 
Shrek Shake

What was your Challenge Goal? 
This was my 1st 90 day challenge and it was to train and complete my 1st Tough Mudder in Austin, TX with my FireLitesFire gals/sisters-in-law; Lexy & Cyndi and my brothers-in-law; Torry & Keller and some amazing church friends. :)

Did you exercise? If so, what type of exercise did you enjoy? 
We did circuit training, weight training, workouts at the track with sprints, monkey bars, low crawling, etc and Saturday long runs.

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?
Having previously done half marathons and a marathon, the Tough Mudder was one of the most challenging events I’ve done! It was a CRAZY AMAZING experience and getting to do this 12 mile 22 obstacle event as a team with my family members was what I loved most!! I loved training with some amazing athletes who inspired me daily and weekly. My biggest achievement was that I was able to complete every obstacle with my team/family, except those dang greased monkey bars – which I attempted TWICE!!, and I felt amazing when I was done!! :)

Is there anything else you want to tell us?
I could tell a HUGE difference in my endurance and athletic ability in my training for this Tough Mudder from getting in two Vi-shakes a day as part of my 5-6 small meals despite my diet not being perfect. The nutrition in these shakes is by far the best I have ever put into my body and trained with. I also LOVE that I can focus on a a new goal every 90 days! It is life changing!! :)

What is your next 90 Day Challenge Goal?
My next 90 day Challenge is to focus on dropping 5-10% bodyfat so that I can become leaner and stronger than I’ve ever been. It’s also a goal of mine to see some hawt mama abs for the first time ever!! I will also be running the Houston Rodeo 10K run in February and plan to beat my previous 2 years run times. :)

Check out my blog post on lessons learned from doing the TM. :)
http://firelitesfire.com/we-did-the-tough-mudder/

 

Would you ever do a Tough Mudder???

If you’ve done one, would you do another one?? 

 

 

FLF Girls

Our 2011 FireLitesFire Reflections

January 2011

Lexy – I started 2011 really motivated to follow the 4 Hour Body diet by Tim Ferris. The main thing I learned is that I can usually follow a strict diet when I set my mind to it… but it also makes me angry and emotional because I feel so restricted. I felt like I could only eat at home to be able to stick to it…  I was cranky with my kids and didn’t feel like I saw a drastic difference. Even though I was able to lose approximately 12 lbs that month, I didn’t feel like it was that noticeable or worth it! I was so glad when that month ended!

Carman-I started Four Hour Body with the rest of the gang and it was one of the hardest, most frustrating, restrictive eating plans I have ever been on. I didn’t loose the weight I thought I should have with how good I was eating. I ate lentils for the first time ever and realized that I could eat eggs with black beans and spinach for breakfast everyday because of how long it kept me full.  Glad that was only 4 weeks long.

Cyndi– 4 hour body, that’s all I remember about January. I actually enjoyed the 4 hour body I think mostly because we were all doing it together, boys and girls.  My husband and I were actually on the same diet, kind of.  I also learned how much beans really do keep you full.  However, it was super restrictive, made me gorge myself every cheat day, and I didn’t lose anywhere near the amount of weight I should have considering we ate meat, veggies, and beans for a month.

 

February

Lexy– I really wanted to go back to something more flexible. Weight Watchers had worked for me in the past. I knew that WW had unveiled a new Points Plus program because I had signed up online back in November of 2010. I finally made the decision to give up everything I knew about the “old” WW program and learn everything about the new one. During February, I experimented with dietSNAPS to track my food. Following WW Online was great, but I noticed that I would still cheat more than I should because I wasn’t really accountable to anyone.

Carman– Went back to Weight Watchers online that we all three had joined back in November.  I finally got to start using dietSNAPS to track my food once I got an iPhone again. 😉  It was a hard month coming from 4 hour body to discipline myself to learn the program doing it online.

Cyndi– Feb was a rough month, I started fertility treatments, signed-up for a half marathon, and Keller left for Korea for 3 weeks.  Just tried to eat healthy and workout with my trainer David.  The stress of trying to get pregnant was overwhelming.

 

March

Lexy– After talking with the girls, we decided to sign up for the Weight Watchers meetings. Cyndi, Carman and I went together to our first meeting on March 3rd and I weighed in at 156 lbs! I was so disappointed in myself because I had worked so hard in January on the 4 Hour Body. I couldn’t believe how fast the weight had come back. I was determined to learn the new Points Plus program and stick to it no matter how long it took me to reach my goal! I made a commitment to track all of my food intake using my dietSNAPS app! I attended two weddings that month and was still able to lose approximately 7 lbs. I loved the flexibility!

Carman– Decided I needed the meetings for accountablilty so we went to our first meeting and signed up on March 4th.  My starting weight was 158.8lbs. I gained weight the first 2 weeks on the new Points Plus plan and was really leary of this new plan working. After it taking the whole month of March for my body to adjust, I finally started seeing a slow weight loss.  I lost 2.6lbs.  I even went on a trip to NYC with my oldest daughter and was still able to loose weight!

Cyndi– So I went to the meeting with Carman and Lexy, but my heart wasn’t in it.  I was skeptical of WW, I had done it before and hated it.  I counted points, but I wasn’t diligent about sticking to them.  I refused to go to meetings thinking I could do it myself online.  I was still training for the marathon and still had baby’s on the mind.

 

April

Lexy– This is the month that I was told I might be obsessing too much over Weight Watchers. Hahaha! It was at the end of April and I was heading out of town for Easter. We were taking a huge family picture and I had been stressed about it. I had high hopes that I would have lost more weight and I was so disappointed that I didn’t lose as much as I wanted. I stopped in at a 24 Hour Fitness to do my weekly weigh in…. this was not at my normal meeting location. I started asking the leader (a male leader) for advice and to see how I could lose weight faster. He said that WW was designed to lose anywhere from .5 to 2 lbs per week and I was right on track. He said I should relax and just follow the program. Not to stress over a time table and let the weight come off gradually. This was a lifestyle change!!! After that pep talk… I checked in with Carman and Cyndi and they totally agreed with him! So…. I tried to relax!!! I lost approximately 6 lbs for the month.

Carman-I finally earned my first alb star! I adopted the motto ‘Just  Keep On Keeping On’ – I wasn’t getting the results I wanted as fast as I wanted them but I figured if this program worked for other people then surely it would eventually work for me. So I just needed to stick to it – and I would tell myself everyday ‘Just Keep on Keepin On!’  I realized how important it was to track everything I ate and keep learning the points values to the foods I was eating.  I also found a new Jeff Galloway running app to help me get motivated to run again.  I lost a total of 4.2lbs this month. Total weight loss so far was- 6.4lbs.

Cyndi– This was the month of my half marathon and 30th birthday.  I was so proud of myself for accomplishing the goal of running the race.  I had always hated running and never had the desire run a marathon.  Lexy and Carman had inspired me with their races and I jumped on the bandwagon.  Turning 30 was tough, but I survived and at the end of April made the commitment to finally start REALLY doing WW.

 

May

Lexy– May brought with it a trip to Phoenix to visit one of my best friends, another wedding and a huge family get together! I went into each of these events with confidence knowing that I could make healthy choices and I could use my extra weekly points to indulge in the “must have” desserts! I bought a new dress for the first time in years and I even got to try the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes for the first time! I was so amazed that I could eat normal foods in moderation and still lose weight. My weight loss did slow down significantly that month. One week I gained .4, then lost 1.6, then gained .8, then lost 1.2….. ending the month having lost approximately 1.6 lbs. I remember being really frustrated that month and Carman, Cyndi and I were all on a walk together. We created the term H.A.S.U. (hook a sister up!) We love the support we get from each other and so we all agreed when one of us is down the other two should be able to give straight-forward-with-all-the-love-of-a-sister-in-law-in-the-world kind of advice to that person. We decided to come up with a code word to use as a warning to that person that they were about to get some blunt, truthful advice that they might not want to hear at that moment–but it is intended to help bring them back to the great realm of how far we have come and to count our many blessings.

Carman-To start the month off I did the Houston Lupus 5K for my cousin for the WW’s Walk-It Challenge. I walked with my cousin and some of my family members including my mother and it was so awesome to be a part of that with them. I  joined a Boot Camp studio and I loved it! I earned a 5lb star and I got my 5% award. I also switched my WW account to start using my activity points first instead of my weekly points allowance and that made a HUGE difference in my mentality and success. My husband was gone for 6 weeks. This month was super busy!!! Had lots of end of the year school stuff with the kids. I got to visit one of my best friends in AZ for her daughters high school graduation and then fly out to see my husbands graduation. Memorial Day weekend we had a wedding reception and a big family get together. Total weight loss – 7.8lbs.

Cyndi– My first real month committed to the plan.  I was learning the program, trying to do it my way and realizing it wasn’t going to work.  I squeezed in my detox diet trying to jump start the weight loss, it ended up just setting me back when I binged the next week.  This was a learning month.

 

June

Lexy– This is the month I finally broke through and reached my Weight Watchers Goal!!! I was so incredibly happy! Never in my adult life… especially after having children… had I weighed under 140lbs! I went to the beach with my boys that day and my son took pictures of me in my bathing suit. I could not believe the difference!! I would never have taken those pictures before… much less have them posted on my website! When I got home that night, my husband surprised me with a beautiful necklace to represent my accomplishment. I love wearing that necklace because of what it means to me! I also started looking for old pictures of myself to really see how far I had come. Carman had some pretty scary ones that I had never really looked at before…. it was crazy to see them side by side with the current pictures!

Carman– I loved the Boot Camp and Kickboxing classes! After all that hard work I finally started seeing the ‘fruits of my labors’ that I had wanted to see in the beginning. It was taking a while for my body to adapt to this plan but finally the pounds were melting away and I was still eating  some of the same foods I had eaten  before- only now I eat it in moderation and I plan for it. It was about this month that I was starting to see this be a lifestyle change. At the end of the month, I reached my WW goal weight and 16 week award and earned my 10% award keychain!!!!!  It was such an awesome moment for me to have set a goal and accomplished it!!!  I shared what I felt was working for me at our WW meeting HERE. Total weight loss -15lbs

Cyndi– Keller left for the Czech Republic for 6 weeks.  I wanted to try really hard to work on getting myself on track while we was gone.  We went up to Utah for a couple weeks and I found that it was easier for me than it had been in the past to eat healthy while around my family.  I was starting to feel good about myself and good about sticking to the program.  I introduced the family to protein pancakes and they made fun of my taking pictures of my food.  By the end of the month I was down a total of almost 10lbs in 14 weeks.

 

July

Lexy– I really enjoy working out and trying new forms of exercise! Two friends of mine (Hi Cathy and Brenya!!) both had been telling me such good things about Bikram Yoga! There was a deal going around on the internet and I signed up for 10 sessions! I loved it! Now that I had reached my Weight Watchers goal, I had to learn to maintain it. To become a lifetime member of WW, you have to maintain your weight for at least 6 weeks! This was my post from the day I received my Lifetime Award!

Carman-A crazy busy month! My cousins wife was in a tragic accident and I spent a lot of time trying to help their family while she was in the hospital in Houston. It was an emotionally stressful month. It was also my husband and I’s 15th wedding anniversary. I also spent all month as the Girls Camp Director getting things ready and prepared for for the last week in the hot and humid Louisana heat for our church Girls Camp.  I was able to lose 4 lbs.

Cyndi– Staying steady on my WW plan I tried to change things up to see if I could spark a jump in weight loss.  Carman suggested to start eating my activity points.  My activity points were between 8-20 points, some days I would do hot yoga and spin.  I loved it and I felt great.  At the end of the 3-week trial, I actually ended up losing 0, I gained 1lb, then lost 0.6, then lost 0.4.  I was not happy, but I was proud of myself for sticking to the program and not getting frustrated with the lack of results.

 

August

Lexy– This is the month that I got to visit one of my best friends that was in town from the Caribbean! It was so great to see her and catch up! We also moved across town! Another exciting thing was when we decided to switch to Word Press and switch our blog to self hosting! We had so much to learn and it was all so fun!!! Over all, I was able to maintain my weight even though things were so crazy!!

Carman-I became a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers and got my first Bravo star for the month of August. We took the leap and switched our blog over to wordpress – it was A LOT of work but we are so glad we did! Lots of work getting my house in order and kids ready to start school.  I maintained my weight around 143lbs.

Cyndi– I call this my downhill month.  After 3 strict months on the WW plan and 12 pounds lost, I found out I was pregnant.  Of course I was, cause we were no longer trying and I was totally focused on losing weight.  My husband also had an accident while on a dive trip in Hawaii which was not awesome.  So let’s say there was some serious emotional eating this month.  After Keller got back from Hawaii we went to Portland for a week for a friend’s wedding.  I was starting to feel very nauseas and got to the point where I was eating whatever would make me not feel like barfing.  And that was pretty much carbs!

 

September

Lexy– I finally got my gym membership back! (I didn’t have it for a few weeks because of our move!) September ended up being a very tough month for me! Lots of back and forth…. one day good, and one day bad… I think all of the excitement finally caught up to me and I just started getting sloppy with my diet! I wasn’t nearly as healthy in my choices and I put on a few pounds. Luckily, I was still under my Weight Watchers goal so I was able to keep my status as a lifetime member. I realized that the “maintaining” side of the Weight Watchers program was a whole new ballgame! It was definitely a mental shift. Once the kids got back to school and a routine was formed… I started to get back on track! Cyndi was in town for Labor Day and we had some good girl time!

Carman-I felt like life was at all time crazy between getting kids and our family established on a totally different school routine this year and my hubby was out of town most of the month. My husband and I joined 24 Hour Fitness again and I started making it a routine of going and trying new classes. We got to watch sweet little Cole while Cyndi was in Europe for 10 days and then had a fun family get together after.  Thankfully I was able to maintain my weight around 143lbs.

Cyndi– Our month as gypsies.  We moved out of our place in Austin and drove to Tennessee for Keller’s training.  Lived there for almost 3 weeks until Cole and I drove back to TX and I flew to Europe.  Tennessee was pretty good.  I tried really hard to have healthy snacks in our hotel room and we were able to find restaurants where we could eat healthy dinners.  We also got a temporary membership at a gym there which was awesome and we took full advantage of it.  In Europe we walked pretty much all day every day.  I brought my balance bars for snacks and we really didn’t eat a ton especially for all the exercising we were doing.

 

October

Lexy– We did a Walk for Candi to help in her fight against cancer. We were also contacted by the team at ShareCare to submit a question for Dr. Oz’s Virtual Doc Talk. :) They asked our question first!! I also struggled this month with comparing myself to others. October is the “unofficial” start of the holiday season! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because I love candy! I tried to come up with a plan! Overall, I felt like I survived the month and maintained the weight. Miracle!

Carman– We tried the Muscle Blast class at the gym and loved it!! We spent a week changing the look of the blog and getting used to it. We went to Boot Camp by my fav trainer Monica!  Still maintained 143lbs.

Cyndi– Oh crazy Oct, got back from Europe, drove to Utah, and spent a week getting Keller ready to leave.  Let’s be honest, not the best month for eating and exercise.  The best part of this month was being able to do all the walks up the hill and hiking.

 

November

Lexy– November was another fresh start. I love the beginning of each new month because I print out a blank calendar and post it to my mirror. It helps keep things in perspective for me. I realize that I have to make good choices on a day by day basis and this is going to be for the rest of my life! My husband and I celebrated 16 years of marriage! We also started the Burpee 100 Day Challenge. Weight Watchers announced the new Points Plus 2012 and it was just the spark I needed!

Carman– – I was proud of myself for maintaing the same weight for the last 4 months!! That’s a huge accomplishment in itself!! Since its my birthday month 😉 I decided to start getting serious again on getting to my personal goal weight. 130lbs is my new personal goal because it is right in the middle of my weight range for my height. (It is also about what I weighed in high school.) My husband started off the month with a 100 Day Burpee Challenge  and I challenged everyone to a Gratitude challenge this month. I went on a shopping trip with my mom and my sister and then I got to go on a weekend trip with my husband (no kids) and spend some much needed time together. We had a nice long Thanksgiving break at my parents ranch and I also celebrated my 34th birthday. 😉  I lost 3.8lbs this month and finally broke off that plateau I had been sitting on.

Cyndi– Our first real month without Daddy.  I quickly had to find things to keep myself busy.  So along with trying to keep tabs on counting my points, I joined the gym.  I was so excited to finally get back into spin classes!  I decided to start my prerequisites for nursing school and started classes for my CNA.  I think this was my best pregnant month so far.  I finally felt like I was back into a routine.

 

December

Lexy– The new dietSNAPS website went live and I am really excited to blog for them! Our long awaited trip to Estes Park finally arrived! I thoroughly enjoyed being able to take 2 weeks off with my family. We have not taken a vacation in quite some time! Our hotel had a kitchen and we were able to prepare healthy meals daily. We went snowshoeing, continued our burpee challenge, and worked out in the gym for exercise! Because we are from Houston, we really enjoyed having a white Christmas! We had such a great year and I am really looking forward to the new year!!! I love having this blog with Carman and Cyndi to hold me accountable.

Carman-Our (year long planning) Christmas family trip to Estes Park, CO was finally here!  Our kids were so excited to get their wish to play in the snow for their Christmas this year. I was excited to get to give my kids a Christmas memory this year instead of worrying about all gifts.  It was the best thing we have ever done!  They really appreciated getting to spend time together as a family and making those memories they will remember forever. My kids are already talking about what we want to do as a family next Christmas. :)  My last weigh in before Christmas break, I was at my all time low since starting WW’s in March (and since having my 4th child) of 137.8 lbs for a total weight loss of 21 lbs.. I am so grateful for the progress I have had this year and the goals I have accomplished!!! It is all from taking babysteps, having patience, tracking, working hard, attending meetings and owning my weigh ins, having some more patience, being accountable on this blog, more patience, and having the amazing support system that I do!!!  I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!!

Cyndi– End of my second trimester.  My family started a weight loss challenge 4 weeks before Christmas. I, being pregnant and not advised to go on a “diet”, decided my goal in the challenge would be to maintain my weight for 4 weeks. Instead, I gained 0.6 the first week, lost 2.6 pounds the next week, and then maintained the next 2.  Then came Christmas and I refuse to get on a scale until after I have a week of detoxification!  But I’m excited for the upcoming year and the goals I am hopeful to accomplish.

My Story

My name is Carman and I am from Texas.
I am a military wife married for almost 15 years and we have four kids. 
This is my story. 
My husband and I were married in July 1996.
I was always thin and active so the thought of weight never really crossed my mind.
I was about 130lbs when I got married.
We had our first baby girl in July 1997. 
After she was born, the baby weight did not come off naturally and that was the first time I ever had to really deal with ‘loosing weight’. 
About six months later my husband joined the Air Force in Jan 1998 and that took us on a whole new life adventure.

While we were at our first duty station at Pope AFB, NC, it was our first time ever leaving the great state of Texas and really having to do things on our own. My husband had this new PT standard to uphold and we found Body for Life by Bill Phillips to get fit & healthier. It worked great for those last stubborn baby weight pounds and body fat and I was able to maintain my weight around 140lbs.

A couple years later we tried getting pregnant again and failed twice–one ectopic pregnancy and then a miscarriage all in the same year (2001) and within 6 months of each other. That was an extremely hard & depressing time for me and I found my weight creeping up to 155lbs.We were left with taking Clomid to see if that would help us get pregnant.

In February 2002, my husband left for his first deployment to Afghanistan. Before he left, we had found out  we got a new assignment to McChord AFB, WA and were to report in July. So while he was away, I focused on packing up our entire house and entertaining our toddler all while really trying not to stress about my husband being in a war zone. He came home safely in May and we found out in July we were expecting TWINS to go with our cross country move!! I was about 150lbs then and at that point that number seemed to be my hoovering plateau that I couldn’t break through without serious effort.

I gained about 50+lbs during that pregnancy and thanks to 14 1/2 pounds of babies got to shed a little more than usual after delivery! They were healthy and a little over 7lbs EACH!!
My plateaued weight after the babies was about 175lbs. To top off getting used to having twin babies and a toddler, my husband left for a deployment to Iraq just 3 days after they were born. I didn’t know where he was going and at one point didn’t hear from him for about 3 weeks so I struggled with some postpartum depression and anxiety. I am so thankful for my Mama because she was able to come up and stay with me during that stressful and hard time in my life. Living so far away from family I couldn’t have made it through without her and the help of awesome friends around us.

Roughly 6 months later in Sept/Oct 2003 he got tasked for another deployment this time back to Afghanistan on what was supposed to be a 3 month deployment turned into a 6 months and he missed the twin babies first everything–from Halloween to Easter.

  I was so lucky to have some amazing friends who were runners. I needed an outlet/hobby/stress reliever so I decided to give it a try again. I always hated running in TX and NC cause it was so hot and humid. Running in WA was a DREAM because the scenery is beautiful and the weather is awesome for  running….especially when its drizzling!!  A natural body mister. 😉  I ended up buying an amazing double jogger running stroller and it became my ritual (and therapy) to run with the twins and our dog Jasper, a rat terrier,  every morning after I got my oldest daughter off to school. It was so theraputic and helped me to shed 30lbs while my husband was on his deployment.


My honey & I after his 6 month deployment
April 2004

We went on a much needed Anniversary cruise in July 2004
with some amazing friends!! 

145lbs
In May 2006 we moved cross country again to our new assignment at Hurlburt Field, FL. We were excited to only be 10 hours from family in TX–the closest we’d been in 10 years. 
My sister-in-law Lexy and I were finally able to start talking about running a race together since we were ‘closer’ and we found the Country Music Marathon in Nashville to meet up and run at in April 2007. I was having some hip/leg pain while running and was pretty discouraged when my sweet husband signed me up for Jeff Galloway’s Running Retreat that happened to be held in Blue Mountain Beach just about an hour away from where we lived. I got to meet Jeff Galloway with about 8 other people in a small group setting seminar at a beach cabin!! It was amazing to sit and listen to him talk for 2 1/2 days on his run/walk method & eating tips. 

The best part about the clinic is that we got to RUN with Jeff several different times. He made running look sooo easy and made it fun and enjoyable!  He also evaluated each one personally on their running form and tips to improve. The biggest tip he had for me was that my stride was too long and I needed to take shorter/quicker steps. It helped tremendously with my hip pain!! I also showed him my calendar with my ‘marathon training plan’ on it and went thru it marking what long miles I should be doing on each Saturday.

I started officially training in January and was able to complete my 1st full marathon in Nashville! That was a huge accomplishment for me to just be able to finish one in my lifetime because I never thought I could actually do it. It is such an amazing feeling coming across the finish line realizing that YOU are the one that got yourself there physically. Its a moment in my life I will never forget! 

coming up to the finish line!!

still standing!! 😉

We DID IT!!

165lbs marathon training and only lost 5lbs
We had been trying to get pregnant again for several months and a couple of days before leaving for Nashville to run my marathon I found out I was expecting!!! I didn’t tell anyone but my husband and after I completed my 26.2 miles I broke the news to everyone else at dinner later that evening!!  It was so fun seeing the look on everyone’s face! I was still in shock myself. 

In January 2008, we welcomed our baby boy to our now complete family!!
It was such a thrill to finally have our BOY!
The scaled tipped at 200lbs a week before I had him and I vowed to myself that I never wanted to weigh that much not pregnant. I started out at my heaviest getting pregnant this time around and so I have that much more to loose to get to my goal weight.

about 180lbs
my little man about 5 months old

In July 2008 we got orders to Houston, TX and were so thrilled to be living much closer to family! We are excited that our kids got to live the military life and experience life around the country, but they would also get the opportunity to experience growing roots.
 about 177lbs when we moved to TX
still lots of baby weight to loose

In May 2008, before we moved from FL I signed up for WW (thanks to the motivation of my SIL Lexy who had done sooo awesome!!)  I lost about 20lbs over about 4 months. Then I quit going to the meetings cause I didn’t know anyone and didn’t feel like I fit in.
(in hindsight this is exactly why the Buddy system works for me!!)

For the last 2+ years I have let myself get ‘comfortable’ fluctuating between 160-168lbs. This is not my ‘Happy Carman’ weight. I try to make myself believe that I can be happy and not care about what I eat, or have to work out but it really is not true.


my weight chart over the years

Christmas 2010
160lbs

Joined WW online Feb 2011

March 2011
(159 lbs)
Started going to the meetings instead of just doing it online March 4, 2011 for the accountability. 
I feel healthier and tons better when I am putting ME first (respectively) and doing those things which make me healthier!
I am better to myself, as a wife, mom, friend, etc when I am on that path.

April 2011
152lbs

The hardest part for me has been really learning to take each day by day and enjoy the journey instead of wanting my results right now! It just doesn’t happen. There is NO secret!!!

It is truly DURING the journey where we learn about ourselves, overcome our weaknesses, and gain power from our strengths.

May 2011
(150.6 lbs)

June 2011
145 lbs—>WW Goal Weight!! 
(before pic taken Sept 2008 at 175lbs) 
July 2011


After writing all this out….I now really realize how much I have accomplished and overcome in my life so far! I am extremely grateful for the experiences and trials that I have had–because they have made me into the woman that I am.
Keep On Keeping On.
😉