Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I am starting to feel like I just don't have anything new to blog about on this particular blog. I still love reading your blogs, but I feel like my blogs are getting repetitive. I think it's because I limited myself to writing only about health/fitness, etc. So I think I am done with this blog.

BUT....I am just starting a brand-new BLOG! I am making it broader...more about goals and challenges than JUST health. I also switched to word press in the hopes that I will get more comments. You can check it out HERE. I have already posted a new blog. So please don't stop reading...I am just ....renovating!

But before I are some things I have learned about weight loss while on blogspot.

1. Start slow...if you push yourself you will end up quitting. Just start slow.
2. Challenge yourself. This may sound contradictory to the first one but convince yourself that you can do a little more everyday.
3. Watch what you eat. I found that the weeks I lost the most weight was the times when I tracked my calories
4. Friends and support. This is possibly the most important thing. You need to vent your frustrations, celebrate your successes...and friends to do this with you.
5. Variety. Don't be afraid to try something new and switch it up, if you get will quit.
Here is everything that I have done on my weight loss journey

Hula Hooping (great workout)
20 minute dance parties! (just turn on the music....and dance)
Wii Fit
Strength Training
The Biggest Loser for the Wii
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (my favorite!)
C25k (my most recent love)

So I know this is kinda a short and boring blog but I am going to post my final blog and pictures in few days. So stay tuned! (for a little bit longer)

And don't worry...I will still be reading your blogs and commenting!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The end is near...

Hey everyone,'s been a rough week. My mind is if this doesn't make sense....sorry.
Harliegh is starting to feel a tiny bit better. it's still been a rough day, though. We are going on day 6 of this and all the nights and days are blurring together. She is on antibiotics now adn teh dr. said she should be almost back to normal within 2-3 days. So there is an end in sight!

On fitness related sister randomly called me today and asked if I wanted to run. I haven't worked out since last Wednesday and I am actually getting to the point where I enjoy working out so I was very happy that she called me. She is on week 2 of C25k and I was a little scared of starting on week 2. We had to take Harliegh in the stroller (it was nice outside and she had a jacket and a hat) and my sister's yorkie, but it went great. i was actually surprised that I didn't get too tired during the run and I am thinking that if my brother won't start running with me again I might try to finish C25K on my own, I actually thought it was fun and relaxing. But maybe it was just a nice break from being trapped in a stuffy house with a sick baby! I am glad she came and got me to run though because I was actually starting to feel unmotivated and slipping into old habits. Now, though, I am planning on attempting Jillian...if my poor, sick little girl will let me! I also haven't weighed myself in over a it will be interesting to see what damage I have done!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sorry guys,
I am not going to be posting real blogs right now. It turns out Harliegh and I did not just have allergies like I thought, but something much worse. I am assuming a terrible cold or the flu. Harliegh has had a fever since Saturday and last night it peaked at 104.5. It scared me to death but it was about 11pm and I didn't want to take her to the ER and expose her to worse things unless I absolutely had to. I called my sister, who is a nurse, and she told me to just keep giving her motrin and tylenol alternately and to watch her temp. It was a loooong night. Her temp, started to drop and I finally got her to go back to sleep around 12:30. Then she woke up again at 2am, when I stood and rocked her in my arms until about 3:30 when my husband came in and tried to take her, but she just wanted mommy. We took her for a ride in the car to calm her down and when we got back she finally went back to sleep....until 5:30. I took her into my room and put in Sesame street and I dozed for awhile, she actually fell asleep for a few minutes. At 7:30 we came out to the living room, I gave put her in her highchair and gave her some Motrin...which she then vomited everywhere. At this point I think I was pretty much covered with my daughter's snot, drool, sweat, pee and vomit. Nice way to start the day!

We are taking her to the dr. at 11. Hopefully they can help her. I have been lucky and at 20 months, she has only been sick twice before this ...and both times were mild colds with a low fever. This has been tough. I would do anything to take her illness away. It's heartbreaking!

I know this has nothing to do with my health and fitness, but this is more important. iw ill blog more when I am back on track.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

FLF-late edition

Sorry guys that I haven't posted in a few days. My allergies have gotten really bad the past few days. I honestly can't remember it ever being this bad. My eyes itch and are puffy, my nose is runny and sneezy, my ears itch, my Eustachian tubes itch, my throat itches and feels swollen. Even my skin itches. It's horrible. To make matters worse, I have discovered that Harliegh has inherited my allergies! She has had all the same symptoms as me the past couple days. :( I gave her some zyrtec and will give it to her through the weekend and if she is not better by Monday we are making a trip to the doctor. I wish I could take away all her suffering and pile it on to me. She looks miserable!

So I guess I missed Fun-Loving Friday. Can I just say that I would LOVE to not have allergies?

No? That doesn't really count? Ok, fine...

Hmmm....well, today I am going to go shopping to get stuff for the Baby shower I am throwing for my sister. I actually have two sisters pregnant at the moment! My sister, Misty, is due in August and she is having a girl. They are going to name her Natalie Paige ( I thought you might like that Nathalie!) She is the one I am throwing the shower for. My other sister, Shalene, is due in July and is having a boy. I am not sure if they had settled on a name yet, but the last I heard it was Raiden Charles. Someone else is throwing her shower.

Last night I ran to Target to get out of the house and bought a present for Misty's baby, and today I will also look for a gift for Shalene's baby. Shopping for new babies are so much fun! I am also going to attempt to make a diaper cake for the shower. Wish me luck.

I am also getting Harliegh a bed today. I think she is ready, I hope she is. We are going to leave her crib up for a while just in case she's not. But its a big step and I am excited...and a little sad! My baby is turning into a big girl. She even will climb up the stairs at the playground and climb through a tunnel and go down a slide. ALL BY HERSELF. In fact, she refuses to let me help! :( She is way too brave and independent!
So this is my late edition of FLF! Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Happy Wednesday everyone!

I would like to give a big shout out to my best friend, JESSICA! We have been friends since the 3rd grade! I am happy because Jessica has finally entered the modern world and got a I can finally chat with her online! Jessica has recently started Jillian, too! A couple weeks ago we started a little friendly competition to see who could lose that last 5 pounds. Our deadline is May 15th. I am totally gonna kick her butt!! Haha...ok...honestly, I haven't lost a pound since we made that goal and I only have about three weeks left. Based on my track record, I'd be lucky to lose 2 pounds by then...but, oh well. You never know, right?

Yesterday I didn't get to go on a run with my brother. I had all plans on running...but I forgot American Idol and Glee was on. Yes, I am a nerd and watch both of those shows, I can't help it. So hopefully tonight I will get in my run with my brother.

I am making my absolute favorite tofu recipe tonight. Brooke, you said you needed another recipe and you are trying to eat 2 meatless meals...I would check this out. It's soooooo GOOD!

Crispy Tofu and Veggies

I use stir-fry sauce in place of the teriyaki and have it with brown rice. YUM! (Jessica, you should try this,too!)

And since Jessica is online...

You should check out these blogs...These are the blogs of some absolutely amazing and inspirational people!

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yesterday was the first day I actually succeeded in doing moderate/intense workout for an hour. i ran for awhile in the morning with my brother and then did Jillian later that evening, and let me tell you....I had the absolute BEST sleep I have had in a loooooong time. It was fantastic. Today I have already did Jillian Level 2, went on a short walk and am planning on running with my brother tonight if he's up to it.

I don't have much to talk about today..same old, same old, really! if you are bored, I have posted a sample chapter from the book I am writing here.

Also, have you heard of this website? 1000 Awesome Things I am probably out of the loop but I just recently heard about this on the Post Secret website (another awesome site) It is pretty.....well.....awesome! So everytime I blog I am also going to list an awesome thing. Today i am listing two....

When you get a letter from a friend via snail mail! What a great surprise!


That perfect day after a long winter you can finally wear a skirt and flip flops and feel the sun soaking into your skin.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I hate my brother I don't really hate him, I love him. But I didn't like him very much this morning. If you remember I wanted to start C25k today. Well, I showed my brother (who is in the Army Reserves) and asked him if he wanted to do it with me since he will be staying with me the next few weeks. He took one look at the program adn decided it was "too easy" and somehow talked me into just letting him train me. So this morning we stretched, did some jumping jacks and started jogging. After a few minutes ( I am guessing between 4 and 5) I wanted to stop already ...ho wouldn't let me! He yelled some Jillianisms (yes I just made that up) at me...things like "Pull through, you can do this Ladies!" "Don't Phone it in" etc. What made me mad was I could barely breathe and he was saying all this in a normal voice! GRRR...He also made me sprint....TWICE. Ugh, I thought I was going to die! Overall, we probably only ran 3/4 of a mile or so. YIKES! So right now I am pretty tired...and he wants to do Jillian later this evening!

So how are you guys doing? It was a pretty slow blog weekend for us all! If you are interested...I posted a new blog on my writing blog. Just click here!

Can't wait to read YOUR blog!

Friday, April 16, 2010


I am really started to look forward to happy blog Fridays!I would like to start this Happy blog by saying...


Sarah turned 24 today, so hop on over to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday! Love you Sarah-dipity!
So I was happy to see Miss Brooke expose herself, and check off one item on her Bucket List! Congrats Brooke! I also checked one thing off of my Bucket List today....sort of.

I have always wanted to dye my hair a funky color. I mean like a streak of hair, not my whole head. Well, my way hip Aunt who is also a hairstylist, is visiting from Florida and she brought me.....colored hair extensions. This is even better than dying my hair because I can take it out, switch it, put two get the picture.
So....for my happy blog...I am going to post some pics with my funky hair! :)




Purple Hair!

And that concludes this weeks edition of...


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Picture day...again

Hello bloggerettes (most of you are girls)

How goes it today? Today is the 15th! Which means.....picture day.

This week I have seen no results. Well, technically....I gained three pounds and have lost three pounds. So I am back where I started. OH WELL. Like I said before, I am not so concerned about the number anymore. Just staying healthy.
So here are my latest pics. I wasn't going to post these, cause honestly I don't think they are much different from my last pics. But Sarah wanted me to since she did. :)

So here is the last pic from the 1st-ish I think?

And here is me now. It's hard to compare because these are on my cell phone and my arms were up.

Believe it or not, I did have a some stretch marks and they have faded almost completely! I am excited to go shopping soon! I need new clothes! And....this body is from Jillian, walking, yoga, and eating right...oh and drinking a ton of water. Pretty soon I am going to post a long blog about what changes I have made since January 1st. I know that we all have different journeys but I really feel liek you can learn SOOO much form reading other peoples blogs. I learn a lot of new cooking things from Nathalie, I learned about C25k from Brooke and learned that support is the number when thing when it comes to new challenges from Sarah, who honestly has been one of my biggest supporters!
Here is a pic of me just being me since most of my pics are me right after a workout when I look gross....LOL

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Buckets and buckets...

So Brooke and Sarah have both posted great Bucket lists so I was inspired to do the same. But Before I do that , I wanted to talk about challenging yourself. I am really trying to get to know myself again. After you have a baby, a lot of your identity gets temporarily misplaced. You suddenly just become a "MOM". I love being a mom, but sometimes I can't remember who I was before being a mom. When I started this "Get Healthy" challenge I honestly didn't think I would do it...but I have and when I hit 100 days, I was so impressed with myself. I never finish anything. Ever. And here I am ....100 plus days later, still going strong and looking for more challenges! On April 1st I challenged myself to write 10 stories in 100 days because I love to write and I want to write, but I hold myself back because I am scared of what other people will think. But I don't care anymore, I just want to do things because.....well, because...I want's as simple as that. Why not? Why not live my life without regrets? So I think when I finish my 10/100 challenge(and I will finish it) I will start a new challenge...maybe learning guitar, taking a Kung Fu class...I don't know. I just know I want to challenge myself this year, to see what I can do. That is the kind of role model I want to be for my daughter, someone who is not scared to take a chance. Another challenge I MIGHT be doing is this thing called Urban Dare. I say might because I technically have class this day. Urban Dare is kind of like the tv show "Amazing Race" in Minneapolis. It's a race...5 miles have to stop at different check points and do fun dares like climb a rock wall or eat something weird (no bugs). AND you wear fun costumes! It raises money for breast cancer research. My sister and I are thinking of teaming up. I am excited and hope I can get out of class.

I was looking at my Bucket list from a few years ago and realized I have completed some (like going to a Paul McCartney concert.) and some I still need to do. So here is my new bucket list, I am making it up as I go...

1. Dance in the rain with Harliegh (to show her its okay to do things like that)
2. Dye my hair a funky color at least once
3. Learn to play at least one song on the guitar
4. Take a Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon do, or Karate type class
5. Take a dance class ( I always wanted to be a ballerina)
6. Run a marathon
7. Go to NYC for Christmas with just Tyler and my kids
8. Go on a beach vacation ( I have never been on a real vacation)
9. Read all 100 books on the classics list (at last count I think I had 40 or so)
10. Watch all the classic movies ( I love Casablanca and Singing in the Rain!)
11. See old friends and meet online friends
12. Paint a picture I am proud of
13. Write a book
14. Publish something...a book, a story, a small paragraph...
15. Randomly and anonymously send money to someone who needs help
16. Write letters to all my friends and family telling them how much I love them
17. Plant a garden
18. Learn to knit
19. Stand in the front row at a concert
20. Get a Bachelor's Degree
21. Get a Master's Degree
22. Go canoeing
23. Go camping with my kids
25. Be a good role model for my kids
26.Be somebody's muse
27. Go to the Ellen Degeneres Show
28. Go to a Conan show...if he ever gets back on tv :(
29. Visit all 50 states
30. Have a huge dinner party with all my family and friends

I can probably think of a million more...but that's all I've got for now!
Goodnight y'all!

Stormy Day!

What a wonderful day for a break day! There are many reasons why today is a great day to take a break. It's raining...with thunder and lightning, who doens't love to just be lazy on rainy days? Plus, my allergies are horrible when it rains so I can't breathe. Also, you might remember several weeks agao i think I pulled a muscle in my left calf. Well, for the most part it has gotten better, but I noticed whenever I do Jillian Level 1 it starts hurting again. it's those damn lunges! i think I just try too hard and end up hurting myself. Well, yesterday my calf started hurting A LOT! It might be because of teh combination of doing my run and Jillian Level one. I don't know, but I think resting will help, and next time I am going to replace the lunges from Level one with the lunges in Level 2...they don't hurt as much!
So today I am going to lounge and clean a little. Maybe do some laundry, work on some homework, etc.
I keep forgetting to post some recipes. So here are soem great recipes I have tried recently. The first one is Chicken and Noodles. A great homey, comfort's LOW FAT! It was really yummy!

Chicken and Noodles Recipe

And this next one is a vegetarian recipe. I was pleasantly surprised with how flavorful it was, especially the yummy avocado spread!

Portobella Burgers with Avocado Spread

Hope you guys all have a fantastic day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I did it!

I did it!

I got up and ran this morning. I didn't do the c25K routine because I wanted to just see how much I could do non-stop, to kinda figure out where I was. I got up stretched, did a few jumping jacks to get my heart rate up and started running down the cul-de-sac by my house. I ran the whole thing and back again. It turned out to be 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Which doesn't sound like much but my calves were sore from doing Jillian yesterday. After running, I started walking and honestly, after a minute of walking I felt like I could run again. Maybe I should have, but I really just wanted today to be a practice run. It felt pretty good to run though, minus the feeling that all my neighbors were watching me out their windows. I also realized I need to invest in a new sports bra. LOL.

I also forgot that this was the week when I was going to attempt working out for an hour a day. Well...when I start the C25k routine on Wednesday, that will be 20-30 minutes, plus Jillian Level one...which is another 30 (including warm-up and cool down) That is an hour on MWF. So on TTH I will try Jillian Level 2, walking and yoga. I know walking and yoga is not really supposed to steps, right?

This is also my 100th blog post! YAY! Now I am going to go stretch out my calves and make a smoothie.YUM

Sunday, April 11, 2010


It's Sunday night and I just realized I haven't made next weeks goals.

I think Brooke has talked me into this C25K. Maybe....I don't know why but I am so nervous about trying to run. Silly, right? Since I have been doing Jillian? I should be able to run, right? And I take long walks everyday...I don't know...I just wish I had someone to run with me. weeks goals

Try to do C25k MWF
Do Jillian Level 1 MWF...if I am up to it after c25k
Do Jillian Level 2 TTH
Track calories...I have had a bad food week :( but I may up my calories a little since I am more active now
Keep track of water (it's been a bad week for this, too)

Well...that's my health goals, I also have to write another story and work on homework...and don't forget Spring Cleaning!Ugh, my mind hurts just thinking about it.

Sorry, this is a boring blog...I am just not feelin' it tonight. I am a much better blog writer in the mornings!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Blog-Day's Happy Blog Friday!


Some things that make me happy:

My daughter and all the new words she is learning lately.

Writing...and believing that I can accomplish my 10/100 challenge.

My husband and good news from his work!

Friends...especially all you blog readers.

Flats and Flip-Flops, yes the shoes. The closest thing to barefoot I can get.

Yummy nut mixes. (Planter's NUTrition Energy mix)

Possibility of being in a writing group and making friends.

My maid. Ok, I don't really have a maid but the thought of one makes me happy.

The feeling I get after a good workout, you know...once the "OMG, I think I am dying" phase has past.

Nieces and Nephews...I will be getting one more of each this summer!

Jimmy John's sandwiches.

My daughter's cheesy grin.

So that is a pretty good could go on and on and on....

Tomorrow I start Spring term in school. Ugh. I am not looking forward to ALGEBRA! But I am taking a class called "Human Identity through the Creative Arts" yes, it's a mouthful. It sounds pretty easy and fun, though.

OH! And if you are wondering...I have finished my first story for my 10/100 challenge. I will be posting it later on THIS BLOG if you want to read it. If you don't see a new story...check back tomorrow.

Well, will ya look at entire blog without talking about weight.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


So Yesterday Sarah Posted some great pictures of herself after her workout so I was inspired to do the same. Call me crazy, but it just sounded fun! So the picture you are about to see it me minutes before stating my daily Jillian workout....

AH! Look at optimistic and ready to tackle the day. So fresh-faced and innocent and naive. So bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

And this is me minutes AFTER completing my Jillian workout.Are you ready for this?

Jillian, what did you do to me? You ruined me! Destroyed me! Corrupted my innocence! I will never be the same!

So since I was taking silly pictures I just kept taking them. What can I say, I was in a silly mood after my workout. So here are some silly, humiliating pictures of me showing you how tough Jillian has made me (HA!) ENJOY!!

Flexing my ummm....muscles?

You want some of this??Haha...I might make that my profile pic! LOL.

Ok...that's my silliness for the day!Oh other health related news....

Guess what? When I started 30 Day Shred I could barely do 3-4 real push-ups before switching to the easy ones. After awhile I just gave up even trying the real ones. Well, I decided to give it a shot and guess what? I did 25! Without stopping! I didn't even feel like it was hard until after 15, so Jillian must be doing something! For those of you who are thinking of locking dear Jillian away out of fear...don't! Take it slow, and you will see results eventually!

And...I have another recommendation for you. Lately I have been eating about an ounce of nuts every day. Especially right after my workout., because it helps build muscle and fight the cravings and hunger you get after a good work out. I usaully get Blue Diamond plain Almonds because I love Almonds and it has the ounces premeasured. I tried Planter's NUT-rition Energy mix. It was sooooo yummy! You should try it! It has Almonds, honey-roasted peanuts, honey-roasted sesame sticks, dark chocolate covered soynuts, walnuts and pecans. This may be my new favorite healthy snack! Of course it is high in nuts usually I can only have a little, but seriously....YUM. And it's the good kind of fat! I would gladly have this over m&m's!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's raining compliments!

Today I was thinking that I love to get compliments. Who doesn't, right? Sometimes when people are negative towards me it will spurn me to try harder to prove them wrong, but it;s done out of anger. But when I get a compliment, I want to move on because I know people are paying attention. It makes me happy and one compliment can give me fuel to keep going for at least a week. Compliments are powerful stuff.

So today I am going to take a moment to shower you , yes YOU, with compliments because I think you deserve it, and I think people should let each other know how they truly feel. So sit back, relax, and bask in the compliments. ENJOY!

Sarah- We started this together so I am going to start with you. You are a great friend and a great listener. Sure, you can vent for hours...but what matters is that when you are are always ready to listen to me. That's a sign of a great friend. I envy you for your eyes. You have big, beautiful, gorgeous eyes. My eyes are tiny and boring. I wish I had your eyes. I also think you an amazingly talented photography, too. Your writing is great, too. Your poetry very lyrical and I think you could be a songwriter. You and your husband should write music together. I don't know how talented he is on the guitar but you guys could learn and grow together. But your's amazing! I can really see the depth of your passion in your photos. Even the dark adn depressing photos...I can see your happiness in each picture. You know on the movie Hook when they are looking for teh real Peter Pan? And they find it in the corner of his mouth? I can see the real you in your photos. Do something with that talent.

Nathalie-I knew you in high school and I am so grateful that we are friends again. I never told you...but I love your smile. Even back then, with your braces in, I thought you had a great smile. You still do of course! And you can SING. I never knew you could sing in high school. But I heard you sing in that video you made and I was amazed. Why didn't you try out for the musical in Waynesville? I would have given you my spot as a villager...I can't carry a tune to save my life. i wish I would have talked you into it. I am jealous of your knitting ability. I can barely crochet, and as it turns out, I crochet wrong to begin with. But your knitting is beautiful. I am also impressed by your writing ability. I knew you could write in high school. When I read your short story (and hopefully will see more soon) I wanted to put my pen down and quit my attempt at writing. You make it seem so effortless. Your details and subtle humor are great. You understand that your readers are not stupid and will figure out things are their own (something I struggle with-I want to expalin EVERYTHING). You are so talented!

Brooke- I don't really know you outside of your blog. But I know you like Garden you must have great taste! You are an inspiration. I read your blog and feel so motivated...not just to lose do ANYTHING I put my mind to. Nothing seems to get you down. Even when you have an obstacle you seem to take it and move on. And you have done AMAZING things in one year. AMAZING. I also love your photography, you need to post more blogs on your photography. I think your pics are bright, cheery and hopeful. Just like you! I love your bold use of color, too. are just plain adorable!

Tyler- (yes he reads my blog daily) My husband. I am one lucky girl. You are a great husband, Tyler. No matter what I look like, no matter what I weigh, you always say I look great. You support me in anything I do and seem to be truly interested in everything I do. You are also a great father. I am jealous that Harliegh calls for you, several times, every day. and sometimes I am jealous of how much she loves you. I know she loves me, too. But you guys have a special connection that it amazing and beautiful. I know I nag you to be healthy but it's only because I want to share a nice long life with you!

Now I was going to make a longer list of a lot of other people...but I figured I would just focua on my most loyal readers and commenters. (Is that a word?) Thank you all for being there for me and pushing me to be a better person. on to something a little less sappy. As you know, I am getting closer to reaching my goal. As a reward I am getting my hair done and buying new clothes. I need your advice. I am torn with what to do to my hair. I am keeping the length, because I want to grow it out. But I am going to get more choppy layers put in to give it more shape, it's kinda shapeless right now. But I am trying to decide how to color it.

This is my hair as of today. Kind of a cinnamony color. This is my natural hair color. So option 1 is to leave it like this and maybe get some subtle honey colored highlights to lighten it up for the summer.

And this is me a few years ago when my hair was always bright, strawberry blonde. So Option 2 is to get my hair dyed back to this blonde color and get some fun, funky color streaks...liek the picture below...Just a little taste of color.

Here is my argument for both:
Option 1: I do like my natural color, and the blonde will brighten it without doing anything drastic. Plus it will be easy to maintain, don't really have to worry about roots for while.

Option 2: I like me as a blonde, too. I feel I look younger and in a way it fits my personality. Ever since I can remember I have always wanted soem funky color in my hair and have NEVER done it. Right now would be a good time because I am a SAHM and student and don't have to have a "professional" look.

So what do YOU think? Put your votes in now!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Hey guess what time it is?

Time for an amazing, awesome, totally rad BONUS BLOG!

Yes, I already blogged today but you can have a free one just for being you. Air High-Five!
But...If you haven't read the first one, shame on you...and make sure you go read it...NOW. Go on, do it. brain is a little bonkers right now.
So I tried out a little more of The Biggest Loser Wii game. Another thing I don't like...I couldn't figure out where to go to weigh myself. Maybe I am only allowed to weigh myself on weigh-in days, like the show? I don't know...but I think that should at least be an option. But I randomly chose a challenge to do just to see how it was. YIKES! I shouldn't have done that.
First...keep in mind that I already did Jillian Level 1 this morning...and we all know how much that can take out of you. So, I picked this challenge where you have to "cycle" to light up ten bulbs. Of course, I am not on a bicycle, my character was. But this is what you have to do. You switch from doing high-knees, (like butt kicks only you are bring your knees up to 90 degress instead of back to kick your butt) and football runs ( legs spread a little outside hips, and you "run" really quickly, while barely lifting your feet off the ground-think of any football movie you have ever seen) you switch back and forth between these two exercises until you light up all ten bulbs. The faster you go, the faster you light up the bulbs but on average this seemed to take one minute. That is one round. continue doing this for TEN freaking rounds. UGH! I was drenched in sweat and thought I was going to die! But I survived...and I actually don't feel too bad right now. I will tell you one thing, though...I love Bob...he is so much nicer than Jillian. Do they make Bob's 30 day Shred?

So....I haven't weighed myself in quite a few days. I pulled out the Wii Fit and stepped on it..and I have officially hit the ten pounds lost mark! I am really excited about that! When I started this my goal was to lose 15, so only 5 pounds to go! WOWZA!

I was also thinking about something today. Everything I have heard/read lately says women should exercise one hour a day to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight. This does not include light, walking, etc. This is moderate to intense workout. This sounds sooo hard to me, especially being a stay at home mom. But NEXT week I think I might challenge myself to try it for one week. Just to see how it feels. I will probably go back to 20-30 minutes workout after that, but I want to challenge myself. I was thinking...20 minutes of Jillian in the morning, 20 minutes of wii fit or biggest loser in the afternoon and I figured 20 minutes of yoga combined with a 20 minute walk will probably make up for the rest. What do you think? Tell me if you think this sounds insane. I may not be thinking clearly after that crazy challenge!

Tuesday, Rainy Tuesday

Hello everyone,

I am in a pretty good mood today. I don't know why, it's rainy and overcast and my allergies are always horrible when it rains. But I am feeling pretty good.

So yesterday I browsed through the Biggest Loser for the Wii. I must say, I was pretty impressed. it SEEMS like a good program....but it does take a littlt while to get into it. This is to be expected though. i had to input all of my stats and my personal goals. Then after you do all this you have the option to pick your exercise level. Beginner, Intermediate, etc...I picked Beginner, but in hindsight I should have picked a higher level since I am used to working out. I only did the warm-up just to try it out and it was pretty easy. They let you customize your own work out or you can do one of there routines. I recognized some stuff from Jillian, too! The game also tells you your recommended calorie intake and you can track your calories, too.

So at first is what I liked so far:

You can customize your workout.
There are levels! (this would be good to do before starting the Jillian DVD)
Calorie tracker
Pick your trainer: Jillian or Bob. I picked Bob and he seems so much nicer than Jillian!

Here is what I don't like:

Time consuming, I was on for 30 minutes but I only managed to do a 6 minute warm-up in that time!

That's about it so far.
I will let you know more about it as I try more!

I tried a new recipe last night and it was scrumptious! I LOVE fish but I am always nervous to cook it myself because I am scared of under or over cooking it. It seems so easy to mess up. But this recipe was perfect! And so healthy for you! I had it with brown rice and broccoli. YUM

Crispy Oven-Fried Fish
(from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook)


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless fish fillets, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cut into four serving-size pieces, if necessary. Measure thickness of fish; set aside. Place milk in a shallow dish. Place flour in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish combine bread crumbs, cheese, dillweed, and pepper. Add melted butter; stir until combined.

2. Dip fish in milk; coat with flour. Dip again in milk, then in crumb mixture to coat all sides. Place fish on a greased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in a 450 degree F oven for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.

3. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 242,
  • Total Fat (g) 9,
  • Saturated Fat (g) 5,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 71,
  • Sodium (mg) 423,
  • Carbohydrate (g) 13,
  • Fiber (g) 1,
  • Protein (g) 24,
  • Vitamin C (DV%) 2,
  • Calcium (DV%) 14,
  • Iron (DV%) 8,
  • Starch (d.e.) 1,
  • Very Lean Meat (d.e.) 3,
  • Fat (d.e.) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Monday, April 5, 2010


Hey hey everyone.
Happy Monday....that's kind of on oxymoron, isn't it? Like Icy/hot?

I have been pretty moody and grumpy the past few days...and it seems like most of you are in the same boat. Is there a full moon? haha. But I am trying to tell myslef to be happy and go on with my usual routine, though it is very hard! Today I did get up and do Jillian Level 2. This was dumb. I know that after a weekend of visiting family, eating lots of bad food, drinking little water adn getting less sleep is going to have a huge affect on how much exercise I can manage. BUT... for some reason I got up and said..."Do it, Quinn, it will help you release some stress." Well, ok to be honest, it did. I do feel a little better now...but it was a LOT harder than usual. i had to take several small breaks and I just got tired a lot quicker. ICK. But I did it. At least it's better than binge eating my stress out, right?

This afternoon I am going to check out the Biggest Loser Wii game. I am probably not going to do to many workouts, but I do want to see how it works before I jump into it head on. I will let you all know what I think of it. The problem with wii games, for me, is that I can't do it when Harliegh is awake. I can do the Jillian DVD and she will just try to do it along with me or start playing somewhere else. But the minute I pull out the wii balance board she is all of it and I can't really work out that way. And to be honest, I don't want to give up nap time to working out. Maybe I can sacrifice 30 min or so, but that's all I am willing to give up. Especially since I am going to school and need that time to work on school work.

I have a lot of potentially yummy and low-fat recipes I will be trying soon. I will be sure to post them soon!

Hope you guys all have a great Monday.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone!

I hope everyone is taking it easy on the Chocolate Bunnies! So this weekend has not been so healthy for me, but I am not going to dwell on it. Why? Because I know that I am starting to know my body, and I now how bad foods effect me so I know I won't fall back into old habits over just one bad weekend. I just know that I will have to continue working out, eating healthy and smiling. That's all that matters.

I was at the MIL's yesterday. If you don't remember, she is the one who told me about Jillian's 30 Day Shred. Well, yesterday she told me about a The Biggest Loser Wii game. She bought it a month ago but decided she didn't have time to do it. I mean she works full-time, golfs, works out EVERY would be crazy for her to fit in another workout! So....she just gave me her game. So YAY! I got a free workout game. I am going to try it out tomorrow and see how I like it.

So I think next week I am going to do Jillian Level 2 Tuesdays and Thursdays. Depending on how I like this new wii game, I will either do that or Jillian Level 1 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I have decided to give up on the idea of walking every morning. When it comes down to it, I value the extra sleep more than I value that time to myself and light workout. I like the idea of it...but it's not working so much for me at the moment.

On other news. I have seven days to finish my first story in my 10/100 challenge.YIKES! I have an idea cooking though, so I am confident I can do it. I also start my next term in school next weekend. I am taking Human Identity through the Creative Arts, which sounds easy and interesting. And Applied Algebra.....wish me luck. :(

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hey Hey

How is everyone doing? Well, today, once again, I did not get up to walk. I am thinking about just shelving this goal for now.It's just that I get my best sleep the last few hours of the morning, I now I can adjust that...but it's hard. Today I went to a taste testing. It's something you can do around here (and maybe where you live to...who knows) where you can go in and taste something, today it was a banana nut muffin, take a quick survery...and just like that, in less than 15 have made $30! The downside is, I only get called to do it a couple times a year. So I dropped Tyler off at work and then Harliegh and I went to Target, and yes, I spent that money. I bought a new shirt for myself since all of my old shirts are a bit stretched out and too big, I am pretty excited about that. I also bought something for Tyler...I can't tell you cause he reads my blog daily, and I bought Harliegh some cute summer shoes that were on clearance! Yay for good deals! After running around for awhile we stopped for lunch, Harliegh and I shared a kids meal because she never finishes them anyway. It was nice having a day of shopping with just the girls! When I got home, I put Harliegh in bed for a nap and got in my workout clothes with all intentions of doing Jillian. I stepped on my patio for a minute and thought,'s perfect outside today. I laid down on my porch swing, and I was out. Yep, I fell asleep! By the time I woke up I figured it was way too late to workout if I still wanted to shower, blog, clean, get dinner ready all before picking up Tyler at work. So....oops. Oh well.
Tomorrow I am headed to Iowa to visit family for the weekend. I am planning on fitting in Jillian at my usual time...about 9:45...because we aren't planning on leaving the house until 11 and it will be my last chance to get in a workout until Monday. Maybe Sunday.....

On another note- I am starting a 10/100 creativity challenge. I originally started this for myself to try to get myself to write more, but I think I may have talked Nathalie into it, too. Any other takers? Sarah? Brooke? I know you are both artistic. I am challenging myself to write 10 stories in 100 days, but it can be anything, poetry, photography, etc. We shouldn't focus on just being healthy, we need something to be passionate about in our lives. Not that we aren't passionate about being healthy, but know what I mean. If you are interested just mosey on around my other blog Bookwormquinn and check it out. Maybe we can work some reward program out...or we can ALL start new blogs. I don't know...just an idea.

And back to the health topic, I have a lot of fun, new recipes planned the next two weeks. I will be sure to post the good ones!

Have a healthy weekend and a Happy Easter!